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  1. Great comments, David.  I helped photograph the aircraft entered in the 2015 Nationals in Columbus.  There were so many excellent models, choosing the winners had to have been difficult.  I remember hearing some of those comments & thinking why weren't you in there judging.

  2. I was assigned to the 48FIS at Langley 1985-1986.  We had 2 T-birds.  The cheat line on both was the same blue as the arrow on the wing tip tanks.  I purchased the Caracal sheet & emailed them with a photo of the birds when I noticed the black cheat line.  Their response was too bad.  We’re not correcting it.  I have both the old Testor’s & GWH kits.  The GWH kit has the correct cheat line.  I have never seen a 48th T-33 with a black cheat line.  The squadron admin office had hundreds of slides of their F-106’s, T-33’s, & F-15’s.  There were no black cheat lines on any of them.  

    Again, excellent job on the kit.  I wouldn’t repaint it either.

  3. Very nice build, Gil, even if it is a Marine bird ;}.  One thing I've noticed on a lot of Scooter builds is there is no step at the back where the slats sit. The slats actually sit on top of the wing.    Why all the manufacturers haven't corrected that error is beyond me.

  4. I have an ICM 1/48th scale O-2A Skymaster that I've managed to mangle both props (parts A15 & 16) & part A54.  I emailed icm@icm.com.ua 2 weeks ago asking how to get replacement parts.  Still haven't gotten a reply.  Anybody have an idea how to get the parts?

  5. Thanks Mark.  That's about what I expected.  BTW I've been using self-adhesive wheel weights for a couple years.  They are in ¼ ounce segments and can be pounded very thin & folded/molded into almost any shape you need.

  6. Work at Batteries Plus in Chandler, AZ.  We're considered essential so, we've been open since the beginning.  Early on we reduced our hours a couple hours a day.  No we're back to business as usual.  The retail side dropped off for awhile but have slowly come back.  Commercial sales have actually risen beyond what they were this time last year.  I've been working more hours because some of our folks decided they didn't want to risk the chance of exposure. 

    My model building has never been prolific.  I have 2 kits waiting for the temperature to drop during the day so I can airbrush in my shed (Phoenix set records for the most 100 degree plus & 110 degree plus days this summer as well as 1" of rain for 1 of the driest monsoon seasons on record) and a Monogram F-106 on the bench.

    It hasn't affected my buying much.  I already have most of the kits I want(very limited stash storage space) so most of what I have purchased is paint, resin, & PE.

  7. I'm very slowly building a Monogram 1/48th scale F-106.  Any of you that have built either the Monogram or Trumpeter kit recall how much nose weight you used?  It probably won't be very much as the main gear is set fairly far back on the airframe.

  8. The P-51's are put away for awhile.  I pulled out the Monogram & Trumpeter F-106 kits to finish in 48FIS markings.  I have Detail & Scale markings that Bert sent me when I was with the 48th 1983-1985.  The Monogram seat has good detail but, it's all molded in.  The Trumpeter seat consists of 6 parts with no harness or other detail on the seat and there are 2 complete seats in the kit.  PE harness is included but has to be painted the correct colors.  Eduard to the rescue.  Set 49714 was designed for the Trumpeter kit.  Most of it should work with some careful modifications.  I'm reasonably satisfied with how the seat turned out other than I got too much glue in several places.  I tried using CA but, couldn't get parts settled where I wanted them before it setup.  Ultra Glue from Ammo by Mig seems to work just fine.  It gives the extended working time I like to get pieces settled where/how I want them.  The seat now consists of 21 pieces.  The 2 small hook pieces on side of the head rest are flattened solder.  The PE parts were gobbled up by the floor monster.

    F-106 Seat Front.jpg

    F-106 Seat Left Side.jpg

    F-106 Seat Right Side.jpg

  9. You’ll get lots of good suggestions from this crowd.  My favorite is Sprue Brothers (spruebrothers.com).  I’ve never had them show an item in stock & then find out they didn’t have it.  That has happened several times with squadron.com.  There are a number of good overseas online stores but, you have to be prepared for very lengthy shipping times.  I’ve had orders take as long as 6 weeks to get here from Eastern Europe.  

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