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Trenton guy

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  1. And the Swift was well known? It’s fun to hope.
  2. Great! So what exactly is wrong with the landing gear on mine?
  3. Got mine this week. Looks like very nice kit. Certainly leaves the ancient Italeri in the dust. Too bad about the missing guns, one piece canopy, lack of the canopy opening mechanism, and the fictional box behind the ejection seat where the mechanism should have been. I can work around all that with some Hasegawa X-29 or Sword T-38 parts. Don’t think I’ll get another until I see what Wolfpack offers. I have high hopes there.
  4. Looks like the Academy molds. Great news. I feared the difficult to assemble Dragon ones. Look at those engine/boom sprues. So easy to replace with the earlier ones to get the badly needed P-38F/G. C’mon Academy, you know you want to — even after all these years.
  5. Brings back memories. Spent a year just a mile north of Pleiku AFB, a base camp called Engineer Hill. Got over to the air base with some frequency. It was the only place for a hundred miles where you could get a real American hamburger. The Army had B rations (think a perfectly circular pork chop coming out of a can). I remember one evening about 7PM when an AF pilot threw one all over the sky in an amazing aerobatic show. My guess is that he went home the next day. that is exactly what the looked like. Great job!
  6. Got a Frog coming from e-bay so I can try it, but if memory serves the Frog nacelles were not separate but part of the upper and lower wings. Maybe only the nacelle fronts can be transferred. We’ll see. Better yet, how about it Aerocraft —- replacement nacelles and spinners?
  7. Price on Hannants dropped to £25 after Wolfpack advertised there at about that price point. We will see what Sprue Bro’s asks in the USA. At that price, I’ll unhappily get one. Been trying to get myself to start the old Italeri one for ages.
  8. That’s a bummer. Didn’t know 3D printed stuff was prone to warping, as is resin. Sounds like a quality control problem since mine was OK. I still plan to order two more and we will see what happens. There won’t be a bright future if a uniform level of quality cannot be assured.
  9. Delivery after October 13. I’d call it a pre-order.
  10. Got their F-4 set from the “big H”. Very impressed with the quality. Ready to use. Good bye photoetch!
  11. Looks like I’m looking at my first Lukagraph kit. A 1/48 Nimrod will be very nice.
  12. Wonder if Sword still has the molds for the very decent resin canopy mechanism that was included in their T-38 kits.
  13. Outstanding. Skale Wings are still there. They seem committed to filling real holes in the universe of available kits. Sk-35 shouldn’t be too hard if you have a stock of those Swedish made parts intended to backdate the Hasegawa Drakens.
  14. It was the ESCI kit that had an attempt at canopy actuators (just checked mine in the stash). They were in both the F-5A and F-5B kits. Little arms that attached to the top of the ejection seat rails. I believe that is prototypical for the single seater and the rear canopy of the two seater but not the front canopy of the two seater. My reference point is the 1/48 Freedom Models two seater (bought it solely for reference) confirmed by not always easy to discern photos. They are missing the considerable bulk of stuff behind the seat but it was an attempt. IMHO the best, should I say only, good representation of these components was found in the Sword T-38 kit’s resin components. The kits are virtually unobtainable now but I laid in a few years ago for use with the ESCI kits. A really nice resin cockpit and color PE panels were part of the package. Recently completed a Sword T-38A. The mechanisms were more than a bit fidly but came out very nice.
  15. Yes, five and dime. Actually it was a J Newberry. The Woolworths next door didn’t carry Airfix.
  16. Their recent AH-1Z was pretty expensive also but a nice kit. Did Aggressor F-5’s carry cannon?
  17. Yes, ordered mine direct from Kora and they have been shipped.. used the link in post #1.
  18. Jamie is quite right about the fading. Back in 1967 I built a series of Viet Nam aircraft in the then well known colors (if you had a FS 595, which I did). When I arrived at Pleiku AFB at the end of March 1968 I was shocked to discover that the USAF aircraft stationed there were painted in the wrong shades, so much was the fading. The 30219 was a distinct pinkish shade and the 34102 was a lightish blue green. There was no indoor storage at PKU. The tropical sun altered not just shade but hue.
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