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  1. I've never tried lighting anything from scratch since I wired up a couple little light bulbs to some batteries inside my first Monogram B-52D back in the 60s. That sound a bit out of my league.
  2. I think the NX is my favorite Enterprise, It was a time when they didn't have everything down pat and things could go wrong. They were also more like NASA in some ways, trying to learn and being somewhat excited at things they encounter along the way. I have one that I lit up but about half of the lights have died, including one of the nacelles. What is a good source for a decent lighting kit? I was also thinking about getting the phase cannons for one of my models.
  3. We were told there was a ship bringing in a bunch of paper towels and T.P. It will immediately be off-loaded as soon as the Edmond Fitzgerald arrives. Should be sometime tonight.
  4. This is where the C-130 L.A.P.E.S. system would work, no stopping, you just let it slide out the back and some to rest on the sidewalk.
  5. What about the Hasegawa weapons sets? You should still be able to get them somewhere.
  6. Who makes the conversion kit for the A.F. M-706 Commando car? I'm want to do another one but would rather have the conversion and detail kits than do it myself again. Then I'll need decals made for my squadron's vehicles, but one thing at a time.
  7. The Pedro was an interesting thing to ride in and could provide all sorts of diversions besides what a mission in one allowed. I'm looking forward to a H-43 kit in either 1/72nd or 1/48th. Any idea when they might be available?
  8. I'm looking forward to it. Finally a chance for a good kit in a scale that I usually build aircraft on. Don't underestimate the Pedro. They were also used to support the local villages by bringing in supplies of all types from food and medical to whatever they might need for a new irrigation system. There was one time it landed on the road outside the base clinic to pick up a critical patient and transport him to a hospital in Bangkok. It took a couple refueling stops, but they made it. I flew several recon flights in those things. We used to cover the local area around the base, looking for enemy activity of any type. One night someone tried to bring us down with a high intensity light beam. later we took out a car that was running guns for the enemy. Yes it was not all that pretty, it was dangerous to be near with the engines running and the blades turning. It wasn't as glorious as the real combat copters catching the headlines, but it did one heck of a job that most people never heard of and in some cases the designers never thought of having it do and I'll always be grateful I had a chance to be on board for some of them.
  9. I'm not familiar with Navy base security, having been in the Air Force, but unless you have a need to be on the base I have a feeling that your chances of getting past the gate are not that good. Especially since the recent shootings. Even when I was in you had to get permission to enter, and have a valid reason, and be vouched in by someone who will take the responsibility of your actions..
  10. Something you didn't see very often: Then there's this, a grey AC-130, while the others were either cammo top over black or all black. Just because I like the B.U.F.F.: WE had a lot of them and eventua;;y gpt spme "G" models in.
  11. I'm sure someone's probably working on them but be patient, after all, it's a tankless job.
  12. I want to make another AF. Security Police M-706 from the Vietnam war. Last time I had to completely rebuild and detail the entire kit from its Army V-100 configuration to Air Force standards: I know there is or was a conversion set out there but I don't seem to be able to find it. Does anybody know where I can find these sets? I know Squadron carries the wheels, but after that, it's like the Moody Blues song goes, lost in a lost world.
  13. BN7149, AS far as I was told, the A and C models were practically identical except for some electronic and probably instrument changes. Thanks for the compliment about the 5th markings, I did a lot of work on the design and built several of the Monogram kits with variations of the markings until the Commander approved the final set. The initial concept for the design showed up during our squadron contest and came from a guy in maintenance but it needed a lot of changes and modifications before acceptance. I spent weeks making changes before Col. Coe approved the final design. I also managed to add the lightning bolt name plates and a couple other things along the way. At this point I'll take any set that fits. I tried looking at Squadron, something I don't do very often, as well as Freetime and sprue brothers but never found anything. Thanks for the suggestions guys, I'll start looking into those kits.
  14. Since I got no response in Spare Parts: I have a Hasegawa 1/48th scale kit that needs a engine set without the Turkey Feathers. My intent is to build a F-15 from my old squadron, the 5th FIS.
  15. I have a Hasegawa 1/48th scale kit that needs a engine set without the Turkey Feathers. My intent is to build a F-15 from my old sauadron, the 5th FIS.
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