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VMA131Marine

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  1. If Eduard were planning a Spit VII in 1/48, you would think they would have released one by now; their late-Merlin Spitfire series has been available for quite some time. My recollection is that the Eduard kit does not include the solid rear cockpit bulkhead that was required for pressurisation, which the VII had but the VIII did not. Most if not all VIIs had the long-span pointed wingtips, the pointed broad-chord rudder and the cockpit pressurisation intake under the exhausts on the port side of the cowling. It shouldn’t be a very difficult conversion to get from an VIII to a VII using the Eduard kit. I would not be surprised to see Eduard do Seafires based on their Mk.Vb/Vc kit but it would require new fuselage halves and other parts that are not in the box. The later Seafires had external strengthening strips on the fuselage to make sure the fuselage didn’t come apart during arrested landings and, of course, they had the A-frame arrestor hook. You could add the strengtheners out of thin sheet styrene and perhaps get the other needed bits out of the old Airfix 1/48 Seafire kit. Even with those bits removed, you could still build a Vc from that kit.
  2. Weird! That part is the same cockpit floor they use in all their Spitfire kits. I did not notice a problem when I built other Spitfire versions from AZ.
  3. Looking forward to this kit! I like the suggestion of Volya Models
  4. Very nice! Great paintwork. I just love FAA Martlets. On thing to note, if you build another, is that Airfix originally screwed up the nose and cowl when they were designing this kit. This is why there are extra unused parts in the Martlet issue. In point of fact, the unused parts are not correct for any variant of Wildcat/Martlet. The Cyclone engine in the Martlet IV is a 9-cylinder single row radial; a much shorter engine than the double row 14-cylinder Twin Wasp in the F4F-4. Grumman had move the firewall forward to keep the C.G. within limits with the Cyclone engine and this results in a longer fuselage but shorter cowl. Airfix originally did not catch this and their solution was the forward fuselage extension. This results in a panel line between the cowl and the wing leading edge that should not be there. This can be seen in the image below, which, I think, is from the same squadron as the aircraft you modelled.
  5. I think there’s no roundel on either upper wing. You can clearly see the port wing roundel on this very washed out photograph and note that the blue in the fuselage roundel appears lighter than the red so I think the fin flash is the standard red, white, and blue from front to back as well.
  6. I’m curious about what happened to the re-tooled Hobbycraft CF-105s in both 1/48 and 1/72. They have never been rereleased by another company since Hobbycraft Canada went belly up. Someone must have the moulds.
  7. Ah, so that explains why there is so much AlleyCat stuff on ModelsforSale now. Those items have been putting a dent in my wallet.
  8. Good luck on your quest, but beware the knights who until recently said “Ni!” https://youtu.be/RZvsGdJP3ng
  9. Links to a couple of pictures at airhistory.net of this particular airframe Pre-CFM56 (F108) Post-CFM56 retrofit
  10. It’s not often that you find your Holy Grail.
  11. Due early May https://modelsua.com/boeing-rc-135v-w-rivet-joint-c-135-1-144-roden-349
  12. NB-36H Crusader with on-board nuclear reactor now on approach: https://modelsua.com/convair-nb-36h-crusader-1-144-roden-348
  13. I’m sure the Airfix sales department only meant that in terms of what was currently or recently in the catalogue. They never comment on potential future releases or rereleases. That said, the SS Canberra was issued in 1999 and it’s not one of the moulds that is known to be missing or worn out.
  14. The SS Canberra is due for a rerelease. It was last issued in 1999.
  15. I’m trying to decide what is the next best 1/48 Spitfire IX after the Eduard kit; the rest all have issues: ICM - fiddly build because of the full engine and some have questioned the cross-section of the fuselage spine Airfix - a bit clunky in places, but buildable Hasegawa - the fuselage is underscale but not uniformly so along it’s length. Easy to build. Occidental - maybe some issues with the nose profile and the position of the thrust line being too low but otherwise not bad. Monogram - ancient kit, low detail, questionable accuracy, no gull wing Otaki/Arii - actually a Mk.VIII but the best option for building a Mk.IX until the ICM and Ocidental kits came a long. No gull wing but there was a Falcon vacform correction for this.
  16. They are seriously expensive! More than I paid for either Zvezda 1/48 Hind kit I have bought.
  17. I know what you mean. It has the correct 9 cylinders for the front row of the Centaurus, which means it’s also correct for the Wright Cyclone - which has pushrods.
  18. There’s one other thing I noticed: the hole in the engine disc for the prop shaft is not centered. If you glue the gear case fairing to the engine before installing the engine in the fuselage and you line up the holes in the engine and gear case then the gear case will be seriously off-center in the cowl opening. I glued the gear case to the engine after the nose was all assembled so that the alignment is good.
  19. You don’t fancy the upcoming ICM kit in 1/35th scale then I’m honestly not sure if Revell still has those molds or if they were sold to Atlantis Models. Probably a greater chance of a rerelease if Atlantis has them.
  20. So I’ve been building a KP Tempest Mk.II alongside a new tool Airfix Mk.V. Both builds have been pleasant but there has been something bothering me about the representation of the Centaurus radial engine in the Mk.II. You get a disk of plastic with the front of the engine in half-relief and there is position notch in the disk but no comparable lug in the fuselage to correctly orient the engine piece. The engine disk is not entirely symmetrical as there is what looks like a magneto between two of the cylinders. So, I went looking for a reference, as one does. On finding a helpful image, It took me a minute to realise that the reason the engine face looks wrong is because it has pushrods; the Centaurus is a sleeve valve engine and doesn’t have any. It’s not a huge deal. Once the engine is painted black and the prop and spinner is in place only an eagle-eye will be able to spot the error, but there is an opportunity here for the aftermarket to provide something more accurate.
  21. You had me going until you started bashing the decals in this kit. Maybe you got a defective sheet, but the ones in my kit are perfect. Plus, the width of the panels lines on the Airfix Tempest is fine. They might be a little on the deep side but I suspect this is because Airfix knows most people who build their kits will brush paint. The lines are certainly thinner than those on the new KP Tempests.
  22. I have an unbuilt Airfix Aston-Martin DB-6, which was modified (horrors) from the DB-5 tooling. I wonder whatever happened to those moulds, as well as the moulds for the Toyota 2000GT of the same era and also with the James Bond connection. I have a feeling the Bond Bug will get reissued as a Vintage Classic; it would be rude not to after the rerelease of the Beach Buggy.
  23. Interesting! I wonder what happened to the moulds? I know Glencoe has a bunch of the old ITC moulds but they have never re-released this kit.
  24. I went looking on eBay and found two Land Rover Ambulance kits; the cheaper of the two was listed for $110 plus shipping
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