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About NickOnai

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  1. Do you recall when the article on the 1/72 RA5-Cto A5A conversion was published in Finescale Modeler? I have all back issues, back to #1. I also have the 1/48 Cutting Edge A3J-1/ A5A conversion for the RA-5C. It would be 'way too large. I'll probably want to sell that one.


    1. boffin


      I think it was Jan 93



    2. NickOnai


      Thanks, I'll check the "pile". If I find it, I'm going to put the 1/48 Collect Aire (Cutting Edge??) Vigilante correction set up for sale on EBAY. Nick

  3. Hi, your HU-16B ASW is beautiful! I just bought the 1/72 RVHP kit from Aviation Megastore. Just waiting for the 1/72 RVHP HU-16 A kit so that I can have them shipped together. Do you think it would be worthwhile to replace the engines with Aires or Vector units? I'll definitely lightly re-scribe the panel lines, drop the flaps and deflect the control surfaces. SAC doesn't offer 1/72 landing gear, so I'll have to scratch build those. I don't know how much effort I'll put into building a flight deck or interior. I do have a bunch of Eduard Tracker/Tracer interior PE sets that I could use, but they are a finite quantity. Wish me luck! Nick
  4. NickOnai

    RVHP Resin - available again?

    Hi, I just ordered an RV HP HU-16 B ASW from Aviation Megastore. It's stored, awaiting the arrival of an HU-16a kit. I'd like to have them shipped together to save costs. I've also purchased a number of items from them in the past...Lockheed EC121L Warning Star (WV-2E) for Heller kit 1 Lockheed NC-121K Warning star for Heller kit and 2 PB-1W's I want to build both variants one with a dorsal radome and one with a ventral radome. I find them to be helpful and courteous. Nick
  5. NickOnai

    Gannet AEW kits in 1/48 scale?

    To: FAAFAN. I just heard from a fellah at Kitty Hawk. They were the guys who did the ejection molds for Classic Airframes. They recently bought everything from Classic Airframes and there's a possibility that they may bring out a 1/48 Fairey Gannet AEW 3 and a 1/48 Fairey Gannet COD. I also heard from RVHP that they will soon be re-issuing their 1/72 HU 16 B AEW. I had attempted to get them from a guy called "JBEGUNES"...just a rip off. Stay away from this guy! I already have the money for four of them set aside. No, I have not told "She Who Must Be Obeyed" about it. I'm currently working on detailed wing folds for a 1/72 Grumman Tracker, a 1/72 Tracer and a 1/72 Trader. I have the Falcon Vacuforms to convert them with. Wish me luck. Previous attempts failed, miserably. Nick
  6. NickOnai

    1/48 Fairey Gannet ASW

    Hi, I've got a few of the 1/48 Classic Airframes Fairey Gannet AEW kits. Having fulfilled one of my most pressing searches (a 1/72 Grumman HU16 B/ASW conversion kit I-got it on EBAY- at jbegines11) I'm looking for a way to convert one of the 1/48 Classic Airframes Fairey Gannet AEW kits to a 1/48 Fairey Gannet ASW. As I prefer to build 1/48 kits, for smaller aircraft, purchasing a 1/72 kit and a 1/72 Fairey Gannet ASW is out of consideration...at least for now. I've some experience scratch building a complete aircraft. I suppose I could, do this, given the resources to base the conversion on. So, can anyone point me in the right direction for scale drawings, sections, dimensions and the like? My other thought was to buy the best quality 1/72 conversion kit and base my 1/48 conversion on that.As you can readily see, I'm a sucker for "strange" aircraft-both the real and "what if" varieties. My 1/48 North American FJ-5 Super Furies (based on the F-100 C, D and F) turned out rather well. I used the F-86 to FJ-3 and 4 as my guide. So-I suppose that if I was able to accomplish that I could attempt a 1/48 Fairey Gannet ASW. I also built a twin engined version of a F8U crusader (like the engine arrangement in BAE Lightning) I used the Whitcomb area rule to help design the fuselage. I had seen an on line article about this and it appealed to me. Getting the "Whale Shark" intake correct was a problem, though as it had to be large enough to supply air for two engines. I cheated on that part. Thanks, Nick
  7. Hello! Here I thought I was the only person daft enough to attempt this with the GLS sets. I've been purchasing them one or two at a time as I am able to afford them. I purchased the Revell kit a number of years ago, planning to build it without modifications. Once I found David Parkins' offerings, the die was cast.I need only the sonar dome to begin construction. The main problem now is to satisfy the query of She Who Must Be Obeyed: "Just where will you put this thing?" I've just finished my 1/72 PB4Y-1 (2 versions), Liberator GR.1, Liberator GR Mk V and PB4Y-2 set. The LB-30 didn't interest me at all. By the way SWMBO had the same feelings about the Liberators. I had to construct a Roubo workbench, then construct a 62 inch x 30 inch x 30 inch base with glass doors, wood frame sides and top and glass shelves, with a 62 inch x 20 inch x 96 inch top with glass doors, wood frame sides and top and glass shelves, to fit over the base. Thank God we have 11 foot ceilings! I also installed a filtered air ventilation system to reduce the dust in both cases and anchored them to the walls in the back (for the occasional earthquake). I'd like to build her as HMS Campanula and display her with my Revell 1/72 Type VII C U-Boat and my 1953 copy of "The Cruel Sea" Wish Me Luck! Nick