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  1. Maybe one of our friends from Russia would know anything about this: Has Zvezda tooled two sets of fuselages [cargo and passenger] or did they amend the forms after releasing the Russian Post boxing and drilled passenger windows into the molds? I would like to get the cargo version and was wondering if the Russian Post boxing would be my only chance or - with the molds untouched - Zvezda may perhaps release another boxing down the road...!?
  2. Hi there Bo, In the March 2006 issue of Air Forces Monthly, there is a report on the Ukrainian AF. Included is a picture by Sergey Popsuevich, giving a front-left perspective of "38 white" of the 114th regiment at Ivano-Frankivsk. Picture date is given as January 31st, 1993 (!). The chevron markings applied are explained in the report as being unofficial ones, from a bunch that appeared [in this particular case, at unit level - 114th regiment] in the immediate aftermath of Ukrainian independence from the USSR, before the official, sanctioned markings were settled upon. I have, unfortunately, no information regarding the wing markings. However, in lack of some visual evidence, I would build my model with the chevrons on the wings pointing the sharp end forward - the tail markings have also their sharp ends pointed towards the front of the plane... Cheers, Niki
  3. Mirage Farewell 1/72

    Many thanks! No excuse for me now not to get cracking on a couple of those farewell schemes...
  4. Mirage Farewell 1/72

    "Constructive or positive criticism" hints at someone trying to make something "better". [BTW: Who can definitely say what is wrong with somebody's free time efforts in plastic?] Simply stating one's preferences on a subject doesn't quite qualify by itself as "constructive"... anything. If anybody can provide actual tips/ techniques of how one can better portray the idea of a well worn grey Argentinian Mirage in 1/72, other than a dark/ black wash, then that would be something many of us here would benefit from. Nice double-seater you have there! If you still read this: any problems in handling the Model-Maker decals? I thought of giving them a try myself. Keep them coming, if you will Cheers, Niki
  5. Well, they got to this fellow here from this side of the keyboard a couple of times... And, yes, those Colombian Kfirs do look sharp: clicky & clicksy
  6. Aviationmegastore is normally the go-to place in Europe for HpM stuff. Sure, one could argue about their postage rates but... what else is new!? The Derby in 48th scale they do have actually in stock right now. But as long as outer-EU post is not an issue with your local postal/ custom services, then ordering directly from the source in Singapore can't be a bad call
  7. While browsing the www for pictures of Algerian and Burmese Yak-130s (!), I came across the following artwork, which seems to be the result of efforts by the same person usually doing Zvezda boxarts. I won't post any link to the original source (it is a picture sharing site), because I don't want to get anyone into trouble should this turn out to be the supposed-to-be-secret upcoming Zvezda 1/48 kit:
  8. Fouga Magister CM 170

    Splendid result out of this old kit. Bravo! Gruß, Niki
  9. Wonderful Romanian trio! Kudos to your father for his efforts and to you for taking such good pictures Cheers, Niki

    Hi Dann, one could maybe argue that the Condor kit sports some good-enough contours and perhaps it even scores in the dimensional department, but given alternatives for the 9.12 (MiG-29A) such as the Airfix, Italeri and Trumpeter kits (listed here alphabetically and all with their own little faults), as Giorgio already mentioned, you would certainly be guaranteed a more enjoyable build and a finer detailed result by going for either of those other three labels.

    Yes, the owner has been doing the local modelling community here a big favor over the last two decades, importing kits from both the West and the East. For us locals, prices have always been competitive when compared to ordering by yourself from abroad and covering P&P and even customs fees. Should you guys in the E.U. find a good deal in the shop, it comes with the additional advantage of fast postal transit times and lack of any additional customs/ handling fees at the destination. All decals and kits under the Parcmodels label are sourced from the Ukraine, so quality is that that you would find in other products stemming from there: good enough not to ruin your day

    If you go that route and don't have a better source for the decals, you could just go directly to Parcmodels/ Hobby-Park: http://www.hobby-park.ro/en/produs.php?id=5442&page=1 Even though they are dirt cheap, they are thin and do work just fine.
  13. HobbySearch has got it listed at about £25 plus shipping. That probably more than qualifies as 'bearable' for those needing just that extra bit of additional Tomcat hardware. I remember being very excited when those Model Graphix magazines came out, but in the end I could not justify the expense (incl. S&H, VAT and possibly custom fees) for a 1/72 kit. It sure looks very nice, but so do all the Hasegawa, Fujimi, Hobby Boss and Revell Tomcats in the stash, if you ask me. http://bestanimations.com/Military/Planes/F-14/f14-tomcat-animated-gif-1.gif
  14. I need an F-4B to my collection

    The Osprey "US Navy F-4 Phantom II MiG Killers 1965–70" book says on page 91 that F-4B BuNo 151488 was lost near Hanoi in November 1967 and never flew with VF-111. Can it be that two different airframes would have been identified by the same Bureau Number?
  15. Hello Sergey, a bit late this reply and hopefully you would have solved your problem by now. If not, I'm afraid I have: 1. Bad news - I am not able to help with precisely 3-view shots as requested. Sorry. 2. Worse news - you may want to lose the cat Intolerable to mess your build up! Seriously though, I did manage to take these pictures of said HUD part from my kit. Ruler is in millimeters. Feel free to look at the biggest resolution (~ 2800*2100) available: https://www.flickr.com/photos/niki_g/37221191382/sizes/l https://www.flickr.com/photos/niki_g/37221188962/sizes/l https://www.flickr.com/photos/niki_g/36994834520/sizes/l https://www.flickr.com/photos/niki_g/36994837490/sizes/l There are some intricate shapes alright, but don't be too harsh on yourself when potentially scratch-building the piece: it's a very tiny affair indeed, so a slightly wrong angle or missing curve on the HUD won't make the J-10 uglier Let's see the finished model once completed Cheers, Niki