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"Mythical Unicorn"
Posted by Echo139er on Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:55 PM

So what would you say is the "mythical unicorn" in our hobby?  What is the score of scores for our kind? 

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, January 31, 2019 5:08 PM

True to scale surface details.

And “molded in authentic colors”.

Did you mean a kit?  Then it would be the Tamiya 1/48 B-17G.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, January 31, 2019 5:30 PM

I'd love to see a 1/350 multi media kit of Midway Class.

Straight deck first, then SCB-110.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, January 31, 2019 5:31 PM
Tamiya 1/48 P-38 "Marge"

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Posted by PFJN on Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:41 PM

Hi,

If by "mythical unicorn" you mean "something that does not currently ecist, and may never" I'd guess maybe something like a "fully accurate" - insert name here, would be my thought, in that I suspect that no matter what any company puts out, there will likely be those who don't agree with certain details. 

For big stuff and/or one off items, like a specific ship (or something similar) I'd suspect that its actual appearance on any given day may have varied, so that just because someone may have a picture showing it configured one way on one specific day does not mean it might not have looked slightly different on another day.

As for other items where there were lots of a given item produced (like planes, cars, tanks, etc) I suspect that there may be small variations in each item produced that may result in variations in detail, eventhough all the items were notionally the same "variant" or "model number", etc.

As such, my guess is that no matter how hard a model company may try and research an item, there will always be debate on any given kits accuracy. Surprise

PF

PS. As an example, my last car apparently was a very early build Fiat 500 Pop, and I later found out that within just a few weeks or so after mine was built, the compnay decided to make some changes in the standard options, resulting in other notionally similar models on the lot having some differences in details (like the steering wheel, etc).  As such, I always had the feeling that if I ever tried to build a model of that car, someone would look at it and tell me that I had gotten some detail wrong, since it didn't match pictures on the Fiat website Stick out tongue

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Posted by GAF on Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:25 PM

It's a "snipe" hunt.

Gary

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:37 PM

Nope Gary, not a snipe hunt, because they already made several scales of the Sopwith Snipe. They also made a 1/72 super snipe lorry., etc. 

The question, is it an "authentic" snipe; or even a mythical unicorn snipe?

Big SmileWink  just kidding.... 

Ben

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- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 90mm Achilles Resin Figure - WIP

- 120mm SS Panzer Officer - Done

 

 

 

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Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:41 PM

Ah ... the "elusive" Unicorn.

For me . it would be a 1/72 scale Escort Carrier. 

I would kill for a USS Bouge kit in 1/72........

But it will never happen.

And, if it does "Miraculosly" appear, it would cost me a month's wage's for sure !

( AND I WOULD PAY IT !!!!!!!!!  )

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, January 31, 2019 8:52 PM

littletimmy

Ah ... the "elusive" Unicorn.

For me . it would be a 1/72 scale Escort Carrier. 

I would kill for a USS Bouge kit in 1/72........

But it will never happen.

And, if it does "Miraculosly" appear, it would cost me a month's wage's for sure !

( AND I WOULD PAY IT !!!!!!!!!  )

 

Well Timothy, I am with you on that. Starts stashing Tamiya Wildcats!

I'm currently back finishing my BIG Bogue CVE; the Tamiya 1/700. Got the full hull conversion done this week. Carry it around in my pocket when I'm doing other stuff.

But in the course of reaquainting myself with the subject, I did come across a 1/72 card model kit. It's only six feet long! I'll send you the link if you wish. A good modeler like yourself could do it.

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Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:11 PM

GMorrison
But in the course of reaquainting myself with the subject, I did come across a 1/72 card model kit. It's only six feet long! I'll send you the link if you wish

 

Yes please. It couldnt hurt to see what I would be up against. ( I keep saying I'm going to scratchbuild one, and then , I never do.)

GMorrison
A good modeler like yourself could do it.

I'm thrilled that you have so much faith in me. But, at 6 feet long, there is an awful lot of surface to leave my Thumbprint on.

P.S. I only get called "Timothy" when I'm in trouble, ... so for a second, I thought I made you mad.  LOL

(Timothy.... to the Principal's office !    Sigh ..... on my way .... grumble... grumble...)

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:58 PM

SWMBO- "Tiiimmmmottthhhyyyy!"

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:16 PM

If “unicorn” means that kit you will never be able to get, for me it’s a Master Grade MS-06D Zaku Desert Type.  I have wanted a 1/100 kit of that Zaku variant since the original 1/144 MSV kit came out in the 1980s.

The aircraft and armor kit makers are doing a great job in giving me cool and weird subjects, so I am pretty happy with them.

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Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:42 PM

GMorrison
SWMBO- "Tiiimmmmottthhhyyyy!"

 

My wife found this to be , most amusing ....... I have no idea why ...

Another "Unicorn kit" I would like, a 1/25 scale Unlimited Hydroplane. I know Testor's did one a few year's ago, but that kit had some "issue's".

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, February 01, 2019 1:10 AM

My unicorn kit would be any subject I want that has "perfect" detail (down to the rivet). The detailed kit would need to be in less than 200 pieces. It would have to fit perfect, meaning that every panel line, door seam, wing root, canopy, etc. alligned perfect. It would have the perfect panel detail and not have any flash, seam line, or ejection pin marks. It would come with ALL items needed, meaning no need for after market supplies ( masks, hoses, fittings, P.E, resin parts, etc.). The P.E. would be stainless and pre-shaped to fit perfectly. The decals would settle in every form, curve, crease perfectly. They would also cover ANY color without ANY bleed through or shading of any decal. And most important, it would have to cost less than $50.00......

Yes, that would be my purple unicorn...... 

Ben

P.S.: this is no any kind of dig or cut at our current model industry. Our quality of manufacturer today far exceeds those of even 15 years ago. And the after market industry provides items that were never even thought of or capable for us modelers just years back. Kudo's to all the manufacturers and suppliers who make quality products that allow us to do the things we do.....

Ben

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- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 90mm Achilles Resin Figure - WIP

- 120mm SS Panzer Officer - Done

 

 

 

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Posted by PFJN on Friday, February 01, 2019 9:11 AM

DRUMS01

.... The decals would settle in every form, curve, crease perfectly. They would also cover ANY color without ANY bleed through or shading of any decal. ...... 

Ben

Big Smile  I have to admit, one big dream of mine would be for model manufacturers to find a way to print decals preshaped to fit complex parts, because I always have doubts about putting flat decals onto complexly curved surfaces Stick out tongue

PF

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Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Friday, February 01, 2019 9:39 AM

For me it would be a full 1/48 B-52 kit for under $1000.

   

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, February 01, 2019 9:40 AM

GMorrison

I'd love to see a 1/350 multi media kit of Midway Class.

Straight deck first, then SCB-110.

 

Yes, this, even if it's just plastic...

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, February 01, 2019 10:00 AM

A Revell 1971 Lincoln mk lll in 1/25th scale .

Nick.

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Posted by Real G on Friday, February 01, 2019 10:44 AM

Sailing_Dutchman

For me it would be a full 1/48 B-52 kit for under $1000.

 

That sounds... actually possible.  With the supersizing trend in kits going strong, who knows?  We now have four-engined WW II bombers in 1/32, which would have been unthinkable 10-20 years ago, and I’d bet someone is already working on a 1/32 B-29.  Then there is the resin 1:48 B-36 and XB-70, so yeah, your ”unicorn” might just come to your door!

But a wingspan of 185 feet in 1/48 works out to 55 inches!  Better have a really big display case!  I’d guess such a monster in styrene would be closer to $350 or so...  So you can buy THREE!  Stick out tongue

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Posted by goldhammer on Friday, February 01, 2019 11:42 AM

Real G

 

 
Sailing_Dutchman

For me it would be a full 1/48 B-52 kit for under $1000.

 

 

 

That sounds... actually possible.  With the supersizing trend in kits going strong, who knows?  We now have four-engined WW II bombers in 1/32, which would have been unthinkable 10-20 years ago, and I’d bet someone is already working on a 1/32 B-29.  Then there is the resin 1:48 B-36 and XB-70, so yeah, your ”unicorn” might just come to your door!

But a wingspan of 185 feet in 1/48 works out to 55 inches!  Better have a really big display case!  I’d guess such a monster in styrene would be closer to $350 or so...  So you can buy THREE!  Stick out tongue

 

There you go.....can do a "D", "G", and "H".   While I would like to see a 1/48 "G", the 1/72 is big enough....

Would like a 1/24 or 1/16 RF4C and F4E though.

Have the "G" and all of the Phantoms (1/32).  Putting together all the models I worked on back in the day....long time ago and far, far away.

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Posted by 68GT on Friday, February 01, 2019 2:00 PM

It was real but havn't seen one in person.  AMT 1967 Mustang Coupe (not fastback).

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, February 01, 2019 2:33 PM

Sailing_Dutchman

For me it would be a full 1/48 B-52 kit for under $1000.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68WZ6PgsBhM

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Posted by Noah on Friday, February 01, 2019 3:08 PM

What about a nice 1/48 scale tamiya b-1 lancer bomber.  I know revell made one but imagine the quality and  craftsmanship of a tamiya one.

Noah

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Posted by Cdn Colin on Friday, February 01, 2019 9:13 PM

Mine would have to be a 1989 Dodge Dakota regular cab 4x4.  With a sunroof. First vehicle I ever had in my own name.  A lot of fun to drive!  it would also need to have the proper wheels I had.

I'm not going to hold my breath, though.

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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Posted by mississippivol on Friday, February 01, 2019 10:07 PM
The Accurate Miniatures NASCAR Taurus kit. The tool is out there somewhere....
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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, February 02, 2019 5:52 AM

Sailing_Dutchman

For me it would be a full 1/48 B-52 kit for under $1000.

 

Here you go

http://www.hphmodels.cz/hph/b-52-stratofortress/?lang=en

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, February 02, 2019 6:20 AM

A good Ford Tri-motor

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, February 02, 2019 6:22 AM

Noah

What about a nice 1/48 scale tamiya b-1 lancer bomber.  I know revell made one but imagine the quality and  craftsmanship of a tamiya one.

 

 

That would be one expensive kit. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, February 02, 2019 12:46 PM

The M4 DD family in 1/35. M4, M4A1, and M4A2. Not resin kits, but  styrene injection mainstream companies.

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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LSM

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, February 02, 2019 2:05 PM

Well ,Well ;

 That is not actually a " Unicorn " but none around .AMT did the " Miss Budweiser " years before Testors re-hashed it . I never understood why they just didn't change the Decals and keep it out . Except wood it was the only readily available one out there .

 If you find one now expect to part with a couple of " C " notes to acquire . Unlimiteds were and are a fascinating type of watercraft .

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