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J.C. Bahr

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  1. Shapeways and Click2Detail are the way to go for all things Monogram B-36. Pricey, but worth it IMHO: https://www.shapeways.com/product/LSMJ8JHT2/1-72-b-36-closed-bomb-bay?optionId=64891433 https://www.shapeways.com/product/DVF3ZF2JM/1-72-xb-36-and-early-b-36-apg-3-antenna?optionId=64896305 https://www.shapeways.com/product/EWYH46Q22/1-72-b-36-early-style-main-wheels?optionId=70301080&li=marketplace https://www.shapeways.com/product/EWNXW9R6R/1-72-b-36-an-apg-31-wide-radome?optionId=70301620&li=marketplace They have more stuff for the XB/YB-36 and the NB-36 as well, both in 1/72 and 1/144.
  2. Surprising that Quickboost has not done the earlier pipe now to convert the most recent kit BACK to what it had originally been released as! So irritating that these manufacturers don't just release all the parts they have instead of gating them off like they do!
  3. One thing to bare in mind with that last pic... the window closest to the door I am pretty positive was a field mod and not a standard window. Couple that with putting a gun in the doorway and there should not be the problem of potentially firing through the wing if not placed in the third window forward of the door. I had often wondered about this too and this is where my research had lead me. This is where pics are worth a thousand words on individual aircraft and their gun arrangements.
  4. If an accurate Vixen is a must-have in 1/72nd, I'm afraid that the best route to get there is cross-kitting the Highplanes with other existing kits, as even the Highplanes has it's own issues... the pinion tanks and rear booms being a bit too chunky. Reference my build here: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/72nd_aircraft/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1741&p=34919&hilit=frankenvixen#p34919 https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/72nd_aircraft/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=6420&p=41207&hilit=frankenvixen#p41207
  5. Yeah, I wouldn't waste time like that and just go with the AZ kit. Another difference I haven't seen mentioned is that the P-36 and P-40 side windows were different in length IIRC.
  6. My first thought on seeing that photo is that it's an older period airshow photo of the Commemorative Air Force's P-40N that has been painted as a Flying Tiger for YEARS!
  7. J.C. Bahr

    Best P-38 in 1/72?

    Another option would be to use the M parts that were in one of the Revell of Germany issues of the Lightning. Funny that you mention the flyable M-models... I seem to recall somewhere seeing one that I think was CAF and was to replace their first Lightning called "Scatterbrain Kid" which had crashed... it was in a two-tone sand/green camo like the first one, still had it's second seat behind the cockpit and for some odd reason I'm thinking it had the big bulbous glass nose that looked like it came off an AT-11 Kansan. Was definitely one weird setup.
  8. J.C. Bahr

    Best P-38 in 1/72?

    Not entirely true... Academy dropped the ball with the lower cowlings and made the intakes below the spinners too deep and throwing off the lower side profile. Quickboost makes two alternative correction sets for this, but I suggest getting the latter of the two sets which has the entire cowling as one piece. The early set was just the intake face and requires back-filling and re-shaping of the lower cowl profile to be accurate. The latter set is a proper cut and replace option.
  9. I agree, very much need it in 1/72nd also please! I have the MPM kit, but not sure if I'll ever get to it, as just not happy with the fuselage on it.
  10. I have the RU-8D and am very satisfied with the quality. Before this there was really no option (supposedly an old die-cast 1/72 U-8 "toy" was once released, but never laid eyes on one).
  11. Do you have just the intakes, or the entire cowling? Quickboost initially did just intake pieces to fit below the spinner, but people thought they were moulded "too small" as they don't fit correctly in place of the Academy pieces (not plug-n-play)... but I think QB intends for the modeler to back-fill and remove part of the lower cowling to match the correct profile (a lot of work)... but then QB issued the complete cowling that has all that work completed (a much better option). I have both and would HIGHLY recommend seeking the entire cowling option.
  12. Sheets here may fit a lot of your needs: https://www.kitsworld.co.uk/index.php?CATEGORY=5&SUB=10
  13. Not very good in it's own right... needs the Quickboost replacement engine cowlings to fix the too-deep intakes below the spinners. Otherwise a very decent kit.
  14. Gingerbob, potential warp/weight is exactly what I had in mind when thinking of the entire center section... which is why I was recalling the way CED did their Privateer conversion. Less chance of warp and weight when only dealing with nacelles. Plug-n-play is nice, but sometimes just not totally possible/practical... and I look at it from the standpoint that SOME sort of conversion is better than NO conversion at all. I like having at least some sort of base to even attempt working with.
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