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About VMA131Marine

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    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.
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  1. HMS Abercrombie Monitor

    I've ordered from Freetime Hobbies on numerous occasions and have always found their shipping times to be very quick and reasonably priced. They have a very large selection of aftermarket items for ships, which is why I have used them. I've never had occasion to deal with their customer service.
  2. Airfix 2018

    If Airfix were to tool up a fishbowl Canberra, I would also hope that they would tool up the cockpit section separately so that we could have the standard B.2/6/T.4 and an extended fuselage PR.3/7.
  3. HMS Abercrombie Monitor

    In keeping with the destroyer theme, what about Trumpeter's 1/350 Tribal class: https://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-trumpeter-hms-eskimo-british-tribal-class-destroyer-1941/ https://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-trumpeter-hmcs-huron-g24-canadian-tribal-class-destroyer-1944/ https://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-trumpeter-hms-zulu-british-tribal-class-destroyer-1941/ or their German destroyer series https://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-trumpeter-german-zerstorer-z-25-destroyer-1944/ https://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-trumpeter-german-z-30-destroyer/ https://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-trumpeter-german-z-43-destroyer/ At under US$30 at the links I listed, they're cheap enough that you can afford to try some new things without worrying about ruining an expensive model.
  4. Airfix 2018

    I doubt that S&M's Canberra B.2/T.4 would have any impact on whether or not Airfix produces one; unless it sells out really fast and then the chances of an Airfix kit probably go up quite a bit.
  5. Airfix 2018

    Because it's something else that has to be cleaned before you can use it again on a different colour paint. The dropper bottles like those provided by Vallejo, Hataka, AK Interactive, and others make it really easy to measure out paint and mix known quantities.
  6. Airfix 2018

    The problem may have been more with the scale than the subjects chosen. They might have done better had they been in 1/72; and I say that as one who has multiple copies of both kits. I suspect that many folks looked at the 1/48 Merlin and wondered where they would put it when completed The new Airfix 1/72 Sea King seems to be doing well enough and the older kit was rarely out of the catalogue.
  7. Airfix 2018

    I'm sure the people who actually know something about the Airfix 2018 program are sworn to secrecy.
  8. Airfix 2018

    Well, this is a thread for predictions so...
  9. Airfix 2018

    The 1/72 Mosquito and Halifax are two of the very few legacy Airfix kits remaining in the catalogue. Airfix has to know that they are not up to current standards, but they obviously sell. That suggests they should be prime for replacement in the next year or two. I think it will be the Mossie in 1/72 next year and the Halibag and a 1/48 Mosquito in 2019. Other new tool kits for next year (with the Wellington already announced) will be: 1/72 F4U-1A Corsair 1/72 SBD-3 Dauntless 1/72 He 219 1/48 Hunter F.6 1/72 Bristol F.2b Fighter 1/72 Albatros D.Va 1/48 Skua
  10. Airfix 2018

    The Tamiya kit fuselage (1/72 and 1/48) have the cockpit area separate to allow for bomber and fighter noses. There is a natural break point there that makes the seam unobtrusive.
  11. It's not a bad kit at all and I wasn't trying to suggest that it was. Just that it is very hard to find 10,000 punters for any new model aircraft kit these days that isn't a Spitfire, P-51, Bf 109, Fw 190, and maybe an F-16. There is a reason the large companies have all or most of these in their catalogues.
  12. How much?

    It's small potatoes compared to some of these hedge fund managers who make over $1B in some years.
  13. How much?

    Or 2 F-35B's
  14. Do you know the story about the S&M Viscount kit? They produced 10,000 of them and this was the result: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SMKBOX That's why the announced production of the upcoming 1/72 Canberra B.2/T.4 is only 1000 kits split among both variants. Demand for that aircraft you would think would be much higher than for a 1/144 C-5. So why do you think an estimate of 2000 sales is absurdly low?
  15. Which is irrelevant if the subject you want is a C-5.