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Excellent information Kevin! Wow, that is something.

 

Here is three models I got this past couple weeks. All of them were free. 

 

First are these two kits I got from a friend at my IPMS club. He'd gotten them from a widow who'd contacted him to donate her husband's models, supplies and tools to our SoCal IPMS club. One was still in plastic: a collector kit of the ancient Hawk 1/72 scale Spirit of St. Louis commemorative kit from the 50th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's flight:

 

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This other one he gave me was a started 1/72 scale Airfix SH-2F Seasprite helicopter. The guy did a good job on this:

 

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This third one I got in interesting circumstances. I had been hired to clear out an apartment where a woman had passed away. Apparently someone in her family loved Volkswagens, perhaps it was she herself. I was finding  a whole lot of Volkswagen memorabilia and such all over as we were cleaning up. Then I found this still sealed in the shrink wrap:

 

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Of course I took that home and yes I will build it! 

 

That's all I got for now. Later I'll have pics of some birthday presents that I bought with Christmas money!

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Well the postman brought this a few hours ago. Thank you to the gentleman from another site who found this at a local shop for a great price and offered to pick it up and send it to me! I love the “pa

Good documentation is essential to the completion of an accurate model. After ordering the model, I bought the documentation. The model arrived today. The plan is to make an in-depth study of the p

Finally got around to buying the AFV Club M60A3TTS to go along with the M60A1. Looks to be a superb kit.

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Happy Birthday to me! These are three items that came in for my birthday. 

 

This one was a bit unexpected; my sister Kat sent this to me out of the blue:

 

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These two I bought for myself with Christmas money. I'd been wanting these for quite some time:

 

Military version:

 

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Civilian version:

 

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Yay!

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Got a few figure busts after selling off a bunch

 

From Gillman Productions and Jeff Yagher (sculptor)- Peter Cushing as Van Helsing, Christopher Lee and the Mummy and from Bladerunner- Joanna Cassidy as Zhora and Sean Young as Rachel

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I love the contrast between the two Blade Runner busts. One is the epitome of female wholesome goodness and the other of sinful seduction. I look forward to seeing them painted and displayed on here Dave.

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I ordered this base on Friday and it arrived in today’s mail

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and out of the package...

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and a quick try on with my A-7 from last year. Just the thing for photo shoots!

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Thanks Mark. I remember some of the guys at IPMS OC having similar types of bases that they would bring in for their monthly contest entrants.

 

I had found this decal set up for sale on Scalemates awhile back. It finally arrived in yesterday’s mail. I’m planning to use the VF-162 option. It will look great next to my VF-162 Crusader one day.

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7 hours ago, Mark Deliduka said:

Very nice! I'm looking forward to seeing that!

Someday down the line Mark... I have plenty of projects on deck or in mind for this year.

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Somebody stop me! The other day I got one of those seller offers on eBay that I couldn’t say no to... and in today’s mail...

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LOL! Nice one! At least it's only one. I got a bunch of new models that were my last Birthday order finally in... and a surprise gift too, all at Hobby Day weekend.

Pics forthcoming.

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Okay, here is my latest scores, starting with this Master Box British Mk I tank from WWI modified for the Gaza strip. I got this in a trade:

 

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Looks like I cut off the very top of that box...

 

These are the last Birthday presents I ordered with Christmas and birthday money. 

 

First is a vehicle I never thought I'd ever see in my scale! This is a French APC, the ACE AMX VCI derived from the AMX-13 chassis:

 

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I gotta get me a second one of these; I need one for my Italian Army. Speaking of my Italian Army, This next vehicle is for them. The ACE Centauro B1T a later variant than the one I built earlier:

 

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This next one is my ACE British Centurion Mk.5. I show it like this because they sent it with the wrong box:

 

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These next three are for my Israeli Army. First is this ACE IDF Centurion Shot Kal Alef:

 

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Next is this ACE IDF Centurion Shot Meteor:

 

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This third one is the ACE IDF Nagmashot  APC:

 

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Finally, this last one is one I've been wanting for awhile. This is the Armory M-41 Walker Bulldog:

 

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This one is one that a friend of mine gave me for my birthday. This is the Modelcollect CLUB-M Coastal Defense Missile System. Now I have enough large trucks to do another Big Truck Build:

 

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Okay, now I have enough to keep me busy for oh.... the next month and a half! LOL! 

 

 

 

 

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That’s a great birthday haul Mark! I haven’t received that many models at once as gifts since I was in high school... 

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Thanks Carlos! Of course, I had to buy most of them, but yeah; I think that's the largest birthday haul I've had in a good long time too!

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Well buying them for yourself is a bit different, but... lol! I used to support my local shops at my birthday and try to get something from each one.

So this came as a surprise late birthday package from a friend on another site in the mail yesterday. 

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which also included these nice resin cockpit update sets

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I don’t own a Spitfire Mk. XIX... but now I have an excuse to get one...

Many thanks for the generous gifts Bruce!

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Mark, as you well know yourself, Bruce is a great guy! A very kind and generous soul.

 

So lately I have stumbled across a guy on eBay who sells decal sheets for a much more reasonable price than most are going for nowadays, so I have picked up a few sets.

For early A-10s: pre “Charcoal Lizard”

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For the F-5A in my stash

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And for the F-89D/H in my stash

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I also finally came across a guy in France who makes the Matra Super 530 missile in 1/48... nobody makes them in AM, and unless you scavenge them from another kit, there are no options in 1/48 to get any... until now. These look to be 3-D printed and are not bad at all, especially the pair on the right. The left pair are a bit softly detailed at the tail fins.

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When I was a teenager and this kit came out, my friend got it, and I thought that it was a pretty cool build. It was much nicer than my Hawk 1/48 F-104 kits that I had at the time. I’ve bought other better F-104s since then, but have always wanted to try my hand on this one, so I keep scanning eBay from time to time. I put this one on my watch list, and a day or two later the seller sent me a 25% off offer, and who am mai to say no to such a deal.

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Of course with shipping it cost far more than the original 1977 sticker price... 😉

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I plan on building this as a G, since I already have a C built and another in my stash.

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Hello Carlos,

There's a very interesting story involving the original Revell F-104 kit...not the one you have but the original F-104 Revell produced when the 104's landing gear design was still classified.  Lloyd Jones was directly involved in it and I got the story direct from Lloyd during a telcon some years after the smoke had settled.  I'm talking the original 1958 vintage kit with a Revell Authentic Kit logo in the lower right hand corner. The aircraft was identified on the boxtop as a Starfighter with Sidewinder Missiles but F-104 was nowhere to be seen.

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On 4/8/2021 at 4:19 PM, ipmsusa2 said:

Hello Carlos,

There's a very interesting story involving the original Revell F-104 kit...not the one you have but the original F-104 Revell produced when the 104's landing gear design was still classified.  Lloyd Jones was directly involved in it and I got the story direct from Lloyd during a telcon some years after the smoke had settled.  I'm talking the original 1958 vintage kit with a Revell Authentic Kit logo in the lower right hand corner. The aircraft was identified on the boxtop as a Starfighter with Sidewinder Missiles but F-104 was nowhere to be seen.

This one?

 

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20 hours ago, Mark Deliduka said:

That rocks Carlos! Excellent scores!

Thanks Mark. I’m very happy to have found all of these, and at good prices... for 2021... 😉

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30 minutes ago, Stikpusher said:

This one?

 

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Hey Carlos,

Yep, that's the one.  Here's the story that Lloyd told.

When Revell decided to produce a kit of the F-104, it was still a more or less classified aircraft and the landing gear design was definitely classified.  Ergo, the USAF provided Revell with the necessary drawings to produce a model of the aircraft...EXCEPT for the landing gear.  Initially, Revell intended to produce a kit that could be mounted on a swivel ball in flight configuration, much as many of their earlier kits had been.  For whatever reason that Lloyd didn't describe, Revell decided that they would really like to  include landing gear in the kit.  Since the USAF didn't provide any info, Revell's kit designers sat around a table and started brainstorming landing gear designs, the approach being "If I was an F-104, what would my landing gear look like?".  Remember, the F-104 was...or would be...known as the missile with a man in it, due to its being the smallest design possible wrapped around its engine.  This meant that the landing gear had to be unique at that time.

Anyway, Revell's designers came out with a configuration they thought looked good, incorporated it in the final kit design and put the model out on the market.  Note that since the design was fictitious, no one bothered to check with the USAF.

After the kit hit the market, things got more than a little interesting.  All of the alphabet security agencies of the time...think DIA, CIA, etc...as well as the USAF landed at Revell's front door.  Reason?  They wanted to know where they stole the drawings for the F-104 landing gear.  Turned out that the fictitious landing gear that Revell brainstormed was a dead match for the Lockheed drawings!  It took a while for everyone to understand that given a known amount of space and dimensions, certain things such as articulation can only occur in a certain way and that you don't have to be an engineer to figure it out.

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Wow, that's a scream! It sounds a lot like the story of when they came out with the YF-12A. When the Air Force released overhead publicity pics of the plane sitting on the tarmac surrounded by guards, Revell called up asking if they could get the dimensions as they wanted to make a model kit of the plane. The Air Force said those were classified. A few minutes later Revell called back up and asked of the measurements of the tarmac tiles were classified. They were told no, and so they got those measurements and sued them to figure out the dimensions of the YF-12A. When the Air Force saw the kit for the first time they went crazy trying to figure out how Revell had gotten the plans for the plane.

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