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About jannie

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    Vancouver, Canada
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    Aviation: WW1, WW2, FAA 1950s - 1960s
    Naval: WW2, Napoleonic Wars

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  1. Tempest Mk.5 - Heller

    I read somewhere that the engineers at Hawker saw no aerodynamic advantage to using an elliptical planform wing at all but where pressured to do so simply because the powers-that-be (those holding the purse strings) at the Air Ministry at the time were besotted with elliptical wings - IOW the Sales dept. at Hawker driving the Engineering dept. to do things that made no real sense (same as it still happens today, especially in Software Engineering! - Speaking from personal experience). I have "Typhoon and Tempest at War" (Beamont & Reed) on my bookshelf, I think that is where I read it - I'll check the reference some time. EDIT: Forgot to say - that is a stunning build, something to be very proud of. I built the original PCM kit (1/32) kit of the Tempest about 3 years ago, it came out pretty OK but that particular kit cured me of limited-run kits (for a while at least).
  2. Cessna O-2A "Oscar Deuce", Vietnam war

    Modelling at is absolute best! Amazing work!
  3. Gloster Gladiator Mk.I - 1:72 Airfix

    This kit is a heck of of a long way removed from the old early '60s Airfix kit I build as a kid! So much for the Good Old Days... (albeit that version only cost 25 cents at the time).
  4. Sukhoi Su-17 M3/M4 Fitter-K 1:48

    Thank you for the great review... that (plus the video) convinced me it's time to get one!
  5. I well remember the FROG He 219 kit - not so fond memories though. A local department store also sold models - Revell, FROG, Aurora etc (I'm talking about Pretoria, South Africa here). I have been a Night Fighter Fanboy since reading Cat's Eyes Cunningham's autobiography at age 14 and was overjoyed when I found one solitary He 219 kit on the shop shelf a couple of years later. I bought it on the spot (last of my pocket money) and hurried home - only to find that one of the fuselage halves was missing from the kit. No way you can scratch-build THAT at age 17. The Customer Service dep. gave me my money back, but to this day (about 40 years later) I still think that I'd rather would have had another He 219 kit with both fuselage halves instead! Maybe that's why I have two Tamiya 1/48 + one 1/32 Revell He 219 kits in my stash - I'm still trying to get over the disappointment
  6. I well remember this kit (never owned it or built it but saw it on the shelves back in the mid-seventies) and always wondered what it will look like. I did build the Hasegawa Neptune maritime patrol aircraft that was available during the same period. Very nice to see it, and you did a marvelous job - shows your fascination with the subject material - modeling at its best!
  7. 1/48 XB-70

    Will be following this closely... I have the old AMT 1/72 scale kit and the size of it is one of the factors that stops me from building it - so this is going to be H-U-U-G-E!
  8. 1/72 Amodel Tupolev Tu-134

    Love Russian airliners - looking forward to seeing more of this build.
  9. I'm living vicariously through you, Wally... I attempted this same conversion many years ago, but (if I remember correctly) in 1/72 scale using the old Bandai (or was it Edai?) kit back then. I was still doing military service at the time and could only work on this over weekends, the project crashed when I got posted to a (very) remote base. Never completed it, by the time I got back to civilization my interests had changed into the "normal stuff" - girlfriends, car etc.
  10. Holy mackerel! Absolutely beautiful - makes me want to go dig that old Heller DC-10 (1/120 scale) out of my stash and start working on it.
  11. Trumpeter's 1/200 HMS Hood

    I have a possible move coming up in the not-too-distant future (seriously considering moving to Vancouver Island), which is a bit frustrating as it blocking me from starting work on the kit. Or any other large projects, for that matter.
  12. Trumpeter's 1/200 HMS Hood

    A fantastic resource - thank you kindly John!
  13. Trumpeter's 1/200 HMS Hood

    Truth be told, I have been waiting for this kit for about 3 years now (hence my "bucket list" comment). I took a solemn oath that no matter what my financial situation when it comes out one day, I WILL buy it. It is expensive, but I know some of my colleagues who play golf will spend $300 - $400 or even more over one WEEKEND (well... includes the "social aspect" of the game of course). I still think our hobby is CHEAP (and luckily my wife agrees, albeit she is concerned about space and hopes that I never actually will build my stash...)
  14. Trumpeter's 1/200 HMS Hood

    ...It's actually REAL - I just bought one this afternoon at my local hobby store for the sum of $390. The owner called me yesterday to tell me he is getting 6 kits in today. I have been waiting for this kit so long that I started to think it's just a myth... I can now die in peace (well, after I built it) - my bucket list is complete! (I gave up on the Japanese twins idea). Edit: I should add that I'm NOT a Hood Expert (I'm really a Plane Nut), but I'd say that this is probably Trumpeter's best 1/200 kit yet (I have 3 of the previous kits - Arizona, Missouri & Bismarck for comparison). I guess the people at Trumpeter know that the Rivet Counters are going to have a field day on this kit (or I hope that prompted them to do some "measure twice, cut once" engineering). The hull is a one-piece molding, no separate bow (makes for a darn big box), the gun turrets look OK (looks like they didn't repeat the mistakes from the 1/350 kit in that regard). I was confused for a bit as the kit include 6 15" turrets - turns out an extra sprue is included to make up the correct # of barrels. The 6 kits are flying off the shelf, the HS owner tells me he called everyone that left a contact number. All in all, I'm a pretty happy camper... -- Jannie in BC
  15. Fantastic - and the storyline sounds like it could have been lifted from "The Watchmen"