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tacocat

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  1. Yes, thanks for this. I find I go through about $30 of micro brushes when I go this route, but maybe that's what ya gotta do. Good to hear I'm not the only one destroying their micro brushes by the truckload, perhaps, haha.
  2. @rockpopandchips – Thanks you! And yes, good call – Here he is standing with my morning coffee, haha. Keeping guard over my morning fix. Album on Flickr
  3. @Scoobydoof – I definitely do not think that it could, haha. Just thought it looked cool fully loaded up, even if it wasn't a possible arrangement. @Duncan B – Awesome! Can't wait to see your build. Did you go w/ the floatplane or normal version? @phildagreek – Thank you so much! @85sqn – Thank you! @Harold55 – This was more or less my tactic, but boy did I still struggle. The pieces that get inserted and run front-to-back near the wing posts didn't even come close to touching the other wing. Most definitely builder-error, I'm sure, but still, good grief. I Also had a hard time getting one side to set with super glue unless I'd use a pretty big dab of it, mucking up the wing a bit. Zip-kicker seemed to help a bit, but juggling it all was a bit of a nightmare for me. Props to you for getting it all to jive! @fubar57 – This was my technique, but still struggled getting the wires to reach the proper areas once the wings were all on there. I think I also need a lesson in how to get glue to dry fast without spraying zip-kicker all over and making a mess. @Vinnie – Thank you! I really appreciate it. @BerndM – Thank you so much. @Greg Law – Thank you. There was still some good that came from the photo-etch besides the rigging, IMHO. On the engine, there a few finicky pieces that are a bit tough to apply but really help add scale to the model, (IMHO). I also liked a few pieces in the cockpit. Also, as mentioned here in this post, there's probably a good way to manage the rigging but I just have not quite yet managed to understand what it is, haha.
  4. Well, finished this one up a while ago but am finally getting around to posting here on "Ready for Inspection". I enjoyed getting to be a bit heavy-handed with the weathering techniques. I found the toughest part of the build for me was masking all the parts for their initial paint job. I used Mig Jimenez's "In Combat" book to guide me through the weathering steps. Album on Flickr
  5. Well, finished this one up a while ago but am finally getting around to updating my thread here. I enjoyed getting to be a bit heavy-handed with the weathering techniques. Toughest part of the build proved to be masking all the parts for their initial paint job. I used Mig Jimenez's "In Combat" book to guide me through the weathering steps. Album on Flickr
  6. Finally finished this one after ignoring at it on my bench for 5(!) years. The photo-etch rigging totally owned me and I cried mercy before getting it all on there. Would love any tutorial references you may have for photo-etch rigging techniques, though don't know if I'll be attempting it again any time soon, haha. Overall a fun build, but definitely challenged me a good deal. Flickr Album
  7. Thanks, Andy. Did you lay down any Future or other varnish after initial alclad layers to protect them?
  8. Hey Andy! This came out so beautiful, i really love it. I was wondering if you had any problem masking on top of alclad? I've had issues with it getting messed up w/ tape in the past and was wondering if you'd found a solution to dodge this. -Robb
  9. Finally got some paint on the MEGA 1/48 kit – so that it's not just all white. Some black pre-shading and then white over that. I then masked off a bunch of parts and sprayed various shades of gray. Followed that up w/ a layer of Future gloss and am working through the many decals now! Speaking of decals... Does anybody have a sheet of the decals for this kit that they're not using? PLEASE!?!??!? I tore a few and it's going to drive me crazy if I don't find replacements. I'm building the "GFT" version of the Mega 1/48 kit. I would be more than happy to pay you for them if you're willing to send them my way! Thanks for reading and happy building to all.
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