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Darren Howie

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  1. I still think Hasegawa found the right balance in 32nd and 48th with their kits. You could build em out if box or go ballistic and both routes got you satisfaction.
  2. Yep the vertical sides of the cowl below the exhausts are far to rounded on the Trumpeter kit. It gives the nose a far to pointed look because the lower cowl lacks depth because they rounded its side off to much. if your building it to show the engine it wont be an issue. Closed cowl you cant miss this issue its visually very obvious. Personally Hasegawa is easily the best out of box not requiring any replacement parts due to errors. Revell G-6 needs new gun bulges. Trump needs a new lower cowling and rudder.
  3. Luckymodel are doing them for 39.99 and 55.99 with $8 flat rate surface shipping and between a 10-18% discount for various value orders. Excellent deal...
  4. Exactly its supply and demand. Like all the little girls whining about WW kit prices because they didnt buy them when they where widely around. Now whining more than an engine test cell because they have to pay more than retail for an out of production high quality in demand brand. Welcome to capitalism!
  5. 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.
  6. Well your ignoring totally of timeframe and context is missing somewhat. Years of silence then three guys coming out highlighting that Meng was doing there tooling in multiple places is widespread compared to complete silence which WW has had since day one. The information about Meng being their tooling company has only come out over the last week but widely spread over multiple platforms starting on FB. I'm more than happy to stand by exactly what i said, exactly. WW was one of the tightest run air tight model companies on the planet, no leaks for years ever. Your saying i cant say they where tightly run but the words of their ex employees spread on the worlds biggest social media platforms doesnt make it wide spread? I say its widely known because its appearing all over facebook and then every modelling webpage on the net for over a week. Your saying widely known implies its been known for a long period of time. WW was one of the tightest companies in the modelling community. Yes you can say both, different timeframes different contexts..
  7. WNW was as tightly run if not more tightly run than Tamiya, no leaks, no back channels so its a bit if a surprise to see several guys no talking up about Meng being their tooling company over the last week on FB and its been more than one. What nobody is saying how the business relationship worked just Meng tooled the WW kits. iE WW do research send CADS to Meng who supply tooling etc and posses the tooling? Or maybe Its a co-operative venture and Meng have possession of tools and WW was simply the research/design house and shop front for a partnership deal. Nobody is saying, nobody knows and i said weeks ago saying WW tooling would be sold was a big stretch as nobody knows who is in possession or even owns them. Its just fantastic to see the DR-1 make it out as of all the WW kits other than the D7 this was the one i was most looking forward to.
  8. Well given its pretty widely known and acknowledged by the ex WW guys that Meng tooled the WW kits is this a surprise? Hopefully the instructions will be up to the standard and the same with the markings. Very glad it has snuck through the cracks to see the ex WW Triplane make it out.
  9. Eduard just released 165’s in 48 so they may upscale them. Also Mike West at Lonestar does a nice 32nd set. I dont know of any other 165’s with sway braces having been done...ever.
  10. The extra big tanks where done with plywoid sway braces by Mike West very nice quality as well.
  11. The CE set didnt fix the canopy/windscreen and its poor shape it tried but it was still far from the correct shape in section. The Omega shape completely missing effects the entire look of the front end and it flows into spine making it lack curve. I remember seeing a build maybe out of Japan with a scratch built canopy/windscreen and the difference it made to the finished kit was huge. Love to see a new windscreen and canopy...
  12. The single seater is sold out most everywhere and as described as unobtainium get them while you can. Revell and reliable production runs dont go hand in hand. Ju-88A4’s are going for seriously good money and the 262’s sold out like hot cakes. Get them while you can ir face what a multitude are whining about with Wingnut Wings. A bird in hand.....
  13. you can never ever have to many 262’s...ever..lol.
  14. Wow that is one spectacular Sukhoi! Those Guardians of the North are some seriously great looking aircraft. Incredible build live to hear how you did the front canopy.. Awesome!
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