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About mtaylor

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  • Birthday 07/04/1948

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    Model shipbuilding. Varied depending on the day.. :)

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  1. The image is the link, Jean-Pierre. If you want it be just a link, down near the bottom of the box is black that will say something like "this is rich text, to post as text click here".
  2. That's rough on the nerves and mind. You were doing so well too. Is anyway to do damage control and recover?
  3. The Viet Cong were very superstitious and the Ace of Spades was the ultimate evil/death symbol to them. For several years, the big playing card company here in the States (I forget the name.... sigh) would send cartons of playing card decks with only Aces of Spades. The grunts would place an Ace of Spades card on each dead VC. It apparently really shook them up.
  4. We had a pilot, a co-pilot, and just the crew chief here in the States. In 'Nam, it depended on the mission. We would have at least one door gunner and the crew chief would man the other. If we knew it was a "hot" LZ, then two gunners and crew chief would stand by the ramp with M-16. Yeah... wasted efffort using an M-16. That paint was only a test. Thanks Denis. No primer here nor do I have an airbrush. Well.. painting will start tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. I had to make another trip the hobby shop... I know, every job requires 3 trips to the store... one to get what you think you need, the second to get what you forgot, and the third to by replacements for what you screw up. This was more of the screw up trip. The olive paint that I bought was so light it was almost a Christmas tree green. So went back, picked up the olive I needed, some odds and ends like 600 grit sanding sheet and some filler putty... just in case. I looked at the airbrushes and then choked at the price... I quietly asked if they "rented them".... more as choke. Not about to spend that much money on one model. I'm finishing up on cutting out the upper door for the machine gun. Taking my time and getting "right" not close. Hopefully, tomorrow, I'll take all the parts down to the kitchen and wash them and let them try. I should be painting by late afternoon which is when the real fun begins.
  5. Looking very good, Kevin. BTW, for the picture problem. Use the chose files (lower left) and upload them. Then move the cursor to where you want the first pic and click on the "+"of the one you want there. Rinse and repeat. Move cursor, hit the "+" on the next one you want.
  6. Our snow on the valley floor has melted which is pretty "normal"... falls, gets kids excited about sledding and then melts. But the rain continues here and snow continues in the mountains.
  7. Thanks Chris for the idea. I'm not worried about drying time at this point as this is more of an adventure or road trip where I need to pause and absorb everything.
  8. Karma in action with many of the 4-wheel drive types. In the passes here, they'd fly around you and then a mile or so down the road, they're in a ditch or well off the road and in the trees.
  9. Back to the build log for me.... picked up assorted paints, had a long talk with the guy at the hobby shop. Answered questions, calmed me down a bit as the painting part was stressing me out. I ended up buying my colors I needed but forgot some 1000 grit sandpaper... tomorrow or Saturday. I tested my interior color (light gray) (see photo below). Per him, as long as everything is washed and well dried, the acrylics shouldn't be a problem. They should work fine as long I don't handle it a lot. I won't, it's going in a case. As it is, primer would cover a lot of the detail according to him... no primer. Current work in progress is removing the top part of the door (it's basically a dutch door). I'm just about done. Once done.... I start painting and assembling.
  10. No stress here Lou, Ken, or anyone else. Like you, if someone want's to talk 'Nam or whatever, I'm open to it. Part of what's driving me on this kit, and apparently my shrink agrees, is that maybe some healing will come... who knows. I saw the ones in Akron as a kid. My dad took on road trip. Those are larger than ones at Santa Ana. As for blimps, we did the Goodyear blimp stationed on the west coast to come in, park in the hanger and deflate for maintenance once a year. The hanger just made that blimp look like small toy. A little memory from the first time I flew in a CH-34. It wasn't a "normal" flight. I had signed up flight pay when I got to the squadron (it was encouraged for all us avionics types as well as all the mechs). The goal was be able to actually flight test our flight critical repairs. Anyway, about two weeks before our CH-34's were to be replaced by the '53's, I get sent to the paraloft for a flightsuit, helmet, and gloves. At that point in time, our flight suits/gloves were nomex which the Air Force didn't have. We used to get offers from the AF guys up at Norton at the bone yard to trade us anything they had for a nomex flight suit. But I digress. Anyway, I get back to the shop and am told to suit up, there a bird needing testing. WTH? I've not flown yet? So nervous, I suit up and go the bird and the pilot (a Captain) is standing there. After a salute and some small talk where he found out I hadn't done this before, we started pre-flight. He was one our instructor pilots, btw. We walked around the exterior, checking things. He had me do the reading of the pre-flight and actually doing the inspection with him and bird's crew chief overseeing. Then inside and the same thing. We get done and he tells me to take the right seat and then we strap in. We start running through the checklist, getting the APU started and then I'm sitting waiting. The crew chief is out front with a fire bottle and waving his hand over his head (the signal to start her up)... Captain says "Clear Left" then bumps my elbow... "you need to check and if all clear is report "clear right". He nudges me and says "Your the pilot, start her up". Oh.... okay... how do I do that. He walked me through everything, startup, getting clearance to taxi, taxing, getting me on the runway, and clearance to take off. Big gulp... "take off"? He walked me through that with his hands on his controls so I wouldn't over power or do something stupid. We did it... we got off the ground in one piece, flew around for about 30 minutes and got a feel for the plane. The he walked me through landing, taxing, and parking along with shutdown and post flight. Wow... I did it. I saluted him and thanked him (that was the last I saluted on the flight line. It's just not normally done.) and we went to the hanger to fill out the paperwork. His parting shot... "next time, I'm not telling you what to do...." and laughed. Footnote... unlike fixed winged aircraft, the pilot sits in the right seat in helicopters. I never did learn why. If I'm being too long winded, let me know. I know how to be quiet.
  11. I agree with Carl. I hope they can run in the rain for a few more days. We got snow last night here on the valley floor (finally!). Not much, around 2-4 inches on the ground this morning but temps rose and what was falling turned to rain. A little bit left on the ground still. Might be more as the rain isn't going away for awhile and lows are in the lower 30's for the near future.
  12. We've all had that learning experience, Kris. It's a rite of passage.

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