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Patrick HMD

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  1. Or better still, how about mating the nose of the recent revell Mustang. That might work out evan better. I've been chewing that one around for awhile, but just don't have the gumption. That would truly be a world of hurt. That trumpeter nose is an abortion.
  2. That side insignia is huge! Don't recall seeing one that big before on a 24 Does anyone know the diameter of the roundel part? I'm thinking Jennings might know. That's one of his specialties. Come to think of it, I would love to see Fundekals do a dissertation on B-24's and their markings just like they did with the Corsair and have decals to match. A ton of research would be required I'm sure. Just a thought.
  3. Nope, can't do that. Just cannot get past all it's flaws. I'll wait for a more decent offering which will surely come sooner or later. I'm in no hurry.
  4. Not tempted at all simply because I will buy one after all the hoopla subsides. I'm already thinking of backdating it to a dash 3 with tri color paint. Think of all the possibilities. Don't like the sharks teeth though. This guy has been on my 1/24th wish list for a long, long time. Thanks Airfix. From the looks of it, it will be up to the same standards as the Typhoon. Not to worry Airfix, these are going to fly off the selves I'm sure. I'm hoping a Corsair will follow. But who knows. Those Airfix guys are so tight lipped. Like the Typhoon, this was indeed a pleasant surprise. Hoping for another pleasant surprise later on.
  5. Me. I'll just keep waiting. No hurry. Too much other stuff to do in the meantime. It's still a sow's ear IMHO, no matter how you try to dress it up. It's the old lipstick on a pig scenario, or whatever. Wish someone would do a nose plug for the old Revell B/C kit. I'd be satisfied with that. I'm sure they would sell. Lots of the old Revell kits around gathering dust on modeler's shelves, several in my stash..
  6. Well, let's see. Squadron has their HK B-17's in stock for 299. Take 20% off and that's 60 bucks less. That sounds pretty good to me. Does anyone know of a better deal? If so, let me know. I've been on the fence with the 'E' waiting for it to come down in price, but so far it ain't happening. So I've got 2 hours left, and I'm about to pull the trigger on it. Thanks cxk5075 for the heads up. If I hadn't logged in tonight, I would have not known abut the flash sale. Such a deal! Ain't gonna find one like that on e bay that's fer sure. Just checked. Jeezz, what have I done. Not sure if I'll ever build it, but I'll settle for that warm and fuzzy feeling of just having it in my possession. BAM! I didn't see that one coming. My credit card just took another hit. We're a crazy bunch, aren't we.
  7. I can certainly verify that. A very good friend of mine whose grandfather flew Hellcats off the USS Franklin and was shot down during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and eventually my friend inherited his personal effects. One day on a visit he broke them out and let me go through them. Boy, talk about goodies! A set of AN style goggles, a khaki cloth flight helmet, some VF-13 logo decals, his purple heart and other metals, a set of full lieutenant bars, a dollar bill signed by his squadron mates, love letters. telegrams. Franklin cruise book, service record, etc. etc. And his log book. It shows several different Bu numbers of aircraft he flew, very seldom the same aircraft. Lots of CAP. It also shows when he transitioned from F4F's to F6F's. And sadly, his final entry on the day before he was KIA. FYI
  8. Amen! +2 I couldn't have said it better.
  9. Boy, wouldn't it be nice if Sprue Bros. would stock these. The F4U and P-51 have got my attention.
  10. Excellent Brian. Love it. Man, it would sure look good foiled IMHO. Don't see too many of those at shows, due to intimidation (me) I guess.
  11. Hopefully, no more shallow cockpits.
  12. Thanks for those pics. (right click) I'm noticing the seams on those tanks. They are all horizontal except for one which is vertical. Probably a different batch. Those pictures I'm sure were taken with a large format camera. So clear and well defined. No white water behind that carrier. Looks like she's turning hard to port getting into the wind for launch.
  13. Love the paint job. Most excellent. I've always preferred the gray and white scheme over the blue. I would love to do one of these in 1/32. but what's available is too expensive for me. Now you've got me recalling and reminiscing back to the early 1950's when I was a kid. Cabiniss NAS in Corpus Christi, Texas was having open house during armed forces day. The only aircraft on display that I recall was a B-29, a T-33, and some Hellcats and Avengers. Those 2 were in dark very glossy sea blue. But that wasn't all. Off to the side and off the main stream were a large group of Helldivers with there wing folded parked and in storage. There must have been 20 or 30 of them. I remember them being very heavily weathered. I got on point and made a B line towards them with my Brownie box camera to take some pictures, but got stopped short by the military police. They said that it was a restricted area, and no picture taking was allowed. Not a happy ending for my story. lol
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