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  1. This all takes place on the freeways in the Los Angeles area. Yesterday at approximately 11.00 am, I am travelling south on the 14 freeway and I merge onto the southbound 5 freeway and proceed for a few miles when I notice a pickup with a trailer parked on the right side of the 5 freeway in the emergency lane. On the trailer is the cockpit section, without the nose, of a Tomcat completer with canopy. Now I'm alone in the car, on the left lane cheating a little on the speed limit and can only really get a brief glimpse of this, but it definitely was an F-14 cockpit section. I don't know where it was going and I'm wondering if anyone here has more information on this.
  2. Like others have said this kit looks like it is in a larger scale. Very impressive build, I like it a lot.
  3. Very nice build, I didn't know that the "Spark Vark" ever came in the camouflage scheme. I built the Hasegawa "E" version a few years ago and have pleasant memories of building it.
  4. A quick question, how common was that load out on the first phot? Mk.82's with fuse extenders on in the inboard pylon and fuel tank on the centre?
  5. Happy Father's Day to you too and all the other Dad's out there. We have always celebrated both Mother's and Father's Day on the Saturday. We spent a wonderful day in Santa Monica with our son and his girl friend. I was presented with a "lululemon" tee shirt and a pair of shorts. The weather was great and it was the first weekend that Los Angeles was open.
  6. Just picked up James Ellroy's latest book - "Widespread Panic" https://www.amazon.com/Widespread-Panic-novel-James-Ellroy/dp/0593319346/ref=asc_df_0593319346/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=465161142177&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2255956871842110356&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031151&hvtargid=pla-971581327173&psc=1 I am both happy and disappointed with this release because I was hoping for the next installment of Ellroy's "Second LA Quartet" however this seems to be a one off/stand alone story which concerns the exploits of Fred Otash. I'm not sure but I would imagine that Ellroy has expanded and glorified most of the capers that Otash got up to.
  7. I really like it a lot, thank you for sharing your images of it. I have built the Hasegawa RF-4E in the JASDF ocean scheme. Like others have mentioned I also have some of the Fine Molds F-4's on order and one in the stash already. I am looking forward to building multiple Fine Mold Phantoms in the future.
  8. Very nice Bill, I really like it, I also enjoyed the wip thread.
  9. Very nice, I really like what you did with it. I have one in the stash and a couple on pre-order and I appreciate your comments on the build and decals.
  10. I am currently half way through, the 600 page, "Lady Joker, Volume One" by Kaoru Takamura, it is the first of her books to be translated into English. I am finding it a bit of a struggle because of the long introduction and history/background of the characters, the author laying the foundation of the plot and understanding the mentality of modern Japanese corporations and its effects on Japanese society. Perhaps being translated from Japanese into English may be adding to my struggles. The plot, according to the reviews, consist of five Japanese men of different backgrounds who meet weekly at the horse racing track and decide to kidnap the CEO of a Japanese beer company and hold him for ransom. I am now at the point in the book where a plan to kidnap the CEO is starting to take shape. Volume Two is in the process of being translated and should be available next year. On a more lighthearted note the postman left these for me yesterday. It is of note that the USMC Phantom book contains a few photos taken by a fellow modeler and a very good friend of mine.
  11. Last year was an anomaly for me, I built 14 models (a feat I had not accomplished since 1963) and only acquired 14. This year I have finished 4 with 3 in process, have acquired 4 and 2 on preorder. With more of the Fine Molds Phantoms (hopefully) being available later in the year the prospect of enlarging the stash looks imminent. As to when the stash will be empty perhaps in a 100+ years? It's not only the models in the stash it is also the books and magazines which I continue to acquire, at least I read those.
  12. I like it, I think you did an excellent job.
  13. It looks good to me, I like it, thanks for sharing.
  14. I like it, nice looking C-130, thanks for sharing the pictures of it. I am slowly plodding along with mine, in between other builds.
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