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Space Ranger

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Space Ranger last won the day on June 27 2014

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  1. Experience like yours is one reason I no longer gloss coat a model before applying decals. It is simply unnecessary, as Paul Budzik, a master modeler whose work has appeared in FineScale Modeler, explains:
  2. Here are a couple I forgot. RS Models 92110, Flettner 282B-0/B-2: AMP Doblhoff WNF 342 (not released yet): And we haven't even broached the subject of autogyros yet! They are, like helicopters, rotary-winged aircraft. RS Models 92189, Avro C.30 (and it's British!): I wouldn't be afraid of the VS-300. The fuselage is resin, but it's one-piece, as i recall
  3. If you're at all interested in early helicopters, I suggest these. Special Hobby SH 72017, Hiller UH-12 Raven: Special Hobby SH72016, Hughes TH-55A Osage: Amodel 72366, Cessna YH-41 Skyhook: AMP 72002, Fairey Ultra Light (a perfect companion for the Saro Skeeter): AMP 72003, Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 "Drache" (HUMA also did one, but this is by far the better): Extratech EXA7201, Sud-Aviation SE313B Alouette II: Extratech EXA7204, Sikorsky VS-300 (granddaddy of 'em all): Italeri 007, Piasecki H-21 Shawnee (other boxings available): Italeri 1206 H-19B Chickasaw (other boxings available): Italeri 1215, UH-19A Rescue Chickasaw: Unicraft Hiller YH-32 Hornet (another Saro Skeeter companion): SIGA SG72M07, Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever: These should keep you busy for a while!
  4. The color coding of the engine controls is interesting; it matches the wingtip lights! I don't think I've ever seen that on any other multi-engine aircraft.
  5. "You're entering another dimension — one of light and dark. Mainly dark."
  6. I believe it. I can't imagine it's gotten any better in the years since my experience.
  7. I had exactly one hour between connections at O'Hare once (so long go that both airlines no longer exist), and it took almost every minute of that hour to make the connection. My arriving gate and departure gate were on opposite ends of the terminal; they could not have been any farther apart. If you were one of the people I knocked over in my haste, well, tough!
  8. Here's a putty you can be happy with: Spies Hecker Permacron Fine Putty 7715. Available at your local auto body repair and paint supplies outlet. If you've ever used 3M Acryl putty, you'll have a idea of what this is like. But it's better in every respect.
  9. That sounds like Texas lately. Freezing (or near) at night, high 60s-low 70s (°F) in the daytime. M'lady's gladiolas are already starting to bloom!
  10. A friend of mine has a 1/35 die-cast model Jeep and wants to decal it as a Jeep that might have been assigned to his father, a 7th AF B-24 pilot based on Saipan, and is wondering what the bumper markings might have been on such a vehicle. He asked me, but as a committed aircraft modeler, I’m out of my element here so am asking the experts. So what would such a marking look like? This begs the question: Who actually “owned” USAAF vehicles? The base motor pool? The Base Unit? The Group? The Squadron? Would a Jeep have been permanently assigned to a Group or Squadron? Or would it have have been drawn from the motor pool as required? And, finally, who makes suitable 1/35 letter/number decals for such markings? Thanks in advance for the help.
  11. The 14 have not replied probably because they are stunned by your modeling skill, technical expertise, and attention to detail. I know I am, but I still try to push the "Like" button.
  12. While "Deep Bronze Green" may be a British color, there was also a Bronze Green specified by the USAAC/USAAF for interiors and anti-glare panels. It is available from Colourcoats (ACUS30).
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