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  1. Another supporter of the Fujimi Tomcat. Full weapons load, displayable engines, good pilot figures with posable arms, heads, dropped flaps & slats, radar dish, etc. They're awesome: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10373697 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10363197 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10341053 (click on the "List All Images" to see more pics). And despite its age, the Hasegawa Tomcats, to me, seem to be the most accurate. Can't explain it, but it just "looks right."
  2. Fantastic! I've got the Hasegawa kit too and I hope mine will (someday) look as good as yours
  3. https://www.ebay.com/itm/USAF-45-Degree-ID-Letters-18-White-1-72-decals-Fantasy-Printshop-836-W/283536281437?hash=item4204144f5d:g:xRIAAOSwTxpb0JAs Different size: https://www.ebay.com/itm/USAF-45-Degree-ID-Letters-24-White-1-72-decals-Fantasy-Printshop-835-W/283573467602?hash=item42064bb9d2:g:QusAAOSwLIhZf1ec Numbers: https://www.ebay.com/itm/USAF-45-Degree-ID-Numbers-18-24-36-White-1-72-decals-Fantasy-Printshop-831-W/283658072648?hash=item420b56b248:g:oa8AAOSwNjxbvkfu
  4. some inspiration: FULLBUILD MIG-23MF Flogger-B TRUMPETER 1/48 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjHOjoR3oJY Mig-23MF Flogger B Trumpeter 1/48 Aircraft Model https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX9gqpzeUws ( I like his tips & tricks)
  5. That's one of my favorite scenes from The Right Stuff. The Right Stuff - Recruiting Alan Shepard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj06C0GzgHs Alan Shepard ( Scott Glenn): Sounds dangerous Jeff Goldblum and Harry Shearer : Very Dangerous! Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn) : Count me in. So cool! You are right that it was an A-4M and I have seen that picture from the book that you are referring to.
  6. It certainly looks good built up: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10084618 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10084618
  7. Not sure if you could try converting any of the other Hasegawa F-16 2-seaters: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10098635 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10289595 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10112456 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10068902 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10331693 Some of the sold out ones do appear occasionally on E-Bay.
  8. It was done only in 1/48 scale, I believe. I would like one in 1/72 scale. CE did scale down one of their 1/48 sheets into 1/72 (the one with the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character) but IIRC, they didn't scale down the Batman one.
  9. Oh, please do the one with Batman: https://www.scalemates.com/products/img/3/3/5/145335-11182-pristine.jpg "Strong Arm Tactics".
  10. This is the first Japanese MH-53E Sea Dragon model that I have seen and yours is amazing!
  11. Woohoo! I love the Fujimi A-7s. Great to see one being built. And thanks for the pics of the intake assembly. That's one of the sore points of this kit.
  12. 😟 I was hoping that they'd do a Mirage IIIC before re-tooling to "no rivets" for the Mirage IIIE variants. I think Mirage IIIC with rivets would be awesome for those bare metal schemes.
  13. Disregarding Academy's earlier YF-16 (sometimes marketed as F-16A) kit and their Snap-Tite F-16, The newer Academy 1/72 Viper is a wasted opportunity. They could have ruled the 1/72 Viper world if not for the fact that the kit has shape issues, especially the nose & front fuselage areas. The kit actually has awesome details in the form of panel lines, rivets and a very good weapons load. But unfortunately, it just doesn't look right when built up. To me, it's the equivalent of Revell's 1/72 F-4F Phantom....great details, but, something ain't right about it's shape when built. When it comes to F-16s, the Japanese kits still lead the way (Hasegawa and Tamiya). If only Tamiya would do what they've been doing with their 1/72 A6M Zero kits: make multiple versions of the F-16 and price it similarly to their current F-16CJ. It's basically a license for Tamiya to print money. I never understood why Tamiya ( and Fujimi with their Skyhawks, A-7 Corsairs, etc) keep sleeping on their gold mines instead of milking them for all their worth.
  14. We will be seeing more movies in the future depicting the Japanese in a bad light. Midway (2019) had $24 million in funding from chinese investors. Unbroken was co-financed by Legendary Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group. The upcoming Top Gun: Maverick has a scene in the trailer where he wears his old jacket but the Japanese & Taiwanese flags at the back of the jacket ( present in the original movie) are now gone. Quote (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Gun:_Maverick#Production): Controversy Shortly after the movie trailer's release, Canadian journalist Mark MacKinnon spotted that Mitchell's leather bomber jacket had been changed from the original movie to omit the Taiwanese and Japanese national flags present on the original, leading to speculation that the change was politically motivated in order to appease the Communist Party of China. The move drew some controversy in the United States, with U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump Jr. criticizing the alteration. Top Gun: Maverick's financier is Chinese tech giant Tencent which is affiliated with Paramount Pictures https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/07/22/top-gun-new-jacket-japan-taiwan-flags-vpx.cnn https://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/awards/top-gun-trailer-sparks-controversy-over-change-to-tom-cruises-jacket/vi-AAEJe0c "'Top Gun' trailer sparks controversy over change to Tom Cruise's jacket". Fox News. MSN. July 23, 2019. ...in one scene Cruise's character dons that classic leather bomber but there was a notable difference. Gone are the patches that once covered the jacket's back: the Taiwanese and Japanese flags are absent. These are nations of course that are enemies of China. They've been replaced with similar colors, but not the original flags. Now some are saying this could be due to Top Gun's financier. Turns out Tencent Pictures, a division of the Chinese internet giant, is underwriting the film and they own part of the production company Skydance that's creating the film with paramount...this is nothing new. The China film administration routinely censors films and as the second biggest film market in the world Hollywood's bent over backwards to comply. So, I guess we'll be seeing more of these type of movies.
  15. Books and the media don't always tell the truth.....or they deliberately leave out certain truths. Possibly to incite hatred towards certain people. Or for politicians to exploit hatred. My grandmother was in Malaya during the Japanese Occupation and her experience with the Japanese was similar to what SBARC wrote (" The Japanese seemed to be quite well behaved when they visited their village".) When you talk to people about their experiences during the war, talk to them in private. Not in front of an audience. Because then, they will only tell you what others want to hear. Not what they actually heard/saw/feel.
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