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    Even duct tape can't fix stupid.
  • Birthday 01/14/1978

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  1. Because the aircraft departs from a US airport and flies through US airspace before it reaches international waters. It's the same reason the bars and casinos don't open on cruise ships until they reach international waters - US federal and state laws of the port of departure are in force until then.
  2. Found a few HC-130N/P pics at Airfighters and other sites. Some camo birds with the overhead rails, too. You might try downloading them and lightening things up in photoshop or equivalent and finding details that way... Airfighters HC-130N/P Air History HC-130N/P
  3. The V-280 prototype was deliberately built with oversize tail surfaces so there would not be any issues with stability during testing. This is not uncommon for preproduction/flight test aircraft. Look at the YF-22 compared to the production F-22 - same thing: oversize tail surfaces to enhance stability. The V-280 was flying test and demo flights while the Sikorsky team was still working out bugs and bending their aircraft every time they flew. Bell did a PUBLIC demo of the V-280 at the 2019 Fort Worth Air Show (I was there for that, in the Bell pavilion). You don't do a public, ai
  4. Which scale? I used to carry the Authentic decals line when Vagabond was selling direct to consumer, and I have a bunch of his 1/72 stuff left in the archives. I MIGHT even have a 1/48 copy left. It'll take me a few days to rummage through, though, since we just moved into our new home, and I'm unpacking, setting up, hanging pictures and all the other fun things you do when you buy a house. If I've got what you need, it's yours.
  5. I depends on how the art is created. If he was a government employee at the time, then his copyright is automatically assumed by the government. If he was a private person creating the art on a government vehicle, then he can own the copyright to that art. In exactly the same way, Shane Medder (flygirlpainter) owns the copyright to all the art she paints on Navy and Marine birds, not NAVAIR, and it's proper to ask her permission to put decals of her work on a sheet.
  6. Blackbird Models makes an OP-2E conversion set, along with an AP-2H and P2V-5 (P-2E). All are listed as "out of stock" on their site, but if you scour eBay, you might get lucky: Blackbird Models 1/72 Conversion Sets
  7. Most likely that is a dark grey primer that was sprayed on. Most jet intakes are made as smooth as possible in order to not disrupt the airflow headed towards the engine. Jet engines do funny things if the air being pulled in isn't flowing fairly smoothly, so I'd guess it's a sandable primer with dark coloring added. As far as painting is concerned, I would suggest adding a couple drops of black to your favorite match to FS36081 to darken it up and call it good.
  8. I'm a little on the overweight side, but the docs here said they thought it might be due to multiple factors. My initial infection wiped me out pretty bad, and left me with no energy to do much of anything. Since COVID affects the clotting factors in your blood in weird ways, no activity for a couple days + enhanced clotting = hospital stay. But weirdly, they also said they're not sure that's what caused it, since they said the dangerous clots formed in my lungs directly, and didn't travel from my legs. The clots they pulled out of me are currently being examined at UAB Medical Center's annex
  9. I spent last weekend in the Huntsville (AL) Hospital ICU and general population due to COVID. We were waiting on information on how the vaccine affects nursing mothers, since my wife is still nursing our son, and I caught it. Had to have emergency surgery to remove blood clots that were blocking almost 30% of the blood flow to my lungs after a few days. I'm not going to tell anyone what to do, other than do your research and make an informed decision based on what's best for you. But use me as a cautionary tale for what can happen, too. I was the only conscious patient in the ICU for 30 hours,
  10. Shawn, Great build! There's a version of the Federation-class blueprints that shows the standard Class I saucer section: Cyngus X-1 / Federation-class
  11. It's available on Amazon, and my local Walmart was restocking it on the shelves Sunday during my grocery run. Pledge Revive It (a.k.a. Future)
  12. MHaz

    WC-130A Rainmaker

    Here's the cybermodeler page for the C-130 SEA camo scheme. The image comes from USAF T.O. 1-1-4. C-130 Southeast Asia
  13. I *may* have 1-2 copies of those sheets in storage. I sent all but a few Fights On sheets to Sprue Brothers when Mike Pister and I decided to split up Fights On from Vagabond. (Rough year, that one.) I already have had one request for a couple if I can find where the movers put then. If you can give me a couple weeks to get out to my storage room with actual time to look, I'll be happy to see if there's any left. I can't promise they're still there, however. Stuff was packed up over a year ago, and I was already at my new job when the movers came. We've had 1-2 boxes turn up missing as we've g
  14. I'm honestly not sure about Jeff V, but I believe that's the essence of it. I find it poetic that he's now sponsored by Sprue Brothers. It's honestly sad the way it went downhill - every time I went to an open house, it seemed like their warehouse got emptier and emptier. They they started charging admission for their open houses, and only for Eagle Quest attendees, leaving NCT IPMS high and dry. The last show I went to in 2019, MMD cancelled their tables the week before the show, leaving the club with a very sparse dealer area.
  15. Hopefully nobody steals their joy... MMD failed because of mismanagement, high overhead and once a new management team was installed, lack of understanding of the hobby. In the mid 2010's, while we were living in DFW, I'd go to every NCT IPMS open house they'd host, and since my daily commute would take me very close to their warehouse, I'd usually have an order to pick up every so often. MMD had about 30-40 people working there at that point, including 3 full time graphic designers for the flyers, several other office personnel, and the warehouse staff. By c
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