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Navy Bird

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  • Birthday 03/29/1955

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    Rochester, NY USA
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    Nuking Lymphoma

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  1. Today I received my package containing a full set of Javelin goodies from @TeeELL. They look great! And, thanks to the superb packing, everything looks to be in good shape - none of the parts came loose or broke during shipment across the pond. I am so happy to get these parts so I can make an accurate FAW.9 out of the old Airfix kit. I'm planning on the red and white bird that is at the IWM. I have about 100 photos of her. With those pix and these new 3D printed parts I'll have no excuse when building the model! Thanks for all of your hard work. Cheers, Bill
  2. Wheels and tyres so she can stand up: The mud guard brackets are simple solder. Luckily, the 5g of weight up front that I calculated earlier is enough...barely. If I had used 3g as the instructions say, she'd be a tail-setter. Gear doors and belly tank are on. The tank needed some TLC to get it to follow the contours of the underside. At least that's what she said. The instructions would have you paint the exhaust rings copper - I thought that was odd, so I used Alclad Pale Burnt Metal. I'm not sure this flavour lives up to its name - it looks more like a pale gold to me. Whatever, I used it anyway. My photos of the real thing don't show the colour of this piece much different than the nacelle, but they are all from restored birds. Let's see...what else did I do today? Oh, right, I masked and sprayed the windscreen and canopy. The IFF antenna was sanded and sprayed but I really didn't like how it came out. The moulding was bad to begin with...some nasty seams and a big sprue gate. I decided to just build my own using a circular punch and die set and some small diameter rod. My IFF antenna is on the left, and the kit part on the right: No babysitting tomorrow, but I have to go the hospital in the morning for my monthly IVIG infusion. After that, wifey says my glacial progress may proceed. Cheers, Bill
  3. Lots of tiny capillaries etc. in your head. Even the smallest cut or gash will bleed like crazy. I can't tell you how many times I thought I killed all of my kids in similar circumstances. Now that I'm old I figure if I can't see any grey stuff or a bone sticking out, they're OK. Give 'em an iPad and a cookie. It's funny, every time my grandson gets a boo-boo. I ask if a bone is sticking out. I've said it so much that he now tells me without asking - I don't see any bone Grandpa! Cheers, Bill
  4. Yup, me too. Sign me up for the cockpit in 1:72. Are the pits different for the different marks? My remaining Javelin kit to be built is the FAW.9. Cheers, Bill
  5. Wasn't Lockheed Martin a partner with KAI in the development of the FA-50? There could be quite a bit of F-16 DNA inside. Cheers, Bill
  6. Very nicely done. Does the Polish Air Force still fly this type? Cheers, Bill
  7. I had to get out the big magnifier to read them, but they actually do say PRESS. I assume it's the way to open the panels on the spine. There are also six of them on the nose. I got lucky with how close the Testors Flat Yellow is to the decal. At first I tried good old Insignia Yellow, but it needed a bit of an orange tint to match and I didn't want to mix something up. I found that old bottle of Testors (amazing it hadn't turned into rubber yet) and it was a great match. Pentecostal? I always wondered what snakes have to do with the Naz... Thanks - I do like how the stickers came out. I have to assume that Cartograf printed these, as they reminded me very much of their decals. Strong, thin, and able to be "snuggled." Danke. I think she's just about finished. Not much to go now. Cheers, Bill
  8. Well, believe it or not... It was one of my daughter's favourite shows. She is still in her goth phase wearing only black unless she can find something darker. She has a custom built bookcase shaped like a coffin. Plus, she has a stuffed bat and, get ready, octopus on her wall. She has a 12 foot tall skeleton as a Halloween decoration for the front yard. I could on, but you get the idea. Cheers, Bill
  9. I can understand that. After all, look at all those flying buttresses holding up your 3D printed parts. Cheers, Bill
  10. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11509383-enlightenment-ain-t-what-it-s-cracked-up-to-be Pretty cool book. If you insist - I'm still freaked because I haven't stuck the wheels on yet. Anyway, the stickering is complete: I don't like tiny stickers that say "PRESS" in 0.01 point font. Just saying. I used a decal for the gun camera window. Probably should have made it darker, but I guess it's OK. Now on to the wheels! Cheers, Bill
  11. Don't forget to add the DACO Phantom book to your list, Edward. @Procopius Cheers, Bill
  12. I hate home repairs. Today I spent 6 hours disassembling and clearing a jammed garbage disposer then reassembling and reinstalling. Six bloody hours. Me, the guy who's had ten spinal surgeries crammed into the cabinet below the kitchen sink. This space wasn't big enough for Harry Potter prior to fertilization. All the while the missus was trying to get started on her Christmas baking plus we were babysitting little Dexter, whose was quite interested in swinging the pipe wrench around. Arghh...cue the Anglo-Saxon. Cheers, Bill
  13. While we're all speaking of wives, I must have drawn the lucky straw. I know I joke about it sometimes, but she has never hassled me about any of my hobbies. For the last show I went to (in October) I asked her to withdraw some cash for me in case I saw something I liked. Her response was "is $250 enough?" I think I'll keep her (50th anniversary next year...) Cheers, Bill
  14. Has that ever stopped you before, ye man of innumerable stashness? Cheers, Bill
  15. No luck, the dealer sold my old Sword F.3 kit at a recent model show. Sorry. Cheers, Bill
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