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  1. Nice to meet the both of you as well. I saw the Mustang tear over the shop earlier today ... awesome experience for you guys!
  2. Hi Jack-the only local shop is probably Metro Trains and Hobbies on Metro Pkwy in Ft Myers. They're open Saturdays but closed Sundays. Well stocked with new items plus a classroom where local club guys gather on Saturdays to build or whatever (drink coffee and eat donuts!). 12951 Metro Pkwy #8, Fort Myers, FL 33966 If you fancy a short trip across the river to Cape Coral (only a couple miles depending on where you're staying) you can swing by our "shop." It's more of a warehouse actually but you can always spend some time picking through the stacks of kits and aftermarket. I'm there Saturday from about 8:00 until 4:00. I can always meet you on Sunday if it's easier as I only live a few miles down the road. 1327 Lafayette St., Ste C, Cape Coral, FL 33904 Our phone is 1-239-784-9671 Bob
  3. I will be there moseying around; can't wait - first trip to Telford! Staying at my daughter's place outside Liverpool and driving down Saturday with the son in law. Bob Busby
  4. Here's what I have left of the Phantom. I believe it took 3rd in multi-engine Jet.
  5. Here's a handful of pictures I snapped at the Nationals this past weekend. Kudos to the South Carolina crew as it was a very well run show. Not sure who's or what won just some random shots of LSPs. I tried to include the info cards to give you an idea of the work involved. Bob
  6. And ... Helldivers are out haha. More inbound and thanks-those went fast!
  7. Hi Mark-sorry about that-it's probably an old link from when I first set this account up but I'll get it fixed. Thanks for the note-
  8. So these arrived Monday and are a sight to behold. See today's review right here on LSP and you can get them from an LSP sponsor! https://www.victorymodels.com/products/hph-models-1-32-sb2c-4-helldiver-complete-multimedia-kit-32036r-hph32036r Bob
  9. These are now available on the site. They should hit eBay in a few (in case that's your preference). They are sized for the Italeri kit but should fit the Hasegawa or Revell kits, too. Thanks for the support, Bob
  10. Well, at just a tad over two months (!) we've received our shipping notification from Cartograf and these should be available around the end of next week. Yowza!
  11. We are just waiting for a firm ship date from Cartograf before putting the links up hot on the site. The company (Cartograf) does take their vacations during August so ...
  12. It did happen, I'm sure, but I can only imagine for maintenance issues (which were infrequent when I was in P-3). Now, on the other hand, you'd almost always see the aft seat pan (basically the bottom half of the seat) pulled and sitting on the wing leaning up against the fuselage since the majority of the avionics boxes were located on the starboard side below the console of the rear cockpit. The only way to get them in and out was to pull the aft pad & bucket. By the time I was working on these birds in the 80s it was sooo common I could remove and replace those boxes in pitch black darkness. I'm not sure when the navigation system we used was installed but we did share the same IMU (inertial measuring unit) as the early F-14s IIRC. You can see the INS keypad on the lower left front of the RF-4B rear cockpit on page 39 of the Detail & Scale book "F-4 Phantom II-USN & USMC versions." Page 40 also has some good shots of the seat and you can see how it basically can be divided into two parts (top & bottom). Of course you'd have to verify what version seat was in use during Vietnam as I'm speaking from the mid to late 1980s. Bob
  13. Wow, does this bring back memories! I would think all the RF-4Bs had the inflight refueling probe installed. As a mechanic in VMFP-3 for a few years I don't recall any that did not; plus it was internal so I'm guessing that would be a heck of a mod? Nothing on the spine re: boom receptacles that I can remember. The probe light was controlled by a rheostat in the front cockpit that could dim or brighten the light as needed. As for schemes, the second one (double nuts) is a no-go as we painted that one up around 1990 for the stand down. IIRC it (the tail) was done up with the various squadron colors from MAG-11. Also had an all black one (#36?) which would be towed right to the hangar after a flight for maintenance since it was so hot to the touch! Finally, for "Vietnam" I'm thinking P-3 was started in 1975 so I'd probably go with the VMCJ-1 markings. Good luck! Looking forward to the build! Bob @ Victory
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