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Rowen last won the day on November 7 2013

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About Rowen

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    Hooked For Life
  • 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. Mike - Let us know what you find out! This is one of the moderns I'd like to build! -Ro
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    Airscale B-24 IP soon to be available..

    Ok, gotta ask: What scale? Is this for the new HB 1/32 B-24? If so. I want one -Ro
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    1/32 B-29?

    No B-29 until someone gives us a nice injection mold 1/32 Martin B-26 Marauder! It's next in line anyway! That being said, would I buy and build a 1/32 B-29? Absolutely! -Ro
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    Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J - Initial Observations

    41 pages of commentary on this beast - yet no one has mentioned how much weight (and where to put it) the model will need so it will not be a tail sitter (unless I missed it?)??? -Ro
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    Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J - Initial Observations

    One wonders: HB actually announced two of these kits - a D and J model. I wonder if maybe they'll fix the wing issue in the D version? Just a thought. Probably not... -Ro
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    Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J - Initial Observations

    I'm not sure as I am no B-24 expert - but the Collings Foundation B-24J has been painted in two other schemes (All American and Dragon and it's tail) before they repainted it as Witchcraft a number of years ago. It might have been an effort to make sure the plane was as close to the original as possible (whatever one it was representing at the time). -Ro
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    Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J - Initial Observations

    I'd totally agree with this! I'm not an IPMS member though I do always go to the local show every March. I know a number of modelers who don't even know what IPMS is (my wife does, though. LOL!). A while back I read an interesting stat - that 90-95% of Tamiya kits remain in and are sold in Japan - yet I see Tamiya kits all over the place (and have most of my life). I'm not sure if this is true or not but if it's even remotely close, Tamiya must manufacture a LOT of kits every year. -Ro
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    Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J - Initial Observations

    Fred - Are you referring the Collings Foundation B-24 that is currently painted in the Witchcraft markings? If so, no, it's not the original Witchcraft. The original - I believe - was destroyed very shortly after the end of WWII. This one was built in Ft. Worth. -Ro
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    Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J - Initial Observations

    I definitely agree. The Marauder is one of my favorites. I'd much prefer a decent injection molded kit at a reasonable price. Plus, I'd like a nice line of American bombers to display in my model collection. We have the 17, 24 and 25 in 1/32. It's time for the 26. -Ro
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    Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J - Initial Observations

    I feel the DEFINITE need - desire?? - to be surprised with this one!! -Ro
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    Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J - Initial Observations

    Same here. No model is ever going to be 100% precise to the original (precise and accurate are, of course, very different things). I'm waiting for someone to sand down the plastic so that it is scale thickness to the model itself too. If you're gonna be this obsessive over something no one but you will know is wrong, you gotta go all the way! I'll buy and build. It's a model - and we should be supporting those who make us these 1/32 scale products so that we can get more of them - like, say.... a Martin B-26 Marauder.... -Ri
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    B-24 Assembly Ships

    I remember seeing a model of one, years ago, that someone had built using the old Monogram 1/48 kit. All white with polka dots all over it. Very cool! -Ro
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    New, clean topic: HB B-24 Test Shot Photos

    They'll be even more amazing when someone does the Right Thing and produces a great 1/32 Martin B-26 Marauder kit! We have the 17, 24 and 25 now so that's gotta be next! -Ro
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    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
  15. 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