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Wm Blecky

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  1. Definitely a "variety" of lengths when it comes to the Stuka kits out there. Academy's and Italeri's fuselages are more narrow than the Fujimi kit, Academy's more so. It is a more easy task to take the Italeri nose, widen it and then fit to the Fujimi kit. Although not a D or G variant, Zvezda's Ju 87B looks quite good, particularly the tail section. Not sure if it is 100% correct, but to my eye of all the Stuka kits out there, I like it the most. I picked up a few extra with the intent to modify them to the later D variants. My stumbling block at the moment is fitting a later type canopy. I will be interested to see what Special Hobby does with the Academy kit though.
  2. Here's another, you might also want to take note of the wheels as they appear to be the later, non treaded style.
  3. Maybe this helps: This one, look like there is an exhaust shroud sitting on the ground, bottom right corner:
  4. Here is a link to a build of this aircraft. This should help you with the colours used.
  5. Part does a couple of zimmerit photoetch sets for the Revell Pz.IV and AML does a resin zimmerit set for both the Pz.IV and Wirbelwind.
  6. Also, looking at several of the 1/35 offerings, seems that those manufacturer's also did not address the relocated radio operator's hatch. I sure miss those original MACO kits.
  7. Thanks Seahawk. Great that Revell picked up MACO's line, a pity that they did not keep the kits identical to what MACO had produced. Shy of locating the MACO original, it seems that to make a basically correct Ostwind IV would require some surgery all around, particularly to move that radio operator's hatch forward and the Flakpanzer III kit for the turret.
  8. Hi, I am wondering if anyone can confirm for me if the turret of a Flakpanzer III Ostwind is the same turret as used on a Flakpanzer IV Ostwind? I picked up the Revell (formerly MACO) Flakpanzer III Ostwind kit and would like to use the turret with either a Revell or Dragon Panzer IV chassis to make it into a Flakpanzer IV Ostwind. I cannot recall if MACO originally issued a Flakpanzer IV Ostwind or not. Many thanks in advance. Wm. B.
  9. Scott, still haven't heard from you on the CC-130B.  Can you message me please?  I am interested in whatever information you can share on that.  Thanks.


  10. Hello Mr. Belcher, If you hear from Scott, please let me know as I have not heard from him myself. I'd be very interested in any information that he passes on to you. Thank you. Wm. B.
  11. Roger, what's your opinion on the propellers in the kit? I pulled mine off the shelf and was going through it and I took a look at the props, thought that perhaps they could be replaced. I was not able to find any info on the web, but comparing pics of the real thing to other aircraft, I thought that perhaps the Quickboost B-25 props would be a good substitute. Any thoughts on that?
  12. Hi Scott, I did not receive any email from you. I sent you an email regarding this. Thanks. Wm. B
  13. I have this kit as well, another project in the future, so I shall be watching with interest. FWIW, the red code letters on the decal sheet does not look quite right. DK decals does a sheet that covers this aircraft. I think the red tone on their sheet looks a little better: DK does a second sheet with the same code letters but different serial number:
  14. I've been looking at getting the Zvezda C-130 kit, more so now that Belcher Bits has issued their RCAF / CAF CC-130 decal sheet in 1/72. I would like to do the earlier version from this sheet, a C-130B: Does the new Zvezda kit allow for this? Reading the decal sheet instructions, it sounds like the main difference is that there was a cargo door on the forward fuselage. Is that all that I would need to concern myself with or is there more to it?
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