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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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    USMC Aviation, Fleet Air Arm, Post-war British jets

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  1. Airfix 2018

    Reissuing the old Camel would be a huge step backwards; that kit dates back to the 1950's. The BE2c and Fokker E.II that they released a couple of years ago are such nice kits it would be incedibly disappointing if they decided to recycle that ancient molding. We actually need a new Camel in 1/72. The Revell kit is from the 1960's and the Roden kit is not exactly an easy build. Likely, the model on display was a placeholder for a kit that they don't have a even a 3D printed mockup of yet.
  2. Can the Shapeways parts be printed in 1/450 scale for use on the Hasegawa kit?
  3. Airfix 2018

    Seattle MofF has the following big aircraft: B-29 WB-47E VC-137B Air Force One Comet 4C SR-71 Lockheed L-1049
  4. Shipping from Japan to the US is typically a lot less than shipping from the UK to the US. I want to see what US retailers will sell the kit for and there is no way I am buying until I see a full review.
  5. Available for pre-order at HobbyLink Japan https://hlj.com/product/TRP05808 If you are expecting a bargain, forget it: $63.83 USD; €53.80
  6. Airfix 2018

    This one? https://hlj.com/product/TAM60102
  7. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG1

    Airfix retooled the cowl and added a fuselage spacer to the Martlet IV kit after it was pointed out that their initial effort was wrong. That is why there is a spare unused (unusable?) cowl in the kit.
  8. Airfix 2018

    An even 100 new tool kits since Hornby took over (unless I missed any) 1/12 Shaun the sheep with Land Rover Shaun the sheep with Tractor Doctor Who Dalek encounter Doctor Who Tardis Wallis and Gromit Anti-Pesto van 1/32 Mini Cooper S Mini Countryman Aston Martin DBR9 Jaguar XKR GT3 Ford Fiesta RS WRC 1/24 Mosquito FB.VI Hawker Typhoon 1/48 TSR.2 Walrus Sea Vixen Javelin P-51D P-40B/C Spitfire Mk.I/II/Vb Spitfire PR.XIX Spitfire Mk.XII Seafire Mk.XVII Hurricane Mk.I Gloster Meteor F.8 Blenheim Mk.I (future) Ju 87B/R Folland Gnat Albion refueller Bedford MWD BP Defiant Bf 109E Westland Lynx Westland Merlin Canberra B.2/6/8/PR.9 BAe Warrior SUPACAT Jackal/Coyote Hawker Sea Fury FB.II (soon) Quad Bikes and crew Land Rover WMIK/Snatch 1/72 Bf 109G-6 (ugh!) Bf 109E Fw 190A-8 Bf 110C/D/E Blenheim Mk.I/IV Gladiator Hurricane Mk.IIb/c/d (ugh!) Hurricane Mk.I early Hawker Typhoon BAe Hawk T.1 Supermarine Swift Spitfire Mk.IX Spitfire Mk I/II/Va Spitfire PR.XIX Spitfire F.22 Heinkel He 111H/P Dornier Do 17Z AW Whitley Wellington Mk Ic (future) F-86E/F Sabre MiG-15 (sorta) Folland Gnat HP Victor Vickers Valiant Avro Lancaster Avro Shackleton DH Vampire T.11 Jet Provost T.3/4 HS Nimrod Douglas A-4B Skyhawk Nakajima B5N-1/2 Kate A6M2 Zero F4F-4/Martlet IV P-51D Mustang B-25C/D (soon) Phantom FG.1 (soon) Douglas C-47/DC-3 Fokker E.II BE2c Boulton Paul Defiant Me 262A-1a Fairey Swordfish Westland Sea King Canberra B.8/PR.9 RNLI Severn class lifeboat Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 B-17G Beaufighter TF.X RAF vehicle set (Bedford MWD, Tilly) BAe Harrier GR.7A/9 Bedford QL trucks Harrier GR.1/3/AV-8A Higgins LCVP Lightning F.2A/6 Curtiss P-40B Willys Airborne Jeep 1/76 Cromwell King Tiger 1/350 HMS Illustrious HMS Daring HMS Trafalgar 1/400 Mary Rose
  9. This box art shows an AV-8B plus with the radar nose rather than a straight AV-8B. I assume the other variants will follow if the parts are not in the box already. GR.7/9 conversion anybody?
  10. Revell 2018

    Big scale or just big...? Are they finally doing that 1/32 Do 17Z maybe... or a P-38, Or a 1/48 Vulcan ....?
  11. Airfix 2018

    The other problem with Kitstarter was that it was prohibitively expensive if you were outside the UK because of shipping costs and it wasn't possible to order enough kits to get over the free shipping threshold because they limited the maximum number you could order. That effectively limited the market to UK modelers. I think they should do what Revell has done with their old kit reissues: pick 2 or 3 of the old molds per quarter and do a limited release. Call them "Airfix Classic" or something and put in a good quality decal sheet. That way the old moulds would be generating at least some income.
  12. Zebra's Airfix Walrus - FINISHED

    Oh no! It's unbuildable!
  13. Vintage Airfix Kits

    The Revell fuselage is very good; much better than the old Airfix kit. I've seen suggestions that grafting the Airfix wings onto the Revell fuselage would be the most accurate combination of components. This seems like it would be a lot of work since the Airfix wings would have to be rescribed at the least. The Hercules power-eggs would have to be upgraded as well.
  14. Vintage Airfix Kits

    One thing about that kit, I have some of the earliest issues of that kit and the clear parts are still horrible. I don't think they were ever acceptable.
  15. Vintage Airfix Kits

    One big thing Airfix got right and ICM did not on any of their Do 17 or Do 215 kits is the horizontal tail. On both aircraft the entire horizontal tail pivoted to adjust the trim of the aircraft. ICMs kit ignores this, although there are resin correction sets you can get in both 1/72 and 1/48.