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Everything posted by BloorwestSiR

  1. Hi Ron, Just wanted to say I've been following your build and hope you don't give up and come back to it. I'll add to the other offers if you need the parts for the exhaust that you lost. There's a Canada Post near me so let me know so let me know. Carl
  2. Here's a link I found on Starship Modeler to the Caprica P-40 http://drexfiles.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/vintage_viper_pg05.jpg Not sure wher I could find the Sky Captain shots.
  3. Based on the fact you did that Moebius Viper earlier, I'm wondering if it's the one from Caprica? Or maybe the submersible one from Sky Captain?
  4. Here's a link to the full instructions. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10082813z/70/1 If you scroll through, in step 4 is where the underside of the fuselage goes on and then the tank.
  5. What about something along the lines of what Eduard does? Have one release with all the bells and whistles (engines, avionics, gun bays etc) for those that want it, and a cheaper version (like their Weekend series) without the interior details and just the basic airframe?
  6. According to an Eduard kit review on Aeroscale, "Profi" is short for Professional. http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=5714 In which case, where'd the "i" come from?
  7. Hi Jerry, Like many others, I am glad that I was able to get some of your amazing correction sets and hope to see you back with new and interesting products. All the best. Carl
  8. I believe that the nose for the recon version is correct. If I remember correctly, the problem with the F-4E nose was that it was based off the recon version's nose which has a different profile. Interestly, this is how the 1/1 prototypes for the F-4E were done. They took a RF Phantom and installed the cannon into it. The profile was changed for production when they had to also fit a radar in there.
  9. I think that Japan may charge duties on foreign kits so the price shown reflects that. The prices that Trumpeter kits sell for in Japan are quite a bit higher than what they are in Canada and the US. Likewise when Hasegawa re-boxes Revell kits, the price ends up being higher than the original version.
  10. There's also a pic of Trumpeter's A-4M further down the page.
  11. Found this while going through some of the new stuff announced at the Tokyo Hobby Show: http://www.hobby-show.info/tokyo2010/0568.html No idea when it's coming out though.
  12. I use a pair of Iwata Eclipse airbrushes and would recommend them. I have one set up with a fine needle and the other with a medium one. I was having too many issues with my Badger prior to the Iwatas and think they're a lot easier to use and maintain.
  13. Anyone know which version of the Bearcat kit is the most accurate? I remember hearing that the exhausts are wrong for one of the versions but not sure which one. Thanks, Carl
  14. Hi Steve, If you're planning to convert the kit to a XIV, i would stick with the PCM kit. I am currently doing a XIV conversion using Radu's conversion kit and the Tamiya VIII (same kit as the Tamiya IX but with the retractable tail wheel). There's quite a bit more work needed in making the conversion work with the Tamiya kit. The kit cowl is more rounded compared to the conversion's nose and it's a bit trickly removing the rad cores from the lower wing. You can check my progress in the WIP section. Carl
  15. This way I can work on the wing root a bit easier. I filled the gap with epox putty and with the front removeable, I can check the fit and not have too hard a time adding putty and shaping it. Or at least, that's the plan.
  16. The RB cowl is a bit more square on top compared to the Tamiya fuselage so I added a couple small triangles to help build it up. I sanded the edges down a bit before gluing them and then used Tamiya putty to feather in the rest of the edge.
  17. So I got a bit more done. I decided to cut down the upper part of the engine cowl so I could attach the entire nose as a one piece assembly to the kit firewall. This allows me to remove it from the fuselage so that I can work on filling the gaps.
  18. Hi Ali, Any idea when the 'E' wing conversion will be available for ordering? Thanks, Carl
  19. Here's the final result with the core removed And here's a comparison of the MkVIII rad on the left and the MkXIV one on the right
  20. This photo shows the cuts in the wing after sawing through the ends of the rad cores. They are a lot thinner than they appear in the photo. Again, sorry for the poor photo resolution but my digital camera is nowhere to be found.
  21. After debating whether or not I would even attempt to replace the wing mounted rads with the correct ones, I decided that it would be too obvious if they were not done. I then had a bit of an epiphany. To cut out the rad cores, I used a scribing saw that Hasegawa makes. Basically, it's a piece of photo etched stainless steel with a curved section on it. There are some fine teeth along the curve which are supposed to be used to "saw" new panel lines. With the curved end though, I was able to get into the recess and cut the cores out without damaging the surrounding plastic. It was a bit slow cutting due to the location and the size of the teeth, but it worked.
  22. Hi Kevin, Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to try and get some of those tires. As I mentioned initally, it was seeing your build that made me want to try this. Here's a couple more pics I took. This one shows the gap due to the lower cowl being removeable. I'll most likely use part of the cowl to fill the hole.
  23. Hi Kevin, After I mocked up the nose, I started thinking the same thing. Only problem was I had already cut the tail off to make the replacement one fit. So from that point, there was no turning back. Guess that's what you get for starting from the easy part. Carl
  24. Called a friend who likes computers and he helped with getting the pics up so here's one showing the wing root gap. Sorry for the poor resolution but all I had with me was my Crackberry. Thanks for looking. Carl
  25. Hi folks, This is my first WIP and the first time I've shown a build on any forum. Having read other threads here, I know I can look forward to lots of support to help me through this. After picking up the RB conversion kit and a Tamiya Mk IX, Tamiya released their MkVIII kit. Seeing that the latter kit has the retractable tail wheel and leading edge wing tanks, I decided to use it instead. so much for building a Grey Nurse Spit for now. As the RB conversion was designed with the PCM kit in mind, I've probably made things a bit more complicated for myself but too late now. After a quick mock up, the biggest issues are the new nose and the larger under wing rads. There is a sizable gap on the underside of the cowl due to the removeable lower cowl. The leading edges of the wing roots will also need some filling in as well. For the rads, Tamiya has molded the rad cores as part of the lower wing while the replacement rads are integral with the fairings. These were probably the biggest hurdle to overcome-cutting out the rad cores without destroying all the details (never mind the wing) around them. I 'll try to get some pics up later tonight of my progress so far (need to resize them) , so sorry if this is a bit of a tease.
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