Steve N

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  1. ...and the news reports insist on calling it a "crash."
  2. Since Lewis will have his A-20G at Oshkosh (it's already there, actually) I wonder if he'll make the short hop to Selfridge. I'd be there in a heartbeat if there's a chance to see a Havoc fly. SN
  3. It's actually a shame, because other than the oversize nacelles, the old Matchbox A-20G/J is about the best of the early era 1/72 Havoc/Boston kits in terms of shape. If you're not completely committed to the G-model, and don't want to mess with the somewhat "fiddly" MPM/Special Hobby/Revell kit, the old-school (1960s vintage) Revell A-20C is actually pretty nice and can be found fairly cheap on the secondary market. SN
  4. I have the current Revell A-20J (won it in a raffle) and can confirm it is a re-boxing of the MPM/Special Hobby kit. While I hear they are a bit "fiddly" to build, the MPM A-20 series are by far the best Havoc/Bostons in 1/72. The old Matchbox kit is pretty awful. Grossly oversized engine nacelles, extremely simplistic detail, and an odd combination of raised panel lines on the fuselage and infamous Matchbox "trenches" on the wings. SN
  5. ..and the windscreen as well. Hasegawa's 70s vintage 1/72 Mustangs and even Monogram's 60s-vintage 1/32 kit molded the windscreen and adjoining panels as a single piece..makes for a much cleaner join, since you don't have to try gluing the edges of the unpainted glass. And speaking of clear bits, what genius at Academy came up with boneheaded idea to mold the B-17 tail gunner's canopies in right and left halves, leaving an impossible-to-eliminate seam down the middle? But hands down, the one that drives me the furthest up the wall is the insistence of some manufacturers to mold the propeller blades separately from the hub. It's a huge pain to get them aligned properly, especially three-bladers. I bought UMM Models' prop alignment jig a few years ago, which really helps, but it's a problem we shouldn't have to deal with in the first place. In fact, it's a major step backwards, considering tgat model companies had been molding prefectly nice one-piece props since the 50s, and the seperate blades didn't really seemed to come into vogue until tge 90s. SN
  6. I don't think Curtiss used DDG or BG. They used their own variation of Tinted Zinc Chromate in cockpits..any of the off-the-shelf U.S. Interior Greens would probably suffice for modeling purposes. SN
  7. Sad to hear. I only met Mr. Marshman a couple of times at the IPMS Nationals, but he was always a real gentleman. And of course he was THE guy to go to for P-47 info. SN
  8. Seriously? Back in my day, we had to wait THREE YEARS between Star Wars movies. And we didn't have no gol-darned fancy-shmancy "interweb" to watch trailers. We had to settle for occaisional unpredictable TV commercials and Starlog magazine, and only got to see the actual trailers in an actual theater. Kids..sheesh. "Last Jedi" does look interesting. Like others, I was a little lukewarm (see what I did there) about "Awakens." It was OK, but it felt too much like they'd simply recycled the plot of "New Hope." I realize that for a re-boot/sequel like this, it's sometimes necessary to ground it by going back to the original source material. I am hoping that "Last Jedi" takes the franchise in a new direction, and isn't simply "the First Order Strikes Back." I picked up "Rogue One" last weekend, and have already watched it several times..I gotta say, it really holds up on multiple viewings. The only complaints I've heard are that it's "too slow" in the middle. I didn't get that impression at all. It slowed down just enough to allow some actual character development, rather than just blasting through a series of loosely connected action sequences. I understand Lucas never liked "Empire," because the director he hired made a movie that contained too much of that boring grown-up stuff like fleshing out the characters and building an actual story. SN
  9. NO ONE expects the Spanish....oh wait, you said "translation." Never mind...
  10. Nice work. I like that you didn't go overboard with the weathering. The PH strike aircraft were fairly new, clean and very well-maintained, but many modelers insist on making them filthy and beaten up. how did you do the folded aft canopy sections? SN
  11. I hope the C-46 flies..I've never seen one in the air. SN
  12. That cool kid who played guitar at the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance in 1955, thus enabling George McFly to get together with his true love Lorraine. OK, so maybe the joke was a bit obscure, being from a 1985 movie...
  13. And just think, if it hadn't been for Calvin Klein, we'd have never heard of him. SN
  14. Saturday I was musing to myself that the entire core cast of "Apollo 13" was still alive and working over 20 years later. News came of Paxton's passing the next day. SN
  15. He also orbited the moon, and visited a shipwreck three miles deep....dude got around! SN