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Fred Jack

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  • Birthday 06/26/1948

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    Earth, when my brain isn't wandering.
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    Hmm, let's see........... could it be airplanes?

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  1. I’m tired of the news after having been quarantined for two weeks and bed ridden for three due to a foot infection.
  2. A Frank would be more competitive at Reno. Talking about the old Aurora Zero, they were the first Zeros on the US market and we all thought all Zeros were yellow with red noses like Me109s were burgundy.
  3. The French use regular numbers. Look at the decals that say NIE 17.
  4. I saw a BF108 at the Musee de Militaire in Brussels. It’s a beautiful plane and much smaller than I expected, having only seen photos.
  5. I need as many Nieuports I can get to use up my old American/Gryphon escadrille N3 Storks.
  6. I am building a respectable French force. It’d be nice to have more French two seaters and bombers. I have this huge book on the French Airforce Of WWl, and what models I do have only take up about a dozen pages of this book. I appreciate the two Salmson kits, and the Morane Saulnier, and I love Nieuports and SPADs. We even lost the only Company making the only SPAD Xlll, but the French Airforce was so much more, but looking at my shelves, you wouldn’t think so.
  7. I like the Bebe and will get all that CSM produces to go with all my Hobbycraft and Roden models.
  8. I’m still waiting and not seeing the rest of the Century Series promised by Trumpeter. Apparently Trumpeter’s promises mean nothing.
  9. The previous comments prove how much of a gap exists in Japanese aircraft being produced besides fighters, which is strange considering the Japanese aircraft being produced are all being produced by Japanese companies.
  10. Maybe we can get a Sieran and a 1/32 I class Submarine to go with it.
  11. Funny how so many people weren’t satisfied with only one company producing a Fokker Dr1, and WnWs producing or going to produce very obscure fighters, yet the most popular French fighter, SPAD Xlll has only been produced in 1/32 scale by one company now out of business. Even so, that model had no engine compartment, making it difficult to leave the louvers off, as often was done in WWl.
  12. I have the early, I might take this opportunity to get the late.
  13. Actually, if you look closely at the decals with a magnifying glass, the small decals for the various parts say NIE 17. The only surviving Nie17 ln Brussels also says NIE17 yet the SPAD says Xlll, just like my references. I think it’s because all the SPAD Xllls has no other versions whereas the Nie17s had an A, B, and C version due to the armament differences. Nie17a had a Lewis fun on the wing. The Nie17b had a vickers on the nose. The Nie17c had both Lewis and vickers.
  14. I know I’m kicking a dead horse, but in my 60 years studying WW1 aviation None of my references nor I have ever heard of Nieuport numbers being Roman Numerals nor any other French Aircraft except SPADS.
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