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About Artful69

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  • Birthday 07/22/1969

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    Perth, Western Australia
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    AFV's, Aircraft, Figurines, Dioramas etc ...
    1/35 or 1/32 Mostly German WWII ...
    Other European Theatre WWII ...

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  1. No ... It's not the one I started up tried to get moving for about 2-3 years ... GT Resin wants to give it a bash ... ETA 4-5 months? http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=70239&page=1 Rog
  2. Soo.... What did you just get???

    Surely you're joking Oz' ... ??? $9 is a steal ... even without shipping being included in the price ... I would've pulled the trigger and on-sold them at double or more. The F-8 is pretty decent - and probably better than the Hase' kit... and the G-6 is no worse than the Hase' or the Trumpy kits - in that they all have their fair degree of errors and WTF moments. At any rate ... at $9 a pop - that is serious bang-for-buck!! ... Rog
  3. Soo.... What did you just get???

    A long, long wait - but the Special Hobby Tempest is some nice work James! ... Is that the kit with the resin Sabre? Rog
  4. Soo.... What did you just get???

    SCORE!!!! Rog
  5. A couple of weeks ago I was performing some Timber Pest Inspections to a series of units in a retirement village here. You meet a lot of very interesting people with interesting backgrounds and stories. I once met an elderly German chap who had an old DB A/C engine in his large workshop (it was a 1 acre block with a truck shed out the back) - turns out he used to be a field mechanic! On this occasion I had the pleasure of meeting one William (Bill) Utting ... a Lancaster pilot from 460 Squadron who completed 36 missions before wars end without loss of any of his crew. I asked him if he didn't mind me taking a few snaps of the pictures in his 'study' room to use as a reference for his 'bird' so I could build it when the HK Lancaster came out (hopefully later this year). Pic's below! The last one isn't his kite (D-Dog) ... he said he can't remember which Lanc it was - it might have been G-George (the one brought back to Aus and stashed in a museum over east. His wife, who was also quite chatty, was a WAAAF stationed at Pearse Air Base during the 1940's ... When I Looked up the Lanc online (via Google) I came up with some conflicting information. There's a story about the Maxton brothers who were both crew for D-Dog - one being the pilot ... So ... I delved into the records a little more ... There's a a photo of them both holding a picture of the "Pluto" artwork in later years ... so the artwork was on the A/C before Bill's crew had the Lanc ... The end result of the searching - Maxton's Crew flew 30 Op's in D-Dog ... and then Bill's crew took over the A/C to fly Op's during the period in the photo above. I'm going to have to find someone who can manufacture the Decals, I think!! Rog
  6. Soo.... What did you just get???

    Generally, when we westerners think about science fiction in video media ... most will tend to relate to the 'Big 3' - Star Trek ... Star Wars ... and Battlestar Galactica. Of course there are the various peripheral TV series ... Babylon 5 was a hit ... Farscape ... and a favourite of mine - the cancelled TV show - Firefly. Star Trek's original series started up in 1966 and ran for 3 seasons ... the animated series ran in 1973-1974 ... I mention this only because my favourite SF series first came on air in 1974 ... and Star Trek is the only major SF series that precedes it. Of course there are others, such as Doctor Who ... but I'm referring to series that are almost solely futuristic / space orientated ... The favourite that I speak of Space Battleship Yamato ... a multilayered 'space opera' produced in anime ... 26 episodes long at about 30mins per episode. The plot (set in 2199) is awesome ... the characters are multidimensional ... and although some of the sequences stretch belief and defy the laws of physics - in reality, no more so than many other western based SF or fantasy genre movies or series. The music score is also terrific. Sequels came and went ... and movies ... all before Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. The Americans got hold of the series under licence ... and because of the politically correctness of the period, changed the 'war sensitive' names of characters and vessels - and removed a couple of episodes. It came out as 'Star Blazers' ... and that, as a kid, is how I first came across it. I didn't realise how badly the Americans had stuffed it all up until I got to see the original, in Japanese audio, with English subtitles. After a live action flick made in 2010 (in Japan) ... which was largely unsuccessful due to the overly cramped and convoluted nature of ramming a 13 hour 'epic' story into 2 hours, they decided to re-make the original series. Released in 2012, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 uses updated animation techniques ... A few small things have been changed along the way ... some characters have been gender swapped very cleverly (e.g. Akira Yamamoto), omitted or expanded to create a richer feel to the storyline ... After seeing Vaughns build of the Bandai kit based on the Yamato from the 2012 remake ... I was inspired to grab it at some point ... The delay in release of the HK Models Lancaster has given me the perfect excuse opportunity ... At 1/500 scale it's over 660mm long and will make an impressive display! One of my favourite sequences in the series is the launch scene for the attack on the Gamilas advance base on Pluto ... where the ship based fighters are launched from the hangar deck. The kit has a few extras but you need to get the expansion pack in order to fit the hanger deck ... or keep it as a separate display ... Im unsure whether there are other 1/72 scale shipborne craft besides the below offerings ... but if I can find them, I'd love to get a larger scale 'Seagull' and Type 100 2 seater reconnaissance craft to go with them. Melda Deitz's distictive ruby red Gamilian Czvarke ... is also a desired kit! Tactical officer Susumo Kodai's Cosmo Zero (alpha 1) Ensign fighter pilot Akira 'Rei' Yamamoto's Cosmo Zero (alpha 2) Lieutenant Saburo Kato's Cosmo Falcon (Flight Leader) Ensign Hiroki Shinohara's Cosmo Falcon (Flight 2IC) Looking forward to seeing the next series - Yamato 2202 Rog
  7. Soo.... What did you just get???

    Pity it isn't 1/32 eh? ... Any particular reason it's advertising the 'other place' in the top RH corner? Rog
  8. Revell Spitfire IX is out

    Loving those cannon wing blisters! (heavy sarcasm) ... I thought they were supped to be flatter, wider and more teardrop like?? Rog
  9. Revell Spitfire IX is out

    Steve ... I know who it was that I sent the kits to ... I just didn't feel it was appropriate to name you directly in a public forum, no matter how I felt. I think that its a fair enough comment, without being nasty or spiteful, to say that I don't know how long ago it was that I sent the kits to you - nearly two years?? ... and although your review promise was never under pressure of a 'timeframe for delivery' I'm thinking that we're well past a reasonable time for it now (we probably were 6 months ago or more), even given mitigating circumstances causing delay ... I think that's a fair enough comment?? (again without malice). The kits were sent as a gift, with no conditions - just an expectation that you would do as you promised ... returning them at this point would be offering an insult as well as a broken promise - so in keeping with civility - no thank you!! ... So how about you just fulfil the promise and complete your comparison? That would be infinitely more satisfying ... and useful. Rog
  10. Revell Spitfire IX is out

    Me too ... there's a plethora of errors carried over from the Mk.IIa kit ... plus a bunch of new ones for good measure. For those who have a habit of bashing Trumpeter kits - Take note! ... At least they come in a better box! Given the cost of the kit in Australia (or to buy one O/S and get it here), plus the time, effort and skill level required to correct this kit, plus the cost of the AM required ... I think the Tamiya kit is a MUCH better proposition ... it'll cost less cash, puss and pain!! The Fw.190 looks half decent ... but I've got no real idea how bad that one is error-wise. I handed off a Revell F.8 kit, along with the Hasegawa version for a comparison review, paid for postage also ... to see how the newer Revell kit stacked up. It never materialised (save a bunch of excuses early on) ... Rog
  11. Soo.... What did you just get???

    More AM ... GMF had one last Schatton-Modellblau 1/32 BK.5 brass barrel in stock ... So I nabbed it!! ... since I had to pay for shipping anyway, I added the B-25 tail end correction set: The BK.5 barrel was acquired so that I can make this: From this: The two problem factors now are: ... theres a telescopic sight for the gun which sits in the cockpit, poking out of the windscreen and the bomb-bay doors were bulged in order to fit the gun and magazine. I can't scratch build for nuts ... so what to do?? ... Rog
  12. Soo.... What did you just get???

    Into some AM ... Brian Fawcetts correction set for the Trumpeter Ju.87B ... Rog
  13. Soo.... What did you just get???

    Here we go ... Very impressive - The postage out of China collected 4th March ... arrived at my post office 10th March! I have already acquired the Trumpeter renditions of the Ju-87A and B ... Here's the Ju-87D and G ... Of course, with these there are the typical Trumpeter issues ... A couple of inaccuracies. Though in this instance I'm pretty sure that most can be worked out with a bit of parts swapping!! In a weird quirk ... the bomb load/crutch required for the D is in the B kit ... and vice-versa ... corrections to the shape issues in the B kit will come via Brian Fawcetts resin correction set. The G kit under-wing guns are handed ... which, of course, aren't on the real bird ... The D kit contains a repeat sprue for this (for whatever reason) - so I should (barring any weird fit issues) be able to pull the required correction from this kit. The D and G kits also contain some Gei├čkanne pods (suitable for a D-3) ... Those who know their Stuka's will remember that the earlier D variants had the shorter wingtips ... So a Hasegawa/Revell kit will be needed ... either to install this ordinance variation ... or for the wing tips, perhaps? Rog