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About Heraldcoupe

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  1. Ju-88

    They're actually the AMT moldings, Cheers, Bill
  2. Trumpeter new tool Avro Vulcan

    The undercarriage and nacelles are too narrow and poorly shaped, this affects both 1/48th and 1/72nd Wellingtons. Nevertheless, they're still streets ahead of anyone else's attempt at a Wellington (so far), Cheers, Bill.
  3. New 1/48th Scale Blenheim Announced by Airfix!!

    The difference is between British built MkI and MKIV and the Bolingbroke, which was essentially a Canadian built MkIV. The latter had a significantly different shape to the original nacelle design. The currently airworthy MkI Blenheim at Duxford is rebuilt from a Bolingbroke, with the nacelles modified to be more bulbous than the Blenheim items, without being correct for the Bolingbroke. This has been a major point of criticism of Airfix's 1/72 Blenheims, the Duxford example was copied and the difference is very noticeable in any scale... They have made a point of acknowledging the difference with the 1/48 rendition, but those wings will be equally good for a MkIV, Cheers, Bill.
  4. Revell Welllington

    Of the old generation, the Matchbox kit was undoubtedly the best. It's not as deformed as the Airfix and Frog renditions in the nose and tail. IIRC, the cross section is a bit fat, and the wing is either a few mm too far forward or back, I don't recall the exact details. Later boxing under Revell ownership, including those in the latest Black Matchbox boxes, lost a lot of the surface detail where the moulds were cleaned up. One wing is a lot worse than the other, again I forget which way around. Of course it lacks any cockpit detail, but what's present in the MPM kit is entirely fictitious, so you're no worse off from that point of view. If you're going to spend money on a Wellington, rather than build what's already in your collection, the Trumpeter kits are streets ahead of any other option and the only ones I'd consider at the moment. They aren't perfect by any means, the nacelles and undecarriage in particular are a long way from right, but they're the best Wellingtons done to date. This looks like it will all change when Airfix brings theirs to the table. What I've seen in test form looks very, very good, another generation ahead of Trumpeter. Cheers, Bill.
  5. Revell Welllington

    If you're referring to my earlier post, then no, it's not that one. MPM's tooling was issued as a Mk.X in an Italeri box. In addition to the well documented shape issues around the nose and tail, this version incorporated the larger FN20 gun turret, however MPM/Italeri did not modify the fuselage for it to fit. Cheers, Bill.
  6. Revell Welllington

    It's not the easiest build, at least not the MkX version of the kit isn't, but it's not horrific. If you have studied the Wellington in anything more than cursory detail though, you will find the shapes extremely disappointing, Cheers, Bill.
  7. Ask all your Sea Fury questions here

    Great reference, thanks very much!
  8. Ask all your Sea Fury questions here

    I'm struggling to find images of the front face of the main undercarriage bays. Anyone point me towards some online? Cheers, Bill
  9. SW Model Show at The Tank Museum Feb 2018

    I did overhear a trader complaining about 4x price increases since last year, with reduced stand size. No complaints personally as a punter who was only there for a couple of hours, but pricing out the traders would be a short-sighted move, Cheers, Bill.
  10. 1/72 lancaster turret blank.

    The current Revell Lancasters all include a turret blank, Cheers, Bill.
  11. Airfix Blenheim Mk IV

    That's fantastic news, except for all those that I've already bought with the bulbous nacelles...
  12. Wellington info required-Specifically 1/72 Italeri/MPM Mk.X kit

    It never made it through the paint stage, though constructionally it was all finished. The white paint reacted badly and that was the straw that broke the camel's back. I still have it, doubtful I'll ever get back to it though, especially not now Airfix are entering the game. I'm always surprised how many people remember it. Cheers, Bill.
  13. Wellington info required-Specifically 1/72 Italeri/MPM Mk.X kit

    If you are bothered at all by accuracy, this falls a long way short. The most obvious fault is the way the nose slopes markedly downwards in profile, I also recall it being somewhat narrow which is why a speciallu undersized turret was tooled for the front. The cockpit canopy is far too deep and long, the cockpit internals are entirely fictitious. The rear fuselage lacks a significant amount of depth underneath the turret. Before the introduction of the Trumpeter Wellington, this was probably the best of a bad bunch, though the old Matchbox kit was better in some respect. This was the case when I built mine, though the Trumpeter kit arrived mid build, which at least allowed me to use that kit's 'spare' canopy to get it finished, albeit with a lot of hacking plastic. Trumpeter's kit is by no means perfect - engine nacelles and undercarriage are undersized, yet it's a quantum leap over MPMs tooling. Cheers, Bill.
  14. Any 'early' Spitfire IXc on D-Day?

    Other photos of MJ series Spitfires all have the smaller bulges, looks like they're too late for what I need. Cheers, Bill.
  15. Wellington info required-Specifically 1/72 Italeri/MPM Mk.X kit

    The Italeri Mk.X I built included the earlier turret design, or at least the glazed parts. Using these parts isn't such a bad idea as the fuselage requires modification to fit the 4-gun turret, something which isn't mentioned in the instructions... The Pegasus engine parts are included, but they're not very good. Whichever variant you build, the kit has a lot of shape issues; I'd argue that having the Hercules engines in place of the Pegasus, would be less obvious as an inaccuracy, than the shape of the nose or tail as supplied. Cheers, Bill.