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Tiger331 last won the day on March 28 2013

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  1. I don't necessarily disagree with your assessment - for me perfect fit should not require the use of any plasticard shims, for example, between joints. Maybe the F-15B/D is not quite the same but mine definitely required one or two small adjustments .....nothing major but still required.........hey !.....this is what modelling is all about. Sure, I like the odd 'Shake and Bake' from Tamiya but when there is an element of true modelling required (rather than simply assembling a kit) this brings far more satisfaction which is why I like these GWH kits so much.....what I don't like is misleading magazine reviews that paint a wholly rosy picture.
  2. Gabor, In answer to your question......Yes, the 'original' GWH MiG-29 kit was released almost 5 years ago and, yes, they addressed the issue with the incorrect upper fuselage of the initial release (the one with the Syrian MiG-29 boxart) with impressive speed. In terms of the plastic, this is all they needed to do at the time and, for me at least, the absolute accuracy of the kit was no longer an issue. What the retooled corrected parts did not do, however, was improve the overall fit of the parts in the kit. This can be rectified to an extent by deviating from the recommended build sequence, as has been previously documented by myself and others on this forum in the past. One of the biggest areas of concern is the fit of the engine nacelle trunks - not helped by trying to get them to enclose the full engine detail (which cannot be seen anyway). In essence, with one or two very minor exceptions (such as the addition of early style stores pylons in at least one issue) the GWH 'Family' of MiG-29 Fulcrums remain unchanged over the years so any assessment on 'buildability out of the box is as valid today as it was on initial release of this particular kit. They are GREAT kits and I still derived great satisfaction from them in terms of modelling - they just don't go together as easily as some reviewers (both online and in the printed media) would have us all believe. For the record, I am also in the midst of one of GWH's F-15 Eagles and the even more recent T-33 Shooting Star - both excellent kits, again, but the Eagle is no 'shake and bake' either. To sum up, I'm a great fan and will look forward to the new Su.35S since I suspect it will still be the best one !
  3. Norwegian Starfighter

    Great build of a great subject. Caught up with one of these in the excellent aviation museum in Bodo (spoiled only by the rather poor lighting) late last year and have had one on my build list for some time now. Thanks for sharing
  4. Great subject and excellent execution......Well Done, Sir !. One quick question, if I may......Where did you source the Land Rover in Photo 4 ?. Is it a heavily modified and nicely finished Airfix example or from somewhere esle ? Cheers Mark
  5. Glad to hear others have had similar experiences with building their GWH MiG-29 Fulcrums - Don't get me wrong, I love the kit and will build more but it has not been as 'trouble-free' a build as at least two separate articles in the UK's so-called 'quality modelling press' would have one think. In spite of their assertions, I had to deviate markedly from the build sequence (not referred to once in the aforementioned articles) to get anywhere near a decent fit in one or two areas......and I have now built two of these kits. Still good to see GWH will join the fray with an Su-35 although I would have preferred a Su-27 personally
  6. A recent visit to my favourite model shop in Munich, during a business trip, prompts me to return to one of my current 'hobby horses' - the parlous state of the UK modelling magazine market. A quick rummage through the proprietors 'bargain box' of magazines was very telling indeed. Large quantities of unsold copies of Scale Aviation Modeller International and Model Airplane International and not one copy of the more popular European titles. Now before anyone shouts "not surprising since these are English language magazines being sold in a German shop" you need to know that the proprietor confirmed that both of these magazines (and other English language titles) were previously very popular in Germany in spite of the text language. Similarly, French and Italian titles sell very well and seldom find their way into the bargain box. The sad fact is that the fastidious German reader is no longer prepared to pay out 9.50 Euros for a below par magazine, filled with pages of 'catalogue style' content, poorly assembled models and pretty shallow reviews that provide no real objectivity about the accuracy or ease of assembly of any given model. Those Continental modellers that do have a very good command of the English language (and there are many) would add to the list a long litany of spelling and grammatical errors and the wholesale lifting of online reference material (such as that found on Wikipedia) which is often inaccurate and subject to grammatical/spelling errors. I was 'persuaded' to buy two copies of the former title, at a heavily discounted price (2.50) simply to while away the time on my next train journey. I will often retain articles/items of interest from old magazines for future reference after I have finished reading - on this occasion I did not keep one page from either edition, such was the paucity of quality, both of the written word and the standard of kit building. I would suggest that the Editors need to do their jobs (i.e. actually edit their respective titles). They could, at the same time, also have the decency to check such things as Wikipedia entries and have the courtesy to acknowledge these references - something else that I have picked up. Perhaps if they spent a little less time building kits and actually doing their jobs as Editors, we could start to enjoy a better quality of product. I get that the Editor really ought to have a knowledge of the subject and should have the opportunity to demonstrate their acknowledged skills in the field but until they match these qualities with those of being an Editor, first and foremost, I will continue to invest my money in quality French and German publications, even if I only get the gist of the text. There are, of course, exceptions. I am very pleased to see Airfix Magazine go from strength to strength under the guidance of a very skilled editor and his team. Despite the fact that a large percentage of the content is outside my mainstream interests, this is the only UK publication that I regularly purchase and my German acquaintance confirmed that he is rarely left with any copies to dispose of in his 'bargain box'. I'll be interested to hear others views
  7. Airbus A400M low level

    Wheezi, Equally nice shots...........I dare say this looks very impressive going through the valleys. We had a Armee de l'Air example do a fairly cheeky departure from Tallinn International Airport last Friday......I suspect partly to comply with the local civil aviation noise regulations although the Estonians really don't mind military aircraft beating up the city......provides some reassurance during these tense times. It was some way off from our balcony and one of my colleagues thought it was a C-17 (another regular visitor) until we heard 'the sound' !....as others have said, quite distinctive.
  8. Thats a very fine example of the mighty Phantom.....Gotta say, I really like the Asia Minor colour scheme on the 'Toom........really sets it off. Great finish, Reini and nice background story too.....I always like it when there is a connection. Mark
  9. What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    Its all go here in Tallinn at the mo'.......Loads of US ANG A-10Cs in town....couple of UH-60Ls zotting around too. Yesterday the Spanish must have done a scramble as two EF.18A Hornets went over the city at max chat around 4.00pm......they don't do that on a Sunday unless something is up (literally). I'll be sorry to see them go at the end of the month....The Belgians will be here with their Lawn Darts which have nothing on the Bug.
  10. 1/48 Hobby boss A-10 Thunderbolt II

    Simon, Happy to report the A-10C Thunderbolt is still going strong over here in Europe. Estonia is hosting 10 jets from the Maryland ANG for their two-week annual deployment and there is no sign of an imminent withdrawal from Service....Looks like the USAF leadership have listened to their US Army and USMC colleagues and decided against early retirement. The recent mission markings on most of the jets deployed here this week bear out their continued utility. You can see more of my photos over on the 'Aviation Photography' forum but here's a taster.
  11. Here's a few more, including a close up of the tail and nacelle markings on the Maryland ANG jets. I've also noticed, having gone through a few more photos today that some (including some of those in this thread) are sporting 'low visibility' moustaches on their noses. Thanks again for your comments
  12. Thanks for your comments, chaps. Yes, this is the third year that US ANG A-10s have conducted these road landing exercises here in Estonia. There are a number of Soviet-era road runways, originally designed to handle the MiG-23s that were previously based here, including the one at Jagala some 40km East of Tallinn, the capital. The Maryland ANG are twinned with Estonia (there is a similar system in the other Baltic States) and they initiated the road landing exercises in 2015; they were, of course, regular events in Germany during the height of the Cold War but like many other skills, tailed off with the advent of expeditionary operations elsewhere. Last year two different ANG A-10 units conducted the landings. This year, and having grown with confidence, the Maryland ANG started to put the jets down in quick succession, with two on the ground at any one time, having opened up one or two of the adjacent dispersals to enable the turnaround checks to be done to the side rather than at the end of the runway. The roadway signage on this section of the highway is, of course, removable although Murphy's Law intervened this year with the pilot of '108' taking out the only sign that had remained up (granted it was just outside the authorised landing zone so it was not an oversight on the part of the local highway authorities). The other notable thing this year was that the jets carried more ordnance.....last year they were largely sans stores of any type. Anyway, I'm pleased you like the photos.
  13. Hi Folks Another action packed day out at the Jagala austere landing site here in North Central Estonia. The Maryland ANG were out in full force during the day completing their annual re-certification for road landings. Unfortunately all did not go to plan with the last wave (see below) BEFORE: The 'Ill fated' '108' (first aircraft of the last wave to complete road landing qualification) completes a low flyover prior to conducting a go around for the qualifying road landing - note the red/white barriers in the background....... AFTER......Unfortunately the pilot of '108' miscalculated his approach for landing and took out several of the aforementioned barriers with his main undercarriage and a round road sign with the lower flaperon....Note the large 'bite' !. This incident put paid to the rest of the landing procedure. After safety checks the aircraft departed four hours later, making the short flight back to Amari AB with the undercarriage lowered Anyway, I hope you enjoy my attempts to record the days activities. Postscript: It's interesting what one can pick up after a deeper analysis of photos.....I've noticed the rather pronounced 'circles' on the forward fuselage of '718' (no doubt caused by oily RBF tags attached to the inlet bungs).....these are a lot more evident than those on '719' or '682' which are barely discernible. I suspect it would be a challenge to reproduce these on a model but it would be very satisfying.
  14. Another great subject, Russ. Like at least one other co-respondent, I did a double-take with the first photo thinking it was a reference shot of the actual subject !. Great, great work and a real inspiration to me right now since current domestic circumstances dictate my use of hairy sticks rather than my trusty airbrush. Keep up the good work Mark