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flox
02-12-2007, 09:42 PM
Where do you guys get your kits? I've been looking around and I can't seem to find any plastic warbird kits (1/48 or 1/32 scale) that have features like moving control surfaces/ landing gear. I know there used to be some out there with things like these but now the only ones I can find cost about 100 bucks and include metal parts and stuff like that (not really interested in stuff that elaborate).

For example, I have a great looking 1/48 Messerschmitt that my dad built back in his college days in the 60's (yes he was inside doing things like building models while others were.. well, you know). Anyway that model has moving gear, ailerons, elevators, rudder, and canopy.

Is it just a matter of "they don't make em like they used to"? I've looked in a few local shops and on towerhobbies.com, but to no avail.

BillyTheKid_22
02-12-2007, 09:56 PM
www.greatmodels.com (http://www.greatmodels.com)



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heywooood
02-12-2007, 10:03 PM
Squadron (http://www.squadron.com/)

faustnik
02-12-2007, 10:04 PM
Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:
www.greatmodels.com (http://www.greatmodels.com)



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BillyTheKid_22
02-12-2007, 10:20 PM
Originally posted by heywooood:
Squadron (http://www.squadron.com/)


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BillyTheKid_22
02-12-2007, 10:28 PM
Originally posted by faustnik:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:
www.greatmodels.com (http://www.greatmodels.com)



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Akronnick
02-12-2007, 10:36 PM
Sprue Brothers (http://www.spruebrothers.com/)

As to the moving control surfaces, that sort of thing isn't found in modern plactic model kits, Because it's hard to do that and maintain the scale appearance. It can be done, but it would have to be like a custom modification to the kit.

If your into warbirds, the best kits around are made by Tamayia and Hasegawa. Accurate Minitures also makes quality stuff.

BillyTheKid_22
02-12-2007, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by Akronnick:
Sprue Brothers (http://www.spruebrothers.com/)

As to the moving control surfaces, that sort of thing isn't found in modern plactic model kits, Because it's hard to do that and maintain the scale appearance. It can be done, but it would have to be like a custom modification to the kit.

If your into warbirds, the best kits around are made by Tamayia and Hasegawa. Accurate Minitures also makes quality stuff.


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Tab_Flettner
02-12-2007, 11:38 PM
I'm going to bet your Dads kit was made by Monogram. They did a bunch of 1/48th kits in the 60's ans 70's with moving landing gear, control surfaces, etc. The Dauntless even dropped a bomb! Anyways they were reissued as "classics" (which they are) in vintage style boxes like this:

http://www.cahood.com/mon74.jpg

You can still find them from the re-issue at most good hobby shops. The early ones in the re-issue came with an embroidered patch of the model you were about to build!

BillyTheKid_22
02-12-2007, 11:46 PM
http://www.cahood.com/aur118bm.jpg



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BillyTheKid_22
02-12-2007, 11:49 PM
Originally posted by Tab_Flettner:
I'm going to bet your Dads kit was made by Monogram. They did a bunch of 1/48th kits in the 60's ans 70's with moving landing gear, control surfaces, etc. The Dauntless even dropped a bomb! Anyways they were reissued as "classics" (which they are) in vintage style boxes like this:

http://www.cahood.com/mon74.jpg

You can still find them from the re-issue at most good hobby shops. The early ones in the re-issue came with an embroidered patch of the model you were about to build!


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Esel1964
02-13-2007, 12:18 AM
Don't forget ebay.
I got one of these (http://cgi.ebay.com/FROG-MESSERSCHMITT-BF-110G-MODEL-KIT_W0QQitemZ200004738153QQihZ010QQcategoryZ63661Q QrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem),unopened for $00.99 + S&H.In other words $3-4.
Be patient,and you can get real bargains there.

BillyTheKid_22
02-13-2007, 12:36 AM
Originally posted by Esel1964:
Don't forget ebay.
I got one of these (http://cgi.ebay.com/FROG-MESSERSCHMITT-BF-110G-MODEL-KIT_W0QQitemZ200004738153QQihZ010QQcategoryZ63661Q QrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem),unopened for $00.99 + S&H.In other words $3-4.
Be patient,and you can get real bargains there.


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faustnik
02-13-2007, 01:03 AM
Originally posted by Tab_Flettner:
They did a bunch of 1/48th kits in the 60's ans 70's with moving landing gear, control surfaces, etc. The Dauntless even dropped a bomb!

I forgot about the Dauntless bomb on the clearance arm, that thing was great! I must have dropped that bomb a 100 times when I was a little kid. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif USN planes were always my favorite, with the Dauntless and the F4U being the at the top. The SBD not only had the bomb but, the great dive brake flaps, which I painted red on the interior. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

WTE_Ibis
02-13-2007, 01:18 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:
www.greatmodels.com (http://www.greatmodels.com)



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Feathered_IV
02-13-2007, 03:38 AM
Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by faustnik:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:
www.greatmodels.com (http://www.greatmodels.com)



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BillyTheKid_22
02-13-2007, 09:39 AM
Originally posted by Feathered_IV:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by faustnik:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:
www.greatmodels.com (http://www.greatmodels.com)



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flox
02-13-2007, 01:00 PM
Wow, I can't believe all the responses already-- thanks guys!!


Originally posted by Tab_Flettner:
I'm going to bet your Dads kit was made by Monogram.

I'm almost positive that it was. Definitely either Revell or Monogram (didn't they used to be the same company?) It's a bit disappointing to learn that they don't make them as complex as they used to. Even in my own lifetime, I remember Revell making skill level 3 kits with all the moving parts and such. Now they don't seem to have anything higher than skill level 2 according to their website http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

horseback
02-13-2007, 08:27 PM
As has been pointed out before, the best model kits of the sixties (when I was a teenager) had all those moving features, BUT the kits weren't all that accurate, either in scale or appearance.

My first major kit of that era was the Monogram SB2C Helldiver, with the bomb that swung out and dropped when you opened the bomb bay and had positionable landing gear (that lasted for about 4 days before my kid brother broke 'em off while I was at school) and sliding canopies.

Very nifty for the time, but the ProModeler version they released a few years back is vastly more accurate, and builds into a stunningly lifelike reproduction with a little effort.

As for movable control surfaces, we saw more of that from Airfix than from Monogram or Revell, but you may be thinking of the 1/32nd scale models like the 'Visible Mustang' that Monogram made...

cheers

horseback

Blutarski2004
02-13-2007, 09:09 PM
If anyone is interested, I'm selling off a collection of 30+ unbuilt 1:72 scale plastic kits of Japanese WW2 aircraft. All these kits are Japanese from the very early 70's - Tamiya, Hasegawa, LS, Mania, Nichimo, etc. All kits are complete for parts, instructions, and decal sets. Most parts bags have not been opened. Some of the decal sheets have suffered from age

If anyone's interested, contact me offline and I'll send a detailed list of kits and condition.

Sandman_UK
02-14-2007, 04:03 AM
on a slightly OT but not unrelated subject to the original post i wonder if any of you guys can help me.

Im trying to find either a Dicast model or PLastic model kit of a Mk IXV razorback Spitfire. I cant seem to find one anywhere. I would prefer diecast, but in my desperation i would be willing to go back to making model kits.

any help would be most appreciated.

CzechTexan
02-15-2007, 09:47 AM
Originally posted by Sandman_UK:
on a slightly OT but not unrelated subject to the original post i wonder if any of you guys can help me.

Im trying to find either a Dicast model or PLastic model kit of a Mk IXV razorback Spitfire. I cant seem to find one anywhere. I would prefer diecast, but in my desperation i would be willing to go back to making model kits.

any help would be most appreciated.

Your best chance would be to look at the previously mentioned websites of SQUADRON and GREATMODELS. These two companies seem to have the largest selections of models from all over the world. I personally use SQUADRON and get their monthly magazine in the mail.

I did a search for your Spitfire IXV (is that the correct number?)...or is it a XIV or IX?