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Ken Cartwright

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  1. Here's another article on the transition: https://www.forbes.com/sites/erictegler/2020/06/01/blue-angels-transition-to-the-super-hornet-will-make-airshows-look-a-little-like-1973/amp/
  2. Those are all cool, but...Billie Jean? Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems a little out of character for a strike aircraft.
  3. This seems like it should be a mandatory addition to this thread:
  4. Yes, it was exciting and an honor to meet those men. I had the distinction of annoying Jim Lovell, I think. He was sitting down to dinner at that event and a friend wanted a photo with him, and it seemed he grudgingly agreed to it, and was a little annoyed that we caught him at that time. They had been in a different area earlier for photos, but not surprisingly, he had a crowd around him so that was the first opportunity we had. After I took a photo of my friend with him, I decided not to push my luck and get a photo with him my self. Here's a shot of me with Gene Cernan from that event:
  5. 5 years ago, I was able to attend a 45th anniversary event for it, and they had some of the key players there - a great opportunity to see some of the heroes of the space program.
  6. I can't personally say who is right and wrong, but my friend has actually been integral to planning US Navy visits to Vietnam in recent times, so I'm guessing he knows a bit more about it than what's been floating around in the press. If I had to choose which was "fake news" - stuff coming out of the press or someone who has actually been involved in US Navy visits to the country - I think I am more inclined to believe someone who's actually gone through the process and assume the press was the fake news.
  7. A friend of mine is a retired Navy officer, and based on the information he's seen, the problem lies directly with the Captain. My friend's understanding is that the choice to visit Vietnam was left up to the Captain, and it was recommended that he shouldn't do it, but because of the rarity of the opportunity, he decided to go ahead. Once the crew was exposed, the Navy leadership began making plans to get the ship to Guam well before Crozier wrote that letter, so steps were already underway to deal with the situation. My friend's opinion is that Crozier wrote that letter, knowing it would get out, to cover for his own bad decision-making.
  8. It's definitely a cool looking plane. I noticed what looks like bubbles in the canopy, not sure what that's about.
  9. Very cool. I live about 2 miles away and work under the flight path, and have been seeing more F-35s fly over and just assumed they were B models from Yuma. I did see one at a glance that I thought looked more like an F-22, but figured I just didn't see it that well. I'm guessing that was a C model.
  10. Sorry if I missed this being mentioned earlier, but ALIS, after not working out, is being replaced with ODIN... https://www.yahoo.com/news/f-35-logistics-system-reinvented-002438724.html
  11. Thank you, and Merry Christmas to all, and thank you for making ARC a great place to spend time.
  12. The Russians have been doing it for years:
  13. Don't post any spoilers on how the battle ends! 🤣
  14. Ah, thanks. I just caught a few minutes here and there, and didn't know when it was shot, or for how long it would run.
  15. Going off on a bit of a tangent, The Smithsonian Channel has a show about the HMS Queen Elizabeth airing now: https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/rise-of-the-supercarrier/1006072 I have only seen bits of a couple of episodes, and no F-35s yet, but I am hoping they will show up. They did have a segment about the deck handlers, and they had non-operational Harriers and an F-35 mock-up.
  16. Yeah, great photo - looks like something out of a movie or flight-simulator cut scene.
  17. I was not commenting on the validity of the action taken, only noting that the F-35s saw some action, and that the report didn't even comment on F-35 development history, issues, etc. F-15s were involved as well, so it doesn't look like the action plan was necessarily influenced by the use of F-35s, and they were just being used as a resource.
  18. I apologize if this was posted and I missed it, but it sounds like F-35s saw a little more action in Iraq. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/f-35s-and-f-15s-just-obliterated-an-entire-iraqi-island-to-root-out-isis-fighters/ar-AAH5Ke6 Also interesting to me is that there wasn't any mention in the story about the F-35s being new, their cost, etc.
  19. My Bandai kit arrived today, and it's in a big box, but yes, it is only about a foot long (about 30.5cm). It includes the opaque parts and some clear parts, and I am not really sure why. The opaque parts have holes for the lights to shine through, and I realize that using the clear parts can provide a different effect, but I am not sure it makes a big enough difference to be worth using them. At least with my skills. The holes with lights inside seem to do pretty well. I have two of the Zvezda kits in my stash that I will build some day, plus another Revell 1/4000 kit, and two Revell Germany Venator kits (one of which I've started on), but none of them will approach the build quality of this kit you're building.
  20. Not only know, but care, too. I think that video would be just as exciting to most movie watchers as the stuff they give us that's over the top - it was well choreographed and had a lot of action, it just wasn't stupid. Thanks for posting!
  21. Back on topic, Madhatter, that's just an amazing amount of detail you're adding. I don't think I have the patience, and I definitely don't have the skill, to do something like that. It's really, really impressive. You seem to know just where to add to build up the detail, but not overwhelm.
  22. I've also got the lighted 1/5000 Bandai Star Destroyer on order, and it should be arriving tomorrow. Other than paint, I'm just going to build it OOB. Here's a video I found about the construction of the lighted kit, and it looks really impressive (I can't read the text, but the video is still very informative):
  23. I had seen the Dauntless trailer before I heard of the Midway movie, and when a friend told me about Midway, I thought he meant Dauntless, especially the way he described it having cheesy CGI planes. Then I realized there were two different Midway movies with cheesy CGI plane animations.
  24. Dunkirk actually did pretty well, grossing over $500M: https://variety.com/2017/film/news/dunkirk-christopher-nolan-box-office-1202559503/ I have only seen one movie from Roland Emmerich that I thought was any good, and that was the original Stargate. I think that CGI can be used in a way that would still serve a serious movie well, they just keep deciding to make it Star Wars when they do it.
  25. I agree with everyone else - it looks great! And also agree on the weathering - just the right amount.
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