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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. Rowan Atkinson has an electrical engineering degree. I would bet that he was at one time an active modeler.
  2. Because the model pictured appears to be the Tamiya kit.
  3. It does look like the Tamiya kit. They also appear to have used the bulged fairing ahead of the windshield that covers the Sperry autopilot on the Mk.XX. Tamiya included that part but never released a boxing of the kit that used it.
  4. I believe that was 'Help!'
  5. Wing size is a compromise between needing to be large enough to provide reasonable landing speeds and yet small enough to reduce drag at cruise. A VTOL aircraft can optimize towards smaller for better cruise/high speed performance because the wing is essentially dead weight in the landing and takeoff phases. The first gen Harriers also had quite small wing areas and this was increased for the second gen to be optimized for payload capacity using a rolling takeoff where the wing supports some of the weight instead of none.
  6. Here's the latest re-release: Hasegawa keeps releasing limited editions with new decals but only the A-4M seems to be a regular catalogue item at the moment. At some point the earlier versions will likely get reissued again. Until then there is always ebay.
  7. This drawing actually looks a lot like the Trumpeter kit, but if you compare it to the photo of the Hendon Defiant that I posted later in the thread it does not appear to be particularly accurate. The drawing has the same short rear retractable fairing of the Trumpeter kit and the line showing where the top of the fairing would be when retracted is above the top of the turret ring. In the photo of the Hendon aircraft the top of the turret ring is clearly at the level of the retracted fairing. Because of the shallow angle, the small height error translates into a large error in the length of the rear retractable fairing on the Trumpeter kit. Here's a great air-to-air shot that shows the cross section a bit better:
  8. Here's what the fuselage should look like
  9. Nor a Magical Mystery Tour bus (or even a Tragical History Tour bus).
  10. If you want an accurate Defiant, this isn’t even worth considering compared to the Airfix kit. I think even the original Classic Airframes kit might be better.
  11. There are still people who say that no kit has captured the Hellcat's "smile" quite as well as the Otaki/Arii kit.Their P-47D Razorback is quite nice too. There's also a J2M3 Raiden, A6M5 Zero, Bf 109G-6, and Fw190 that, while clearly superseded by newer kits are still fun to build.
  12. The A-26 is not a Special Hobby tooling. It is from Italeri's own molds.
  13. These are the type of instructions that those of us who built Airfix in the 1970's and later grew up on. For some, they were a step backward from the previous style, which featured one or more exploded views of the model parts and *written* step-by-step instructions. These were seen as superior because they named most of the parts and so you actually learned something about the parts of the thing you were building, while you were building it. The problem with the style of instructions that came with your B-25 is perhaps that they show where parts go, but don't necessarily tell you what order they should be assembled in. Step 4 in the B-25 instructions could be confusing in that regard. Those of us who have been modeling a while figured out long ago that instructions should be regarded more as suggestions and don't necessarily represent the best or even most logical assembly sequence. The other thing we learned is to dry fit everything before committing glue to a part to make sure we understand how the assembly goes together. I think a downside of the new style of Airfix instructions is that, while they are very clear as to the assembly sequence, they leave very little flexibility to experiment and improve on the suggested method so that it better fits your modeling techniques. Looking at the instructions with a critical eye also will help find mistakes and oddities in the instructions that someone who is wired to follow them by rote won't see. I am currently working on a Classic Airframes 1/48 rag-wing Hurricane, and if you aren't paying attention they will lead you to build a very strange looking model. Oh, the Revell Dauntless is not a good beginner kit. maybe when it was new 56 years ago (yes, first release was 1960) but for a newcomer I suspect it is now more an exercise in frustration. If you are set on getting him a 1/48th scale kit, I would go for a Tamiya Spitfire, Bf109E, P-47D (bubble canopy or razorback), P-51D (or the nice new Meng 1/48 P-51D) or F4F Wildcat; simple assembly, look great when done, you really can't go wrong.
  14. In the movies, did all that body armour ever do any good? Stormtroopers always seemed to go down with one hit no matter where it was.
  15. Obviously, he had not flown the Dornier Do.X