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  1. Where to start..............Bad back, neck and knees, unnecessary lockdowns (not that I really listened), European Starlings, overpriced drinks, allergies, too many projects and too little cash.  At least it's clear and sunny and not rainy/sleety and cold today.  So I got that going for me.

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  2. @lasermonkey  I hear you on the over active brain.  I don't think I'm quite up their with you (or where you were rather) but I to have those issues.  Sitting at work and trying to work on something, the phones are ringing, other people talking about stuff that I might have to help on and my brain starts to spin outta control into an actual panic attack.  Gotta get up and walk around.  Sometimes it does cause falling asleep issues.  I can't read, listen to audio books or podcast.  By the second sentence I've already forgotten what I read or heard because my brain is has already hit 10 other subjects/ideas/thoughts.  Which sucks because I do like short stents of reading, especially on the subject of the American Revolution.  I just forget everything I read.

     

    But what relaxes me? 

     

    - Love kayaking down the river up north of me, either by myself or with friends.  4-5 hrs of a slow meandering river surrounded by trees and birds.  Long stretches with no people or houses is so nice, especially when fall colors are on and salmon/steelhead are running.

    - Sitting at the bar or a friends bar with friends drinking and chatting.  Although, the liquor does help in this case.  And yes still doing it during all this nonsense going on right now.  Just gotta know where to go.

    - Playing games with my daughters (and family when they are willing to travel).  But they are doing their adulting stuff so it's not as frequent any more.

    - Listening to music, even if it's while working.  It's just enough distraction and actually helps when programming.

    - Although I didn't do it this winter (lame winter here), I love sitting in a snow storm with a roaring campfire and a drink in hand.

    - And model building can be a good relaxing thing.........sometimes.

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  3. A replacement Master's brass pitot tube for my Martlet III that I dropped on the concrete floor and spent 10 mins searching for, even sweeping the floor.  Only to find it about 10 mins after ordering it's replacement.   Just like i knew would happen.............can't find something order a new one.  :doh:

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  4. On 11/15/2020 at 5:24 PM, Dansk said:

    I mucked up when mating the upper and lower wings with a classic finger print in glue.
    Just where theres tons of rivet detail. :wall:

    I feel your pain!  If I had a nickle.............

     

     

    Also, I've never seen that scheme before.  Always like finding new Mustang schemes.

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  5. Personally I will never get an H&S ever again.  I cursed at mine for 3 months straight before I sold it and went back to Iwata.  Right outta the box I was spraying, but that is also what I had been using for the last 15 years or so.  Now to each their own.......you'll see plenty of people that love their H&S.  I went with the Iwata HP-C+.  Eventually I will add one of the 0.18mm GSI Creos that you see on SprayGunner.

     

    Compressor wise......for years I used just a spare tank like you'd fill a tire up with.  Then I switch to a Campbell Hausfeld "Quiet" unit, which was decently quiet for a $100-200 compressor.  But that finally died last year...........well not dead but something is starting to go inside.  I replaced it with one of the "Tooty" No Name compressors on SprayGunner.  It works great as in pretty quiet.  It will not startle you everytime it runs.............unless you thought you turned it off the night before and then you are sitting there working and it kicks on.  I can't even hear it in other parts of the house if it runs.

     

    Can't comment on the cleaning pot, never have used one in my 25-some years of airbrushing.  I just spray into an empty jar.  But have thought about getting one, not sure the benefit though.

     

    I just use the water trap that's on the regulator.  Never had an issue with water on my hobby compressors.  Now on the big shop compressor that generates more heat............yes.

     

    I would suggest a spare needle.  I seem to bend them up like crazy.  The old .35mm airbrush I had, I don't think I ever bent a needle (maybe once).   But this new .3mm on the Iwata HP-C+ I've bent several times in the past year.

  6. I started using UHU white tack after reading about it on here.  No residue and it seems softer and easier to work with.  It can leave a slightly different shade (not every time) where it was, but that goes away with a clear coat.

  7. While waiting for the wing roots to dry on the Accurate Miniatures F-6B to dry (this one didn't fit as well as the A-36)  I grabbed the P-47D outta the stash and began making some mods.

     

    Will be doing this aircraft from the 336 FS / 4 FG.

     

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    P-47C-5, 4 FG / 336 FS by Jim Fox, on Flickr

     

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    BEVOAPABML by Jim Fox, on Flickr

     

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    Robert Lehman - 4 FG / 336 FS by Jim Fox, on Flickr

     

    The decal artwork isn't completely correct...........but I'll tweak a little bit and call it close.  I'm going to just go with the Tamiya cockpit, add a Look instrument panel and Ultracast seat and call it good.   Other accessories will include, Ultracast wheels, Master Pitot and Gun Barrels and Quickboost Intercooler Exhausts.  The Intercooler exhausts were given to me by a fellow club member who won them in a contest raffle and doesn't build aircraft.  You'll barely even see them though.

     

    Based on the initial discussion here...............I won't address everything, but I'll try to get close.

     

    I began by modifying the oil cooler flaps.  Also fixed the starboard accessory panel with 3 slots instead of 2 + a D shaped panel.  Not 100% happy with that.  Wasn't sure how to accomplish, so I drilled a series of shallow holes and then scraped it clean with the drill bit.  Probably need to shorten the middle one a bit.  Hopefully under some paint and a little wash it will look ok.

     

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    P-47D-20 to C-5 conversion begins by Jim Fox, on Flickr

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  8. 1 hour ago, dogsbody said:

    I've glued some 600 grit sandpaper to some toothpicks ( not the round ones, but the flat ones ) then trimmed it off with a hobby knife. Works pretty good.

    I like that...............not sure what we have flat tooth pick wise in these parts.  But I have many $1000's worth of wood working equipment in the shop, I can probably manage something.

  9. And that's a wrap!  Overall I am probably 85% happy with it............we are our own worst critiques, right?    Canopy masks could of been a little more crisp.   Weathering/chipping might be a little heavy............but hey, it was fun to practice and try new things.  Landing gear gave me fits, sits a little high.  I struggle every time with aerial lines.......super glue never wants to bite.  Glad to have it done.........can't say I am a big fan of HobbyBoss kits (between this and the Mig 17).

     

    Eduard Cockpit PE

    Ultracast Seat

    Master Pitot Tube

    Eduard Masks for the windscreen

    Squadron vac canopy (for the sliding portion)

    Windscreen is from the HobbyBoss F4F-3 Late Kit

    Removed the 2 chin scoops from the cowl

    Thank you to @franky boy for sending spare decals across the pond!!!!

     

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    HobbyBoss 1/48 Martlet III by Jim Fox, on Flickr

     

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    Here she is with my Tamiya F4F-4 (maybe 7-8 yrs old) sans tail wheel.

     

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  10. Anyone, specifically those in the US, found some good narrow sanding sticks (or sometimes called twigs)?  I have some of the Flory sticks, but would like to find something narrower yet.  I picked up some cheap sanding twigs and while they work for a while they break down or they crinkle up relatively quick and are not usable any more.  Something that gets in the tighter spaces.  Maybe I'll just buy more of the cheap ones, it's like $30 for 300.  But I tend to use the finer grits more and am stuck with the a bunch of unused heavier grits.

  11. Spent the last two nights working on oil weathering.  75% of the top is done (and maybe 5% of the underside).   Still need to address weathering the decals.  I used Mig Panel Line washes as my filters, as I don't have any specific filter materials.  What do you all use?  Hard to tell in pictures, but in person it definitly is darker now.  I may mess with some over spray techniques to trying and bleach it out a bit.

     

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  12. Decals are all on and drying.  Hopefully I'll get a clear coat over them and start on some weathering...........maybe later today or tomorrow.  Have to be careful with the Mr Mark Softer, at least with these decals, as it will eat up decals.   Had to replace the portside upper wing roundel with a spare after in disintegrated in a few spots.   Hair spray chipping might be a little over done, but what the heck.............why not have some fun.

     

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  13. Started on yet another Mustang.  This time the F-6B from Accurate Miniatures.  I will be adding;  Ultracast Wheels, Exhaust and Seat.   Didn't take many photographs on the cockpit......just started rolling on the build and forgot. 

     

    I am planning on building AX-K from the 67th Tac Recon group.  The supercale sheet doesn't not contain the markings for pilot and crew chief, so I got to work making some up.

     

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    F-6B AX-K 67th Tactical Recon Group by Jim Fox, on Flickr

     

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    Jeanie F-6B Markings by Jim Fox, on Flickr

     

    For the instrument panel, the thought of trying to paint around every dial and keep it clear just seemed like to much work.   So I got the Waldron punch set out and went to work covering the dials.

     

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    I’ve gone mad!  Masking the instrument panel. by Jim Fox, on Flickr

     

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