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Dave Roof

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  1. FL32004 is now shipping! https://www.flyingleathernecksdecals.com/p/fl32004-fa-18d-devil-dog-deltas
  2. On the bright side, your forum name is quite fitting in this instance. I would at least consider removing or editing your original statement.
  3. No, the 533 option is from OIF in 2008, 224 option is from 2009 and the 332 option is from Operation Deny Flight in 1994. This is one of the Deltas that participated in the Udbina air base strike in Croatia.
  4. Chuck, I don't quite understand what you're asking. Can you please clarify?
  5. This sheet will be here tomorrow (9 July) and will begin shipping on Tuesday (13 July).
  6. I would like my rank/reputation changed to "The Awesomerest", thanks.
  7. Either set 32-2036 or 32-2037 would work. The years they were in service are noted in the product description.
  8. Gentlemen, All of our current LAU-7 Missile Launchers in 1/32 and 1/35 scale are now in stock at Spruebrothers. All of our launchers have the correct details for each version of the launcher as it progressed throughout its service life beginning in 1958 to today. https://spruebrothers.com/list-of-new-arrivals/
  9. There was only 1 OV-10D left in stock when I placed my order or I would have picked up a couple more. I committed to building several models for fellow Marines and some HMLA squadrons. When the word came down KH was closing, I got what I could to fulfill that commitment. I'd rather be safe than sorry.
  10. With thanks to friend and fellow modeler Mike Swinburne, the next ordnance items will be a 1/32 GBU-16 and AGM-123A Skipper. These will go into production in a week or two.
  11. My friend John joined us for dinner last night and we were discussing this in my office. He brought up some interesting points and "How cool would it be" / "what iffery". If his memory is correct, Mr. Song, the drive behind KH, was once part of Trumpeter. He noted that about the time Song left Trumpeter to start KH, was about the same time the 32nd releases from them came to a standstill. Again, this is based on what he vaguely remembers hearing/learning and I am in no way stating they are fact. Even if his memory is correct in what he heard, it still doesn't mean it was true then or now. As most know, Trumpeter, Hobbyboss and I Love Kit are all related in some form or fashion. John noted that many kits from Gallery and Merit have found their way into the Trump/I Love Kit product lines. His speculation is that we'll eventually see the KH kits released under the I Love Kit brand name. Again, this is not intended to start a rumor and it is in no way based on fact or even on anything heard from another source. This is just his personal take on what he "thinks" could happen based on the known relationship of the above mentioned parties. It sorta kinda makes sense.
  12. Not necessarily. Several of us don't ask for anything in return. In fact, if you're not an "employee" or working as a paid consultant and offer to help on your own, you shouldn't expect anything in return. Back in 2002 when Academy released their F/A-18, I pointed out several problems with the test shots. They contacted me and asked if I would send them details on what needed to be corrected. I did and they corrected them. A few months later, a check for $200 and a case of Hornets were delivered to my house. It was a pleasant surprise. Over the course of the next few years, I helped with the F/A-18D, F-16C, CH-46E and CH-53E. Got my name in the instructions and was satisfied with that. There are currently three other kit manufacturers I'm 'working' with on potential new kits and want nothing more than to help them make the best model of 'XXXXXXX' available. Don't expect to get paid, have my name mentioned or get free kits. I'm not alone here either. We don't offer to help to get stuff. We offer to help because we enjoy helping and have been blessed to be in a position to do so. There is no tangible substitute for the satisfaction of knowing you were part of a project that helps other modelers enjoy this hobby.
  13. I agree that many of the 'accuracy' minded modelers that frequent the forums are probably less than 1% of the modeling community as a whole. A quick search of the various modelers on YouTube and Facebook prove that. However, I am referring to the instances when a company puts CAD work out there and/or solicits help from the community, then ignores the input given. I'll bring up Kittyhawk again. On more than one occasion, the very team they put together to provide SME input was subsequently ignored. How do you ask for help, ignore the help given, then be upset when the final product is criticized? Once again I'll refer to Kinetic doing things right. On their first couple releases of the F/A-18, the vertical tails were too flat on top. It was pointed out and they corrected them. The first few releases also had a couple small missing parts and the windscreen didn't fit properly. They listened and added the missing parts, as well as retooled the windscreen. Again, each kit they've released has been better than the previous kit because they listen to their customers and those of us that provide input on the subjects we know. It's about getting the basics right, not 100% accuracy down to the correct number of rivets on a bulkhead inside the wheel well.
  14. I firmly believe that some of these manufacturers are actually the one's to blame. In several instances, many modelers have pointed out issues with CAD and provided input only to be ignored. Several years ago a Rep from Trumpeter reached out to me regarding the AV-8B. I spent hours and a few weekends taking hundreds of photos, measurements and notes. After all was said and done, I was told 'never mind, we're just going with what we have'. Seriously? All that work and time spent and you just blow it off? Hell, one of the members of the R&D team that helped with the Kittyhawk H-60 kits just mentioned a similar experience. They provided input that was ignored at the end. It's happened over and over. The forums are filled with SME's that have either worked on, flew or studied ad nauseum countless aircraft. Collectively we have provided almost everything a model manufacturer could possibly need to produce an accurate representation of most aircraft. However, the vast majority of the time we were ignored. Is it any wonder they received bad feedback? You know, while not LSP related, Kinetic actually listens to modelers and takes our feedback to heart. Their postponed Gina is a perfect example, as well as their continual improvement from release to release. Maybe other manufacturers should follow Raymond's lead and actually listen to those that know the subjects. Kittyhawk had multiple opportunities to improve, but never really did. Yes, some of their later kits are nice, but still have issues. They were plagued with accuracy and quality issues, multiple issues with instruction sheets, and the perception among many is that they just didn't give a f--k. While I'm still far from perfect, I have come a long way over the years and it was due to 'bad feedback'. I never gave up, but worked harder to improve and listened to those that provided harsh criticism. Still do and they're the reason I still have a relatively successful small business going on year 21. If manufacturers want our support, listen to those of us that are trying to help instead of blowing us off.
  15. Kev, That has to be old as the 2000D/N, FJ-3 and two more H-60 kits have been released (and in stock at several places). In addition, Glen, Tim and Floyd have all confirmed the news.
  16. Then again, it's a private business and neither you or anyone else outside of the company is entitled to an explanation.
  17. Took me a second to realize what happened! I know we posted our respective posts within minutes of each other, but this will be easier to follow. Thanks
  18. Thought the same thing, but figured to post it just in case. They just released the HH-60H, MH-60S and Mirage 2000D/N, but haven't posted anything on FB in months.
  19. It was literally just that statement with no other text or information.
  20. My friend John and I visited the new Squadron office/warehouse yesterday (they're only 30 minutes away from my house). It is obviously not my place to divulge what I learned during our conversation with Chris, but I can assure you he is working really hard on making the 'new' Squadron a really great shopping experience for modelers. There are still quite a few 'behind the scenes' issues that need to be addressed and he is still building stock. Plans to move into a larger warehouse this fall are also in work. If you'd like to support him now, you can purchase from their current stock via Amazon from seller Knotmodels until there new web site goes live. Reading many of the comments and concerns throughout the interwebs over the past several days, I am confidant based on our talk that Chris will rebuild the Squadron name.
  21. Well, it's been over a week and I still haven't heard from you. At this point I no longer have the time or interest to print these. So much for trying to help.
  22. Gary, I just downloaded the file Jari linked above and can get them on one of my printers tomorrow. Let me know how many you need and I can ship them to you. Just cover the cost of shipping (should be about $15 to the UK). Dave
  23. I'll be sure to refund the additional shipping and send both orders together.
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