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Adam Maas

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  1. If they end up delivering an A-8 like the CAD, I just can't see how it can be a successful cash cow for them, as given their typical pricing it will probably rival the Hasegawa in price, and is unlikely to be better than the cheaper Revell, even if we do see a jump in Revell pricing once they get their distribution sorted out again. There really has to be a value-add for the small brands when they release a kit competing with the big guys. An actual A-5 would be a different story, as we know that ZM is doing an A-3 & A-4 to start with based on their announcements, and the A-5 is only available from Hasegawa right now. That might sell well, as long as it's either better or cheaper than the Hasegawa (and from KH's track record, I'd bet on it being neither).
  2. Flak Bait was a bit of a lucky ship, It's an early B-26B that managed to survive the 8th's disastrous experience with the type as well as the 9th's much better experience after the B-26 groups were shifted from the 8th to the 9th. So it pretty much served two whole years on the front lines, a rarity for any combat aircraft (which tended to have fairly short flying careers). It took serious amounts of damage, but was always repaired rather than being written off. By the end of the war it was primarily serving alongside much later B-26 variants.
  3. No engine on any of the common 1/48 Spitfire V's. The ICM and Eduard VIII and IX's are the common Spitfires with an engine option (Aftermarket but drop-in from Eduard in the case of their kit). Airfix I or Vb is best for an early V, although the Tamiya is a nice build. For 1/72 early V, I'd just get the Airfix I/II, it can build into a Va, and if you aren't doing wings mounted that's interchangeable with an early Vb.The Sword is nicer, but rare & pricey and not really any better for this use.
  4. Another area where the Allies were well ahead was in Aero engines. the Germans were unable to produce 2000+HP engines in quantity, be it radial or inline. Look at the ever trouble-plagued DB603, which was Germany's largest displacement engine at 44L, but made power comparable to a 37L Griffon and decidedly less than a Napier Sabre or R2800 (the DB603 has a 26KW/L specific output, the Sabre was 60KW/L). One huge advantage the British and Americans had in aircraft design is that they had a selection of high power engines unmatched by anyone else. The Americans were also largely ahead in terms of aeronautical research (a lot of the German research was actually built on 1930's NACA work) although the Germans were ahead in a couple specific areas with regards to high-speed aircraft (and no, flying wings were not one of them. Jack Northrop was the world expert on them, not the Horten Brothers). Also the British Power jet engines were far more reliable than the Jumo or BMW axial turbojets, although otherwise somewhat behind in development.
  5. Because that's the only way to get a late F-4 in 1/24 (plus a couple other minor mods)
  6. If you want to go truly off the reservation, why not do one of Eino Juutilainen's Gustav's. Juutilainen's the top non-German ace in Europe (94) and achieved the majority of his kills on the G-6. He also flew the most famous Finnish 109, MT-422. I'd suggest doing MT-457 though, as that was the aircraft he acheived 6 kills in one day on.
  7. They bought all the Tower/Great Planes RC assets out of bankruptcy. As RoG wasn't itself bankrupt, only its ownership was available to be purchased in the Hobbico bankruptcy, and Horizon isn't interested in the majority of RoG's business.
  8. Looks like they got the trademarks as well, so Monogram's name may live on further.
  9. Hobbico's 20 year run of terrible decision making in their core RC business were the direct cause. They missed or under committed to every significant shift in the RC business after ARF's hit it big. Horizon (their primary competitor/neighbour) did exactly the opposite and made a mint.
  10. Hobbico no longer exists as an operational entity. Horizon didn't buy the plastic model business, they can't help as they don't have any business relationship with Hasegawa or any product. They bought the Tower and Great Planes owned RC brands & product lines and hired some of the Hobbico staff. Somebody else bought Estes (inc Cox) The folks who did buy RoG only bought the trademarks & tooling of Revell USA. The corporate structure of Revell USA and United Model (the plastic model disty business) is effectively shut down. There's literally nobody who can help, except Hasegawa Japan.
  11. Horizon did not buy any of the plastic model business from Hobbico, which is why they won't help.
  12. Eh, you'll probably find some train bits too (Horizon owns Athearn/MDC)
  13. Horizon picked up all the RC stuff (Tower/Great Planes), a third party picked up Estes (inc Cox). The Horizon sale was effective yesterday, all the Hobbico booth space at Toledo this weekend has Horizon branding. The auction of the Revell's and United Models (the non-RC distributor arm, who handles Michael's et al) was reportedly suspended with no bidders. It will go to auction at a later date. Many of the Hobbico employees start at Horizon monday. It's nearby and they hired a number of the Tower/GP folks.
  14. You can do a fourth variant from their plastic, but AFAIK Tamiya never boxed the F4U-2 (which would use the F4U-1 or -1A kit depending on serial), F4U-1c's would also be possible from the -1d plastic with a new set of outer wing panels (or just a set of lowers and a conversion bit for the uppers).
  15. F-84 actually, arrived in 56 and became operational in 57. The Sabre's didn't arrive until a couple years later. The confusion is likely because JaBoG 31 was the first jet wing and also the first F-104G wing a few years later, the F-84's didn't last long, and because JG 71 was the first Jet fighter wing when it stood up on Sabre 6's in 59 (JaBoG 31 is a strike wing)
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