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  1. If I am Airfix and looking to add some perennial sellers to the range then, taking a cue from the P-51D and ME 262a being added this year, the following are likely: 1/48 Bf 109G 1/48 Fw 190A-8 1/72 Typhoon FGR.4 1/72 P-47D 1/72 Lockheed-Martin F-35B
  2. You mean there's more to life than models???
  3. The Hispano Ha 1112's are Spanish-built Bf 109G airframes with Merlin engines instead of DB 605's, which were unavailable by that time. Some of the aircraft in the film had their wingtips clipped so they would look more like Bf 109E's.
  4. The F4U Corsair with the supercharged Pratt & Whitney R-2800 and the AD Skyraider with a supercharged Wright R-3350 both served long after WWII ended as did the supercharged P-51D/K/H and the P-82. The PW R-4360 Wasp Major was also supercharged and found significant post-war use in a slew of aircraft; B-36, B-50, C-97, C-74, C-124, Martin JRM Mars, and C-119.
  5. I would not expect to see a B-25J/H from the new Airfix tooling. A completely new fuselage, and all that it would entail internally, would be required as the aft fuselage is deeper than that of the C/D as well as the dorsal gun turret being moved forward. The 75mm cannon armed B-25G might be possible depending on how they break down the nose of the kit. My thoughts for 2018 new tools: 1/48 Sea Venom FAW.21 1/48 Mosquito B.IV 1/72 P-47D 1/72 Wellington B.III 1/72 Ju 88A-1 1/48 Hawker Demon 1/72 Fokker D.VII 1/72 Bristol F.2 Fighter
  6. Darn, I should have looked further down the topic listings!
  7. Looks like injection-molded plastic parts and a comprehensive decal sheet. This will fill an important niche in the F-104 lineage. I'm guessing most people will want to do the aircraft Chuck Yeager crashed as seen in "The Right Stuff" http://hlj.com/product/MDA75016
  8. Available for pre-order from HobbyLink Japan for about $144: http://hlj.com/product/HKM01E016
  9. Don't expect to see the Otaki C-5 released again. Nobody knows where the mould is or if it still exists
  10. Pretty sure there is a C-133 Cargomaster in the works as well.
  11. Rowan Atkinson has an electrical engineering degree. I would bet that he was at one time an active modeler.
  12. Because the model pictured appears to be the Tamiya kit.
  13. 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.
  14. I believe that was 'Help!'
  15. 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.