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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. It will be interesting to see what designs made it out of the WNW offices.
  9. Damn. Now I need to get two or three...one for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School's display case.
  10. 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.
  11. Good! As small as aerobatic aircraft are, they really needed to have started in this scale.
  12. I think they have a fighting chance. The Squadron name is still worth something. Maybe not much, but something...and it can be rebuilt. Especially if they can get some exclusive (at least in the USA) kits or even supplies. Maybe do package kit deals like the Encore kits. Or (dare one even hope) run the Wingnut Wings molds to ground and repop those.
  13. I just find it interesting that Takom has been quietly doing a series of naval weapons in this scale. And they appear to be selling well enough to keep making them.
  14. It's released. Lucky Model has them.
  15. WRT scale, I could see 1/144...or 1/350. These things are ships with wings, not airplanes.
  16. Thunderous applause! You won't believe it, but the U.S. Navy had an abortive program to test one of the ex-Soviet WIGs in the mid-90s. Although our resident expert on ground effect was convinced that the Alexiev Bureau had gone down a wrong path, and that a delta wing was the correct configuration. There have been reports of RAF Vulcans setting up for 300 knots at 1,000 ft, descending to ~30 ft....and accelerating past 400 kts without touching the throttles.
  17. A Crusader III would be nice, but an F-108 would be a bigger seller. I'd buy both, of course.
  18. The R100 would not be at the top of my priority list, but I'd buy one. USS Akron, I'd prefer. An N-ship. Hell, a Skyship 600 would be quite welcome. I'd dearly love a YEZ-2A (I worked on that program), but it was never built.
  19. They've been doing Zeppelins! Hooray! Just released a pair of K-ship blimps from the Second World War...hopefully will do a postwar N-ship.
  20. I might just buy two...one for me, the other for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School display case.
  21. That's my bet. The real joker in the deck is the HP 0/100 and 0/400. Which were reportedly in a much more advanced stage of tooling than the Triplane.
  22. Probably. What it does indicate is that the 1/32 Triplane has sold well enough to make them willing to invest in 1/24th scale molds.
  23. I'd like to see a kit of one of the Vietnam War recon Firebees.
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