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dahut

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    Me262 Kit question

    You are completely right - it is certainly easier to omit them. Actually, I think your explanation is probably on the mark... the makers simply do not want to be arsed with them.
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    Me262 Kit question

    If they are prominent and deployed as often as not, then yes. Okay, the Me-262 slats could be locked closed... but they could also just as readily be open depending on the moment in time you are depicting. Im no Mustang expert, but if it was common to see the flaps deployed on the ground then, yeah, the option should be included. Particularly in the big money, high detail kits of today. Thats not a stretch.
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    Me262 Kit question

    Well sure. Just think of the immense and even immeasurable detail kits are treated to today. Omitting the slats because they might be too complex isn't much of a dodge. ESCI was doing detail in 1/72, 25 years ago, that is still impressive. But we can't have slats on a new tool 1/48 Me-262? I'm late coming to this party; the details and nuances of the Me-262 are new to me. I don't own four distinct tomes on the thing, and have really only been aware of it. Microscopic detail on the matter has never been part of my repertoire. So this slat business was a revelation. So imagine my surprise to learn how prominent these slats were on the real thing, and that no one has ever gotten them right or offered them as an option in a kit box. I called it a BIG error in the beginning and was chided for using hyperbole. I'm thinking now I wasn't far off.
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    Me262 Kit question

    From what I can tell, Jennings, the Me-262 slats were counterbalanced and spring loaded. They would handily fall into the open position on the ground, barring any reason not to. But they could also be rather easily pushed back into retracted position by attendant ground crew and locked there. Im guessing as part of pre-flight routine, they were opened and allowed to function normally, i.e., automatically. This explains the videos Ive seen of the fully restored model and the deployed slats during pre-flight run-up. Its also why I asked here, among the cognoscenti. On a personal note, I remain mystified how a kit maker would overlook this feature, even with all the fine explanations. It is almost too prominent to miss, IMHO.
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    Me262 Kit question

    Alright, well... it's not a BIG error in that case. From the few things I knew, it appeared that way. Locks for the slats seemed the most likely thing. I was a little surprised the first time I did see it, to think the slats would remain deployed on the ground. Glad that's sorted. Thanks all.
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    Me262 Kit question

    I was recently intrigued to note the Me-262 was "slats down" when on the ground. With further research, it is obvious - it used automatic slats, which retracted only when the plane reached sufficient airspeed. Coming late to this realization, Im surprised to learn that even the mighty Tamiya ME-262 does not include these prominent dropped slats. Ditto for the newer Hobby Boss kit and the cranky Dragon Schwalbe left them off, as well. It looks like buying resin correction parts, scratch building or simply overlooking this feature are my options. Does that about sum it up?
  7. Something Ive done with satin finishes is to polish it. Using a T-shirt or fine poly material, I simply rubbed the flat or satin finish down to a sleeker surface. You might want to give that a try.
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    PSP colouring

    Id have to concur that "rusty" is the appropriate color.
  9. I thought it was interesting that TinTin's tank carried the full complement of engineering tools: shovel, axe, sledgehammer and pickaxe. I didnt see a cable cutter, but certainly TinTin would not leave that out of his kit. I was also piqued to see the rotating antenna atop the searchlight thingie on the turret.
  10. Some very nice paint work, right there. Such effort in the tiny 1/72 scale always pleases me.
  11. And I forgot to add what a great job you've done of finishing that model. Sorry.... Nice work. But I wonder if the color list isn't askew... "Xtracrylix XA1207 RLM75 Grau Violett Xtracrylix XA1208 RLM76 Lichtblau Underside Revell Aqua 36149 Hellblau" A quick search of the Net offers this information: "There were two official camouflage schemes specified for the Me 262. 1. The first, or 'early scheme,' utilized the then standard colors of 74/75/76, or Grey green/grey violet/light blue. 2. The "late-war" Me 262 camouflage scheme issued on 26 September 1944, which featured a revised splinter pattern in the late-war colors of 81/82/76, or Brown violet/bright green/light blue. Your Schwalbe appears to be painted in the early scheme, gray violet on the top, and sky blue ("hellblau") on the bottom. But the other top color appears to be the appropriate greenish color, and does not look much like "lichtblau" (light blue). Am I missing something?
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    Airbrushing Art

    That works out fine, eh? Or perhaps, you could take up body painting....
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    ICM Tu-144 is on sale!

    Wait - I though ICM went under??
  14. Now that ICM has gone out of business, their boxings seem to be going up in price. They were always a good value, IMHO. The good thing is, their molds will still be around for a long time ( I hope).
  15. This is another of those kits I've wanted, but never get around to acquiring. I've sort of fallen away from Luftwaffe subjects, but I'm making an organized 'buy list' for next year. I believe Ill add this one.
  16. Now THAT is a camo job! Well done... The story behind these aircraft are as interesting as their livery. Cool bit of history.
  17. That was the best looking Spitfire, IMHO. I never did have that kit, although I wanted it when it first appeared... maybe this Xmas!
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    Airbrushing Art

    This is probably not what you had in mind, but I use my airbrush for painting fishing lures.
  19. Imagine.... you have a submarine to sneak up with and you surface to launch an aircraft... to drop torpedoes. Weird. yo gotta love such inventiveness. Nice build!
  20. The Frank was one of the most aesthetically pleasing designs out of Japan. Ive always liked it - in 1/32 it looks stunning!
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