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  1. I had no idea the M46's only difference to the M26 was the engine. That's news to me. Thanks for the info on alternatives as well, I'll look into them.
  2. After a pause in building large scale tanks, I decided to get started on something simple. I purchased the two set M-46/USS Missouri kits from Lindberg and so far its been okay, nothing super detailed or accurate but a decent experience thus far. I was looking for reference on the M-46 Patton and noticed many Korean War era photos of the M-46 lacking side skirts. The Lindberg kit has side skirts on it, but I am trying to get mine to look like a Korean War era tank, but I have yet to see any pictures of these tanks with side skirts on them. Most tanks seemed to have done away with the skirts it seems, so what tips are there to effectively remove the molded on skirts on this kit. Thanks for any hints.
  3. Thanks for pointing me to Revell Aqua. Im impressed by the range of colors I'll get some soon to try them out.
  4. Sometimes, I like to hand paint models, and I've had excellent results with Testors Acrylics. Sadly, Testors has discontinued acrylic paint and now I have to look elsewhere for acrylics that are easy to brush on. I really like Humbrol paints, but these are not readily available in bulk where I live (U.S.A.), and ordering them online has proven to be a bit expensive. I am thinking of using Tamiya acrylics after seeing some videos by Chilhada, a South Korean model builder on Youtube, and I was impressed by the results. I attempted to try my hand at brush painting Tamiya's........which resulted in epic failure. Tamiya paints are more for airbrushing but there's a technique to brushing them that I just can't seem to figure out. Still seeking a good alternative for testors, but for now, I've been airbrushing. I honestly would prefer to brush because I have no choice but to build in a room with a small window, therefore I get poor ventilation. Not a good combo, but thankfully I just stick to brushing when I can. It's also, I must admit, quite nostalgic Any hints, tips, and recommendations?
  5. I've been building models for ten years now, and if there's one thing I really enjoy, it's applying decals and adding life to a plastic model. As a kid, it was my favorite part in the building process as it represented the last challenge to finish a nice project up. Sometimes however, things didn't always turn out so well. Companies like Tamiya, Revell, and Airfix do a good job with making decals, and Ive never had any issues with applying decals with models from these companies, but then when I started building models from lesser known companies, I started discovering poor quality decals that shatter and crack upon applying! Sometimes this happens with aftermarket ones too sadly enough. The most challenging decals to apply have always been those from older plastic models. I learned that I could "revive" a decal set's colors by leaving them in a plastic bag and exposing them in direct sunlight to bleach out the yellow. My first success with this has been with a vintage 1967 Monogram P-51B Mustang I got from eBay in 1/72. Not one of those decals shattered and I had a very satisfying experience building a vintage 60's era kit. My worst experience was using Microscale decals for a 1/72 MiG-15. ARRGH!! It was a nightmare! I tried using the North Korean markings and everyone of those suckers shattered after I tried using them! I'd like to hear other's experiences, and perhaps learn how to deal with the worst case scenarios that could happen when using decals, especially for older vintage kits.
  6. Ah, I see it now. Academy's kit looks real good. Being a softie for old kits, I often rediscover the surprise of how detailed newer kit are.
  7. Hasegawa's 1/72 AH-64A Apache is a neat little kit. I recently built an original kit from 1983 that I bought from eBay. It's my first helicopter kit in 1/72 scale and It went together alright, but obviously there are some differences to what an Apache looks like. For instance, the tail propeller has a long shaft that attaches to the tail, but upon examining photos of the actual AH-64, the tail propeller shaft is not that long. Any other details that I should know about, as I am not familiar with combat helicopters (more of a plane and tank guy LOL!), If I ever build it again, what can I do to add a bit more to it in terms of accuracy? Also the kit came brand new and sealed (nice), but it seems to only have two sets of Hellfire missiles to fit on two pylons, with the other ones being empty. This is not unusual as the early boxing of this kit came like this. I ordered another Apache in 1/72 from a different brand since I am starting to get into helo's.
  8. Originally a Hasegawa mold, this is a simple little build that was a joy to build, and still is, but as I got older and paid more attention to detail, there's one thing that bothers me about this kit that BOTHERS ME TO NO END! That little antenna mast behind the cockpit!! ARRGH!! It looks rounded and cylindrical...and maybe its the OCD talking, but it just bothers the living stuff out of me. However, I've built the Hasegawa and UPC versions of this kit and they dont have this problem at all! Their antennas look more convincing. Its made me curious what happened to the mold when companies purchased them. I just bought an aftermarket piece for the kit and am satisfied, but thats the life of a model builder, the occasional (or absolute) desire for visual accuracy. Any one have similar stories about a certain kit in their lives that they just wanted to fix to look a certain way?
  9. Beautiful model! Yes, classic models have a place with hobbyists. I love building them despite their faults.
  10. Box Art Den is the best place to see how old box art looked like. I wonder what possessed Aurora to make this kit! Its looks good and pretty interesting still, but it looks nothing like the actual MiG-19!
  11. Oh yes I'm very familiar with that U.S. Technical Air Intelligence would at times have to scour the jungles of the South Pacific just to piece together visual information regarding Japanese types of aircraft! The early days of the Pacific war was hard on U.S. intel, but as I researched later, Time magazine photos from the late war period showed that 1/72 scale models of Axis aircraft were quite accurate, Not Cold War related, but since you mentioned military training tools, a very interesting topic that satisfies one curiosity for me.
  12. I can imagine things were quite difficult, if not impossible, when gathering reference and photos for Soviet machines back in the day. Hasegawa's MiG-21 in 1/72 first came out in 1966, the same year an Iraqi pilot defected via a Mossad operation and brought over a MiG-21F-13 to Israel. Hasegawa probably had the most accurate kit of a MiG-21 at that time (from what I found in research.), but of course this kit was likely made from referencing grainy and blurry photos from Russian military parades. Still a neat topic regarding how manufacturers might have gotten enough info on what at one point was considered classified.
  13. I've been building model kits for 14 years now, and almost all of the kits I've built were of military topics. As time went on, I started buying kits off of Ebay. I still have a blast finding old kits from as early as the 1960's. Built nice one's like 1966's Hasegawa's 1/72 MiG-21 (A personal favorite), Esci's M1 abrams and T-62, also in 1/72, just to name a few. I know now that such kits from the era are not 100% accurate, but it kind of makes me wonder if intelligence agencies ever used plastic models as reference military equipment. Makes me remember a story of how Soviet embassy staff purchased tons of Revell kits in the early 1960's for their intel gathering agencies because of how good the models were! Interesting tid-bit but man that's one heck of a story. There's something charming about building vintage kits and I always enjoy building them whenever there's a nice deal on Ebay.
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