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    BiggTim reacted to JimRice in Staggerwing   
    Contemplating my next build project
     
    I pulled out the old Staggerwings Unlimited (ITC mold) which is a generic G/D-17 and Scratchbuilders kits based on SU kit but in resin and with different (corrected) cowling For an F-17 with Jacobs engine. 
     
    SU kit fit is better but has no wheel wells and thick clunky landing gear, doors, toy like wheels, a horrible tapered cowling and no interior.   None of this is surprising considering the original ITC kit was motorized and more of a toy.  Surprising the fit is decent.  
     
    Scratchbuilders kit has interior, wheel wells, improved landing gear, nice engine, prop, full interior.  The fit is poor and some of the resin is warped.  
     
    Trying to decide whether to kitbash the two to make one decent looking Staggerwing or to pick one and go.   Of course, I could pick any of the three hundred kits...maybe a shake and bake.  
     
    ...or I could pull out my 1/32 Ghost Models Globe GC-1B vacuform and have to deal a general shape and no details.  It could be an easier path than either of the above.  Problem is, my last vac took three plus decades...
     
    Decisions, decisions...
     




     
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    BiggTim reacted to Gazzas in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    So, the modeller... if doing this particular bird ....would have to do the faux lighting around the back half of the lower wing kreuzen.  Another neat variation to go with the presumably black and white Prussian fuselage band.
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    BiggTim reacted to rsanz in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Fokker Dr.I 187/17 photo comments;
    -The bottom wing "white" cross field is simply unpainted translucent bleached linen.
    -The upper surface camouflage staining and streaking is translucent. 
    This is why sunlight can be seen shining through both surfaces. 
     
    -The light blue used on the underside is opaque.
    -Fokker Dr.I wings were reinforced with (opaque) plywood back to the box spar.
    This is why sunlight is not shining through the front of the bleached linen cross field or light blue areas.
     
    This is also why it is impossible that the light blue on the undersides was also used on the upper surface camouflage as some suggest.
     

     

     

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    BiggTim reacted to LSP_Ron in FW190D-13 Yellow 10 conversion   
    Very nice work
     
    Ron
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    BiggTim reacted to alaninaustria in FW190D-13 Yellow 10 conversion   
    Just an awesome build bro!
    Cheers
    Alan
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    BiggTim got a reaction from Hartmann52 in FW190D-13 Yellow 10 conversion   
    Wrapped this one up this evening - my second for the year!! That's some kind of record for me, and it's only May. The world must truly have gone crazy! 
    A couple quick teaser shots with my phone for now. I will take some more in the daylight tomorrow with the DSLR and post them in the RFI section with details in the next few days. Thanks!


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    BiggTim got a reaction from 109 in FW190D-13 Yellow 10 conversion   
    Wrapped this one up this evening - my second for the year!! That's some kind of record for me, and it's only May. The world must truly have gone crazy! 
    A couple quick teaser shots with my phone for now. I will take some more in the daylight tomorrow with the DSLR and post them in the RFI section with details in the next few days. Thanks!


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    BiggTim reacted to lawman56 in Saw my brother in the 9 part Vietnam War in HD series   
    And for that, I am eternally grateful. I served from 85-94, and quite a few of my senior NCOs and officers had served in Vietnam. When we returned from Desert Storm the reception was overwhelming to many of us. By then I had been on quite a few deployments and never had more than some family or friends at Pope AFB waiting. This time it seemed the entire state was there! The most touching thing, to me, was to see my brigade commander, a Colonel who served 3 tours in Vietnam, tear up as our Sergeant Major said "it's been a long time coming, but welcome home sir."
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    BiggTim reacted to LSP_K2 in IPMS/USA just announced 2020 Nats cancelled   
    That, unfortunately, seemed almost inevitable. Perhaps I'll make it to Omaha in a couple of years, who knows.
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    BiggTim reacted to Rick Griewski in IPMS/USA just announced 2020 Nats cancelled   
    My thanks to the Management team and the Executive board for their careful decision making process. 
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    BiggTim reacted to Dave Roof in IPMS/USA just announced 2020 Nats cancelled   
    The following is a joint announcement from the San Marcos 2020 Convention Leadership team and the IPMS USA Executive Board.
    We jointly appreciate all the feedback we received regarding this year‘s convention. We’ve taken your comments and concerns into careful consideration, while maintaining an ongoing dialogue and negotiation with the Embassy Suites convention center in San Marcos. These negotiations have been proceeding carefully due to the significant financial exposure that IPMS would be subject to if we simply decided to cancel the convention unilaterally.
    We are now prepared to announce that the 2020 National Convention is officially canceled. While this may disappoint many, including your authors, we believe it is the prudent, safe and sensible thing to do.
    On a more positive note, we have been successful in negotiating the use of the Embassy Suites San Marcos location for the 2023 convention. Therefore, the rotation for the next three years, circumstances permitting, will be Las Vegas in 2021, Omaha in 2022, and San Marcos in 2023. Tentative dates for the 2023 convention will be August 2nd through the 5th. We are currently finalizing details of the contract with Embassy Suites and expect a finalized version within a week.
    For those who have registered already for the convention, we will be processing your refunds. For those who have booked hotel reservations at one of the convention center hotels, it will be up to you to cancel those on your own. Vendors will be refunded their money for tables as well through our vendor coordinator, Craig Gregory. Chapters and individuals who have sponsored contest categories may also receive refunds for their sponsorships.
    Again, we want to thank you all for your patience and support during these trying times, and hope that you recognize we have made the best possible decision for all under the circumstances.
    For any questions please contact John Noack at: IPMSPresident@ipmsusa.org
    Or Len Pilhofer at: director.nats2020@gmail.com
    Respectfully submitted,
    Len Pilhofer, 2020 Convention Chairman
    John Noack IPMS USA President
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    BiggTim reacted to D Bellis in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    Here ya go after a 10 second Google search...
     
    The Trumpeter P-40E kit's canopy parts directly from the Trumpeter website:

     
    Note that the cross section is curved all the way over the bows from one side to the other, and results in a bloated shape that is wide on top. That translates all the way down the spine, is right on top, and VERY obvious on a built model. Google "Trumpeter P-40F" (same canopy parts as their E), look at some built models,  and you should be able to see it clearly.
     
    This is the real thing:

     
    Note that the sides of the bows are flat with only a narrow curve over the top. 
     
    Hey, if you can't see it and therefore find the Trumpeter kit acceptable, by all means build it and enjoy it. Just keep in mind that the Hasegawa P-40E kits actually LOOK like P-40Es, and are sold in the same price range as Trumpeter's balloon toys. 
     
    As for online reviews, there aren't any, yet. Might never be, either, because it might not be worth reviewing.
     
    HTH,
    D
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    BiggTim reacted to nmayhew in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    the thing i most want to do - and am most frustrated by - is understand what is accurate or not, and if so where and by how much
     
    that means i can decide with all the info available
     
    problem is most reviews are bs, and are just 'a peek in the box' at best, or more cynically just an advert masquerading as a review (I speak as someone who did a lot of in depth reviews)
     
    my thresholds for accuracy vary according to subject
     
    my Tiger tanks need to be spot on, but my EE Lightnings not so much (just as well!)
     
    my P-40s... well, I'm just trying to figure them out
     
     
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    BiggTim reacted to Darren Howie in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    look mate 5% of modellers make 97% of the noise about kit accuracy.
    Look at some photos if you cant see issues build the Trump kit.
    If you can save up some cash for a Hasegawa or ex Eduard N and build that. However if you saw issues with the Trump kit you will probably see the issues with the Hasegawa kit which are smaller but still visible, well unless your a Trumpeter hater.
    Then even an old poorly moulded over riveted frog kit is a vocal better choice. 
    Pay your money and take your choice but when your showing off your kits i can guarantee you 99.8% of people couldnt tell if it was an N, a E a P-39 or a Mustang.
     

     
     
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    BiggTim reacted to LSP_Mike in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    I personally am at the point where trumpy releasing a kit that is just wrong means they can just keep it. The now very old Revell kit has better shape.
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    BiggTim reacted to Alburymodeler in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    Seeing the movie prop makes it all so clear now. Trumpeter did work off photos.
     
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    BiggTim reacted to Hans in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    Good point, Nick.
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    BiggTim reacted to nmayhew in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    are there any reviews which show where the Trumpy kits are inaccurate?
     
    can anyone show pics of kit vs real thing etc?
     
    I'm not saying the kit isn't inaccurate, just that I would like to know where and as far as my eyes can tell me, by how much.
     
    Many thanks
    Nick
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    BiggTim reacted to RBrown in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    Agreed a waste of time, unless you want to build a model of one of the movie props from the 1942 Hollywood production Flying Tigers... 
     

     
    Perhaps a 1/32 scale John Wayne figure is in the works?
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    BiggTim got a reaction from mouldman in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    Hmmm...  maybe I should adapt my Klimov P-40 conversion for this kit. What do you think?
    Tim
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    BiggTim got a reaction from Shawn M in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    Hmmm...  maybe I should adapt my Klimov P-40 conversion for this kit. What do you think?
    Tim
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    BiggTim reacted to Alburymodeler in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    Waste of good time I reckon when the Hasegawa one is available. A bit like the Bobbyboo A-26 thingy.
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    BiggTim reacted to D Bellis in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    Well, the Trumpeter P-40E/F/N all have serious fuselage shape issues (bloated canopy & spine), so I think you'd be wasting your time.
     
    D
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    BiggTim got a reaction from RadBaron in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    Hmmm...  maybe I should adapt my Klimov P-40 conversion for this kit. What do you think?
    Tim
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    BiggTim reacted to nmayhew in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    thanks Daniel
     
    i much prefer a riveted surface so will give one of these a whirl and see what resin i can get for cockpit
     
    i hope that Eduard produce some bits for these - they tend to leave things alone where they have competing kits i find
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