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  1. Hi, As stated in the title: are there any easy to reach and worth visiting model shops in Manila with good selection and prices for 1/72 aircraft stuff (at least Hasegawa or new Hobby Boss)? If so, how the prices in Manila are compared to those in Taipei? As for Taipei, just in case someone reading this topic might also know the answer to my questions asked here ☺: Thanks again
  2. Model shops in Hong Kong and Taipei?

    2 more Q.s about Taipei: - Are there any serious aircraft-related shops in the Ximending's Wan Nian building or in the shopping mall under(?) the main station? - Is there any aircraft stuff in the AFV shop? TIA
  3. In the meantime, I got their reply (despite returned mail) and the shipping charge to EU should in fact be 266 CZK, although in the basket 121 CZK is displayed...
  4. Speaking of ordering directly from Sword: how was the experience? Also, does the shipping abroad (in my case EU) really cost as displayed in the basket, or it is only for domestic postage? I tried to contact them via formular on their page with undeliverable mail notification as result...
  5. ... including the PR version...
  6. And the Airacobra seems to be cancelled after all...
  7. So, no P-39/P-400 any more?..
  8. Although I don't have the Dragon kit, according to the photos and reviews, it must be better than Hasegawa, but probably indeed outclassed by FineMolds and RS Models.
  9. Thanks for comments! In my (subjective) opinion, Hien is the most attractive single-engined Japanese WWII fighter. While normally doing strictly 1 model of each type, I couldn't resist buying also a "short-nosed" (Hei) version by Fine Molds some time ago in the hope to finish it with mottled camouflage some day...
  10. Kawasaki Ki-61 Type I-TEI, #5262, Chofu, April 1945, Pilot: 244th Senai commander Capt. Teruhiko Kobayashi (reserve a/c) Kit: Hasegawa (in the meantime clearly superseded by Fine Molds and RS Models) Photo-etched parts: Eduard Wheels with rubber tires: Equipage Decals: Life Like Decals “244th Sentai Pt.2” Built in 1997 and finished initially as that dubious "Shamrock Tony" much discussed around 2000. Partially repainted and completely re-decalled in 2004. Although the level of painting and weathering leaves something to be desired being obviously below that of my more recent models presented here and the exact colours might remain somewhat controversial, lot of corrections and extra detail (wheel wells,ventral radiator, drop tanks - just to mention a few...) were done and so I dare to present it to your attention...
  11. Thanks so much! Although historically perhaps not so significant as Finnish B-239, the F2A-2 (and its export versions) is in my opinion the best looking Buffalo version and it was also considered by many pilots to be the best Buffalo variant - probably similar as with Bf 109 F vs. G...
  12. This is one of my earlier builds finished as early as 1999. The level of painting and weathering leaves something to be desired being obviously below that of my more recent models presented here and the colours might be somewhat controversial in the light of new information, which became available since then. Nevertheless, as it seems not to be really a lot of NL-KNIL B-339 builds around and I was pretty busy doing all that extra detail, I still dare to present it to your attention: Brewster Model 339C B-3110, 2-VLG-V, ML-KNIL, Singapore, January 1942, flown by Kapt. J.P. Van Helsdingen Kit: 1/72 Hasegawa F2A-2 Buffalo "U.S. Navy"Afermarket sets : Eduard #72-233 photo-etched detail set Hobby Plus navigation lights, wire Decals: Aeromaster # 72- 146 "Buffalo Collection Part II" Modifications to convert F2A-2 to a Dutch B-339C: the tail fuselage cone with arresting hook was replaced with the longer and more pointed one (without a hook ) featured on land-based a/c; a fixed tailwheel mounting with a larger wheel was installed instead of the retractable one with a small wheel; cuffs were removed from the Curtiss Electric propeller blades (although the kit does provide the uncuffed blades as well, but these are Hamilton Standard referred to be used with a B-239 and therefore don’t fit to the Dutch version, being first of all just too short); the area behind the cockpit under the canopy was simplified as the navy equipment (liferaft, RDF loop etc.) used on F2A-2 wasn’t installed on B-339 the straight pitot tube on the starboard wing was replaced by an ‘L’ shaped pitot tube. Other corrections/additions/replacements: wing panel lines were not very accurate and were so filled in with superglue and then rescribed according to the available photos; only one landing light (on the port wing undersurface) is required on this version of Buffalo, so the second one provided in the kit was just mounted in place, the seam was filled and then everything was sanded and polished to be later just painted off; wing, rudder and elevator trailing edges were thinned the wheel wells were corrected and extra detailed as they should look like on the real a/c; the fuselage interior seen through the wheel wells was almost totally empty in the kit, so a lot of details were added there; air intakes at the top and bottom of the engine cowling were represented as just holes und had therefore to be deepened by cementing plastic pieces behind that holes followed by drilling them and scribing the correct tunnels. navigation&formation lights were replaced with transparent ones. the machine gun barrels were made of hypodermic needles.
  13. Lavochkin La-7 - Eduard - 1/72

    Much obliged! As for the Pitot tube, it is actually a replacement made of an injection needle with about 0,4 mm diameter , which seems, however, to still be a bit too thick, but not as bad as it appears, for example, on the photo #1 or #5 because of an additional margin - well, you probably have an idea, how the in-flight-shots were actually created... Ca. 0,3 mm would indeed have been better. The root part of the tube is unfortunately also somewhat oversized, mainly due to the need of drilling a hole for the needle, as I thought, a butt joint would rather be PITA to handle... Anyway, it is well pointed and I am really glad to see such comments showing that someone was indeed thoroughly studying the pictures. In fact, there is at least one more small inaccuracy with the airframe not corrected, not to speak of the thing with the VVS colours...
  14. Lavochkin La-7 - Eduard - 1/72

    Many thanks to everyone for your feedback!
  15. Lavochkin La-7 Commander of the 156th IAP Lt.Col., Hero of the Soviet Union S.F. Dolgushin, 215th IAD, 8th IAK, 4th VA, Kluzow, Germany, April 1945 Kit: 1/72 Eduard ProfiPackAfermarket parts: Pavla vacuformed canopy The main problem areas of the kit (fixed in this build) were: Wrong shaped wing tips (actually beginning at approx. 1/3rd of the span from the tip) both in profile and frontal view. While fixing this error, the aileron surface detail (being originally in "shrink-wrap" style) was lost and a new, more correct representation of doped fabric tautened over the frame with rib tapes added was done.Almost empty main wheel-wells: very little detail was provided and the most of what was available was wrong anyway. So, they had to be almost completely reworked. Some detail was scratch built of plastic and some corrections were done using Mr. Surfacer as well. The correct “ceiling” of the wheel bay area being originally just the inner surface of the upper main wing half was cut off, given the accurate profile and then positioned on its correct place. Inaccurate propeller spinner. It was corrected with Mr. Surfacer.Very basic representation of the louvers mounted in front of the engine being originally just a disc with a relief detail, while there should actually be empty intervals between the separate blades as well as between the blade tips and the cowling inner surface visible. To achieve the desired result, the excess plastic was removed from the original part, the edges of the blades were sanded off and the part was positioned onto a plastic tube mounted in the cowling interior.Gun ports being just holes in the cowling front ring, while their lower surface should actually go through the entire cowling. This was corrected by adding plastic inserts to the appropriate areas.The same had to be done with the wing root air intakes.Cockpit interior behind the pilot’s seat/radio compartment - again, almost empty and what was available, was wrong. Eventually the entire interior was scratch built there.The cockpit itself, despite some etched parts provided, could also benefit from some improvements as otherwise it still looks somewhat toy-like. Some cables and instruments were added there for more realism as well.The cockpit borders were too thick and, in addition, not exactly parallel, therefore, some sanding was required here as well.Canopy. Although crystal-clear, it is (both 1-piece and 3-piece parts) unfortunately thick enough to be unusable for displaying in open position. On the other hand, if displayed in closed position, due to the thickness, the cockpit interior looks severely distorted. The kit part was eventually replaced with the vacu-canopy by Pavla.The joint of the wing and the fuselage resulted in some sort of a small “peak” in the lower fuselage line. While correcting this, some moderate re-shaping of the fuselage in this area was required.In addition, the landing gear flaps were thinned down, some missing access hatches were engraved and some small details (e.g., Venturi tube) were added. Almost all kit decals proved to be of little use due to their wrong shape or dimensions: white borders of the stars too narrow, the number “93” and the under-wing stars undersized. So, mostly spare markings were used instead. This particular La-7, before handing it over to Dolgushin as his personal a/c, was completely re-primed and repainted and the stencil data weren’t re-applied, so that no use for all those beautifully printed markings either...