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Rowen last won the day on November 7 2013

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About Rowen

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    LSP Junkie
  • Birthday 06/09/1961

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    Gibsonia, PA
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    Model and diorama building - mostly WWII 1/32 - but I've built almost everything over the 45 years I've been building. Music. Photography. History. Physics. Astronomy. I'm an astronomer by training and trade.
  1. Rowen

    New, clean topic: HB B-24 Test Shot Photos

    Which is exactly one of the reasons we should be grateful these models are being produced at all rather than moaning and complaining about small inaccuracies. For one thing, NO model is 100% perfect compared to the original. For another, 99.99999999999999% of the people looking at your model will have no idea what it is a model of - let alone the fact that it's 0.931mm too short for scale. -Ro
  2. All, I was surfing this afternoon and came across this article online: https://www.cnn.com/style/article/iwm-ww2-color-photography/index.html Note frames #4 (P-51) and #8 (Lancaster). The image of the Lancaster is interesting. It appears that these bombers, on the assembly line, have already been painted in their camo over black scheme. Note that the black does NOT look gloss. This is a factory image, too. So it would appear that flat paint was used from the start. I see a lot of gloss on models. Just sayin -Ro
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    Trumpeter Liberators on facebook

    Jan - Just out of curiosity.... since manufacturers tend not to paint these convention display models...are those vinyl tires on the model?? -Ro
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    Trumpeter Liberators on facebook

    Does anyone have any idea approximately what shipping costs would be for this to the U.S.? I've never purchased from Hannants before but the price difference for the B-24J (backorder with 10% discount is $148.00) is probably worth it - even if postage is $100. -Ro
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    Trumpeter Liberators on facebook

    Martin B-26 Marauder. That should be next from someone!!! Don't care who. I'll buy a couple for sure! (already getting the HB B-24J and D if and when it's released). -Ro
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    Trumpeter Liberators on facebook

    I will be getting both versions - provided they are released. That being said, once this J version is released, we will have 1/32 scale B-17s, 24's and 25's. Someone needs to step up to the plate and give us a good Martin B-26. Just sayin -Ro
  7. Gigant, Ah! I see where I should have worded my question a bit differently - I was wondering about which specific aircraft - as in Flak Bait, Memphis Belle, Enola Gay, etc - not which particular model of aircraft had the most kills. Cool stuff about the PB4Y-2 though! Thanks for posting! -Ro
  8. Hi All! Just a couple of interesting questions I've thought about over the years about WWII that I have yet to see answers to. In terms of bombers.... 1) By most accounts, the Martin B-26 Marauder "Flak Bait" flew the most number of missions of the war (207). But...which bomber had the most number of aerial kills while flying missions? Note: this is about bombers, not fighter aircraft. 2) Are there any accounts whatsoever of non-military people on the ground being killer or injured from the millions of bullets fired from all combatants in the air wars, especially over the ETO? As The Tick would say; "Gravity is a harsh mistress". All of those bullets fired from the guns in the airplanes had to eventually find the ground. How many were killed/injured from these? Any accounts? 3) Sort of similar - what about all the crashes from downed aircraft? How many civilians were killed/injured and properties lost from such crashes? Just curious if anyone knows anything about the above. Cheers! -Ro
  9. Rowen

    Revell Stock Inbound to Lucky Model

    Thanks for posting this info. My bank account is measurably thinner since I read it this morning. -Ro
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    "Best" 1/32 P-39 ?

    As a sort of side note to the Special Hobby 39D..... (sorry if this is sort of off topic but some of you might find it interesting!) I built this kit several years ago, right after it came out. I built the model as "Nips Nemesis II" as stationed in New Guinea in 1943. The finished model was sitting on my modeling desk one evening and my father happened to walk past as I was working on something else. He lived with my wife and I and at the time was 89 years old. He saw the 39 sitting there on my desk and said "That's Doc McGhee's plane!" I was sort of surprised as I have been building models since I was a kid. My father saw tons of them over the years but was never much interested in modeling. I asked him how he knew that plane? Turns out he was stationed with Doc (my dad was a medic in the 5th AAF) in New Guinea and told me how they used to drink whiskey (when they could get it) and play poker under the airplane in the shade on hot days of little action to pass the time. Dad always commented on how small the P-39 was compared to the other planes he was always around (namely P-38's and B-25's). Strangely enough my father was at the battle of Leyte Gulf and his medic jeep was hit by a mortar shell. Dad was seriously injured and spent several months recuperating. In June of 1945, he refused transfer back home and went to serve on Okinawa for the remainder of the war. A couple of years after the Special Hobby P-39 was released, we modelers were treated with the excellent release of HK Models B-25J. The B-25, like the P-39, was one of my favorite planes so I had to build one! I wanted to do something different and came across the [then] newly released decals from Kits-World and decided to do the B-25J "The Ink Squirts". I did some photos of this model and posted them on here: Again, Deja-Vu! One evening at the modeling desk, dad walks past and sees the completed B-25: "Oh! Yeah! I know that one well! Used to fly on it for quick run supply missions!" Apparently, the B-25s were not always used for bombing/attack runs against the Japanese. Interesting second side note: The Ink Squirts B-25 flew a mission on the final day of the war. It's cool having a sort of personal connection to the models..... -Ro
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    "Best" 1/32 P-39 ?

    Paul, I've built the Special Hobby D. It has its issues and the instructions are not very clear at times but it builds into a decent model if you take the time on it. I've yet to be impressed with Kitty Hawk models. I have a couple but never finished them. The moldings seem off, the plastic is soft and not very detailed. Can't say much about Revell though, historically (45+ years of modeling), I've never been a fan of Revell. There are also now defunct and the molds have been shipped to Revell-Germany. My $0.02 for whatever it's worth. -Ro
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    B26 Marauder - LSP

    Given the fact that people are drooling over the 1/32 B-17's, B-25's, coming Lancasters and *supposed* B-24's from Hobby Boss, I find it hard to believe there is not enough demand to justify adding the B-26 to the list of 1/32 releases. I'd buy at least two. I know others on here that would as well. I know others from other modeling groups/forums that would kill for them as well. Just sayin. -Ro
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    B26 Marauder - LSP

    Matt - Pretty sure it's still in the works.
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    B26 Marauder - LSP

    Yet by war's end, one of them - Flak Bait - flew more missions than any other aircraft. Hmmm...... Interesting, is it not? I would posit that Flak Bait was not the only B-26 flying a lot of missions. I would also posit that it doesn't matter how long a particular plane served in the war but rather how many missions they flew overall. Those missions were where the highest probability of loss were, not sitting on the tarmac. The F6F Hellcat didn't enter service until September of 1943 yet it had the highest number of kills in any single theater by the end of the war (followed very closely by the P-51). In any case, we LSP modelers need to have a decent B-26 to build. We now have two excellent B-17's and three excellent B-25's. Time for the 24, 26 and, dare I say it? 29!!! Of course I am speaking solely about the main American bombers here. I'd love a Wellington and a Betty in my collection as well! -Ro
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    B26 Marauder - LSP

    Barry, I certainly agree! I'd love a Wellington, too! It seems that any time they changed a wiring harness in a 109 or 190, someone makes a model of the new version. Personally, I'm quite sick of 109's, 190's, 51's etc. It's time to see the bombers in 1/32! After that, it's time to see some of the important and very neglected Japanese planes in 1/32 - such as the Val and Kate. -Ro