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  1. Great work so far - I agree some Photo-etch parts don't make much improvement - and also the resin aftermarket parts like Binoculars , Search Light and Tracking Range finder scopes , add a big improvement to a Model ( and often are missing from some aftermarket sets )
  2. Agreed . Frankly its ignorant treatment and the main reason I love youtube is where the people get properly interviewed . Just wish in 2020 they discover and dive IJN Shinano or the HMS Barham and Kelly in the Mediterranean .or HMS Glorious in the Artic
  3. 1/350 Trumpeter Italian Fiume Heavy Cruiser released for sale by them on their November release date announcement
  4. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/deep-sea-explorers-discover-second-wwii-era-japanese-warship/vi-AAJ7tzI
  5. I enquired about getting Johnny Alpha's Westinghouse Blaster printed ( there is a 3D formula for printing it ) - and it would be over £ 1000 to get it made , even with Shapeways as others have said - sadly bite the bullet and pay the money
  6. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/rv-petrel-battle-midway-kaga-wreck-aircraft-carrier-ww2-paul-allen-a9161481.html Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken Second World War ships have uncovered the wreck of a Japanese aircraft carrier destroyed in the pivotal Battle of Midway. Fought in June 1942, the clash saw US aircraft carriers ambush their Japanese foes and sink all four opposing Imperial Navy (IJN) flattops thanks partly to intelligence gained through intercepted communications. The crew of the Petrel research vessel, in conjunction with the US Navy, revealed on Friday that it had found the Japanese carrier Kaga lying 5.4km beneath the waves. This week, the crew is sending robots into the abyss to investigate what may be another wreck site.
  7. well done ! you are of this ?? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/rv-petrel-battle-midway-kaga-wreck-aircraft-carrier-ww2-paul-allen-a9161481.html Kaga has been found today
  8. Austro-Hungarian dreadnought Szent Istvan 1/350 scale box-art I think the release might be at the start of 2020 and a much clearer photo of what the Model will look like ( and I am aware there are a few differences - ) She differed from her three sister-ships in that she had a platform built around the fore funnel which extended from the bridge to the after funnel and on which several searchlights were installed. A further distinguishing feature was the modified ventilator trunk in front of the mainmast. She was the only ship of her class not to be fitted with torpedo nets.
  9. " I opted to use the kit mushroom vents, since to my eyes their main benefit on the model is to provide a bit of contrast and texture to the deck. Plus I already have dozens of them ready to go. " don't blame you , when you have paid good money , the Vents should be good to go - one question - did Fly hawk give you Bollards with the set ? anyway - lovely work on the Model
  10. agreed - very surprised that the company have not realised this fact , I always go for Open Canopies nowadays , as the details are far easier to display - frankly - a photo-etch set for the Cockpit - like Levers and Instrument dials looks to be essential , as an aftermarket addition - and the cockpit seems a bit sparse - although this leaves it open as a great place to do some super detailing , no doubt Eduard will provide some nice aftermarket details in Photo-etch . I like the fine detailing - I am just a bit surprised that more fine detail seems not to be provided , like a pitot tube ( I always replaced the kit version with brass , mind ) I also think the guns on the wings would be better replaced with brass , hollow ended examples - I would give the kit 3 or 4 out of 5 , I just thought it would be more ' detailed ' or am I being Harsh ?? I just expected , more , as the 1./48 Fiat G.55 they provided was a lovely kit - and from memory had more detail
  11. an update - the Joy-Yard kit is now released for sale on ebay - Limited Edition with only 4000 Units for sale - with £ 169 price tag ( free postage from China ) I would wait for independent reviews before purchasing one - although they seem to be steadily being sold and the old post about " am convinced the Project is dead in the water , as the Company have run out of Money to re-produce the Kit as a new , and Correct Moulding " I am very happy if I appear to be wrong - and the Model is sold and is a success - I also happened to see a post comparing the three kits, http://tieba.baidu.com/p/6293196197 - note although in Chinese it can be translated with google translation - and is fascinating - to compare the 3 kits - the Joy Yard , Tamiya and Very Fire from 2018 | Initial release - new tool Please see a review of the Very Fire Kit - http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/ships/bb/bb-63/Missouri-350-vf/VeryFire350Missouri.htm
  12. If it helps you - there are far superior Brass parts out there for you - for my money , you are actually looking at Mushroom Vents - and you can get one part machined ones from Alliance Modelworks and if you want to make your life easier - https://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/amwnw35077.htm show what I am talking about Alliance Modelworks do several types - I have used them before , on HMS Repulse and they worked a treat , the sample you show is NOT a Bollard give you an idea what they are like when fitted - see below if you want to see what Bollards are like - https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/273875115455?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=273875115455&targetid=800003223996&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=&poi=&campaignid=1505503898&mkgroupid=59698560202&rlsatarget=pla-800003223996&abcId=1139606&merchantid=6995734&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrpvD1tiR5QIVDEPTCh0J1ws4EAQYBCABEgLChfD_BwE
  13. 73north

    Which focke fw190?

    Note - if you shop around on Ebay , you should get a kit quite cheaply of the old tool 2006 edition Eduard FW 190 the old-tool ( produced in 2006 ) was a best-seller by 2009, as the Fw 190 kit is one of Eduard's best-sellers with over 40.000 copies sold in different variants (A-8, A-5, A-6, F-8, Weekend Edition, Royal Class Box etc...). Before this Modellers had the choice of the old but accurate Dragon Würger family; a newer (and very nice) Hasegawa Fw 190 A-3/4; and the easy to build but somewhat flawed Tamiya kits. Then in 2006 - Eduard produced the most detailed Fw 190 kit in 1/48 scale , by a mile. For example, in every Focke-Wulf Fw 190 kit produced to date, the access hatch for the inboard wing cannon has a big seam line running in line with the wing root. This is usually tricky to eliminate. Eduard's kit addresses this challenge with separate hatches. Not only does this avoid the seam line, but Eduard also provides gun bay interior detail to permit the hatch to be posed open. This is not a kit that will fall together by itself, so you will be advised to allocate plenty of time and treat it with the respect that it deserves. If you have already assembled a few kits, however, you should not have any trouble finishing this wonderful FW 190
  14. would this be of any use to your Model ? https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/p/WEM+1600+HMS+Ajax+PE+617/5348/#.XZ0lIuTsaUk
  15. 73north

    Which focke fw190?

    I recommend you go for the new tool Eduard Fw190 1/48- a lot easier to build closed up , the old tool was designed to show everything off , which if you don't want , is hard to do - This was my old tool Focke-Wulf 1/48 Model displayed at aircraft resource - website - it goes into detail , what are the potential pitfalls https://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal12/11101-11200/gal11111-Fw-190-Walker/00.shtm to quote - However with my model , I wanted to keep the panels closed. It was not too problematic; I just needed to sand the interior detail off the wing root gun panels or the panels won‘t close properly otherwise ( test fit it yourself to see what I mean ). But the fuselage gun cowling was different; The gun tray and bulkhead needed to be eliminated. The over-wide fuselage then needed to be braced around the gun cover and carefully super glued into place. Finally, the instrument bezel had to be secured to something as the gun bulkhead was gone. Finally I highly recommend the excellent Air Master 1/48 brass barrels by the Polish company Master Model ( order ref AM-48-019 ).
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