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  1. As a bonus, you don't even have to mask them, just scrape the paint off with a cocktail stick.
  2. You can also use clear UV adhesive like Bondic in the epoxy mold if you are so inclined.
  3. It depends. Sprayed over plastic, it dries very quickly. However each successive coat re-wets the paint under it increasing the drying time. This really comes into play if you gloss coat over several layers like any pre mottling, black basing, etc. Keeping in mind that the thinner is absorbed into previous layers I always add additional thinner to a gloss coat to improve leveling. The wetter the gloss coat is the better it levels and with the thinner being soaked up by previous layers the quicker the surface flashes.
  4. Care to post some of those photos, or links? A quick search doesn't show any HS logo in blue.... well, except for some outdoor gear by the same name that has nothing to do with propellers.
  5. For a few bucks, you can get vinyl at a craft store that has a permanent adhesive. Avery also seems labels with a permanent adhesive.
  6. SITREP 17 SEPTEMBER I'm going to forego the formalities and get right to the numbers. As of today there are 570 orders in the queue. Our goal is to ship a minimum of 150 orders per week. At that rate folks at the end of the line won't have their order shipped for another month. Typical day at Archer:
  7. I've re-opened the website and we are taking orders. LINK
  8. Regardless of what it is, if you've never used it do not use it for the fist time on your model. Get a junk kit and use it there first.
  9. Mark your calendars if you want to get in on our inventory liquidation sale because if response is anything like last time we may have stop taking orders temporarily again.
  10. In my experience, if you paint details with enamels or oils you cannot do better than sable brushes. However, if you use acrylics stick to synthetics. Acrylics are hard on sable. You can spend a king's ransom on quality brushes but 90% of my brushes are el-cheapo ones from Michaels and they work just fine for all but detail work.
  11. Today I am feeling very grateful that I have no interests in 109's. Thank you, John for this excellent review. Well done!
  12. I tried selling a couple years ago and wound up being treated like a carcass only worth being picked over by vultures. Spend 30+ years building a solid business with innovative products and stellar customer service only to be treated like a hobo begging for coins? Nah, I don't think so.
  13. Old school scratchbuilding tour-de-force.
  14. Try this: With a pointed brush, put small drops of Micro Set randomly where the decal is supposed to go. Remove any excess water from the bottom of the decal. Slide decal into position. Use a soft brush (preferably sable) to smooth out the decal by gently pushing moisture out from under it. Airbrush Micro Sol over the decal Wait a minute and repeat. Airbrushing applies an even coat on the decal softening it evenly rather than leaving random puddles that unevenly soften the decal. Micro Sol will not damage your airbrush, but flush with water when you're done.
  15. The meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail on this build is inspiring. Following with great interest.
  16. Yea, your approach was genius and I considered it, but It's all about OOTB on this build otherwise I'll get carried away tweaking other things slowing the build. It's an amazingly intricate kit so I'm giving it my best shot in the paint department and basic construction. This build is special for me because I knew the pilot and every build up to now was practice for this one. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
  17. This will probably be my last post on this build for a while due to my zero time to work on this. Seems closing Archer has turned into a much bigger job for Chrissy and I than I anticipated. We are woefully behind because I grossly underestimated the response we got. To say we’re buried at this time would be the understatement of the decade. Regardless, this is what I managed to get done since last time. Painted a bunch of pieces. Excuse the over exposure, but I had to so you can see the parts rather than a bunch of rather dark parts. Also managed to get most of the cockpit assembled while I wait for my seatbelt mules. Not a fan of the way Tamiya did the instrument panel but this is almost entirely OOTB and the options would be too time consuming. My only regret on this is that I didn’t open up the lightening holes on the parts under the foot troughs, but it is what it is. Life goes on. Thanks for watching. Behave yourself while I’m gone.
  18. ... so we can get caught up. All I can say is we expected to be busy during our inventory liquidation but HOLY CRAP things got seriously out of hand on Day-One, so much so that I had to shut the website down TEMPORARILY while we dig ourselves out from under a flood of orders. We had a lot of inventory ready to go but we also have lots of inventory on hand that still needs to be bagged, a situation we grossly under appreciated never anticipating the size of the response. This will take time. If you placed an order, rest assured that it will be delivered but it may take a while.
  19. We have a LOT of inventory on hand so rest assured that you won’t miss out on anything.
  20. I have no intention of giving up models so y’all are going to have to put up with me until I croak.
  21. I had to close so I can finish my Corsair. Oy vey, so many parts.
  22. NOTHING LASTS FOREVER The time is well past due for me to throw in the towel and close up shop for good, so between now and our official closing date, November 30, 2022, we will be liquidating all of our current inventory - first come, first served. We are expecting a high volume of sales during this inventory liquidation period so we are asking for your patience, and to expect delays in receiving your orders. We will be sending periodic updates on inventory availability in the weeks ahead. WHY NOW? We've had a good run for over 33 years but I'm old, tired and ready to reclaim what's left of my life while I'm still healthy and able to do some of the things I enjoy. There was a time not that long ago that I had unbounded enthusiasm for Archer but those days are sadly fading away. Age has caught up with me and I simply can't keep up with new the technologies emerging in our industry, and tech in general. Frankly, it's become a struggle to come to work lately and that's not fair to our customers, and I'm not about to hang on at your expense for no reason other than my pride. CHEER UP, I'M NOT DEAD YET. Don't expect to see me napping on the porch waiting to die. My friend and I have started a non-profit cat rescue (thecatfarm.org) and I'm sure being a cat herder will take up a lot of my time. Incidentally, all of the profits between now and when we close will go toward our rescue. PARTING THOUGHTS Before I go I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all our customers who supported us over these many decades. Your patronage helped feed my family and put a roof over our heads, and for that I will be eternally grateful. I pray each and every one of you has a long, healthy and happy life. In closing, allow me to take a moment to recognize and publicly thank Cookie Sewell for convincing me to get Archer started. Thank you, my friend. What a long, strange trip it's been. FAREWELL and HAPPY MODELING, The cool kids at Archer Woody Vondracek and Chrissy Perdue LINK TO SITE
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