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Heinkel He-51: Hasegawa vs. ICM

Is it time to kill-off the old Hasegawa Heinkel 51 kit?

ICM (aka ICM Holding of Ukraine, I’m not sure what ICM means as even in Cyrillic the company uses ICM as its identifier) has made great advances since its early days of chunky low pressure injection kits, and is producing the most accurate (so far) version of the German biplane in 1:72 scale.

The main issue is detailing and the upper wing.  Overall the ICM kit has better detailing and a main wing that has the correct dihedral (upward sweep).  The ancient Hasegawa kit (first issued in the 1970s) has no dihedral.  However, it seems the ICM wingtips are questionable as they taper back, they should be more evenly rounded.

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Rare Plane makes a vac-formed kit, the packaging photo looks to have dihedral in the upper wing but I’ve seen completed kits with no dihedral and oddly shaped horizontal tails.  The problem with comparing vac-formed kits to injected kits is that a lot depends on the skill of the builder in cutting the parts from the plastic sheet and then shaping them to form a good join.

A drawback of the ICM kit is subtle, or no, attachment points.   The old Hasegawa kit is easier to build.  My conclusion in comparing the Hasegawa with the ICM He-51 is that while both can be built to look good the ICM has the better detailing and correct dihedral of the upper wing.

There are no major visual differences in the A, B or C versions of the Heinkel 51 (except with the float-plane version).




World’s largest C-141B Starlifter model?

In June 2016, members of the USAF’s 437th Maintenance Squadron sheet metal and corrosion shop at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, got a new project; restore an old C-141B model.

The giant model was originally built back in the day when the USAF used C-141 Starlifters.  It was built to represent a C-141 that crashed in 1982, killing its crew.

After only a few months the model was fully restored in August 2016.

Airman 1st Class Drew Maifeaphomsamouth, Technical SergeantAndrew Finley, Airman 1st Class Michael Mooney, Airman 1st Class Shawn Casey, Airman Riley Carter and Senior Airman William Treiber were proud to have restored what might be the world’s largest C-141 model.

More proof instructions are wrong: AMT Willys Van retro issue

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1:48 F-105G Wild Weasel showdown, HobbyBoss vs Monogram

When it comes to the new high tech produced Hobby Boss F-105G Thunderchief Wild Weasel, versus the old-but-gold classic Monogram kit, price is the deciding factor.

I swear I had some 1:48 scale drawings for the F-105, but, despite tearing apart my decades old collection of modeling and aircraft magazines, I can’t find them.  Oh well, I did discover with my F-104s that scale drawings can be inaccurate, as well.  

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Monogram first issued their F-105 series of 1:48 kits in the late 1970s early 1980s.  Believe it or not they’re still viable and available today, currently issued by Revell (which took over Monogram in the 1990s).

Monogram Plus: Generally accurate, good details. Price buster; if you shop on the internet, and are patient, you can get one for as little as ten bucks (or less, not counting shipping cost)! I once saw Revell’s new Thunderstick version in a brick-n-mortar shop for $15! The Hobby Boss kit will cost you anywhere from $35 to $65 USD depending on where you get it (also not counting shipping cost if purchased on the internet or old fashioned mail order).

Hobby Boss Plus:  Generally accurate, good details.  Extra parts like an engine, radar, 20mm Vulcan and an extended inflight refueling probe (F-105s had both refueling probe and receptacle. Oh no, not a hermaphrodite!?).  More decals.

Australia creates G20 Martial Laws! More proof your ‘fearless’ leaders are a bunch of paranoid-schizoids!

16 November 2014 (21:47 UTC-07 Tango 15 November 2014)/23 Muharram 1436/25 Aban 1393/24 Yi-Hai 4712

The following list of ‘weapons’ was created by the British empire country of Australia in the G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013, in anticipation of the 2014 Group of Twenty meetings now underway in Brisbane.  It includes items like “eggs”, “banners”, “graffiti instruments”, “insects”, and like the Taliban that their very own Diggers have been fighting in Afghanistan a “kite”!

And if you like building model planes, then you are a terrorist!

The following is from the banned weapons list, and I bolded a few of the more interesting ‘weapons’.

Schedule 6 Prohibited items section 59

1 any of the following under the Weapons Categories Regulation 1997— (a) a category A, B, C, D, E, H, M or R weapon (b) a restricted item

2 any of the following within the meaning of the Weapons Act 1990— (a) an antique firearm (b) a knife (see that Act, section 51(7)) (c) a major component part of a firearm (d) a shanghai (e) a slingshot (f) a sword

3 any of the following— (a) a captive bolt humane killer (b) an explosive tool (c) a bow, whether a longbow, a compound bow or another type of bow (d) a spear gun (e) a replica of a firearm, crossbow, longbow or spear gun (f) an arrow (g) a blowpipe (h) handcuffs (i) a whip (j) a device capable of being used to interfere with broadcast or communication devices, including, for example, a communications jamming device (k) a cattle prod or other electrical device used for the management of livestock or other animals (l) an explosive, including, for example, fireworks or flares (m) glass bottles or jars (n) metal cans or tins (o) projectiles, including, for example, stones, ball bearings or eggs (p) hand tools (q) metal spikes, nails or tacks

4 a placard or banner to which a timber, metal or plastic pole is attached or a banner more than 100cm high by 200cm wide

5 a noxious or offensive substance, including, for example, urine or animal manure

6 an offensive weapon, including anything used as a weapon or capable of being used as a weapon, including, for example, a baseball bat or fence paling being carried by a person participating in an assembly

7 a graffiti instrument within the meaning of the Summary Offences Act 2005

8 a reptile, insect or other animal capable of causing physical harm if released in close proximity to a person

9 an item (including, for example, a lock-on device or sleeping dragon) capable of either of the following— (a) attaching a person to an object or another person (b) impeding removal of any locking or connecting device

10 a chain, cable or anything else capable of securing objects together for the purpose of causing an obstruction

11 a communication device, other than a mobile phone or other telephone, capable of being used to organise activity designed to disrupt any part of the G20 meeting, including, for example, a two-way radio or a loud hailer, whether powered or not

12 part or all of a traffic barrier

13 any of the following things capable, directly or indirectly, of disrupting any part of the G20 meeting— (a) a thing capable of emitting a sound loud enough to disrupt the part of the G20 meeting, including, for example, a horn or a hand-held marine warning device (b) a thing capable of emitting a sound that can distress or upset a dog or horse (c) a smoke bomb or other smoke device (d) an object commonly known as paint bomb, flour bomb or similar item capable of being thrown or propelled, including, for example, a paper bag containing flour that is intended to be thrown or a plastic container containing paint that is intended to be thrown (e) a thing that is not a weapon but is capable of being used to cause harm to a person (f) flammable substances (g) a laser pointer (h) a laser device capable of being shone onto an aircraft or of projecting an image (i) a thing capable of being used to climb a barrier (j) a thing capable of being used to construct a stage, platform, tripod or tower or a structure similar to a stage, platform, tripod or tower, other than a camera tripod

14 a thing capable of disguising or concealing the identity of a person including camouflage paint or cream, a mask or a balaclava, but not including headwear, worn by a member of a religious group, of a type customarily worn by members of the group

15 a manually operated surf ski or surfboard, kayak, boat or canoe

16 a floatation device 

17 a kite or other device suspended by airflow and controlled by a string or cord attached to it

18 a remotely controlled device, including a vehicle or a model of a vehicle, including, for example, any of the following operated by remote control— (a) a toy car (b) a model plane (c) a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle

19 a thing purporting to be a Commonwealth accreditation or access approval, that is not genuine

20 a thing purporting to be an identity card for an appointed person or a police officer, that is not genuine

21 any other thing prescribed under a regulation

Obama… Outspends rivals… on hotel during G20 meeting!