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  1. I came back to the hobby thanks to stumbling upon Tom Grigat's astounding builds of WWI subjects. The vids blew me away and got me hooked on WW1/WNW, the earlier and more awkward and curious the better. Amazing period, the dawn of aviation. But I also have a Sukhoi, a 262, and some other WW2 in the stash, all planes that impress me and that I want to do justice to.
  2. I stand corrected - - looks great!
  3. Agreed, there's far more mould seam flash and ridges on fine parts than you'd find on any WNW offering. Also, looks like they didn't even bother to clean up the sprue attachment stubs on the display model. And what's with the two kinds of cockpit coaming and the two-toned plastic? Hmmm.
  4. Beautifully done, love the camo scheme and weathering, and the photos are fantastic. Bravo!
  5. I agree with that in general , but I wasn't kidding about the parts count of the HPH kit, it's well over 1800 bits of this and that, and the price is over $800 USD. That might count a bit for its underwhelming sales.
  6. It's a beautifully designed kit and I applaud Lukgraph for producing these obscure subjects. But I don't see much of a wider market for it beyond Mitteleuropa. I don't want to be the guy and I understand the local focus, but if you are going to be producing this kind of early monoplane, why not do something iconic like a Fokker D.VIII which would have a much wider international appeal?
  7. Or a C-47 with about 1500 less parts than the HPH model? Of course leading to a DC3?
  8. Actually what happens is that a number of these online booksellers (who have a huge inventory of thousands of single copies of books to manage) use algorithms to automatically reset prices for them when a book's price starts to climb. The algos add $5 or $10 to the title's price to keep pace with this "hot" book's rising price. However, the market is so thin that two above-average sales of a single title in a short period can set these algos into a VR bidding war that sends a title's asking price into the stratosphere. How do I know? I was proud that my first book, long out of print, was "selling" for well over $800 five years ago on Amazon and Abebooks, though a friend who knew book sales informed me that no one was actually buying it at the fantasy prices.
  9. Q3 for the standard kit iirc. Personally, my biggest gripe with the box art, besides the obvious errors, is the test-tube red.
  10. Just saw that HLJ has a few WNW subjects coming in shortly, one per customer - - Snipe, Halberstadt, Ninak, Pup, Immelman's eindecker... ... Stock sell-off has begun?
  11. STW agreed. Also CSM now have what? 3 or 4 boxings of the same basic Nieuport and some time ago ran into the problem of diminishing returns. Tooling a new kit was a big investment so they tried to recycle the XVII but that still costs money and each version gets less sales. It could well be that their disappointment lies there.
  12. German planes in WW1 were not only disassembled for initial shipment but entire jastas were periodically moved to hotspots on the front, that's how the Flying Circus got its name, the colorful planes being regularly on the move like a traveling circus. So the pads were important protection and the spacing doubtless was regularized so that several wings could be stacked vertically together on supports without damage when they were being transported. The difference in spacing is due to a later production variant, Dr1s had wing failures which grounded them and Fokker had to reinforce and seal the wings.
  13. Thanks for that excellent overview of the kit, one of the most useful reviews I've ever read. Looking forward to seeing you work your magic on this.
  14. It's a look behind the curtain and unravels some of the WNW mystique, and sheds some light on their production process and the practices in the business which will interest a fair number of modelers. It also suggests that some of the mold companies they employed may take up where WNW left off. Also WNW had the Lanc, HPs, starstrutter and doubtless a number of other kits in the pipeline that may also actually reach market in the same way. It's all pretty interesting and it's not every day that a billionaire's pet model co. ends up here.
  15. You missed one. Just kidding, been following this in admiration, and now commiseration. Fantastic work!
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