Hmmm....I'm musing over another of my failures to find items I would expect to be a might higher profile than I'm finding. This time, it is one of the present contenders for the 'light ground support aircraft' or 'light attack'. As I understood it, it is the Embraer product, the Super Tucano, in competition with the Raytheon/Textron/Beechcraft AT-6B Wolverine/Texan II and Textron's Scorpion jet with US Defense buyers. My impression is that the jet did not make the cut and the other two were still contending. In terms of kits, Tucano and Super Tucano are readily available, everywhere, and in multiple scales. So, I thought mayhaps I should pick up a Wolverine kit....Since I kept seeing it in Beechcraft mufti, that's where I started. 'AT-6' of any kind gets the researcher the reliable workhorse of WWII and postwar, but appending 'B', to make it 'AT-6B' didn't get me anywhere. There doesn't seem to be much in the Textron files, including either the Scorpion or the Wolverine. The Texan II got me a few in the scale I sought, but they aren't what one would call easy to obtain. Evidently, the Wolverine/Texan II was a copy of Pilatus' PC-9, which, surprise, is another kit which is difficult to obtain. (PC-12 and U-28 kits are everywhere online thanks to SOVA-M.)
It seems curious that the aircraft, presently in service with some eleven countries internationally, including the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, & NZ has such limited offerings in the plastic model kits market. Did Raytheon/Textron/Beechcraft piss off somebody in the aircraft model bidness?
It looks like Ilyushin has a new light transport design that they are committing to serial production, the IL-112. It looks to be in the class with the CASA CN-235 and the Alenia C-27J Spartan. I'll have to keep my eyes open for new introductions over there. It'll be interesting to see whether it comes from an eastern European company, or an eastern Asian company. I don't think any of the western companies will take it on.
Hmmm....There I was rummaging around in my plastic tubs and, of course, I run in to kits that I don't remember whether I have added them to the stash list, or not. I found a couple of early acquisitions which dropped in to the list quite easily. But today....well, not so easy. It is a resin kit from a Brazilian outfit, billed as 'GIIC' and the box is festooned with a Romance language that I do not grok (Portuguese, I presume). The kit is for a de Havilland Canada C 115 Buffalo. It is not listed in the database and when I try to deal with it, the system states that the maker, GIIC, is already listed, but when I try to post with them, it tells me they are not in the system.
Anyhoo....I do own a Buffalo kit in 1:72. I'd just forgotten I have it, and it drifted in the stash.
Kelly Wellington Hmmm...This came up on eBay at $70+. It didn't show on my stash list, but I thought I'd purchased it. Long ago. So, down to rummage through the tubs to find it, and the FFVS J-22, also not on my stash list. I certainly didn't pay $70 for this; has it gone 'rare', or something?
So...What's the story on the EADS/CASA C-295 Persuader? Why so few kits? According to the database, it's one BroPlan and one Scratchaeronautics. Now the CASA CN-235, the predecessor to the C-295, has multiple kits by Scratchaeronautics, but only Scratchaeronautics. Nobody does a decent styrene kit of either of these birds? Those of us in the marine patrol/transport crowd are perplext.
Łukasz Gliński Not sure they got the molds or just launched marketing campaign...
1. October, 14:32
Kelly Wellington Well, if they are marketing a 2020 release, somebody better have some molds. And, yes....I've seen expected release dates deferred for months. And 'Answer'? Will anybody here on the left coast of North America ever see Answer kits anywhere nearby? Will they even be available online? (And, my tightwad muscle just started twitching, too.)
1. October, 14:40
Kelly Wellington Hey....Answer has a Facebook page. I went there and asked what the scene was on their Persuader kit, urged them to proliferate possible decal options, and consider an updated kit for the Canuck upgrades.
1. October, 15:21
Łukasz Gliński Fair enough let's see what answer (nomen omen) are you going to get
1. October, 19:40
Gordon Sørensen Would be nice to get the Canadian version. Definately one of the brighter schemes out there!
1. October, 21:15
Kelly Wellington Heh...Okay, I heard back. The complete message, after my effusive post of encouragement and suggestions (SAR version) was, "CASA is planned for 2021." So, I responded with, "Ah, just another 12 months, then?"
4. October, 18:08
Łukasz Gliński My guess is: it's in the queue somewhere. At the beginning of their foray into plastic kits they announced two W-3 Sokół kits: 1/48 & 1/72. 48th appeared about a year ago on the market, still waiting for the 72nd though. C-295 must be third or even next I'm afraid...
4. October, 18:19
Kelly Wellington Yeah, sure. The thing I find surprising is that you can get kits of craft which had maybe less than ten working examples having models widely available, while a craft which seems to be nearly worldwide with over 150 working examples and still producing, and taking orders briskly, has one resin model maker, whose kits are 'pricey', that even makes the design. And, it's a snappy looking piece of work, too, that design.
Question: Has anybody had any dealings with Latvian resin aero kit maker Croco? They have an interesting line of small craft, including the Iomax Archangel and the Aero Commander 500 series, which they push on eBay. I purchased one item through a retailer and, though I found the actual item to be overpriced, my dealings were amicable. However, prior to, and during, that exchange, I also opted to purchase another Croco kit directly from the maker. This was a mistake. The item became "lost in the mails" at a time when the USPS was in something of an uproar. When it didn't show, I inquired two weeks after its last estimated date of arrival. What I got was the most unfriendly and unprofessional set of communications. I took it to eBay and eBay researched it and refunded my purchase costs. Then, more than two weeks after that, the kit shows up in the mail, and the unprofessional communications restart.
So....I understand if you want to purchase Croco kits, because they have some interesting subjects that, for some strange reason, nobody else produces. But, if you must, don't buy it direct from Croco. My dealings with them have soured me on any and all products they produce and sell. They are a most unpleasant group of 'entrepreneurs' to deal with. I can only hope that some other maker will commit to producing these kits.