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  1. Juggernut

    Hasegawa 1/32 Hellcat is out of scale!

    If I've misinterpreted your post as saying the Hasegawa Hellcat is at fault then I apologize. But.... Aside from the 1970's molding technology and the simplified (and sometimes overemphasized) details, and a couple of assembly issues, the kit is pretty accurate as has been said time and time again throughout this thread. The cowl smile may be "off" somewhat compared to the 1:1 item but as far as the kit goes, the wingspan, as quoted above is 42' 10" (13.064 meters). In 1/32 scale that equates to: 16.07" (408.18mm) which is exactly what you said it was, " ...it is over 400mm!!" The 1:1 length of the F6F is 33' 7" (10.242 meters). In 1/32 that equates to: 12.6" (320.04mm). I fail to see any justification for your "is OUT OF WHACK...BIG TIME" evaluation. The Hellcat is a large airplane and will dwarf a Bf109. In comparison: P-47D Thunderbolt Wingspan: 40' 9 5/16" (12.427 meters) Length: 36' 1 3/4" (12.437 x 11.43 meters). In 1/32: 15.3" x 13.56" ( 388.62 x 344.43mm). Smaller in span than the Hellcat but longer. F4U-1D Corsair Wingspan: 40.97' (12.49 meters) Length: 33.33' (10.16 meters) In 1/32: 15.37" (390.4mm) x 12.50" (317.5mm). Again, smaller than the Hellcat in both span and length. If something doesn't look right to your eye then say that and detail what led to that conclusion, and use a scale (ruler). REFERENCES: Nohara, Shigeru. Hards, Scott. T. (1996). Aero Detail 17, Grumman F6F Hellcat. Dai Nippon Kaiga Company. Tokyo. (p. 81) Nohara, Shigeru. Hards, Scott. T. (1995). Aero Detail 14, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. Dai Nippon Kaiga Company. Tokyo. (pp. 74-75) Hideo, Maki. Hards, Scott. T. (1999). Aero Detail 25, Vought F4U Corsair. Dai Nippon Kaiga Company. Tokyo. (p. 95)
  2. For those that may know, what color were the main and tailwheel struts painted on the F4U-1 series of Corsairs? I'm mostly interested in the very early production raised cockpit corsairs (-1A's). I've read Dana Bell's 2nd book on the Corsair and it says that Chrysler had a lot of grey paint left over when the color was switched (to the best of my recollection) but what shade of grey? Contemporary photos indicate a neutral to relatively dark grey but if it's an AN number or a certain shade, I'd like to attempt to replicate it on my -1A build. I don't think non-specular white is correct but again, I just don't know. If there were different paint color options then I'd like to know that too.
  3. Juggernut

    Zoukei Mura in 2018 - Ki-45 / Hs -129 NEWS

    Is that 12/22 US or Japan release?
  4. Juggernut

    P-47N wheels

    Yep, the Curtiss electric "symmetrical" prop with the tapered cuffs characteristic of the M/N series aircraft (the D used similar blades with an untapered cuff). Now compare the size of the hub with a similar shot of the symmetrical blades on a P-47D hub. You may be able to see a size difference between the two as far as the hub is concerned (I can't seem to see any size difference). I think you'll only find the tapered cuff props on the M/N series of aircraft as I think this is a feature characteristic of the 60 series spline prop hubs. What does this all mean in terms of modeling the M/N propellor? Probably not much as only people like me know there's a difference between the B and C series R-2800 engine prop shaft spline sizes. If someone has access to Curtiss drawings for the hubs for the respective props (or has access to the specifics of the prop such as blade p/n's and hub p'n's) we might be able to find out. Even if it turns out that the M/N hub is larger than the D counterpart, I still don't think it'll make a whole lot of difference in terms of modeling the thing. I found this in the reference listed below: P-47D-30: R-2800-59 B series engine C542S-114, 4-blade prop, 13 ft. dia. P-47N: R-2800-57 (-1 and -5 RE) R-2800-73, 77 or 81 (all subsequent) - R-2800-73 delivered with GE turtleback ignition system vs scintilla ignition system on -57. C642-B40, 4-blade prop, 13 ft. dia. Hopefully more as I dig a little deeper as I have a hunch that the C542 and C642 relate to the spline sizes of the respective engines that drive the props. MORE: (I got the following information from Warbird Information Exchange: http://warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=390619) C542S-A6- C- Curtis, 5- 50 Spline, 4- 4 Blades, 2- #2 Blade Shank (base), S- Steel Blade. The dash A is the Series, the 6 is the design of that prop assy. It probably references the blade design, limits of the blade angles and maybe small parts that are a part of the assy. C542S-A114 Same as above but the 114 refers to a different prop assy design but in the same series. It could be only the blades are different but could also address blade angle limits. C642-B40 Curtis, 60 Spline, 4 Blades, #2 Blade Shank, B series. The B series makes it a different series of prop from the above A series. It could be just the hub is different being 60 spline and a specific blade is called out. The C642-B possibly would be a generic Prop Assy listing that doesn't reference a specific blade design. REFERENCE: White, Graham. (2001). R-2800, Pratt & Whitney's Dependable Masterpiece. Society of Automotive Engineers Publishing. Warrendale, PA. (pp. 401-413)
  5. Juggernut

    P-47N wheels

    Although the props seem similar between the D and the M/N, the R-2800 used on the M/N series was a C series engine that used a 60 series spline prop shaft instead of a 50 series prop shaft. I believe that fact alone would make it necessary to enlarge the propellor hub albeit with the same shapes and contours. I don't believe they just hollowed out a standard 50 series prop hub to a 60 series spline but that maybe just what they did.... I haven't been able to find anything out on it one way or the other.
  6. Juggernut

    LSP Christmas Raffle 2018

    I'm building one right now and I agree, it's a stellar kit.
  7. It did exist at least long enough to get the photo shown below.... This is the aircraft assigned to Lt. Johnny Pugh. Named GERONIMO, s/n 42-106473, G4*N. This was an early attempt at complying with an 8th AF Fighter Command directive assigning nose colors to its groups. The directive was issued on or about 23 March, 1944. The photo caption (not shown in the photo above) indicates that this particular nose color scheme probably didn't last too long. REFERENCE: Olmstead, Merle. C. 2004. To War With the Yoxford Boys, The Complete Story of the 357th Fighter Group. Library of Eagles. Hamilton, MT. (p. 50)
  8. Juggernut

    LSP Christmas Raffle 2018

    Hi, I would like to donate one Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A kit to the raffle and be entered in the drawing as well. This one will have the clear cowl sprues that was present on the export release only.
  9. Juggernut

    Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J - Initial Observations

    If my memory is correct, the 17's used either a Sperry (or license made) A-1A or an A-1B upper local turret (depending on the serial number break). Not sure what the 24 uses (I think it's either a Bendix or a Martin turret) but at the very minimum, the clear plexi is totally different between the two.
  10. Juggernut

    Speaking of Hasegawa.... What's up?

    That's what I'm afraid of... They're really small so I fear they may be having troubles but like you, I have no direct knowledge. I like the Hasegawa kits (the newer ones anyway... the 1970's kits are too long in the tooth for me [excepting the Ki-43 which is really the only game in town]). I haven't even seen them rereleasing a bunch of their existing molds with new decals either.... which worries me as well. Yes, they've done a few but not with the perceived regularity that they have in the past.
  11. Juggernut

    Speaking of Hasegawa.... What's up?

    Hasegawa now lists Stevens International as their distributor/importer.
  12. Another thread I've been reading got me to thinking.... We haven't seen a new-tool kit (in 1/32) from these guys in quite some time. The last new-tool release was the A6M5c in April of 2016 (almost three years now) according to Hobbylink Japan (the I-16 doesn't count as it's not their kit, I believe it's the ICM kit). I'm wondering if they've fallen on hard times, are investing their money in other areas or if they're quietly awaiting the next Shizuoka show to debut something new that they've been working on in the interim. Anybody got the low-down? There's loads of subjects (insert your wishkit here from their existing 1/48 line) they can tackle based on their 1/48 scale kit range. I'm not saying all they need to do is upscale their 1/48 kits; what I am saying is the a lot of the preliminary research done on those kits would apply to the same kit in 1/32 (sans any shape/detail errors on the 1/48 versions). I'd be ok if they'd bring all (or most) of their 1/48 Japanese WWII aircraft into the 1/32 realm (yes, that includes the B5N and the D3 Stephen ) and some others like the Typhoon (car door and bubble top).
  13. As an FYI and in case anyone's interested, one can get the Tamiya P-51D kit (initial release) for $99, shipped, directly from Tamiya. Tamiya USA P-51D kit from Tamiya USA The ZM kit is $95 directly from Volks USA plus the shipping costs ($18.20 to my zipcode via UPS) so in effect, the ZM kit costs more than does the Tamiya kit, directly from the manufacturer. ZM P-51D from Volks USA If you go to the most popular online hobby shops, you'll see the large difference in price between the two as Dave alluded to. There are issues with both kits as far as detail accuracy is concerned, no big surprise there. What caught my eye, in a negative way, regarding the ZM kit was the instrument panel and how it resembled 1970's tooling technology and the fact (which may or may not be important) is that you can only build one production block version from the ZM kit whereas there are three basic choices given in the Tamiya kit (which therein lay some of the detail inaccuracies of the Tamiya kit). Having said that and in the spirit of the original thread, I am happy to see that ZM have announced their plan to release a P-51B/C. I'm quite sure it'll be light years ahead of the Trumpeter offering and may or may not beat the HK offering to market. I can't say one way or the other regarding the HK kit as no further information regarding the kit has been forthcoming since it was announced a couple years ago. If ZM does a 109G-10, I may be interested in acquiring one but any of the other G's, nope, not interested... I'm basically 109'd out with a Hasegawa F-2, F-4 and a Revell G-10. The 234 sounds interesting and I may find myself with one of those too provided it's the original schnellbomber...with the landing gear. I'm not really keen on the C version (if that's the one with the BMW engines).
  14. Juggernut

    Help with identifying a B-17 from 100th BG

    The E/F kit has a spare chin turret in the kit but it's only a tease because you'll need five sprues from the G kit to turn the E/F kit into an early G. When HK re-releases the G kit, I will most likely hit up the EBay parts guy for those five sprues myself and turn my E/F kit into an early G.
  15. Juggernut

    Curious how many were chosen for Squadron's

    That's probably why you weren't chosen....You spend a lot of money there anyway.