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Title: Roden
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on March 09, 2012, 01:47:10 PM
CyberModeler (http://www.cybermodeler.com/) has just posted an in-box kit review of the Roden 1/48 T-28B Trojan (kit number 0441) (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/rod/kit_rod_0441.shtml)

Click on image or html to view article

(http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/rod/images/rod_0441_title.jpg) (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/rod/kit_rod_0441.shtml)

Looks nice except for the price.  Hopefully in a few months after the debut the price will come down. 
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 09, 2012, 01:52:03 PM
Will give you a first hand account very soon...I have ordered one already... >:D
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: KiwiZac on March 12, 2012, 12:45:56 PM
Very, very cool. Scott van Aken has also previewed it: http://www.modelingmadness.com/scotts/viet/previews/roden/441.htm (http://www.modelingmadness.com/scotts/viet/previews/roden/441.htm)

Bring on an A model. Also, a 1:72 range  ;)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 12, 2012, 02:22:57 PM
Mine may end up with either an inline engine or a turboprop...
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Brian da Basher on August 21, 2012, 03:12:39 AM
When I was visiting Emil the Enabler

(http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g392/Bri2k/Seattle%20July%202012/EmiltheEnabler.jpg)

(wave hello, everyone!)

at the Skyway model shop

(http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g392/Bri2k/Seattle%20July%202012/SkywaySign.jpg)

I got one of these:

(http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g392/Bri2k/Seattle%20July%202012/C-124boxshot.jpg)

Yup. The new Roden 1/144 C-124 Globemaster II.

This kit has caused a lot of excitement in the small scale world.

Well, I finally opened the box and the poly-bags this weekend.

This review (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/rod/kit_rod_0306.shtml) over on Cybermodeler (http://www.cybermodeler.com/index.shtml) is pretty good and not too far off the mark. Still, I thought you might be interested in my impressions.

If you've built aircraft in 1/144, you've probably built your fair share of Minicraft kits because they seem to have the most offerings in that scale. My first thought upon seeing the new Roden C-124 kit is that it shouldn't be any more difficult than say a Minicraft C-54/DC-6. Now that's pretty far from "shake-n-bake" kit. Be forewarned.

In my copy, the fuselage edges are very roughly molded and will take a fair amount of cleanup. It's not flash, but just rough molding with little nubs here and there aside from the usual sprue gates. The bottom part of the left fin on my kit was short-shot just like the sample in the Cybermodeler review (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/rod/kit_rod_0306.shtml), but I should be able to find a fix. The odd thing is the only major flash to be found anywhere on this kit is at the edges of the horiz. stabs. which are on the same sprue as the short-shot tail.

The Cybermodeler review (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/rod/kit_rod_0306.shtml) talks about the wings & tailfeathers being butt-joined and the wings having alignment pins. The tail parts are butt-joined and since they're relatively small and light, this shouldn't be a problem as their attachment points are very nicely cut into the fuselage. The "alignment pins" on two-piece wings are actually 1/3 inch high tabs on the end that fit into holes cut in the wing-root on the fuselage. This and the sculpting of the wing-fuselage join area should help get things lined up ok. However, if you use any after-market engines, props, or landing gear, you might want to consider reinforcing the join with a thin metal rod. Goodness knows how this wing attachment will be in practice. It seems like it was given some thought but I can see where there might be trouble.

The engines are similar to those on the Minicraft C-54 but just slightly better detailed, and I mean slightly. They come attached to a circle backing which fits into a notch just inside the two-piece cowling. Fear not though, because Roden toughtfully provides a nice "nose ring" front for the cowlings making engines & cowlings a 4 piece assembly.

The Roden C-124 has a clear part for the cockpit glass, but unlike many Minicraft kits, it's a small part (just a hair larger than the cockpit glass in the 1/200 Spruce Goose). It doesn't take up much of the nose, but it does form the cockpit "roof". However, in this scale and with the kit parts provided, it won't pay to put much work into detailing the front office. In fact, I wish most of these kits omitted clear parts and just had a well-formed fuselage and nose. Window decals seem fine to me in this scale and the hassles blending in clear parts don't seem worth any benefit given how little of the cockpit is usually visible.

For some reason, Roden decided to engrave a few portholes on the fuselage. Fortunately, there's window decals for these so I probably won't bother filling them.

The kit has a nice marking scheme for the decals, but the large "Continental Division" on mine seems a little out-of-register, making that marking look a bit blurry. The other decals appear fine and if these are like Roden decals I've used in the past, they should go on ok.

All in all I think this is a buildable kit of a pretty unique subject. Anyone with experience in 1/144 should be able to make a decent model from what's in the box. However, with a detail level that barely matches Revell of Germany and is only a shade better than your average Minicraft kit in this scale, some might think the $36 price tag a bit high.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Dr. YoKai on August 21, 2012, 04:43:42 AM
Nice insights, Brian-thanks. I have a soft spot for the Globemaster, as we used to see the thimble-nosed
versions all the time when the family was on Kwajalein ( circa 1962-64 ).
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: raafif on August 21, 2012, 06:55:24 AM
So, now you can do this  ...... (from Deviant-Art)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Brian da Basher on August 21, 2012, 06:55:32 AM
Nice insights, Brian-thanks. I have a soft spot for the Globemaster, as we used to see the thimble-nosed
versions all the time when the family was on Kwajalein ( circa 1962-64 ).

Thanks, Doc. I hope it was helpful. One thing to keep in mind is there's no thimble-like nose radar on this variant. However, if you have the right-sized bomb in your spares box, you should be able to scratch one with only a little effort.

Raafif, that's a really interesting idea. I'm pretty sure one with your skill & talent could pull it off!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Brian da Basher on September 01, 2012, 07:16:10 AM
Posted over on Modeling Madness today is a preview of aftermarket landing gear (http://modelingmadness.com/scott/detailsets/sac/sac14407.htm) for the C-124 by Scale Aircraft Conversions. I figured someone would come along with some aftermarket stuff for this kit, but never imagined it would happen so quickly.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Brian da Basher on September 29, 2012, 05:49:33 PM
I started building the Globemaster last night. I was wrong about the fin & rudder being short-shot as there's a tiny bulge on the left side piece to make up for the short bit on the right. However, this kit is on the crude side and I'm a little disappointed. There's no locating pins anywhere on the fuselage, wings, or tail pieces. Best advice is if you build one of these, approach it like a short-run kit and perhaps you won't feel disappointed. Every part needs a good deal of trimming and sanding to get an acceptable fit. So far, I've got all the major components together and I'm trying to get the fin & rudder so they'll sit on the fuselage.

The good news is once you get 12 parts together, you've got the model pretty much built except for the engines.

Speaking of engines, I won't be using the ones in the kit. I'm going to replace them with drop-tank ends to make an in-line version.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: kitnut617 on September 29, 2012, 09:56:51 PM
Posted over on Modeling Madness today is a preview of aftermarket landing gear ([url]http://modelingmadness.com/scott/detailsets/sac/sac14407.htm[/url]) for the C-124 by Scale Aircraft Conversions. I figured someone would come along with some aftermarket stuff for this kit, but never imagined it would happen so quickly.

Brian da Basher


I've got a few of Scale Aircraft Conversions u/c sets, they're all very nicely cast and they're reasonably priced too.  They've had a 1/72 set for the C-124 for some time now and I'm wondering if this is the reason a 1/144 set had emerged as quick as it has.
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on December 11, 2012, 02:55:43 AM
Dave Manter has shared details on the Roden 1:35th scale KrAZ-214 Truck (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/rod/kit_rod_0804.shtml) in a kit review at Cybermodeler. 

Click on thumbnail or html to view.

(http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/rod/images/rod_0804_titletn.jpg) (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/rod/kit_rod_0804.shtml)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: raafif on June 12, 2015, 02:18:11 PM
Just looked at the Roden site - several new items like a 1/35th Opel Blitz bus - hopefully they will do the two "Ludwig Aero" versions in this scale too :P

Another cool item is the C-123 Spook ...

see more here :- http://www.roden.eu/HTML/news1.htm# (http://www.roden.eu/HTML/news1.htm#)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Weaver on June 12, 2015, 10:18:59 PM
I wish they'd produce those PC-6 Turbo-Porters in 1/72nd...
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 13, 2015, 04:55:55 AM
I wish they'd produce those PC-6 Turbo-Porters in 1/72nd...

Only fair if they also do some of their 1/72 kits in 1/48... ;)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: raafif on June 13, 2015, 06:21:38 AM
I wish they'd produce those PC-6 Turbo-Porters in 1/72nd...

I believe the HighPlanes 1/72nd Porters are pretty good.
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: kitnut617 on June 13, 2015, 08:44:07 AM
I wish they'd produce those PC-6 Turbo-Porters in 1/72nd...

I believe the HighPlanes 1/72nd Porters are pretty good.

All of High Planes kits are very accurate, they just not ""shake & bake""
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 22, 2017, 06:02:52 AM
(https://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/8822381994290213631461271337224520643616029514488o.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: nils on July 22, 2017, 02:39:38 PM
*drool*  :-*
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: kitnut617 on July 22, 2017, 08:46:26 PM
OK, now what scale is that C-5 being done in -----
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 23, 2017, 03:56:30 AM
Whilst I might like to say 1/48, it is actually 1/144
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: kitnut617 on July 24, 2017, 02:43:41 AM
Hmm! pity. I'd like an injection 1/72 one. Even though I've got two 1/72 vacuforms (1 Blackbird, 1 Combat Models), one 1/144 (Revell) and one 1/288 (also Revell).

If this new kit has all the extendable flaps and slats like it shows in the box art, I might just buy one so I could copy it in 1/72
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 24, 2017, 02:58:57 AM
I'd like an injection 1/72 one.


I know that is now injection, though based upon their other work I would suspect it is high quality resin:  http://www.anigrand.com/AA9001_C-5B.htm (http://www.anigrand.com/AA9001_C-5B.htm)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 24, 2019, 08:08:38 AM
1/48 Ar 68 planned:

(https://kitmaker.net/photos/news/33424/001.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: ChernayaAkula on August 09, 2020, 09:10:54 AM
Bill, watch out! Mr. Roden is coming for your money!

Quote
Please review our new models that will soon appear...

#633 Boeing/ Stearman PT-13/N2S-2/N2S-5 Kaydet, scale 1:32
#347 Convair B-36B Peacemaker (Early), scale 1:144

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SOURCE (https://www.facebook.com/RodenKits/posts/3667839006565825?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARByLyw_qC_x9gBiO2IFUzTdEpFChq5zjyXq9PEFMJkViWl6A2Y26htxx0YErbW45TBcKEuLbCqD8UcdqPXDdN7GxvftCVAp5XXgbHSySvkycFKijhyYykgz8WzJtFvUdIxxBk1546m8_autN8bvqn37LkvZmYATUXgrchMwox72cPOaaJcLgHgxtGdp9Z8VOXv_o--MqKPdb1KBI18JjcAF_K37tuXqKC1K6BTVmpgT4zkI4kYTzxkT1EdUFboqM46eVXBQlQCAH9HYDjnDMcxLeFcfi6PwbzblJ2gYKiNU3O5m03j2X9DdiXcJ_74lhq7ky05yX2kvN9HrKrPmjjaJQg&__tn__=-R)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: finsrin on August 09, 2020, 03:00:01 PM
Oh My,,,  you are correct.   Must notify broker !

WOW -- what a painting  :smiley:
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: finsrin on August 10, 2020, 07:10:45 AM
For more sales they can follow on with "D" or "J" kit that has jets.  Could be jets are in painting and got cropped out for "B" kit.
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: LemonJello on August 16, 2021, 03:06:17 AM
Seen on The Modelling News:

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fMWPccRxUVo/YRix-SptL_I/AAAAAAADVg4/P8BX-IdZeroZ8-8OQc-bMlkPHpHhEJUnQCLcBGAsYHQ/s16000/Roden%2B35th%2Bscale%2BGMC%2BPD3701%2B%25281%2529.jpg)

1/35 GMC"Greyhound"Silverside Bus

https://www.themodellingnews.com/2021/08/preview-rodens-new-silver-line-gmc.html#more (https://www.themodellingnews.com/2021/08/preview-rodens-new-silver-line-gmc.html#more)

SO MANY WhIf possibilities!
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Frank3k on August 16, 2021, 04:09:20 AM
Gun bus!
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: apophenia on August 16, 2021, 04:37:54 AM
Gun bus!

Post-apocalyse skoolie conversion ... complete with custom corrugated sheet 'armour'?
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Buzzbomb on August 16, 2021, 07:24:39 AM
Partridge Family  ;)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Zaskar24 on August 16, 2021, 08:16:24 AM
You could probably run a gauntlet with that.
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Frank3k on August 16, 2021, 08:35:37 AM
I meant a version of this bus:

(http://www.tcj.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/war-bus.gif)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Dr. YoKai on August 17, 2021, 04:27:42 AM
I meant a version of this bus:

([url]http://www.tcj.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/war-bus.gif[/url])
From the classic National Lampoon article "Battling Buses of WW 2" if memory serves. I'd almost swear it's Bruce McCall, but I can't make out a signature.
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Frank3k on August 17, 2021, 06:59:44 AM
From the classic National Lampoon article "Battling Buses of WW 2" if memory serves. I'd almost swear it's Bruce McCall, but I can't make out a signature.

The artist is Russ Heath, a frequent National Lampoon (and comic book) artist. Very good WWII artwork. Here's a color version:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CZgV1lyUAAAFHhE?format=png&name=900x900)

He also did the artwork (https://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/russ_heath_1926_2018/) for the ads for those annoying 1" tall but flat toy soldiers that were always advertised in the back of comic books.
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Zaskar24 on August 17, 2021, 08:30:29 AM
I meant a version of this bus:

([url]http://www.tcj.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/war-bus.gif[/url])


I was thinking along the lines of this.
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Frank3k on August 17, 2021, 10:49:20 AM
That's from Clint Eastwood's "The Gauntlet" (1977)

"A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive. "
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Zaskar24 on August 17, 2021, 06:28:58 PM
That's from Clint Eastwood's "The Gauntlet" (1977)

"A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive. "

Indeed it is. One of my favorite Eastwood movies for some reason.
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: KiwiZac on August 24, 2021, 09:53:43 AM
All some of us want is a kit of the GM New Look bus. Or, as it's most famously known...
Bus from Speed! (preferably with Keanu figure)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: Old Wombat on August 24, 2021, 11:22:32 AM
All some of us want is a kit of the GM New Look bus. Or, as it's most famously known...
Bus from Speed! (preferably with Keanu figure)

A Sandra figure wouldn't go astray, either. ;)
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 19, 2021, 02:51:26 AM
1/144 Douglas C-133 Cargomaster including a PGM-17 Thor IRBM:

(https://aeroscale.net/upload/media/entries/2021-09/15/1272-entry-0-1631741569.jpg)

Kind of wish this was in 1/72
Title: Re: Roden
Post by: finsrin on September 20, 2021, 12:38:56 PM
 Nice box art  :smiley:     Large enough even at 1/144 could use in 1/72 kit-bash.