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1:32 OS2U Kingfisher
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Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2015 - 05:39 PM UTC
Bill Cross reviews Kitty Hawk's new OS2U Kingfisher kit.

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Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2015 - 08:34 PM UTC
Wow - this is a dream come true!
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Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2015 - 08:36 PM UTC
I have a few Kingfishers in my stash along with a resin interior for the Monogram kit - a kit I have built probably a dozen times over the decades. Love the Os2U - don't know why but I do. The big question I wrestle with now is 'how many will I buy' to build all these cool variants?
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Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2015 - 09:13 PM UTC
Well, Fred, you'd better set aside some cash, since I would think any OS2U guy would want to build the pre-war "yellow wings" version, the early war "meat ball" one, and the mid- to late-war tricolor version. Not to mention the Lend-Lease Soviet configuration or even the RAF variant. So start with a minimum of three and either sell or give away the Monogram kits in your stash. Life is too short, haha!
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Posted: Monday, December 07, 2015 - 02:26 AM UTC

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One small quibble with the kit is the omission of the EDO (Edo Aircraft Corporation) floats and "beaching gear



Hmm... I have not this kit, but judging by pictures, they provided EDO float, and missed the Vought one.

Sergey.
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Posted: Monday, December 07, 2015 - 03:31 AM UTC
I have been wrong before, Sergey, but according to my reading of Dana Bell's excellent book on the Kingfisher AND information from Kitty Hawk, the kit comes with the Vought float.

The company told me they may release the EDO version at a later time.
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Posted: Monday, December 07, 2015 - 03:53 PM UTC
With all respect, it's EDO float in the kit. I have Dana Bell's book. I can post pictures to prove my statement.

Sergey.
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Posted: Monday, December 07, 2015 - 08:32 PM UTC
Not needed, Sergey, you were correct. I checked with Dana and the kit has the EDO floats. Pre-war Kingfishers had the Vought floats, but after the war started, the EDO floats replaced them because the Navy found the Voughts too weak. You're fine with the kit if you build a post-1941 Kingfisher, but modelers can't accurately build the USS Arizona
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Posted: Monday, December 07, 2015 - 11:39 PM UTC
Bill,
just an outstanding review. Well done. I did have my heart set on the USS Arizona variant, but that will have to wait. I'm definitely in for 2, maybe 3. A dream release come true. And this is coming from a 1/38 scale guy.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 - 12:51 PM UTC
Now Hello I am now waiting zoom in 1/48
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Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 - 09:47 PM UTC

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Bill,
just an outstanding review. Well done. I did have my heart set on the USS Arizona variant, but that will have to wait. I'm definitely in for 2, maybe 3. A dream release come true. And this is coming from a 1/48 scale guy.
Joel


Thanks, Joel, this is one I have been waiting for a long time, too. I predict someone will bring out the Vought floats soon, either KH or a resin guy.

You quarter scale guys will have to bite your tongues, haha! You have such a plethora of kits to choose from, we 32-scale guys are getting some love from the plastic folks.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 03:11 AM UTC

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You quarter scale guys will have to bite your tongues, haha! You have such a plethora of kits to choose from, we 32-scale guys are getting some love from the plastic folks.



Hi Bill

I also hope Glen and Kitty Hawk will listen to the calls from all round for this beauty to be scaled down to reach the widest market. A new-tool quarterscale Kingfisher is only just short of 50 years overdue.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 03:59 AM UTC

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A new-tool quarterscale Kingfisher is only just short of 50 years overdue.


Tiny violins, Rowan, haha! You quarter scale guys get all the good airframes, we're just catching up in 32-scale.

When someone asks me what 1/32nd scale plane I wish would be released, I pretty much say "any."
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Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 04:22 AM UTC
Rowan,
I'm not holding my breath for a1/48 scale kit any time soon. What I'm waiting for is for some of the really talented AM guys to make a scale catapult that one would have found on a Battleship. I'd buy that in a second. Unfortunately, my scratch building skills leave way too much to be desired to even contemplate such a venture.
Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 04:35 AM UTC

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Tiny violins, Rowan, haha! You quarter scale guys get all the good airframes, we're just catching up in 32-scale.



Hi Bill

Well, jokey responses aside, if you want to watch a company go bust, by all means encourage it to ignore a major market share...

We'll probably find 1:72 still eclipses the lot.

This artificial scale rivalry nonsense does my head in sometimes. I love 'em all, from large to small, and I just want to see companies thriving.

All the best

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Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 11:37 AM UTC
Did the RAAF use any of these loverly looking float planes?
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Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 09:35 PM UTC
Rowan, of course I agree with you, and I would be happy to see KH scale down their CADs and do a quarter scale version. The more, the merrier. My old eyes can't handle anything below 1/32nd scale however.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 04:24 AM UTC

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Did the RAAF use any of these loverly looking float planes?



Just one or two Carl!


Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, December 21, 2015 - 05:52 AM UTC
I have seen a photo on another forum showing a Kingfisher being loaded aboard an after catapult on the USS Arizona that clearly has an EDO float, so I'm no longer positive you can't build the "yellow wings" versions in the kit with EDO floats. Go figure!

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Posted: Monday, December 21, 2015 - 08:13 AM UTC
Hi Bill,

I finally dug out some on my notes on this question - I left the answer too vague for too long.

Those yellow-winged battleship Kingfishers were repainted overall Light Gray in early 1941, while they still had Vought floats. The Edo floats began to turn up in late July/early August, and the aircraft were again repainted (to Light Gray/Blue Gray) in August/September.

Cheers,



Dana
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Posted: Monday, December 21, 2015 - 11:04 PM UTC
Thanks, Dana, for clearing that up.