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    cbk57 got a reaction from rtwpsom2 in Any interest in an aftermarket Merlin engine/P-51 engine bay?   
    It looks to me like that engine block alone is a nice stand alone piece.  that could be finished on its own as a display piece in the modeling cabinet.  Love your work.
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    cbk57 reacted to rtwpsom2 in Any interest in an aftermarket Merlin engine/P-51 engine bay?   
    Thanks for the input so far, I am taking it all into consideration.  I printed the 8th scale crankcase today, it took 4.5 hours and I learned a few lessons from it to change for next time.
     

     
    The first was not to let the raft interfere with the body at the base, it overwrote all the holes in the base and is making the cleanup in that area a pain.  I think I'll raise it off the build plate by 4mm next time and just connect to the raft via supports.  I'll also move a few supports a tiny bit further away from body so they stick less.  Here's a gallery of the larger piece. I kinda like the idea of making a standalone kit, I think I could get away with 1/6th scale if I really wanted to.
     
    I will probably move ahead with a patreon just to get it started and see how far that can take me.  I'm still trying to figure how I'd do rewards on that, in that the rewards would be kits.
     
    Anyway, thanks for the support so far and please, let me know what you think. I really do want to know.
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    cbk57 got a reaction from rtwpsom2 in Any interest in an aftermarket Merlin engine/P-51 engine bay?   
    The tamiya Mustang has a really nice engine bay, however I am sure you could improve on it.  There is a lot of detail that is missing, if you did the parts that fill out the engine bay I think it could really help the kit.  If you look at the Tamiya P-51D, you could find room to improve the gun bays and the wheel bays as well.  There are some pretty good cockpit options at this point.   I have long thought especially with the Tamiya kits, the basics are perfectly good, just fill in where things are softer than they could be without having to cut everything up.  
     
    Take the wheel bay, you could leave the integration for how the landing gear fit, just do the rest of the wheel bay insert and center section.  
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    cbk57 got a reaction from ivanmoe in Great Wall Hobby P-40B Tomahawk in 1/32   
    I hope they can manage removable cowlings like Tamiya.  I don't like to build open cowling only.  They seem to be doing a lot of work on engine and area behind pit the may not be very visible.  i know I will want to build one at least however if cowling has to be closed I won't bother with all that nice engine detail.  In then end I am all in on a nice high quality p-40.  For me I will be doing an AVG plane, I have the references already and have built a couple in 1/48 over the years but not a 1/32.  
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    cbk57 reacted to nmayhew in Any interest in an aftermarket Merlin engine/P-51 engine bay?   
    I think making add-ons for Tamiya kits would be a nice easy win, and there are a number of Merlin related kits you could augment
     
     
    I don't see the point in this - just buy the Tamiya kit!
     
    More generally, one aircraft that is **just crying out** for an engine plug is the Hasegawa Fw190 Dora!
    Why no-one in 20 years (yes it probably is that long!) has done anything for this kit is beyond me - maybe it's too difficult?
     
    And as D.B Andrus alluded too, stuff that actually fits the donor kit would always be welcomed 
     
    Wishing you all the best with your ventures.
     
    Nick
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    cbk57 got a reaction from esarmstrong in Great Wall Hobby P-40B Tomahawk in 1/32   
    I hope they can manage removable cowlings like Tamiya.  I don't like to build open cowling only.  They seem to be doing a lot of work on engine and area behind pit the may not be very visible.  i know I will want to build one at least however if cowling has to be closed I won't bother with all that nice engine detail.  In then end I am all in on a nice high quality p-40.  For me I will be doing an AVG plane, I have the references already and have built a couple in 1/48 over the years but not a 1/32.  
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    cbk57 reacted to vince14 in From the WNW archives   
    Hidden away in the secret WNW labs was this beauty that never got to see the light of day.
     
    Many Bothans died to bring us this information.
     

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    cbk57 got a reaction from D.B. Andrus in Any interest in an aftermarket Merlin engine/P-51 engine bay?   
    The tamiya Mustang has a really nice engine bay, however I am sure you could improve on it.  There is a lot of detail that is missing, if you did the parts that fill out the engine bay I think it could really help the kit.  If you look at the Tamiya P-51D, you could find room to improve the gun bays and the wheel bays as well.  There are some pretty good cockpit options at this point.   I have long thought especially with the Tamiya kits, the basics are perfectly good, just fill in where things are softer than they could be without having to cut everything up.  
     
    Take the wheel bay, you could leave the integration for how the landing gear fit, just do the rest of the wheel bay insert and center section.  
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    cbk57 got a reaction from Johnny Cloud in Any interest in an aftermarket Merlin engine/P-51 engine bay?   
    The tamiya Mustang has a really nice engine bay, however I am sure you could improve on it.  There is a lot of detail that is missing, if you did the parts that fill out the engine bay I think it could really help the kit.  If you look at the Tamiya P-51D, you could find room to improve the gun bays and the wheel bays as well.  There are some pretty good cockpit options at this point.   I have long thought especially with the Tamiya kits, the basics are perfectly good, just fill in where things are softer than they could be without having to cut everything up.  
     
    Take the wheel bay, you could leave the integration for how the landing gear fit, just do the rest of the wheel bay insert and center section.  
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    cbk57 reacted to Pete Fleischmann in 1/32 Tamiya Thunderbird F-16C   
    The term “lawnmower blades” is pretty descriptive-
    However, as an operator the terms that make me cringe are:
    slime lights
    bird slicers
    bang seat
     
    just sayin
    Pete
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    cbk57 reacted to Gigant in Fake Sellers on eBay   
    Since Wingnut Wings went out of business, and the main hobby dealers no longer stock their kits, I thought I would pick up a kit of theirs while shopping on eBay for other old collectible kits.
     
    So I bid on a few kits from one seller, based on my Burns Guide, "PAK-20", and offered fair prices for each.
     
    After a short while, I get the notice that I was "out-bid" on two of them, one I did not care about, but the other I decided to look into.
    An "alternate bidder", literally bid like 12 times, and drove his bid price up to nearly double!
    I told this to a friend of mine, and he told me that it is a common practice on eBay for the seller to have a second account, or a buddy to drive the price up, to see if you will bite like fish.
    So then I spot a WnW Bristol Fighter kit, and the guy starts at a fair price, not ridiculously low like some, or high like Rare Plane Detective who was starting out asking $777.00 for a Gotha G IV (of course they got no bids on it).
    The next thing I know, I get a notice in my inbox, where the kit's price literally was driven up to nearly 2.5 times the starting price by a single "straw bidder"!
    Just to see for myself, I checked on the bidder's history and in all of his history as an eBay member, his total bidding history was 100% on this seller's kits ONLY!
    And since I wouldn't bite (I sent him a message telling I was not going to, and he responded by claiming he was not the "straw bidder"). He later that day claimed he sold the kit, and re-listed the SAME KIT later that day at the same starting price!
    So I sent him a message telling I would buy it for a fair price, and he literally told me he would not sell it to me for any price.
    So I reported him to eBay's service department and was told his refusal to sell at all was in violation of their policy.
    The nice thing was is their associate had actual access to his rude message to me, and she duly reported it.
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    cbk57 reacted to LSP_Ron in 1/32 Tamiya Thunderbird F-16C   
    I just noticed that the Thunderbirds F-16C is back in the latest Tamiya catalogue.  I might have to track one down for myself.
     
    https://tamiya.com/english//products/60316thunderbirds/index.htm
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    cbk57 reacted to Jennings Heilig in Great Wall Hobby P-40B Tomahawk in 1/32   
    They're well into tooling, so the kit is essentially done, but it's appreciated!
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    cbk57 reacted to ringleheim in Border Model 1/35!!! New Bf-109G-6 and Ju-87G   
    If it means new kits actually being produced and sold, why wouldn't every modeler here hope so?
     
    I think a lot of guys here just like to *****! 
     
     
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    cbk57 got a reaction from Gigant in Wingnut Wings Gotha - How Much?   
    I agree with the poster above to a point.  Their engineering is highly aggressive, i have never built any of the big ones so don't make a comment on sagging bowing or anything else like that.  However I have built the Dvii, the DV, the Pup, the Camel and another of the single engine ones.  As to the DVII I found the landing gear strut attachment to be on the ragged edge of too small and it went together but it was anything but strong.  I also had experience with key struts that were deformed, not fully formed or otherwise had minor flaws.  
     
    To me the DVII was somewhat on the flimsy side.  The Albatros was a little shaky but it was okay.  With respect to the DVII though when I saw how tinny the fittings are holding the upper wing in place and how the landing gear mounted to the frame, I would not want my life to depend on that plane staying together.  The upper wing impresses me as something just above suicidal.  Now the reality may be far from that but I would to want to pilot a real one.  
     
    One more point, my highest praise to those above who have 1, built the big WNW kits and 2, made the rigging of such quality that it is a strengthening element of the model.  That is just real skill.  I used the stretchy stuff, which does not add much strength for the rigging I did.
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    cbk57 got a reaction from Pup7309 in Wingnut Wings Gotha - How Much?   
    I agree with the poster above to a point.  Their engineering is highly aggressive, i have never built any of the big ones so don't make a comment on sagging bowing or anything else like that.  However I have built the Dvii, the DV, the Pup, the Camel and another of the single engine ones.  As to the DVII I found the landing gear strut attachment to be on the ragged edge of too small and it went together but it was anything but strong.  I also had experience with key struts that were deformed, not fully formed or otherwise had minor flaws.  
     
    To me the DVII was somewhat on the flimsy side.  The Albatros was a little shaky but it was okay.  With respect to the DVII though when I saw how tinny the fittings are holding the upper wing in place and how the landing gear mounted to the frame, I would not want my life to depend on that plane staying together.  The upper wing impresses me as something just above suicidal.  Now the reality may be far from that but I would to want to pilot a real one.  
     
    One more point, my highest praise to those above who have 1, built the big WNW kits and 2, made the rigging of such quality that it is a strengthening element of the model.  That is just real skill.  I used the stretchy stuff, which does not add much strength for the rigging I did.
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    cbk57 reacted to dutik in Wingnut Wings Gotha - How Much?   
    Just because it's that nice. Built by a fellow years ago.
     
    Regards
    - dutik
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    cbk57 reacted to ghatherly in Fundekals - Operation Bolo   
    Hi everyone,
     
    Parts for the early F-4C will be shipped to SB on Friday the week.  Look for them in stock around the first of April @ SB.   
    Sending Old Style CL drop tanks, ALQ-71 F-4 ECM Pods,   Outer wing Pylons,  MB MK 5 seats,   Cockpit sets for F-4C with MK5 and MK 7 seats.     
    Intakes, Exhausts, are in stock now.   How many are interested in a Plain nose cone without the pod?   Happy to make a few up, but I don't was to make too many.
     
    Have a great evening,
     
    Gary
     
     
     
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    cbk57 got a reaction from mpk in Tamiya P-51 Canopies   
    The Sherman Tank and Tiger Tank have modeling books that explain every detail in every production varriant, not the Mustang, you have to dig through the web and find experts who know this stuff.   It is only one of the most important and iconic machines in WWII.  You would think it would merit a stem to stern book covering every detail.  In addition there have been some superb restorations of the Mustang, so all that knowledge is out there but vested only in the experts and not fully shared.  
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    cbk57 got a reaction from mpk in Tamiya P-51 Canopies   
    I have built two Tamiya Mustangs and I have a a hard time telling which is which or remembering to pay attention to which one I am supposed to use on a given project.  I will not certify that I used the “correct one” on any build i have done.
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    cbk57 got a reaction from Uncarina in Tamiya P-51 Canopies   
    The Sherman Tank and Tiger Tank have modeling books that explain every detail in every production varriant, not the Mustang, you have to dig through the web and find experts who know this stuff.   It is only one of the most important and iconic machines in WWII.  You would think it would merit a stem to stern book covering every detail.  In addition there have been some superb restorations of the Mustang, so all that knowledge is out there but vested only in the experts and not fully shared.  
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    cbk57 got a reaction from MikeC in Tamiya P-51 Canopies   
    I have built two Tamiya Mustangs and I have a a hard time telling which is which or remembering to pay attention to which one I am supposed to use on a given project.  I will not certify that I used the “correct one” on any build i have done.
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    cbk57 got a reaction from LSP_K2 in Fundekals, Johnny Plagis sheet instructions?   
    See I reversed the camo scheme, grey where it should be green, green where it should be grey.  But I really like my paint job.
     
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    cbk57 got a reaction from Phantom2 in Fundekals, Johnny Plagis sheet instructions?   
    See I reversed the camo scheme, grey where it should be green, green where it should be grey.  But I really like my paint job.
     
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