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Tassie Inactive Member02 Nov 2012 2:20 a.m. PST

Hi,

auction

Lots of 4-engined bombers and fighters!

Thanks for looking,

Ian

Personal logo elsyrsyn Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2012 5:13 a.m. PST

Better close-ups would be good.

Doug

Tassie Inactive Member02 Nov 2012 5:44 a.m. PST

I dare say you're right, but that's where we are.

Check out my ebay feedback ~ no negative comments about the models whatsoever.

Kind regards,

Ian

Personal logo GeoffQRF Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Nov 2012 6:04 a.m. PST

I've just ordered some of these.

There is a blog review somewhere (search for Tassie by author on TMP and you'll find it), which indicates that the shapes are pretty much right the Spitfire shown looked slightly odd, I think it just looks a little 'fat'/short in the fuselage, possibly, but then a 1/350 scale Spit is only going to be 26mm long…

Edit: I just did it for you: lurkio.co.uk/blog/page/2

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Looking at the photos, and reading the review, these are not over detailed models. If you are looking for panel lines and sticky out guns you are going to be disappointed (mind you, bear in mind that a panel line or MG in 1/350 would be a fraction of a hairline thick anyway), but if you can paint well and fancy an impressive looking bomber, with escorting fighters, they have to be worth a look.

Yes, the 1/350 scale carries its own problems. Finding decals is an issue (I can see me needing some new small brushes especially for these) and you are not going to be able to easily buy more weird and wonderful aircraft in the same scale to supplement your force. Perhaps i will have to think about carving myself a few. Then again, the way Ian is selling them you'll have more than enough (where am I ever going to use more than 120 German bombers??……)

It would be nice to be able to buy smaller groups at some point, so if I wanted another squadron of Spitfires or some Me109Gs later I could add them, rather than buy a whole new air force all over again!

I'll post more up more once I've got my box :-)

I'm just disappointed that Ian doesn't have any of the Falklands jets left. ;-)

Tassie Inactive Member02 Nov 2012 8:24 a.m. PST

Hi,
Thanks for that.
Personally, I've found that Dom's Decals 1:300th products work absolutely fine with my planes.
However, the 1:285 decals produced by Scale Specialities are just too big. Pity, as their 100th Bomb Group decals for B-17s are wonderful stuff. Hey-ho.
Regarding the Spitfire in the photo review, I can only tell you that the basic, unpainted model looks absolutely bang-on. Perhaps the actual painting of the model has affected its look ~ after all, choice of colours and the way they're used can affect the way a small room appears to the eye, for example.
That said, it's a quality paint job, but not the way I've approached these models.

Personal logo GeoffQRF Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Nov 2012 8:35 a.m. PST

It is something we have found ourselves – style and quality of both painting and photography can have an enormous effect on the appearance of a model. What I have seen in the Ebay listings look about right.

Cheers for the pointer with Dom – I will have to have a look, as I don't fancy free painting all those crosses… :-)

Mako1102 Nov 2012 9:45 a.m. PST

Nice looking aircraft, and very reasonably priced.

Wish they'd been available back when the 1/600th stuff came out.

Falklands jets?

There were Falklands jets? Didn't see those in the sold postings, or the active ones.

I imagine they would sell very well, if they had decent looking SHARs, Daggers, and Skyhawks……

Tassie Inactive Member02 Nov 2012 10:06 a.m. PST

Hi,

I'm afraid the Falklands jets have all been sold.

Plenty of 1943 Memphis Belle sets though!

ianjamessmith86 at googlemail dot com

Regards,

Ian

Personal logo GeoffQRF Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Nov 2012 11:03 a.m. PST

Look right down the bottom of the eBay listing. Sadly they are no longer available.

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Nov 2012 1:37 p.m. PST

Email sent.

Thanks,

John

Tassie Inactive Member02 Nov 2012 1:52 p.m. PST

Hi John ~ I've replied.

Regards, Ian

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Nov 2012 1:57 p.m. PST

Wow, talk about a quick response! I appreciate it.


I forgot to mention that 1/350 is a quite common modelling scale. You can buy other WWII aircraft. Obviously they aren't priced as nicely as these but they are available.

Thanks,

John

Personal logo GeoffQRF Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Nov 2012 3:12 a.m. PST

Ok, I have received mine. Photos to follow :-)

First thoughts on opening the box that's a lot of aeroplanes [I am going to have to paint]…!

The overall shapes are pretty much spot on, nicely shaped and proportioned. As Tassie has said in several places, they do not have the fine detail of some other companies, but then again they do not have the same price either. I think the only thing that nags me slightly is that the He111 fin doesn't carry that distinct slope back and the undercut of the rudder at the bottom. However being plastic a few seconds with a triangular needle file fixed that. :-)

I've given a dozen a spray with Halfords grey primer. The primer goes on easily and gives a nice smooth, flat surface that should take paint well.

Now all I have to do is find a nice big set of rules to use them with the usual problem you get with large formations is that, compared to more detailed dogfight sets, the firepower that a bomber formation means it is too deadly for fighters. I've looked at CY6, I have Hunters In The Sky (HITS) and I have a copy of Squadrons someone is about to lend me. As an example, in HITS a B17 gets something like 3 dice in every quarter. Granted the range means that unless the fighter is within a couple of inches they are going to need a 6, but rolling a 6 on 4 dice (with 9 bombers in formation, only I'm likely to have about 4+ formations!) is going to be quite deadly… perhaps that is right?

I'm really looking for something that will carry the level of detail for the 109 escort to effectively dogfight with the Spitfires, while the Hurricanes try to engage the bombers. Given that they are only realistically likely to get a few of the formation before they exit the other end (I don't think there were many occasions where they all got shot down?!) I think I will just have to adjust the points such that you get 1 point for each bomber that gets through, but 5 for shooting one down, or something like that.

I may be over-fretting until I've play tested it – they might work just fine, but as I am here…

Any recommendations?

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