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    V-4. Cause without fuel, its just an expensive paper weight!

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  1. Emergency essential here, so no break, even though I wanted one. But even then, a model is the last thing I would get to work on when I am restoring my 1:1 1965 Ford Galaxie.... And doing homework....
  2. Need 1/48 Tomcat nose gears and nose boom

    Which manufacturer?
  3. Flight Sim Advice

    Heh, I used to fly WB back in the day. That $2 per hour used to soak me for the equivalent of a car payment. I dropped out of the scene back in 2002 or so. I recently had a big computer built and logged back into WB with my original account. The S3s and some Friday nights have about 20+ people in it, and it is only 2 colors at a time, instead of the old 150+ people and 4 color maps. During the week, I have seen as many at 12 people and as few as 3. I still fly occasionally, but only as an afterthought. As for Aces High, I downloaded it as well. There seems to be quite a few more people flying it at any time, but I was never able to master the keyboard controls for it, and I wasn't too interested in remapping. WB has the drivable tanks and ships now, only because Wild Bill had no choice but to get on board. Sadly (or for better) after he had driven off all of the talent. A case of too little, too late. And its still the same in the fact that flight models get tweaked to whoever cries the loudest based on "whatever fact they read in some magazine about a P-40 running down a -262".... Right now, it seems that the Spit 19 is top of the heap till jet day comes out. If you want nostalgia, fly WB on a Friday night. If you want instant furball action, look elsewhere. -boss- I/KG200 IV/JG80
  4. The info I have is that 166878 is being carried on the roster by VFA-122.
  5. The info I found was that both birds are there with In Service Repairs. The 41 bird had fire damage of an unspecified nature, and the 154 bird did not list a reason. However, the 154 bird has since had its information transferred over, and is being carried, by 122.
  6. VFA-113 2014 from Hasegawa F-18C?

    Message this guy and ask him nicely to review this thread. He is a retired ordie... GW8345
  7. https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel
  8. Train travel in France, Germany

    Exactly. A couple of books, my travel cigar humidor, some underwear, socks and a clean shirt, the wallet, cellphone charger, car keys (so when we get back its easy to find them) and any kind of trip documents. And some meds like my scripts, Excedrine and immodium pills.
  9. The launch bar on the Hasegawa Tomcat and Hornet kits are positionable. About the only thing you would need is the hold back, which isn't in any aircraft kit that I know of, but you can easily scratchbuild one.
  10. Train travel in France, Germany

    Thanks for the follow up! I found that people in France weren't as overly friendly as the Germans, even though I speak German, and not French. As far as flying, my family always limits our carry on to 1 backpack each, and usually a jacket or something. However, we do have big suitcases. (the wife and kids packs are on wheels. I'm still carrying the same old sea bag with shoulder straps after 25+ years. I guess I need to get with the times....) Glad you enjoyed your trip!
  11. 1/48 Kits & Decals FS/FT

    SLUF arrived all safe and sound. Deal with confidence folks!
  12. Ha! 137, 146 and 192 are all flying Lot 23-25 aircraft in frontline service. When it came time to transition from C models to the F-35, the F-35 wasn't ready, but the C's were clapped out. The early Lot aircraft that CVW 5 traded in 6+ years ago were in storage, so that's what those squadrons got.
  13. Train travel in France, Germany

    As others have posted, you can go to the respective National Railways sites for Germany and France. You can also look at travel blogs from Rick Steves and Burt Wolf. (I highly recommend Rick Steves) Keep in mind that at least in Germany, DB is the national rail company, but there are also private rail companies in certain areas that are considered shortlines or secondary. German people typically tend to be nicer than French people. (I know, we spent 3 weeks in both this last December) If you are going to be staying in a city for more than 3 days, check out airbnb or homeaway for renting an apartment as opposed to a hotel room. If you do rent hotel rooms, try hotels.com. If you rent 10 nights through them, the 11th is free. If you do rent a car in Germany, get the GPS, and be prepared to pay for parking just about everywhere. I would not rent a car if you are going to be in Paris. And if you fly into Paris, there is a train that takes you from Charles DeGaul into town, its the RER B train. However, if you take a cab, beware. Normal cab fair is price fixed between 50 and 60 Euro depending on which side of town you go to. We had a guy accost us, and wanted 70. He was probably like an Uber or something, but I didn't want to chance it. Youtube has lots of good videos as well.