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  1. Any News on the 1/350 Trumpeter HMS Rodney

    according to Trumpeter - its the end of this year
  2. Tamiya Yamato vs Musashi (old tool)

    I read on the internet , that they think the Musashi had depth charges ready- to - use on her stern ( not in racks )
  3. Here comes HMS Vendetta 1/350 in plastic!

    Hi Just to give an update that the Refit Bridge a lot of the V W Class were given in the late 1920's , and early 1930's is now available to buy as a bespoke item - from Shapeways - and made by MicroMaster ( Simon ) in 1/350 scale ! https://www.shapeways.com/product/NMUZ5 ... li=ostatus and the amidships twin-gun pom-pom platform ( as fitted to a lot of the ships - after the 3 inch gun was removed ) https://www.shapeways.com/product/KHK7L ... d=63366940 This is ( below ) the link to all of the V W Class improvements to the Showcase Models Australia Kit - including Barr and Stroud Rangefinders in 1/350 scale - you can also source far superior RN binoculars in 1/350 from him https://www.shapeways.com/shops/micro-m ... royers&s=0 These Parts are very detailed and benefit from the Highly detailed Original Ship Plans for HMS Walpole of Doxford , Sunderland Shipyard in 1/46 scale which I paid for to be scanned ( for the 1st time ever ) so if you want to have a V W Class Interwar or WW2 era ( excluding WAIR Class , of course ) , then this set will save you a huge amount of work kind regards David Walker
  4. Aviation of Japan Blog

    for me , that ' attack ' by Brush Painter on Nick Millman is outrageous , and so unfair for the record , I once asked Nick what Colour the undersides of the 64th Sentai Ki.43 Oscars were in 1944 ( I was building the late war version by Fine Molds ) he very politely told me Cream , and when I cross-checked the information with j-aircraft.com , it was dead on the money ( it was totally correct ) I was waiting for a Model of mine to appear on his website shortly , so that's my axe ( I had my 1/48 scale N1K2-J on his website in 2009 ) Nick has always been polite , when I have e-mailed him .
  5. Aviation of Japan Blog

    I sent a PM to him , but no reply , also e-mailed him - something is up as he always replied - very quickly
  6. I wonder why Tamiya , Hasegawa and now Fujimi feel it is necessary to make the same kit on the exact same ship - the 1/350 scale Yukikaze ? I know the Yukikaze is very famous ( the ultimate lucky ship ) - but why make the same ship for the same crowded market ? Why can't one of them give us a decent J, K N Class in 1/350 scale for example ? or if it has to be Japanese , maybe the 1920's Kamikaze Class or the late war Matsu Class Destroyer ?? ( Ps the Fujimi Yukikaze new tool kit - looks a pale shadow to the Tamiya ) but what do I know ?? rant over ....................
  7. It a joke , that photo bucket is already , really slow and sooo cumbersome - compared to imagevenue and imagebam --------- they will never make that amount of money - and hopefully they will got out of business ..
  8. Just to point out you can buy the North Star Quad Pom-pom from ebay - which I did , well , well worth the investment !
  9. Z-39, Dragon, 1:350

    Thanks for all the pictures so far , I bought the Z.26 by Dragon - and the really expensive Flyhawk etch set - which has only the brass 5.9 inch guns supplied ! so I had to buy the Master Model Z.25 AA gun Set - are you planning on fitting brass propellor screws to your model ? anyway nice work so far , the investment in brass guns is so worth it , its night and day to the kit plastic
  10. Here comes HMS Vendetta 1/350 in plastic!

    Hi Guys Just to confirm that Showcase Models of Australia also have the kit available direct for sale , I am ordering mine from them on Monday and build it as HMS Walker ( D27 ) - hopefully someone will produce an aftermarket etch kit for the Bridge Extension which was fitted to some ships( but not all ) - interwar to increase the bridge space for the Crew kind regards David
  11. well done , its also interesting for the Ki.43 that the early versions are only available in 1/48 scale , except the Ki.43 III Koh by Fine Molds of japan ( which is basic inside the cockpit - as its was one of their very first releases )
  12. The Hasegawa 1/32 Model is better , as it has more detail ,its more ultra modern and also a canopy that you can easily display open - and more aftermarket items ( like hollow exhausts ) and a larger scale is easier to work on - really but if you want a nice Model , and have less room , and work at it , the 1/48 Hasegawa Model is a lovely kit note - I didn't realise that Aeroplane Monthly did a special Database on the Raiden in February 2016 , so I have bought that magazine today !!
  13. Thanks very much , too kind Glad you like her - I highly recommend you source for your own kits , any Moskit Exhausts , the difference to a Kit Solid Plastic Exhaust Stack - is simply amazing ( like night and day ) I tried not to go too overboard on the weathering , I love the look on the Raiden, they look mean and angry little aircraft ! as you are Italian - you might like this Italian WW2 aircraft , I built and sold ( I sent the build photos to this great Italian Aviation website ) http://www.stormomagazine.com/ModelArticles/FIATG55/DavidWalker/FiatG55_1a.html enjoy ! David Walker
  14. thanks guys , I appreciate your comments ! I was determined to make a really top-grade Raiden Model , as I noticed most Models made of it , frankly skimped on the details, and tried to ' do it on the cheap ' I wanted the Model to be First Class and , above all , represent all that is now known about this Japanese Fighter - especially in the Cockpit Area
  15. yeah , the Tamiya might be cheaper , but its got raised panel lines and fixed , moulded exhausts with the cowling - its the same kit that was released a long time ago - in 1973 !! - and it shows inside - I steered well clear of that Model I would urge anyone buying the Raiden to make sure you buy the alternative resin exhausts by Quickboost and the 20mm Brass Barrels by Air master of Poland they make a big difference , the other essential fitment is the Squadron vac Form canopy - as the hasegawa kit canopy is moulded in the closed position !! thanks for the kind remarks on the painting - the Aztek Air Brush is a lovely to use , and I used a silver pencil for the weathering ( not excessive and looks about right )