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  1. your violating one of the most important rules of engineering! First your using a drawing, and secondly your relying on someone's ideas and not the engineers that developed the item. The blue prints will be marked government property in the lower right hand corner if the Fed had one dollar invested in it. (Tomcats also) That little block printed on the sheet means you don't own it and never will. Drawings are never meant to be accurate shape wise, bot usually supply you with the numbers to work with. By the way that plastic looks like it met a shotgun! gary
  2. I know this is kinda silly, but I had a simple question about the Horsa glider and it uses. Now some folks get a little worked up when you post in the wrong forum. Well the Horsa ain't got a prop! Sure ain't a jet either. So excuse me for my ignorance. Back to the Horsa glider. Bronco makes a nice 1/35th scale kit (actually three different kits). I've seen photos of them with a Jeep in the past, Yet will that glider handle the Jeep and a 75mm Pack howitzer at the sametime? If so, how many men can go with it to the DZ? gary
  3. well Hyperscale must be following suite! Or they sold out to the add companies. As soon as I leave they go away, and won't be back till I hit M.L. gary
  4. the Revell kit contains all three vent panels used. Surely somebody sell the RAF radio sets! Just need the correct tail to finish this out. gary
  5. I have searched for an RAF Mustang IV without the fin fillet, and keep drawing a blank. Will probably go the ZM route, as I've always wanted to do one of theirs. I look for the Revell kit to be out sooner than later with the late filleted tail. We know the tooling is done already as the parts have been shown. Still I think Revell missed the boat by not doing the A36/P51a instead of the P51d, or P51b! Just never got into the P51d like the early airframes gary
  6. Tamiya sells a P51K, or at least has all the pieces to build one. Revell might have the vent in their kit. I'll have to look see. gary
  7. my understanding is that a Mustang IV is ever so slightly different in the nose area and who knows where else. For sure the radios would also be added to this list. Have a book somewhere that points out the differences. gary
  8. thanks guys. Anybody build the Italeri kits? gary
  9. but can you build a Mustang IV? Wish Tamiya would do one in 32 scale! gary
  10. kinda got the urge to do two or three Italian WWII subjects (leaning towards fighters). seems to be quite a few in 1/72 scale, and maybe a handful in 1/48. seen none in 1/32 scale yet. So who made the best? gary
  11. the AMK thread is nothing. You have an F35 thread that may set all all time record for pages when it's said and done. Britmodeler has a thread still active from 2010, and is very informative. gary
  12. you know in the winter of my life, I've came to love art deco stuff. This time frame falls right into the era. I almost jumped on the WNW Albatrosses and now wish I had. Perhaps the Meng kit will sorta give others a kick in the pants to start a stream of great kits from the era being as Academy did a 1/32 Spad (I know it needs help), I love for Meng to jump all over that one! ICM has shown us what the can do in a bi-plane, and see no reason why they shouldn't as well (reasonably priced as well!) Hasegawa did at least two bi-planes in 1/48 and 1/72 that were spectacular. I'd love to see a 1/32 scale Pete! Tamiya did a 1/50th Pete that actually was a nice little kit. Come on "Big T", upscale that kit to 1/32 scale! I'm good for two! gary
  13. Home; don't knock that era! There were some seriously neat airframes produced. Just look at the Hughes racers and the Laird's. I'd like to see the Albatrosses revived in 1/32 and 1/24 scale. gary
  14. I have owned a dozen or so pin vises thru the years. all have faults. The Tamiya is pretty good till you get into the #60 and smaller stuff. Just doesn't have the feel you want to keep from breaking off the bit. General is a good but, but for double the price, you can have a Starrett. In my Dad's Kennedy tool box is a Starrett that has to be Korean war era if not pre WWII. It's as good today as when new. One fault all pin vises have is that they don't cut round holes (actually the drill bit's fault), and I have a set of number reamers to clear this problem up when it's important. There is another pin vise that's as good (maybe better) than the Starrett. Think Lufkin made them, and have been out of production for over fifty years (might be Browne & Sharp) . I've got one somewhere. I mostly used pin vises to drill orfices in 1/8th inch brass pipe plugs. Usually in the .020" range, and they had to be round and smooth. You soon learn who makes a good one and who sells junk. I reamed those holes with a number reamer to get the micro finish and a round hole. By the way, buy a block of bee's wax to lubricate the drill bit and greatly improve the finish when drilling plastics. Soap bars are a substitute, but also not as good. gary
  15. I'm in this little one percent group, and when I go in for treatment, I'm used to train doctors all over the place. Most guys get the internal stuff, but mine sub-epidural. Not internal, but also not external. Your flesh just rots away if you try to ride it out. Plus it grows faster than corn on a red hot night. Will never forgive Monsanto or the Fed. gary
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