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Everything posted by bashace

  1. Had a QEAF Apache Longbow buzz over my apartment today.
  2. Updates will be slow for now, packed everything for the move back to the USA, of course I will mail GB project stuff via USPS so I don't have to wait 2+ months for the surface shipment😀
  3. I would agree, I have most of the late 1/32 kits in my stash, and even though I'm not a Corsair nut, I have to say the Tamiya 1/32 Corsair kits are fantastic!.
  4. What makes the Airacobra unique is the drive shaft that runs under the cockpit to the propeller gear box up front, each manufacturer has their own take on this and color callout.
  5. Cockpits test fitted in their future final resting places.
  6. Here's the cockpits next to their respective fuselage halves.
  7. Here's a study of all 3 kit cockpits in their final assembly stage, black cockpit is the Pro-Modeler, green cockpit without forward weight is Hasegawa, and olive plastic with green cockpit and forward weight is Eduard.
  8. Thanks Kurt, really not my expertise, trying to keep it as simple as possible to show what basic modeling skills can do with these kits.
  9. Calling the Hasegawa cockpit done for the most part, will be using the True Details seat in place of kit seat, kit seat only set in for the pics.
  10. Wow! Very ambitious! All build into nice Phantoms, will be interesting!
  11. Is this the jet that had to be in afterburner for carrier landing approaches???
  12. The Hasegawa kit required 2 pics to get a snapshot of everything, no paint masks or nose weight included, but has the nicest cockpit of the 3 kits.
  13. Here's what you get in the Eduard Profipack kit, a nose weight and canopy/wheel/walkway paint mask included.
  14. I've switched almost exculsively to Ammo by Mig Acrylics and love them! The product line is extensive and constantly expanding.
  15. Calling the first cockpit done, the gun assembly was a little confusing until I looked at the finished assembly pic on the side of the box. Really tried to not AMS over the details, just a little a little pigment brushing and different hues of black. Decided to not use the included PE seat belts since the seat incorporated molded in belts.
  16. Schillings and Guilders😉
  17. With an age of 26 years at time of Pro-Modeler release, I would say the molds had held up pretty good, the only noticeable excess flash was on the nose gear strut. The Pro-Modeler extension strut appears to be short shot, it doesn't connect to the nose gear strut, this will have to be addressed during construction. ***Correction*** The nose gear strut of the Pro-Modeler kit was not short shot, one of the changes incorporated was a separate gear extension link which is included on the added sprue.
  18. To fact check the original 1969 Monogram 1/48 tooling with the 1995 Pro-Modeler 1/48 Release, these are pics comparing the two side by side. The Pro-Modeler offering included a new sprue that included wing cannons and ground crew, the gray plastic looks and feels almost identical to Hasegawa plastic, not the somewhat harder and crisper plastic in the original release from 1969. Per the instruction sheet and a little online research, the following options can be built from the Pro-Modeler kit: - British Airacobra 1, P-400, P-39D1, P-39D2, P-39L1, and P-39Q - Detailed nose guns - Open/closed Engine Bay - Early version nose gun detail only, no vents! - Choice of 6-stack or 12-stack exhaust manifolds - Right door can be positioned open - Choice of weighted or non-weighted tires - Smooth Style wheel rims - Choice of centerline drop tank or 500lb bomb (doesn't help the tail sitting😂) - Underwing gun pods - 3-blade propeller only
  19. Those are my thoughts as well, my track record for finishing builds during GB's is atrocious....but I do have a year😁
  20. I also have the original 1969 release kit as well as the first new tool Eduard release for additional comparisons.
  21. As far as I know, it's Monogram plastic, I know the first Hasegawa P-39 offering was the same plastic until they tooled their own in 2006.
  22. Just checking to see if Phantom completed anything yet
  23. This will be a head to head showdown between the original and latest tool P-39 Airacobra's. I have a funny feeling an Eduard P-39 might want a piece of the action too! The plan is to construct the builds step by step simultaneously, showing the comparisons as the build progresses. Kits will be built OOB utilizing the supplied decals. *** UPDATE! *** It has been confirmed, the Eduard P-39 will be joining the bout!
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