Sprue Bros. has the Wingnut Wings Dolphin kit in Stock. NTDecember 6 2017 at 8:53 AM
|Ginger's Dad (Login gingersdad)|
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Daryl H....retired hangar rat
Pre-ordered on the 4th, shipped to me on the 5th....
|December 6 2017, 8:55 AM |
The Sprue boys seem to have out-done themselves!
CinC Hooterville Air Corps (Ret.)
.....flying top cover for America's hog farms since 1989....
sumus quod sumus
Mr Sprue Bros, and his crew, can keep a secret! Slow boat ....
|December 6 2017, 10:17 AM |
from wherever, prob went thru customs 2-3+ wks ago, stockpiled at SB for a few days, a wk. No leaks. Shhhhhh. Good on you.
I think the a/c is kinda ugly (no matter her war record), except for that cool gun heavy ft end, but I'll still pass on this WNW. A rarity w/ WNW releases!
Actually, it was just shown as "Arrived" on the 5th...
|December 6 2017, 11:50 AM |
The 4th was the "official" release date, and SB had a note on their site that tracking had the arrival date as 12/5. It was already available on WNW 12/4 (Sunday night here, International Date Line and all). No need for subterfuge.
When the Jennin Stahltaube was released, it took a couple weeks to show up at SB. I emailed them on release, and that shipment WAS held up in Customs. Sounds like Sprue Brothers was ahead of the game this time.
As far as "keeping a secret", it's probably in the terms of their agreement with WNW. How about the lucky people who build the models for display on their website? They are in several different countries. I'm sure if they ever let the cat out of the bag, it would be their last build for WNW, but it must still be tempting!
P.S. - I also always thought the Dolphin was particularly ugly, but it does have its fans. After seeing it on Wingnuts' site, I may be leaning more towards purchasing someday. It would help complete my Sopwith collection, although I missed the Pups. Now, if they ever release a Strutter, that's a no-brainer for me!
I had to grab a WNW Dolphin but...
|December 6 2017, 12:27 PM |
... as usual their narrow selection of markings choices means I'll have to wait for after-market or cobble something together myself for the first and most prolific operational squadron... sigh...
I understand that Pheon is working on a Dolphin sheet.
|December 6 2017, 3:28 PM |
If Rowan's up to his usual standard, you can count on a whole collection of good schemes. Hopefully he'll do it in both 1:32 and 1:48 ...
A man can't have too many flying boats ...
Already in 1/48 scale
|December 6 2017, 3:37 PM |
How many choices do you expect in a kit?
|December 6 2017, 5:07 PM |
Wingnut generally provides 5 choices in each kit; inevitably, they won't have every customer's favorite scheme. Seems like many kits these days have 2 or 3. Wouldn't want them to get too carried away; the price would undoubtedly have to be higher.
Besides, Pheon has provided lots of great sheets; if WNW put enough in the kit to please everyone (an impossibility), Rowan and Sabine might run out of lovely color schemes to sell us!
WNW Decal choices
|December 6 2017, 5:33 PM |
IMHO Wingnuts' decal selection frequently leaves out highly significant and often colourful choices and instead provide somewhat esoteric and sometimes rather dull options. With the Dolphin neither the highest on-type scorer, American Fred Gillet, highest overall scoring ace to fly it, Canadian "Nick" Carter, nor even the most (only?) colourful ace, Canadian Gordon Irving, are provided, but we do get some anonymous planes which operated from home island.
Based on previous releases I suspect the real culprit has to do with a combination of perceived (if misguided) marketing strategies and a certain (I'll call it) "attitude" toward a particular group of pilots which cause WNW to have a surprisingly narrow choice among their 5 or 6 selections per kit. Of course, sometimes it's just the aircraft and it's history. The options for wartime Snipes was obviously very limited ( but no Barker? No King? No Howsam?... seriously?)
If it wasn't for Rowan and Sabine I'd buy far fewer WNW Allied kits as I can only get so far in my interest in WWI aviation with the choices WNW endorses. This reminds me, I need to order from Pheon right now. When they put out their Dolphin sheet in 1/32 I'll buy it right away as I've long wanted to do Irving's bluenoser!
|This message has been edited by rcstevens from IP address 220.127.116.11 on Dec 6, 2017 6:00 PM|
WNW did do a Barker sheet for the Snipe....n/t
|December 6 2017, 5:59 PM |
It's not on their website and I've never seen it.
|December 6 2017, 6:04 PM |
Which doesn't matter as I'd rather support Pheon anyway.
That was Pheon...
|December 6 2017, 10:13 PM |
... who did Barker's Snipe. I have their sheet. Wingnut did do Barker's Camel, in the Clerget Camel boxing.
You probably have a point, but at least one customer is VERY happy...
|December 6 2017, 10:28 PM |
...with one of the kit markings. I've heard the complaint about markings choices before, especially for Allied subjects, and understand your point. I don't know exactly why they decide on the choices in the kits, but I suppose someone will always feel left out.
We don't have the large number of A/M decal makers for WWI, like all the ones who provide for Mustangs, Spitfires, FW's and 109's, so I'm very happy to have Pheon available to provide more choices. And Rowan likes to solicit suggestions for new sheets. If anyone wants to know what he's working on, when to expect it, and perhaps have some input into upcoming sheets, his section of the WWI A/C Forum is the place to go!
Thank Heavens for Pheon!
|December 7 2017, 12:29 PM |
They've bailed me out several times! What the heck is a Pheon anyway?