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  1. My mom and I had the same problem back when we were heavily collecting books. I, being more of a nerd and used to making stupid lists, already had lists of books I was looking for that I could at least check off, but my mother was starting to come home with repeats. We were getting into the hundreds of books at that point and there was no digital technology to help us yet.

    Truth is, even now that the tech exists I have yet to use a book database to organize my collection. It's just there aren't very many used bookstores around these days so I don't buy as much anymore.

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  2. On 12/6/2020 at 9:04 PM, GazzaS said:

    Great looking display you have there!

    Thanks. I built all that shelving myself. I have no proper carpentry training but know how to use power tools and follow instructions. I also have over 2000 books in this room and it is very hard to find affordable bookshelves to hold that much, so that plus being a DIY idiot I designed and built what would utilize the space best. All those years of designing dungeons for role-playing games trained me in the creation of blueprints.

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  3. Until May, my face was bare. Then, my previous job started mandating masks (the younger night staff kept coming in with exposure and it caused a panic) and I realized, why the hell am I shaving if no one at work can see my face? Fortunately my wife is cool with the new hair as she likes the red running through it. This is me in my 'book and music library/model display/virtual classroom' and personal chamber.


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  4. I bought the Trumpeter versions of the B-2 and G-2, mostly because they happened to be on an insane discount. As far as accuracy the front is a bit undersized and a quick Google will bring up many articles on that issue, however the Hasegawas have their own quirks and the Revell kits are still the old molds, I believe. Any of them will fool most of your visitors and will likely pass the 6-foot rule so it depends on how much you want to fuss with them. Trumpeter offers an A, B-2, B2/U4, D, G-2, and R. Hasegawa offers the D, D-5, D-8, and G. Revell the B-2 and D. According to scalemates.com.

    The B-2 I built ended up closer to a B-1 in several respects and I didn't do anything about the nose (maybe on the G) and it has fooled all those who have entered my display area which is good enough for me (WARNING: the kit bomb load is FUBAR). I didn't build the Hasegawa kits because they weren't the right price at the time; Trumpeter was. I built the Revell kit sometime back in the late 1970's and all I can say about it is that it was probably shot down by the U.S.S. Missouri along the southern edges of Pensacola Bay soon after construction.

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  5. 58 minutes ago, Jeff said:

    And, because some folks can't behave themselves :popo:  , we seem to be on some sort of 'Lock down" again.... they say for just two weeks...........:(................ but..............................:unsure:

    Then please explain how in areas where people have been behaving themselves, and have done so since the beginning, the cases are rising at the same rate or even faster than in areas where they have not.

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  6. 5 hours ago, TJTX said:

    To me the argument isnt, "is covid real or bad, etc..."   The argument is the need to balance decisions based on the multitude of factors involved.   Dr Dave's position makes sense.  He's a doctor his goal is to save those lives that are in immediate danger.   Same with Fauci, the goal being sabe as many lives as possible from covid.  That's easy, just lockdown.   No contact, no spread, problem solved.  The larger issue is how those decisions have a ripple effect.   Lockdowns are destroying the economy, and therefore people's ability to support themselves and their families. Its causing rampant mental health issues related to stress, loneliness, and anxiety.  Its causing health issues in those already dealing with pre existing conditions because they cant get to their appointments to handle their medical needs. A failure to make decisions without considering ALL these variables and just locking down to save a few lives now will cost us so much more later.  Live normal, with some increased safety measures.  Find the most risk based population and work towards supporting them through this while the rest of the population keeps the world turning.        

    This is merely the opinion of this dumb plastic mangler.   

    It's also the opinion of a lot of medical professionals who are being ignored by governments. The world leaders are so fixated on the 'Zero Deaths' solution, which is an impossibility, that they hang onto in the hopes it will all be justified in the end.





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  7. Well, regardless of where people stand, I prefer a more reasoned approach to all of this which is why I support professionally-esteemed doctors like Martin Kulldorff and Jay Bhattacharya, because they and their fellows have thought about the consequences of a sustained lockdown and know it is another example of cure worth than the disease. Dr. Fauci was supposed to offer a 0%-death rate scenario which can never actually be achieved when you consider SARS and HIV let alone seasonal flu, and that's what he has done. But it will wreck society getting there and even he has acknowledged that. He wasn't asked to worry about saving society; just lives. Lives sell better than the economy. Politicians and media used the '0% or bust' rhetoric to fearmonger people into staying inside months past the original 15-day plan. "Stay inside; it's the patriotic thing to do!" If they keep us cooped up inside our 'caves' they best hope we don't transform into Morlocks because that didn't go too well for those on top. You'd think a platform that often likes to promote sustainability wouldn't go for a policy that is unsustainable.

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  8. There have been quite a few posts about it. Are you aware they are offering resin accessories for various areas for those want the full experience? The base kit I believe is mostly closed up for those who complain about paying for stuff you never see. As I really want to display the bomb bay open that might be the set I spring for; I don't do anything that requires my model be picked up and peered into so I don't really do engines or cockpits too much. I guess we'll see if the kit is worth the price for the basic alone considering.  I believe there will be two boxings as well, one being Pacific schemes and the other Atlantic? 

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  9. 5 hours ago, Drdave said:

    I really do despair at the misreading of stats and epidemiology and the downright callousness and lack of compassion from many people, who assume it won’t affect them and make excuses that victims by implication are less worthy. 

    Since this seems directed at me without having the courage to come right and say so, I will point out you assume too much with the typical outcome of that approach. I can read stats; I can read graphs. I taught high school Statistics and use graphs all the time. I also understand medicine as I have several family members in that field. You are also off-base in assuming lack of compassion on my part simply because I accept the reality people die in these situations, or that I somehow think they are less worthy. Do you even look at the actual data published by the various American cities and their responses to Covid-19 or are you just following news reports (Why would you even do so as a non-American?)? It is quite clear, especially from New York City's own data, who is most affected by this disease and the result of it. You can choose to believe in this boogie man but the reality of what is happening does not match what the media says. 

    The victims die alone because of the hospital policies right now, which a growing number of doctors here are starting to question. You can't have a funeral or go to church here because you will spread the illness, but apparently it is fine to have huge funerals for deceased politicians and criminals or loot cities en masse. Explain why that is, if this pandemic is so deadly?

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  10. And yet here I am, a fellow who has spent the whole summer in a 20x20 room with my TA and 10 students wearing a crap homemade mask because my work requires us to wear them, while the students refuse to follow social distancing guidelines and are constantly touching each other and trying to high five me and crap. My TA had a 100.4ºF temp a couple of weeks ago and was sent home but turned up negative. Three of my students tested positive and yet I have tested negative every time. This virus doesn't care what you do or where you are; you get it or you don't. All the tracking being done illustrates this; there is NO correlation between locking down or not locking down, and none between wearing masks or not. The vast majority of deaths are still among elderly patients with co-morbidities. This is all found on official sites such as the CDC itself, but the media is still pushing the alarmist scenario which is much worse than the medical community's own worst-case scenario. The death rate among confirmed cases is still less than 4%, and even less if you compare it to the overall global population. A bit over 62% of confirmed cases have already recovered and I suspect the 7 million remaining will recover for the most part as well.

    Everything being done only slows it somewhat, but it is getting everywhere and will continue to do so, just like every other contagion. The shit can go airborne now; how do you think we can stop that considering we haven't stopped the others? In no scenario can you save everyone. I get no one wants themselves or loved ones in that 3.65% who die, but we can't keep the world locked down to save people who likely would have died in the next few years regardless to even a seasonal flu.


    And health officials here in the U.S. admitted on camera that they have been marking every death as Covid if a test comes back positive, even if the actual cause of death was something else. So, if you are in the hospital dying of brain cancer and get exposed to Covid-19 and subsequently die, it was Covid what did you in.

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  11. 11 hours ago, Rodolfo Torres Vazquez said:

    Rust and chipping?, yes, everything was possible with the weather like in Russia.   

    @Martinnfb - Thanks for your kind comment and pic!


    Well, ultimately it is your kit and you can build it as you want, but you might need to study the effects of weather on vehicles in the short and long term. At the time of Kursk they were only experiencing the normal summer rains. I'm sure Mig Jimenez would appreciate your style.

  12. 3 hours ago, Rodolfo Torres Vazquez said:

    Thanks for your kind comments friends!.

    When in Kursk there was rain, mud, puddles, of course, it is possible to dirty the tank even before 1 month, the Russian steppe was heavy, besides the weathering in this Panzer really is moderate.

    I can't imagine a tank going into a big puddle with mud and coming out clean and the rains falling without dragging the dust adhering to it.



    I'm talking about the rust and chipping.

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