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  1. Not there are not that many variant of them, but scores of variants of the Spitfire/Seafire. So some basic conversions skills will be the solution.
  2. NPL

    Bf-109G-10 Eric Hartmann

    I know ... but couldn't resist the temptation. After all, his career in the Luftwaffe ended with his opposition to the way the Germans handled the Starfighter.
  3. NPL

    Bf-109G-10 Eric Hartmann

    Gosh, I believed that it was a Starfighter!
  4. Got mine this Monday. Already have the Merlin-volume. First impression: Vastly superior to the similar two volumes: Robert Humphreys, Robert, The Supermarine Spitfire Part 1: Merlin Powered (Modelers Datafile, 3; SAM Publications, 2000), and The Supermarine Spitfire Part 2: Griffon-Powered (Modelers Datafile, 5; SAM Publications, 2001, although suffering from some of the same problems, such as photos of details being to small in size, and especially the limitations caused by the author deciding to stay with available (mostly) models. Therefore the models in 1:32 are excluded as non-available, which is true for the Revell reissue of the old Matchbox F.24, but not necessarily of the Pacific Models Mk.XIVc, which should be available under a new ownership. But here the problem is evident: By choosing models still in normal circulations, the volume will soon be out-of-date, as kits are issue and withdrawn all the time (how long will the new Airfix PR Mk.XIVe stay in light of the rather harsh reviews?). The same problem is just as evident when decals are listed -- supposed to be available at the time of writing, but tomorrow? And of course same thing with accessories. Here the publisher should think of the internet and the vast new possibilities offered here to get out-of-print issues, e.g. on ebay. It will be hard to better the book using classical printing options.However, It is like a new car which is old when it has left the shop. It is probably the time for publishers to review the options: Especially how to prevent a fine volume like this to be obsolete, say in a year. from now. Maybe, after some second thoughts the project was from the beginning over-ambitious. Impossible to complete. What modellers need maybe a kind of 'Trevor Snowden approach', a manual for modellers planning to build Spitfires -- any mark -- following the lead of Brett Green. Then a basic text but with constant updates via the internet. But all of this does not distract from the fact that Franks' two book are most inspiring. I wouldn't miss any of them.
  5. We had the discussion about this a couple of months ago. We settled on a reissue of the old Tamiya Mk.I. But does the subject not belong to the rumormonger?
  6. Hej Nils,

    Apropos Indiska Spitar, som jag inbillar mig att du är intresserad av; Det finns ett ex av Singh's Spitfires in the Sun ute på indiska Amazon.in

    5000 rupier, vet inte om det är dyrt. Själv hittade jag ett ex via en Google-sökning. efter flera turer hittade jag ett ex i indien, min kontakt där var Rakesh Mangal, <ibpnd@indianbooksandperiodicals.com>


    Tomas Enerdal

    1. NPL


      Hej, Tomas, jeg skal forsøge via dine links. Tak for oplysningerne.


      Bedste hilsner


      Niels Peter Lemche


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      Tomas Enerdal

      Lycka till!

  7. Graham, maybe you should reconsider. I looked at Amazon who demands £ 232. Monforton has it for $ 84 (Canadian?) & pp. Know that it is horrendous from Canada. Ordered a few Ultracast items a year ago. PP far exceeded the price of the items in question.
  8. They are by all means excellent. Highly recommended
  9. You can always ask for the list via npl@teol.ku.dk. There are 1640 Spitfires in this list as today.
  10. Have you ever heard about e-books? see also my posting above.
  11. Why not start such a project as a hypertext where everybody is free to contribute. If we think of an e-book, it can improved on a daily basis. Only thing needed is a group of modelers who take upon them the responsibility to edit this. We could use Wikipedia as a model. I haven't got the Valiant Griffon book yet, but it seems to prove that nobody will alone be able to write the definitive book -- as if anything is definitive except one thing that can wait.
  12. You could also spoil yourself wit h a visit to Paris to find them. Map of location via the link above
  13. T hey write that they have closed the webshop, but the phone number is +45 38 88 38 54 The shop should be open from 12.00 today, local time. Stoppel may be on vacation Email stoppelhobby@gmail.com
  14. I finally got down to inspect my two kits: Perfect in any aspect. Even the cover over the oil tank fitted perfectly. It seems that during the rush to get the kit out, a series of imperfect molding slipped through. Control cannot be 100% but imperfect examples as shown here are so obviously not OK that even a casual kind of industrial control should have discovered the problems. As such Airfix got a lot of negative attention which had not been the case if the control of the sprues at the factory had been more effective.
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