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VMA131Marine

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About VMA131Marine

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    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.
  • Birthday 12/04/1964

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    USMC Aviation, Fleet Air Arm, Post-war British jets

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  1. Cool! The University of Illinois Glider Club used one of these as the tow-plane.
  2. VMA131Marine

    C-130 Eggules from Freedom Kits

    Brings new meaning to the phrase "Squadron, scramble!"
  3. VMA131Marine

    C-130 Eggules from Freedom Kits

    The Blue Angels "Fat Albert" version is surely not far behind.
  4. VMA131Marine

    HK Lancaster ?.

    Really? It wouldn't surprise me if more than half of all the Lancaster models ever built were of Dambuster aircraft. There is a reason that Hasegawa, Revell (twice), Airfix (also twice), and Tamiya (1/48) all released Dambuster boxings of their Lancaster kits. The Grand Slam version is not nearly as well-known.
  5. VMA131Marine

    New 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I?

    I would have the perfect bin for you to put them in.
  6. VMA131Marine

    Best 1/72nd Hurricane II and Spitfires?

    In profile, the Academy Hurricane looks fine, the problem is with the fuselage being far too narrow. The nose in particular looks very pinched compared to the real thing.
  7. VMA131Marine

    Best 1/72nd Hurricane II and Spitfires?

    The Airfix kit is good but is more Mk.IIa than Va. The Mk.V Spitfires had metal covered ailerons. The Airfix kit retains the fabric covered ailerons of the Mk.II. The new Revell Mk.II is actually closer to being a Va, but then it has other problems, most notably with the wheels and prop/spinner.
  8. This is no smaller than 1/48. Is it possible that they would do a U-2/TR-1 in 1/32? That would be awesome!
  9. VMA131Marine

    Trumpeter new tool Avro Vulcan

    It's only a matter of time before Airfix does a new Vulcan. They already did a bunch of research for the Corgi 1/72 die-cast model so it's obviously on their radar.
  10. VMA131Marine

    Supermarine Attacker

    On the real one, yes! Remember it was basically the same wing as the Seafang.
  11. The X-3 was designed purely to be a research aircraft, as was the X-1 and X-2 before it. It was intended to reach speeds of 2000 mph, but was so underpowered it could not break the speed of sound in level flight. Some of the test flights supported the development of the wing design of the F-104, which was in service by 1958 the date given for these WHIFs. The MiG 19 was also in service by then; I can't imagine any pilot wanting to fight the X-3 against the 19, or the MiG-17 for that matter.
  12. If only the X-3 had been as fast as it looked.
  13. It's not going to be cheaper than the Hasegawa kit. The 1/32 P-40E kit can be had for $35 plus shipping from hlj.com . I can't imagine that the Trumpeter kit is going to come in under $60.
  14. Here's the most definitive thing I've seen about the Aurora train wreck “The loss was actually in the area of 14 1/2 molds officially (or 15 1/2, something like that). The molds were taken to Chicago to the Morton Grove facility, where the insurance company paid on the loss. Obviously, the other 1/2 mold was not particularly functional, but then the insurance company never had to produce parts from the remaining 1/2 mold. “There were some figure kits involved, a couple of aircraft molds, and the Addams family house sounds right, as mentioned on one of the other responses. I know that one of the accessory (black) parts molds for World War I aircraft was in there as well. I believe it was the Albatross CIII and two more kits that were the ones affected. Can’t remember which the others were. https://culttvman.com/main/aurora-faq-6-what-is-the-story-about-the-aurora-train-wreck/
  15. VMA131Marine

    Harriers! Flying!

    Makes you wonder why the UK gave up its Harrier force .....
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