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    Too many to list, but these days cycling, astronomy, model railways and plastics modelling take up much of my time.

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  1. Yes I spotted that too Troy when I went to Scalemates to check out the provenance of the Academy kit. Although SCM mentions a 2006 release, My interest in plastic was rekindled circa in 2009, but I've never seen Eduard repop another batch since that sole (?) 2006 release. Surmising that like most Soviet WWII air or armour subjects, it jus t didn't sell well into western markets where every second sale must be of some variant of Spitfire, Mustang or Sherman -German armour subjects dominating overall notwithstanding in that genre.
  2. It's coming. Although exporting it as well, Zvezda decided to do the single seater first, presumably motivated by national sentiment as a Russian company making a kit for the domestic market of a Soviet aircraft which was so important to their early and mid war effort,. As someone here mentioned earlier "I didn't even know that there was a single seat version of this". Inarguably the initial single seater variant is less familiar to the lay modeller as so many prominent brand market penetration kits with glamorous box art impacting the psyche of westerners in their formative years e.g. Airfix's 1964 IL-2M3 in 1/72, or even latter years Tamiya's IL-2M3 of 2012 in 1/48 have been of the two seater. I recall Academy releasing a single seater ski variant in 1/48 in 2012 (an Accurate Miniatures repop) coinciding with Tamiya's release.
  3. Envious of your figurine finishing skills. Superb.
  4. Nice to see a N1K1. N1K2 builds appear to be far more prolific in modelling land. Something I too like about Tamiya in my dotage. Low parts count, consistently great fit and decent detail even in their older kits. I have the Hasegawa N1K2 which typically has a considerably higher parts count than anything Tamiya in class, and an Arii N1K1 both in 1/48. The Has is good, and the Arii (Otaki) original really wasn't bad for the money with the exception of the moulding of the oil cooler and of course, the dreadful decals. Closed canopy only option in the Arii of course, and the crude cockpit is rendered moot by being unable to see anything inside that tiny cockpit once the canopy is on particularly with the seat occupied by a Tamiya pilot from the spares box. Finally, very nice rendition of a beautiful -in the eyes of this beholder, subject.
  5. You transposed my thoughts into words Francis. Couldn't have put it better.
  6. I have the A-0 (5005). Regardless that 30 years have elapsed since its initial tool release it's still a nice kit. Your paint job. Wow! Particularly in that scale.
  7. Sounds like your childhood experience might have begun a decade beyond my own? The 1/72 FROG (1972), Matchbox (1975) and Revell (1977 FROG repop) He 111 releases were, unfortunately, too late for me. By then, control-line (as was) aeromodelling had diverted my attention for the first couple of years of the 1970s only to be usurped by gliding which was to preoccupy most of my available leisure time away at a distant field Friday night to Sunday on weekends and every available holiday opportunity for the remainder of my schooldays and beyond until itself usurped by demanding career commitment & focus. A rather improved and expanding IJMP selection started becoming available in the 1970s for sure. I did drool over a He 111, driven by desire and impulse to begrudgingly accept that Airfix He 111H-20 (1962) on more than one occasion in the latter years of the 1960s when fate by way of "Sorry. we must have sold it" at the local hobby shop didn't intervene to automatically redirect my spend to an enticing alternative. Indeed Roy Cross' artwork brought me close to pressing the buy button on it more than once before invariably, I'd change my mind at the last moment confronted by the all too prominent feature of the H-20 even on the box top artwork. Blame Airfix for being the only show in town in the 1960s if you will, but it always came down to that just wrong looking dorsal turret redirecting my imagination and desire realised elsewhere. Italeri sounds like it must have been a good 'un in its day. The ICM He 111 series range in 1/48 sound my cup of tea today, but I'm a slow builder these days my time dispersed between too many concurrent interests. Much as I love 1/48 in SE WW1 & WWII fighter types, 1/48 in something that size presents a display/storage space issue as all too confrontingly presented to me by the wingspans of Tamiya's magnificent Mitsubishi Type 11 G4M1 "Betty" and He 219A-7 "Uhu" in that scale.
  8. Thanks. IJMP sure has. But I wouldn't swap for those 1960s childhood yesterdays. Up until the very late 1960s, Airfix was it in my suburb (Chermside) where I did my hobby shop hanger browsing. A smattering of all boxed FROG appeared in TC Beirne stores in Fortitude Valley and the City in 1967 before just as promptly disappearing. The brand reappeared in new hanger and bag packaging in late 1970 early 1971. A couple of years later, Matchbox plastic appeared. How spoilt for choice were we then compared to the 1960s! = ] Not sure when Revell started to retail here, but I don't ever recall seeing the brand until later. Like Monogram, Revell at that time was a product of US origin. Both were comparatively expensive and of very limited (restricted?) distribution until the UK lost interest in trade with Australia after acceptance into/ joining the European common market.
  9. Reading this with your accompanying images evoked a memory I wanted to share. But first, congratulations upon the finishing of such a nice model, especial kudos for doing so in 1/72 scale. Yesteryear of childhood loved the scale of course, but today wish as I might it weren't so, such is diminishing eyesight and dexterity accompanying age I find it so challenging as to become tantamount to tedious. I think we all have models in our mind's eye which hold a je ne sais quoi appeal to us individually, particularly so in childhood. For me it was Airfix's Ju 87B. Sold out every time I went to the suburban hobby shop as was, something else invariably got my three bob, so I never owned a kit of it in all that time either. Moving along to the He 111. Of all the level bombers tactical and strategic, its distinctive predatory aesthetic and symbolism in pretty much ever publication and film of the era representing the Luftwaffe rendered it the aircraft I wanted a kit of most. Throughout the 1960s, in Australia it was pretty much a choice of Airfix or Airfix. One had to go "into town" for the scarcity of FROG where or when available. Being a Series 4 Airfix kit, on occasion I amassed sufficient funds to consider a He 111, when I got to the Hobby Shop taking into account what a rare treat/occasion such a Series 4 or greater kit was, impulse driven by a particular dislike of the Airfix model would invariably see me change my mind and spend on an equally iconic alternative, usually a Series 2 to stretch my pocket money. Airfix's Mosquito -"633 Squadron" at the Saturday matinee to blame for that one, and a Mitsubishi Ki-46 "Dinah" courtesy of Roy Cross' irresistible box art come prominently to mind. But even Roy Cross couldn't invoke me to buy that H-20 variant of the He 111. Why on earth did Airfix ever choose to model the H-20 variant?!!!!! That dorsal turret. Ugh! Any Commando Comic imagery or early war suspension of disbelief destroyed. If it'd been a P-2 or even early H, undoubtedly I'd have bought, but that turret put me off every time. Similarly Airfix's Do 217E. I could never comprehend why Airfix chose at that time to model that and not the ubiquitous and iconic Do 17Z. Consequently, much as I lusted after both through my 1960s childhood, it wasn't until several years after the release of the Ju 88 A-4 at the inception of their 'rivet period' that Airfix finally got my money for the one of the three iconic German tactical bombers. Their Halifax, Wellington and Fortress had been the rare > Series 1 treats during that pocket money to be saved period. In the first year/s of the 1970s, still all in 1/72 I did eventually end up with a Do 17Z (courtesy of Monogram if I recall accurately -times were a changing) along with a Ju 87 but a G-2 (?), along with other variants of iconic types such as the Bf 110G-4 and He 219 all courtesy of FROG as memory serves, but other life interests were to prevail before I got around to buying that Heinkel. It wasn't to be until almost 45 years later I acquired it when Revell released their reboxed Hasegawa H-6 in 1/72. Got there in the end, but too late for it to deliver the same kind of joy delighted in by childhood imagination.
  10. Loving this thread. I built that FROG Dewoitine D.520 in 1967, and the Morane-Saulnier M.S. 406 in 1970. Amazing how a pleasurable memory of so long ago can be remembered to the year and even related to an approximate time by season or other coincident factor, when these days I can hardly recall what I walked into the next room for by the time I get there! Childhood nostalgia is so envious of the relative availability of old FROG kits in the UK/EU. FROG kits are so very rarely seen in AU. Where extant here, presumably inherited from a deceased estate stash, invariably they are on eBay at utterly extortionate pricing.
  11. Haha. Mojo magicians. Older or newer tool, Tamiya are pleasurable kits to build and invoke aesthetic suspension of disbelief that's for sure. If you like Japanese 1937-1945 period subjects, unless 1/72 is your preference for reasons of space, economy or just a liking for the scale, it might interest you to have consider Hasegawa 1/48 kit lineup for a much wider selection of types, along with Tamiya's of course. Hasegawa's "Val" and early & later "Kate" for instance, if more work than your average Tamiya, build into beautiful detailed models at price points not a lot more than Tamiya's venerable moulds, but at around half the price of Tamiyas newest tool kits in that popular scale.
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