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Everything posted by Radub

  1. The "strobe" anti-collision lights on aircraft are a very modern thing. In WW2 the navigation lights, red on left wingtip, green on right wingtip and white in the middle (on tail, or on rudder, and/or on fuselage spine/belly), were lit continuously. Radu
  2. The 1/24 Trumpeter Bf 109 came with clear parts for the fuselage and cowls. The Trumpeter Bf 109 also featured "slide moulding", but to be pedantic, if you are referring to the hollowed exhausts and gun barrels, that is actually "side action", whereby parts are placed on the edge (side) of the runner and it is not as complex as "slide moulds". That means that it is a three-part mould: cavity, core and side. Slide moulding involves a number of separate parts for the cavity (or core) side of the mould and is is a bit more complex. If you google "side action mold" and "slide mold" you will find a
  3. The Me 262 in the Deutsches Museum in Munich (temporarily moved to Oberschleissheim) has some sections of fuselage skin removed and replaced with Perspex to show the interior. I does not look as good as it sounds. Radu
  4. I completely agree. I also have stories of good advice ignored by manufacturers. I also completely agree that when manufacturers get it wrong they should hear about it. But the "I wanted precisely anything else" automatic response to every new release is on us. Radu
  5. Well...speaking as a model designer who worked with model companies from Asia, model manufacturers are constantly baffled by the fact that no matter what they do, it is "wrong" and "not the stuff we wanted". Other types of models in any other scales are met with pleasure and sometimes even joy. New models in scale 1/32 are constantly attacked. I do not know what it is that makes people (who are supposedly "into LSP") complain so much about new releases, but that kind of feedback filters back to the boardroom. There comes a point where a manufacturer decides that it is no longer worth their tim
  6. Tamiya already makes Ocean Grey, it is XF82. Assuming that we are talking about the RAF colours, not a colour used on a car or maybe a Gundam model, why would you need to use metallic paints to make Ocean Grey? Radu
  7. I am no longer working at RB Productions. In March 2020 I decided to concentrate entirely on design work and I ceased all my involvement with the company. After that the company was operated by my colleague Aaron, but all kinds of difficulties caused by Covid led him to shut down the shop. I am afraid that Eagle Editions is the only place where you can get the canopy. HTH Radu
  8. Eagle Editions may still have some stock: https://www.eagle-editions.com/product-category/6-available-radu-brinzan-photo-etch/ HTH Radu
  9. The hobby is not dying, it is evolving and taking different shapes. Technologies and techniques have been improving since the birth of this hobby. Compare a Frog model from the fifties to the latest model from Japan. All technologies and techniques that made that Frog model possible are indeed “dead”, but the hobby of making models is still here. Home 3D printing is not going to replace injection-moulded models just like home paper printing did not replace newspapers or bookshelves. 3D models are expensive, fragile and prone to unpredictable shrinkage. You will never be able to make a 1/32
  10. The question is: "is this RLM 81?". The Monogram book does not assign it a code. I recently read the curatorial files for the restoration of the NASM FW 190 and they contain a a number of written exchanges between Robert Mikesh of NASM and Tom Hitchcok of Monogram Publications discussing the colours discovered on the aircraft during the restoration. The gist of the correspondence is that among the colours discovered during the "rub down" (they sanded the aircraft gently layer by layer) there were some "unusual" colours. For example, it appears that the initial topside colour of this particula
  11. The President of ZM already mentioned in the "Old Man's Blog" that other versions are in the works. Radu
  12. Zoukei Mura never made any claims that they would only make "never kitted" or "never heard of" models. The overwhelming majority of modelers care a lot about iconic aircraft. The people working for ZM are modelers. These models were chosen by the President of Zoukei Mura because he likes them and he wants to add them to his collection. This is no different from the way in which the majority of people choose what they want to add to their collection. No one says "I will not add a Spitfire to my collection because someone else already built a model of a Spitfire". The difference is that Zoukei M
  13. These are 3D-printed mock prototypes. Their purpose is to make it easier to see the parts “for real” rather than on a screen. These are not necessarily a good representation of what the plastic will look like because 3D-printed parts suffer from varying degrees of shrinkage and they warp/break very easily. The plastic parts will look better by far. These images only show a fraction of the detail. Radu
  14. That looks like an awesome trip. I like your "bug out" set-up too. Radu
  15. It is not really possible to take a 6-gun Mustang wing and turn it into a 4-gun wing by just changing the gun ports in the leading edge. The 6-gun wing has six spent ammunition ports, different ammunition doors and the 4-gun wing had a landing light in the leading edge of the port wing and a different wing root leading edge. The shape of the wheel well was slightly different. Unfortunately there is nothing in the ZM Mustang D that hints at a B. However, the President of ZM announced that they are planning a B at some stage in the future. HTH Radu
  16. I find that a toothbrush wet with a few drops of water works the best and it does not scratch the surface. The problem is finding an "old fashioned" plain toothbrush without all the rubber bits that modern toothbrushes come with, but you can still find them around. Radu
  17. My point is that 15000 per hour on fuel is insane. it does not matter who said or why. It is stupid. Radu
  18. It is bad journalism because he did not question it. A claim of 15000 euro per hour in jet fuel should start ringing alarm bells, raising red flags or any other metaphor you like. Taking that as a "fact" is stupid. Radu
  19. Insane fuel costs is bad journalism. I do not have a "hot take" about the hazing. Radu
  20. Nope! Aviation fuel is not THAT expensive. See this https://www.flightdeckfriend.com/ask-a-pilot/how-much-does-jet-fuel-cost/ “15000 euro per hour in fuel costs alone” to run a Mirage means that either someone is ripping off the French Air Force or that article is written by someone who just did not understand how aircraft work. That aircraft is expected to get off the ground. In order to take off with 15000 euro worth of fuel (you calculate the weight) on board a jet would need to have the same wingspan as a B-52 to generate enough lift. 15000 per hour may be the total cost, including m
  21. According to the article the cost of running a Mirage is "15000 euro per hour in fuel alone"? What the heck is that jet burning? I thought it was kerosene. We use kerosene for heating around here and the current price is 340 euro for 500 kg, 0.68 euro per kg. At this rate 15000 euro worth of fuel is 22000 kg. Where does a Mirage carry that much fuel. This is on par with the cretinous claims of "tens of thousands of tons of CO2 expelled by an airliner in an hour". These guys need to check their figures. Radu
  22. I have the book on German projects and I took the photo. I have almost all the Monogram books with a few exceptions. The following books need to be added to your list: - "The Koller War Diary" by Richard Smith. I do not have this book. - "Luftwaffe Colors Vol 2" by Smith and Gallaspy. This is a reprint of the Kookaburra Books edition. I do not have this book. Please note that although the Kookaburra series of books on Luftwaffe colours also included a Vol.1, in as far as I know the first volume was never printed by Monogram. - "Luftwaffe Colors Vol. 3" By Smith and Gall
  23. Very nice model, I like it a lot! Radu
  24. I had Sesame Beef in Japan. It is delicious. Radu
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