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  1. This was so much fun to watch, and the results are terrific. Thanks for sharing!
  2. Looks great! It looks like you have the figures well sorted, but a good potential source for 19th century crew in 1/48 could be Pegasus hobbies' "California Gold Miners": http://pegasushobbies.net/catalog/p113/%237007-1/48-Calif.-Gold-Miners-/-Gold-Rush/product_info.html
  3. hexnut

    U.S.S. Arizona

    As far as the planes go, Revell actually has the correct planes--SOC-3 Seagulls. (I don't think it got the Kingfishers until 1941, I believe they were off of the ship at the time of the attack) The floats are actually attached to the catapults. Those need to be cut off and attached to the aircraft if you use the GMM set, which is the right scale--I recommend it very highly. If you want to make Kingfishers, the 1956-vintage molds are blobby enough that you can just cut off the struts for the top wings and re-carve the canopy slightly. The railings definitely need to be cut off, it will improve the model considerably. I started one a long time ago, it's been sitting unfinished on my "shelf of shame" for over a decade. Maybe if you start kicking butt on yours, it would give me the impetus to drag mine back out and do something with it...
  4. Very cool project! Are you printing with a Taz? The parts look very nice. What extruder nozzle dia. and step are you running?
  5. hexnut

    Musicians and Modelers

    Question for jablackwell: is the Theremin as fun to play as it looks?
  6. hexnut

    Musicians and Modelers

    Or earlier (60's-70's) going by the diamond-shaped tom mount and hardware... Orchestral percussion is tough. Tympani is rewarding, but for everything else, depending on the piece, the proficiency-to-fun ratio is sometimes tough...(how much you have to know vs. how much you get to play) The reggae band however--great technical stuff, but you get to use it all-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkKwksK8VrE
  7. hexnut

    Musicians and Modelers

    Drummer percussionist most of my life--started in drum corps @ 8 yrs old, played in school marching, concert bands, jazz bands, various rock, blues and world music bands. Don't play out a whole lot anymore, just occasional jams and drum circles... I have a bunch of various percussion toys, keyboard, old roland octapad/Alesis Dm5 and some triggers, the attached pic shows my set of '60's Camcos set up for recording a few years back, talking drum in the background...
  8. From Wikipedia: Reaction with cotton, wool, and other fibrous materials Applying cyanoacrylate to some natural materials such as cotton (jeans), leather or wool (cotton swabs, cotton balls, and certain yarns or fabrics) results in a powerful, rapid exothermic reaction. This reaction also occurs with fiberglass and carbon fiber. The heat released may cause serious burns,[26] ignite the cotton product, or release irritating white smoke. Material Safety Data Sheets for cyanoacrylate instruct users not to wear cotton (jeans) or wool clothing, especially cotton gloves, when applying or handling cyanoacrylates.[27] I also use it w/ baking soda quite a bit and I have to be really careful--I've burnt my hands before...
  9. Looking awesome! You may be already using something like this, but for mirror finishes, I find these things: https://www.micromark.com/Soft-Touch-Sanding-and-Polishing-Pad-Set-Set-of-6?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7Lakytmr2AIV27rACh0Jpg2qEAQYASABEgLXkfD_BwE to be close to magic...
  10. Don't know if you've already seen this, but nice image of the Hotchkiss gun: http://www.nmrn-portsmouth.org.uk/exhibits-and-collections/steam-pinnace
  11. Awesome work on Michelangelo-- golf is too frustrating for me, I stick to Highland Games...
  12. THE basic textbook for tech. drawing in MHO is: Engineering Drawing and Graphic Science by French & Vierk. https://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AVierck French
  13. The clear coats add strength--luckily it's going over a white hull, so the green on the clear film should read okay... you may need to apply in a couple of pieces.
  14. I've had good luck with painting waterslide decal film--(I use 8.5x11" clear paper from MicroMark) a coat of desired color, then a coat of clear. (more coats of clear= stiffer and easier to position decals) the film stays fairly flexible...

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