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  1. 1/72nd Nanchang Q-5 from Trumpeter

    WOW. After so many years of people trying to convert the KP kit into the Q-5 (about 14% of the original kit left . . .) at last a real injection moulded kit! Not really a fan of Trump kits but since there is absolutely no chance of someone else doing it, will most certainly invest in one. Nice photos from China by Ken. Just a small note: if someone is interested in more details of the Q-5 then there is one example here in the middle of Europe. The Kosice museum in Slovakia has an original aircraft. Worth making it there. Not only the Q-5 but a lot of other aircraft from all over the world (a real Su-15 for example, not speaking of different Mirage airframes, Viggen or another unique aircraft like the T-38 from US!!!! ) in this museum! Best regards Gabor
  2. 1/32 Tornado F3

    Is it the fantastic conversion set from Tim from Bristol??? Looks fantastic! It is good to see that it is now in some form ready! Is it? Best regards Gabor
  3. Yep, have to take out my 12 year old Caol Ila with that extra flavour . . . Gabor
  4. 1. I will not pay 2. Life is too short to re do all the links. Sorry, no way. Best regards Gabor
  5. NO WAY!!!!! It would take months to do this. Sorry but I for one will not do this. This is insane! Best regards Gabor
  6. Best MiG-21 in 72nd scale!

    So the war is on with crap photobucket and they errased all my photos. Sorry for this.
  7. Su-35 Flanker E 1:48

    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
  8. Su-35 Flanker E 1:48

    We are speaking of brand new aircraft so . . . I also did get sidetracked by a 13 year old single malt Caol ila . . . Gabor
  9. Su-35 Flanker E 1:48

    Had a quick look at Mikes sprue photos. Anyone knows what these surface features exactly are? They look like add-on panels on top of the surface. If one has a look at photos then it will be clear that the rectangles are in fact stencils (white boxes with black text referring to the fuel used in the aircraft) painted on the surface. This reminds me of years gone by, when some Russian plastic kits back in the 1960’s, 1970’s in odd scales like 1/50 had the stars and the aircraft number represented on the plastic surface as a raised panel line. OK the rectangles are painted on the surface and there is a thickness to the paint. But should it be this thick? Best regards Gabor
  10. Su-35 Flanker E 1:48

    Hi Mike, OK, so where is it???? From the photo above on the sprue little is visible. Although it is interesting to see the side panels of the seat pan which are completely symmetrical (Part 21 and 22 on the sprue with the tyres). So according to Kitty Hawk the pilot has a choice to plug into either the left side ORK ( Russian for Personal Equipment Connector) or the right one. That would be interesting. The bigger question is how the seat looks like? Remember the Su-35 has the latest version of the Zvezda (not the kit manufacturer ) designed seat which is completely different from the earlier versions. Look forward to some photos of the seat Mike! Best regards Gabor Do you plan to include photos of the reverse side of the sprues?
  11. Best MiG-21 in 72nd scale!

    Here is a bit more on the detail of the Modelsvit MiG-21F kit. This is how you can see through the canopy. It is as clear as it can be I would say. The main wheel was glued and this is how it looks. No weld line is visible, the fit is very good. A very little sanding was applied, no surface details lost and the result is great. Or is it only me . . . Best regards Gabor
  12. Best MiG-21 in 72nd scale!

  13. Best MiG-21 in 72nd scale!

    I have only did some dry runs of different parts but had in the meantime some real fights with Photobicket which is a pile of stinking XXXX. Here is a trial with the after area. The engine exhaust parts. The afterburner flame holder rings are still missing from the whole set. It is very delicate and for the moment it is still on the sprue. Also missing are the photoetched spacers for the engine centre body. This is how it all fits into the fuselage halves. And when closed up. For the moment there are no issues here. The fuselage halves fit perfectly around the engine parts. Here is a trial with the fuselage. It is a very small jet plane I have to add. The cockpit area will be next. Here is the nose gear bay in the dry run build. I will have to see how the fuselage closes up with the cockpit/nose bay combo in place. Best regards Gabor
  14. The canopy was made with slide moulding tool, you need some space for that. Sorry it is not for something "bigger", well it is for the moulding form. Best regards Gabor
  15. Have to add that it would have been nice to have in the box the engine exhaust in the “static” form for the kind of money they ask for the kit. And lets not forget the year is 2017 so one can expect such things! One has to take into account that the kit has some extra gimmicks (whether you like it or not) like an open gun bay. Has anyone ever seen it open, not only on static aircraft but anywhere during maintenance? The one thing that would be open is the ammo box panel on the other side. To have the option to see the radar is a more likely situation but the engines would be “down” when the plane is on ground! So if anything this should have been provided rather than the gun or the radar! Yes, one can reproduce the dropped nozzles, but will it have all the fine details that the general modelling public is expecting from a kit in 2017???? Best regards Gabor