Sprue Bros. has the Wingnut Wings Dolphin kit in Stock. NT

Joined: February 21st, 2007, 3:57 am

December 6th, 2017, 1:53 pm #1

Sprue Bros. has the Wingnut Wings Dolphin kit in Stock. NT
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 1:52 am

Pre-ordered on the 4th, shipped to me on the 5th....

December 6th, 2017, 1:55 pm #2

The Sprue boys seem to have out-done themselves!
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Joined: November 17th, 2006, 1:18 pm

Mr Sprue Bros, and his crew, can keep a secret! Slow boat ....

December 6th, 2017, 3:17 pm #3

Sprue Bros. has the Wingnut Wings Dolphin kit in Stock. NT
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!
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Joined: July 22nd, 2005, 11:17 pm

Actually, it was just shown as "Arrived" on the 5th...

December 6th, 2017, 4:50 pm #4

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!

Rich

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!
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Joined: November 5th, 2005, 12:34 am

I had to grab a WNW Dolphin but...

December 6th, 2017, 5:27 pm #5

... 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...
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:45 am

I understand that Pheon is working on a Dolphin sheet.

December 6th, 2017, 8:28 pm #6

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 ...
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Joined: June 19th, 2010, 3:26 am

Already in 1/48 scale

December 6th, 2017, 8:37 pm #7

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Joined: July 22nd, 2005, 11:17 pm

How many choices do you expect in a kit?

December 6th, 2017, 10:07 pm #8

... 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...
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!

Rich
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Joined: November 5th, 2005, 12:34 am

WNW Decal choices

December 6th, 2017, 10:33 pm #9

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!
Last edited by rcstevens on December 6th, 2017, 11:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: February 20th, 2016, 11:15 pm

WNW did do a Barker sheet for the Snipe....n/t

December 6th, 2017, 10:59 pm #10

WNW did do a Barker sheet for the Snipe....n/t
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