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  1. Excellent, Dave! I'll be looking forward to them. You just haaad to post this a few days after I was lusting over those Blacklions bomb trucks from OIR. -Ryan
  2. These look really nice. You say they will be available in 1/48th as well, any idea how those will be priced? Also, any chance of a MXU-735 nose plug being designed for the kit? Thanks! -Ryan
  3. I think the F-4 Phantom is one of the best looking jets ever, but when you launch it from a carrier with the nose strut extended it looks corny as hell. I'll echo the sentiment about the F-15's spindly landing gear. Great looking jet, but you can't skip leg-day.
  4. This is something I struggled with, too. Eventually through persistence I ended up scoring a very nice 72" wide glass counter-type display case on Craigslist for $250. The counter style is what worked best for my space, but I would often see the vertical styles as well. It's even lighted, and allegedly belonged to another modeler who had it in his home so it was in really good shape. It did take a lot of watching. Lots of tabs were opened over months of time and 90% of them were closed with a definite "nope", but eventually it worked out. Now I just have to fill in all that be
  5. I wish somebody would paint a Typhoon like that. Maybe Germany could bring back a Norm 81 type scheme. I love the lines of the Typhoon, but operational jets are all just... So. Damn. Boring. ­čś┤ -Ryan
  6. How do the engines differ between the A and C models? Could you use aftermarket parts for the C (like the awesome KA Models exhausts) and still pull off an A model? Excellent choice on the 5th FIS Eagle, by the way. They were the best looking of those ADC F-15's in my opinion. -Ryan
  7. Fort Wayne and St. Louis F-4E's in Hill Gray, and/or Euro-1. Selfridge F-4D's with the subdued gray checkerboards would be cool, too. I guess those were probably a Hill Gray scheme. -Ryan
  8. Who chose a cat? You might as well tie-wrap the trigger on a chain-saw and toss it around the cockpit! -Ryan
  9. Cliff, Glad to hear a good initial impression of the set. Have you happened to notice if there is provision for having one nozzle partially closed? -Ryan
  10. I would agree that is mostly true. Our boys seem more than happy to bury themselves in Legos and Hot Wheels from sun-up till sun-down. Those diecast collector models are pretty nice, and you're right, also expensive. That was the beauty of the Ertl versions, rugged, interactive, and priced right. The version that you linked to isn't too bad, small, but at least acceptably realistic and kid-resistant. Thanks! I knew I wasn't the only one! I had the base, too. My parents still have the control tower, but the lighted airfield part is long gone. Most of my friends
  11. When I was a kid back in the late-80's, I guess I was spoiled to have the rugged, reasonably high-fidelity collection of the "Force One" diecast military toys from Ertl. The fighters were all a decent size (probably 1/72-ish scale) with stickers to apply and ordnance to hang from the pylons, flip-up landing gear... not bad for what they were. Having two young sons of my own now, I'm having an exceedingly hard time finding anything similar out there. Many of those Ertl jets can still be found for purchase, though most are listed for collector prices. Are there any modern alternat
  12. I've made a couple paint orders through Seal Model in recent years and had the same experience in each case. Items were all carefully packaged in multiple layers. They even went so far as to shim the voids between different size bottles with packing peanuts to eliminate the chance of anything shifting or breaking. -Ryan
  13. I appreciate that, Stefan. Maybe I'll shift these over to the In-Progess discussion. In any event I'll definitely share once completed. -Ryan
  14. Okay, well... never mind. For some reason I was operating under the impression that the build went until July 31st... until I just looked at a couple other threads in the group build. whooooops! Sorry, I should have paid closer attention. -Ryan
  15. After my last post, I decided that I needed to repair some of my joints on both planes as I wasn't happy with how well they showed up under GX2, and was afraid it would be worse with the natural metal finish. That was a major setback, but I'm happier with the results now. So, last night I FINALLY got around to spraying the AK Xtreme Metal aluminum on everything. Also put down some AK XM steel color on several parts as well. While that all sets up, this morning I pulled the masking from the canopies to make sure that all worked out (seems like it has) and also started some rando
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