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  1. Hi all, I've got two of the three variants that have been released, and thought a little overview of the differences between the different kit releases would be helpful. Anyone is welcome to add any corrections! Also, I am certainly not an expert on Piper Cub genetics, and I do know that there have been MANY mods along the way, so this is only a very general introduction. Actually, I found an article that has a good, quick overview too. The kits have been done in three forms: PA-18 Super Cub - I've seen European boxing with a red plane on the cover, and US boxing with a white plane. I assume that they are the same plastic. PA-18-150 Float Plane - Well, yeah, it's on floats, but there's more to it than that... PA-18 with Bushwheels The first version is a standard landplane, but has some significant differences from the other two, as it depicts the military L-18C, sometimes known as a "PA-19" or PA-18-90 (or 95). It is the only one that has a "military style" extended glass area- think L-4 versus classic J-3 Cub*. The wing does not have flaps, and has a fuel tank only on the port side. It has the C-90 engine, and corresponding prop and cowling. It has smaller stabilizer/elevators. The other two kits both provide a PA-18-150 airframe, with: O-320 engine, new cowling and prop New parts to make (only) the "classic" civil Cub style windows, with new fuselage halves, headliner, and corresponding windows* New instrument panel Wing has flaps, fuel tanks on both sides, and landing lights in the leading edge Larger, horn-balanced stabilizer/elevators * The original kit provides decals to "fake it" if you want the civil type rear windows, but it does not provide the headliner parts. Personally I'd rather swap parts, then use the "military style" for an example that's been modified with more window- quite plausible for a bushplane or updated floatplane. The Floatplane boxing gives you only amphibious floats- no regular landplane option. Note that these floats are not the "classic" round-topped Edo straight floats, in case that's what you were hoping for. I'm wondering if the floats from a Tiger Moth kit might be adaptable... EDIT: according to one build of the Tiger Moth, those floats ARE one of the types used on at least some Super Cubs- I think I know what I'm going to do! The Bushwheels boxing, however, in addition to the new "tundra tires" and uncovered main gear frame, appears to also include the standard gear and wheels. If you want a standard "big engine" Super Cub, this is therefore the one to get. [Edit: One quirk I forgot to mention- the instruction sheet appears to have copied some steps (illustrations) from the earlier "non floatplane", and consequently they've got the wrong part numbers (cowl, maybe prop?)- just go by the visual and you'll be able to work it out!]
  2. Howdy all, I was looking at the ESCI family of 1/72 F-15s as a potential source of multiple lower cost alternatives to Academy's F-15 (with the exception of their latest Beagle kit). The cockpit are equally unfurnished and both kits' exhaust nozzles need replacement. Even the ESCI E could be a good source for an Israeli two seater D Baaz. Are there any shape issues that should concern me?
  3. How close are the Boeing line of fuselages? mainly the 707 and 737. I heard somewhere they are they same aside from length. Are windows and doors the same size? I have a strange idea to build a 737-800 using a 707 and 737-200 for parts. I know Welsh makes the P-8A which is an 800 series, but I'm looking at cost and windows to deal with. I could do the Revell kit, but thinking about 1/72. Any comments are welcome.
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