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    Kinetic CF188 1/48

    I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I can only imagine what it must feel to lose a son. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in this time of grief.
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    First Man Movie!

    Looking forward to it, thanks for sharing. Makes you want to work on space models again.
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    1/32 Apollo CSM

    Incredible job, Vincent! Really beautiful with all those details!
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    747 Orbiter SCA Mounts Study

    Thanks, Tony, good info!
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    1/72 Shuttle and Hubble Space Telescope

    That's some cool scratch-building wizardry, Pete. Very impressive work!
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    TORCAN Model Show

    Hey, nice shots! : ) And cool vid! There should have been more detailed photos of the space models : ( Next time I'll see you guys with with something in tow of my own. A year's too soon, though. These models take like a decade to build -- certainly more time than it takes to send a man to the moon : )
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    My (not) Group Build Apollo build

    Following along!
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    747 Orbiter SCA Mounts Study

    Working on this again. A couple things are giving me trouble -- the line drawings don't reflect the actual shapes well. The top part I've completed wouldn't match the strut dimensions so I might have to start from scratch; Also, I'm re-learning how to work the software after a long hiatus : ( Some of Tony's photos. Adjusted the lighting to see the shapes better: Left and right sides aren't mirrored.
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    GWH 1/48 scale Lockheed T-33A early ver.

    Woohoo!!! Beautufully done, Joel! Envy your speed and quality of work. Someday I'll finish a model yet : )
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    Best way to duplicate CH-47D oil stains??

    Wow, yes, that looks so much like real oil. You almost feel like you don't want to put any of it for fear of it not drying : )
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    747 Orbiter SCA Mounts Study

    Hi Tracy, the break became a full-time build, heheh. Switching back to 3D mode. Now, where was I?
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    1/48 KINETIC EA-6B Prowler

    Beautiful work, Dio! : ) Following along.
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    1/48 Hasegawa F-14A

    Great pic, John! Sorry for the build taking this long. I've just been like gluing on one part every two months : (
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    Building Hasegawa Tomcats in the age of Tamiya

    You may be right, Manuel/Anders. I've been studying reference photos again lately and I'm really very close to being converted. What I loved about the Hasegawa was its nose. What I liked less are the hand-scribed panel lines, the guesswork on the angles of the horizontal and vertical fins, the thick wing gloves (and large wing openings), and all the puttying required for the forward fuselage, intakes, etc.). Tamiya has taken care of all of these and the fuselage is wonderfully detailed. So my only complaints are the cockpit's simplified details (RIO IP coaming, bare gauges, simplified circuit breakers, among others) which is readily resolved by using AM parts -- and the nose, really -- and now I'm beginning to see the light about that : ) I used to base my judgment about the nose on photos like these, where I indicated the curvature that I don't see on the Tamiya: I thought the Hasegawa is able to capture those nose curves better. But the F-14 photos might have just been shot at an angle or distance that exagerrates those curves, because I see the photos below and they look more like Tamiya's spindly nose. I did a quick visual -- overlaying the Tamiya onto a sideview photo and it looks promising.
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    Bought a Printer!

    Whew! My spirits took a dive when I read Vincent's post. Now I've got a smile back on my face and a spring to my step.