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About BradG

  • Birthday 01/04/1984

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    Model building; 1/32 and 1/48 aircraft (mostly), 1/35 armour and 1/72 and 1/350 warships. I also play club cricket for a local team where I've opened the batting for the last 15 years. I retired from wicket keeping with over 150 dismissals.

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  1. The fit is pretty much perfect, no filler used at all. Along with that, this boxing (number 6523) gives you turned metal barrel, counterweights and top section of the gun. You also get lots and lots of extras as you can do different versions of the weapon and build with the shield on too if you want. I'm almost certain that this boxing would be better than Trumpeters.
  2. Have you tried some free to play games on the net? I'm right into World of Warships, it's free to play, although you can spend money on it if you want to. I've also got a World of Tanks account but that game is much harder to be a free to play player as the encomony in game isn't as good.
  3. If that's the 'early version' with the resin cowling Rog then it's still wrong for a -1.
  4. 64th Sentai tangled with the AVG on occasion with their Ki-43s, they were one of the first squadrons to receive them from I think (sorry I don't have my reference with me it's packed away) from mid 1941, so they would have initially got Ki-43-1's. The Hasegawa kit is a Ki-43-II, which didn't start to show up until very late 1942. You'd need to change the cowling, no upper oil cooler (I think) intake, that was on the bottom of the cowl lip, 2 blade prop, the gun fairings on the upper cowling are different as the -1's just mounted light machine guns, no droptank or bomb racks (for early model -1s) and you'd need to find a flat topped main canopy and I think maybe windscreen and long telescopic gunsight too. UMI Resin did the prop and cowling with some other little items, but that's long OOP and you'd still be on your own for canopy and windscreen.
  5. 40 thousand new cases in my state today, I'm hiding at home and only going out in the early morning or late evening if I need supplies, avoiding crowds and social gatherings.
  6. Straight from the box with little trouble.
  7. I got some of their super silver after seeing someone do NMF with it, they look very nice.
  8. Am I ineligible for the raffle? I did send a msg but didn't get a reply and I'm not on the list. No worries if I'm not.
  9. From what I've read, Iranian pilots really liked the Phantom. It's speed, weapons and durability were put to good use against Iraq especially, conducting bombing, fighter sweep and reconnaissance duties, However when equipped with the Maverick air to ground missile, the Phantom found a new and deadly role; tank killing. Nearly 50 machines are still in service with the IRIAF today. The 1/72 Hasegawa Phantoms are pretty decent kits, although do watch out for the fit of the forward fuselage to the body and the fit of the air intakes, it can be tricky to get right and the better you get the fit the less sanding you will have to do. The instructions give you three machines, but I was not happy with the colour call outs, so I went with matching colours to the box top that I believe look better. I did use their suggested Gunze 44 flesh for the sand colour, but picked RLM 71 over their suggested Gunze 303 for green which I think was too light and I went with Revell SM381 brown. Gunze 311 grey was used for the under surface and RLM 70 for the drop tanks as the green here looks darker than the air frame colour. You will have to source weapons as only three drop tanks are included, but Hasegawa has put the inner pylons along with sidewinder launch rails in the kit. The Mavericks and launch rails come from the Hasegawa weapons set.
  10. A nice little kit that is OOB apart from the decals that came from a Mirage kit and the fin flash was painted on. Gunze 42 bluegray was used straight from the bottle. This aircraft was used by the French post war as an engine test bed, so I kept the weathering pretty light, with a wash and some weathering pigments.
  11. My old man built one about 40 years ago in 1/32 from the old Revell Spitfire and Bf 109 kits, but he did it without the engine cowlings as he didn't have the 110 kit.
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