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Rob Owens

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  1. In addition, the 1/24 Airfix kits are from an era when "aftermarket detail parts" were were scratch-built by the individual modeler. . .
  2. Future doesn't care about its application method. . . it works both ways
  3. Taxing internet purchases will no more benefit LHS's than raising the fuel tax will decrease oil consumption or raising the tobacco tax will force people to quit smoking/dipping/chewing. People buy where they do (on-line, brick 'n mortar, or combination) because of preference and economic (spend time vs. money) advantage. The Hobby industry is no longer "niche", it's down to the "square-root of niche", with fewer people spending more money on increasingly more expensive items. If LHS's want to compete, they'll have to compete on-line as well (e.g., King's Hobby in Austin TX sells as March22 on ebay), just like the Big Box retailers have been forced to do. On the up-side, I've noticed that my local Hobby Lobby has been stocking more and better model supplies, which saves me the time/gas/aggravation of driving to/through Austin to visit King's.
  4. OOOOOH! Federal Clustocracy and "they thought about that"???? Does not compute! Does not compute! Does not compute!
  5. Wowzers!! This is a museum piece in search of a suitable museum!!!!
  6. IMHO, the REALLY good news is that Italian, Russian, Belgian, and RFC releases are planned, according to Edgar. The plethora of users/camo schemes/markings makes the “15 Meter Nieuport” my personal WWI favorite.
  7. I don’t recall seeing the movie scene, but there’s a still somewhere which shows Buchons in RAF paint/markings filling out the flight line of the Polish Hurricane squadron...
  8. You’re corrrect about the Revell Spa48 markings. It was issued as a three-plane kit along with the Camel & Dr.I. Problem is that it’s wingtips were halfway between rounded (early) and square (late), so neither was accurately possible. The Osprey Spad VII photo & profile both show the “jolie demoiselle” (girl) on the starboard side of the aircraft. You didn’t say, but from your remarks I assume you’re using the 1/32 FFSMC decals. I had them and the rudder decals looked more Spad VII than XIII to me.
  9. What is the serial number? A quick internet search suggests S1892, S1893, S1895 for his Spad XIII, and Osprey's Spad VII Aces shows his S1213 (profile) and S1415 (photo). Hth, Rob
  10. Wow!! A right pair of silk purses out of sows ears!!
  11. Either or both might stand a chance from a resin manufacturer (with an appropriately hefty price tag), but don't hold your breath for plastic until 3D printing comes of age. Yes, I know that Pacific War fans would like to be able to complete the "Pearl Harbor/Midway Trio" in 1/32 but both the Val and Kate are just too "niche" for even Trumpeter to cut molds for.
  12. Museum Quality choice, but if anyone would like a less involved & expensive WWI night fighter, the 1/32 Hobby Craft 1693 Camel "Le Rhone" offers markings for No 50 Sq Home Defense.
  13. The 1/32 Hobbycraft Allison P-51 kit has national insignia for the Dominican Republic, and includes the same in 1/48 scale. You might find someone who is willing to part with them. Regards, Rob
  14. WnW is not in competition with Roden or any other "conventional" manufacturer. Without Sir Peter Jackson's deep pockets and love of WWI aircraft, many WnW offerings would never have seen the light of day, and even the main-stream offerings would be out of the price range of all but the most ardent enthusiasts (like 1/72 AModel). I'm just glad I won't have to pay 200 quid for the Tripehound, as I want to do it as the Red Army version on skis.
  15. Not to mention that you could do a Focke-Achgelis Fa-225V-1 conversion, which would be tres cool. . .
  16. Welcome Cameron!! Your patience & craftsmanship are to be applauded!! Regards from Texas, Rob
  17. I've no experience with that brand, but in my experience, over-coating ANY decals with Microscale Clear Decal Film is a solution. It can make even those old "pebbly" ESCI decals conform.
  18. Girls & airplanes, and girls who fly, fix, engineer, and model airplanes... what more could an airplane guy want???
  19. Major mods will include the parachute housing at the base of the fin, and wing pylons for Mars-2 rocket pods. Try googling "Lim-6 Images"
  20. Yeah, Talk about spoiling the lines of one of the most beautiful airplanes ever produced! Still, if it succeeds in its mission, perhaps "Beauty is as beauty does."
  21. Given its rarity and relative desirability as a "no rigging" WWI subject, you might be able to get your original $189 back. . .
  22. If any are interested, I have the sheet(s) on the auction block... https://www.ebay.com/itm/332543421994?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Regards, Rob
  23. Sorry, I don't have the NVA decals you're looking for, but I HAVE had success with rubbing dry transfer decals on to Microscale/Superscale clear decal film, and then applying them as regular "wet" decals. I was forced to do this when I wanted serials and Buzz Numbers for particular USAF aircraft, and wanted to avoid the hassle of spacing & positioning "rub-on" letters & numbers. Anyway, it always worked for me, and I think it might for you. Regards, Rob
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