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  1. I've been to Oshkosh (2017, here is an album on my flickr site ) and Duxford (2012) but not RIAT (its on the bucket list).. . But it's pretty easy to see from looking online that the variety of aircraft at those shows is vastly superior (IMHO) to what you get at Avalon. That's not necessarily Avalons fault, it's more a function of Geography... it's long way to come to Avalon for anyone but NZ so it's nice that the USAF always makes an effort. Oshkosh is terrific for photography as well. As you've no doubt noticed Avalon is terrible (Temora isn't great either) Again this geography
  2. This mass urge is greatly exaggerated
  3. The "big " Temora show is Warbirds Downunder and is to be run every 2 years. Wings Over Illawarra is every year. None of these are "big" compared to a US or UK show. Avalon is the biggest show in Australia and is every 2 years . But it's more focused on modern aircraft than Warbirds (It's primarily a trade show with some public days at the end). IMHO , unless you're from NZ or Australia it's not worth travelling to. It certainly nowhere near as good as Duxford, RIAT, Oshkosh etc. You can see my images from some of Warbirds Downunder 2018 by clicking on the images below
  4. Yeah those instructions are particularly well done.
  5. I reckon it goes yellow when I dump the thinned excess from my airbrush cup back into the bottle. I thin it with standard lacquer / GP thinners from the hardware store. I still use it when it's yellow as it still dries glossy and clear. My current bottle is quite yellow but it there is no yellow tint when airbrushed on the paint, even over white. I've been doing this for ages and have never seen any yellowing of the finish, even on models built years ago.
  6. LOL Nice one Have you sent the price of business class from Australia to Europe... Cleary you have
  7. Yeah I read reports elsewhere Emirates are looking at changing to the A350. I'd love a few more long haul trips to Europe on the 380.. Are you paying?
  8. Whilist they have had many problems with the Tiger and NH 90 you can hardly blame the fact that they didn't integrate seamlessly with US systems when ADF bought European systems to begin with
  9. There is a fair bit of truth of this, and it also affects the 747-8. But the main problem for the A380 and 747-8 is the wide body twins, 777, A330, 787 and A350 provide better profit margins and flexibility for airlines. For example from down here Qantas are flying direct Perth to London now with 787's and have a project to get an airliner to fly direct Sydney to London (777-x or A350- are the contenders . Air NZ fly Direct Auckland to Chicago with 787's..
  10. Bit of thread drift but hey I like talking aircraft :D I'm sure the KC-46 will end up fine, my point just that the USAF could have KC-30 years ago (I read today the USAF has just accepted the first KC-46) . The KC-30 is more capable than the KC-46 is many areas (fuel load etc, although I understand that was a factor against the KC 30 in the 2nd 767 proposal due to weight etc. ).But lets just be honest and agree KC-30 suffered from the NIH syndrome and so dodgy political shenanigans ... You only have to look how many countries ordered KC-30 as opposed to 767 based tan
  11. Surely even someone as obviously one eyed as you you can see the irony here.... Hows that KC-46 coming along............... But in case you can't, comparing Apples with apples, the KC-30 is light years ahead of the KC-46. And it's in service now, and has been for years... Finally your comment that the A-400 is simply an upscaled C-130 confirms your ignorance .. But if it gets you to to sleep at night maintain that rage.
  12. I believe Kinetic will be doing the early Harriers (GR.1/AV-8A, GR.3) to finish of their early harrier family.
  13. You'd be better off asking about a particular kit. Even Tamiya have some kits that I wouldn't consider good. , those from the 1970s for example. Kinetic haven't been around as ling as Tamiya, nor do the have the money Tamiya has. That said they have come a long way and they are improving with each new tool. I've built their Sea Harrier and Mirage III and they are the best kits of thise subjects in 48 scale. Neither were Tamiya quality in terms of fit but they weren't particularly difficult either. Detail is pretty good , they come with reasonable weapons in box (unlike
  14. Very well done Chuck. I'll be using your build thread for a reference when I build mine
  15. Pretty sure they were for a Radar warning system
  16. Interestingly I have the exact opposite reaction. The Open engine and price of the Tamiya 109G put me off.
  17. I usually apply my washes over a semi gloss finish as it adds a bit a grimy look
  18. I've seen that happen Matt. it seems to happen over time once the bottle has been opened and you've added thinner to the bottle. I often just use generic GP thinners to thin the Tamiya X22 and that makes it go quite yellow. I've sprayed the X22 when it's discoloured and it seems to perform just like a new bottle when sprayed.
  19. Perhaps it's because there are only 4 Phoenix in the kit
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