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  • Member since
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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, July 08, 2019 11:09 PM

Mopar Madness

Honestly, they rival most aftermarket sets.  I use Micro products and have never had a bad experience.  They go down as well as the Cartograph sets IMO. 

 

Well the sheet does have a Propagteam label, so the quality reputation makes sense. So by that measurement, these are a steal. Microscale/Superscale sheets have not been this price in decades...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, July 09, 2019 4:20 AM

stikpusher

 

 
Mopar Madness

No shame in that.  I’m a sucker for loose Eduard decals!!! I’d snatch them up too.  

 

 

 

How are Eduard decals? I’ve never used them.

 

I've used them on a couple of kits and not had any issues either. never thought of looking on e-bay for kit decals sets, but i guess its pot luck getting a set you want.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

  • Member since
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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, July 09, 2019 9:51 AM

Bish

 

 
stikpusher

 

 
Mopar Madness

No shame in that.  I’m a sucker for loose Eduard decals!!! I’d snatch them up too.  

 

 

 

How are Eduard decals? I’ve never used them.

 

 

 

I've used them on a couple of kits and not had any issues either. never thought of looking on e-bay for kit decals sets, but i guess its pot luck getting a set you want.

 

The suprising thing is that Eduard does not make a Hawk 75 or MS-406 in 1/48. Only Hobbycraft does... or did. I have another Eduard sheet for Soviet aces, La-5, La-7, and P-39s. At least Eduard makes the La-7 and P-39 kits.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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  • Member since
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  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:34 AM
Here are my purchases from the last couple weeks. I have one package coming from Dragon's online store that hasn't shown up yet. Thanks FedEx!
 
Found this Dragon Sherman on eBay for really cheap. The seller listed it as used and nobody was bidding on it really. Sent a message to the seller and asked if it was complete and in reply was told it was. In the end with shipping it was around $35US. Not bad considering what 1/35 Dragon kits cost at retail now.
 
Next up is this Hobby Boss ZTZ-99A. I’ve been wanting a PLA armor model for awhile and finally pulled the trigger. It looks like an interesting kit and you don’t see a lot of PLA armor built. This is also my first Hobby Boss kit and I’m very impressed with how it looks.
 
Since I got the ZTZ I figured it could do with some crew figures. This is the first item I’ve purchased from Meng and I’m impressed with the molding of the figures. I do believe this is the only plastic set of modern PLA tank crewmen on the market right now. Everything else is resin which there are only a handful.

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 11, 2019 10:41 AM

Those are some good scores Grey Snake. The Sherman is a real beauty of a kit. The PLA stuff looks interesting. The tank is apparently their version of the T-72, much like the current T-90 family, with Chinese additions and upgrades.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:34 AM

Yeah, nice stuff there Greysnake. I have that same ZTZ-99A kit in my stash, it looks like a very nicely done kit. And cool figures, I've got a couple of the resin sets of PLA tankers and infantry, most of them I ordered direct from China off Ebay. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Thursday, July 11, 2019 12:54 PM
stikpusher, The ZTZ-99A seems to share a lot with the T-72 and also western tanks. The main gun and auto loader are Russian copies. The engine is a reversed engineered German MTU 87. Which I believe is what’s used in the Leopards but I may be incorrect. Of course the hull is more a less a T-72 hull just one meter longer. The ERA is a copy of the Russian Relikt reactive armor. The tank seems to be a major step up from previous Chinese tanks but I’m not sure how well it would do against the Abrams and Leopard 2. Some sources state with the Relikt armor the ZTZ-99 has the same armor protection as the Abrams. But after diving into Chinese tank development it seems like they are still a generation behind most other nations. I think they are introducing another armor package and a different main gun sometime this year next year that “should” make it more on par with western tanks. I’ll stop now and get back on topic.
 
Gamera, I looked at ordering some of the PLA figures from China but went with Meng. The main reason the Meng set cost the same as two resin figures. Also I haven’t had the best luck ordering figures from China lately. I had one figure arrive that missing a chunk of his arm.  
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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Friday, July 12, 2019 12:19 PM

Just picked these up today.  Have heard the new lightning is very good,  the missiles will be for my Italeri Su-34.

 

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 Swift

1/72 B-58, 1/144 B-47

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, July 12, 2019 1:19 PM

I have that same lightning kit John, looks really nice. I need to get it on the bench soon.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, July 12, 2019 2:54 PM

John, a few fit issues around the canopy/fuselage/intake that require a lot of sanding, but overall a delightful kit!  

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 ICM Fw 126

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, July 12, 2019 4:45 PM

Found this little guy this week for less than 1/2 the original cost. Looks to be a fun little build and certainly much less complicated than the 1/24 scale haul from last week. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 ICM Fw 126

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, July 12, 2019 4:54 PM

Nice one Chad, i was looking at that kit on scalemates a few weeks back. I seem to be taking more interest in pre 1990's British armour. I wish they would get the damn Saracen released.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, July 12, 2019 7:17 PM

A 1/35 version in desert livery would be most welcome! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 ICM Fw 126

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

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  • From: Wyoming Michigan
Posted by ejhammer on Saturday, July 13, 2019 1:10 PM

Been looking at power mitre saws recently. Got the one from Harbor Freight for $34.99. I liked the looks of the Proxon, but the price of $250.00 was a bit much for the use I would get out of it.

The one I got, I made a table for it with side extensions. The first test cut was of some very cured hard maple, 3/8" X 3/8". The saw bogged down some about 1/2 way through the cut, but if I fed the head down slowly, it worked ok.

I took it into the model room and made some test cuts on balsa up to 1/2" X 3/8" and some basswood strips 3/16" X 1/8" and it worked beautifully. 

I'm working on a Balsa Guillow's DC-3 and starting a Model Airways Wright Flyer with basswood strips up to 3/16" X 3/16" and can see that this tool will be fine for my needs in the model room. If I need anything heavier, I have a fully equipped cabinet shop out back where I earned my living for over 45 years.

 

EJ

Completed - 1/525 Round Two Lindberg repop of T2A tanker done as USS MATTAPONI, USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa Dec 1942, USS Yorktown 1/700 Trumpeter 1943. In The Yards - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa 1945, USS ESSEX 1/700 Dragon 1944, USS ESSEX 1/700 Trumpeter 1945, USS ESSEX 1/540 Revell (vintage) 1962, USS ESSEX 1/350 Trumpeter 1942, USS ESSEX LHD-2 as commissioned, converted from USS Wasp kit Gallery Models. Plus 35 other plastic and wood ship kits.

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, July 14, 2019 2:39 PM

I just back from a vacation to the Seattle area and was thrilled to find these wonderful items waiting for me that arrived while we were gone.

Scored these from FB auction:

And then I purchased these off ebay. I have been wanting to get this series of books for quite some time and decided to finally pull the trigger on them. The destroyers, submarines and battleship books were fairly reasonable. The cruisers book on the other hand cost a fair $$. It is worth it though. They are really wonderful books. I've also got the carriers book on the way.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, July 14, 2019 3:53 PM

EJ - I’m willing to bet the internal components on the generic brand are quite similar if not the same as those in a more expensive brand.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 ICM Fw 126

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

  • Member since
    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, July 14, 2019 3:54 PM

Joe, that Condor is a nice kit!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 ICM Fw 126

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

  • Member since
    August, 2009
  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, July 14, 2019 5:33 PM

Mopar Madness

Joe, that Condor is a nice kit!

 

Thanks for the validation Chad. It looks to be a sweet kit when I opened it up.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Monday, July 15, 2019 9:36 AM

Picked these 2 up after our monthly model meeting, the Italeri I got at my LHS and the F-102 was at discount at Hobby Lobby for 7.49!

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 Swift

1/72 B-58, 1/144 B-47

  • Member since
    February, 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:13 AM
My shipment from Dragon arrived late last week. Took advantage of the sell they had going on and the extra 30% of promo for 4th of July.

I’ve been wanting the Geschutzwagen 38H for some time and with the promotion it was less than $20. I seem to have developed a love for post war Russian armor and also picked up the SA-9 with Motor Rifle Troopers. The kit was $6 I believe with the promotion. Not a bad deal at all considering the SA-9 on its own is $40 on Dragon’s website.
  • Member since
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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 11:32 AM

GS, that’s a nice score from Dragon. I can say that the SA-9 is not worth $40 asking price. I highly suggest that if the kit still comes with the soft rubber tires that you look for some replacement aftermarket tires ahead of time. The Dragon rubber tires tend to split within a short time of being installed over the rims. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 12:38 PM

An update for my latest additions.... I forgot to add a couple....

These two came as an unsolicited gift from GMorrision, the former Bondoman. Many thanks for his generosity. 

 

 

 

the Hasegawa Jeep is 1/24 scale...

 

and then as my birthday gift from me to me, I found this on clearance at Brookhurst Hobbies...

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:27 PM

Good on ya GM, nice gifts. Good score Stick.

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:29 PM

Holy smokes guys, I will applaud you all for your new acquisitions! Bravo! 

Well, I have a couple new additions. Not really kits, but almost. 

Knock, knock, I'm really looking forward to that Japanese GB, Steve! lol!

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:49 PM

LOL well Bruce it's comming my friend. The German is next year but I with you.

Those sets are NICE, they will really really add to your Nagato and Kongo. I can't wait either. The Akagi is on my scope.

Ya know, I might start both next year   there are several people waiting for it as well. 

  • Member since
    February, 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 6:11 AM

stikpusher

GS, that’s a nice score from Dragon. I can say that the SA-9 is not worth $40 asking price. I highly suggest that if the kit still comes with the soft rubber tires that you look for some replacement aftermarket tires ahead of time. The Dragon rubber tires tend to split within a short time of being installed over the rims. 

 

 

The SA-9 still has the rubber wheels. When I opened the box and saw those figured they’d be junk. Looks like replacing them with resin BRDM-2 wheels will cost a lot more then what the kit did.
 
Those are some nice scores you got. The YW-701A looks really interesting.
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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:58 PM

These just in from Shapeways.  These are for the 1/72 Gato I'm doing for Modelcrazy's US ships GB:

4"/50cal

20mm's.  Have to remove the shields and straighten the barrels.

If anyone has fooled with the 3D material and has suggestions I'm open to hearing them. Don't know if warming them up in warm water or a hairdryer will do the trick.  I know they will harden up under UV in sunlight.

  • Member since
    January, 2019
  • From: Southeast Kentucky
Posted by The Drifter on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 1:15 PM

ejhammer - very nice miter saw set up.

I just got this in the mail this past weekend

Revell of Germany - Soviet Air Force IL-2 Stormovik

It came with 2 versions

Summer of 1944

Winter 1942/43

Jeff

  • Member since
    January, 2019
  • From: Southeast Kentucky
Posted by The Drifter on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 1:21 PM

Stik...I really hope you do a WiP on this

 

Jeff

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 1:28 PM

Goldhammer,

Wow those sub guns look amazing, especially the seats on the big gun!  Please post pics after you have had a chance to prime them.  I noticed Shapeways almost always has CGI photos of their wares, which are not necessarily representative of the final finish of the actual product.  I bought a few bits from them and was a little surprised about the amount of post-purchase consumer prep needed - bathing in UV light to fully cure the resin (shouldn't they have done that already?), plus all the caveats on the types of acceptable paints.

I got this in last week after pre-odering and waiting for months - Bandai's Premium On-Line 1/100 scale Master Grade MS-09G Dwadge, from the late 1980's TV show "Double Zeta Gundam".

https://flic.kr/p/2gAU9ge] [/url]Dwadge-01 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

Bandai has started an on-line exclusive program where they sell lesser known kit variants not available in stores.  Far from a cheap Hasegawa "throw some resin bits into the box with a new decal sheet" approach, most of them are truly different from their parent kits.  They do some cheap-o releases that are nothing more than re-colored versions of retail market kits, but some like the Dwadge have a surprising amount of new tool parts.  I think Bandai outdid themselves on this one, as some replacement parts have only subtle differences to the stock Dom kit.

Unfortunately, they only sell to their domestic market, so us foreigners have to get them by third party.  The releases are one-time and production is truly limited, so if you miss it, it's gone.  My first reaction was that Bandai was just jerking off the foreign market (thus I refer to the program as "Pee Bandai"), but it's not all about me.  Embarrassed  By selling a limited number of kits directly to the consumer, Bandai takes all the profits and does not have to worry about overstock inventory.  I'm sure the Japanese distributors and retail shops are feeling butthurt.  But Bandai is a corporate giant like Disney, with annual sales in the billions of dollars, so they don't care.  It's an evil greedy plan, but it seems to be working.  But at the end of the day, some unique desirable kits can be had for a price.

After all that grousing, I will confess to being thrilled by the Dwadge, and it will enter the fast-track build queue.

 

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