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    Steven Brown

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    1/72 scale Cold War and modern aircraft, all types, all services, all nations.

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  1. I suspect Tamiya (and other manufacturers) provide some of the first kits off the production line to reviewers and influencers like Andy. If you're curious, you might drop Andy an email for more clarity: support@andyshhq.com.
  2. Another for a 1/144 C-54/118 sheet. I imagine this has been suggested in the past, but there's a plethora of low-viz grey schemes for the A-7E circa the 1980s, like these. Some have dark grey markings, others light grey. Good stuff!
  3. True, but only a small selection of the schemes we've seen in service.
  4. The Rafale has seen some really colorful commemorative schemes over the last 10 years, and I’ve been surprised that the European decal manufacturers haven’t stepped up to offer them in scale. There have been a few, but they haven’t kept pace with the Armée de l'Air. Kursad, if your current Rafale sheet sells well, you might consider another with schemes like these. https://flic.kr/p/2d421s5 https://flic.kr/p/QZGQGS https://flic.kr/p/HkwYEc https://flic.kr/p/Qq7shv https://flic.kr/p/bYHvt9
  5. I can afford a dozen kits, but I can't afford the extra room and display cases to house them! Great stuff, Kursad!
  6. When you say "this set," what manufacturer are you referring to?
  7. For your basic sheets, I can't recall if I've suggested basic helicopter markings, specifically the warning arrows seen on the tail booms of most helicopters. These are usually provided in the form of the yellow band (in the case of the UH-1) with the red arrow and text printed on it. Many of us prefer to paint these bands, so it would be nice to have just the smaller markings to apply over the painted bands. (I paint the rotor stripes as well, but I could see where some modelers might like to see them as decals if you need to fill out a sheet.)
  8. I just received my Platz C-46 (the USAAF boxing) and it is indeed a really, really nice kit. I wouldn't mind something with nose art. Just sayin'.
  9. One of my modeling rules: Don't sweat the small stuff. If I find that my quest for accuracy results in a standstill of a build, I make an educated guess and proceed. As I get older I find that completing models is more important than building 100 percent accurate models.
  10. Inaccurate prototypes.... I was thinking of one of the Eduard 1/48 Bf-109s, where the folks at Eduard had measured and studied a Bf-109 that hadn't been accurately restored. Or the Tamiya 1/35 T-34/76, which featured tow points that weren't on the actual vehicles; I was told Tamiya's designers studied a vehicle in the Aberdeen collection, which had tow points that had been welded onto the hull by American troops after it was captured in the war. (My aging memory may not be running at 100 percent, but you get the idea I hope.)
  11. I could say the same for A-4E/F's circa 1970s and 80s. 👍
  12. Five reasons, IMHO. Inaccurate plans Inaccurate prototypes Lack of subject matter expertise No quality assurance The Dunning-Kruger effect More on the above. LINK
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