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  1. I currently have around 60 started builds. The average work completed on those builds is around 65% Most are from after I came back into the hobby in 2017. I could have probably average 15 completed builds a year if I quit starting new projects. This isn't a new problem for me. Most of what I've completed since coming back into the hobby were builds started between 1988 and 2004.
  2. "Usually" doesn't equate to "always", which is why F-15Es can be seen training for low level penetration attacks in the Mach Loop and in Star Wars Canyon. And your statement about F-15Es carrying it for only for ballast doesn't hold water. Lightning and Sniper pods do NOT contain terrain following radars. The AN/AAQ-13 is still actively used:
  3. The purpose of AN/AAQ-13 Navigation Pod is for low altitude terrain following navigation. It's primary sensor is a terrain following radar. I would guess that unless terrain following radar functionality has been integrated into the primary radar system, this pod is still required for low level penetration.
  4. The entire line of True Details masters (including Black Box/Avionix masters) was sold at auction after Squadron closed. Greg Cooper bought them and eventually raffled them off for charity on the Scale Model Graveyard FB group. Whoever won them never did a thing with them, so they are now gone forever.
  5. I'm mainly looking for the Black Box F9F-5 cockpit, but also looking for the Reheat RH065 PE set. Also interested in resin wheels and aftermarket decals. Shoot me a PM if you have any of these items available for sale. Thanks, Ken Young
  6. The F-14 used a purpose built, second generation Lantirn pod, with superior capability to anything fielded by the US military at the time. The F-15E used the 80's version of the Lantirn with less capability. It was in fact more capable than the early Lightning pods. Here's the detailed explanations from Wikipedia: The basic LANTIRN was modified into LANTIRN Targeting System (LTS), the navigation pod was removed from the two-pod system and the targeting pod was improved for Tomcat use. The LTS featured a Global Positioning System and inertial measurement unit that provided the po
  7. Here's a good overview of the LANTIRN integration into the F-14. The F-14 LANTIRN Pod (AN/AAQ-25) had unique capabilities the USAF pod (AN/AAQ-14) lacked. https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/26/how-the-f-14-tomcat-evolved-and-became-the-bombcat/ While a 10" high res screen might not seem like a big deal these days, the F-14s were preferred for CAS missions because of it. When combined with the enhanced LANTIRN pod, it would seem it was the preferred platform in the early years of the war. https://theaviationist.com/2012/09/08/f14-vs-f15/ Also,
  8. How much was this set? Their FB page is a very vague on price and purchase process.
  9. MRP-002 is really the better match to "International Orange" MRP calls it insignia red, but that's really not the right name. They also have another insignia red, MRP-299, which is in fact what most modelers consider insignia red to be. Back to MRP International orange (MRP-232). I find this to be a closer match to the orange that VFA/VA-86 uses for its squadron markings.
  10. It would be cool to have a modern set of Spectre markings representing it's final scheme before the engine fire and retirement.
  11. If a piece of PE or Resin is somewhat difficult to position before the CA will set, I will tack it in place with small dabs of Microscale liqui-tape. Once in the correct position, I'll use thin CA to secure it in place.
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