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  1. Sounds like the plot from "Iron Sky" but I still want my flying car.... and a trip to the Martian canyons. Tnarg
  2. I like the Viggen. It just exudes power with no worries about practicality or range. Get up and defend the country NOW! The splinter or meadow scheme is my favorite of all time. And I am not even Swedish except by some ancestry from a very long time ago. Tnarg
  3. X-Planes, Viggens and Drakens, what's not to like? Thank you very much, JETMADS. Tnarg
  4. You make me wish I was visiting with my wife's cousins in Denmark. When and where is the show? Also, that F-16 must have a great Danish flag color scheme from what I can see when the camera pans to the back of the plane. Nice. Tnarg Just checked out the F-16 E-191.... maybe there is an F-16 in my modeling list that I didn't have there before. Anyone know more details on version, etc.? Thanks again for a great pointer to a great video.
  5. Dr. Who had it wrong. It was the Neanderthal that was saying "Exterminate!" Daleks, anyone? Tnarg
  6. Thanks a lot for your images and ideas. These show some of the confusing ideas on the colors of the plane... but.... when I look at the various photos posted here and in other books, I see a slight difference between the fuselage band and the background of the diving eagle emblem of the 27th Pursuit Squadron, which was definitely red. The band is definitely not the same color as the wings. The band on the fuselage is not that different from the reds, but is a little bit lighter in many of them, which makes me want to go with that orange yellow color in the Monogram reference. The color on the top of the wing is a tougher call, but the plane with multiple chevrons has a very dark tone in the top wing, much darker than the insignia red on the tail, but similar in dark level to the vertical insignia blue band on the tail, which almost looks black in the Monogram reference. The wing chevron color is darker than the olive drab fuselage (#22 or dark olive drab #31). Definitely the chevron on top of the wing was not red nor purple nor olive drab. I could go with blue or black, and it appears that no one has actual records from personal memory and color photos were never there. The Navy would have used True Blue for their section colors, but this was the Army and they probably did have paint cans full of Insignia Blue. Thanks again, Tnarg Edit: I took another look at the top wing. The statements I made above are not correct. The chevron is NOT the same color as the blue in the insignia that it crosses. The chevron appears much darker than the orange or the red of the fuselage side or the tail stripes (obviously). Looking at the black pin striping around the fuselage band and comparing with the olive drab fuselage, I could almost be persuaded that the chevron on top of the wing is olive drab... but possibly it was black. I think I am back in the place where I started, without a good answer for the chevron color. Numbers in parenthesis are the reference colors from the Monogram book. I can state that it is not red (15) nor blue (probably still 24) nor orange (? number). It could be black (44) or olive drab (22). I don't know what a purple (32) would look like in that light and with that film, nor if they could have used that color at the time. The photos clearly show that the side of the fuselage band does not match the yellow (4) of the wings nor the red (likely flag 15) of the insignia. Orange seems like a very good possibility, but I don't see anything in the Monogram reference that looks like it would make sense as an official color... unless they mixed yellow (4) and red (15)??? The only orange in the reference is International Orange (A-N) and that wasn't around in the early 1930's. So... the answer to this question is... make up what I like that looks close. No one is likely to have a definite answer until we find a time machine and that will have a long list of other fun questions to answer before this one. Thanks again to those who helped. This forum is great! Tnarg
  7. The old Hasegawa P-12E has a great option of the diving eagle insignia on a great big band across the side of the fuselage. Their instructions paint the fuselage band and nose red and the long (sometimes curved) wing chevrons insignia blue. Air Force Colors has a photo of several of the squadron, but doesn't call out the colors. An old IPMS Quarterly (Fall 1986) says the side band is red with black outlines and the top chevron is purple. Aero Series on the Boeing P12 and F4B says the fuselage band is yellow, maybe yellow orange to match the wings, but doesn't comment on the wing chevron. The Squadron P-12/F4B In Action book has a wonderful black and white photo of a P-12K in similar colors with skis and the polar bear emblem on the cowl plus two more nice photos including multiple chevron (command stripes) under the top wing. They call the fuselage stripe as yellow. A page out of a reprint of an old Aeromodeler Dec 1964 has a drawing of the P-12E and calls the fuselage band orange-yellow as opposed to the chrome yellow called out for the wings. The Monogram Aircraft Color Guide has a photo of the P-12k with the skis and polar bear but says insignia and markings "comply with specifications"... hard to sort out what they say about the fuselage band and the chevron. So... my Dad was about 12 when this plane was photographed and he's not here to ask, nor are most of the people who saw it in 1933. Don't want to open the "Lou" or Werner Voss' cowling color debate, as fun as they are, but does anyone have a clue or any reference that has something more than "That's just your opinion, man"? "Enquiring minds want to know..." Thanks for any help on this interesting question. Tnarg
  8. So we have to ask.... how long it is in 1/32? Thanks for a great creation. Tnarg
  9. Dave, Wonderful work on the engine. The Williams Bros and the Hasegawa biplane kits are great canvas upon which to paint, but have more than a few missing details. This engine (and maybe the Wright for the Sparrowhawk, hint, hint) would be very welcome should you share files, sell the prints or put it on Shapeways.... any possibility of that? Even the cylinders for the Wright on the Sparrowhawk or the Wasp would make a huge difference, since the front covers of the engines on that plane, the P-26, F4B-4, etc. often only let you see the ends of the cylinders. Now the Gee Bee is a perfect place to show the whole thing off. Good luck with the designing, Tnarg
  10. The subtle weathering and fading in all areas makes this model appear as if it were the larger version of the plane, actually on the flight deck. What an amazing creation. Thanks for letting us see this. Tnarg
  11. Truly sad to hear of this. Nothing anyone can say will make it go away, but try to hold together as a family and celebrate the wonder of her life together. That family experience made the losses of my parents more bearable. Tnarg
  12. This was so fun to watch, especially as you made it in your family history colors. Thanks for the pictures in progress. Tnarg
  13. And the name of the ship is marvelous. Chesley Bonestell's art made space real to so many of us kids in the 50's and 60's. Tnarg
  14. As an engineer (electrical) what you have created looks like it has a solid foundation in reality. Too many people think they can glue some gears on a hat and call it Steampunk, but you have created something that gives more impression of reality than most of the special effects models from the movies. Thanks for letting us see this, and congrats on a great ship design, Tnarg
  15. No complaints if they added a 1/32 Sea Harrier, Mk. 3 and a Pucara to the mix... it's been a long time since that excursion to the South Atlantic, but Harriers in Belize would be cool also. I guess if my vision is really bad, the big prop in the background could morph into a jet, but maybe, just maybe it could be a Marauder? B-26 variety? Too much fun. Tnarg
  16. This build reminds me of the (apocryphal) story I heard when very young. Supposedly one country tried to brag to another country about their manufacturing prowess. The bragging country sent the smallest needle that they could build to the second country, but the second cut the needle in half, drilled both halves out and threaded them to screw together. Then they placed a much smaller needle inside the first and returned both to the first country This is sort of how many of us stand in awe of your accomplishments. Yes, I do need a microscope to build my models, but what do you use? Congratulations on a superb accomplishment Tnarg
  17. He said "Porco Rosso". Please, Pretty Please, with Sugar on Top. Tnarg
  18. They gave us two clues. I don't recognize the planes, but I see fabric and some sort of grommet (not Wallace) as well as something that looks like rib tape, but doesn't really match that completely. I think they enjoyed our puzzling out the next kit when they worked at their previous company, so they are doing it to us again. Thanks for some more fun, Tnarg
  19. I asked them for a change of address and they replied that they were back to work at least half time, expanding their production and will give an update at the end of June. Patience is a hard thing, but they seem to be moving ahead. As I am preparing a move, I am downsizing (say it ain't so), but this is a grail kit for me, so I wait with great anticipation. My friend Dale suggested that I stop worrying about the difference between the number of kits in the stash and the number of kits that I actually start working on (forget the rate of finishing anything). "Just enjoy taking them out and drooling over them", was his exact quote. Tnarg
  20. Looking at that beautiful box art makes me hope that they included the ladder. Yes, my name is Grant and I am a detailaholic. Tnarg
  21. Miss Santa is just a pin up... like Dottie Mae. She is cute, but I really worry about frostbite with those bare legs on a cold day in the snow. "Pippi" or rather the unnamed female "conscript" tech on page 87 of "Modern Combat Aircraft 21 Saab Viggen" by Robert F. Dorr actually appears to know what she is doing. We need a few good figures for this aircraft, even though it could stand alone with possibly the best camouflage paint scheme in existence. Me, I am just pleased that we finally have a Viggen in 1/32. Tnarg
  22. I hope that Reedoak could find a way to create a sitting female technician (with those long braids coming out of her hat) as in one of the early Viggen books... She reminded me of Pippi Longstocking, but she was making that most powerful jet go as fast as it should, just like Pippi made everything fun in her book. Me, I am lucky to be a boring little "Tommy". Tnarg
  23. Which color schemes are included? I can see an Italian example with the horse insignia (Baracca's) plus that other one with crossed something.... Tnarg OK, sorry I didn't check the website link... Ruffo di Calabria, Guynemer and an RFC machine flown by JD Hewett. Aftermarket decals should give us many, many more.
  24. I don't have the Gemini, but have the Horizon Mercury capsules and launchers. They do an Atlas and a Redstone, plus the military and several early satellite versions in injection molded plastic with good detail. I wish they would release a Titan booster in injection, but Real Space Models and even Anigrand sell resin ones. You can find quite a few X-20 kits out there, but I like the 3D printed one I found on ebay from a guy in the UK. I'd like to put that one on a Titan booster or several versions of one. It didn't fly, but I sure fantasized about that as a kid and even carved a wooden model of it. That pilot wouldn't have been described as "SPAM in a can" as some said about Mercury. You could probably build a rocket garden starting with the V-2 and maybe even a kit of Goddard's rocket all in the small 1/72 scale... reasonably small except for when you try to build Apollo, Shuttle stack or maybe the Russian versions of Soyuz or the N-1 moon rocket... (not too likely to get that kit). We just can't place these in the same shelf with our 1/32 scale aircraft and see them in the same scale. Oh well, but if your interests go to fantasy, you can put Battlestar or Trek or Star Wars models next to them and fill up any shelf you want in 1/72. Tnarg
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