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  1. Custom is really the best way to go with display cases for models. I'm in the process of finishing a custom cabinet project that will give me enough space for ~150 completed builds. It is a three sectioned cabinet that will take up just under 10 feet of wall space. The center section will protrude out 26 inches from the wall. The two side cabinets will be 22 inches deep. The deeper shelves will easily allow for two rows of 1/48 scale modern jets. Also, the deeper center section will hold a 1/72 scale B-52 or B-36. I know not everyone has the means to build something like I'm w
  2. Interesting that he was able to copyright it. When I worked as a government contractor, the government owned everything I created. I had no right to any intellectual property I created while working there. My current private sector employer also owns everything I create and I have zero rights to take anything with me.
  3. A simple search for the Hobby boss kit sprues shows that they are not re-using the clear parts from the kit. It looks like they've gone custom injection molded for those parts. Also note that the clear parts for the opening portions of the canopy are designed to fit into the resin frame parts.
  4. The late A kit includes the GE shrouds (from the F-14D TARPS sprue). All that's missing are the GE nozzles (lots of AM options), correct pilot instrument panel, and the sparrowhawk HUD (for very late Bs) Phase hanger makes the correct front instrument panel w/sparrowhawk. Otherwise, the fightertown decal set for the small details, ordinance, etc has the correct decal for the B pilot panel. https://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/tam/pages/tam_61122_parts1.shtml
  5. 1/24/22 - Updated with other items I'm looking for. Added possible trade items.
  6. I'm in search of a pair of the Tamiya F-14 vertical stabs. I had to steal the parts out of one of my kits for a Hasegawa F-14 build. I went to order replacements from phase hanger, but they are now OOP. Let me know if you have a set to spare and we can work out a deal. Thanks, Ken
  7. I'm looking for the following items to buy or trade for: Wolfpack 1/48 S-3 Wingfold set (x2) Wolfpack 1/48 EA-6A cockpit set Wolfpack 48082 wing fold set for Revell EA-6A Wolfpack or Black Dog 1/48 S-3 Cockpit set (x2) Airdoc 48016 1/48 A-7D decals (specifically the Colorado ANG schemes) FOUND Caracal 48092 1/48 B-1B (specifically the "Dark Knight" scheme) Trade Only Items (no direct sales, so don't bother asking): - Hasegawa 1/48 F-14 kits with Aires detail sets. - Various Black Box cockpit sets. - Extensive library of ~500 deca
  8. Looking for both of these sheets. Send me a PM if you have one to sell.
  9. Typically, it takes a 20% off sale at Sprue Bros to even make it worthwhile. I live in WA state and get charged 10% sales tax from SB. Meanwhile, I can go over to scalehobbyist.com and get items for the same sales price as SB and only pay a flat shipping rate of $9.95 and no sales tax. That all being said, I was able to score two high priced kits that ultimately saved me ~$45 vs. buying from scalehobbyist. It really depends on the exact item. As for other sales I took advantage of: Reskit - 25% off Phase hanger - 20% off Flying leathernecks decals - 20% off
  10. Scale Hobbyist will beat SB on pricing 99% of the time. But SB tends to have a better selection of aftermarket items and ships much faster. I snagged two of the new Tamiya F-14A late kits from scale hobbyist for $89 each. Shipping was $10.
  11. I've had some disasters, but nothing I couldn't recover the build from. Technically, I did bin several really old in-work builds from the early 90's that I found in my parent's basement when I was helping them move. I salvaged a few and finished them for nostalgia sake. But there was no hope for many due to missing parts. They were victims of my mother's menopause cleaning frenzies, which often entailed going through model kit boxes to see if they still had the kits inside. If it was a started kit, any remaining parts and sprues would get thrown away along with the box. The decals and i
  12. Sounds like some people were salty that the guy would go buy up collections for pennies on the dollar before they could buy up kits for pennies on the dollar. I'll admit, I've done a fair bit of business with them over the last few years. I've scored some great deals on Dragon armor kits in particular. But their prices were going upward over the last year. And their selection was total crap before they shut down last month.
  13. Back in the late 80's, I ended up building all the ordnance from the Hasegawa 1/48 sets. They came out OK, but my skills were rapidly advancing and they eventually looked like crap. Most never got installed on builds. Now I only build ordnance in small batches for my current builds. I'll do 2-4 aircraft worth at a time, especially if AIM-9/7/120 missiles will be used. I also have become a bit of an ordnance snob and rarely use any kit ordnance unless it's well tooled stuff. I use items from all the Hasegawa sets and a fair bit of aftermarket resin ordnance. Biggest challenge
  14. I know this sheet is rare as hen's teeth, but I'm after the Miss Liberty II markings for an F-111F build. I would prefer to buy the full sheet, but will consider a partial sheet if it includes the miss liberty II markings. I'll pay whatever price, even Ebay prices. I also have several F-111A, C, D, E, F, EF-111, and FB-111 sheets from Xtracal, Micro/Super scale, Two bobs, cutting edge, and Caracal I would trade. Including several low and high-vis full stencil sheets from Micro/Super scale. I'm only looking to trade for the Afterburner sheet, these sheets are not for sale/trade
  15. One of mine is modelers who repeated post photos of the same build as if they just finished it. Mostly a problem on Facebook groups.
  16. After having extensive adhesion issues with Reskit resin parts, I found that Mr. Metal Primer works very well with waxy resin parts. If you are using the version from the bottle, thin it about 65% with Mr. Color Leveling thinner. I've also had good luck with enamel primers, but I don't work with enamels that much anymore due to slow drying times.
  17. In search of this older decal sheet. Really only need the 242 markings for a project. Update: Dann hooked me up with this sheet!
  18. I've completed two and have three in work. They look great when finished, but are a nightmare to get across the finish line. Packing them with aftermarket everything is probably the best way to make your life easier. Wheel bays - go with Aires replacements. Even with all the grinding needed, they are still easier to install than the kit parts. Cockpit - Again, go with Aires. Kit parts are a joke fit wise. Intakes - May God have mercy on your soul. To make these look right, you are going to have to do some major surgery and scratch building. The ramps hang too
  19. Generally, I don't believe most modern tooled kits are overpriced. I can remember getting my first Hasegawa 1/48 F-14A back around 1990 and it was in the $50 range. That high cost was being driven by currency exchange rate and Marco Polo imports. The Tamiya F-14A at $100 is within the range I would expect for a modern tooled kit. However, there have been a few more recent releases that seem to be off scale high as far MSRP: Hobbyboss 1/48 MV-22 - $240 Trumpy 1/35 MLRS - $140 Meng 1/12 GT40 - $450 I'm quoting approximate MSRP, actual price you ca
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