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  1. No clue, but I found this at the bottom of page 3 and figured it was worth bumping.
  2. This is hard. Monogram F-100, I guess. Maybe the Academy F-111s. The Hasegawa F-86s or -104s are the more rational choices. Being a bit imaginative, the Eduard Mig-23. I'm keen to see an Eduard Phantom, I'd sure like to see the 'gawa monopoly on that airframe broken up.
  3. Nice post! Writing from the USA, I've found the Eduard edition, especially the Weekend Edition, to be much cheaper than the Hobby Boss example. If you shop around a bit, it's pretty easy to get the Weekend Edition, plus the masks and express etch for about the same price as the Hobby Boss kit, sans extras. I nailed a Weekend Edition for $12 bucks at a local show, so you could really undercut the Hobby Boss if you were patient about it.
  4. Boman, If it's any consolation to you, during the late-80's I was working up a real show stopper -G. I dearly wanted to hang Limas on it but I couldn't find a picture to save my life. My fetish for hanging Limas has faded with time but the internet has made it easier to find photos. Whenever I see an -E or a -G I always take a peek and I've yet to see a Lima.
  5. This is certainly one where reasonable gentlemen can reasonably disagree. I personally prefer the Hasegawa because I cannot bring myself to break up the Sabre's exceptional lines with open gun bays...much less bisect the poor thing. Consequently, the 'gawa offers the shorter path from A-B for what I wish to build. The Academy might be the better option for you. Price is the real deal breaker here. I haven't purchased a Hasegawa Sabre in 3-ish years, but when I last bought the kit it was nearly 10 bucks cheaper than the Academy offering. A ten dollar difference between such evenly matched kit
  6. If you're interested in race cars: Their re-box of the Porsche 962C kit is cheap and awesome--aside from the "Racing" rather than Rothmans decals. You'll need to buy after market decals for $10-15 bucks. Their BMW Sauber is a very nice, cleverly engineered kit of a very handsome car (to the extent that you can use that word for modern F1 cars).
  7. Ouch! Philippine F-8's used to be a dime a dozen on Airliners.net. It would seem Airliners has lost a bit of content. Edit: I don't mean that as a snarky, backhanded remark about an obvious search. I thought I'd be able to produce at least a dozen links in as many minutes--but they aren't there any more!
  8. This is actually a really fun equation that looks intimidating, but if you take a couple of seconds to actually look at it, it's actually brain farting easy. That being said, you can solve it but not really get the joke; you have to be in the right frame of mind to "get" it. Here's a link to a video that explains it for those of you that are still one cup of coffee too late: **it's a former Soviet Bloc web site so you'll have to sit through the obligitory few seconds of crap music, but you will eventually get a lesson that shows how to solve this fun equation. You won't believe how easy it
  9. So much confusion over such a simple question, here's the answer.
  10. Hoovers, SLUFFS, GR.1s and 104s: This man has taste and a refined sense of aesthetics. He knows the difference, despite his dalliances into F-14/18 territory, between what the classical philosphers used to call "the good, the true and the beautiful" and what we today call "totally rad." This man deserves encouragement. Welcome aboard Tracy!
  11. lgl, Rubber tires are often fairly greasy with mold release agents so you really want to break out the tooth brush and a soap that cuts grease (dish soap or 409) to clean that garbage off. The slick and slimey nature of rubber tires makes them fairly immune to the usual paint-based tricks for creating realistic tires in scale. Here's a car-builder's trick for developing a bit of wear on the tread surface: Chuck the tire in your Dremel and spin it at a fairly low speed while gently tapping it on a piece of 1200-ish sand paper. If you were trying to show a racing slick in all its filthy molten
  12. I like your zoom zoom concept and I think it is something that a boutique etch manufacturer might be able to pull off. But it'll likely be a razor thin profit margin, lithography is hideously expensive. On the other side of the coin, Eduard's most recent newsletter has announced their entrance into the resin+etch market. Perhaps this might, in a few years time, enable Eduard to start publishing zoom zooms, given their economy of scale...or open up the market for what you envision. Great idea
  13. I voted "No" out of honesty. As much as I admire the artwork, I'd never use the sheet.
  14. That's what I was thinking too, not to mention the Ramones. I'd add Monk and Miles Davis to your excellent jazz suggestions. Edit: American chauvanism regarding jazz aside, I was really suprised no Bon Scott numbers were on this Australian list.
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