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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #780 on: July 08, 2016, 12:48:06 am »
Don't the Kinetic ones actually come with the Skunkworks IDF Weapons Set sprues (or NATO Weapons Set for the non-Israeli Vipers), whereas with modern Hase kits you're usually lucky to get even gasbags? (Older Hase Vipers at least had a pair of BL755's among other things.) If so, then Hasegawa only seems cheaper. ;)

Regarding the LoneStar resin set, has it actually been seen on sale somewhere, at a price that is not at least twice that of a Monogram XL? Yes, I know, LoneStar is more accurate, but for my tastes Monogram offers better value for money considering I would whiff it anyway...

Yup, you're right about the weapons, the Hase kit only has two pairs of aim-9s, the N/P and the L/M, the pair of BL755s, and a pair of aim-120B... and the 370 gallon drop tanks. Not the coolest, most modern ordnance but it is a full loadout for the Viper. Besides, this kit is supposed to be a parts donor for at least 3 other builds.
The Kinetic Sufa has the IDF weapons but if you think of it, you'll only use them on the kit if you're building a SUFA... not my intentions. The Hase kit has better detail in some areas(specially the CFTs and electronics spine) and the Kinetic in others(cockpit, weapons and gear bays), the rest is up to modelers preference. I already had another one of each so that will make 4 1/72 Sufas in my stash. ;D

The LoneStar conversion sets, XL#1 and #2 and 2 DSI intakes cost me around 120, with tracked shipping from Japan and customs fee.
Resin parts- 65, Tracked shipping-20, Customs fee-35.
Considering that Monogram XLs are out of production, have worst detail, to buy one in auction and pay for shipping and then customs, it comes out much more expensive than 1 Lonestar set and the Hasegawa F-16(less than 15) for parts, together.
Going by the last i saw on auction, a normal Monogram kit would cost me at least 60/80euros to buy now. The two i was lucky enough to find, came out cheaper indeed, but i spent a lot of time looking for them. The first i bought was in a Monogram job lot and cost me 40 euros for 3 kits from Canada. The second one was around 40 for the kit alone and that was the cheapest i could find in almost 1 year of looking for it.
Hey, if you can find the Monogram XLs at a good price, great, but for me, the Lonestar conversions are a much better deal.

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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #781 on: July 08, 2016, 01:43:24 am »
Received the Ka-31 AEW Helix via eBay from the US as the only course of action

Had a look in Plastic Pastimes in Poole last Tuesday, lots to tempt me but settled on the Takom Cheiftain MK2 and the AFV Centurion Shot both to be done as Cold War british army
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #782 on: July 08, 2016, 10:20:28 am »
An ebay win arrived today

1 x 1/72 Fujimi F-4K (the yellow bird boxing)

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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #783 on: July 09, 2016, 10:58:43 am »
Liberated from Home Bargins in Letchworth N.A. F-51D Mustang, Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 and Vampire T.11 They also had Spitfire Pr. XIX and Higgins boats
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #784 on: July 09, 2016, 11:40:38 am »
Received the Ka-31 AEW Helix via eBay from the US as the only course of action

Had a look in Plastic Pastimes in Poole last Tuesday, lots to tempt me but settled on the Takom Cheiftain MK2 and the AFV Centurion Shot both to be done as Cold War british army
Didn't you message Ivan at Models Ua Geoff? If he could get you one it would be a lot cheaper, than anywhere else. Also, did you look on Hobbyterra?
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #785 on: July 09, 2016, 03:38:21 pm »
Received the Ka-31 AEW Helix via eBay from the US as the only course of action

Had a look in Plastic Pastimes in Poole last Tuesday, lots to tempt me but settled on the Takom Cheiftain MK2 and the AFV Centurion Shot both to be done as Cold War british army
Didn't you message Ivan at Models Ua Geoff? If he could get you one it would be a lot cheaper, than anywhere else. Also, did you look on Hobbyterra?
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #786 on: July 09, 2016, 04:33:08 pm »
The two Spitfire F22s that were hostage swaps for Hurricanes were handed over.

My LHS is holding no less than four Eduard Profipack Spitfire mk IXcs for me (making 8 in total in the stash, plus the 3 overtrees), as well as an AZ Spitfire mk VIII RAAF boxing missing from a previous order.

And finally, one of my agents has secured another eight Spitfire from Home Bargains - 4 PRXIXs and 4 F22s.

I fully intend hitting a few stores tomorrow before going to work...
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #787 on: July 10, 2016, 10:09:09 am »
From a Japanese eBay seller:

2 x Tamiya 1/72 Skyray's
3 x Tamiya 1/72 Mirage 2000C (Italeri kit reboxed)
2 x Tamiya 1/72 A-4M Skyhawk (again, Italeri kit reboxed)
2 x Hasegawa 1/72 Macross VF-1 weapon set

Even after the shipping these items were very low cost. I don't personally know much about Macross, but the weapons sets looked very good for whiff fodder.

From Chinese eBay seller:

2 x Modelcollect 1/72 T-64AV
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #788 on: July 10, 2016, 05:42:07 pm »
Well. i haven't bought any kits in a while but i just received 4 sheets of the PoAF Lo-viz F-16A decals i had on backorder for over 6 months, from the Portuguese brand, Black Cat decals. I was looking forward to get these as i thought that the sheet would be correct, and that meant having the very light grey roundels, like the real thing...



But they're not quite the same...



I was hoping to use these over dark colored schemes but no worries, i'll just print my own as i was already set on doing, and i'll find something else to use these on.
I'm thinking of writing an email about this to the owner, who's also the owner of BigCat modeling shop, a really cool guy. He'll probably be glad to get feedback about them from a very good client. ;D Maybe if it's possible, he can have them corrected for the next batch.

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So, i ended up writing to the company's owner to let him know what i thought and he told me he'd make corrections. After a few weeks, he sent me, not 4 but 8 corrected sheets... for free! :bow:



Although i still think that the light grey roundels could be a little bit lighter, i think these will do very well, and after such an offer, i don't wanna bother him with my nitpicking. Besides, this lo-vis scheme was only used on serial #15112 in the pic above, during a couple of years, it wasn't even applied to the rest of the squad's fighters. I'll use them on a real world build and the rest will give me a good variety of choices, considering that i now have 11 new PoAF decal sheets to use on my builds. And i might end up printing some too, just to see how my printer holds up printing a very light grey on clear sheets.
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #789 on: July 10, 2016, 06:14:30 pm »
Another day on the Home Bargains Airfix Treasure hunt.  The saga continues.

I started work at 2pm, which meant I had to be up earlyish to get buses into town.  Getting up early is difficult at the best of times but nursing a hangover from the several pints and two double rums I downed last night after work made it doubly so.  Still, there were Spitfires to find and I was going to get up to do it.  Fortified by some paracetamol, weetabix and a brew, I was off.

Three buses later, I was in Blaydon.  The two P40 gift sets were gone, but they'd restocked with more Spitfire PR19s and F22s.  They were nabbed, a total of nine, along with four Typhoons.  Plus the usual smokey bacon crisps to keep me going.  Next target - Gateshead, two buses away via the hated Metrocentre.

Quick dash through the town centre and I find that they've restocked.  Vampires, the fountain, Higgins boats and Hawks.  Managed to dig out their last Typhoon and swiftly left.

Bus drops off past the top of Grey Street, in the middle of a car show - Bentleys, BMs, Jags and Astons.  Had to drool over the latter for a bit but retreated to the bus stop to go to Wallsend, my last hit of the week. 

Another journey into the pit of despair, past derelict waste ground, slack jawed yokels glaring moronically over fences with the cold dead eyes of a drug restrained thug.  A wizened old crone got on the bus at Byker and her shrieking was a joy to behold, tales of how she loves Dettol and cheap bleach is for idiots and gone in 24 hours and I love me Dettol.  On and on this tale went, round and round in the same dizzy, tedious and dreary circles until finally she got off at a stop under a bridge, no doubt so she can rejoin her trollish family.  A silent cheer went up around the bus before it plunged further into the heart of darkness that is Wallsend. 

I worked there for three years in the late 80s/early 90s and time has not been kind.  It's still a dump, building sites and boarded up shops, a high street full of low rent charity shops, bargain food stores and takeaways.  An air of silent misery and despair fills the place.  The Forum, covered over and much brighter than it was when I walked through it for three years, seems smaller.  Again depressing but a vast improvement on the cold, damp and windswept place it was and comparing favourably over the Galleries.

Into the store.   Hawks, fountain,  Higgins boats but no Vampires.  Dinahs, a Dauntless or two and a solitary Gladiator.  Grabbed it, paid and swiftly left.  Back onto a bus for town and off to work.

And so ends my journey for this week.
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #790 on: July 10, 2016, 06:37:04 pm »
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #791 on: July 11, 2016, 02:32:27 am »
That's why I've been grabbing them.  ;D

One of my agents has returned from London, via the Dragonville store, with a stash of Spits and Vampires.  Will post the numbers later once I've gone through it, but some are being passed on.
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #792 on: July 11, 2016, 03:27:38 am »
Another day on the Home Bargains Airfix Treasure hunt.  The saga continues.

I started work at 2pm, which meant I had to be up earlyish to get buses into town.  Getting up early is difficult at the best of times but nursing a hangover from the several pints and two double rums I downed last night after work made it doubly so.  Still, there were Spitfires to find and I was going to get up to do it.  Fortified by some paracetamol, weetabix and a brew, I was off.

Three buses later, I was in Blaydon.  The two P40 gift sets were gone, but they'd restocked with more Spitfire PR19s and F22s.  They were nabbed, a total of nine, along with four Typhoons.  Plus the usual smokey bacon crisps to keep me going.  Next target - Gateshead, two buses away via the hated Metrocentre.

Quick dash through the town centre and I find that they've restocked.  Vampires, the fountain, Higgins boats and Hawks.  Managed to dig out their last Typhoon and swiftly left.

Bus drops off past the top of Grey Street, in the middle of a car show - Bentleys, BMs, Jags and Astons.  Had to drool over the latter for a bit but retreated to the bus stop to go to Wallsend, my last hit of the week. 

Another journey into the pit of despair, past derelict waste ground, slack jawed yokels glaring moronically over fences with the cold dead eyes of a drug restrained thug.  A wizened old crone got on the bus at Byker and her shrieking was a joy to behold, tales of how she loves Dettol and cheap bleach is for idiots and gone in 24 hours and I love me Dettol.  On and on this tale went, round and round in the same dizzy, tedious and dreary circles until finally she got off at a stop under a bridge, no doubt so she can rejoin her trollish family.  A silent cheer went up around the bus before it plunged further into the heart of darkness that is Wallsend. 

I worked there for three years in the late 80s/early 90s and time has not been kind.  It's still a dump, building sites and boarded up shops, a high street full of low rent charity shops, bargain food stores and takeaways.  An air of silent misery and despair fills the place.  The Forum, covered over and much brighter than it was when I walked through it for three years, seems smaller.  Again depressing but a vast improvement on the cold, damp and windswept place it was and comparing favourably over the Galleries.

Into the store.   Hawks, fountain,  Higgins boats but no Vampires.  Dinahs, a Dauntless or two and a solitary Gladiator.  Grabbed it, paid and swiftly left.  Back onto a bus for town and off to work.

And so ends my journey for this week.

You have quite a way with words sir.  Puts me in mind of Squire Haggard's Journal.

Have you considered asking Home Bargains to divert one of their delivery vehicles past your house?
Or are you enjoying the thrill of the chase too much?
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #793 on: July 11, 2016, 05:41:02 am »
Academy 1/72 P-40M/N from Just Kits in Hull
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #794 on: July 11, 2016, 08:12:15 am »
A variety arrived in the post today, some ordered on-line to make up for missing out on a trip to Bovington :-(

1/72 Zvezda ka-27 Heliix A
1/72 Zvezda Ka-27PS Helix C

From Russia via eBay to go with the Begremot decals for the type

1/72 Ace Centurion Mk3
1/72 Ace Centurion Mk5

Both pre-ordered from Hannants and came out last Thursday !

Also got a Meng 1/35 A-39 Tortoise and a replacement metal Barrel
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