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Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, August 11, 2022 4:26 PM

This showed up on my door step this afternoon. A 427 Cobra fro Revell of Germany. The last time I built one of these was in the 1960's.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, August 11, 2022 5:18 PM

Gamera

Love Ripley and the power loader Real G. I assume that it's a totally new kit from Good Smile and not a reissue of the vintage Halcyon kit?

Gamera,

Yes it's an all-new kit.  Unlike the old Halcyon kit, it is 100% poseable.  Unfortunately Ripley looks like an action figure due to her moveable joints.  I'm on the fence about gluing her in a fixed pose.

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, August 11, 2022 5:58 PM

JohnnyK

This showed up on my door step this afternoon. A 427 Cobra fro Revell of Germany. The last time I built one of these was in the 1960's.

 

Nice!  I've got the old Monogram kit - doing Ken Miles' car at Willow Springs

Thanks,

John

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 12, 2022 10:24 AM

Real G

 

 
Gamera

Love Ripley and the power loader Real G. I assume that it's a totally new kit from Good Smile and not a reissue of the vintage Halcyon kit?

 

 

Gamera,

Yes it's an all-new kit.  Unlike the old Halcyon kit, it is 100% poseable.  Unfortunately Ripley looks like an action figure due to her moveable joints.  I'm on the fence about gluing her in a fixed pose.

 

Thanks G, good to see a new kit- I've seen people pay way too much for the old Halcyon one. Yeah I guess you could just cement Ripley together and then fill the moveable joints with putty.

John: Ohhhhhhh cool!

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

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, August 14, 2022 3:07 PM

That's a beautiful Cobra Johnny

 

One more Yellow Wings acquisition…

 

 

 

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N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, August 14, 2022 3:17 PM

Cobra and a Goshawn. Cool. Animalistic GB is the right place to build these Smile

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, August 14, 2022 3:47 PM

cwalker3
Can you share the name of the Ukrainian business?

Hi cwalker,

This is their web-site, although the last couple of purchases I made through their store on Ebay.  So far, it has only taken about 2 weeks for stuff to get here once I order it.  I'll probably just order directly from their web-site next time...wasn't aware they had one until this last shipment.

https://www.plastic-models-store.com/

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, August 14, 2022 5:17 PM

As always, some really choice stuff being added here.

Aggieman: Absolutely choice additions, especially the Tamiya CorsairBow Down. The new Eduard Wildcat and Hase Betty are no slouches either. Well done. Well done indeed.

Eaglecash: That Porsche is sweet. Nice add.

Pat: Those are some fun additions. Like the Bronco and buggy.

JohnnyK: Cool Cobra. Can't say as I've seen that boxing before.

Added these lately. Should be fun builds. Maybe use them with some of my 1/48 aircraft or armor in the future.

"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 PFJN2 on Monday, August 15, 2022 6:46 PM

Hi,

I keep telling myself that I need to cut back a little on buying new stuff till I build more of what I already have.  But recently I stopped in a small town a little over an hour from me that has a hobby shop.  In walking around for a bit I saw that they had 6 or 8 different car kits from a company called Aoshima.  From the looks of them I'm guessing that they are of cars from the Japanese Domestic Market, since no of the names were familiar, though they do show some similarity to some Japanese cars sold in the US.

I ended up buying one because I kind of liked the looks of it (with its nice clean lines) and it didn't seem too expensive.  Once I opened it at home I was very pleasantly surprised by everything in the box.  As shown below there are a lot of sprues molded in several different colors including parts for making one of two (or so) variants of the car (including either early or later model year variants of a sportier "Athlete" version or a more sedate "base" version). 

That includes two separate front facias, four different grilles, two different seat types, etc.  Plus the kit also included decals, window masks, and a screw and spring setup that allows you to adjust the overall displayed "ride height" of your build.

Pat

Box

Sprues

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, August 15, 2022 6:54 PM

Joe, SP,  & Pat: Those are cool guys! 

 

Well, I'd been pacing myself all year. Then our IPMS show was last weekend. As usual didn't win anything tropy-wise but I ended up with a pile of additions to the stash. 

One of our members was cleaning out his stash. So I picked up with the following three armour kits and the 'Time Capsule' below along with a MRAP (not pictured) I gave to my nephew for fifty bucks total. They're older DML kits and the Italeri one don't have the bells and whistles of the more modern kits but they're fine to me. And for ten-fifteen bucks a pop I'm certainly am not going to complain. 

I don't think I've even seen any of these 'Time Capsule' kits except in books and online. It's an interesting item- I'm assuming they didn't sell all that well for Tamiya.

 

I picked this up from one of the nearby IPMS club members cleaning out his stash for twenty bucks. 

 

Then the raffle. Special deal- forty bucks for fifty regular raffle tickets and five mega raffle tickets. These are the five regular raffle items I won. I think each of them is worth about the forty bucks I dropped for the whole shebang individually.

Then I won this 1/32nd P-38 for the mega raffle... Not a bad day, not a bad day at all!!!

 

 

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

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 8:29 AM

Those are some COOL kits Gam!!!!

I love that RE-2001

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by learmech64 on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 9:29 AM

Great haul you have there. I would love to have that Trumpeter P-38, but not willing to pay the price for it

Doug

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 9:44 AM

Yes

 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 12:53 PM

Gamera, all of those kits would keep me busy for at least a year, if not longer. Thats quite a haul. I remember building one of those Tamiya "Time Capsule" kits as a kid. I think it was called El Alamein, or Afrika Korps, or something along those lines.

 

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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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 1:22 PM

Gamera,

That Tamiya time capsule is something I have never heard of.  I look forward to seeing you build it - for the figure GB? Smile

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 3:52 PM

That is quite a hual, Gamera. Very nice stuff there.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/12 Bandai Mandolorian

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 9:20 PM

Got my Croatian decals for MiG-21

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Posted by ThanosForever on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 9:33 PM

Gamera

Then I won this 1/32nd P-38 for the mega raffle... Not a bad day, not a bad day at all!!!

 

Hi there. Just a heads up on this Trumpeter kit if you're interested. I built it last year. It turned into a decent build at the end but it was also a bit of a prickly bear to deal with. My issues with it were....

1) flimsy landing gear - if you can invest in some aftermarket metal gear because the kit plastic is too weak and can/will break at the worst possible moments; also, build the wheel bays in full including inserting the gear legs in place (even if you have to do a lot of masking for painting) because getting the legs in afterwards is quite difficult and subjects them to too much stress that can cause breaking - I deviated from the instructions in order to paint the legs separately and paid the price for it later

2) the engines are quite decent in terms of detail & ease of build but they will put a lot of pressure on the seams as it's a very tight fit inside the nacelles - you could have some issues with the seams splitting enough later on to reveal themselves quite glaringly under a natural metal paint job

3) the decals are not fun to work with - they're too thin IMO and have a tendency to come apart or fold over on themselves; I'd invest in some slightly thicker AM decals instead

4) very spare details in the gear wells and cockpit - fun if you're good at doing a wiring and hydraulic line scratchbuild but if you don't it will look as barren as a desert

5) it's a notorious tail-sitter and will need lots (and lots and lots and lots.....) of weight added to the nose-cone and forward area of the engine nacelles - I'd recommend using something like small metal BB's or fishing sinkers in order to get as much weight as you possibly into the nooks and crannies

6) there's not enough room in the nose-cone for both the armament and the needed weights so you'll probably have to sacrifice one for the other if you opt to have the gun bay opened up for viewing the details

7) the clear plastic lamp bulbs for the lights at the wingtips and on the two vertical stabilizers are too big for the holes provided for them; they're also very difficult to handle once off the sprue tree if you try to sand them down enough to fit; I gave up altogether on using them and opted instead to just fill the holes with thick CA glue that luckily dried smooth enough into a decent enough bulb shape

8) the decals only have options for Pacific Theatre birds - I painted mine for the European campaign because I always wanted to try the natural metal/black & white identification stripes paint scheme; it looks fine to me IMO but using the decals this way is not historically accurate in the slightest and essentially entirely fictional

9) the horizontal wing-half seams in between the cockpit & engine inboard side keep splitting enough on mine to persistently reveal themselves, and this is after multiple gluings and sandings; I highly recommend in this particular area using a strong and very thick glue, followed by a strong and very thick putty, to prevent this from happening - maybe even use something really thick like the old style Testors tube glue or a two-part epoxy glue to provide maximum strength from the outset so you don't have to fiddle with it later the way I had to

10) if you opt for having the gun-bay covers closed you might have to put some support tabs in so the covers have something strong to rest up against; the covers are very thin and have a tendency to get pushed inwards if you forget how flimsy they are and mistakenly pick up the model by the nose; this was probably the most annoying part of my build as I had to re-glue and re-putty the covers several times

.........

Don't get me wrong at all. It's a fine intermediate-level kit that gives you a great result at the end. But it has some moderately serious issues too. Trumpeter seemed fairly confused on what they were trying to accomplish with this kit. It's great to have a P-38 in big scale. But at the same time why have such finely detailed engines that are going to be almost fully covered up by the nacelles, yet in the very same kit have such boring & empty detail for the areas that will be seen immediately, like the cockpit and gear wells? I've found this to be typical of Trumpeter large-scale kits where something has been over-emphasized by their designers while other equally important areas of the kit seem to have been completely ignore. This particular P-38 is not a model for a decently skilled builder to be worried about but it does have some things that will cause some difficulties during the build due to Trumpeter's design approach. 

Have as much fun with it as you can though. There are tons of very good aftermarket items out there for this kit that if I would have bought before construction if I'd known about the poorer aspects of building this one OOB. I'm happy with the way my one turned out but I certainly could have done without the multiple frustrations.

Cheers regardless! Beer

 

 

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 18, 2022 9:39 AM

CN: Good to see you got your decals, I think I saw the post where you'd been waiting a while for them.

And thanks guys, my birthday and Christmas all rolled into one and early this year!!!

SP: Maybe a years worth to you but at the rate I build it's about a decade's worth of work!

Real G: Hmmmm, thanks for the suggestion. That's an idea! I did a little research and it seems the original date for them was 1975. Not sure this kit is anywhere near that old- it's in pretty close to perfect condition and still wrapped in the cellophane. But from what I've seen the kits aren't worth much of anything so I might as well unwrap and build the darn thing.

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

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, August 18, 2022 9:43 AM

Oh boy,that P-38 should be impressive.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 18, 2022 9:55 AM

Tojo72

Oh boy,that P-38 should be impressive.

 

Thanks Tojo- dunno where I'm going to put it though... Sad

BTW- sorry I was going to inform you about the show since you moved to NC and then forgot... Tongue Tied

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

 

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, August 18, 2022 7:41 PM

Nice haul Gam!

Well, starting my stash here in AZ.  The rest of my stash is in storage

Also ordered the 1/12 Italeri F-104G cockpit.  I always wanted to get one and I guess they are back in production.

Best price was here: https://modelexpo-online.com/Italeri-2991s-F-104-G-COCKPIT-112-Scale_p_4551.html

And I ordered a 1/16 civil war gatling gun - something I think I can build here without all my gear.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, August 18, 2022 8:04 PM

Nice scores John! Have you visited any of the local shops here yet?

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, August 18, 2022 8:24 PM

No, not yet.  Drove past Hobby Lobby on the 10 yesterday.  Andys Hobby Headquarters is 1st on my list and I just found out it's next to my wifes doctors office up in Sun City... which is where I was yesterday DOH!  Next time.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 19, 2022 8:11 AM

Thanks John!

And premo additions to the stash there. The Tamiya P-38 is a masterpiece kit. I think I said the only problem I've had with mine is the instructions have you add some of the landing gear parts when you close up the booms and I ended up breaking some parts off. Haven't built the Stuka but knowing Hasegawa quality it should be joy to build.

The F-104G and the Gatling gun sound awesome- hope you post photos of them when done!

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

 

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    May 2022
Posted by Eugene Rowe on Friday, August 19, 2022 1:31 PM

So that Trumpeter kit is not much better than the old Monogram kit in terms of fit but that Trumpeter kit has better detail in the engine department?

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, August 20, 2022 7:05 PM

ThanosForever

 

 
Gamera

Then I won this 1/32nd P-38 for the mega raffle... Not a bad day, not a bad day at all!!!

 

 

Hi there. Just a heads up on this Trumpeter kit if you're interested. I built it last year. It turned into a decent build at the end but it was also a bit of a prickly bear to deal with. My issues with it were....

1) flimsy landing gear - if you can invest in some aftermarket metal gear because the kit plastic is too weak and can/will break at the worst possible moments; also, build the wheel bays in full including inserting the gear legs in place (even if you have to do a lot of masking for painting) because getting the legs in afterwards is quite difficult and subjects them to too much stress that can cause breaking - I deviated from the instructions in order to paint the legs separately and paid the price for it later

2) the engines are quite decent in terms of detail & ease of build but they will put a lot of pressure on the seams as it's a very tight fit inside the nacelles - you could have some issues with the seams splitting enough later on to reveal themselves quite glaringly under a natural metal paint job

3) the decals are not fun to work with - they're too thin IMO and have a tendency to come apart or fold over on themselves; I'd invest in some slightly thicker AM decals instead

4) very spare details in the gear wells and cockpit - fun if you're good at doing a wiring and hydraulic line scratchbuild but if you don't it will look as barren as a desert

5) it's a notorious tail-sitter and will need lots (and lots and lots and lots.....) of weight added to the nose-cone and forward area of the engine nacelles - I'd recommend using something like small metal BB's or fishing sinkers in order to get as much weight as you possibly into the nooks and crannies

6) there's not enough room in the nose-cone for both the armament and the needed weights so you'll probably have to sacrifice one for the other if you opt to have the gun bay opened up for viewing the details

7) the clear plastic lamp bulbs for the lights at the wingtips and on the two vertical stabilizers are too big for the holes provided for them; they're also very difficult to handle once off the sprue tree if you try to sand them down enough to fit; I gave up altogether on using them and opted instead to just fill the holes with thick CA glue that luckily dried smooth enough into a decent enough bulb shape

8) the decals only have options for Pacific Theatre birds - I painted mine for the European campaign because I always wanted to try the natural metal/black & white identification stripes paint scheme; it looks fine to me IMO but using the decals this way is not historically accurate in the slightest and essentially entirely fictional

9) the horizontal wing-half seams in between the cockpit & engine inboard side keep splitting enough on mine to persistently reveal themselves, and this is after multiple gluings and sandings; I highly recommend in this particular area using a strong and very thick glue, followed by a strong and very thick putty, to prevent this from happening - maybe even use something really thick like the old style Testors tube glue or a two-part epoxy glue to provide maximum strength from the outset so you don't have to fiddle with it later the way I had to

10) if you opt for having the gun-bay covers closed you might have to put some support tabs in so the covers have something strong to rest up against; the covers are very thin and have a tendency to get pushed inwards if you forget how flimsy they are and mistakenly pick up the model by the nose; this was probably the most annoying part of my build as I had to re-glue and re-putty the covers several times

.........

Don't get me wrong at all. It's a fine intermediate-level kit that gives you a great result at the end. But it has some moderately serious issues too. Trumpeter seemed fairly confused on what they were trying to accomplish with this kit. It's great to have a P-38 in big scale. But at the same time why have such finely detailed engines that are going to be almost fully covered up by the nacelles, yet in the very same kit have such boring & empty detail for the areas that will be seen immediately, like the cockpit and gear wells? I've found this to be typical of Trumpeter large-scale kits where something has been over-emphasized by their designers while other equally important areas of the kit seem to have been completely ignore. This particular P-38 is not a model for a decently skilled builder to be worried about but it does have some things that will cause some difficulties during the build due to Trumpeter's design approach. 

Have as much fun with it as you can though. There are tons of very good aftermarket items out there for this kit that if I would have bought before construction if I'd known about the poorer aspects of building this one OOB. I'm happy with the way my one turned out but I certainly could have done without the multiple frustrations.

Cheers regardless! Beer

 

 

 

 

My apologies, somehow I missed your post. I think we must have posted at the same time. Big thanks for the run-down of the issues with the kit!!!

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

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, August 25, 2022 7:14 PM

One of my AZ stash orders arrived.  I've wanted this for sooo long.  I hope they re-release the F-16 kit next.

Thanks,

John

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 25, 2022 9:56 PM

Oh that's cool John. Going to be a blast to paint! 

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

 

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    July 2008
Posted by Est.1961 on Friday, August 26, 2022 4:57 AM

I'm turning very green with envy guys. If sense didn't prevail I'd be stone broke everytime I peek in here so many great models. Oh; I once was a winner in a raffle Sad an ice bucket.

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