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  1. Cartograph has an entire ancient monastery of monks, high in the Himalayas, who spend their days using prehistoric sea glass eyedroppers and hand forged magnifying lenses to custom mix FS matched inks. They carefully grind rare, endangered flowers and powdered white rhino livers, and drop by drop ensure 99.7% color accuracy of their inks to the FS595 chips (not the fan deck, you neanderthal!). Once the color is perfectly matched, it is drizzled across the bosom of an unwashed virgin and hand dripped into tiny platinum tins that are then shipped to Italy for production. Only the highest quality
  2. I think you have two problems. First, it appears you purchased the wrong aftermarket decals, because the emblem you’re showing looks significantly different than the reference photo. Forget, the colors, the logo itself is very dissimilar to the fin flash. Second, I think you’re greatly overestimating how important an exact color match is to a pilot. Model builders tend to get extremely hung up on details most pilots really pay very little attention to. I’m assuming if you get the right squadron and markings overall, he’ll be plenty happy with the build.
  3. Don’t mind old Reddog (GW8345), he’s just cranky cuz he hasn’t gotten his COVID vaccination yet. Have you put hand to real steel? HAVE YOU?!? Never change, pumpkin. At any rate, this entire conversation is probably overwrought, because variances in local mixing, application, touch up, and weathering are going to result in many, many variances in the appearance of the painted aircraft. And the Navy has a much wider variance in “standard” application of paint than the AF does. Bottom line: check your references, make it how you like, and have fun. Arguing over the c
  4. This is, by far, the DUMBEST thread I've ever read on ARC. And I've seen people arguing the F-14 was a great airplane, and new models of it should be built today. I seriously hope no modelers use anything in here as the basis for any decisions about their medical health. Sweet baby deities some of you are dumb. Everyone who read this thread is now dumber. I award you no points, and my God have mercy on your soul. FFS...
  5. Define “issues.” Side effects are generally mild to moderate, and short term. 24-48 hours later, they are largely gone. They are also roughly equivalent to the side effects common to a wide range of vaccinations: injection site pain, low grade fever/chills, fatigue....etc. Almost all those who get these adverse reactions are quickly over them. It’s still better than getting COVID.
  6. GW8345: “People disagree with me in this conversation, so I’m ridiculing them and shutting down the conversation, and going back to my echo chamber where everyone agrees with me. Have a blessed day.” You too, fam.
  7. GW8345: asks for expert opinion receives expert opinions GW8345: “no, not like that” You are as charming as ever, Reddog. Tighten up them tin foil hats boys! It’s gonna stay bumpy for a long time at this rate...
  8. “Probably the coolest jet aircraft ever, turns 50 today. First flight 21 December 1970.” That’s a ridiculously subjective comment. Counter-argument: “one of the most overrated jet aircraft ever—propped up by a mid-80s US Navy propaganda film—would’ve turned 50 today, had it not been retired from front line service over 14 years ago.” And yes, I know the IRGC still flies them.
  9. I know there's a few fans of the Skull and Bones out there, so....for your humble consideration, here's the latest offering from my side hustle. Available HERE if you are so interested. Thanks for checking it out!
  10. https://lmgtfy.app/?q=F-15E+deployed LMGTFY - F-15E Deployed They are not particularly hard to find. There's tons of photos of filthy forward deployed F-15Es. If you're modeling it while it's at home station, straight off the wash rack or out of the paint barn, then sure. But considering the Lakenheath Strike Eagles, and particularly the 494th, have been deployed a whole lot of the past several years, you'd be equally valid in modeling a heavily weathered aircraft. As a bonus, they've also worn a bunch of cool temporary nose art while deploye
  11. There are Reserve and Guard exclusive bases, such as Homestead which is an Air Reserve Base, but many times, AFBs share facilities between Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty units. Maxwell is an AFB, under an Active Duty Airbase Wing. The 908th is a tenant unit. A primary driver was the fact that, with the accelerated divestiture of the legacy C-130s, the 908th needed a new mission quickly, or else its Airmen would be out of a job when the Hercs left. The timing worked well to replace the C-130s with MH-139s. Proximity to suitable training ranges then likely came into pl
  12. In all fairness, this is a jet at home station, with full access to all support, wash rack, and paint barn facilities, engaged only in training missions. Take a look at how some forward deployed E-models look after only a few weeks ina desert environment. They are often absolutely filthy, with dirt and dust caked onto every panel gap, fluid leak, and condensation point on the airframe. They’re not always this clean.
  13. Well, Maxwell isn’t an Air Reserve Base, it’s an Active Duty AFB, with a slew of tenant units. The largest of those is Air University, but the majority of the tenants are all Active Duty. The 908th, however, is a Reserve Wing, is a tenant unit on the base, and will become the MH-139 Formal Training Unit after divesting of its C-130s. 908th will transition from being a Herc unit to the new mission, but the base designation and mission will not change....the Reserve Wing will remain a tenant unit on the Active Duty owned airbase. And the Reserves do operate J-models, albeit not sl
  14. Fun fact, those schemes are just part of a complete deck designed by ARCer Trigger for VFC-12; they were leaked before any selections were made, and with no credit attributed.
  15. About to publish a new print featuring more Eagle nose art, this time from the light gray side. This print will be available from Third Offset Designs starting this Friday, 23 October. Just as with all Third Offset Designs' nose art prints, you can order direct here: https://third-offset-designs.myshopify.com/ Check out this outstanding nose art from the 44th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and AMU! Recently returned from CENTCOM AOR, these C-models followed the lead of many of their E-model predecessors, and added some incredible artwork to their jets. Third Offset Des
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