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About southwestforests

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    Step away from the computer!
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    Model trains, rockets, planes. Kites.

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  1. southwestforests

    FA-16 CAS in 1/72

    Not knowing enough about modern jets to know whether there was talk about an actual A-16 or not, I went looking on the web. A couple of finds, http://www.f-16.net/f-16_versions_article18.html And https://theaviationgeekclub.com/heres-f-16s-cas-variants-failed-replace-10-warthog/
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    What do you do more?

    Thanks, appreciate that. As of yet isn't overly much treatment available. These things hit intermittently throughout 1990s then became permanent around 2006, and I had autism to begin with, so this life is being an interesting ride. Model building has long been a coping mechanism as well as enjoyable in and of itself - my Dad got me started when I was 5. 😁 At this point one would likely expect my home to be a virtual museum of models, model trains, model rockets, kites, but several moves, and a couple instances of being homeless have had dramatically negative impacts on model survivability. So has the emotional impact of all this, two or three times when it looked like problems with my hands were going to fully end my doing hobbies I threw away a lot of models and model trains, both finished and boxed. Currently I have a stock of models to do, and partly done. Don't know when, or if, any will be properly finished. Something is definitely happening in this genetic line: Around 1986 my Dad was one of USN's first medical retirements, and I think actually the literal first, with neuropathy, chronic fatigue/myalgic encephalopathy, fibromyalgia, and a few other things; then around 10 years after that, his sister who is 16 years younger than him, had her nursing career ended by Multiple Sclerosis; then around 10 years after that my working days were ended. My paternal grandfather built stick and tissue aircraft back in the days when you could go to a lumber yard and buy a balsa 2x4. He and Dad each were pilots for a time, so aviation and aircraft has long been an interest in our family.
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    F-16 Crash near March AFB; Pilot OK

    That from ABC News, https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/16-crashed-end-runway-march-reserve-afb/story?id=63090887 Brings to mind ...
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    JA 37 Viggen in 1/72

    Viggen has long been a favorite jet. Looks like a quite nice kit other than needing an aftermarket pilot, but ... making aftermarket pilot does give someone opportunity to express their creativity and hopefully make a little money.
  5. southwestforests

    What do you do more?

    With my physical health being the mess it is now with several endocrine, neurological, and musculoskeletal, things happening, it is more reading about than doing. Up until a few years ago it was very much the opposite, far more doing than reading. Such as right now, my hands are stiff, puffy, and painful. Will that last all day? Only some of the day? Don't know.
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    F-16 Crash near March AFB; Pilot OK

    Looking at the map, that would be directly across the 215 from the runway, https://ktla.com/2019/05/16/f-16-fighter-jet-crashes-into-building-near-march-air-reserve-base-pilot-ejects/ https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-riverside-plane-crash-f-16-story.html
  7. Making progress on the command capsule's radiators.
  8. Thanks! A bit of progress - chrome removal. Used some model railroad paint remover to de-chrome part of the nuclear engine. Allowed part to soak overnight. Unusually, on all inside corners, on both internal and external areas of the part, there was what looked a bit like amber hued shellac and was a flaky/sticky consistency. After rinsing part and allowing it to dry, the whatever it was did come right off with the tip of a knife blade. External surfaces are already done in picture.
  9. While I'm stuck at the point of designing and building open airlocks for the kitbashed patrol ship, I decided to do the ADD-ish thing and work on the recently arrived MPC kit of the Pilgrim Observer. At beginning of this month I splurged on it and a book I'd been wanting: at 30 and 40 dollars each, I will certainly be eating cheap for the rest of the month! It would be nice if Pilgrim Observer was same 1/144 scale as the ISS kit, which is also yet to be begun, but the PO model isn't even the same scale as itself! 😮 This is a nice article about Pilgrim Observer and mentions the "well, it kinda depends" scale of the kit components, http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/realdesigns2.php#id--Pilgrim_Observer Deciding to assemble something on the Pilgrim Observer kit led pretty much instantly to making changes to it. Chose to start with the command module capsule with its service module. Instructions appear to have back plate of service module recessed in to it to rest on a pair of semicircular tabs & the length of tab keyed rocket nozzle which locks CM capsule and SM together confirms that. Um, no, not gonna happen on this one. And, besides, that would leave some vent louver detail on SM cylinder venting nothing. So with a bit of thin styrene sheet to shim the outer diameter of the back plate and a bit of thin strip inside to reinforce the join I glued back plate flush with end of SM. Dug out some of my space books to flip through Sunday and yesterday afternoon and evening looking for ideas how I might want to add some details to engine thing for the Command Module; There are a pair of 'mystery slots' at capsule end of SM, one each side, they are shown in diagram. Hmm ... Ah, how about fabricating some solar panels to go there - or better yet, found Paragrafix's etched metal detail set which has some. Purchasing it will have to wait until next month. http://www.paragrafix.biz/product_detail.asp?PPartNum=PGX143 At this point today the CM is starting to shape up in a way I'm pleased with. Am going to acquire Paragrafix etched brass detail set which has those solar panels mentioned earlier - they will be mounted at the mid-body mystery slots & the location Paragrafix shows them at will be taken by some 'radiators' thrown together out of I'm not sure what, yet. But I do know they will fold and rotate like the wings of those Grumman fighter planes. Index card and masking tape suggest those radiators. And, foil to represent insulation will cover aft end from ring around nozzle to edge of body. Most fortuitously, one size on a variable leather/fabric punch pliers thing made styrene discs perfectly sized to drop in molded holes on service module aft plate: a little halfway gelled Plastruct Plastic Weld held them just fine. True, the radiator mounts are in line with the solar panel mounts further forward, but they need to be kept out of plume of maneuvering thrusters which locate where pinhole in facing side of body is. Am pondering mounting solar panels on a brass rod running fully through body for both sturdiness and to allow them to pivot, partly because I'm not yet too old to like models with moving parts 😁
  10. southwestforests

    USS Enterprise NCC-1701 D

    So, I guess you can neither confirm nor deny that you were entertained by that.
  11. southwestforests

    USS Enterprise NCC-1701 D

    That reminds me, wasn't there a STNG movie titled "How Stellar Cartography got their groove", or something like that?
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    USS Enterprise NCC-1701 D

    Oh dear. Send them our wishes for recovery and healing.
  13. southwestforests

    Corellian YT-1300 Transport

    Aw man. Life does indeed go some ways we celebrate and some ways we lament.
  14. southwestforests

    AJSH-37 Viggen Correct Color Scheme

    Oh, sunk cost, my brain initially registered it as skunk cost and I couldn't figure out how SAAB and the Lockheed Skunkworks were connected. Yes, today is one of those days.
  15. southwestforests

    Rules, That ain't real GB

    All night I've been wondering what the difference between the "That ain't real" group build and the "Ain't that real" group build would be. But now I need to go get ready to go to our local creative writers group meeting.