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  1. At the recent local base open house, I spoke with a Dyess 130 crew. Nowadays all they have are stretched Js.
  2. I'm not sure how a aircraft flying into the side of a mountain (in apparently good weather if you could see it from a distance) has to do with alleged ickbacks! A friend actually flew '124s in Vietnam (do not just ill informed barracks talk) and said they were okay. Obvious not C-141s, but far from death traps.
  3. Dutch.. I'd like to see it when you're finished with it. Revell has misrepresented those molds for years....calling it a 720, long fuselage 707 and of course the E-3. And that's not even counting the typo on one box where they called the E-3A the "E-A3". A friend is a consultant for Atlantis, at my urging he suggested the C-137A decals to them for their latest release but they went with a Boeing demo. They say license fees for some airlines have become prohibitivt, which is why they 707 (and forthcoming large 727) are in Boeing markings and the Convair 99
  4. Atlantis is about to re-release the 727 kit. This time in Boeing Red/White prototype markings. The trouble is, the -100 prototype was yellow/brown, the red/white aircraft was the -200 prototype. I believe the model is a -100 in length.
  5. Another option would be to build it as one of the three VC-137 A/Bs... No cutting required. they were short fuselage commercial 707s bought for VIP transportation...and the first U.S. Air Force jet transports. USAF decals in the scale are easy to find. Over the years they had several paint schemes...silver/white before going The silver/white/blue AF one-style scheme. The 367-80 and any C-135 require a narrower, shorter fuselage, and a slight re - profiling of the fuselage (due to the the "double bubble" or figure eight on the 707, the 135 has a more oval sectional prof
  6. Don't forget the grandfathers of plastic general aviation kits, the Monogram Piper Tri-Pacer and Cessna 180 (on wheels and amphib floats). Both came out in the late '50s, and like the later kits, had separate engines, opening doors and nice interiors. They were listed as 1/48, but now Scalemates shows them as 1/32 and 1/41, respectively. The 180 is worth doing since no one has made other kits of it (it saw some foreign military use as the U-17). It could also be converted into other "razorback", ('50s to early '60s) Cessnas. By adding a nosewheel, it would be easy to
  7. Snowbird3...PM sent. Thank you again!
  8. Well done. I like the semi-gloss finish.
  9. I'm restoring an old solid desk model of a DC-4/C-54 in 1/72. I can use Vintage Flyer civil decals for the windows, but I'm a bit leery of using complete civil decal sets because I don't know how close my model is to the Revell kit....in other words, the stripes and large decals may not fit. So I was thinking about taking the easy way out and go with a military scheme. Preferably postwar with MATS titles. The aftermarket decal sets for C-54s from the vendors are sold out, so does anyone have an unused set of kit decals that they are not planning on using?
  10. The SkyDiver looks to have some F-86 Sabre DNA in it. I recall that in Thunderbirds they would use regular model kits for incidental vehicles...modified B-58s, and the old Monogram Piper Tri-Pacer among them. So, I wouldn't be shocked if a F-86 kit (or three) helped with the studio model.
  11. As a kid, my big brother (an excellent builder who later utilized his building talent as an archetect) built me a first release AMT Enterprise, which came with lights. I too would like a reasonably priced lighted kit.I I'm a casual TOS fan and sure don't need a huge, expensive kit.
  12. As someone who, as a kid, was around in the old days when 1/72 was new...in the U.S. , I credit the Revell B-17, B-24 and Lancaster...along with the classic Monogram SA-16 with popularizing the scale...1/72 just made sense. Large enough for detail, small enough for practicality. Same with 1/48 fighters... For WWII fighters, 1/72 is almost too small, whereas 1/48 is great. And while there were some early 1/48 kits in the early days of the hobby by Aurora and Lindbergh, the Monogram WWII Navy series was a huge step forward.
  13. Hi I'm restoring an old 1/72 solid plastic (of some sort), DC-4 desk/travel agency model. I need decals for the windows and livery. At this time, I'm leaning towards TWA since it is just silver and doesn't have any trim that needs painting (unlike the old American scheme where the nose, nacelles and trailing edges are colored). I was thinking about Vintage Flyer or Draw...(Though Draw warns buyers the application of its decals are a bit different than other ones you may have used). Any recommendations on companies or airline (or even militar
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