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  1. I used to be fascinated with the WWI period but have recently shifted focus to the FAA activity in the Pacific theatre. I've just taken delivery of the Tamiya Buffalo kit which I hope to tackle very shortly. If I can emulate something near to the finish on the topic of this thread then I'll be pretty chuffed. Well built!
  2. Thoroughly agree with that statement. Excellent work!
  3. I've had occasion to buy a kit and some Italeri acylic paints from them recently and the service has been quite satisfactory.
  4. When I began modelling in the 1950's the only kits available in my rural community were Airfix and Frog 1/72. I stuck with this scale right through until my mid 60's. A heightened interest in the WWI period caused me to jump to 1/48 as I found 1/72 too small for the mainstream aircraft of the period, especially after fully rigging an Albatros D.Va. Now my focus has shifted to the WWII Pacific theatre and I've gone back to predominantly 1/72. Recently my glass display cabinet became full and I had to resort to a second. I decided to leave 1/48 in one cabinet and put the 1/72 models in the other. My partner commented how much better the models looked when the scales weren't mixed side by side and I have to thoroughly agree, a consequence that surprised me. This time around with the smaller scale, my competence with canopy and cockpit detail has improved immeasurably along with the enjoyment of doing better justice to the kit. I much prefer to paint an instrument panel with raised features than to use a decal - which never looks realistic. I shy away from 1/72 kits with limited cockpit detail, and wish more of them would come with open canopy options rather than something that pretty much obscures the internal works. I spent a couple of hours yesterday drilling the holes in the dive brakes of a 1/72 Hobby 2000 Douglas Dauntless. At least the holes were recessed enough to be a useful guide. I was surprised and disappointed that the kit didn't come with them pre-drilled but that's par for the course with many 1/72 kits where the manufacturer assumes that the punter is not interested in that level of detail like I now am. There are limited objective reasons - apart from cost and storage space - to prefer one scale over the other. Most of the differences are purely subjective. I recently did a parallel build of a Hellcat in 1/48 and 1/72. That was a very interesting exercise ...
  5. One really impressive build. I'm not a fan of aircraft without a propeller (gliders excepted), however, the Vigilante is one jet that does take my fancy. I've got a Trumpeter 1/72 Vigilante kit on its way at the moment which I'm really looking forward to.
  6. Can I also add my thanks for such meticulous research. Over the 60 years that I have been modelling I had rarely ever bought more than one kit in the same scale for the same aircraft and and as such, haven't really appreciated the possible variation in some kits. Recently I bought four different brands of 1/72 Curtiss P-40's (Airfix, Academy, Hasegawa & Special Hobby), two of which have been completed. I enjoyed the comparisons so much that I did a repeat with the Vought Corsair F4U (Hasegawa, Heller & Italeri) and all three have just had their decals attached and are awaiting final clear coats and the fitting of aerials. Each of those three had at least one feature that was superior to the other two, but only one was obviously inferior overall. Next project is to do a parallel build of a 1/48 and 1/72 Special Hobby Wirraway, after I finish the 1/48 Tamiya Vought Corsair F4U-1 just started.
  7. Ha, ha. Yep, I did get it finished back then, but I'm still at model making today. Haven't managed to kick a rather infectious habit.
  8. 1959 ... Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hart. 60 years later and I'm still at it.
  9. I've made several 1/48 Tamiya kits in the past 5 years and most are of excellent quality. One that I got particular pleasure from was a Heinkel He 162 'Salamander', even though any craft without a propeller is usually not my cup of tea. Everything fitted perfectly, the cockpit detail is superb, and I liked the option of having the detailed engine either exposed or mounted on a separate jig. The three 1/48 Tamiya Mitsubishi Zero marks are also a delight to build. Here's a photo of the Salamander in the display cabinet ...
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