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    More 1/72 kits with Canadian Markings than I'll ever finish
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    Anything Canadian, Helicopters and British and Commonwealth WWII, all in 1/72
    , prefer Canadian for any overlaps :0)

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  1. 1/72 Bombardier Challenger 604

    If anyone does decide to open the door you need to do some adjustment with the interior as out of the box one of the interior walls extends over the door opening and you need to shorten some parts to get the wall to line up in front of the door. Ask me how I know. The interior fits pretty well otherwise. Just thought I'd put that out there for others that have the kit because the open door option does give a lot of cool detail and the adjustment wasn't too hard although I have no idea if what I did is accurate but it fits. My interior was primed for painting but the kit got packed away when I went to hospital with a medical problem. Been home for a while now so will have to pull this out again. Just got back from 2 weeks in Copenhagen visiting our daughter who works at the university there so I feel the need to pull out some kits or perhaps look at the two I picked up there
  2. Best 1/72 Allison P-51?

    In a similar vein, I note that Brengun has just released 2 1/72 kits of the A-36 Apache (U.S and British boxing). Anyone know the history of this kit as in is it a new mold or another earlier kit repackaged? Brengun's site doesn't actually say a new mold when they talk about this release. Anyone seen one?
  3. 1/72 AH-64 APACHE

    I'm pretty sure that that conversion is for an earlier Academy kit as it poorly represents the assymetrical fairings and is certainly not as good as what you get in the new Academy box and would be virtually impossible to to fit based on how the new kit is constructed. Plus the conversion says for RAF too but you can build a British one from the new Academy kit with just a few RAF specific parts in their other specific RAF release. I think this is to convert the old A kit to a D Apache without the mast radome. Certainly the new kit instrument panels are better too but some Greek specific parts may be useful but most pictures of Greek machines look much like US Ds without Mast Radomes so I think the 12514 kit eliminates the need for this conversion. I note that it says only 5 left like selling off old stock.
  4. Neptune (x2)

    I notice the film canister in the box. I cut one in half and filled the lower half with lead weight and stuck it in the lower radome to get mine to stand on the gear. Have fun.....
  5. 1/72 AH-64 APACHE

    Haven't really looked at Greek machines but I certainly think this would be the best starting point if you know a decal source. Don't know about Greek weapons as I know the Brits use different unguided rockets so you may need to find other stuff for the pylons.The price of $14.00 is amazing as it was in the mid- $30.00s here in Canada......
  6. Corsair heavy weathering

    Not answering you question in particular but you might want to take a look at Brett Green's weathered New Zealand machine on Hyperscale today......
  7. 1/48 CH-53E

    How much display area do these people have as this kit is pretty big, though your idea is great. I say also consider 1/72 but the Italeri kit also seems to be out of production but you might want to search for a second hand one of those too.
  8. 1/72 AH-64 APACHE

    This version by Academy is the best Apache ever done in 1/72: https://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/aca/kit_aca_12514.shtml It has two basic variants included covering Iraq and some in Korea at a later date. I believe they have just released an even newer variant but haven't seen it yet. It is the only proper D made as a new kit as others are poor conversions (Ital and Hase) of earlier A versions. While the Academy A is an earlier mold, it too is probably the best A. The Academy D has also been released in a British version with some extra parts for that version but It seems to be rare and I haven't got one yet.
  9. Attn Ray..for Norbert

    Go to General Discussion here and load the appropriate Photobucket Fix (pinned to top) and you will see more pics than you will ever need......
  10. vietnam choppers

    Nice work on the Italieri choppers. When I did the OH-6 in those markings I used a second decal sheet from another kit to finish the other side. Had to do that again when I did the yellow and green Italian Customs machine in order to get enough green pin striping too. By the way, when my Miss Clawd was posted on another site years ago Mr Mills (the pilot) himself responded and said he liked it but that in reality the skids (not the crossmembers but just the skids) were painted black so next time you have some flat black on a brush you could do a quick update as I certainly did after he told me. I have that Print Scale sheet too and the typo isn't the only problem. A few of those machines have markings on both sides but Print Scale only give markings for one side. Very frustrating.....My C and D both sit on their skids without any extra weight so maybe I was lucky. One of my areas is 1/72 helicopters so it is nice to see some others
  11. GBU-32's. Who makes them?

    If it helps, go to the Home page (little house) on the Arma site and then click on the world symbol and you can change to their English page. I have ordered direct from them with no problem.
  12. RCAF Kittyhawk colours?

    If you read the history of that plane (from the site the picture is from) you find that that is a non standard scheme on a warbird that was bought surplus and privately owned for years. In fact it says the wing is from a different P 40 and it has nothing to do with a service machine in regular markings but that particular plane was stripped of all paint after a crash repair late in the war and used for a war bond tour and then put in storage to war end and sold surplus to a private individual in 1946. That owner cut off the wings to move it around on the road and wings from another plane put on when it was restored years later. If indeed it was stripped then it should not have any paint but as a new wing from another plane was put on it they may have stripped the upper surface to match and left the lower grey or it may be a protective primer put on to prevent corrosion. Most Canadian P -40s were always in cammo which explains what you have found. I have heard of some being stripped towards the war end but if so I would think all paint was stripped. There is not much detail available and I would not rely on that plane as it is not as it was in service. There are decals available for Canadian P-40s when they served in the Aleutians in full cammo and got their only kill (Japanese Rufe) but not much else that i know of. HTH P.S. Looking at other photos show that the lower rear fuselage,rudder and at least the tail undersurfaces are painted the same colour (not such as would be that colour in the original cammo paint) so I personally would guess some sort of light grey primer to prevent corrosion.
  13. 1/32 F4U-1A Help

    Hold the wing up between you and a bright light and you can usually see where the hole is on the inside.....
  14. 1/72 CF-100 Clunk

    I guess with my present avatar I have to endorse this build. The kit is not that bad out of the box and it looks like your kit was a bonus in that while it says Mk 4 on the box it looks like you got the Mk 5 parts too. The work comes when you try to drop all the flaps (like they usually parked) and add detail. Out of box shouldn't be too bad so good luck.....
  15. The voodoo that I do

    Canadian Voodoos had the Falcons from the start but there was some controversy about having the Genie (nuclear) weapon in Canada and they were not available under the Conservative government that bought the planes. It was only in 1965 after an agreement through Norad with the new Liberal government that the Genie was available but they were technically kept under ownership of the USAF and only released to us in a time of conflict so Canada could claim they didn't "own" nuclear weapons. I'm sure they were used in training and exercises and I've seen practice rounds around but it wasn't talked about and certainly not shown at an airshow for example. Generally I think you would load the Falcons and leave the Genie side blank in most cases. The Genies were withdrawn at the same time they left US service, before the Voodoos themselves left... Another interesting option is that the Canadian Voodoos often only flew with one drop tank (usually the starboard) as this was found to be a more efficient set up aerodynamically than two tanks. P.S.Tony is right as to the shape of the starboard vent and you can do some carving to make the oval a rectangle which is better but slightly small. Remember the port side is oval still like the kit one. The vent Tony is talking about is about dead center in this photo: https://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=647&q=cf-101&oq=cf-101&gs_l=img.3..0l4j0i30k1j0i5i30k1j0i24k1l3j0i10i24k1.1102.2153.0.2617.6.6.0.0.0.0.94.479.6.6.0....0...1.1.64.img..0.6.473.vgxD9jXrR58#imgrc=Zq8taOdC2wZ2gM: This is a kit problem not just a Canadian thing, and the same mistake was made on the Revell 1/72 kit, assuming both sides were the same.
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