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LeonF

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Last couple of buys involved spreading the love for some unusual and rarely kitted types...

 

1/72 Sword TBM-3W AEW 'Guppy'

1/72 Sword F-94B Starfire

 

Now perhaps one of the big name manufacturers (I wonder who pops in your head?) could bring some of their cousins to mass market so I don't have to dig deep again for a basic TBM or P-80 & T-33. 

LeonF

74 posts

There's no need to be an expert when some errors are obvious from simply looking at walkaround pics, (eg the missing fasteners, side fuselage vent variations), whilst half an hour of Internet time unveils true rivet counting reviews from various sources that reveal the more subtle differences - that's how I did it and ended up with a long list of issues that the magazine articles had barely touched on. 

So it was a flawed review of a flawed kit. I do wonder if sometimes the problem is the "Fanboy Factor' that surrounds the Airfix brand and the assumption that with today's LIDAR/CAD errors will not make it to production  

I wonder if AMW would have the guts to print a negative review? Maybe one day we'll get a third 'correcting the errors' as to go with the 'first look' and now 'throw in some etch/resin' ones printed so far. 

LeonF

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I have to agree that whilst the Skyhawk is a great kit it is also unfortunately a mediocre scale model that really needs some added work.

Imo it can be placed in the 'so near' category alongside the F-4, 1/72 Blenheim, F4F and others that have avoidable errors that can't be cured with a scrap of card or swipe of a file. 

 

I did buy one but converted it to a late YA4D-1 with a solid rudder and minus the probe. Whilst doing so I also did several other minor additions and alterations to bring it closer to the original (I even moved the vortex generators...never again!) 

What I didn't attempt was to add the rear fuselage fasteners (a very obvious feature that is a frankly shocking ommision and not a quick fix) or hack the nose to shape, although I did remove the errant access panel on the stb side.

 

Whilst I fully support the idea that manufacturers can only go so far in making an accurate model before the profits take a nose dive I do find it a shame that this mould is more than just missing the finer details or subtle curves. 

I can overlook the original box USN A-4B being based on the museum bird rather than the 60s Vietnam flyer that had an earlier mod state with regards certain aerials and vents - that's just rivet counting compared to the nose.

 

The big question is would I buy another?...the best I can say is maybe. At least I now have a revised build plan if I ever dip my toes in that pond again. 

LeonF

74 posts

Some places are obvious - local hobby shops if your lucky enough to have one, Hobbycraft have a large choice of tools and accessories not only in the modelling aisles but also some useful stuff scattered around the other craft sections eh. wire, chain, tissue paper etc.

 

If there's neither then maybe look out for train or rc sellers which have a lot of overlap with plastic modelling.

 

DIY stores and even Wilkinsons etc can provide cheap sanding tools, tweezers, cutting mats etc etc.

 

Basically keep you eyes open as tools and accessories can show up in the most unlikely places. 

LeonF

74 posts

I got one of those Kitstarter Bassets and I for one would not be happy see it released in a VC box at a lower price. 

But I really don't see it happening as those few selected moulds (Bassett plus half a dozen more unsuccessful types) were only guaranteed for a run of 2000, hardly enough for mass marketing 

LeonF

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Back to the Fresco, I'm sad to see the CAD drawings have been thoroughly deconstructed on other forums revealing a number of errors and omissions - mostly minor but also including a major wing issue.

 

I'm willing to save opinions for the showing of the first test plastic as opposed to mere graphics. 8 months to go to its penciled in release (and my purchase) date and I hope there's still time for changes. 

LeonF

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@Paws4thot

Er John,  the MiG-23/27 and MiG-25 are "Cold War aircraft".

And so are the MiG-29 (first flight 1977) and MiG-31 (first flight 1975).

 

Don't forget there are other Soviet/Russian/Ukrainian design companies too - Ilyushin, Yakovlev, Antonov, Sukhoi (and smaller, often defunct names) - with types that have also been neglected over the years. 

LeonF

74 posts

My sole aim at the weekend was to buy a Revell M48 to sit next to the Tamiya M60 on the shelf. But I sort of got distracted...

 

1/72 Airfix F-86F 'The Huff'...for the #2 Italian decal option

1/72 Airfix Tomahawk IIB 'Pennant' box

 

And to compound matters on the way home I donated some pennies to a Charity for another 1/72 Airfix Tomahawk IIB, this time a 'Sharkmouth' starter box. 

 

So I still haven't completed that tank pairing. But I do now have 4x P-40B/Tomahawk/Hawk 81s in the stash to add to the P-40(sans suffix) trainer conversion I have on the shelf.

 

Maybe next week....

LeonF

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Italeri 1/35 M110A1 Howitzer. 

 

Been after one for a while but they rarely show up as they don't have the street cred of the Tiger, Sherman, Abrams etc and I believe only Italeri have dipped their toes in the family so far. 

Doubly happy that it's a short barrel version as the A1 only had one box release many moons ago. The wishlist never gets any shorter though as I'm also after a Vietnam era M110(sans suffix)...one day...

LeonF

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@Anna Yegorova

Aichi D3A1 Val 1/72

Westland Lysander Mk III SCW 1/72

 

Hear hear !

I've been waiting for a new D3A since the Pearl Harbor anniversary that bought the Zero, Kate and P-40B...so only a few years overdue (we didn't even get the old mould).

How about a couple more Japanese types? Doesn't have to be rare or exotic just some of the more recognisable types such as the Ki-43, Ki-44, A6M5c, A6M2-N.

 

Alongside a new Lysander you can also add its German equivalent Hs126, both Airfix oldies that are long overdue retools. 

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