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General Modeling topics / Re: 1/72 Rolls-Royce Vulture Engine
« Last post by McColm on Today at 07:58:15 pm »
Try eBay,
I saw a couple of 1/72 Avro Manchester conversion sets for sale, one was just the engines whilst the other included the wings, tail fins and engines.
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General Modeling topics / Re: is what we do Art ?
« Last post by McColm on Today at 07:54:01 pm »
Yes it is an art, I consider myself as a kit bodger rather than a skilled model maker.
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The Cold War G.B. 2018 / Re: Cold War GB 2018 Discussion Thread
« Last post by McColm on Today at 07:48:20 pm »
Just a reminder.
This GB starts in eleven days so anyone wanting to influence the result of the final voting should be making a start about now with their social media campaigning.
If you are not sure how to go about this then just drop Weaver a pm and he'll take you through it.  Don't give him any money though.  I handle that side of things.
Don't say anything to Chris as we are deliberately keeping him out of the loop so he has plausible deniability.

Free Twitter sock-puppet account with every subscriber to the botnet...
Nah a free Airfix starter kit in a white box and you have to guess what's inside.
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Modeling Blogs / Re: The Wooksta: Not a Spitfire Blog
« Last post by The Wooksta! on Today at 07:30:54 pm »
"Monopoly?"

Having come to a gentlemen's agreement, involving some beer tokens and some white metal engines, I am the potential owner of a Contrail Warwick.  I've been looking for one for a few weeks and there's a few I'd like to do.  A transport one with Centaurus engines and the big pannier is the first on the list, plus a Met Flight one in the two greys and post war roundels.  I'm toying with a Vulture engined one if I can get another, but given the scarcity of the blasted things, I may have to go down the casting route, which could be both messy and expensive.

I'm also looking at Whitleys, but I'll post more of my thoughts on them tomorrow.  I'm beginning to wish I'd never sold that pair of Airfix ones to OGL, but then again, for what I want to do, Ye olde Frog kit is good enough and I have three of those.


Comments on this thread - that is if anyone is actually reading it and can be arsed to reply - go here:
http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35118.0.html
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My Stash Just Grew Again / Re: My stash just grew again 2018.
« Last post by Old Wombat on Today at 07:18:01 pm »
Arrived at last! :thumbsup:

Should be here Wednesday from BNA Models;

Kits (weird scale & ship scale):
1 x Eduard 1/72 Aero L-39ZA Albatros - Weekend Edition (ED 7427)
1 x Revell-Monogram 1/72 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor (RV 85-5984)
1 x Revell Models 1/72 Grumman F-14D Super Tomcat (RV 03960)
1 x Trumpeter 1/350 Grumman A-6E Intruder (6pcs) (TR 06224)

Figures:
1 x Alpine Miniatures 1/35 US Tanker Vietnam War Set (2 Figures, Each with 2 Different Heads) (ALP-35162)

Detail Sets:
5 x RB Models1/35 Aerial Base for British Tanks (e.g., Comet, Churchill...) (RB 35A07)
1 x DEF Model1/35 US M706 (V100) Commando Sagged Wheels Set for Hobby Boss kits #82418/82419 (4 wheels) (DEF-DW35037)
1 x Master Models 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC Hispano Mk.I 20mm Cannons (w/Flat Recoil Springs)(4pcs) (AM-48-084)
1 x Eduard 1/48 Hawker Sea Hurricane Coloured Self-Adhesive Photoetch for Italeri kit (ED FE631)

The F-22 is a BIG plane! :o

F-22 & F-14 are going to be RAAF; Aero L-39ZA Albatros is going to be a RAN/RAM advanced trainer.
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Swap Shop / Re: Wanted/For Sale
« Last post by rickshaw on Today at 07:10:32 pm »
I know this is probably a long shot and they tend to go for stupid money on ebay...

Contrail Vickers Warwick
Contrail Avro Tudor

I have a hankering to do a Warwick in the transport role, but with Centaurus engines rather than the Pratt & Whitneys of reality.

I have a gentlemen's agreement with Gary to take delivery of his Warwick in exchange for beer tokens and a pair of white metal Aeroclub Merlins.  He thinks there may be enough bits for two Warwicks in the box.  I'm still on the lookout for another - an operational one with Vultures in Wellington sqn markings is a nice idea.

I have, presently winging to me from the Good Ol' USA, a Contrail "spare bits" kit for a Warwick.  It has sufficient fuselage, wings, tail to complete a Warwick from the left-over bits from the original Contrail Warwick kit.   I was intending to mould a resin kit from the vacuform model.   Perhaps we can come to an "arrangement"?
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Model Kit News / Re: Tarangus Models
« Last post by Weaver on Today at 07:07:04 pm »
1/72 Viggen due first half this year, AJ 37 and JA 37.  Masters by Special Hobby.
https://www.tarangus.se
Looks like the sprues contain the parts for Sk 37 trainer (and as such, the basis for the EW conversion thereof) too. SF/SH might require a new nose (though why not add those too, since the other differences were minimal).

Though, seeing that the kit has only one single-seat spine besides the two-seat spine, how are they going to handle the fact that between the canards and the wing, the JA was some 12cm longer than all other variants (due to extra compressor stage in the engine)? Cut the fuselage in half and add a circular section, the like of which seems to be in the sprue next to the JA gunpod? This would not be much easier than taking the knife to the old Heller kit.

Also, apparently the gunpod and the three- or four-finned drop tank are the only ordnance, or at least, nothing else is shown. I seriously hope that there would be a separate sprue for all the myriad of toys available only in resin or partly in other kits: Rb 04E, Rb 05, and RBS 15 missiles, recce and EW pods, 120 mm rocket pods, 4 x 125 kg bomb pylons, etc.

Also, since the masters are by SH, I hope that after the "limited edition" has run out, Special Hobby (and eventually maybe Revell, with whom SH seems to have a kit-sharing agreement?) will offer a boxing at a more reasonable price.

The SF nose in on the sprues: 4th pic, next to the gunpod.
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The Cold War G.B. 2018 / Re: Cold War GB 2018 Discussion Thread
« Last post by Weaver on Today at 06:52:25 pm »
Just a reminder.
This GB starts in eleven days so anyone wanting to influence the result of the final voting should be making a start about now with their social media campaigning.
If you are not sure how to go about this then just drop Weaver a pm and he'll take you through it.  Don't give him any money though.  I handle that side of things.
Don't say anything to Chris as we are deliberately keeping him out of the loop so he has plausible deniability.

Free Twitter sock-puppet account with every subscriber to the botnet...
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More work being done on the cockpit. Painted the silver on the napalm bombs. Created the longer nose gear:





Also of note but not picture worthy is the glorious seam work I did on the Boeing 737! 98% of the fuselage seams are good to go with only a couple tiny areas that needed re-filling to be sanded down at my leisure. STILL waiting on the melted nose sink-holes to dry up but they're slowly getting there.

On the Raptor, I'm doing the finishing phase on the intake modifications I did. That is going well so far! I need to finish cleaning up the seams on the nose and front area of the fuselage forward of the wings/intakes but I've already done most of it.

NOW.... I'm finally going to open up this Fokker D.21 and get started on it! I'd like to trim the sprue of all un neccessary attach points, cut out the fuselage and wings, and clean everything up with files and sand paper as I go along. It would be nice to get some of it glued together, too, but I'm in no hurry. This one won't be a whif but the plane itself and that paint job are killer so this will be a fun project!

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Warships and Ships / Re: RN APE
« Last post by JoeP on Today at 02:52:05 pm »
A proper brown water navy!
 :thumbsup:
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