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  1. http://www.ebay.com/sch/charles.kalina/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from= - Assorted Second World War planes - Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia decal sheets - Real-space kits from Dragon and Mach-2 (Also a Moebius 1/32 Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider kit)
  2. UPDATED after the first tranche of items sold... The Star Trek kits, Airfix figures and some 1/72 aircraft items still up. Ahoj Kameradi, http://www.ebay.com/sch/charles.kalina/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from= Mix of stuff, many in new or as-new condition: 1/32 Airfix British 8th Army and German Afrika Korp figures 1/35 DML BMP-2 Tamiya T-34/85 1/72 Italeri V-22 Osprey and Pe-2 Peshka Hasegawa T-38 Talon Hobbycraft MiG-15 Tamiya Zero PST Studebaker lend-lease USSR truck Military Wheels GAZ-63 truck Hi-Decal sheet for MiG-27/MiG-23BN Eagle Strike Decals for "Kosovo Eagles" 1/288 Eastern Express Tu-160 BLACKJACK 1/350 STAR TREK classic Enterprise, refit Enterprise, and classic Enterprise lighting kit 1/700 Hasegawa waterline Japanese subs 1/1000 AMT Star Trek "Excelsior" Share and enjoy, cpk
  3. Note: This sale has been moved to E-bay. Updated 12 February 2009 Shipping from Maryland, USA. Dragon die-cast, ready for display. All are unopened, completely as-new: F/A-18F Super Hornet, markings for VGA-213 "Black Lions". $26 F6F-3 Hellcat, USS Yorktown 1943 (overall light blue). $20 P-47D razorback, 61st FS / 56th FG, "Little Chief" nose-art. $20 P-47D razorback, also 61st FS / 56th FG. $20 Plastic model kits: B-26 Maurauder (Revell) $4.50 Box open, interior plastic wrap unopened. Decals for 497th Bomber Squadron / 344th Bomber Group, Florennes, Belgium 1945; or Free French GB I/32 "Bourgogne", Istres, France 1944. F-15B/D Eagle (Hasegawa) $5.00 Interior plastic bags unopened; markings for 18th TFW at Kadena or 36th TFW at Bitburg F-15C Eagle (Academy) $7.00 Interior plastic bags unopened F/A-18C Hornet (Revell) $9.00 Interior plastic bags unopened; "Eagle Nose Art" decals Heinkel He.117 (Airfix) $8.00 Never opened Heinkel He.177 (Airfix) $4.50 Box and interior plastic opened, appears to have all parts Heinkel He.219 (Lindberg) $2.50 Opened, appears to have all parts Henschel Hs.126 (Italieri) $3.00 Never opened Henschel Hs.126 (USAirfix) $3.00 Never opened LWS-Czapla (Micro-72) $1.00 Box open, has all parts Me.410 (Italeri) $5.00 Markings for 1/KG51, France 1944 or Stab V/KG2, Germany 1944 O/A-10A Warthog (Italeri) $7.00 O/A-4M Skyhawk (Hasegawa) $4.50 Interior palstic bags unopened. RDW-8 (PZW) $1.75 Box open, has all parts, Polish civil markings Tornado IDS (Ertl-Esci) $5.00 Markings for British 617 squadron; Italian 154 Gruppo, 6 Stormo; German MFG1 Decal sheets L-29 Defin (Miniprint) $1.50 Czech, tiger stripe, never opened. Spitfire Mk.Vb (ProModeller), $1.50 Three American squadrons (335th & 336th FS/4th FG), one RAF No.121 Squadron (American volunteers)
  4. My current struggle with basic motor skills : cutting neatly straight lines in sheet styrene. Is there some special tool or technique that makes this easier? Something like a rotary paper cutter. (In fact I considered using a rotary paper cutter and just accepting that I'd be killing the blade early, but the slot for the paper is too thin for the plastic.) There's obviously the knife-and-straightedge method, but when I've tried that the knife either strays away or actually cuts into the straightedge. And a mitre box works for short bits, but I'm looking to do longer strips of a uniform width. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. -c
  5. Even the most "realistic" sci-fi spacecraft invariably understate the need for propellant. You need a lot of reaction mass to make the spaceship go places, and these spacecraft usually don't have big visible fuel tanks. Therefore they must (1) use some kind of super-dense propellant, meaning a lot of reaction mass can be kept in small tanks, or (2) they have some kind of super-efficient engines, so that a small amount of reaction mass is all that's needed. Neither fits the "can be constructed now" criterion. The "Orion" nuclear-pulse approach exists only on paper, so I'm not sure if we should count it as "possible now". Nuclear-thermal rockets have been tested (if only on Earth), so we could probably count those. I've toyed with the numbers and for a round-trip to Mars (with aerobraking upon Earth return) requires that propellant makes up about 6/7ths of the total mass. That's assuming nuclear thermal propulsion with anhydrous ammonia propellant (I'm skeptical about long-term storage of liquid hydrogen), aerobraking at Earth return, and about half the dry mass being shed before Mars departure (landers, empty tankage, etc.) You can play with the assumptions and get different numbers, but we're still talking an awful lot of propellant per unit of payload. That's something sci-fi ships almost never have. Short of a major technological breakthrough, I think real spacecraft are likely to be more analogous to rockets than to ships, planes or space stations. That is, they'll be big things but mostly propellant, expendable rather than reusable, shedding stages as they go until all that's left is the relatively tiny payload at the end.
  6. Anyone have good photos, diagrams or other references for the V-2 rocket brennstand (the launch platform with the flame deflector used in mobile launches). I'm doing a Special Hobby A4b kit and the directions for the stand aren't entirely clear. Even pictures of or instructions from another model kit would be useful. Thanks, -cpk
  7. Anyone know the status of Revell's (US) classic Battlestar Galactica kits? I saw flyers for these last year, saying the kits would be out by late 2007. The Viper was supposedly a new (or at least improved) mold with a cockpit and landing gear. Yet they don't seem to be out and I can't find any news about them. Just wonderin'. -c
  8. http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/Arrowhead...taloguePage.htm They don't call it the A-Wing, which is weird because everything about it is pure Star Wars. I can only assume it's some kind of legal issue and that they had permission to use images (including the design of the fighter) but not the actual words "Star Wars". (Not that I'm recommending the kit as such - It could be fine, but I've never seen it in person and can't vouch for it.)
  9. I've begun the following, which I hope to complete over the next several weeks. Start-STC 1/288 Proton-K-L1. Surprisingly good kit for an ex-communist-bloc manufacturer, although still needs some sanding and filling. Academy 1/288 Shuttle stack. I've removed the hideous slab-like orbiter attachment points and have been reasonably successful making a more realistic facsimile using wire and bits of sprue. But I'm wimping out and doing it as STS-1 so that I don't have to mess with the ET foam color hassle... And while I build, I'm watching HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon", which I just got on DVD. Good times, good times...
  10. ASSUMING real life doesn't make too many demands on me, I hope to contribute: 1/288 Start PROTON-ZOND 1/72 Revell X-15
  11. It was also at the Duxford Spring Airshow in May: They did a big helicopter rally to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict. At least one of every helicopter from the war (including a captured Argentine Huey!) plus one fixed-wing veteran of FIGAS (Falkland Islands Gov't Air Service). No Harriers, alas...
  12. Not that I'm getting any kickbacks, but as an example, Greatmodels has it for $9.95 http://greatmodels.com/~smartcart/cgi/disp...tem_num=RMX5247
  13. Looks t right. The vertical stabilizers should have fabric over the front triangular bit, but otherwise it's a match. Thanks! And kudos on your ID skills... -cpk
  14. This was one of several models of First World War aircraft at the Le Bourget air museum, which I visited about two weeks ago. Unfortunately I forgot to note down which one this was. Can anyone advise? Thanks. vr -cpk
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