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  1. echolmberg

    GRAHAM SYMMONDS 1/48 SEAKING

    Gotta agree, Fred. That was a great looking Sea King. I've noticed in the past about how one blade would be painted a different color. Why was that done? Eric
  2. echolmberg

    48th scale B-26 Conversion on Ebay

    Thanks Bo! That really helps shed more light on the topic. It's nice to be able to actually see the progress the guy is making. Very interesting to say the least. Eric
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    48th scale B-26 Conversion on Ebay

    Bo, I'd be interested in seeing the person's in-progress build. Can you share the web site of where this is taking place? Eric
  4. If you're using CA, do you have to worry about scraping paint away from a painted surface? I'll be honest with you...it's not uncommon for me to leave off sensors from the side of a fuselage because I just can't stand trying to deal with them. If I need to scrape some paint off an area that's the same size as the dot over the "i", I'd rather not deal with it. If you check out some of my F-14 builds, you won't find any of those pointy little sensors on the fuselage sides because of my distaste at dealing with such things. Eric
  5. Why? Now you've just turned what's supposed to be a fun hobby into a chore. Eric
  6. echolmberg

    CD48134 - 1/48 F-94A/B Starfire

    VERY excited and glad to hear the news! Thank you so much for creating these decals. Can't wait to hear further details and updates!! Best wishes, Eric
  7. echolmberg

    Kit Pricing

    Trev, you're not alone in feeling the way you do. I've got a small (@30) stash of kits which, at the rate I build, should keep me occupied for the next 10 years. To be darned honest with you, I have no plans on buying anything in the near or distant future solely because of how much the costs have gone up. I'd say a good 85% of the kits I have are Monogram kits because I can still afford those. The other brands I have in my stash are only there because, by some miracle, I was able to get them at a deep discount to bring them down to the price they should have been in the first place. Whenever I read about someone who just bought three copies of the latest release from (insert any kit manufacturer here), all I can think of is the study that was done regarding wine. Researchers had people sample various brands of wine where the only thing the subject was told was the price of each wine sample. They were lied to and told that one particular wine cost far more than all the others. Unsurprisingly, the taste testers overwhelmingly said the "expensive" wine was the best tasting wine. I think the kit manufacturers utilize this to some point when they establish their pricing. I'm not saying it's the driving factor, but I think they know that if the public sees that some product is very expensive, it must be the "MUST HAVE" item. Eric
  8. echolmberg

    Best Fitting 1/48 Scale Spit, P51-D, FW-190

    Regarding the P-51D Mustang, the last one I built was the Meng version. Gotta say I was VERY impressed with it. No problems to report. Buy with confidence. I really liked how they had the parts breakdown when it came to the area under the radiator scoop. While I do like the Tamiya kit, I've always hated how the seam along the center of the belly cut right through all the fine details; details which got sanded away while fixing that bad seam. With Meng's kit, the seams fall right along the panel lines and there's no need to fill or sand. Everyone also mentions the fit of the leading edge gun barrel inserts. I found that if you simply thin/scrape away some of the plastic on the inside of the inserts, it'll fit perfectly on the wing. Five minutes of work is all it takes. Hope that helps, Eric
  9. Thanks to all for the great info! Ken, I REALLY appreciate the quick run-down of your Modelsvit experience. I am definitely going to check out your build links. Thank you for taking the time to post the info and your links. Best wishes, Eric
  10. I've never built a Modelsvit kit. How are they? Any info on the price point? I, too, built the Czech Models kit and it was pretty good in spite of the fact that it had a vacuform canopy. I hate vacuform canopies but I was able to make it turn out pretty good in spite of myself. If Modelsvit makes good kits that aren't overpriced, then you can put me down for one of these. I love these early U.S. X-planes! Eric
  11. echolmberg

    Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J/D Liberator

    All I can wonder is what the story is behind the naming of that plane. With a name like that, there's GOT to be a story! Eric
  12. echolmberg

    DISTURBED

    I enjoyed the song when it first came out but then the local radio stations played it ad nauseam. It got to the point where I couldn't stand it because I heard it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The original Simon & Garfunkle version was perfect and no remake was going to improve it. The remake was okay but then the local stations just ruined it. Eric
  13. That was HIGHLY disturbing! I actually stopped watching it part way through. Eric
  14. echolmberg

    "Coming soon" definition

    Thank you Kursad! I truly appreciate the update and am very excited about the soon-to-be new releases. As I've mentioned in the past, I've never purchased a Caracal Model set of decals but, from the way everyone raves about them, I can't wait to get my hands on an upcoming set or two (or more)! Best wishes, Eric
  15. echolmberg

    "Coming soon" definition

    Hello Kursad! It's me, the pest, again. LOL! I'm just excited to hear about any progress that might have been made on the F-94A decals. Also, I know you had mentioned that you're planning on releasing some F-89 decals next year. I don't know if you can reveal this now or what but, by any chance, would you be able to tell us for which variant (B, C, H, etc.)? Just super curious. I can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve! Thanks, Eric
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