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  1. If you are willing to buy an aftermarket decal sheet for your (very nice-looking!) model, there are at least two to choose from: (1) PrintScale 72-101: https://www.printscale.org/product_309.html (2) Begemot 72-043: http://www.begemotdecals.ru/showpos.php?lang=2&id=93 (100 options!) Unless you plan on building a lot of I-16's, I'd recommend the PrintScale sheet; it's probably easier to find, too, although I checked Modelimex, and it's marked, "ask us", so I'm guessing you might have to wait a while to get it from that source. John
  2. @kotey- Hi Andrey! Do you have any news regarding a 1/72 Yak-1/Yak-1B sheet for the Brengun and Arma kits? Rearding the Yak-9 decals, will the 1/72 sheet include all variants, or is it only Yak-9D? Thanks in advance for any answers! John
  3. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/revell-04711-douglas-sbd-5e-dauntless--155008 John
  4. I've already preordered a few of the 1/72 kit from Hannants. FWIW, it's currently taking a bit of a ripping on Scalemodels.ru because the exhausts are somewhat crude and the landing gear struts seem overly thick. I have trouble with such demanding criticism of what's a simplified, entry-level kit (how often do we say we need to engage more kids in this hobby? And there's a rather busy thread elsewhere saying modern kits are too detailed, even for experienced modellers - too many small parts!) that no one has actually held in his hands yet and that is still miles and miles ahead of any currentl
  5. You aroused my curiosity, so I went and dug out my copy of the Pegasus MB.5. The landing gear struts are awfully thin and need a lot of cleanup. Personally, I think drilling them for a metal pin would be beyond my capability! If it was me, I'd consider either trying to find replacements from the spares box, or inserting a small block of plastic into the end of the wheel well and drilling that instead of drilling the wing itself. As thin as the struts are, attaching the landing gear doors should stiffen them up considerably, especially if you can attach the upper end of the door to the wing as
  6. You have no reason to feel bad! No one was harmed by the experience, you were totally scrupulous about refunding the "crowd's" money, and we all learned something. Hell, as I said elsewhere, I feel bad because I was the one who suggested the Yak-9T - definitely not a good first project. Something simpler - a Piper Cub, for example, would have been more realistic. You shouldn't be carrying the whole financial burden of completing this - please LMK if I can help! John
  7. Easy - just order direct: https://www.armahobby.com/ There are also online hobby shops that sell Arma Hobby products; Google is your etc., etc. - you know the drill... John
  8. Yes it would, in 1/72 if possible, but it would be even nicer to see an announcement of the whole series of wartime Yak-9s with the VK-105 engine - Yak-9, Yak-9D, Yak-9T, etc. Unlikely, but it's nice to see someone else lobbying for any kind of Yak-9! John
  9. Go easy with that - the kit probably represents those aircraft having a laminated wood rear fuselage, in which case, no panel lines. Or rivets. Maybe another, lesser kit manufacturer would neglect such details, but if Tamiya doesn't show panel lines, then it's a safe bet no panel lines existed. John
  10. Yes, I vaguely recall that this was one of Frog's last gasps; the mold was one of those which went to Russia for release by whomever - I thought Novo. There might have been a limited number of kits produced by Frog just before they shut the lights off, but I don't know that. John
  11. I'm not trying to discourage you, but this discussion from Britmodeller might be of interest, if you haven't already seen it: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235074787-valom-b-26-vs-hasegawa-b-26-what-is-going-on-here/ If you've tried ebay and various online shops with no success, perhaps your time might be better spent tracking down the Monogram kit, which is also the early version but more accurate in shapes, etc.. Not as detailed (it's a Snap-Tite) but you may be able to dress it up yourself with parts from other sources or by doing some scratchbuilding
  12. Moskit went out of business years ago. The current source for metal exhausts is called REXx. I checked for a 1/48 P-40E set at my usual supplier (ModelsUA) but he didn't have them. I suggest you Google REXx, or consider the resin suggestion - the resin ones I've had are very realistic and more detailed than metal ones, even in 1/72. Try Quickboost at any on-line shop that sells the brand: http://www.quickboost.net/Obrazky/48041.jpg John
  13. Thanks, Sergey - e-mail sent, but please don't hesitate to post constructive criticism here on this forum, too! John
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