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  1. Nice one I like your metal finish a lot, too. Cheers, Michael
  2. Wonderful build. I'm looking at your pictures and realising I don't have a decent FW-190 on my shelves. Cheers, Michael
  3. Nice model. I think your weathering i great too - very fitting for this subject. Cheers, Michael
  4. In Sydney, take a flight in a seaplane from Rose Bay to Palm Beach or Cottage Point. The flight up along the northern beaches is spectacular, as Pittwater. I lived there for 5 years as a teenager and it was paradise. https://sydneybyseaplane.com/ https://www.seaplanes.com.au/ Cheers, Michael
  5. Yes, you're quite right, and I forgot to mention that when stating the difference between the Mk V and the Mk I & II. I blame my brain for being 3 steps in front of my keyboard. Those really early marks were very prone to nosing over, so the undercarriage was angled forward from Mk V onwards. I seem to recall that Griffon engine Spitfires had the undercarriage raked forwards some more, for the same reason. Cheers, Michael
  6. Another 109 in foreign service. I like that a lot Cheers, Michael
  7. Tamiya have released a new tool 109 G6 in 1/48 scale, so that subject could be their next 1/32 release. The G6 was a relatively hasty modification of the early G series and often referred to as "Die Beule" (the Bulge) thanks to the extra lumps and bumps acquired due to larger tyres and bigger guns being fitted. As to an early Spitfire, I don't believe Tamiya need to release a new tool 1/48 version to do a 1/32 model. The early Mk IX would suffice as the basis to do a Mk I, Mk II, or Mk V. As the model starts at the firewall, they just need to do a single stage supercharged Merlin with it's shorter cowlings, together with a 3 blade prop. Next, change the windshield to the early external armour plated job, and the wings need to be altered to take a smaller oil cooler instead of the port intercooler/oil rad of the later Spitfires, and you have a Mk Vc. Next, a Mk Vb would need the cannon stub fairing deleted and the top wing stiffeners added. Next, a Mk II would need 8 machine guns, no wing stiffeners, and a Coffman starter added to the engine, which means a bulge in the starbord side engine cowl. Lastly, a Mk I would need some changes in the cockpit to cater for the manual hydraulic pump, different instrument panel and changes and deletions unique to the Mk I. Personally, I'd love to see a Tamiya Spitfire Mk Vc, as this was the first version to undergo massive changes, and it served in so many places. It had short, normal and long wing tips, it was the first in service to carry bombs, and it had 2 different tropical air filters, so from a modeling perspective, there's a lot of scope here for modelers to build more than one. But I see the appeal of a Battle of Britain era Spitfire too. I'd buy both, but I suspect that we may get neither. There's too many other subjects for Tamiya to concern themselves with. But can you imagine a Tamiya kit which allows you to build any the early Spitfires from Mk I to Mk V?? I can Cheers, Michael
  8. Very nice work indeed. Love the paint chipping on this too. Cheers, Michael
  9. I agree. The 109F is not one that has been offered much, especially in 1/32. The Friedrich represented the 109 series at it's peak, too. Cheers, Michael
  10. Wonderful build. I like that a lot!! Cheers, Michael
  11. That's different. Nice work Cheers, Michael
  12. The way I see it, when Tamiya started making kits to this standard, it was like discovering that plane all over again. The detail and fit is just so good and they are a joy to build. So if they were to release a 109, that would be on my shopping list immediately. They've done a Japanese plane, a couple each of American and British, so a German plane is overdue. I read a review of their 1/48 offering in the newsagent on Monday, and that would be just a sample of what they would do with a 1/32 subject, so bring it on, please, Mr Tamiya. That said, there is also a lot of the famous fighters of WW2 still not offered by Tamiya, and I'd also buy a P-38 pronto too. Onto that list you can add (in the order that I think of them!!) Hurricane, FW-190, ME-262, Wildcat, Beaufighter, P-47, P-40, KI-61, N1K1, Raiden, Gladiator and Tempest. For something more obscure, you could also add on any of the Russia or Italian fighters too. Airfix's Typhoon and Hellcat offerings negate my desire for those planes from Tamiya, but I'm sure there must be others out there who'd love one. If they do release a 109 and/or a P-38, then I hope that a P-40 is the next cab off the rank. There isn't a decent one currently in production. Here's hoping Tamiya will get round to doing more from that list. And soon Cheers, Michael
  13. It seems to me that if you have a spare 1/24 pilot hanging about in your spare parts box, you can make sufficient "adjustments" to that figure to make him fit. After all, you only need to see head, torso and upper arms. All this talk of pilot figures and spinning props has me thinking that I might build mine with gear down and flaps partially lowered and dangling from the ceiling as if on approach. This means that I can also display it without the pilot on the shelf. Definitely looking forward to building this kit!! Cheers, Michael
  14. Can't say I'm a big Hellcat fan. There's no denying it's record as a naval fighter and it's not what you'd call pretty. I only have one Hellcat model on my shelves and that's a 1/48 model and one of my better ones too. But the hell with all of that. Well done Airfix and I'm definitely buying. I enjoyed the Typhoon so much I don't see how I can not build one of these. The pics on the Airfix site look fantastic!!! My next question is will they bring out an F6F-3 version later on? I reckon the after market will go nuts over this one so in a short while there will be a lot of possibilities to model. I wonder how it will compare size-wise to the Typhoon?? I seem to recall "Winkle" Brown's comment in his "Wings of the Navy" book about the Hellcat wing being the biggest of any WW2 fighter. Can't wait to see what shows up on LSP's forums in the next couple of months. Cheers, Michael
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