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      Post #33390, posted on 08-05-2010 GMT-5 hours    
      … as announced at the IPMS-USA Nationals and reported by Gerald Voigt of Hawkeye's Hobbies on his blog:

      "New kit! Minicraft has in the works a new 1:144 KC-135E, which will blaze the path for future releases of other -135 variants! GOOD NEWS INDEED! They are also working on a series of Convair twin series too…T-29/C-131 and the civilian counterparts."

      If the KC-135 is really a KC-135 and not just a release of their 707 with different decals, we will finally have a small wing for the early 707 variants in 1/144.

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      Post #33397, posted on 08-06-2010 GMT-5 hours    
      That's great news. Glad to hear that. Hopefully the quality will be at the same level as the DC-8.

      Regards,

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      Post #33398, posted on 08-06-2010 GMT-5 hours    
      C-131 will be great too!

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      Post #33405, posted on 08-06-2010 GMT-5 hours    
      ...and the civilian CONVAIR Twins!!!! Looooooooong expected.....

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      Post #33418, posted on 08-07-2010 GMT-5 hours    
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      If the KC-135 is really a KC-135 and not just a release of their 707 with different decals, we will finally have a small wing for the early 707 variants in 1/144.


      And hopefully, in the interest of facilitating the building of a 707-120 from the Minicraft KC-135... the aerial refueling apparatus will be add-on type parts (as with the Minicraft KC-97/Stratocruiser kits)...rather than molded into the lower aft fuselage as with the 1/144 (1/139?) Revell KC-135 kit which required some rather involved "plastic surgery" to convert it to a 707-120.


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      ...and the civilian CONVAIR Twins!!!!


      I share the excitement 100%!!!!

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      Post #33420, posted on 08-08-2010 GMT-5 hours    
      Did they fix the old funky looking windscreen insert for this new kit ?
      Anyone have this kit ?Howzabout some pics ?

      If it has wings I can crash it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Post #33428, posted on 08-09-2010 GMT-5 hours    
      I'm helping Minicraft with both the KC-135 and the Convair. I can state categorically that the KC-135 will *not* be a rehashed 707 (totally and completely different airplanes). Minicraft is using my master KC-135 drawings (which were also used by AMT/Ertl for their 1/72 kit), and it's still at an early stage of design at this point, so nothing is fixed in stone as yet.

      The Convair design hasn't started. I've found a trove of Convair technical documentation however, and as soon as that's copied and sent to the designer, we should be able to get a really nice 340/440 out of it (and maybe some other variants as well).

      Stay tuned now that these kits have been officially announced, and anything I can post, I will.

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      Post #33430, posted on 08-09-2010 GMT-5 hours    
      Hey everyone,

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      The Convair design hasn't started. I've found a trove of Convair technical documentation however, and as soon as that's copied and sent to the designer, we should be able to get a really nice 340/440 out of it (and maybe some other variants as well).


      I'm excited to hear of the Convair twins...Minicraft should get a lot of mileage out of the basic 340/440 frames.
      I hope once they get the various 340/440 (580/640?) versions out....they will take a crack at the 240/600 versions as well.

      Good to hear Minicraft is still interested in working on airliners!

      Braniff2
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