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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. Sad news. Sorry to read this. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. . Don
  2. This is probably the most entertaining thread currently on ARC. In fact, aside from the "I'm leaving ARC" threads from eons ago (which were highly entertaining and tops in my book !) and the Tomcat retirement arguments...errr....threads...this thread is most definitely top five all time material.
  3. I grabbed two Deuces yesterday and a couple Huey's for my son. If you can't find the clearance kits in your local HL then wander or ask. My HL never puts the clearance kits in the same isle as the regular priced kits (heck most often they aren't even close). They generally stick them on an island in the middle of a main isle down from the kit section.
  4. Why not pizza planes?
  5. Hard to believe that its been four years to the day since "Jennings" started this thread. How time flies!
  6. The face reminds me of the Mona Lisa. Beautiful sculpting! Regards, Don
  7. WACO's post put this old commercial in my head... ...YouTube has everything . Alright... I'll leave now...
  8. This is great news for me! Big fan of the 104 and new kits are always welcome. Please do a Canadian CF-104 boxing soon and please include markings for an olive green 104 and a green/grey camouflaged bird. As much and all as the CF-104 color birds are nice and flashy, they have been done to death in my opinion. Well done Kinetic folks! Happy modeling all!
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. Personally I want/prefer a good old fashioned paper copy. I've tried electronic versions and just don't like them.
  12. Wow... that should be published in every major Canadian newspaper if it hasn't already. Thanks for linking it!
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. Well written sir!
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