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  1. Deal of the year for me. Found this on bottom of pile under a table at the local ipms show today. Box opened and parts off the sprue but it was all there and came with two bobs decals for $60! SCORE
  2. Doesn't’ Someone make a photoetch template/stencil for no-step and walkway markings? I’ve done the google search and the forum search but no luck. Could of sworn I remember someone using one on a wip but can’t find it. Maybe it was home-made though. If anyone knows about their existence would you pass it along to me please
  3. Stunning. A great tutorial as well to go along with the guild.
  4. Sweet, thx guys! This was exciting to build. Definitely more foil in my future.
  5. Mike save the friskett, you’ll use it. I use it similar to 1to1Scale, transferring the mask to the model. Especially useful for exactly what you are doing, roundels! Friskett will ensure everything lines up correctly.
  6. Lothar if you don’t have luck with precut masks consider trying a “french curve” for cutting it out by hand. It’s like doing one of those connect the dots pictures from when we were kids :-)
  7. Yeah looking through the pics makes it hard to find them. There were over 3100 contest entries. For the top ones try the judges award slide show, starting around page 7 or so for LSP.
  8. I really like your logic. What a well thought out build!
  9. What a way to get excited about building scale models! Really great stuff plus great opportunities. I did get to the meet and great but since the photo etch class overlapped it had to leave early. My next build will be greatly improved as a result if there’s any consolation. Decided to help with judging tonight. I did ships which was different. Very enlightening. I have to believe This will also improve my future builds. Pretty much did all classes today. Radu’s was super enlightening! It’s funny how you learn why they do it the way they do and then realize what complete sense it makes when you thought there was no rhyme or reason to why those parts don’t seem too scale lol So regardless of whether it’s LSP or not this is my favorite For LSP’s I’d have to pick these 3 but the WWI biplanes sure were tempting Saturday going to spend looking at models in detail and going through the vendor room. Dang this is a huge event. Glad I’m here 3 days.
  10. Hey Jumpjack, that’s Tamiya’s stand from their F-16. I know it comes in the Thunderbirds boxing but not sure about the others. I’ve picked up 5 of them from guys who don’t use them over the last couple years. It comes with big mold lines and attachment points on it. I sand it all down and then polish it to make it presentable.
  11. Opening those vents and replacing the one over the tail boom looks sweet. Really brings those sections up to speed with your work on the rest of this behemoth. Great work.
  12. She is as DONE as I can get her right now! Once I figure out how to print decals I will add the Thunderbird and Country logos for the final touch. Built completely out of the box. Foiled using Microscale foil glue and kitchen foil of varying weights. The foil around the exhaust was treated with bleach, pennies, and fishing weights to develop the heat affected zone. All graphics are painted on using Maketar Kabuki paper and my Silhouette Cameo3. This plane represents the 1954 show season (albeit without the country and Thunderbird logos because I haven’t mastered making my own decals yet if you know what I mean ;-) )The only decals are in the cockpit and the no-step lettering on the wings. Paints are MCW(Model Car World) acrylic lacquer for the plane and Vallejo acrylics in the cockpit. Kudos go to Out2gtcha and MikeA for all their help in learning to foil. Thanks Guys! Here's a close-out shot with more over on the RFI forum: F-84G Thunderbirds I hope you all have enjoyed this build. I sure have! learned alot and will be using these skills on the next 3 Thunderbirds I have to do in completing the family.
  13. She is as DONE as I can get her right now! Once I figure out how to print decals I will add the Thunderbird and Country logos for the final touch. Built completely out of the box. Foiled using Microscale foil glue and kitchen foil of varying weights. The foil around the exhaust was treated with bleach, pennies, and fishing weights to develop the heat affected zone. All graphics are painted on using Maketar Kabuki paper and my Silhouette Cameo3. This plane represents the 1954 show season (albeit without the country and Thunderbird logos because I haven’t mastered making my own decals yet if you know what I mean ;-) )The only decals are in the cockpit and the no-step lettering on the wings. Paints are MCW(Model Car World) acrylic lacquer for the plane and Vallejo acrylics in the cockpit. Now this one is somewhat controversial...I didn't have an era appropriate pilot. He should have goggles on so I will have to make one up some day to add here. If you'd like to see more catch my WIP, it goes over all the challenges and delight that is foiling : F-84G WIP
  14. Ohh I’m really into this! Will follow along for hints and tips as i have the same kit with the zacto intake to build. Have been deciding if i will do it next and i think your build will set me mind on the F-100. Lovely work so far and your attention to detail is superb. Can you pass on some details about how you make up that CA filler?
  15. I’ve got some thin sheet i can try. Won’t have a chance though till after Nats in TN.
  16. Woohoo thanks guy. The beauty of foil I'm discovering is how easy it is to fix things up. I repaired the wing areas and some spots along the fuselage today. Glued her together and thought I was done for the weekend since we're traveling for a wedding... ...but I'm still waiting for my wife to get ready to leave so I figured there was enough time for one more small job...foil the canopy Definitely done now as I don't want to get called out for delaying us, thus transitioning the discussion with the in-laws to how I made us late brouhaha
  17. Loving the story. Can’t wait for the next chapter! It really enhances the build.
  18. Thank you for the ideas. Most helpful.. I hadn’t mention before, the paint is a acrylic lacquer by MCW. Ver similar possibility to the MRP brand from the sounds of it but I haven’t got my MRP paint yet to compare. New options for me from your list will be the steel wool (the 400 grit i used instead of the XXXX steel wool sounds like it may have been too extreme), and varying the grain as in the areas i painted i did the grain all the same. No issues with pulling up the foil. I only have to redo it because I redid the masks 4 times to get paint to stick - the source of my Moments
  19. I ve had some big nights painting over the last few days. My wife has been working 2nd shift so once dinner for the kids is done it’s off to my model space! Considering my issues along the way it appears the hybrid of foil and paint i did has some benefits. And I don’t just say that to rationalize away my problems the paint layer turned out dead even with the foil thickness. Nearly impossible to tell they are different when running your finger across the surface. Now I did get brave and test out my paint on foil against tamiya tape...and the paint stayed on! I have to redo the bottom of one wing because the foil got messed up after so many painting attempts. When i do that I’ll try the XX and XXX steel wool and see if that fixes my problem. Here’s how it looks so far - One of my larger tape sculptures Stars and scallops done by scaling up Tamiya’s 1/48 decals and cutting on my Cameo3 Last a few in-process glamour shots
  20. Where the outline of the eagle falls across the wing and back to the root is perfect. Really melds the graphic into the lines of the plane!
  21. Back at it again I took a break and worked on some smaller scale stuff. Worked on some ideas of how to finish this. I decided to print the masks and cut the foil out where i needed to paint. Until i get some remedial help on painting foil i think I’m stuck. On a positive note the paint and foil will be almost level and very smooth. As of tonight I’ve finished the white and just now completed the blue. Not sure if I’ll get any further tomorrow as my son needs help on his car and then we have a wedding to attend this weekend so traveling for a few days. Anyway I ramble ;-) just 2 quik shots for the update. I may drag this along to Nats and if I catch up with any of you guys with foiling experience maybe you can look at it and see what I’m missing (kinda wondering if I’m not “graining” it enough for paint to stick).
  22. Those look great! I totally agree with your lighting too bright thought. Nicely portrayed.
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