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  1. All it takes is that the bar code not to be read correctly and it could cause it to be mis routed. I know work in the airport industry and the automated tag readers have several readers and they are 99+% accurate but of the bag tag is just off a little the ATR will misread it  and send it to a different place from which it was intended. As I said they are really accurate but if your the one bag out of two hundred its not accurate enough. I am not trying to be an apologist for USPS but since I now see a lot of stuff regarding shipping its pretty amazing we get the vast majority of stuff that were supposed to.

  2. Panel line widths varies from A/C to A/C and from S/N to S/N. I worked A-10's and some time the gap between panels was 1/8th of a inch, some time they were over a 1/4 wide.Heck on some we had to trim some panel material to get them to fit. 

    Also we were supposed to fill the void with a sealant to prevent water intrusion, and then paint the sealant the camo color. Well some times the sealant didn't get applied and there was a very visible gap between panels and some time the sealant got applied but no paint so you would see a exaggerated panel out line as that sealant was pretty dark grey almost black.


  3. 14 hours ago, camus27 said:

    Well, I don't know what you order. I meant they were out of everything on MY list, across a wide enough range of products to be frustrating. Although, I'm not sure they have ever had everything on my list in stock at once. More concerning is their restocking process, I've been watching items for six months and they haven't been refilled, which seems longer than normally necessary. 

    Why don't you drop  them a note, Gordon seems very customer oriented.

  4. In the US 48th scale is the most popular A/C scale. Most aftermarket decal companies don't make 72nd versions of their sheet and when they do, the sit on the shelves and the 48th scale will sell out. I have hears in Europe that its the opposite and 72nd scale rules. From what I am seeing, it appears that 48th scales are out selling 72nd scale. If so its only logical from a business sense to concentrate more on the more popular line. 

    Disappointing as I wanted to more of the later gen fishbeds such as the SM and the bis as there are some really neat marking options out there.

  5. 25 minutes ago, 11bee said:

    Out of curiosity, why would you have to?  I get having to cover intakes, exhausts due to FOD concerns, but a seat in a sealed cockpit?   

    Just normal wear and tear, when the jet isn't flying guys getting in and out of the cockpit, I guess it also keeps the parachute straps and seat cushion out of the sun. That type of stuff. 

  6. 12 hours ago, 11bee said:

    Cool picture.  Having these jets on amphibs is a real game changer.   Wonder why they have to cover the ejection seat?   Haven’t seen that done on land-based 35’s.   

    I don't know if there is a F-35 specific thing. But we covered the Sets on our A-10's at the end of the day.  Most ejection seats have covers that are part of the A/C's "inventory" such as intake/ exhaust covers etc. In the USAF we called that stuff -21 equipment.

  7. You need to blame the people that package the book, there is obviously not enough padding at the corners.  The people handling the packages don't have time to read everything that is written on the box as they probably handle a thousand or two parcels every shift and they are not given a a lot of time to do it. I  work at a large airport and while the people I have seen packing containers don't go out of  their way to damage your parcels, accidents happen. Its just a matter of numbers.

  8. I can say that they molded the belly reinforcing strap on. For a 3d  print it was pretty well detailed. I am waiting for a hard wing Vietnam era bird as I found one of the Zotz F-4e decals sheets at the nationals!

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