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Re: Minicraft 2018 Catalog releases

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Also announced for June (including the Mirage F1), the following models :
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Happy to see the releases are around the corner but there is no box art yet.

Has anyone seen a site that has the boxart. I am looking for the B-50 as this is a totally new model.

glad to see the Mirage F1 is back.

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Sure he B-50 is an entirely new tooling?
I've seen many Minicraft kits advertised as 'new tools' which disappointingly turned out be some new parts to an ancient kit (B-24, Ju-88 . . )

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I am not sure if the kit will be entirely new, this is what Minicraft wrote in their 2019 preview

14740 1/144 B-50A SuperfortressTM
The B-50 evolved from the B-29 which was used during World War II. Modifications were made
to the B-29 to improve speed and payload and to integrate the delivery of new atomic weapons
into the aircraft design. The modified airplane was expected to become the B-29D but so many
modifications were made that the airplane was re-designated the Boeing B-50, the first purpose
built aircraft to carry atomic weapons. The new Minicraft B-50 will feature all new tooling representing the aircraft first flown in 1947. The new kit will feature rotating propellers, position-able
landing to display with gear up or down, and a clear stand for displaying the airplane in flight.
Decals, printed by Cartograf will offer two marking options.

Where Minicraft wrote "feature" new tooling. I guess that should be interpreted as including new parts, not a totally new model.

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They could conceivably recycle the C-97 wings and tail planes, and mate that with a new tool fuselage. I guess I could live with that.

I just hope they don’t recycle the wretched Crown B-29 in some way.

I’m hopeful though that it will be an entirely new tooling. Not much to grasp onto, I grant you.

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Maybe better stock some of the Fujimi B-29s as long as they're available as a base

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Have to admit to a bit of a giggle when I saw "New Tooling" after a couple of comic exchanges elsewhere on the forum regarding Minicraft. Tempered with the "for ..." in the case of the floats and the skis, of course. Fortunately, the Minicraft C-47/DC-3 was a pretty decent mold for its age, albeit that it lacks detail that is present on the equivalent Roden offerings (e.g. passenger windows). Given the somewhat exorbitant prices I'm seeing Minicraft kits selling for, it will be interesting to compare the floatplane here with the Welsh Models resin amphibian.

Yes, the former is a C-47A and the latter is an XC-47C, but you know what I mean!
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Re: Minicraft 2018 Catalog releases

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Here are some B-50/WB-50's made from the Minicraft B-29 & C-97 parts, as PFSlater (posting.php?mode=reply&f=16&t=5954#pr45868) has relayed, don't expect an amazing new kit ....

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/ind ... rfortress/
https://imodeler.com/2013/09/1144-minic ... sion-b-50/

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I just placed an order on HLJ for the Minicraft B-50. The price was $17.30, which is lower than the late war B-29 that was $23.00.

I would think the B-50 will cost more if it was new tooling.

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PFSlater wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 16:05
I just placed an order on HLJ for the Minicraft B-50. The price was $17.30, which is lower than the late war B-29 that was $23.00.

I would think the B-50 will cost more if it was new tooling.
Thanks for the heads up. I placed an order too.
Saw where the 1/144 Minicraft Mirage F1 Top Gun Aggressor on HLJ's site is $17.30. That seems a little high to me.

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