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NPL

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  1. NPL

    German Jets

    Serge may be right in some aspects, but is it really a part of britmodeller? The subject Luftwafe 46 is obviously interesting, simply because it was an example of the free fantasy of some constructors, some of them materialized in flying machines after the war. But Serge is not right when he says that there is no interest in other nations post-war efforts. There are and has always been. Thus the appearance of the MiG 15 during the Korean war really rose interest in how the Russians managed to get that thing up. The same with the early JaK jets, although they were not in the same class. So, Serge, instead of fochuzing on what was before the 46-'generation', it is more profitable to concentrate of what came after it. It all boils down to what we are in the Western World: Curious. We really like these speculations about what-if-history.
  2. NPL

    German Jets

    Serge, Without disagreeing: Do you really think that this is a proper subject of discussion here?
  3. and as far as details go, Eduard are having a field day already, including a Löök instrument panel. At the end it will be a s costly as a Tamiya Mk.I, but, then, Eduard is also producing a number of improvements for that kit. And taking about the nose, I was especially thinking of the 'panel lines'. Guess it is a museum piece from Belgium.
  4. Looking at this photo, Airfix does not seem so far off.
  5. And costa less than Tamiya I had a Honda CVR with everything. It ended when some fool drove his car out just in front of me. Was substituted by a Suzuki Vitara, cost 100.000 SEK less, but the quality was no way the same. Same with Airfix compared to Tamiya. It cost about 2/3 or less of the Tamiya, You pay for what you get. And thanks to Eduard, you can make good for the difference, and at the end your Airfix will be more expensive-- because, as the rule says, it cost a lot of money to be poor.
  6. NPL

    1/48 Spitfire XIV

    Anybody having any idea of how the Airfix Mk.XIV is issued in India? Indian markings? And by the way, did anybody see the thanks to our old late friend Edgar in the instructions to the Mk.XIV. Since Edgar left us for two years ago or more, it says something about the time it takes to produce such a model.
  7. NPL

    1/48 Spitfire XIV

    Are you speaking from experience or just talking nonsense?
  8. NPL

    1/48 Spitfire XIV

    I prefer the Spit/Seafire Mk.I to F.47
  9. NPL

    1/48 Spitfire XIV

    One thing not discussed: Why the low back Mk.XIV? The normal Mk.XIVc did indeed have a lot of war experience. Then, why the low back? Now Airfix have their kits produced in India, and after the war India seems to build its air force mainly using Spitfire Mk.XIVe and XVIII. I would not be surprised if the Indian market demanded these types before anything else. We are so used to ignore these upcoming states, especially India -- the next super power. India is already providing a market much bigger than anything the UK can provide. So it could be cold logical rationing behind the decision to produce the low back version. Only that we in our part of the world didn't see it coming. There seems to be plenty of material on the net, and then the impossible to get book by a leading Indian air officer.
  10. A nail in a realistic size will not be easy to hit!
  11. My mother once taught me -- she was an artist herself -- that if you want people to be interested in what you do, you does not try to emulate reality. Thus if painting a house where the smoke from the chimney, and a flagpole with a flag going in the same direction as the smoke, nobody will stop and look at it. No eye catcher. But if the flag and the smoke go in different direction, people will sop up an look, because something is wrong. If we try just to make models of big things, and think that we should follow the rules which I cited above (faint, panels) the model will hardly attach much attention, because: What can you see from a hundred meters distance? But I agree, weathering is a trap. The guy mentioned here could have been Verlinden. So we are really ending up in a morass moving between what is just dull reproduction of 'reality' on one side and wild overdone weathering on the other. Thus I will find the panel lines on Airfix's Seafire XVII and Spitfire Mk.XII intolerable, but those on the Mk.I + V + XIV workable.
  12. Very good points. And it is a very long ongoing discussion. How close should models be to the 'real' thing? Colour intensity reduction, panel lines and all that. 1:72: walk 70 meters away from a parked plane, and what do you see. Then if this is all translated into a 1:72 model, how interesting will it be: Almost colourless, nothing in the way of details to be spotted, just dull. Not much better in larger scales. This is the same irrespective of the subject you choose. So we compensate by having stronger colours, panel lines and details, even those which cannot be seen.
  13. This is probably the most absurd discussion we have had for long. I finally got my copies of the Mk.XIV today, and have compared the parts to Airfix Mk.Vb (new), the new Tamiya Mk.I, and Eduard Mk.XVI. The quality is almost the same. Tamiya maybe with slightly refined panel lines, but that is not much. Eduard is about the same level as Airfix. So I really do not understand all this fuss -- somebody here who hates Airfix? The Mk.XIV is a winderful project. What will be next is difficult to know. It is as if some changes in planning happened during production as the insert in the front of the wings without guns, and the preparation for rockets. It is also a mystery why the wings were not cut to XIVe standards.
  14. NPL

    German Jets

    Wasn't it so that agents from the Allies including the Russians were hunting down German specialist in the months following the surrender? Kurt Tank escaped the Russians, the Americans got von Braun. It is a fascinating subject. There must be studies devoted to this subject. Addendum: Found this title: Operation Lusty: The Race for Hitler's Secret Technology by Graham M. Simons | 30 May 2016. Amazon lists three more books about the subject. And the search go on: Operation Paperclips... The Soviet equivalent was Operation Osoaviakhim Quite easy to find information on the net.
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    German Jets

    Nothing, and when we see at the market, which producer will regret that?
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