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  1. Bill M.

    Ouch.

    Never mind. I found the information. It just crashed a few days ago. Two crewmen killed and two survived. Bill M.
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    Ouch.

    Anyone know the story on this? I assume there were no survivors. Other observations— yes, it seemed to snap in two rather easily and, it looks like he was trying to land on a snow covered runway, if it even was a runway. Bill M.
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    Trumpeter 1/32 P-40F Soon to be Released??

    Zotz did a sheet with Decals for a P-40L of the 325th FG, the so-called “Checkertail Clan”. I think you can still find it, like on eBay. As far as I know all of the 325th FG P-40’s were long-tail warhawks and may have been all P-40L’s. Bill M.
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    Trumpeter 1/32 P-40F Soon to be Released??

    Too bad about an Eduard P-40K. I agree with your points about the Eduard P-47 and P-40N kits, especially about the need for the poster and metal sign. But were the kits really a flop? They were a one-time limited run. Aren’t they sold out? Maybe not as fast as they might have liked, but I was under the impression they are pretty much gone from the market. Bill M.
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    Trumpeter 1/32 P-40F Soon to be Released??

    Sorry “1to1scale”, but I strongly disagree with your assessment of the GM F/L conversion. Right now, it’s the most accurate 1/32 P-40F/L available. I was in communication with Derek Bradshaw when he designed the kit and provided much of the research material. As to the rear supercharger duct being so out of shape, I know Derek had several photos and plans of an original P-40F when he designed this area. I don’t feel it is wrong at all. I agree with you that we should see what actually turns up in the Trumpeter box before passing judgment, but photos of the sprues give us reason to be initially skeptical. My greatest concern comes from the fuselage side view, particularly in front of the cockpit. While the F’s and L’s seem similar to the Allison-powered P-40’s at first glance, they are in fact very different in almost every dimension. For instance, if you look at the contour of the top of the nose on theTrumpeter kit, it would seem that they just removed the carburetor intake and left the curve in place— when in fact it is very different. Compare this to photos of a real P-40F and then look at Tom Cleavers review of the GM conversion set in a 325th FG P-40L. Link here— https://modelingmadness.com/review/allies/cleaver/us/tmc40l.htm Look at the side view compared to a real P-40F/L and you will see that Derek Bradshaw got it right for the most part. You can also see why many of us are concerned about the Trumpeter kit. I don’t know about the flaws and build issues you had with the GM conversion. Of course some filling and fitting is necessary with such a conversion. I didn’t notice the other flaws you mentioned on my two sets, but mine were from the first ones cast. So in the end, I’ll reserve final judgment on the Trumpeter kit until it actually comes onto the market. I hope they get it right in the end. But I am not optimistic having seen the pre-production photos. Bill M.
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    Trumpeter 1/32 P-40F Soon to be Released??

    What surprises me is that they apparently did not even look at Derek Bradshaw’s excellent P-40F/L conversion set for the Hasegawa kit offered by GME. Derek took great pains to get it right, and he did get it right. Bill M.
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    Trumpeter 1/32 P-40F Soon to be Released??

    Looks like a short-tailed P-40F. Hope they also do a long- tailed P-40F too. Bill M.
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    NEW: "Red Nose P-51D-5 Mustang Aces" Decals

    Just ordered a set. Thanks! Bill M.
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    NEW: "Red Nose P-51D-5 Mustang Aces" Decals

    Will these be for sale through a dealer in the USA?....or should we order them direct? Bill M.
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    New, clean topic: HB B-24 Test Shot Photos

    I’m not sure the Tidal Wave Ploesti mission was its first trip or mission. However, “Wongo Wongo” never made it to Ploesti but crashed into the Mediterranean when on its way to Ploesti. It was carrying the lead navigator for the mission too. Don’t know how that affected the final outcome of the mission, but it probably didn’t help. Bill M.
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    New, clean topic: HB B-24 Test Shot Photos

    I like the box art for the D. But to nitpick, didn’t “Wongo Wongo” crash into the Med on its way to Ploesti and never made it to the target? Bill M.
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    Trumpeter P-40F

    For those who have the Grey Matter conversion, I wouldn’t throw them away. The GM conversion and the Hasegawa kit build into an accurate P-40F/L. I’m hoping I will be able to say the same thing about the Trumpeter P-40F, but I’m not optimistic. Bill M.
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    Update on Possible F-8E/J parts?

    Just wondering if the F-8 Crusader parts and bits, including the “y” missile racks, might still be in the pipeline? Thanks! Bill M.
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    Aircraft Painting Guide Vol 1

    Sounds great! If I might be so bold— I would also love to see later USN and USAAF, including desert colors, etc.— sounds like it will be a great series! Bill M.
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    Aircraft Painting Guide Vol 1

    Looks great! It says volume 1. Assuming there are future volumes, what will they cover? Bill M.
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