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pbhawkin19 Mar 2009 5:53 p.m. PST

I make resin planes as a bit of a hobby see:
I am wondering if anyone here has seen them or made them and could give some feedback?
Also, I am open to suggestions as to what should be the next plane to make?


John the OFM19 Mar 2009 6:32 p.m. PST

Oops! This link appears broken.

Obviously, I can't view them.
Since you asked, don't make something that everyone else makes.
How about a P-39?

zippyfusenet19 Mar 2009 6:42 p.m. PST

Scrape the ). off the end of the link, and it works:

I've never built a resin airplane model, so have no comment.

pbhawkin19 Mar 2009 6:50 p.m. PST

Link fixed now.
I have purposely avoided making things others allready have. In fact others are following.
I have a Heinkel He-115 floatplane available and Altaya is bringing out a diecast one in the months to come. Also I have a Fw-189A and Anigrand brought out a 'C' ground attack version.

miscmini Supporting Member of TMP Fezian19 Mar 2009 7:01 p.m. PST

Peter, I've seen the pictures of your minis on your website, on eBay, and at least one other site. From what I can tell they look like very nice minis. I wouldn't mind giving a couple of them a shot (fw-189, ar-196, he-115, fokker G1a, walrus, and the kingfisher). I'll send an e-mail. Kevin

Dave Schmid Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2009 7:07 p.m. PST

Peter, I am impressed with the selection of models that you are doing. Keep up the good work. If Kevin is out there, these would be interesting subjects to paint and show on TMP.

Binhan Lin19 Mar 2009 7:09 p.m. PST

Your selection appears to be a good niche – there are very few sea planes in 1/144th.

In general, most resin planes are of medium to low detail – major details such as exhausts, props or gear are pretty standard, but panel lines, flaps or canopy detail is often omitted.

Don Schmenk makes a series of planes as a hobby – the masters are carved from wood. His planes, while accurate to shape and form, have very basic detailing such as panel lines or engine cowlings. He does include some props and landing gear depending on the plane.

Air Alex sells several reworks of resin planes and includes extras such as metal props, decals and clear canopies.

Fe-Resin sells highly detailed limited edition models, planes often have 20+ parts. Detailed panel lines, exhaust detail etc. Check out his listing to see what they have made as you probably don't need to produce anything that they do, although they do produce in limited editions.

In addition there are pewtwer planes such as those by True North Productions.


or Minifigs/GFI:

I have built examples of the Don Schmenk, Fe-Resin and True North planes. Let me know if you need more details.


Top Gun Ace19 Mar 2009 7:29 p.m. PST

I'd like to see the P-39, and/or P-400 (slightly different variant) produced as well.

TheCaptainGeneral19 Mar 2009 9:11 p.m. PST

I love the idea of race planes! I would love to see more!


Binhan Lin19 Mar 2009 9:33 p.m. PST

Planes that are hard to find in 1/144 are:
Westland Lysander


Top Gun Ace19 Mar 2009 10:38 p.m. PST

Do-17Z's would be very nice indeed, as well.

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2009 10:59 p.m. PST

Any thoughts on going back to the 1920s or WW1 for some future subjects?

Personal logo GreyONE Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Mar 2009 4:14 a.m. PST

No one makes an SBD Dauntless, which was used from 1941 until the end of WWII. A useful model for 1/144th scale air combat wargaming if anyone cared to make one. I'd buy at least 8 simply because you can use them in in any WWII Pacific game.

You can get Hell Divers and Avengers. I have a few of these… but I wish I had the Dauntless.


Historicalgamer20 Mar 2009 5:00 a.m. PST

True North has Dauntlesses, GreyONE. Just bought 6 last weekend at Cold Wars.

Historicalgamer20 Mar 2009 5:03 a.m. PST

Devastators too

pbhawkin20 Mar 2009 5:46 a.m. PST

I have just made a Vultee Vengeance A-35. But no decals for a while. And the prop and wheels are still to be done.
A lysander and Beaufighter are possible.

John the OFM20 Mar 2009 9:04 a.m. PST

I have heard that the F1M1 (Pete) will be featured in the upcoming Cy6 Guadalcanal supplement. My source also tells me that they are not available in 1/144, except in an extremely rare OOP edition.
This one at least seems commercially viable, since those who will want one will want to buy at least 6.

Top Gun Ace20 Mar 2009 9:46 a.m. PST

The Pete's are harder to find now, but are available sometimes on eBay.

tuscaloosa20 Mar 2009 12:24 p.m. PST

I second the Beaufighter, Blenheim, and P-39. Other planes I've been looking for in 1/144 are the Il-4, the Caproni-135 and the SM-179.

Chips8820 Mar 2009 6:11 p.m. PST

I second Binhan's list plus the Beaufighter and the I-ties from tuscaloosa – plus add in the Helldiver.

Grey One, SBDs by 21st Century can still be found in a few Walmarts and Toys are Us, though most have stopped stocking them. Still cheap and ready to fight if you can find them.

Sorry guys, I know this is WWII but Pbhawkin, have you ever thought of making a MiG-19. I'm still trying to find some in 1/144. :-)


walkabout21 Mar 2009 9:26 a.m. PST

I second the P-400

Top Gun Ace21 Mar 2009 1:36 p.m. PST

I'd like to see some Mig-19's as well.

pbhawkin21 Mar 2009 3:03 p.m. PST

I have tried to send you an email but Comcast keep bouncing it. I tried to get my provider to fix it and they sent this:

"Unfortunately the problem with Comcast has been an ongoing matter,…it appears Comcast re-block the
mail servers within hours or days …."

I am very much a 'Garage kit' maker in that I have a full time job and a family with 3 small boys and so it is usually only after they have gone to bed that I get to go up to the shed to model!

Anyway, A$10 each plus A$10.50 for post for all three. Did you want vacform canopy and/or epoxy canopy if they are available for them?

You have some loverly painted planes how do you do your windows?
Also, I see you have a mixture of scales. I guess AIM planes are 1/100?

miscmini Supporting Member of TMP Fezian21 Mar 2009 3:48 p.m. PST

Peter, thanks! I'd like to get the three models I mentioned. I will not need clear canopies if the models come with a solid one.

I have an alternate address that might work (my member name I just sent an e-mail from that address.

The AIM and Old Glory UK kits are 1/100.

Here's how I paint the canopies.
I paint the canopies before I paint the rest of the model. I either paint the canopy with shades of blue or shades of gray. I decide if I'm going to paint the canopy by shading from corner to corner or from top to bottom.
- cover the canopy w/the darker color.
- mix a slightly lighter shade and paint one half of the canopy (diagonal or horizontal whichever you prefer).
- mix an even lighter shade and cover one half of the area that was just painted.
- repeat as desired…you can shade/highlight more or less depending on your preferences. If I want a very subtle change I'll cover 75% of each canopy pane instead of half.
- once that's done I'll add a few small white lines or sometimes a bit of yellow.
- I paint the rest of the model and then I apply a wash.

I'm very sorry I have comcast…I apologize. Comcast is probably blocking your e-mail because they need all the bandwidth they can get to shove spam into my account. I have a friend in Italy that has the same issues with comcast. I send e-mails to his normal account and he sends me e-mails from an alternate yahoo account.


pbhawkin25 Mar 2009 1:52 p.m. PST

I have added a poll to:
Please vote on what you want to see (no promises though!).


Bluedonkey9901 Apr 2009 1:55 p.m. PST

P-30 still crop up on ebay?


SM-179? – have any links?
i can only find the SM-79 and IXO/ALtaya do one!

SBD Dauntles

21st Century do them in their Classic Aircraft range
AirAlex has one in the pipeline

Airalex has quie a bit of kit, including a lot od Don Schmenks stuff!

as for a number of the others, especially the brit twin engined – we still wait…. maybe IXO/ALtaya next year?

Chips8806 Apr 2009 3:08 p.m. PST

Hello Bluedonkey 1/144 MiG-19

Yep, thanks but I tried checking out that Russian Project MiG-19 and it was a No-Go. They wanted approx $50 USD per model and then couldn't deliver. On top of that one of my on line buddies said the model was lousey, wings were way too thin.

Dom found the Attack model for me at Hannant's last year and it said it was on the way. Still waiting on it and keeping our fingers crossed it won't "go away".

That's why we were all asking Pete if he could do a 1/144 MiG-19. Nobody seems to make them.

Thanks for trying anyway.


miscmini Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Apr 2009 4:12 p.m. PST

One of Peter's Fw-189s, a Fokker G.1As, and a Walrus just arrived from Australia. They're nice little kits. I've started work on them & hope to get more time to work on them.

The three kits and shipping totaled ~$29 US. It only took eight days for them to arrive.

I'll post pictures of the finished minis before they go into battle. Kevin

pbhawkin14 Apr 2009 10:01 p.m. PST

I know you din't want the decals but I feel I should email you the decal instruction sheets and colour profiles for the various planes on the sheets. I will do so when I get home tonight. They are PDF files.

miscmini Supporting Member of TMP Fezian16 Apr 2009 6:37 p.m. PST

Thanks Peter, I've received them. The decal instruction sheets make nice references. Kevin

Bagpiper08 Aug 2015 9:21 p.m. PST

I have The fokker G1a. Nice model . I could use some italian aircraft , ro-37,, caproni 135, BR-20 ,

pbhawkin11 Aug 2015 4:08 p.m. PST

Bagpiper please show us some photos of the finished model.
I suspect that the Italian planes you mentioned will be made by Minirons in Spain as part of their SCW series.

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