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  1. The vision in my eyes is slightly different. For model work, I went to a Costco type store and bought some very inexpensive reading glasses (same type frames - but with different magnifications). I combined the lenses for each eye into one set of frames - custom glasses for very little cost. Really helps with general modelling. If I want super / close up - I just put the Opti Visor on over them, and have a much easier time seeing the detail work. Even if you don't need reading glasses - try out a low power pair - you might be really surprised at the difference.
  2. Kitlinx had the Bradleys and a bunch of other armor at very good prices. They had the 1/32 Revell P-51's for $25. I got their 1/32 HK Mosquito for $100. I don't understand why Eduard and Aires bring so much product, but refuse to take credit cards - seems like a lot of people pass up on buying stuff from them (myself included), because of that. It's OK though, Zoukei-Mura took credit cards (and therefore $350 of my money...), and I got their last Marine 1/48 F-4J PS - Mr. Z-M asked me if I knew of any real Spitfire Mk.1 or II, or early Hurricanes on display that they could get a look at. RAF museum in England isn't an option. I told them about the one in the Chicago museum - but it's hanging from the ceiling, so that doesn't do them any good. They want to be able to put their hands on one for some reason...
  3. GEH737

    A-10 Question

    As an A-10 Instructor with the "Flying Tigers at England AFB, LA, my first logbook entry with AIM-9's was in March, 1990
  4. Really happy to hear that Jake. My Nevada RF-4C's will be much better off because of that :)
  5. I'd like to see Nellis AFB jets. Growing up in Las Vegas, they were always quite a site coming up initial with their wings swept back. As young kids, we were sure they were "spy jets" - because of the black bellies :) One of the kids on my Little League team had a dad Lt. Col George Peterson (?) who was flying them at Nellis - and got us a tour of one. Might as well have been looking at the Millennium Falcon... Always had a soft spot for them ever since.
  6. Truly nice... Marking this for reference!
  7. Kursad - super late response... Did you ever sell that C-5? I got both of those sheets - and they're both really nice (as always) :)
  8. Werner's Wings has a great decal sheet for this in 1/48th (in case you weren't aware of it). I've got that one and they're set in 1/32nd - really nice. http://wernerswings.com/Ritchie-friends.html
  9. Yes - and Future is really a floor wax... Point being - if you can use it sucessfully - then it works. I've used it thinned around 50% with "Mr. Leveling Thinner" - than a light mist coat of straight Mr. L.T., and it works very nicely.
  10. If you go to the website "Large Scale Planes" - Chuck did a beautiful 1/32 Tamiya F-15C and he describes his transition to X-22. It's a beautiful build - and worth your time.
  11. I've used Tamiya Primer out of the can on Shapeways parts without any issues.
  12. Not sure if this is operationally accurate. But here's some intake images of the FB-111 in the Dark Vark scheme at the Strategic Air Command Museum in Omaha
  13. I did this FB-111 a long time ago - and wanted to do something completely different...
  14. I enjoyed it - as have my friends and their kids. Not perfect of course - but like modelling - if I enjoy the process, then it's been time well spent. I've never had a perfect project, or seen a perfect movie. Something that still draws me in after 40 years is a rare thing. I could go on about things I didn't like - but with all things Star Wars, I'm happy that there's still so much to enjoy, and I try to focus on that. I'm still working on the DeAgostini Falcon and R2-D2, just picked up the Bandai PG Falcon, and am looking forward to the new Star Wars world at Disneyland and Disney World. When I'm there - I'm amazed at how strong the force is (pun intended) with so many kids. The themes that have kept this universe alive will still be around long after we're gone. I'm happy about that, and look forward to what is yet to come. Luke didn't die... Point raised by a friend. When Obi-Wan disappeared - most of us thought he died (I did) - but, he projected himself there on the Death Star - as Luke did on the ice planet. There was no Obi-Wan body - as we could clearly see when Darth Vader stepped on his robes. He went to the next level of consciousness and became one with the Force. Yet Obi-Wan was still around to mentor Luke and give him guidance. Luke did the same thing at the end of this one; "The circle is now complete" - and Luke will be there to mentor Rey. The ending music, imagery and symbology was very powerful if you were willing to see it.
  15. Hi Winnie - there aren't any underwing tanks in this kit. All Hasegawa kits of the F-104 (to my knowledge) have the longer inner fin on the tip tanks carried by the later models. I modified the kit fins to be symmetrical by simply cutting down the inner fin to match the outer so that it was correct for an F-104C. Thank you for the compliment :)
  16. Thank you for the nice compliments guys!
  17. The photos aren't that great - just taken with the phone. I love the F-104 - ever since I built my first aircraft model - the old Hawk F-104 back in the 60's. The Hasegawa kit is very nice except for the "rivet divots". Wanting to use Caracal's F-104 sheet and MRP paints (ADC Gray), led to this. The decals and paint performed flawlessly over Alclad. There is subtle weathering - but it doesn't show much in the photos, and I overall wanted to depict a fairly new, clean jet. So - thank you for the decals Kursad - for so many overlooked subjects! George
  18. For what it's worth - here's a few pictures of 76-124 over the years (not my photos).
  19. The B model at Lankenheath is 76-124, formerly based at Bitburg, Luke and Tyndall AFB before going to Lakenheath. I was fortunate to have had flights in it at Tyndall in the mid-80's.
  20. Thank you Dutch. I wanted to try out the MRP Air Defense Gray on this - and I really love the paint. Alclad for the metal, and the decals were perfect. George
  21. Very nicely done. Taking such a basic kit and turning it into such a nice display piece is a great example of what can be done with older kits :)
  22. Thanks for those tips Jorge. I know that scheme has been done a lot - but still (even though it's Navy) - I've always liked the look of it :) George
  23. Thanks Jorge - I've got the Furball set - but the printing on the Tamiya decals always looks nice, and I'd thought maybe I'd give them a try. Yours looked so nice - I wondered if you had used them. Furball it is :) George
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