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  1. Looking for the Esoteric vac-form of the RD-2 amphibian. This is the key first step in my long term plan: - Buy the vac-form kit. - Start building it, putting way too much time and money into it. - Spend a year or two of intermittent building, struggling with it the whole way. - Finally finish it. - Injected kit is finally released. I’m in New Hampshire, USA
  2. Looking for a source of drawings/plans for this 1930s Amphibian. So far all I can find is a semi-scale plan for a large RC model. I want to build one in 1/72, and the okd Esoteric vac form kit is rare as hen’s teeth! So Scratchbuilding may be my only option…..
  3. Has anyone used (or even purchased? ) this detail set? https://www.shapeways.com/product/7GGK7 ... k-interior The December 2017 issue of Fine Scale Modeler had a build article on the 1/72 HobbyBoss kit, and it mentioned using a Fireball Modelworks detail set. But looking at the FBMW website, it seems all they offer now are 1/24 and 1/25 auto parts. So I googled, and found the 3-D printed option on Shapeways mentioned above.... Hoping someone may have experience to share..... TIA!
  4. Reviving this old thread.... FS 12250 “Coast Guard Orange” is available now from True North Paints (enamel) and Badger Model Flex (acrylic)!
  5. Also, catapult launching puts a lot of stress on the airframe. Naval aircraft are designed to handle that stress, larger Army bombers aren’t. Trying to catapult a fully loaded B-25 (with all that additional mass and inertia) off a carrier could just rip the airplane apart.....
  6. I have built three of the Sweet FM-2 Wildcats and six Avengers to go aboard my 1/144 scale scratchbuild of the USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60), ca. June 1944, when U-505 was captured. The Avengers are a mix of (rather crude) Minicraft kits and the Much better detailed F-Toys kits. The Minicraft Avengers have no interior at all, so I scratched some simple seats and such out of thin sheet styrene. I cut the wings on one of them so I could fold them and attach the plane to the forward elevator. The elevator is motorized and moves up and done. (Video link here: ) So for the purposes o
  7. I’m trying to sort out conflicting color schemes in Eduard kit instructions: Kit 7016 (Profipack with Kempf box art) has markings for Raben’s plane- a simple two color scheme, with the aft fuselage and tail all white, and everything forward of that in red. Kit 7438 (Weekend Edition Raben box art) has a number of differences. The cowl is white instead of red. The red parts have light blue for undersides of the wings and fuselage. The only bottom surface not blue is the stab, which is white. The weekend edition of the kit says the plane is 479/17, Jasta 18, in
  8. CG Bob described the USCG colors in a post on FSM ( better than I could): “International Orange (12797) is the wrong shade for CG red (12799). From the USCG website: When did the Coast Guard adopt the “slash” for its cutters, boats, and aircraft? The design consists of a wide red bar forward of a narrow blue bar both canted at 64 degrees above the horizontal with the Coast Guard emblem superimposed. It was originally recommended in 1964 by the industrial design firm of Raymond Loewy/William Snaith, Incorporated and was adopted service-wide on 6 April 1967.
  9. I’m looking to build a USCG HH-60J “Jayhawk”, in 1/72 scale. I see there are Hobby Boss, Trumpeter, and Italeri options. I’m not finding much in the way of online reviews, so I thought I’d ask here. I’m guessing the Hobby Boss and Trumpeter kits are the same plastic? But how do they compare to the Italeri kit? If I am understanding Scalemates correctly, the Italeri H-60 family is 5-10 years older than the HB kit.I realize that there won’t be many guys here with knowledge of the USCG versions, but I’m hoping to at least get a sense of how buildable the respective families of kits are-
  10. This is my build of the USCG Secretary class USCGC Duane, converted from the ancient Revell box-scale USCGC Taney/Campbell Kit. I converted the Korean War era Taney kit to her sistership Duane as she appeared during her deployment to Vietnam Nam as part of Coast Guard Squadron Three in 1967-68. i used the GMM railings and other bits and parts from the parts box, and added various scratchbuilt parts. The radar room and tripod mast are scratchbuilt. I converted the whaleboats to USCG Motor Surfboats with scratchbuilt interiors. The kit’s deck w
  11. Whirlybird Models sells that as a resin accessory, at least in 1/72. I bought one to go on my model, after my attempt to scratchbuild it didn’t work out.... I’m not showing the port side until I get it mounted! -Bill
  12. In 1/72 scale, An OS2U Kingfisher is way overdue. The USCG’s HH-52 has never been kitted in plastic In 1/96 or 1/100 scale, RC Scale warship builders have almost nothing. To start, I’d love to see: - Grumman Avenger - Kingfisher again - HH-52 or HH-65 -Bill
  13. Here’s my build of the US Coast Guard Cutter Duane (WHEC-33) as she appeared ca. 1980. The model was converted from the Revell USCGC Taney kit. The Revell mold dates from 1957, and the model is in a mid-1950s fit. I used the GMM railings designed for this kit, and replaced some of the clunky details with a mix of 1/350 aftermarket and scratch built parts. The Radar Room and tripod mainmast are scratchbuilt. The model was built as a gift for an old friend and classmate, whose first duty station was aboard Duane in the early 80s. The stripe is painted, and the dec
  14. I got a refund! Wasn’t expecting it, hadn’t asked for one yet. I ordered a trio of kits back when the post first appeared on HS. I wasn’t keen on the F&F payment thing on PayPal, especially since it was his first post. So I kicked in the extra two bucks to cover his fee ( unasked for)and used the regular purchase option. So I figured I was covered by PayPal in case nothing ever shipped... Makes me wonder if a parent or boss got wind of what was going on....? If a a seller with no history asks for friends and family payment, you can always opt to kick
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