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HMSLion

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  1. My biggest headache is quality. WNW raised the bar. Copper State seems to have been able to keep pace in 1/32, Eduard is awfully close in 1/48. Roden's 1/32nd kits have a reputation (deserved) for being more than somewhat difficult to build. If Roden gets their act together, they can make money...WNW was being dragged down by the selection of subjects.
  2. Well, if you want 1/48, I think both Dragon and Eduard have that in hand.
  3. Hopefully they'll do a B-36D. It'll be interesting to see if they do defensive armament...or a bomb load.
  4. I'm not going to argue, I'm just going to buy three or four of them. And build them. WRT the O/400 and Lancaster, we need to remember that those "Christmas present stash queen" kits were probably the death of WNW. The last WNW releases were the Felixstowe, AEG, Gotha G.1 - and the O/400, Dr.1, and Lancaster cued up right behind them. And those $350 monsters with 30-inch wingspans may sound appealing, but I'm a firm believer in the Rule of 225 (or 1600, in metric units). A model needs to fit onto a rectangle of roughly 15 x 15 inches (or 40 x 40 cm). Much larger than that, and you've got nowhere to put the blasted thing.
  5. That being said, I'm surprised the Nieuports aren't selling better. It's a good kit, and the rigging is a lot easier than any British aircraft of the period.
  6. The book isn't complete, not by several thousand rows of trees. Tom Wolfe did not talk to the Flight Directors. Chris Kraft's memoirs tell the story from that perspective. Then you have to start reading between the lines. The Mercury missions took place at the cusp of a major change in the way that flight test operations were run. During the Golden Age of the late 1940s and early to mid 1950s, there wasn't a lot of telemetry, a test pilot might have one flight test engineer, and the pilot was very much in charge. Starting with the X-15 program, telemetry became a lot more capable, the number of flight test engineers went up, and the complexity went through the roof. And with Mercury, there was a massive fight over who was really in charge of the mission...the astronaut or the flight director. Kraft won that argument. Another aspect that doesn't get paid enough attention was that the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps sent their A-team, the USAF sent their B-list. Four Mercury astronauts were Naval Aviators. Two were full Commanders with squadron command experience, one was the Class Desk for fighters at the Bureau of Aeronautics, and one was a Lt. Commander with a VP background. The USAF sent two Captains and a Major...one grade lower than their Navy/Marine Corps counterparts.
  7. The word from the employees is that they no longer have employment. Although I agree that the molds will resurface. The O/100 is reported to be about 99% done...it would ideally get a final tweak but could be released now. Although the Triplane would be the big money-maker. That's a license to print money.
  8. I agree 100%. Although I think the economy will recover more quickly than people may think, the truth is that a lot of plastic is molded in China, a lot of decals are printed in Italy...and those two countries were hit hard. We're looking at a 90 day slide in schedules, plus restart time for production processes, shipping time, etc. I would expect the total impact to be four to six months. WRT Wingnut Wings, I'm not certain about NZ laws and terms used. Here in the USA, many workers have been "furloughed" - loss of pay, possible loss of benefits, can apply for unemployment benefits...but there is a clear intent to rehire. Given the situation in NZ, I could see that happening to the WNW staff, easily.
  9. I suspect you'll see it eventually. Even if WNW went under, the molds and CAD/CAM designs are worth money...and a WNW-quality Dr.1 would be a red-hot seller.
  10. Complete with the Very Special Display Base, no doubt.
  11. More than you might think. The Platz RQ-4N (sic) kit completely misses the reshaping of the nose section. A Triton has a significantly blunter nose (it was designed to house an anticollision radar), not to mention the EO/IR turret. About the only change they got right on that kit is the radome for the search radar.
  12. There are a fair number of photos available online. Be sure you have the right version, though. The Global Hawk family has a lot of minor branches.
  13. What...you want another Me-109? Or F-35A? At least this is different. I'll warn you - in 1/48, it'll be a big model. The actual aircraft has a 131 foot wingspan. I could wish for an RQ-4A, there are more potential marking variants (all-white test aircraft, "tuxedo" gray-and-white initial deployment scheme, U.S. Navy dark gray scheme, and NASA all-white scheme). And am eagerly awaiting a decent MQ-4C kit.
  14. I built the original release from Skunkworks. It's a nice kit, goes together well with few problems. I've also got a 1/72 version, which makes an interesting comparison to kits of tactical jets in the same scale. Or parked next to an RQ-4. Those things are big. I just wish someone would release an injected RQ-4A (which is significantly smaller than the RQ-4B), and an MQ-4 Triton (which has a lot of OML changes, the Platz "RQ-4N" really doesn't capture the shapes).
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