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Piotr Mikolajski

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  1. It depends on how you define 'definite release'. Release date? Catalogue number? Price? Boxart? None of the above. But let's start with the fact that it's not "Special Hobby or Eduard", because from the very beginning, still from 1/32 scale, it's a project of both companies and together they released the model in 1/48. Given their now very close cooperation, it is quite obvious that the 1/72 scale model will also be released jointly and both companies will package it in boxes with their own logos. Only Eduard and Special Hobby know which kits are "around the corner", which are delayed, which are deliberately delayed, and which will be brought forward. Given that both companies are fighting with a certain manufacturer, neither Eduard nor Special Hobby will announce well in advance which kit will go on sale. Both companies have even stopped communicating with details of what stages of development their announcements are at. The fact that an announcement has been given a catalogue number does not mean that it will definitely be released. No model company operates in a vacuum, competition on the market is fierce, so production plans are updated at least once a year, and often even every 4-6 months. The release of some items ceases to be profitable, the documentation to design some items ceases to be up to date, new ideas emerge requiring quick action and rescheduling, often very significant. The fact that a company announced something years ago is not particularly relevant. It could have announced it and abandoned the project. It could have announced it and still want a particular kit released, but delay it. It could have announced only to lock the subject in for years. Nobody is going to disclose details like that because nobody is going to make life easy for the competition. Trumpeter announced a MiG-19 kit in 1/72 a dozen years ago. Chinese development versions like the Q-5 have already come out, but the MiG-19 is still in announcements. Which one it falls into, when it will be released and if it will be released at all, only Trumpeter knows. And there are a whole bunch of such examples in other companies. Both Eduard and Special Hobby have announced a new 1/72 scale project to be announced in the autumn. Whether it will be two separate themes or one common theme, nobody knows. Nor does anyone know what it will be or what stage this project or projects are at. Will it be the Tempest? Possibly. Will it definitely be Tempest? That only Mr Sulc and Mr Riedel know.
  2. Eduard very closely cooperate with Special Hobby, so their old release intervals are irrelevant now.
  3. Sorry to disappoint you but it seems that Modelsvit makes WWII aircraft in 1/48 while 1/72 is reserved for cold war jets.
  4. Downsized version of Eduard's 1/48 kit will be released sooner than later by Special Hobby. Both Eduard and Special Hobby announced "surprise 1/72 new kit" for autumn and this can be whole family of Tempests.
  5. Revell made UH-1D in 1/32 in 1967 and this kit was reboxed many times. Last "combat rebox" was released in 2015, civilian one is planned this year.
  6. My Russian is a little bit rusty so I'll not translate whole comment but the most substantial notes. Compared to other kits: Better than Revell, because Zvezda has correct fabric areas on fuselage and length of Zvezda is same as Mk.II, but Revell is as short as Mk.I. Better than Academy, because Zvezda has correct width of the fuselage, Academy is skinny. More important / harder to fix geometry issues: Tail cross-sections "with deviations to minus" - without the kit it's hard to say what he meant. "The cockpit canopy is not wedge-shaped as it should be, but with parallel edges." Less important / easier to fix geometry issues: Wrongly shaped propeller spinner. "Unusual propeller blades." Incorrect wingtips. Narrow water radiator. Intake from Mk.I Too pronounced two protruding ribs on the fuselage. Too thick keel. Strong points: Sits well in the scale plans (minus the above-mentioned flaws) - unfortunately there is no info, what scale plans he refers to. Correct panel lines. No dents in the plastic. "Model is very well technologically divided - despite ugly snap-kit technology, it didn't affect its surfaces. I.e. there are no ugly dints on wings like on Yak-3 and Bf 109F". My personal disclaimer: without mentioning the name / source of the plans on which the above comments were made, this description must be treated with caution.
  7. Adding detail, especially in less than visible areas such as the interior of transport aircraft, is a significant increase in cost for an insignificant effect. Various cockpits are an aftermarket domain. To understand how modellers are not interested in such kits and how much they do not care about such differences in large models, just look at the market offerings.
  8. Companies are reluctant to talk about the status of their kits. There is too much competition, especially from predatory companies that are happy to plug into an advertising campaign with the same product, but older and of much lower quality.
  9. Well, in 1/72 we can expect, quite reasonably, also the S-2 Tracker and C-1 Trader kits.
  10. C'mon! My stash is like fortress, some weapons are needed to reduce it somehow.
  11. To be honest, I don't really know what other words they would use when talking about a project they've done themselves and know what it looks like, which is yet to be on sale?
  12. IIRC most (all?) original moulds of CMR kits were bought by AZ/KP, so they can legally release them as injection kits. I'm not sure what about Airco DH.9A, but maybe they will release this one too?
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