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  1. So, a noob question to the F-14 buffs. Which kits would be suitable to build a (very) early F-14? Both 1/72 and 1/48 scales... What would have to be modified? (I think I have a 1/72 Matchbox lying around somewhere, and I recently purchased an Academy 1/72 F-14A. Are they any good for a prototype project?)
  2. C-130 U.S. Forest Service, in storage at Davis-Monthan Mobile Screenshot (Google Maps) taken 3rd August 2019 (No idea if this was ever done in any scale, at any rate I had never seen or even heard of this before...)
  3. To be precise, the German word Maikäfer means cockchafer, or maybug. The inscription "Die Maikäfer" could mean two things: 1. (in English) "death to the maybug" 2. (in German) "the maybugs" (note the plural, the singular would be "Der Maikäfer"
  4. For anyone as uninformed as myself: The Zvezda kit is up for pre-order at Hobby Search here Pre-order price 5525 Yen (~ US$53), expected release "late November". Their pictures include the decal sheet(s), with options for the Oklahoma ANG, Poland, RAF, Japan and South Korea. Is it me, or does the nose on the built model look a bit too pointed?
  5. The Roden kit is up for pre-order at Hobby Search here Pre-order price 7565 Yen (~ US$ 73), expected release "after October". HS have pictures of two decal options, both B-36Bs.
  6. You may want to try a reseller. Hannants for example still seem to have them available for "backorder" (expected for October)
  7. Anticipating the arrival of my ICM 1/48 O-2A, I ordered this sheet a couple days ago, and it arrived just fine - thanks, Kursad. Now I have the kit before me, and it looks very nice in the box. However, I can't say anything about accuracy. Except for loving the looks of the O-2, I know nothing about it... Anyway, I'm looking forward to building this kit and using Caracal decals on it. Being designed for the Testors kit, the anti-glare panel decal may prove a bit off. But if push comes to shove, painting this shouldn't be too difficult. For anyone interested, the ICM decal options a
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    I know it's off-topic, but there has been talk about the B-50 already here, too. I can't seem to find anything about it on Minicraft's own page, but Hobby Search list the 1/144 Minicraft B-50A to be released next month (June 2020): https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10697578 It was originally announced for February 2018. Normally, those Japanese shops are pretty accurate about their release dates, so I think that it's real at last.
  9. Roadrunner, El Coyote and the Arctic Fox were all covered by a baby-seal-killing competitor on one single sheet. I'm sure it wouldn't hurt though if all of them were freshly done. No idea about royalties however, and how that other company handled this matter.
  10. Squadron are listing this sheet as available...
  11. According to Scalemates (Link), it was released in 2018 already. I found these listings, however they're both sold out: Hannants "Will be back in stock soon" KitLinx It may still be available elsewhere.
  12. Oops, I'm sorry if I sounded pushy. Wasn't my intention. But you're saying that you've known about it for months already? To the folks at Britmodeller at least, it apparently came as a complete surprise... I don't expect you to reveal your sources, but do you, by any chance, know anything more about the scale? (Not that it really matters, we'll know in due time, lol)
  13. During the Nuremberg Toy Fair this past weekend, Revell announced a new-tool SR-71 for 2021. As I write this, scale is NOT CONFIRMED YET. The Scalemates entry is in 1/48, but that is based on statements allegedly made by unnamed "well informed circles". Apparently, the picture was placed among other 1/48 kits, while the 1/72 stuff was on another side of the display, and the "Skill level 5" on the boxtop-like picture hints at 1/48. But all of that is far from a definite confirmation. It COULD still be 1/72. Nobody will deny that a new tool SR-71 in either scale would be very welcome.
  14. According to Scalemates, this kit is a rebox of the 1995 Revell tooling. Getting instructions for that one should be rather easy, if you want to know how the plastic goes together. If you're after painting directions and decal placement, I'm sorry I can't help you. But there should be some photos and colour profiles to be found on the web. Simply google "f-104 turkey" 😄
  15. Indeed they are! Many thanks! I'm now off to polish my glasses >_<
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