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  1. JohnEB's on the money. 170/172s and 180/182s can be a muddy mess unless you're a bit of an anorak. As the stock of tailwheel'd examples has dried up, there are plenty of mods that can be done (it's a fairly easy conversion) to turn nose-wheeled examples into taildraggers, both 172s and 182s. AndrewD, the Monogram kit is what youre after, if you can't find an original issue with floats for a decent price, i believe KeeKah (spelling) might do correct floats for the purpose. Denzil
  2. If you want to throw kits together, and just want to build all the dall together kits, for sure a ranking matters. However, if you're wanting to learn new skills and add unusual subjects to your collection, have a go at some of the less highly ranked kits. ALL kits are buildable, but some do take a lot more work than others. When youre not intimidated by the less than fall-together kits, you won't worry about how other people rank kits 🙂 Grab some cheap "unbuildables" and have a go 😄
  3. WWII fighters, tamiya and hasegawa are all pretty high quality. Hobby boss has SOME good stuff, but that's on a kit by kit basis. Floatplanes are a very mixed bag. If you want to build anything other than a catalina, youre going to be delving into all manner of short/limited run kits. Which isn't a bad thing, but just don't be suprised when theres no shake and bake Volmer Sportsman kit 😄
  4. Speaking of aftermarket decals... Success! Time for some weathering. And some staining of various types Denzil
  5. By a substantial margin, Wingnut Wings is #1
  6. In a word; no. In my experience, it seems only to be the mass-produced, mainstream stuff that comes shrink wrapped, and the kits that are going up in perceived value (monster facepalm) arent shrink wrapped from the factory.
  7. Thanks mate! She takes a bit of effort, but is a better starting point than the old Monogram kit! Brass gear and aftermarket decals are an absolute necessity, unfortunately. I appreciate your encouragement, big motivation to see her finished and in the cabinet! Denzil
  8. OK! A move from the midwest to the Pacific North West and a new job, and the bench is finally set up for action I used masking tape to peel off the decals, and removed the landing gear because I wasn't happy with how it sat. First up, mask and paint the wing walks to suit the aftermarket decals.
  9. Even by current standards, they're still very nice kits!
  10. I'll be so lucky if i live long enough to claim that title for myself 😆🤣
  11. 30 something year old modeller here! This discussion is a fascinating read for someone like me who grew up reading my father's modelling magazines, and absorbing all the different techniques that people used to varying success in the pursuit of realism. After building airfix, heller and monogram kits, I remember being amazed at the crisp recessed detail on the first Otaki 1/48 kit I saw 😆 This discussion feels similar in spirit to a recent one about a lack of basic skills, in leiu of flashy accessories, and how the focus has shifted. It's
  12. I emailed Giannis directly a few weeks ago about it. mf1.cg81@gmail.com He responded quickly and has communicated at each step of the shipping process. Denzil
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