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andrew.deboer

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  1. andrew.deboer

    F-14 Expanded Chaff Adapter - Photos?

    OK, here’s my decal work for the business end of the Expanded Chaff Adapter, and the plastic strip I added to the Phoenix pallet for the ECA body. I did blue or yellow chaff cartridges and a copper-ish color for the flares. Not entirely happy with the printed colors, so I also did a version that can be laid down over paint.
  2. andrew.deboer

    F-14 Expanded Chaff Adapter - Photos?

    Hello, all, I expect to have some progress shots soon with my homemade ECA decal and BRU-10A in place.. In the meantime, this thread surfaced: And behold, the thread has an up close shot of an ECA. This is a test flight, so there are a lot of nonstandard things going on here, but it does show the layout and size of things very well. Of interest to me are the umbilical channel aft of the ECA rail, and the contours of the ECA. I also decided to go tankless on my model - to make the TARPS-specific equipment easier to see.
  3. andrew.deboer

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    That would be too poetic for words. It really would be great to see Tamiya follow through like that for the hat trick. I’m working to make that happen by building a Tamiya D as a B, so you’re welcome in advance, y’all!
  4. andrew.deboer

    36375/36320 Comparisons?

    Great test! I’ve always done the same as you with the MM 36375, adding some 36492 or -5 to it. I tried 36375 from Mission Models, and it had a decidedly violet cast to it. I wrote to them and told them what I was seeing. They did respond, which was great, but they basically told me there was nothing wrong with their color. I bought another bottle, being open to the idea that I might have gotten a bad batch, and got the exact same result. I mixed the crap out of both bottles (Mission Models is tough to get mixed), and tested each, and got... the same result. Haven’t gotten to the 36320.
  5. This is a very well done tutorial. Should come in handy for the people who bought my Hasegawa kits. 😃
  6. andrew.deboer

    1/48 Revell B1 bomber new kit

    Yeah, that kit's a bummer. It should at least come with turkey feather-less exhaust nozzles just like Revell did in their F-15E many years ago [I know, not the same engine, but same construction].
  7. andrew.deboer

    F-14A glove vanes 1/48

    You could find someone who has a Hobby Boss kit and isn’t using theirs. The kit has them molded closed, but also includes the vanes. I was happy to discover that in my sole HB tomcat kit whilst planning an aerial display of a TARPS mission going at warp speed.
  8. andrew.deboer

    What are your top 5 dream model kits?

    After some consideration... i would love to see a new Tamiya 1:48 A-10. They could do an early one, one with LASTE mods, and a C. I know HB and Italeri have done the A-10 somewhat recently, but that doesn’t make Tamiya any money. And if the Gold Standard did it, it would be right.
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    What are your top 5 dream model kits?

    1:48 F11F Tiger (sorry, FM, gotta say no) 1:48 RF-8G 1:32 Tiger Moth (talkin' to you, Wingnut!) 1:48 NC-4 flying boat (*hits bong again*) 1:144 Boeing 757 (helloooo, Zvezda!) I would build several of these. Gear up or down, GE or Rolls engines, winglets, etc.
  10. andrew.deboer

    Airfix 1:48 Tiger Moth for 2019

    I've wanted a 1:48 Tiger Moth for years, and I'm glad it's coming from an iconic British company. My first choice would be Wingnut Wings in 1:32, but that's another story...
  11. andrew.deboer

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I never dared to hope that Tamiya would do an F-14A in 1:48. After that, I didn’t dare to hope they would do a D. Now, I’m hoping just a bit that they will do a B. I will definitely be paying attention this September! But yes, I want the AMK one - it will be 95% of what I need to model an F-14 on the glideslope! “Roger, Ball!”
  12. andrew.deboer

    1/48 Tamiya F-14D

    The Tamiya F-14 will definitely give you a break from fit issues! It goes together so well that I have had trouble coming to grips with how soon it is ready for paint. It takes a direct comparison to really bring the meaning of “state of the art fit and engineering” into focus. I recently cleared off my work table, and took out the Great Wall MiG-29 [9-12], and spread the sprues out in their bags. Well, one thing led to another, and before I knew it the sprue nippers were out and I was test fitting parts. As detailed as the GWH kit is, I was struck by the inexact fit of many parts like the engine intakes and nacelles and the vertical tails. Again, great detail - and the one-piece missiles are really remarkable - but the parts fit is a distant comparison with Tamiya. Have a good time!
  13. andrew.deboer

    Fightertown Decals New Tomcat sheets out

    Brian: I didn't realize I had a problem! Thanks for checking the tracking. Was it FedEx or USPS? I guess if it says it got delivered, then the problem is on my end, either porch pirates or misdelivery... I'll have to order up again after the holidays.
  14. andrew.deboer

    Fightertown Decals New Tomcat sheets out

    Haven’t seen my order yet. I can’t even remember what I ordered - I think it was one of each of the new ones. That data sheet will start getting used the day it gets here!
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    Fightertown Decals New Tomcat sheets out

    Look at a photo of a real PTID screen, or look at the Tamiya part the decal is designed to be applied to. There is an overhang at the top of the screen - there’s no frame there on the real screen.
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