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  1. B-1 is in the works, my goal is to make it to where I can add custom nose art to the prints I did this one of Sentimental Journey many years ago when I was still in school. Will definitely be doing more WWII stuff in the future, starting with a P-51 next year Thanks Stitch! Its a long and hard (sts) process requiring many months of work, but I believe they need to be technically accurate since any inaccuracies will stand out like a sore thumb to you guys who fly/maintain them
  2. So just want to get a gauge, what airframes would you guys be interested in seeing drawings of? Besides the 135 and U-2 obviously (those legends are mandatory 😎) Couple more:
  3. The old Boeing workhorse is definitely on the list! I'm guessing it will be around for awhile? Haven't seen this classic thrown around on here since the Rainman days
  4. Appreciate the feedback, I've gotten requests for all of those airframes in the past and planning on eventually doing each one. As of now I've got an Apache, Hornet, Viper, T-6, and P-51 planned for the short term. Admittedly I've neglected heavies over the years which I will try and make up for. I just added a few more prints to my Etsy page with over a dozen still in the works. Make sure to use the 20% off code if you order something! I'll try not to spam this thread with every print I do but heres a few more examples (last one was a commission for a change of command):
  5. Negative SoCal. I need to finish the Beale T-38 I started awhile back! (And eventually do a U-2)
  6. Greetings, MASSIVE 10-year thread bump, but it seems like the most appropriate and I didn't want to start a new thread for this. I'm an artist and just starting my side-hustle selling high quality art prints of military aircraft that I want to offer to Baseops members. While my shop is relatively new and I'm still adding more prints I have many available now and I'm doing a special discount for BODN users and military/veterans. Pencil drawings are great ways to help show off your storied career and make nice additions to your wall/office, and squadron bar! Follow the link below and g
  7. Hate to say it but this is often a mx issue not an ops one. I was offered rides on several occasions as a cadet but it took one of my buddies who was in AGE over a year before he finally got one for winning airman of the quarter (in an ACC T-38 no less). Its usually mx who drops the ball and doesn't submit for the rides, whereas cadets go straight to the ops side and typically get put in the front of the line whether they earned one or not.
  8. Pretty sure I saw that first model in a movie once..
  9. I get that a good chunk of the Raiders' advantages over older platforms will be internal and logistical, but I just can't help but think the design philosophy behind the aircraft was to innovate as little as possible because the DOD has essentially given up on trying to purchase new designs in large quantities. We've seen so many botched acquisitions programs over the last 2 decades (F-22 buy, CV-22, KC-46, light attack, of course the biggest offender the F-35, and even the original B-2 buy being so small to name a few) that is it even worth trying to purchase new aircraft from scratch anymore
  10. After seeing the new digital renderings the AF just released, the thought occurred to me.. the new aircraft looks almost identical to the Spirit with a few minor changes, have we really reached a point where our acquisitions process is so f**ked that we've lost the ability to develop brand new concepts and designs and instead need to fall back on older ones? Have we so overbloated the R&D and production process that its simply too expensive and risky to both request and build brand new designs with significantly increased capes?
  11. Wow, this was a shock and very saddening, I had to re-read the OP a few times to make sure it wasn't a joke. I didn't know matmac personally but safe to say he seemed like a great guy/officer and well respected both on and off this forum. I remember years ago back when I was still an rotc cadet him and rainman shutting me down on a regular basis for saying standard ignorant cadet things but usually with a constructive tone (but not always... sometimes pure ownage at my expense). We exchanged a couple DM's later before I was med DQ'd and again he seemed like the real deal. Mat was one of the po
  12. Is it reasonable to say that a brand new F/A-18F is a more capable and cost-effective platform than the F-111?
  13. Armchair quarterbacking here but I always thought the AF should've bought the YF-23 and converted it into an F-111/late F-15E replacement with a WSO seat and longer range, then replaced both the B-1 and B-2 at the same time with an arrowhead shaped mach 2 stealth bomber. But not the BUFF, that thing will be around forever 😎
  14. Out of 3 the det/cc's and 6 OFCs/RFCs I was around for only one was a rated guy. Our closest base was also a nonflying base so our career days usually had only one rated guy and 15 nonrated. The best part was doing det trips to actual flying bases and seeing how uninterested 75% of the other cadets were in the flying side, hell most of them actually got bored watching Strikes, Vipers, and Fat Amys beat up the pattern... sad
  15. Which is just about the only thing keeping the program relevant anymore, besides the occasional SAR & Green Flag sorties and largely emasculated cadet training. Still a great route to build cheap hours, though
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