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  1. My kit arrived a day ago and I am very pleased with it. It is on a par with Marsh Models other Schneider racers that I have built. They build into great looking robust finished models. I would have preferred a metal cast prop like in the S4 but it is a very minor detail. I just wish that I could get a hold of the Macchi MC72...
  2. I have also ordered one, with their early bird 15% discount price plus shipping to the UK was €120. I should get it mid November.
  3. Fantastic, I have already ordered one, should get it next week. It will join the Supermarine S6, Supermarine s4 and the Macchi M.52 on the shelve. Might have to get the Supermarine S5 too; the Schneider racers I think are my all time favourite aircraft. I did also build the 1/24 Profile24 Gloster VI a couple of years ago, a beautiful aircraft.
  4. It was about a couple of years ago when I bought the H1 long wing and the 1925 Schneider Trophy winner Curtiss R3C. The H1 did involve a bit more work but went together ok, well my one did. The engine was a little or quite crude with a lot of clean up involved and even then it was not the best. The Curtiss R3C was much better and quite good quality and went together very well, I am really great full that Andreas made the kits in the first place. I really wanted him to complete his Marcoux Bromberg Special, he sent me pictures of the masters for it, but alas he hasn’t not done it. I also wanted his Schneider Trophy Fiat C 29 also. I actually emailed him a couple of weeks back but no reply. He did take a good few weeks to reply before. Oh well maybe he is gone for good.
  5. It's a defo on my must have list. I have Silver Wings Reggiane Re.2000, Silver Wings CR 32, Craftworks MC 200 (which was my first build this year), Craftworks C.202/C.205 and the Special Hobby 1/48 Breda Ba.65; so this will be a great addition to my Italian WW2 aircraft. I've also been eyeing their 1/32 PBY Catalina for the past year and can see myself purchasing it soonish (this year). Of course the price is mental, but I've got a smallish stash of about 35 kits (about 20 of them in resin) and don't plan on buying any more as I pretty much have most of the resin kits that I really want. My current stash is a few years building there, so with the addition of 3 or 4 more must have resin kits I will top it off there. Iain
  6. I bought this kit about two years ago; I've no idea when I will get around to building it as I have about 5 kits lined up in my build list for the rest of this year. I will add, that after being through the kit a few times that it is an excellent kit and top quality; it's not cheap tho! I personally wouldn't bother with any after market parts for it, as mentioned before, a kit of that price it should contain everythng that you need; perhaps with the exception of metal landing gear. Cheers! Iain
  7. I ordered their Helldiver and it arrived last week. Looks great, it's high up on my build list. I've just started AlleyCat's 1/32 Boomerang which has been sitting in my stash for two years. After the Boomerang I want to crack on with the Lukgraph Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk then probably the Helldiver after that. Cheers! Iain
  8. I'm pretty much a resin man, and my last six or seven builds have all been resin. I built the HPH Lavochkin La-7 1/32 about a couple of years back and it went together quite well. After the casting blocks were removed (fairly straight forward) it was pretty much a straight forward build with the usual cleanup which is part of the course with resin. IMHO the top quaity resin kits are from Silver Wings, Lukgraph, Alley Cat and HPH. Aerotech are also very good as is Fisher's Model and Pattern. Craftworks are very good also but require a little bit more cleanup but build into great finsihed models. Another reason I prefer resin is that the finished model is a bit more robust, solid and heavier than a IM kit. My preferred tools for resin are: Tamiya sanding sponges A good set of mini diamond files Tamiya hard coated half round file 15 min epoxy resin, which I try and use all the time, and also makes a good filler. Super glue gel, for really small stuff but never for anything (well almost) outside the cockpit. Gator glue, for photo etch Scribing tool Tamiya HG straight and decal tweezers Cheers! Iain
  9. This kit jusr arrived today and I have to say that it is a great piece of resin casting. I also bought the new Silver Wings Reggiane Re.2000 and the MDC Typhoon and all three kits are of the same excellent quality. I've built quite a few resin kits now and resin is my preferred choice over injected kits. Cheers! Iain
  10. I would love it if anyone would produce a 1/32 grumman j2f Duck. Apart from Zoukie Muras 1/32 Ta152H-1(which I have had my eye on as a near future addition to my small stash) I don't have much interest in Luftwaffe aircraft, probably because I a not that familiar with them. Iain
  11. Thanks Hubert. I've only built 3 racers, the S4, P-51 Voodoo and the Renaissance 1/32 caudron c.51 (which is a nice little kit). I love WW2 warbirds also and have about 7 of them waiting to be built. Judging by some peoples stashes mine is quite small at about 15. Iain
  12. Here is a link to some piccies I took, the first 3 are my S4 which is not completed, the next 2 are my P-51 Voodoo that I finished about a month or so ago. The last photo is my racer kits that I will do in due course. I'm now waiting for my new addtition to arrive - the Howard Hughes H1 long wing which I just ordered today. https://www.flickr.com/photos/142307356@N05/shares/5GL7UL Iain
  13. I pasted a couple of images into my post but it tells me I am not allowed to do so in this community.
  14. Thanks Kev, I will have a read through your review/build. Your finished build looks great.
  15. Thanks Zero77 for your reply, I just got an email from Andreas @ XS-Models. He currently has 2 short wings and 3 long wings in stock, I will order the long wing along with the P&W R1535 engine upgrade. As you say it's the only one out there so I will be happy to work away at it. I'm currently polishing off my Aerotech 1/32 Supermarine S4 using Tamiyas polishing compounds and finally with my Proxxon rotary tool with a polishing attachment. A final coat of Alclad Klear Kote Gloss should bring it up reasonably good. For the H1 I will use Alclad 2 Polished Aluminum over their gloss black base. Andreas also said that XS-Models is not currently producing any new items but just selling current stock. I hope one day that they might release the Marcaux Bloomberg Special in 1/32 that they have as coming soon in their catalog...
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