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Stalker6Recon

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  1. Not really, everything here is hit and miss. The only paint that seems available at the very few hobby shops, is Tamiya. You want to hear about tragedy? Last month, I found a "hobby shop" near my home. There had not been any since the last official Tamiya closed down about 7 years ago. I had given up even trying to find one near by. The only store I knew of outside my area is in Manila, so I would have to order online or by phone. Anyway, when I found the store locally, I got all excited and hoped on my Yamaha to rush over and see what they had in their store. When I pulled up outside, my heart sunk. The store reminded me of those quick stop dry cleaners back in NY, more of a stand than a store. But I went inside to see what they had, hoping to be surprised. This is no joke. They had ZERO plastic models. They also had a total collection of paint colors by Tamiya of at best, 20 colors. Two bottles of panel line washes and some mark setter, that was it. Sad, really sad. There are apparently a few other new stores further away, but I have not bothered to try them yet, as you need money to buy kits, and we are broke. I keep telling myself, a few more months and I will be able to order what I need, but bad luck struck again. One of our cats we rescued and adopted out to another family, is now sick and in the hospital. Of course the adopting family has no money to pay the vet bills, so we are now expected to step in and cover the costs. We won't let the cat die, obviously, so even though we are not able to pay right away, we have agreed to take care of the bills, which are adding up quickly. I am trying to sell one of my cameras that I bought a while back, just to cover the costs of his treatment. Oh well, such is life if you rescue cats. We will get him fixed up and hopefully find him a new home where the new owner is actually able to take care of him properly. I have been in contact with lifecolor directly, hoping to buy straight from them, which they have offered to do for me. They told me to pick out the colors I needed, so I went thru all my models and wrote out a list of paints, but it was only around 20 bottles, hardly worth the shipping it would cost from Italy. So they said to look at their charts, see what else I might need. Wow, they have A LOT of FS paint colors. After just picking out FS colors, I was already over 100 paints. I sent the list, but have not heard back from them yet, which is probably a good thing, until I get my sitrep back then par. Sorry, venting, been a bad two days. Weird this article was in one of the magazines I bought, the odds can't be that good. Thought that was the luck changing for us, too soon I guess. The kit is coming along looking really nice, love the interior. Can't wait to see the two models side by side, I know it will go on properly this time around. Cheers, Anthony
  2. What are the odds? After joining the build, I was reading one of my modeling magazines I bought last week from a local reseller of used books/magazines etc. The issue is old, REALLY OLD. But it was new when I bought it. After flipping through and reading a lot about the Lancaster and the Folk Wolfe 190, I flipped the pages and this is what I found. Should have noticed, it is right on the cover as well. Since this is the Brittish version, not sure if there is any info that might be helpful, but if you have a question, I can certainly check for an answer via the multi-page profile. Cheers, Anthony
  3. You worked too hard and the results prove this, so stowing the vickers would be an insult to your mastery of blacksmithing. I have to remind myself that this is 72nd scale, not some behemoth that is easy to detail up (for most of the modelers here at least). I can't help but be saddened that this build log will be the only visible record of the intense work that was done, shamefully hidden for the most part by the fuselage. Have you reconsidered closing her up, with a change to a diorama of a production line build of the subframes in a dark and dirty plant? I know, wishful thinking. You and I are going to have to have a talk with regards to parts management. While it is a joy to see your hand made creations, one of these days, even you may lose something that can't be scratch built from a bunny rabbits tail and squirrel feathers, I know they don't have feathers, but if you needed squirrel feathers, you would find the ONLY one in existence, because that just who you are. My effort to save the squirrel! Anthony
  4. As soon as I read the first two lines/verses, this song went straight to my head, as they days go by!
  5. When he said they were out of register, I thought he was nuts, and for a minute, I still didn't see what he was talking about and figured he was just being really picky. Those aren't "out of register", nothing can describe what occurred with these, seems like yellow and black just don't want anything to do with each other. And the "checked by Steve" guy is an idiot coke bottle glasses, no wonder he also didn't notice. (what does that say about me?) Oh well, at least nobody paid for me to get it wrong, but I did recover fairly quick. There is off, and then there is OFF! Anthony
  6. Nope, I just picked up my stuff and moved here after selling off what little I owned. When I landed back on US soil from deployment, I knew the place I left was not the same place I had returned too, and within a week of being back home, I started planning to leave again. I considered the places I had not been too, South America and Asia were the two top choices. After considering my injuries and how much I would have to rely on the VA for health care, the pick was made for me. The Philippines is the only country outside the USA with a "permanent" VA care facility. I say that with quotes because it looks like they are getting closer and closer to shutting it down, the benefits they give all other veterans, are now being denied to veterans living here. It's a real shame, many guys have built lives here, have homes, investments, and now the VA is abandoning us here. Can't just leave to the USA again, but also can't afford to pay for our care out of our own pocket, then wait for 6 months hoping to be reimbursed, they could even deny the claim, and then you are out the money, and not getting it back. It is a real shame what they are doing to us. If I had known a decade ago that the VA would stop giving me treatment for my service connected injuries, I would not have moved here, but now I am stuck. Such is life, especially one where you are trapped in a socialized medical system, like the VA. As for using acrylics here, I did spray a rifle about 4 years ago with Tamiya and it went down fine and still looks good today, but Tamiya is not a true water based paint. More of a hybrid paint. I plan on trying Lifecolor (they have a lot of FS paints, no charts needed) and maybe some Mig paints as well. All else fails, I will go back to Tamiya fully, just hate that they don't have an FS line and some colors require mixing to even get close to the proper color. Looking good so far, making quick work of this kit, you might want to slow down, enjoy it a bit! Anthony
  7. Maybe you can explain why all photos have to be linked? I figured it had to be either A. Too many photos being uploaded that were copyright infringements, so linking removes that problem, or B. Not enough space on the BM server to handle all the pictures, or C. All of the above? I don't know what service I use, tried canons software/cloud, horrible app and slow server. Now I am trying flicker I think, but I don't have any build logs yet. I gut has no limits and it's free? Does the chinese communist party own the site? Nothing that valuable is "free", one of the reasons I have stayed off Facebook for all these years. Cheers, Anthony PS. Sorry Tony, got distracted, with all the lipstick and charges being dropped, I kind of lost my head a bit! A lot! OK, been off my rocker for a few decades now, but makes life that much more colorful!
  8. Nope, I just picked up my stuff and moved here after selling off what little I owned. When I landed back on US soil from deployment, I knew the place I left was not the same place I had returned too, and within a week of being back home, I started planning to leave again. I considered the places I had not been too, South America and Asia were the two top choices. After considering my injuries and how much I would have to rely on the VA for health care, the pick was made for me. The Philippines is the only country outside the USA with a "permanent" VA care facility. I say that with quotes because it looks like they are getting closer and closer to shutting it down, the benefits they give all other veterans, are now being denied to veterans living here. It's a real shame, many guys have built lives here, have homes, investments, and now the VA is abandoning us here. Can't just leave to the USA again, but also can't afford to pay for our care out of our own pocket, then wait for 6 months hoping to be reimbursed, they could even deny the claim, and then you are out the money, and not getting it back. It is a real shame what they are doing to us. If I had known a decade ago that the VA would stop giving me treatment for my service connected injuries, I would not have moved here, but now I am stuck. Such is life, especially one where you are trapped in a socialized medical system, like the VA. As for using acrylics here, I did spray a rifle about 4 years ago with Tamiya and it went down fine and still looks good today, but Tamiya is not a true water based paint. More of a hybrid paint. I plan on trying Lifecolor (they have a lot of FS paints, no charts needed) and maybe some Mig paints as well. All else fails, I will go back to Tamiya fully, just hate that they don't have an FS line and some colors require mixing to even get close to the proper color. Looking good so far, making quick work of this kit, you might want to slow down, enjoy it a bit! Anthony
  9. Wow, that must have sucked...what did you do if you forgot to buy the right paint or glue? Just wait until the next trip? I am hoping to stay with acrylics, but been warned that they don't do well in the Philippines, I hope that is not the case, only one person has said this and he is tying to sell me his paints. Bit of bias maybe. Thanks for the new tips as always! Anthony
  10. I considered that fact, but I also considered the price and the "you don't know what you might use, if you don't have it". I think that the range of colors in the master set (all six sets for $20 dollars) should have me covered until 2112! Thanks for the tips regarding the edges, that will go into my "tips and tricks" file, which is growing by the day. I will play with the markers I bought, hope they work as imagined, but at least I have a fall back method, which I should also practice just to have a better arsenal. Anthony
  11. I was about to make the same..........errrrr........aaahhhhh............insinuation (accusation seems a bit harsh). Funny how things just "go missing", I have a feeling that a check around his work bench, we would find all the "missing" parts, lined up like little army men in formation, he just likes doing things that we mere mortals can only drop jaws over. Can't blame him, if we had the skills, we would be "losing" parts as well. Sometimes I wonder why he buys the kits at all. It looks like the end result is 90:10 scratch/kit. We could probably give him a few parts from our spares box, and he would build a new bird out of shi'ts and giggles! Don't tell him I said this, but watching him work is like being in the viewing room at Harvard medical school, watching a neurosurgeon repair the spinal cord of conjoined twins in preparation for a separation procedure. I think it will go to his head. Cheers, Anthony
  12. This should be fun, I am definitely along for the ride! You are very different than me, that is for sure. But back when I was building in the 80's, the only available paints were the testors enamels and information on how to fix a mucked up paint job were non-existent, we didn't have the internet. I remember doing an F-15 back then, and messed up the paint job something fierce. I tried in vain to remove the paint with spirits, but it just became a gooey mess. So in typical viking fashion, she took a final flame flight out my back window! Back then, unless you had money to buy magazines (I could hardly afford to buy the tiny paints, much less a magazine) modeling was a learn on your own experience. I would get tips from my dealer, but that was still of limited value. I had no patience back then as well, so when things went south, it usually always meant a quick death, when I think about it, I am surprised that I ever got a kit fully built at all! Good luck in your do over! Anthony
  13. There you go, that is where experience becomes a teaching moment. For me, all I know is the chinese junk vises, didn't know there would be a difference in how the operate. I did see a mini-drill set from DSPIAE, gorgeous looking set, but definitely on the expensive side. Worse, they use a proprietary drill bit, making replacement bits difficult and expensive. With that said, I will now look for a branded pin vise, I need all the help I can get, and the "right tool for the job" mantra demands it. Thanks for the tip! Anthony Here is the super drill set mentioned
  14. To be honest, I couldn't care less about how accurate the colors are for your build, you could do the interior in blazing pink, but after you apply your dry brushing and oils, it would look as real as any photos of the real McCoy from your above reply. Any doubt about the outcome, should have been squashed the moment you announced your intent to build the Anson. That said, I bought a bunch of very outdated model magazines, and funny enough, there is a huge layout of the Lancaster in post war paint configurations. I wondered first, if this was the same as the Anson you are building (showing my true ignorance, but I am not afraid, pretending you know something is far worse than admitting you don't, and asking questions to learn). Anyway, one bit of interesting info I gained, shortly after the end of the war, pilots were so bored at not being shot at, that they started to fly at extreme low levels, Piddling off the local farmers and sleepy villages. Because of this, the Air Ministry sent guidelines to the DOR (directorate of operational requirements) and the MAP (ministry of aircraft production) that all Lancaster aircraft will have their serial numbers painted on both wings, large enough to be easily read from the ground, whether the aircraft was coming towards the person, or flying away. This has been so far, the biggest gain in knowledge for me, regarding the RAF in post war era. Really cool stuff. There are pages and pages of paint configurations, and most have the "night black" on the underside, even those with a white top color. Really interesting and fun, now I want to build the Anson and/or Lancaster GR.3! Cheers Did you know that this glue is made by a guy in the basement of his home? I was able to contact him, and found out his story regarding the glue. The formula is something he was taught in college as an art major. Now he mixes and bottles the glue by hand from his home after returning from his day job. Assistant gunner? Cheers, can't wait for the next bits, this is too much fun and definitely a "master class", a term I first learned from MotoGP! Anthony
  15. That is exactly the kit I have, but mine is blue. You can actually find these on the horrible ebay for less than 5 pounds, with a pin vise included. They are so inexpensive, you can buy two and have spares and a second pin vise as well, two is better than one! Cheers, Anthony Here is a double set for what is close to 5 GBS https://www.ebay.com/itm/41pc-Mini-HSS-Twist-Micro-Drill-Bits-Set-w-Aluminum-Hand-Drill-hobby-/311422452608?nav=SEARCH
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