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  1. I think you'll find the operative part is ordering Chinese made kits from China, not Japan. Japanese sellers are adding additional markups, so you will pay noticeably more for the same kit vs. ordering from Hong Kong or China.
  2. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG1

    I think you'll find that's the point. It was possible 35 years ago, by a not-very-high-end model manufacturer, so why isn't it on a modern, 21st century kit. I also think you'll find that the costs of research, development and production have plummeted substantially, not risen. It is far cheaper to tool a model kit in 2017 than it was in 1987. Which is why you're seeing a proliferation of new model manufacturers - the kinds of companies that were producing vac or resin kits 20 years ago are producing injection moulded kits today. It is vastly cheaper to use CAD/CAM and spark erosion to machine a set of tooling than it was to have craftsmen manually grind steel with a pantograph. It's vastly cheaper to e-mail some guy on the other side of the world for reference photos than it was to fly a team overseas to measure museum aircraft. Of course inflation means that the number on the price tag is bigger, but in relative terms, the costs are a fraction of what they once were.
  3. That's pretty unlikely. The pre-built was only released with the radar nose, all the photos during its development only showed the radar nose, and it was never really suggested that there would be other variants coming later. The *only* hint at anything different is the fact that they used a drawing of an AV-8B in their catalogue listing... which seems to have been a mistake rather than a hint since, as mentioned, that specific product (60027) actually turned out to be a B+. TL;DR: it will almost certainly be an AV-8B+. Any other variants would be a surprise, not an expectation.
  4. The Su-30MKI is a two-seater. The Su-35S is a single seater. The Su-30MKI has canards. The Su-35S does not have canards. The Su-30MKI has an airbrake. The Su-35S does not have an airbrake. In terms of the broader Flanker family, it's kind of difficult to pin down since the type is so varied. It's a lot easier to point out the differences between two specific sub-types than to say why any one is 'unique'. Think of it like the board game Guess Who? It's not *one* specific thing that makes it unique - other variants will share some of the 'unique' characteristics - it's that the Su-35S is the only Flanker with this specific collection of features. So compared to the initial Su-27, it is a single seater that has an offset IRST ball, revised cockpit, IFR probe, vectored thrust engines, no canards and no dorsal airbrake. Other types have some or most of these features - the Su-27SM has an offset IRST, the Su-33 has an IFR probe, and the Su-30 has vectored thrust engines - but those other types will also lack some of the features the Su-35S has (the Su-27SM has 'normal' engines), or will have have some features that the Su-35S *doesn't* (folding wings for the Su-33, an extra seat for the Su-30).
  5. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG1

    Explain to me how having a publicly released product in hand before commenting on potential errors "can help out the producer during the design of the kit".
  6. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG1

    Same deal with all three areas though - they're all fine recessed details that Airfix may be simply incapable of reproducing. As I said, they're not major details, but they are quite visible, so I'd be shocked if they somehow overlooked the various vents, rather than making a conscious design decision. Not an excuse, but a possible explanation.
  7. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG1

    I find myself wondering if they just physically couldn't add those details. I mean, they're not exactly major details, but they are quite visible. And given the amount of work that goes into researching and designing a major release from a mainstream manufacturer, there is zero chance that they simply didn't know the vents existed. But looking at the panel lines... they're fairly large. Dimensionally, they're a lot wider, and a lot rounder than the Fujimi Phantoms. And the vents in question basically amount to surface detail - the boundary layer holes are essentially a ton of rivets grouped close together, for instance. So if those panel lines mark the minimum feature size Airfix is capable of rendering - if their tooling shop simply can't machine dimensionally finer surface details - it's possible they made a conscious decision to omit the vents because it would look clunky and crude if they tried to replicate them. Like, imagine the boundary layer holes on the splitter, if they were all the size of the rivets. It would look... pretty terrible. So the solution is, you leave it out. Seems a lot more plausible to me than 'they never noticed them'.
  8. That was a Hip, not a Hind. Annetra (who distribute AMK in the Czech Republic, and seem to have hired AMK to produce it) did say that if the sales were good enough, they would like to produce a Hind at some point in the future... but I'd put that down more to long term planning and a bit of marketing, rather than an actual, active project. Particularly given the fact that there's hasn't been a peep about the Hip for at least a year. And again, re: the MiG-17, it's an old painting by a guy that paints aircraft. Don't get your hopes up that it'll be the next Zvezda kit. Just like Koike Shigeo paints a lot of stuff outside of his Hasegawa box art, not every one of Andrey Zhirnov's paintings is done for Zvezda. Here's an Su-30: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pGfCuHgFvHE/TefRoBK5ntI/AAAAAAAAAO0/snO-Q3YALo0/s1600/Su-30-0006.jpg And an Su-7: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a5/f2/88/a5f2886feb4b1454abc6a1e9e7cebba6.jpg Su-15: https://weaponsandwarfare.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/kal-007-andrei-zhirnov.jpg Yak-15: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/36/44/8c/36448c499a412e2daf648060de1cc9bf.jpg A bunch more, including an MB-339: http://redstarsart.blogspot.ca/2011/06/art-of-andrey-zhirnov.html
  9. Second post down, second-to-last pic, ca. 2012: https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=96637&page=3 Halfway down the page, ca. 2011, and also clearly not the original source: http://lemur59.ru/node/9141 It's an old painting.
  10. The Sea Fury rumour thread 2

    All *model kits* get delays in their release. Some, like Tamiya, just happen behind the scenes.
  11. So this petition that's apparently been wildly successful and that is definitely a real thing that has been going on since September... anybody got a link to it?
  12. That's not the Hobbyboss kit. It's Mini Hobby Models (you can see the logo on the top left of the box), a re-box of the Kitech/Zhengdefu tooling. It's a poor-quality ripoff of the Academy kit, so not really worth it even at that price. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/976060-mini-hobby-models-80398-chinese-j-11-fighter
  13. It is literally the same press release, copied and pasted onto a different website. We already have a thread for the Special Hobby/Tarangus 1/72 Viggen. This one is redundant.
  14. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235002858-172-saab-37-viggen-by-special-hobby/