etendard got a reaction from MARU5137 in CAC Sabre, No. 77 SQN RAAF. Pilot Officer K.J.Bricknell, Malaya 1963.
etendard reacted in Scratch Building Tires - Diamond Tread Cutting
You mean like these ...
Like I did back-in-the-day ... before 3D. Of course, now it just can't be done ... impossible ... only way is 3D.
Pardon my sarcasm, but I get pretty tired hearing that there is no difference between something created by hand vs by a computer program that calculates everything for you.
They were actually easier than these ...
etendard reacted to ziggyfoos in New Decals - F-4J Phantom in Vietnam (VF-143 Pukin' Dogs)
Next 1/32 AOA sheet (32-016) release is a little different as it covers one specific F-4J Phantom (BuNo 155887) as she appeared during three Vietnam cruises while with the same squadron (VF-143 Pukin' Dogs, callsign "Taproom") and also same modex each time (102). Not a MiG killer, just one example of the many, many other Phantoms that took part in the war daily. The Pukin' Dogs Vietnam F-4B's have been covered in decal form before (again, because of MiG kills), their later wartime F-4Js have been neglected until now. Sheet covers the Vietnam/WESTPAC cruises: USS Constellation 1969-70, USS Enterprise 1971-72, and USS Enterprise 1972-73. Among others, thankfully received help from 102's own plane captain Tom Chergi from the 72-73 cruise.
For the 1972-73 cruise, this aircraft also bore the name of 143's XO, CDR Harley Hall, who sadly become the last Navy combat loss on 27 January 1973 flying Taproom 113 (the day the Paris Peace Accords were signed) and last American to be listed as POW. While his RIO was later released, there is still controversy and contradictions surrounding the ultimate fate of CDR Hall. If anyone saw the 1975 documentary "Threshold - The Blue Angel Experience", this was filmed during CDR Hall's time when he was the Blue Angels flight leader and as such is featured in it.
Back to the sheet: Unlike vast majority of AOA releases, only minimal stenciling/common markings are included, such as the different ejection seat warning triangles used for each cruise, static port stencils, national insignias, and two styles of jet intake warnings and RESCUE markings. F-4's were liberally covered with stencils and is too large of a project to be covered for this release. A full F-4 stencil and panel number decal sheet may be a future release from AOA (not currently planned as of today).
The sheet also includes fuel tank and FOD cover squadron identifiers.
Now in stock.
Printed by Cartograf.
Price $22 (free shipping in the US)
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etendard reacted to Starfighter in How to destroy an expensive kit with just a few cuts - or: Prowler!
Update time! Landing gear is wired up...
... primed and painted. Detail painting and (minor!) weathering are next. I always find it very difficult to choose the right colour to wash white parts. We'll see how it'll turn out.
etendard reacted to danimalmagic in Kawasaki 750 Mach 4, "The Widow Maker"
Handle Bars and wheels on.
The exhausts were pretty tricky with tiny mounting lugs, I drilled these out straight away and mounted with some small steel pins.
Body work painted, finished with Tamiya pearl lacquer, a big thanks to Tom Calbury for supplying the replacement decals.
etendard reacted to airscale in Rivet templates
that's a great idea Hubert I will have a think about it and how to do it..
Hi Rainer - thank you - again, that solves the problem of different sized tools - nice one
Mike - I am thinking I might do a small run for those interested (though there are only two tools a 10cm one and a 16cm one) - I just need to figure out a covering cost and shipping - I won't do it from my website, anyone who is interested just add your name on here and I will PM at the end of this month to get details etc
here are Rainer & Geoff's
I will do one for Rich as well as I am sure that his SBD needs some template love...
etendard reacted to ziggyfoos in New Decals - OH-6A Loach in the Vietnam War
Unfortunately I have no idea but I hope so. Like the previous 1/48 O-1 sheets for an also OOP kit, this is just another subject again that I wanted to cover. Plus the kit decals are kinda crap. And no disrespect but I think Miss Clawd (and other 16th Cav sharkmouthed schemes) are equal to the stinging bee A-1 Skyraider scheme and Cunningham/Driscoll F-4J Phantom scheme; as in done to death. To me anyway there's many more interesting (and colorful) Loaches that deserve some coverage too.
etendard reacted to wunwinglow in Tornado F3
Latest news from the shed....
Latest try with the intake ducts and a replacement bulkhead. This fits all the way around the fuselage rather than the kit one which has a big gap under the upper fuselage section. I also put some slightly better looking fans on it, not that you will be able to see much of them!
More soon. Sorry this is taking a while!
etendard reacted to airscale in Rivet templates
so here is the spot to discuss what is what with templates
..while I hadn't thought of doing marketable tools as that is likely sewn up by others, there is a need to make these in the bigger scales like 1/18th
we were having a chat in Geoff's P51 thread
this is the kind of thing in mind - at standard UK & US head sizes & spacings - this is 'Fine' spacing @ 1.13mm in 1/18 scale
questions like what is a good size / length of template - I have done 7cm x 3.5mm and 18cm x 3.5mm but I need to print them on paper to work out if that is ergonomic or not
so guys, pile in..
etendard reacted to wunwinglow in New 1/32 Tempest - master photos
I have plenty on my plate right now. Release dates mean very little to me. My late father was fond of reminding people, 'You are not flying until the wheels are off the ground' . I'd rather wait for a fabulous kit, than get a disappointing one a year earlier.
etendard reacted to wunwinglow in 1/32 scale resin / cottage industry wish list ?
Ask a 100 modellers and you will likely get 100 different replies! I don't make Luftwaffe subjects, never will, but they are extremely popular. There are all the missing Century series fighters, F101, F102, F106, earlier types F89, CF100, all of which would make terrific models.
I'd release something you are passionate about, that will shine through in your production, and hopefully enough customers will head your way to make it worthwhile. If you can emulate the best, Silver Wings, Iconicair, Fisher and their ilk, you won't go far wrong.
I hope it pans out for you!
etendard reacted to Joe66 in 1/32 scale resin / cottage industry wish list ?
One of the reasons I ask is because I like them all...I like the research, I like the design challenge, I like creating scale models and not just 1/32 scale and not just aircraft. I have scratch-built ships, figures, trains, cars, armor and planes along with a broad range of accessories over the years...some just one-off for myself or commissioned and some produced and sold. I have equipment for production of metal, both centrifugal and investment cast, pressure and vacuum, RTV, investment or vulcanized mold making, resin casting, fiberglass work, etc and so on.
Years ago, I produced kits or components for Liberty Model, Imperial Hobby, Tom's Modelworks, Fisher, Copper State, Squadron and many others. I got away from the scale model business for personal reasons, completed a career in Federal law enforcement and retired from that not too long ago, but my passion has always been creating scale miniatures so I am hoping to get back in the game and produce things commercially once again under my own label. Several items are already under development !