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Kinetic 1/48 E-2C Hawkeye

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I've already got mine on pre-order with Great Models but haven't heard any update news lately. Anybody else chompin at the bit for this one? have any inside info?

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It's not even listed on the Cybermodeler 2009 kit list, so I presume it's ben postponed until at least 2010, much like the long awaited Trumpy 1/32 A-6 Intruder. With kit prices rising so dramatically and the economy in a slump it's a wonder anything is being released. Heck, the new HobbyBoss 1/48 A-7A/B is 75$, which puts it into the "win at the raffle" group for me! As for E2-C, I have the CollectAire 1/48 Hawkeye kit, so I don't have to worry about anything except getting mine done before the plastic one is out! But, I know a lot of guys like you who will jump on the Kinetic kit if it's anything less than $100. Cheers!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Gil,

 

You may be right about the delay, but Kinetics track record for releasing what's been announced has been excellent to date. Besides, 2010 is now only a few months away, I've got my piggy bank earmarked! I'm most interested in it so that I'll have a source of detail parts for my Collect Aire kit. By then we ought to see some decals start to become available too, I'm gunning for VAW-115 from Midway 1978-9 and VAW-116 from Kitty Hawk 1983-4. Then, if only they do a C-2A kit or someone floats a Greyhound conversion, I'll have both the Air Wings I served with :smiley4: . As long as Great Models has it as a pre-order, I'm pretty sure I'll get it eventually.

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What I want is for someone to do an E-2D conversion with some scimitar props! I don't think there's a lot of external differences anyway, but those new props are da bomb!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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What I want is for someone to do an E-2D conversion with some scimitar props! I don't think there's a lot of external differences anyway, but those new props are da bomb!

 

GIL :smiley16:

 

 

Gil,

 

It all depends on which E-2C they produce. I suspect it'll be a "standard" E-2C Group I upgrade from the 80s-90s, perhaps a Group II airframe. If it is engeneered correctly the basic fuselage molds will be suitable for upgrades to the E-2C+ (almost the E-2D/2000) and backgrades to an E-2A/B.

 

If there are any images of the decals available, the nosecap marking will tell you exactly which Hawkeye we'll be getting:

 

plain black - group 0

I - group 1

II - group 2

+ - E-2C+

delta - E-2D

 

I don't think there were any other markings. These were added as the catapult and arrestor requirements were different for each and serve as a visual reminder to the CatOff/LSO as to which settings are needed.

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I too, am looking forward to this kit. I've been wanting to do a nice sized dio since I read that they were going to release one. I thought about the Collect-Aire kit but I'm too scared to even consider tackling one, as I've heard they are a tricky beast. I'm thinking that Kinetic will be mostly on-time with the release. I have enjoyed their F-16 series, recently began the Sufa. Well done, with a few rough spots but overall, well-engineered.

 

I'm hoping it'll retail for less than $100 but even so, I'd empty the monthly kit budget for one!

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