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Hi Guys

 

Thank you all so much for the kind welcome to having my own designated area on LSP. As many know I have been around for a long time on LSP. However I decided it would be beneficial for me to sponsor the site so that is a good thing and it also then offers Aerocraft Models their own space which I prefer.

Currently I have a lot of sets in the works and or planned for the larger scales so this will be the place for me to announce products, show development of those products, and to get feed back and information from those that would like to contribute.

Just recently I must say that I have been overwhelmed by the support and information in various formats that members from LSP have supplied to me, so thank you for that, and I will say that quite a few of these are now being considered and some have started moving along the line into the works.

Sometimes my output is not as fast as I would like and or you the customers would like but there are factors that do affect that, firstly I am a one man show for the main part, however I do have guys that assist me in certain aspects i.e. decal drawing, 3D cad drawing, some of the casting in resin, and then all brass is cast by a specialist company. 

Added to that I do have a full time job so Aerocraft happens after the work day, and needs to be fitted in and around other aspects of life.

I have learnt from some past experience not to make to many bold statements to far in advance of projects being released for many reasons, so I do hold back a little until I am sure the product will work and that I also keep some of my ideas under wraps.

One of the products that I did stumble on was announcing the replacement 1/32 P-51 canopy for the Revell kit.......it was on my website for almost 2 years before I could sell it, just so many little things did not go right until I took a whole new approach, and also I fond a new clear casting resin that I could work with that gave good results.

With some of this in mind other projects that I had mentioned I would look at also did just not materialise, well I am hoping now that some of those may now start to see production, but I cannot and will not make too many promises until masters and trials are completed.

So to whet your appetites here are some of the subjects I am working on

 

1/24 Hellcat -3 conversion, this is already in the works there will be a few box offerings with alternate decals

 

1/32 A-26 Invader.........lots of sets, some are already progressing quite well, will start an individual thread on that soon

 

1/32 B-24 Liberator, I did say I would do the turrets, yes I know more than a year ago, but I have fresh eyes on those and hope to be getting some assistance in getting some new masters developed, they are very complex items and if I do get them into production I want them as good as possible. If some of my ideas work then there will be items for the D and the J. There will also be other parts and sets other than just turrets.

 

1/32 P-51B parts for the Trumpeter kit, some guys requested a look at the Malcolm hood, I have done quite a lot of home work and I think I have found some solutions to doing a few sets that will help the kit......it will never be perfect but will hopefully improve it. I am looking at trying a new method on the blown canopy section, at this stage I have no idea if it will really work BUT I am going to try.

 

1/32 F-105 Thunderchief, for this some members have also asked for me to look at the canopies, and once again I will look, however I have not done much personal research with the parts comparing to the references so this one is a little further down the list.

 

Well I hope that this small snippet at least gets some interest going, and do not forget I also do work in other smaller scales as well.

 

Catch you all again soon with more information as it develops, and some surprises as well, to keep you on your toes.

 

cheers Ali

 

 

 

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Really looking forward to B-24 turrets!

 

They're the last pieces I'm looking for to build the HB kit for a museum in Salt Lake City. She will be a B-24J marked up as "Callipygia".

 

50112250888_053fea3785_z.jpg93481648_925010921264122_7678996050270486528_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

*Credit for image to Mark Styling*

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

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On 7/11/2020 at 3:02 PM, Ali62 said:

1/32 B-24 Liberator, I did say I would do the turrets, yes I know more than a year ago, but I have fresh eyes on those and hope to be getting some assistance in getting some new masters developed, they are very complex items and if I do get them into production I want them as good as possible. If some of my ideas work then there will be items for the D and the J. There will also be other parts and sets other than just turrets.

 

Honestly, I dont think I would be getting that kit................unless you came out with replacement turrets. Id definitely pick up a J and some turrets! 

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Well done Ali,

I have also experienced your work, either as Aerocraft or Alleycat and I know that if you say your going to do something then you will but you won't release it until its right, and thats the only way to do it. You could probably have a lot of fun making corrections for Trumpeter/Hobbyboss products but no point in doing things that the likes of Eduard already have in the pipeline. I have a J and a D Lib that will need decent turrets so they will definitely be worth waiting for - and there no need to rush as I suspect the kit will be around for awhile! 

Very best regards and stay safe

 

Simon

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Really pleased to see you here, Ali. Thanks for all the hard work that you have put in to produce the various upgrades. The quality is excellent and I look forward to purchasing further from you, especially the brass undercarriage legs.

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On 7/18/2020 at 11:59 AM, James Rademaker said:

Ali,

  Great news on your future sets. I saw that you will be doing an update on the Trumpeter P-51B.Can you let us know some specifics? Will it just be the Malcolm canopy? Cockpit update?

 

Thanks,

Jim

Hi Jim 

The plan is follows, I am getting a new pattern made for the blown section made, once the master is done then the casting experiment will take place, hope that all works, if it does I have a few other areas I want to look at, external features, then at that point I will decide on how and what parts I will offer. 
with quite a few projects on the go and most of them in try and see ‘of the experimental type to see if I can get new ideas and methods to work’

it will just take time to unravel them all.

If I could devote full time to the projects that would help, but I still have a full time day job that needs to be done.

The good thing is that you will all hear about the developments right here, as projects are ready.

Ali

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