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  1. It is actually not that small. With a wingspan of almost 40' is sized out to 6.5", Bigger then many WW I fighters. But at only 5'3" miself I like small things Thanks
  2. Octopus which is/was distributed by Pavla also made a complete, mostly plastic kit.
  3. It seems to be common with Diamond and Cirrus and perhaps other aircraft. It broke and was repaired a number of times during construction and I may have it a little forward to help it sit on the nose gear. Thanks
  4. This is my Decarli Models 1/72 Diamond T-52A, AKA Diamond DA40. This was, until recently when it was replaced by the Cirrus T-53A, the US Air Force Academy Primary trainer. The Decarli resin was virtually free of pin holes with the exception of what I would call more bubbles in the wing leading edge which were easily fixed. However the resin surface was a bit rough and needed smoothing. I can't complain about the assembly instructions since there were none. No exploded view, no part list, nothing. There were detailed decal instructions. There were parts and markings for an Academy T-52A, and a Bangladeshi Army DA40 NG, but only the decal drawings gave any indication of which was which. I had to contact Mr Decarli for info on some of the parts and he was very swift and helpful in replying. The only issue I had was with the vertical tail. As can be seen in this picture* The tail is the same width as the tail boom, while the part supplied was a 2 dimensional slab. It took a bit of filling and sanding to get it to blend in, but I think it came out well. It is also a tail sitter. I hollowed out the nose as much as possible and filled it with #10 shot. I even drilled out the spinner and added shot, but it still sits on its tail. The decals were printed by an ALPS printer on a somewhat thick single film. The instructions say to give them a coat of Microscale decal film to keep them from cracking, but I found this to be not needed. In all a quick (8 days) and pleasant build. And here it is. Next up is the Hasegawa EA-6B Enjoy *This phot is a publicity shot from the Academy from when the plane was first introduced. The older gentleman is 3 star general and the superintendent of the Academy. the younger guy is a Cadet 1 at the Academy. I can't imagine what is going though his head,
  5. This is the Fujimi 1/72 Douglas TA-4J advanced trainer. Considering its age the Fujimi kit is very decent requiring a minimum for filler. The only trouble area was the engine intakes which did require a bit of sanding and filler. The only issues I had where with the painting and the decals. I used Aires seats, Eduard painted brass interior, and and a combination of the kit and Microscale, and Fantasy Print Shop decals. I dropped the front slats, and rear flaps, but left the air breaks closed. For the white I used Tamiya's lacquer Liquid Surface Primer-W (87096) I like this because; it doesn't yellow like enamels will. it is a hard surface that can be sanded, it dries very quickly, and I have to use a primer anyway. Its negatives are that being a super fast drying lacquer it can not be touched up with a brush, and some enamels don't stick to it very well and can peal off when removing masking. This is not a problem I have had with the gray primer. I used Humbrol 60 for the red and I probably should have used 19 since the 60 was a little too dark and the 19 matches the decals better. I also had a problem with the 60 not wanting to dry. It stayed tacky, so if I touched it and then the white I would leave a red fingerprint. Also painting the edges of all the doors drove me crazy I generally don't like Fujimi decals, mainly because their whites are more of an off white or cream. Also the kit decals were for VC rather then VT squadron and I wanted a VT squadron. So I hunted for some after market ones and found the Microscale 72-211 sheet which does have marking for VT squadrons. I remember, in the old days, when Microscale decals where the ultimate decals you could buy, but now a days I will only use them as a last resort. Mostly because they tend to disintegrate when dipped in the water. Before using I gave them a coat of of decal film and 2 of them still gave me trouble. The sheet did not come with the stars and bars so I use a Fantasy Print Shop set, and the stencils on the Fujimi sheet looked better so I used them. All in all I am mostly happy with how it turned out. Next up the the recently released Declari T-52A primary trainer for, hopeully, a quick build. Enjoy.
  6. @ReccePhreak I built the AC-123K version of this kit, and to quote from that thread: "All decals will silver to some extent, but this can usually be fixed with decal solvent and a sharp knife to make tiny holes in the silvered area for the solvent to seep into. Not these. They resisted all efforts to fix and I am somewhat embarrassed to show the pictures because of this. They must come from the same source as the early Academy decals. Luckily the silvering doesn't show up too much in the pictures. " So I have to concur with Mr. Eaton. Also I found the fit to be atrocious and the instruction flawed. Good luck
  7. The one thing the Fujimi kits have is the separate slat can be displayed dropped
  8. @Tailspin Turtle What about the lower wing flap. Many pictures show it lowered (opened?) on parked aircraft, but I also see it closed? Thanks Howard
  9. The low vis starts on my sheet where just gray blobs void of detail. I also find that the hi vis stars are more off-white or cream rather then white. I have seen the Hobby 2000 boxings , but I already had the Fujimi so didn't get them. Thanks Howard
  10. The new tool Airfix is a fantastic kit with the best fit I have ever seen.
  11. I think the hump gives it more of an aggressive look. All the Fujimi renditions seem to have the same set of stores. When I work on the A-4F next year I'll have to switch them out with some aftermarket ordnance for some veriety, Thanks
  12. This is the Fujimi 1/72 Douglas A-4M Skyhawk. The A-4M was the last single seat version of the Skyhawk and was build specifically for the US Marines. This is the second of 4 Fujimi A-4s I am building. The first was the OA-4M and the next will be the TA-4J. Compared to my T-34C build last month this was a pleasant, trouble and drama free build, and a big mojo restorer. Fit was generally good and it used a minimum of filler. The cockpit was nice with decal instrument panels. I am not a big fan of Fujimi decals so I used the Wolfpak 72-073 decal sheet. The decals worked fine with a minimum of silvering that was easily fixed. I did the front slats open, and left the rear flaps closed. Note that with this color scheme the area under the slats and the edges of the landing gear doors are not usually painted red. Not much else to say, so here it is: Next up will be the Fujimi TA-4J. Enjoy
  13. @Denford I am not trying to hijack this tread, but what is the source of this rumor? I don't see any mention of it in the Rumormonger forum.
  14. As the war went on the perceived threat changed. I can't tell you which is which but one camouflage worked best against subs, another against surface ships and yet another against aircraft. I find it amazing how small the New York, which was a large ship in its day, is compared to the later ships.
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