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  1. Gabor.... a colleague have right. You write on "bad" Airfix MiG-17 here, on Britmodeller, on czech modelforum - everywhere.... Why ? It is a cheap "Fresco" kit, most sell in Toy shops.... This does´make sense - Airfix in this phase, when is kit short on the release really don´t make any adjustments.... And on czech forum modellers write - we bought, we build and we see 🙂 Any error here, any error there - it is a cheap kit for Kids, with attractive marking and gorgeous boxart for Pocket - money.... Their MiG-15 is horrible and ugly - this new MiG-17 is much better 🙂 Maybe in future make another company new "Fresco" for real modellers... When was Airfix ressurect and sell their kits for 5USD (100CZK) i bought whole box and many types for 2x. And this is a Airfix sell strategy 🙂 I think a side by side with Eduard kit was MiG-17 by Airfix nice 🙂
  2. From today is on market a brand new 1/48 Tamiya kit of P-38F&G version. And is far superior to Academy or Hasegawa kit ! Yup, isn´t cheap but 25 year mold Progress is see at first Glance. When you can a beautiful early Lightning is Tamiya best choice. Hawa and Academy are now suitable for "J" version - because Tamiya isn´t make a "J" now. I build a Hasegawa kit a many years ago (in 1994) 🙂 it is nice kit, but Tamiya is more detailed in all parts… I have a few years old limited "Bougainville" from Hawa and surface details isn´t sharp- quarter of century is quarter of century - and when you can a shiny Red Bull warbird in polished chrome, is new Tamiya best choice…
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    1/48 B-17 series from Hk

    I don´t know a B-17 in quarter scale is good choice for young (beginner) modeler. It is a huge aircraft and young modelers painted their kits by brush (not airbrush). I never had Monogram B-17, but i have a B-58 "Hustler". Nice kit - but - warped parts.... And this is problem. I was shocked (in a good sense) with teriffic details in cockpit etc... (in 35 years old kit), but quality of moulding was a little problematic. 1/72 small scale Fortress you can paint with brush, but not quarter scale (today it is a obsolete method). I love Hustler, it is a very beautiful Aircraft, but i sold Monogram kit, because isn´t shake and bake. And Fortress or Liberator i never bought, because i was worry with build.... Now, impatiently wait for HK kit and still hope in new quarter scale Liberator. On NT Hustler i don´t wait, but it was a nice, when be any company make new quarter scale B-58.
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    Richard Bong P-38

    Hmm, F-51...but P-38J is another "mug of coffe". It is most important version of "Twin-tail Devil", with many attractive markings. Tamiya make an "Rocket firing Mustang" in P-51D/K box.... with parts for two important versions (or subversions) of "Mustang". Probably isn´t F-51D a potentional best-seller, don´t forget - Tamiya´s big scale P-51D/K isn´t cheap kit... And Tamiya may be little worried for sales.... I bought first P-51D (only D). Later, when i need a money i sell it, and now i can bought it another Tamiya (in future). Revell is cheap, but it is an early D-5 and quality isn´t comparable with Tamiya (i think plastic parts, not accuracy). But - when i can choose between WW II config (with missiles rails) P-51D/K or post war F-51 (have another type of prop...) - what i choose ? Simple - WW II P-51D/K, not F-51.... Probably is more acceptable for Tamiya, when you bought an after market cuffed prop and decals - and all important for F-51 you have in D/K box... and Tamiya can´t make an expensive F-51 "Korean War" release.... I still hope in Spitfire Mk. IXe.... wing parts for "E" and fuselage for IX they have... The same problem - mainly post war version. (But "E" was used in WW II too). But Lighting isn´t this case... and i really hope in fighter version of P-38J. Tamiya isn´t Academy and don´t offer many sub-version i one box (probably) as photo - reccon (Saint Ex !)or bomber (Droop snoot) or twin seated Night fighter - in this case i´m not optimistic. But in standard version yes... A Mossie make too in three different box... (FB-VI, bomber/spy plane and bull nose with parabolic anteena radar). And when make an "M" (very marginal) version of T-Bolt... No, quarter scale is a cheapest option as big scale and expensive kit and i think a P-38J from Tamiya is real... And when you don´t wait or it - bought a Academy for 10USD... For this price it is a nice P-38 (with ugly decals but decals you have 🙂 ). I now look for pin ups nose arts - i was dumb when i have few years ago a very nice decals from kagero with very attractive and sexy nose arts - and i sell it... now is out of production and i have a relative nice kit of P-38 with tragic decals...
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    Richard Bong P-38

    In new Tamiya kit are two instruments board - so - i think a "J" version coming soon. T-bolt have Tamiya in three versions (Razorback, Bubble top and M), Mustang in two, Gekko/Irving too, big scale Spit 3x, Corsair 3x, Mustang 2x... Don´t worry, P-38J coming soon. And i think with Ira Bongs personal mount so it is a very famous aircraft. And very cheap and still nice "J" for few bucks have Academy - only decals are horrible… But Tamiya is better. (And naturally - Hasegawa, but their kit is more expensive as Academy).
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    1/48 B-17 series from Hk

    Early B-17 in quarter scale (and in big scale 1/32) too is financial suicide. B-17 in both scales is big and early after war versions haven´t a "mark of glory" as "F" and "G" which offer a many attractive (anti)camouflage, nose arts etc... Nobody can risk with early "Fortress". You must make a whole kit from zero... In classic injection plastic we haven´t an more small and simple FW-190A-1. Early Fortess exist as Academy kit in 1/72 and i´am very sceptic for any big scale initial B-17. WW 2 production can be an bestseller, but early ? Simple not. And i don´t believe an company offer this early B-17 as short-run or resin... C-46 Commando in 1/48 i need too - very beautiful and elegant aircraft !
  7. And is in prepare Twin Mustang too ? F-82 was a derivate from "H" version, not ? And i saw a time ago a new tool Twin Mustang announced, but i forgot a company.
  8. At last ! Hip hip hurray ! https://www.themodellingnews.com/2019/09/yes-its-new-tool-48th-scale-b-17g-in.html?m=1
  9. HoNew tool Airfix. Best "G" Flying Fortress in 1/72. Academy is simplified in many parts and it is batch betveen early and late versions and Revell have minimal horrible Matchbox style ("trenches") details on nose. Airfix is winner. But when you need in future a "real" Memphis Belle of "F" version you must bought a Revell "F". (Airfix make a "G" version only...) And movie Memphis Belle is gourgeous, especially with gigantic Pin up on starboard...
  10. Few weeks back i have a 7x Airfix. But i all sold and waiting for new Eduard 1/48 Mustang in over trees 🙂 - because quarter scale is quarter scale. But all - Tamiya, Hasegawa and Airfix are best ´Stangs in small scale.
  11. I'm waiting and hope a Revell give in this new re-release a resin parts for engines... And nothing...P.E. only... I have last re-box in bottom of my kit stack... Barracuda made many AM for "Bone," but they are relative expensive....
  12. Hi ! 1. Place: Tamiya 2. Place: Hasegawa 3. Place: Airfix Hasegawa have little shallow whells wells, but is still very detailed and time to time relative cheap... Airfix is nice, but Tamiya is King of the Hill...
  13. When you played Wolf 3D on yours mom "286" in early ´90 in post communistic Czechoslovakia. When you seen on Iron Sky movie and play new Wolfenstein video game in your "hi-end gaming Rig" or console. When are you orthodox fan of "Ancient Aliens" TV show. Or when you can "a relax only". Buy Haunebu - and enjoy it ! New re-released Haunebu (with deleted conspiracy theory text from the box) as ex Hand and Head plastic from Revell. Build as Snap Kit (without glue) with decals from out of the box and AM "German Insignia" from Propagteam 1/32 scale.
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