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  1. 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 opened. I think Curt's wife is correct. One with the plastic still on would fetch extra money, but we model builders sure do love to open a kit once we get it! Amiright? Also, in my 42 years of model building, I have never ever EVER had a brand new kit that is missing anything. Yes, I know it happens, but that has never been a concern of mine between buying something new and opened vs a used open kit. The main driving factor for me is the condition of the box; plastic or no plastic. I've seen more than my fair share of unopened model kits that are still in the plastic but the boxes have been crushed due to "shelf wear". "Shelf wear" is just our way of saying "gross neglect" when we can't bring ourselves to actually call it what it is. Lastly, I want to commend you for being a good guy and planning ahead for the sake of your wife. We all see those people who can't help but brag about how they've got hundreds and thousands of model kits that they'll never get around to building. We all guffaw and laugh and slap the guy on the back while saying "Wooo boy! What a great stash! It's only a fraction of mine, though." Then you see the stories about how the guy kicks off and now his grieving widow, who just planted her hubby in the ground, now has to deal with all his crap. No thank you. I'll never do that to my wife and kids. Eric
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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, paper towels and nitrile and latex gloves all over the place. I ended up repainting it. I swear I didn't do anything different from the first time around, but my second attempt yielded the best Scorpion I had ever done. I ended up giving the model to my dad who grew up on an air base that had a couple of Scorpion squadrons on it. The moral of the story: Hold onto that kit of yours! Put it aside. When enough time has gone by, the universe will let you know when it's time to have another crack at it. You just might surprise youself! Eric
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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 couple of days after he contacted me, I got a notice from eBay saying that the kit had been purchased by a guy in California. My heart just sank and I felt (and still feel) like garbage because I forgot to take it off of eBay after the first guy told me he'd buy it. What is the right thing for me to do?!?!?! I have guy #1 who told me he'd buy it but hasn't paid yet because I have not gotten him the shipping amount yet. I have guy #2 who paid for it on eBay because I forgot to remove the listing. I feel like the biggest dk because of my forgetting to remove the listing and now I have two buyers for this one kit. What is the best thing for me to do here? HELP! Thank you in advance, Eric
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Could we please stop with this crap about raised panel lines and being a "serious modeler?"
  11. Hi Dutch! Yep, I'm going with the 1/72 version on this one. Normally I build 1/48 but I want to send the finished product to one of the brothers. I figured 1/72 would be a little bit easier for shipping. As always, thank you for being a fount of information. I will send you a PM in just a few moments. Paul, yep. We know about the "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" movie, but let's be honest. Knowing it was used in "Blazing Saddles" is a heck of a lot more fun reference! 😄 Vamanos! Eric
  12. Well, I done went and did it. I just pulled the trigger and ordered the Hasegawa kit mere seconds ago. It was a very tough choice between the Hasegawa kit and the Fujimi one. I had read so many good things about the two of them, but whenever I read people's articles about each one, I saw more Fujimi builders saying they wished they had gotten the Hasegawa kit than the other way around. So that was the clincher for me. Johathan, a million thanks for posting that profile picture! I am actually going to print that out and use it as a reference. An extremely kind gentleman on Facebook sent me the correct squadron and TAC badges the other day. Now all I need to get are the tail codes and the correct borderless national insignias and I'll be all set. It's all coming together and none of it would have been possible were it not for the help of every single person here!!! On a side note, when the decals arrived in the mail from the guy on Facebook, my wife asked "What'd you get in the mail?" I told her that I got the squadron badges I was waiting for. She said "Badges?!? We don't need no stinking badges!!!" My God. I've got a wife who not only supports my hobby, but she quotes "Blazing Saddles" while doing so. I've got the best wife ever! Eric
  13. Yup! I'm down for one. Can't wait!
  14. Hi Gene! Thank you for reminding me about the FineMolds offering. I have never built any of their kits. From the chat threads I see on the 'net, it seems like they produce some good kits. I wonder how expensive it will be. You had mentioned that I'd want the F-4EJ and not the Kai. Forgive me, but what is the "Kai" version? I've never heard of that before. My brain is getting so full from all the information I'm learning here! Thanks! Eric
  15. Holy (insert your favorite expletive here)! Thank you for that picture, Kursad! If it's okay with you, I'd like to forward that picture to the guys I'm building the model for. I think they'd like to see pictures like this showing the plane their dad flew. Ben, I could not agree with you more. Eric
  16. I wish you guys could hear how much I'm saying "thank you" to every single person who is writing in response. Your depth of knowledge is jaw-dropping. I thought I knew a lot about airplanes but I'm quickly learning that what I know isn't enough to fill a thimble compared to you guys. It means a lot to me to build a kit of their dad's plane for them, but I think it's going to mean even more for them. Eric
  17. I just think what Jon was saying was said in a light-hearted manner but you responded with "...yet you respond with these silly one-liners." It just seemed like you were coming down on him for the kind of goofy comments that you see on this site all the time. C'mon. "Tom Cruise missile". That was funny!
  18. Jpeg of the Phantom my friends' dad was flying the day he was shot down.
  19. I cannot even begin to thank everyone here for contributing such wonderful information! I love how much detail you guys know. It boggles the mind and I love learning new things. It isn't just for me either. I'll be able to take your information and relay that to the two guys I know whose dad perrished back in July of '72. The guys are twin brothers who were my best friends back when I was a kid. They sent me a picture of the very plane their dad was flying when he and his back-seater was shot down. I hope this sheds a bunch of light on the subject matter. (Edit: If there's a way to attach a picture without it being a file you have to click, I'm not sure how to do it. I do apologize.) F-4.pdf
  20. Quixote74, thank you! Like I mentioned, with me being more of a WW2 kinda guy, all this info is new to me. I wasn't even exactly sure what the tail code was with great certainty. I was figuring it was FG, but you helped solidify that information. With me being able to find a bunch of pictures of the F-4C/Ds carrying the 433rd markings, I couldn't help but wonder if it all sort of carried over to the F-4Es. If I remember correctly, wasn't Robin Olds the CO of Satan's Angels? I was wondering if I could just order a set of decals depicting his famous Phantom and at least use the squadron markings (tail codes, badges on the intakes) on an F-4E. Do you think that would be feasible? Again, thank you for sharing your knowledge. I did not know that information about that particular plane being an unslatted hard wing plane nor did I even think about the varying gun muzzle. For what it's worth, I know that he was shot down on July 12, 1972. In either 1/72 or 1/48 scale, is there a kit manufacturer that best represents an F-4E from this era? Thank you so much again, Eric
  21. Oh learned members! I'm more of a WW2 guy, so I'm hoping you guys know more about this than I do. Are there decals (either 1/48 or 1/72) for F-4E Phantoms that were used in Vietnam by the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron aka "Satan's Angels"? I think I can find a few sets for the F-4C/D, but not for the E version. The dad of a friend of mine was flying an F-4E (Bu.No. 69-0302) with the 433rd when he was shot down and killed. I thought it would a nice thing to build his dad's plane for him. Thanks! Eric
  22. Sounds good. Thank you for responding.
  23. HI KursadA, Is the CD48134: 1/48 F-94A/B Starfire - Part 1 available and ready to be ordered right now? I just wanted to check because it still said "coming soon" on your web page and I didn't see it available on Sprue Brothers. Can I assume it would start shipping around roughly this time next month? Thanks! Eric
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