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Norm In Toronto

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  • Birthday 05/18/1944

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    Barrie Ontario Canada (just north of Toronto)
  1. Norm In Toronto

    Spiders

    Spiders don't like peppermint oil or vinegar, so use a combination of the two against them. Spray windowsills and entryways with a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 1/2 cups water, and 20 drops of peppermint essential oil. (Eucalyptus oil purportedly works, too, but I find peppermint a more pleasant scent.)
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    1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Nice Spit there Peter - but what it really needs is "metal foil" finish. All the best in the New Year! Norm.
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    The Swamp Ghost

    Looks like the documentary was lost more thoroughly than the original aircraft. Too bad Google Earth can't find the video like it can the 70 year old wreck (9°11'51.78"S Long 148°39'43.00"E) Apparently some mysteries are destined to remain unsolved. Norm.
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    1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Sorry Peter, but I counted the number of rivets on the wheel well panel - and I think you may be short one! Just kidding, of course - outstanding work my friend. BTW, I have to say how impressed I was in receiving my order from Airscale in only 5 days!! All the way from Merry Ol' England to remote Barrie Ontario. And this during the Christmas rush for deliveries - Thanks also to the Royal Mail and good ol' Canada Post. It's comforting to see the attention to detail you exhibit in your model masterpieces is reflected in the operation of your company. Best of the Season Peter, to you and yours - and keep the updates coming. Norm.
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    where is a Westland Whirlwind ???

    Oh, and by-the-way, the CF 100 was a CANADIAN aircraft (AVRO Canada - just in case anyone reading Clunk's post got the impression it was a British development) - AND it was a bloody beautiful aircraft - at least in my mind's eye. Perfectly suited for it's intended role of long-range interceptor, over some of the world's most desolate landscape. Take that, you men of failing style appreciation, you!! Norm.
  6. I've got to agree with most of the comments here. SAC products generally leave me scratching my head with the question "WHY" bouncing around inside. I must admit that I have little respect for a company that attempts to capitalise on our hunger to upgrade to aftermarket items, by providing "direct copies" of an existing product (with little or NO attempt to upgrade or detail said part) and then reproduce that copy in a medium that MAY provide more long term problems than the original. I see little evidence of this supplier doing much more than pressing existing kit parts into modelling clay and then pouring in inferior grade white metal to produce crude replicas of the original parts - the packaging probably cost him more than his "manufacturing" process. Norm.
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    Tamiya F-15C Kicked Up A Notch- Dec 1/17: DONE!

    Ok, I'm NOT going to repeat myself, nor will I attempt to "outdo" comments made by others here, soooo... I will NOT tell you that you are doing a terrific job, I won't - NO you can't make me. So there! Norm.
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    SAC #24008: Hawker Typhoon Mk.1b Landing Gear (Airfix)

    Kevin, I agree. What would also be interesting to know, is whether a kit's original gear was THAT prone to breakage. In other words, if increased detail is not a requirement to the purchaser, does the situation warrant the use of a stronger replacement (if, indeed, SAC gear is stronger)? Norm.
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    SAC #24008: Hawker Typhoon Mk.1b Landing Gear (Airfix)

    I agree wholeheartedly. Ernie does a great job on his products. G-Factor gear are usually much more detailed than the plastic original they replace AND are cast in a MUCH more robust brass alloy material. First rate products! Norm.
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    Tamiya F-15C Kicked Up A Notch- Dec 1/17: DONE!

    "Kicked Up A Notch" - Naaaaah, Blasted into orbit!! Outstanding Chuck, Norm.
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    SAC #24008: Hawker Typhoon Mk.1b Landing Gear (Airfix)

    Quote from review: "I still am not happy with the softness of the alloy used. However, the gear of the 1/24th kits are quite substantial in diameter so the SAC gear will not bend as easy as it does in smaller scale kits. So I am confident it should hold up well. Recommended as a quick and relatively low-priced replacement for the kit gear." Still leaves the question WHAT'S THE POINT? If the SAC product lacks the fidelity (or at best, only matches) that of the original plastic part, and may provide only marginal structural integrity (compared to the original part) - Why bother buying this product? This is one line of After Market products that leaves me shaking my head. Norm.
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    1/32nd scale Avro Shackleton AEW2 - scratchbuild project

    500 MPH Bear... Wow, when I read this I HAD to check - and sure enough, a quick Google search reveals the Bear had a top speed of 925 KPH that translates to 574 MPH - damn quick for a prop driven monster of this size! Guess I should spend more time researching some of these old Cold War weapons. Thanks for opening my eyes. Norm.
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    1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Peter, thanks for your reply, much appreciated. Chuck, great tip with Great Planes Debonder - I'll have to find some and give it a try. Thank-you! Norm.
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    1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Speaking of your etch work Peter, that extremely thin oval of riveted material that you've applied to the larger sandwiched bulkhead must have been a real treat to apply - any secrets you'd like to share with the great unwashed as we sit eagerly at your feet? I'm assuming that you use thin Cyano as the adhesive of choice, but how the hell do you manage to keep it Sooooo clean - there is NO indication anywhere of "misplaced" glue, nor is there any sign of buckling of that delicate structure that should surely happen if you start at one point and attempt to apply it as you proceed around the circumference and finally reach the starting point - or if you lay it down and apply glue at strategic points and then try to get the intersections laid down as well - how do you manage that?
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    1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Peter, I know working in 1/18 scale makes things just a little easier, but damn it man, this could be 1/1 scale as far as the photos are concerned!! Can't wait to see some paint on these puppies. Truly magnificent detail. Norm. BTW, did I mention that your etch work makes Eduard's look like "run of the mill" quality. (the blind flying panel is curling though - I know, I know, it's just dry fit but had to have a "nit" to "pick")
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