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  1. I'm also curious as to what Series of Folgore they plan on releasing. I thought this was a fall release? Mark Proulx
  2. You can include me in the camp who would welcome some love for the Tamiya 1/32nd scale Phantom. Mark Proulx
  3. Very, very nice build. Subtle weathering, not overstated. Great job! Mark Proulx
  4. I think it was done a few pages ago.... Mark Proulx
  5. It would be nice to have a set of o/b pylons for Navy Phantoms too, as they frequently flew w/o drop tanks in that position. Yes, I know the Marine boxing has that option but I would rather not have to buy an entire kit for that purpose, having the Navy release. Mark Proulx
  6. How do you pull 9 G's, or fly inverted and keep your eye glasses on? Mark Proulx
  7. Watching with eager anticipation... Mark Proulx
  8. I agree with nmayhew above about Valiant books. What I GREATLY dislike about them is that they quickly become obsolete as more products are released for that particular subject. So, what do they do to keep up? Publish a new book with all the new releases added (and perhaps SOME expanded text) further making my initial purchase a waste of money! I also find their color profiles to be OK at best... My new Lanc (Late Version) and Nachtjagd books are likely mid-Atlantic for me at the moment... So far, I am quite content with Wingleader, having passed up on only a few titles do to my lack of subject interest. Mark Proulx
  9. Kevin: I still stand by my statement having all these books in my reference library. Needless to say, I have a penchant for the 109, three volume set. I find it a useful title to refer to. However, be aware the books are not as exhaustive as say, Japo, it is still good value for the money. Mark Proulx
  10. Kevin: I can tell you I have most of their books and I am satisfied with them. Which ones/series in particular interests you? Mark Proulx
  11. I took early retirement as they offered us " miserable old bastards" a financial carrot that was just too good to pass up. COVID made it even easier to go. As much as I loved my job, being treated/compensated extremely well, I am glad to leave it all in the rear view mirror. It was time for a younger group to advance the profession and continue the fight for safer skies. Mark Proulx
  12. Well, I can't speak to US based pilots specifically, as I am in Canada. However, I would think that our countries are similar in the way the aviation industry operates. Yes, I do agree that automation has impacted basic airmanship skills. I saw, especially in younger pilots, a reluctance to turn off the A/P and fly the airplane, taking advantage of a two-man crew. They would get too deep into a situation before reverting to "hand flying" never really getting a "feel" for things. When the A/P was doing something they didn't want to see happen (or couldn't understand), they would struggle trying to figure out why (adding to the stress of the event) instead of just turning off the A/P and doing to the airplane what YOU wanted to do. This isn't helped when the SOP's of the airlines really drive you towards using the A/P, not helped by the longer duty days that pilots now must deal with and pilots hired with insufficient experience. Just my take... Mark Proulx
  13. Well....as an ex training/check captain myself, retirement is all its cracked up to be. Surprisingly, I don't miss it. When I start to lament my decision to leave, I just re-focus on all the crap we contended with and I quickly snap back into my "happy place". Mark Proulx
  14. Actually...it reminded me of 633 Squadron. Mark Proulx
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