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  1. That's not really a question. Can't we get back to ancient fish and me talking about the wrong website?
  2. I thought it seemed unlikely: that explains it! (it was early morning after all)...
  3. Like some on here, coelacanths have seemingly always been part of my life: my mother in particular was very much into archaeology, paleontology and Egyptology. Those were the days of Jacques Cousteau and David Attenborough (surely the only human who deserves the title 'living legend') and so it seemed to be ubiquitous. Certainly back then that the kids at school knew what a coelacanth was (1970s) because it would be part of class discussions. Nowadays there is a tendency to dismiss the past as 'before my time', as if it's an excuse for ignorance. Anyway thanks for bringing some randomness to Hyperscale. The TBD-1 looks good too
  4. I know we are focussing on 1/32, but when we say 'Sabre' or 'Fury' in 1/48 we should remember that very good kits of the F-86D, F-86F, FJ-2, FJ-3 and FJ-4/4B already exist in that scale. In 1/32, the F-86D and F-86K kits by Kitty Hawk will likely be the best there is for some time (both are very nice kits). And we also have the Kinetic/Italeri F-86F, which though clunky in places, is a good starting point. The ancient Hasegawa kit is still around, and has aged quite well, though its landing gear is modelled in "weight-off-wheels" configuration. So what we really are missing in 1/32 (for the Sabre/Fury family) is: F-86A F-86E early F-86F F-86H FJ-1 FJ-2 FJ-3 family FJ-4 family. I doubt we'll see injection kits of the Fury lineage in 1/32 and I know some kit manufacturers see the F-86A and F-86H as too 'niche', but a nicely-detailed vee-screen F-86E with separate screen parts and fuselage vent/intake inserts for the early F-86F shouldn't be difficult to do, and would be very welcome. If the screen parts were handled in the same way as many P-51 kits treat the same area (fuselage decking included), then the differences in side screens and vee-screen fairing/flat screen demister vent area could be dealt with quite easily.
  5. It's 'Tigger' and I have to say I have reservations on most of their kits. Shapes are not quite right on a number of them; not sure about accuracy in terms of size.
  6. Some F-86Hs were painted silver, as were a few F-86Fs. Even smaller numbers of F-86Hs received ADC Grey schemes and further to that, the application of silver undersides was mandated as a corrosion-prevention measure on the F-86L.
  7. Blue Eagle Although seldom mentioned, the United States Navy was also involved with psychological radio operations in Vietnam. The first "Blue Eagle" aircraft was constructed in January 1965 using a NC-121J Lockheed Super-Constellation shell. Blue Eagle I was the first project aircraft and configured to do AM, FM, and SW radio broadcast missions. A crew of naval officers and enlisted personnel was selected. Operational and flight training began in July 1965. The aircraft was sent to Vietnam shortly afterwards where in October it broadcast the World Series to American troops and became the world’s first operational airborne broadcast station. United States Navy RMC Steve Robbins told me: I spent three of my four flight tours in Vietnam flying this bird. Blue Eagle I (aircraft 131627) was one of four Navy Project Jenny broadcast birds that we built and operated. This bird was a radio-only bird (unlike the other three which were radio/TV broadcast birds. Blue Eagle I, after doing a test flight in Vietnam which rebroadcast the World Series from the United States, was assigned to PSYOPS operations. Two Blue Eagle aircraft were based at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon to broadcast Channel 11 of Armed Forces Vietnam Television (the American Forces Vietnam Network), and Channel 9 of THVN (the official station of the Government of Vietnam) in South Vietnam until 1970. A third aircraft was based at Da Nang Air Base to provide airborne PSYOP broadcast missions for MACVSOG off the coast of North Vietnam from 1966 to 1970. It took part in psychological operations from 1965-1967 and earned the nickname “Da Nang Dirty Bird.” John Plaster mentions the Project Jenny missions in his book about SOG and it was Blue Eagle I that flew those missions. Plaster says about Project Jenny in SOG: the Secret Wars of America’s Commandos in Vietnam: In Project Jenny, a U.S. Navy EC-121 aircraft broadcast SOG radio programs while flying off the North Vietnam coast, a technique that confused enemy radio direction finders and, because the radio wasn’t far away, tended to overwhelm local station signals. This was a highly classified mission and most of the crew did not know they were working for at the time. In 2001, personnel who served with SOG were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation by direction of President George Bush. Robbins continues: After 1970, the Blue Eagles were retired to the bone yard to lick their war wounds and the Navy got out of the airborne broadcasting business. The U.S. Air Force then took over these missions with Coronet Solo broadcast birds (which were essentially remakes of the navy birds) and ultimately the Commando Solo EC-130 airborne broadcast platforms currently flown by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard 193rd Special Operations Wing. It is also interesting to note that in order to make the TV programs work as a psychological operation; the United States Agency for International Development provided 500 television sets for Vietnam. They were placed in public squares, store windows, or wherever Vietnamese citizens were likely to gather. Courtesy of http://www.psywarrior.com/VietnamOBPSYOP.html
  8. Not sure that petrol worked for paint, but I know it was used to strip Cosmoline from aircraft so treated for ferrying as deck cargo.
  9. Stripper! If they'd used sanding and power tools they'd have been shot.
  10. Complicating things further, LanceR (sic) stencils are a mix of red, grey and white. Would make a great-looking model in 1/32 though.
  11. Fairey IIIF; Lockheed Starliner; Diamond DA.42; Bugatti 100P. If you ask me next week I'm sure they'd all be different!
  12. I read the review but had trouble with the score of 10/10 when allied to the statement, "...a whopping 138 pages..." I wouldn't describe a magazine that way, if it had just 138 pages; much less a book. Reading between the hyperbole, it does look to be a worthwhile addition but I'd expect a great deal more detail (and page count) before getting too excited.
  13. Is it Risqué or Rescue? Or possibly a risqué rescue? Sounds saucy
  14. Really nice model and good to see it done in a French scheme
  15. If it's a model then it fell apart. If it is a kit (looks like it), which manufacturer and what scale?
  16. Again, faced with a blank sheet of paper, the answer for many is "something that's been done before"...
  17. An announcement that someone is going to make an announcement. Too much of this going on.
  18. Would go just to see the Super Guppy!
  19. Here we go again: another "I have reserved mine"; "mine is on its way"; "what number are you?" or "mine has arrived" thread of pageszzzzzzzz..... (I've reserved one too).
  20. I do wish people would stop referring to pilots (other than USN) as "Top Gun". It straight away colours your perception of what is to follow.
  21. No photos I can see of nose art or A-1CM-equipped F-86As on that page....?
  22. Does anyone know if Korean War F-86As (effective F-86A-6/7 standard) fitted with the A-1CM gunsight received nose art? I'm looking for schemes for the eight aircraft which served on 4th FIGp during the war. Any help much appreciated.
  23. Hot water, (boiling if you are brave) but be careful not to warp anything. However, all is not lost if you do warp something because hot water will allow you to put it back. I've used MEK to strip paint from resin in the past, and it has often released any superglued joints. However I always assumed that resin was inert to CA glue, but experience has shown that it's not always the case.
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