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  1. The Squadron canopies are simply repackaged Falcon ones, so they would be the same. SN
  2. As a die-hard 1/72 builder I'm admittedly biased, but I would concur that overall the Academy kit is the best of the lot. Just as much interior detail as the Monogram 1/48 offering, but a more manageable size. Plus it has engraved panel lines and good fit. That's not to say it's perfect. Academy completely omitted the prominent turbosupercharger cooling gills on the engine nacelles. These could either be laboriously scribed, or you could use the panels included in the (rather expensive) Eduard PE set. Academy also doesn't include gunsights for the sighting blisters (but included one for
  3. I'd love to see new tools in 1/72 of the Ki-21 "Sally," PB4Y-2 Privateer, and my personal dream, the Ford Tri-Motor (preferably both the 4-AT and 5-AT.) SN
  4. I wish I had a time machine. I'd go back to the late 90s and stock up on a couple dozen bottles of Floquil Bright Silver lacquer. That stuff was fantastic. SN
  5. The wife and I will be missing this one for the first time in two decades. The Indy show is special to us..it's where we first met in person. Unfortunately, if we leave Michigan our respective employers require a ten-day quarantine. SN
  6. Had my first Pfizer jab last Thursday. Zero side effects. Second shot on the 22nd. Hopefully that one will be just as uneventful. SN
  7. Here are some photos of the nosewheel well of the sole surviving B-24D, the "Strawberry B***h" at the USAF Museum (taken by Karl Hauffe, I believe sometime in the early 1980s.) The first shows the open nosegear door at the bottom of the photo (the object with two rows of holes.) The doors lifted up and then moved over to the side, rather than being a simple hinge. The whole area appears to be painted mostly Zinc Chromate Yellow, but I suspect this may have been sprayed on during her 1959 refurbishment. I suspect the area was originally mostly unpainted aluminum with some parts
  8. Short answer: D-model opened inward, H-model and later opened outward. As I recall, they had to redesign the nosewheel doors to accommodate the ammo feeds for the nose turret. As is normal with all things B-24, it's not quite that simple. There was a "transitional phase" when there were some turret-nose Liberators that still had inward-opening doors. SN
  9. Metal, but painted red-brown.
  10. My wife (nursing home nurse) got her second shot last week, and had nasty reactions to both. Her doc figures it's because of her fibromyalgia, which is an autoimmune disorder. We both had Covid last summer. I just had a nasty cough for a couple weeks and extreme fatigue for a few days, but she ended up in the hospital for over a week. SN
  11. I've now watched the first four episodes, and frankly I didn't realize they could make tge early days of the space race so boring. We get snippets of astronaut stuff, sprinkled among hours of generic soap opera melodrama. We get it..they had troubled marriages. Get to the darn rockets, already! It's been many years since I read the book, but I don't recall anywhere near this much focus on domestic strife, which completely dominates the TV series. SN
  12. Totally off-topic story about this movie. I saw it in the theater with my then-recently-divorced uncle (his third marriage had recently imploded after barely a month.) In one scene, the female lead pretends to be injured in order to trick the male lead into professing his love for her, then smiles and says "gotcha!" My uncle shouted (in a crowded theater) "<expletive> women always gotta play their <expletive> head games!" I slunk down in my seat and pretended not to know him.. 😆 (postscript - he eventually found the right woman, wife number five. They were together
  13. I've had that happen occasionally with Testor's paints since the 1970s. SN
  14. Made my first trip in months to ModelCave in Ypsilanti last week. They're still only doing phone-in orders with curbside pickup, but we needed to get out of the house. SN
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