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ghodges

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  1. Nothing will be produced UNDER the Squadron name anymore.....BUT, if you need vac canopies, THOSE were always made and supplied to Squadron by Falcon, so look for those to be picked up by someone else, or for Falcon to supply them under their own name to a US supplier (I hope!).

    As for the True Details resin stuff....you'd think those molds would be bought by someone and re-released under a new name....but who's to say for sure? There's certainly enough resin competition to perhaps keep someone from doing so, even though many of those sets were still quite popular.

    I believe that some of their "products" will be available again.......but not even nailing their name up over the warehouse door will make them look alive!

     

    Gil :smiley16:

     

  2. In terms of it being  a simple, rock-bottom, 50s molding, you're correct. In fact, it even having a cockpit at all was a great step up from the kits that immediately preceded it, and was probably done only because it was in the larger 1/48 scale.

    Referring back to the differences between this one and the "new tool" biplanes.....I believe you're going to be delighted with the detail parts provided and then very disappointed with the lack of engineering of the strut assemblies compared to the older Aurora and Lindberg biplanes.  Make note of those old struts that have angled locating pins, and you'll lament the newer kits with better "scale" to the struts, but no angle on the pins to help glue them on at the right angles.

    The overall difference is that those old mold kits were targeted at kids who needed the construction sequences eased for them. The new tool biplanes  have much better fidelity, but are going to require a LOT of experience to overcome their lack engineering for ease of construction. You obviously have those skills, but I think you'll be surprisingly frustrated.....

    None of my comments apply to the WNW 1/32 biplanes....those things are as near perfection as any kits ever made, even for novice builders!

    Gil :smiley16:

  3. Sorry to hear this....Most of us have reached the age where we'll be dealing with the passing of too many of the "names" who helped form the hobby of plastic model building into the true art form it is today. All we can do is say God bless them for their contribution, God bless their families, and "thank you Lord" for the privilege of knowing and having such people as a part of our hobby!

    Gil :smiley16:

  4. There's  one other lesson I've learned over the years about buying model kits......

    My very first Nats was in Atlanta in 1978. I didn't even know they had a vendors area and sold models! Talk about the gates of heaven opening up for me.....

    Anyway, I found a 1/48 Aurora SBC Helldiver...at that time the ONLY game in town for that subject in 1/48, AND Aurora was "out of production". The guy wanted EIGHT DOLLARS for it!! Now remember, this is 1978....you could still occasionally find Aurora stuff on the shelves in old hardware stores and dime stores for their original prices of anywhere from $.75 to $2.00....so  NO WAY was I gonna fork over $8 for a kit I might find on the shelf for $2!

    Long story short....2yrs later I paid $15 dollars for it! And THUS LEARNED THE LESSON: If you WANT a kit, buy it at the best price you can WHEN you find it! You may find a better bargain later, but maybe not. It may be re-released or a newer/better one may be put out, but maybe not. More importantly, most of those "holy grail" kits only get MORE expensive as you try to wait for the cheaper/newer alternative!

     

    Gil :smiley16:

     

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  5. I'm seeing varying posts, but no definite answer. The last post I saw said "change of ownership"....but who knows what that means, even if it's true?

    They had a %70 off sale last week, which is probably why the warehouse is empty. The problem now is how do they start back up IF there is a new owner and wants "Squadron" to continue"? The brand had lost so much of it's shine and reputation over the last 10yrs due to slip-shod service that I'm not sure the name has any value anymore.

    There was a time when both their brick&mortar stores and their mail order were THE place to go to if you possibly could. But that was when it was run by the hobbyists who started the business. The "business types" who took over the purely mail order Squadron didn't have a clue as how to satisfy us, and ran it into the bankruptcy of today.

     

    It probably IS the end of an era.....but as they taught us in physics....the ONLY constant in the universe IS change!

     

    Gil :smiley16:

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  6. Excellent start on that very old molding! I've been alternating building older Aurora biplanes and the newer Roden and Eduard kits....while the new ones have more detailing and are more to scale, their engineering SUCKS compared to the old kits! At least the struts will fit on that Sopwith you're building! Looking forward to more!

    Gil :smiley16:

  7. Personally, I have no "limit" except to determine what it is for my own purposes. I've built many very expensive resin kits over the last 20yrs. I've gotten bargains on many of them. However, I've also paid $200+ for some, which most people would balk at! There's a couple of "holy grail" kits I'm seeking that I'd pay more than that for.....BUT it's simply because I'd really like to build them and have them on the shelf. I'm sure others would shrug their shoulders and point out they could buy 10 model for the same price, and have 10 times the fun. To each their own!

    As to "retail" prices....as you pointed out, everything is relative. The model prices of our childhood were cheaper, but then so was EVERYTHING else. Wages were also much lower back then, so the actual value to earnings then and now aren't as big as most people think they are.

    That said, the target public for building models has shifted from kids and teens to adults. The kits are MUCH more sophisticated, detailed, and complex compared to the much simpler (and much less accurate) kits of our childhood. Thus, they cost more to produce and are priced accordingly. BUT, the buyer is now an adult with more money to spend than kids using their allowance money. The fact that since the 80's, and the first expensive Hasagawa F-4s (those high priced $20 Phantoms!), the prices have gone up AND the modelers have griped and kept on paying those higher prices! So, I think the true "price point" for our hobby is simply what WE are willing to pay.....and experience shows we ARE willing to pay more, so we will!

     

    Gil :smiley16:

  8. And this is the very first model I ever built.....

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    Well, a "nostalgia" build of it anyway....the 1/48 Aurora Me-109. after years of searching I finally found one at a reasonable price (less than $50) and decided to build it EXACTLY as I did @1965....except I used superglue instead of tube cement this time. And to think....THIS was the best 1/48 109 until Monogram released their Bf-109E.

     

    Gil :smiley16:

  9. This is the FIRST vacuform model I built 40yrs ago......the 1/48 Dragon Model Works FJ-1 Fury.......

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    Considering I knew nothing past what I'd read about vacs and had zero experience, I was ecstatic that it actually got finished!

    Coincidentally, I'm currently building  the 1/48 ID vac of the FJ-1 Fury in honor of my 40yrs of plastic masochism! The model above died in moves long ago, and even though I have a Czech Model Fury built on the shelf, I wanted to delve in a little nostalgia. Here's a few pics of the current vacuform Fury build....

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    I actually got the wings and the tail planes added on this evening...and the putty on their joints is drying......the resin and injection parts you see are from a spare Czech Model kit. I'm using those to save build time and effort this time around!

     

    Gil :smiley16:

  10. Wow! Those are some very cool and rarely built subjects! Nine builds, especially with all of the conversion work and the limited run kits (that are much harder to build), is quite an accomplishment in my book. Congrats, and thanks for sharing! Looking forward to 2021!

     

    Gil :smiley16:

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