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by Ara
Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:50 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

The folks at Merit kindly sent me their reference documents on the single gun rationale. I am posting the images here, cropped for the relevant content. See VS-2's after Action Report for May 8th, 1942; Liska posed with his single .30 cal. After spending a day going over all the Dauntless and Coral ...
by Ara
Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

Hi Jim, Let me say upfront I love my Merit SBD and as a longtime (1976) WWII buff and modeler, it is clear that your team did your homework on this model. The twin machine gun / single machine gun question is simply a point of curiousity and discussion. I don't think the model is wrong or needs the ...
by Ara
Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:21 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

Hi guys,

Here's the passage; the full Leppla/Liska account is at the DHP if you want to read it.

Image
by Ara
Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

I'm re-reading Stanley Johnston's wartime account of the Lexington during his stay on that ship during the Coral Sea battle. It's titled THE QUEEN OF THE FLAT TOPS. According to Johnston, Liska's rear weapon was a twin 30 caliber, not a single mount. I'm not saying this is fact, I'm saying this is w...
by Ara
Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

This CS Dauntless is fantastic and I only dreamed it would someday come true. I think $169.00 is reasonable for a model of this size and detail. Manufacturers and retailers need to make money. We are used to low prices and failed companies. With those low prices we sometimes got spotty quality and s...
by Ara
Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:55 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

I have an "on-going" detailed assembly review on the Diecast Hangar Pub, linked here:

http://tdhp.49.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?f=271&t=12958
by Ara
Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: So...what's next for Merit?
Replies: 34
Views: 2881

Re: So...what's next for Merit?

I would love to see a Val dive bomber in 1/18.
by Ara
Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

My Merit Dauntless went together really well tonight. Photographed just about everything and am processing the pics as we speak. I'll post my review on the Diecast Hangar Pub and the Diecast Aircraft Forum either tonight or tomorrow night. I will post links to those reviews here. This model is engin...
by Ara
Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:23 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

Thanks for the review! So this thing actually exists, lots of people will be impressed as we get the word out.
by Ara
Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:09 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

Cory is this a future Merit release?
by Ara
Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

Confirmed shipment to my house by FedEx: due the 19th.
by Ara
Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: Customs & Mods
Topic: USING 1/16 DECALS FOR 1/18 AIRCRAFT?
Replies: 3
Views: 1567

Re: USING 1/16 DECALS FOR 1/18 AIRCRAFT?

If you're repainting the Sakai Zero, try to find some planview drawings or photographs of mid-1942 Zeros. The hinomarus on Zeros for that timeframe were typically smaller than what is commonly modeled. So check the Guillow's 1/16 sheet. I have two Zeros for repainting and I think I'm going to mask a...
by Ara
Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

FedEx is telling me I'll get it Monday 6/18.
by Ara
Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: Corsair breakdown suggestions - UPDATE #3
Replies: 29
Views: 2585

Re: Corsair breakdown suggestions - UPDATE #2

Your Corsair is looking great! You're making it into something special. And you're motivating me to give mine a do-over.
by Ara
Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: 1/32nd Scale -N- Smaller Forum
Topic: Tamiya Masterworks 1/35 Ardennes King Tiger, Red 008
Replies: 4
Views: 1516

Re: Tamiya Masterworks 1/35 Ardennes King Tiger, Red 008

Here are some photos. http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g76/jacket_01/Picture043xxx.jpg http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g76/jacket_01/Picture023xxx.jpg http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g76/jacket_01/Picture097xxx.jpg http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g76/jacket_01/Picture064xxx.jpg http://i53.pho...
by Ara
Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: 1/32nd Scale -N- Smaller Forum
Topic: Tamiya Masterworks 1/35 Ardennes King Tiger, Red 008
Replies: 4
Views: 1516

Tamiya Masterworks 1/35 Ardennes King Tiger, Red 008

Hi guys, I was lucky to find this rare, prebuilt gem for $69 today. It is missing its gunner's turret hatch but I can either make one or ask around for one. I knew about the missing hatch when I bought it. This is a very nice late production version with no zimmerit, ambush paint, metal gun barrel a...
by Ara
Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: 1/32nd Scale -N- Smaller Forum
Topic: Any new Dragon 1/35 display models being released?
Replies: 6
Views: 1282

Re: Any new Dragon 1/35 display models being released?

Thanks guys. I guess if 1/35 pre-builts were profitable they would continue them. I love the models they did release, Dragon set a standard with them and I'd have loved more. Tamiya's Masterwork line barely makes it to USA shops and that leaves us with few large scale, high-quality options.
by Ara
Fri May 18, 2012 9:47 am
Forum: 1/32nd Scale -N- Smaller Forum
Topic: Any new Dragon 1/35 display models being released?
Replies: 6
Views: 1282

Any new Dragon 1/35 display models being released?

Regarding Dragaon's pre-built 1/35 display models... does anyone know if Dragon is going to release subjects beyond what's available now? For example, a late war Tiger II without zimmerit, or the Panzer IV family, or Allied subjects?

Anyone know?
by Ara
Tue May 08, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: Any Interest In The Russian BT-7 In 1/18th Scale ?
Replies: 16
Views: 4002

Re: Any Interest In The Russian BT-7 In 1/18th Scale ?

How about scale thickness tires for 1/18 planes like the Corsair and Thunderbolt? Those would sell.
by Ara
Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: 1:18 scale at La Gran Plaz mall in Fort Worth, TX
Replies: 9
Views: 1361

Re: 1:18 scale at La Gran Plaz mall in Fort Worth, TX

Inspired and artistic display. Beautiful.
by Ara
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

As a Coral Sea pre-order customer, I am interested to know if the propeller tips will be red/yellow/blue as seen on some Coral Sea SBDs? Also, product packaging is important. Anyone who's familiar with how the 1/18 Corsair was packaged (I know this wasn't a Merit product) knows that the propeller hu...
by Ara
Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

I have pre-order this also. I agree with Ara this is probably the only shot at an early paint scheme. Now if only they would make a "yellow wings" I would have the "yellow wing" Dauntless in 1/144, 1/72, 1/32, and 1/18 Franklin Mint has a very nice 1/48 yellow wing SBD. I think the 1/18 Merit SBDs ...
by Ara
Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:02 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

I've pre-ordered this version as well. I think it's the only shot at getting a version with the red dot in the center of the stars, which I like. Anything early 1942 USN is desireable in my book. Plus in the 1/18 world, there is no garauntee of future liveries.
by Ara
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: 1:18 Scale Forum
Topic: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION
Replies: 699
Views: 157499

Re: New Merit 1/18 DAUNTLESS DISCUSSION

The dive flaps on Merit's site show the center dive brake having red paint on the inside. I've never seen photo evidence of the red on the center brake. I have seen a color photo with the outboard flaps' interior red but the center painted gray. Anyone know for sure?
by Ara
Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: Buy, Sell, & Trade Forum
Topic: FS: 1:18 Corsair Bunker Hill
Replies: 2
Views: 762

Re: FS: 1:18 Corsair Bunker Hill

n/t