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  1. I just saw a review of the GWH T-33 and it looks really nice. One of my favorite cheesy 50's sci-fi movies is "This Island Earth" which features a T-33. Could I persuade any of you decal makers to add this scheme to your upcoming Shooting Star sheets? http://www.impdb.org/index.php?title=This_Island_Earth Glow-in-the-dark green paint optional...
  2. Deepest condolences, Terry. Hang in there as best you can.
  3. Su-15s did buddy tanker tests but don't know if they were the first.
  4. You guys! The Iowa Caucus debacle! I CAN'T DECIDE!!!!
  5. Let's not BICKER and ARGUE over 'OO killed 'OO!!!
  6. That's right, keep it classy guys! /s All over a plastic model plane...
  7. Oh come on, this crap needs to get real. Publicly naming someone a scammer is a serious accusation. There is no scam. From what it sounds like, it was just a funding/marketing plan gone wrong at a company that's working with a very small staff, a limited budget and too little time. Happens every day, in every industry, and it doesn't make business people criminals. Neither does misinterpreting a complex curved area on an aircraft the designer probably can't afford to examine and measure personally. Full disclosure, I know Martin and can guarantee you he would never try to take advantage of anyone. I also have talked to Sio and, in my opinion, some of the problems come down to nuances of language. He can come off a little harsh at times. But he is not a scammer, and if he was, Martin would not be working with him. He is also a heck of a designer as proven by AMK's previous kits. Just my opinion. You can of course just assume I'm biased or naive or lying or whatever, and move on. Enjoy your modeling. Edit, thanks madmanrick! Ha.
  8. If I got this mad every time a product I bought didn't live up to the vendor's hype... I'd be off the grid by now, living in the woods and writing creepy manifestos. 😱
  9. In CAD work it is SO EASY to zoom in on a part in progress, look over at the walkaround photo, and think "Wow I better do the hex head on that bolt. I wonder if it's an M10 or an M12." Sometimes you have to zoom out to the approximate size of the final part just to reset your reality. They won't be able to mold that bolt head anyway. Maybe just a bump.
  10. Uh-oh. Has anybody checked the AMK model for that nut and cotter pin???
  11. The thing is, most published drawings aren't based on factory blueprints, they are drawn by outsiders (for example, a graphic artist at an aviation mag, or just a fanatical enthusiast). People working with incomplete and often contradictory data. Acquiring accurate factory drawings is a lottery win. Even then, there is a lot going on in the 90 degrees between those orthogonal planes, and judgment, experience and talent come into play. Not an engineer, but I am a CAD pro, and for years now I've been modeling one particular airplane for my own amusement. Even with good drawings, excellent documentary publications and thousands upon thousands of walkaround photos, this stuff is really hard. It's not just math and geometry, it's art.
  12. This is reallllly getting old.
  13. Glenmorangie 10-year, best bang for the buck in single malts.
  14. Maybe it's just me, but I don't find jokes about the downfall of a small and enthusiastic company to be very funny.
  15. Excellent post. Thank you for that.
  16. Thanks Andrea. And, looking at your avatar, I congratulate you on your excellent taste in rocket hardware. 😀
  17. F-14 ignoramus here... Could someone, uh, highlight the slime lights and explain what's wrong with them?
  18. Wow, these seem to be few and far between. Any leads would be much appreciated!
  19. That would be absolutely awesome.
  20. On this subject, I'm collecting opinions in "Tools n Tips." If you guys would reply to my post there, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks, Patrick
  21. I'm talking about small panel-line details that differ between, say, two production runs of the same aircraft. For example, a small access hatch added to a previously blank panel. Would you prefer the kit manufacturer to mold the hatch into the panel, so that, if you want to omit it, you have to sand and fill the molded detail? Or would you rather the manufacturer leave the panel blank, but include instructions, or even a template, for you to inscribe in the missing detail yourself?
  22. Yes, the Trumpeter Flagon was... not a Flagon. Just always on the lookout for a new Su-15 kit!
  23. Mr Matt Foley, I'm pointing at you, doing the alien-scream like Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. ;) Ah well, to each his own!
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