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  1. Brett Green has posted a cockpit review over on HS: http://www.hyperscale.com/2019/reviews/accessories/modelmonkeybeaufightervicockpitreviewbg_1.htm Nice to see the word is getting further out there! D
  2. The 'frosted' plastic in the ZM kits with clear airframe parts is a major disappointment. I can not fathom why they would go to all the trouble of creating the parts in clear, and then texture the plastic so that the clear parts re useless. To avoid confusion for those that don't have any ZM kits, the canopy parts are crystal clear, but not the airframe parts in those kits that include them (Ho 229, Do 335, Ki-45, etc.). The only way to deal with their pebbled surface is to sand the texture off and then polish it out smooth. There are a million methods for doing that, so you might want to check them out with a Google search and choose one that fits your modeling style. HTH, D
  3. No need to "imagine" any of that. 1/33 is the most popular scale for paper-card aircraft models, mainly out of Eastern Europe. Tamiya tried all of those other goofy scales for plastic aircraft models. Tamiya even reboxed some of those kits later with a more accepted scale printed on the box. Some of those kits are still in production, too. Just take a look at their supposedly "1/48" A6M2, Rufe, Pete, and so on: they're 1/50 scale. Hasegawa did the 1/75 scale aircraft kits way back then, too, but never dishonestly reboxed them as 1/72 (as far as I know). And yes, modelers know better - especially when they go to display those wacky scale models next to standard scale models. D
  4. Only to the extent that the external casings replicate the weight distribution for balance purposes (the modern engines used are FAR lighter than the originals). The "replica engines" were never intended to look like Jumo 004 engines. Just sayin'... D
  5. Totally stoked about the latest parts order placed this evening. That high will ride a again when the early tailplanes are ready, although I might have to wait for the observer/radar stations to be ready, too, before I part with my monthly modeling budget once again. So much cool stuff for such a long neglected favorite of mine. S'ok, though, because I have enough to keep me busy until all of the Beaufighter pieces are ready to fall into place. Besides, after decades of waiting and several fails to scratch the stuff myself, what's a few more weeks of waiting for such amazing stuff? Then there will be that same excited anticipation of watching the 1/24 P-51D stuff come to fruition. It's right on the cusp of getting into 'beyond my wildest dreams' territory... D
  6. 200 MPH (321 Kph) is kind of common with that sport. The speed "record" for R/C gliders is well over 500 MPH (800 Kph): http://www.rcspeeds.com/pilotslist?t=BD D
  7. There are adjustable power supplies, too. I got one for less than $10 that goes from 3 volts to 24 volts DC in 3 volt increments. Not sure about the cockpit lighting. One would think that everything is back-lit much like cars of the era (late '50s - early '60s). Seems like a lot of work to go with acetate 'sandwich' gauges, but decals might not be opaque or durable enough. And then there are the side consoles... D
  8. What is the actual power requirement of the set? 4x AA cells = 6 volts, but you mention preferring 9 volts? It would also help to know what the lighting set's amp draw is. There are plenty of 'wall wart' type power supplies available that plug into standard 115 volt AC outlets. It is a fairly simple matter of choosing the voltage required, and selecting an amp rating in excess of the set's requirements. If a plug-in AC power supply is not desired, there are batteries smaller than AA such as AAA and N in both alkaline and rechargeable types. Battery holders for them are also available. D
  9. Only if the kit is thought of as just another doll accessory. D
  10. Ran it through PS with my meager skills, but my image host (Imgur) reduced the resolution: A cropped shot (hoping the resolution in better after it's on Imgur): HTH, D
  11. Barring photographic evidence of a specific airplane, the 'early' type are a safe bet. The 'late' tailplanes were introduced during Mk.X production, and later retrofitted to existing RAF airframes. Since USAAF Beaufighters came from RAF stocks, photos of the airplane you wish to build would be extremely helpful in determining which you'll need. HTH, D
  12. Awesome. Somehow, you're hitting the exact stuff that's been at the top of my 'wish someone made' list for decades. Thanks! D
  13. The blades were articulated to alter their AoA and consequently the thrust angle of the ramjets to regulate speed and/or lift required (depending on the mode of flight). Normal elevons and rudders on the cruciform tail were to provide directional control. Deeper technical aspects are detailed in a few books written by David Myhra, Roger Ford and others. Source of skepticism or not, the Triebflugel (translates as "Thrust Wing") did get as far as wind tunnel testing during WWII. It along with Heinkel's two VTOL projects (Wespe & Lerche) directly resulted in post-war US VTOL experiments: Lockheed's XFV 'Salmon' and Convair's XFY 'Pogo'. The reality is that the aerodynamics of flying and controlling it had already been worked out on paper. However, as with the two US developments flown post-war, the two ultimately insurmountable issues likely would have been 1) Prodigious zoom-climb when transitioning from level flight to vertical attitude for landing, and 2) Lack of rearward visibility for orientation while landing. HTH, D
  14. Only if it were powered from an engine or engines inside of the fuselage. But it's not. Seeing this thread did remind me to get out my mostly-built Unicraft 1/32 kit. Just needs a pain job and final assembly... D
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