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Steve N

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  1. Great pic! I was curious about if any paint was used. I understand some of the internal structure of the wings was painted for fire resistance. I presume that was why parts of the wheel well were painted. Of course, with three different plants building thousands of them over a three-year span, I'm not sure how much consistency there was. SN
  2. They look pretty darned close to me..certainly any dimensional difference is negligible. Granted, the side intakes aren't as deep as the real thing, but that can be chalked up to the limitations of the molding process. They're still by far the most accurate cowls of any B-24 kit in any scale (except maybe the upcoming Airfix kit..we haven't really gotten a good detailed look at it yet.) SN
  3. Here's a CAD rendering of the upcoming Airfix B-24H. The cowls don't look quite as refined as Hasegawa, but the shapes are still better than any of the other B-24s (in any scale.) SN
  4. Yep, that announcement really knocked my socks off! And the photos I've seen of built-up test shots look nearly as good as Hasegawa, and with far more interior detail. It also looks like they've molded the nose section separately, which bodes well for future releases of other variants. I'll definitely be adding (at least) a couple to my ever-increasing pile of 1/72 B-24s. Indeed. So far, Hasegawa are the only one to even try to get the complex shape of the cowling right. Every prior B-24 kit just did them as "oval with a little half-moon intake on each side," when the
  5. The wheel wells on wartime B-17s were unpainted aluminum. Restored warbirds tend to be painted inside for long-term corrosion protection. That wasn't really a concern during the war, when factories needed to crank them out as quickly as possible, and the average combat plane's life expectancy was a few months at best. SN
  6. Here are a couple photos I've taken of that area on the Ju 87R at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. I'm not sure if that outside cover was originally a solid door, or a window that's been painted over. In any case, it appears that it folds up out of the way during a dive. Cheers! Steve
  7. I once posted something on another forum about a certain classic British model company, and the auto-censor changed it to "French." 😄 SN
  8. To me, that's by far the biggest issue of the Minicraft/Academy B-24s. I've always wondered why Quickboost never made a set of replacement nacelles and cowls. They've made all kinds of other aftermarket bits for the kit, like turbos, bomb bay doors, gun barrels, etc. And Squadron did resin wheels and vac clear parts nearly 30 years ago. As far as I know, the only aftermarket cowls are from someone who made resin copies of the Airfix cowls it a bit of modification. I went the same route making my own back in the 90s, but never got around to finishing the project. SN
  9. Concur: Hasegawa. It's not without a few errors here and there, but still the best of the bunch by far. Academy/Minicraft is so-so. Less accurate and detailed than Hasegawa, but much cheaper and easier to find. SN
  10. My wife and I managed to get a room in the convention hotel. We plan to fly down the previous weekend and spend a couple of days sightseeing before the show. SN
  11. Thanks! Like I said, I wasn't really concerned about any delay, just wanted to make sure I had all my ducks in a row on my end! SN
  12. Hi! I ordered some decals a couple weeks ago, but I'm not sure if the order went through. I used PayPal, and the amount was deducted, but I never got any kind of confirmation. This isn't a complaint, I just want to make sure I placed the order correctly! Thanks! Steve
  13. I lived in the Denver/Boulder area back in the early 80s. I recall tons of great hobby shops..Colpar being the Gold Standard. We visited the area on vacation in 2017, my first return in over 30 years. I was shocked to discover the first hobby shop I had visited when I lived there was still a going concern: Thompson's Hobbies in Lakewood. I have no idea if it's still open or not. Their bread and butter seemed to be primarily craft stuff, so hopefully they're still afloat. I made it a point to buy a couple things when we were there, just for old time's sake. SN
  14. The R.J. Shop in Hillsdale, MI. In the County Seat, about 20 miles away. Might as well have been on the moon for us kids not old enough to drive. My friends and I could usually talk a parent into taking us once a month or so. A tiny little shop, part hobbies, part crafts, and part photography supplies, named after owners and operators Bob and Jean Elliott. That was where we discovered incredibly exotic things like Airfix kits and Pactra paints. I don't think the place lasted past the mid-80s when the owners retired, but I still have very fond memories. I recall how honored I was when th
  15. I have both volumes (bought them from Mr. Doyle personally at this year's IPMS Nationals) and just flipped through them. Excellent modelling references, although leaning more towards the technical side, covering the different variants with lots of detail photos. Not much on markings or paint schemes. Volume 1 covers the early Liberators and features a bunch of walkaround and interior photos of the B-24D "Strawberry B i t c h" preserved at the USAF Museum, while Volume 2 covers the later variants and features lots of walkaround and interior photos of the Collings Foundation's B-24J "Witchcra
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