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    ICM kits

    Not sure whether that was a serious question or not (?), but I'm pretty sure the OP is saying that the ICM 1/32 scale kits of the Tiger Moth and CR.42 are excellent, and very reasonably priced.
  2. And while we're updating this, ah, "vintage" thread LOL...these recent 1/72 Dora builds by Japanese master modeler Jumpei Temma may be of interest: Hasegawa kit: http://soyuyo.main.jp/fw190/fw190-2.html#last Tamiya kit: http://soyuyo.main.jp/fw190/fw190-4.html Related drawings: http://soyuyo.main.jp/fw190/fw190-1.html
  3. Thanks! I'd almost forgotten about the "gunsight" site, it's a great resource. The MMP book covers interior details very well. There are a dozen pages of original wartime photos and manual drawings, and a beautiful full-page detailed and noted color rendering of the cockpits by Giuseppe Picarella.
  4. A search on Facebook will turn up images of the Forces of Valor kit. It seems to me an "impressionist" Dora at best: incorrect wheel wells (same old A-type dimpled inserts); thick inaccurate prop blades; sharp-edged radiator cowl with incorrect face details; weird "faceted" shape to the wing root gun covers; heavy step in the nose gun cover; exaggerated fabric sagging; heavy detail parts. Worst of all is the underside contours, quite wrong with a barrel-shaped belly protruding between the wings. The ability to expose the engine is nice - though those parts don't look too accurate e
  5. According to the excellent 2012 MMP book, "Kugisho E14Y Glen, The aircraft that bombed America:" + "Glen" entered production in 1940, but was not fully deployed aboard submarines until the second half of 1942. + Design was by the 1st Naval Aircraft Technology Arsenal at Yokosuka (thus the "Y" in the short designation), aka "Kugisho." + Production was by Watanabe at Zasshonokuma, totaling 126 machines. + Kugisho-built prototypes were finished in overall silver, with a black cowl. + Watanabe-built prototypes were were used to develop an enlarged vertical tail and
  6. Agreed, have always thought it odd that the Wildcat retained the structure around the gun bays. Perhaps it was easier than changing design and tooling once production got rolling. Or maybe there was some thought that nose guns might re-appear...a classic case of, "better to have it and not need it; than to need it and not have it," LOL!
  7. Correct, the machine in the foreground is one of the first two pre-production F4F-3's, which carried nose-mounted guns. All subsequent Wildcats actually retained the basic gun bay structure, with flush access doors as opposed to these operational bulged ones, but did not carry weapons there.
  8. Very nice model! I'm inspired to drag my own out of the stash...
  9. That's really a lovely build! Cleanly done and very nice finish indeed. I like these kits and am happy to see that AZ have re-done and improved the fuselage assembly issues.
  10. Stealing my own pic from a nearby thread, this shows an AZ 109F fuselage underneath with one of their early G fuselages on top, The top edges of the noses are closely aligned. I'll leave it to the experts to debate the F kit's other flaws, but AZ did make a pretty effective effort to correct the firewall depth/wing incidence issue at least.
  11. For what it's worth, this photo shows a first-series AZ Bf 109G fuselage half on top, taped to their Bf 109F fuselage below. The tops of them are aligned precisely, so you can see the amount of adjustment made to the underside contours on their more recently-issued 109 kit versions. To my eye, this makes a significant improvement to what is already a very nice set of molds.
  12. I can't add much to this authoritative thread, but to follow up on one of the OP's sidebar questions: yes - the later, so-called "universal" wing always carried the bulges over the outer gun bays - even on the late F variants with no outboard guns. The bulge covered a hole in the upper wing skin that was required for the alternate MK 108 installation. The section sketches below (from Rodeike's "Focke-Wulf Flugzeug") shows the earlier (i.e., A-6 type) MG 151 installation on the left, and the MK 108 in the later "universal" wing on the right.
  13. A minor modeling detail sidebar to this discussion... The small teardrop-shaped bulge behind the Twin Wasp engine cowl covered a slightly protruding flange on the intercooler box on each side (F4F-3 in this oft seen photo). So, you would think this bit would be a good indicator of whether or not the two-stage supercharger and intercoolers were fitted. But not necessarily so! As far as I can tell, all production F4F-3's, F4F-4's, and FM-1's (Martlet Mk V), which have intercoolers, did indeed have the buige. But there are some variations o
  14. Very nicely done! One doesn't see this kit built too often but you have really made it sing. Yes those old ESCI decals are like wallpaper, but you made them look great.
  15. For the record, the full-feature version of this kit has bar none the best kit decals I've ever used. They go down flawlessly, and the crisp rendering of stencils was quite a bit better than any aftermarket sheet in my stash. I definitely recommend getting the Airfix sheet. This shot of one i did a couple years ago shows 12 different stencils, all from the kit sheet (roundels are Xtradecals though).
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