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

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Wow! terrific!

sorry if not understand from the beginning, but got a question: do this will be present in the Airfix box content?

Thank you Peter.

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42 minutes ago, rafju said:

Wow! terrific!

sorry if not understand from the beginning, but got a question: do this will be present in the Airfix box content?

Thank you Peter.

 

No, this is Peter's aftermarket product.

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Amazing detail - this aftermarket just took what looks to be a great kit to another level!! Thanks Peter. 

I’ll be buying the Airfix kit now thanks to your efforts!

Cheers

Alan

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Since it seams that the only (Id like to build my F6F-5 wheels up in flight) seated pilots available in 1/24th are in the old Airfix kits, does anyone know if this beaut will come with a seated pilot?

 

TIA

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45 minutes ago, Out2gtcha said:

Since it seams that the only (Id like to build my F6F-5 wheels up in flight) seated pilots available in 1/24th are in the old Airfix kits, does anyone know if this beaut will come with a seated pilot?

 

 

May have a good lead on something really cool for this. Will update when I know. 

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On 3/11/2019 at 4:05 PM, hanna said:

Any idea when your parts will be on sale? Thanks,  Mike Krizan 

 

 

Hi Mike - they are in production so I think about 4 weeks - I am not sure of the kit release date though

 

 

17 hours ago, Out2gtcha said:

Since it seams that the only (Id like to build my F6F-5 wheels up in flight) seated pilots available in 1/24th are in the old Airfix kits, does anyone know if this beaut will come with a seated pilot?

 

TIA

 

Hi Brian - I can't see a pilot in the instructions, so I am pretty sure it doesn't sorry

 

Peter

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Bummer, but thanks Peter. 

 

 

 

I think I have a lead on a 1/24th pilot.....................I think.   I found what appears to be a decently sculpted/scanned 3D printed WWII USN pilot:

 

https://www.cgtrader.com/3d-print-models/miniatures/figurines/us-navy-pilot

 

 

He is a tad on the pricey side, but in its current configuration, is in 1/6th scale, however the OP has put out the scale factors on the pilot including 1:24 = 0.251.

The pilot seems to come in multiple parts, including different head and arm combos (including gunners position arms for rear gunners positions):

 

us-navy-pilot-3d-model-stl.jpg

 

us-navy-pilot-3d-model-stl.jpg

 

us-navy-pilot-3d-model-stl.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obviously its not a perfect setup, but Ive got a note into the guy to see if he can in fact do a 1/24th scale copy, and how much it is. Ill update here once I know. 

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Ok, I heard back from Max, who is the one who produces the 3D printable pilot. Here is what he had to say:

 

"Hello Brian Thank you for your request. If purchasing one of my data-models, you have the possibility to print it by your self in the scale you ever want to have it. That's why I can not make any reductions of price. Hope you understand and best regards, Max Grueter"

 

So it seems he produces the file for you to print, but it also has a "hire me" button on his site as well, so I'm assuming you can also hire him to print it as well........I think. Either way, it does appear possible to print a decent WWI USN sitting pilot.

 

The price set at $39 USD. 

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2 hours ago, TimW said:

Reedoak has some nice USN figures, but standing (including a deck crew guy).  I bought their USAAF figure for my P-47 and a 1/32 Normandie Nieman pilot for my Yak-3.  Amazing quality.

 

http://reedoak.com/#!/1-24/c/19060022/offset=0&sort=normal

 

 

Yep, Reedoak was one of my very first stops, and they do make some of the best looking figgies around. However, as you pointed out its standing room only, and they really dont make many sitting pilots at all. 

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6 hours ago, Neo said:

Does that pilot come with a beer can to put in his hands?

 

 

I saw that loose grip too..................but I was thinking it was made for 1/6th scale R/C ships, and maybe R/C stuff has huge grips on their control sticks?

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