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About Juggernut

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  1. LOL, I was just going to post the same link....
  2. I use .5 mm No. 2 lead in a mechanical pencil sharpened to a chisel point to draw the panel lines. This is followed up with some 0000 steel wool (in the direction of airflow) to pare down the intensity of the lead. It also provides some nice subtle streaking and if continued will remove said streaks from the paint. I have successfully used a pink pearl eraser to remove errant pencil lines. A dullcote over top works wonders to blend it all together.
  3. Some more progress last evening....milestone. I got the firewall in the vehicle. First shot....I've added the lubrication lines running to the front of the vehicle. This shot is from the radio operator's side. I used 0.020-inch styrene rod for these which may turn out to be a mistake when I attempt to put bends in them to connect them to the lubrication ports mid-tank above the floor. This is how they currently sit at the point where they come up through the floor and connect to the lubrication points. This is going to be a FUN job (sarchastic).
  4. The same to all who celebrate this holiday. For those that do not, be safe and have a great day.
  5. I have both DCS and MS Flight Simulator 2020. I play FS2020 when I want to fly civilian aircraft and I use DCS for pretty much everything else. I bought MS FS2020 because of the avionics not knowing that it was pretty much all automated unless you change the settings. If you do that, you'd better already know how to operate the radios and avionics because there are no user guides that I've been able to find. I have a CH Products HOTAS setup so I fly the jets. I currently have the A-10C II (the module I am most familiar with), F/A-18C, F-16, F-86, F-15C (part of the Flaming Cli
  6. I’ve never had one problem with E-bay in almost 1000 transactions since joining in the 1990’s. I used to sell globally but have since confined sales to the U.S. I do not buy from any E-bay site outside the United States either (with one exception). I don’t even look at any items for sale/auction by Chinese sellers. I will buy from reputable people outside the U.S. if I’ve done business with them in the past but that is my only caveat to buying outside the U.S. For those who’ve been cheated by offshore companies (whatever your home country may be), I would suggest
  7. Lots of differences, not the least of which is the NSI (small mouth) inlet and the P&W exhaust nozzle. The CJ has the MCID (big mouth) inlet and the GE exhaust nozzle. If you want to build an F-16C aggressor, the Thunderbird kit is a better kit to start with.
  8. I hope you're right that this is coming back but there's no such listing on the Tamiya USA site and at the bottom of the listing on the main page for the online catalog on the Japanese site it says this: *Please note that some of these items may no longer be available.
  9. Me too... Bringing the Mrs. so we'll have a mini-vacation of sorts, Vegas style. I've just amended my hotel reservation to extend it to the following Monday. The flights home on Sunday are boo-koo expensive. I'll be fully coronafied (aka vaccinated) by the time Vegas rolls around and so will a lot of others; I should think the show will go on as planned.
  10. Oh boy, I remember these things. I used to work in another part of the factory where these things were built. My coworker and I used to build the vertical tails for them (along with the regular helicopters, Schweizer/Sikorsky S-333 and S-434). We had the manned version of it in our flight hangar. Sadly, pictures were not allowed in any of our facilities so I have nothing other than memories to share. I also played a very minor part in the development of the Sikorsky X-2 which now resides in the Udvar-Hazey building of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.... When I saw it there, a smile c
  11. When it comes to crew visibility, clean, undamaged windows are vital, even for bomber gunners. EDIT: Just heard back from a noted B-17 authority who thinks that the "blob" that I'm seeing as an equipment mount is most likely a defect in the photographic negative. He further states that there's also a black & white photograph of the aircraft which shows nothing there. Oh well, so much for finding something new and exciting on a well-known photograph.
  12. Please forgive the thread hijack.... The cheek gun installation is a post-production modification and was most likely done by the United Airlines Modification Center in Cheyenne, WY. They painted the olive drab and it is plainly obvious they used a more color-fast formula than did Lockheed-Vega. The paint on the cheek gun is not wet as evidenced by a small drizzle under the gun mount that IS wet. EDIT: That's not water drizzle...it's the gun barrel shadow. The first B-17 image, to my eye, looks closer to what the colors should be based on contemporaneous color photos of simil
  13. Hi Chris, Just found your thread. I'll be watching. Your cockpit is shaping up nicely.
  14. I've found the Eduard canopy masks, while generally well fitting, are not an entirely precise fit for the given subject and leave gaps, especially around curved corners. Therefore, I stopped purchasing those and now prefer to use the following process. Since I paint the inside of the canopy/windscreen as well as the outside, I mask the inside as well as the outside. If necessary, I coat the entire canopy/windscreen in Future (Kleer) and allow to completely dry. I don't often do this but sometimes it's necessary to improve the clarity of the part going to be masked. Outli
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