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VADM Fangschleister

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  1. Hey afspret....here's an idea. Wal-Mart has a whole slew of metallic tones in the women's eyeshade aisle. If not there, then Walgreens, CVS, etc. Paint the area with a nice titanium shade...which can be done without a whole lot of airbrush experience...mask the area off and shoot it...or....using Testors Model Master paints or acrylics of your choice...you can hand paint the area in question and to get the varied shades and tones...find the appropriate shades in the women's makeup section of the store-of-choice and rub the powder in with a a foamy applicator m(also in the makeup aisle) a
  2. Well, it's not that I was expecting Tamigawa levels of fineness. But what irks me the most is that it's as close to being a clone of the Anigrand disaster as can be. Even their Falcon 20 of some 20+ years vintage has better faith to the basic outline of the real jet. It appears the Mach 2 kitmaker(s) just bought a few of Anigrand's kits and copied directly making the obligatory but minor alterations to avoid the lawsuit only and to get on a potential money-making bandwagon...not that the Jetstar is a real cash-wagon as far as kits go. In that vein, I'm surprised they don't just clone any
  3. As you can see...Not a particularly valiant effort on Mach 2's part. It resembles a Jetstar 1329 but is every bit as wrong as the Anigrand and even worse as per the window alignment. On my kit, I think I'll shave a recess and cement a clear sheet across and then just mask the windows. For the cockpit windows, it's every bit the heavy slog the Anigrand kit is...owing to the virtually identical fuselage shapes. Both kits are vague and will require hours of adjustment and changing to make them accurate. For the day-to-day modeler, its passing resemblance is satisfactory but for me
  4. Received mine in the mail today. Major disappointment. Not that that's any great surprise but the thing that struck me is that it almost appears to be a plastic casting of Anigrand's disaster. The tailcone shape is just as wrong as Anigrand's and the wing root treatment is identical with no fillet, and the cockpit window piece is just as bad as Anigrand's. What's different is that there's an instrument panel with holes in it, a center console and the VIP decals seem nice. The worst part? On one half of the fuselage, the cabin windows are absolutely square; Not ca
  5. They seem to now be available on eBay for $32.99 US plus shipping. I may get two.
  6. OK....So Trojan Thunder emailed me a couple of weeks ago with the news that Mach 2 is releasing a 1/72 Lockheed Jetstar. He sent me a link to Cybermodeler® and I checked it out. I think I even found a link to some sprue shots but I since haven't been able to re-locate that. So it's supposed to be released in May....or is it "It MAY be released" (snark)...because I have found precious little and rumourmonger is no longer supplying us with these tidbits to whet our appetites. Anyone have any intel on this?
  7. Okay....s'bout time we got a new forty-eighth rendition though the Revellogram is still a nice kit. But my Jones is for this jet in thirty-tooth scale. Combat has it in vac. If I buy that, and get 3/4 through it, it'll be popped in injection-mold, to be sure.
  8. A 1/350 scale NCC-1701D? That makes it six feet long. I don't think so. Gotta be a typo.
  9. Meant to buy one when I first saw it years ago. Forgot all about it and now it's OOP. Anybody got one they want to sell?
  10. Some time ago, I read that someone or someones had measured extensively an F-84F at the request of a kit maker. I believe the subject matter was well-covered over at LSP but I don't have a membership there anymore. So, I figured I'd ask here. It seems that the only option is the vac kit which is now solely owned by a fellow in the UK...who's misunderstood my request, thinking I wanted an F-82. (?????) Barring the fix on the miscommunication, I figured I'd ask if anyone had any intel on the possible production of an injection kit. I think it was HB or a related name that was pl
  11. I received this kit in the mail last week. After looking at the sprues, the clear parts and the decals and instructions, I have to give it an A+. Definitely sets the standard. The Birdcage version was nice and I'll make that one a nifty Marine bird. I remember when I saw my first Japanese kit back in the 1970's and thought they really had it going on. Well, 40 some years later and they still seem to be setting the standard though kits have improved immensely all across the board. I attribute a lot of it to the digital age and computerization. Getting measured values into a d
  12. I just got in my email that LoneStar is back to working on the 1/48 XF4U project. It will require the Tamiya 1/48 Birdcage kit but he says his product is basically an entire kit. This is pretty cool. Corsairs are definitely awesome and having a well-done kit of the prototype would be a nice addition to any collection. But it just occurred to me, is there any A-36/NA-73X prototype Mustang kit out there?
  13. Well, I think it's been long enough so I'm going to go stamp my little feet and pout and hold my breath until I turn blue. This is because NOBODY, except one vac-kit maker from 20+ years ago will produce the venerable F-106 in 1/32 scale. I can easily imagine the look of an injection-molded kit and how cool it'd be. It would be roughly the size of Monogram's 1/48 B-58 and weigh about the same. The colors, gray, gray, or gray. But lots of opportunities for colorful schemes. I've been whining about this for over 20 years and likewise for the 1/32 T-38. My stash is in improper status due
  14. I've no desire to swerve the topic or hijack the thread but the discussion seems to be headed in the direction of, "Why do they continuously put out kits that are inaccurate, given the state-of-the-art computer technology, CAD capabilities and discriminating, meticulous measurements of the real item?" I have no answer but suspect that some egos are involved as well as money as well as the "rush to production" mentality. Some of these issues are real...some are fabricated in the minds of the kit-makers but they treat them as real. Humans do stupid things in the name of "NOW!" It wouldn't
  15. There are a few more episodes with the shuttlecraft in it. Metamorphosis, The Immunity Syndrome and to a lesser extent, The Menagerie, for interior shots. Exterior, The Way To Eden, Journey To Babel (not very good, distance shot).
  16. I'm not sure but I think the only airplane that dirt wouldn't ever think of touching is Chuck Norris's.
  17. Pretty much the way I felt about it in Nav School in 1988.
  18. T'is nay a problem m'lad. I too was uber-curious about the contents of this kit. I didn't know it existed until some years ago... At this stage, I have been acquiring the needed stuff for attempting the first castings. This consists of Lego blocks, modeling clay, mold release agent and mold silicone. I went online to see what Hobby Lobby offered in these materials and found a plethora of neat stuff. Alas, my trip to the Rock Hill, SC store yielded not-so-much compared to what they had online. But I got some casting silicone, some modeling clay and some
  19. Like everything I do, there seems to be some "unique" angle to it that intrigues me. However, this doesn't mean that my enthusiasm comes equal to my ability to stick to it. Like others, my enthusiasm wanes after I meet a particular challenge or if I reach a stumbling block that I can't overcome. I have the molding silicone and have ordered Lego bricks for making the pouring blocks. I've copied parts before but really on-the-simple. This is far more involved and I have to figure out how to make this work. There are also other parts that just have to be m
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