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I haven't really had the time to relax and do a lot of build work ... mostly because I'm catching up with other, long overdue, chores or looking for my next job.

 

I HAVE, however, had time to hunt around for some more gear to add to the collection ... 

 

As I am inclined to do, with the sort of purchases I make, I build up a few "rewards" points with a variety of local (meaning Australian) outlets ... and along with some sort of periodical sale late last year, it netted me this:

 

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Sometime late last year a couple of things happened at around the same time ... I saw the latest movie about The Battle Of Midway and Infinity model advised that it was going to be releasing 32 scale Val's and Kate's this year ... that definitely got the creative ideas flowing for Pacific war subjects ... so I snagged these around Christmas time from one of my main suppliers ...

 

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Apparently the Avenger will need some small modifying to turn it into the correct variant for Midway - have a really nice example of a build bookmarked for this purpose - though no build thread :( ... and the SBD will need some small decal adjustment for Best's kite ... Thach's Wildcat will happen curtesy of this kit which I had to go to a previously unused suppler for ... 

 

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- eventually - as I ordered special decals from an AM supplier in the US ... which were promptly returned to the sender by USPS! Not all that happy with the moron either, who - 1/ instead of asking if I'd like the refund first (as opposed to waiting for restrictions to ease - and reattempting postage) - 2/ refunded me the amount - less fees which, along with the currency transfer, incurred me a loss

... and then 3/ blamed MY COUNTRY for HIS COUNTRY'S shipping restrictions!! (insert some VERY profane words here!!) :blowup:

 

*** IF anyone knows where I can get some 32 scale Decals (or masks) for Thach's markings OUTSIDE the USA ... please give me a heads up - TIA ***

 

To "bulk out" the order for the free shipping ... I grabbed some Grenadier figures to use - because you can never have too many different poses :)

 

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At around the same time I used some more reward points to pre-purchase this monster ... The Das Werk 1/16 StuG ... Because the PzKpfwIII chassis is my favourite :) ... It just arrived at the post office yesterday ...

 

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It also gave a profile that I'll put to use for my TAKOM 35 scale StuG ...

 

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While I was looking around to source the new Great Wall Hobby P.40 ... I ended up reading a little about the Ki.43 Hayabusa ... Although completely different, it used the same philosophy in design and was commonly referred to as the "army Zero" ... looking around online for one proved to be a bit of a headache though, as it seems Hasegawa is rolling back production on 32 scale AC models. This prompted another splurge in buying ... Particularly Hasegawa Kits!! ... but also others ...

 

This order, from a local supplier, arrived yesterday also ...

 

I wanted the StuH.42 for the Kursk gear and also, maybe, I may have use for the Marder.I ... The Hasegawa George happened to be in stock along with a couple of sets of Master's phenomenal turned brass ...

 

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There is another order from a local supplier that is stuck in the traffic jam due to train line damage that recent el-weirdo weather conditions caused. So that one will be posted here once it arrives ...

 

Meanwhile I got busy internationally :) ... Ordering kits out of Japan or Hong Kong (from local manufacturers in the region) is usually much cheaper that buying them here ... there's a catch though (isn't there always??) ... Shipping is prohibitively expensive IF you are only buying the one kit!

 

If you are buying in bulk, however ... shipping is a boon! ... the shipping cost per item decreases exponentially ... most times ... Apparently Japan has followed the USA's example of "banning" certain countries ... although there ARE workarounds with certain global couriers.

 

I've got a couple of orders still inbound from Hong Kong along with the delayed package ex-east coast ... but this one arrived from Plaza Japan today ...

 

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With a little "thank you" note and gift :)

 

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... And a few Hasegawa Kits ...

 

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Along with this re-release of an old kit that fascinated me when I first saw it a couple of years back ...

 

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Thats all for now ... more to post later

 

Rog :)

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4 hours ago, Artful69 said:

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*** IF anyone knows where I can get some 32 scale Decals (or masks) for Thach's markings OUTSIDE the USA ... please give me a heads up - TIA ***

 

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Rog :)

 

Hi Rog,

 

take a look here:
 

https://www.dersockelshop.de/wolfpack-wd32004?number=WD32004

 

Even for reduced price at the moment.

 

Regards, Nils

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Trip to town ...

 

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Where my 19 year father served on board in 1947 as a young AB engineer , main engine control room . At 94 he's unlikely ever to be able to get in here again , but hopefully will enjoy the 00's of pics we took .

 

 

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Yup...... HMS Belfast . 

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Most of the rest of my orders arrived at the post office today ...

 

I was excited for one kit in particular ... but very soon debated after opening the box it was packaged in ...

 

5 kits ordered out of Hong Kong ... and because of shipping restrictions all had to be packaged separately ... The package previously stuck in traffic also arrived ...

 

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Tamiya kits are becoming almost prohibitively expensive here now ... so a bulk buy out of Hong Kong was the go ... even with Shipping costs and currency conversion fees added, I paid approximately $40 AUD LESS per kit than here in Australia ... The 1st 3 kits arrived undamaged ...

 

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The Corsair packaging suffered a minor compression ... as can be seen in the top LH corner ...

 

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But the kit that I was really looking forward to was compressed pretty badly :( damaging some of the packaging inside ...

 

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I've written them a complaint - after all - if this was a trade item or a gift for someone, the value has just dropped through the floor - not impressed!!

The delayed package ex-east carried the last 32 scale Hasegawa kit they had in stock ...

 

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While - to fill out the order and get free shipping - I grabbed these 2 kits ...

 

Link and length tracks are provided for this New Tool Tamiya 38(t) ... thereby removing one of the only real flaws in Tamiya 35 scale kits as an option.

Detail is wonderful and the addition of a figure is always welcome.

 

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Dragons latest effort ... A joint venture with a Japanese company Mono to provide Japanese instructions in a rebooted Dragon tooling - a long sought after kit for me ... a Marder III Ausf.H ...

 

The kit contents include 3d printed resin grills, photo etch, metal gun barrel as well as a DS cast tarpaulin cover AND Magic Track :D

 

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Cheers

Rog :)

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On 12/22/2021 at 6:33 PM, Rick Griewski said:

Oh wow I built the Dornier kit when it first came out.  Freakin scary time travel thoughts coming back

I was just thinking the same thing. Looking at that picture was like jumping into the "Way Back" machine. Waaaay back....

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16 hours ago, Artful69 said:

Most of the rest of my orders arrived at the post office today ...

 

I was excited for one kit in particular ... but very soon debated after opening the box it was packaged in ...

 

5 kits ordered out of Hong Kong ... and because of shipping restrictions all had to be packaged separately ... The package previously stuck in traffic also arrived ...

 

49f6l4R.jpg

 

Tamiya kits are becoming almost prohibitively expensive here now ... so a bulk buy out of Hong Kong was the go ... even with Shipping costs and currency conversion fees added, I paid approximately $40 AUD LESS per kit than here in Australia ... The 1st 3 kits arrived undamaged ...

 

27PwfS9.jpg

 

JQFzXYG.jpg

 

CsduHtu.jpg

 

The Corsair packaging suffered a minor compression ... as can be seen in the top LH corner ...

 

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I've written them a complaint - after all - if this was a trade item or a gift for someone, the value has just dropped through the floor - not impressed!!

 

Did you have any loose plastic in the box, not stuff off the sprue, inside a bag, but just loose pieces of plastic? I believe that one such piece in mine was originally the end of a USAAC-style pitot tube. The discovery leads me to believe that GWH really just has one tooling here, and that they went through the sprues before they bagged 'em and snipped off the pieces that are intended for later offerings, a P-40B, for instance. Interesting, as I don't believe that I've ever seen this kind of handling of sprues before.:unsure:

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I'm super excited - I just bought (after many years of waiting and 1 scam), the re-released Dragon 1/350 1943 Scharnhorst. Got in now while they're available as I heard (true or not- unknown) that they will not be released again. Mind you, I think someone said that last time too but here we are. I'm guessing this re-release is aimed squarely at Trumpeter who are meant to be releasing their 1/350 Shinyhorse soon. I'm not worried about that though, I have been wanting this kit for so long and I'm happy its here again. BNA have them in stock now if your interested in one too

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Finally got a long awaited delivery of a 1/32 trumpeter skyraider(airforece) super happy about it! Would prefer the zm kit but at the price i got this for cant complain!

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