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About lawman56

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    Hooked For Life
  • Birthday 03/04/1967

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    just this side of insanity...
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    Model armor, aircraft, figures, and railroads.

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  1. Nah...they have bouncy tires
  2. Beautiful work! Eventually, (I hope), I plan to pick one of these and a Ju88 up. I've honestly been holding off in the hopes that someone would produce a Do17. If my luck holds true, they won't until I spend my money on something else or attempt to scratchbuild one first. Just seems to how things work for me. On a side note, was watching some show on Netflix about the Luftwaffe and this aircraft came up. One thing I was not aware of was the number of times pilots had to open the roof hatch, elevate the seat and stick their head out to see while landing. Apparently the altitude chan
  3. My sister spent a lot of time stationed aboard the JFK in the 90's. One thing she told me that always stuck, was the frequency in which flight deck crew either get injured, or disappear into the vastness of the ocean. I once inadvertently drove into a sandy area in Iraq full of undetonated cluster bomblets during Desert Storm. I'd rather do that again than what I just saw in that video. It was safer.
  4. I think it's less about easy, and more about cost. When you figure the somewhat novelty of anything color, (remember the "In Color" promos for tv?), and the fact that the government tends to go the cheapest route as much as they can, my guess is the pictures were taken on color film, but developed B&W photos since 90% of print media like papers, magazines and such, would use B&W.
  5. Gentile and Shangri-La have always been a favorite subject of mine, (in case my avatar wasn't obvious ) I'm inclined to believe that the main reason for wheel hub confusion is due to the nature of combat missions vs when photos were taken. There's documentation of pilots returning from an escort mission, refueling and re-arming, then going out to find targets of opportunity. Highly possible a photographer could have been at an airfield all day, taken a picture of said aircraft pre-mission, aircraft returns, tire is flat and instead of trying to repair the tire right away, change it out wi
  6. I gathered what he was saying, in regards to individual sellers online, is "caveat emptor". Buyer beware. I've seen similar things happen, (and currently are happening), in the model railroad community. When a company folds for whatever reason, the opportunists will sell what they have at inflated prices, "as is/no return" hoping for quick cash. The lack of a company behind those sales, is lack of any customer support. Of course this sort of situation happens all over online auction sites, not just to models. I took it as more of a "been there, done that" sort of post.
  7. I'm convinced it was a cookie dispenser. The Navy likes cookies...
  8. I always loved that picture. Primarily because what the Germans couldn't destroy, Gentile did himself! Last return buzz, last mission before going back to the US for a War Bond/factory tour, and he "oopsied"
  9. I'd clean it up, paint it as desired and insert into my will to replace my coffin top with it. A viewing to remember!
  10. Possibly some sort of rangefinder? Sonar transmitter perhaps? Cookie dispenser?
  11. I've used both the rivets and diamond tread with excellent results. They leave a scale, raised surface that adds a fantastic 3D realism needed in my dioramas. Most recently, ( in the last month), I applied the diamond tread to create the steel plates where a carrier elevator meets the deck. Once I finally get around to installing an image host other than Photobucket, I'll share my pics. Only tip I would give is this; the detail is fantastic, yet somewhat delicate. Even with a new blade, when trimming some of the resin popped off near my deck edges. I expected this, having worked wi
  12. Fantastic work! To be honest, I never really paid attention to the dimensions of this bird, but your one overhead shot made me realize that the wings were really just there in theory! If ever an aircraft was "a missile with a pilot strapped to it", this is the one! Great work, and great photos!
  13. I have to say, there's been very few letdowns as far as kits themselves, but mostly thanks to my being picky about what I build and the excellent reviews I see here and other sites. Although more of my surprises and letdowns have to do with the "good idea fairy" more than anything else. I tend to be more surprised or let down by the manufacturers. For example, (and seriously NOT blaming any one company in particular), we have exceptionally detailed and accurate large scale bombers such as the B-17, but no equivalent P-38 or even P-51B. A fantastic OV-10 and more F-4s than I think McDonnell-Dou
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