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John Meyer

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  1. I'm working on this kit as well and have done some balance tests. There's ample room in existing spaces for weight without cutting holes in the wings, using magnets, etc. You can put weight in the "fuselage," the landing gear pontoons and supports, and the engine nacelles. I threw away all the landing gear struts due to concerns about their weakness. They're also fiddly as can be, and completely invisible once the pontoons are together. I made axles out of steel rod and styrente supports glued to the pontoon walls. Much easier and stronger. While it's a very cool kit in some ways, it
  2. Yeah - I could see them yesterday but not now. I'll redo the post using Flickr. Maybe Google doesn't like being linked. OR: you can look here directly. https://photos.app.goo.gl/Bo1HdSMDfXcTtuUA9
  3. This model depicts P-51H-5-NA 44-64415 in service with the National Advisory Council for Aeronautics (N.A.C.A.) Ames Aeronautical Laboratory at Moffett Field, California, ca. 1957. This is the excellent Modelsvit kit. The gunsight was omitted, as were the wing guns and tailwhell bay doors. The only correction needed was to close the main landing gear doors, as these were always closed on the P-51H after every gear extension. (Modelsvit has erroneously designed them to be positioned open.) I used a few of the decals from the Caracal P-51H sheet: the data stencil and the NACA e
  4. I'd have purchased a number of his kits if it weren't for the awful print quality. That it hasn't improved since the DO-X is baffling to me.
  5. Thanks everyone! It was definitely a labor of love. The actual H-4 is a magnificent piece of work, and much more sophisticated than most people realize. Someone asked about the finish. It's Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminum from the rattle can, except decanted and thinned with Mr. Leveling Thinner. I used my old Paasche H to spray it.
  6. From the Amodel kit. Build photos: Part 1 https://goo.gl/photos/fv9LJa4N9yaeSD7W9 Part 2 https://goo.gl/photos/rbRCrupfZrnjb3aL6 Part 3 (includes completed model photos) https://photos.app.goo.gl/TEbZ36CbWZzCwnQf6
  7. Nice job on that kit! Too bad it's such a turd in terms of accuracy. I'd love to have a 1/72 Concorde, just not this one!
  8. Nice job! I think this is the first I've seen of this kit built up. This is very interesting to me as I have a copy of this kit that I haven't started yet. I had not seen your in-progress thread, and comparing your kit to mine, I wonder if Fliegerhorst didn't totally rework it. The resin in my kit is very hard, for example. The fuselage has a cutout for the cockpit with two options: a resin part with open framing or a clear vacuform part. The tail section is a separate part. And the scribing & fit (as far as I've taped it together at least) isn't too bad. Finally, my decals look nicely pri
  9. Thanks everyone for the kind remarks. It really is a great kit, and I highly recommend it. If we all buy one, they'll do more aircraft! It really "feels" like a styrene kit. The resin is not as brittle as some, and the castings are so thin it really behaves like styrene except, of course, that solvent cements are powerless. It's not difficult to build, but there are a lot of very tiny, very fiddly little parts, both resin and photo-etch to contend with. The fit s very good: it almost snaps together, although in some case removing a hair's width of material helps. I do wish I had a "do over" o
  10. This is a really great kit. I hope they continue with more aircraft kits!
  11. Can anyone confirm the SS United States as the old tool or is it new?
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