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Curt B

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  1. As other have said, they really aren't 'decals', as such. They are more like vinyl versions of the pre-painted Eduard cockpit photo etch, to try to come up with a way to describe them. The use of decal film is just the way the manufacturer chose to provide them to the modeler. You can soak them and slide them off sort of like a decal, but you can pat them dry and set them aside. I had great success in securing them to the plastic parts using Gator Grip Acrylic Hobby Glue, which holds wonderfully and dries clear, in case there is a little excess that you don't clean up while it's still wet.
  2. I would be THRILLED with a 1/48 P-38 J or L to add to the spectacular F/G/H variants they recently gave us. Equally thrilled with a state of the art 1/48 or even 1/32 F-86. A couple outlying possibilities.. just maybe, a new A-10, or even a new 1/48 Intruder? Lastly, for me, and I know this is OUT THERE, I'd LOVE to see a 1/48 B-58 Hustler!!!
  3. Hi All, I know my post here won't be anything new to most of you, but I wanted to take a moment to tell you that I've been holding off on making progress on my 1/48 Tamiya Ilyushin iL-2 Sturmovick airplane model, because I was at the point of needing to use the cockpit decals, and, frankly, I was nervous about it. I had read the really well done Modeling News article about how to use the Quinta 3D decals, but I'm still usually skittish with new products until I deal with them myself. I decided that yesterday was the day. I should not have been worried. Everything the Modeling N
  4. Wow, these are beautiful exhaust parts! And you've made a FANTASTIC MiG-31!! It turns out that I need/want aftermarket exhausts for my AMK F-14 and AMK MiG-31 also. I looked on the 48er's item and saw that the MiG-31 exhausts by Katran come in 3 versions, a Type 1, a Type 2 and Varied. I looked at the photos of the parts, and honestly had difficulty in seeing the differences between the 3 versions. Usually, I see either and open of closed versions of exhaust nozzles. Do you know what the difference between the 3 MiG-31 versions are? Thanks for any help.
  5. @David H: Apparently like you, I agonize over color choices for my models. And I'll repeat what is always said in these situations, that you need to refer to the documentation that exists for the specific airplane that you are modeling. Failing THAT, use the best info you can find. And, finally, at the end of the day, unless you plan to enter your model into competition, where 'That Guy' is going to have the power to either give you an award, or not, do what looks good to you. I know that last phrase is often difficult to address, because what looks good to you is only going to be what th
  6. Truly SPECTACULAR work, sir! I can honestly say that I don't think I have EVER seen a finish (paint and weathering) on a model ANYWHERE that is as realistic as this one. REALLY! I am in awe of your skills. Again, SPECTACULAR!
  7. Thanks, guys, for the responses to my question about whether I should get an Su-27 in addition to my Su-35s. I think exdraken's response, which included: "The Su-27 and -35 have different hight vertical tails shape, nozzles, nose cone shape, front wheels, cockpit detail, weapons and of course colors/ markings and even operators....but still it looks like a Flanker of course...." really helps me to understand the differences that would make the 2 models visually different, and all those little things seem to add up to a new Su-27 for me I can't believe how much I have been spe
  8. I know I'm late to the party with this post/question, but I have the GWH Su-35s, still in the box, untouched. As I understand it, the Su-35 is an enhancement of the Su-27, with very little to differentiate them, visually, as would be the case for a scale model. Is there really a good reason for me to get the new Su-27? Would there be a real difference in having both completed kits side by side? Just curious about others' opinions. It sounds like the Su-27 is a fantastic kit, but so is the Su-35s. Thoughts?
  9. I am pretty much 'behind the curve' with respect to this model, but I have become an Eduard fanatic over the last few years, and I've just placed my order for this one! I have the 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk 1, though I have not built it yet, but I have to believe that this Eduard Spitfire is going to be very close to as easy to build, the fit of all the other recent Eduard kits being so close to Tamiya as to be indistinguishable. And...might it be possible that the accuracy might be a slight bit better? I haven't read all the posts in this thread, so maybe someone has already commented on the
  10. Roger, GREAT job on your Typhoon, to this point! I happen to be a Typhoon fanatic, myself, but I have only, thus far, built a single 1/48 Eduard Typhoon Mk V Series 2. The Eduard kits are truly spectacular, if you've not yet built one. In fact, I have 5 more of the Eduard Typhoons, one each of the Series 1 and 2 in individual boxes, a Royal Class box (with both of them included) and an Overtree version (for a Series 1, in case I mess up when I [try to] install the Eduard flap modification). I don't know if you've seen the Modeling News series on building both the Series 1 and S
  11. I like both ideas for creating better looking canvas skirts. Many thanks. I am, however, still looking for close-up, detailed photos of the skits so I can make sure I"m creating them with as great a fidelity as possible.
  12. Hi Everyone, I am getting the new Rye Field Challenger 2 TES Megatron, and I'm thrilled! However, I have a few of the Tamiya Challenger 2 Desertized kits, plus a lot of aftermarket photo etch detailing. Several years ago, I built, out of the box, my first Tamiya Deserized Challenger 2, and it turned out okay, but I realized, even back then, that while Tamiya did a decent job of modeling the canvas 'dust cover' skirts, under the hard side skirts, when you look at photos of the real canvas skirts, you can see how simplified Tamiya's plastic molded version really is; the Tamiya plas
  13. I have wanted together this kit since I first saw it announced, it seems like forever ago. I finally found one in stock at a US hobby shop and ordered it the other day. I've also ordered the Rye Field photo etch slat armor, AND Fruil tracks in case I don't like the kit tracks. I haven't found the instructions for the kit on line (they don't seem to be on the Scalemates page for this tank, like they usually are) and I'm wondering what paint color the instructions suggest, and which brands of paint. I see that some of you have chosen to use NATO Green, though there are several paint manufact
  14. I figued where better to ask questions about the English Electric Lightning than here in Britmodeller. I did a bit of research on the net, and it appears that perhaps the ONLY available option for a 1/48 English Electric Lightning kit is rebox of a not very recent kit, done by Airfix. Does anyone know of a more current English Electric Lightning model kit? If there is nothing more recent/better, what are the thoughts of anyone who has RECENTLY built the AIrfix kit? Is the Airfix a decent build in terms of accuracy, fit? Any rumblings of anything forthcoming in a ne tooling for this plane?
  15. Wow, beautiful work thus far! You are doing the exact same paint scheme I am planning for my Tamiya Spitfire Mk 1., and I can only hope that mine will end up even half as good! Great job!
  16. Thanks, gentlemen, for the info. And...my spelling is going all to h*ll. When I was younger, my spelling was impeccable. No longer, obviously, a sad state of affairs...
  17. @ Troy and Britflyer: Thanks guys!! Just what I needed!!! Troy, I was able to open the PDF instructions from Scalemates for the regular Hurricane Mk 1., and it's crystal clear to see what I need to put where.
  18. Hi All, I was perusing the instructions for the latest Tamiya 1/48 Bf 109 G-6, and I note that only one of the paint schemes appear to include the underwing mounted canons. Were these cannons 'optional', as appears to be the case? Not being a knowledgeable '109 person, I just assumed that certain variants, like the G-6, were distinguished, in part, by their armament.
  19. I'm not sure I agree with you there...no offense intended I've seen photos of some pretty beaten up props on operational WWII fighter planes, not much different that the ones on this Bf 109 model. On another note, I'm very impressed with the OP's first attempt at mottling with an airbrush. I have yet to do a '109 myself, and that very aspect is what has me hesitating. I think you did a stellar job for a first time!
  20. Understood, thanks. What I was asking is, do I need to substitute any of the parts that are specified in the Tropical instructions, with other parts that are in the kit, to make a 'standard' Mk 1. versus a Tropical Mk 1. Hurricane, other than the cooler parts I refer to in my post 2 above this one. Do I need to use any different parts to make a non-Tropical (i.e. standard) Mk. 1?
  21. @Britflyr, once more... I have to say, again, that your Hurricane really is lovely! I hope my BoB Hurricane looks even close to as good! I got a set of the Xtradecal BoB 75th Anniversary Pt. 2 decals for mine, via Hannants. I considered myself lucky to get these, since I'm here in the US. One more question though, and I hope I'm not wearing out my welcome... How did you deal with the indentation where the Tropical cooler goes, on the Tropical version, just behind and under the spinner? Obviously, a BoB Hurricane doesn't have that additional cooling duct, but I don't see an al
  22. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!!!! That is SOOOOO great, will help a TON on my next 1/48 Airfix Hurricane Mk 1 build! My current build, which I finished in the Egypt based scheme, came out nicely, I think, save for these super details. I cannot thank you enough for providing this. Thanks so very much, again!!
  23. @Britflyr: Beautiful build, sir! I was wondering if you would be willing to share your information source for the rivet locations on the Hurricane. I am working on a 1/48 Airfix Hurricane Mk. 1 now, but I'm too far along on that one to backfit rivets, but I have another one that I want to build as a Battle of Britain Hurricane, and I would love to include the rivet detail on that one. CAN YOU HELP ME, PLEASE?
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