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Everything posted by markfh

  1. I'll second that on the Renaissance wax. I'll post some pictures of a couple silver items I used it on and how long ago I used it on.
  2. Yep, the captain won't command a skiff after this. Unfortunately most of the command staff will also suffer. Too bad for the ones that aren't responsible.
  3. My mother had one but I don't remember if she got it at the VFW, DVA, or some other group she was a member of. She was also a Wave during WW2 and I have some of her uniform none of which is white.
  4. Nice finds. That would really be fun hunting and finding pieces of history no matter what they are. I've dug up some civil war stuff that unfortunately my sisters did something with while I was in Viet Nam. All I have left are a few artifacts that they didn't find when they cleaned out my room. Keep the reports coming.
  5. That's really kewl... It would also freak out my wife. The dog might go weird on me too, at least for a while at least.
  6. Is that Krag in that display? Hard to tell with the resolution (not a complaint) of the picture.
  7. Nice display. So, tell me, do you like explosives?
  8. markfh

    M1A1 AIM

    Ok, so there are mistakes on it? I don't think that matters since the overall project came out so well. Good job indeed.
  9. Wow... nice work. I could never sculpt anything like that. Heck, I had trouble making a snow man as a kid...
  10. Nice kit and even better job with the detailing.
  11. markfh

    B-29 Model

    That's a beautiful pair of airplanes. They fly 1/4 scale just outside of Houston and it's always fun to go watch.
  12. Kinda looks like GHW Bush.
  13. Ebay is one of those necessary evils. Not much out there that's any better at all. I did sell some WW2 German stuff on another site that took a long time.
  14. Like being a kid in a candy shop... Keep me away...
  15. DO NOT SAND... Use nothing that will remove metal. Find Renaissance Metal De-Corroder and use that. It will remove just the rust. You won't have to use a brush of any type unless the rust is flacky. To preserve the metal after cleaning the rust off use Renaissance Wax if you don't repaint. It will keep the metal from rusting. Again, I'm a purist when it comes to cleaning and using anything that is abrasive is to me destructive and with todays cleaning and preserving products I see no reason to be destructive if you don't have to. I've put this in other post but here are the three
  16. I use two products for cleaning and to remove rust. Both are widely used by museums and both are extremely good at removing dirt or rust without damaging the underlaying metal or paint (with some exceptions). I use Vulpex which is a potassium methyl cyclohexyl oleate soap. This soap has been very good cleaning many different materials including feathers on some old Philipine arrows I have (I found out they used it to clean the feathers on an Indian head dress at a local museum). The only problem I had was when cleaning an Iron Cross evidently issued late in WW2. It aparantly was pai
  17. I've collected old posters for a long time and like they say the folds are original. I've minimized the folds on some of my posters by laying them out flat and humidifying the room (not hard to do here in Houston). It takes quite a bit of time to allow the paper to relax but if you try to press out the folds you'll ruin the paper. As far a linen backing I'd defer to a professional to do that. It's a process that I don't think you want to start with on such a great poster. Personally I don't like linen backing because the poster is no longer original. That's just my opinion and prefere
  18. Don't know if it'll work but if you know anyone with a blaster that uses glass beads or walnut media you might be able to clean the affects off but you'd have to repaint. I usually don't mess with original pieces but when they're already bunged up I try to put them back to their original state if possible.
  19. My opinion would be if it doesn't already shine don't try to make it. Clean it, yes, polish it, no. Use Vulpex to clean, after testing on a very small spot usually on the back just to make sure, and then use Renaissance wax to keep it from tarnishing or otherwise discoloring.
  20. Make sure you use the Vulpex as recommended. Dilute it at least as much as they say. That stuff is powerful yet non toxic. It'll just suck the moisture out of your skin if you get it on you so use gloves.
  21. Before I trust anything of mine to any cleaners I try a test spot using Vulpex according to instructions. You'd be amazed what it can clean and without damaging the material no matter what it is for the most part. Those here that work in museums know it's uses.
  22. Here's a site I've frequented and got some very good tips from. http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/
  23. I use renaissance wax on my knives and other metal objects. The can easily be removed and it prevents corrosion. It preserves without having oil dripping all over the place which can get on other artifacts that you might not want it on. It also happens to be what many museums use to protect their metal artifacts like knives and armour.
  24. Rgr that last Flage. Read Giap, use it to shut up those that think we lost on the battlefield. Talk radio and the Internet is keeping "them" from doing now what they did to Viet Nam and those of us that fought there.
  25. Great photos. I always enjoy the WW1 photos and having served in the Navy I especially enjoy the ship photos. Having toured the Battleship Texas here in San Jacinto I sure am glad ships improved by the time I served on the Blue Ridge. I used to wear my white hat the same way. As to the photos if I may make a suggestion on your scanning. Being really anal about getting as much detail out of my scans I found that NOT scanning the white border allows the scanner to better determine the proper exposure in scanning. That does depend on the scanner and software used to some degree of course
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