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Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J - Initial Observations

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I just this week pull a kit off the shelf, the Encore F.1 kit, and I ended ripping the corner of boxtop at the corner as I simply could not get it off without ripping it. Frustrating. Its like they are making the tops the same dimension as the bottoms.

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Just now, RonGUSA said:

Anybody on here know what size where the propellers on the B-24's?

Ron G 

 

11' 7" diameter Hamilton standard.  Early blades were thinner than later blades.  The change was somewhere in the D production line if I recall correctly. 

 

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4 hours ago, Eagle Driver said:

 

Yeah, you are right on that. It is art - some like it, some - not. I prefer the style that Eduard did with their Tempest boxart. More computer-refined. What I didn't like with B-24 particularly was the brush strokes visible. Especially on the vertial stabilizers.

And of course, those were mine observations. Everyone has their own perspective. Some might like the plastic struts. Others might enjoy the amount of riveting ahead of them.

I liked the kit, but I won't hold onto that thing. Never meant to create any fuss. Just share my thoughts.

The price is very low for that beast /my opinion again/, but in the end you get what you payed for.

Too much to deal with in order to make it decent and for that dear fellow modelers, one must love the project with all heart. 

I like those bombers, but not enough to get involved in that improving spiral.

Looking forward for WNW Lanc. 

 

 

All good brother, maybe that’s what I like about it, sort of impressionist, although that style seems incongruous with war. I agree on some of the toy-ishness, the tires are indeed pathetic. My opinion is that development and tooling costs would have been the same to do correct turrets and wings. It’s sloppy and, frankly, in the new millennium, inexcusable. But, still, it’s a ginormous 1/32 B-24 that 99.6% of people that could begin to identify it as such, will do, just fine. I’m really excited to build this kit, way more than the 2 B-17s in my stash. Just waiting on getting the turret glass sprue (which I’ve got a tracking number for, thank you Trumpeter/HobbyBoss).

 

Jimbo

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8 minutes ago, titan said:

 

11' 7" diameter Hamilton standard.  Early blades were thinner than later blades.  The change was somewhere in the D production line if I recall correctly. 

 

Thanks titan

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Lol this thread jumped the shark long ago, just have to separate the wheat from the chaff I guess.

 

My last grain of wheat: by my quick measurements the kits’ prop radius is 2.01 inches +/-. That’s 64-3/8 inches times 2 = 128.75” or 10’-8.75” diameter, about a foot too small. The blade shape seems off but I’m no expert. My 2¢... maybe my math is wrong. It’s Saturday night :coolio:

 

jimbo

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1 hour ago, Gerhard said:

This just became a Friday thread. We are on Sunday now, and still a lot of useless banter. I love it. 

Expecting a Hobby Boss tooling to lack inaccuracies by itself is a useless venture, thus the direction of the thread itself, don't you think? :coolio:

Or maybe there is someone here who expected this kit to be very precise and accurate?

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36 minutes ago, Eagle Driver said:

Expecting a Hobby Boss tooling to lack inaccuracies by itself is a useless venture, thus the direction of the thread itself, don't you think? :coolio:

Or maybe there is someone here who expected this kit to be very precise and accurate?

 

I know you like to think HB is some crap company, but that is just your opinion and is not shared by the majority. I own many of their kits on the armor side of the menu that have gotten very good reviews for accuracy and engineering. When you go on with an assertion that is demonstrably untrue it makes it hard to take you seriously, nor does it go very far towards helping address those issues that do occur. 

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Maybe the 1/35 Team might have taken the time to make it right. Its easy to make it wrong.

 

WNW never seem to have a problem after the J1.

 

I would love to have this to match the one we have in Werribee but alas Ill pass and wait out. Im sure there are many here who will make this and do an excellent job.

Not spending 300 AU for that qhwhen we have a WNW 1/32 Lanc coming for 100 more

 

Where 3D examples exist scanning is now automatic.

Give me an Anson and Ill make it work :)

 

 

 

Edited by The Phantom

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2 hours ago, CATCplSlade said:

 

I know you like to think HB is some crap company, but that is just your opinion and is not shared by the majority. I own many of their kits on the armor side of the menu that have gotten very good reviews for accuracy and engineering. When you go on with an assertion that is demonstrably untrue it makes it hard to take you seriously, nor does it go very far towards helping address those issues that do occur. 

Bad deduction.

I too own plenty of their kits on the armor side. They are mediocre, no doubt about it, but that doesn't mean I don't like or enjoy them. I enjoy fast food and sodas too, that doesn't make them any better.

Never said they are a crap company, that's all you. They are mediocre. They were never an A company as ZM or Tamiya /limited releases/. Nor will they ever be one.

The kit is mediocre. 

There is no alternative.

That is pretty much self explanatory, correct?

Either have it and build it, or complain about its flaws.

Already mentioned that in the thread. A lot of folks are spending hours and hours criticizing the kits instead of building them. Probably justifying the lack of will for the actual work.

 

 

Edited by Eagle Driver

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It looks like there is a generic problem regarding accuracy when one considers most continental China model companies. I believe this is probably linked to a combination of factors such as cultural perception of historical or technical accuracy, easy access to relevant data, national pride, perception of user-friendliness importance, business-oriented time to market approach and surely other things. This explains why this will not change soon. Western or other eastern companies that manage everything themselves except the final plastic production in China do not have the same amount of issues but they are not perfect either. The problem with companies like HB is the fact their learning curve shows hectic rather than regular progress. This is the frustrating part but who else was going to release such a monster for such a price in 2019?

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