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Everything posted by parche

  1. The medal on the nose was actually a bit of a joke in the squadron. That bird was a hangar queen mainly used for spare parts to keep everyone else flying during OIF/OEF on Lincoln's 10 month '02/'03 cruise that ended with the "Mission Accomplished" speech. The medal said something like "I gave so others could fight", but I'd have to do some searching to verify. Dave
  2. From the pictures, the NIGHTWATCH blockhouse is under water...
  3. Mike, Already ordered. It is in the mail to me already in Connecticut. So looking forward to it. Thank you for the great service assisting me the other day. Any chance you will be doing more in 1/350... I'd be in for a Churchill SSN 😀... Dave
  4. Argh! Went to order and Starling is out of stock. Flankerman, I have to live vicariously through you for a while... Dave
  5. Awesome. Have been waiting to see one. Need to get one on my shelf. Should kickstart my WWII submarine build, but I need to decide what Soviet boat to do. Dave
  6. A gallon of relative bearing grease...
  7. Chief, not trying to say that officers don't get paid enough compared to enlisted, but our costs certainly are higher which you undoubtedly saw when you put on your anchors. I know I get paid a ton more than my sailors, but that doesn't mean that having to drop $600 is not a painful hit especially for my JOs. Also, for all my Sailors who were out of boot camp with blue camo stuff, they didn't get anything that covered the cost of the green camo stuff for cold weather that they just had to buy as we changed homes to Connecticut. It saddens me, as I am sure it did you, that I have to tell my department heads and department Chiefs to have their Chiefs take their Sailors to Navy Marine Corps Relief for loans. I agree with you completely that enlisted don't get paid enough for the work they have to put in. Dave
  8. I'll disagree on the size of the allowance... Especially when you add in parka, fleece, etc that you need in some climates. And I always enjoy the argument that officers get paid enough so it doesn't matter... Dave
  9. The enlisted sailors still have the allowance, but it really doesn't pay for much. They do give them a one time payment for uniforms each time we pull this uniform swap, but it still isn't enough to cover the total change out. And for officers, nada. Dave
  10. I think most active duty guys in the Navy are sick of the constant changes for no reason functional reason, so I would assume Army is the same. I can't say that I was excited to drop $600 to look like I am a Jarhead. But, maybe it makes the young guys feel cool. It just makes me lament all the models that could have been... Dave
  11. Awesome. Keep up the good work. I'm planning on doing Sealion in 1/144 as she was for operations of Vietnam. Dave
  12. I like to think of myself as someone who suffers for his art... Dave
  13. I think I'll just keep going with my Revel Foxbat that I am converting to a RU. Unfortunately life keeps getting in the way of progress... Dave
  14. Ok, found one pic on the site of the camera completely outside the pallet: http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Galleries/Special/Features/Foxbats/12-FoxbatCamera.jpg.html I know I have 3-4 more camera pallet pictures in various books, but I am away from home so I can't check. Dave
  15. There were a couple in the Mig-25 retirement pictures on http://www.bharat-rakshak.com that I can't find at the moment... Dave
  16. An absolutely amazing book that cuts through a lot of the misconceptions about Midway. Highly, highly recommended. Dave
  17. You, sir, have made my year... Dave
  18. This is probably the highlight of my month. I have been wanting to do an MKI for the longest time. Dave
  19. Did you do extra work on that IFR probe besides painting or did it come that clean and detailed? Any trick to to lining up your holes or did you just eyeball it? And final question, any extra for the attachment points for the flaps or is kit surface area sufficient for a strong joint? Beautiful work as always, so close to done. Dave
  20. I don't have any pictures that show any fighter variant in anything other than gray. As for non-fighters, BMs, RBFs and maybe RBVs had camo options. Dave
  21. Oh, my wife is going to angry when I get one as soon as it is available... It is pretty good times for Russian/Soviet jet modelling. Dave
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