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Here are some of my diecast notes at the end of August 2019. Comments very welcome.
  • JC Wings - Eritrean Su27 - JC Wings has announced an Eritrean Su-27 in a fairly cool scheme. This may well set the record for the 'most obscure country' to have a major model made for it in diecast.
  • JC Wings 2-seat UkrAF Flanker - I received this model. It is the same aircraft that has been visiting RIAT and that I have been fortunate enough to fly in. My personal connection notwithstanding, this may be a serious contender for model of the year even though it is based on an older mould. There's relatively little to criticize and a lot to like, including the pair of included boarding ladders. By contrast, the single-seat similar UkrAF flanker had some pretty big issues, largely stemming from the inadequacies of the witty single seat Flanker mould.
  • RAAF F-111C Looking Great I can't speak to accuracy, but the pre-pros of the white bodied RAAF Aardvark look superb. In my estimation this should be a spectacularly attractive model. Aussie luck continues with a very nice tiger hornet in the works as well.
  • HM QF-4E not so hot The HM QF-4E looks not great in the pre-pros. That mould is not looking good with prominent discontinuities at the nose join, inlet joins, and elsewhere. While the detailed livery will do a lot to keep this model actually on the OK side in practice, the uninspiring camo application will likely hurt this one. I'd be happy if HM made the same all-orange drone phantom that corgi did (the one with the odd sunglass-material canopy).
  • 1/48 Mutt and Jeep We usually discuss airplanes here, naturally, but I just wanted to make a shout out for the HM 1/48 jeep and mutts. They are very nicely detailed and well compliment your collections. I just got the Japan-based US Mutt and it looks very nice.
  • HM Tomcats - Got the recent HM freelancers tomcat. For those familiar with HM tomcats there will be no surprises, though it has more tampo than some on the wings. I love VF-21, but honestly the CW Freelancers tomcat has a lot more "pop" - if you can find one.
  • 1/72 WW2 gets a look HM surprises all with a 1/72 RAF havoc/boston. Oddly, it's quite similar to a previous release. It's not clear who the market for this is as the original sold poorly and britain is in brexit-suicide-related market weakness. If anything, there were so many other RAF liveries to do... weird. But a nice sign that 1/72 multi-engine WW2 stuff is not dead despite the cluster**** of an idea to make the P-40N in 1/72 rather than 1/48 ('Rita' P-40s were selling for 14.99 at RIAT with no takers)
  • JC Wings Ace Combat JC wings has announced 4 releases (2 tomcats, 2 eagles) based on arcade game / manga liveries from 'ace combat.' If they can profit for them, why not. Now, where's our non-**** TSM 1/72 top gun f-14s? Or, for that matter, where are the 1/72 Area88 birds, for which there will certainly be a market.
  • Splinter Tomcats for that matter, can somebody explain to me why none of the 4 major diecast manufacturers have jumped on doing a NSAWC splinter- camo or otherwise interesting Tomcat? This omission strikes me as bizarre. It's a cool interesting livery that was last done by a witty well over a a decade ago. Who will finally do this livery?
  • Calibre Tomcats Calibre has firmly taken the mantle as the quality leader in mass-market diecast. Awesome. But patience is required with them as always. While both Tomcatsky and Black Bunny are not quite what they could have been, both nevertheless look very nice.
  • Why so much tomcat news? I have no idea.
  • HM Re-runs Get your re-run JASDF T1/F2, basically identical P40C, desert eagle, soviet Mig21s, and more. Yawn. But, again, if it keeps HM in business and makes them more money to make stuff I want, more power to them. The Florida F-102 is harder to understand.
  • UkrAF Foxbat! Happy to see a UkrAf foxbat out there even if i did pay for a code3 one previously. Fortunately, the liveries are different (a bit).
  • It's time HM: 1/48 Airacobra, Dauntless, Hellcat. Superb plastic moulds and decals are readily available for all three.
  • Air Commander Are they dead? I can't even remember if they announced something new. The 'Amigo' JASDF phantom from them would be so awesome.
  • And now for some flamebait Why do most USAF WW2 throwback schemes look so terrible? The subject of HA4518 is but the latest example. But, the answer may actually simply be that the USAF largely has to get on with operational missions instead of painting airplanes while, say, the greeks and canadians have, umm, more time to paint. Flame on.
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So, nobody seemed keen to reply to my blabbering, so here's some more:
  • Hava Go Jo Spitfire pre-production pics have released. They look - average. The good news is that the pre-pros of P-47 'fiery ginger' also looked average, but the white tail really makes the model pop. So, hopefully that will save this one too. That said, Hava Go Jo would look great with some weathering.
  • Night Reaper Hurricane - Added this one (the airshow version) to my collection. Pretty good, I guess, but for whatever reason it doesnt quite have the presence of the similar old franklin mint release.
  • F-35C - For all the bumps of the HM F-35 models, other than that they are not terrible. When placed behind glass, the F-35C with the blue tail / yellow lightning bolts looks just fine.
  • Calibre Tomcat Not sure this has been mentioned, but look at the revision to Calibre's Tomcatsky tomcat:
    . While the first (lower) version was quite off, it's impresive that Calibre is taking the time to do things right. I'm happy to wait for better quality, and Calibre is delivering, even if the Black Bunny release is slightly underwhelming. Su22 and B58 should be great.
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A small point FS. During WW2 it was the USAAF, not the USAF. The former referred to the U.S.Army Air Force but this was later changed when the air force became a separate arm after the war. Regarding diecast models, the DeAgostini Japanese line--made by IXO in the 1:72nd scale---is now winding down with a flurry of repaints of newly done Japanese warbirds to amortize their tooling costs. Here's a picture of a nifty---for this type of cheapie line---Claude which I have done some code 3 work on--mainly toning down the inked panel lines by about 50%. I may do some more toning down when I have time:
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[*] 1/72 WW2 gets a look HM surprises all with a 1/72 RAF havoc/boston. Oddly, it's quite similar to a previous release. It's not clear who the market for this is as the original sold poorly and britain is in brexit-suicide-related market weakness. If anything, there were so many other RAF liveries to do... weird. But a nice sign that 1/72 multi-engine WW2 stuff is not dead despite the cluster**** of an idea to make the P-40N in 1/72 rather than 1/48 ('Rita' P-40s were selling for 14.99 at RIAT with no takers)
The recent A20 announcement is a Blighty based 88 SQN A20 with invasion stripes. The previous release was a 18 SQN MTO release. The reason why they have the same colour is because most turreted A20s had exactly the same scheme,...regardless of nationality or theatre.

As I have pointed out previously,....HM chose the wrong tooling for the A20,...although it fits their method of blanks and split runs.

The P40 was an opportunity to spit out a plethora of green P40s where the tooling was at the very least, partly, paid for a by Taiwanese distributer/importer. There are a plethora of other schemes available but as usual HM have made the wrong conclusion regarding the P40N. Its not the tooling or the type of aircraft (or scale) that is the problem,....its HM's ludicrous scheme selection.

If you choose to release models of the same green again, again and again,....then the outcome is bleeding obvious, AKA A20G and P40N.
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So, nobody seemed keen to reply to my blabbering, so here's some more:[LIST][*]Hava Go Jo Spitfire pre-production pics have released. They look - average. The good news is that the pre-pros of P-47 'fiery ginger' also looked average, but the white tail really makes the model pop. So, hopefully that will save this one too. That said, Hava Go Jo would look great with some weathering.
Its actually excellent. HM don't weather,..period, so I am not sure where the expectation of weathering has come from?

The only criticism thus far is maybe the blue is a tad dark. HM nailed the colour of the elephant, the colours underneath the cowling (as opposed to the rest of the SQN) and the codes.

Its actually a very good, accurate release.
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Here are some of my diecast notes at the end of August 2019. Comments very welcome.[LIST]
[*] JC Wings 2-seat UkrAF Flanker - I received this model. It is the same aircraft that has been visiting RIAT and that I have been fortunate enough to fly in. My personal connection notwithstanding, this may be a serious contender for model of the year even though it is based on an older mould. There's relatively little to criticize and a lot to like, including the pair of included boarding ladders. By contrast, the single-seat similar UkrAF flanker had some pretty big issues, largely stemming from the inadequacies of the witty single seat Flanker mould.
Last year was the single seater that did the flying display, which is in fact an older Witty release,......which I bought because the display was pretty cool.

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Was there a twinstick this year?
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Here are some of my diecast notes at the end of August 2019. Comments very welcome.[LIST][*] JC Wings - Eritrean Su27 - JC Wings has announced an Eritrean Su-27 in a fairly cool scheme. This may well set the record for the 'most obscure country' to have a major model made for it in diecast.
It is an extraordinary looking scheme. I had decide I am done with Flankers,....but I have to say that really does look both very cool and unusual and I may partake.
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A small point FS. During WW2 it was the USAAF, not the USAF.
Well, yes, of course. Re-reading my note you might notice I was referring to WW2 throwback schemes done by the current USAF. As opposed to, say, WW2 throwback schemes done by the (modern) US navy which are a sight better in my view, plus or minus that comical prowler with the coral sea scheme.

Nice Claude!

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Last year was the single seater that did the flying display, which is in fact an older Witty release,......which I bought because the display was pretty cool.

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Was there a twinstick this year?
A single and a twin seater were part of the show all three years. For the first two years a guy who is become my good friend (A.O.) was the display pilot. He has since "retired from the air force" but he continues to serve in essentially the same role in the squadron as a private contractor though he no longer flies display routines at airshows. This year's display pilot was his protege, Y.B, a great guy as well. It is worth noting that the display routines done by these old aircraft are relatively (emphasis - RELATIVELY) benign never exceeding I think it's 6.5G with Y.B's flying being particularly smooth.

I can't say too much about my flight except that it was in the two seater and not in the UK. I've flown military trainer aircraft before as a pilot (L-39 being about the 'hottest' that I've flown personally) and this was clearly a massive step up and a real thrill.
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The recent A20 announcement is a Blighty based 88 SQN A20 with invasion stripes. The previous release was a 18 SQN MTO release. The reason why they have the same colour is because most turreted A20s had exactly the same scheme,...regardless of nationality or theatre.
So, admittedly I've not done my homework here, but cannot the turrets be blanked over for other versions?

P40N is a wonderful aircraft but I dont think the green is the issue. I think there's a sea change to 1/48 at least in Single-Engine WW2. The RRP pricepoint difference between 1/72 and 1/48 is relatively small compared to the much better models you tend to get in 1/48.
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It is an extraordinary looking scheme. I had decide I am done with Flankers,....but I have to say that really does look both very cool and unusual and I may partake.
Cool looking scheme and one I have been requesting for a few years. This one is surely coming home to my collection despite the less than stellar mould it rests on.

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JC Wings 2-seat UkrAF Flanker - I received this model. It is the same aircraft that has been visiting RIAT and that I have been fortunate enough to fly in. My personal connection notwithstanding, this may be a serious contender for model of the year even though it is based on an older mould. There's relatively little to criticize and a lot to like, including the pair of included boarding ladders. By contrast, the single-seat similar UkrAF flanker had some pretty big issues, largely stemming from the inadequacies of the witty single seat Flanker mould.

My favorite model by far! And lucky you for having even sat in a Flanker let alone fly in one. This will be hard to top for me personally. One thing though, I wish HM would release the single seater on their mould.
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My favorite model by far! And lucky you for having even sat in a Flanker let alone fly in one. This will be hard to top for me personally. One thing though, I wish HM would release the single seater on their mould.
On one hand making this Su27 is a no brainer. People will buy it as it's a great scheme. On the other hand, HM has shown a selective aversion to complicated schemes elsewhere even when they make tremendous sense. I suspect this scheme *will* happen from HM and it will be a huge seller, but nothing's certain until its certain.

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So, admittedly I've not done my homework here, but cannot the turrets be blanked over for other versions?

P40N is a wonderful aircraft but I dont think the green is the issue. I think there's a sea change to 1/48 at least in Single-Engine WW2. The RRP pricepoint difference between 1/72 and 1/48 is relatively small compared to the much better models you tend to get in 1/48.
Hey FS,...I am afraid not mate. Different fuselage. If look from the top you can see a bulge either side of the fuselage to fit the turret. The earlier MKs, with open gun position are straight.

As for the 1:48 point. It is certainly an increasingly prevailing view I have noticed. Its not that I disagree with it,....but I do believe 6 green P40Ns in a row doomed the otherwise fine release, "Rita" to the dump bins.

I have suggested a split run. RAF 112 SQN, with the shark mouth and the RAAF 3 SQN with the Southern Cross on the vertical fin, with green and sea grey scheme. Both Italy P40Ns. And another USAAF in the Western Pacific in the extraordinary gold/yellow (whatever its bloody called) scheme.

If those three dump,...then Ill call the tooling a failure. But I'd bet a fiver they wont.

Good models, with interesting schemes still sell,...regardless of the scale.
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A single and a twin seater were part of the show all three years. For the first two years a guy who is become my good friend (A.O.) was the display pilot. He has since "retired from the air force" but he continues to serve in essentially the same role in the squadron as a private contractor though he no longer flies display routines at airshows. This year's display pilot was his protege, Y.B, a great guy as well. It is worth noting that the display routines done by these old aircraft are relatively (emphasis - RELATIVELY) benign never exceeding I think it's 6.5G with Y.B's flying being particularly smooth.

I can't say too much about my flight except that it was in the two seater and not in the UK. I've flown military trainer aircraft before as a pilot (L-39 being about the 'hottest' that I've flown personally) and this was clearly a massive step up and a real thrill.
OK. I don't remember the twin stick. But it was my first time to RIAT,...it was like a kid at a lolly shop. I may have missed it.
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[*]It's time HM: 1/48 Airacobra, Dauntless, Hellcat. Superb plastic moulds and decals are readily available for all three.
I guess this comment fits into our previous conversation. I don't particularly have a preference,.....but other than the Buffalo (which is a brilliant 1:48 tooling and some of the releases were grouse) HM have shied away from WW2 1:48 toolings that have not been done before.

And even if they choose something different,....they maybe going up against their 1:72 tooling,...such as the P39, Dauntless and Hellcat. So its a bit of a pickle the next WW2 1:48 tooling.

I may have already mentioned it in this place,...I cannot remember,....but the fact of the matter is HM are looking into a 1:48 Phantom. British trade let it be known (in a Pooch 1:48 F4 thread,....why,.....Ill let you decide) and I confirmed it with William. Although next year,...early,...maybe a possibility. British trade were crapping on about August/September,...(when the British Phantom hit the shelves), which William denied.

So with Corgi releasing the wonderful Lightning and the so far disappointingly finished F4 and HM already acknowledging their Spook,...then perhaps the next big thing will be 1:48 Jets??

Which wont be easy for HM either,...with all their 1:72 offerings. But the F4 has been done to death,...its paid itself off, many times. I personally think the F16 is the best bet for HM,....but I am guessing they are not done with their 1:72 tooling.

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[*] Calibre Tomcats Calibre has firmly taken the mantle as the quality leader in mass-market diecast. Awesome. But patience is required with them as always. While both Tomcatsky and Black Bunny are not quite what they could have been, both nevertheless look very nice.
Ill say. The F16, SU22 and the B58 are all still in the works with no firm news from any of those releases in recent times.

Patience,...….problem is I am getting old.
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Which wont be easy for HM either,...with all their 1:72 offerings. But the F4 has been done to death,...its paid itself off, many times. I personally think the F16 is the best bet for HM,....but I am guessing they are not done with their 1:72 tooling.
So, the 1/48 Phantom gets a collective "meh" from me. I think for 1/48 Jets such as the EE lightning, bare metal works well in diecast, but all others pale in comparison to well built plastic models which sell for the same ballpark of what larger 1/48 jets will cost. or, if they shoot for a price range of $100-$140 for, say, the phantom, the quality just likely won't be there. 1/48 jets expose the poor cockpits of diecast aircraft pretty badly.

The best thing that HM could do to increase its sales is to develop fully collapsible packaging. As simple as this sounds, it would pay for itself as collectors would simply have more room.
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OK. I don't remember the twin stick. But it was my first time to RIAT,...it was like a kid at a lolly shop. I may have missed it.
all three years - the single seat flies, the 2 seater was on the display area where all the spectators walk around.
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JC Wings - Eritrean Su27 - JC Wings has announced an Eritrean Su-27 in a fairly cool scheme. This may well set the record for the 'most obscure country' to have a major model made for it in diecast.


If i had free space... why not, i like exotic stuff like that...


JC Wings 2-seat UkrAF Flanker - I received this model. It is the same aircraft that has been visiting RIAT and that I have been fortunate enough to fly in. My personal connection notwithstanding, this may be a serious contender for model of the year even though it is based on an older mould. There's relatively little to criticize and a lot to like, including the pair of included boarding ladders. By contrast, the single-seat similar UkrAF flanker had some pretty big issues, largely stemming from the inadequacies of the witty single seat Flanker mould.

Except usual issues, i have both ukrainian and the 2 seaters has nice colors, brighter



JC Wings Ace Combat JC wings has announced 4 releases (2 tomcats, 2 eagles) based on arcade game / manga liveries from 'ace combat.' If they can profit for them, why not. Now, where's our non-**** TSM 1/72 top gun f-14s? Or, for that matter, where are the 1/72 Area88 birds, for which there will certainly be a market.


Any interest in these...


HM Re-runs Get your re-run JASDF T1/F2, basically identical P40C, desert eagle, soviet Mig21s, and more. Yawn. But, again, if it keeps HM in business and makes them more money to make stuff I want, more power to them. The Florida F-102 is harder to understand.


JASDF, my weak point... but re-issue of F-2 with different loadout, too bad.
I'm in for the F-1 and soviet mig.



UkrAF Foxbat! Happy to see a UkrAf foxbat out there even if i did pay for a code3 one previously. Fortunately, the liveries are different (a bit)


I saw the code 3 on ebay, both if i remember well... but happy with this chosen model... remain to make my own Algerian version.


Air Commander Are they dead? I can't even remember if they announced something new. The 'Amigo' JASDF phantom from them would be so awesome.


Amigo version from JASDF would be a masterpiece for sure... great idea FS
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