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Steve N

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  1. New Tool Airfix B-25C/D In 2017

    I think the real turret has a clear sighting window..that me be why they molded the whole thing clear. SN
  2. What is the correct interior green for a P-47D?

    And while the cockpit of all P-47Ds (Razorbacks and Bubbletops) was Dull Dark Green, the wheel wells were Zinc Chromate Yellow. The old Testor's square-bottle #1184 is a good match, and easily available. Also, the landing gear struts were usually Olive Drab, rather than aluminum. SN
  3. The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

    So, here's the thing..does the dreadnought have it's own exterior gravity field? The idea of "dropping" bombs in space seemed completely ludicrous to me. I was also a bit baffled by the woman lying in the bomb bay heroically releasing said bombs, despite the fact that the doors were open to the hard vacuum outside and she wasn't wearing so much as an oxygen mask. I supposed it could be argued that there was a forcefield holding the air in, but there wasn't any evidence of that when the bombs dropped. SW has always played fast an loose with the laws of science..I regard it as closer to fantasy than sci-fi, and that's OK. But that sequence was a bit much for me to swallow. Plus, since we see that a ship traveling at lightspeed can do catastrophic damage to a ship the size of Snoke's (and obliterate the escorts) why has no one in the SW universe ever thought of just sticking a hyperdrive on a missile? I wouldn't even need a warhead..a kinetic penetrator with a mass of a thousand tonnes or so should be able to vaporize a star destroyer. I'm sure these questions are likely answered by the expanded universe stuff, but I'm enough of a geek to wade through all of that. I enjoyed the movie overall, but I still think the top three SW films are Empire, New Hope, and Rogue One. SN
  4. I've got hundreds (if not thousands) of pics on my Android phone..seems to download just fine. The trick is finding which folder they're in.
  5. I always use Windows Explorer, and treat the phone as another drive. Just grab the pic from the folder and drag them into a folder on the deskop. Rather a caveman approach I suppose, but it works for me. SN
  6. Revell 1/48 B-17G

    It'll always be a Monogram kit to me. SN
  7. Star Trek: Discovery

    I thought it was OK, but like others here I didn't think it was worth paying to see more. I'm a bit baffled..does this show take place in the original Trek universe or the Abrams reboot timeline? For a show that takes place a decade before TOS, the tech is vastly more advanced. I realize today's audiences aren't gonna put up with 60s-vintage low-budget sets and effects, but as mentioned above there was no effort at all to make this show appear remotely connected to the others. I'm not sure what's up with the complaints about "social justice." Did anybody watch the original series? That broke all kinds of 60s gender and race barriers, and tackled all manner of then-current social issues. SN
  8. any decals with noseart for 1/48 P-61C

    Keep in mind, the real "Moonlight Serenade" was actually a P-61B. The USAF Museum painted their postwar C-model in as a wartime B. SN
  9. 2017 Thunder Over Michigan

    I went today (Sunday) and it was a complete swing-and-a-miss for me. The two aircraft I specifically went to see fly...didn't. The P-40 apparently developed a cooling system issue after yesterday's show and was grounded today, and the C-46 started up, taxied out, then taxied back and shut down. One of the crew told me they suspect a mag issue. And to top it off, the mass WWII paratroop drop was scrubbed because it was too windy. Mind you, none of these issues are anyone's fault..old airplanes occasionally break and the weather is always a roll of the dice. I'm just kicking myself for not going on Saturday. The lack of contemporary military hardware was no biggie for me, as I'm mainly interested in the vintage stuff (although I gotta say, that A-400M is a pretty awesome beast.) Overall, this year's lineup seemed rather anemic compared to past years, particularly considering the price (20 bucks for parking, and another 40 to get in the gate.) Hopefully they just had an "off year," and next year's show will be back to the big warbird extravaganza we've come to know and love. SN
  10. any decals with noseart for 1/48 P-61C

    I doubt it. The C-model was strictly a postwar variant, and flamboyant nose art pretty much disappeared in peacetime. There were some colorful P-61Cs with read and yellow trim assigned to the All Weather Flying Center. SN
  11. Hurricane Harvey

    A freind in and fellow modeler who recently moved to Dickinson, Texas posted on Facebook that he and his wife have lost everything to the floodwaters. They escaped with the cats, and are safe at a Good Samaritan's home. SN
  12. Eclipse Chasers?

    And now for the main event...BOOM, TOTALITY! IMG_8727a by Steve Nelson, on Flickr I was surprised at how light the sky stayed..just a few planets and stars were visible. IMG_8729a by Steve Nelson, on Flickr A couple quick, blurry shots of the general area during totality. A friend who was in Missouri described it as a 360-degree sunset. IMG_8719 by Steve Nelson, on Flickr IMG_8720 by Steve Nelson, on Flickr ..And coming out of totality, the fabled Diamond Ring. IMG_8744a by Steve Nelson, on Flickr IMG_8745a by Steve Nelson, on Flickr As I said, this was the most incredible natural phenomenon I've ever witnessed. Hopefully the 2024 show will be just as spectacular. SN
  13. Eclipse Chasers?

    Well OK then..here are the best of what I was able to get. First, just a normal sun, with no idea what's about to happen... IMG_8636a by Steve Nelson, on Flickr The first little nibble... IMG_8640a by Steve Nelson, on Flickr IMG_8657a by Steve Nelson, on Flickr This was the only time clouds moved in, and they were gone a within a minute or two. IMG_8663a by Steve Nelson, on Flickr The last little sliver before the big show.. IMG_8707a by Steve Nelson, on Flickr
  14. Eclipse Chasers?

    Let's see if this works..flickr test. 20170821_131126 by Steve Nelson, on Flickr
  15. Eclipse Chasers?

    Hey, I saw you! I considered Gander Mtn, but ended up in the mall parking lot outside Dillard's about a half-mile away, mosty becacuse there were a few trees that provided a bit of shade. We had a perfect view..hope yours was too! SN