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1/48 KC-135?

January 13 2018 at 10:10 AM
Chris Boehlein  (Login cboehlein)
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On another page, last week, I saw someone mention that they were starting to build the Combat Models 1/48 KC-135 vacuform kit. I looked on the Combat Models website to learn more about this kit and only saw it mentioned as a new release "in 2012." Do any of you have any experience with this kit? What model KC-135 is it? Does it come with decals? Any info at all? Google searches have produced no information whatsoever. Thanks.

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Combat Models: to avoid like the plague

January 13 2018, 12:16 PM 

Combat Models vacuform: to avoid like the plague.
Nothing else to say.


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George Campbell
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Homebee is very likely correct because

January 13 2018, 12:39 PM 

You will have to create strips of alignment plastic to the edges nearly everywhere.

And at that size it is going to need a tremendous amount of internal stiffening.

Unless you just absolutely have to have one in 1/48, you are very likely far better off to use the Italeri 1/72 injection kit.

I once had a Combat Models 1/32 T-2C model ... there were major problems with the parts -- without cutting them from the matrix, it was obvious that outlines and contours did not match from one side to the other. I sold the kit on E-bay.

This message has been edited by blueangelmodeler from IP address on Jan 13, 2018 12:42 PM

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Chris Boehlein
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this time it is all about the scale

January 13 2018, 12:56 PM 

The idea of a 1/48 scale Stratotanker is what caught my eye. I build almost entirely in 1/48 and I thought it would be good to have the tanker alongside the fighter's I have. I understand the "difficulties" of building in vacuform, especially in such a large kit, but I have seen nothing about it other than the guy mentioning it on the other page. I'm curious.

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It'd be great to see an all injection molded 135 in 48th!

January 13 2018, 1:07 PM 

I'd be more than willing to pay the price!

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Rick L.
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I thought that way

January 13 2018, 3:49 PM 

Until I saw one on eBay a while back. The hideous shape cured me of wanting one real fast. No way did I want to invest that much effort into something so wrong. It's not like it was just a correction here and there either. Did not have that elegant Boeing look in any way.

Rick L.

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Re: Combat Models

January 15 2018, 5:52 PM 

....some of the earlier Combat Models DO have some issues, but...sounds like Homebee doesn't want to do all the work that's needed to make a decent vac model(that's what you 'sign-up for' when building a vac kit)...thinking vacs are "shake-n-bake"....

"Interesting. You're afraid of women and insects. Lady bugs must make you catatonic!" Sheldon Cooper, "The Big Bang Theory"

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