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Forum: Military Model Aircraft 01-04-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,167
Posted By tripoli
Re: B-2 and B-1B

Picked up the Model Collect B-2 model and will be popping it together in the next few weeks. I will post a picture when it's together. It has a 28 1/2 inch wing span, 14.5 length, so it takes up a...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-25-2017, 12:37 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,785
Posted By tripoli
Re: F-117A Nighthawk HA5801

Anime is not about realism. :) And yes, Americans are seen as a bit more flamboyant culture. Much more in anime.

As to a nod to realism, that is why the Hobby Master F-4's have so much tampo...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-25-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,785
Posted By tripoli
Re: F-117A Nighthawk HA5801

Fantasy Schemes are very popular, check out this site:
https://hlj.com/
And yes, they do matter for the F-16's as the Japanese still demand accuracy and high detail on all models. There is a right...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-24-2017, 07:03 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,785
Posted By tripoli
Re: F-117A Nighthawk HA5801

I think Tomcatter is a wee bit upset about the Calibre Macross F-14. A perfectly good F-14 livery usurped by a sci-fi livery most likely.

But notice... there is a delay....
The Japanese...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-23-2017, 09:41 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,785
Posted By tripoli
Re: F-117A Nighthawk HA5801

I figured I could expand out one more shelf, then the display room would be the determining factor when to slow down the collecting. Then it becomes finding something I like better than I now have. ...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-21-2017, 04:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By tripoli
Re: Cwhm cf-105 avro arrow #25204

The US did have a hand as well convincing Canada that they did not need the Arrow program and could help by giving them missile defense programs.
So yes, the US DID in fact have a hand in the...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-20-2017, 05:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By tripoli
Re: Cwhm cf-105 avro arrow #25204

I have tried to collect at least one of every aircraft type out there in my collection. I think you absolutely need this one for any such collection. Hope to get another down the road. Right now...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-08-2017, 06:12 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,785
Posted By tripoli
Re: F-117A Nighthawk HA5801

Hard to have too many 1:72 scale models with the great selection out there. I am a bit of a completest with the IAF models but otherwise only four other repeat liveries in the bunch here. Starting...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-08-2017, 07:24 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 21,757
Posted By tripoli
Re: Ukrainian_Falcons Arrival Pics

You guys must be married, you agreed on something but still manage to argue about it.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-02-2017, 07:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,486
Posted By tripoli
Re: Sukhoi SU-34 by Terebo 1:72

Actually, I did not advocate for the Vigi. I tended to push for USAF aircraft and NASA aircraft. I would support others models most of the time as I would hope they support my likes as well. ...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-02-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,486
Posted By tripoli
Re: Sukhoi SU-34 by Terebo 1:72

I have posted for the last few years, HM should branch out to the Russian birds, makes sense given they are having issues with finding US and allied liveries that will sell to a market niche (US...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-02-2017, 10:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,410
Posted By tripoli
Re: Hobby Master Colour Issues

With the Russian models coming out, hopefully HM can use all that blue paint correctly now.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-01-2017, 08:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,486
Posted By tripoli
Re: Sukhoi SU-34 by Terebo 1:72

Jst picked one of the Tebebo SU-34's up on eBay myself. Along with the HM Mig23 and 25 and the SU-35 coming to me this month. So will make for a great modern Russian Air Force display. And the HM...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-26-2017, 08:58 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,785
Posted By tripoli
Re: F-117A Nighthawk HA5801

The full shelf, been wanting to get a second side by side as I wanted to expand the WWII models on one side and the modern on another as well some other nations on the shelves. Currently have the...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-26-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,785
Posted By tripoli
Re: F-117A Nighthawk HA5801

Just picked one up on eBay. Should be here at the end of December. I will pick up the B-1 Lancer when it becomes available as well.
Expect I will make a stealth area shelf when that B-2 is built.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-25-2017, 07:26 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,785
Posted By tripoli
Re: F-117A Nighthawk HA5801

"damn... they sure are stealthy!"

I was going to replace the 2nd F-16 up front with it but then... that stealthy area in the back seemed fitting. :)
Paper Tiger will replace the second F-16 in...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-25-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,785
Posted By tripoli
Re: F-117A Nighthawk HA5801

Got mine, very happy with it.

https://s7.postimg.org/3qk8q2oi3/IMG_4684.jpg
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-12-2017, 10:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 828
Posted By tripoli
Re: Hobby Master issues?

Forget the heat gun in this situation, it will only warp the tail and possible damage the paint.
The tail is glued into the base of the metal model. If you carefully force the tail side to side,...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-03-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,570
Posted By tripoli
Re: Calibre kaputt?

The lack of communication is not unusual, a very broad assumption made there.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 10-27-2017, 06:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 814
Posted By tripoli
Re: HM T-38s

A third NASA T-38 would be nice. :)
I woudl not mind a USAF trainer bird myself. Also could go with a Thunderbird and a F-1117 Escort:

http://img.wp.scn.ru/camms/ar/306/pics/3_2.jpg
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 10-17-2017, 07:34 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,127
Posted By tripoli
Re: Hobby Master JANUARY 2018 releases

Very happy to seee the 180th F-16, as well the other ANG F-16. Yes, I will be hyping that up with the 180th. The tomcatters F-18F is awesome, The SU-27 is super and "IF" and a big "IF" Hm get the...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 10-04-2017, 01:16 PM
Replies: 68
Poll: 1:72 b-1b
Views: 19,648
Posted By tripoli
Re: 1:72 b-1b

I have no problem with something that large being made of plastic. Would love of HM took that on.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 10-04-2017, 01:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,598
Posted By tripoli
Re: Getting Back Into The Hobby

You can get Master replicas studio scale models of Star Wars ships on the secondary markets, which is high. Sold out long ago. You can also get some nicer random models from time to time through...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 10-03-2017, 05:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,598
Posted By tripoli
Re: Getting Back Into The Hobby

"Any movies in particular or just anything that catches your eye"

Mainly sci-fi, Star Wars, MiB, Avengers, Aliens, I am on a bit of an a bit of an Indiana Jones kick right now, Ghostbusters,...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 10-01-2017, 07:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,598
Posted By tripoli
Re: Getting Back Into The Hobby

I sold almost all of the 1:400 scale around 2004 as I started getting into the larger scale models. This is just one of a few collection hobbies I have, I also collect movie props which are a tad...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-30-2017, 10:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,598
Posted By tripoli
Re: Getting Back Into The Hobby

Yes, Use to be a huge 1:400 Herpa, Dragon, Gemini Jets collector. I concentrated on US operators, Lufthansa, Canadian and European airlines. Loved the UPS and Fedex models as well as I worked at UPS...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-30-2017, 02:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,598
Posted By tripoli
Re: Getting Back Into The Hobby

Yep, my collecting started with space and commercial aircraft. Around to 1500 models in the 1:400 scale at one point. When the good 1:72 die cast started coming out, I went to the modern US...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-29-2017, 09:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,056
Posted By tripoli
Re: HM F-16C 64th AGS Paint

The last aggressor also had over spray.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-28-2017, 05:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,598
Posted By tripoli
Re: Getting Back Into The Hobby

I started my WWII models collecting the 1:48th but over time, did not like the room they took up or the fact they were so out of scale to my modern jets collection. So last year i started to collect...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-10-2017, 03:35 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,998
Posted By tripoli
Re: How about some NASA birds?

The Inflight 1:200 airliners are some of the best NASA die cast on the market at the present moment.
That's a shame as Century Wings and Inflight have done a much better job than Hobby Master to...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-04-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,155
Posted By tripoli
Re: HobbyMaster HA5305 MiG-23MF Black 3922, Ceske Budejovice AB, Czech Republic, 1992

HM's paint dept is color blind, terrible to have someone chooser colors that cannot distinguish color tones and contrast.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-30-2017, 10:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 765
Posted By tripoli
Re: Group of Century Wings F-14s

I would go in for the Tomcatters F-14.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-28-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,596
Posted By tripoli
Re: Best Brands on 1/72 size

Wow, like the same question 4 times in different threads on the front page.
A repost:

#3 In the 1:72 scale, Hobby Master is the largest in selection. Quality is good although it goes up and...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-25-2017, 08:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,360
Posted By tripoli
Re: SR71A Blackbird (USAF 9th SRW61-7979, 1990 "Night Hawk") (Century Wings CW001623)

I know a few here demean CW on the inlets but overall, the Century Wings SR-71 is one of the best models still in die cast to grace collectors shelves. Despite a similar livery schemes, it has...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-24-2017, 09:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,360
Posted By tripoli
Re: SR71A Blackbird (USAF 9th SRW61-7979, 1990 "Night Hawk") (Century Wings CW001623)

I think the closest in reality you will ever see to an SR-71 elephant walk is this shot:

https://firstaerosquadron.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/image001.jpg

That would have been an awesome sight...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-13-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,338
Posted By tripoli
Re: Excited newbie let down by Century Wings quality control! (F-14A Black Aces AJ100

That CW models is a beautiful pieces, shame if a distributor got stuck with a return for something that nice.
That is a sellers nightmare, a returned piece cannot be resold easily and at a loss...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-09-2017, 01:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,406
Posted By tripoli
Re: Hobbymaster Nov 2017 releases

HM could always do what Lego has, post a web site with certain liveries and have a vote.
With Lego, if the numbers get above so many votes, Lego goes ahead with a final approval process and makes...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-08-2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,050
Posted By tripoli
Re: Long time collector, Forum Newbie, 1/72nd scale question

There has been debate about the AF1 model versus the CW model with more leaning to CW's as being the better of the two. Each has their strengths and weaknesses.
...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-08-2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,406
Posted By tripoli
Re: Hobbymaster Nov 2017 releases

Most appealing is the Helldiver as I have not gotten one in my collection yet and the secondary prices for the few made are extremely high.
The F-18 is darn tempting, and the SU-35's as well a...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-07-2017, 08:21 PM
Replies: 644
Views: 61,278
Posted By tripoli
Re: Ideas for Hobby Master releases

Hmmmmm... 100th anniversary livery of the A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard, from Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-06-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,050
Posted By tripoli
Re: Long time collector, Forum Newbie, 1/72nd scale question

Welcome to the board.
In the US, the best distributors are Aikens, Flying Mule and Petes Collectibles. Pete's tends to offer the best pricing of those three and has a discount code pc1030 that...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-04-2017, 06:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,534
Posted By tripoli
Re: AC1008 Air Commander USAF SEA F-4E "Paper Tiger II" announced

Ordered. I agree that this is the best model in the 1:72 scale being produced, well worth getting.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-31-2017, 07:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,953
Posted By tripoli
Re: Hobby Master to release SU-27 in Jan/Feb 2018

As a long term collector, I have found myself weeding out doubles and triples for new models that are not at all in my collection and keeping favorite liveries. It is not likely I will purchase new...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-30-2017, 08:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,208
Posted By tripoli
Re: WHY....No diecasts of Bell X-1 or X-15

Would love to see the X-models. Most have few liveries so not much of a chance as it has been said that the manufacturers want ideally to sell 10,000 out of a mold to maximize their money back on...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-29-2017, 03:53 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,649
Posted By tripoli
Re: Century Wings 001623 Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird USAF 9th SRW, Night Hawk #61-7979,

It is the best SR-71 model out there. but yes, the nacelles on the intakes are pointed poorly. The gap varies from model to model, mine look great. It is also interesting to know that the real...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-26-2017, 10:57 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 19,648
Posted By tripoli
Re: HA5702 Sukhoi Su 35S RED 06 Syria

HM's are not out yet, so maybe they can up the game on these.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-26-2017, 07:32 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 19,648
Posted By tripoli
Re: HA5702 Sukhoi Su 35S RED 06 Syria

Oops, sorry, theeeese better...

https://s11.postimg.org/5jrg1lib7/aviamix2015-08.jpg
https://s11.postimg.org/wvmp2xn1v/f_cz_Ax_Ny5y_YWRpa2_Fs_Ln_J1_L2k0_MTAv_MTUw_My8y_Yy82_MDRj_ND.jpg...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-26-2017, 06:33 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 19,648
Posted By tripoli
Re: HA5702 Sukhoi Su 35S RED 06 Syria

If someone has an ear to William, please note that the underside of the rear elevators is a bare metal in both the prototype and on the in field aircraft. He has it painted, The first half should...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-23-2017, 11:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,079
Posted By tripoli
Re: FIRST LOOK: Robotech: The Macross Saga F-14 Tomcat from Calibre Wings & Northrop

This reminds me of another story...
I was trekkie in the 70's, went to all the movies when they came out and had some very good friends in that fandom. I was a fan of Bijo Trimble, a huge trekkie...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 07-23-2017, 02:07 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,079
Posted By tripoli
Re: FIRST LOOK: Robotech: The Macross Saga F-14 Tomcat from Calibre Wings & Northrop

In the science fiction, the design of the valkyrie spacecraft was derived from the F-14. Obvoiously, that "pre" connection is made with these models and I think given that, there will be a strong...
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