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Up on "stilts!"   Sounds like a pretty good plan.   :wacko:

And man, .... uhhhh.... is it weird that this whole time I never knew the big radome on the bottom of the EC 121 was even there?!  I have the kit sitting RIGHT HERE on top of the top part of my desk within arms reach and still had no idea!  ;D ;D   I just thought it had the top part.  :rolleyes:
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My Stash Just Grew Again / Re: My stash just grew again (2017)
« Last post by TheChronicOne on Today at 12:50:48 pm »
I had some "walking around " money left over this month so I was going to buy some computer parts. Well.. yeah.. that lasted real long.   :rolleyes:  ;D  90% went to kits instead. Some of it has already arrived and some will be here next week I guess...

Not pictured is the Heller Bobkit C-160 (with lil trucks and commandos and stuff!!!)

On the way: 1/1000 Enterprise NX-01 (Polar Lights)
                     1/72  Hasegawa Shinden II Ace Combat

Then this stuff:


The lil one is a Merlin Models P-59. Been looking for this for a long while. I could have bought a vacuform version but I'm not looking forward to vacuform kits. I've never built one and they look like more trouble than they are worth. Anyway... one of these finally popped up in my price range requirements so I got it. $9 and free shipping.  ;D

I bought the other two because they were cheap. Minimum bid posted and if anyone else would have bid more than even a couple dollars I was out.. but... no one did on either! 

The Marlin is missing decals (is this why no one else big on the thing!? To me, missing decals isn't a detractor because that means it's going to be a whif pretty much guaranteed) and the PBY is missing the lil boat and the scuba divers that come with it. (And shark? Is there a shark or did what come with the Cousteau exploring vessell?).   Still, it's a PBY-6 and and it has the things like the external shelves where the divers would sit and all the stuff and the transfers are in GREAT shape. Box ratty but... ehhh.... I got it CHEAP. This one I'll build and eventually I'll buy a nice, complete version to "keep" as a collectible.

 



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Modeling Blogs / Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Last post by TheChronicOne on Today at 12:05:09 pm »
I'm with yous guys and what's the deal with the roundels? Why are they having differing widths of color?
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Modeling Blogs / Re: Moments of Zen
« Last post by TheChronicOne on Today at 12:02:57 pm »
Fair points all, and yeah, I do see your point, it's not so much Hase but the people who re-sale. I can grok that. It's like these people that buy a limited edition gaming console thing for $150 then turn around and try to sell it for $400. Not Nintendo's fault.

Oh, and definitely not a bug! Like I've mentioned before, I love my Hase kits and I'll be buying many many more.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:  The variety of stuff is exactly why. I just don't think a mere sheet of transfers should cost someone $30, $40, $50, etc.  Sure, new transfers cost money to make but how much does creating a new tool cost? Skipping over that expense counts for something but that "savings" conveniently flies out the window for some reason.

I stand corrected though, it's the the people doing the re-selling that demand the nutty prices.  Case in point a couple months back when I bought the brand new Shin Kazama F-20.  Tokyo Hobby sold me one and shipped it across the planet for about $25 total while every other place I looked at had them going for WAY more than that.  That tells you all you need to know right there... In fact, I remarked at the time that I should have bought all of them and sold them at about a 100% mark up (like these shady importers).

But hey, I don't need any convincing.. I was up this morning buying Hase kits before the sun came up.  :o :rolleyes: ;D ;D ;D ;D   
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Modeling Blogs / Re: Moments of Zen
« Last post by ChernayaAkula on Today at 11:23:49 am »
One thing i don't understand is why the Hasegawa kit is so expensive...

Because theirs all are.  Even the ones using ancient ill fitting moulds like the Dart & Dagger.

Because they're greedy.

Dear *insert-deity-of-choice-or-don't*, let this stupid thing die already.  :banghead: It's not Hasegawa giving you a screwing, it's their importers. Hasegawa's MSRP is printed on their boxes in Japanese Yen, which, when converted to your local currency, doesn't seem outrageous at all (bar a few exceptions). In some cases, MSRPs have stayed the same for a decade or two. Meaning you get to pay 1990s' price tags with your 2017's paychecks. They've effectively gotten cheaper!
Hasegawa's Starfighters cost half of what Italeri wants for their Esci reboxes. Much outrage? No! When Airifx resurrects and old-timey kit at contemporary prices, it's met with much "oohing", "ahhing" and "glad to see it's available again"-s, yet when Hasegawa does the very same, everybody loses their minds! Just.... why?

And apparently it's too hard a concept top grasp that Hasegawa are not running a charity. Of course they charge 2017's prices! They've got 2017's prices to pay for wages and materials. And, lastly, they've got to compete with other manufacturers in 2017's markets.
Nobody complains that Airfix' new Phantom will cost 24 GBP, yet people complain that Hasegawa's Phantoms are too expensive.

Also: It's not Hasegawa's fault that importing stuffs yourself is a royal mess for the Great British Public - Evening All!   

Greedy, but smart. They know modelers are like Pokemon fans and Trekkers, etc. <...> Well, Hasegawa will sell the same exact kit with 30 different box art and sets of transfers and next thing ya know, we have 39 "Su 27"s in the stash.  <...>

Nooo!  :banghead: The constant reboxes are a feature, not a bug. With most manufacturers, you've got the Model T problem. Any Revell customer can have their F/A-18F in any colour scheme they want. As longs as it's the frickin' Jolly Rogers.  :banghead: With Hasegawa, you can get almost any Hornet squadron. For some people, Hasegawa's reboxes are the only way to get certain colour schemes.
And with decals being the most expensive part of a rebox, of course they're more expensive than the standard boxing.
Also, Hasegawa doesn't make you buy 39 Flankers. If you want to buy 39 Flankers in 30 different schemes, Hasegawa is there for you. If you want to build 39 Flanker in 30 different schemes, Revell will also sell you 39 Flankers, but you will have to find decals on your own. And aftermarket decals aren't cheap for a reason: limited quantity runs. Notice a trend here?

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Modeling Blogs / Boeing B-29 AEW
« Last post by McColm on Today at 10:50:46 am »
Just had an idea for the 1/72 B-29 which I bought off eBay already made.
I'm thinking of using the radomes from the Heller C-121 Warning Star. To get the clearance I could use the Constellation landing gear. I know SAC do a while metal set.
This conversion will be called' Daddy Long Legs.'
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Ship GB / Re: KleineMarine-fahrprahmeauslandertrager- flak Siebel luftboot
« Last post by TomZ on Today at 10:10:13 am »
Looks fantastic.
I love the finish and I think you should keep that table as a base  ;D

TomZ
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Modeling Blogs / Re: Moments of Zen
« Last post by TheChronicOne on Today at 10:04:48 am »
I can live with that!  ;D ;D
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Aircraft / Re: Martin Monterey MR1
« Last post by JayBee on Today at 09:39:06 am »
a guy can go mad like that.

I do believe, Kit, that the correct term here on this forum should be madder!  :rolleyes:

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My Stash Just Grew Again / Re: My stash just grew again (2017)
« Last post by The Chaos on Today at 09:37:25 am »
New from Japan



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