Wish List

This page is a little different.  Its just my list of types that currently have no acceptable quality kit in 1/48th scale. There are many older kits in my collection, or flawed kits, that I really wish we would see a newer, better kit of.  But except in extreme cases I will not list such examples.  There are also many types lacking important variants in kit form; but again, except in extreme cases I will not list such examples.

This is arranged alphabetically by nation of manufacture.

Morane Saulnier MS.406

Heinkel He 100

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
Avro Manchester
Bristol Beaufort
Fairey Battle
Handley Page Hampton
Handley Page Halifax
Short Stirling
Short Sunderland
Vickers Wellesley

Kawasaki Ki-32 “Mary”
Kawasaki Ki-48 “Lily”
Mitsubishi G3M “Nell”
Mitsubishi Ki-21 “Sally”
Mitsubishi Ki-67 “Peggy”

Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer
Consolidated B-32 Dominator
Curtiss C-46 Commando
Douglass B-18 Bolo
Lockheed Hudson
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon
Martin B-10/B-12
Waco CG-4

Illyushin Il-4
Polikarpov I-15
Tupolev SB-2
Tupolev Tu-2

One thing really jumps out at me looking at this list, it is often the larger types that haven’t been done in this scale. Perhaps that’s not surprising, it can be tough to display a 1/48th B-29. But this blog is liberating for me, I no longer have to worry so much about displaying all my work. Locked cabinets may work for dozens (hundreds?) of built models, and then I’ll just rotate a smaller number on actual display.

Its also obvious the most important types have been done. None of these are types I’ll want more than a couple of.

3 Responses to Wish List

  1. Terry Brodin says:

    Where’s the P-66 Vanguard?
    You list alot of good subjects — unfortunately as you say, a “wish list”.
    In lieu of injected plastic molded kits, it’d be nice if a company like Cutting Edge would venture into more comprehensive conversion kits like thier PB4Y-2 Privateeer — and full kits. While I prefered plastic over resin, thier PB4Y-2 conversion was a big jump forward from to old Koster conversion. Not putting Koster down, he gave the modeling community alot of good stuff, but for me vacuformed parts are just to flimsy and a pain to work with. The Cutting Edge Privateer looked really nice — and solid!
    Just don’t see any new 1/48 injection molded B-17 happening.
    HK’s 1/32 B-17G will probably be it for quite awhile; seriously doubt the “F” will really materialize.
    A Cutting Edge type conversion would be nice for “shark fin” early Forts. Likewise the different nose compartment window arrangements for the “E”, “F” and “G”s would be nice. The nose compartment could be split on the horizontal centerline and molded as one piece, eliminating the dreaded “window gaps”. Also a line of the different nose cone styles and turrets. Again Koster’s B-17 “Nose Jobs” are nice, but with the limited gluing surface area, attaching them seems very temporary — to me anyway. On the other hand, clear resin casting has come a long way over the past few years.
    Is it apparent that I design and redesign a B-17 kit, whenever I have a “if I won the lottery” moment. I should say kits. I’d go full modular. A kit containing the wings and fuselage section from the rear cockpit bulkhead to the radio room rear bulkhead. Then separate kits with the appropriate cockpit compartment, nose compartment, rear fuselage and other parts peculiar for each B-17 subtype. Fit would be no concern — it would be perfect!
    Yeah, I know — not very practical, but if I’m going to fantasize I’m going to do it BIG!

    • atcDave says:

      Kind of like I mentioned over in our color discussion, I don’t really want to do a huge conversion project, I’d rather get things DONE! I do have a couple of different B-24 noses from Cutting Edge, but the whole PB4Y-2 looked way too involved. Ditto for the Silver Plate B-29 conversion.
      I actually suspect we will eventually see a new tool B-17; if not Tamiya, maybe Trumpeter or Great Wall. Of course the old Monogram kit is fine for a mid-production G, but I would love to see more variants available.

      Of course I’d love to see P-66… Or a CW-21! There’s a number of odd types that would excite me. I recently got the new Twin Beech from ICM.
      But the Wish List is just that. Its the types I would be most excited to see new tools of. Especially a modern Hawk 81!

  2. Terry Brodin says:

    I hear what your saying.
    I have to admit to getting so bogged down on projects that I drained the fun out of it.
    It’s also nice to have the end in sight and be able to sit back and enjoy the ffinished product,
    You found what works for you — stick with it.

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