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  1. Некоторые из нас умеют читать по-русски, товарищ.
  2. This seems to belong to the same category of myth as all those Argentine claims to have damaged or sunk HMS Invincible during the Falklands War - some fake news to salve wounded national pride.
  3. Something else to be aware of - a lot of kit instructions erroneously cite only gray as the color of early WW2 german vehicles. The actual army paint scheme was officially 2/3 of the vehicle gray, and 1/3 brown from 1937 until roughly the end of the French campaign. This is when overall gray was ordered. It’s not readily apparent in period photographs, as the contrast between the two was minimal at best. Especially in black and white photos of dirty, dusty vehicles. Of course, not all units fully complied with this. See here for a start on this subject - https://panzerworld.com/german-armor-ca
  4. If it ain't Zvezda, they sure did steal their box art! Not likely, of course. I haven't seen sprue shots anywhere, but the details of completed kits in online photos sure look like the Zvezda kit. I wrote a preview of the Zvezda kit for a website many moons ago; sadly it still sits in my stash 10+ years later. While not as prolific as some, Academy does rebox other's kits, especially for their home market. I'd suspect that is most of the case here.
  5. I'd imagine it was tied in part to Peter Jackson's desire to make the Dambusters movie. As its fate waxed and waned over the years, the 1/32 Lancaster probably went from front burner to back shelf multiple times as well. And then time ran out altogether...
  6. Not a great pic, but this is my Trumpeter 1/72 CH-47D more or less finished with the AK US Army Helo Drab. You can see the jars hiding behind the model. A few million years ago I did a review for the Modeling Madness website of the Dragon 1/144 UH-60 kit; I used the Model Master version on those back then. As far as I know, those are the only 2 actual Helo Drab paints out there. This is the spec color since the mid 80s or so for all US Army helos, with a few exceptions, like the CH-47F model.
  7. The Union Jacks weren’t for ZA718 in the Matchbox kit, and ‘Bravo November’ isn’t the box art Chinook, either. They, and the flags are supposedly for ZA711 in Lebanon.
  8. FWIW, Vallejo’s color matches for WW2 are basically nonexistent. They take whatever FS color in their line is close enough, slap a WW2 color designation name on it, and call it a day. Sorry.
  9. IHP posted this on 10/02. I'd say the project is on life support at the moment - Well, the deadline for 1/700 CVA-01 kits came and went. We don't have enough reservations at the deadline to start the project now, but they are still trickling in at an encouraging enough rate. Since this is a project I personally really want to do, we're going to continue taking reservations and see in a few months where we are at. We're at a little over 100 kits, and a few hundred at least would do it. So, continue with preorders if you haven't already, or if you think you might want more of them. Th
  10. Thanks for sharing those. I lived then only a few miles away from the now (former) Griffiss AFB. They were the last USAF active duty unit to operate the F-106, and when they stood down 1987, the F-106's front line service was over. They shared Griffiss with the B-52s of the 416th Bomb Wing. They remained until the base was closed and realigned to civilian use in 1995.
  11. Got to rain on your parade some more - the myriad of boxings of the Italeri, Revell, and Zvezda kit are all the early 90's Italeri kit. Not terrible, but quite elderly now. The hobby Boss kit is much newer, but has issues, too. I've never seen it in person, but I've been told the landing gear is weak physically, and there are ejector pin marks everywhere. Seems like a toss up of mediocrity if the Ka-50 is your thing.
  12. It was for Mustard and its derivatives. While not the deadliest of chemical agents, mustard was widely used at the end of WW1 for one main reason - it got over everything, and was persistent, and could cause casualties and injuries long after other agents would have dissipated. Contamination of equipment was, and is, a major concern. Vehicles that have been splashed with mustard can be a hazard that is not immediately obvious, until exposures happen. The color change of the gas patch was supposed to provide a quick alert that something might be amiss if a plane had happened to exposed while on
  13. That would totally ruin your day if you happened to be a fish just swimming by...
  14. It should be pointed out that not all those museums are doing well, or all those ships in good condition. Consider that, perhaps.
  15. It's a simple fact that not every ship can be saved. There will always be someone that cries a river over any old rust bucket, but reality is that saving a vessel and keeping it in the water is a horrifically expensive deal. One that most simply don't care to pay their taxes for. Truth hurts, but that's it. Meanwhile, although focused mostly on US Navy ships, this blog has an excellent article on ship scrapping, and is one you should be reading if you have any interest in the weapons of WW2 - https://wwiiafterwwii.wordpress.com/2020/09/07/scrapping-the-warships-of-wwii/
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