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  1. New Aggressor

    Yes, that "Black" scheme was never intended to be an official scheme. The aircraft received the black before departing from depot, but the tail number was needed for RF-AK before they could complete its scheme. It's since been repainted in the brown-green-black splinter scheme as depicted above. 295....tail number same on both pics.
  2. New Aggressor

    TwoBobs BDU splinter
  3. Failing to see the point....you're correct. There are not many Raptors in service. Although, comparatively, it's not that much lower than the number of combat coded F-15Cs left in service. Not the same as a new munition that's in the early stages of being fielded. Combatant Commander has requested capabilities that only the F-22 can provide, so F-22s are sourced to fulfill the request. Not sure what this has to do with the proliferation of munition types carried by USN fighters.
  4. The Raptors add significant capability in theater, period. And again, there's just not that many Ds in service compared to Cs.
  5. There's a hell of a lot more 120Cs in inventory than 120Ds, and they have excellent shelf-life and captive carry hours remaining. In a theater where you don't NEED the latest and greatest advancements (because there really isn't much in the way of air-to-air threats) you don't want to burn out your 120D airframes. Hell, I'm surprised they're not carrying Bs.
  6. 14th FS Vipers Way Cool Video 2017

    Really? Hell, at 23 years old, that song is practically an oldie. Certainly a classic in military unit promo flicks.... Guess it's good they don't make these videos for you guys. Beats the hell out of 10 minutes of ECS cockpit whine and wind noise. *shrug* Like I said, they don't make these for guys like this audience, so it hardly matters.
  7. It is entirely within the realm of possible he did not have a choice. "Get out there and do some good PA work," is, unfortunately, a legal order.
  8. F-14 - Why is it so popular?

    Which one has proven more effective in current ops? Oh....right. Pretty much no comparison then.
  9. Sometimes, upon finding oneself in a hole, it is best to stop digging.
  10. so where is 2020 nats

    Unsurprising. The National Convention is dying a slow, but inevitable death, because some of the elder members of the society are beholden to a format, structure, and process that are no longer viable, particularly in the information age. The Nats needs an update to its format, an update to the process for scheduling and coordinating the event, and if it doesn't happen soon, the event is simply going to stop happening. No bids for 2020 is a huge warning flag.
  11. F-35 news roundup

    I'm still baffled as to how locking your shoulder harness makes it harder to eject. Considering that's one of the steps in a controlled ejection scenario, prior to pulling the ejection handle. And in an uncontrolled ejection scenario, the shoulder reels retract and lock, to help keep your body in the correct position.
  12. Need feedback re: F-14B conversion

    Fair enough! Clearly, you've got fans, so I wish you best of luck with this effort. Sounds like you've got a good balance, and family will be around long after any business/hobby time we pursue. Cheers!
  13. Need feedback re: F-14B conversion

    Darren – You’ve provided a lot of unique products to fill some niche gaps over the years, and clearly, based on the responses above, there is interest and demand for the product you are advertising here. I’m not a huge Tomcat fan, so I can’t really speak to my interest in a “full meal deal” set, but I do look at the price point, and the number of “fixes” and resin parts under consideration, and I have some concerns. I mean this with all sincerity, and you’re a great guy, but frankly, I think you need to hear a bit of direct feedback regarding your proposal. I’ve purchased a few of your products over the years, and the end result has been unfortunately disappointing. While they are unique, and fill a need, they are often soft, lacking in detail, and they require a lot of work to bring up to the same quality/appearance as the rest of the kit. Again, you do a great job of filling the category of products that aren’t going to be produced by anybody else, but when you start talking about a $35, major conversion set, I think you need to step up your game on product quality. I don’t have nearly as much experience on casting as you do, but I think the most readily apparent conclusion is the fact you do not pressure cast your parts. I don’t know if you vacuum depressurize your molds or not, but I’d suspect that is another source of the inconsistency in your casted parts. Between soft details and shapes, casting bubbles, and leakage flash, the end result is typically not what your customers expect. And frankly, it is not keeping pace well with the other resin companies out there. I think this is too bad, because you do provide unique products, fulfill a void for the super-detail oriented modeler, and are a genuinely nice guy. I’d like to see your product succeed wildly, and not be openly mocked in forums for the issues noted above. Long answer to the original question, but would I pay $35 for a major conversion with the current, typical SB casting quality? I would not. I might pay significantly less for a one off, smaller component that I couldn’t get elsewhere, but for that cost, I’d expect a major kit to have greater fidelity, detail, and accuracy than the products I’ve purchased from SB previously. Again, none of this is meant to be personal. I’d like to see your products become the leading edge for accuracy and quality in their particular market share, so I hope you take this opinion into consideration when looking at your options for this F-14B conversion.
  14. F-35 news roundup

    Among the more interesting problems Dr Gilmore has helped create is his insistence on side-by-side comparison testing....for example, requiring a flyoff of the F-35 vs. the A-10 to prove which one is better. The problem is, how do you scope such a mission? Given the vastly different capabilities of the two, it is nearly impossible to write an objective scenario which fully explores both aircraft's capabilities and yet allows for direct comparison. Additionally, given Dr Gilmore's position is an appointed, political position, it is probable there will be a new DOT&E Director shortly, which could see a significant change in the direction of the program's review process.
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