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Steve McArthur

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  • Birthday 10/22/1967

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  1. That's why it smells like BS to me that Ferris sued the Navy over it. I didn't assume you made it up, I think you are repeating a rumor you heard once that isn't true. You presented a controversial story with no evidence. I'm just saying, back it up and show some evidence. If there was a lawsuit there should be a paper trail and at least a mention of it in one of the many, many sites that talk about US Navy experiments with Ferris camouflage patterns.
  2. Got a link for that? It smells like BS to me.
  3. The model kits are licensed by the aircraft manufacturer as a trademarked products. This was a change to US law about 15 years ago. Prior to that products developed with US tax dollars like military projects could not be trademarked. This is the fine print on a Tamiya F-16 box top.
  4. I think the simple fix will be to wait for aftermarket or a lot more carving. Yay!! more aftermarket needed for a "Gold" kit. To me it looks like Kinetic plans to reuse tail extensions parts for the A & C models and to make it work screwed with the cross sections. It may work for the C but compromises the shape of the A tails. The basic A and ADF tail bases should have a more trapezoid cross section all the way to the aft end and Kinetic made the rear too square to line up with the tail extension. The A tail extensions should have more taper at the forward end where the C is m
  5. So I got bored and did some math. Red numbers are defined by the drawing @habu2 included. I used the coordinates for the MAC location to determine the leading edge sweep, then use that to calculate the leading edge Fuselage Station of the tip chord. Using the MAC and Tip chords I calculate the locations of the trailing edge and then calculate the trailing edge sweep at both of these points. All the numbers worked out consistent with the drawing and gave consistent answers for the trailing edge sweep at both the MAC and tip locations. One thin
  6. According to Scalemates it was originally released in 2018. I have no idea about the quality, I only build 1/48.
  7. I've never seen any F-16 referred to a Block 52 "Advanced" outside of some model box tops. Additionally, I don't think the "Plus" was ever official nomenclature, but just a way to differentiate early vs late production Block 50/52. With upgrade programs the differences are even more meaningless. The "Tape" version and corresponding hardware upgrades are more important, as this defines the actual capabilities. You can have a USAF Block 50 built in 1991 upgraded to the latest Tape version that is technically a more capable aircraft than a Polish D+ as delivered. If you
  8. It was announced back in September of 2021, but then an invasion occurred in ModelSvit's home country which may have delayed progress somewhat.
  9. Start simple or start fun? I would not start a newbie off with a mixed media kit. I'd look for the best fitting cheap kit I could find. Something that he won't be fighting with due to lousy fit and poor engineering. Personally I'd look for something like a Tamiya 1/48 P-51D.
  10. Or if you don't want to mess with research and modifying kit parts: $6.49 @ https://spruebrothers.com/qbt48240-1-48-quickboost-f-16-falcon-block-5-10-floating-elevator-48240/
  11. I've been doing this for a few years and I can count on one hand how many times I actually get asked for ID. Most people that take your card don't even think to look at the signature.
  12. I use a Badger hose and a quick release fitting on my regulator. My local hobby shop had the Badger adapter to go from the hose to 1/4" pipe thread. At Home Depot I was able to get a pipe thread quick release that fit the Badger adapter and my regulator.
  13. Here's an old thread on CO2 tanks. There are a few threads on here, but the search engine sucks. Cost will vary quite a bit. New vs used is the biggest cost driver. I've seen used tanks for as low as $10. If you go used the tank better have a current hydrostatic test or you will not be able to get it filled. It was around $40 the last time I needed mine tested, but it took a couple weeks to get it back.
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    Forgot about it in what sense? Did it change? There's always been a big dorsal blade antenna on the first generation Marine Harriers. Photo dated 1976 over at Airliners.net
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