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Vladan Dugaric

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  1. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Stratos 4 series is really quite good. Watch it, you may be surprised by what you find below the surface of what appears to be an average Anime. The characters are animated in traditional Anime 2D cell style, big eyes and all you normally find in Japanese animated films. However, the story is pretty good, bordering hard science fiction. Airplanes have been animated by aviation enthusiasts who put a lot of thought into detail. All aircraft except the titular Stratos 0 (which got renamed to Stratos 4 later in the series) are real (with some modifications), and Stratos is a mix of Concorde, Tu-22 or Tu-160 and B-58. Spacecraft are either real (Soyuz rocket and capsule) or fictional (space station, though somewhat similar to ISS, but much bigger and with more advanced parts, as well as Comet Blaster spacecraft, while fictional, are based in part on lifting body experimental aircraft/spacecraft). This part was done as computer generated 2D wireframe which was then animated by hand, giving very realistic shapes and movement, with a huge amount of tiny details done right (such as correct movement of control surfaces during flight). Surprisingly for a Japanese animation, the English flight terminology has been done very well and pretty much correctly. Space station interiors and exteriors are all 3D computer animation. Soundtrack is simply amazing, with lots of references to The Right Stuff, Apollo 13 and several other well known and loved film scores. Plus there is an entire episode which is a full plot reference to The Right Stuff with plenty of in-jokes. There is plenty of character development, and the story is not of the good versus evil type, so there are no villains in the true sense. There are also several subplots which lead to entirely satisfying conclusions (in both Series 1 and 4), but all in all this is a seamless set of episodes which should be treated as one series. Then, there are cats. That itch to go to space. With one full episode dedicated to them. Plus appearing in all other episodes, as comic relief and as commentary on humans being silly. All the locations are all real, and are accurately reproduced in painstaking detail. The only exception is the space station. The main location is Shimojishima island, but there are scenes on Okinawa, Tanegashima (the real Japanese space launch centre) and Japanese mainland. There are some dark themes in the story line, which have been offset by quite a lot of humour, as is done in many literary and cinematic works somewhat similar to how Star Wars offsets dark themes by comic relief. However, in Stratos 4 the same characters change between comic relief and serious scenes, some more than others. Series 1 and 2 (OVA = Original Video Animation) have been both subtitled and synchronised in English (though, there is Japanese soundtrack to choose should one be inclined to do so), and English synchronisation is well done by voice actors and actresses that do a lot of Anime synchronisation (so their voices may sound familiar to those who watch Anime). Series 3 and 4 only have Japanese soundtrack and English subtitles. Subtitles are not particularly accurate, so in English soundtrack version it is noticeable that subtitles are only approximate to what is being said (though the meaning is the same). In late 2015 there was a Blu-Ray release for Japanese domestic market, but it probably does not have any English soundtrack or subtitles. Unfortunately, Studio Fantasia which made the series went bankrupt around that time, so there is very slim chance of international Blu-Ray release. It can be found on DVD, various streaming sites for Anime, and even on YouTube. Soundtrack is available on 4 CDs, and it can also be found on YouTube. Quite a lot of useful info about Stratos 4 can be found on TV Tropes and some basic episode information is available on Wikipedia.
  2. Revell 2018

    It may be the old Revell's 1/32 Mirage IIIE (original 1983 boxing #4741), although the label "Cooperation" indicates rebox of Italeri kit, unless it is a typo and they meant to say "Reintro".
  3. Airfix 2018

    np, just tried to be helpful Vladan
  4. Airfix 2018

    B2C is Business to Customer (retail)—retailer selling to customer. B2B is Business to Business (wholesale)—Airfix selling to retailers.
  5. Mixing Revell Paint

    Number of layers depends on how opaque that nail polish is. You will need to apply layers until you have even coverage. I cannot really say how long you should wait between coats, as you would have to test that using a plastic card. Nail polish dries pretty quickly, but that process is exponential (it slows down with drying, if after time T half of remaining solvent evaporates from paint, after another time T the remaining half will be halved, and so on, so the paint never fully dries, but becomes dry enough to handle after a while). If you thin the nail polish, drying time depends on which thinner you used. Once again, for brush painting, you cannot use too hot thinners, as they will mar the plastic or paint beneath. I would try applying the second coat after at least several hours, and more likely at least a day. You have to let the paint dry sufficiently, as fresh coat applied over paint that is touch dry but still not propely dry will cause the layer underneath to start expanding, and that can lead to cracks appearing in finish. Letting paint dry long enough will minimise the risk of cracked paint, but it cannot guarantee that it won't happen. The best way to do this would be to spray.
  6. Mixing Revell Paint

    It might work, but first test it on a piece of polystyrene to check if the amount applied by brush is small enough not to etch through. You will probably need to apply using just one stroke and not come back to that spot until it dries fully. Another thing to remember with lacquer paints (nail varnish/polish is usually a lacquer) is that it dries (solvent evaporates), unlike enamel paint which cures (reacts with oxygen from air) in addition to drying (solvent evaporating). Lacquer paint can always be re-dissolved using the solvent present in the fresh coat of paint, unlike enamel, which cannot be re-dissolved using its solvent. This means that you must be very quick if you want to apply another coat, or it cannot be done without marring the finish in the previous coat of paint. That is why hot paints are usually meant for spraying only, which will re-dissolve paint underneath, but it won't run and the amount of thinner present in the new coat is so small, to only let the paint adhere well. However, it cannot be sprayed on thick to the point of running, as this will mechanically damage the finish underneath. This is the reason Tamiya acrylic paints are very hard to brush paint. They are acrylic lacquers, and painting the second coat almost instantly softens the layer underneath, making a gooey mess in the process. This can be somewhat prevented by painting a coat of Klear on top of fully cured paint, then letting it fully cure, as Tamiya paint won't soften Klear, letting you apply a second coat without damaging finish underneath.
  7. Mixing Revell Paint

    Nail varnish is usually too hot to paint with a brush, as it will etch plastic. Spraying it will cause very little etching (which will make the paint stick better), but won't damage plastic surface and details.
  8. KA Models 1/72 F-14A Tomcat

    It is a reboxed Fujimi Tomcat, as the sprues look identical to it.
  9. The Best 1/72 Scale F-100C I Can Build

    Just a note about Triple Zilch, when you do build your D model: it was sprayed Aluminium lacquer, so apart from the hot part of the rear fuselage around the engine bay, which was titanium, unpainted, and heat stained, the rest of the aircraft was not natural metal.
  10. I agree. We should not have to do it on a modern, well-researched kit. The filled and painted wings were not that well known fact among model builders and kit manufacturers 30-40 years ago, but in the past 10 or 15 years this horse has been beaten to death and now most modellers and most manufacturers either are, or should be, aware of this. Thus, no excuses for not doing it really. If AMK can include two sets of wings in their upcoming F-14 kit, I see no reason why someone would not be the first to either have a filled and puttied wing, or two sets of wings if they fancy rivets all over one set. Let's see what Eduard do next year with their Mustang (but, knowing their love of rivets, I am not holding my breath; then again, they do make several different wing versions for their Spitfires, so perhaps we can still dream).
  11. I mentioned to Airfix team on SMW 2016 that filled wings or additional sprue with them would be great as no other kit has that option, but I presume that added cost of tooling for extra sprue put a stop to that. Also, as they had sprues on show, tooling has been done, and any changes to it would be a possible minor tweak if issues with short shot parts, fit, or excessive flash were found. Experience tells me that any sprues on show, even if a year or two before the regular release, almost always mean that tooling is final. The only exceptions I know of were a significant retooling of Trumpeter 1/32 Grumman Wildcat which had disastrous early reviews, and a minor adjustment to Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX after prop shape and symmetric hatches on rear fuselage were reported. Good thing is, there are only a few panel lines to fill. If you look carefully at Mustang wings, you will see a very faint trace of where panel lines were if light is just right. It is more of a slight imperfection in the smooth metal surface than a panel line, and it can only be seen when the light falls almost parallel to the surface of the wing. Filling the panel lines on the model and smoothing, without trying to perfectly hide them, would be prototypical, and it should not be too hard to do. Just filling with Mr Surfacer 500 and later wiping with alcohol, or using any of the water based putties (like Perfect Plastic Putty or even white milliput) and then wiping with wet finger or tissue would do the trick, without any need for sanding.
  12. News Italeri 2017

    You're right. I somehow always thought it was a repop of Hawk/Testors kit, but it really is original ESCI. I was under that impression ever since I built it in late 80s. Anyway, apart from shape which is in general OK, it has crude detail and inaccurate canopy framing. It is a product of its time (late 70s). Hasegawa kit is very nice, covers more or less all versions, and nearly perfect, apart from heavy rivets on wings, tail and empennage (all fixable, either by filling or replacing with parts from the excellent DACO upgrade set). Still, it is good to have more choice in the market, so hopefully, Italeri will release a new tool F-104. It is interesting that no F-104 kits have been produced by Chinese manufacturers yet (although I am sure they will cover the entire family eventually).
  13. News Italeri 2017

    ESCI 1/48 F-104 is an ancient Hawk kit. Hopefully it is not a re-release of that.
  14. 5 spoke wheels have the same weird hub shape as on Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk.I—hubs bulge out instead of in.
  15. More on Airfix 2017

    The angle of both photos is very slightly different, but if you look closely you will see that it is definitely the same plane. There seems to be some covering over the top of the canopy in Airfix photo, as it is brown in colour, which is not there in the museum photo. Also, the second crew member is a touch lower because Airfix photo was taken from a slightly closer distance or a little lower. Compare the frames on the outside of the canopy and the ones above pilots and you will see they are the same. Also - compare the pilot itself - it would be very unlikely to have an identical figure in an identical pose in two different planes. Look at the pose of the hand, it is identical. The mask and the straps that hold it are also identical (which would be unlikely if it was a different figure in a different plane).
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