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Darren Roberts

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  1. Grippen E/F conversion.

    For those of us not well versed in the Gripen, would this be like trying to build an F-18E out of an F-18C?
  2. Tamiya F-14A(late) Beaver Tail Quickboost

    Sorry about that. I didn't communicate well. There are a set of ECM antenna along the intakes that goes with the ECM antenna on the beaver tail. There were not Tomcats that only had the beaver tail antenna. I'm surprised they didn't include the other ECM antenna with this. That would have made a complete set. Without the other antenna, this piece is kind of useless. ECM antenna
  3. 136 FIS F-4D NY ANG Rhino Decal Source (1/48)

    Outstanding knowledge, sir. Outstanding! Most associate the rainbow markings with ADC Gray jets, but I've seen pictures of SEA jets with the rainbow tail. I've also seen ADC jets with the ZZ markings.
  4. 136 FIS F-4D NY ANG Rhino Decal Source (1/48)

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Nicely done. When they got their F-16's, they changed up the pattern.
  5. Tamiya F-14A(late) Beaver Tail Quickboost

    The problem is they don't give you the ECM antenna to go with it. It's a nice piece, though. The Steel Beach Block 125 update set has everything you need to update the Tamiya Tomcat. I'll be the first to say it's not as detailed, but it's a cheaper option if budget is a concern, and once on the model, it looks just fine and gets you where you want to go. I liken it to either driving a Lexus or a KIA to work. One costs a lot more than the other and has much nicer options, but in the end, you arrive at the same destination.
  6. 136 FIS F-4D NY ANG Rhino Decal Source (1/48)

    Trivia question that might be obvious. Do you know what the ZZ on the tail represents?
  7. #3 for 2018 1/48 Tamiya Fw190D-9 Dora

  8. Obsession with FS 36170: Who Got It Right?

    Just spray the different manufacturer's Light Gull Gray against each other and you'll see they are all different. I actually put that to good use to get some nice tonal variation.
  9. Obsession with FS 36170: Who Got It Right?

    Playing devil's advocate here, but once the aircraft gets out into the elements, gets dirty, and gets corrosion control, doesn't that render the chip colors moot? The only time using the chip for modeling purposes would work is if you're building a brand new, just off the line aircraft.
  10. Splinter MiG-29

    Yup, I found that out. That's okay. I'm going to make my MiG-29 a derelict so I can practice fading and weathering.
  11. 1/72 Meng G-91R/3 Luftwaffe LeKG 43 in 1969.

  12. Any other pictures of this MiG-29?

    Oh, you just wait until this summer! Once I'm on summer vacation, it will become the Summer of the Cat. I've got a dozen Monogram Tomcats ready for assembly line construction.
  13. 1/144 TWA Connie

    Thanks! I'm glad it brought some memories back. As I'm getting older, I'm finding more and more that small things trigger memories. I was walking through Hobby Lobby the other evening and saw the USS Arizona kit. Memories of shopping at the toy store came flooding back. It was the strangest sensation. I guess that means I'm getting old.
  14. 136 FIS F-4D NY ANG Rhino Decal Source (1/48)

    Thanks guys. It's the ESCI kit with a Hasegawa cockpit shoehorned in and resin seats and nozzles.