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Darren Howie

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  1. All the discussion about price is completely flawed. People completely ignore the single biggest issue with price is shipping. I can buy a Tamiya Spitfire in Tokyo or Osaka in numerous shops for a mere ¥2000 ie $20 more than a Revell kit. Now walk into a London shop and let me guess i could buy what 4 Revell Spitfires for the price of 1 Tamiya? You can buy Tamiya 48th F-14’s for 55USD in Japan...in main street USA they are well over double that. The actual only fair comparison of price is the comparison of the kit price in the point of manufacture as that IS the comparison. Saying Revell are great value is fine if you live in Germany how about if you live in Japan? Shipping and imports change everything for everyone making value very relative. On a quality level ignoring price life is short why waste time on a pretty average kit when one of the best models of all time is the other option? Trying to turn pigs ears into a silk purse? Why bother? A famous aviator once said “ It doesnt matter how long you stir $h/# for it aint ever gonna turn into strawberry jam”.
  2. Well in 1945 DSLR’s that coukd capture the detail you require to be convinced where nit going to be around for another 70 years. Those with cameras when able where not shooting the angles you can get on museum aircraft to highlight the details. Never mind the dynamic range of film, the quality of processing, storage etc means you can tell most photos struggle to even get a nice image of the aircraft period. But if you believe captive Jews, Slovaks, Poles and Russians where so dedicated to the nazi cause that they would spend hours filling every rivet good luck. You might want to convince the guys in JG7 who flew and the black men who maintained them in combat though as every bit of first hand evidence is they where far from the condition you believe. But hey what would they know?
  3. Hope they supply marking for all the aircraft on the mission.. Great move to get the kit out ASAP and make use of the time before the epic Wingnut kit arrives. At least this time the HK price will keep them in the race unlike the Dornier and Mossie where they where more expensive. Sold...
  4. For anyone contemplating “if” the replacement of the birner cans with cirrectly sized ones is worth the effort id say it totally is. The correct size cans changes the entire look of the back end making it much beefier and really adding to the character making a really big difference. A couple of mm doesnt sound much but it makes a massive visual difference. Well worth the effort..
  5. The JG7 history book is very clear discussing the poor condition of new build 262’s from the factory. This imaginative fiction of slave factory workers who where mistreated, underfed spending hours polishing out rivets is a figment of imagination. 262’s where poorly manufactured, poorly delivered and took days to weeks of work to fix issues which workers mostly all captives had done. The aircraft originating in the test program was one thing...aircraft built by slave labour thats another..
  6. On figures Live Resin have released 5 amazingly detailed ones for the Blackhawk...simply gorgeous....
  7. They where retrofitted so if your doing a very early one a pre Msip would be ok...
  8. Post MSIP so late..
  9. The biggest issue of all the late 109’s from Trump is the incorrect profile of the lower cowl. it is far to curved with almost no corners making the nose look far to pointy. A quick comparison of the lower cowl part with any close up nose image shows that off. We need Barracuda or Pastor John to do a new lower cowl. Fix that and it will look far better and cure the pointy nose look and i actually quite like the rest of the 109 from Trump. But that lower cowl lack of corners causes it to look wrong at the front. If you displayed the engine you would hide that issue and the detail etc of the rest of them is very nice.
  10. Was quite impressed by the book. Nice to have a good summary of those countries in it all in one place particularly handy. Hope they go on to do the Japanese etc. Nice review Kev..
  11. Its a great looking set. the F-4EJ’s in the Ocean scheme where fabulous. Like you i have Twobobs but all the extras on this will mean ill grab a few. DXM are doing some excellent stuff..
  12. Mmmm no... Peter Jackson goes where Peter Jackson “wants” to go. If he went where his customers desired we would have a DR1, a fleet of Spads and Nieuports etc. Instead we have incredible Felixstowes, AEG’s none of which would sell anywhere near the number a DR1 or Spads would sell. Peter Jackson releases what he wants and im glad he does it makes it more interesting..
  13. I would rather buy a kit and use my own knowledge and eyes to asses its value. Many reviewers are agenda driven as can be seen daily on youtube. This kit in particular is in the hand lovely and having seen some utter garbage online woukd highly recommend anyone who really likes the B-24 to buy it and make your own mind up. If you dont like it its popularity will mean you could onsell it without issue. The regurgitation of same old anti Trumpeter, Kittyhawk spool being onspread and swallowed without at least looking at the kit is pretty typical these days. Here are two links of what based off my experience with the kit are fair reviews.
  14. Great news! Definitely be in one of these. Definitely...
  15. The 48th PD and the bog nose recon birds. Id love a 32nd big Mig..love...an RBM toting a pile of AS-12’s in camo as a Wild Weasel...mmm love!
  16. So we have a post about people complaining about the lack of good turrets on the HB B-24. Somebody not only responds but goes to the effort to fix them and make them more accurate. Then he is told he cant post about them in the very thread discussing the very issue he solves? If you cant see the irony of that any discussin is pointless. Sure have a post in the vendors forum for those few who visit there but the entire concept of the thread was the discussion aboutthe B-24 turret situation which 109 has kindly resolved for many people. Quite bizarre to not be able to mention fixes in threads on issues...
  17. The Mig-25 goes together beautifully even though at first look the engineering looks craziky complex. They are doing some outstanding stuff...
  18. I think your best bet may be stealing a closed exhaust from a Trumpeter F-14D or B. I think most resin 110’s are all open and the only closed one in 32nd is the closed option in the Tomcat kit. im not sure if the Academy F-16 has a closed burner can someone else might chime in...
  19. What i was referring to was the lower section of the leg which is not internal but external and blends with the plastic main leg. In the first review it looked somewhat undersize in the blend with the upper leg section. So the lower leg looked telescoped where the lower brass meets plastic. In another it almost looked identical radius at the join so was wondering if the shrikage was widespread or was it simulating the shock strut? In another it looked similar in diameter at the lower plastic to brass meet point..
  20. The SAC landing gear is out anyone have one? The brass one released looked in a review far undersize compared to the main gear leg yet another review they looked ok. Interestee to see if anyone has the SAC set yet?
  21. Agree the market now has plenty of grey helicopters where are the Vietnam Cobras adorned with stunning nose art you can weather to your hearts content? When they put out one of those ill buy 4 until then none. Ok maybe one...lol..
  22. Be looking forward to these! great work!
  23. Thanks for the work Dave. i have one coming for a close look. Dmold might be up for a fix on the spine as they already do a soine fix for one kit. Sure someone will do it...
  24. Yep all two seaters but some nice schemes and imagine the F wont be far away!
  25. DXM have a big sheet of Jolly Rogers Superbugs on the way...
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