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  1. aircal62

    Building Hasegawa Tomcats in the age of Tamiya

    Interesting how this topic has wandered, but not in a bad way. I have just completed a HB F-14. It has its shape problems, but it builds well. I threw and early Hasegawa F-14 into the trash as it was over engineered and many of the parts (intake trunks) and wing flying surfaces and it just beat me trying to build it. Yet I have seen many many outstanding Hasegawa F-14's built over the years. The Monogram F-14 you know going in is going to take work, sanding and filling, but it is also very buildable and not hampered by having 300 parts. The new Tamiya, well what more needs to be said, it is Tamiya. I find the new Revell Tornado kits to be kind of like the Hasegawa F-14's - over engineered with poor instructions giving wrong part numbers or reversed parts, and some real challenges with the intakes. Yet it can produce a world class Tornado. Maybe a add on category here would be pinned good building references, techniques, for the major F-14 and so on kits. A go to place for all things building and taming each of the F-14 kits so that all of us can learn how to build and solve some of these kits "issues"
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    New line: Caracal Models Basics

    I think this is a great additional line, and very, very long over due. Please consider a silver F-100C/D generic set with the correct black wing walk areas (why has so many decal companies printed these in red?). The F-111 Ram panels are a perfect starting point. Thank you for this
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    Airfix 707-436 accuracy ?

    I am not a 707 expert, however I personally like the shapes of the Airfix 707-430 over the Minicraft. One thing I hate about the Minicraft kit are the engine pylons. On the 707 aircraft, the pylons extend slightly forward of the wing leading edge and wrap around the leading edge and over the top of the wing. Minicraft missed this and got creative. Engine wise I like the Minicraft engines better than the Airfix, but I would purchase some aftermarket RR engines. Remember the Airfix kit is over 50 years old, and molding technology has advanced a great deal, but the shapes to me are good. You could also purchase aftermarket PW engines to make a 707-320B/A. The Minicraft 707-320C or VC-137C comes with the correct late wing.
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    Possible new topics?

    I've got a fair amount of slides also and a good amount of research on VA-147. Even some artwork already done.
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    Possible new topics?

    There are a lot of A-7A/B/C markings not done in 48th scale. The late 1960's and early 1970's are not catered too well by any of the A-7 decals. Off all the USN Viet Nam era jets, the early A-7's are the big hole in the decal world. I agree the VA-56 bird would be amazing as would the initial VA-147 deployment on the Ranger.
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    CD144010 - 1/144 EC-121 Warning Star

    WOW! This sheet is useful to civil Connie builders too! The walkways are worth the price of admission
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    CD48128 - 1/48 F-100 in Vietnam - Part 2

    The stenciling is the best I have ever seen done for a silver F-100, and correct black wing walks too. Will buy several just for this
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    Pioneer Airlines

    Hi Chris, many years ago I produced airliner decals, and the Pioneer DC-3 was on the docket to do. I have a lot of material on it, but the reason the decal was never produced was because the person (person happens to be an attorney) who owns the copyright on the name is very, very protective about anyone using or producing decals for this scheme. I know it sounds kind of odd for one person to own a name like this but actually it happens from time to time especially with small regional airlines like this. What he wanted was certainly not out of line for the commercial use of the name, but it was enough that with a small business it was not going to work out. Anyway long story short I have a lot of the artwork done, lettering, logo etc that if you wanted to produce it for yourself, non commercial I could send you copies
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    Revel 32nd P-51

    Watching with interest the up coming new P-51 from Revell. Looking closely at the test shots of the tooling a late P-51D is certainly in the tooling. I see also some areas where there might be a "B" or "C" also. Would not be far fetched for Revell to next year announce a "B" as well as a late "D". All this speculation about Revell doing an an F6f is interesting, but my bet is placed on an F4U or a P-47.
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    Decals for B-24 "Lady Be Good" ?

    I don't think Lady Be Good has ever been done either, and another good one which I don't think has been done is Blue Streak. Lots of photos of Blue Streak
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    Possible new topics?

    I totally agree with Paul especially on the older Microscale and Superscale decals. The products produced depicting a lot of the Viet Nam war and post Viet Nam war era hard to find, not of good quality and hopefully will one day be replaced, or new subjects created. Caracal/Kursad is doing a great job in this regard, especially with releases like the P5M and WV2 decals. Best thing is that the artwork it accurate, its actually fits the model, best printing and the decals are affordable, offering great value.
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    Roden 1/144 C-5

    It seems that Revell may still have the Otaki C-5 molds somewhere in its vast tooling warehouse as they have issued the kit well past the time of the supposed loss of the Otaki L-1011 tooling. If that is true then perhaps Revell could partner with Zvzeda to tool new engines and issue the kit for the same price as their An-124
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    Possible new topics?

    If you are looking at an A-37 sheet, if there is room please consider one of the AFFTC/TPS A-37B's used to train pilots in spin training out of Edwards AFB. While Superscale has done these aircraft, they have missed the very visible black band on the starboard wing upper and lower surfaces that crosses the USAF and insignia. These are there so that it can be gauged what direction the spin is and its rate from the ground or other aircraft.
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    CD48128 - 1/48 F-100 in Vietnam - Part 2

    Great idea doing two sheets. It will be great to get correct black walk ways and correct data. Microscale/superscale somehow got the walkways in red. I am putting together a package to send you with some H04S factory drawings showing data and markings and I am going to include the F-100 drawing showing same. If they are use, OK and if not that is OK too.
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    F/A-18F Dicals question

    More on the hijack theme, I always thought a Gloss Sea Blue F-4B (F4H-1) would look cool. Guess there is no one stopping me from doing it - could use some of the new Furball Banshee decals
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