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  1. Hang in there on the Solidworks learning, it is soo worth the time to figure it out, it is an awesome tool for modeling !!! One thing I found is that a large screen monitor makes it much easier to work with the program due to the tool and file menus that appear on the top and side of the work layout. Good luck with it, Pat
  2. I can tell you first hand that the USAF didn't cooperate with the film, my father was the USAF public information officer in New York city at the time when the film was being made ,Kubric approached them and asked if they could use the Airfoce's B-52 cockpit trainer to film the cockpit flying scenes, it was a very big "NO", my father told me about this and also told me that Kubric got someone to let them use a Boeing 707 cocpit trainer for filming..if you watch the film closely during the cockpit scenes look at the throttle console and you can see that it is only set up for 4 engines versus 8.
  3. Showed up at the door today, really nice kit !!!
  4. Also at the base of the first stage there where Roman numerals to indicate which side of the rocket was being viewed.
  5. The weathers ring was done with the “Hair Spray” method, there are many articles on-line on how to.
  6. I read an interesting article a few days ago about the Ingenuity helicopter, I was curious as to why it hadn't flown yet, NASA was waiting on weather, turns out that they get regular weather reports from the Perseverance rover as well as the still "alive" Curiosity rover and a third probe that is on the planet's surface, the three probes combined can give wind velocity readings of three different altitudes. Awesome !!! I believe Curiosity has been functioning for 14 years now, I think they expected to get 2 if they were lucky ....
  7. I don't think that 99 percent of the world even realize that this is happening 130 million miles away from home... it's incredible !!!!
  8. Finished up the little project today, it was really an enjoyable project,simple, fun, short turn around, something completely different !!!!
  9. I needed a break from reality modeling, so I picked up the Atlantis "Convair Space Shuttle" 1:156 scale ??? Like all my other projects I just can't bring myself to building out of the box, so into the spare parts box and searching the web for ideas and then finding graphics images that I downloaded and re-sized to create decals for this project. What I came up with is the Strategic Air Commands "SUB ORBITAL BOMBER" or the SOB-66 ??? I have added shrike missle halves to the main booster body to look like fairings that real spacecraft use and couple Rolls Royce Merlin engine parts to the bottom ring. I added some bits and pieces to the "Conformal Fuel Tank" just to liven it up a bit. The fuel tank is painted to look as if it is made of "composite" materials. The shuttle had no windows so I cut some in and fitted some gold mirrored plastic into the openings, all the details on the shuttle are painted and mostly decals that I made. Thank goodness I had plenty of spare stencil decals which is key to making this simple model look "complicated". Still have a bit to go, all the paint is Tamiya spray can lacquers(love this stuff).
  10. They are currently running up the motor of the "Ingenuity" helicoptor, such amazing stuff !!!!
  11. Thank you Tom, yeah I just happened to have spotted the heater intake while pulling parts for some portion of the build !!! I was so glad you posted about the alternate parts for the exhausts that replace the engines, what a time saver !!!!! Thanks again !
  12. This is the HK Lancaster I just fininished, everything on it was in the stock HK kit, the ventral radome, the foward radar antenna and the plug for the upper turret, it's all there, it's just not called out on the instruction sheet. Also the intake on the starboard side above the trailing edge of the wing is in the kit as well !!!
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