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Everything posted by RGronovius

  1. $16 at Squadron, probably cheapest you'll find it. https://www.squadron.com/1-48-Revell-USA-AT-6-SNJ-Texan-RM5251-p/rm5251.htm
  2. My regular First Order TIE fighter arrived. It looks as nice as the Special Forces one. I wonder if they make Rylo Ren's TIE from the second movie? I know Revell did the lights one, but Bandai's would be much better.
  3. I do also recall clear colored plastic versions that advertised glow under blacklights. I did get a Frankenstein reissue molded in clear. My now 22 yr old so still has a wolfman he painted poorly as a child on display in his room. My kids will have fond memories of these old kits like I do.
  4. Very nice, I built many of the monster models and picked up many as reissues. When I first got them, they had the glow in the dark optional parts. Most of mine were left unpainted (glow parts). Creature, Wolfman, Frankenstein, Phantom, Dr. Jekyll and the Mummy come to mind.
  5. I did order the regular TIE fighter, although the seller called it a Thai Fighter.
  6. Yes, if you scroll down a few categories, you will see the wanted/for sale forum to list stuff.
  7. 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.
  8. The Massachusetts AMPS group shared this on their Facebook page and have been discussing helping out.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. He did a great job, and the newer Tamiya 1/48 scale kits are pretty impressive too.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. Here's a photo of a weary Abrams that shows how the road wheel hubs look. The blackened road wheel had a blown seal.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 popul
  19. 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 Super
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Interesting look on the train engine. Plan on making cars to attach to it? Make a cool diorama.
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