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    In my defense, I was left unsupervised...

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    Modeling interests are WWII to early 1980's aircraft, Vietnam era helicopters and NATO helicopters, WWII to present armor, WWII to present ships...occasional car model.
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  1. Don

    Kitty Hawk RF-101A/C

    Nice pictures Tom and I couldn't agree more! Regards, Don
  2. Don

    Kitty Hawk RF-101A/C

    Oh don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Voodoo fan so I've built the KH A/C Voodoo errors and all with two more in the stash. The intakes are almost an impossible fix as they are so sadly you either suck it up and build the kit or you don't. Knowing that the RF will also have the same glaring error I will still grab two. My issue is that in this day and age with access to so many reference pictures, plans, and real examples that a model manufacturer would make such a massive mistake. Wrong seats, a missed panel line, a panel line in the wrong place, formation lights where there shouldn't be are all things easily corrected. But completely wrong wings is something entirely different in my opinion. Regards, Don.
  3. Don

    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    For those interested, there is this YouTube video of the Cf-101B Voodoo closeout action at CFB North Bay. Its not the greatest clarity wise but remember... this was the mid-80's : And a USAF PSA type video (something to play in the background while at the workbench):
  4. Don

    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    No Scooby I didn't know TW Smith. Not to say we weren't in the same room together at some point as odds are we were. I was there in a purely civilian role and just lucky enough to have had access to the last two 101's, T-Birds, Falcons, and initial Challenger(s) the Knights had... and front row seats to the close out ceremonies and festivities. Regards, Don EDIT: Spelling
  5. Don

    Kitty Hawk RF-101A/C

    But it's still a MASSIVE mistake and is completely inexcusable in this day and age. Imagine if this were an F-4 or for Pete's sakes an F-14 with completely misshapen and wrong intakes ! The internet would be howling.
  6. Don

    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    Taken over my hometown. I remember when this happened. It was rare to see all four color birds together and there were quite a few faces and cameras pressed against the fence along Airport RD. I was also in the hanger when 006 and 067 flew the last official Voodoo formation flight. The noise of the Voodoo was awesome!
  7. Don

    Kitty Hawk RF-101A/C

    Good idea! Regards, Don
  8. Don

    Kitty Hawk RF-101A/C

    Notice the intake front on this RF-101 (the same applies to the F-101 A/C Voodoo): See how it's pretty much perpendicular to the runway. It doesn't curve down and back. Now, look at the intake of this F-101B: See how its raked down and back/angle down and back. The KH single seat Voodoo's use the dual seat 'B' wing/intake and not the single seat wing/intake. It's a big mistake and once you notice it you'll always look at your single seat KH Voodoo(s) and see it. Regards EDIT: Spelling...
  9. Don

    Kitty Hawk RF-101A/C

    I know...WTH! All the feedback given after their A/C kit hit the market and nothing but time to correct it and they just go ahead and release another single seater again with the wrong wings!! They could have corrected the wing and marketed the RF and remarketed the A/C. I hope they fixed the speed break sinkhole issues too. If not then I am glad I have a few aftermarket sets in the stash. Hey I'll still get a couple as I built their A/C as is but it would have been nice had they corrected that rather large error. Regards, Don
  10. Don

    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    USAF early F-101B not in ADC grey: Another... Yet again... Of course the initial batch of Canadian Voodoo's were unpainted... Of course one could go quite odd...SEA scheme (BDR airframe)... Nah...too fancy for a Voodoo...mops and water based paint is more the Voodoo's style perhaps (Canadian Maple Flag 101...one of a few different temporary camouflage schemes applied to Canadian Voodoo's)... Another for grins... Then again, who doesn't like a lizard scheme (BDR airframe)... Lots of options for dual seat One-O-Wonder's.
  11. Don

    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    The F-101A/C intake openings were not raked back/slanted down and back like on the twin seat F-101B but perpendicular to the ground... F-101A/C style on an RF Voodoo... F-101B...notice the outside intake lip slanting down and back... Sadly KH supplied B intakes in their A/C kit. I just lived with the wrong intakes as the majority of people wouldn't notice the difference anyways but you'd think they'd do something to correct it with later releases of the A/C or single seat RF kits. There were some other issues with the KH A/C Voodoo too accuracy wise but again...I just shrugged and went with it. Regards
  12. Don

    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    In all it looks decent. I imagine the main fuselage parts break down will be the same as their A/C kit and the cockpit will probably also be similar detail wise to their A/C. I hope the fit of that open nose avionics door is good in the closed position for those of us with no desire to display it open. I built their single seat Voodoo and there was some questionable fit areas on the optional open/closed panel features. I also hope they've tackled the sink hole issue with the air breaks that made many of them unusable and necessitated aftermarket replacements. Formation lights were easy to remove on the A/C with only a small (VERY small) bit of rescribing on the tail. So, nothing to stop me building my Canadian 101's. I anticipate a challenging build...fun...but no Tamiya.
  13. Don

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Still too early even then maybe...
  14. Don

    Painting a stripe on Nose cone 1/48 scale

    I have had good success with thin strips of masking tape. Cut the tape thin and carefully mask off the red area. Once you get your red section outlined in the thin strips of tape, fill in the rest of the white area to be masked off with successive strips of masking tape. Overlap the strips so no red sneaks into or under any cracks. Here is a link that might help... scroll down to post #9 by Ooritz10: http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/175825.aspx HTH's Regards, Don
  15. Don

    Death From Above

    "The former military workhorse, the Humvee, carried a $70,000 price tag. As that was modified, or "up-armored," the cost rose to from $160,000 to $220,000." Full article found here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/27/army.vehicle.costs/index.html Those ^^^ are 2011 price figures but it seems the cost quoted in 11Bee's article are pretty close to accurate. Even if the vehicles in question were not exactly $200.000 a copy how much fringe cost per-unit did this whole deliberate act cost the tax payer? Obviously more then $12.000 and well north of $100.000 per-vehicle. So again, I think the figures or "price tags" per-vehicle quoted in the original article aren't off by that much either way. In terms of the Army's record of dropping things from parachutes goes I have no idea. Never looked into it. But I would imagine that its rather hyperbolic to classify the modern Army's track record as "dismal". Besides, in this case the vehicles were deliberately destroyed...hardly the Army's fault.