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  1. I'm not at all familiar with either the A-37 or T-37. Can someone summarize the differences between the two variants (hence, what would be in the conversion)? TIA.
  2. Yes. But then it doesn't get much to get me thinking about chocolate cake. Mmmmm.....cake.
  3. Yet another P-47 crosses the finish line. This was built in order to use the recent DK Decals 72-040 sheet, "P-47s in the PTO". Just what it says on the cover. This is the second one I've finished from this sheet, and I suspect more are in my future. This is completed aircraft #477 (10 aircraft, 2 ordnance, 7 vehicles for the year 2017), finished in June of 2017.
  4. So, at the risk of being lynched by a group of angry engineers, we're basically looking at a T2 with new wings? Any other external changes?
  5. I think the majority of my 25+ P-47s are the Academy kit. At half the price of the Tamiya one, it builds very well. Offhand I can't think of any major gotchas. I do recommend a masking set, at least for the razorback; it just makes life so much easier. My standard comment is that if you are going to build only one 1:72 P-47, make it the Tamiya kit. If you want a lineup, the Academy kits are well suited for that approach.
  6. Yes, a town apparently in Ohio. I never there was one there; the only one I was familiar with was the California one from my time in that state.
  7. Another in the seemingly endless stream of P-47s coming from the 72 Land production facility (we're over 25 now). This is the Academy kit, with Kits World 72-132 decals. As always from these producers, the kit and markings performed without drama. The plane belonged to the 342nd Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group, 5th AF, and was piloted by Commanding Officer Lt Col Robert Rowland in 1943. He survived the war and was credited with 8 aerial victories. I am fairly happy with this one, no doubt due to my experience in building P-47s. Though I noticed one gear door escaped the scene before the photo session. Now I've got to find the freakin' thing... This is completed aircraft #476 (9 aircraft, 2 ordnance, 7 vehicles for the year 2017), finished in June of 2017.
  8. When I was building the kit, I had to verify the shape of the pitot as well. Just doesn't look right in that position, but that's how the real one looks! The Avis kit is emphatically not shake-and-bake, but if you're at least as patient as I am (ie, not very) you can get a decent result. If your manic perfectionism kicks in, this might not be the kit for you.
  9. This is the recent Avis kit of the EADS Barracuda drone. Apparently it is meant to compete with the RQ-9, and is a joint project by Germany and Spain. It's definitely a short run kit, but most parts fitted within tolerances. I did have problems with the rear fuselage/exhaust joints, with much putty/sand/repeat cycles going on there. I used Xtracolour X126 Grey overall. It seems they are painted the same color as the Luftwaffe Eurofighters. As long as manufacturers make kits of drones, I'll be there to buy and build them. This is completed aircraft #475 (8 aircraft, 2 ordnance, 7 vehicles for the year 2017), finished in May of 2017.
  10. It was on my watchlist too, and I made the order the day it appeared as in stock. Always been a fan of Miles designs, and this one will look fine next to a Short Skyvan! Still a couple weeks til the box arrives here in the US, but once it does this one moves to the head of the production line.
  11. Meng has satisfied my single-seat F-102/F-106 needs, but I likely will pick up the F-106B two-seater.
  12. Three airfield vehicles that I've been tinkering with between aircraft projects. The first is a Clarkton 6 tractor with its trailer, both from the Academy kit with the ambulance on the cover (which will be done in the fullness of time). Next comes a Hasegawa MJ-1 bomb loader. All were simple, with minimal parts count, not too much torture to paint, and a nice little sideline to devote yourself to while paint is drying. Good for mojo momentum as well. These are completed vehicles #5, #6 and #7 (7 aircraft, 2 ordnance, 7 vehicles for the year 2017), finished in May of 2017.
  13. The latest completion from the 72 Land small aircraft production facility. It is a kit I am well familiar with, the Academy P-47 razor. No real vices, the kit builds quickly. The painting did, however, take some time. Lots of spraying, masking, then spraying the next progressive color. The silver was Alclad White Aluminum. The markings came from DK Decals sheet 72-040, P-47s in the PTO. The aircraft was flown by Major M J VandeHey of the 78th Fighter Squadron, 15th Fighter Group, while part of the Pineapple Air Force in Hawaii in 1944. I’ve been referring to the snake on the cowl as a rattlesnake, but given that the nickname of the 78th was “The Bushmasters” it probably means that the snake belongs to that species. VandeHey was apparently the squadron commander. I was pretty pleased with this one. As before, I welcome everyone to visit the revitalized 72Land blog at the link shown in my signature below. This is completed aircraft #474 (7 aircraft, 2 ordnance, 4 vehicles for the year 2017), finished in May of 2017.
  14. Many thanks, gents. Next Hurricane up: Egyptian.