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  1. Hello all, Some time ago I pulled the ESCI "Tu-22M/Tu-26" (they didn't know which one was correct) out of storage. It is clearly a victim of its time, with glaring inaccuracies and "representative" details, but at the same time it is not a bad kit, with engraved panel lines and a good fit. So I started enlarging plans only to find out that plans can be inaccurate, too! (The one I was using had oversized wings and the air bleed doors in the wrong place...) What to do? The Aerofax book has a great overhead picture of an early -M2 parked on a runway paved with the ubiquitous PAG-14 plates. Because the size of these plates is standard at 2000x6000 mm, I now had a life-size ruler... At first, I drew a reticle matching the PAG-14 in 1/72 scale on a piece of paper, but it was too coarse to be of any use for me. I scanned the picture, tweaked for perspective, added a grid (1000x1000 in real life) and soon had something like this... The next step was making a 1/72 ruler for the model. I drew it on tape and placed it directly onto the model. Given the number of issues, I don't think it is a big deal if the "ruler" is a bit distorted around the nose... This allowed me to assess the issues with the kit and decide what I'm going to correct and how. Happy modelling, Bone
  2. I always wanted a work shop that resembled my old, favorite Hobby Store in 1960's Park Ridge, IL. My dad and I would walk to this shop every Saturday and pick up a kit. Thus my love of military aviation was born. My town had a knack for producing military aviators, four on my block alone: 2 Army Aviators (one was me), 1 USAF pilot and 1 Naval Aviator. My town also shared in the loss of two Naval Aviators, 1 USMC and 1 USN in Vietnam. But here are photos of my collection that I started collecting since high school. One of my valued kits is signed by Navy Cross winner, Captain Grant C. Young who put the last torpedo into the Yamato. Its also signed by Monogram Model's founder Bob Reder, two great guys I had the pleasure of meeting. (That isn't laundry hanging from the ceiling, but my collection of flying suits to decorate the place.) Enjoy a stroll down memory lane! Insert other media
  3. Way back in 1958 Frog issued a 1/72 Javelin FAW1. Around 1967, Hawk issued a 1/72 Javelin FAW1, complete with four Firestreaks (which were not applicable to the FAW1). Quite why Hawk shoukd see fit to issue a model of an aircraft that was coming to the end of its career is puzzling, so I was wondering if this was a re-issue of the old Frog model with the addition of the missiles to make it look more up-to- date. I cannot find a copy online of the parts breakdown of the Frog model, or instructions, so I thought I would ask if anyone in the BM community can shed light on the origin of th Hawk model? Thanks Peter
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