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  1. I got some disappointing news about Eduard's MiG-19. It will be a re-boxed Trumpeter kit with options to do both versions and wilol concentrate on the Czech variant S-105. That is very disappointing. However I do not know if the MiG-21F-13 and the UM/UB will also be. I hope not since the Trumpy MiGs are no better than the old Academy kits with the same and sometimes worse shape mistakes. If I had to guess, I will say that those two will be new since trees from the previously released 21s can be used. Fortunately I still have in my stash a resin fuselage set from the HiPM kit which can be married to the usable parts from Academy or Trumpeter. I don't think that there is any way to really fix the Trumpy early MiG-21F. Short of kitbashing that kit with the back half of either an Eduard, KP or OEZ kit. That can also be done for the 21U.
  2. This make any sense to anyone? Would it even be worth it? https://www.ebay.com/itm/303550516745?&ul_noapp=true&autorefresh=true
  3. Unless a moderator can move this thread, than it will stay where it is.
  4. I did not realize that I did. Things are a bit confusing. Oh well, too late now.
  5. Otto

    1/48 Skyraiders Which?

    I fixed the signature. Why do you say that about Obscureco? Is something wrong with Chris? He did such a good job on the 1/48 PV-1 cowling for the Revell kit which I sent him the master for.
  6. Otto

    1/48 Skyraiders Which?

    I just sent Chris another email. Hopefully he will respond. I also researched his phone # but will hold off for now at calling him.
  7. Otto

    1/48 Skyraiders Which?

    Anyone know if Obscureco is still in business? I have been emailing them and never receive a reply.
  8. I saw on Facebook and in a Czech forum that Eduard is coming out with a complete series of Zlin 126-526, two seat trainers and single seat acrobatic. There should be the C-105 and C-205 military versions also. Kits will be in 1/48 scale. There is a discussion on Britmodeler also. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235070636-148-zlín-z-126-to-z-526-trenér-family-by-eduard-3d-renders/&tab=comments#comment-3640019 There is a discussion on Britmodeler also.
  9. I just received my order of two more of the Zvezda Bf-109G-6 kits for my conversions. I am not a builder of German aircraft or in particular the Bf-109, but I do build anything with Czech markings. Variants of the 109 were flown by the Czechs into the 50s. Between various S-99, CS-99, S-199 and CS-199 aircraft in different variations and paint schemes, I could build a half dozen or more with no problem. Single seaters and dual seaters. Heck, there were at least 6 different two seat versions flown by the Czechs after the war.
  10. I agree on all points. I found the same. I can even get away with the kit wheels. Especially if you build Navy versions. Tire pressure for Naval versions was much higher so there is no flatness to the lower part unless you build it loaded down with bombs. Obviously the E variant would have to get the new tires. I don't build much with USAF on it.
  11. I have always liked the Esci/Ertl/ Italeri F-4 kits. I actually like thgeir F-4J/S better than the early Hasegawa kits.
  12. I did forget to mention that from the Zvezda kit you can build the G-4 G-6 early short tailed and G-6 late tall tailed variants. You might even be able to build a G-14 from it. So for conversions, it is, in my opinion the best choice. You can get them for almost nothing from ModelsUA. I am one of his established members and the kit costs me about $12US. Definitely worth the money. Less than half the price of an Eduard weekend addition. Even overtrees cost about $19 here in the US. Besides, I believe more dimensionally accurate but for the 2mm too small wingspan. The fuselage is definitely more accurate. Besides the fact that Messerschmidt sealed all his rivet heads so the 109 should not show almost any rivet detail. Eduard is just packed with it. It reminds me of the old Nichimo kits. https://modelsua.com/messerschmitt-bf-109-g6-1-48-zvezda-4816.html the kit is a bit more if you are not an established customer of ModelsUA. but still very inexpensive.
  13. I would also like to mention that the Zvezda kit would and will be my first choice for any other Bf-109 Variation modification I plan on doing. This includes but is not limited to the Czech Avia S-199 Mezek (Mule) conversion which the wing shown is intended for. Using the beautiful AML set also with other components including some from the original Hobby Craft kit. At this point, only the wing blisters.
  14. I did forget to mention a few things. These are , price of original kit, Accuracy of original kit, Best kit to work with. The best kit to work with is very subjective. That will depend on what you wish to do with your conversion regarding detail and exposure. Price is dependent on the region of the world you live in. Accuracy is also a bit subjective but I think that there seams to be a mutual agreement that the Tamiya and Zvezda are the most accurate. Even the Eduard falls into the "not so accurate" group. For the combination of these factors, I chose the Zvezda. The biggest fault I could find with the Zvezda kit was the fact of the wingspan being 2mm too small. Because for this first model I did not use the Zvezda (only because I have already made the investment of a few other kits, so I decided to "accurize" them and finish the project), I did figure out a rather quick and easy way to fix the wingspan issue on the Zvezda kit. If this is not an option for you than the only obvious accurate subject is the Tamiya. This is if price is not your issue.
  15. I know this is a very old topic but today I can answer with a bit of knowledge about this subject. Not about the G-12 but about the conversion, because I am doing one. Mine is a G-6 conversion. I am doing a write-up about it here. I plan on doing another one from an early G-2 also after this one is done. Mine is actually an Avia CS.99 formally a G-12. https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=131002 The reason I can speak of this conversion is because I actually attempted the conversion from a few different kits and found out which are the good -bad and ugly. I have finally decided on what I would consider the best. Zvezda Bf-109G-6. Don't bother with any of the conversion kits available. Just use a canopy from Jays Models http://www.jaysmodelkits.com/jaysmk/index.php?main_page=product_reviews_info&products_id=1085&reviews_id=6&zenid=69t861r5uoa25dku4kct4ndj55 I bought four of them. This is how far I am now and hope to finish this model soon. This first conversion is actually built from a combination of UM wing and Eduard Fuselage. Only because I already made the investment of time and money at the beginning. The wing because I already finished building it and did not wish to toss the whole kit since the fuselage was dimensionally so bad and it was not fixable. I used the Eduard fuselage because it was dimensionally fixable and it was easy to mate the UM wing to it. Lot of extra work (which I did not mind) but the Zvezda definitely would have cut some hours of work from this endeavor. I did however enjoy the extra challenge. This model is a true kit-bash. The fuselage did require quite a bit of cutting and material removal to make it dimensionally more accurate. Even than it is not quite just right. The front end is way too big. But I won't tell anyone if you don't. There are MANY dimensional errors on the Eduard Fuselage and I hate all the rivets. https://www.modelforum.cz/download/file.php?id=1570317
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