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    Mosquito cockpit question

    If you get hit flying a low level strike mission, you probably won't have time to consider popping a hatch anywhere. "We're hit!" ~splash~
  2. My dad used to do maintenance and training on the Hellcat in WWII. Master Sergeant USMC. He had a balsa and paper model that he did up with all sorts of realistic controls and had it as a control-line flying model before R/C was practical. He really had some stories on these and the Corsairs and I'm sure he'd appreciate this kit. Sadly he's long gone.
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    ALERT! Anyone heard from or about Paul Fisher?

    From what I've seen, Paradise is essentially wiped out and the fire is moving in to Chico.
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    Lurkers - De-lurk!

    I try to rationalize it with paint. If I'm going to load up the airbrush with RLM66 anyway, might as well have 3 cockpits ready for paint and not just one. Too bad it never works out that way...
  5. The reason I've stuck with traditional oils so far is the relative ease in fixing screw-ups over acrylic base. I can detail paint or weather with oils and if I mess up a quick swab with spirits will remove it and not disturb the base. Don't know how this would go with water-mix ones.
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    Hannants website search function.

    Their search is stupidly specific. Try "BF-109" (without the quotes). That worked for me, got 74 results in 1/24. 44 results for "BF-109G". Edit: Entered in the main search box, then I selected 1/24 from the results
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    Lurkers - De-lurk!

    I have a buried thread in WIP for my Mosquito, but it's stalled for a few reasons - one of which is I keep starting new ones. The other reason is the &^%$#@ fiddly Eduard resin engine set. I'll try to update (and find my camera)
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    Suggestions for ventilation

    Casements - ugh. I have awning windows that tilt out at the bottom. Here's what I did, but my booth requires standing up: Build a plywood box just big enough to fit outside the window trim - in your case I might modify the design so the bottom of the box is above the cranks, or you'll have to lean inside to open them. Maybe just one side would work. Build a back and inner frame that allows to you use common furnace filters and a box fan. I found a fan and filters that are 20x20 (I use the pleated paper ones, not fiber). So far, I haven't seen a speck of paint on the screen or the window casing, I just crank them open when I paint, crank them shut when I'm done. If I ever move, I have to patch a few screw holes in the frame.
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    Lurkers - De-lurk!

    I don't post a whole lot, but I check in almost every day for inspiration. I have about 7 projects moving along slowly.
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    That's not my garage, that's a scale model of the Lancaster assembly plant...
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    The Merlin XX and 28 have a lot of visible differences when viewed from above, but you can get away with the same block and supercharger. It's mostly coolant piping and ignition wires.
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    German F-104G red lights (spine & belly)

    I think I'd find a clear red toothbrush handle. Better color.
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    CO2 airbrushing dangers

    You won't be able to use enough volume of CO2 while airbrushing to pose a danger unless the room is hermetically sealed and you have a very large tank of it and leave it open. CO2 is the fizz in soda and an ingredient in fire extinguishers. With a vent fan? No worries whatsoever.
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    New, clean topic: HB B-24 Test Shot Photos

    Part of me thinks this could usher in a new business model sort of like Zoukei Mura, but aimed at the lower end of the market. Develop a decent platform with the basics and no display engines or crazy detail. Keep the price low. Then issue 'upgrades' and add-ons for those who want them (or just let the aftermarket take care of it because they're going to anyway). Why design and mold 4 marginal radials in the box if Eduard is just going to do it better? Why spend the time engineering a detailed 'pit when PE will be out next week? Those who don't care will build it anyway, and those who want more will buy it regardless of the kit parts. I'd feel less wasteful putting really nice AM on a $150 4-engine bomber kit in 1/32 than I would putting 'slightly better' AM on a $200 Tamiya kit. Or I might consider $400 for an heirloom-quality kit like WNW's Lanc appears to be - if it's all in the box. And I don't think anybody's going to make the argument that HB is on par with WNW.
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    HKM 1/32 Lancaster Kit review

    Looking at the renders that were shown of a finished surface, I think scale effect is going to play a big part in how these turn out. On a slab of blank gray plastic, the effect is jarring. With some good (and tedious) painting techniques, the look could be extraordinarily realistic. I guess we'll see when someone with skill paints one.