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Wm Blecky

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  1. Those Special Hobby 109e kits are not exactly "no brainers". Their biggest, most visible flaws are the too wide canopy and too long undercarriage legs that feature downspouts for brake lines. Tamiya's kit still holds it's own. If the slightly too short fuselage bothers one, you can substitute an ICM fuselage or cut the Tamiya fuselage and lengthen it. Whether you chose the Special Hobby kit or Tamiya, both are excellent kits, each requiring some tweaking.
  2. 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.
  3. Here's another, you might also want to take note of the wheels as they appear to be the later, non treaded style.
  4. Maybe this helps: This one, look like there is an exhaust shroud sitting on the ground, bottom right corner:
  5. Here is a link to a build of this aircraft. This should help you with the colours used.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.


  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. Hi Scott, I did not receive any email from you. I sent you an email regarding this. Thanks. Wm. B
  14. 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:
  15. 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?
  16. That's the first time I read of this, could you elaborate more on that please?
  17. Hi, just curious if anyone knows whether Eduard corrected the nose glazing in their repop of the Hasegawa B-25J kit. I've checked the kit and instructions on their website but cannot tell if they really changed anything in the kit. Thanks.
  18. A bit of a "late" reply, but the Bilek kit is not a rebox of the Italeri kit. It is it's own. Bilek kit here and Italeri kit here.
  19. Thank Jure. My line of thought was that in the winter with all the snow, a treaded tire may have been preferable to a smooth one, hence my inquiry. Thanks Troy. As I mentioned though I was coming up empty handed with my Google searches for any good pictures that would have given me a clear answer. Excellent links, appreciate your sharing them.
  20. I've been searching the net and have come up empty handed with this so I am hoping that someone here can answer this for me. VVS Hurricanes, did they have treaded tires? if so, any idea of the tread style? TIA.
  21. It's been my understanding that the Typhoon, Tempest and Sea Fury all shared the same bubble type canopy.
  22. Hi Jerry, Apologies for not being more clear. By engines, I should have said cowlings (with would also include the engines).
  23. If you can find the very rare Wings and Tracks resin correction set or even the engine sets, it would go a long way to correcting what is wrong with the Italeri 217 family of kits. The BMW engines are undersized. If you have the Hasegawa Ju.88G-6 kit, you could use the extra BMW engines from it to help improve you 217K. The 217M kit is the 217K reissued with some improvements - cockpit, wheel well detail. If you can find one of these kits, all you would need to do is swap out the engines from you K kit and you will them have a K with the improvements that Italeri made to the original kit. Pity that Italeri did not keep their M in production or offer those improvements to the K or J versions. I am keeping my fingers crossed that ICM will scale down their 1/48 217 kit to 1/72.
  24. All is good! I contacted my provider and there was some "glitch" and they addressed it - that opened the floodgates and I had a boat load of emails. Again, thank you so much Carl, I sincerely appreciate your help. All is good! I contacted my provider and there was some "glitch" and they addressed it - that opened the floodgates and I had a boat load of emails. Again, thank you so much Carl, I sincerely appreciate your help.
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