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Grey Ghost 531

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  1. Probably a dead issue but here's a couple more pictures of kits I've built for inspiration. All recentish re-pops of the original kits. Kit decals with some markings added from the decal stash and a few painted.
  2. They'd just institute a mileage tax. They've already talked about it in Vermont since gas tax revenues are going down as efficiency goes up.
  3. We had a missile shoot coming up back in my F-4N radar days at El Toro, about 1979 or so. The whole shop spent about 24 solid hours running test equipment on missile stations trying to find enough up stations or ones that we could fix in time for the sorties. If maintenance control won't let you have the bird to troubleshoot deferred gripes because they need it to fill holes in the flight schedule, it's not going to be a FMC airframe.
  4. 1/72 Academy. I thought the big Lindberg Snark kit had a Cletrac?
  5. Academy makes an M35 Vietnam era 2½. It's a nice kit. oops, never mind. you want 1/35th.
  6. Dragon kitted it in 1/72. It's more accurate than the Renwal monster (I have both) but it's still cool. I've also got the Zvezda Topol and Iskandar. Both of those are insanely awesome kits judging by the box contents at least. I guess I have a thing for "doom porn"!
  7. Fine Scale Modeler ran a gag article about a laser sight for an airbrush in one of their April issues for April Fool's day. One of the images was the laser burning a hole in the model they were trying to paint.
  8. We never used "gouge" to mean rumors; only for valid information. It was more used for meaning passdown information at shift change, hints and tips for troubleshooting, deployment schedule information...all of this was "the gouge". Really important info was "the good gouge". I guess rumors could be "bum gouge" in some cases. ...unless the rumors proved true...then they'd be "the good gouge". Scuttlebutt goes all the way back to the days of sail when drinking water was served out of a wooden "butt" or barrel on the deck of the ship. Maybe they stored the drinking water on the edge of the dec
  9. The geedunk is where you buy pogey bait. The scuttlebutt is usually on the deck right outside the hatch up against the bulkhead. Watch out for the knee knockers and head bangers.
  10. Check with Burl Burlingame. I'm very sure he'll hook you up. He's on Facebook or you could probably contact him through the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
  11. Unless you're going to be dumping a whole ton of solvent through it the fuel/air mixture will be waaaaaay too lean to ignite. An airbrush couldn't move enough solvent through to be dangerous. Disclaimer: I am not any sort of engineer, chemical, mechanical or fire protection. Just another a-hole with an opinion.
  12. Now, they don't need to, the AIM-9X can be targeted at a trailing aircraft, fired forward and then pull a high-G turn to reverse course and kill the target. It probably loses less energy pulling the turn than a rear-firing weapon would need to slow down, stop then speed up again in the opposite direction, which in effect it would need to do. If the target was fairly close (mile or two) the missile and target would merge while the missile probably had a very low TAS and so would be very easy to avoid. If the target were much further away, it would probably be more effective to turn the launchin
  13. I built that kit a few years ago. It's in the Gallery if you want to see it. It's a rough kit to get looking nice. Isn't it a '70s Hasegawa mold?
  14. Here's another late reply. I use Mr. Color Leveling Thinner for almost all of my paint reducing. It's the only thing I've found that works at all with MM flat black. Everything else seems to clot. It's also really good for thinning Alclad II Primer/Fillers and Mr. Surfacer. It works well on Tamiya acrylics too.
  15. Vermont has a "Tickle Naked Pond".
  16. I second the razor saw for scribing putty. A light treatment with thin CA can help too.
  17. Well, I've seen people ask for more for worse. And I didn't see a claim of "pro-built" anywhere.
  18. She really looks the part to me, and I worked in the hanger next door.
  19. Little bits of paper over the decal image and Tamiya tape over that where the adhesive only touches non-decaled surfaces. MAYBE Tamiya tape won't pull off decals, but I don't take the risk.
  20. The carriers that had bad fires were the Oriskany, Forrestal and the Enterprise. Oriskany's fire was caused by an ordnance man accidentally igniting a flare during stowage and then chucking the burning flare into a magazine full of flares and then shutting the door. I think both the Forrestal and Enterprise fires were caused by accidental launch of a rocket on the flight deck during flight ops. The Forrestal's fire is what initiated thermal coating being applied to bombs.
  21. I'd like to get VAW-113 off the I/O cruise of the Coral Sea in '79-'80. I paid for a sheet once but never got it.
  22. The Ghidorah diorama was good, I liked the illuminated explosions with building chunks embedded. I think the Thunderbird 2 is the DeAgostini Modelspace kit that you can get for only 24 installments of £39.99. Thanks for posting!
  23. Not model related but a similar story: My wife volunteers at the local library. One of the books that came in donations for the semi-annual book sale fundraiser was a kid's book, one of those "Scholastic Book Fair" books. She looked it over and inside the cover was a stick-on book plate with her niece's name on it. It was about 25 years old from 100 miles south. The next time we were down to visit she gave the book back to her niece. It was pretty funny.
  24. I put together paper kits of the Hindenburg and Graf Zeppelin about 40 years ago. They was 1:200 and they were pretty damn big. My brother was an airship fan so I built them for him. I built a 747-400 in 1:200 so he'd have something for scale. Also, the old Hawk vac-formed Zep; if you built it as the Los Angeles was 1:200.
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