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Everything posted by RGronovius

  1. I bought a Bandai First Order Special Forces TIE fighter from the Force Awakens Star Wars movie. It is 1/72 scale and cost $24 delivered. I plan on getting the regular version as well, but I'm not sure of the differences. I do know that the regular one does not have the cog looking gear thing at the solar panel attachment points.
  2. The Massachusetts AMPS group shared this on their Facebook page and have been discussing helping out.
  3. I was an avid comic book reader, I think because my dad was. I remember reading mainly Spider-Man and Batman, but continued to collect comics through college and my army career into the early 2000s. That's when they "rebooted" many titles totally revamping origins and the characters I grew up with. I still buy the occasional comic book and follow along from afar.
  4. Yes, I recall the boy with crutches being Junior as well as Billy's sister Mary becoming Mary Marvel. The whole "family" thing with superheroes having younger versions like Kid Flash, Speedy, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, Supergirl, and of course Robin the boy wonder and the Teen Titans. Marvel countered this by making many of their superheroes teenagers from the beginning. Spider-Man was 15, the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four was a little older, but still a teenager. And when Rick Jones becomes Captain Marvel, he's a teenager as well.
  5. Those would be great as well. Choosing the M1A2 Abrams was an odd choice; the tank was not widely fielded and subsequent changes led to the M1A2SEP and subsequent versions being the mainstay tank. The only units to use the straight M1A2 were the 4th Infantry Division, a few battalions of the 1st Cavalry Division and the 3rd ACR. An M1A1 or an M1A2SEP would have been superior choices that had a wider fielding and more combat usage.
  6. I agree, to go with their HMMWVs and Abrams, I would love to see an M113A2 with options to make an A3, a Bradley and M60 series. But heck I would be happy if they retooled this kit to make an M1A1 or M1A1AIM and give us the ability to make a Cold War, Desert Storm or OIF tank. Or the ability to make a Marine Corps version. I think besides this kit, their only modern armor are two different HMMWVs, a JGSDF Type 10 tank and JGSDF Type 16 wheeled vehicle similar to a Stryker MGS.
  7. He did a great job, and the newer Tamiya 1/48 scale kits are pretty impressive too.
  8. It was a bad movie. It had so much potential, but they basically went to the campy Batman TV show mood instead of the darker Tim Burton Batman/Batman Returns mood. If done better, spinoff Robin/Nightwing and Batgirl movies could have happened. Same thing happened with the third Spider-Man installment (Tobey Maguire movie). Clooney's Batman was more of a rock star than a hidden figure that worked in the shadows. One of Affleck's lines from the Justice League trailers (that did not make the movie) is when Cyborg says "I heard about you; I didn't think you were real." Affleck responds, "I'm real when it's useful."
  9. I saw the Bale Batman as trying to make the world less of a cartoon like the final Batman and Robin movie (George Clooney) and trying to explain how he got his skills and where his wonderful toys came from. I really enjoyed Ben Affleck's Batman, too bad he's retired his character. The DC Shazam/Captain Marvel looks like they are going back to a very live action cartoon world like Batman Forever and Batman and Robin movies.
  10. Here's a photo of a weary Abrams that shows how the road wheel hubs look. The blackened road wheel had a blown seal.
  11. It looks good, the hubs of the road wheels and idler wheels are molded of clear plastic so crewmen can see the oil level. Sort of resembles a bottle of cola when sitting on its side and looking at the bottom. I also think you mean Operation Iraqi Freedom. The M1A2 was not fielded during Desert Storm and the combat identification panels on the front, sides and back of the turret weren't fielded until the mid to late 1990s.
  12. Yes, John Carter the movie was not very good, but you can see the roots of Superman. Previously, Superman could not fly; he could "leap tall buildings in a single bound" just like John Carter could in the movie and novel. DC was able to stop the Shazam/Captain Marvel from being published because of Superman copyright infringements. Decades later Marvel came up with their own Captain Marvel in the 60s, totally unrelated to the Shazam one. Then DC did a semi-crossover with a copy of an alternate universe version of Shazam called Captain Thunder who battled Superman. He was fairly popular and they bought the rights to Shazam and started up that version of Captain Marvel in the 70s. Now there are two Captain Marvels in the theaters this year.
  13. Marvel's Captain Marvel had been a male originally and then a female. If you remember the X-Men character Rogue, her superpowers came from permanently absorbing a female Captain Marvel's powers leading to that person (Carol Danvers' death). When I was a child, the teenager who Bruce Banner saved from the gamma bomb that then turned Banner into the Hulk, was named Rick Jones. He had the nega-bands that when he smacked his wrists together he would trade places with a male Captain Marvel (a Kree supersoldier) and become a superhero. The original Shazam/Captain Marvel was a copy of Superman by another company that DC eventually obtained the rights to. Superman was originally basically Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars with Earth replacing Mars and Kal-El of Krypton replacing John Carter.
  14. When Star Wars came out, I found the R2-D2 and C3PO kits at the local JC Penney. I built both very poorly, and while 3PO vanished, the pieces parts of R2 still remain awaiting my rebuild. When Star Trek The Motion Picture came out, I bought the new USS Enterprise. It was a more involved kit that required knowledge of dry rub decals (which I had no clue) and the kit required a little more than just Testors tube glue. I made quite a mess of it, but always saved it to try to finish it better. I think both kits were from 1978.
  15. It hasn't been a child's hobby since the 80s. It is more of a serious adult hobby because of costs and the attention to detail that companies and modelers have dedicated to construction. I'm not saying there are not models aimed at kids and casual modelers, because there are kits available in a wide range of skill levels. But the core of the hobby is geared towards more experienced modelers with disposable income.
  16. Interesting look on the train engine. Plan on making cars to attach to it? Make a cool diorama.
  17. Looks good. I have this kit somewhere. I remember seeing the old Fujimi set, comes with a Thule cargo carrier. Always wished they made the old Sears X-Cargo white top/silver bottom carrier. I still have one from my minivan days.
  18. Do you know if the Hobby Boss M26 series tanks would help you get something similar inside? Their kit has an engine compartment and while it won't be accurate for an M47, it would be a good place to start for the firewall, fuel cells, etc.
  19. Mark, for small scale armor, I use a clear tool/tackle box I got from Walmart years ago. I cut off parts from the sprue and put road wheels in a compartment, track bits, gun tubes, crewmen, stowage, etc.
  20. I do keep good boxes, ones that are sturdy to keep excess parts in them. I have an old Tamiya M1 box for Abrams extra pieces like USMC specific parts, unused PE etc. I have an old Tamiya M4A3 Sherman box to hold old Sherman parts, and old Tamiya Jeep box to hold soft skin parts, etc. A while label with a marker saying M1 parts, etc. differentiates it from an unbuilt kit.
  21. I would pick the pristine box over the dented box every day. I've noticed US sellers often box the kit in a box that leaves a lot of room for packaging and arrive just fine. Overseas, the kits are often wrapped in boxes that were cut to size, marginally bigger than the kit box. Bought a Tamiya Grenada M151A2 kit and the box was trashed and wet, but the kit inside was just fine. But if the kit box was wet or damaged (wet not the seller's fault), and the contents and decals inside were unharmed, I would be okay with it. So if a box arrived a little dented but the insides are unharmed, I'm okay with it. But, if I ever decide not to build it and to sell it, I know the dinged box won't be worth as much as a pristine box. As far as keeping old instructions, I do keep them organized in a binder on my model building reference book shelf. I have a binder for 1/35 scale armor, 1/72 scale armor, sci-fi, auto/ship, and airplanes. I keep them for reference, sometimes kits are reissued but with new worse instructions, compare the Testors yellow box kits with the current Zvezda and Italeri reissues and the old 1980s instructions are light years ahead. They are also handy when someone buys a kit and loses them or the kit didn't include instructions. I can whip out my binder and scan a copy or make a physical copy and mail it to them to help them out.
  22. I love these walker tanks ever since I discovered the Revell Robotech lines in the 1980s. But as a tanker, I've always wondered the amount of fire control computing the vehicle would have to do to keep the gun in line with the sights. Great job!
  23. RenhoekStimsen J'katIn one of the games, the names of the ships were the full names of the cartoon characters from Ren & Stimpy; Ren Hoek and Stimpson J. Cat.
  24. I used to play the various X-Wing and TIE fighter games. There were some pretty neat variants of the TIE fighter.
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