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  1. There wasn't...until WNW came along. I resisted buying WNW kits, as I was building in 1/48 for First World War subjects. Then they offered a Sopwith Triplane... I'm not at all certain that 1/48 isn't the right scale, though. I'm a big believer in what I call the Rule of 250...that an assembled kit MUST fit onto a rectangle of 250 square inches (think 16 x 16). Any larger, and you have problems figuring out where to put the blasted thing. In 1/32, a single-seat fighter fits this. A single-engine two-seater is marginal...and the multi-engine stash queens that choked WNW don't come anywhere close to meeting that limit.
  2. I disagree. The F-4 wasn't just a hot airframe, it had a cutting-edge radar and IRST suite. It represented a quantum jump in capabilities - a true all-weather fighter equally effective in day or night conditions.
  3. Damn. I'll need to buy at least two of these monsters. One for me...the other probably for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
  4. This. We're hip-deep in perfectly good kits of the usual Second World War ETO subjects, OK for modern subjects...and painfully thin on anything else. I always marvelled that Wingnut Wings didn't do a DH.5.
  5. Not my first pick for a subject, but at least it's not another of The Usual Types. I think we're finally seeing the realization that the market for Spitfires, 109s, and Mustangs is completely saturated.
  6. Ah, but the Lancasters and HP must be counted. They cost money to develop. WNW started with the one Gotha as a multi-engine type...but at the end, released two AEG variants, two Gotha G.1 variants, and had two Lancaster variants and two 0/400 variants in the development pipeline. The Fokker Triplane needed to have been done far earlier...and probably the Camel, too.
  7. I'd bet on First World War aircraft, with the background of the team. WNW's problem was that Peter Jackson was picking the subjects...which meant monster multi-engine stash queens at the end. Not the money-making single-seat types. I seem to recall that the WNW staff was convinced they could make a profit if they had selection of the subjects.
  8. It's new. It's German WW2. Not that I disagree with you...I'd dearly love to see First World War capital ships get more attention.
  9. Nope. There are plenty of other companies doing those. WNW made its reputation on First World War subjects...and exquisite quality. What strangled them was Peter Jackson picking the subjects...which at the end were a succession of $250-$400 stash queens. The Triplane (aka License to Print Money) should have had priority over just about anything else. Follow it up with something like a Fokker D.VIII or Bristol Scout. THEN you have the money to indulge in one of the big bruisers...followed by a couple of more money-makers.
  10. It will be interesting to see what designs made it out of the WNW offices.
  11. Damn. Now I need to get two or three...one for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School's display case.
  12. Oh, my word. They really ARE hitting my buttons. Granted that I'd rather have an R-type, but a P-type is a fine warmup...and after building the Mark I kit in 1/720, it really won't be that large. An airship is like a conventional ship...it's long and thin. Easy to put on a shelf.
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