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Auger

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    1/48 Aircraft, 1/35 Armour, IL2 Flightsim, Motorcycles.
  1. Auger

    late tiger 1 comparison

    I've built both older Academy & Tamiya Tigers, at the time both kits were the 'standard' turret, where they did not correctly portray the asymmetric turret. I couldn't be bothered to obtain an aftermarket 'correct' turret, as they were priced more than the kit, at that time. Recent Tiger kits from other manufacturers, like Dragon, have depicted the correct shape. The Tamiya Late Tiger has individual tracks & a commander figure, along with the option of different barrels, loaders hatch, roof & gun sight. You only need to add zimmerit & their etch screens for the rear deck. Academy's latest Tigers, have corrected the shape of the turret, have etch screens, but 'band' track. However the roof is still questionable, and escape hatch is 'early' type. Therefore your looking at replacing the track, to achieve a realistic look on the model. Looking at online reviews/builds on the latest Academy Tiger, I never bothered to obtain it. Mainly due to the msrp being 2-3 times what I've paid for both older Tamiya & Academy Tigers. I've also managed to pick up Dragon Tiger kits for less. Two online reviews highlight some issues while building the Academy kit. If the turret shape is not an issue for you, the Tamiya kit is a classic. HTH http://amps-armor.org/SiteReviews/showReview.aspx?ID=3400&Type=FB http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=11351
  2. Welcome. You've already pre-ordered from Amazon, but for future reference, The Book Depository is also/now an Amazon company. Don'y know when that happened, but I noticed it awhile ago while looking for hard to find historical reference books. They were/are my 'go to' source when trying to find reference material, especially on European subjects or publications. So far, they still offer free shipping to most countries.
  3. Pen & Sword are publishing a book in May 2018 on these tanks. Author is M.P. Robinson. ISBN10 1526701677 ISBN13 9781526701671 The Book Depository (U.K.) is taking pre-orders for it. According to info, it will be the 1st English language publication on this tank. HTH
  4. Auger

    King Tiger Porsche Turret

    Hopefully your search was fruitful, I usually try more than one search engine, as I find each search function to have a slight bias to certain sites/results. Using more than one search function occasionally results in alternative photos or sites. Interesting regarding the book on the 503rd. Decided to do a search for 503rd books and discovered there are a few. I've been using Tigers in Combat Vol I & II (W.Schneider) for most of my Tiger builds. Have built 2 Tamiya Porsche King Tigers using Vol I, a Normandy tank & 'Anneliese' Hungary winter '44-'45. Both were built before any other companies had King Tigers in their catalogs. Have a DML kit still to do & recently acquired Takom's #2074 kit, so I just need to figure out what tanks to do. Have fun with your build.
  5. Auger

    Takom Merkava Mk1 Hybrid

    Nice build!
  6. Auger

    King Tiger Porsche Turret

    Box art depicted is 503rd Heavy Panzer battalion, 3rd company Normandy 1944. There are quite a few famous images of this unit in various publications. Try searching for images of: 503rd Heavy Panzer Battalion - King Tiger Normandy 1944 Note: 503rd also had Tiger tanks in their other companies, so you'll most likely see some of those too. HTH
  7. Auger

    Kinetic Su-33 on-line manual

    Like the emanual PDF idea. New website looks promising. Sprue shots & PDF emanuals will help in marketing of your products. Although I realize that most sprue shots are available on your Lucky Model web-store. Would like to see an emanual PDF of your FRS.1 Sea Harrier #K48035 kit .
  8. Auger

    Question on hasegawa 1:48 F-16C

    The Modeling Madness list has parts break down of the Hasegawa F-16 kits. Along with other Hasegawa aircraft kits, as that company rarely has everything for more than 1 variant in a box. You'll need to scroll down , as they're listed below the Phantom II's & Eagles... http://modelingmadness.com/splfeat/kr/has48d.htm According to the list, your linked kit #06103 is PW exhaust. The GE exhaust kits require parts trees 'H' & 'L' to be in the box, according to the list, which is the next kit numerically at #06104 It's listed as a block 30. According to f16.net, Block 32 were PW F100, Block 30 were GE F110 engines. http://www.f-16.net/f-16_versions_article6.html I'm definitely no expert, but the two linked websites I find helpful. Hopefully they can help you determine which kit you'll need for whichever Block 30/32 you wish to do.
  9. Auger

    Question on hasegawa 1:48 F-16C

    No idea. Looking at the listings & considering how they market their Phantom II's, I'm doubtful .
  10. Monogram F-15 kit 1:48 from 1979 initial release, nose cone had a very pronounced 'step' under it, where it joined fuselage-tossed the kit. Monogram A-10A kit 1:48 1991 boxing, fuselage halves & pylons all suffered from sink marks & ripples. Monogram sent me replacement parts, but they too had the same defects, tossed all, except the ordnance. So technically never finished building those two! Definitely a fan of their Century Series kits & Phantom II's. Current kit, that is extremely poor, but hope to finish (haven't tossed it yet! ), is Kitty Hawk Gripen 1:48. Bad engineering, poor representation of some pylons, main gear doors, exhaust cone, and ailerons, flap actuators... Most aftermarket correction sets are required for this kit, haven't bought any of them, as I didn't feel like spending almost the same cost of the kit to correct it.
  11. Auger

    Question on hasegawa 1:48 F-16C

    According to the list on modeling madness, it's a Block 25: F-16C Block 25: 06103 is similar to the early F-16A kits but includes the tail with larger base and a revised instrument panel to do an F-16C Block 25. The later style gun vent, different ECS vent, and ammo door are molded into the fuselage parts. Note: This fuselage tree is only used on 06101 (second) and 06103 F-16C.
  12. I realise this was asked in April, but what the heck, I'll give my 2 cents just in case your still thinking about it. Tamiya #35174 Panther G Steel Wheel Version unfortunately has the incorrect size for the steel wheels! The actual steel wheels were a smaller diameter, compared to the regular road wheels, something Tamiya missed. I'm currently building this kit, with Tamiya etch for the engine deck, Tamiya individual track links too. Utilising the regular road wheels, (in part due to the 'steel' size error) which once I discovered, influenced my decision to build the 'ambush' scheme/night scope version. Recommend the Dragon kit #6370 for a correct steel wheel Panther G. I also have the Dragon kit, which in my area, was less expensive than the Tamiya kit & Tamiya accessories (combined). Granted, the DML prices have gone up since then, so definitely shop around. Regarding the Tamiya kit for buildability, it basically falls together, so a nice build. The Tamiya engineering & fewer parts count is why I'm building it before the DML kit. All 3 Tamiya Panther G's are nice kits, for trouble free builds out of box, with only the steel wheel size error to consider. HTH.
  13. Auger

    1/48 Hasegawa Mitsubishi F-1 "6 SQ Final Flight"

    Nice build. The special paint scheme really looks good.
  14. Auger

    Navy/Marine F-4 Phantoms!

    I have Furball USMC Rhino sheet #48-012. Covers 18 USMC Phantom II's -both F-4B & F-4J variants from 1966 to 1974. The set has the following aircraft /number/unit: F-4B 151498 VMFA-115 F-4B 150484 VMFA-115 F-4B 151446 VMFA-115 F-4B 149457 VMFA-122 F-4B 151465 VMFA-122 F-4B 153037 VMFA-314 F-4B 152238 VMFA-542 F-4B 152232 VMFA-542 F-4B 152283 VMFA-542 F-4B 150486 VMFA-513 F-4J 155580 VMFA-334 F-4B 148373 VMFA-531 F-4J 155822 VMFA-232 F-4J 153796 VMFA-232 F-4J 153791 VMFA-232 F-4J 155822 VMFA-232 F-4B 152331 VMFA-251 F-4B 152258 VMFA-323 Hope this helps.
  15. Well here is the latest progress. So far I've only been able to average 30 min. intervals here & there for working on the kit. The Mr. Hobby/Gunze acrylic paints arrived awhile ago, so that issue solved. :) This kit utilises parts from other Hasegawa Phantoms, so really only been working on removing features not required in the RF-4 build. (Marked on instruction sheet & checked with The Modern Phantom guide) The starboard fuselage has a Naval refueling door, that must be filled. Also removed the antenna base 3/4 of the way down the starboard fuselage. The under-fuselage has F-4G(?) sensors to be removed, 2 near air-brakes and 2 near forward Sparrow wells (rearward). The 2 near air-brakes have been snipped off here ('white' line) and the ones near Sparrow wells already snipped/sanded. (Also rear Sparrow wells blanked off) Sanding/filling of the wings & stabilators. The stabilators did not have the re-enforcement plate according to an on-line image search of 57-6906. Plugged the under-fuselage hole after fitting the F-15 drop-tank pylons. Utilised stretched sprue/pro-weld, then snipped & sanded. Proceed to do a 'tape' test fit of major components. The starboard fuselage might be a little off, so will need to use caution when I get to joining the fuselage. (will join/glue as per panel line alignment) The unique thing about doing the RF-4 version, is the ability to drop the cockpit tub in from underneath, due to the 'open' forward under-fuselage. Then 'cap' it in with the SLR part. As for painting, I've managed to assemble & paint the cameras with a base coat. They need a bit of dry brushing I think, hopefully to highlight their shape at least, when closed up behind all that 'glass' recon nose. Believe my next step(s) will be to fine sand & re-scribe some lost panel lines.
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