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  1. Been wondering this for years: What is the correct pronunciation of “Yeovilton?” It always comes out as some variation of Ovaltine when I try it.
  2. Have you tried applying masking fluid to the bare metal in places where you want it to show through? 1. Bare metal 2. Dollops of masking liquid 3. Etching primer 4. Color coats Once you’ve picked off the masker, the bare metal would have to show through equal to the amount of masker you put down. If you were trying to recreate areas of chipped paint, you’d be done. If you were trying to recreate areas of abrasion wear, then you’d have a good starting point for thinning and working the color coats back once they have dried. Heck, as big as your model is, you could probably use random bits of torn masking tape on the bare metal and get the same result.
  3. Beautifully done. You should be very pleased. Sadly, my eyes went straight to the helipad just behind the cockpit and now I can’t see anything else. Obvious character flaw on my part.
  4. And that is $212 plus shipping and tax, so at least $250 for most of us. I know it has a hook and all that, but I think I’ll spend the same bucks for a couple of somethings a little more classic and curvaceous.
  5. Sorry, but I don’t understand what is going on here. How does this work? Did you sit in front of your computer with the airplane on autopilot for six hours while watching the world go by on the screen? Technology forever amazes me, but……
  6. Gray overspray maybe? In these particular photos, it does not look like anyone went to great pains to paint the trunks.
  7. I’d be curious if this was a common practice and why they thought this was necessary. Was it done at depot or in the field? Would likely have been a more thorough job if done back in the rear. If done by crew chiefs in the field, it likely was whatever it was. Stripping an airframe is a messy business, is very work intensive and takes a while because there is a lot of surface area. Aircraft availability is a big issue during wartime, so you’d think they would have had better things to be concerned with. And, no, no right thinking person would sand the paint off - in many places, the aluminum skin on these airplanes is thinner than the plastic in our LSPs.
  8. Wings are too, I think. Makes working around the boat easier.
  9. A while ago, someone on here pointed out that real airplanes get dirty and “weather” from the top surface down. When building plastic models, we often will wax artistic and will try to simulate weathering so that it looks real but often has little connection with reality because we start down deep in the finish and work our way out in layers until it looks “right”. This probably won’t work in your case. I’d think you would paint your model the same way the factory did so that you end up with a fresh assembly line paint job and then wear and weather your way down thru the layers until you get what you want, adding dirt and grime to the top surface as you need it. That’s how it worked in the real world. In places where your model has plastic rather than aluminum skin, you are just going to have to paint those parts aluminum or silver before you lay on any color coats if you want high wear areas to eventually show bare metal. If you can teach yourself to metal-skin complex parts and all sorts of compound curves, then you can teach yourself to use an airbrush (they are marvelous devices) to get a realistic showroom finish. Once you’ve down that, wrecking said paint job with wartime wear and tear is just another step on the learning curve - it’s all airflow, abrasion, handling wear, UV light, POL stains, dirt and common sense and all of it should happen to your model the same way it happened to the 1:1 Corsairs: a little bit at a time. Start whenever you are ready. I’m letting a bottle of Malbec breathe a little, so we have plenty of time.
  10. Crazy how the wind over the deck would push the airplanes backward after they finally stopped.
  11. Try www.aircraftspruce.com and type zinc chromate into their search bar. They list several versions and colors of aviation grade self etching primer in rattle cans. If that address doesn’t work, just google Aircraft Spruce and Specialty and you’ll find ‘em. These guys have just about anything you could ever imagine you’d need for an airplane, large or small. Really good people.
  12. FYI : times have certainly changed. Back in the day, I soloed in five hours, got my private in 40 hours. I paid $15 an hour wet for a brand new 152 and $10 an hour for my instructor. With the check ride thrown in, I got my private for less than $1,200. Long time go; I doubt if most of you were even born.
  13. I believe Revell cut those panel lines with a ditch witch.
  14. Outstanding! Welcome to the club, the game and the show. You are now officially broke.
  15. I have no idea what this means, but I am waiting with bated breath!
  16. Wonder why nobody ever offers any of the really elegant sailplanes for one of these threads? There are some truly gorgeous gliders out there, both old and new.
  17. Their little airplanes are real troopers, but they have to be so very tired and used up after all these years. Everybody loves the Snowbirds. They are always a big draw at airshows and show the flag well, so you’d think the government would find a way to put them in something newer than the same jets the pilots’ grandfathers flew. I assume this airplane will be written off; how do they even source parts these days?
  18. I would venture to say every airplane I’ve ever owned the minute I no longer have it, because whatever I currently own and fly is pretty much always the worst and a real POS hated by one and all compared to the previous one. Ask my wife and my mechanic.
  19. Not even going to bother with telling you how mind expanding all this is because you’ve heard it countless times. However, I have a couple of questions: How close are the tape you make patterns with and the metal in thickness? Pretty close? Not close at all? If one is noticeably thinner than the other, do you have to make allowances or is that irrelevant? And, sorry to ask you to repeat yourself, but what exactly is the material you are using and how do we mortals get our hands on some?
  20. Hmmmm. This might be a good one for your previously mentioned low level hauling ass stand/base, assuming Tomcat drivers ever did such a thing. You know, with a shock wave on the water and all.
  21. Shame. That was/is a nicely restored old 180. Note the flames from the magnesium wheel grinding itself into nothing on the runway. The guy might have been able to ferry it home after a little work - he didn’t get the prop, so the motor and prop are okay and he likely could source a wheel, tire and tube at OSH. Big questions would be the right wing spar and attach points, the right gear leg and gear box, and the right horizontal stab tip and elevator. That’s a one-piece stabilzer with a jack screw for trim; the elevator is two pieces and is pretty common so it is possible he could have gotten a serviceable right side at OSH as well if he needed it. However, ferrying a broke airplane a long distance is not for the faint of heart. The 310 is almost certainly a write-off. Like I said, it’s a shame - both looked to be nice, well cared for airplanes and probably a long way from home.
  22. You know what they say: “Those who can, do. Those who cannot, watch.”
  23. Yep. I agree. But there are a couple of things about the arrivals that bug the heck out of me: We’re seeing more and more controllers on the ground who don’t know one airplane from another, who know nothing about their differences in performance and who don’t know/care that what they are asking for may be close to the limits of what a lowish-time pilot and airplane can do. Secondly, an awful lot of the arrivals don’t seem to realize where they are and are happy to fly the same slow, full flaps take-all-day approach at OSH as they do at their home airport where they have all the time in the world to work things out in snail time without giving a second thought about who or what is stacking up behind them just a couple of knots above stall. Okay - three things: Thirdly, the military jets arriving that are flown by 20 year olds who just HAVE to make five or six burner passes before landing. I don’t think they realize that everything stops when they do that. All those hundreds of airplanes inbound nose to tail from Fisk suddenly are stacked up with nowhere to go while the jets are having a good time. Lacking the ability to hover in place, the inbound planes are diverted or have to do 360s and the line backs up to somewhere in Kansas which adds even more stress. Seems like the EAA, the FAA and the fly-in airplanes have forgotten previous lessons learned and are stuck in the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mode because it didn’t used to be that way.
  24. A little cropping around the edges and this photo would be a dead ringer for a full scale resto update. Seriously.
  25. And the main gear struts are white but, to me, the wheels look to be natural metal. Am I hallucinating again?
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