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  1. Great! My Hasegawa F-104G is waiting with bated breath! 😀
  2. Just saw an article online that the Japanese and Taiwanese flags were replaced on Tom Cruise's flight jacket (in the scene where he's putting it on), and, sure enough, re-looking at the trailer, that is indeed the case. I wonder how much involvement there was with this movie with Chinese production companies...... Edit: This 'nugget' was also in the foxtrotalpha article linked by Whiskey above.
  3. NASA had B-52s also - but that might need its own sheet.
  4. Boy, that gunship gray F-15C sure looks cool!
  5. "There will be Tomcat fight in the movie? Why not." True. It's plausible....there's still one country that's flying F-14s..............Iran. 😉 "Maverick, how do we take out the Iranian F-14s?" "Make 'em fly through your jet wash..."
  6. Would it include some of the prototypes? "Streak Eagle" would be cool also.....
  7. arg

    Lights

    One idea that comes to mind is to get one (or more) of those 'microlight'/mini-LED battery-powered light strings from Michaels' or Hobby Lobby, and place them inside the ISS modules as they're built. The battery pack could be in/under a base or stand holding the ISS up.
  8. Just saw it today in IMAX. Some observations: - Technical scenes (launches, in space, on the moon): Extremely well done. One tiny nitpick: They're firmly planted on the moon, and then Aldrin calls out "contact light". The sensors were on the tips of the LM pad probes, so contact was made before the LM pads were on the surface. - Agree that Buzz seemed portrayed to be too much of a jerk. - Portrayal of Armstrong made him seem (to me at least) a borderline manic depressive. I know he was very reserved, but at times it seemed like he (Armstrong) didn't even want to be there. I know that hearing the actual recording of when the LM undocked for descent, you hear Armstrong call out "the Eagle has wings" and you can detect an excitement in his voice. In the movie it was said in as bland a voice as you can imagine. Its been said that Armstrong was most proud of flying the LM during descent, more so than the actual landing. I can't imagine there weren't SOME times that Armstrong felt that he was in a "Right Stuff" moment, but it was virtually never communicated in the movie. - Likewise, was his then-wife angry almost all the time like portrayed? They showed her reaction when Armstrong got in trouble on Gemini 8, but showed NOTHING of her when they landed on the moon, or when he took the first step. Did she never have a "They did it!" moment? - No problem with not showing the flag raising, but almost totally negative portrayal of American attitudes towards the achievement. It took showing interviews of people from foreign countries to say how excited they were about what was accomplished.
  9. At the Nats in Phoenix, there was a vendor by the name of Fred MacNeil that made acrylic display cases. The name of his company is A.T. Enterprises, website: www.atenterprises.com He can make custom-sized display cases. I ordered a few acrylic risers for the glass display case that I have, and I was very pleased with them.
  10. The recollections were correct. I had a copy of the article in my A-20G kit sitting in the stash. Here is the relevant paragraph verbatim: "Those of you that wish to have your A-20G sitting on the ground may wish to correct its "sit" by drilling new main landing gear locator holes 1/4" (6.3mm) forward of the existing locator holes in the lower wings (24, 26). If the main landing gear is installed "by the book," it will sit too far back. Naturally, I caught this boo-boo after the fact, but that's what I'm here for - so you don't! It is such an easy fix that you really should take a minute to drill the new holes." MMP kit reviews were interesting in seeing the bare plastic put together!
  11. There's a photo of a VF-213 F-14A flying over the Grand Canyon that's never really been done (there's an old SuperScale VF-213 sheet, but its not quite the scheme in the photo, and the ventral fin markings are not sized for the Tamiya kit). Aircraft is overall gray, with full-color insignia and markings, and a black anti-glare panel. I believe the modex is 205.
  12. Check E-Bay. It took a little while, but I eventually found one from someone selling from the UK for around $25. I used the New Ware detail set and Rick Sternbach's decals.
  13. Wasn't able to attach the photo, but there's a photo of a VF-213 jet in overall gray with black anti-glare panel flying over the Grand Canyon that looks like a pretty cool scheme.
  14. There are also photos online of drawings of the expected Full Scale Development (FSD) aircraft, which differed in some details from the mockup. I opened and built up the main weapons bays (the inner door is cast as closed) - the weapons bay doors operated in a "finger-fold" fashion similar to the F-22 main bay doors. I made mine in a hypothetical scheme (F/A-18 prototype inspired) as if the first A-12 prototype was completed and rolled out - overall light gull gray with insignia blue wingtips and flashes from the back of the canopy to the wing trailing edge. Used kit decal markings, but added a "1" to top trailing edge, and each side of the nose. (Figured that with the cost overruns and delays, they probably wouldn't want to paint 'gold' flashes on it like F/A-18 #1 had.) The first prototypes had bureau numbers assigned - 164519 for A-12 #1, which I made from a couple of additional decal sheets purchased from Anigrand. I used Eduard F/A-18F photoetch for the cockpit, F/A-18F "slime light" decals, and homemade decals of a script "Avenger" and A-12 program patch that I put on the main landing gear doors. Send me an e-mail (argjlg@msn.com), and I can send you photos I've found and photos of my completed build.
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