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  1. Roden 1/144 C-5

    It seems that Revell may still have the Otaki C-5 molds somewhere in its vast tooling warehouse as they have issued the kit well past the time of the supposed loss of the Otaki L-1011 tooling. If that is true then perhaps Revell could partner with Zvzeda to tool new engines and issue the kit for the same price as their An-124
  2. Possible new topics?

    If you are looking at an A-37 sheet, if there is room please consider one of the AFFTC/TPS A-37B's used to train pilots in spin training out of Edwards AFB. While Superscale has done these aircraft, they have missed the very visible black band on the starboard wing upper and lower surfaces that crosses the USAF and insignia. These are there so that it can be gauged what direction the spin is and its rate from the ground or other aircraft.
  3. CD48128 - 1/48 F-100 in Vietnam - Part 2

    Great idea doing two sheets. It will be great to get correct black walk ways and correct data. Microscale/superscale somehow got the walkways in red. I am putting together a package to send you with some H04S factory drawings showing data and markings and I am going to include the F-100 drawing showing same. If they are use, OK and if not that is OK too.
  4. F/A-18F Dicals question

    More on the hijack theme, I always thought a Gloss Sea Blue F-4B (F4H-1) would look cool. Guess there is no one stopping me from doing it - could use some of the new Furball Banshee decals
  5. CD48128 - 1/48 F-100 in Vietnam - Part 2

    I've seen one photo of Pretty Penny way, way back when but I cannot remember where I saw it. I am thinking it was in an old AHS Journal. Might want to contact Robert Dorr or Lou Drendel (are they sill with us?) as Dave Menard is gone. Your inclusion of Capt. Don Kiglus's bird is a very good idea and long overdue.
  6. CD48128 - 1/48 F-100 in Vietnam - Part 2

    Do you have the very old "Replica in Scale" article on the F-100? They have a photo of an F-100 with aircraft name on the inside of the intake as early regulations within the USAF (did not last long) prohibited nose art or names on aircraft. So far what you have on this decal is going to make this a must have. Thanks
  7. Revell 32nd F-18E

    Any news on this kit? It is listed on some sources as available July 2017.
  8. CD48121 - 1/48 Piasecki H-21

    Anyone have any idea why the red tinted canopy on the Dayton H-21?
  9. A thought

    Having done decal artwork for years (although never as good as you are) there are times when something jumps out at you as being a great subject but cannot justify a full decal sheet. How about every so often doing a decal with several of those aircraft on it - not all the same type of aircraft? Also please revisit the Viet Nam war era, Microscale did a lot of this stuff waaaaay back, but its poor quality and long gone. While many may not like the HB A-7a/b they can convert a Hasegawa A-7e easy enough, so how about some of the early USN A-7's/b? Thanks Wayne
  10. 1/48 H-19 / S-55 Chickasaw ideas

    A couple of suggestions. Include a generic instrument panel decal - we can cut sheet plastic to match it. Also I have USN painting drawings for an Orange HO4S-1 and a Coast Guard HO4S-1 along with a few photos. If you are interested in these let me know and I will dig them out and send them. LIFE Magazine archives also has several articles which have USMC HO4S's in Korea and the SDASM archives has some nice photos.
  11. Academy T-50,F/A-50 Markings

    My what if using parts for a Caracal T-38 sheet, build about a year ago before changes were made to the USAF T-50 contender.
  12. P-80 ideas?

    Everything that has been done is long gone and much of what has been done is not accurate in light of new info. I think you will actually end up doing 2 sheets as there are so many interesting subjects. Some of the USN training aircraft, early USAF, Air Guard and of course Korean service, that is a lot of territory.
  13. 1:48 - MiG-25RBT "Foxbat-B" by ICM - released

    Interesting information always on Russian aircraft and histories of units. insignias and aircraft variations. I am glad I am not into armor as the number of subtypes would be more than a mind could comprehend. As for ICM doing a fighter version of the MiG 25 I guess you could see that in the future, but my guess is that they were being a bit careful with the market with Kittyhawk already doing a Fighter and AMK saying they are going to do one. I have hoped for a couple of years that ICM would do a new wing on their excellent C-45 with the longer nacelles and cranked inner wing, but I don't see that happening. Anyway I am busy building the ICM MiG and it is a wonderful build. With a bit of care, the fit is very good and the kit seems generally very accurate. ICM started out with their good Spitfires way back when and those were the best out there for a long time, just with ICM's inexperience the kit was overly engineered. They have learned, and continued to learn until today, the MiG-25 and C-45 are as good of a kit as any on the market from any company. I sure hope that ICM one day will bless us with a 48th scale SU-7 kit.
  14. Paint for US desert sand planes in WWII

    Reading this discussion I was a bit surprised at the suggestion on the Testor's small bottle color. Why I had not done this before I don't know but I have a copy of a 1943 ANA color book with 3x5 inch color cards so I pulled out the ANA 616 color so see how pink it was. The color is not "pinkish" at all like SAND 26 found in Bob Archers US Army Air Service...color guide. The color is a warm brownish tan with a reddish hue in it, I don't see what I would call apricot in it like Dana Bell mentions, but each of us have different color perception. I would see this paint fading under strong UV Desert sunlight with a more yellow/pink tint. The color is certainly not yellowy RAF midstone color. I do not have the small Testor's paint 1170 but will have to pick up a bottle to see how it compares as well as a bottle of Model Master Desert Sand 616. This has been interesting to read everyone's insights into this color
  15. Wishlist for 2017

    My wish for 2017 is for Kitty Hawk to slow down and pay attention to accuracy. If we are going to pay what they are asking, then we the consumer should also receive a better product. Not asking for Tamiya here, just maybe the Old school Monogram for shape accuracy