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  1. Film, Fictional and Speculative GB: at 30!

    Welcome aboard, thanks for joining in! As Dennis already said, both Gundam and Transformers would be eligible for either Sci-Fi or Movie and TV...both great choices (and there's always room for more Star Wars, of course).
  2. Lockheed GB in 2019 ? at 22 on March 5th

    Having signed up for the P-38 STGB, please count me in...
  3. Film, Fictional and Speculative GB: at 30!

    Welcome aboard, thanks for joining in!
  4. Sorry to hear that, hope you recover soon! I'd be happy to co-host if you're okay with someone with no prior hosting experience (though I am co-hosting Pacific at War for trickyrich, so I will have co-host experience by next year). And I will definitely be building the AT-AT. That and the Space Shuttle are my top picks, though I'd like to try and fit in at least one fast jet as well. Question is which one...I also remembered that the Gulf of Sidra Incident engagement between Libyan Su-22s and U.S. Navy F-14s was in 1981, and I have the recent "VF-84 Jolly Rogers 1980" boxing of the Academy F-14A in my stash, which has the VF-41 Black Aces aircraft involved in the 1981 Su-22 shootdown as secondary decal options (I think I also have a WolfPak sheet with the appropriate markings).
  5. The MTO GB II

    I still plan on attempting the P-40 duo for this GB, and I would like to get in the MC.202 as well, but something struck me after my initial knee-jerk "default to aircraft" response: Both of my grandfathers served in Italy during World War II, one in the U.S. Army and one in the Canadian Army. Neither one of them was in a particularly vehicle-centric role (they were an Army Corps of Engineers mapmaker and a film projectionist in the YMCA entertainment division, respectively), but I happen to have Tamiya's 1:35 Willys Jeep and Universal Carrier Mk. II in my stash. I figure those were ubiquitous enough vehicles that their paths must have crossed with my grandfathers' at least a few times...
  6. The Specialist GB

    Thanks for the clarifications...hope all the "thinking aloud" I tend to do on what might be eligible for these open-ended group builds doesn't get too tedious. After all that, being an aircraft modeller first and foremost, I'm probably going to stick to planes for anything that goes in here: Recon: Spitfire PR XI or SR-71 Blackbird Night Fighters: P-61 Black Widow and/or PV-1 Ventura Tank Busters: A-10A "Warthog" Ship Killers: RNoAF F-16A with Penguins... And that's already way more than I can hope to finish in one GB, so I have some definite picking and choosing to do...
  7. World War II Jeep & Derivatives STGB

    Excellent choice, glad to see one of the more unusual variants being suggested. Thanks for joining in!
  8. Film, Fictional and Speculative GB: at 30!

    One build I definitely want to include in this GB if it goes ahead is Bandai's 1:350 Millennium Falcon (the Vehicle Series mini-kit) built as a generic Corellian Engineering Corporation YT-1300 pushing a cargo train, like in this unused sketch from the Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections book (I think I heard somewhere that the concept had been suggested before in an early source in the old Star Wars Legends expanded universe, but had largely been forgotten). The sketch didn't make it in, but the idea was alluded to in the text and I remember when I first looked over the TFA cross-sections book when the movie came out in December 2015 I loved the idea: suddenly the Falcon's configuration made a lot more sense - not only the lack of significant cargo space on an interstellar freighter, but also its utility as a smuggling craft...overworked Imperial customs officers likely couldn't be bothered to inspect every "empty" tug passing through a system too closely...
  9. British AFV Group Build we’re @ 20 and 2/3rds there folks.

    Please count me in with a Challenger 1.
  10. The Specialist GB

    Sounds good to me! Though, would an aircraft have to have scored a victory in combat to qualify? I can think of a few very unusual possibilities that weren't actually used in combat...the Boeing YAL-1 airborne laser platform version of the 747 for a start...granted, its intended targets were missiles not aircraft, but it was still designed to destroy flying objects. Similarly, the original prototype of the Myasishchev M-17/M-55 series, Subject 34, was intended as an aerostat balloon interceptor. And of course there are the Sidewinder-toting Nimrods of the Falklands War and later... Conversely, among aircraft that did score victories in actual combat, although it was technically classed as a fighter, the U.S. Marine Corps night fighter version of the PV-1 Ventura is a subject I've been wanting to enter in a group build for some time primarily because it was, to the best of my knowledge, the only successful conversion of an airliner airframe into a fighter (for a certain value of "successful," of course, and rejecting out of hand the cover story that the Do.17 was "originally intended" as an "airliner...") In any case, I've got Dragon's 1:700 scale USS San Diego in my stash, hopefully someone will release an injection-moulded 1:72 ZSU-23-4 Shilka or 9K33 Osa (SA-8 "Gecko") before too long, and since I didn't have the chance to build a Skink in the Sherman STGB I might have to look into that possibility...
  11. The Specialist GB

    Great idea, please count me in. I've been waiting for an excuse to put a P-61 in a group build (though Battle of the Bulge 75th and Island Hopping would also work)...the other categories also have lots of potential (a Norwegian F-16 with Penguin missiles has a definite appeal...) Re: ships in the Recon category, I'd assume anything with a primary intelligence gathering tasking, such as Soviet AGI spy trawlers or a Stalwart-class T-AGOS would be eligible? Submarines might be a tough one in that it's a safe bet just about any post-World War II sub other than ballistic and guided missile boats has likely carried out intelligence gathering missions of some sort, but most of those missions are still highly classified... As for ship killers, would it work to take the same approach you're suggesting for AFVs in the tank buster category - anything with a primary ASuW tasking (i.e. all capital ships, most cruisers and some destroyers) is in, but anything with AAW or ASW as a primary role (e.g. Ticonderoga-class CG, Spruance-class DD) is out?
  12. Really neat idea, please count me in. I've been reviewing what happened in 1981, and there are some definite possibilities: -First Space Shuttle Mission. -First full year of the Iran-Iraq War. -Israeli airstrike on the Osirak nuclear reactor. -First flights of the F-117 Nighthawk, Boeing 767, BAe 146, AV-8B Harrier II, Shorts 360, Dornier 228 and SIAI-Marchetti S.211. And at a bit of a stretch: -Longest game in professional baseball history between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, respectively - future hall of famers Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken, Jr. played third base for the opposing teams). Admittedly, it would be hard to fit this one in, but part of me would really like to try... -Just one year off from initial operational capability of the M1 Abrams (1980) and MiG-29 "Fulcrum" (1982), so a very early service M1 or an operational test and evaluation early-series MiG-29 might work... All things considered, Columbia in STS-1 markings, the first prototype YF-117A and an Operation Opera F-16A Netz are probably my first choices... I haven't done too much research yet on which kits came out in 1981, but I have determined that MPC's The Empire Strikes Back AT-AT walker was first released that year, and I have an unstarted copy in my stash.
  13. D-Day: 75th Anniversary of Normandy Landings

    Great idea, please count me in!
  14. Question for the Abrams experts

    One of the decal options in the Flyhawk 1:72 scale M1A2 is in the NATO three-tone scheme, the newest Academy 1:35 kit has an option for a vehicle in Germany last year that was mostly in the single-tone green scheme with some parts (lower hull, running gear, CROWS, etc.) in sand and both Trumpeter and Dragon have released kits with markings for National Training Center vehicles from the 1990s and early 2000s in sand with a bit of green over it in a camouflage pattern (the latter had a photo of the actual tank on the box...not sure if they were OPFOR vehicles or not).
  15. Losing respect

    If Amazon.com reviews and comments from other American historians are anything to go by, I think it's fair to say the shortcomings of Ambrose's writing get called out quite regularly by other Americans...