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  1. I used to enjoy it, but over the past couple of years, it's just been fading from the fabric of my life. I'm getting more things done around the house and I'm spending more time with my family. Kind of to my surprise, I find myself not even missing it a single bit. In fact, even living here in the shadow of Lambeau Field, I went about my day last Sunday and completely forgot that there was any football being played that day. Someone asked me if I had watched the game and all I could say was "Huh?" I've really lost the taste for football lately especially since the leauge and pl
  2. When I was out for a little bit and ready to get back into the hobby, I grabbed a 1/48 Monogram P-51B. Low parts count, excellent engineering, minimal (if non-existent) need for filler, and all for about a dozen bucks. This kit really helped me get my mojo back. Simpler does not mean inferior. Eric
  3. Technically, isn't everything a "limited edition"? I think it's more of a marketing ploy to get the consumer to buy. Eric
  4. After having built a couple -29s in my teen years back in the '80s, I wanted to try my hand at building one now. As others mentioned, I would often see them for sale on eBay and other places for close to the $90-$100 range and even a little north of that. Patience can really pay off sometimes, because I waited and waited and finally snagged one for about $45 SHIPPED! I'm still in shock about it to this day. As for the photoetch parts, if that's your thing, then I say go for it. Just know that once you close up the fuselage halves, you can't see anything behind the pilots' bulkhead. I
  5. Is this going to be the original kit but with added photo-etch parts?
  6. I'm in agreement with Steve here. Personally, I tend to lean more towards older kits so I don't really mind if they've been opened before. I can't even tell you the last time I bought a new kit. However, if someone is selling an old kit that is still wrapped in plastic, sure, I'll admit that it makes me perk up even a bit more. I'd stop short of saying that I'd pay a "premium" for them. That kind of makes it sound like I'm willing to pay some exorbitant price over and above the value of the kit, but I am willing to pay a buck or two more for a kit that is sealed over one that has been ope
  7. I've now been in contact with the person in California who bought it through eBay. I explained to him the situation and told him that if the initial deal fell through, then I would immediately contact him and let him know. Thankfully, the guy was completely cool and understanding about it. I both thanked and apoligized to him. As eraucubsfan stated, "sh*t happens". There's no doubt about that! I just hate it when it happens because of my forgetfulness. Habu2, it was/is the 1/32 Revell "Phantom" P-51D/K Mustang with the motorized features. Eric
  8. Oh believe you me! I will be doing a lot of apologizing on this one. The Cali guy paid via PayPal and the funds won't be released until I provide shipping info. That's good! I don't want to take the gentleman's money until things get ironed out. Scott and Dutch, I will definitely take your advice to heart. Thanks! Eric
  9. You're not alone, brother. Several years ago, I was working on a 1/48 Revell F-89C. I love that kit. It's simple and it's my favorite plane. What could go wrong, right? The build went fine, but I started to screw things up the moment I started the painting phase. As God is my witness, I couldn't paint the thing correctly to save my life. I ended up putting the botched kit up on my shelf directly in front of me on my workbench. It sat there for close to two years before I got tired of it sitting there and laughing at me. I stripped off all the paint. What an absolute mess! Used rags,
  10. Believe me. I thought of that. I am going to look into it. I figured there's going to be some sort of ramification(s), but I will accept whatever it might be.
  11. AFM, thank you! This sounds like really good advice. Since all of this went down on Saturday night, I really didn't want to contact anyone about it until I had more information (such as getting the shipping cost today). So I haven't said anything to anyone. Most especially, I wanted to get some advice from the good folks here. Thank you! Eric
  12. Hi guys, I'm in a real pickle here. I want to do the right thing or, at the very least, the absolute least wrong thing. For starters, I kind of botched something and I would like to get everyone's thoughts and opinions since I seem to be incapable at times of making the correct ones. Over the last couple of weeks, I had a model kit I was trying to sell. I had it posted on eBay and on Facebook. A gentleman from Mexico contacted me and told me he would take it. I then told him I would take the rather large box to the Post Office so I could get the shipping cost information to him. A c
  13. I never realized that Boeing was the "Buy-n-Large" of the aircraft industry! Sheesh. "Boeing P-51". That just has the oddest ring to it. When I think "Boeing P-51", I can't help but get this image in my head of a P-51 with four B-17 engines on the wings. Eric
  14. I just placed my order mere minutes ago for the F-94 sheet. Kursad, you're doing the Lord's work and I hope you know we all appreciate it. Eric
  15. Could we please stop with this crap about raised panel lines and being a "serious modeler?"
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