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Postby Morris » Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:54 pm

Late Father's Day prezzie - wow!! :D
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby mrmetallica1 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:27 pm

i got a ticket to the ally pally model engineering exhibition in january for me my 2 girls and grandson
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby snapdragon » Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:57 pm

I got two of those on order. I would like to know what you think of it!
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby Morris » Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:56 pm

Awesome about the model engineering exhibition !

James - only a brief look so far:

Decals for 4 versions like the other Airfix biggies of late -
Loads of parts - interior framing but not sure how much
very crisp moulding
The stressed skin look on the exterior is awesome like the Typhoon kits
Early impression - another excellent late generation Airfix offering :clap:

Will dig deeper when I get through with my current SWMBO chores :D
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby steve131 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:07 pm

Uber JELL :mrgreen: :mrgreen: ,is there a pilot ?
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby Morris » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:30 pm

Oops, I was so interested in the stressed skin moulding and amount of parts I forgot to check :o
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby Morris » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:27 pm

Sorry no pilot, but it does come with pre-shaped seat belts - the amount of parts, especially interior framing and the engine areas - probably give Z.M. A run for their money from what I've seen from James' work on them. Anyway here's a few pics of some of the instructions to show the amount of parts per steps and some of the sprues - also a wing to show the stressed skin which is cool :D
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby Roymattblack » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:42 pm

I'm not usually a 'wingy-thing' person but that looks incredible!
I'm quite tempted.

Look forward to seeing what you do.
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby snapdragon » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:30 pm

This once again looks like Airfix has a winner in 1/24 and I have 2 on order which will be coming next month!

I may decide to try the electric motor on one of them as it looks like there is no reduction in detail but once again, I shall have to look at what Airfix recommends for the motor and of course the electric pack, switch location and how that is mounted. It does look like the wiring is all hidden through various ducts etc.

I think I will do one with wings folded and one ready to fly! One in FAA colours (not PTO markings as I want the proper red white and blue markings etc) and the dark blue American one. It does look like Eduard are going to do masks for the "face decals".


I think Master Models are going to be doing 0.5 cal. barrels.


Eduards line up, released July:

23032 F6F-5 interior 1/24 Airfix
23033 F6F-5 engine 1/24 Airfix
23034 F6F-5 seatbelts STEEL 1/24 Airfix
LX005 F6F-5 1/24 Airfix
LX006 F6F-5 TFace 1/24 Airfix


From what I saw at Telford and the videos etc that airfix have put up the engine looks pretty good as it is. Not long to go before I can get the instructions for Eduards stuff and have a look!
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby Morris » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:02 pm

Oh wow, didn't know that much aftermarket stuff was released / pending already!
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby snapdragon » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:27 pm

Don't dive in, Morris. I would look at what the engine set offers and then consider if proper brass wire will be better for HT leads etc. The interior set could be a good idea depending on how Airfix has done the instrument panel etc. Masks (LX 005/6 Always useful and I would look at the possibility of HGW seatbelts in the future.

Nothing has been announced from them, although I did get an email saying they won't be releasing Lancaster seatbelts until Wingnut releases their Lancaster! :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead:

Master Models says that they are going to do 0.5 cal. barrels and more! I don't know what more is, but it sounds interesting.

It might be useful to sit on these kits and give the AM guys chance to catch up which gives us time to make cunning and devious plans!

Do the wings open and close or are they just positional?


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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby steve131 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:37 pm

I know Snapdragons not a big fan but shame there is no pilot ,Mosquito and Typhoon have been outstanding just rounds it off for me but not end of world and one will turn up sooner or later . Would get metal 50 cals as they just sing :think: .
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby Morris » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:18 pm

Yeah agree on the metal barrels - Also, I am a ways yet from even opening the bags on the big Hellcat - Miss Belle is too demanding of my little bit of hobby time to take on another 1/24 kit -
(I'm still to build another mossie with pilots, the Typhoon and the big Liberator :o - )
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby snapdragon » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:28 pm

I have both Tiffy types in my stash. Must get the AM stuff I need for them and drag them out!
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby number1 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:19 pm

I found with the 1/24 Typhoon the undercarriage sèemed a bit flimsy for the weight of the aircraft, white metal replacements were/are available, might be worth waiting to see if there released for the Hellcat.
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby Morris » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:43 pm

Read an article that the Hellcat kit has over 600 parts - add some aftermarket parts and she'll be a hefty lady - would agree on the metal landing gear .....or steel inserts in the plastic ones for the brave 'plastic surgeons' :lol: out there ... :D
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby snapdragon » Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:35 pm

Eduard have done some bronze cast legs for 1/32 kits and they actually look quite good. I wonder if they will do the same for the Hellcat. The thing about white metal is that the casting is very rough and sometimes not as good as the original parts!

I did use metal legs on the shinden and they took quite a lot of cleaning up, but the way the legs fit on that aircraft and the angles of the legs and fixing point is a weak point waiting to happen and I found out about that with my original build with the plastic kit legs making the metal ones mandatory on that kit.

My box making contact and I are looking at storage/transport boxes for the Lancaster. I also think that the Fortress would fit too. Maybe in time, 1/24 kits may be supported too. Anyone know the finished dimensions of the Hellcat?
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby Morris » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:19 am

James - dims on the box pic below :D
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby snapdragon » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:03 am

That's interesting. Thanks Morris!
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Re: Late Father's Day prezzie

Postby snapdragon » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:01 pm

Ok. News from HGW.

1/24 Hellcat seatbelts coming soon!

Got to be better than the kit ones and Eduards steel ones!
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