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    Scale model building of all types; American and world history; science; religious studies; flight; grandchildren; travel; antique car and motorcycle restoration

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  1. Here the color coats have been applied over the preshaded wings. Colors are Tamiya, the mauve color being one mixed in the recommended ratio provided in the painting instructions. A trace of paint slipped past my masking of the lower right wing that will require some touch up. 😕 Maybe I should leave it as-is just to add a human touch.
  2. I'll bet at least in Orlando, you had to keep that car running all day long to keep the A/C on. The heat inside a parked car in Florida is well over 100 degrees and will quickly wilt a person or an animal. I don't envy anyone who has to spend the entire day in a car...that's rough duty.
  3. With WW1 aircraft as well as some early WW2 aircraft, the airframes are covered with fabric then doped and painted. One can see the pronounced effect of the fabric stretched over the airframe where each wing rib is clearly seen by the imprint it makes upon the fabric. When modeling these aircraft, one wants to achieve the illusion of depth in the painted finish to simulate the stretched fabric covering the airframe, particularly between each wing rib. Here you see the molded plastic wing. Over each rib is a "tape" that was used to strengthen the fabric where covered the ribs. To achieve the illusion of depth, each wing rib is preshaded with flat black on each side of each rib, leaving the rib tape it's natural plastic color. Once the color coats are sprayed on, the rib tapes will stand out in light contrast to the surrounding darker paint and giving the painted finish "depth". When modeling and painting a steel ship, this is called oil canning. I use a business card or index card to cover each rib as I gradually preshade each side of each rib. Later in this thread, you'll see the clearly pronounced effect of the preshading on the finish paint.
  4. It takes a very steady hand to do what you're doing. One slip and the bit goes through. Kudos for taking on that tedious task.
  5. I should have mentioned earlier...these are home made turn buckles. Twisted micro wire gets inserted and glued into micro brass tubing. Flying wires are seized onto the twisted wire loops. Easy peasy.
  6. Looking forward to realizing what we'll see underneath that photo etch deck.
  7. Thanks to both of you for your comments. Yes, the tops of the top and bottom wings will receive the same color combination.
  8. Worked on the stabilizers tonight with color coats. Not much, really.
  9. When you watch that video, you'll see the '60's sidewinders must acquire the target at less than 20 degrees from the afterburner, and everything is within visual range... Today, weapons systems can track, lock, and fire upon multiple targets at once, many many miles beyond visual range. Aspect angle is not even a thing anymore compared to what it once was. A modern fighter can lock on and fire upon a target at any angle. Now as to whether or not the F-8 could maneuver sufficiently to gun fight a modern aircraft, that's another story.
  10. All that hard work is going to produce outstanding results. The photo etch is beautiful.
  11. Outstanding. I'll find and buy a copy of that magazine.
  12. Yesterday's weapon systems cannot favorably compare to today's weapons systems, period. It would be a turkey shoot.
  13. Wasn't that at a time when the USN decided their new aircraft must have two engines rather than one? It made the Super Crusader a non-contestant.
  14. Forgive me, I mis-stated the facts. I do circuit training, not cross training. I don't even own a bicycle any longer.

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