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Space Ranger

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  1. That's looking great, and I'm sure Dave Menard, from whose book you used the photo for reference, would approve. For those who don't know, MSgt David W. Menard was probably the foremost authority on the F-100 and USAF aircraft of the 1950s, with several books to his credit. After retiring from a career in the Air Force, he went to work for the USAF Museum in Dayton, OH, and was instrumental in restoring several of their aircraft. I got to know him when I lived in the Cincinnati, OH, area, and made frequent trips to visit the Museum. Later, as Editor at Squadron/Signal Publications, I called on him frequently for assistance with several projects. He was always willing to share his knowledge and photos from his vast collection. While he portrayed the image of the crusty master sergeant, he was one of the most soft-hearted people I ever knew. Although he was a life-long bachelor, after his second retirement from the USAF Museum, he worked as a volunteer in the neonatal unit at one of Dayton's largest hospitals. He passed away several years ago, and those of us who knew him still miss him and his invaluable contributions to the history of the modern United States Air Force. Sorry, Ed for hijacking your thread, but I though you and others ought to know a bit about Dave. Your model is a wonderful tribute to him and the airmen of that era.
  2. Francois: I'm afraid I cannot help with drawings showing sections. However, i recommend you join the "Wings of Peace" Yahoo group, which is devoted to civil aircraft of the 1919-1939 period. I'm sure someone in the group has what you are looking for. Here is the web site for the group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/wingsofpeace/conversations/messages
  3. It was probably fiberglass ("glass fibre" for my UK cousins), so the color could vary from that of straw to the color of honey or a golden brown. What we need is a vintage color (colour) photo clearly showing the fin tip of the F.1.
  4. I'm by no means a Lightning expert, but I believe the fin tip was a dielectric antenna cover, and the change in appearance may be due to a change in electronics fit. I do remember reading that the difference between the F.1 and the F.1a was upgraded electronics in the latter.
  5. I'm having a problem making an on-line purchase from Key Publishing at the checkout/payment stage. I enter all the information from my credit card, but then repeatedly get this error message: "The value specified in field Expiry Date must be exactly 4 characters in length." I'm using the pull-down menus to select the Expiry Date of my credit card, and the only possibilities are 2 digits for the month and 2 digits for the year, for a total of 4 digits! What is going on here? It also asks for a "Start Date" for my credit card, but the cards issued by my bank carry no such date. They are activated by the card holder by telephone upon receipt. Could this be the source of the problem? I've emailed Key Publishing but have yet to hear from them. I also emailed Pay360 by Capita about the problem, but they referred me to Key Publishing!
  6. Mr. Color Levelling Thinner is almost a requirement if you are airbrushing.
  7. I have some 50-plus-year-old Humbrol paint in the plaid tins, mail-ordered from Arthur Mullet Ltd. when I was in high school, included some discontinued colors such as Eau-de-Nil and Gloss Yellow # 8, and it's still as good as it was when it left the factory. There's nothing like the smell of vintage Humbrol paint in the morning! I also have a few tins of Compucolour, but no Gloy. The nearest thing to vintage Humbrol these days seems to be Colourcoats, which are now available in the US, but Xtracolor enamels still are impossible to obtain.
  8. Who made the Navajo? Where did you obtain it? Eidai made a Cessna 72 in both landplane and floatplane versions. Not a bad kit; basic but can be built into a very nice model with some refinements.
  9. Craziness. No 226 is called out for the interior of Airfix's new 1/48 P-40! But as it turns out, that color is wrong anyway, at least for the USAAC option.
  10. As near as I can tell, the obvious differences between the HT Mk 2 and earlier versions were minimal. In 1/72 scale, you can build the Special Hobby kit, put Royal navy markings on it, and get away with calling it an HT.2. In 1/48, I'm afraid it is a case of "If you want it, scratch it," to the best of my knowledge.
  11. Very clever use of the punch-and-die set. I'll have to remember your technique of fashioning a stop next time I need to punch a uniformly spaced row of holes (or a row of uniformly spaced holes).
  12. You need some thin, flexible masking tape to outline the "wrap around bits." Tamiya makes some in 2 mm, 3 mm, and 5 mm widths, and a Japanese company, Aizu, makes some even skinnier. If you can lay your hands on some Chartpak graphic arts tape, that'll work as well. Make a photocopy of the kit decal sheet (or scan it) and carefully trim around the curved areas on the copy. Temporarily attach the copy to the model with removable tape. Then use it as a template for laying out the edges of the curves with your skinny tape.
  13. Having provided much of the data to AIM for their Cessna 310 kit, I can say that it will be worth every Pound/Euro/Dollar as compared to the Lift Here! effort. The price reflects the limited issue/multimedia nature of the kit plus cost of design and materials. It's a fair price. Disclaimer: I derive no income from the sales of this kit, but I am due to receive a sample as compensation for my providing plans, drawings, photos, etc., to AIM.
  14. I suggest using strips of white decal to repair the visor framing. In fact, that might be what I use when I get around to building mine.
  15. And AIM has just released a Cessna 310 in two different boxings and two different scales: http://www.aim72.co.uk/page182.html Both available from Hannant's.