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    Great pieces of work Paul.

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    Lovely work on those balloons Paul.

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    Still not working on planes, except occasional cards.

    Pretending to work on that Android App for Solo Cylon AI, but not grasping the intricacies of the programming.

    I am getting some painting done, though.

    Fresh off the outdoor display rack:
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    After a few hours of injecting Pebeo Glass Paint (Link: VITREA 160 Glass Paint) into the engraving:
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    Red doesn't survive long in the sun, and this particular one was the worst off of a few. The glass paint is an attempt to get the red to last more than a few years in the sun and weather. We'll see how it goes.

    The work so far, since end May 2020:
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    The column on the far right contains original stones, installed about two years ago. The red is deteriorating, even if the black and blue is doing OK. The next two columns are this year's refurbished stones, with the glass paint. The blank column is in the shop for painting, and includes the sample above. The column on the left are the next stones to be refurbished.

    With 320 stones on the rack, I'll be painting for a while...

    Comox Air Force Museum.ca - Heritage Stones/
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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Hey Mike, years ago during a summer of sign painting/outdoor murals at a theme park, yea it was a crazy summer, I was introduced to One-Shot Sign Paints. They were outstanding fast drying, no fading enamels. I recall nothing could touch them in anti-fade and with a good lettering brush they were a pure joy to letter with. I see they are still available . . . . they would be ideal for this application.

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    Well done, Mike.
    REP inbound for your selfless efforts.

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    Closer, a lot of drilling and wire work ahead for the weekend . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipper1801 View Post
    Hey Mike, years ago during a summer of sign painting/outdoor murals at a theme park, yea it was a crazy summer, I was introduced to One-Shot Sign Paints. They were outstanding fast drying, no fading enamels. I recall nothing could touch them in anti-fade and with a good lettering brush they were a pure joy to letter with. I see they are still available . . . . they would be ideal for this application.
    Dave,
    Just took a look at the website for 1Shot (Link: www.1shot.com - Topcoats). It might be good stuff, and if not for the requirement for a primer coat, as well as not listing manufactured stone as a base material, I would be tempted.

    However, with the requirement for a primer coat over a clean surface, it would triple (or more) the workload, and the time (scraping, cleaning, priming, then painting). We might have to do that, eventually, if the Pebeo paint doesn't last very long. That's if 1Shot can provide a recommendation for stone.

    PS: 1Shot Universal White Primer is good for brick and concrete, so it might work on stones.

    PPS: Hmmm... A distributor on Vancouver Island?

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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

  8. #158

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    Well done, Mike.
    REP inbound for your selfless efforts.
    Yep, what Pete said. That's amazing work.

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    Have some from me too, Mike.

    Praiseworthy work indeed!

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    Great project Mike, well done. REP guns firing.

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    Great job Mike on something that looks like it has been overlooked for some time. Rep coming your way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Great job Mike on something that looks like it has been overlooked for some time. Rep coming your way.
    The sad fact of sun and red paint is that this refurbishment work has been ongoing for years. I'm just the latest individual to be part of the work. However, most of the volunteers have been watching the unrelenting sun destroy their work, year after year, with no end in sight. So, volunteers have re-evaluated the process and decided to place their efforts into things that might last a while.

    All sorts of trials and attempts to preserve the stones have been done since the stones were put on display, but the only sure way to keep the red from fading is to get the stones out of the sun. That isn't likely to happen in the near future (read a lot of years). Being that the glass paint is meant to be used for outdoor applications, and is 'dishwasher safe' when applied according to directions, I'm hopeful that the red might last longer than what has been tried in the past. Stones done with Pebeo two years ago (incorrectly, at that) are still looking good. That was with brush-applied, thinned paint. Now, I'm using a syringe to fill the engraving with straight paint. Being translucent when cured, I'm hoping that as the top layers fade, the underlying red color will continue to show through as bright red for a few years.

    Fingers are crossed.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Drilling, check. Mounting posts. check. Radiators, check. Table cleared, operation tools and assembly parts, check. Beginning paint touch up!

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    Clipper, you make my months project look pretty easy! Well, I shall show what I did this month.

    Awe, the summer time. Flowers, birds, green grass.....or should I say Austrians.

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    Took the Gruber base Ares plane. Painted the top of the tail and painted out the markings. Added Misc Mini decals. These are really nice decals that he has produced. My apology for any camera glare.

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    Very cool squadron! Love the diversity of the Jastas.

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    Mike I am reading a book "In the Skys of Forgotten Courage" about the RNAS in the Adriatic. It metiones a Candian pilot, F/SL John R. Bibby who died in a crash of a Short 320 in 1917. I just wondered if there is a tile for him?

    Da I did some planes with those decals and yours look great. Good job.

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    Just about finished in June These are the Loos-Hulluch sector, France, mats ready to go.

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    There are two boards where I have invented the trench system, because I wanted a playing area of a little more than the equivalent of two official mats.

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    Fantastic job, Mike.
    Looking forward to seeing them in your AARs.

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    Well folks, I recommend that is you are using Valom kits in your WGF gaming, don't drop them from the table to a hard surface!

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    I know - OUCH, right? Well, the first thing I did was collect the parts from the floor (still missing the prop), and made a wing jig from some scrape card stock.

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    Straightening the carriage strut was a bit of a challenge, not to mention re-gluing struts still held together by the rigging I had added.

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    So far, so good, but I pledge to (try) not to do this again

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    Oh, by the way, I have also completed another rehab of a 60s 1/72 model found in the Storage Bbox. This time a Monogram kit - The Dornier Do 17 "Flying Pencil" Here are a few photos etc., but the entire build can be seen at www.theatomfurnace.bogspot.com

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    Fantastic trenches Mike!

    Willi, I feel your pain. I have been there. 1st Valom model I made was a Pup for my wife. I then dropped it with similar effect. It is now back together and stored out of harms way not to be touched again!

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    Mike, your trench mats are superb!

    Willi, your 'Valom' accident story is horrible - glad you managed to repair your little beastie.
    Your kit restoration is much more than I would ever be tempted to do - well done!

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    So much outstanding work this month, makes my efforts feeble by comparison.

    That being said a few projects finished over the last week or two. Some more Yankee Cav, some empire cav, and DWARVES!!

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    Whoa, some cool work up in here. Love the mats, Mike. Willi, your story was rather gut-wrenching but the tutorial was excellent. Love those dwarves, Ken!

    Barely making the deadline for June with this balloon:

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    Chris, the weathering on that balloon is outstanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeemagnus View Post
    Just about finished in June These are the Loos-Hulluch sector, France, mats ready to go.
    There are two boards where I have invented the trench system, because I wanted a playing area of a little more than the equivalent of two official mats.
    Outstanding Mike !

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcat View Post
    Chris, the weathering on that balloon is outstanding.
    Does that make it a "Weather Balloon"?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Willi View Post
    Well folks, I recommend that is you are using Valom kits in your WGF gaming, don't drop them from the table to a hard surface!
    Ah you have read my tutorial.

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    Ken your work is masterful not feeble. As others have said great work posted this month.

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    Loving June! A lot of amazing talent this month!

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    Great work, everyone. I wish I had finished planes to show, but I can't seem to get the last bits done (without oopsing and needing to fix)
    Hoping for a finish this weekend (which I actually do have a weekend thanks to the 4th!)
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Jager, those last detail oops are the worst. Real time killers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by camelbeagle View Post
    Jager, those last detail oops are the worst. Real time killers!
    Indeed they are. I suppose I could be less picky, but these guys will be on the matt next to planes done by Peter (Teaticket), Matt (Matt56) and Jim (Rhodie80).
    Very stiff competition!
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    Does that make it a "Weather Balloon"?

    lol, I admit that phrase is stuck in my head now every time I look at it.

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    Or maybe whether to weather my weather balloon (groan)

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