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  1. Speaking from experience, you can shoehorn the Avionix resin cockpit, designed for the Hasegawa kit, into the Trumpeter kit. It requires a smidge of plastic added to the resin to match the rear bulkhead profile, and a bit of trimming on the kit canopy rail sections, but in all honesty it was rather painless. Slap some resin wheels on it, and it really dresses it up. Doesn't do anything for the shape issues, but sure helps some other glaring areas.
  2. You are correct, there were no B-17s with the ammo cans external of the ball turret. That was unique to the B-24, so any visible ammo cans on the B-17 is inaccurate. I can't find the photos that support that at the moment, but trust me, no external ammo cans on the B-17 ball turret.
  3. THAT is a Japanese subject that I would actually build! You're such a tease with this post. . .
  4. Received my Beau cockpit today. All I can say is... wow! This is better than some of the resin I've worked with. Parts are crisp, very highly detailed, and they're really going to dress up my Beaufighter. Amazing product!
  5. Whoa! That thing is seriously huge! Thank you for posting.
  6. Can you possibly photograph it next to an object we're all familiar with (paint bottle, glue bottle, etc) to show scale? I'd be very interested to see how large it is!
  7. From my personal experience, you do have to choose whether to display the cowling closed, with almost nothing inside (I had to delete everything on the upper deck with the exception of the gun barrels, and only the barrels, not the breaches), or open with everything displayed. I ran into the same issues with the engines on my Dragon 1/32 Bf.110C.
  8. It would be great if Academy would release those kits with better plastic, cleaner molds, and useable decals. Those were the only shortcomings of the Hobbycraft kit. Now, if they updated the molds and made better detailed parts, now we're talking...
  9. You mean like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvlQxJI1rRE or like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt-xbjX-v0c
  10. I debated doing this, but for the German Scharnhorst, in 1/32. Turns out in 1940/41 the Scharnhorst had the Ar.196 catapult mounted to the roof of the turret... anyone have plans for a German turret? Lol
  11. Barry, Yes, the nose is too sloped on the top, but as other have noted on other sites, there is enough plastic on the cowling that you can sand it more flat, but if I'm being Frank I'd say it really won't be noticeable unless you're a serious P-40F fanatic, and I reckon your pedestrian aircraft enthusiast doesn't even know the P-40 ever carried a Merlin powerplant. As the saying goes, your mileage may vary, but for my build, I'm going to focus my efforts on the cockpit and paint, and leave the nose and spinner alone. -Daniel
  12. I picked one up at the local hobby shop after looking in the box, and felt "it doesn't look that bad. . ." After getting it home and doing a little research/comparing to the excellent Hasegawa offering, I came up with a few solutions for it: First, I'm going to shoehorn an Avionix resin cockpit for the P-40E into it, which should look the part and upon initial inspections will fit just fine after doing a little sanding on the rear armor plate/cockpit wall (the quarter window profile on the two kits are different). Also, as confirmed and well-known, the cockpit is far too shallow, but not nearly as bad as the P-40B/C kit. The Avionix cockpit will obviously correct this issue, as well as addressing the flat cockpit floor in the kit (replacing it with the correct angled floor where the two wings junction in the center of the cockpit). The Trumpeter instrument panel is much larger (in width, height, and detail proportion) than the Avionix, so hopefully the Trumpeter fuselage isn't too wide for the resin cockpit to fit correctly. I can confirm the spinner is much more angular and pointy compared to the Hasegawa piece, but nothing a little careful sanding won't fix. If necessary, I could always make a resin copy of the Hasegawa spinner and mate it to the Trumpeter kit, but at this time I cannot confirm the noses have the same cross-section at the spinner plate. I'll get back to everybody on that one. Also, I wish Trumpeter would get over the vinyl/rubber tire fad, as they just don't look right. I'll be adding Brassin wheels to mine, which look like they'll slide onto the kit struts with no modifications. The Brassin wheels really are a treat, it's just a shame to cover up those gorgeous hubs with the photo-etch wheel covers! Hopefully I can do a WIP thread on this to show it's very possible, and with any luck I'll end up with a very passable (and cheaper) P-40F. Don't get me wrong, though, I'm still holding onto my Grey Matters conversion to do the long-tail P-40L. Both will be done in North Africa markings, with the Trumpeter kit possibly (maybe) getting French livery.
  13. How much, and where, do you put enough weight to keep this thing on its nose wheel?!?
  14. Well, I'm sorry if I offended anybody with my opinion of the kit. I'm still going to go ahead and build it, though, because that's what we do with kits...
  15. Brad, Currently working on this kit, and it includes both canopies. For what it's worth, the Aires resin cockpit fits great (unlike other Aires offerings), but I haven't attempted to fit the resin wheel bay yet. I think this kit gets a bad rap, but we'll see how it pans out. So far, so good, though! What are you doing for markings?
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