Saturday, January 10, 2015

P-51 Mustang Snap-tite Model

Well, shortly after I came back from New Hampshire, I went to Walmart to buy some groceries. The university was still on break, and no dinning centers were open yet. After the shopping, I found this an inexpensive but little and tiny airplane model which did not require any professional tools to make.

I used to enjoy making such models. So, why not? I had a little bit of extra money to have some fun and to decorate my dorm room. I also separately bought silver colour enamel paint apart from red, black, and yellow paints included in the set. The plastic kit was already coloured in silver but was not so glossy. I needed glossy P-51 Mustang body--seriously.

I painted all parts with silver, let dry, and then started to actually build this set.

Pic. 1. P-51 Mustang model I made
First of all, I like the set very much.

This Snap-tite model really made things easier. I was considering to get a plastic glue for this model since could not trust what it said on the box--"You do not need a glue!" Well, indeed. I did not need a glue at all. Everything fits tightly.

However, I want to point out one thing.
The water-paint really does not work well on plastic. It seems like the company made this kit was worried about people getting muddled with the paints. Using water-based paints for those non-professional young customers was applaudable.

However, as I said, water-based paints really do not work well on plastics. I struggled quite a bit trying to prevent paints coming off from the surface of plastic. Also, I had to paint several times a layer over layers again and again to truly apply colours on the surface.

I see this is not really a big problem. I rather have a hard time on painting water-paint on plastic than washing enamel off my hands using flammable thinner.

Overall, very good. I tried to use all the decals just for fun. Gosh, I really do like that USAF decals. This is a great, easy, fun, and decorative model kit. I should build another one.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Studying for Technician License from ARRL

Pic. 1. Logo of ARRL
I started full-scale studying to get Technician License through officially published book from ARRL about three weeks ago. I always wanted to learn something that is related to radio control or communication.

My motive goes back to when I was 16 years old in high school. Unlike other high schools, my high school had HAM radio club. It was quite rare for a high school to have such club since a lot of Korean high schools really do not want to set up this kind of clubs. The reason is that students normally have no time to spare on such activities. Since I was interested in radio communications already, I tried to join this club.

I had to go through interviews with senior members of the club. One of them said, "HAM Radio requires a lot of physical works such as setting up antenna. Seeing from your physical condition--you are fat--I am worried if you can do your work." Yes, very insulting. If this happened in the United States, then guess what? Today's shocking news.

Anyway, I pressed an argument that I can do anything whatever it takes. They said the result will come out after a few days. That day, I wrote what I felt at the interview on my blog. About two days later, I was called to HAM Radio club. Apparently, they read what I wrote on the blog; they apologized what they had done. Well shit, I did not see any sincerity from their faces but why not. I accepted and asked them to forget about my applications. I left HAM Radio club. No, I asked them to drop me off.

After that incident, I continued to study Phonetic alphabets and Morse codes just for fun. Now, I can transmit and receive all English alphabets and numbers in Morse codes although somewhat slow.

I never thought about actually getting license anyway. However, as I had extra times in college, I though why not pursue my eager--getting HAM license.

So, here I am. Studying to get my Technician License. I am glad that I am finally studying for this license, but on the other hands, I am also greatly disappointed that ARRL now no longer involves any Morse code examinations as part of the license test. This really put me down. I was truly looking forward to show off and prove myself on the test.

Anyway, I am studying hard to get this license. If I get my license, I am planning to join HAM Radio club in my college. It will be very unique and precious skill if I obtain.

I am looking forward to be a part of HAM RADIO.