I'm looking for the Nova Starlifter kit, Does anybody have one for sale??? I Would like to aquire a kit for a USAF retiree Who asked me if I could build him one!! I'm not looking for the Combat models kit for that it is one of the worst kits that I have ever seen!!! If anyone has it and is willing to sell it to me I would be delighted!!!
On the "totem pole of quality", the Nova kit was not much higher. They are
*both* on the lower end. Nova kits generally had pretty good instructions; average-to-nice "extras" such as white-metal parts, some interior detail, and appeared that the "makers" did research...but like Combat, the moldings were a bit rough (compared to other brands of the day, such as Falcon, Eagle's Talon, etc.); and surface scribing was quite heavy, uneven, and not at all consistent, from one area of the kit to another. In this respect, Combat may be a *better* choice; since any rescribing/re-detailing will be simply that; as opposed to filling/removing followed by rescribing/re-detailing.
Ihave one that I picked up at a swap meet for a MEAGER $18!!! Almost didn't buy it 'cause I\all I had with me that day was a $20. I DO plan to build it, (HONEST!) so you aren't able to buy it. The link to the ebay auction has a really good pic of the kit. It's EXACTLY what mine looks like. The scribing isn't all that great, and the engines on mine don't match out to the same diameter from nacelle half to nacelle half. Gonna have fun on this one! Other wise it seems like it'll be a decent kit when I get bat to the states.
I know I saw it a few days ago when the guy had contact me when it was $99.00 for buy it now!!! I was gonna buy it at the time but when I checked the shipping it said it was $58.00! So I contacted the guy and asked him about it! And by the timew the guy got back to me it went over what I could Afford, and that was it! I'm still going to collage and for me to spend that kind of money at this time would be foolish! For that I would need it this upcoming week to pay for my next semister classes!!! Not only that But My parents would kick me out on the street If I spent that kingd of money on a model kit!!! And I'm not kidding!!!
I haven't even STARTED it. At this time it is in my basement in Moorhead, MN. I'm currently living in Agat, GU. Kinda di- fficult for me to build it 16 timezones apart, eh? :) First off, I'm gonna have to really be in the mood for a crappy vac-form when I do build it; and second, I have to be in the mood for a big kit. Last count the unbuilt stash was above the 400 mark. I will be at the point in my life, two years from now, where I will have both The Time and The Money to build models when I choose. At this point, I'm just banging together some crappy ones that I brought with me to Guam...
BTW, no, it's not for sale. Really. Really REALLY!
In the mean time, I'm currently burning off some SERIOUSLY bad karma by teaching the local Guam children US History and World Geography. Given what I'm putting up with at this point, I should be returning in my next life as the Pope... :)
The kit came with the instructions, white metal landing gear, and several styrene sheets of parts. Mine was missing the decals (I assume tha this is why no one else had snagged it by the time that I did) but since I'm planning on stretching it and making it a B version with Low Vis Markings that isn't a serious problem. Yeah, stretching a C-141 Vac kit to a B version... All new kinds of hell arise in my mind. I'm not planning on making any significant flight deck or interior, so I'm pretty open on using just ribs and sheet plastic with lots of super glue, putty, and sanding to make it all fit. Even more of that Karma is going to get burnt off on that project. (or else created by all of the swearing!)
To see what I can do with a kitbash/scratchbuild see the fo- llowing web site:
That's what I did with a Monogram B-52D and an AMT B-52H kit to make a BUFF diorama. I'm getting better as I go. :)
Incredible! And a perfect example of "more not necessarily being better". It shows what can be done with a older, smaller scale, less detailed kit. Although his preferred genre is Sci-Fi, and as impressive as his Trek subjects are...this C-141 blows me away.