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  1. Chinese made crap airbrush. I would steer clear of it as the quality on these ranges from ok to god awful. Do you really want to take the chance and roll the dice? Regards, Chris the cabbie
  2. Curt B, My friend on another forum has been buying airbrushes for decades and has over 200 of them (including a lot of vintage examples). Ken at Badger has been trying awful hard to recruit him as a mouthpiece for Badger but he refuses- politely mind you, to get involved. The SOTAR 20/20 he received recently (twice mind you!) were both defective and does indeed point to a clear issue at Badger on quality control. My friend has now sworn off anything from Badger at this point and might I reccomend looking for a Thayer & Chandler Elite A or AA? A much nicer brush all around and can be had on eBay for less than $50US. In short, the quality is NOT there any more at Badger. I have a Badger Renegade Spirit side feed (a SOTAR with a different body style) and mine does work fine with a Binks (Iwata style color cup) but will not bother to buy anything more from Badger due to the clear issues taking place on quality control. Caveat emptor boys and girls.... Regards, Chris the cabbie
  3. From my library, I would recommend a couple for sure. 4+ makes a good book but will need to be sourced as I believe it is OOP. Aerofax makes a nice combo book on the MiG-23/27 but is a good title. Shame that Verlinden never included it in his line for some nice close up internals. There is a former MiG-23MF in my area that is in flight worthy status if you need any specific pics. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  4. more like "the shark has been jumped" to death.. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  5. Mine also arrived and couldn't be happier. Well, I would if there was a 1/32 scale kit that was actually worth the money paid..... Regards, Chris the cabbie
  6. Mizar, I have the decals for 04352 on hand an do not plan to use them. Let me lay hands on them and I will get back to you. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  7. Mstor, I think the real issue isn't necessarily their ability to cast in clear resin but lack of experience and that the masters were not properly prepped for production. By that I mean properly sprueing up the parts with good amount of extra room. Too closely mounted parts to the large part of the sprue is what I saw too much of on the main canopy to sprue join. This causing issues with finish and extra material needing to be sanded off the inside bow and then polished out. Jury is out on what the result will be at this point. I may opt to remold and use better resin I have on hand. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  8. Habu, I seriously doubt you understand what constitutes "on steriods" even means? The range of the F-18A & B was 1200 miles while the YF-17 was 2800 miles! Mind you, while dealing with pilots from Canada, Spain and Australia who flew the Alpha model Hornets I got to speak with them at length about the relative likes versus dislikes of using the Hornet. To say the pilots despised the lack of range was to put it VERY MILDLY! To make the YF-17 a carrier capable fighter meant adding tons of weight that sapped the good range of the Cobra and limiting it's combat capability. Ever talk to F-5E pilots?(remember what the YF-17 grew from!). I spoke with Top Gun pilots stopping over in St Louis to ferry Hornets during the Cold War and they routinely praised the Tiger 2. That's one reason the result with the F-20 was so much of a missed opportunity for the Navy. I think a good part stemmed from the Navy resenting that the F-5E was an Air Force design and not a Navy design from the start. The F-20 was fruit from the poisoned tree as it grew out of the F-5E. Top Gun could be flying them now and waxing Super Hornets and F-35s. The only plane I can recall waxing an F-5E was a RAF Lightning F6 during Red Flag in the mid 80's. They are still flying F-5E's worldwide right now and I'd challenge you to find Alpha or Bravo model Hornets still airworthy these days. In short, the more weight you add to an aircraft, the more you lose in performance. The Hornet is a text book example of this. The Super Hornet is super in name only and nowhere near a Tomcat replacement. Just ask the pilots. Regards, Chris the cabbie P.S.- I never stated Cobra had anything to do with the YF-17 name. Just an assumption on your part.
  9. Habu, Clearly you like to play pro Soviet and like Wikipedia?? Well, you should have bothered to continue reading as it clearly states that Volk was preceded by the Swedish AF flying J35 Drakens.. But Igor Volk was the first Soviet pilot who tested[when?] aircraft behavior at high super-critical angles of attack (around 90°) and performed aerobatics such as the "cobra" maneuver.[3] However, decades prior to this, Swedish pilots in the Saab J35 Draken performed a visually similar maneuver as a training routine while learning how to best recover from a so called "super stall", which had plagued the early years of that aircraft. Look a bit familiar? The first western use (read outside of Sweden) is still the YF-17. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  10. Habu, wrong again as the period news reports clearly state McAir payed $50 million to Northrop over the pending litigation. I don't know where you reside but, if I'm innocent then I sure don't part with 50 MILLION. The settlement came with a gag order on both parties and Northrop accepting secondary supplier status on aft fuselage assemblies IIRC. I live in St Louis and know quite a few McDonnell engineers and they were quite vocal during this period in behalf of the Northrop viewpoint. The McAir marketing and sales departments were ruthless back then and did not play well with others at all. Regards, Chris the cabbie A little history for you... https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1985-04-09-fi-28110-story.html https://casetext.com/case/northrop-corp-v-mcdonnell-douglas-corp-3
  11. I know alot of ARC members may not be old enough to remember this but, the famed Pugachev cobra maneuver was started by the YF-17 in 1974! Look it up as the Russians did NOT create it, Northrop's test pilots did. This was also the first aircraft that could handle some extreme angle of attack vectors that everything that was in service didn't have a chance in hell of trying. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  12. Received mine yesterday and the shipping was quite fast. Once opened and inspected though it was apparent that there are some production issues with the clear resin. Mine had a good windscreen but the main canopy had flaws in the clear part that will not polish out. I may make a mold of it to try my hand with some clear I have on hand. Otherwise a nice part but just not usable at the moment. regards, Chris the cabbie
  13. Not correct sir, the pilots liked the aircraft but the Navy was caught in the middle as they had an agreement with McAir. This is the WHY Northrop won a major lawsuit against McDonnell Douglas as they made sure no one bought the YF-17 despite it being an F-5E on steroids and cheaper to boot! The Air Force should have chosen the Cobra as it would have been a super Legacy aircraft for the Air Guard. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  14. In point of fact, these are made by Fuso Sekei as Iwata manufactures NO AIRBRUSHES. No Japanese airbrush company makes their own brush, Fuso has been doing it since the 1950's starting with Olympos. regards, Chris the cabbie
  15. Sakai, Received the Platz 1/72 T-2 Blue Impulse in great shape. Thanks again and a totally worthwhile seller/trader on ARC guys! Regards, Chris the cabbie
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