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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.
    Sports interests are baseball, hockey, and auto racing.

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  1. Don

    Hasegawa F-35B 1/72 - new tool?

    I agree with Dave, I'd call this a "New Tool". The following quote taken from here: https://modelingmadness.com/scott/mod/previews/hasegawa/72/01576.htm "First thing I did was to look through the sprues to see what was common with the F-35A kit previewed a few years back. The answer is that only a cockpit sprue, the clear bits and the stand are the same. All the other sprues appear to have been tooled just for the B version."--- which makes sense as the 'A' and 'B' are quite different from each other. Looks like something I'll be picking up. A build thread by a fellow ARC'er if I'm not mistaken: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235035599-172-hawegawa-f-35b-marines/ Nice work ^^^! Regards, Don
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    There's some pretty ugly and ungainly aircraft out there that when you look at them you think "how the heck can that thing fly?". So anything is possible I'd say.
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14D

    Great idea to sell individual sprues . Regards, Don
  4. Indeed Gabor, having watched how the AMK F-14D has unfolded I am a tempering my excitement for any new Mig from them within the next two or three years (...or more). Maybe some other company will surprise us with one instead! Regards, Don EDITED: My reading comprehension was deficient before coffee...post duly amended.
  5. What "Scooby" said. I liked the markings, knew they were going to be good quality, the price was great, so I may as well grab the kit with the markings I want rather then having to buy an aftermarket set. But, each to their own. Regards, Don
  6. Interesting that in the linked picture of the RBT above ^^^ you can see the symbol/logo on the intake side painted out while on the KH box art its shown still adorning the AC. Cool looking machine though. Personally, I would much rather have had AMK continue on with sorely needed Russian/Soviet subjects after their Mig-31 kit(s) instead of their seemingly never ending F-14 saga/drama. I hope once they finally get their Tomcat released that they go back to doing more non-U.S aircraft (but that's just me). Imagine an AMK Mig-25 family! As it stands now ICM is the way to go for a 1/48 Mig-25 yes? Thanks. Regards, Don
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    The "Mach 3" mockup F-4X. Conformal bolt on water tanks on its spine, new intakes, larger tail, redesigned recon nose, new cockpit designed to keep the crew safe plus other additions all in an attempt to provide allies (Israel being the most interested party) with a poor mans SR-71. EDIT: More info here: https://tacairnet.com/2015/06/18/redeveloping-the-f-4-phantom-ii-into-a-mach-3-fighterspy-plane/ And here... http://aviadejavu.ru/Site/Arts/Art7844.htm Funky looking Phantom though.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Are the above pictures still test shots? Regards.
  9. You were correct on the 2013 date for the OV-10G+ aircraft based on the date of this article: https://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/combat-dragon-ii-demonstrates-ov-10g-bronco-capabilities/ Seems they were around until just last year (December 2017) if the article below is correct: http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17162/document-offers-new-details-about-those-ov-10-broncos-that-went-to-fight-isis Not bad for the Bronco actually! From a purely modeling perspective I like the A29. Cool looking machine. I also ran across this from June of this year: http://www.builtforthemission.com/ Interesting reading. Happy modeling all! Regards, Don
  10. Now, I may be thinking of something else entirely or I may indeed just be dreaming but wasn't there an experiment recently that brought back two OV-10G Broncos? Ex-NASA machines I think? They were supposedly fully upgraded (glass cockpits) and had all kinds of "techno-wizardry" stuff jammed into them. I think they were relabeled OV-10G+ and they were supposed to be sent to be tested against ISIS back in 2016 or 2017 to see if such an aircraft could be used to fight insurgent type groups. Again...I am probably thinking of something else but I swear I read that somewhere. Regards, Don EDIT: Quick search on Wiki...yeah I know but I was in a hurry... OV-10G+ Designation given to OV-10s loaned from NASA to the United States Special Operations Command for evaluation under the Combat Dragon II as a counter-insurgency aircraft, featuring new Hartzell four-bladed props and an off-the-shelf sensor suite. 3 modified from OV-10D+. Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Rockwell_OV-10_Bronco
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    what happened to Academy

    That's even WORSE! Having your possessions taken from you by strangers is one thing. Having a relative steal from you must be devastating I'd imagine. If you can't trust family then who can you trust! Again, good luck and I hope justice will be served to the individual at some point. Regards, Don
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    what happened to Academy

    Sorry to hear about this Gary. It really ticks me off and gets my dander up reading about peoples possessions and collections getting stolen. I hope everything works out for you. Regards, Don
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    The Bandit Is Gone RIP Burt Reynolds

    I admit it... I still listen to McCall's song fairly regularly, especially when working on my never ending 1/35 M1070 kit: