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TomcatFanatic123

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  1. Yeah, I'm drooling over here. Tamiya take my money, probably twice or three times. And when the AMK one arrives, they'll probably take a few dollars as well.
  2. They called that lean over deal it does just before launch the "twang." EDIT: Nevermind...just noticed it in the title of the video you posted.
  3. I'd be interested in this too. I wouldn't mind doing the 4x4 AIM-9 configuration on the Hase Tomcat I'm working on now.
  4. I was just reading Steve's "filling with plastic" technique, where he mixes sprue shavings with liquid glue or lacquer thinner to make a filler. Firstly, will this technique work with larger gaps (not like Grand Canyon-ish gaps, I'm talking, say, a front to rear fuselage attachment that chooses to get pissy), or is this designed more for smaller, more traditional gaps? Secondly, is this little cocktail able to be scribed once it's dry and sanded? Thanks for the help :)
  5. I saw a meme somewhere with a Security Forces member standing by the crash site on a cell phone that said "Hello? Jake from State Farm?" :P
  6. Oh yes. Forgot to mention that. Even mine, with a V6, before they came out with all this EcoBoost/Hybrid/whatever stuff, easily gets 26-27 mpg on the freeway and 22-23 mpg in town.
  7. I've got a 2008 Fusion with almost 84K on it, and I absolutely love it. I got it fully loaded w/ SYNC system, and I subscribe to SiriusXM radio, which I would go through serious withdrawals if I ever lost that. The only issue I ever had with it was something in the on the driver side door took a crap on me, meaning I had to roll the window down and use the outside handle to open up the driver door that way until I got it fixed. But it was a pretty cheap fix. Oh, and my driver side mirror seems to be cursed. It's been knocked off twice. Once was vandalism and once it got sheared off by somebody who thought they could make a U-turn with my car parked right there, but apparently...um...missed.
  8. Unfortunately the news that the pilot got out was not true. He tragically perished in the crash, and his body has been recovered. A friend of mine was in the photo ship photographing this flight. Rest in peace to the pilot and thoughts and prayers to all involved. EDIT: Here's a L I N K
  9. Yep. SO true. Hase Tomcats are always an adventure. I've already made 5 attempts on that kit and ended up getting frustrated, being totally unhappy, and chucking all of them. I'm working on my 6th now, and I'm beginning to feel that I have to finish it just to prove to myself that I can.
  10. Yes. Black cockpits. I have Osprey Publishing's "Modeling the P-51 Mustang" and it specifically mentions this on the F-51 build featured in the book.
  11. Is the second pop the VF-124 boxing, or did they spit one out after that?
  12. As far as wanting to make canopies clearer and using Future on them, it can be worth it, yeah, but I promise you that you will never walk up to, say, a 1:1 F/A-18 and find a spotless, scratchless canopy. In reality, they're fingerprinty, and smoodged up and have little scratches all over from the pilot's and maintainer's gear bouncing off them. They look nice and clear from a distance, but when you really get up there close, you find out that they're not as shiny and spotless as you may think. Also, upon close viewing, the paint on the canopy framing isn't as crisp and sharp as one would think, either.
  13. YES! This is awesome. CATM-9 and a ACMI pod!
  14. Who are your three teams? I'm a lifelong, bleed blue Dodger fan, but I also keep up with the Royals as well, because I have a friend who went to the same high school I did on that pitching staff. Anyway, I agree with the parts about not stressing out trying to improve a kit, and I rarely use any aftermarket as well. I don't mind doing up a resin seat now and then, but nothing too overboard.
  15. When the Blues/T-Birds flew the Phantoms, did each jet have a backseater as well? I realize there is a difference, but the F-15E demo team always had the Pilot and WSO, and the Tomcat demo team always flew with the Pilot and RIO, so is a two person crew required to fly the Phantom?
  16. Are we 100% sure this is going to be only an early version Tomcat? Because I see Phoenix pallets modernized for bombs. Seems to me they'd be pretty much useless in this kit. Even if they are going to release different versions later on, it would seem that those would be parts that would be specific to later versions.
  17. At one point he was a teacher at my high school and at the junior college I attended, but it was way before I was a student at those places.
  18. I'm looking forward to both kits, myself. Can't wait for the AMK release, I'll definitely be getting my grubby paws on a few, but I'll be copping a few of the Tamiya offerings as well. This is a great time for Tomcat modelers!
  19. This gentleman has been a pillar in our community for many years, and my grandfather served with him while he was stationed here at Vandenberg Air Force Base working on ICBM's. I didn't realize, however, that he was a Tuskegee Airman. The local news did a neat little story on him today. Very cool! CLICKY
  20. Yes. This. I'm an obsessive Mustang and Tomcat lover. They are my favorite two aircraft. This is the main reason why I've NEVER been able to build a Tomcat, because I've just never been happy with the end result. I've tried three or four Hase kits, no dice. Revell Monogram, nothing. Even the big Trumpeter and Tamiya kits...negative. On the other hand, I was able to crank out a Tamiya Mustang. Why? Because it simply fell together. I even put an aftermarket cockpit in that thing and I was thrilled with it. I would gladly sacrifice some accuracy for a kit that is easy to build and fits well, a la the Tamiya Mustang and Viper (I'm not saying the Mustang and Viper aren't accurate, I'm getting at the "easy to build" thing). I will gladly admit that I just don't have the talent and the ability to deal with the fit issues that the Hasegawa and Revell/Monogram kits have. Filling and sanding just isn't my strong suit. I can crank out a decent looking detailed cockpit, and I can do a halfway decent job of weathering gear bays and such, but I just don't have "it" when it comes to dealing with fit issues like some of you guys here. I really wish I did, because if that was the case, then I'd have about 20 Hasegawa Tomcats on the shelf, because there's no doubt that they do look good when they're finished.
  21. I may be more inclined to feel the whole "working wing" concept if it was done the way Hase did on that Macross kit. I believe "detachable" listed on the features refers to the sealing bags behind the wings, and not the wings themselves, but I could be wrong.
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