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Steve N

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  1. 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
  2. Fw-200 Condor. That complex latticework with the wheels sticking way out front looks overcomplicated and just plain wacky. Seems like it wouldn't hold up, but of course the real weak point of the aircraft was the fuselage. Many Condors broke their backs on hard landings. That's what happens when you try to turn an airliner into a bomber. SN
  3. The one real issues I've seen or heard about the Ocidental/Italeri kit are the cowling, which isn't shaped quite right (too round and not tapered properly) and the windscreen, which appears too sloped to my eye. Neither of those issues are really deal-breakers, and other than that it's a very nice kit. SN
  4. We're both 56. Interestingly, I heard recently that it hits Blood Type A people harder than Type O. I'm O+ and had relatively mild symptoms (meaning I was confined to the couch for a few days) and she's Type A, and required hospitalization. In her case, the symptoms were mostly GI-related (vomiting and..you know.) The main reason she went to the hospital was to get some IV fluids and meds, because she was extremely dehydrated and couldn't keep anything down. SN
  5. Quick update. My wife spent six days in the hospital with Covid-19. I've managed to ride it out at home. It's been rough, but she's back home and we're both on the mend. Trust me, you do NOT want this bug! SN
  6. My wife and I had already cancelled our plans to attend this year out of concerns for the pandemic. A moot point now, as we both have Covid-19 and are quarantined until at least early July. AN
  7. I think the Lone Star conversion is 1/48.
  8. FYI, the Bettys used on that mission were G4M1s, not the later G4M2s. Unfortunately the only early Betty in 1/72 is Hasegawa's rivet-encrusted relic from the 1960s. SN
  9. I'd love to see Tamiya "downscale" their P-38F/G to 1/72. At present, the best early model P-38 in Gentlemen's Scale is the RS models kit, which isn't bad, but is decidedly limited-run. SN
  10. "Think you will ever finish your stash?" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!!! 🤣🤣🤣 SN
  11. Fantastic museum! We visited in 2017, and I was surprised at the size of their collection. Most are indoors, but some of the larger aircraft are displayed outdoors. Sadly, I hear they're talking about scrapping the B-47 because it's in poor structural condition and there aren't any funds to rebuild it. SN
  12. Vegas, baby! And 2022 was awarded to Omaha. SN
  13. There was some speculation that Vegas might be bidding again. They put in an unsuccessful bid last year for 2020, but I heard they didn't really expect to win and basically submitted it as a "practice bid" with an eye on submitting a more polished bid this year for 2021. SN
  14. The bombs were carried in the forward bomb bay. I'm not sure what was in the aft bays..I assume either instrumentation and electronics, or possibly extra fuel tanks. SN
  15. I heard they found it docked in Alameda. 😎 Seriously though, this is really cool. I wonder if they're planning to send Petrel in search of the Japanese carriers lost at Midway. I don't think any of those have been located.
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