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  1. Coming along nicely...that kit is so superior to the Mosquito kit...but check out the Hellcat they just announced...that looks like a great kit! Would be a nice follow-on project.
  2. PeteF

    1/24 Airfix Scale Mosquito build

    Yeah, they made several good bits. Hopefully the Edouard bits include these.
  3. PeteF

    1/24 Airfix Scale Mosquito build

    I sent them an email. It's a waste of time and money to add details where none are needed and to not add details where they are most visible: Good morning, I just completed an Airfix 1/24 scale Mosquito and was informed on the LSM forum that you are coming out with some aftermarket accessories. I looked at the list and the listed items are not addressing the large and visible defects in that model. There is little to no value adding cockpit detail to this model as it is mostly not visible when completed. The photo etched radiators are already available from RB The seatbelts are already available from RB Paint masks are already available for this model. The really bad visible defects in this kit are: 1. Most important are the terrible ammo chutes on the prominent .303 machine guns on the nose of the model. This is the worst and most visible feature on this model. 2. Lack of the throttle/mixture control rods that are prominent at the back of the engine bay 3. No detail on any gear doors or bomb bay doors. 4. Extensive missing engine detail 5. Terrible intake scoop screens/heaters 6. Poorly detailed bombs 7. Wrong radios for every version Airfix modeled (prominent on the rear cockpit deck) including the common GEE radios 8. Poor wheels and tires (though there are good aftermarket resin ones available)
  4. PeteF

    1/24 Airfix Scale Mosquito build

    That’s disappointing...none of those seem to cover the actual visible defects of the model. Like I said in the video, it’s a waste of time to detail the invisible cockipt items when so much of the large exterior details are missing.
  5. PeteF

    1/24 Airfix Scale Mosquito build

    I understand that Paragon made a number of parts to fix the defects in the Airfix kits but then went out of business. Though I couldn't find any, there was a guy in the thread selling some and they might come up on ebay so it would be worth keeping an eye out: Also, these guys are making a Gee set and it might be ready when you start the build (they said January) https://www.aviaeology.com/etchsentials-photo-etched.html Conversions - Alley Cat, various night fighter noses Paragon - main wheel doors S.A.C. - Metal landing gear RB - Radiator screens, intake grills and Sutton harnesses Master Crafters - Intake grills and fasteners Master Models - 20mm and .303 barrels Montex - canopy mask Montex - Markings mask Brassin - Resin wheels Airscale - Cockpit and radio decals
  6. PeteF

    1/24 Airfix Scale Mosquito build

    I made a rather lengthy review/help video for things to look out for on this kit. Hopefully it will help anyone looking to build one of these.
  7. PeteF

    HobbyCraft P-51A

    Look at these beauties.
  8. PeteF

    HobbyCraft P-51A

    Yep. I did a lot of large scale models of Spitfires and now with the internet, a lot of archival photos are available and some of those plane have literally nearly no paint on them. Any war plane that was painted and survived any amount of time looks like absolute beautiful junk. I’ve always been heavily biased towards well worn and weathered subjects.
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    HobbyCraft P-51A

    That’s a great subject for some really good weathering!
  10. PeteF

    1/24 Airfix Scale Mosquito build

    Oh, I never posted photos of the engine panels. They had no internal detail either.
  11. PeteF

    1/24 Airfix Scale Mosquito build

    Yep, it was weird. I get that alignment and basic fit and finish are important but I thought presentation, extra work and extra detail was worth something as well. Not in this case. Yep, two judges for all the aircraft. I’m done with IPMS Arizona...don’t need to revisit it. If I build another model, I’ll keep it a project for personal challenge and satisfaction only like I should have kept this.
  12. PeteF

    1/24 Airfix Scale Mosquito build

    Here's the table for large scale. That P40 with Japanese markings and that P51 were in the top 3. Either the Revell Spitfire or Helldiver was the other one.
  13. PeteF

    1/24 Airfix Scale Mosquito build

    The two aircraft judges had every scale of model and WW1 to judge. Where I saw and heard judges of other categories using lights and really talking together (one said of a diorama “but it shows great effort and that’s worth something), these guys seemed to be just quickly judging on overall fit and finish. There was a Helldiver that had really good paint and that I could have seen as superior to my plane (discounting the fact it had no detail or open panels beyond what you would see on the flight deck) but the other three planes that placed were clean but totally uninspired. There was no story, no detail beyond what a pack of photo etched parts gets you. There were 9 planes in large scale and we left after I saw I wasn’t in the top 4. we left. This morning I twisted the metal landing gear straight...it didn’t occur to me that I could have fixed it then and there but they really displayed no real interest in my plane during judging.
  14. PeteF

    1/24 Airfix Scale Mosquito build

    Ywah, it was disappointing. The armor judges discussed one tank in the time it took the two plane judges to do the entire large scale category. Those armor judges were tough but fair. I flipped my plane for the plane judges to see the bottom and they spent maybe 3 seconds looking at it LOL.I don’t think they even looked at the judging sheet.
  15. PeteF

    1/24 Airfix Scale Mosquito build

    Here's a tip...the landing gear is not easy to get the toe right...especially as you finish the nacelles before mounting them. If something goes askew, you're screwed. One of my wheels was toed out so the judges spent 5 seconds looking at 500 hours of work and blew it off and didn't place it.
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