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  1. I hope to design products for the Airfix 1/24 scale Spitfire in the future. There are several other projects ahead of it in the queue. And thanks for the research help, Shawn!
  2. Good news, early-style bomb racks for P-51 Mustangs and A-36 Apaches is now available in 1/32 scale for P-51A, P-51B, P-51C (Mustang Mk.III) fighters and A-36A attack aircraft. Regarding the SBD-5 radar set, if good, authoritative references are available I will consider adding the set to the research and design queue. Presently, the queue is full through 2021 so I would not be able to get to that project for quite a while. But thanks, Bill, for the recommendation!
  3. Hi Ron, The aft station is still in research. There's still not enough information about the real station to be able to complete it. The design for floor and the AI radar set is done. There are several components to the radar set. I've a good idea where in the station the various components go (all over the place). What I don't know is how the equipment was fit to the aircraft (mounts etc.) or enough about the ammo bins' to design them, specifically about their feed chutes. I'm still hopeful we'll get the information we need to complete the design sooner rather than later.
  4. Thanks Dennis and James! The bombs racks are my design. Peter paid for the research and design work. The metal work and attention to detail on his 1/18 scale models is simply breathtaking. And his Airscale photo-etch products and decal sets are thoroughly researched and brilliantly produced. Highly recommended. I regret to report printing designs by others is not a service I offer. But for those seeking a 3D printing company to print your own designs, I recommend Collapse Industries of Florida (click here). Owner is Kirk Kirkland. Kirk owns several different kinds of printers, offers 3 tiers of printing services, and his rates are very reasonable. He also sells and services an SLA 3D-printer called "Milkshake". Kirk has been in business for several years. Collapse Industries is best known to the the fantasy and gaming community. For those interested in learning 3D design, I recommend Autodesk Fusion 360 for software. Fusion 360 is powerful. A license for hobbyists and small businesses is obtainable from its maker, Autodesk, for free and there are loads of tutorials on Youtube. Autodesk is best know for AutoCAD which has been around for a long time.
  5. Hi Mark, Thanks for your compliments! Regarding a P-51B/C conversion set, I regret that there is no present plan to produce one in the near future. The early rack design was originally intended for Peter Castle ("Airscale") for use on his amazing 1/18 scale P-51C "Hope's Lope", presently nearing completion. Peter graciously encouraged me to release the design in smaller scales for other modelers. Thank you, Peter! I'd like to offer a 1/24 scale P-51B/C conversion, or perhaps just a replacement fuselage. But that is something to consider in the far future. If I do proceed with that project, it is likely to be very expensive due to its size and may be cost-prohibitive for most modellers, which is why that project is not a priority. I'm presently working through a considerable design queue that has me quite busy through 2021. Present design work includes more for Revell's Beaufighter. Fortunately, despite serious COVID 19-related supply disruptions, we are still open and working hard. The next 1/24 scale design will be a cockpit for the classic Bandai N1K2-J Shiden Kai. See: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/bandai-38522-interceptor-shiden-21-n1k2-j--1198187 That project is still in research. The 1/32 scale A-36/P-51 racks will be test printed tomorrow or Monday. I'll post photos when ready. Thanks again!
  6. Here you go, Dennis: happy to announce a set of four 1/32 scale Oxygen Bottles for World War Two- and Korean War-era USAAF, USN and USMC multi-engine aircraft is now available. These bottles were installed aboard many aircraft types including B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, B-26 Marauder, B-29 Superfortress, A-20 Havoc, A-26 Invader, PBY Catalina, PV1 Ventura, PV2 Harpoon, etc.
  7. Happy to announce a set of early P-51 Mustang / A-36 Apache bombs racks is now available in 1/18 scale and 1/24 scale. This early type of rack is most typically seen on A-36A, P-51A, P-51B and P-51C (Mustang Mk.III) fighters. Some P-51D aircraft may also have been fit with them. The rack could carry a bomb weighing up to 550 pounds (~250 kg) or a drop tank. The models were designed from high-resolution scans of original North American Aviation blueprints. This early rack featured aerodynamically shaped sway braces faired into the top of the rack. Later racks were of a simpler design with removable, bar-shaped sway braces bolted to the bottom of the rack.
  8. Thanks so much! Maybe the new Model Monkey business slogan will be "Making Tamiya shine since 2014".
  9. Revell's Huey has a special place in my heart, too. Superb helo, Chris! Beautiful finish. For more modern helicopter kits, I just love Academy's new 1/35 AH-1Z "Shark Mouth" Viper. Really nice kit and love the rivet detail. It just looks right.
  10. Thanks so much, James! I hope the models will be a big help.
  11. Thanks so much, everyone! Your encouragement is truly valued! Good news, just in the nick of time, we were able to obtain a small volume of IPA this morning. Not exactly the quality we needed, so we've distilled it improving its purity and it's working well. Yep, we're back open and accepting orders!
  12. I regret to announce that Model Monkey is closed until further notice due to supply disruption related to COVID 19. [Edit: we're back open! See post below.] We are not accepting any new orders. Nameplates and models not suitable for gray resin printing are still available from Shapeways. Although we have plenty of gray resin on hand, we have nearly exhausted our on-hand supply of the isopropyl alcohol (IPA) needed to clean models as they come out of the printer. Our printing process consumes 8.6 liters of 91% or higher IPA every 3-4 weeks. As of this writing, suppliers nation-wide are reporting no on-hand IPA supplies or that their IPA stocks have been understandably diverted for manufacture of hand sanitizer and other disinfectants. We will make every effort to print and ship every outstanding order. If we cannot fill the order within the next few days, a full refund will be issued to the buyer. If the availability of IPA is restored, we will open once again. Please accept my sincere apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience. And, as always, a huge thank you to all who have made Model Monkey a success otherwise. Stay safe!
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