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  1. Just to come up to speed: So Kitty Hawk released theirs early June, some accuracy problems, but overall well-received with good surface detail and no major shape inaccuracies. The angled nozzles not included, AMUR comes to the rescue. Then today GWH announces the same subject. No plastic to review, but the track record promises a very good / excellent kit. Is this an accurate summary of where we are? I suppose KH's sales will be undercut significantly with GWH's announcement. Also, with KH's seemingly descent kit, it does not seem like a clear win for GWH either as they will not command 100% of the 48th Su-35 market. Just trying to understand if this is where we are. Of course this is great for the buyers.
  2. Giving up beer for a month

    :) That reminds me of my late grandpa. When my mom was not around, he would hand me or my cousins cash to 'go get a large bottle of coke for dinner.' Dinner time, we would each have our glasses of coke. Grandpa's always had a lighter, cloudier color, as his would be half vodka from his secret stash in the kitchen :) He somehow thought nobody knew what was going on.
  3. 1/48 F-14D VF-31 (Hasegawa kit+Edueard PE)

    I think that is an F-14B?
  4. Zoukei-Mura 1/48 F-4S Phantom Build

    Wow. Looking great. Thank you for sharing the closeup pics of the plastic and all the steps. It is very useful as a preview of what to expect as i am awaiting their C kit.
  5. 1/48 Hasegawa A-4K Skyhawk

    Perfect in every respect. How did you make the motion effect of the base? Did you design/print (if so what did you use for design), or did you airbrush it or something? Sorry might gave missed it if you explained it in your wip link.
  6. Model kit variances

    I like it when the issues with the kit our pointed out with 'red lines.' However, the main problem I observe is the padding of "opinions and adjectives" onto the facts by the experts. I sincerely believe this is what drives people mad. This happens very subtly, but it is almost always there. A subject expert would point out an issue (which is fine), a few others would respond, then another expert would come in supporting the OP, with a subtle swing at the kit manufacturer, how "obvious" the issue is, or a complaint about how they got it wrong with all the available measurement technologies. It is usually those experts who then feel entitled to decide what is a major vs minor issue. To them, certain things are fixable in 5 mins with a sanding stick, while the next issue over is a reason not to buy the kit. If the issues with a kit were presented without the extra padding, adjectives, and snide remarks, we can all be happier.
  7. Smooth paint finishes

    I believe it's a good idea to polish between the layers. I tend to use Surfacer 1200, then Tamiya or Gunze Hobby Aqueous acrylics. Especially after the primer, I scrub everything down with an old cotton t-shirt or a very worn out dishwashing sponge. I find this to be necessary to knock down any 'dusty' finish that can appear wtih flat coats and paints. Usually, Gunze paints are semi-gloss, so no extra polishing is needed, but with some Tamiya colors (since they are very flat), I follow a similar procedure of scrubbing the surface down with an old tshirt.
  8. A-7E Corsair II

    Looking great. Can't wait for the finish!
  9. Yes yes but are the paints MM enamels?
  10. The colors are such a good match. I know you gave the FS numbers and mixes, but was it all MM enamels? The whole thing is looking gorgeous. Very inspiring!
  11. Giving up beer for a month

    It was much easier than I thought it would be. Occasionally, the beer commercials would make me reconsider my commitment but it hasn't been difficult to suppress that urge. Again, I will likely drink here and there, but my biggest issue is the lethargy that quickly sets in after two beers. Never had that until a few years ago. Just age I guess. That's why I have been curious if anyone else has felt the same way and if so what your solution is. That, and how anti-climactic this whole thing was :) So, unless you're a heavy drinker, don't expect results like this even after a few years: http://www.boredpanda.com/before-after-sobriety-quit-drinking-user-submissions/ Thank you and thanks a lot for your PMs too. I will certainly get back to you if I have questions on what you said.
  12. Giving up beer for a month

    I had my last beer on July 6th of this year. Until then, I used to average about 5-to-10, 12oz bottles of beer per week. I tend to like easier beers like lagers and porters, and try to stay away from hoppy stuff (gives me headaches). I don't drink any other adult beverage, except perhaps a glass of wine once in a blue moon. I'm 39 and have enjoyed beer for over 20 years now. I've noticed over the last few years that beer makes me extremely lethargic. I get cranky, impatient, down, and generally unwilling to do anything even after two beers. With two little kids, it has made it that much more difficult to enjoy an afternoon beer over the weekends, or a happy hour or a late night beer during the week. So, I decided to see how it would feel to go alcohol free for a month. Here are my observations: - I sleep noticeably better, but not by a huge factor. - I definitely feel much less bloated. - I feel less lethargic and more 'available' to do stuff. - However, no weight loss, probably because I did not have much of an excess weight. - Spending about 20-30% less when eating out. Beer is expensive! - No change in work productivity, creativity etc. So I have noticed some changes, but to my slight disappointment, it has not been a new awakening or anything that I would like to continue this indefinitely. I will probably drink here and there, especially with the fall around the corner. Anyway, this is something I wanted to try for a while, and now I did, just thought I would share my honest observations. Do you also feel lethargic with beer and if so how do you incorporate it into your daily life especially if you have a family and endless chores to run?
  13. 1/48 Hasegawa A-4F VA-93

    Thank you Rodney! I appreciate it.