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  1. Can't resist "Bob" and I hope for about five or six more amazing Imperial Russian alternatives... Horses, Mermaids, Ilya Murometz, that Lady with her Sword and then there is the Don Republic and Ukraine versions.... too many interesting color schemes. If the box art is any clue, they hit this one out of the park. Tnarg
  2. Another favorite of mine is the photo of a Dr.I pulled by a horse, with several mechanics walking by the wings for stability. I really like the staff car used as a tow vehicle, so I hope to see how that turns out. Thanks for showing us some amazing work. Tnarg
  3. "I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess". (Red Green Show, the Man Pledge). Just fix it with bailing wire and duct tape... and by the way, "It's all about the nail".... look that one up for a naked singularity of truth. Back to staring at photos of airplanes, sorry for the interruption. Tnarg
  4. I used to read an average of one science fiction novel every day and still made it through High School and two Universities. Now we have the internet where everything that is written down or portrayed on video is absolutely true. I don't need as much science fiction anymore. Tnarg
  5. This is the grail kit for 2001. Just an amazing model and so well done. Tnarg
  6. We are being well served in smaller 1/32 planes with large numbers of the 1930's and even some WWI fighters from a lot of resin companies. Some of the new kits move to WWII, but once you get past that time, the planes got larger. Larger means more resin, more investment or larger pieces of metal to mill out and make into an injection molding pattern. ICM has made some smaller planes that are pretty fine. Tnarg
  7. Very nice resolution on the printed parts. I'd say, "Oh Baby", and really mean I like it. Tnarg
  8. I feel like I am playing Pokemon Go... got to (or want to) catch them all. Or at least the one with Norway's colors and that red and white checkered one and... Too many fun choices, and great to see this released. Tnarg
  9. This has some very interesting information. Thank you and thank you to the website providers for this. One interesting note on the pictures in the document. They were originally halftone photos printed as black dots of various sizes on the white page and they don't reproduce perfectly well when scanned. When you looked at in the original document with your "out of focus" they make the picture as good as could be reproduced in a 1940's book. I have found that if you scan such pictures on a very high dots per inch setting, as high as your scanner will work (like 2400 dots per inch), you can restore a much better picture with some hidden detail that is often difficult to see in the original. You need to use something like Corel Photo Paint or a similar image processing program, and the files will be huge at first. Apply the Gaussian smoothing filter and preview the picture with different sizes (diameters) of the filter until you see the dots turn into almost smooth variations of grey. (It won't be perfect, but will be much better than just dots). You can then cut the resolution by re-sampling the picture to a smaller dots per inch (maybe 300 dots per inch), but still preserve that information in a much more visible picture with a much smaller memory size. I have seen much more detail with this trick than you see at first look at the old halftone pictures. This works on more modern books that have similar resolution, but it gives some amazing results on the older books. Tnarg
  10. I echo your sentiments about the Breguet XIV and the Albatros C.III. It seems that these were rumored about early in the WNW releases with anticipation (even by Dan San Abbott, may he rest in peace), then the Breguet Datafile photo had us all anticipating some amazing releases from WNW, but no... we got some good planes instead and some weird ones, but that is what WNW do. As for the Albatros C.III, it sat on Special Hobby's future list for a decade. Hasn't it been long enough for us to declare it as dead as a Trumpeter TBD Devastator and let someone else make all three of those kits without fear of competition? By the way, thank you to both WNW and Copper State for the Starstrutter. Buy one from both and keep them producing. Tnarg
  11. Beautiful work with an amazing aircraft. I need it's bigger brothers in 1/32. Please. Anyone, anyone, Bueller, anyone? Tnarg
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    Loire 130

    Almost had a heart flutter... Imagine a Loire 130 in 1/32 as a new kit. That's right up there with a 1/32 Savoia Marchetti 55 or a Martin B.10B in the land of crazy good news... for the 25 of us in the world who would love such a beast. Best of luck with your quest. Tnarg
  13. I like that 747 carrying the Shuttle, but I think I like the "Number 99" part even better. Can you imagine 98 more kits with equally outrageous subjects? Way more fun than even WIngnut Wings has given us. Tnarg
  14. I like the Eastern Front idea versus a Red Star idea. I can see almost any aircraft from Poland to Lithuania and Ukraine between the wars fitting in there and I don't need to add a red star. There are lots of Cold War jets to play with and the Battle of Britain is a wonderful idea. If you make the last one an Exile, Volunteer and Mercenaries you could hope that they release that Saab 29 in UN colors or make lots of Spanish Civil War aircraft in addition to a B-17 with Mickey Mouse on the side in Israeli colors. Way too many fun things to think of. Tnarg
  15. The one with Norway colors isn't that hard to paint and would look very interesting. Maybe a slight modification could make this one into a Schneider Racer? Looks to be a nice addition to the possibilities of building fun kits. Tnarg
  16. I really like the Arduino idea. Be sure to leave a way to program the device again once it is inside, just in case you change your mind. Sneak that small USB connector in and you can fix what you find later with lighting. Good luck and keep having fun, Tnarg
  17. So.... which image hosting service is actually worth the money and why? Which ones let us easily post here and have the images show with good resolution? Which ones don't break the bank and are easy to use? Anyone have good information for a true Luddite who dumped Photobucket, but hasn't gone anywhere else? Tnarg
  18. The Sopwith Strutter has lots of possibilities. Besides the usual suspects, they used them in Afghanistan, Belgium, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Greece, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, plus civil planes in Argentina, Sweden and Switzerland. It really got around. WNW could release a post war version and Pheon could still make several sheets to cover the variations.... but would anyone but me be interested in them? Not a lot of Small Air Force stuff gets built it seems. Probably have to print or make masks, but a good kit makes that work. Tnarg
  19. I recall that we kept hearing T-33's buzz Guatemala City when I was there in 1975-76. Luckily, they never went up against the Harriers in Belize, but were posturing to do that. Was the sharkmouth marked T-33 one of those planes? I never saw them, only heard them. Tnarg
  20. There are not quite as many distinctive and interesting color schemes for the Starstrutter as for the Fokker D.VII, but you could at least make half a dozen with great fuselage "art". No ladies, dragons, horses, nor boxing bunny rabbits, but some fascinating geometric patterns are available. Tnarg
  21. Now that is incredibly interesting and wonderful news.... but not for my bank account. I had too many hours invested in Dr. Martin O'Connor's Austro Hungarian article series and book, but this puts them into three dimensions. We are living in a crazy good time for WWI releases. Tnarg
  22. The Hansa Brandenburg CC number 24 was Gottfried Banfield's if I recall correctly. He was one of the most famous Austro Hungarian aces. He had a long and fascinating life, and was possibly the only ace to achieve five victories in a flying boat. Any of these kit possibilities could be very interesting, I am very pleased to see talk of an Austro Hungarian subject. Tnarg
  23. I also just got that Viggen book and highly recommend it. What a great collection of detail photos. Thank you to the author. All we need now is a 1/32 version of that aircraft. Tnarg
  24. If you want a list of what most people want, think of those kits that keep coming out over and over and over. Mustangs, 109s, Spitfires and maybe 190s seem pretty easy to find, and they keep making more. Even when we have P-47's and P-38's, we want Mr. T to make his version. If you want a list of the stuff one or two of us obsess over, look at what WNW did. Junkers J1, LVG C.VI for a first release? What were they thinking? As Adam Savage says, "I reject your reality and substitute my own". And thank you very much Sir Peter and company for those. I know that I would love to have a number of kits that will never make it in injection molded plastic. However, I have lots of very nice resin kits that satisfy some of my obsessions. I even have a 3D printed 1/72 Handley Page 42 airliner. That is crazy weird, but amazing. That will never appear in 1/32 injection molded plastic, not even in 1/72 scale. Somehow, I don't think you will get what you really, really want if all of us vote. You will get what the majority of us kind of like. You won't get an SM-79 Corso (air racer), a Martin B-10B and you probably won't get a complete set of all the Saab aircraft in 1/32 scale (and I am very sad for that). Tnarg
  25. They have an X-3 on the list... fascinating Tnarg
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