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Giorgio N

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  1. Thanks Andre, sounds like I'll have to change my plan then...
  2. The best plan to add proper G doors to the Esci kit is to make resin copies of either the Hasegawa or Revell kit. At least that's my plan... I'm also planning some copies of the Hasegawa cockpit and instrument panel, the Esci parts are poor and inaccurate. I have yet to start with the plan though, I'd better put my acts together and start cloning Unfortunately cloning the way more accurate Hasegawa canopy is a different story.. if only Pavla or Rob Taurus did a vacform replacement...
  3. Well, yes and no... early F-104Gs retained the thinner wheels and therefore the "flat" main wheel well doors, so it's possible to reproduce one of these using any of the kits that don't have the wider wheel and bulged doors. The vast majority of Gs however had the thicker wheels and the bulges, required because of the higher maximum weight of the G compared to other variants. This means that having a kit with the wider wheels allows a modeller interested in the accuracy of these details to build a way larger number of subjects The wider wheels and the bulged doors were also retained on the S A kit of a G with thin wheels can indeed be used to build a J or a CF. There are some differences in the smaller details (on top of my head for example the CF has a different coaming over the instrument panel), how much these matter is up to each modellers. One bigger difference is the presence on Canadian aircrafts of 3 bulges (one under the chin and two under the rear fuselage) for an RWR system starting at some point in the '70s. These in 1/72 are included in the Hasegawa J/CF box and in one of the AMT reboxes of the Esci kit (may have been the only rebox, I'm not sure) Generally speaking yes, the TF-104G has the same "heavy weight" wheels and bulged doors of the single seater. Again, there may have been aircrafts with the thinner wheels and therefore no bulge
  4. The difference is clear in those pictures. I'd say that if the two are at the same price, then it's a no brainer, hasegawa all the way ! I never realised how hard to find the hase 1/72 TF was, I checked that well known auction sites a couple days ago and found that there were more 1/48 ones for sale
  5. Yes, there are some differences in the leading edge at the wing root
  6. I don't think that the new tool Airfix Harrier kits have been ruled out. In fact the GR.7/9 kit is the best option to build this variant, Mould finesse is not as good as the Hasegawa kit but the Airfix one is still a better starting point IMHO. The GR.1/3 kits are better than the 7/9 one, agan in some aspect the Esci may be considered superior by some (and I share this view) but the Airfix kits are perfectly valid. The Sea Harrier is another story as the Airfix kit really is inferior to the Esci and Fujimi ones in most aspects. As the Sea Harrier is an older tool than the GR.7/9 that itself was issued before the GR.1 and 3, this shows how Airfix have improved their products over the last few years.
  7. Can't speak about accuracy but the Kitty Hawk kit looks great. Problem is tha KH only do the D and the K. If you are fine with any Sabre variant then no problem, if you want the better known day fighter variants, then KH is not making any of these. The Hasegawa kit is quite old but is also quite good in shape and has decent details for its age. Panel lines are raised. the Kinetic kit is more recent with recessed panel lines but it's one of the very first kits from this company and the mould lacks finesse, the panel lines are heavy and inconsistent and some details are rough. Italeri also reboxed the Kinetic kit.
  8. Don't know about the Flying Wing, but Planet Models has a resin kit of the Nomad that is still available. There may have been others in the past
  9. I wouldn't worry at all about the increase in the average age of modellers. If modelling becomes a "mature people" hobby this will only change the kind of products will see from the manufacturers. But then, is modelling really becoming an old men hobby ? Or is it just the perception we have because our mates at the club or the guys we meet at the shows are in their '50s ? Clubs and model shows (and this forum...) only represent a small percentage of the kits buying public, I'm pretty sure that when Airfix issue a new 1/72 Series 1 Spitfire or Hurricane they aim to sell way more than the ones that end up on the table of a modelling show. Is this part of the market made of older people as well ? Guess Airfix know the answer (and so do Revell, Italeri and all other manufacturers) but I'm pretty sure that these companies would have long disappeared had they based their sales on a tiny fraction of middle-aged men. And of course, the rest of the world moves differently, as witnessed by the huge output of Chinese kits. The appearance of products like the Hobbyboss easy-kits or the recent almost-snap-tite from Academy shows that there must be some interest in kits aimed at younger modellers there. As these are widerly exported, kids and beginners still have kits that they can have fun with at low price (not that the abovementioned Series 1 Spitfire is expensive..). At the same time those with the cash and the skills will be able to enjoy more and more sophisticated toys
  10. Agree on the Hasegawa kit, that joint can be made good with only a bit of care. The Esci kit itself has a potentially awkward joint where the designer decided to cut the fuselage to allow both C and G to be made. In the several Esci kit I've built, this joint often tends to result in a step where the fuselage sections meet, particularly if followinf the instructions. My solution is to eliminate the flange on the rear part of the front fuselage section and glue front and rear separately on each fuselage half, keeping the outer surfaces properly aligned. Not all Hasegawa kits contain the same parts. All the boxes I've seen of the Japanese variant don't include the thicker wheels and the bulged wheel well doors of the G. At the same time not all the G boxes include the parts for the S and none of the G/S boxes include parts for the CF RWR system. Personally I'd always buy the G/S box (the one with the Italian aircraft on the cover) for any G or S, but also works for a J or an early CF while the box for the Japanese/Canadian variant is the one to buy for a later Canadian aircraft. These two boxes are today the easiest to find
  11. IMHO the choice between Esci and Airfix for a first generation RAF Harrier is not that easy. The Airfix kit has some better features (open blow-in doors, better cockpit, more correct details for an RAF aircraft). At the same time the Esci kits have other good points, for example fit and mould finesse are IMHO better. I have both in my stash and I can't decide which I'd like to build first... Small bit of trivia: while not exactly GRs, there were other Harriers with the RWR but no pointy nose as the Spanish AV-8S fleet received the RWR at some point in their career
  12. I havent' seen this mentioned, and I apologise if it already was: Tyrone Power flew tranport types in an USMC squadron in the Pacific. After the War he remained in the reserve for the rest of his life. Paul Newman also served as a gunner aboard Grumman Avengers in the Pacific. Speaking of "stars" who served during the war, a number of Italian actors served as well, but as these may not be immediately known here a list may not tell much. One Italian personality who had a controversial service during WW2 was theatre actor, writer and Nobel prize winner Dario Fo, who served in a parachute battalion of the fascist puppet state in the North.
  13. There's always room for development and improvements, I'd expect kits in 5 years time to way even better than what they are now ! In terms of what can be achieved with plastic injection, some companies have already experimented with very realistic surface detail representing overlapping panels and similar features. I'd expect more to happen in this area. The use of sliding moulds have already made certain details feasible in more realistic ways compared to the past, this is another technique that I expect to see used more often. Then there are all the advantages that 3d printing techniques have brought to the manufacturers of kits and aftermarket in terms of prototyping. I'd expect the developments of kits and other items to be faster in the future. Speaking of 3D techniques, the use of laser scanners may finally bring a new wave of more accurate kits. Most important of all though: the availability of cheaper technologies to fabricate the moulds means that we'll see more and more injected kits of subjects that until now have only been the realm of short-run manufacturers. If a company can see a return on the investment after 5,000 pieces instead of 10,000 or 20,000, they can look at subjects with a smaller potential market (lile that Scimitar many have mentioned lately in various posts). This is already happening, we'd have never seen a 1/48 injection moulded AMX with the older manufacturing techniques. We sure live in a golden age for the hobby, my view is that it will get better and better
  14. Hope that the quality of this new kit is better than the service provided by this Atac though... thinking about it, it would be hard to do worse...