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  1. While its not cheap ($12.95), Eduard makes the 131 (shallow) pod that would be appropriate - with a NICE set of waterslide decals. The pod itself is very sharp also. Item #648363.
  2. No aircraft is totally "invisible". Usually in analyses of 'when can it see me' scenarios, the phrase "tactically significant ranges" comes into play. If the F-35 (or any other low observable aircraft) flies close enough to a radar, it will eventually be 'seen'. However, if the aircraft can launch/release its weapon before it reaches that range, then it has the advantage. So if stealth reduces the radar's tactically significant range for tracking the aircraft to 20 miles (a made-up number), but the aircraft has a weapon with a range of 30 miles, the radar will not see the aircraft before t
  3. Another way to maximize space in a display case is to use acrylic risers. I get them at 'AT Enterprises', a one-man business that will make them to your custom specifications. I've bought a number of them over the years. I believe he was at last year's Nats.
  4. Though they may be found locally, I bought on Amazon a pack of 'half-pearls' that had diameters from 2mm to 10mm. They are exactly what they sound like: a solid plastic 'pearl' sliced in half. The flat portion may have a slight indentation that needs filled, but they can look pretty good once painted and with 'electrical wiring' glued into the back (round) side.
  5. I like that! With 1/72 kits of the F-35A and B out (ignoring the Orange F-35C kit for the moment), how about "F-35A & B - The Early Years" and have AF-01 and BF-01 included?
  6. "Memphis Belle II" would be awesome! "Classic SAC" scheme with nose art - and look at the size of the SAC shield!
  7. Notice how the wing 'star-and-bar' marking disappears in the second photo, and reappears in a lighter shade in the third photo!! Very interesting!
  8. That's what I think also. They must have had a relative of Mr. McGoo cut the stencil out! (How's that for a vintage reference!!)
  9. I liked its combination of markings: Properly proportioned star-and-bar (how did the maintenance crews mess that up on some of the other jets listed on the sheet?), Desert Storm mission markings, colorful (multi-color ribbon on the tail; nosegear door markings), easier to paint a single color on the top of the tail rather than trying to wrap a (multi-color) decal around it, and the wheel hubs (nose wheel hubs are red, main wheel hubs have an eagle decal).
  10. Sure! Your build thread inspired me to get moving and finish my build!
  11. These are great decals - you'll really like using them. I ended up making '892' from this sheet. Take your time with the interior intake decals - they can be tricky to position. I applied them one at a time in each intake and let them completely dry before putting the next one on.
  12. Wholeheartedly concur with Dutch - GREAT JOB! I'd like to do a 'line bird', so will likely do the "red arrow" version for some color. But also very tempted to do the Wright Air Development Center option with the red/yellow triangles. I live about 12 miles from Wright-Patterson AFB - formerly Wright Field - where this jet would have been stationed.
  13. Since the MiG-25 was developed to intercept the XB-70 (if it had gone into service), what about a forced-perspective in-flight diorama with the Cyber-Hobby 1/200 XB-70 kit in the background, and the MiG-25 in the foreground as if its closing in on the XB-70?
  14. While Dark Gull Gray is the "real" color, my thinking was along the lines of ElectroSoldier, i.e. adding a wash and dirtying it up might make it look WAY dark. Lots of good thoughts and insights - I will try Halfords primer, and maybe a couple other color tests. One that just came to mind was 'regular' Gull Gray, and see if it can be darkened with a wash to approach Dark Gull Gray.
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