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About KRK4m

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  • Birthday 04/25/1957

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    Krakow PL
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    1/72 aircraft & AFV, 1/700 warships, H0 trains

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  1. A spoon of tar to this barrel of honey - it's not first time that painting scheme of KP/AZ kit is far from historical truth. There is (and was) no place called Mokotowice in Poland and this Polish C.III is a very hypothetical specimen (no serial nor individual codes). There are several photos known of the Polish C.IIIs and most (if not all) of them have plain olive green uppersurfaces. Moreover - some of them feature individual codes and/or serials :( It's quite opposite to the AZ 7329 Lim-5 s/n 1C1023 that is shown in 3-colour uppersurface camouflage while the real plane sported FOUR topside colours. And don't try to persuade me that some other authors also show it like AZ does. The prototype is exhibited at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow and the man who brought her there in 1988 was... yours very truly. Cheers Michael
  2. I also believe that the answer is Airfix, as Hasegawa is 1/68 and Dragon 1/76. But there is also the very good AZ in 1/72 that I have in stash. I'll try to compare it to Airfix when the last mentioned appears in my LHS. Cheers Michael
  3. As far as it concerns the forward-cockpit M105-engined Yak-9s I'm still pleased with my Valom kit (they also do several Yak-7 boxings). Unfortunately Valom stopped releasing the 1/72 Yak-7/9 family at the stage called "early -9". Of course -9D, -9B and -9R are buildable from this kit, but the same cannot be said about the -9T, -9M and -9DD. I hope you remember that all VK107-engined Yak-9s had the wing moved forward due to the CG problems. Cheers Michael
  4. It's not the matter of larger cylinder heads - in fact the heads of Mercury and Perseus are the roughly the same size. The difference is that Perseus uses sleeve-valves, while Mercury has rocker valves that necessitated using of these cowling bulges. Cheers Michael
  5. Frankly speaking both these Su-15 and Mig-21 were rather STOL than VTOL machines... However it's very interesting for me whether this 23DPD used the wings of Ye-152/166 ? Or it's the other way round - maybe these are the wings of (then) future Chinese J-8 ? It looks impossible for me that the Russians have simply made two (or three) sets of wings to throw them away and scrap - this money must have been returned Cheers Michael
  6. Well done, Brother... Nice result from the very mediocre kit Cheers Michael
  7. As real Belfast used the Britannia wings, Didier can go the same way ... Cheers Michael
  8. Same applies to me, but much sooner - just 6 months left Cheers Michael
  9. A tailwheel fork of certain He-116 is preserved (some 5-10 years ago it was even exhibited) in the Polish Aviation Museum Krakow. Cheers Michael
  10. A tailwheel fork of certain He-116 is preserved (some 5-10 years ago it was even exhibited) in the Polish Aviation Museum Krakow. Cheers Michael
  11. Shame, Brother... You've seen (and even touched) a 11-cylinder Sh,III radial several times at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow. I'm afraid some basic lecithin therapy would be appropriate Cheers Michael
  12. Still hoping that "plain" XXV TOE (SH72407) won't be cancelled ... Cheers Michael
  13. Decidely more Alphajet alike, although a little bit larger (5% in wingspan, 14% in wing area) and heavier (some 12%). The only similarity with Pampa could be the unswept wing, but Pampa weighed 3 tons less, which made the twin-engined layout unnecessary. Another retrograde step comparing to both Western designs were the single-shaft turbojets used instead of more modern turbofans. In the end only 17 were built (including prototypes), 8 of which were briefly (1992-96) used by the Polish Air Force. Sad comparison to 3000+ Aero L-39/59/159 or even to the 424 pieces of TS-11 Iskra built. Cheers Michael
  14. Exactly - in all Yak-7 and-9 variants the leg is straight and it reaches the wheel from outside (like in Hurricane, Fw190 or Tempest) while the original (older) solution was similar to the T-6/P-51 with inboard strut (bent in the middle) and outboard wheel. What's funny - the Yak-15 also uses the Yak-1/3 design, while the Yak-17 features wheels held from outside. Considering great shape commonality of the VK-107-powered Yak-9U/P and Yak-3 (both featured the ventral glycol cooler moved aft and both lacked the undernose oil cooler scoop) the best method of quick recognition is looking at the main u/c. Unfortunately it doesn't help with the modern-built Allison-powered aircraft, which differ only in the wing span and cockpit location - all they use the Yak-1/3/11/15 inboard struts and flaps following the wing trailing edge contour (in all wartime Yak-7s and -9s the flaps were perpendicular to the fuselage axis), which makes them only the "Yak-9 alike" replicas and not the copies of the real warbird. Cheers Michael
  15. I know, Richard... But I've started my MWS experience roughly half-a year ago with no results yet. Next I repeated the whole registration procedure in April, then a week ago. I'm still unable to log in using my nick and password while introducing new password is quickly blocked due to the existing password/address combination. Something crazy Cheers Michael
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