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  1. Sad news indeed. My condolences to his family. In the last week I've lost my sister and a friend of over 40 years, both to cancer. I wish that science could really do something to stop this scourge.
  2. Sorry Stephen but I get 404 errors on all of your links.
  3. The Airfix 109 doesn't include a drop tank. Too bad too because that would have been a nice accessory for the kit.
  4. Note that the Eagle racks are meant for the FW 190 and are shaped for that plane's straight wing, not with staggered slots as used on the Me 262's swept wing. The rockets look to be very good.
  5. I'll scan the diorama sheet and e-mail it along with some pics to the address in your profile. If there's a different address you want it sent to shoot me a PM with it. Also, let me know if you want scans of the instruction sheets.
  6. Loic, I've got a built model of the two seater version of the Monogram kit that I can photograph if that helps. Also have the instruction sheet and a sheet of diorama tips and photos for the kit done by Shep Paine.
  7. Yes. I'd only used Dullcote from a rattle can and didn't like the experience. Testors sprays never seem to have enough pressure and the material comes out heavy, if at all. The Krylon sprays have ample pressure to allow the misting on of multiple coats without sags or runs.
  8. I've used Krylon's satin finish on several projects and like it a lot. It flows out well but still dries quickly. You're right about the great value you get for your money with these products.
  9. Never thought to take pics of it before giving it away shortly after finishing it.
  10. Built the old Entex kit way back when. Recall the joy of drilling out all 2 million portholes and the agony of rigging the thing with black thread.
  11. johng


    I built this back in the 70's and still have it although it's missing a few parts these days. It was a straightforward build OOB. If I were building it now there's a lot of custom work I'd do on it and it'd be easy because of it's size. The only thing special I did was the scheme, Miss Marilyn II. Made masks for the codes and hand painted the name and red stallion on the tail. The retractable landing gear is a little weak and wobbly so you'll want to strengthen the hinges or even glue them in a fixed position.
  12. Finally got around to sending them a little while ago. Been a busy day.
  13. Derek, the 108 was a significant aircraft for Messerschmitt and was perhaps the design basis for the 109 but the two had no common airframe parts that I'm aware of. Converting a 109 into a 108 wouldn't seem to be a practical idea since nearly every part would have to be remade.
  14. Squadron's Ju 88 in Action says that all Gruppen of KG 77 used the same badge but had a different color edge around it for each Gruppe. The example they have a photo of is III/KG77 that used yellow in a broken line around the badge.
  15. Stephen, Testors' Decal Bonder is part of their custom decal system. I made up some custom stencils using that system and applied them like any other decal. After drying I sprayed Krylon matte finish over them with no trouble. The only drawback with making decals using Testors decal paper is that they are fairly thick and this is obvious on a model but this could be due to too heavy a coat of the bonder spray. Follow the directions on the can and use just enough to cover the art.
  16. I seem to recall seeing pics of a test build although there were questions about its actual scale. If it was in fact 18th scale there must be tooling somewhere, perhaps included in the deal JSI made to get the other 18th scale model tools.
  17. I've only used parafilm with acrylics so I don't know of enamel's effect on it. I suppose much depends on what thinner is used to cut the paint. Got to say though that I've sprayed Krylon matte finish over parafilm a lot without issue and that stuff has acetone and toluene in it. Doesn't get much hotter than that.
  18. I tried liquid masks years ago and was never satisfied with any of them for various reasons. Best solution for masking canopies short of custom masks is Parafilm M. Applied correctly, it trims easily and removes cleanly.
  19. Welcome back to the hobby, Matt. About the F4U-1A for your boss, there isn't any kit larger than 1/32scale that I'm aware of but there are two prebuilts still available in 1/18th scale. Go to smalljoes.com to see what they look like. They can be disassembled, corrected and detailed to any level you care to and repainted as you want. Of course any added parts and markings will have to be custom made since there's no aftermarket stuff for this scale.
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    For a fast and cheap build of a kit that has been universally villied here and elsewhere I think you've done a fantastic job, Martin. Your paint and weathering are great and the photography makes it look almost real. Looking forward to what one of your builds will look like when you take your time.
  21. I believe at least one of the reasons Walmart gave the shaft to 21st Century was that 21st went back into business with Toys R Us and, since Walmart did their very best to put TRU out of business a few years ago, 21st's move was seen by Walmart as an unfriendly action so they abruptly pulled their business from 21st. If All-Go does bring the kits back (unlikely) they will no longer be cheap. The re-releases of the 1/32nd prebuilts will retail for $30, which is $5 or $10 more than they used to and twice what Walmart used to sell them for. Word is that All-Go has secured the rights to all of the 1/32nd scale tooling formerly owned by 21st Century Toys.
  22. johng

    Do - 335

    There was another book on the Do 335 that hasn't been mentioned here, perhaps because it's no longer available (I think). It was Aero Series #9 published in 1966, by Heinz Nowarra and Edward Maloney, who was curator of the USAFM at the time. There were many photos, some color profiles and a couple of cutaways. It was quite a bargain for $3.
  23. Your kit was just a reboxing of Revell's original 262 from 40 years ago and has more wrong than right with it. I'd keep it as a potential collector's item because of the box.
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