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Airfix News Just in from Telford: 1/24 Hellcat!

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13 hours ago, nmayhew said:

As a Brit I like the SEA FAA schemes, but I still think they chose the wrong variant.

 

Surely the earlier version with all its tri-colour US Navy schemes would have had more ‘wow factor’?

 

that being said, I’ll still probably buy one.

 

1 hour ago, LSP_K2 said:

 

I agree 100%. Doing the -5 first, leaves me with no real options that I personally like, so I'll hold out for a -3, assuming they do one, which I imagine they will.

 

 

This to me, sounds like what if felt like with Tamiyas F4Us.  Release the less popular version first, hoping to grab some "first to hit the market" sales , then release the much more popular version, and  pick up the main bulk of the sales.   This seems reasonable to me, as it seems to put more sales of the lesser known version than had they released it after the -3.

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I have a lot of the kit parts and the instructions PDF now and I can tell you with absolute confidence you are going to be blown away...

 

it is really, really good - hugely detailed and very true to the original drawings

 

..the IP offers two clear parts, one with raised dial detail and one with flat discs for decals (which I don't have) so I have made a cool PE set for the IP & bulkhead along with side consoles and smaller instrument clusters along with bespoke colour decals for all instrumentation & placards

 

the kit parts are great, but I think I can do better :ph34r:

 

Peter

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20 minutes ago, airscale said:

I have a lot of the kit parts and the instructions PDF now and I can tell you with absolute confidence you are going to be blown away...

 

it is really, really good - hugely detailed and very true to the original drawings

 

..the IP offers two clear parts, one with raised dial detail and one with flat discs for decals (which I don't have) so I have made a cool PE set for the IP & bulkhead along with side consoles and smaller instrument clusters along with bespoke colour decals for all instrumentation & placards

 

the kit parts are great, but I think I can do better :ph34r:

 

Peter

 

 

 

Yay!    :D

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@airscale Peter, thanks for the analysis. Sounds like a bit of an epoch in IM kits. 

 

Instrument panel/s aside, are you looking to do seatbelt-related products for this kit as well?  

 

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2 hours ago, D.B. Andrus said:

 

They are not at all difficult to assemble if you follow the instructions, and they look very convincing when done. They are like a small kit themselves.

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For those interested, I have taken a few photos of the prototype and the shots at Nuremberg a few weeks ago. The assembled model was rather difficult to photograph as it was sitting in a cabinet.

 

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I am dying to know how the wing fold works and if you can switch between folded and extended.

 

After taking a look at the photos above which show wings extend, folded and a sprue shot with the oper wing, looks to me like it is one or the other and you have to cut it apart to fold it.  Will have to see to confirm.  I was hoping that you could position the wings interchanbly between folded and extended.  Not necessarily working, just postponable.  Would have been great for display.

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7 minutes ago, cbk57 said:

I am dying to know how the wing fold works and if you can switch between folded and extended.

 

After taking a look at the photos above which show wings extend, folded and a sprue shot with the oper wing, looks to me like it is one or the other and you have to cut it apart to fold it.  Will have to see to confirm.  I was hoping that you could position the wings interchanbly between folded and extended.  Not necessarily working, just postponable.  Would have been great for display.

 

 

Having gone through that on my Sky Raider, I have a feeling its not working or positionable (although the last one would be cool for sure) as when I got done, it did work but left a lot to be desired in the gap department when it came to folding them down.  

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3 hours ago, cbk57 said:

I am dying to know how the wing fold works and if you can switch between folded and extended.

 

 

 

I just checked the instructions and you choose one or other option, it doesn't look to me like you can switch

 

That said there are 200 odd stages to assembly and the PDF I have is not in step by step order as it's what goes to the printer - but I am pretty sure...

 

Peter

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14 hours ago, airscale said:

 

 

I just checked the instructions and you choose one or other option, it doesn't look to me like you can switch

 

That said there are 200 odd stages to assembly and the PDF I have is not in step by step order as it's what goes to the printer - but I am pretty sure...

 

Peter

Thanks for checking.  I was looking at the wing and finally decided that based upon the location of the landing gear, the wing fold line and the attachment to the fuselage, that the wing is in one piece and I bet there is a scribe line on the underside to open it up for the folded option.  

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