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  1. I've got the second one you pictured, without the air tank. It runs more often (though will build pressure and shut off) and it's so quiet you can barely hear it cycle on over the sound of air passing though the airbrush. Just my .02c worth
  2. Way back in the olden times I was based in El Paso. NASA had a facility there, mostly repairing and reworking T-38s for NASA but the airport was also a favorite storage site for lots of NASA airplanes. For a while the backup 747 shuttle carrier was there, and also one of the WB-57s. I got a nice up-close look at it one day - unfortunately in the pre-digital camera days and I lost the photos years ago. Fast forward to 2011. Taxiing out for takeoff from Kandahar, sitting in line behind a couple of C-17s and my FO points to an airplane in a revetment and asks "what kind of airplane is that?" It's one of the WB-57s!. It operated from Kandahar for a few months but I only got to see it take off once: can't tell from the pics but while it was in Afghanistan the NASA logos were removed. Cheers, Mark
  3. Thanks Ray! I figured someone had to take one for the team and finish the beast Thanks Paul!
  4. My best guess - and only a guess! - is that the unpainted or semi-painted wheel wells might correlate to the exterior finish from the factory. The early examples would have been painted in OD upper/neutral gray lower, or British camo and the factory would have taken the time for corrosion control, including the wheel wells. I don't remember the exact timeframe but at some time (probably mid-1944) as the factories really started cranking out aircraft the order came for the aircraft exterior finish to remain NMF. This order might have had two reasons - one, high command decided camoflage was no longer needed, or two (my guess) the aircraft loss rate was high enough that replacement airframes were needed ASAP, thus skip as much of the painting as possible. They also might have figured that the average airframe had an in-theatre lifespan shorter than the rate of corrosion growth, so why bother. As always, the only way to be sure is photographic evidence as some airframes might have had the wheel wells painted after living long enough to go through a heavy check. I would be curious to know if data is available for the average lifespan of various aircraft types during different phases of the war - obviously early war would have a high loss rate vs. late war, but other loss causes such as accidents, etc., would have to be figured in. I'll bet the average allied airframe didn't last much longer than 2 months or so once in theatre.
  5. Two Bearcats in formation - sweet!
  6. Thanks Jack! That's what I read also. Now to find a 1/32 oil drum.
  7. This is a function of vector graphics, aka CAD drawing. A regular printer (I'm going from memory here so be kind to me) converts the page to raster graphics - left to right, top to bottom, but CAD or vector graphics has a (for printing) a 2D start point, vector and distance. When a printer (plotter, cutter, etc.) that prints vector graphics starts the file it prints the first line drawn in the base program, then subsequent lines in the order they were added to the original file. It gets a little more complicated when multiple files are merged or items are imported into the base file. I think that's why you are seeing the cutter jump to random points during the print cycle. When I was cutting with my laser cutter and printing plans on my plotter (old r/c business) I imported my CAD files to CorelDraw and created layers to help speed the printing process. In Corel I could re-assign and re-order the individual parts to prevent the (seemingly) random printing process. I learned later how to do it directly from the CAD program so I could eliminate the additional work in Corel. Try looking at your file to see if it has been layered. If not maybe experiment with that to see if it changes things. Mark
  8. Thanks Brian! From what I've seen in photos and up close, the airplane sitting at rest sits tail low due to aft cg issues, empty fuel tanks, etc. The only time it sits level is with the engines running. I'll test the balance on mine with it level but I think the best solution is what the guys in real life did - set an oil drum under the tail! I bet I can fab one up pretty easily.
  9. More pics: Thanks for looking! Mark
  10. Hiya fellas, I managed to finally finish the HPH Tigercat! I gotta say it looks pretty impressive sitting next to its WWII cousins. Photos and even being next to one in person doesn't do the Tigercat justice as to its size - it's a big airplane, especially siting next to a Spitfire or -109! Thoughts on the kit: There's lots in the box, tons of detail and multiple subassemblies. Not as intricate as the Helldiver I did last year but still plenty to do. Most of the cockpit detail can be seen, not as much in the main wheel wells, very little in the nose wheel well (more on that later), and most of the engine detail cannot be seen if cowled up. Parts fit is mostly good - for a resin kit - and surface detail is good throughout. Having read and followed Brian's build thread on this kit I was aware of some of the shortcomings in the main wheel wells and outer wing panel misalignment but that really didn't bother me so I pressed on . After looking at period photos of parked F7Fs I noticed that the nose gear doors are almost fully closed on the ground so most of the detail in the nose wheel well can't be seen, so I didn't spend too much time there. Just built up the subassembly as per the instructions. Main wheel wells are pretty complicated with lots of bulkheads to be added. These areas really beg for superdetailing but again I just stuck with the kit parts. Engines are gems and would look really good sitting on a stand, or with the cowls removed. The cockpit really shines, with lots of room to see all the goodies. General construction is pretty straightforward and with not too much cursing the fuselage and wings/nacelles will come together. I had read from the other build that the nose weights didn't fit well, but on mine they fit just fine. Some filler on the seams and rescribing of the lost panel lines (didn't go overboard on redoing the rivets). Note of caution here: It is a tail-sitter even with all the weight provided in the kit! I even drilled the trailing edge of the stab at the elevator joint to remove some material from the horizontal stab and it still plopped on the tail. Phooey! No need for the brass nose gear! Paint is MM Dark Sea Blue. I decided to forego any weathering aside from light exhaust staining though I did go with a semi-gloss clear coat to knock the shine down a little. Overall, I put the kit in the win column. There's a 1/32 Tigercat on the shelf, which was the goal! On to the pics: More pics to follow, Cheers, Mark
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