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Artful69 last won the day on March 2

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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Pity it isn't 1/32 eh? ... Any particular reason it's advertising the 'other place' in the top RH corner? Rog
  4. Loving those cannon wing blisters! (heavy sarcasm) ... I thought they were supped to be flatter, wider and more teardrop like?? Rog
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Into some AM ... Brian Fawcetts correction set for the Trumpeter Ju.87B ... Rog
  9. 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
  10. You reckon that's bad? ... Check the guy over on LSP (from Belgium) ... His wife ASKED him to build her a 1/32 B-17 ... Much respect for his Oceans 11 style in pulling off the biggest con job in modelling history!! Not only did he get permission from SWMBO to buy an expensive kit ... she actively BELIEVES she wants him to do it!! Amazeballs!! Rog
  11. I think there you have answered your own question ... To produce an accurate kit on the F-thru-K variants appears to take a fair bit of work! Even then ... no-one has got it right ... Hasegawa, Trumpeter and Revell kits all have issues ... Cyber Hobby have the E sorted (with the exception of the E-1) - not perfect, but as good as you'll get. For all the 109's available, I think a Tamiya kit would still sell in masses ... well engineered, highly detailed, superb fit and finish and, most importantly - considering the likely price tag - accurate. It doesn't look likely to happen, though. Rog
  12. I agree ... sort of. The only 2 Bf.109E kits (that I can think of??) in 1/32 before the Eduard kit, were the Matchbox and the Hasegawa ... and although I've seen both built into impressive displays - I could write my own 'Mein Kampf' book on the Hasegawa kit before it exited my life forever via the round filing cabinet. That was before the Eduard kit even hit the rumour mill!! The Eduard Bf.109E has the odd little error (wing slats spring to mind) - which are fairly easily corrected ... and the odd fit issue (front cowl) - again, using the modellers dictum "test fit thrice, glue once", the fix is fairly simple. Overall the kit was pretty good, but we were entering into the Tamiya era of very well engineered, highly detailed kits that fit near on perfectly. Even so, I don't think it was this sort of comparison that killed their 1/32 ambitions ... after all it was still the best 1/32 game in town for the E variant, regardless of the nay-sayers. Less than one year after their first release - the Profimodeler E-1 - Cyber hobby drop the E-4 into the market ... Though not without it's own cowl fit issues (to those not proceeding with the necessary caution), the general level of engineering, detail, fit and finish were miles beyond the Eduard offering ... and in a lot of areas throughout the world, it was miles cheaper too! ... The original production run sold out within the year and existing kits sold at a premium until further runs were issued ... in what was typical Dragon/Cyber Hobby fashion (check the range in their 1/35 armour), further E variants were issued in the following years. I dare say that if Cyber Hobby had decided to proceed down the F, G and K lines, they would have provided Trumpeter, Revell and even Hasegawa with a decent run for their money on market share! We can only speculate as to why they didn't ... perhaps it's because the Hasegawa kits were 'good enough', where as their E variant was VERY old tool? Either way, I feel that The Cyber Hobby kit release meant that Eduard kits were left on shelves ... so much so that I still found 3 Profimodeler E-1 kits though a local supplier here, long after the kit was OOP in 2013 ... and if Cyber Hobby had released the E-1 variant, the Eduard kits would have remained in the hands of that retailer! Many an ambitious market foray has been drowned out by simultaneous releases from other companies - it's a shame, but it happens. Probably the most damaging factor to the Eduard release was the Cyber Hobby pricing point. Even error ridden, Revells He.219 still sells well enough and more than than the much better (all round) Zoukei-Mura kit, probably because of the pricing. I wonder what sort of impact on sales of the HK Models Mosquito the (almost simultaneously released and similar priced) Tamiya kit had? Now ... if Eduard released an ACCURATE Profimodeler Spitfire Mk.I, II and V - that may fill a 'new tool' hole in a market full of error ridden kits. That's my take Rog
  13. Ok ... so ... much more upbeat in this post Firstly ... My second Fly Hurricane Mk.I arrived ... Complete with 2 'extras' bags (instructions, decals, photo etch etc) - the extra being for the first kit which didn't have it packed .. It also arrived in decent time, taking only 3 and a half weeks to arrive - instead of the 2 months for the previous example!! Also ... The second Revell Me.262B kit arrived from Hannants ... A MUCH improved effort in packaging sees this kit box without damage. ... and in reference to said, damaged kit ... a fellow modeller sent me the most amusing email ... The email, in summary, alludes to the concept that I should have just 'put up' with the earlier mentioned damaged kit ... as the contents were probably ok. I should "expect" items to get damaged in the mail - especially from overseas suppliers and I shouldn't "con" additional "freebies" from outlets when nothing was really wrong with the item anyway. ... apparently I'm the reason that kit prices increase at retail outlets and English retail outlets (in particular) go out of business flabbergasted ... I just laughed and hit delete! My take? ... I pay "new" money and shipping - I get "new" (read undamaged/unused) goods! If you stuff up on packaging, not taking reasonable care and effort to ensure "safe" delivery - you replace! Rog