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  1. I'm so glad we're going to get a truly modern tooling of the I-16 in 1/72. For a type that was so important to the VVS from 1939-onwards it has been sorely overlooked. I'd hope this would maybe lead to the tooling for the later types too. The Hasegawa is nicely detailed with good fit but basic. The ICM is better but its detail doesn't come across well in 1/72 and its fit is pretty poor. If CP get it right they could have the definitive line for the I-16.
  2. Italeri heard my prayers for the Stirling reissue it appears!
  3. Drat, I just bought the OOP Academy the other day. Ah well I'll be happy to wait and see what SH bring us. They've done a fantastic job recently so I'm optimistic that it will tick all the boxes.
  4. I am practically begging Italeri to repop their Short Stirling Mk.I. It's left quite the noticeable hole in my 1/72 RAF Bomber Heavies collection and they go for silly money whenever they show up on various reseller sites. I know it's not a perfect kit but I would much rather work on that than put the effort into the Airfix kit I have stashed. I have their Stirling Mk.IV in the stash too but let's be honest everyone wants the actual operational combat mark.
  5. Ah okay. I assume the sprues in the Eduard boxing are the amended type (or atleast I hope so seeing that's what I was waiting for!)
  6. Pretty sure Airfix will have the market for a good 6-8 years based on Eduard's lethargic 1/72 output of recent years (unless you're excited about obscure East European agricultural aircraft). We're all still patiently waiting for the 109Gs and early Fw 190As in 1/72 and we've only just seen their 109E in 1/72 (even if it's in a Special Hobby box). So I'm not expecting an Eduard 1/72 Tempest anytime soon.
  7. I've wanted to do Ɓanowski's P-47M for a while so this reissue is very welcome. Keep 'em coming Hobby 2000 (and PLEASE do a Fujimi A-4E/F and Super F reissue at some point).
  8. So another new tool 1/72 Tempest. Inevitable comparisons to the new Airfix tooling, but a bit of competition is never a bad thing. Plus this way we get a Mk.II nice and early.
  9. Wasn't too fussed about the Tempest before but I didn't realise the Academy kit had so many shape problems. Certainly has made me more interested in nabbing one of these and off-loading the 2 Academy kits in my stash. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the Tempest judging on the quality of the recent Airfix Spitfire Vc. Airfix seem to finally be getting close to where 1/72 new tool stuff should be. Not that anyone is expecting them to be close to Eduard or Tamiya, however definitely trading blows with Revell and Italeri.
  10. New tool 1/72 Mosquito with the two-stage engines is a great choice. For too long the best way to get that was with the Tamiya Mossie and a resin engine set. More importantly it opens up the potential for a Mk XVIII Tsetse. Valiant reissue is also nice to see due to the prices it has been going for recently. Tempest isn't a bad choice considering they already have the Typhoon but the Academy kit is already a really good kit so a missed opportunity there for something else I feel.
  11. CAD renders look fantastic and, more importantly, Arma seem to have acknowledged a lot of the subtleties that other manufacturers have missed (different forward wing chord, undercarriage meeting at the rear spar etc.). Their Hurricane and FM-2 were truly fantastic kits so looking forward to this one. Also an eventual P-51D/K to replace the venerable Tamiya would be welcome too. As an exclusive 1/72 builder I'm glad Arma is picking up where Eduard left off (whilst they are pre-occupied with 1/48).
  12. Yes the new Sptifire Vc is the best I've seen from Airfix so far (not only in panel lines but in general detail too). Still not as good as Eduard or Tamiya but easily inline with Revell or Italeri. I'm a sucker for the panel line wash, though do not ascribe to applying very dark colours as is the trend right now usually opting for complementary shades.
  13. Will you be tackling the notoriously deep panel lines? They're the only reason I've avoided building the Airfix Spitfire Mk.I despite it being a glaring hole in my collection (and the Tamiya one is not great, shape is completely off).
  14. Whilst AZ and KP have the same parent company Special Hobby and Eduard just have a close working relationship (helping each other on various projects). As for the similar release dates, the Czech forums are full of stories of the rivalry between AZ/KP and Eduard/SH over the years (prior to the new 109E the big story was over Eduard's recent Z-37). It does get rather petty at points but it seems they constantly try to one-up each other. Incidentally Japan still are the leaders in many areas, it's just here in Europe that Hasegawa, FineMolds, Fujimi and Tamiya are all expensive for what they are. Great kits still but it's good for our wallets that the Czech firms have been snapping at their heels for sometime. Griffon-engined Spitfires from Eduard are high on my most-wanted list too. Don't expect them anytime soon though, Eduard seems to have forgotten 1/72 exists and is focused on 1/48 right now.
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