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Adam Maas

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  1. But what about the Jumo 210 powered 109's? The Daimler engine wasn't installed in the 109 until 3 years after it first flew (with a RR Kestrel engine)
  2. A -4 is vaguely doable, as it shared a fair bit with the -1's they've already done. The real problem is that while the fuselage is almost identical between the two, the exhaust setup would require retooling the fuselage sides unless Tamiya was clever with the mold inserts in advance. Would require a new cockpit, new lower centre wing section, new cowl, new fuselage sides, some new engine bits and a new canopy for a plain -4, a -4B would also need new outer wings. That's a fair bit of tooling, but not entirely unrealistic. Probably 50% new plastic, including 3 of the largest sections (again, assuming Tamiya didn't design the fuselage molds to be convertible between a -1 and -4) A -5 would be a whole new design, sharing only a few parts with their current -1's (cylinder banks, possibly gear & some tail bits). But a well designed -5 would also be able to produce an AU-1 and a -7 from the same basic tooling. Frankly, I suspect that doing another R2800 design would prove a wiser investment. I think a Tamiya-quality P-47D would certainly sell, and likely much better than a late Corsair family would. Alternatively the F6F-3/5 would also share the engine sprue and prop from the F4U-1d, and there's a real chance to pick up sales right now with Airfix's kit bringing up the visibility of the type without directly competing with a 1/32 kit. Tamiya has already shown a willingness to do types which share engine sprues (Mustang, Spit VIII/IX/XVI, Mosquito) so another R2800 design would make lots of sense and the F6F in particular would sell reasonably well into their usual market.
  3. It also shows Goose. there be flashbacks.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Because that's the only way to get a late F-4 in 1/24 (plus a couple other minor mods)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Looks like they got the trademarks as well, so Monogram's name may live on further.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Horizon did not buy any of the plastic model business from Hobbico, which is why they won't help.
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