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About Heraldcoupe

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    Rivet counter and proud of it!
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  1. Heraldcoupe

    Airfix 2019

    I don't think it's a conscious decision at all. There have been issues with scheduling and planning at Hornby in general, which the CEO alludes to in the recent report: http://otp.investis.com/clients/uk/hornby/rns/regulatory-story.aspx?cid=1477&newsid=1057137 Manufacturers are like sharks - they survive and thrive by moving at pace. We must keep them busy. If we don't they will look elsewhere for orders, which is what they did, further delaying production of our products. After the delays in submitting orders and specifications last year, the situation was similar to trying to book a table at a restaurant at the last minute. As you might expect, most of the restaurants were unavailable, so we desperately rang around and booked the best available table we could find. We then arrived late with less people in the party than we'd promised, we didn't order all of the meals, forgot to tell the kitchen how we wanted our steaks cooked, changed our mind on the side dishes and then complained when we found the restaurant was closing and there was no time for a dessert. Airfix/Hornby have basically been unable to secure the services of their preferred manufacturers, to get their products made they have had to work with lesser suppliers. This is completely understandable and the report makes clear the intention to avoid this kind of situation in future. Cheers, Bill.
  2. Heraldcoupe

    Airfix 2019

    The only proof I've ever been asked for that I recall was with the current Sea fury - I was asked for the batch number. Revell have never asked me for any proof before supplying parts on the three (I think) occasions that I've had to request them. Cheers, Bill.
  3. Heraldcoupe

    Airfix 2019

    That's sadly not been true for some years. I've had to wait several months to receive replacement parts for newly released kits. After a year of waiting for replacement transparencies for one of my Blenheims, they sent me a full replacement kit as there were still no spare parts available... Currently awaiting clear parts for my Sea Fury, requested in April. Cheers, Bill.
  4. Heraldcoupe

    Airfix 1/72 Dornier DO17 discontinued?

    ICM's represenation of the tail is really problematic too. No representation of it's variable incidence, while the span of the moving surfaces is too short, the fixed inboard area being widened to compensate. There may be other issues, awareness of this one ruled out the kit for me with the Airfix kit already available, Cheers, Bill.
  5. Heraldcoupe

    Airfix 1/24 Stuka

    The recent Trumpeter Ju-87D-5 would presumably be a better starting point, presuming that is that Trumpeter have got the shapes somewhere near, which is never guaranteed. Wait a little while and they may issue a G as they have done in 1/32, Cheers, Bill.
  6. Heraldcoupe

    Differences Wellington XIV and Wellington IC

    The XIV was based on the Mk.X, so Hercules engines where the Mk.1 has Pegasus'. That's not a great starting point I'm afraid, Cheers, Bill.
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    They're actually the AMT moldings, Cheers, Bill
  8. Heraldcoupe

    Trumpeter new tool Avro Vulcan

    The undercarriage and nacelles are too narrow and poorly shaped, this affects both 1/48th and 1/72nd Wellingtons. Nevertheless, they're still streets ahead of anyone else's attempt at a Wellington (so far), Cheers, Bill.
  9. Heraldcoupe

    New 1/48th Scale Blenheim Announced by Airfix!!

    The difference is between British built MkI and MKIV and the Bolingbroke, which was essentially a Canadian built MkIV. The latter had a significantly different shape to the original nacelle design. The currently airworthy MkI Blenheim at Duxford is rebuilt from a Bolingbroke, with the nacelles modified to be more bulbous than the Blenheim items, without being correct for the Bolingbroke. This has been a major point of criticism of Airfix's 1/72 Blenheims, the Duxford example was copied and the difference is very noticeable in any scale... They have made a point of acknowledging the difference with the 1/48 rendition, but those wings will be equally good for a MkIV, Cheers, Bill.
  10. Heraldcoupe

    Revell Welllington

    Of the old generation, the Matchbox kit was undoubtedly the best. It's not as deformed as the Airfix and Frog renditions in the nose and tail. IIRC, the cross section is a bit fat, and the wing is either a few mm too far forward or back, I don't recall the exact details. Later boxing under Revell ownership, including those in the latest Black Matchbox boxes, lost a lot of the surface detail where the moulds were cleaned up. One wing is a lot worse than the other, again I forget which way around. Of course it lacks any cockpit detail, but what's present in the MPM kit is entirely fictitious, so you're no worse off from that point of view. If you're going to spend money on a Wellington, rather than build what's already in your collection, the Trumpeter kits are streets ahead of any other option and the only ones I'd consider at the moment. They aren't perfect by any means, the nacelles and undecarriage in particular are a long way from right, but they're the best Wellingtons done to date. This looks like it will all change when Airfix brings theirs to the table. What I've seen in test form looks very, very good, another generation ahead of Trumpeter. Cheers, Bill.
  11. Heraldcoupe

    Revell Welllington

    If you're referring to my earlier post, then no, it's not that one. MPM's tooling was issued as a Mk.X in an Italeri box. In addition to the well documented shape issues around the nose and tail, this version incorporated the larger FN20 gun turret, however MPM/Italeri did not modify the fuselage for it to fit. Cheers, Bill.
  12. Heraldcoupe

    Revell Welllington

    It's not the easiest build, at least not the MkX version of the kit isn't, but it's not horrific. If you have studied the Wellington in anything more than cursory detail though, you will find the shapes extremely disappointing, Cheers, Bill.
  13. Heraldcoupe

    Ask all your Sea Fury questions here

    Great reference, thanks very much!
  14. Heraldcoupe

    Ask all your Sea Fury questions here

    I'm struggling to find images of the front face of the main undercarriage bays. Anyone point me towards some online? Cheers, Bill
  15. Heraldcoupe

    1/72 lancaster turret blank.

    The current Revell Lancasters all include a turret blank, Cheers, Bill.