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About thewizardofaz

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    LSP Junkie
  • Birthday 09/05/1952

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    Tucson, Arizona, USA
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    I'm the guy second from left in the profile photo. I was, at that time, a member of the EC-130H Compass Call mission crews at DMAFB. This photo was taken when I was in the Czech Republic as part of the Military Liaison Mission there and was visiting Czech Air Force bases. My favorite things are Israeli Air Force, 1/32 scale modeling, blues and building guitars.

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  1. I would love to see a conversion from 1/32 A-6 to EA-6. That's one of my favorites in the USN. The F-18 ECM version, the EA-18G Growler is also one of the aircraft I'd love to do. I'm all done with F-16 and F-15 versions. Just me talking, doesn't mean you or anyone else is wrong. Rick
  2. Academy/AFV Club made an F-16B - kit AR320, which I have one of. The Have Glass canopy is perfect. I have one of those too. So, my question would be this. How would your conversion or would your conversion better than this kit. Academy also makes a D model F-16 AFV Club 1/32 Lockheed-Martin F-16D RSAF Block 52+ (Academy Tooling) # AR32S02, which also includes the over wing fuel tanks like Israeli F-16 Sufas use. I don't wish to sound like I'm attacking your idea, just wondering what your conversion would include that the already available kits do not. Personally, I love taking base kits and converting/upgrading them. I'm awaiting, with great anticipation, one such conversion kit for the 1/32 Revell AH-1G that Werner's Wings is getting ready to ship. In any case, I say why not? I love 'em all. Rick
  3. I agree. I bought two of these kits and try as I might, the only major flaw is the afterburner as a whole and the individual petal blades. I know I had been looking at it for a while with one of those "something's wrong here but I can't see what it is "attitudes. It isn't obvious unless you are looking at the kit piece against a detailed photo.
  4. Only thing I see wrong with your work is that it's way too clean. Real ones would be covered in oil and dirt
  5. Reminds me of the early A-10s euro camo a bit. I was sad they didn't keep some in that scheme and some in grey. Never know when the ground will not be sand.
  6. I have a couple of these sets for my IAF F-4E builds. I have had them for a bit. Are the ones mentioned above new or just a copy and paste of the text from the ones I have. Thanks. Rick
  7. I didn't make the decision to do a display until I looked at your photos a number of times. You photos made me think that I could do it.
  8. Trimming exhaust casting. I figure to ask and look stupid than to not ask and be stupid. I think I see small exhaust fan blades inside the exhaust nozzles, so should I leave the casting blocks on the end of them? I am going to attempt to make the center out of other kit tube castings, in the spots where you have the clear pieces so that I will have what actually looks like an engine. I believe I probably should remove the casting blocks if I go that route. If I screw it up, all that happens is you get to sell part of another kit or a whole new one.
  9. How about an engine set in the right size and scale for the Trumpeter kit? I'm pondering taking non-A-10 engine bodies and cutting them up and placing them between your fan and tail pipe pieces.
  10. Looking at the one kit that I mention, the one from Mk. 1. Designs, the price is almost identical. Good source for parts for sure.
  11. I didn't search to see if anyone had already purchased and built, and if you have please tag this post. I bought the 1/24 Airfix kit when it first came out. At the time and for a long while, no aftermarket bits have been available for it. However, there is now at least one that I know of from Mk. 1 Designs. It's quite extensive, but if you're not careful you'll pay a bundle for it. I have seen it for just over $140 with just around $10 shipping from Hong Kong to some guy figured to make a retirement contribution at over $300. It has some very nice items in the kit which will really detail it, sharpen it up considerable. Total for there to here, parts+shipping $149. There are a number of decent photos with the listing. http://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/oa3dn2xyltouaittrczk.html
  12. https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/F-35-helmet-LM.jpgIf anyone can tell me how, I have a complete set of the helmet photos I will post. Left: https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/F-35-helmet-LM-4.jpg Back: https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/F-35-helmet-LM-3.jpg Right: https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/F-35-helmet-LM-2.jpg
  13. First of all, sorry for posting in the wrong area to start. My intent was to let Gary know that it was out and maybe a heads up on whatever upgrades he'd been thinking of, if any. I've been seeing a number of the non-chromate green aircraft going through build up. MrP has that color too, along with the two greys and the Have Glass. All the zig zag areas are black in pre paint. And they also are going to need to be sanded level before any paint work. They are not high, but way too high to paint that way. I saw one video on you tube that indicated you can leave the fuel port door open and leave the intake exposed. Gonna be interesting. Likely the intake tubes will need to be filled and sanded smooth and then painted all at once ....or some one piece intakes can be made. The engine is quite detailed with varying surfaces and many "hoses" and tubes and the like provided. Someone who likes to detail engines will have fun tho. Personally, I think the intake tubes and perhaps exhausts will be about all the plane will need from a resin casting crew.
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