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  1. They went to a pay to play subscription to do direct linking/sharing on other sites. On their site they have different prices for different storage levels, at a monthly fee. If you don't pay, your images get watermarked and their resolution lowered to near uselessness. I thought someone had come up with a work around, maybe they caught on or it was only for images that had already been uploaded prior to their subscription service kicking in. Anyhow, IMGUR is much better. https://support.photobucket.com/hc/en-us/articles/360022822393-New-Hosting-Limits?hotlinkfix=1569724114197
  2. The pictures on the e-bay auction show it compared to the kit engine and it looks about the same size, so it appears to be scaled correctly. The 1/28th scaled engine wouldn't be close.
  3. I keep hearing (as always) "if and when Tamiya" whenever it comes to any kit wish list. Has no one read some of the blogs from Tamiya and his/their view of the plastic model market in general? Basically he stated that they realize that most modelers are 50 years old or older, the market in most of the world for plastic models (that aren't RC 4 wheel cars, etc) is shrinking and in many cases, its not cost effective and they are no able to recoup investment. A link: https://tamiyablog.com/2018/06/the-crisis-of-plastic-model-industry/
  4. https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=8274.0 I think its a good start if you want to go to town. I know the Revell 1/28th kit is very basic,even for a WWI aircraft. I'm thinking of getting one myself. But if you are looking for a bigger WnW kits, its not that.
  5. Hmm, for all the hubbub, I'm wondering if (when its available) you put one of these down next to a well built Encore Dr.I, if anyone would be able to tell one from the other. It should be...interesting!
  6. You park in the wrong part of town, and anything can happen. They are lucky to still have the wheels and tires...
  7. This might help as well, from the same site http://tiger1.info/EN/Dragon-hull-periscopes.html Loaders roof periscope http://tiger1.info/EN/Loaders-periscope.html Reviews and details of some of the Tiger kits http://tiger1.info/kits.html
  8. Yeah, and its not like he could 3-d scan it, either...
  9. If anyone is interested, there are 1/32 scale Bofors, singles, twin and quads, on Shapeways. Oerlikons also. They aren't cheap, especially if you choose fine detail plastic... https://www.shapeways.com/product/W3H9SD5B2/1-32-40mm-bofors-quad-mount?optionId=61405147&li=marketplace
  10. Doubtful. The word has always been that Tamiya's biggest customer base is Japan, for models and RC. Manufacturing in the US would be silly if that is the case...
  11. Damn. I think I would have just slapped on some decals for an active duty plane and called it good.
  12. Easy way to do Zimmerit for anyone hesitant to try it. Go to your local hardware store and get(or order online) PC-7 Epoxy paste. Its the consistency of cake icing. Its 2 parts you mix together equally. Use a toothed piece of metal like you find on the edge of plastic wrap or aluminum foil. There are different tooth sizes so look around a little. You can also use a piece of razor saw blade. I attach the "blade" to my Xacto knife handle or hold it in locking hemostats. Spread the stuff on and texture, just like using a toothed trowel. It has between 30 minutes and an hour of working time, so you can go over it again and again until you get it exactly how you want it. Drys slightly flexible and can be flaked off if you want to show battle damage. Paint seems to stick to it just fine. I actually enjoy doing Zimm with this method, and I have used it to do Zimm on several 1/16 Tigers. Very quick and easy.
  13. I stand to be corrected, but I believe in that pic, the Trump elevators are deflected downwards whereas the Monogram elevators are horizontal. That would make the Trumpy elevators look slightly smaller.
  14. Yeah, thats what they were saying...10(?)years ago when Tamiya released the 1/32 F-16 kit and people asked about a 2 seater. "Wait for the Tamiya kit" they said,"its obvious they will release one soon, look at the parts breakdown" they said. "They" were wrong...
  15. I really wish someone would do a covered (not skeletal) 1/16 Tripe. I thought about buying one of the Hasegawa kits and covering it, but, no...
  16. Looks nice (as far as an F-35 can look nice), but why they never did an F-22 but would do an F-35 is baffling to me. Then again, theres the 2 seat F-16 that was obviously coming out at any moment....
  17. Fisher Models was considering it a few years back. Would have been epic. I'm not sure if Dragons announced LEM put them off (turned out to be 1/72) or a perceived lacked of interest in the subject. Too bad, I think it would have been very popular. Though not as well represented here on LSP, the Real Space modeling community has wanted one for,well, ever I guess.
  18. The thing I found funny is when they released the Russian "Mig-37 Ferret" stealth kit, the description talked about how it was made of flat panels and not rounded because the Russians stealth technology was less advanced. In the end, it ended up looking more like the real F-117 than either of the F-19 kits on the market.
  19. I think at this point you could concoct whatever configuration you think is plausible, and there would be no way to contradict you. Well, unless it end up looking like this: I mean, theres just no way to fit a SEAL team in it, and that paint scheme is DEFINITELY not low viz! You could just go with the mock up they used for Zero Dark Thirty, they probably knew as much as anyone.
  20. I'm a large scale figure modeler, and while they no longer have the best stuff on the market (understatement) they do have some useful stuff. Its likely they will be available via e-bay for the foreseeable future, but I have already noticed that one of the big sellers of Verlinden figs on e-bay has raised their prices.
  21. Kinda why I am a pessimist about these things. If 50 people say they will buy something, my money is on ~50 percent will end up changing their minds, giving 25 sales. If 30 people say they won't buy it, I would guess ~5 might change their mind. As Jennings points out, even a great demand for something never assures a good seller. Once that $$$ amount becomes a real expenditure, "yeses" become "maybes", and maybe's become "well, thats a lot of money..." With something like Fisher kits, I would guess that the initial investment is time to research and create the parts, and the rubber and resin to cast the master. I don't know how Paul works as far as who makes the master parts and what the cost is there. However, its not like master molds are being cut in steel that require a tens of thousands of dollars (or more) investment that needs to be paid off as is the case with injection molded kits,and the kits can be cast to order. My point being, depending on how Paul values his time and what his up front cost is, I would guess he could risk more on a kit that may take a while to pay for itself, since I don't picture a stock of kits sitting on the shelf collecting dust. It would be interesting to have some insight on how it works with cottage companies like Fisher and how they determine what the bottom line is when considering whether to make a kit. Oh, I wish they had went forward with a 1/32 Apollo LEM. Sorry, had to get that in there.
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