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  1. Is this when we're supposed to pine for that 1/32 A-20 Havoc?
  2. Andy, I believe that is because the plastic parts for this release were not molded by Eduard, but instead by another company who provided them to Eduard. I can't recall the name of the company off the top of my head, though. Looks like I'll be getting a special bottle of glue for my future build.
  3. My main reason for not participating in group builds is rather simple. . . I have no practical means of showing my work! After going through a "divorce" of sorts last year, the only online access I have is either via cell phone or through a work computer, neither of which allow me to publish photos to online forums. It's not that I'm not building (notice I said building, not finishing kits. . .), I just don't have a viable way of showing off my work due to not having a personal computer. I used to use PhotoBucket, and some of my older builds can be found on the site, but since PB became the la
  4. Was able to find these at Hannants in the UK, but can't speak to their quality: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/VA3260?result-token=qvDCZ
  5. Hello Everybody, When I built my last early Mustang from the HobbyCraft kit, I found a gentleman on here who made 3D-printed spinners for the kit which were a huge improvement in shape over the kit pieces. Does anybody know who was producing those, or does anybody have the ability to 3D-print a P-51 spinner with three prop blade holes? Thanks for any direction anybody can provide. -Daniel S. Commerce City, CO
  6. If you can get the Avionix cockpit for it, it's a great, great upgrade over the kit parts. I'd also recommend a set of resin wheels, too, as Brassin makes a nice set (which are too large for the P-40N kit they were designed for, anyway, and are more correct for any other variant of the P-40). If you do those two upgrades, you're in for a great-looking P-40 with better fit than the fiddly Hasegawa kit. I'm debating doing another one, grafting their P-40N tail onto their P-40F kit to make the P-40L. I have some great Kagero decals, and I like the look of the Merlin-engined P-40 variants. I'll cl
  7. Trumpeter has quietly (?) released their P-40E in 1/32, complete with Aleutian Campaign markings, as well. While the sprues don't include some of the modifications made to the Aleutian P-40s (blast tubes on guns removed, insert behind the exhaust stacks, etc), it would still build into a decent representation. Having built their P-40F, which shares 90% of the same parts at the P-40E release, I can tell you it builds really well, has great surface detail, but the cockpit is really disappointing. Think about a cockpit that's about halfway between their P-40B/C and the Hasegawa kit; the cockpit i
  8. Out of curiosity, what does it take to make this kit into a USAF D? I've wanted to build the two-seater, but I know nothing about the airframe.
  9. Speaking of B-24s... anybody have any expert advice on correct interior colors, including the wheel wells? I know the cockpit was bronze green, but beyond that, I've got nothing. What say you?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. THAT is a Japanese subject that I would actually build! You're such a tease with this post. . .
  13. 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!
  14. Whoa! That thing is seriously huge! Thank you for posting.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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...
  18. You mean like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvlQxJI1rRE or like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt-xbjX-v0c
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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, b
  22. How much, and where, do you put enough weight to keep this thing on its nose wheel?!?
  23. 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...
  24. 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?
  25. Just have to pick and choose. Slapped an Aires resin cockpit into my Trumpeter P-51B today and it fits great, but I also haven't attempted the wheel well, yet. I may only bat .500 on this kit. That size difference between the resin and plastic pit is rather substantial, though. Not sure I'd be that brave. . .
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