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    BiggTim reacted to Avenger2614 in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    If you can get the Avionix cockpit for it, it's a great, great upgrade over the kit parts. I'd also recommend a set of resin wheels, too, as Brassin makes a nice set (which are too large for the P-40N kit they were designed for, anyway, and are more correct for any other variant of the P-40). If you do those two upgrades, you're in for a great-looking P-40 with better fit than the fiddly Hasegawa kit. I'm debating doing another one, grafting their P-40N tail onto their P-40F kit to make the P-40L. I have some great Kagero decals, and I like the look of the Merlin-engined P-40 variants. I'll close with an apt quote I read the other day: "The P-39 and P-40 didn't win the war, but they certainly made sure we didn't lose it."
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    BiggTim reacted to Avenger2614 in Trumpeter P-40E Now Out. . .   
    Trumpeter has quietly (?) released their P-40E in 1/32, complete with Aleutian Campaign markings, as well. While the sprues don't include some of the modifications made to the Aleutian P-40s (blast tubes on guns removed, insert behind the exhaust stacks, etc), it would still build into a decent representation. Having built their P-40F, which shares 90% of the same parts at the P-40E release, I can tell you it builds really well, has great surface detail, but the cockpit is really disappointing. Think about a cockpit that's about halfway between their P-40B/C and the Hasegawa kit; the cockpit is too shallow (but deeper than their P-40B/C), and the details aren't quite right in some places. That being said, you can fit an Avionix resin P-40E cockpit into the Trumpeter kit without too much hassle. I did this on my P-40F and it really didn't take much work at all, just reshaping the rear armor plate bulkhead to match the Trumpeter fuselage, and removing Trumpeter's fictional instrument coaming and a small portion of the fuselage sill. Here's a link from HobbySearch Japan with photos of the parts, instruction manual, and marking options:
     
    https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10687509
     
    Cheers everyody!
     
    -Daniel S.
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    BiggTim reacted to Kagemusha in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    I've reluctantly had to prune the thread a little, can we please keep the personal out of the discussion, and just keep it to the kit. 
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    BiggTim got a reaction from Out2gtcha in Three 1/24 WWI kits from I Love Kit and an 1/18 SBD   
    Its father's day, so a dad joke thread is more than appropriate!!!
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    BiggTim reacted to Astro32 in Three 1/24 WWI kits from I Love Kit and an 1/18 SBD   
    They should do a combi kit of the more famous DR-1s and call it Meet The Fockers. Imagine the legal trouble they'd land themselves in. 
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    BiggTim got a reaction from Kagemusha in Make the others jealous   
    I don't know if this is the right section for this, but it does relate to a kit I just purchased on ebay (though not an LSP), so I will tell this story here. Mods can move it if they see fit.
     
    I have been looking for a particular kit for over a year now, finally found someone selling one on ebay, and with a ton of AM stuff to go with it, and at a healthy discount, so I pulled the trigger and bought it. I was excited when it showed up in 3 days, and it was everything I'd hoped for....except it was missing a critical sprue!! It was a used kit from someone clearing out their stash, so no problem, it happens sometimes. I let them know about it and the seller agreed to look for the missing sprue. A couple days pass, and I dropped them a note saying that I located replacement parts for about 25 bucks, and if they would be willing to refund that much, I'd buy the parts and be good to go. Very nice seller, great communication.
     
    To my utter shock, they did not refund the 25 bucks.......they refunded the entire amount!!! I sent a note and made them aware of the mistake, and I got a very nice note back saying that it was not a mistake.
     
    The seller explained that her husband had been an avid model builder, and had won many awards in the past, but was going through some sort of "mental decline" that prevented him from building anymore, so he asked her to sell off his collection. Occasionally parts go missing and he doesn't recall where they are. So she refunded the whole thing because she just wanted me to be happy with it. Needless to say, I was blown away at her generosity, and said that I would put in a plug on the forums and possibly help generate some more sales.
     
    At any rate, she said they have a ton of other kits to get sold off, so please look them up on ebay and see if they have anything you might like, and maybe help support these awesome folks. SellerID is "sellingmymodels10".
     
    Here is a link to one of their auctions:https://www.ebay.com/itm/254594214787.
    Thanks,
     
    Tim
     
     
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    BiggTim got a reaction from Troy Molitor in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Cool!!!!
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    BiggTim reacted to Kagemusha in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Whichever way you look at it, the WnW moulds are pretty worthless now, you strip it all back, and it's completely crazy they didn't kit it years ago, likewise subjects like the Spad.
     
    I recently received the CSM Nieuport XXI and XXIII, lovely kits both, the future's bright.
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    BiggTim reacted to Radub in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Do you have a link to that "source"? I am not sure it is that "widely known". 
    Radu
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    BiggTim reacted to phasephantomphixer in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Whether WNW tool or not, will it have the WNW price? 
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    BiggTim got a reaction from phasephantomphixer in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Cool!!!!
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    BiggTim reacted to Robthepom in Meng 1/35 D9R Bulldozer   
    As tom says, the tracks are too short with one less link and too long as instructions say.
    This is the fix i found on the internet, which i really like because it uses the model track tensioner mechanism.
     
    1. Cut the wheel assembly

     
    2. Drill out 8mm hole in each half, insert 8mm rod tube, I considered using 8mm stainless rod or acrylic rod, then i saw a papermate pen it measured at 8mm. So i cut a small section and glued it to a piece of Meng sprue and it was fine, so i added a section in one half


     
    3. Before modification with sag

     
    4 After pushing the tensioner out

     
    I looked at the conversion for a civilian one and decided just to do military one, my niece wont mind, I'll tell her the machine gun is for the site managers and engineers
     
    I love this kit and the detail, i'll probably get another with slats for myself
     
    Thanks for the reference pics Tom
     
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    BiggTim reacted to Robthepom in Meng 1/35 D9R Bulldozer   
    hello hello, going to be making the Meng Monster D9R
    I have Eduard interior and exterior sets
    This will be a present for my niece who works in the mines
     
    Box just fits on my work table




     
    Ive started with the tracks which are a 3 part process and ok once you get going
     
    I have read every build thread on the internet so i knew the tracks are to long, so i plan to extend the track tensioner to take up slack
     
    more later
     

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    BiggTim reacted to dutik in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Sure it has. Wings, tailplanes, struts, U/C, engine, guns, seat, controls...
     
    ...
     
    Well, given Mengs nice Komet this shall be another winner
     
    Regards
    - dutik
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    BiggTim reacted to Tony T in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Ruby ruby ruby ruby ! 
     
    And no real rigging nightmares. Would look good next to a Richthofen F-4F — did they ever paint one red?
     
    Tony 
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    BiggTim reacted to Out2gtcha in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Just as long as the DR.1 fuselage doesn't have 8+ parts to it! 
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    BiggTim reacted to Rick Griewski in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Thanks Radu,
    I knew I had seen the name in the context of model airplanes. The Me 163 was well done IMHO.  OK bring on the triplane!  
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    BiggTim reacted to Radub in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    The No.1 in that series was the 1/32 Me 163 Komet.
    Radu
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    BiggTim reacted to John1 in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    I heard from a friend of the sister of my favorite Starbucks barista that Meng's next release is going to be a 32nd scale Lancaster!  
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    BiggTim reacted to Rick Griewski in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Yeehah! 
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    BiggTim reacted to Out2gtcha in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    We all knew kits that important to a lot of modelers wouldn't stay hidden for ever, even with the possible demise of the company. 
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    BiggTim reacted to cbk57 in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Meng’s tooling is amazing, I just bought one of their armor kits.  I really like the quality of their work.  I agree though, while I think that this is the WNW kit, and I think maybe Meng were tooling it for WNW, it does not matter in the end it the kit is nice we just want the the kit on the market.
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    BiggTim reacted to Out2gtcha in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Makes no difference to me really. Great if it is the WnW DR.1, but if its not and still is a new tool accurate kit, Ill definitely get one. The only reason I personally would even remotely think this may (BIG may there) be the WnW tripe is the timing.
     
    Otherwise, yes, I do believe Meng is capable of tooling their own tripe, and having it be well done. As long as it doest fit like their Me-163.
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    BiggTim reacted to MARU5137 in Make the others jealous   
    Tim ,
     
    HONESTY always is rewarded.

    How sweet ..  there ARE some FEW  GOOD MEN (and some women) left out there.   
     

     
    By the way Nice  buys for everyone I see.
     

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    BiggTim got a reaction from Out2gtcha in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Cool!!!!
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