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  1. Yeah, this was kind of a downer, but it is what it is. I'm still all in on this one (and the future AMK release). Maybe I missed it on the sprue shots, but are there options for the new NACA gun vents and up-to-date chinpod, or is it all old school? Judging by the included markings (Alphas from VF-84 and VF-2), it may only be old school.
  2. Gordon and Sprue Brothers are always 100% on point!
  3. I, for one, cannot WAIT! I'm all in for both this and the AMK offering as well. My only complaint is that I don't like the working swing wings. Tomcat kit manufacturers need to get on board with the Hasegawa wing method. I guarantee most serious modelers are going to build kit, say "this will have the wings full swept" or "this one will have the wings extended," and that'll just be the end of it. I highly doubt they'll be walking by their shelves and stopping to play with the wings. The "operational" Tomcat wings make it a PITA to paint, but at the end of the day, I can get past that. If this
  4. Thanks guys. Hmm...yeah, I think I am still interested in this one :)
  5. Appreciate it Gregg, but I should have been more clear. I meant the tail guns on the kit. I know the tail guns were long gone by 2001. I Googled it and could only come up with images of the one kit with the old school silver and white scheme. Thank you for taking the time to look, though.
  6. I've been debating the Minicraft 1/144 BUFF, but the tail gun issue is hanging me up a bit. It says right on the box that it is the current version, and the decal options give (if I recall correctly) OEF 20th BS LA-coded airframes based out of Barksdale. The profiles on the side of the box seem to show them with a tail gun, but I can't be 100% sure. I'd love to do a modern BUFF, but I also don't want to have to do surgery to eliminate that tail gun like the Revell kit had you do.
  7. This was among the things the family brought up as well. And a friend of mine who happens to be an RN and agreed with my doc said "I see the way you're thinking. The infection would just kill you nice and quick and it'd be over and done. That'd be great, but you could end up laying in a hospital for two, three, six months or even years, just slowly getting life sucked out of you. Yeah, sure none of that may happen, but what if it does?"
  8. Steve, I've been told by my doctor to expect anything to happen at any time. He said it could be a quick, within seconds, before-you-can-blink, CPR-may-save-you-but-probably-not type event (which is an annoyance, because I really would like to go travel by myself, and I happen to enjoy my solitude a lot, but that's "discouraged" because of this possibility), or a slow, gradual downturn in my health over time, or something totally unrelated to my heart problem, but is brought on by a weakened immune system (i.e. a bad infection, out of control common cold, serious bout of the flu, etc.). When
  9. Thank you all so much for the replies. I'm 35 years old don't have children, and yes, I am very fortunate to have a family that loves and cares about me as much as they do. This story here kind of sums up the basic gist of what I'm getting at by taking a risk or two, and not being afraid of what "might" happen. For years, I've wanted to get a tattoo. Not a gigantic sleeve, nothing overly huge, nothing that was going to take hours up on hours up on days to do, but just something small and simple. It kind of got put on the back burner, but recently I revisited the idea. I went to a shop, talked
  10. I don't know if I've mentioned this here before, but myself and my loved ones clash quite a bit when it comes to how I handle my heart condition. I enjoy being a bit risky, and it doesn't bother me to stick my neck out there a little bit. Hell, I'll admit it, I want to push myself as absolutely close to the edge as I possibly can. At the same time, I also understand that with my medical issues, everything is a bit more risky for me then it is for a normal, healthy person. My family obviously wants me to be more conservative (I dare say "walk on eggshells"), and be, in my opinion, ridiculously
  11. Yeah I really like that Olympic Rings bird. I'm about to start another one, and I've narrowed my choice down to either that one or one off their VF-101 sheet.
  12. I wonder if they've maybe re-tooled those side panels. The three times I've had a go at this kit, I had to shear a decent amount of those triangular shaped side panels off to get it to fit. And there's threads around (I'll see if I can find them) that discuss that issue too. I'm so happy you didn't have any problems with it. That is awesome! Excellent! EDIT: HERE'S that thread. And this was the same problem I ran into with the pit.
  13. Watch the fit of that cockpit tub in the front fuselage halves. You will use curse words that would make a sailor blush...
  14. I build for a few reasons. One, my lifelong dream, if a basketball career never materialized, was to be a fighter pilot. Well, because of a heart/lung issue, neither career came to be. Building models is about the closest I'll get to being a pilot. Plus, I've learned so much by building different kits and coming to places like this asking questions.
  15. I have to give a shout-out to Sprue Bros. I ordered a bunch of Steel Beach Tomcat stuff on Wednesday night at like 2200 hrs. First thing Thursday morning (less than 12 hrs. later), a shipping confirmation shows up in my e-mail inbox. Talk about not wasting any time! That is beyond awesome in my book!
  16. Had a 5 or 6 acre brush fire break out in the field across the street from me today, so the Fire/Sheriff UH-1H was dropping water. Actually got sprayed with some of his residual water blown on me by the wind after one of his drops as I stood outside watching the excitement...LOL. We had winds gusting up to 40 mph today, so not only could the fire have turned out to be a lot worse than it was, it had to be a beeyotch to hold that thing in a hover.
  17. I can't really answer your question since I haven't seen the other versions, but I do have the KC-135R in my stash, and I have to give Minicraft credit...they did engineer the engines very well as far as hiding seams and such go. The engine assembly for their JSTARS and E-3 kits are a pain in the keester as far as dealing with seams go.
  18. There's been an upswing of T-38 activity around Vandenberg the last few days. Caught a two ship of them earlier this week (not NASA...most likely ED or BB) over my house, then saw a single black one (almost certainly BB) inbound on Thursday.
  19. Just out of curiosity...some decal sheets for Naval aircraft (mostly Tomcats and Hornets) show the tailhooks without stripes, and some show them still having the stripes. Is it just kind of a hit or miss type thing if the tailhook has stripes or not, or are they completely phased out? Either way, I have noticed that I see hardly any of the high-viz black and white striped ones anymore. Now, most of the time it's light gray/dark gray stripes.
  20. Manfred, just out of curiosity, how close are you to being finished with this project? It really is fantastic work. Better than fantastic.
  21. Were loose/hangy things such as exhaust covers, intake covers, pitot tube covers, etc. allowed on aircraft sitting on the flight deck? I know they were cool on the hangar deck, but I was kind of thinking they'd be a no-no up top because 1) a flight deck can get windy and it's already dangerous enough without extraneous crap blowing about, and 2) if a cover got loose it could cause a lot of FOD issues, even if there were no flight ops underway at the time, BUT today, while Googling photos (coincidentally this happens to be the exact airframe I'm building), I stumbled across this photo...which m
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