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    Cutter/Mitre Tool

    Do normal American blades fit in that? Looks like the holes may be off.
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    rigging wnw sopwith camel

    It appears that a lot of camels or at least from what I have seen didn't originally have turnbuckles. The pic above is clearly a more modern As for flight control wires, almost all are inside the fuselage so not really seen except almost the control surfaces.
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    Welcome to the Resin Group Build! Rules and stuff.....

    Since I haven't gotten really far on my Kfir conversion other than cussing at it, I believe I will add it here. However, that being said, I will gladly do another. Maybe a vote is in order. I have the HpH Mig-15bis, AML Avia S-199 conversion for the Revell G-6/10, AIMS Mistels 1, 2, and 3s, Kit Form Services Ferret in 1.24th scale, and possibly one of Fisher's Meteor transkits.
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    Any interest in a Resin Group Build?

    I am in. However, define significant portion. If it has to be quite a big, I can do my HpH Mig15. If around 60% or so I can do a Ju88 conversion. If around 20-30% I would like to do a S199.
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    MicroMark Vac U Form

    It works very well and has a very strong vacuum. Size is limited though. You have to get the right plastic as well.
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    New kits announcement from ZM

    I am hoping they do a simplified version as they have with some other kits as not everyone likes the super detailing ribs and innards. Both will be welcome though.
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    WNW Sopwith triplane help

    Which decals do you need? Let me know the numbers and if I don't need them, they are yours.
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    HPH PBY-5 Catalina

    Very interesting how the outside step lines up but the inside one does not. It might be easy to add a strip of styrene the thickness of the offset to the one side and then fill and rescribe the panel lines. The small strip with the rivets on the floor can be easily recreated as well once the filler piece is place. Looking forward to your progress.
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    HpH makes a really nice interior detail set that just about covers all that AM stuff. You still need the Eduard bomb bay and exterior sets, but is another option. Looking forward to seeing this one continue.
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    colors for HB W.12

    If you aren't in a hurry, I have reached out to a retailer here in the US that is trying to work out a deal with Drooling Bulldog. Can't give you a for sure and when yet, but as soon as I hear something, I will be shouting it from the rooftops.
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    WnW newsletter

    Inflation and shipping. Say you take one of their kits in 2009 that sold for $69. If you account for inflation even though it has only been a little over 6 years, that same kit should sell for $76.23. That shows a 10.48% increase in price, but since they haven't raised the price, it represents a 9.48% in loss of revenue. Shipping over the last six years has increased dramatically. It is almost impossible to see what they are loosing on shipping. Oil prices went dramatically up several years ago and as a result so did shipping. Prices have not seen a drop due to oil prices as is something that could possibly take years before it goes from the price of a barrel of oil to the cost related to shipping. That is only a small portion of it though. Since the widespread increase in internet sales there has been an ever increasing demand for shipping. This has created additional costs for shippers worldwide to keep up with demand and attempt to stay at the same level of service. You can thank places like eBay and Amazon as well as countless others for that increase. Now also lets consider PayPal. Almost all of their transactions are done through PayPal. Now this adds up considerably, but let's just say that is 4% on average off the top of their profits right there. So with that being said, if a model kit does not sale out almost instantaneously then they are loosing money every year. The gap on a return gets ever increasing as every year passes. Now for the dollar. Over the last decade several countries have taken a pretty hard economic hit. Australia, Europe, Japan, and America have all taken a huge dive. Those in Europe can thank Greece for the majority of their problems with the Euro. Japan of course was mainly due to the tsunami. Japan has also kept their Yen at a lower level to help those in the country recoup much quicker although that hasn't been the case due to the global economy. Australia's main hit was the world economy overall. However, you have to look at how quickly these countries can recover. America has for us here recovered at a better rate than the others. This has lead to the dollar increasing in value compared to other countries. The economy overall though has still been slow to fully recover. In essence what I am saying is that comparing one currency to another is not a true indicator of a currencies worth. It is a relative worth, but if both currencies have fallen then it is only a measure of how quickly economies are recovering. The main goal of maintaining currency value is to decrease inflation to 0. As you can see from above, the amount of inflation over 6 years is quite a lot. I know that WnW is very secretive of where they source materials. We all do know that they get decals from Italy though. I would suspect that they are molding the kits in Asia which most of those places prefer US$. One place that hasn't been hit as hard as most others is China. I won't go into much detail as to why as most of it is speculative, but their economy has been steamrolling along until the last year or so. With their economy going a little south, it wouldn't surprise me that they are also increasing manufacturer costs. If that is true don't just look for your WnW kit to go up but look for a lot of other kit manufacturers to start increasing, too. Until WnW makes their finances public (which they won't) then that is just a theory, but it all boils down to how much do you want to pay for a kit, can you really expect them to keep prices the same over 6 plus years, and for those outside the US, how much can you tolerate your tariffs?
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    Soo.... What did you just get???

    Finally got my HpH Ta-154. This kit is beautiful! Very nice subject! Too bad I had bought a Combat Models vac kit just before they announced this. If this keeps up they will do the He177, too, since I bought it as well.
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    1:32 Focke Wulf Ta-154 'Moskito'

    Already have one on order. Love the HpH stuff. The more than likely reason for the hollow wings is to reduce warpage. Resin does not like long varying thickness pieces. Since a wing is pretty long and would go from thick to thin, there would be a very likely chance the wing would warp which would be almost impossible to get out. The only other option is to cast in a metal substructure. This would be very time consuming. At least with a hollow wing it is possible to add either a vertical resin, plastic, or metal piece to keep the wing where it needs to be over time. I do have the Grey Matters TS129 and those wings are a bit too thin. HpH at least has a good even thickness over the span of the wing.
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    Soo.... What did you just get???

    I picked up a Brassin 1/32 engine for the Revell FW190F-8. It is an absolute little jewel. The kit engine is nice, but this is just over the top.
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    HK Models B-25J Mitchell

    Glad to see another B-25. Hoping to get back in the swing with mine and hopefully will get done before our move.