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    PATTON TANK BUILD - Now at 31 ! 30/03/19 - 30/06/19.

    Asmodai's World of Italeri M47 Bitz is now open for business to serve his fellow modelers! As long as you don't need running gear, anyway....
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    PATTON TANK BUILD - Now at 31 ! 30/03/19 - 30/06/19.

    Ah, the saga continues here! I decided to crack one of my Italeri M47 kits open. I have several; the kit has appeared in many boxes, and at least three other company's branding besides Italeri over the years. I opened up a still sealed Testors boxing from the late 80s; while the kit is exactly the same, Testors directions were usually more comprehensive at least. I got a surprise! The kit has three main sprues - hull, turret, and running gear. Inside my sealed and internally bagged Testors kit, I found hull, turret, turret. No running gear, LOL ! I think the hobby gods are trying to tell me something about being part of this group build . I opened one of the other boxings I had, and it was correctly packed this time . Whew! I didn't want to open the third one I had here, too... Another note for anyone else contemplating this kit. In almost all of the boxings, the exact same four decal options are given - US, German, French, and Italian. Italeri did not do a lot of research on these, and the markings may not be complete or very accurate for an actual in service vehicle, if that is your goal. The markings on the US one, for example, are of a museum M47 that last I knew was at the Camp Roberts Museum in California. So you may want to do some more research if using kit decals, and these things bother you.
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    PATTON TANK BUILD - Now at 31 ! 30/03/19 - 30/06/19.

    Anyone still out there? About three months to go until launch. I'll bump this back to page one with a bit of news. I've decided to join the M47 crowd. I'm going to do the Italeri one over the newer Takom kits, though. After looking at the Takom kit in person, and reading some online stuff, it has some significant issues of its own despite it being 40 years newer than the Italeri kit. The Italeri M47 is a true classic. It was one of the best kits available of any piece of armor when introduced in the 70s, and while it has its drawbacks , it still holds its own as a viable option all these years later. I also have an extensive upgrade set for this vehicle from DEF Models. It has resin, etch, metal, and decals for the M47. I'm not sure how much of it I will use, but the main thing I wanted in the set was the simulation of the canvas covered gun mantlet. These vehicles, and the M48 for that matter, were not often seen without this cover. AFV Club's set of T84E1 tracks are also appropriate for this vehicle. One other word of advice to group builders in the meantime here - check your photo hosting, and make sure it's working. There has been a lot of upheaval in the image hosting business the last few years, and you may need to change or upgrade your image hosting capabilities. Be prepared now!
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    Hasegawa's 1/32 F-104G/S "World Starfighter"

    This should answer your questions - https://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/has/kit_has_08061.shtml The kit dates from the 70s, and while it was nice at the time, I think most would pass it by in favor of the Italeri kit. And the 'World' boxing did include resin bulged doors for the 'G'.
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    Where to start?

    While enamels and oils are certainly in use still, that is considered kind of 'old school' these days. You'll find a lot of painters these days working exclusively in acrylics, such as Vallejo, Andrea, or Scale75, for example.
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    New Airfix 1/35 armour?

    I think it is highly unlikely given the state of the company to see Airfix make a move into the 1/35 market. While I wouldn't mind seeing some of these vehicles, I still think the market for modern British equipment other than MBTs is going to be a fairly niche at best. Airfix needs to be more careful with what resources they can get out of Hornby these days. I would agree it is time for 1/76 armour to die; if there is going to be any going forward in small scale, it should be 1/72. That is similar to the small, but very vocal group demanding more 1/600 ships from Airfix. The scale is dead, dead, dead, dead. Get over it. If Airfix introduces any new ships in the future, it needs to be in 1/350 or 1/700. Sometimes, I think people want the company to fail with some of these ideas to 'save' it....
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    Army of Ghosts

    I did indeed decide to use the new Technical paint Hexwraith Flame on these guys. I have about half of the Nighthaunt side of the box done. After using, I do wish I had either toned it down more, or gone with something more subtle. The idea of the glowing green sounds cooler in theory than the resulting models. But I kind of need to finish the army this way now. If I were to start again, I might have chosen to make a mixture with GW Nihilakh Oxide paint instead. It would be less garish than the Hexwraith Flame. Ironically, I did not use the other new Technical paint, the blue Nighthaunt Gloom. I used Incubi Darkness dark blue base on the cowls of the infantry models and the ‘flesh’ of the Knight’s steed. For some reason, the Knight’s background story of being a bitter sellout, trading his soul to get something he could not in life, appeals to me.
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    Army of Ghosts

    You’ve done some nice work, and the Nighthaunt are some of the most interesting Games Workshop models in a while. I am working my way through the Soul Wars box, even though I am a mediocre painter. The Knight of Shrouds is my favorite model; I mostly followed the GW tutorial on him. I have no creativity at all...
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    1/18 X-Wing part works

    It's available to the US as well - https://www.model-space.com/us/build-star-wars-x-wing-model.html At $64.99/month for 25 months, I think I'll be passing on this one. It's $74.99/month if you want the hangar accessories and figures....
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    PATTON TANK BUILD - Now at 31 ! 30/03/19 - 30/06/19.

    It’s a shame that Dragon did such a horrible job with both the 1/72 and 1/35 M103s. It is a personal favorite non mainstream vehicle for me, and it stinks that the only injection kits available or foreseeable for it are so pathetic. More caricatures than representations of the real thing. Unfortunately, the Black Death line from Dragon was right about when their pullback from plastic models started. And it shows....
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    Space Marines and Conquest magazine.

    The paints included with the Conquest mags are the standard 12ml pots, just like you buy off the Citadel rack. The little ones were 3ml; but I believe they are in the process of phasing those out. But the sets with them are probably still on shelves some places, no doubt.
  12. It's likely to be very old tools that were still in the US, as I imagine the most recent and 'economically viable' molds were probably already in China. Where Revell will probably be glad to leave them. Both sides are probably considering the sale of the remaining US molds as a 'win' - Atlantis can probably do limited production runs and make some $$$s off of nostalgia, and Revell got some cash for tooling it did not want, and now does not have to pay to move, store, or scrap.
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    Game of thrones

    There's more from Andrea. They can be tough to find unless you look through the pages, as Andrea's Thrones stuff is not licensed. This 1/8 'Warrior of the North' bust is obviously supposed to be Ned Stark, and is a pretty good likeness of actor Sean Bean. https://www.andreadepotusa.com/en/1/andrea-miniatures/109/the-bust-collection/2233/s9-b32-warrior-of-the-north.html
  14. You'd probably have to ask Tena to be sure; they are pretty responsive. But I would imagine it is hard wired into the board in this case. Could be wrong, though. I can see why some people would like the effect, and others wouldn't. I've disagreed with some of their other design choices, like on some Star Trek lighting they sell, but their stuff is quality if it meets your needs.
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    Aircraft Modelling magazines

    And they wonder why print is dying.... For largely the reasons mentioned, I've pretty much stopped buying all hobby magazines. The European ones used to be pretty good, but they are mostly cookie cutter clones of each other nowadays. I could write the entire text of most 'articles' out here - 'Here's a photo of the parts on the table and the box top!' 'Here's 18 photos with no captions of the kit and the $300 of aftermarket bits I added for no discernible reason!' 'Here's two photos of my finished model. Enjoy!' The End.