Thursday, April 28, 2011

Still alive and well!

"Every now and then I know its kinda hard to tell, but I'm still alive and well" is a line from a classic Johnny Winter song from his 1973 album "Still alive and Well".

Johnny, a master of rock blues guitar and one of the best slide guitar players ever, was one of my major influences as a guitar player growing up in the 70s.

It applies here because for the last 5 months or so, its been pretty quiet on the Barracuda Studios front. More on what has been keeping me busy in a future post, but tonight, a quick update on what is going on here these days.

New stuff has arrived! Five new resin detail sets were released on April 18th, and it has been very busy here since then, packaging product and filling orders. We are back, baby! Three additional sets in 1/32nd scale for Tamiya's superlative Spitfire VIII, IX, and XVI kits. These first of these is a new resin starboard cockpit sidewall with all of the plumbing and wiring molded in (see image at the top of the page). Also new are both 4 and 5 slot mainwheels fitted with Z-Block treaded tyres. These tyres were fitted to many Australian Spitfires, and impart a very different and mean look to any aircraft so fitted. A wash of dried dirt or mud will pop out the very detailed and authentic tread pattern on these bad boys.

1/48th scale is back in the mix with two new products designed for the later mark Gloster Meteors as kitted by Classic Airframes. This is admittedly a reasonably esoteric product, as these kits have been out of production for a number of years now, but they are pretty cool nonetheless! The small and large bore seamless Meteor intakes are a quick and easy way to make a big improvement to your CA Meteor kits that are lying patiently in your stash, waiting for you to get to them (hellllllooooo? remember me?). The kit nacelle fronts are reasonably accurate, but are completely hollow. The lack any kind of intake throat, and leave you with a big nasty internal seam to try to address. These parts are designed as a drop fit replacement and have an accurate intake throat molded seamlessly inside them. They should install very quickly, without any grinding, scraping, or thinning. Just align them, attach them with CA, and with some reasonably minor sanding, should have you moving on to other tasks very quickly.

Anyway, just a quick hello to let you know we are back. much more to come! Go to the website:

to see great closeup shots and read detailed descriptions of the new sets. More new stuff is in the works right now, and you can expect new releases to be announced in the next 2 weeks or so!

Happy Modelling! Roy