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    1:72 modern pilot figures

    have you tried messaging through the contact us page, rather than sending an email?
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    F-35 news roundup

    ^ well I also think that Brits are introduced to it at an earlier age and casual drinking is a bit more ingrained in their culture than in the U.S. When your introduction into drinking is a few years of getting blackout drunk furtively in high school parties... it might not be the best marker to lay down. (its a bit of a stereotype, but its generally accurate). Also consider that drinking age would prevent a significant portion of the military population from even joining in.
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    F-35 news roundup

    Its coloured... same as VMFA 121's bird.
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    2018 Airshow London, Sept 6-8

    *hides his free chalet pass he's not going to use*
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    My Japan trip...

    Very nice haul~ These two I'd like to highlight however. Yodobashi Camera, and a lot of other sort of electronic department stores (Joshin comes to mind) are probably the best places to get up to date stuff, or "Deals" for lets say stuff thats been released in the past three years. I bought an Hasegawa SDF-1 for like 4000 yen at one. Random hobby stores, are the real gold, especially in towns outside of the major city centres. They will have kits from years past, at original MSRP... so what it was in like 1990. I think I paid 1200 for that. You can't get a fujimi F-86 basic boxing anymore for that price. Anyways, these sorts of shops are around and definitely worth a visit if you can find them. Anyways, hope that helps!
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    Vancouver Hobby shops?

    There are really three major ones. The largest is Imperial Hobbies down on Sea Island (located by the airport, but not easily accessible via transit). It has the largest collection of kits, a decent selection of Aftermarket and books. Also there's a more general aviation store a few doors down thats worth a look. Its the number one place to go. Second is Magic Box which is on Arbutus. Its got a decent selection of kits but more aftermarket. I feel however they tend to focus more heavily on 48 and 35 scale stuff. Finally there's Burnaby hobbies which is in... Burnaby. They are smaller but have a more eclectic collection, and good staff. Its worth a drive. Depending on what you're interested in, I'd go to either it or Magic Box. Hope that help.
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    New Airfix B-26

    Very simple: the vast majority of their market is in Japan, and their decisions are based on Japanese store availability. For years people were complaining about not being able to find Hase Beaufighters on the market. Go into any Japanese shop and this is a common sight you're confronted with: There are three right there, and there was another RAAF one in the stack beside it. Here's all of the F-4s... So yeah. Unless these move, Hasegawa is really going to be reluctant to pop out new kits of aircraft that aren't selling in Japan.
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    Custom Decal Work?

    Thanks Gator... I contacted them, but they are too busy at this time.
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    Custom Decal Work?

    Hey y'all A few months ago I wrecked a decal on an F-35 I was about to finish, and have been struggling to find a way replace it. Its rare enough that only two kits have the decal in question, and nobody has released a decal sheet for it. Its the little JSF program decal behind the cockpit (see below). So I've resigned myself to pay the money to get someone to print it for me... but having trouble finding someone who can. Does anybody have a suggestion for who to ask to do such work? I've asked several people, but only one responded, and the deal fell through. If you don't want to advertise on the forum, I'm happy to discuss on PMs.
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    1:72 modern pilot figures

    Yes, that's happened in the past, and I've got my order of nearly 100$ of stuff a few months later. They've had email issues in the past few months as any of their recent customers know: I didn't have any of my emails received and had to contact them through other methods. So long as you sent it through the web store and got an automatic confirmation, its going to come: and its worth the wait. They're the best on the market, I basically use it for any of my in-flight displays.
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    Photobucket Update.

    I'm shying away from Imgur... partly because I can't see how their business model is any better than PB's was three years ago, and I fear that you'll see the precise same thing happen in a few years time (perhaps more deftly handled). In general I WANT to pay money, but I'm having a hard choice. Given most of my photos are on PB, I'd pay them, except this reeks of desperation and I don't feel they will be around in a year's time. I'm considering setting up my own FTP as Dmanton has done or a smaller outfit.
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    B-2 Retirement

    Yes, and it will probably get worse. First the AF will finally re-engine with B-52 which will vastly reduce maintenence requirements (4x modern jet engines vs 8 1960s era engines) and fuel costs. You can't really do that with the B-1. Second, the design of the B-1 is for high speed penetration with limited low observability features, which means it has less tolerances and higher costs. Finally there are 76 B-52s that was backed up by a massive production run. While most of the aircraft were dismantled, parts are plentiful. There are only 66 B-1s, and no more to pull from a parts pool, meaning greater difficulty to keep then flying.
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    F-35 news roundup

    Funny... the hyperbolic article that makes ridiculous claims gets all the attention, when the article that actually outlines the problems surrounding the RCAF and brings new information to the fore gets barely a whisper. Perhaps that's part of the problem?
  14. Hi there In a dumb moment I basically wrecked the F-35 program decal that sits right behind AF-1's cockpit (its below). The kit has been sitting on my desk for about a month and its starting to annoy me. As far as I know there are only two sources: The Hasegawa F-35 "Prototype" boxing which I took the decal from... or Fujimi's F-35B STOVL boxing. I'd take either, or even buy the Fujimi kit in its entirety... unless someone wants to take a stab to make the decal, which I'd pay for as well. Many thanks in Advance
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    Where oh where is our Hornet replacement?

    No you articulated that point... its still not really defensible. We got out of the fighter market because it was immensely costly and we didn't produce an aircraft that was really unique. It was the RCAF that was footing the development bill, which sucked up money it could use to purchase and operate a fighter. It wasn't just the Arrow that left a bad taste in their mouth, the CF-100 was a near disaster as well. Within a year of its entry into service, it was already overshadowed by an American interceptor (the F-102). And if we look to the 1960s and the 70s, you see governments that have no appetite for defense spending whatsoever. Instead of purchasing the F-4, like what the RCAF wanted, we got the F-5,... then waited fifteen years until we got a proper replacement, the CF-18. The reality is that unless you are willing to invest tens of billions of dollars into fighter development or willing to accept that your aircraft are qualitatively poorer than everybody else, you're not going to be in the fighter market, nor does it make sense to be in it. Its much better to be in the second and third tier, where we can (and have) developed niche interests and make a real industry out of that. That's what we did.