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  1. Very cool story, I had contact with the ARIA aircraft during cruise missile testing in Canada. They were regular visitors to our base. My only claim to fame with the ARIA is I towed it in our hangar a few times. During one visit an ARIA had an engine fire. During the engine change we zapped all the engine panels with a red Beaver, holding a rather large appendage, waving a Canada flag. When the aircraft was towed outside for its engine run, one of the techs had left a bag of screws in the intake. A second engine was needed after the screws were sucked up the intake during the ground run. The aircraft commander was obviously under a lot of pressure having missed two missions. When he noticed the zaps he flipped out. That didn’t stop us from using that zapper. A few week later Prime Minister Mulroney was visiting our city, when he left on his aircraft the Beaver made a new appearance to the left of the crew door on his aircraft. As he boarded his aircraft and waved, the Beaver was clear as day next to him. It actually made all the news networks. We also zapped all the gear doors. We never did retire that stencil. It would make a good decal addition.
  2. I know three (actually four) shops that have them in stock in Canada. Tamiya has dictated that they are not permitted to release these kits for sale until Oct 20. Three of the shops have them in storage, the fourth has violated this rule and sold theirs. Apparently Tamiya is going to be tough on the distributors if they find out their shops are selling them early. I recall reading the controlled releases earlier in the year, I now know this info is accurate (I didn’t think it was true).
  3. Sorry to hear, I lost my mom just over a year ago.
  4. My mistake, Lockheed. There really is a void of P-38 F/G decals, hint hint hint.
  5. Lockheed kept one at the factory in NMF. It was their demo aircraft. That’s the only one I know of.
  6. Interesting, one of the most requested kits ever. Confirming Tamiya is listening to their requests.
  7. I had no trouble getting my son, who was 11 at the time, to be up and ready to go each day, he was a real trooper. I didn’t dare wait to see what the crowds were like later. It was nice to have the car so close too because I had a cooler in the trunk.
  8. I was at Oshkosh in 2016. Parking was smooth, my son and I showed up each day at 0700, we were row one at the main entrance each day. Getting out each day was easy too because we were one of the last to leave. First in, last out. Straight to the pool to cool down and recover.
  9. I hope it is but the panel arrangement on the engine nacelle makes it look like E/F/G/H.
  10. Of course they will, they are Tamiya.
  11. I was there a few years ago too!
  12. I think he is confusing the Mosquito that was restored in NZ and flew in Canada soon after, before returning to NZ. Although this is just a guess.
  13. Weren’t you one of the guys that paid for one of the 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1Ds Corsairs last year from the scammer?
  14. It doesn’t always guarantee money back, if a buyer is delayed past the claim deadline the seller can keep the money. These guys are con artists and know how to scam the gullible.
  15. No, this is a scammer. They always build their feedback with trivial cheap items.
  16. He knew about the Mosquito, I know that. But it also was the worst kept secret in Tamiya history.
  17. The 1/48 F-16s were hot sellers. I know the 1/32 F-16 was popular, I’m not sure if it sold in similar volumes as the 1/48 kits. If Tamiya wanted to print money they’d release a 1/72 Hercules.
  18. That actually occurred with the Spit MK IX, the release info appeared in the back pages of a Japanese magazine, all in Japanese. Up until that time those at Vintage Wings (where the Spit was extensively researched) were sworn to secrecy. We did keep quiet for nine months.
  19. I read the same over at Britmodeler.
  20. Not true, When Tamiya was measuring the aircraft at Vintage Wings I knew well in advance of the releases in 1/32. It was kept quiet until the official announcement. The only leak was on the Mossie by Avspecs. Even though owned by Avspecs, it was first researched when it was stored at Vintage Wings. All is quiet now though. The only thing I spilled the beans on is the FAA Corsair boxing, which hasn’t come to fruition yet. Although the Sutton harness is on the fret.
  21. I should add, I’m in Canada so the distribution may be different than what was just posted. Although the shop did say a North American distributor.
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