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    100 billion rivets!!!
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  1. USS Kearsarge, sister ship to Bonhomme Richard, catches fire on Friday while in maintenance. Navy issues stop order and directive to ensure compliance with fire protocols. https://justthenews.com/government/security/navy-orders-shipyard-stop-work-after-fire-quelled-aboard-sister-ship-bonhomme
  2. Thank you both for leaving such nice feedback during my absence. Sorry I didn't reply until now but I've been keeping very busy and haven't visited the forums much lately. Yes they are still available for $47 + S&H. I've been too busy with other stuff to deal with setting up an eBay account yet. To those interested in the kit, please send me an email ( Zactoman@Zactomodels.com ) with your zip code and I'll send you a PayPal invoice.
  3. That would be the kit built by master modeler Chris Wilson from the 1991 IPMS Nationals. The video was released the following year: The forced panel line part begins at 42:45. This kit actually had engraved panel lines and rivets. This was the first technique I learned to highlight panels back in the early 80s, long before pre-shading came about. That hair... As for how we dealt with raised lines, most just left them and painted the kits, then some added weathering. Clean, un-weathered with raised lines used to be the typical build.
  4. BUMP! Grab one before I put them on eBay for a much higher price. I'm asking $47 + S&H. Currently on eBay they go for $85.49 or $89.99 plus S&H from China. E-mail me (Zactoman @ Zactomodels .com) with your shipping info and I'll send a PayPal invoice and have it ready to ship the next day.
  5. Sorry, no plans to downscale this.
  6. Some interesting suggestions. I'm considering a few. Thanks!
  7. Hi David, As Scott said, my canopies are no longer available. I discontinued them a few years back due to production problems that I have not yet solved. I'd recommend contacting Scott about the extra windscreen he has or you can try contacting Trumpeter for replacement parts by e-mailing joanna@trumpeter-china.com with the kit number and sprue number.
  8. If you count the thin rib between each louver then they got the correct number of scribe lines. They just screwed up and made the louvers the same width as the ribs. Doh! They did get the count correct on both the 1/32 and 1/48 kits. I wonder what happened with the 1/72?
  9. Where to begin?... First, let's enjoy a nice, soothing song... Lets start with masks: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/why-were-running-out-of-masks-in-the-coronavirus-crisis/609757/ Some takeaways: -Early in the outbreak China slowed mask manufacturing and stopped shipping them to the US. -Many countries (including the US https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2020/04/02/us-exports-masks-ppe-china-surged-early-phase-coronavirus/5109747002/ ) sold or donated millions of masks to China in the early days of the outbreak. -Not mentioned in that article is that International Chinese companies started secretly buying up world supplies of masks and shipping them back to China (sorry, no link). China later sold or donated masks back to other countries. -The Strategic National Stockpile was nearly depleted (of masks), most of which were used and not replaced during the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak ( https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/04/03/fact-check-did-obama-administration-deplete-n-95-mask-stockpile/5114319002/ ) -Further, the Strategic National Stockpile was never meant to furnish the entire country with masks. It was meant to help regional areas in time of crisis. What has happened since then is that US manufacturers have dramatically ramped up production of masks (and other PPE) and things are much better than early on. Hopefully they will become more available to the public soon. As for the rotten masks, I'm not sure where you read this, but did they tell you that it was just the elastic bands that had failed and that when the bands were replaced the masks were still usable? Not ideal, but not as bad as some of the articles made it seem. I agree that the National Stockpile inventory should be maintained more carefully. The masks in question had an expiration date of 2010. There were also respirators from the stockpile that were broken (but fixed and used). I think that the lessons learned here will be learned and we will be much better prepared the next time this happens (God forbid). Regarding tapping the US military: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/coronavirus/2020/04/14/latest-national-guard-cornavirus-update-troop-count-tops-30000-mark-for-the-first-time/ and https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/2147647/dod-transports-vital-covid-19-medical-supplies-to-points-of-need/ Over 30,000 National Guard in all 50 states plus all US territories have been doing a big variety of things to help, including logistics and distribution. Army, Navy, Air Force (and probably USMC and USCG) have deployed all kinds of personnel and equipment to help in the effort: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/03/politics/us-military-additional-forces-coronavirus/index.html Including recruiting retired personnel: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/9000-retired-army-medical-personnel-respond-armys-call/story?id=69833949 Not to mention the 2 Navy Hospital ships that were deployed. A huge "Thank You!" to our military It was initially called the "Wuhan Virus" or "Wuhan Coronavirus" by most all media, medical and even the Chinese. In keeping with tradition of naming these things relating to their origin, I personally feel this is the best choice (and not racist ).
  10. Or read... Washington Post has been wrong on lots of things. If they cite anonymous or unnamed sources I'd take it with a grain of salt.
  11. Keep in mind that most of those were patients on ventilators that hadn't received the newly discovered treatments early enough such as hydroxychloroquine/zinc or Remdesivir. Things are improving. Thanks for the link, but pay-wall...
  12. The only "blanket" statements I've heard are mischaracterizations from the MSM. Guidelines have been put in place by the Federal Government, but governors make the decisions. https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/ Don't believe everything you see on TV. Word!
  13. Can you please link an article? I have not been following the news on this and what you are saying contradicts what I previously read. If what you are saying is true, it reinforces my thinking that whoever did leak this to the San Francisco Chronicle should suffer. I agree that it's not "acceptable to take an unnecessary risk that will likely lead to the loss of life when we aren't in combat", but OPSEC should be maintained whether at war or not and the readiness of our key assets should not have been disclosed.
  14. As I mentioned, there have been zero cases in the county I live in. There have been very few in the surrounding counties. Yet we are still taking the precautions and non-essential businesses have closed down, many of which will likely not be able to re-open. How many lives should be ruined when they aren't being affected by this? How many should be ruined when they could take adequate preventative measures? Link fixed: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
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