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About sroubos

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  1. Yeah, he highlights the wing issue which I already remarked on above. The engine part breakdown is always a concern. Seems it will be a challenging build.
  2. Which reviews do you mean? Good, I want one
  3. Aviation of Japan Blog

    More of an amateur malcontent.
  4. Maybe I'm missing something here but your link provides 0 hits in their database. They do stock a large number of their 1/48 kits. https://www.aviationmegastore.com/search/LH8598fe06fb58fed72d2229566e/_/p1/c/s/f3176
  5. Aviation of Japan Blog

    That blog post is one of the nastiest things I have ever read on the internet, and I've been on it for some time. It just gets worse and worse as it goes on. His comment at the end is just nauseating. I do hope this isn't the reason Nick is absent. He is a very valuable member of our community and he is never less than helpful whenever called upon. If his writings can't be summarized into soundbites or Tamiya paint numbers that is because he deals with complicated stuff and he doesn't cut corners. He is an admirable individual in my book and I miss his posts and his blog.
  6. They used to include them in many of their pre-1990s kits like their F-16A/B so it wasn't a problem before. Other manufacturers did and do include them and often quite a few 'specials' as well, like Revell and Italeri. It's just a money spinner for Hasegawa.
  7. 1/48 Hobby Boss Su-27 Flanker-B

    Very, very nice.
  8. 1/72 Revell F-4F

    I've often read this comment on the 'slotted stabiliser', can anyone point out on a picture what it actually looks like? I'm not sure what to look for.
  9. Silly pricing... real shame. Why is it so expensive, HB usually have very reasonable prices.
  10. The brassin sets look good in the box and are great if you know how to handle them but they are not everyone's cup of tea. I spent some money on two sets of AIM-9Bs in 72nd but threw them out after wasting an entire evening trying to glue the fins on. I got some Hasegawa weapons sets instead, which were still pretty good, almost the same price and gave me stacks of spares for other projects.
  11. I can see how that applies to kits like the A-10 and F-15E but leaving out Sidewinders, Sparrows and AMRAAMs, which are present in most if not all load-outs for modern (NATO) fighters is a taking it a bit far. Even if you don't want something exotic you will need these to even dress up your kit to a basic level. Besides, if other kit manufacturers do it (Revell comes to mind), it makes them look extra stingy. Luckily it seems they've started to reverse their position on this somewhat in recent years, the Eurofighter had a good weapons set if I recall - probably because they didn't want to release a separate weapons set just for that kit. By the way, Hasegawa's position on this does make a bit more sense if you look at this from the point of view of their home market. Their kits are sold at extortionate prices here, and it really hurts to have to fork over an extra tenner just to get give it some teeth. But in Japan the kits cost less than half of what they are in Europe, and standard of living is higher, which makes them even cheaper - relatively. So it's actually nice to have more of a 'pay for what you want' option there.
  12. White paint for Tamiya F14 Tomcat

    Always a pain, white. I've tried many but the best I've found is an acrylic automotive paint from a spray can. I've also had some success using Tamiya white fine primer, and Gunze Sangyo have a similar product. The automotive paint has to be decanted before spraying it; the Tamiya and Gunze spray cans are ok to use directly on your model for large surfaces but it's not very economical as these cans are a tenner or more each. So best to decant as well. I've never found a well-spraying white in a tin or bottle. Perhaps I should try Giorgio's suggestion for XF-2. Vallejo, in my experience, sprays extremely well in general (I've never tried their white) but the paint scratches very easily.
  13. No distribution via the Aviationmegastore in NL, that's a shame.
  14. Well, it's an odd feature but the kit still looks great so I will be getting one. I've been looking forward to some good early 109s for a while now.