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  1. I have a Revell phantom in the stash too, there is quite a bit of work necessary to get to that result! I hope it is okay to point out one thing that caught my eye though: it seems like you switched the port and starboard splinter plates in front of the air intakes. The plates on your model face down, while they are almost parallel to the ground. It shouldn't be too hard to take them off the kit and switch them, though. I almost did the same thing! Nic
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    1/32 B-29?

    I like aircraft modelling, always have. I think it is fantastic that modellers can get excited about a kit being released that no-one thought possible before. In the last couple of years, I've built a T-28, a Kingfisher and a P-61 in 1/32. Not everyday subjects. I know a lot of people that have bought these kits too, even though I hardly see any in a competition, so for a modelling company to selecting a type based what you might see in competition (or even built) is a bit silly. For many, the fun is in buying a kit and doing research on it. A 1/32 scale B-29 sounds cool and I know quite a few modellers that would be excited about it. Pricing is important for me though. This is why I would much rather be tempted to buy a Liberator than a B-17. I have to say one thing though - and I hope it is okay for doing this. I so much more enjoy visiting the WIP, group builds and RFI parts of LSP. These pages inspire me. The discussion page sometime just kills my buzz. When I get excited about a kit and I come to find some photos of sprues or liveries, some of the comments just take away the fun for me. So in order to keep the fun, I'll probably just remain on the pages where the building is going on. No more discussion for me. Have fun building, all! Nic
  3. I really appreciate the feedback on the series, thanks all of you! And please, let us know what type of aircraft you would like to see a book about. The reason we are doing the Eurofighter Typhoon next is because many at Telford told us that they would like a book on the aircraft, so we gave it priority. Doing 4 books a year on top of our regular jobs is quite an adventure, but it is so much fun to do! In 2019 we hope to start a second series. And we hope to find some shops that might distribute the books in the US. Thanks again ! Nic
  4. Thanks guys! And saying it all started as an accident... The next one should be ready by the end of february - for those that are interested; it's going to be on the Eurofighter Typhoon. The hardest part of each book is the selection of the photos; going down from 3.000 to 350. Glad you like them Danny and Dave! Nic
  5. The Tornado book was presented on Saturday and fortunately it was well received! One of the great things about going to Telford, is that you meet so many great people and get instant feedback. The Tornado was the 5th book in just 15 months, it's so cool to be involved in this series. It sold really well, and so did book 4 on the Fulcrum. The people visiting Telford where asked what type of aircraft they wanted next in this series and many people answered the same one - upon coming back on Monday, work started right away and requests were made. We hope to have it ready in 6 to 9 months, but we have to start from scratch. One of the next books will be a little bigger, because we're working on a book covering all current versions of the C-130. One great anecdote is that on Sunday afternoon, a gentlemen came by and told us he was actually in the back-seat of the Tornado on the cover of the book! How cool is that? Thank you everyone for your interest! Nic
  6. Thank you all for the nice comments! It really isn't a hard kit to build, and for the price (it was under 30 euro) you get a lot of value. The engine was built and painted too and since the top engine cover isn't glued, you can see it, but no extra detail was added, like I usually do. I'm sorry about the bazookas - I thought they looked cool. I didn't research the use of it by the Polish squadron... My bad! I'm working on KH's F-5 now, another nice kit from them. For that one, I did ad some detail to the cockpit though... Thanks for looking! Nic
  7. Dear all, I hope it is okay to post this here; I've been busy the last couple of weeks helping out with the new HMH Publications book, the 5th in just 14 months. This time, it covers the Tornado, mainly GR4 and GR4a, but also German and Italian IDS and ECR and Tornado ADV F.3 in an extra chapter. It is at the printers now and it will be presented for the first time in Telford Saturday next. For the next 12 months, 4 more books are in the works. Here is a preview: It is 116 pages and like the other 4 (Jaguar, F-16, Mirage 2000 and MiG-29) filled with lots and lots of details. It might come in handy for the Revell and upcoming Italeri kit! Nic
  8. Here are a few photos of my newly built Trumpeter P-51 B Mustang III, built straight out of the box, except for seatbelts. I was wondering how this kit would build (bought for less than 30 euro) after reading so much about it. It built quite easily. Most enjoyable, actually! And in time to take the kit to Telford in 3 weeks time. I hope you like the result; the pilot seems to be quite happy to pose for a photo next to it... I hope to get another 1/32 kit ready for the deadline, but not sure I will make it... Thanks for watching ! Nic
  9. I think it is nice that someone has a passion for aircraft and wants to share it by producing 1/32 scale models. Good for modellers! I don't buy a lot of kits, but if I do, it is because I like the subject, think the quality and price are okay and that's it. I like to go to a local modelshop where you talk to some friends about the kits and drink a cup of coffee. What I don't like is when brands announce a kit and then you have to wait for years before it is available in the shops. If a kit is announced, I understand that it can take a few months or even a year, but if it takes longer, then that's just taking a claim. And if it take too long, the brands shouldn't be surprised that another brand choses the same subject. I believe people have been talking about the Lancaster from the time when Martin, a nice Dutch gentleman was working to release the B-25 under Wing XL. That ended not so nicely and I felt for him (and still do). I've stopped waiting for so many kits. Lancaster, RAF Phantom, Su-33, F-111, ... I just hope we will have some nice Lancaster building reports here on LSP. Because I like more to build kits than wait for them. Keep modelling everyone! Nic
  10. Nooooooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!! I knew I shouldn't have started that vacu kit, I've just finished engraving the wings........... Nic
  11. It has been a while since I have been on LSP. I haven't read all of the 61 (!!) pages on the topic of Kitty Hawk's F-5, but some info I read is quite interesting. Thank you. I've bought the kit and am in the process of building it, so here's some info from me: The fit of this kit is really great. The most important fit is obviously the forward fuselage to the aft fuselage, and it is impressive. The fit of the radome to the nose is also fantastic - compare this to the radome of Italeri's Mirage III, which is like 2 mm too large for the fuselage. Also, the wings-fuselage joint is very nice. So, if some of you are interesting in actually building the kit: it is really good! Of all the Kitty Hawk kits in 1/32, I built all but one and they get better every time. If you want to, it can be built into a convincing model in just a few weeks. I liked the T-6, but it needed some work. The Bronco was better, but needed a spar in the wings. The Sabre Dog was good and the Kingfisher and T-28 were really good. This F-5 is impressive and easy to build. I like to add details to the models I build and in order to do so, like with any model, you need to do some research. If you do this, you get to info such as Ivan's. But again, you do this with any model from any brand, right? No need to brand. I'm building the "brown" aggressor and if you google the BuNo, you get several photos showing some interesting details, such as the colour of the RWR's or the position of antennas. Here is a photo of where I'm at in detailing the cockpit: Fit of the 4-part nose, just dry-fitted: I have skipped the ever returning comments of criticism on the kits (too boring...) and instead been building them over the last couple of years. This experience learned me that the results are not bad at all and that the kits keep getting better. Here's an impression: So, my advise is: talk about them, research them, but don't forget to build them. Nic
  12. Nicely done, Tom! And must be such a great feeling to get one of that shelf! I've got a couple on that thing, hard to get them moving though.... Keep going ! Nic
  13. Hi guys, this is probably the last post from me on this topic - I mean, the F-16 is painted and flying at airshows all around Europe this season, so not much more to tell - but here are two things that I wanted to share with you on the theme. 1. At the airshow at RAF Cosford, we won a special award for the best presented aircraft at the airshow. I guess the organisers liked the design of the Dark Falcon! How cool is that? (edit: oops, I noticed that I already told that... sorry about that!) and yep: she will fly at Yeovilton too. 2. Today, we finished the work on the second aircraft I got to design: a Belgian Air Force Alpha Jet. This is actually the last of its type that will have a special livery, since the Belgian Air Force will withdraw the Alpha Jet from service later this year. Because we wanted a clear link between both the F-16 and the Alpha Jet (every F-16 pilot flying in Belgium got his initial training on the Alpha Jet), the tail design resembles that of the Dark Falcon, but in stead of a Falcon, it sports a big bat, because it is flown by n° 11 squadron, which has a bat as its squadron logo (and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year). So, this Alpha Jet is called "Dark Bat". So cool! Both aircraft will probably fly together only twice before the Alpha Jet is going into retirement: at the BAF Days in Kleine Brogel in September and at the Air Tattoo in the UK in July. Here's a photo of it, just before we lower the gear and remove the jacks. I hope you like her and I hope I didn't bore you with the story. Signing off! Nic
  14. The many parts provided will build into a very nice cockpit, you just to study the build-up a little. Following the steps in the instructions, you will get into trouble at some point; the order of the parts that need to be added isn't always logic... I've been thinking of opening up the radio compartment on one side of the fuselage, but not sure if it is a good idea. It's an easy add-on, but I'm afraid it might break up the line of the aircraft. What to do? I'll work a little more on the kit tonight, hope to post some more photos soon. Nic
  15. After reading some reviews of the kit - which looks really nice - explaining that it isn't the simplest of kits, I started building the cockpit. It is a bit complicated and the instructions aren't always as clear and logic as can be, but with some effort, you get through the first steps: The plastic is very brittle, so of course I broke a part...I'll have to prepare that later. My first worry however was: does all of this go neatly into the fuselage? The kit provides a metal etched part for the armour behind the pilot. It is too thin for my taste and doesn't have the very obvious rivets on it, so I replaced it with some plasticard. Now for that test fit. I glued the front bulkhead to one side of the fuselage and sure enough: the tubular structure of the kit fits in quite nicely. That's a relief! The side-tubing is where it is supposed to be - good news - and I placed the seat inside to check its position. Looks okay to me. Notice the part I broke? Not the end of the world of course, especially since I still have to add a ton of detail to the cockpit, many of it provided in the kit. Until the next time! Nic
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