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  1. Vintage racing is growing everywhere, I think. It is not just older riders, either. A lot of people don't like the direction of the sport the last few years. Super powerful, heavy bikes. Huge, dangerous jumps, and high speeds. The new 60hp four strokes are really too much bike for a lot of regular weekend riders, and they are complex and expensive to buy and maintain. There are even rumors of simple two strokes coming back. Very few companies still make them, but I believe there would be a market.
  2. Here is a link to a few recent pics. We have a vintage club here in FLA. It is basically a bunch of 50 to 70 year old guys racing 70s and 80s dirt bikes. We don't really race with the kids on modern bikes. The bike you see in these pics is a my 79 Suzuki RM250. I also have a 76 Honda CR250, but I am still restoring it. It is not quite ready for the track yet. People often ask me about parts support. You can get most everything you need. 9 out of 10 of these bikes are broken up for parts to support the few that are still actively running. High wear items like c
  3. I think the ICM kit is a reboxed Condor kit.
  4. I built the ICM one a few years ago. It turns out OK, but I used lots of putty and it is not finely detailed like more modern kits. Here is a gallery link.. ICM Mig-31
  5. Body work done. Primer. Gloss white. Masking for black. Black applied Masking for leading edges. Decaling. Tracy (Vidar 710) made these decals for me. They do not exist on the real plane. A little artistic license.
  6. And they still aren't. "Obsolete" does not mean anything other than state of the art. In practical terms, it means at a huge disadvantage against what is likely be fielded by a peer adversary. Look what everybody else is flying. When considering overall performance, a SuperHornet will hold its own against most things it is likely to encounter. Remember the USAF and many other nations are still buying "obsolete" F-16s.
  7. JAXCON 2018 will be held at the University of North Florida on Feb 10, 2018. Our primary theme this year is the 75th Anniversary of Naval Station Mayport. We have a secondary theme of "Crazy 8's, which is basically anything that has an 8 in it. We will have our regular award coins with Jaxcon 2018 themed artwork. Here is a link JAXCON 2018
  8. Alclad clear lacquer will work and it is pretty foolproof. I think they have a color called "armored glass" or something like that. It works.
  9. This thing is a gonna be beautiful. Scratch build from the ground up!
  10. That has got to be one of the ugliest submarines ever built.
  11. If ever there was a kit that looks good in the box, but is a pain to build, it is the Revell 747-400. It has tones of problems, the most severe of which is the placement of the wing on the fuselage. It is essentially unfixable as it affects the angle of the engines as well. So fixing one problem creates another. Also, #2 and #3 sit to low. Here is mine. I did not change the wing angle. Dragon Boat 74
  12. Alclad has a clear dark gold tint color that works really well for this...not quite as "reflecty" though.
  13. Well, it will be interesting seeing them in SH's...essentially an aircraft almost as big as an F-15. I don't think it is going to look all that great. The SH seems to be a step down in terms of agility, except at really low speeds. The best I have ever seen the BA's look is when they were flying A-4's.
  14. Gents, I want to put a quick plug in here for JAXCON 2017, coming up fast. It is the largest scale modeling event in the Southeast, and will be held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, on Feb 11th. Here is a link to the show pages on the IPMS First Coast website. There you can find directions to the venue, categories, rules, and printable entry forms. JAXCON 2017 Here are some pics of our awards...Gold, Silver, and Bronze. As you can see, this year's theme is 60's Sci-Fi. These are two inch diameter "coin style" medallions.
  15. My personal preference is the Paasche H for general purpose work and the H&S Infinity for detail work. The classic H's reputation is well deserved, and the Infinity has the smallest tip diameter (.15 mm) of any "modeling" airbrush that I know of. Having said that, there are many good airbrushes that perform great once you learn how to use them.
  16. People can be so stupid. My first child caught a cold from my mother the weekend he was born because she absolutely INSISTED on coming to see her new baby grandson. He little immune system was attacked and he had tiny little nasal passages filled with mucus. I was not happy. We had another relative come over for Christmas dinner, because she WAS NOT going to miss it, even though she was just recovering from a bad respiratory infection and was likely still contagious. On top of that, we had another family member there who was going through Cancer treatment and has a compromised immune syst
  17. Just want to put in a quick plug for this year's JAXCON. As some of you may know, it is one of the largest and most prestigious shows in the Southeast. Hopefully some ARCers can make it out. We will again have our signature color coded, custom artwork medals on pedestals, and our theme for this year's show is "60s Sc-Fi." We are also going to upgrade our special awards to acrylic, vice plaques. The idea is to be able to place whatever award you win in your display case next to your model. Here is a link to our Facebook Page post with pics of the medals and event pin. The
  18. Got it...you do what you need to do. Also, in all fairness, acrylics are getting very good, and excellent results are achievable if one takes the time to learn how to use them.
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