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Irving Babbitt

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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.
  15. Here's a link to a photograph that (kinda) shows the doodad. I have a better image kicking around, I'll see if I can dig it up. Edit: here's a better image link. It's a tannish fibre glass color with the wraps distinctly visible within the device. Afrika korps yellow, followed by some streaking or sloppy drybrushing with deck tan followed by a dunk in satin clear sorta replicates the structure. I haven't found a technique I'm really happy with, it's tricky to pull off.
  16. You are correct, rcaf. I was in the wrong and I owe Wayne an apology. I'm sorry Wayne, I was way out of line and I apologize for my crass words. You did nothing wrong, Wayne, aside from being an innocent bystander. rcaf, thanks for the head check.
  17. So you did know something that I didn't. You jerk Edit: Having given it some thought, that was a pretty rotten thing to do. You already knew the answer to your question, but you sent me on an hours long goose chase and occupied my Sunday night with a question that didn't need answering. That's not very friendly, Wayne. When I log on to ARC, I try to think of every question--no matter how catastrophically stupid--as worthy of a response, and a bit of work. I'm happy to do that work, but when I find out that my Sunday night was occupied for no good reason, that really tees me off. I've spoke
  18. I'm far from finished, but I did cross a mile stone. I competed a complete metal 917K space frame. The only plastic is the kit bulkheads (heavily modified).
  19. Bingo! I believe that squares the circle. Thank you very much airjiml2.
  20. Thank you, Snowbird, that's one humdinger of a photograph. During my crash course in GH Sabres I read about the Mk.6s (hence my first post) but when it counted, I couldn't find a photograph to back it up in my third post, or whatever. Nicely done, and appeciated. Thank you very much Eventually you do become old enough that little things like this matter a lot Still sane, still sane, wooohooo, I'm still sane!
  21. Chin up, eyes forward :D Sounds like you're doing great. 99.9% of model building is tactile. You can read about it until your blue in the face, but until you've tried and failed a few times you won't understand it. Then it will suddenly happen, and it will all fall into place. Ah hah! That's how you do it! Just like riding a bike :) Don't dwell on your goof ups--we're all constantly fighting off goof ups. There's certainly no global shortage of model kits, so it's perfectly okay if you botch up a few. Just keep learning as you go. Sounds like you're doing exactly that. :)
  22. Thanks rcaf, that was a real bee in my bonnet. 2+2 kept coming up 3. As for fuselages, your post produced an lol. Couldn't do it to save my life, not on a real jet at any rate. I trust that most line drawings are reasonably accurate regarding panel lines, but I'll be damned if I've ever seen a real jet with 20% of the fuselage features it should have.
  23. Good luck with this gotar, I enjoyed reading your progress and if you've really learned not to over brush fresh paint, you're a phenom, sir. I've been relearning that lesson for the past 25 years I think you'll find that although this is your first build, it's not terribly different from what a lot of us are doing. I build about half a dozen cars and airplanes over and over again, each time experimenting with a slight change here, a new technique over there, and a new material under there. Pretty much the exact same thing that you're doing. Best of luck with your build, your "I'm just exper
  24. Here's a link that lists the history of the airworthy Hawk One that TonyH shot and posted in General Discussion. It was originally built as a Sabre Mk.5, so it has had a wing transplant (contrast this and these with TonyH's shots). After decommissioning it made its way to the States and bounced around quite a bit but I haven't been able to figure out where or when it lost its wings. As a final note, I've also looked at a pile of period Golden Hawks photos and I have yet to find an indisputably period photograph that isn't fitted with the classic fenced 6-3 hard wing. I don't know for a fact
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