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  1. Seems like British WWI aircraft were generally more complex in rigging that other nationalities. Don't know why.
  2. Looking at the box art below for the new Pup, it looks like the cowl is the full version and not a partial version like the Fawcett replacement piece. Were some Gnome Pup's fitted with full cowls?
  3. Yes. I held off buying this little detail, although I did get one on Ebay when I bought a Pup some time ago that contained the cowl with it. I guess I always believed, rightly as it turned out, that WNW would eventually do this version of the Pup. BTW, the one thing Brian Fawcett did that I believe was really nice and necessary was the Se.5a replacement tail and rudder that has the rib tape on it that WNW left off for some unknown reason.
  4. The Gnome powered Pup is the one with the cowl that is open at the bottom like the early Nieuports, right?
  5. My sense is that this will be the more affordable alternative to the WNW kits. HK models will survive their "brush" WNW just fine. This appears to be a very nice kit of the Lancaster.
  6. ^^^ If I,m not mistaken, Special Hobby did a release of Eduard's 1/48 scale Focke Wulf Fw.190A-6 about 4 or 5 years ago and they also did a release of a 1/48 scale Junkers Ju.88c night fighter, that was in actual fact the ICM model. Beyond that, I remember nothing about Special Hobby using other companies' molds. I hope this is their own kit. I would like to see their take on this aircraft and I would like to see them go all in with the after-market stuff like they did with the Hawker Tempest kits.
  7. Yes, I saw that. Wasn't sure if it was a reference to the 1/32 or the 1/144 scale kit, hence my query. Thanks.
  8. No. I'm pretty sure that is the only kit that was foisted onto the modelling community as a sick, cruel joke, testing the patience of the most hardened scratch-builder... ...I kid, I kid...
  9. I just don't get the feeling that this would be Tamiya's cup of tea anytime soon. Hope I'm wrong. Maybe Sir Peter Jackson will step up to the plate now that he has sprouted a wild hair and is on the verge of his first foray into WWII aircraft with the Lancaster.
  10. ICM have come such a long way in terms of quality from when they began in the 1990's with their 1/48 and 1/72 Yak-9's. These new 1/32 scale offerings (and the other new things in smaller scales) are light years ahead of those early offerings. I hope they continue with the esoteric single-engine releases that no one else is doing. I love the Soviet subjects they have done, like the family of I-16's (type 10 and forward) and the I-153. If they chose to, they could continue to fill out with early I-15 series Polikarpov biplanes. The pending arrival of a 1/32 scale Gloster Gladiator is a wonderful thought, too.
  11. Dick Dastardly and his Polikarpov Po.2
  12. Yeah, I knew this was coming... Unbelievable! Never in my wildest dreams did I believe a Gotha G.1 would be done in 1/32 scale by anyone, including WNW! Too damn ugly, I thought! Bravisimo!
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