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  1. Have you tried some free to play games on the net? I'm right into World of Warships, it's free to play, although you can spend money on it if you want to. I've also got a World of Tanks account but that game is much harder to be a free to play player as the encomony in game isn't as good.
  2. If that's the 'early version' with the resin cowling Rog then it's still wrong for a -1.
  3. 64th Sentai tangled with the AVG on occasion with their Ki-43s, they were one of the first squadrons to receive them from I think (sorry I don't have my reference with me it's packed away) from mid 1941, so they would have initially got Ki-43-1's. The Hasegawa kit is a Ki-43-II, which didn't start to show up until very late 1942. You'd need to change the cowling, no upper oil cooler (I think) intake, that was on the bottom of the cowl lip, 2 blade prop, the gun fairings on the upper cowling are different as the -1's just mounted light machine guns, no droptank or bomb racks (for early model -1s) and you'd need to find a flat topped main canopy and I think maybe windscreen and long telescopic gunsight too. UMI Resin did the prop and cowling with some other little items, but that's long OOP and you'd still be on your own for canopy and windscreen.
  4. 40 thousand new cases in my state today, I'm hiding at home and only going out in the early morning or late evening if I need supplies, avoiding crowds and social gatherings.
  5. Straight from the box with little trouble.
  6. I got some of their super silver after seeing someone do NMF with it, they look very nice.
  7. Am I ineligible for the raffle? I did send a msg but didn't get a reply and I'm not on the list. No worries if I'm not.
  8. From what I've read, Iranian pilots really liked the Phantom. It's speed, weapons and durability were put to good use against Iraq especially, conducting bombing, fighter sweep and reconnaissance duties, However when equipped with the Maverick air to ground missile, the Phantom found a new and deadly role; tank killing. Nearly 50 machines are still in service with the IRIAF today. The 1/72 Hasegawa Phantoms are pretty decent kits, although do watch out for the fit of the forward fuselage to the body and the fit of the air intakes, it can be tricky to get right and the better you get the fit the less sanding you will have to do. The instructions give you three machines, but I was not happy with the colour call outs, so I went with matching colours to the box top that I believe look better. I did use their suggested Gunze 44 flesh for the sand colour, but picked RLM 71 over their suggested Gunze 303 for green which I think was too light and I went with Revell SM381 brown. Gunze 311 grey was used for the under surface and RLM 70 for the drop tanks as the green here looks darker than the air frame colour. You will have to source weapons as only three drop tanks are included, but Hasegawa has put the inner pylons along with sidewinder launch rails in the kit. The Mavericks and launch rails come from the Hasegawa weapons set.
  9. A nice little kit that is OOB apart from the decals that came from a Mirage kit and the fin flash was painted on. Gunze 42 bluegray was used straight from the bottle. This aircraft was used by the French post war as an engine test bed, so I kept the weathering pretty light, with a wash and some weathering pigments.
  10. My old man built one about 40 years ago in 1/32 from the old Revell Spitfire and Bf 109 kits, but he did it without the engine cowlings as he didn't have the 110 kit.
  11. Bucketing with rain down in Melbourne, I thought this "climate change" meant it wasn't going to rain like it did? Hmmm. Not sure we will get cricket in this week.
  12. Got the first shot last night of Moderna. No real side effects, but my arm feels like I've taken a punch. It should have been the first day of cricket season today but everything has been pushed back at least a month at this stage. I'm really not that sure things will start in early November, but we will see. Also had my car battery die, so that was a 100 bucks outlay for a new one that was a bit of a pain, but dad showed me how to change one.
  13. Booked in to get a vaccine, convinced mum and dad to come along, it's a family vaccination outing.....gee fun. I use to hate needles then I had to go to hospital and got stuck so many times I now don't even flinch.
  14. People are going broke under our lock down, Melbourne is now the most locked up city in the world under this pandemic. I have friends who have had to suspend their mortgage payments because they cannot work, other are straight up unemployed because their company has closed down. We have the worst of both worlds now; lock downs and the virus is spreading still. It looks like another 2 months before any real easing of restrictions at 80% fully vaccinated, this is insanity.
  15. I'm getting a bit concerned about how our police force are now acting. Sure we have had some protesters who are angry about snap industry shut downs which are insane, but we have had vision of police body slamming people to the ground in sling tackles that would earn someone 5 weeks suspension in the footy, they have been shooting people in the back with rubber bullets, calling protesters "nazis" and trying to shut down the media. They actually had the stones to try and make the civil aviation authority out here ground media helicopters from covering the protests, but thankfully our courts pretty much told them to stuff off. This is the kinda of crap the Chinese would be proud of. Welcome to Victoria, the police state.
  16. I've used a couple of SMS paints and they are pretty good. I don't even bother to thin them they spray well straight from the bottle.
  17. I'm happy to see more kits and another manufacturer on the market but it's not doing much for me I have to say. I'm more of a Griffon Spit man but you know lets hope it sells well and they push on with other new kits. You'd get my attention with a 1/32 Fairey Battle though.
  18. This is a very nice kit, the detail is great, fit is near perfect and the decals are extremely nice, all 200+ of them. My only gripe is there was not enough room for me to get the nose weighted down, so I made up a little base for her to sit on. I really like Tiger Meet special markings and this is a cracker of a kit. It's painted in overall RLM 04 yellow, weathering kept down as she looked pretty good when on display. It seems this aircraft was kept in her tiger colours and put on a pole outside an airbase hanger.
  19. Yes it is bad, but I would like to pick you up on the statement that; hurricanes are getting worse because of global warming. There was a paper written a few years ago by one of the science academy's that the media and activists trumpeted and where much of this "hurricanes are getting worse" idea comes from, but the data they used was either flawed, or deliberately tampered with to arrive at the conclusion that hurricanes were getting worse. Long story short, they used data that removed any hurricane that did not cause economic damage. It was poor science and got thoroughly ripped apart. We face the same thing out here in Australia. We are constantly told that tropical cyclones are getting worse and more numerous, but a simple review of the numbers clearly indicates that the number of cyclones has gone down on average long with the number of severe ones.
  20. Always wanted to do a crashed aircraft, these day with all the engine detail coming in the box I might sell off some of my resin sets that I still have.
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