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  1. Interesting that it looks very similar to the Polish Iskra. Nice job, interesting history behind this jet!
  2. About $1,600 or $139.98 per month for 12 months. Is it worth it? Yes, it took over a year to build, and it was a great deal of fun. As soon as you finish one portion, another comes in time. You can modify the colors as some have, weathering wise, some built the base into a small diorama. And it will be the center of attention of your collection. The Sakae Engine is beautifully rendered, and the cowls are magnetic so you can run the plane with the engine exposed. For a years worth of enjoyment, its worth it. And as I mentioned, you have to build everything. Well over a thousand parts, but not all at once! If you are in the UK, it might be a bit cheaper. Two Englishman, John and Wayne, do complete builds on YouTube. Watch their videos. And decide if you want to take the plunge.
  3. It may have to go to a museum, it takes up a bit of real estate!
  4. Unfortunately, the plane does everything except fly and drop bombs. But it does tend to bank toward my ship models!
  5. Hello everyone! Long time no see! I have been spending the last 1.3 years on this yuuuuge project from Agora Model's, Museum Scale A6M5 Zero. A fully operational 1/18 Zero! The kit is composed of metal, HDP, rubber, and other things I can't identify. This kit was comprised of 12 Packs that came each month. This was without a doubt one of the most fun--and incredibly challenging builds--I have ever tackled. You have to build everything! And I mean ev-re-thing! Gluing and using screws. The only parts that came preassembled were the circuit boards. The build begins with the jewel of the kit, the beautiful Sakae Engine, which took two months to assemble. Next was the gorgeous cockpit that I dry brushed to make things pop a bit. This plane weighs a ton! But your not finished with just the plane, you must build the base, lifters, everything! As I said, this is the most comprehensive kit I have ever built. Their were some issues too be sure, but the Agora forum was very helpful as was Agora. So if you can afford the time and the $, get this kit. It will challenge you. But the result is absolutely worth it. Now, its interesting that Agora chose the subject Zero for this kit, as it was found on Saipan, blown to pieces. I researched a little history of this plane. This particular Zero, 8-13 was found on Saipan with other intact Japanese A6M5 aircraft. The picture below, was taken August 8, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The aircraft belonged to the 261st Kokutai (Air Group), 8th Hikotai, Aircraft 13. The kanji on top of the tail translates to "Bi." This is believed to be an abbreviation of the pilot's name. The cap (chevron above the kanji) meant he was a more senior pilot. Other planes of the unit had similar kanji that would say "victory," etc. If someone has another interpretation, please chime in, but this is according to the Smithsonian Museum. The 261st was flown from mainland Japan, to Iwo Jima, then on to Saipan, to be used for air defense of the island. It's interesting to note, that despite the plane being a total wreck, the intelligence guys seemed interested in this particular bird, it has even been tagged by the antenna mast. Many Zeros were removed from Saipan, and shipped aboard the USS Copahee, to be taken back to the States for study. Charles Lindberg even test flew one. ON TO THE PICTURES: VIDEOS BELOW
  6. Real nice build! I would have never in a million years thought about the rib line. But, for such a splendid build, I would dab a bit of putty on the top front turret mount, and brush some thinned paint. Shouldn't take you long at all. Had a bit of fun with mine too!
  7. Nice job, especially with the "Colgate Smile"
  8. Nice Build Mario. My mother grew up in Mark, IL! I was invited to the inauguration of this helicopter that was restored, but it was pouring rain that day with local flooding. Here is what it looks like in 1;1 scale! It has since been painted with a Tigershark mouth and the pilots who actually flew her had their names painted underneath the canopy. See link below: https://www.alamy.com/mark-illinois-united-states-december-1st-2020-apache-helicopter-at-the-veterans-memorial-on-a-beautiful-winter-afternoon-image396042524.html?pv=1&stamp=2&imageid=A9D09BDF-5164-4E83-9311-20F8656FC6E6&p=374010&n=0&orientation=0&pn=2&searchtype=0&IsFromSearch=1&srch=foo%3dbar%26st%3d0%26pn%3d2%26ps%3d100%26sortby%3d2%26resultview%3dsortbyPopular%26npgs%3d0%26qt%3dvietnam%20war%20helicopter%26qt_raw%3dvietnam%20war%20helicopter%26lic%3d3%26mr%3d0%26pr%3d0%26ot%3d0%26creative%3d%26ag%3d0%26hc%3d0%26pc%3d%26blackwhite%3d%26cutout%3d%26tbar%3d1%26et%3d0x000000000000000000000%26vp%3d0%26loc%3d0%26imgt%3d0%26dtfr%3d%26dtto%3d%26size%3d0xFF%26archive%3d1%26groupid%3d%26pseudoid%3d%26a%3d%26cdid%3d%26cdsrt%3d%26name%3d%26qn%3d%26apalib%3d%26apalic%3d%26lightbox%3d%26gname%3d%26gtype%3d%26xstx%3d0%26simid%3d%26saveQry%3d%26editorial%3d1%26nu%3d%26t%3d%26edoptin%3d%26customgeoip%3d%26cap%3d1%26cbstore%3d1%26vd%3d0%26lb%3d%26fi%3d2%26edrf%3d0%26ispremium%3d1%26flip%3d0%26pl%3d
  9. Great scheme! I think you got it right. The USMC often used markings that did not match the camo or low vis paint scheme.
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