I have been reading fine scale modeler.
I can not find a source for after market parts and photo etched!
I was looking for wing folds for the 1/32 hell cat ?
Do you find the after market parts and then buy the kit?
They don't make it easy or I don't understand how to find what I need?
Why has no one built a vacuum kit like the toy conpanys?
That's all the US online shops I know of.
As for Squadron's site; it is kind of counter-intuitive. It took me some
fifteen seconds to notice the big blue bar with the "Click here to enter
our Online Hobby Shop" sign :P. It only yields 10 results if I
search for hellcat in 1/32 scale, though, so you might want to check other
You could also check
if you don't mind ordering
from over-seas. They might have what you're looking for.
To my knowledge no one makes a set of wingfolds for the Hasegawa 1/32
Hellcat...and you're right - most folks scratch build their own
vac-forming tables. I haven't built one, but from what I've seen, it
doesn't look that difficult. And that's probably why a manufactuer
hasn't produced one.
I have done it both ways - I've chosen kits just because I saw a set of
etch I liked, and I've bought kits and set them aside until an etch set
becomes available because I refuse to build a kit without using etched
parts. I haven't used much aftermarket resin in a while, but I think
that's about to change - the Zacto-Models parts for the 1/32 Trumpeter
Su-27 are a must buy...
When it comes to aftermarket parts you pretty much have do your homework
and then buy them where you find them...and some don't stay in
production for very long. In the case of Zacto-Models you have to go
direct to the maker, and there are also a few others I can think of that
are like that. Sure sources I use for accessories are: Squadron (whom
actually do a nice job of listing available accessories in thier search
engine), Roll Models, and Meteor Productions.