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  1. Just a thought, Zvezda PFM could be better starting point for a conversion? Off the top of my head, you will need at least F-style narrow chord vertical fin, different pitot, exhaust nozzle / engine and ventral fin. Don't fit the outer wing pylons. The wheel hubs would also be different, but Zvezda bis kit only includes the early style hubs appropriate for PF. There are probably tons of small differences in panels, AoA probes and antennas.
  2. 1/72 T-90s - accurate + easyish build?

    I have not built any 1/72 T-90s so I can't really say anything conclusive about the accuracy or ease of build. But I have some general observations on various kits in my stash: ACE: Short run, based on their T-72 kit. I've built one of their T-72s and while the kit is not at all bad the molding quality just can't compete with more recent offerings. ACE kit is the early T-90 with cast turret. The tracks are T-72 style RMSh with single track pin per link and poor detail. There are two sets of road wheel halves, the early T-72 type 8-spoke wheels and later 6-spoke wheels, 12 wheel halves each type. The idea is that you can do either early or late T-72 by using the correct wheel halves for outer side and incorrect for inner side. I find the turret shape and height a bit odd but that won't be very obvious as the turret will be covered with equipment boxes and ERA tiles. Modelcollect: As mentioned by @bad eddthe initial release was overscale. It also had incorrect torsion bar suspension. Modelcollect did a complete retooling few years ago. Many variants are covered in different boxings, the early T-90 with cast turret, later T-90A with welded turret and others. I'm not excited about the metal hull bottom as this means you can't use regular plastic glue. Early boxings had vinyl tracks which have been replaced with hard plastic tracks about two years ago. 3 different types of road wheels are provided, but inner road wheel halves have no spoke detail (just like Revell T-72M1, what is it with T-72/90 wheels?). Parts have no locating pins as usual for Modelcollect, but typically Modelcollect kits have good fit and sharp, flash free parts, with somewhat fiddly but not difficult build. Revell: Two variants, T-90 and T-90A. T-90 has cast turret and RMSh tracks, T-90A has welded turret and later tracks with 2 track pins per link. The tracks are in two pieces, you are to heat them and bend around drive and idler wheels which sounds a bit too exciting to me. Revell is the first one to get inner road wheels correct, bravo! Both kits have the same gun, while there are some subtle differences between the 2A46M and 2A46M-5. Unless you are really serious about it, in 1/72 scale I'd just forget about it. Zvezda: Only T-90A variant provided. Best detail of all kits, with some exquisitely molded small parts, even nicer than Modelcollect and Revell. Correct inner road wheels. Both tracks are single part, you bend them around the wheels (tracks have notches on inner sides to help you bend them). If I had to pick just one of them, any T-90 variant, I'd probably go for Zvezda. For early T-90 it is a coin toss between Modelcollect and Revell. All kits are loaded with parts.
  3. According to http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2018/Nuernberg_2018.html it is scheduled at September 2018. But don't hold your breath, Special Hobby releases may or may not come when advertised...
  4. Great info, Ken! This thread will be very useful for me. About the cockpit seating - the problem could also have been the other way around, i.e. tub being seated too low. I recall this happened to me with some old kit which left a huge gap between the cockpit tub and upper fuselage half. I am a bit surprised Modelsvit chose to attach the tub to the bottom fuselage half unlike pretty much every other Flanker kit.
  5. So what are the accuracy issues with S&M B.2? I'm quite interested in this kit but there are so many interesting subjects with good kits already I'll pass for anything major.
  6. I had the same dream about Tu-14: It is getting a bit unlikely we'll see that in 2017, though. But no worries, Modelsvit still produces new kits faster than I can build them.
  7. Based on RV kits I presume? Will you please fix the BN windscreen?
  8. Best Su-25 in 1/72nd Scale?

    I am slowly building an ART Model Su-28 (derivative of Su-25UB). While I have not finished with all details parts yet, I have all the main parts together and had no problems with it. I admit the engine pods need some work: - the kit includes intake trunks (the only 1/72 kit to do so) which don't seem to fit inside the pods without removing some material - I had to force the pods to sit flush against the fuselage The clear parts could be better as there is quite a bit of distortion. Despite these issues, I think the kit is miles ahead of competition. The fit elsewhere has been fine, and while detail is somewhat soft it is better than Zvezda and tons better than Kopro.
  9. I wonder if it would be easier to replace the intake bottoms by cutting the Italeri intakes. Guess I'll learn if I ever start my conversion. https://www.scribd.com/document/286617589/Sukhoi-Su-34 mentions that Su-33 main landing gear may have been used, but I don't see any evidence of that. I can't really tell from any of the Su-27IB pictures I have seen.
  10. Awesome! I have been planning Su-27IB for a while as well, but I was not quite sure how to deal with the main gear wells. I was planning to replace the intakes with spare Airfix Su-27 intakes but that is just the beginning of the solution. I also have an Airfix tail left over from P-42 conversion but it feels like a massive cut and putty job. Will be following your build with great interest.
  11. Su-34 - Trumpeter & Italeri 1/72nd kits compared

    Thanks Ken! I think that Trumpeter has better rear part of the canopy but the windscreen looks quite off, it is too round and wide. While neither Italeri and Trumpeter are really bad kits, it looks like the definitive Su-34 kit has yet to come.
  12. Su-34 - Trumpeter & Italeri 1/72nd kits compared

    Thanks Ken, great comparison! One thing I'd like to know: how's the Trumpeter canopy? Italeri canopy has a bit too large clear part. Fixable, yes, just an extra work step anyway.
  13. I am not so much into props but I might make an exception here and buy it. There is just something about those smooth lines of the Yak-18T.
  14. 1/72 Su-24 & Su-27/33

    I don't think the Su-15 is available. It was also reboxed by Gran but that is not available either. A rather labor intensive kit, I should say. EDIT: The kit is listed here: http://www.ritmonexx.ru/Samolet-Su15TM-p-35317.html Maybe you can contact them and ask if they can find one for you.