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    early jets, WWII navy, star ships, helicopters, jet airliners, real space, hot rods, muscle cars

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  1. john53

    Meng M1A1 Christmas Edition

    Thanks, do you know off hand what needs to be done to the old ESCI to upgrade it to a Desert Storm M1A1? I was thinking of trying some scratch building.---John
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    Meng M1A1 Christmas Edition

    I can't believe Meng, a CHINESE company , did this!---John
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    Meng M1A1 Christmas Edition

    I'm gonna get a good one someday....I picked up the old ESCI 1980s one for $6.99.....something to get the juices flowing.....spending way too much time doing "wing things". Hows Flyhawk? Heard they are very well done and accurate. I also need to get back to my1/35 Tamiya Panther G steel wheels build.---John
  4. john53

    Meng M1A1 Christmas Edition

    Thanks, I had the older 1/72 Revell offering and often wanted to redo it. Is there a good OIF version of the Abrams in 1/72? I have quite a collection of 1/72 aircraft, would display nice with them.---John
  5. john53

    A-6B Mod 0 / VA-196 Main Battery

    I have the first coat of putty on the offending seam. I need to do a second coat then I'll mask the canopy and sand the seam. I had this same problem on an Italeri 1/72 UH-60A, been there, done that. Gotta love that sprue attachment point dead center on the windscreen! 😠---John
  6. Is this a good representation of the newer Abrams? Is the figure inside 1/35 also? Never saw a model with a president before except PT-109.---John
  7. john53

    1/72 Hasegawa Grumman A-6A Intruder

    The decals are finished. Now to add the landing gear and gear doors then flip it on it's feet and add the refueling probe and tail pitot tube.---John
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    A-6B Mod 0 / VA-196 Main Battery

    Gary not really. The site for Rick Morgan books, Iron hand isn't real clear and Tommy's is better but a bit washed out. The Steel Beach set shows what it looks like but still no clear precise "it goes here" pictures. I wish there was a good drawing or blue print showing it.---John
  9. john53

    A-6B Mod 0 / VA-196 Main Battery

    BTW anyone have good pictures of rear radar warning units on the stabs? I am guesseing they were sorta conical?---John
  10. john53

    A-6B Mod 0 / VA-196 Main Battery

    Canopy fits like crap! I'm going to have to fill the area in the front which sits on the nose and blend it in. Also there is a slight gap right next to the pilots' seat and on the right side rear by the canopy deck. I really can't complain, I bought the kit for the Revell F-105D and this was a bonus, bwahahahaha, what a bonus!---John
  11. john53

    A-6B Mod 0 / VA-196 Main Battery

    Seats, IP, console painted and stick, gun sight glass are installed. Ready to add the canopy.---John
  12. john53

    A-6B Mod 0 / VA-196 Main Battery

    Masked and painted black. Note that I use bags as a mask and very little tape. Now to unmask and detail paint the interior then add the stick and gun sight glass.---John
  13. john53

    1/72 Hasegawa Grumman A-6A Intruder

    Thanks to all for the kind words and tips. I appreciate the comments and critique believe me. I am just trying to improve this kit in a simpler and more frugal way, I don't have drill presses and milling machines to do museum quality work. I would like to do that but then again who in the hell is gonna see it here in my 55+ retirement place! I like scratch building and not being locked in to tons of resin, PE, and expensive aftermarket stuff. That and I have a life, I still work around the house, yard work and have a family and grandchildren. Thanks again....rant off---John
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    1/72 Hasegawa Grumman A-6A Intruder

    You asked me this before. I have no airbrush and it's my way to do it. I mask for the white then spray the white. Then remove the masks, mask for the gray then spray gray. I am lost as to why you see this as hard or tape consuming.I am currently using plastic wrap and paper templates also as to cut down on tape. How would you do it with SPRAY CANS? And also if I did it all white first I waste paint, which is expensive in cans, and I have white frames inside the glass which is not suppose to be. It works for me and that's all I can say. I am retired and have hours and hours to kill.---John
  15. john53

    A-6A Intruder anti glare panel

    Is that one in front of the refueling probe where the nose opens? That's why it's like that?---John
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