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Steve N

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  • Birthday 05/18/1964

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  1. I think we could use some Random Cat Facts right about now. 😸 SN
  2. Mine landed in my mailbox a couple days ago. Absolutely gorgeous! SN
  3. Thanks for the info. I ordered the B-36 sheet and got an e-mail saying it wss shipped on Jan 22, and was beginning to get concerned. SN
  4. I know I'm being nitpicky, but the cowl flaps would likely be closed in flight. SN
  5. Looks like the retro-reflective panels on the S.H.I.E.L.D. heli-carriers. SN
  6. Just be sure to get masks for the G4M1. Hasegawa's G4M2 is a totally different kit, and masks would be incompatible. SN
  7. I'm not sure if the Squadron Vac set addresses the issue, but the "surprised" look of the Hasegawa windshield can be rectified by carefully sanding off the frames, polishing the plastic, and then cutting masks the correct shape. SN
  8. The Squadron canopies are simply repackaged Falcon ones, so they would be the same. SN
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Had my first Pfizer jab last Thursday. Zero side effects. Second shot on the 22nd. Hopefully that one will be just as uneventful. SN
  14. 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
  15. 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
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