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John Thompson

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  1. Where I live, that works out to almost $1000. Now I don't feel so bad about spending that much, just this morning, on a new set of all-weather tires for the Libbie before winter sets in. John
  2. Good luck, you all; there are plenty of reasons I'd love to live in Britain, but this mess isn't one of them. John
  3. I remember being somewhat puzzled (and impressed - such fine detail!) when I noticed the Dunlop logo on the tire sidewalls of the Dragon 1/72 Do-335. My first thought was that Dragon had simply copied what they might have seen on the restored Do-335 at the NASM, but then I realized that Dunlop is an international company with the same name regardless of location, so German-made, Dunlop-branded tires, even at the height of WWII, started to make more sense. John
  4. Niiiice! Between this and the typical Eduard 1/72 Spitfire kit, I predict many hours of harmless fun for Spitfire addicts. I still have not yielded to the temptation of the Eduard kit, but this KP one sure has me thinking! John
  5. Whatever. I really think you've taken my comments more seriously than they were intended. Most people just roll their eyes and ignore me, knowing I'll try anything to bend the topic towards Yak-9's (Ha! Did it again!), and I'm okay with that. My day will come. John
  6. That explains why the reaction to Eduard's announcement of a new 1/72 Zero series has been tepid, to say the least, while in 1/48, the excitement almost "broke the Internet". I was quite surprised at the lack of interest in the 1/72 release, but then I don't pay much attention to non-VVS subjects, so I'm really not aware of what's available. I understand the whole "a Tamiya Zero makes no money for Eduard" argument, but, once again, the pie is only so big. Is it better to have a small slice of the Zero pie, or all of, oh, I don't know - just a crazy example off the top of my head - the 1/72 Yak-9 pie? Sorry... John
  7. I'm expecting to get access to some 3D files by way of a site called Thingiverse. This seems to be strictly a file-sharing service, so my intention, if the cost of farming out the actual printing isn't crazy, is to have someone do it for me. One such site offering this service is called Craftcloud (I know about them only because they have an ad banner on Thingiverse). Has anyone here ever used them? How did they perform? Are there other sites which will do the printing for you? Thank you in advance for any advice! John
  8. Seeing these aircraft "rendered" in red takes me back ~65 years, to the Twizzlers-coloured Aurora Famous Fighters of All Nations "ME-109". John
  9. Nicely done - beautiful model! (Although it would be very hard to make a Yak-3 look anything but beautiful...) Jason has pretty much summed up the VVS colours situation. In my opinion, it's only a problem if someone wants it to be a problem; there's a word for those people - hmmmm, what is it? Ah yes - they're called "trolls". I gave up worrying about it a long time ago. I use Akan paints and the well-researched guidance on Massimo Tessitori's Sovietwarplanes site, and I have no reservations at all about the results. https://massimotessitori.altervista.org/sovietwarplanes/pages/index.html John
  10. Very nice - I'll probably buy one or two of these. I've had a soft spot for the version with the flat-topped canopy and the two-bladed prop ever since I was a kid, when my father gave me a copy of a WWII spotters' guide, published by Penguin, which included a photo of this one. But is there something wrong with the spinner in this photo, or is that gap supposed to be there? It's not a deal-breaker - a blob of magical putty will make it vanish if it's wrong... John
  11. Strange - I got both of my kits, ordered at different times from two different Russian ebay vendors, in one month each. John
  12. I made a quick check of my favourite shops and didn't see it, but the only one I've used which carries Aresin is models.ua; maybe it's so new it's not in stock yet. I haven't tried ordering direct from Aresin, if that's even an option. John
  13. Thanks (I think!) - they're beautiful! Now I'm going to need one of each. I wonder if they include detailed painting instructions. That's sometimes the downfall of some of these very detailed cockpit sets - all that tiny detail which deserves to be done up in the right colours, but you're left guessing. I mean, in this case, it can't all be A-14! John
  14. It comes with its own set of "high-precision copper metal machine gun barrel x8" - look at the link previously posted in this thread: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=874992886463701&id=339312286698433 No Master ones needed. John
  15. @Daedalus72 Read the following thread in its entirety for a possible source of replacements (Kevin Martin): I've used his services in the past for new canopies for the Special Hobby 1/72 Goodyear F2G and was very satisfied. John
  16. Oh for heaven's sake - really? Okay, I promise I'll never do it again. Until next time... John
  17. Regarding the Zvezda 1/72 Yak-3, to my eye, the only glaring difference between the photos is the angle of the leading edge of the fin. If the drawings by Zbigniew Luranc are the most accurate standard of comparison with the kit, I can say, having done that comparison, that the kit's fin matches the drawings very well. So, the variation between the two images must be due to camera angle, as @Stew Dapple suggests. While I was at it, I also checked the wing planform against the drawings; there was a slight shape difference right at the tips, but easily correctable if one chose to do so. The wing root air intakes are slightly on the small side. Back to hopeful speculation about the proposed 1/72 Yak-9 - if it's as good (or as bad, if you prefer) as the Zvezda Yak-3, I'll be perfectly happy! Heaven knows, it's long, long overdue. Objectively speaking, you can say that there is no existing 1/72 kit of this very important aircraft. Yes, Airfix sort-of makes one - certainly the box says it's supposed to be a Yak-9 - it's an ancient cartoon, and a crude one, at that. The ICM/Encore kit is only slightly better, and requires many corrections. The only sensible possibility was the Dakoplast kit, but try to find one today, and even then, its age and cottage-industry roots are showing by modern standards. So, the Zvezda 1/72 Yak-9 will be very welcome! John
  18. @Aardvark @Stew Dapple - thank you both!!! This is fantastic news! I suspect this will be the next addition to Zvezda's easy-assembly series, and will probably be a Yak-9D, so no series of VK-105 variants, but it's an excellent start! Maybe others will be inspired to follow suit; regardless, if I'm right, I'll be quite happy to buy several of the Zvezda kit for experiments into conversion to a Yak-9T, etc. Thanks again - I probably won't be able to sleep now... John
  19. Hmmm - I thought this might be a breakthrough moment, but perhaps I was too optimistic... John
  20. No, I didn't - thanks, Jason! Maybe this is ICM's way of atoning for their not-so-hot 1/48 Yak-9s, and their godawful 1/72 one. This suggests the question, though - if ICM believe there's a market for Yak-9s, why don't they (or someone, please!) launch a series of VK-105-powered versions in 1/72?! Ah well, regardless of scale, it's a step in the right direction. Maybe when the LSP-forum folks start proclaiming how wonderful this new Yak-9 kit is, it'll help publicize the fact that there were other significant WWII/GPW fighter aircraft besides the P-51, and Spitfire, and Bf-109... John
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