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Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-10-2020, 10:22 PM
Replies: 83
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Posted By Matthitect
I'm sure the new Air Force One will be a...

I'm sure the new Air Force One will be a wonderful aircraft, but it's too bad they are changing the paint scheme. It's a little bold for my tastes and doesn't come close to the classic beauty of the...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-01-2020, 03:10 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,068
Posted By Matthitect
Bullies love being rude and puting others down to...

Bullies love being rude and puting others down to build themselves up. Then when they are called on it, they cry freedom of speech and make you out to be a tyrant when all you are asking is for them...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-30-2020, 11:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 760
Posted By Matthitect
Carlo4, It's amazing the things that grow from...

Carlo4, It's amazing the things that grow from our childhood experiences. The Mig-25 always looked so frightening to me with it's massive size and intimidating brute power. Definitely an amazing...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-30-2020, 11:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 760
Posted By Matthitect
Adour, thanks for the tips on corrections. I...

Adour, thanks for the tips on corrections. I will definitely do that. Someday I am going to have to get and paint some 1/72 pilots. I haven't been terribly happy with what comes with the typical...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-30-2020, 12:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 760
Posted By Matthitect
Penultimate Cold Warrior - HM Ha6001 SU-27 Flanker

I remember seeing my first grainy black and white picture of the Flanker in an International Combat Arms magazine in the mid 1980's. I was immediate fascinated by this challenger to the supremacy of...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-29-2020, 11:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,389
Posted By Matthitect
Very impressive hangar! I would be happy to...

Very impressive hangar! I would be happy to display my model in something like that. Good job on the lighting in the photo too, it looks real. Like others have said, very clever use of the...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-25-2020, 11:23 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 16,758
Posted By Matthitect
Definitely looks like paint, it is thinner than...

Definitely looks like paint, it is thinner than the canopy frame. I wonder when that change was made? I don't remember seeing that detail on the early models, but that doesn't mean it wasn't there.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-25-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,525
Posted By Matthitect
You can't please everybody all of the time, hence...

You can't please everybody all of the time, hence "damned if you do damned if you don't." You do have to do your research though, so you can please the largest percentage of people possible and...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-25-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 16,758
Posted By Matthitect
That sunshade is probably just paint or an...

That sunshade is probably just paint or an adhesive flexible shield. I imagine the UV at those high altitudes would be torture on the pilot and his gear.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-15-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,525
Posted By Matthitect
I'm ok with the pivoting swing wings and the...

I'm ok with the pivoting swing wings and the positionable horizontal stabilizers, but doing rudders flaps and ailerons in diecast is problematic. Some look fairly decent, but most have gaps that are...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-13-2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 468
Posted By Matthitect
Century Wings F-14B Tomcat Landing Gear

I really like my Century Wings Tomcat, but unfortunately the main landing gear is a little loose and tends to push out to the side. I measured the width of the box the gear is in with calipers and...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-10-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,550
Posted By Matthitect
Nice looking jet and nice paint scheme. I prefer...

Nice looking jet and nice paint scheme. I prefer the non-weathered paint scheme as well. The weathering for the covered swing wing just doesn't look quite right. It's better to find a good modeler...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-31-2020, 08:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 807
Posted By Matthitect
I actually like the blue markings, it looks...

I actually like the blue markings, it looks sharp. When it comes to all plastic display models, I prefer to build them myself when I have the time. They are always missing details that I want to...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-31-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 807
Posted By Matthitect
F-14D Pukin' Dogs BuNo. 164604

Came across this and put it on my wish list of paint schemes that I would love to have. It was the last Tomcat made. Nice contrast and awesome noseart. Diecast Tomcat manufacturers out there. . ....
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-31-2020, 12:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,789
Posted By Matthitect
No "killjoy", we all have different interests and...

No "killjoy", we all have different interests and tastes. The Spitfires are nice and I like the EA-6B, but there is nothing I have to have. The F-35 in beast mode is interesting, but I just can't...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-30-2020, 12:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,525
Posted By Matthitect
This is from the description on the Flying Mule. ...

This is from the description on the Flying Mule. Sounds like it is a special edition with some extra features.

Calibre Wings have designed their tooling to include many features that are...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-30-2020, 12:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,789
Posted By Matthitect
So the F/A-18F Advanced Super Hornet is basically...

So the F/A-18F Advanced Super Hornet is basically an EA-18G, if I read the description correctly. It is not armed with a cannon. I like the low-viz paint. I am looking forward to seeing production...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-28-2020, 08:38 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 489
Posted By Matthitect
Corgi Tactical Strike AH-64D Longbow 1/64 scale

This is an odd item I have in my collection because of its scale, but I have always like the Apache and because of the size, it was easier to work on. It is a fairly well made model that lacked some...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-20-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,582
Posted By Matthitect
I read several different articles on zinc rot and...

I read several different articles on zinc rot and got the idea that their were two different ways it happens. Modern diecast is 99.99% pure zinc with very little impurities such as lead that can...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-20-2020, 02:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,582
Posted By Matthitect
AfelT1, Sad to see the condition on the wings...

AfelT1,
Sad to see the condition on the wings of your Pukin' Dogs. It really is a nice paint scheme. I wonder if cleaning the wings and applying a clear coat might stop or slow the damage. It...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-19-2020, 03:41 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,068
Posted By Matthitect
Speaking of the Batmobile, I think it is...

Speaking of the Batmobile, I think it is hilarious that it was the unofficial nickname for this flashy Tomcat.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-18-2020, 08:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 505
Posted By Matthitect
In my opinion, buying too few F-22 Raptors was a...

In my opinion, buying too few F-22 Raptors was a mistake, but if it means we get to see brand new.F-15 Eagles for a few more years, I'm all in. It's too bad we didn't get to see any brand new F-14...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-18-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 742
Posted By Matthitect
If my math is right, a 1/72 USS Nimitz would be...

If my math is right, a 1/72 USS Nimitz would be about 15'-2". That would be awesome! Maybe it could double as a dining room table. . . just not in my dining room. It's too small. Laughing pretty...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-16-2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,068
Posted By Matthitect
FortunateSon, I'm sorry if I hurt your...

FortunateSon,
I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings. I enjoyed Top Gun as much as the next guy and was glad to see F-5's on film. My Dad made training films at Randolph AFB for the T-37 and T-38. The...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-15-2020, 11:38 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,068
Posted By Matthitect
I remember seeing Top Gun as a kid when it first...

I remember seeing Top Gun as a kid when it first came out. I laughed outloud in the theater when when they encountered their first "Mig-28". Don't get me wrong, the F-5 is an awesome jet and one of...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-15-2020, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 974
Posted By Matthitect
Beautiful pictures. It's amazing to me after all...

Beautiful pictures. It's amazing to me after all these years and that plane still looks futuristic. I'm interested in getting the JAS-39 Gripen in the green and brown camouflage when it comes out. ...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-15-2020, 04:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,135
Posted By Matthitect
I knew that aircraft were often moved from one...

I knew that aircraft were often moved from one squadron to another at which point their 3 digit number might be changed along with paint and markings. It never occurred to me that they would have...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-14-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,135
Posted By Matthitect
Thanks for the picture and BuNo. I have seen...

Thanks for the picture and BuNo. I have seen some pictures with the same BuNo, but 201 on the nose instead of 101. I was just curious about the discrepancy and wanted to see more history on the...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-13-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,135
Posted By Matthitect
Century Wings Vf-103 F-14B AA101 (CW-001626)

I came across this aircraft by accident, but I really like the paint scheme and have been wanting a B or D. I have an HM Black Aces F-14A that I am very happy with, but I don't know much about...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-07-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 574
Posted By Matthitect
Thanks, it's a 1/72 scale, though some of my WWII...

Thanks, it's a 1/72 scale, though some of my WWII 1/48 fighters should fit. I wish I could get more of the glass side pieces to make more.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-07-2020, 01:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 574
Posted By Matthitect
Glad I could contribute. Excellent...

Glad I could contribute. Excellent recommendation by the way. Once I read the aircraft history, I had to have it.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-06-2020, 11:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 574
Posted By Matthitect
Custom Tempered Glass Display Box

A few years back, I bought an Ikea glass front display case that I mounted horizontally for my model trains. I didn't need the glass shelves and used them as sides for my display box. I bought 12"...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-06-2020, 11:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,140
Posted By Matthitect
Antarctica in a JATO equipped C-130? Sign me up!...

Antarctica in a JATO equipped C-130? Sign me up! What an experience. Probably the closest thing you can do toward feeling like you are on another planet. The challenges and tolerances of working...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-06-2020, 10:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By Matthitect
It's funny, I just recently watched "Final...

It's funny, I just recently watched "Final Countdown". I hadn't seen it since I watched it on a crappy TV when I was a kid. What a difference HDTV and streaming make! The detail and paint schemes...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 06-12-2020, 10:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,582
Posted By Matthitect
Nice looking jet. I really like the low-viz...

Nice looking jet. I really like the low-viz paint and markings. I wonder if the Marines will like the F-35 as much?
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 06-07-2020, 04:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,493
Posted By Matthitect
Must be part of the "Pukin' Dogs"...

Must be part of the "Pukin' Dogs" squadron.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 06-07-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,582
Posted By Matthitect
LMAO! "Pukin' Gods" I guess if they got lead...

LMAO! "Pukin' Gods" I guess if they got lead poisoning from the zinc rot. The manufacturer should have a limited lifetime warranty that covers defects in production.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 06-07-2020, 12:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,582
Posted By Matthitect
I read an article about zinc rot and it seems to...

I read an article about zinc rot and it seems to have something to do with lead impurities in the casting. I have seen it on some much older diecast, but never on something that new. If the model...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 06-06-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,493
Posted By Matthitect
Thanks Eric. I saw the 1st one. I'm really...

Thanks Eric. I saw the 1st one. I'm really tempted.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-26-2020, 12:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By Matthitect
Ask Grecog70. He has a recent post with pictures...

Ask Grecog70. He has a recent post with pictures of a Navy MH-53. It looks pretty nice.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmN4Xpbe
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-26-2020, 12:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,033
Posted By Matthitect
I have been tempted by this model as well. It...

I have been tempted by this model as well. It has, by far, one of the best looking camoflage schemes. I am surprised it wasn't used more as a fighter. It would have been much easier to use against...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-25-2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 771
Posted By Matthitect
Nice model and informative post. My favorite...

Nice model and informative post. My favorite WWII aircraft is the P-51D Mustang, but after doing a lot of reading, I became a huge fan of the Spitfire. It was the Spitfire's Rolls Royce engine that...
Forum: 1:1 Scale Military Aviation 05-23-2020, 10:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,497
Posted By Matthitect
It's strange to think of how few WWII veterans...

It's strange to think of how few WWII veterans are left now. I wonder how many 1st hand stories have been lost without ever having been told. I sure miss talking with my grandfather who served in...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-23-2020, 07:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Posted By Matthitect
It's too bad. A friend of mine's uncle flew an...

It's too bad. A friend of mine's uncle flew an F-86D in Korea with "El Flying Wetback" noseart. I met him once before he passed away. Really nice guy. Anyway, Falcon Models did a diecast of his...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-23-2020, 07:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Posted By Matthitect
I don't want to start a rumor, but I think they...

I don't want to start a rumor, but I think they may be out of business. I couldn't find www.falcon-models.com and their e-mail address is [email protected]
I even tried looking for Millennium...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-21-2020, 11:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 495
Posted By Matthitect
Thanks, I found the small double sided tape...

Thanks, I found the small double sided tape pieces after someone posted the mounting instructions for other F-15's. I like that there are no unsightly holes if you decide not to mount the missiles. ...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-21-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Posted By Matthitect
Thanks. I missed out on the T-Bird model, but it...

Thanks. I missed out on the T-Bird model, but it my favorite of all the various T-Birds over the years. The shape and contours of the T-38 really pop with the paint scheme. I saw them perform...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-20-2020, 10:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Posted By Matthitect
Thanks guys. I'm really hoping Hobby Master will...

Thanks guys. I'm really hoping Hobby Master will do some of the newer camoflage paint schemes used on the T-38 and T-38C aircraft. One can dream.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-20-2020, 10:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 495
Posted By Matthitect
HM F-15C Missile Loadout

I have an HM F-15C, specifically HA4560 Lakenheath. After much head scratching, I still haven't figured out how to attach the 4 AIM-120 missiles along the bottom edges of the fuselage and I didn't...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-19-2020, 01:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Posted By Matthitect
Falcon Models T-38A Talon

I have always wanted a diecast T-38, so when this one came out, I pounced on it. It is a nice model overall, but it definitely has a few flaws. The canopy glass was dull and not transparent, so I...
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