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Darren Howie

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  1. Dont worry Americans mis-pronounce and mis-spell the English language continually. I enjoyed your review thanks!
  2. Best reference by far is the F4-EJ book by Modelart if you can find one. There where other smaller changes like antennas in the Kai as well. Superb photo coverage of cockpit etc. Try to track one down its a great book...
  3. This isnt to do with modelling or modelling skills but either budget restrictions or laziness to eliminate issues that should not exist in a 500 dollar model kit. In the same vein as they couldnt be bothered to include 2 or 3 canopie options for $500 it takes the polish of what is otherwise a very good model that im happy to have in my collection. .
  4. One of the Aussie retailers was saying that they had sold the first 2000 to shops/distributors worldwide so when the clear fuse edition is gone its gone. Glad to see HK getting some money back on what is generally a very nice kit. Far from money wasted and yea if you dont want a stressed skin looking Lanc its a great kit. And it has two of the high time Lancs that flew some of the most dangerous missions of the war and they are RAAF machines to boot. Just need Mick Martins dambuster now and the RAAF Lancaster collection is complete!
  5. HK have done a very impressive kit with the Lanc. Been harassing mine for a few days and other than short changing us on the canopy blister situation the rest of the kit is outstanding. It will sit beside the Wingnut kit well and certainly holds its own...
  6. That is one hell of an awesome looking Cobra. Some 40 years on we still await a great Vietnam Cobra where it made its name and established its reputation. Would still love by far to see a Vietnam bird covered in nose art at some point...
  7. Back then aircraft was THE major product market for Trumpeter. Now its armor and ships but primarily armor. Wildcatgate with its completely porked fuselage etc caused a huge uproar after Bretts review and if they did not retool it would of set them back a huge amount. There was also quite a build up to its release leading to even more disapointment. Over time though the volume of criticism rose over ever smaller errors/overly detailed kits which ended up with Trumpeter now focusing 90% of its releases onto the armor market an untapped area particularly modern Russian and German big scale. If you dont care about a overly curved nose good for you. Dont like a P-40F with a slightly over curved upper nose easy dont buy it, or buy and and correct it.
  8. To add i have several DXM sets at home and all are excellent. One of the few manufacturers to cover JASDF modern stuff. Very high quality.
  9. For a $500 dollar model to not include two main canopies ie with and without blisters is just being tight and short sighted. HK models kits are far from cheap but little things like being tight with parts on kits that should be fully optioned leave that bad taste of cheap. Tamiya can include how many canopies in the Mustang but HK cant be bothered to include one extra on a significant difference for 3 times(8 times in Japan) the price. Looking forward to seeing the Lanc in person but HK should not be so lazy with such an expensive and looked forward to kit... They should be offering an alternate not leaving a double pained canopy in such a prominent location.
  10. Great build mate thanks for pioneering the way for those to follow! You build will be essential reading for the rest of us! great work!
  11. If you would prefer a cheap dubious P-51B from Revell that arrives with a busted canopy thats up to you. Ill take a ZM one anyday over Revell after there recent efforts with limited exceptions ie 262. And given the success of the company, its selling out and second and third runs(Ta-152)of most of its releases I’m not alone. Radu got it in one...only aircraft modellers shoot themselves in both feet with new kits and manufacturers. Armour and ship guys lap them up hence Trumpeter are pumping out excellent AFV’s by the boat load selling faster than hot cakes of T-62’s, T-80’s ,T-90’s, Missile launchers artillery pieces etc etc etc. Aircraft guys whine about everything...”oh i wont buy that its to complex”...”im not buying that its more than $5”.. A new tool 109G with all the bells and whistles, a HS-129, and AR-234 etc and people are whining...thats aircraft modellers in a nutshell.
  12. They havnt had any problem selling out the TA152’s, Ho229, HE219, Phantoms and doing second runs.....ZM has zero problems selling kits...
  13. There are plenty of 262’s in Museums rather than using drawings just get the real thing measured for those so inclined.
  14. Slightly more finesse but the two seater Revell did not fit as well as Trumpy. Your money is not wasted on either hopefully Revell will fix the fit of bulkheads etc with the single seater. We are not talking big issues with either kit we are well served with 32nd 262’s now.
  15. The compnents themselves are pretty good however itscmissing quite a few parts including the entire F-4B/N cockpit. I’d look seriously at getting Gary from GT resins conversion for a complete F-4B/N conversion. Got several of both GT’s are easily more complete.
  16. A quick look at the photos wil reveal all you need to know. the spine was laughable...among other things. IE it was not just wrong..it was way wrong... There have been no images of the adjusted tooling “if” they even bothered fixing it with all the dramas Revell have endured. After the F-4G im not holding my breath or selling my Trumpeter Super Hornets..
  17. Got my two sets in the mail yesterday. Beennwaiting for Sunday Punchers for ages. Big thanks to AoA for getting them out!
  18. And people wonder why Trumpeter/HobbyBoss have invested so heavily in the armor market deserting aircraft and culling aircraft kit production for several years. This has left numerous subjects unreleased..cough Devastator..cough...P-40’s...cough F-106...etc etc etc just take a look at the catalogue. instead with we get multi thousand part 1/16th Panzer Mk4 family, Panthers, T-34’s, Jagdtigers, zillions of modern Russian tanks in 1/35th all done to a very high standard and very welcome audience buying truckloads....and a whole fleet of 1/350th Carriers all stuning like the Kittyhawk, Connie and a pile of Museum size awesome 1/200th Battelships..wow..a 1/48th full interior Uboat! All welcomed by the respective communities ie Armor and Ship modellers. Not one complaint about the shovel or life preserver not being metal/plastic/lack of options in any of them as they walk out of the shops as guys model things never contemplated 10 years ago. Aircraft modellers are without a doubt there own worst enemy. We get a 1/32 Liberator(with no serious shape issues,will build beautifully and isnt packed with stuff we cant see pushing the prce through the roof) for HALF the price of a 1/32 B-17 which had a list of errors long enough to write a novel(i know i have 4 of em 2G’s and 2F’s), required just as much resin and photoetch with an incorrectly shaped fuselage and people complain its a better option?????!!! You blokes cant be serious can you...lol. Oh im not buying one it as it doesnt have enough parts to do any B-24J ever built...lol! Oh the wheels are rubber....lol. Oh it might have plastic gear legs...jeez what a surprise for a plastic kit even though Trumpeter have put in metal legs in every big kit for years. Oh it doesnt have rivets..lol...what a turn up for the Trumpeter mad riveter to not get dissed for to many rivets covering it head to foot but now there are not enough apparantly..lol..the ultimate irony. Oh its not complex enough again what a diss against the same guys whining about overly complex Trumpeter kits for years....another irony. Any wonder Trumpeter love armor and ship modellers...
  19. The reboot of the Do335 book was outstanding. However the first run was light on compared to some. The HS-129 book was a beast to start with so intrigued to see what they will add.
  20. On the bright side if you dont like WW’s Stressed skin effect at least you have an option to do one without it. Nice looking kit with four full engines...Eduard will be cranking out the resin i think.
  21. Initial release in B-2 with small cannon gondolas second release is the big boy! http://www.themodellingnews.com/2017/11/new-32nd-scale-super-wing-series-hs-129.html
  22. A quick look at that pic and the Douglas Escapac seat looks like a very good starting point to mod to make one of these. I found a CE F4H-1 in a Hobby Shop in Tokyo in some out of the way lane by Akihabara Station almost 10 years ago for the massive sum of 7000Y ie 60 USD...and a pile of other CE stuff for cheap.
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