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  1. That would make sense if they eliminated the Super Hornet, which they did not. The real reason? They need an ECR replacement to keep the rest of their Eurofighter fleet viable and provide a broader EW capability, which the F-35 is not really designed for.
  2. So I found the chin pods and they don't come with the double one.... however looking at my Hasegawa D and what I have in parts, would it be just easier to combine three parts together to create the double chin? I think I can scratchbuild it if you want.
  3. Again, I've seen on the other side of the sales pitch (as have you), not only for this project but others. Seeing former uniformed personnel idolize new technology is par for the course, as is everything you've listed. Many of them are former colleagues of mine. Yes its often like snake oil salesmen, and frankly the only thing these discussions are good for is as one source of many what might be possible in the future, for when someone's crafting a SoR and RFP. But that requires further research, pulling in from multiple sources ect. I think the thing that it all comes down to str
  4. $65 CND million in 2010 Canadian dollars did account for the engines: you take inflation into account you get the present $80~85m flyaway costs. You want to point fingers at not understanding the issues? It was the public at large and the media full of people who barely has a clue about them yet look for outrage everywhere. The estimates prepared by DND in 2010 and 2014 are as valid today as when they were made. That isn't reported in the press, who still take the 2011 PBO and 2012 Auditor General report as a shibboleth when they were exceptionally flawed reports.
  5. I've interacted with the biz dev people for all of the major manufacturers in the Canadian program. Perhaps because of the JSF program membership, LM is the least egregious in their claims... perhaps tied with Eurofighter. I'd argue the Eurofighter people were more respectful, and do more listening than talking. LM people are fairly careful with their language. I had a Boeing person say that there was nothing special about the F-35 except its radar... I mean okay sure. In general they're less interested in fighting on the technical merits, but better at exploiting some of the canad
  6. hmmm, I couldn't find it today but I'll take another look on saturday. I found some of the sprues but not that specific one.
  7. I might have a fujimi one, which shouldn't make a difference... can you send me a photo of what you need?
  8. There isn't much criticism out there for two reasons. One: the aircraft is barely into its development cycle and has only two customers, neither a major power. First flight was last year. Second its basically got a legion of people out there who are willing to parrot every ridiculous claim that SAAB makes. Want to see an instance where Saab gets caught out? scroll down to the where Col. Laurie Hawn (ret) rips the Saab representative a new one about their cost per flying hour claim. http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/40-3/NDDN/meeting-38/evidence "Big and
  9. Gripen? 100% hype, not even close to what Canada needs in any respect. Quite literally a public relations campaign based on lies and misrepresentations of what they offer, followed by a pretty mediocre capability at not a reasonable price whatsoever.
  10. Higher acquisition and service costs, no appreciable difference in range to the F-35 for where we need it, significantly inferior industrial benefits to any other option.
  11. have you tried messaging through the contact us page, rather than sending an email?
  12. ^ 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.
  13. Its coloured... same as VMFA 121's bird.
  14. *hides his free chalet pass he's not going to use*
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. -Neu-

    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.
  18. Thanks Gator... I contacted them, but they are too busy at this time.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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?
  24. 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
  25. 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
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