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Old 09-06-2012, 04:22 PM   #101
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Sure... you were fixing something... and not doing strafing runs on a family member? That sucks. You need to hurry and do a recon mission to locate the MIA pieces before they end up on the black market. That is too sweet of a model to sit in it's box.

I couldn't find one of the main gear doors for the Mitchell after I had redone the undercarriage. I looked around my kitchen table... where I do repairs/fitting on a nice stable surface to avoid mishaps It was nowhere to be found. I even cleaned up the area and was about to sweep the floor, when I saw it in it's appropriate place on the model.
Okay, okay. I might have done a few runs. I was simply 'testing' it out.

I have looked everywhere- well almost. I think the "men in black pajamas" Might have scored some munitions. That, or the big bad dog tried to eat something

Aha! I rescued the munitions! There was a basket full of clothes across from the crash and I briefly looked through it when the event happened and found nothing, so sure enough I look into it and there, right in front of me was the napalm. After putting that in a safe place, I looked again and found the gun pod.

Saaaaweeet!
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #102
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First of all, you have a really sweet collection going! It is inspiring for someone new to the hobby such as myself. And second im sorry to hear about your crash I hope it can be fixed.
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...Aha! I rescued the munitions! There was a basket full of clothes across from the crash and I briefly looked through it when the event happened and found nothing, so sure enough I look into it and there, right in front of me was the napalm. After putting that in a safe place, I looked again and found the gun pod.

Saaaaweeet!
Now Chico can proudly sit on it's perch. You probably had all your IPs mapped... it was just a matter of time and some quality investigative techniques.

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First of all, you have a really sweet collection going! It is inspiring for someone new to the hobby such as myself. And second im sorry to hear about your crash I hope it can be fixed.
Thanks 2point0. Welcome to the forum. I look forward to your observations on this hobby and how you came upon this humble forum. It's got some great members with plenty of experience to help you save time, money, and frustration. Watch out for SuperKungFu's photos.... they'll have you buying faster than you know what happened. His recent Corgi Apollo Recovery Sea King thread is a real gem. It's sad that there are so few available now.
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Patience has paid off. I finally found a CW KA-6D Tanker Intruder - CW 588196 at a reasonable price. It came bundled with a CW Green Knights for $162 shipped, so now I have 2 of those. One may make it's way to my shelf at work. There was no COA in the box, but I don't plan on selling it, so no biggie... just happy to have it.









Also picked up Corgi's PR99410 MiG-21 PFM - Fishbed F 927th 'Lam Son', VPAF, Vietnam, 1972. It's a nice model, but not as nice as the HM MiG-21s IMO. Fiddly bits abound. It's great to have a Communist MiG-21 in the collection.





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Nice! The Intruder is killer.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:19 AM   #106
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I have been trying to get the intruder, but it keeps going over my price point, great find.
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I have been trying to get the intruder, but it keeps going over my price point, great find.
You'll be lucky to find one under $75. The older ones like the Black Panthers can sell around $150... but can be found around $100 if you're patient.

I just unboxed a HM HA3507 Swiss F/A-18C. I put it on a Witty F-104 stand and put it with my other Hornets. I am constantly impressed with the quality of this mold. The only thing I don't like is the holes for the nav and targeting pods. If you want to display it with the optional fuselage-mounted Sparrows, or are they AMRAMs, the hole is pretty obvious. Not a big deal, and I can't think of any other way for them to do this while giving us the various ordnance options.









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The hornet really is just an awesome looking airframe
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very nice additions,Scott......youve overtaken me by a thousand miles.......
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The hornet really is just an awesome looking airframe
It is, and HM has done a wonderful job. I think I'm done with buying the Witty and Dragon F/A-18 models. They are very nice, but HM has taken it to a higher level.

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very nice additions,Scott......youve overtaken me by a thousand miles.......
Thanks. They've been languishing in storage for some time now. It isn't my intent to overtake you or anyone. I've just been very fortunate to find some great deals. I'm learning that it isn't quantity... it's quality, and trying to acquire subjects that really interest me. Your collection has inspired many great purchases that I wouldn't have normally considered.

SKF, ACPilot, CarbonPlane and others have seduced me into buying several as well. I just unboxed the HM HA1927 Kai. It is simply amazing, and I have a lot of Phantoms now. The level of detail is wonderful. I'm so happy for the contributions and photography skills of the members here.

I think I'm finally finding the direction that I want to take as far as the themes that interest me. I'm moving toward the modern jets... Vietnam and later. I like the WW2 and Korea subjects, but they don't appeal to me as much as the modern ones. An exception, of course are the heavies, but just one of each will be enough for me.

It's taken quite a while to find and compare all the available models on the market to get a good idea of the quality and quirks of each. It's an interesting process. I'll probably be selling several pre-1960s models in the near future once I determine the direction that I want to take.
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Thanks 2point0. Welcome to the forum. I look forward to your observations on this hobby and how you came upon this humble forum. It's got some great members with plenty of experience to help you save time, money, and frustration. Watch out for SuperKungFu's photos.... they'll have you buying faster than you know what happened. His recent Corgi Apollo Recovery Sea King thread is a real gem. It's sad that there are so few available now.
You are welcome, and thank you very much for the welcome. You are definitely right about SuperKungFu's photos, they are amazing!!!! That Apollo recovery model and pictures are pretty stunning. What a cool piece of history that model captures.

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A round of thanks to SKF and others who have shared their great photos on this forum. I was able to get HM's HA2503 F-105 Memphis Belle II before it became endangered. IT looks great with my other Thuds and is my favorite. The yellow band around the nose cone really sets this livery apart from the others.








I've just gotten around to unboxing HA2504 Old Crow II after the inspiration of seeing them displayed together. I've now got all 4 displayed together with my 4 F-100s:








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I also picked up a couple more Phantoms... HA1951 Alabama ANG, Desert Storm and HA1927 Kai. These are 2 excellent quality releases. I like the 2 tone grey of the AL bird. It will go well with the upcoming F-4G. The Kai is simply amazing in it's detail and wonderful stencils:

























I think my A-6 collection is now complete, unless I find another at a price I can't refuse...

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Very nice. I would like a couple other intruder liveries. I hope at sometime they release the ea-6b prowler. Those phantoms are just nice, you can never have enough of them.
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I love the Phantoms. I would really love to see the Prowler. Come on CW, XPlus, or whoever you are now... give us a Prowler and an S-3 Viking !!!

I'm selling a few models. Anyone interested can check them out here: http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/...dels-sale.html
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Pre-orders are in !!! I feel like I'm in the butt of the world when it comes to shipping, but they finally arrived.

Ina the Macon Belle. This is a wonderful P-51C of the famed Tuskegee Airmen of WW2 made by Gemini Aces exclusively for The Flying Mule. Other than sanding the stand post to fit in the base and the rickety way the bird perches on the top, this was a must have for me. GA makes the best early Mustangs, and this is an iconic bird. I just watched the episode of Dogfights featuring this plane yesterday. Great timing. Limited Edition #033 of 504.











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I got the fugly CF-18 Centennial Hornet from Hobby Master HA3512. I don't know why, but it grew on me. I'm very glad that I got it. The colors are vibrant and it looks great next to all the low-vis bugs. I have a couple more Hornets on the way, so I'll post some pics of them all together in a few days.

The quality is on par with the previous Hornet releases, and the paint is simply amazing. I put it on the Witty F-104 stand. These show birds look kinda naked to me on the ground without the ordnance. The F-16 may be an exception.

I also picked up the HM HA3604 F-106 Montana ANG. This is my first F-106 and it's a great livery. It's one big hunk of metal, and the quality is great. The only problem was the main landing gear. There is nothing stopping me from putting it on backwards... so I probably did. They should make the assembly Scott-proof... but that is asking a lot.































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I got the fugly CF-18 Centennial Hornet from Hobby Master HA3512. I don't know why, but it grew on me. I'm very glad that I got it. The colors are vibrant and it looks great next to all the low-vis bugs. I have a couple more Hornets on the way, so I'll post some pics of them all together in a few days.

The quality is on par with the previous Hornet releases, and the paint is simply amazing. I put it on the Witty F-104 stand. These show birds look kinda naked to me on the ground without the ordnance. The F-16 may be an exception.

I also picked up the HM HA3604 F-106 Montana ANG.
Nice Pics!

I have both of these waiting to be picked up during my next trip to HKG.

I'm glad to see that William added a couple of my last minute corrections to the Centennial Hornet.

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Patience has paid off. I finally found a CW KA-6D Tanker Intruder - CW 588196 at a reasonable price. It came bundled with a CW Green Knights for $162 shipped, so now I have 2 of those. One may make it's way to my shelf at work. There was no COA in the box, but I don't plan on selling it, so no biggie... just happy to have it.
The Intuders are great! Thanks for the decent price on the Green Knight Intruder. I got it in the mail today. I think that this may be my favorite aircraft thus far in my small collection. Its a great livery, love the detail. Really hope they come out with some VMAQ EA-6B's soon. Great collection and Thanks again!!
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I have to say, you have an impressive collection of Phantoms. I like the older versions better, though, with the old APG-59 radar nose. The longer nose changes the whole character of the plane.
Thanks Steve.

I like them all. The short nose makes them look lean and mean. The longer ones are more sleek. I am so happy they finally got around to the G model. That is a big gap in this hobby, especially considering how popular they are and the intense stories behind them.

I'd say the Fighting Shamrocks edition is one of the best. Many people are all starry-eyed for Showtime 100, but I'd rather have the Shamrocks, and dare I say, the Jolly Rogers version.
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I wish that the red-tailed Tuskegee would be sold here too....anyway, Ive got 3 P-51Bs already from Gemini and I agree....they are all great looking models specially the blue nose Cripes a Mighty. Am still awaiting the arrival of the Montana F-106 and the future release of the upcoming Voodoos and of course the Viggen and Draken...so many nice models still coming but Im getting too picky nowadays..........very nice pics tho , Scott
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Just in.

X Plus 330081 F-4EJ Kai Black Panthers
Hobby Master HA3803 F-16C Polish Air Force
Hobby Master HA 3806 F-16B Block 20 ROCAF



The X Plus Phantom looks very nice, but suffers from the fiddly bit syndrome. Upon opening the box, I noticed the pitot tube broken and barely attached. Needless to say... after removing the model from the box, it fell off. The AIM-9x launch rails were also in pieces. They were very easy to repair, but considering the price, I shouldn't be fixing parts. A couple of the AIM-7 Sparrows wouldn't fit flush into their recessed positions.

Regardless, this is an excellent model with great detail and a profusion of tampoed details.



















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The elusive Polish F-16 finally made it's way to me. When I opened the box, I immediately looked at the pitot tube, and noticed how fragile it looked. I was determined to take care to keep it attached... I failed... then I lost it...

After spending too much time searching around, I melted some handy plastic sprue that was lying about and made my own. It's not as nice, but with my eyesight much inferior to the camera, I am satisfied.

The mold and paint is great. It has JDAMs, so it's one of my favorites.











The canopy fit at the front still sucks:



The ROCAF F-16B is very nice as well. I like the tail art. It came with a missing AIM-9 pylon and the other 3 AIM-9 pieces separated. I sent off an email for a replacement... we'll see.


















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Those bulges on the Polish plane...are they CFTs or avionics upgrades?
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Those bulges on the Polish plane...are they CFTs or avionics upgrades?
CFTs, and they've made this a difficult model to find now...

I think HM has noticed and we'll be seeing more in the near future besides the fantasy Super Kai.
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very nice additions. I am really starting to like the 16's
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Great Scott! That's an awesome couple of additions to your collection! The Japanese Spooks are very nice and I just love that F-106. Might try and get one myself, but have just laid my hands on a couple CW A-7s (VA-82 and VA-86) for very decent prices and now I will have to save a bit again for the next couple of months. Until the Skymax Dutch F-84 comes out...
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Just received the Hobby Master HA3805 F-16D Thunderbirds Block32H. I have to say it is a very impressive model. This is my 4th HM F-16 and the quality has seemed to improve. This is the first gloss finished one, so I may not know what I'm talking about though.

I highly recommend it even though I am usually not a fan of show birds.

I even got it displayed without breaking the pitot tube.

Is the pilot's name really Sleve? Perhaps a Steve fail?

















I do have a couple concerns with the canopy. It has the tendency to either fit well at the front or at the back. I cut the difference and balanced the gaps halfway. The ROCAF F-16B did not have this issue, but it did have a sizable gap at the front.

Press down on the front and the back pops up:



Viceversa:







Happy medium. What is the deal with the clear part of the canopy in front of and above the pilot. (It looks extremely thick). It is only visible at certain angles though:


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that gap on the F-16 is noticeable...should be bothering,,,,its hard to believe that HM allowed such error....i think even the orange dutch demo and witty doesnt have that big gap or am I wrong. I hope HM can still correct it in future liveries still to be made....
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Very nice looking model. Although lol at the Sleve fail. And the Andesen double-fail. It's definitely Lt Col Steve Andersen. Virtual Thunderbirds • View topic - Thunderbird Officers 1953 to Present

I'm also not that into show birds but this one actually has me tempted. I've already got a Red Arrows Hawk and a Russian Air Force aerobatic team Su-27, so come to think of it I really should get it.

A bit of a pity about the canopy, I have a Dauntless that also can only have one end fitting properly.
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Canopies seem to be an issue with all the manufacturers. It would seem canopy fit is one of the hardest things to get right.
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I am guessing the curvature of the F-16 canopy is causing issues for all manufacturers. I remember having the same issue years ago when I built a Hasegawa dual Falcon.
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The Polish F-16 is stupendous. I received my this week
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A little bit off topic i know but i have just been looking at your collection...WoW, that is something to aspire to, and i noticed you collect tanks too, it seems we have similar collecting habits, i have between 60-70 1:50 scale die cast Tanks from Stretton models & Solido, most of the stretton models are one off specials, built & painted for me by the company owner bryan evans....i thought you might like to see them, not all are on display yet but here are a few of them.
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good grief i cannot get the hang of this thing, i`m posting all over the place !
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You'll catch on soon enough. My problem is staying on topic, as most folks around here can testify to.

EDIT: Great collection you have there. So many interesting subjects. I would love to see more, and I don't think anyone would mind you starting a topic showcasing them.

But, yes, let's go off topic... but not really, because I do enjoy collecting armor models as well. I'm very slowly starting a 1/72 armor collection. I have a Dragon Panther, M4 Easy Eight, and Ferdinand, an old Corgi M4 Sherman (a toy that i will give away), and a Hobby Master M-26 Pershing. There are many others that I have an eye on, but they will have to wait.

I like the 1/72 scale because of the space savings and the wonderful models now easily available. I only have a few because I am concentrating on catching up with many of the 1/72 diecast aircraft that were released before I started collecting them last October.

My collecting has just restarted after a roughly 10 year hiatus. Back then it was all plastic models. Franklin Mint was the only game in town for diecast aircraft, and I wasn't impressed with the 1/48 size or many of the liveries they chose. Due to bad timing, I ignored diecast until last year, out of total ignorance of the other companies that had just emerged.

Out of all the plastic kits that I built, I've sold or given away all but 3 1/35 armor models. I have my trusty old Panzer IV, a DS Challenger, and a Leopard II. I've always enjoyed building them, but it was just too time-consuming, and frankly, frustrating working with the photoetched brass parts. I am still trying to forget my foray into 1/700 ships and the hours of tweezers and magnifying glass work.

Today... I let others build them, and I just try to admire the collection as is grows and evolves. I'm also trying to stick to one scale. I've got a mental problem with having models of different scales near each other... It drives me nuts. It's really sad because there are a lot of great WW1 fighters that I would love to have, but they wouldn't look good in 1/72 IMO. HM and Corgi are also churning out some great 1/48 products. My loss, I guess.

Displaying the models is my current dilemma. I now have to rotate them back to the boxes due to lack of space. I have room to adjust my shelves and add some glass or acrylic, but I'm waiting to catch up and buy a few models that I still have to get before diverting funds to the display and lighting budget.

It looks like you have the opposite problem... seeing all that wood in the background, ready to be assembled into display cases.

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try this link www.strettonmodels.co.uk/products.php?sc=17 this guy builds my models for me.

oh, you`ve also done the ships thing too have you ?... i went through a spell of ship building a year or to ago, only scratch building, but i managed to get quite a few of the American Civil War Ironclads together, went over the top with them of course the USS. Monitor was 5 feet long when finished... went on to build USS Cairo, USS Benton, USS Choctaw, Union Mortar Boat No.10, CSS Arkansas, CSS Albemarle, CSS Tennessee,. CSS Texas, a Nile Steamer, and a few more that were never finished and have sank without trace

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hi scott... got hold just now of my long awaited Montana F-106 which i find a next to perfect nodel....really looks great, Also had a couple of FOVs...a tank transporter truck and a brit Challenger tank....looks amazing....will be posting some pics later.Im not surprise with your space problems...with so much models that youve purchased lately....
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try this link www.strettonmodels.co.uk/products.php?sc=17 this guy builds my models for me.

oh, you`ve also done the ships thing too have you ?... i went through a spell of ship building a year or to ago, only scratch building, but i managed to get quite a few of the American Civil War Ironclads together, went over the top with them of course the USS. Monitor was 5 feet long when finished... went on to build USS Cairo, USS Benton, USS Choctaw, Union Mortar Boat No.10, CSS Arkansas, CSS Albemarle, CSS Tennessee,. CSS Texas, a Nile Steamer, and a few more that were never finished and have sank without trace

waterline model of the CSS Albemarle Rebel Ram Ironclad
wow. I just saw your edit. That's some pretty insane modelling. I sold my last built WW2 Japanese ships on eBay a few months ago. I even threw in my ghost fleet of spare parts, unopened paints and misc stuff. The IJN ships were pretty amazing subjects to me, especially the Fuso, with it's insane pagoda tower.

I'd like to see that Nile steamer... a very cool subject.

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That 106 is a fine model. I'm so glad HM made the century series fighters. I have a few more on my list, but now getting very selective as well. I'm passing on most of the Corgi releases for next year. The Hartmann bird is a must-have IMO. The first in a great series, I hope.
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The Montana 106 is a beauty. I am still contemplating getting it, but actually I am hoping to see a 318th FIS one, with the big blue star on the tail. That to me represents the definitive Delta Dart.
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hello scott the first pic is my scratch built unfinished nile steamer, the second steamer is a W. Britains model, which belongs to a friend of mine, but i built the display case for the diorama, and last is another ironclad USS. Benton flagship of the northern squadrons.
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After seeing your pics of the HA1951 Alabama ANG Recon Phantom, I decided to scoop one up too. Found one for $45 + shipping on Ebay. I'm looking forward to adding it in.

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Great catch. That iconic two-tone scheme is a real eye-catcher. The camels are a real hoot as well.

I finally got my RSAF Tornado out of it's box. Now I want a British variant. Here it is on the Air Superiority shelf with a Witty F-15C and Su-27.





My Hornets nest has grown by 2: the CF-188A HA3502 and the Spanish EF-18M HA3508. I'm really loving the Hobby Master f-18s. They did a wonderful job on them.





All my HM Hornets, except the Centennial edition... it's off being independent... I'm going to buy a light one of these days to try to produce some better pics. Here are 2 with and without the flash.



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a nice lineup of Hornets there,scott.....Ive seen a future realease of a Marines "Rough Riders" with camo....looks nice for a change rather than the standard all gray....theres a big chance that Ill be gettin it.....
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hello scott the first pic is my scratch built unfinished nile steamer, the second steamer is a W. Britains model, which belongs to a friend of mine, but i built the display case for the diorama, and last is another ironclad USS. Benton flagship of the northern squadrons.
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You've got a great talent there Steve. I wish I had friends that were into modeling... runway, plastic, or diecast . Those must have taken an insane amount of research. The USS Benton is my favorite of the three: it looks very menacing. Your friend's diorama is very good. It has great placement of pieces and angled very nicely. Some dioramas are very difficult to balance symmetry, but he's pulled it off expertly.

My only remaining diorama. A Jagdpanther in 1/35 scale. I've made many, but given them to friends that they were built for. My favorite was a 1/700 cruiser I built for a friend that he had served on in WW2.





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thats an impressive lookin diorama,scott....wish you could make one for me in 1/72....
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thats an impressive lookin diorama,scott....wish you could make one for me in 1/72....
That would be well beyond my sanity threshold. 1/35 is bad enough.

I just finished... ahem, received one from the Mule. Dragon Armor 60366. It is awesome, and it only too a few seconds to remove it from the box. Will post pics of my 1/72 armor soon, but here it is: Dragon Models 60366 - M4 Sherman Display Model, US Army, Fort Diorama: The Flying Mule

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.....its a shame that no one else offers or sells Dragon Armor here in the netherlands......
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I have a freind who makes dioramas, he started out making his own up the attic, found he was rather good at it and now makes a living out of it !.
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