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About Bobski

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  1. TSR.2 is famous and the entire Airfix production run in 1/72 sold out immediately. If you want a commercially-available, injection-moulded kit of a Scimitar or anything else at an affordable price then it has to be commercially viable. There's nothing to say that Airfix won't tool one at some point in the future though, provided they can get the appropriate research materials and access to one to measure / laser-scan it.
  2. Revell, hands-down. The fit is a pain in places, but it's a lot more accurate than the Trumpeter kit and half the price!
  3. I may have to do this scheme on my second Ki-61. Superb job.
  4. That's right, the new tool has only been released as the Yamato so far, however it's worth noting that there are several flashed-over holes marked "M" that are not used in the new tool kit. Clearly it's been tooled with the Musashi in mind for the future, although whether I'll be able to persuade my better half to let me have it when it arrives is a different matter...
  5. Good job. A couple of small observations though. The decking behind the ejection seat under the canopy should be matt black, and you've missed off the wingtip missile launchers. Those are permanently fitted to the aircraft, even display aircraft, and have the chaff dispenser fitted at the rear.
  6. Yes, Revell have done single-seat and twin-seat kits in both 1/48 and 1/32. The 1/48 single-seater has just been re-released with the Bronze Tiger scheme. Not sure whether the 1/32 kits are in the current catalogue but they should be fairly easy to pick up on ebay.
  7. Best kit in both scales, in terms of accuracy at least, is Revell. The fit is problematic in a few places though. Italeri's kit in 1/48 is based on the original development aircraft and has a number of inaccuracies compared to the production aircraft. It's also got a few shape issues, particularly around the rear fuselage and the wing tip pods. Trumpeter's kit in 1/32 is a scaled-up copy of the Italeri kit. It has the same shape issues (only much worse) and the weapons pylons are all undersized. Costs twice as much as Revell's kit too.
  8. Agreed - go with Hobbyboss. My experience with Kinetic's EA-6B/A-6 is not positive. The wings wouldn't fit at all...
  9. It doesn't. They haven't fixed any of the fit issues with the previous kit, they've removed most of the stores and they've upped the RRP.
  10. Hasegawa fits better and has a full set of weapons pylons, but the seat is rubbish and the exhausts are only accurate if you're modelling an aircraft in flight. A replacement seat can, I believe, be found in Pavla's resin cockpit set. Olimp's replacement resin nozzles look lovely but are too large and don't fit. Revell's seat is pretty much spot on and the overall shape is very good, but as you found it takes a lot of work because the fit is poor in a lot of places. Hobbyboss is the least accurate of the three. It looks like a Typhoon but that's about it. I've heard it goes together reasonably well, but it's got too many errors for me. Italeri's old kit is based on the original Development Aircraft and is OK, but not brilliant and not very representative of a production jet.
  11. I use Mr Color Levelling Thinner mixed between 50/50 and 60/40 (60% thinner to 40% paint) and sprayed at medium-low pressure. I couldn't tell you the exact PSI setting as I have an Iwata airbrush that allows me to fine tune the air pressure via the brush rather than the compressor...
  12. Aircraft are commonly moved between Squadrons in the RAF. The same happens with Tornado and Typhoon, so you'll see aircraft carrying multiple squadron markings over the course of their careers. It's possible that an aircraft had squadron markings on operations (Typhoons certainly kept them on ops over Libya) but it's an exception rather than a rule. Normally they have them removed.
  13. To what flash are you referring? Can you link to an image? If you're referring to the Squadron markings (which it sounds like you are) then they would have been removed on operations. The aircraft would only have the tail number and serial number to identify them. The different markings represent different Squadrons - green being 3 Squadron (prior to transitioning to Typhoon) and the one with the small arrows sounds like 1 Squadron.
  14. Yep, go for the Mr Color JASDF Oceanic Camouflage set if you can. The colours in there are spot on.
  15. Yes, there would normally be one each side of the aircraft.