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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #2730 on: May 24, 2020, 06:36:50 am »
Is it just me, but I find both Humbrol and Xtracrylic screw tops can be a right p.i.a. when it comes to getting clogged up and thus refusing to sit properly ?

I found the same with Tamiya, Pactra, and Testors/ModelMasters jars as well.  But I also find a couple of wipes with mineral spirits on a paper towel tends to resolve it, at least on the bottle threads.
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« Reply #2731 on: May 24, 2020, 07:48:18 am »
It's the threads inside the caps/tops I find the most annoying and difficult to keep clean.
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« Reply #2732 on: May 25, 2020, 05:56:14 am »
Slow progress on all current projects, with emphasis on the word slow, but at least I've moved on to the paint stage with 3 of them.

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« Reply #2733 on: May 27, 2020, 05:49:16 am »
Well the Ik-2 has got to the stage where she can get a coat of Klear and I can then move on to the transfers which I think is my favourite part of the build process. Brings a model to life I feel.

The Tamiya Thunderbolt is now a series of sub-assemblies and all I can say is "Wow". Every time I do something on this kit I just feel like chanting "I'm not worthy"  ;) Fit is just incredible  :bow:
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« Reply #2734 on: May 30, 2020, 05:55:18 am »
Progress

The IK-2 has had her transfers affixed and there were relatively few, so it wasn't a long job. When they were being camouflaged in 1940 they obviously painted over most of the markings the natural metal ones wore. The Fromm/Azure markings behaved very well.

The Mohawk has had her I.D. markings painted and masked up, and work has started on the undersides. If transfer application is my favourite part of the business then masking is my least.

I've continued my battle with Tamiya paints on the Ki-102 by attempting to paint the upper surfaces after masking off the lower. I nearly gave up at one point and was ready to give what I'd done a couple of coats of Klear and break out the Xtracolour. That's how desperate I got. But I was always told perseverance was a virtue, so ..........

Done some detail painting on the Thunderbolt and dug out the markings and weapons load I want. In the process of which I found a couple of kits I'd forgotten all about  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #2735 on: Today at 05:45:12 am »
Slow progress, but working on the P-47 got me musing on Seversky/Republic and I had a peek at the MPM XP-47 H I have, immediately put it back  :-X, and then their P-35A. On opening the box I discovered a note I'd put in there when I bought it I presume which simply said :-

"P-35A USAAF Mexican Front, early 1942 with two Mexican Bf 109 D kills"

So brain suddenly remembered a scenario I had in mind which was a Fascist Mexico taking advantage of Pearl harbour and in early 1942 launching an attack into the S.W. U.S.A. whilst the U.S. is occupied elsewhere ? A P-35 with a hastily applied desert camouflage ?
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« Reply #2736 on: Today at 07:42:08 am »
Mexico attacking the U.S. in early 1942 sounds like a very interesting scenario... :thumbsup: 
You say Bf 109s but it got me thinking of a secret Japanese/Mexican alliance that had Mexican forces equipped with Japanese material. Imagine that Japan wanted to go further than just destroy the Pacific fleet and decided to invade Hawaii as a first stage of a U.S. mainland invasion... create a distraction in the mainland for them to be able to have more time to consolidate their foothold in Hawaii before the U.S. could concentrate on retaking the islands? This would enable them to get their forces ready for the mainland invasion using Hawaii as a stepping stone... send some Zero/Oscar/Tojo fighters and some bomber types to Mexico prior to the Pearl Harbor attack to give them a stronger hand in the fight and then attack the U.S. West coast while Mexican forces attacked from the south.
This would be a very different strategy, concentrating on invading the U.S. mainland would probably cut off the rest of the pacific U.S. forces spread around the islands. I see it as going for the head instead of the knees... :wacko:
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« Reply #2737 on: Today at 08:23:16 am »
Slow progress, but working on the P-47 got me musing on Seversky/Republic and I had a peek at the MPM XP-47 H I have, immediately put it back  :-X, and then their P-35A. On opening the box I discovered a note I'd put in there when I bought it I presume which simply said :-

"P-35A USAAF Mexican Front, early 1942 with two Mexican Bf 109 D kills"

So brain suddenly remembered a scenario I had in mind which was a Fascist Mexico taking advantage of Pearl harbour and in early 1942 launching an attack into the S.W. U.S.A. whilst the U.S. is occupied elsewhere ? A P-35 with a hastily applied desert camouflage ?

A second Zimmerman Note from von Ribbentrop to the German ambassador to Mexico sometime between 18 April (the extension of the Pan American Security Zone) and December 11, 1941 (the German Declaration of War) perhaps?
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