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    Hello friends!

    EDIT: I decided to just make this post about my adventures of getting 1/144 scaled airplanes and customizing them for Wings of Glory! I hope you will enjoy and post below!

    I’ve been way for quite a while with work and family obligations. I’m sure you all know how that goes! My son and I were feeling the itch to get back into Wings of Glory! We had a couple quick questions!

    Any recommendations for 1/144 scale World War 2 planes? Which companies in 2022 (soon to be 2023!) are still producing WW2 planes in the 1/144 scale? I live in the USA if that helps at all. Are there any companies that won’t break the bank for WW2 in 1/144? Educate me please, I’m no expert!

    My son and I were going to try and get a few planes in this scale and have some fun over the next few months!


    Thank you for your suggestions!

    ~Chuck
    Last edited by ArkansasChuck; 01-13-2023 at 19:47.

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    I spent a full week google searching and actually did not find a ton of good up to date info on what 1/144 scale WW1 and WW2 planes are being produced currently. A lot of the info seemed to be 5 or 10 years old.

    So what I decided to do was just use eBay and a webpage called “radjapan.ocnk(dotnet)/phone (https://radjapan.ocnk.net/phone/)” to order some WW1 and WW2 preprinted planes. Here is what I ordered and where I ordered from is directly below it. I’m guessing since I’m in the US these will take 2 to 3 months to arrive from Japan. Not sure but I’m trying. Here’s my order so far:

    USA:

    1.) 1/144 P-51D Mustang #5

    radjapan.ocnk(dotnet)/phone (https://radjapan.ocnk.net/phone/)

    2.) 1/144 P-51D Mustang #6

    radjapan.ocnk(dotnet)/phone (https://radjapan.ocnk.net/phone/)



    German:

    1.) 1/144 Takara Lufwaffer Vol.1 Fw190 D-9 2/JG6 #5

    radjapan.ocnk(dotnet)/phone (https://radjapan.ocnk.net/phone/)

    2.) 1/144 WKC VS15 Bf109E-4

    radjapan.ocnk(dotnet)/phone (https://radjapan.ocnk.net/phone/)

    3.) F-Toys 1/144 scale WING KIT WKC VS8 Messerschmitt Bf110G-2 #2A

    ebay



    Great Britain:

    1.) 1/144 WKC VS15 Spitfire Mk.IIb #1C

    radjapan.ocnk(dotnet)/phone (https://radjapan.ocnk.net/phone/)

    2.) 21st Century Spitfire MK. VIII / IX 1:144 Classic Aircraft

    eBay




    Japan:

    1.) 21st Century Toys Classic Aircraft Series Nakajima KI-84 1:144Hayate Fighter NIB

    eBay


    AND for my WW1 order:

    GREAT BRITAIN RAF

    1.) F-toys 1:144 WWI UK RAF 23rd FS SPAD S.VII Biplane Fighter kit 3B

    eBay



    GERMAN:

    1.) F-toys 1:144 WWI German Biplane Albatros D.III fighter aircraft #4A

    eBay


    That’s the latest. I’ve ordered the ball bearings as well. So hopefully by Feb/March I’ll be customizing the bases and fighting some battles!!

    ~Chuck
    “Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror!” Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, USMC”

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    Annnnnnd of course. Sigh. I placed an order from Japan. After I placed the order and it shipped, I THEN found an F-Toys dealer in the USA.

    Isn’t that how it always works!

    ~Chuck
    “Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror!” Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, USMC”

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    Hey gang,

    Okay some of the planes I ordered have started to arrive. These 1/144 scale Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate planes arrived in the mail. The company that made these scaled planes is 21st Century Toys.

    Here is a photo of the two that came in the mail!

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    I also think the detailing on these is lovely. Especially for the price. These were only $20 dollars total for two planes. Not bad!

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    Cheers!



    ~Chuck
    “Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror!” Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, USMC”

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    In anticipation of the release of the WW2 WoW I bought some of the Atlas range of 1/144 model bombers for the Battle of Britain, which are excellent and still reasonably priced, so I'd suggest you look out for those, Chuck.
    I was so disappointed when Nexus released the system in 1/200 that I never got into it in any serious way. I bought a WoG BoB set a couple of years ago because it was really cheap but haven't ever used it.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Same paint scheme on both planes?

    Nakajima Ki-84-Ia Hayate, Chutai 29th Hiko Sentai

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    Last edited by OldGuy59; 01-15-2023 at 13:21.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Thank you Dave! I will check out the Atlas range. I had not heard of them. I love these F-Toys brand planes a lot. My only complaint about them is they are fragile. And I have kids!

    ~Chuck


    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    In anticipation of the release of the WW2 WoW I bought some of the Atlas range of 1/144 model bombers for the Battle of Britain, which are excellent and still reasonably priced, so I'd suggest you look out for those, Chuck.
    I was so disappointed when Nexus released the system in 1/200 that I never got into it in any serious way. I bought a WoG BoB set a couple of years ago because it was really cheap but haven't ever used it.
    Last edited by ArkansasChuck; 01-15-2023 at 10:29.
    “Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror!” Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, USMC”

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    I don't know how much a painter you are, but you can checkout Shapeways. I know there are 1/144th WW2 there, but I don't know pricing.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Last edited by OldGuy59; 01-15-2023 at 19:06.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Mike, I have two silver and one green paint scheme:

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    Same paint scheme on both planes?

    Nakajima Ki-84-Ia Hayate, Chutai 29th Hiko Sentai

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    “Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror!” Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, USMC”

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    I was so disappointed when Nexus released the system in 1/200 that I never got into it in any serious way.
    I wonder what was Nexus rationale for 1/200. Costs? Box size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hokusai View Post
    I wonder what was Nexus rationale for 1/200. Costs? Box size?
    Box size. They had to fit into the same boxes as the 1/144th scale WW1 planes.
    Also (probably) the reason for the squished down Tripehound.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    I was told that it was the card size needed for the speed of the WW2 aircraft.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    I was told that it was the card size needed for the speed of the WW2 aircraft.

    Rob.
    Maybe both, though if they made 1/144th scale planes, the box would be bigger, no?
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus



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