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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

    The Book Thread

    For fiction I enjoyed Targets of Opportunity by Joe Weber: Its about a small and classified group of U.S. pilots flying a captured Mig-17 and using it against the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. For non-fiction I REALLY enjoyed Apache by Ed Macy: True story of British Apache drivers in Afghanistan. Two thumbs up! Last one is Ambush Alley by Tim Pritchard (non-fiction): I really enjoyed this! Great read, enthralling, good writing...again, two thumbs up! I am actually looking at acquiring a 1/35 EAAK equipped AAVP-7a1 after finishing this book. Enjoy and happy reading all! Don EDIT: Have I mentioned The Last Punisher by Kevin Lacz already? Anyways, I finished it a while ago and loved it! Worth the read.
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    Why do builds stall?

    I think I developed the attention span of a gnat as I got older. I often get all fired up for a build, collect references and materials, begin the build, then... ...some other subject catches my attention and the cycle repeats. Eventually things come full circle and after repeated starts and stops over many years builds do get done. But it's frustrating. To be even more honest, I've been going back and building older and simpler kits, like older Tamiya and Italeri armor kits (heck I'm almost done a Lindberg T-55 after only two weeks... SHOCK ). Fewer parts with more then enough detail for me OOB or with a few AM or scratch additions thrown on. I find the simpler kits help minimize the stalling. The newer kits, as wonderful and fantastic as they are, just have far too many parts that often times I find unnecessary, complicated, and lead to fit problems. Related, in regards the track links, it sounds sacrilege in this day and age but I've stopped using the multi-piece aftermarket track links that frustrate the life out of me and stick with the kit tracks now (yes...I love the "rubber band" tracks. Simple, easy, and quick). This is especially true if the vehicle has side skirts where track droop won't be seen so its a non-issue. Anyways, happy modeling all and have a great weekend! Don
  3. Don

    About e-books and our hobby

    Personally I want/prefer a good old fashioned paper copy. I've tried electronic versions and just don't like them.
  4. Don

    F-35 news roundup

    Wow... that should be published in every major Canadian newspaper if it hasn't already. Thanks for linking it!
  5. Don

    Revell 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet

    If anyone was still looking for one here in the States, Spruebrothers has them in stock: http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/rvg04994-os.htm Also, watch Amazon as I have seen them there off and on for as low as $90 with free shipping up to $100 with free shipping. Just letting anyone who is still looking for one know they are appearing here now in the U.S. with more regularity it seems. Curious...I wonder if Hobby Lobby will ever stock them? I'd probably grab one with their 40% coupon. Happy modeling all! EDIT: spelling.
  6. Genre: As for my favorite genre I'd say its probably a fairly equal split between aircraft and armor...though armor gets an ever so slight edge if I'm being honest. Scales: 1/48 for aircraft and 1/35 for armor. Manufacturer: Honestly I build whatever I want from whatever manufacturer I fancy. For example, I'm currently building a 1/35 ESCI Israeli Tiran and a 1/35 Lindberg Syrian T-55...two kits many armor builders won't even think about touching but looked interesting to me. Kit: That's too tough a question as I get enjoyment from a lot of kits, and most often from kits that are old/classic or ones many modelers pass over or deem not worth the time. Happy modeling all! Don
  7. Don

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Well written sir!
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    At this stage, I say just release the kit and let the modeling community decide its success or failure. I think many in all camps and all sides of this seemingly never ending saga are tired of looking at CAD shots, sprue pictures, box art, red lines, fizzling model show rollouts, idle promises, never ending announcements etc and... for better or worse... hate it or love it...buy it or don't buy it... just want to see the kit released. No more "soon", no more "it gets here when it gets here"... get it on the shelves and let the market take its course. It's hard to believe we're about four or five weeks away from the four year anniversary of AMK's announcement and we still have no kit... and this thread is still going... Happy modeling all!
  9. Don

    Notre Dame in Paris is burning

    Very sad to watch. So much history and such a part of Paris. My wife and I toured it a few years ago while visiting France. It will be missed... .
  10. Don

    Amazon crazyness

    Bookmark it on your Amazon account (I believe it's called "Add to list" on Amazon). I've had items drop in price that day, some drop in a few days, some within the month... some not at all. But if you aren't in a hurry its often worth the wait. HTH
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    Amazon crazyness

    I buy a lot off of Amazon. With patience you can snag some pretty good deals. One trick that often works for me is to bookmark an item I am interested in and I wait and see if it drops in price in a few days. Often times it does and sometimes significantly.
  12. Don

    Revell 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet

    That LSP link was enough for me. I was going to get this kit despite some of the criticisms that I had heard about but not now based on what I saw/read in Dave's link. 2019 and that's what Revell could come up with? Disappointing to say the least.
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    Tesla, model 3

    Indeed we Pennsylvanians pay crazy taxes at the pump. No idea where we rank nationwide but my wallet and I wouldn't mind a tax break not a tax hike! Sorry, we're good here in the Keystone State as is. Anyone advocating or wishing for increased taxes at the pump should really think it through before they get their wish. They won't like it. My two cents... no wait you can't have it I need to fill up my tank .
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    Tesla, model 3

    ^^^This. I pay enough taxes on my ICE vehicles from the moment I buy them, to my yearly State "inspections" (*COUGH* taxes), after every fluid change, to each visit to the pump and then some. I'm good thank you.
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    Revell 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet

    ^^^This. Honestly Revell ...anytime now.