Minicraft

Started by Green Dragon, December 04, 2009, 06:09:00 AM

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Green Dragon

Cybermodeler has posted an in box review of the Nato version of the 1/144th scale Boeing E3 Sentry. http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/min...min_14611.shtml
I'm not sure but to my eyes the detail seems a bit soft. All of the mating edges of the wings and tail planes look kind of rounded too. My old Airfix 707-400 is a much crisper moulding. I was going to get one but I'll wait to see a full review before parting with my money.

Cyber modeler main page. http://www.cybermodeler.com/whatsnew.shtml

Paul Harrison
"Well, it's rather brutal here. Right now we are advising all our clients to put everything they've got into canned food and shotguns."-Gremlins 2

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Green Dragon

#1
Cybermodeler has a look at the E-8 JSTARS version of the Minicraft 707 today. http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/min/kit_min_14613.shtml

Paul Harrison
"Well, it's rather brutal here. Right now we are advising all our clients to put everything they've got into canned food and shotguns."-Gremlins 2

On the bench.
1/72 Space 1999 Eagle, Comet Miniatures Martian War Machine
1/72nd Quad Tilt Rotor, 1/144th V/STOL E2 Hawkeye (stalled)

Green Dragon

The latest reissue of the old Minicraft B-29 is posted on Cybermodeler. It is now in grey plastic intead of that silvery stuff mine is made from and it has an all new decal sheet for Atomic Tom of the USAF plus two Washingtons, one RAF and one RAAF. http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/min...min_14609.shtml
The siver plastic of my kit is very hard, hopefully the grey version is easier to work with.

Paul Harrison
"Well, it's rather brutal here. Right now we are advising all our clients to put everything they've got into canned food and shotguns."-Gremlins 2

On the bench.
1/72 Space 1999 Eagle, Comet Miniatures Martian War Machine
1/72nd Quad Tilt Rotor, 1/144th V/STOL E2 Hawkeye (stalled)

Green Dragon

Has anyone heard any news of the 1/72nd Martin Mariner kit? It's disappeared from the Minicraft site and the Braz Models site no longer has "for Minicraft" on their CAD images of the Mariner.

Paul Harrison
"Well, it's rather brutal here. Right now we are advising all our clients to put everything they've got into canned food and shotguns."-Gremlins 2

On the bench.
1/72 Space 1999 Eagle, Comet Miniatures Martian War Machine
1/72nd Quad Tilt Rotor, 1/144th V/STOL E2 Hawkeye (stalled)

Weaver

#4
Here's an odd one: Minicraft-go-X-Files:



Here's the box blurb explanation:


QuoteMinicraft

1/144 Scale

US Navy NC-121K

"CONNIE"

PROJECT MAGNET

"Paisano Dos"

US Navy NC-121K CONNIE "PROJECT MAGNET" One important result from Project Magnet was the discovery of peculiar magnetic forces from above the Key-West Caribbean area, commonly referred to as 'The Bermuda Triangle'. It is widely suspected that this carefully unpublicized program may have been a worldwide operation intended to detect the existence of and effects of UFO's.


The non-Fox Maulder explanation is that the aircraft were mapping the world's magnetic field in detail in support of MAD ASW operations, of course. :rolleyes: Nevertheless, it's interesting that the aircraft's name means "Friend Two", and it was replaced by an Orion called "Paisano Tres" (Friend Three).....

From a modelling POV, note the Road Runner decals..... :wub:


AND, if you want to go looking for those pesky Nazi UFOs in Antarctica, they do a Project Deep Freeze R5D-3 (DC-4):



(the tinfoil hat brigade have long believed that Project Deep Freeze was a covert mopping up operation of the Nazi's secret UFO base in Antarctica.... :rolleyes:)
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pyro-manic

Paisano Dos is a looker, definitely. :thumbsup:
Some of my models can be found on my Flickr album >>>HERE<<<

Green Dragon

Been wanting them for several years, Minicraft also do the R4D-5 Dakota from the original Operation High Jump in 1946.

Paul Harrison
"Well, it's rather brutal here. Right now we are advising all our clients to put everything they've got into canned food and shotguns."-Gremlins 2

On the bench.
1/72 Space 1999 Eagle, Comet Miniatures Martian War Machine
1/72nd Quad Tilt Rotor, 1/144th V/STOL E2 Hawkeye (stalled)

Maverick

Minicraft are releasing a post war PB4Y-1 in 72nd along with a C-130H in 144th.  Hard to understand however, that the small Herc is only a couple of dollars cheaper than the Liberator???

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?action=post;topic=26703.0;num_replies=6

Regards,

Mav

Thorvic

Project Cancelled SIG Secretary, specialising in post war British RN warships, RN and RAF aircraft projects. Also USN and Russian warships

Captain Canada

Oh cool ! Defo on the want list...bloody expensive tho !

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Green Dragon

Has anyone bought the reissue of the ski equipped Dakota kit with boxart from The Thing From Another World? The boxart doesn't have the Tropical Tilly nose art that was on both sides of the real plane, wondering if it's on the decal sheet?

Paul Harrison
"Well, it's rather brutal here. Right now we are advising all our clients to put everything they've got into canned food and shotguns."-Gremlins 2

On the bench.
1/72 Space 1999 Eagle, Comet Miniatures Martian War Machine
1/72nd Quad Tilt Rotor, 1/144th V/STOL E2 Hawkeye (stalled)

Weaver

Quote from: Thorvic on October 07, 2013, 03:42:36 PM
http://www.creativemodels.co.uk/minicraft_172_martin_mariner_pbm55a_w2_usn_marking_options-p-32361.html

The Minicraft 1/72nd PBM Martin Mariner is now out in the UK

And just in case it's not expensive enough for you, there's now a £50 Eduard detailing set out for it:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/EBIG7288
"Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot."
 - Morpheus in Sandman: A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Neil Gaiman

"I dunno, I'm making this up as I go."
 - Indiana Jones '

PR19_Kit

I'll stick with my Rareplanes Mariner vacform I think...............
Kit's Rule 1 ) Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage
Kit's Rule 2) The backstory can always be changed to suit the model

...and I'm not a closeted 'Take That' fan, I'm a REAL fan! :)

Regards
Kit

Spey_Phantom

just read this over on KG144.

it would appear that Minicraft is closing shop, quoted my username "MiG88" after reading this on Aviation Megastore:

Quote"According to our distributor MINICRAFT has ended her activities per 1st of November 2022 and no stocks will be coming anymore. We still have some stocks of their kits but when gone, it is finished."

this comes to no surprise to me, as in recent years they have been grosly overpricing reboxed ancient ex-Crown moulds.
i guess that finally came to bite them in the #ss. still, very sadnews to see another kitmaker go, i kinda liked theyre 1/144 TBM Aenger and B-29 kits  :-\
on the bench:

-all kinds of things.

PR19_Kit

Time to stock up on DC8s and MD90s then!
Kit's Rule 1 ) Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage
Kit's Rule 2) The backstory can always be changed to suit the model

...and I'm not a closeted 'Take That' fan, I'm a REAL fan! :)

Regards
Kit