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  1. 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.
  2. 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 beautiful space with finished models. I might start storing projects in there to make it feel like I'm getting my money's worth... -Ryan
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Who chose a cat? You might as well tie-wrap the trigger on a chain-saw and toss it around the cockpit! -Ryan
  7. 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
  8. 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 had some of the planes, too. One even had the pistol-grip thingy that you could put the jets on to make various noises. It was corny, but we sure wore it out back in the day. Thanks for the link on the Blue Angel's version. Nice to see that they still exist in some form. -Ryan
  9. 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 alternatives with similar qualities out there? Everything I see is absolute trash. Not just because an F-15 isn't lime-green, but because it could never stand up to the abuse that even my relatively tame kids would inflict. My boys have discovered my old collection at Grandma & Grandpa's house, but they look like they've been through a real war. They did fly numerous sorties all over the neighborhood, after all. I was just hoping I could find something new they can unwrap and call their own. -Ryan
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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 random decal work on the propellers and other small parts. I'm trying my damndest to get these done within the next few weeks. -Ryan.
  14. That looks awesome! I love the contrast of the assorted scuzzy Navy grays with the high-viz portions, really cool subject. -Ryan
  15. Sweet shots, Mike! Glad you decided to attend, it was a good day for an airshow, and Fort Wayne is great for getting close to the action. While it wasn't "technically" part of the show, the best part for me was watching the A-10's getting ready to launch from the north side of the ramp. Here's a few more photos: -Ryan
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