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  1. 41 aircraft kits, with a few odds and ends. A NASCAR kit, a couple of sci-fi kits, etc. That's a lot for me, since I'm a pretty slow builder. It would take me forever to get through them all.
  2. This is the last time I'll bump the thread. After next Sunday, if no one has called dibs on any of these kits, they'll no longer be up for sale.
  3. Common complaint with the Trumpy rivet tool. One solution I came up with is to line up a small piece of styrene rod with the rivet wheel and glue it to the front of the tool with CA. You still can't see exactly where the wheel is, but it takes the guesswork out of trying to line up the rivets with a panel line. Filling in any excess rivets is pretty simple, though. Great work so far, BTW!
  4. I'm sure that's what the deal is. Environmental concerns (and maybe metal prices, as well) have made recycling military hardware financially unfeasible in a lot of cases. It's why so many ships are probably going to end up serving extended artificial reef duty.
  5. If you're adventurous, or if you simply can't find Future/Pledge with Future Shine at a local retailer, other brands might do the trick. I've tried out Holloway House Quick Shine on a few practice projects, and it seems to be pretty much the same thing as Future. If it's a clear acrylic floor wax, I would think it should work just fine (though I'll stand corrected if anyone has any disaster stories!). Try it out on spare parts first, see what happens.
  6. Once you get the proportions of thinner/paint down, Tamiya sprays like a dream. Great stuff. As has been said, I wish they had a wider range of available colors, though. I'm about to order some Lifecolour and give it a shot, for that very reason. Can't beat their color selection.
  7. The intake/engine bulge is way out of proportion, and the leading edges are much too thick. Any missing panel line detail will have to be scribed- an easy chore, given the mostly smooth outer surface. Also, the paint schemes are somewhat inaccurate, based on the few reference photos available (the pink bird may have been one of the early prototypes, though- I think I remember hearing about that one, but I never saw any solid info regarding the FSxxxxx designation for the color). Any word on decal options? If the kit markings aren't up to snuff (I suspect they won't be, based on the subpar craftsmanship seen here), maybe Two Bobs, TechMod, or Aeromaster can come up with a decent set. Also, does anyone know if this thing will include a fret of PE? Hopefully it'll include the option of replacing the crude intake screen detail with a nice PE bit, similar to some of Dragon/DML's naval kits.
  8. Superb paint job! The weathering looks great, and I like the chipping in the cockpit area. It looks like a real Tomcat that's been around the block a few times. I also like the paint job on the interior of the nozzles; it really adds to the realistic feel. They look like they've spit out real fire. My only nitpick is the canopy. As someone else mentioned, it has some scratches. I've had the same problem in the past, and it's nothing that can't be cured with some fine-grain abrasives and some polish. ARC has a nice tutorial for polishing canopies: Polishing Canopies Different people like different sanding and polishing products, and your mileage may vary, but that article covers the basics pretty well. Really nice work overall. The little touches, like the wear on the tires and the fine work on the fragile antenna bits, are proof that this kit got a lot of loving attention from its builder.
  9. Yeah, I love the ProfiPack-style approach. You usually get a lot of bang for the buck, even if the price is a bit higher. Cleaning up the joint around the wing corrogations will be a little delicate, but I'll be more than happy to take that on if it means I won't have to rescribe the panel lines, scratchbuild or kitbash significant portions of the interior, and use an aftermarket Mk 13 to replace the kit's (somewhat crude) fish. The Monogram is a good starting point, I like the kit for what it is (it was great for its time), but most of the work I've put into the one I'm working on would be already done if I had the GWH kit in my hands. Like I said in the other thread, just having the VT-8 twin .30 guns in the box is a huge plus for me. One less part to hunt down. I don't mind extra work, but I won't complain if the kit manufacturer does it for me.
  10. More great work! You're doing those Polish birds justice, sir.
  11. Looks great so far, superb work on the cockpit.
  12. The location of the engraved panel lines seems to be accurate, though I haven't done a line-by-line comparison between the kit parts and reference pictures. I do think they're too heavy; the Devastator appears to have a very smooth outer surface in most of the pictures I've seen, with very tight gaps between the panels. There's also the old recessed vs. raised rivet complaint, but I think that's to be expected with most of the newer kits. My main complaint, though? I started a Monogram TBD just before I found out about this kit, and now I'm going to have a hard time finishing it. So much scribing. I'm also going to have to apologize to the SBD kit I stole a twin gun mount from, if it turns out its sacrifice was unnecessary. Oh, and kudos to GWH for including a paint mask. That canopy would be a pain in the butt to mask from scratch, and I doubt the TechMod masks would fit it due to the possible shape discrepancies others have pointed out.
  13. Finally had a nice score at Hobby Lobby. Went in to spend a gift card I got for Christmas, walked out with an Academy 1/48 F-16 for $9. I have too many kits as it is, but I couldn't bring myself to pass up a $9 Viper.
  14. Thanks for the tips, I may try it one of these days. SPECTACULAR work, BTW!
  15. Yeah, toning down the brightness of decals is fairly straight-forward on a painted surface. I hit them with a very thin spray of the base color to blend them in a bit, and then move on to weathering. I'm not sure how you would go about achieving a similar effect on a NMF. I'd love to know if anyone has a solution to that issue.
  16. Good to hear, can't wait to see it.
  17. Nice work! I like the contrast between the glossy finish of the aircraft and the flat finish of the ordinance and gear bays.
  18. The U.S. Navy- serving up heaping helpings of Fail to pirates since 1801. Seriously, I'm glad they were able to help out innocent sailors caught in a bad situation- regardless of politics or nationality.
  19. This same thing came up on another board when Derrick Rose got his contract extension, so I'll just cut and paste rather than write it all out again: Sports teams aren't charities, they don't just give all their money away. They pay athletes handsomely because the benefits they provide- bringing fans to stadiums, increasing the marketability and revenue of the team, etc.- make them valuable. That value is increased by the relative rarity of their skill sets; it's easy to find an HVAC technician, but it's difficult to find a QB who can thread a ball between two defenders. If demand for an economically viable skill is high, and the number of people in possession of that skill is low, then the amount of money paid to said people will remain at a level far above average. It's basic economics, sir. Also, remember that sports teams don't just employ players; they also employ concession crews, security guards, office workers, low-level assistants, media specialists, etc. Without athletes, there are no teams. No teams means no paychecks for all the regular folks behind the scenes- and no games for the millions of people who watch them each week to enjoy.
  20. I saw a Hobbycraft P-35 combo with a resin cockpit set and Eduard PE go for $27, shipping and all on eBay. Nice semi-rare combo at a sweet price. Wish I could have bid on it, but I can't spend the money right now. The best deals I've personally landed in the last few months were an Academy MiG-21MF for $14 (shipping included), the Accurate Miniatures Pearl Harbor combo for $38 (the Vindicator kit alone often goes for more than that!), and a Hobby Boss Mirage IIICJ for $18.50.
  21. The T-6, one of the Trumpy Sea Hawks, and the Fletcher have been sold. List amended.
  22. Bump- some prices reduced, and free shipping if you buy 3 or more kits.
  23. Try clearing your cache and reloading the page, if you haven't already. If that doesn't work, most browsers have a zoom option. Increasing it to 125% might do the trick.
  24. Hey all- I just got hit with an unexpected expense, so I'm selling a big chunk of the stash to raise some funds. The listed prices do not include shipping; I will charge an $8 flat rate to ship through USPS Priority Mail to anywhere in the CONUS, with an additional $1 per kit if you buy more than 1. and shipping is free for 3 or more kits. I am located in ZIP code 61749; I can only do money orders, as my PayPal account is not linked to a bank account. I apologize for any inconvenience. PM me, or e-mail me at eharrold63@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you would like to make a purchase. I will be very reasonable if you want to make an offer on multiple kits. Thank you for reading! 1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger (sealed box) - $40 $36 Occidental T-6 Texan (open box, open bags; includes Eduard PE and French Texans in Algiers decals) - $15 Monogram F-8E Crusader (open box, sealed bags; includes Aeromaster Colorful Crusaders #7 decals) - $15 Trumpeter Sea Hawk Mk. 100/101 (open box, sealed bags) - $19 $15 (2 1 available) Monogram F-106 Delta Dart (older yellow box issue, sealed) - $9 Accurate Miniatures SBD-4 Dauntless, New Zealand (sealed box) - $19 $17 Hasegawa F-16A Plus, Norwegian (open box, sealed bags, includes Black Box F-16A resin cockpit set) - $25 $23 Accurate Miniatures Yak-1 w/skis, Winter Camo (open box, sealed bags, includes Eduard PE) - $22 $20 Eduard P-39 Mk. 1 Dual Combo, RAF and USSR (open box, sealed bags, kit includes PE and masks) - $39 1/350 Tamiya USS Fletcher DD-445 (Open box, loose hull pieces, all other sprues sealed) - $19 $15 Sci-Fi Polar Lights Star Trek USS Enterprise NX-01, 1/1000 scale (sealed box) - $10 Platz Star Trek USS Enterprise-C, 1/1400 scale (Rare AMT/Ertl reissue, open box and loose parts- decals in great shape) - $39 $35
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