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  1. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    Listen, if this involves snipping coupons out of newspapers, I don't think it's a great idea to let most of the CoV use scissors. And besides, are there still newspapers?
  2. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    All members of the CoV are reminded that, when there is any sort of approaching possible or verified danger, they are encouraged to shout "We've got COMPANY!" Because it seems that this is a relentlessly successful script addition to action movies. The line has been around at least since the 1990s, and yet scriptwriters assume it'll never go out of style. Also encouraged: if there isn't time to articulate all of "we've got COMPANY!" shout "INCOMING!" instead. if somehow circumstances are suddenly becoming or likely to become dangerous generally, and you are on some form of remote communication to someone who is not on scene, say "We've got a situation here." These, too, seem to never grow old for action-movie-going audiences, despite having been around for decades.
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    VERY early M113, 3AD 1963

    You're right, the uniforms are a bit technicolor. In the past few years I've aggressively pursued scale color since in previous projects my models - vehicles, airplanes, figures, foliage, everything - seemed too dark unless I flooded the area with light. So I've either chosen paints that seemed lighter shades of the "proper" color, or scale adjusted them myself by adding white, tan, or yellow. I should do the latter, because adding white especially tends to fade them a bit. When I choose a lighter variant out of the bottle it's often really bright for military shades. The other big challenge for the Cold War modeler is chasing that dark, almost chocolate OD for vehicles and hardware. On the real thing it very quickly looks almost faded black or dark gray, under a coat of dust. But with a model, I want to suggest to the observer that it's an Olive Drab shade characteristic of the U.S. Army in that era. Thanks!
  4. Fishwelding

    Kit Pricing

    I also suspect that economy of scale might still matter when pricing injection-molded products. If there were more people buying Airfix kits, then Airfix (and a different type and scale of supply chain) could potentially charge a little less per kit to cover costs and make equivalent or more profit. If this has any validity, then the fact that the market in Europe, North America, Australia, and possibly elsewhere has changed from lots of kids to fewer, mostly middle-aged adults is probably a factor in kit prices going up faster than inflation.
  5. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    So because all of Revell is now Revell of Germany, should we stop saying "...of Germany?"
  6. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    So what I'm reading is that our telethon wasn't successful in raising money for the offensive, and similar to various twentieth century regimes, we thought we'd solve our problems with concrete, rebar, xenophobia, barbed wire, and tank traps. Should we add military parades and political rallies that have nothing to do with elections? Decades later, model builders will mistakenly believe our staged propaganda footage of not-very-realistic training exercises with factory-new equipment actually represents what our military forces looked like in the field.
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    The Air Force put him in dad's old wing? Classic.
  8. Fishwelding

    Here I am again

    Since you've been gone, we've.... ...well, no, we're pretty much still wasting time talking about building plastic toy airplanes.
  9. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    "No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force." - Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke. Look, if the CoV ever must answer for a decade of failed attempts to destroy the Moai, we have a variety of explanations. But our last ditch defense is to quote a dead German field marshal. That makes "Well, basically things didn't go as planned, so by around 2009 we basically stopped planning things" easier to sell.
  10. Fishwelding

    ARC Armor & Cars

    I occasionally post stuff in Armor. I don't have a lot of spare time these days to build, which accounts for my infrequency. But I actually prefer posting in a smaller community, at least for sharing work.
  11. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    In the course syllabus, I do not highlight things with boldface, italics, all caps, or otherwise. If it's there, it's important. If you didn't read it, that's your problem.
  12. Fishwelding

    Revell Flying Saucer Model Recalled

    Good book! Some free primary sources on the web: US Strategic Bombing Survey Oil Division Final Report: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015011672485;view=1up;seq=5. Maybach Motorworks: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=msu.31293022403996;view=1up;seq=3 (The people who made Panzer engines.) And commentary by at least some Luftwaffe vets: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/cbo-afa/cbo00.htm.
  13. Fishwelding

    Revell Flying Saucer Model Recalled

    I also can't take seriously any complaints that Revell is "self-censoring" or pandering to public pressure. Most of the model kit industry presents a fairly narrow view of World War II, anyway. Military corpses, grievously wounded, and mass murder of civilians aside (which is a big aside), Dragon's vast collection of 1/35 soldiers really should include "Wehrmacht Child Soldiers, 1945" or "Old men herded into the Wehrmacht, 1944." If you want to show the real Third Reich at war, you need many more kits of horse-drawn hardware, to outnumber all the panzers, halftracks, and trucks. Instead of more kits of late-war, seldom-produced tanks or Luftwaffe planes, somebody should make a model of a smashed synthetic fuel plant - that does more to explain the war's outcome. "But kits of dead or badly wounded soldiers would be tasteless, and horses are hardly as interesting as Tiger tanks," you say. Well, which will you have it? "Historically accurate" or not? As it is now the catalog of many hobby companies hardly presents a complete picture of the war to impressionable youth, (if ever the latter miraculously started to build models.)
  14. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    Yea, that sounds expensive. Listen, we have an old backyard hammock that's moldly from being left outside through the winter and spring. You can probably thread some branches through it. Besides, what kind of camouflage do you need to approach our variety of Moais? Just pretend to be Philadelphian: wear a Flyers jersey, sound like you're from New Jersey, buy your booze in Delaware, and periodically drop into conversation that New York City "isn't so great."
  15. Fishwelding

    Revell Flying Saucer Model Recalled

    "...And historians are pissed." It's safe to say that the majority of historians - people paid to research, write, or teach history - are not aware that Revell still exists. Most would be surprised to learn that anyone still builds plastic model kits.