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F-11F Tiger 1/32 revival!!!


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I've been scared off  doing the Tiger for years since doing the F9F Cougars, well that and have you ever really, I mean really looked in the wheel wells of the Tiger? That's some spaghetti going on in there for sure! I would have to get my favorite CAD guy enlisted to draw them up and then spend lots of dough to get them 3D printed on the hi-resolution machine...Very costly. Not impossible, but very costly. 

 

At this point I am more inclined towards the FJ-4 Fury but I don't know.There are great paint schemes for both  the Tiger and the Fury , it's all a matter of how many I could sell. The USAF A-1E was a big seller for me , sadly the Navy AD-5 has been a giant smoking hole in my bank account. Makes a guy a bit gun-shy about doing more Navy stuff . I am following through with the AD-5W Guppy since it was already in the pipeline and the work was done, it's probably not going to be a home run, but it will make some of us very happy, mostly me!

 

Many of the great subjects I'd love to do are very labor intensive projects, and the thing to remember is we have to keep stuff moving out the door to pay the bills while the masters are made for new stuff. What we really need here is somebody with real financial resources who does not need to make money on the thing to buy my little business as a way to lose money for tax purposes and just turn me loose to do this stuff...Dream on, right? Too bad Tom Cruise gets to play with real airplanes instead of being a model geek....

 

Anyway, keep those cards and letters coming in.....

 

Paul

 

 

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(...) Kitty Hawk had previously announced one in plastic and then cancelled the plans when they determined too little interest. (...)

 

After the Asian and European distributors have made it perfectly clear they had no interest whatsoever in a 32nd scale F11F-1, Kitty Hawk had no other choice but to do so. I guess the "flexiscalians" among us will have to keep on struggling with the 48th scale brittle toffee plastic Fonderie Miniature kit for at least another decade. 

 

Note to self:

Got to check whether my two remaining FM kits have completely disintegrated in the meantime...

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11 hours ago, paul fisher said:

All of the above...

I've been scared off  doing the Tiger for years since doing the F9F Cougars, well that and have you ever really, I mean really looked in the wheel wells of the Tiger? That's some spaghetti going on in there for sure! I would have to get my favorite CAD guy enlisted to draw them up and then spend lots of dough to get them 3D printed on the hi-resolution machine...Very costly. Not impossible, but very costly. 

 

At this point I am more inclined towards the FJ-4 Fury but I don't know.There are great paint schemes for both  the Tiger and the Fury , it's all a matter of how many I could sell. The USAF A-1E was a big seller for me , sadly the Navy AD-5 has been a giant smoking hole in my bank account. Makes a guy a bit gun-shy about doing more Navy stuff . I am following through with the AD-5W Guppy since it was already in the pipeline and the work was done, it's probably not going to be a home run, but it will make some of us very happy, mostly me!

 

Many of the great subjects I'd love to do are very labor intensive projects, and the thing to remember is we have to keep stuff moving out the door to pay the bills while the masters are made for new stuff. What we really need here is somebody with real financial resources who does not need to make money on the thing to buy my little business as a way to lose money for tax purposes and just turn me loose to do this stuff...Dream on, right? Too bad Tom Cruise gets to play with real airplanes instead of being a model geek....

 

Anyway, keep those cards and letters coming in.....

 

Paul

 

 

You need to find another Peter Jackson type who likes US Navy stuff rather than WWI...

Wait, isn't Tom Hanks a modeler?

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I tend to agree that the F-11 Tiger would sink more than swim when it comes down to sales volumes. Unfortunately the Fury could be similar. I think some smaller projects such as a two seat F-100F or even a two seat A-7 Corsair could sell well. I wonder how well the sales figures are for the F-8C conversion or the RF-8?

 

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Paul,

 

How many kits do you need to sell to make it worth your while? I can tell you, if you built a Japanese Val or Kate, I bet you could pre-sell at least 20 of the here. I would buy at least two or three, and I think Ernie would buy at least 10. 

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12 hours ago, ScottsGT said:

I think Tigger has a vac conversion for the 2 seat A-7.

 Vacuform is not my thing. Resin is much better and if Paul did them, even better as we'd know that it'll fit.

 

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7 hours ago, Maxim said:

 Vacuform is not my thing. Resin is much better and if Paul did them, even better as we'd know that it'll fit.

 

 

You couldn't be more truthful about that statement!  I've often wondered how a vac part welded to styrene would look and how it would hold up long term.

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Well, you will at least sell another AD-5W as I will order mine in three weeks!

 

I would buy a Tiger or a Fury without any hesitation but I did the same with various Hph kits and I know they just sold less than 150 boxes of some topics... Difficult decision to take...

 

BTW, I have the vacform F11F kit and indeed the landing gear is a modeller nightmare, not only because of the bundle of spaghettis in the wells but also because of the angle of the main legs!

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