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  • Birthday 10/18/1948

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  1. Wefalck, have you seen the Alaskan gold dredges? I attended a model railroad convention, back in June and this was one of the structure entries.
  2. Flak Bait is a B-26, preserved in the Smithsonian. It's undergoing a renovation.
  3. Scalecoat 1 paint, Ron. It's a lacquer, so spray in your booth. Gloves and a good organic solvent mask, too. You can bake the the brass in a toaster oven at 120F, or inside your spray booth with a 100W incandescent bulb, if you have any left. Otherwise, you risk turning the loco back into a kit of parts, if it gets too hot.
  4. Yes, if you see one deer/turkey/ whatever, start looking for mates in the immediate area. They're all herding animals.
  5. Hornfischer's book was a good read. Those were some very brave men. Nice to see a build of a "jeep" carrier. Alex, I'm in.
  6. Denis, the green wire is probably floral wire, a soft wire(not sure what it is made from) that florists use with their flower arrangements. A lot of older train kits (cars and structures) used to use it because it's pretty easy to work with. It's still good to use, but there are better wire materials available, such as phosphor bronze wire. It's a harder material and holds it's shape when bent. Light house is looking good.
  7. I had a gray cat years ago with ears like that. Horizontal rather than vertical. She was a good mouser and even caught rabbits.
  8. Or maybe a helper engine pushing heavy trains up hills. Hope it had a stoker appliance to push fuel into the firebox, too.
  9. Chuck's definition falls into the same parameters as the National Model Railroaders Association rules for contests. 90% or higher scratchbuilt parts, although they also list a number of exempt parts. For contests and evaluations, documentation is the key. But, since you are building for yourself, you follow your rules.
  10. Not sure about the bright oil, although it may be a glossy brownish-black paint, to simulate an oil puddle. The Glaze was an additive for making the Floquil paints dry to a gloss finish. Normally, the Floquil were matte or flat finishes. If you wanted to apply water slide decal to a flat painted surface, the decals could dry with a lot of silvering, caused by air trapped under the decal. You would mix a little Glaze into the paint to make it glossy. I don't remember the ratio you'd need to use the glaze. I would paint the surface with the Floquil, then gloss it with Pledge/Future/Kleer. That's an acrylic floor treatment, but works a charm on models, too.
  11. Like what all your others buddies said, OC. Friends are folks you can open up to. Don't need to apologize.
  12. Yeah, the AF tossed us or told us to jump off the top deck of an LCM or some such, while it dragged us over the bounding main (or Biscayne Bay for me). How to get out of tangled parachute risers at speed. There is a trick. Our line was "time to give it back to the taxpayers" as we pulled the seat handle(s). That was about a nanosecond after the flight controls stopped working.
  13. Nah, those usually have red guards around them and they're ring shaped, so you can hang on. Your fingers can slip off a T handle. The Phantom bang seat handles were either between your legs or over your head. The lower one was inaccessible on takeoff/landing; stick in lap, ya know. The upper one had a canvas panel you could pull down over your helmet to try to keep your noggin centered against the head rest (and keep keep you from seeing anything that could scare you). Older jets had handles on the sides of the seat, under the arm rests (handles raised; triggers squeeze)

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