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  1. Great figure painting. His face looks terrific.
  2. What type of parachute, if any, did pilots of ME 262 and AR 234 aircraft use? Their seats don't look like they are configured for a seat-pack type parachute as in the Bf 109, nor is there a step in the seat back for a backpack type parachute as in the Fw 190. The pilot's seats in these aircraft look like sitting with any type of parachute would be quite awkward. Was the speed of the aircraft such that manually bailing out was not a realistic proposition? I don't remember ever reading about any 262 or 234 pilots bailing out of their aircraft. They seem to either go down with their plane or make a belly landing (primarily when shot up during landing or takeoff).
  3. Mike, I didn't mean to imply that they were always seen in the red primer, just that I had seen numerous photos/profiles where they were shown that way. I was of the understanding that the red primer was primarily for fabric surfaces, even though it was often used on other surfaces as seen in numerous photos. I had just never seen such a close-up shot that showed that there were fabric patches. Juggernaut explains the presence of the red primer the way I surmised it came to be visible. Bill
  4. While perusing Mike Maben's images in his response to Alan's question about Fw 190 landing gear electrical harness images, I noticed this image: I've often noticed red primer circles in these locations on photos and profiles. In this photo, they look like doped fabric patches, which would explain the use of red primer. Can anyone confirm? Thanks (particularly to Mike for the great photos), Bill
  5. Jennings, Silhouette seems to be targeted almost exclusively toward scrapbookers and similar hobbies. You might want to check with a local vinyl sign printer or two to get some input on more professional level vinyl cutting machines and materials. There are many more options available than Silhouette and Cricut, just with higher price tags. Bill
  6. I haven't used the Eduard ones yet, but have used the basically identical HGW fabric belts numerous times. I think Eduard makes the PE for HGW. The tip to thread the belts with the PE still attached to its fret is the key to assembling them without pulling your hair out. With the HGW belts, I have found that you should check the length of the harness sections as you are assembling them. Otherwise, the finished belts often look much too long.
  7. My first one was a Vertigo acrylic jig. I used epoxy glue to assemble it. If you get one of these, no matter what type of glue you use for assembly, I recommend roughing up the mating surfaces thoroughly, as my epoxy bonds failed on most of the assemblies. Also watch how you pick it up. The base of mine cracked in two when I picked it up one time. I now use a wooden one I got from UMM, but I could probably do most of my assembly work without it. I haven't tried using it while painting a model yet, so it might be more useful for that purpose.
  8. I use Bondo glazing putty for larger putty jobs. For seams I switch back and forth among Gunze Mr Surfacer 500, Mr Dissolved Putty, and Vallejo putty (in the tube, not the bottle). Most of the time, my decision of which of the previous three putties I decide to use is which one I can find.
  9. Rog & Jennings - thanks for the info. I will see if I can find the earlier discussions threads.
  10. The new tool Revell FW 190A-8 and FW 190F-8 have two curved plates molded on the bottom at the front inner edge of the main landing wells, supposedly to direct hot gases away from the open part of the gear wells and tires. Were these curved plates standard on later model FW 190s? If so, were they as large as Revell depicts them? I have seen them on pictures of at least one restored aircraft, but there is never enough light/clarity on wartime photos to see that area clearly. Thanks, Bill
  11. I tried it without much success in the past. I was trying to cut out Albatross D.V/Va bulkheads, multiple thin bulkheads (Evergreen .05 or .1) that I was going to laminate to simulate the plywood of the actual bulkheads. It never cut all the way through, and when I increased the cutting depth & force, it seemed the blade would catch during the job and the cutting head would just start moving in erratic motions. At the time, I ran out of thin Evergreen, and I have not experimented any more since getting some more sheet styrene. Bill
  12. At least with CGI they can seamlessly morph the transitions of aircraft type flown and crashed by the character Heston played in the original film . I didn't mind the use of modern (at the time of filming) tanks in "The Battle of the Bulge", since they used those tanks throughout (I should add a caveat about the turret being blown off Telly Savalas' tank with no casualties being a little too much), but using real footage of three different aircraft to represent Heston's last flight & crash was the crowning moment in a really crappy movie.
  13. The only problem I've found with Airscale decals and PE bezels is that they are actually to-scale (if you can call that a problem when we get upset that a kit is 1-2mm off in total length). When using the decals with kit IPs, the decals are normally a little larger than the kit instrument bezel because the kit maker had to take into account the thickness of the plastics parts and design some parts a little under-scale. Airscale's new decals include colored rings for the bezels of the instruments as needed, e.g., yellow and red for fuel/oil levels and pressures and blue for O2. I like the newer Eduard PE IPs that have separate bezels that you glue on which gives a more realistic look than the panels that just use flat PE for the front of the IP. Bill
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