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About KRK4m

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

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  1. Searching all over the web I'm unable to find any review or even just an opinion concerning the Trumpy Panther in Braille scale. Priced - at least in my country - roughly equal to Revell, Italeri and Zvezda (thus far less than Dragon) Trumpeter kits look an interesting solution as all the mentioned European kits are full of issues. So the question is whether has anybody of you built this Chinese tool or at least have you compared it to the other 1:72 Panther kits? Is it any good? Cheers Michael
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    W.W.II German panther tank question?

    As since then (April 2013) five years have elapsed what is your opinion about the new-tool Panthers by Dragon (styrene hull A, D and G), Zvezda and Trumpeter? Being neither a rivet-counter nor a visible interior maniac I'd like to build something well-scaled dimensionally, proportionally shaped and crisply moulded. Are these news better than all these 20th Century rubbish? Cheers Michael
  3. Not exactly - these were I-16s that were called Boeings (because of the P-26). The I-15 was named (and supposed to be a licenced variant of ) Curtiss. Cheers Michael
  4. IIRC the procedure of starting the Wright Cyclone-powered Curtiss Hawk II in Polish Aviation Museum this is the location of starter crank hole. And the Neman R-10 uses the Shvetsov variant of R-1820, so this can be the same :) Cheers Michael
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    Seversky Convoy Fighter

    Not exactly - the Japanese A8V1 had both fuselage and wings identical to the original P-35, whereas the AT-12 Guardsman featured the 59" longer wings and 28" longer fuselage. Thus building the A8V1 using the SH 72260/72262 kit is almost shake and bake - you need only to modify the rear glazing and replace the 14-cylinder R-1830 with the 9-cylinder R-1820 (and some appropriate cowling of course). Beware that SH 72235/72237 kits feature the "intermediate lenght" P-35A fuselage that has to be shortened some 7mm (sic!) to achieve the proper lenght of the 2-seater A8V1 :) Cheers Michael
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    Which Panzer IV Ausf. H in 1/72 ?

    There's still no Modelcollect Pz.IV Ausf.H on the market, however the new tool Zvezda kit of this variant in Braille scale has reached the shelves 2 weeks ago. Has anybody compared it to the Revell one? Both feature some ~150 parts but which one is better shapewise? Cheers Michael
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    Agree with most of the votes mentioned above. All three new toolings have their pros and cons and in my opinion it's only the matter of numbers If you'd like to build the one and only Ju-88 in 1/72 it's hard to find more representative variant than A-4 (>5500 built) - then you can surely go for the Revell kit. If you plan two then the 2nd most prolific was the G nightfighter (>2500 made with large tail, half of them with BMW radials), thus Zvezda will provide you the same shape and details (u/c, surface) for A and G. If you'd like to portrait more of them then go for Hasegawa, where you can find almost all possible variations: Jumo-engined A bombers/C fighters/D recces, their BMW-engined R/S/T counterparts with small tails, large-tailed G fighters with Jumo or BMW engines and long-span egg-nosed Ju 188A/D/E/F (both Jumo- and BMW-engined recce and bombers). It won't be cheap, though - but the 88 is worth of this. More of them were built than Beaufighters and Mosquitoes combined. Cheers Michael
  8. Serge, Great thanks for the production numbers! Frankly speaking there is a misprint within the Arsenyev/Shavrov/Podrepnyi table as P/PF interceptors have been never manufactured in plants 126 and 153, while they were built in plants 21 and 31. But if you move leftwards the P/PF numbers horizontally the table will be OK BTW I have been learning Russian language for 11 years (ending with B2 level state exam), so there is no problem with understanding the text in Grazhdanka. Concerning the Yak-23 I have visited the museum today and the intake diameter at the very (station zero) tip of fuselage front is exactly 680 mm - hope it helps. Cheers Michael
  9. Serge, So we have reached the consensus - for me also camouflage is any coloring different from silver. Although the role played by MiG-17 and -17F in the VVS and in Polish Air Force was slightly different (most Polish-built Lims have been fitted with additional hardpoints for unguided rocket pods that made them rather close-support aircraft than fighters), the camouflage (featuring two-, three- or even four-colour uppersurfaces) appeared on Polish 17s in 1974-75. As the East German MiG-17s received camouflage also in the same period I really doubt if the VVS has introduced the camo od their -17s some 20 years earlier. Of course (after some 15 years of my museum job) I know that plenty of museum artefacts (not only aircraft) are exhibited in schemes and colours that have never been sported by them during their service life. Nevertheless AZ should say "the Kiev museum example in 21st century" and not "the VVS machine from late 50s". And of course add the rear fuselage for unreheated variant :)) Concerning the Yak-23 actually there are two of them in Krakow (of 7 preserved in Poland as whole) and measuring the intake diameter is not a problem at all. You will have this data this week. Cheers Michael BTW. Are there (even approximate) quantities known of the MiG-17 variants (-17, -17A, -17AS, -17F, -17R, -17P, -17PF, -17PFU) manufactured in the USSR? Some sources say that majority of them were the unreheated -17 while others name the reheated -17F the main (in numbers) variant. In Poland only the reheated variants (647 fighters and 129 radar-equipped interceptors) were manufactured, although a small number of unreheated Soviet-built MiG-17s have been also used.
  10. Serge, I have NEVER said that there were no camouflaged MiG-17s sporting red stars. Read my post WITH UNDERSTANDING once again please I just have said that AZ made the mistake (not for the first time though), as: the very aircraft they portrayed was NOT MiG-17F, but earlier MiG-17 with unreheated VK-1A engine and slim airbrakes the camouflage they (properly) show was not introduced in the "late 50s" but in early 70s - both in the VVS and in the DOSAAF by the way The photos (and the whole thread) you linked also shows ONLY unreheated variant and the pictures are dated 1982-83, thus they don't deny my words in any way Cheers Michael
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    Polish RAF Mustang III

    Lack of Fin Flashes and yellow wing leading edges make this Mustang less colourful than it should be... Cheers Michael
  12. And once again AZ failed to be true. The aircraft from Kiev exhibition was the "bare" MiG-17 (NOT -17F) - with longer, slimmer rear fuselage, smaller airbrakes and no afterburner. There are dozens of photos existing of this #02, several decal manufacturers all over the world have included this plane in various MiG-17 decal sets, a.s.o. Moreover in late 50s all MiG-17s and -17Fs in Soviet service wore no camouflage. This 4 colour scheme has been introduced in early 70s, just before the Fresco retirement. Cheers Michael
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    1/72 Gnome-Rhône 14M suggestions?

    Once again, Jure Me 323 had Gnome-Rhone 14N engines - exactly double the size of GR 14M. They only do look similar, but whereas 14M is extremely tiny (1160 CID, thus smaller even than R-1535 Twin Wasp Junior), the GR 14K and 14N Mistral Majors are large beasts of 2360 CID - almost the size of BMW 801 (2560 CID), ASh-82 (2520 CID) and Wright R-2600 Cyclone 14. Better keep on with these Hs 129 engines... Cheers Michael
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    1/72 Gnome-Rhône 14M suggestions?

    Not exactly - actually the Br.695 used the twin-row 14-cylinder R-1535 TWIN Wasp Junior (like the Finnish Fokker D.XXI for example). The aircraft you listed used the single-row 9-cylinder R-985 Wasp Jr. Only the cylinders are the same... Cheers Michael
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    P23B Karas 1/72

    BTW the author of this Polish article linked by JWM is GrzeM from BM forums - let him say more about the subject. Cheers Michael