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About andrew.deboer

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    Opulence: I has it.
  • Birthday 06/12/1969

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    Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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  1. I think you did not view the video or you would have seen the rivets on the tail boom and stabilizers. Honestly, why take the time to post when you have absolutely no information?
  2. I’m planning to do both. I have the Hobby Boss A in progress and will finish that in the lizard scheme, and will get the Academy kit and do it in grays.
  3. Wow - one piece molds of the engine pods, the tailcone, and of the rear fuselage. Given the quality of the molding and surface detail on their 1/72 F-14 and 1/144 B-1B, this should be fun. This ain’t your daddy’s Academy. https://youtu.be/XwDxi2OYF-s
  4. I think that some of the enthusiasm for a B model may be because Tamiya hasn’t done one yet, and it’s the next logical step. The B was a particularly interesting variant of the F 14, just because it fixed the biggest issue that the aircraft had carried forth from its development stage. It was quite a game changer — and quite a surprise for some Air Force pilots, to hear Dave Parsons tell it — when the cat got the “big motors“! I am eager to see what GWH comes up with, but at the same time, it will be very hard for them to compete with Tamiya. Even though Tamiya doesn’t even have a B b
  5. There are lots of good alternatives to MM. Thousands of modelers get great results with Gunze, MRP, AK Real Color, MCW, Mission, Tamiya, True North, or whatever they are using. So, when a modeler says XXX paint sucks because he or she had a bad experience, I take that with a grain of salt. (I never did get comfortable with MM Acryl...) I also would like Tamiya quality with FS colors. For that purpose I would go with MRP, AK Real Color, or Gunze, but my local shop doesn't do those brands. So I get what I can locally and supplement with MRP and AK.
  6. 60% of my kits have been started. The only issue I have with this is when I open a kit that I worked on five years ago and don't like the quality of the work. I have taken to writing down paint colors on the instruction sheet so I can remember what I used. Modeling is aspirational, which means I buy a kit when I already have 100 and I open one up when another is already open. I treat my stash like a library and take things off the shelf at will to look at or work on. Love this hobby!
  7. I’m ready to call this done. I could keep picking at it forever, but it’s time to finish something else. The second blade antenna on the spine appears to have made the jump to lightspeed, so I'll have to fix that. The intake lips were missing in these photos but they are there now. I decided to go pretty "factory fresh" on this one. COMPONENTS Tamiya F-14A #61114 Fightertown Decals 48080 – Fightertown USA Part II Quinta Studios F-14A cockpit set Phase Hangar #48060 - Early Beaver Tail and Seven Gun Vent Panel Canopy
  8. Hello, Rob, The XF-85 reference was published in the October 1975 issue of the West Michigan IPMS newsletter. Back then, references were much more difficult to find than they are now, and club newsletters frequently included such research. I have every newsletter from that club dating back to Vol. 1 No. 1 in 1973. Not that I was there - I was 4 years old at the time, but I am now in my second term as president of that club. Sorry you don’t like our FB page. Please send your donation to defray 5 years of website hosting costs to West MI IPMS, and we’ll get a website cre
  9. Great listening if you want more gouge on the F-14’s strike capability. Episodes 14 and 16 especially. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/f-14-tomcast/id1585680868?i=1000554096578
  10. Get on Patreon or whatever vehicle works for you, man. You already have a legacy site with dedicated followers and readers - leverage what you already have. You’ve spent years managing this site with no buy-in from users - just open the tap and see what comes out. But please - don’t do YouTube unless you’re really into it. Your schedule does not sound like it would permit a lot of messing around shooting and editing video, and as you see with your wife’s channel, it’s easy to be on YouTube but it’s tough to make it worthwhile.
  11. I would rather just contribute directly to the thing I want to support. It seems unlikely that youtube channel will get monetized anyway, and it’s not of interest to me.
  12. ARC needs a Patreon page. I’ve enjoyed this site for over a decade completely for free. Time for us all to give something back.
  13. That’s a great figure but I have to say the pose is a bit nonspecific , like the pilot isn’t sure what to do - pilots usually move with purpose. The empty left hand just sort of hangs there in space. I like the figure, but I will probably give her a helmet bag or remove before flight tags or some other piece of kit for the left hand.
  14. Great topic. I have a completed Tamiya F-16C on top of my cabinet at work and I enjoy seeing it every day. Very precise, not the least bit fiddly, and just a joy to build, as was the Tamiya P-51D. I have a Hasegawa Bf-109G in the stash and I assume it would be a similar experience - but I'm selling it. Too many projects going, not enough years remaining. I would love to build a Tamiya Corsair just for the radial engine experience. Buy the best - you won't be disappointed!
  15. CONUS Or Canada only, please. I take PayPal and checks. Postage will be by USPS. PM me or email andrew dot deboer at mac dot com 1:48 Aircraft pending SH-3H Sea King with Starfighter Decals set for Old 66. Yes, that was an SH-3D, but try finding an SH-3D or do it like the cool kids... - $40 BUILDER’S KIT: 1:32 Trumpeter MiG-29K - $70 This kit has the vertical tails and stabilators removed from the sprue - every other sprue is in sealed bags. Now the good part: includes Zactomodels MiG-29 wheels and exhaust nozzles. That’s $59 worth of value ri
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