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About 72modeler

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  1. 72modeler

    South Carolina Warplanes

    Stumbled upon this while looking for RF-101 photos for a fellow BM'er, @RidgeRunner, and I thought some of you might also enjoy looking at them- the collection includes vintage/modern types, both active and restored, that were/are based in SC. Some pretty neat modeling possibilities in the collection, in my opinion. I hope you enjoy them. Mike http://silverhawkauthor.com/warplane-survivors-usa-south-carolina_361.html
  2. 72modeler

    Test Ops FB-111A

    Yowzah! My very favorite modern weenie cooker! Thank you so much, Keith, for sharing these fantastic photos! They gave long and faithful service to both the USAF and the RAAF- sure do miss seeing them at open houses! Mike
  3. Yowzah! Outstanding Sabre and the finish is very realistic! I concur with my colleagues- one of the best F-86's on the website! Mike
  4. 72modeler

    F-86 Sabre USAF Fighter Bomber Unit- Korea

    Stuart, My choice would be Col. Benz's mount, for obvious reasons, but be careful, as the Sabre pictured on the Printscale sheet is not correct, FU-427 was not a 6-3 wing F-86F-30 Sabre, but was an F-86F-10/15, I think. I have attached a link to a neat website that has the history of the 8th, great Korean war coverage, and a photo of his Sabre, FU-427 that clearly shows it was a slatted-wing, normal span F-86F at the time the photo was taken. It could have had the 6-3 wing factory modification kit fitted at some point, so I guess you could go either way if you choose his mount- I guess it depends upon how easy it is for you (probably a snap with your modeling skills!) to make a slatted wing Sabre out of a kit that has the 6-3 wing. My dad's C.O. Woodrow Wilmot, took over command of the 8th at war's end, and his Sabre was definitely an F-86F-30 with the 6-3 wing- I know this 'cause I sat in it! I'm hoping to do Col. Benz's 'Dirty Old Man,' as it's a slatted-wing Sabre, and then do Woody's 'Miss Teena,' as she is a 6-3 wing F-86F-30 Sabre. Hope you and the others enjoy the site! Mike http://yocumusa.com/sweetrose//sabrepilots/sabrejetclassics/sjc131.pdf
  5. 72modeler

    Target Drone Questions

    I think it is one of the O-22's that was converted to a BT-2BR radio controlled drone; if you do a search for Douglas O-22, you can find more details on them. See the link for another photo. Mike http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/a-target.html#_A4
  6. 72modeler

    Best PRU Blue Paint?

    757flyer, I'll see if I can live up to Troy's recommendation. As for me, I have a batch of PRU blue I mixed with the old Floquil railroad colors to the color charts I trusted- just try finding any of that paint! I also have PRU blue enamel from Modelmaster and acrylic from Pollyscale, and I like them both, but they are OOP. Here are some possibilities I looked up: Modelmaster enamel, 2016, PRU Blue Floquil acrylic 505268, PRU Blue (Pollyscale) Humbrol enamel HU144, intermediate blue (See comment below) Xtracolor enamel X008, PRU Blue Modelmaster enamel 35044, intermediate blue, FS35164 Mr. Paint acrylic MRP-120 PRU Blue AK interactive acrylic lacquer297 PRU Blue Gunze Sangyo acrylic C-72 intermediate blue On several paint color charts that I have, FS35164 (USN WW2 (intermediate blue) is listed as a close match for PRU Blue- it does look very close to the chips I have for PRU Blue. You can find Modelmaster, Floquil, and Pollyscale on that well-known e auction site, and several hobby retail sites still have stocks of these three brands, as do many local hobby shops- I'm always picking up these brands when I see a hobby shop in my travels. Xtracolor is excellent paint, sprays and brushes well, and Jaime at Soverign Hobbies has worked very closely with color authorities to produce accurate paints that either match or are very close to accepted color chips. This might give you a starting point; I hope what I have listed is accurate- I'm sure our resident experts can confirm or correct me. Good luck on your projects! I can give you some links to some good hobby retailers here in the colonies that handle most of the brands I have listed above. For Gunze, Colourcoats, or Xtracolors, you will need to purchase from one of their U.S. distributors, as their paints cannot be shipped by air. Mike
  7. 72modeler

    F-86 Sabre USAF Fighter Bomber Unit- Korea

    Stuart, See if these photos help. Good luck! (Miss Teena was my Dad's C.O.'s Sabre!) Mike https://www.google.com/search?q=F-86F+walter+Benz&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj2iK7WqcvgAhVLi1QKHTbXD-MQ_AUIDigB&biw=1280&bih=654#imgrc=T91jZICEEta_6M:&spf=1550700579043 https://www.google.com/search?q=F-86F+8th+FBG&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj6rMG5qsvgAhWnsVQKHb5dA7kQ_AUIDigB&biw=1280&bih=654#imgrc=LsCsQtyELuJx5M:&spf=1550700769065
  8. 72modeler

    U.S. AIR FORCE and USAF decals 1/72

    Sorry, Martin- just got back in town. I can't help you with the images you need, but if you tell me what decals you need for the project you're working on, send me a pm- I'm pretty sure I have enough spares that I can send you some. Just give me the titles/colors/sizes you are needing, and I'll see what I can do. I'm going to have to learn how to make decals, especially lettering, at some point, as I have a few Korean War aircraft I'd love to do, but there are no decals/lettering for. Ain't that the way it always goes? Mike
  9. 72modeler

    U.S. AIR FORCE and USAF decals 1/72

    Martin, Techmod 72-110 U.S. serial letter/numbers, 45-degree corners, black (I think I have some others- will go thru my decal sheet inventory.) Mike
  10. 72modeler

    Squadron Code Stencils

    Thanks, Jason- I was not aware of this site. Wondering if they can do the white outlined red FAA WW2 codes? Will contact them. 'Preciate the heads-up! Mike
  11. 72modeler

    Spitfire DP845 performance report

    cough, cough- F8F Bearcat- cough, cough (Back at ya, Rob!) Don't get me wrong- the Sea Fury was Sir Sydney's greatest prop fighter, and an awesome beast! Mike
  12. 72modeler

    Spitfire DP845 performance report

    ...and then the fight started!
  13. 72modeler

    Spitfire DP845 performance report

    Just found this, and since so many of you mentioned liking DP845 as a modeling project in one of its many guises, I thought you might enjoy reading how she performed during testing. Almost as fast down low and on the deck as a Goodyear F2G- and on a LOT less horsepower! Mike http://www.spitfireperformance.com/dp845.html
  14. 72modeler

    Squadron Code Stencils

    You could try the website I have attached a link to below; see the premade masks he already has in the scale and font you need; if you don't see what you want, Kenny is very good at making what you need, and his prices are very reasonable. Some of our BM'ers have used his products and have been very satisfied. I don't get anything from Kenny for mentioning his product- just a satisfied customer! I have used his national insignia, code, and serial number masks in both 172 and dare I say- 1/48 and they have worked great! Nice thing about using masks and painting your codes and markings, is you can weather them easily! Hope this helps! Mike http://gatorsmask.com/index.html
  15. Good one! Knowing the Frogs, they will be coin operated! Mike