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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. No one ever went broke molding Focke Wulfs and 190's
  15. We in Melbourne just got harsher restrictions including a curfew. Now, please tell me how exactly, being locked at home between 9pm and 5am will stop the virus spreading? Does it spread further at night? The Premier also had a tantrum because some people gathered outside to drink some beers at a pub that was selling them as take away. The police were called, but determined the business and the people there had not broken any laws. However, this afternoon he banned removing your mask to drink beer. However I can still remove my mask to drink a coffee, or a cola. How petty and vindictive was that. Where is the science to say that drinking beer outside is more dangerous than drinking a coffee. They also closed skate parks for kids and banned using outdoor exercise equipment in parks. Really? Is the virus spreading in parks? No, no it isn't, in the next breath they were admitting that the virus is spreading because people are still having illegal gatherings like the 70 odd people who held an engagement party. So here we are, with harsher restrictions that are pointless all because some people didn't follow the restrictions already in place. Insanity, bloody insanity. Oh and if you were wondering, we had 20 cases today. In contrast, you guys in the UK are virtually free, despite having 20,000 cases a day. It seems Australia will never get out of the cycle of lockdowns and restrictions no matter how many people are vaccinated.
  16. Prime Minister just said that vaccination is not a path to end lockdowns, they are both to be used at the same time....well there's a great way to encourage people. Governments addicted to power, they will keep locking us in our houses no matter how many people are vaccinated, they just admitted it.
  17. I am not opposed to vaccination requirements to travel overseas. You are correct, it is nothing new, my dad tells me of having to get vaccinated against certain diseases back when he was travelling the world in the 70's. However what they are proposing out here and what is having to show your papers to get your hair cut, or visit a cinema or sporting event. Also some business' are trying to implement mandatory vaccination on their staff, which I believe could be illegal. It's certainly illegal to ask any health questions in a job interview, so I can't fathom how demanding staff be vaccinated isn't against the law.
  18. A vaccine so safe we need to indemnify the doctor from liability if he kills you.....yeh, that's really encouraging for people....yeeeesh. From what I hear from friends, you get asked 15 questions relating to your health and clotting now, which I think both my parents would fail. I am also opposed to this vaccine passport they want to introduce. What a good way to create two classes of people within society and what about those who do not carry a smart phone, like me.
  19. I ate a party pack of doritos today....that's how good a Saturday I was having.
  20. It's lockdown 5 in Melbourne although fortunately the panic buying seems to have stopped. I can barely be bothered getting out of my PJs all day at this stage.
  21. All I'll say is that no one ever lays on their death bed wishing they'd spent more time at work.
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