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  1. To throw out an opinion of someone that's primarily a lurker: this kit's a hard pass. For me it's up there with Kinetic's droopy nose F-16 as a never buy. I can't un-see the misshapen aft sides and to be specific it's the slope outboard of the vertical tails that makes the sides look pinched to me. I don't see the problem in the top view some have brought up, I think it may be a symptom of the slope issues. I only build 1/48 Korean War and newer. I have a stash of a couple hundred kits ranging from full resin and old Esci with plenty of modern plastic. There's way more than I'll p
  2. There is a family exemption to child labor laws, so most rules don't apply.
  3. Battle Damage Repair. Old airframes are turned over for training ground crew on proper techniques for repairing damage. You can spot survivors by having all sorts of odd patches all over the airframe.
  4. Never heard of it. I googled it and the ebay auctions I saw use Wingman's photo of their conversion.
  5. KursadA's link for the colors with CIELAB values was dead when I posted this. I'm guessing this is the same document: https://ereverra.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/ere_copie_couleurs_reference_def_fr.pdf
  6. Those are F-15E CFTs on a F-15C. I'd guess the old CFTs from the 80s have either been scrapped or were in too poor a condition to use.
  7. Not that I've ever heard of and I think I've got every bit of aftermarket that's ever come out for a standard C-130H over the last 20 years.
  8. Probably not. AIM-120 wasn't flown operationally until Desert Storm in 1991, so no reason to mount LAU-128s until then.
  9. Yesterday the USAF clarified that they were the base JASSM and not the ER version. https://www.airforcetimes.com/flashpoints/2018/04/19/pentagon-corrects-statements-about-air-to-surface-missile-f-22-roles-in-syria-strike/
  10. I bought a SBS Models for the AA kit I have in the stash. It looked about right compared to the few photos I found online and info on the plane is so rare, who's going to call you out if it's wrong? I haven't tried building it yet. I also read the Pakistan put in a Martin Baker ejection seat. I'd have to dig though my references at home to figure out which version. https://sbsmodel.com/model/SBS-48025/mig-19-pm-cockpit-set-for-trumpeter-kit
  11. I got a newsletter from Arma Hobby yesterday saying the Attack Squadron line had been sold to Brengun, so their stuff may return in the near future.
  12. F/A-18 and most aircraft with nose gear launch bars do rotate with the lower strut. Back when I was in school (aerospace engineering) I we had a presentation by McDonnell Douglas engineer on the original F/A-18. He had slow motion videos from carrier qualification trials of intentionally lined up crooked cat shots and rolled or yawed arrested landings. It was all about figuring out the limits.
  13. This is where I got it a couple years ago: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-Dog-1-48-Sikorsky-HH-60J-Jayhawk-US-Coast-Guard-Detail-Set-Italeri-A48010-/182105487845?hash=item2a665539e5
  14. I'd google reviews, if you want to buy something. But if you want opinions from the peanut gallery: 1) My company farms out IT support and the contractor uses Webroot SecureAnywhere. I have no complaints. We travel world wide and the only person to get a virus is our barely computer literate president while in China and this was on his personal Suface Pro tablet, that I'm not sure is even managed by our IT support contractor. 2) For anti-virus I just use the builtin free Windows Defender and have never had a virus. At home I'm mostly concerned about malicious code pic
  15. I may be mistaken, but I thought most PC speakers were self powered and the output from the PC was line level. So a 75watt speaker would have a built in amp rated at 75 watts and wouldn't rely on the sound card at all.
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