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About mawz

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  1. Combination of both of those, Testor's completely missing the birth of the Miniatures market (where Vallejo for example is a major player) and the desire for acrylic paints that spray well (MM Acryl is not competitive in terms of its spraying & adhesive qualities) as well as the relatively recent boom in Laquer paints as an alternative to both enamel and acrylic paints. Testors also tried to get out of the Model RR market, and shot themselves in the foot doing so (yeah, the paint market for MRR crashed with the move to mostly RTR models, but Floquil & Polyscale owned what was left
  2. Model Railroader Magazine reported the following this morning: Seeking information about the status of the status of several of Testors long-standing paint lines, we have received the following from Vince Pierri, Senior Manager, PR & Corporate Communications for Rust-Oleum: “With a long history of producing quality hobby kits and supplies, we are evolving our strategy to focus more keenly on Testors, our flagship brand. To that end, we are discontinuing our PACTRA, AZTEK, and Model Master brands as demand for these products continues to decline. We will continue to support th
  3. The Demo birds are typically rotated through the higher-time single-seat airframes in RCAF inventory. Considering that the Aussie aircraft will be 1/4 of the operational single seat fleet, it's a given that they will end up as demo birds at some point.
  4. None of which applies to the ex-Australian RCAF birds, which will assuredly get used for a yearly demo scheme and were what Colin and I were discussing.
  5. And at some point no doubt one or more of them will get an annual demo scheme, which is what I was referring to.
  6. One of the two variants worked. The other one, arguably the more important of the two, was a dismal failure and only the ability of Grumman to deliver an entirely new airframe wrapped around the same engines and weapons system in fairly short measure offset that failure.
  7. The standard pods are normally carried in place of one of the two fuselage-mounted AIM-120C's, by going with the tank mount the aircraft can carry a full set of air to air missiles. The IRST is normally used for BVR air target acquisition.
  8. No, they currently operate Hawks, Alpha Jets, MiG-29's and L-59's
  9. The company provides Aggressors to the USAF.
  10. If you want some cool paint schemes on ex-Aussie Hornets just wait, the RCAF bought 25 of them and no doubt will do some sort of heritage theme around that.
  11. I'll freely admit that as a modeler, I'd rather build F-4's than F-22's. Boring grey jets are not my thing. But the F-22 as an aircraft is a real beast. Note that some F-4's were PGM capable since 1969, modern US PGM's are developments of the PAVE KNIFE program on the F-4 and A-6 which pioneered the use of LGB's in combat.
  12. Very nice build. As to the decals, the key to getting Airfix decals to bed down in my experience is liberal applications of Walther's Solvaset. It's a LOT hotter than Microsol and will bed down the most stubborn of decals (even old Tamiya ones). But it will also craze paint/glosscote if not careful, so be sure to test your paint/gloss combo before use on a real model. Solvaset is available from most model railroad sources, as Walther's is a big US model railroad supply.
  13. If you want to understand how Eduard got so big so quick, look at what the primary business of each of the big manufacturers is: Academy: Plastic Mold production Tamiya: RC Cars Hasegawa: Anime-related models (Gundam, etc) Airfix: Model Trains (Hornby) Eduard: Model Airplanes Revell: RC planes (under Hobbico until 2018) Revell of Germany: RC toys Trumpeter/HobbyBoss: Plastic models As is readily apparent, only 3 of the big names are doing plastic scale models as their primary business, and of those 3 only Eduard concentrates on airplanes. Not surprising that the c
  14. Payload is lower on the F-4 (F-22 is capable of a little over 22,000lbs max payload if all 4 external pylons are used, vs 18,650 for an F-4E) although the operational loads on an F-4 for strike are definitely higher as the F-22 has limited internal storage and rarely, if ever, operates with weapons externally. That's only in the strike role of course, air to air loads are basically identical (up to 8 AAM's normally, with 4+4 AIM-7+AIM9 for the F-4 and any mix of AIM-9X and AIM-120C for the F-22, although 6 AIM-120C's and 2 AIM-9X's would be typical) Range is also lower for the F-4, in pre
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