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  1. If you're in the USA, see here: https://www.tamiyausa.com/faq/store/
  2. As already stated, this (and the SE-5A) were originally designed and released as control line flying models back in the late 50s or early 60s (not sure exactly when). They were modified slightly and reissued as static models in 1967. If you want a very large (1/19 scale model), starting with these kits is probably better than starting from scratch. However, if you want an "accurate" and "detailed" scale model and don't care so much about the size, buy something else like a WNW kit. The Aurora kits were designed to fly at the end of a control line, not look nice or especially accurate sitting o
  3. Have you looked at eBay prices lately, and is home for you the USA? Right now, a USA seller is offering the ZM Hs129 for $160 + about another $30 for shipping. Or is the $180 kit you're looking at there some special edition with extra stuff thrown in? (Also, sorry about your job situation and hope it and the move work out for you.)
  4. I've bought several of his products but not this one. The products I've bought are nice, and I wouldn't be concerned about the quality of this one. http://resin2detail.com/
  5. Not hard at all. I preordered mine directly from the CSM online store. In the USA, Kitlinx (currently in stock) and Sprue Brothers (currently out of stock) carry them. In my opinion the CSM Nieuport is every bit as good as a WNW kit and a more interesting subject than half the WNW line.
  6. I heard Trumpeter purchased the molds from Meng, but unfortunately they were destroyed in a train derailment.
  7. To avoid confusion, presumably this comment and the ones preceding mean "Skystreak," not "Skyrocket." The one kit they have released is the Skystreak. The Skyrocket was advertised to be next before it got bumped by the Viggen.
  8. I'd also observe that just because a part comes in photoetch doesn't mean it must be used. Sometimes the best use of a photo etched part is as a pattern to fabricate the part out of some other material. For example, one can try to thicken photoetch meant to represent tubing, or one can just replace the photoetch with rod or wire of the appropriate diameter. This may not be the case in your instance, but it's worth noting.
  9. Read down the web page a ways and you'll get your answer (probably not the one you're hoping for).
  10. I don't believe so. I'm afraid you might be a few years too late.
  11. Me too. I debated, but I have absolutely no interest in the real bargains (e.g., Felixstowe), and I have several unbuilt WNW kits of the more mainstream subjects already which, at my current build rate, will last until I'm over 100 years old.
  12. Like others who've posted here, I was really interested in a couple of the WNW sale kits. I was just about to hit "buy" when I went downstairs and reviewed all the unbuilt kits in my closet. I know what's in there, but actually standing in front of a closet full of kits and handling the half-dozen WNW kits I already have was a good reality check. As tempting as this sale is, I decided to pass. I don't want to eventually saddle my kids with more unbuilt model kits than I've already got. I haven't completely sworn off buying new kits, but they're going to have to be subjects I really, really wan
  13. Beautiful model. Too bad the horizontal stabilizer has been set to "speed brake" mode. Somebody at the museum really ought to reset it.
  14. My Nieuport (late) kit arrived today. For what it's worth, I'll agree with the previous comments. In my opinion this looks to be a very, very nice kit. Given the quantity of unbuilt kits in my closet, and my age, I'm cutting way back on new kit purchases. But I've always loved the Nieuport 17, and I like to support bold ventures by small businesses like CSM. I hope this kit is successful for them and they're able to bring us more in the future. I'd love to see a SPAD 13 with a similar level of quality.
  15. For what it's worth, I ordered a late Nieuport directly from CSM during the pre-order special a few weeks ago. I just got an email with tracking number showing that it's been shipped.
  16. The Aerospace Museum of California at the former McClellan AFB in Sacramento also had one you could get right up to. I haven't been there for a few years, but as far as I know you still can. No ribs on the tip tanks of their a/c, hence my appreciation for photo 46. Even more appreciation if Paul Fisher comes out with photo etch for them. I've got a set of his resin tip tanks waiting for them.
  17. Actually, you're looking at the two parts sitting on my laptop screen (tips propped up with a tine bit of clay underneath). The grid pattern is courtesy of Microsoft Excel. You're looking at the them in left-side profile, upside down. Glad it helps.
  18. For whatever reason, this photo appears to have uploaded upside-down, but hopefully it will still be helpful. The shorter nose is the Encore resin part, and the longer one is the Monogram part. There are 14 vertical lines to the inch. I propped the parts up with clay to keep them as square to the surface as possible. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1O1BwIMe22W2Azy0VXNIg6VH-uzYg4sK3
  19. I don't have a micrometer, but I measured the height of both parts pretty carefully with a combination square on a flat surface. The resin part is about 1/16 inch shorter. If you're willing to accept the Encore resin piece as "correct," I suggest cutting that length off the tip of the plastic part and then filing/sanding to reduce the diameter of the new tip and induce the very subtle kink extending about 1/4 inch back from the new tip.
  20. I just dug out my Encore kit and eyeballed the shape of their resin nose in profile alongside the Monogram plastic part. To me, the resin nose shape does look much closer to your photo than does the plastic part.
  21. The Encore boxing of Monogram's F-102 comes with a resin nose which is supposed to be closer to the correct shape. I can't vouch for its accuracy, but it is a little bit different and not merely a resin recast of the kit part. I realize you've already got a couple F-102s and might not want to buy yet another kit just for a single part.
  22. Jennings, thanks for these photos, especially number 46 which shows the orientation of the ribs around the circumference of the tip tank. I've been trying to figure that out, literally for decades. Finally a good photo!
  23. The P-40 poster appears to advertise the 2019 IPMS/USA national convention in Chattanooga. (See the fine print in the bottom left.) A Google image search likewise connects the bridge photo to Chattanooga. It looks to me like the first two photos are merely advertising KH's planned presence at next year's convention. The Voodoo photo looks to be an RF-101B. I assume all they're saying with that is to expect an RF-101B addition to their 1/48 Voodoo line next year.
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