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  1. Wow, even “more recent” pics of Barksdale A-10s are going to be almost 9 years old…last of those jets departed in 2013. So really, you’ve got quite the research project on your hands. You might try searching the DVIDS database.
  2. As stated, hundreds of pics on the official Facebook page, as well as many other model groups’ FB threads.
  3. Tons of pics and coverage. Some really incredible new resin stuff, particularly missiles and ACMI pods of all flavors and variants. Phase Hangar resins had all their amazing A-10 stuff there. And honestly, I’ve never seen more coverage of a Nats. Tons of online streams, video walkthroughs, and photos galore. It’s been fun to see all the pics.
  4. Tons of pics, on the IPMS Vegas Nats page, various online clubs, and numerous special interest groups. Honestly, I think it’s the most covered Nats I’ve ever seen. There’s no lack of online photos of the builds.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. “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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. Waco


    “You're guaranteed not see any of that BS the NFL is pushing.“ Is that BS the exercising of personal rights and freedoms? Is that the BS the NFL is pushing. But you’re right, instead you can see a whole different flavor of stuff. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Remember, not everyone views the world through the same lenses.
  21. 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️ Apparently the answer is to cancel everything and hide in our homes forever.
  22. “It’s not going to really be “safe” until there is an effective vaccine and most everyone has received it.” So, never? Given the fact this virus will continually mutate, like most coronaviruses, a vaccine will be, at best, minimally effective. And given the number of people who’ve already said they will not get the vaccine, either because it’s been rushed and long term effects are unknown, or because they’re antivaxxers on principle, or because they’re conspiracy theorists, you’ll never get a majority vaccinated. So...then what? We never send kids back to school? Cancel
  23. “To keep everyone safe.” im genuinely curious what the endgame is for all of this. What’s the threshold that has to be met to declare it, “safe.” It seems no one has any idea. We’re well past, “flatten the curve.” Can’t fight it, but seriously: what’s the endgame?
  24. HEY! As the questionable appointed head of an organization somewhat dedicated to opposing the old moss covered false deity, I demand there’s a stop to all this talk of “preaching him more,” and revival of this thread. Seriously, as long as it doesn’t cut into my time watching Golden Girls reruns, I’m pretty dedicated to stopping the Moai at a reasonable, not too economically challenging cost. Maybe. If it doesn’t interrupt drinking time. But seriously, stop revitalizing this thread and giving him free press. The CoV hasn’t been able to afford any operational budget
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