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  1. I believe Hannant's no longer list this in Future Releases, or listed with any of their Art Models kits. Anyone have an update?
  2. Airfix Nimrod MR.1

    The Aviation News plans by Peter Cooksley are generally erroneous with regards to shape and detail. Panel lines at wrong stations, and some fictional altogether. And unfortunately Airfix used a lot of this reference as the basis for their kit. Fortunately, the overall dimensions are accurate and the kit offers a great starting point. The major item of issue that the aftermarket (even the Alley Cat engine panel tops) doesn't address is the shape of the intakes, being closer to the MR.4 than the standard production Nimrods.
  3. Why no injected 1:48 Scimitar ?

    Because the return on investment became negligible for Classic Airframes. It was no longer comfortably profitable, and continuation of the line was not affordable. I believe a Gannet AEW was in preparation, and just like the Firebrand that DynaVector actually had patterns for, would not have made sense to produce for the sake of continuing a line that count not be counted on to be financially burdensome to the owners.
  4. 1998 Dallara IRC Winner

    I designed and cut them out via a Roland Stika cutter. The translucent Oramask material is thick enough to run a needle scriber against, then a conventional scriber after that is done. The oval panel just ahead of the windscreen that I filled in on the kit, then described with a custom vinyl guide, was almost lost under the primer, paint, and topcoat - but it's there, barely perceptable. The vinyl cutter was used also for a custom mask: the white stripe between the black and turquoise colors.
  5. Kinetic 1/72 C-17A

  6. Lynx HAS 3 Intake Covers 1/32

  7. That's a sweet rectangle scribing template you've got there. Custom, or where did you source it? Great work! Lee
  8. Source of 1/72 Shackleton MR3 wheels

    If they're the same as the AEW.2 aircraft, the sidewall designation is 64 x 22.5 - 26.
  9. Shackleton Wheels

    This just posted: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206891181655252&set=pcb.1022049841150494&type=3&theater Lee
  10. spinning turbine faces?

    What (max) diameter are the little motors? Are the eccentric weights easy to remove? Thanks,
  11. 3D printing for after-market 'resin' components

    I printed this compressor fan for a GEXX engine in 1/72 for an ongoing project. It was printed via Print-a-Part and at the time, and five years ago, cost me about $40 or £25. While the intention was to use it as a pattern master for casting copies, the surface texture is too rough to use. Attempts to prime and sand were frustrating, and within 6 months the parts began to "oxidize" with a white powder forming on the surfaces of the original printed parts. We use a contractor who has a machine that will do 17 micron resolution, and there are still noticeable striations evident at even the highest resolution. At present, another contractor is offering a PhotoSilver resin that is supposed to be the highest resolution medium available on a state of the art printer. The quoted cost to print a pair of 1/48 aircraft wheels was over $150 or £100. So there are issues that will require waiting for the technology to become affordable, and to also be sure the printed material is stable over time, if you intend to print kits and assemble their parts from a device next to your computer. I don't see this as being viable (to a quality standard we're used to with injection molded parts) within the next decade, due to cost as well as quality of resolution.
  12. Washes, what am I doing wrong?

    I agree with the necessity to apply a gloss sealant to your base colors before applying the wash process. Another approach for "spot washes" - where you're not following extensive surface features such as panel lines, but working on nuts, bolts, or other small bossed items on the surface of the model is to use a 50/50 mix of Future(Klear) and water, with a drop or two of acrylic paint, dark grey or black. Mix this well and apply with a fine brush and it creates the most convincing shadows around such items. It can be done with recessed details such as rivets, but again I'd warn against taking long brush strokes on panels or extended intersections, as it doesn't perform well with those applications.
  13. 1/72 hawkeye to C-2 greyhound

    May be of some interest: http://www.hyperscale.com/2015/features/c2afb72_1.htm
  14. Finally started showing up in the States and sold out quickly. Going for about $76 from Sprue Bros or $66 from Freetime Hobbies. (£49 to £42) http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/hbs81739.htm http://freetimehobbies.com/1-48-hobby-boss-russian-ka-27-helix/ Beautiful kit mind you.