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fj55mike

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  1. Lovely Europa, it looks like an S1B or a very early S2? My dad and I have a sizable Lotus collection, and I was almost born in the white Twin-Cam Special
  2. Hi Igor, Thanks for the feedback. I found a number of photos showing more than 2 red marks, but I think you're right in that they only apply 2 at a time:
  3. Hi gents, Here's my 1/48 MiG-25PD based on the (awful) Kitty Hawk kit. Lots has been said about this kit and the company, but I'll try to summarize politely. -Rough surface finish and shallow panel lines - I ended up re-scribing the entire kit. -Poor fit in a number of places, lack of positive attachment points, and awkward part breakdown (especially the wings). -Questionable research - painting instructions are fantasy, incorrect and missing details for P,PD,PDS variants, well-documented shape issues. -Low quality plastic on some sprues led to paint adhesion issues - I suspect lots of re-grind was used in some batches. Here's a list of work performed: -Aires ejection seat -Misc. Eduard photoetch parts -Scratchbuilt + modified kit exhausts to backdate to P/PD/PDS engines - used Gary Wickham's detailed build as inspiration -Scratchbuilt pitot tubes from hypodermic needles -Scratchbuilt intake ramps (top) and outer intake walls to correct kit black hole -Eduard FOD covers -Scratchbuilt APU exhaust stack underside port engine -Scratchbuilt misc. antennae and details all over airframe -Added brake lines and misc. detail to landing gear legs -Lots of re-work of kit parts based on photos and helpful forum research -Kit national markings and (excellent) Begemot stencils -Akan and Alclad II for most exterior paint -Wings are more filler than plastic (superglue + dental acrylic is awesome!) Anyway, on to the pictures. Thanks for looking!
  4. I would much rather see them take the $5000 or so it will cost to make tooling for the engine and spend it on a flight to a museum with one of these aircraft on display. I hope they don't "Mig-25" this one and use a Yefim Gordon book and a set of bootleg drawings as their only reference material.
  5. Gabor and H-or-M, Thanks for taking the time to make such a list. It's a great resource. I test-fit the Fru-Fru models P/PD/PDS/PU/RU Resin Exhausts (48-013) on the new kit taped together, and her's the result: The kit's exhaust trunking will require some sanding to fit, but the resin nozzles fit to the fuselage really well.