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  1. The LRIP jets are the jets that have all the latest and greatest in them. They have the higher hour airframes as well as other upgrades. They are what the fleet will get and wha will be upgraded. So let me clarify what I was saying about my jet nearing the end of its life span. It is an SDD jet and is a 1st gen F-35. When SDD is complete there will be no more practical use for it and therefore will most like end up on a stick. As for the nut plate issue, the whole jet isn't as you explained especially with the LRIP jets the issue will never be resolved fully IMO. What a lot of people fail to
  2. One of the "perks" of the F-35 is a lot of training is done in the simulator. The pilots can stay current without putting a ton of hours on the airframe for stupid stuff like FAM flights. I know my jet is nearing the end of its airframe's lifespan and will soon be on a stick somewhere. That being said the LRIP aircraft have a much longer lifespan and have been simplified in regards to fastener placement and quantity making it easier to access uncommon areas and return them to LO condition. I pity the bastards who have to insert the 700+ LO dots on one of the backbone panels. But that will simp
  3. Like the title and description say. Kit is open. Bags are sealed, box is in good shape. Too many kits in the stash. I'm not looking to make a fortune off this kit I just want someone to have it that will build it. $110 to your door(CONUS) Canada would be a bit more.
  4. EOTS windows look pretty clear. I believe the door for the boarding ladder can open farther, but with the fit issues you have been listing it might be hard to do without smashing it into the nose gear door. Good job on the canopy handles. Were they PE?
  5. One million dollars (insert dr evil meme)
  6. Venison. Soak in salt brine for 6-8 hours. Drain Equal parts apple cider and cranberry juice (a gallon of each should do) 1 pound brown sugar Marinate 1 1/2 - 2 days Smoke until you get the desired toughness. I recommend Misquite or oak for fuel Don't give any to your friends because you won't get any for yourself
  7. You will get some "droop" from gravity and lack of hydraulic pressure. The mechs will "usually" and I use that term loosely, raise the speed brake when they change the engine. After a few days it sags but only a couple inches. As for the hornets they lower the flaps, ailerons, and hor. stabs for maintenance purposes. I've witnessed some harrier pilots do some dumb stuff but they have the coolest landings. The best from test pilots at China Lake.
  8. Just got a 23 ounce hammer, you know for when I get fed up with the kit.
  9. The speed brakes are not linked to the landing gear in any way. There is a seperate switch. Pilots, contrary to popular belief, pilots are not the smartest critters on this planet and make mistakes more often than you might think. Which ever way you decide to build your kit it will be right. When in doubt, blame the pilot.
  10. I like that you decided to open the GIP "ground interface panel," cool idea.
  11. I scored a 737-800 in a trade (1:144) and all the windows are "cut out." This is my first airliner so here is what I'm guessing goes on. There are black window decals that I'm assuming go over these holes, then there are a few other decals that seem to be window shades in various degrees of being closed, some completely closed. Again I'm assuming these go over some of the already blackened windows at random. If I lay these decals down will Micosol cause these decals to: 1. sink in 2. tear 3. what can I expect from the water that seeps inside the kit through these holes? Like I said this is my
  12. I haven't been on ARC consistently for some time now and I had actually had the same idea for a GB. Let's get some details hammered out and I'll be in, that is if I can get a new bench built, and an air compressor or equivelant for that matter. I spent some time with VX-9 in 03-04 so I'm thinking the playboy bunny tomcat. Or maybe BF-1 or CF-1 from VX-23, depending on decals.
  13. Wasting no time I see. What's the old lady got to say about you kicking into high gear again? Enjoy the kits!!
  14. Does anyone live near Piney Point? Found a great house down there with a modeling room already built into the garage!!!! It's a bit longer of a drive but I'm not scared. Today was my last day with Sikorsky at VMFT-401. Good times, good people. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and making new memories.
  15. At this point I think any school will be good. Arizona is 49th in the nation for education. On that note my son goes to one of the best charter schools, 6th in the state if I remember correctly. One more question, how many of the guys in the club have wives? My wife is in need of some friends and since I've got modeling and ARC I'm a leg up.
  16. What are your opinions on lusby and Solomons area? I know crossing the bridge might suck when it ices up. I have seen plenty of houses available in that area too.
  17. Sweet! Whitey I will indeed be working on the air station. I got a job with Lockheed and I'm just waiting to finalize everything here before I punch out of Yuma. Hopefully the 4 day drive in a UHaul with the family and mother-in-law (God help me) won't drive me to drink myself stupid. Thanks for the info, I'll keep in touch.
  18. I'm moving to the Pax River area in a week or so. Anyone have good info on the area? Any fellow modelers? Any hobby stores? Any neighborhoods I should avoid? Anyone want to show me their secret fishing spot? Should be an interesting move, but it's for the better.
  19. Calling in the blind I would imagine. Always risky. WTI is such a busy time at Yuma and will always be. It's been almost 15 years since the V-22 crash that killed 17 or so. I just hope the family of the Marine are ok, I know the Corps provides support for them but you can never replace a life :(
  20. A T-59 crashed at MCAS Yuma today. It hit a truck that was on the runway. Not sure if the tower had cleared the truck to be on the runway or not. I'm sure the investigation will reveal that. Sadily the Marine that was in the truck was killed. Such a tragedy.
  21. I used to see those in Yuma a few times a year. They would bring in CH-53Ds from K-Bay for WTI. VERY COOL!
  22. I have made a few commission builds. For me my price is based on the customer. It might sound like I'm price gouging ... Well that is true depending how you look at it. Face it! You will never get what the model is worth based on the ammount of time you put in it. Long story short my rule of thumb is 200%. Example, I made a few F-5s earlier this year. They cost me $25 each between the kits and materials. I charged $50 and they were gon in two days. But over the years I have learned everyone is different and so are their budgets. Work it out with the customer up front and get half of your agree
  23. If I order on Monday I get it Friday. They're east coast I'm west coast. No complaints.
  24. I've got Some two bobs sheets. One from Nellis the other from See More Johnson let me know if you want them.
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