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  • Birthday 10/12/1965

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    Naked Models of all types, best to see what work, if any, was done prior to donning the final touches and makeup.

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  1. Italeri's kit has a simplified 3 in (76mm) gun breech. Better detail is found in the Tamiya M10 kit (although Academy's rendition should suffice for viewing through the hatches). Since Italeri kits are relatively cheap (usually under the Testor's brand) it is what I used. Regards,
  2. Why? The Tamiya angles are off on the tail surfaces. Regards,
  3. Well, the kit wasn't designed to have gear up... it is fighting me (but it does build as intended very nicely regarding fit). Yes, I am keeping all the items not used for my Italeri kit such as the cockpit tub, the extra K-36DM seat included, instrument panels, and (thanks to this kit being wheels up) landing gear bays, struts, and wheels. You know you're not the only one who chops and kit bashes older kits to make them better! This is in reference to your ICM spitfires. ;) Regards,
  4. Building it for my son... was thinking Indian MiG-29UPG but it would be a lot of work and I think Trumpeter is planning it as a future release. Regards,
  5. I did get the Trumpeter MiG-29SMT. It is a very nice kit but they only included one Kh-31P missile. Also, while the new sprue tree has the correct cockpit tub, Trumpeter wants you to use their tub (also included) from the 9-12 kit. Other than that, it is a fine build so far. LOL, I wanted to try this drag images function (not that I was going to post photos of the sprue trees - lesson learned there) but found myself limited to 102.4kb (not much at all!). Regards,
  6. That explains the excellent fit! Thanks,
  7. Wow Ken, this is not an aircraft I am interested in but i always look in since I may miss out on jewels like that ejection seat! Since they have it on a separate sprue tree labeled K-36, I truly hope they will offer it separately because, as stated, that seat is simply fantastically detailed! Regards,
  8. Ed, if the gray items are TWS and the green Tamiya, what are the Tan items, ESCI? My interest is similar but a T-62 with the SAKR rockets. Regards,
  9. Nothing that I know and I still have almost everything there was for the Hobbycraft kit but never thought of seeing if they fit the GWH kit. Regards,
  10. Last night I had a look at my three remaining brands of 72nd scale Fulcrums. Surprisingly, the Italeri landing gear bay is nice but simplified since the plumbing is large and, as you noted, unrealistic. It also misses bulkheads and details. Trumpeter's is second best with nicer details and no plumbing at all. Zvezda's kit, while not as detailed on the surfaces (and a really simplified cockpit) has the best main landing gear bay of the three with correct depth and surface details except after the rear support strut where is was plain other than a huge knockout pin. Strange as the opposite side, which will never be seen, is free of blemishes like knockout pins! No plumbing here either. Are you using any detail sets on your Fulcrum? Regards
  11. Excellent references (I own this amongst other books but this one doesn't cover the wet storage and I did not find it in the site above. This is another great reference site: http://web.inter.nl.net/users/spoelstra/g104/index.htm As for books, Allied Command published the Military Vehicle Workshop Series which focused on interior illustrations from manuals. There were a few Sherman based titles among them but they seem to be out of print. Since they were paperback with a plastic spiral comb binding, hopefully they are cheaper to find that the Ampersand Encyclopedia (only one half of the expected work). Regards,
  12. Even without a sharkmouth scheme for me to complete it (never seen an actual aircraft with one), I am being tempted! Regards,
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