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  2. ICM

    when Revell issue this kit, nice decals, good instructions and maybe good price, we all be Tempted, bit of Advice, use that fantastic box art from your 60s, 1/72kit, Revell.
  3. Already on my shopping list. Dan Hagedorn + Tom Cooper => Must buy
  4. The 100 Hour War The conflict between Honduras & El Salvador 1969 Helion & Company - Via Casemate UK In July of 1969 while most of the world was looking to the upcoming moon landings the Central American States of Honduras and El Salvador would go to war in what the media would coin "The Soccer War" due to hostilities coinciding with rioting at a World Cup qualifying match between the two countries. On the 14th of July 1969 El Salvador invaded its neighbour Honduras. This was the culmination of long standing land reform in Honduras effecting immigration and demographic issues with El Salvador; there being some 300,00 Salvadorans living in Honduras by this time. Neither side had what could be called a "modern" military at the time with civilian aircraft being used to carry explosives and an assortment of ex US military aircraft being used by both sides such as F4U Corsairs and P-51 Mustangs. After only 100 hours the Organisation of American States negotiated a ceasefire between the two sides. In the 100 hours El Salvador lost over 900 dead most of which were civilians, and Honduras would loose 250 combat troops and over 2000 civilians. The 300,000 Salvadorans living in Honduras would be displaced. Despite peace treaty in 1980 the dispute continues on with further sabre rattling as late as 2013. This book is the culmination of 20 years of research into this little know conflict. As well as the complicated background the book explores the military actions in the air, and on the ground taken by both sides. This was the last time the world would see dog fights between WWII era piston aircraft. As well as an impressive collection of photographs the book features colour profiles and markings of the aircraft used along with maps of the region to show how the fighting progressed. Conclusion. The book does concentrate on the air war, however the ground operations are covered along with the build up, and reasons for the conflict. Recommended if you like researching & modelling the smaller conflicts of the world. Review sample courtesy of
  5. ICM

    Yes, review now edited. The decal instructions are in English and Cyrillic and I duplicated one of the Hungarian examples. Thx Julien
  6. ICM

    I guess you have make a mistake. This is not box with "Hungarian Air Force" Fw-189, but Axis, because it contain 2 sets for Hungarian planes, and one for Bulgarian Air Force.
  7. Eduard

    Four burning B-17's might be a bit much, but that is great box-art !!
  8. Fw 190A-8/R2 1:72 Eduard profiPACK Edition The Focke-Wulf Fw190 was designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s. His aim was to create a fighter that was not only fast and agile, but also reliable. It had a wide track undercarriage to improve ground handling and also utilised electric rather than hydraulic controls to reduce the risk of system loss in combat. The Fw190 also marked a departure from aircraft like the Bf109 and Spitfire as it combined a 14 cylinder radial engine with a development of the NACA cowling system. This choice was crucial as it meant that the Fw190 would not create additional demand for DB 601 liquid cooled engines. It also allowed a low drag profile for such a powerful engine. Despite early teething problems, the Fw190 first entered operational service over France in August 1941. It proved to be quite a shock for the RAF whose 1440hp Spitfire Mk.V, the best fighter available at the time, was outclassed in terms of firepower and all round performance, particularly at lower and medium altitudes. The Fw190A-8 was the ultimate evolution of the radial-engined fw190s and entered service in 1944. It featured improvements such as extra fuel, improved armour and nearly 2000hp output with emergency boost. The A-8/R2 replaced the outer 20mm cannon in the wings with Mk.108 30mm cannons. The Kit These new Fw 190 kits from Eduard are setting a new standard in 1.72 for excellence. The kit itself is made up of 92 plastic parts spread across of two sprues of dark blue-grey plastic and a single clear sprue with the now-familiar circular layout. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled booklet with full-colour painting diagrams. The profipack boxing adds photo-etch, masks (not shown) and 5 decal options. The quality of the plastic parts is second to none. The mouldings are clean and crisp and there are no traces of flash and no sink marks. The surface detail on the outside of the airframe comprises recessed panel lines and delicately engraved rivet and fastener detail. It looks absolutely superb. Eduard haven't skimped on the detail elsewhere, with sub-assemblies such as the cockpit being up there with high end resin items when it comes to the quality and quantity of detail. The cockpit is made up of over thirty parts (including photo etched details), which is a truly phenomenal for a kit of this size. Once assembled, the whole thing can be sandwiched inside the fuselage halves along with the firewall and the basic-but-good-enough-in-this-scale engine face. Setting the semi-completed fuselage to one side for a moment, construction turns to the wing. The lower wing is moulded as a single span, to which the main spar (which also forms the rear wall of the main landing gear bays) must be added. The other parts which form the structures and details of the landing gear bays must be added at this point, prior to everything being fixed in place by the addition of the upper wing surfaces. The ailerons are moulded separately to the rest of the wing, which opens up some possibilities for the diorama builder, as well as enhancing the level of realism. Turning back to the fuselage, the rudder is also moulded as a separate part, although the tail planes are solid lumps. In common with other kits of the type, the upper fuselage forward of the cockpit is moulded separately (in this case as two parts with a third for the cannon barrels). Once the basic airframe is together, its time to fit the undercarriage and other finishing details. Each of the main gear legs is made up of two parts, although you have the option of removing the plastic torque links and replacing them with photo etched versions. The wheels themselves are made up of nicely moulded tyres and separate hubs. This should make painting them much easier. Ordnance is taken care of with a drop tank and a single bomb, along with the associated racks and shackles. There are a number of small parts included to cover the final details, including the aileron balance weights and various aerials and antennae. The canopy deserves a special mention as there are four rear sections included; blown and unblown, with different parts for closed and open options. Two propellers are included as well, although only one is needed for the included options. Decals There is one sheet of stencil decals and one for the aircraft markings. Decals are printed in house by Eduard and look to be good, in register and colour dense. 5 options are provided; Aircraft flown by Hptm W Moritz CO of IV.(Strum)/JG 3, Memmingen, Germany July 1944. W Nr. 682958 flown by Uffz P Lixfeld, 6.(Strum)/JG 300, Lobnitz, Germany Dec 1944. W Nr. 682989, 5./JG 301, Germany May 1945. W Nr. 681424 flown by Obt H G von Kornatzki, CO II./JG 4, Welzow, Germany Sept 1944. W Nr. 682204 Flown By Lt. K Bretschnieder, 5./JG 200, Lobnitz, Germany Dec 1944. Each option is illustrated with a four-view profile as well as detailed illustrations of the propellers or drop tanks where appropriate. Conclusion This is a great kit from Eduard and it is good to see it released in a PROFIpack boxing. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. FW 189A-1 Axis Air Forces 1:72 ICM The Fw189 was created by legendary Focke Wulf designer Kurt Tank prior to WWII. Its intended role was as a short range observation and reconnaissance aircraft, with the requirement for excellent all-round visibility giving rise to the distinctive shape and extensive cockpit glazing. It won the contract by beating off competition from Arado and Blohm & Voss (the latter with their asymmetrical Bv. 141). It entered service in 1940, and production continued until 1944. The aircraft was popular with crews due to its manoeuvrability; it could often out turn fighters to escape destruction. It was tough as well, and there are stories of 189s returning from missions with parts of the tail and boom blown away. The Kit The Fw 189 is the latest all-new tooling from Kiev-based outfit ICM. Inside the very sturdy top-opening box are two largish sprues of light grey plastic and one clear sprue which together hold a total of 170 parts. The airframe is covered in crisp, recessed panel lines which look very good indeed, and the mouldings are crisp and clean. The instructions are an A4 stapled booklet which has been printed in colour and the decal sheet is clear and well printed. The overall impression is of a well-executed kit which looks as though it should be enjoyable to build. Construction begins with the central wing section and cockpit. The lower part of the central wing is moulded as a single span, complete with recesses for the main landing gear bays. Onto this part, the flaps, cockpit floor and fuselage sidewalls can all be added. The cockpit itself is nicely detailed, which is just as well as a lot of it will be on show under that greenhouse canopy. Interior detail includes the crew seats, rudder pedals, control column (moulded in two parts), radio gear and a large number of spare magazines for the defensive machine guns. The instrument panel fits to the top of the frontal canopy glazing, which is itself made up of four parts. It's inevitable with a model like this, but great care will need to be taken when assembling both this and the remaining eight parts of the canopy so as not to get messy glue smears over the clear plastic. Your patience will be tested to the limit when it comes to masking the expansive canopy, but there is good news in the form of a set of pre-cut masks on the way from Eduard. Look out for our review soon. Once cockpit/fuselage has been assembled, the upper panels for the inner wing can be fitted. The remaining steps in the construction process are essentially a sequence of sub-assemblies, starting with the landing gear bays. These areas behind the engine nacelles but ahead of the tail booms are separate parts, which makes for more complex construction but better detail. The tail booms themselves are split vertically and benefit from separately moulded rudders, while the tailplane has a separately moulded elevator and a neat tail wheel assembly. The engine nacelles are another sub-assembly, and are made up of two main parts, split vertically, with a separate radiator face, exhaust, frontal cowling, propeller and hub. As with the rest of the flying surfaces, the outer wings feature separate control surfaces. The landing gear is next, and is just as nicely detailed as the rest of the model. Each of the main gear legs is comprised four parts, while the wheels are split vertically and have separate mud guards. Step 63 in the instructions brings the fuselage/centre wing section together with the engine nacelles, tail booms and outer wings, leaving you with a more-or-less complete Fw189. All that remains to do then is add the finishing touches, such as the landing gear doors, the odd antenna mast or pitot tube and the four bombs and bomb shackles that fit under the outer wings. Decals This boxing deals with aircraft operated by The Hungarian Air Force. Three options are provided on the decal sheet: • Fw 189A-1 4/1 Reconnaissance Sqn, Ukraine Summer 1943 Hungarian Air Force • Fw 189A-1 4/1 Reconnaissance Sqn, Poland Summer 1944 Hungarian Air Force. • Fw 189A-1 344th Jato, Summer 1944, Bulgarian Air Force. All three aircraft are finished in RLM 70/71 over RLM 65. The decals look excellent and include a smattering of stencils. The Red/White/Green tails will need to be pained by the modeller for the Hungarian examples. Conclusion There haven't been all that many kits of the distinctive FW189 over the years, but ICM's new effort looks to be the best of them by quite some way. The mouldings are high quality, there is plenty of detail and surface structures are fine and crisp. Overall this is a well executed and carefully designed kit which is rich in detail. The only real drawback is the complexity of the clear parts, but there is no way around this if the desired outcome is an accurate and well detailed model. It is good to see this boxing with other markings apart from the Luftwaffe. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. ICM

    It's not bright and shiny but I want it! I feel the pull of evilbay as we speak....
  11. ICM

    This is what our glorious hobby is all about. Giving in to temptation
  12. Last week
  13. F-4 Phantom Outer Pylons (US Navy) 1:48 Hypersonic Models F-4 Phantom Outer Wing Pylons (US Navy) (HMR48028) This is a set of Navy type outer wing pylons designed to fit the Zoukei Mura Phantoms (J and S). The set comes with separate sway brace pins so the modeller can adapt them completely free to the specific store and correct outboard angle (in case of MER or TER installed). Conclusion One thing common to a lot of F-4 kits is that they expect the modeller to use the outer tanks, however many phantoms flew without these and MERs / TERs could be loaded as long as the weight limits were kept. This set remedies this omission. While designed for the ZM kit there is no reason they can not be used on other kits. Jeffrey's attention to detail is legendary, and it shows in every set he makes. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. ICM

    Nice review of a nice looking kit Mike. If I hadn't just bought and Eduard one I would be seriously tempted. Actually, I still am seriously tempted.
  15. Modern US Weapons – CBU-105, CBU-97 & GBU-39 1:48 Eduard Brassin Eduard's Brassin range are a great source of munitions for the aviation modeller, especially the huge variety of weapons carried by modern jets. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. CBU-97 Cluster Bomb (648275) Containing ten bomblets called "Skeets", these containers are designed to be dispensed over enemy vehicles, with the Skeets detecting targets and launching kinetic penetrators downwards toward the more lightly armoured topsides of vehicles. The set includes six canisters with separate tail fins that you must glue to the main body. A set of stencils are also included on a small decal sheet, with painting guide done using Gunze Sangyo colours. CBU-105 Cluster Bomb (648276) Consisting of the same front end as the CBU-97, the -105 adds a precision guided tail unit that allows greater accuracy. This set also includes six canisters with separate (different) tail fins that you must glue to the main body. A set of stencils are also included on a small decal sheet, with painting guide done using Gunze Sangyo colours. GBU-39 Small Diameter Boms with BRU-61 Pneumatic Bomb Rack (648294) These small (relatively speaking) 110kg bombs are precision guided to enable an aircraft to deliver many smaller munitions more accurately, and loiter longer over a target before having to re-arm due to the effectiveness of the more accurate bombs. The set contains two racks, plus eight bombs to fill them with four each rack. The bombs are depicted with their wings folded for carriage, and are cut from their blocks at the base. Each one fits to a curved tab on the underside of the dispenser, with decals and painting guide showing Gunze Sangyo colours. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Polikarpov I-16 Type 28 Soviet Fighter 1:48 ICM The diminutive I-16 Rata was a ground-breaking design when first introduced, and served the Soviet Air Force well until the middle of WWII when its relatively light armament and manoeuvrability was outmatched by the Bf.109 and FW.190s. It's enclosed cockpit and fully retracting wheels gave it the edge initially, as did the reliable air-cooled engine and its nimble flying characteristics, and it was initially surprisingly successful against the earlier Luftwaffe fighter variants. The Type 28 was an evolution that along the way had already picked up a more powerful engine, additional fuel in wing-mounted tanks, proper flaps, to which was added a complement of two synchronised ShKAS 7.62mm machine guns on the upper cowling, and two more ShVAK 20mm auto-cannons on the wing leading edge for destructive power, without having to synchronise through the prop. Following the 28, came two more variants that adjusted armament and engine power, but this was pretty much the end of the line for the design. The Kit Originally tooled in 2016 by ICM, this boxing uses essentially the same plastic, but uses different parts than the Type 24 that came before it. Inside the double-lidded top-opening box that ICM favour are two sprues of grey styrene, one of clear parts, a small decal sheet and the instructions. It is a simple aircraft, which is reflected by the relatively uncrowded box. Ostensibly the same build method is used for this variant, beginning with the wings and their separate ailerons, moving on to the cockpit that is constructed within the port fuselage half, and has good detail throughout, even aft of the cockpit frame where the next section can be dimly seen. The instrument panel is nicely moulded, and the various controls attached to the sidewalls are included as small parts. A bulkhead is inserted at around the firewall position, and the fuselage is then closed up, inserting the separate rudder as you do so. The cowling around the nose machine guns is inserted, and the twin access doors are added to the fuselage sides, although you could pose one of them down if you choose. The wing assembly fits in the lower fuselage, and the well-detailed radial engine is depicted with its collector ring, piston bank and mount, plus ancillary equipment, most of which will be hidden behind the front cowling that stopped the howling wind from freezing the engine solid at speed. There is the option of leaving the cowling panels off, as they are supplied as three separate parts plus the front section, into which the baffles and the prop are inserted, the latter being able to left free to spin if you are careful with the glue. Adding the windscreen and gunsight is closely followed by the installation of the landing gear with its complex (for the time) bay covers captive to the legs. The wheels are each two piece, and have smooth tyres with slightly domed hub caps. The final act is the installation of the larger cannons in the wing leading-edge, leaving the smaller machine guns on the sprues. Markings If you like your Ratas Russian Green with blue undersides, you're in luck. There are two options in this scheme, one with a yellow 15 and a white lightning bolt on the tail, the other a white 51 on the fuselage. From the box you can build one of the following: 45th Aviation Division, Southern Front, Odessa Area, Late June 1941 72nd Mixed Regiment of the Northern Fleet Aviation, August 1941 The decals are well printed with vibrant colours, and registration is excellent. The majority are a rich red, but the white and yellow decals look opaque, with a fractional over-printing of the yellow around the white under-printing that will disappear on the green. Conclusion It's a nice, workmanlike kit of a workmanlike little aircraft that took on the Luftwaffe during the early days of Operation Barbarossa. Detail is excellent, and there's a lot to like about the kit. Review sample courtesy of
  17. It's in my favourite scale and looks like a very simple build, so I'm glad to be able to "look into the box" on this one. I also note a decal option for an Aussie glider which adds more spice to the package. Thanks for the review.
  18. Su-17M3/M4 Upgrade Sets (for KittyHawk) 1:48 Eduard There's been a lot of chatter about this new kit from KittyHawk, and it's nice to have a newly tooled kit in this scale, so here are Eduard's upgrades and accessory sets for your new purchase. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior Set (49829) A two sheet set with one nickel plated and pre-painted, containing a full set of instrument panels with layered detail and highly detailed instrument faces where appropriate. In addition are extra parts for the ejection seat, a more in-scale HUD with acetate film for the glazing; canopy framing details; internal structural parts for the canopy and hoops for the front of the canopy as well as the rear of the windscreen parts. Zoom! Set (FE829) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Seatbelts STEEL (49830) In case you don't already know, they are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. Also included in the fret is a replacement for the ejection handles in glorious red, with white stencils. Exterior (48922) Made up from one large sheet of etched brass, the set contains the various (and many) vanes on the pitot probe; filler caps for the fuel tanks; a more detailed sensor fit under the nose including AoA probes; a new egg-shaped panel at the wing root; a blade antenna for Polish aircraft with a fitting template; static wicks for the wings; pylon attachment-point skins; wing-glove fittings and wing strakes; a replacement bay for the wing-mounted cannons, plus a guide for enlarging the aperture, and finally a guide to correct the exhaust nozzle length, and a replacement afterburner ring to detail it. FOD Set (48923) When parked up, almost all aircraft are routinely fitted with FOD guards to prevent ingress of Foreign Object Debris into sensitive areas. No-one likes a spanner in their intake trunking, or an accidental discharge of a weapon! The sheet contains a nose-cone FOD guard, which requires you to roll a cone (not that kind!), and form the lip around the intake at the front, and a guide to shorten the exhaust (as per the exterior set above) so that the rear guard will fit snugly. The rear part is complex, with a box-section inside the circle, and strengthening shapes moulded in that will need pressing in with the tip of a ball-point pen. Chocks are built up for the main wheels, a cover for the sensor on the tail fillet, and nearby strake-mounted sensors; FODs for the various sensors; intakes and exhausts on the fuselage, and small covers for the wing-mounted cannon bays. Air Brakes (48924) A medium-sized brass fret that contains the parts necessary to replace the kit airbrakes. Firstly, the bay apertures are squared off by removing the shape around the edges, before the replacement bay is folded up, and inserted from inside before closing up the fuselage. The brakes are then given a detail skin that is festooned with rivets. Review sample courtesy of
  19. ICM

    http://www.fahrzeuge-der-wehrmacht.de/Artikel/E-Pkw_s.html Pics here Hope this helps Looks like half up down hinge line PV
  20. ICM

    Good question - I'd check your refs to see how it folds first.
  21. ICM

    Nice review of a decent looking kit, I actually went and bought one after reading this and hope to make a diorama along with a 1/35 Tamiya Panzer II I have in my stash. One question as I can't see anything in the instructions in my boxing that indicates this, how would I model the bonnet open - would it simply be a matter of cutting the bonnet part in two along the hinge line and mounting one or both halves open? Andrew
  22. L-13 Blanik "Czechoslovak Glider" 1:72 Special Hobby The L-13 Blanik is a two seater training glider made by the Czech company Let Kunovice. It is probably the most widely produced and used glider in the world, being used by many civilian schools, and even the US Air Force Academy where it is designated the TG-10C. The L-13 was the first Czech glider to utilise laminar flow wing profiles. The L-13 has a reputation for durability and ease of operation. Over 3000 have been built since 1956 and exported all over the world. The ruggedness of the design combined with a low landing speed and ample control deflection make it very effective as a primary flight trainer. The type is said to posses many of the flight characteristics of wood/fabric aircraft but with the durability of more modern materials and construction techniques. The Kit This is a re-release of the 2008 Profiline kit. The kit is on just one injected sprue with a separate cockpit part. Construction starts in the cockpit, the two seats are added along with their control columns, the rear cockpit bulkhead and the two instrument coamings. Once complete the fuselage can be closed up and the canopy added. Depending on the version being built the right set of wing tips need to be added to the main wings. The wings can then be added to the fuselage. The tail surfaces and vertical tail can then be added. Finally the tail wheel is added. Decals Decals are from Aviprint and should pose no problems. Markings are provided for 4 examples; OK-1827, Benesov Airfield, Czech Republic. VH-GOS, Queensland, Australia. DM-3208, Magdeburg Airfiels, Eat Germany 1961. OK-4832, Aeroclub Pilsen, Czech Republic. Conclusion This is a simple little kit (but then the real ones are as well) it should make up to be a good interesting model. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Special Hobby

    Beautiful airplane! Good to know that it had fuselage from Polish-designed PZL P.24, which was license produced in Romania.
  24. The Normandy Battlefields Bocage & Breakout From the Beaches to the Falaise Gap Casemate UK When many of us think of “Normandy” we automatically think of the battles on the beaches. This however was only the first part of the story. Once allied forces broke out from their beach heads they faced a three month long battle in the French countryside which would result in over half a million casualties. The fighting in the infamous bocage countryside, around the import town of Caen; and upto the strategic port of Cherbourg was heavy brutal fighting which culminated in around 100,000 German Troops being cut of at the Falaise Gap. This encirclement resulted in approximately 10,000 German casualties, with a further 50,000 German troops being taken prisoner. The book deals with the important aspects of the breakout into Normandy; The Cotentin & Cherbourg The First Army in the Bocage The Battle for Caen The Breakout Brittany The Falaise Gap The Aftermath. The book is 192 pages long in A4 format with all pages in glossy print. There are no pages without photographs, and many of these are in colour where possible. Not only are there war time photographs but contemporary ones to show what the areas look like today, and to pick out areas of historical interest. There are many wartime photographs which will be of interest to both the modeller and the history buff. Maps are used to illustrate the battles along with specially commissioned aerial photography which brings home how difficult it must have been rather than just looking at maps alone. Conclusion. I have now had this book for a little while and must confess that once I started reading the book the review has been delayed, as I wanted to give it a proper read through. This was worth the wait as the book is an excellent portrayal of these events following the landings in France. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  25. KiittyHawk

    On late production models the canopy is tinted, mind you only slightly but the windscreen is not! This would call for either two pressings of the transparent sprue with clear and tinted plastic or producing a separate sprue for the tinted canopy. In mass production of the kit both solutions would be a "bit" uneconomical or cut back on the profit margin of the producer. The MiG-31 had a very different type of material used for the canopies resulting in tinting with service time. In case of the 31 the tint is very different and far stronger! So here it would be wise to make two versions to give back the strong tint of the canopies. In case of the Su-35 I am not convinced that this is the right way. In kit making sometimes you have to cut corners and leave the tinted canopy question either to the modeller (there are excellent paints to imitate this) or to aftermarket manufacturers (there are excellent clear resin castings now days). Best regards Gabor
  26. KiittyHawk

    Thanks for an excellent review Mike. Me personally have been eagerly awaiting this release as it is one of my all time favorite jets. All it's (already pointed out faults) put aside, I think it will still look very good built up. Just my two pennies worth: I was very fortunate to have a long chat with one of the test pilots on a visit to Russia and he was very helpful and friendly during our quick walk around. Many people think the Su-35 is merely an Su-27 upgrade when in reality it is actually very far from it. Yes it has a very strong resemblance to the Su-27 but is basically a brand new design from the ground up and systems wise has almost nothing in common with the Su-27. The basic aerodynamic design of the 27 was so good it made a lot of sense economically to build the "new" aircraft based on that design. As an example the materials used in the construction is close to 90 percent different to that used to build the 27. Everything from avionics, fuel system, engines, hydraulic system and gear, weapons system etc. are all new and at closer inspection a lot of the panel lines on the 35 are different to the 27. I love the Su-27 and I think this new aircraft is a brilliant concept and already proofed that it is extremely capable. Now I can't wait to see how it turns out once you're done with it. But I guess we'll have to wait a week or so right? The only thing I would like to mention kit wise (and I haven't seen anybody else mention this anywhere even on other forums) is that the Su-35 has a tinted canopy. It would have been nice if Kitty Hawk paid us the same courtesy as what AMK did their customers with their excellent Mig-31 kit and supplied a tinted canopy. Below pics are not mine: Victor
  27. KiittyHawk

    We are speaking of brand new aircraft so . . . I also did get sidetracked by a 13 year old single malt Caol ila . . . Gabor
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