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About Crane

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    Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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    WWII aircraft, 1/48

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  1. Crane

    Mosquitocon 2018

    Hey Folks, My 17th Mosquitocon in a row. The attendees/entries have been excellent the past couple of years. Below is a link to some of the models I have captured digitally. Let me know if you can download them alright. I have never entered anything myself, my Spitfire is not done. I hope it is ready for the local show this September. Enjoy
  2. Crane

    What are you reading?

    Just finished Alpha and Omega. Although I enjoyed "Coming of Age in the Milky Way" a tiny bit better, it was written in 1988. Alpha and Omega is more up to date (2003) and at only 8" tall, it was easy to bring to work for reading during lunch time.
  3. Crane

    What have you purchased 9

    TY They are FRYE, made in USA https://www.amazon.com/FRYE-Mens-Warren-Engineer-Boot/dp/B00IM562XO?th=1 I got them at Allens in Austin, TX http://www.allensboots.com/?gclid=COr9p8Cnt9YCFcm6wAodZ68MdQ They had them on sale for $299. I wore them out the store and for the rest of vacation.
  4. Crane

    What have you purchased 9

    My recent vacation to Austin, TX
  5. Crane

    What are you reading?

    Well 'The End is Nigh' was horrible, so I am taking a break from the apocalyptic stuff. I always wanted to read Cuore, and finally found an english version online.
  6. Crane

    What have you purchased 9

    Practical things to make building easier
  7. I took that picture while on vacation in Arizona. It is from the overlook on Airport Road in Sedona. BTW, I just saw you are from Bergamo, which gave me a chuckle, because my Instant Immersion Italian mentions that town. (I am trying to learn Italian and going for dual-citizenship)
  8. Imma breakin' in right here to say I am thoroughly enjoying this thread. I have 3 on my 'to-build' list. Excellent work and thank you for posting/documenting your build.
  9. Crane

    Tamyia Spitfire Mk. I

    A major update for me. I started another thread here to learn about markings. I wanted 2 things: 1. a code that would be credible 2. an aircraft letter with no photographic documentation so I can have 'artistic license' It took me a long time to decide, but I chose KL because I saw many MK I's with that code and I chose V because I could not find a picture of a plane with that letter. Once again, I made my own masks...
  10. Crane

    Spitfire radio wire thickness

    Has anyone worked out what the thickness of a Spitfire radio wire on a 1/48 scale aircraft would be ? It is simple math I guess, once you know what the real radio wire measured. I'm doing some research, but decided to use the forum, as this answer is probably in here somewhere !
  11. Crane

    burning question about markings

    Thank you all for the input and info. After more research I have decided to use the code letters KL. I have seen that code on many early spitfires. As far as individual aircraft code, I have seen A, B, O, T, M, N, Z used with KL, so I will not use any of those none of those aircraft match what I have built.
  12. Crane

    Tamyia Spitfire Mk. I

    Thank you. No, because I don't believe there should be any 'no walk' lines through the roundel. And I simply re-used the roundel masks when painting the 'no walk ' lines.
  13. Crane

    Tamyia Spitfire Mk. I

    For the 'no walk' lines I used Tamiya tape for the lines and parafilm for the rest of the aircraft. For the camo I used Con-tact transparent self-adhesive (I got a giant roll that is about 20 years old), Tamiya tape and Blu-Tack.
  14. Crane

    Tamyia Spitfire Mk. I

    A minor update. Hope I got the no walk lines correct. They're a little more subtle than the picture shows and the color is not a solid black. Thanks to everyone again here adding useful info. (found a thread about no walk lines here) I'm draggin' my butt on the markings, but the upcoming show on Oct. 16 has me motivated. I may enter it in the contest, but I think I have to become a member first.
  15. Crane

    What are you reading?

    After reading one of the classics ('On The Road' which I found dated), I gave up and decided to read collections on topics that interest me. Currently reading "The End is Nigh", which so far isn't half as good as 'Wastelands : Stories of the Apocalypse'. But I will finish reading it, as I usually do. A book has to be really bad for me to give up.