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  1. You have one of the answers in the thread already - there are no F-15A/Bs and early F-15C/Ds on the market.
  2. All is correct, there is also ПЕРЕВЫПУСК → reissue. I would only add that in two cases (#3648 & #6287) these are announcements from this year, moved to 2023.
  3. Kit #03841 is F-15E, there are no other versions based on this tooling, just another box with paints and glue. Maybe they will release other versions, maybe not. As long as there's no news, there's not much to be excited about. F-15C MSIP II, modification flown for the first time on June 20, 1985. This kit was released three years ago and there is no sign that GWH wants to make an early F-15C/D, let alone an F-15A/B. Fine Molds, on the other hand, is likely to include early F-15C/Ds in its production, as the Japanese versions are based on them. Besides, looking at how carefully they are developing the F-4 family, it is quite likely that they will approach the F-15 project in a similar way.
  4. Usually the photo published in catalogue is used for a boxart, so I would expect a present-day scheme of some aircraft with a name.
  5. Not yet, probably will be released in December or January.
  6. Unfortunately, I do not know any details. Perhaps something more will be known when 4+ finally finishes updating its website and fills the section on CMR models with some data: https://www.4pluspublications.com/en/catalogue-2/
  7. If I remember correctly, units based in Japan converted in 1979 straight from F-4s to the factory fresh F-15C and D models. Some of the aircraft delivered in 1979 are still stationed at Kadena.
  8. It is not a question of Nazism. OK, we probably have some margin of those fascinated by Hitler, but talking about idiots is pointless. For many, it is the choice of the opponent that their country's armed forces fought against. If I have Polish planes from September 1939 on my shelf, I want some German planes too. If I have Polish squadrons from the Battle of Britain, I also want Bf 109E, Bf 110, He 111P/H and Do 17Z. The same with ships and tanks, but lets stay with the Luftwaffe. For many, it's a question of technical solutions in which the Third Reich led the way. Can anyone with an interest in aviation engineering be blamed for having a Bv 141, Fw 189, Me 163 or Mistel on the shelf? For many it is as trivial a thing as markings and camouflage colours. They range from the boring and repetitive pre-war ones to the complicated ones from the second half of the war. There are complex and colourful quick identification systems. Alongside standard ones there are desert and winter schemes. There is a whole family of paint schemes for night fighters. On top of this, many modellers want a challenge when painting a model and this is something neither RAF nor USAAF machines will provide. Mottling or Wellenmuster were common in the Luftwaffe and these schemes were seen on many types of aircraft. And we're still not talking about specialised camouflage schemes like reconnaissance or training aircraft in the RAF, but we can find those in the Luftwaffe too. The same is with tanks and figures - I may not like the Waffen-SS, but I can't pretend that their uniforms are boring. At most, I can give up buying such figures. But again - if I want to build Battle of the Bulge models, it's a bit hard to do such a collection without Waffen-SS. It's a bit hard to release civilian figures in 1/35 and not include the Germans. But contrary to what you are trying to portray, the truth is different. This is probably the full list of civilian 1/35 figures that MiniArt has released so far and that it has announced for this year, but for reasons that are quite well known items announced for 2022 have not had the chance to be released yet. 2014 - 38004 - French Civilians '30s-'40s 2014 - 38006 - Sitting Passengers '30-'40s 2016 - 38007 - Tram Crew w/ Passengers 2017 - 38011 - Soviet Villagers 2017 - 38015 - German Civilians 1930's-1940's (earlier released in WWII military line as #35086 - German Civilians) 2019 - 38010 - German Train Station Staff 1930-40s 2019 - 38017 - Auto Travelers 1930-40s 2020 - 38012 - German Railroad Staff 1930-40s 2020 - 38019 - Car Maintenance 1930-40s 2020 - 38034 - Afghan Civilians 2020 - 38037 - French Civilians 30-40s 2020 - 38039 - Welders 2022 - 38050 - Civilian Drivers 1930-40s 2022 - 38058 - Cafe Visitors 1930-40s 2022 - 38062 - French Civilians in Cafe 1930-40s 2022 - 38068 - Milkmen 2022 - 38070 - Men with Wooden Barrels 2022 - 38071 - Calvados Sellers 2022 - 38073 - Butchers 2022 - 38074 - Bakers 2022 - 38076 - Cheese Sellers Of the 21 sets of civilian figures, only three are German ones. It doesn't make sense to develop a kit of one tractor, but there is sense in developing a whole family of them. And that's what MiniArt did - they developed a whole family of Lanz Bulldog tractors, and by changing small sprues they are able to release quite a few different versions. Which is important, because these tractors were popular in Europe and both before and after the war were produced in different countries. What's more - out of eight boxes, as many as six are civilian machines. Is it German? Yes. But it's not the Germans' fault that their tractors were popular in Europe, so kits of their tractors have potential customers in many European countries. Instead of the Lanz Bulldog, should MiniArt release a tractor that was used in one country and no one had ever heard of it? But... do you realise that these companies are designing and selling their models in exactly this way? And have been doing so for years? And the fact that you don't see this is not the fault of any of these manufacturers? Let's bring some logic into this discussion. You write that Fine Molds has additional newer kits in addition to its 2005 Bf 109s. Yes, that's right, Fine Molds has released 5 new boxes in 2022: 1× F-14, 2× F-4, 2× Mitsubishi F-2. But why do you expect IBG Models to have a newer kits in addition to its Fw 190D which is released this year? Like... seriously? And why do you think it can be compared to the Bf 109 from 17 years ago? Because it's WWII German fighter? If this comparison were to make sense, you should be complaining that the Mitsubishi F-2 from Fine Molds, this year's new tooling, is "old" and should be followed by a newer model. Alternatively, you could write that the Fw 190D is an additional offering to the PZL.23 Karaś - which, although much younger, is equivalent to the Bf 109 in these comparisons, as a kit sold for years now. You have done neither. And, since we are already comparing Fine Molds and IBG Models, let's look further at their ranges this year: If we're talking about the new boxes in 1/72 scale range, then we have 5 boxes from Fine Molds and 24 boxes from IBG Models plus a 3× rebox of MiG-29s from Trumpeter. If we are talking about model families in 1/72, from which these boxes come, we have 3 from Fine Molds (F-14, F-4, Mitsubishi F-2) and 10 from IBG Models (Type 95, 38M Toldi, 40M Nimrod, A10 Cruiser, Cromwell/Centaur, Bedford QL, Diamond T, Lancia 3Ro, PZL P.11 AND Fw 190D). If we are talking about new tool families in 1/72, we have Mitsubishi F-2 from Fine Molds and 40M Nimrod & Fw 190D from IBG Models. Quite apart from the fact that we are writing off-topic, how about basing future such discussions on facts rather than imagined ideas? Especially imaginary ideas based on one's own modelling taste? Basically in every such discussion I see the position of "if a company doesn't make kits I'm interested in, then their kits doesn't exist and the company isn't doing much, so their offer is poor and they should do something else so they will earn to release kits I would like to see". Well, just because some kits on offer aren't interesting to you doesn't mean they've ceased to exist. And because you don't buy it, it doesn't mean they are selling bad. As I have two P-39s from RS Models, I'm not going to buy Arma's kit. But it doesn't matter, this kit exists and it sells very well - one wholesaler sold the entire shipment to shops within an hour. So do I whine that their new kit is not one from my wishlist? No. I'm not whining "they should release another one next month" either. Will I buy the announced P-51D? No, because this aircraft does not interest me at all. Will I complain that they released a Mustang, even though there is a Tamiya and Airfix version of exactly that? No. Will I complain that they could have released something else? Also no. I know they have to earn enough to have ROI and to earn for their next kits. And who knows, maybe they'll do something from my wishlist. Last but not least - it's doesn't matter what company we are talking about. In every such discussion far too many people don't care about economic reality - costs, sales volume, income, return of investment, amount of time needed to research the subject, to design kit, to tool the moulds and so on. If you really know better what kind of kits should be released and how much these kits will earn, start your own business, even with crowdfunding. Moulds tooling industry will be more than happy with orders and another new company which would like to spend a lot of money. I'm dead serious here. Right now economic reality is rather dim - costs skyrocketed and customers have less money. Due to rising costs and inflation, companies have to raise prices and we can expect this later this year and in 2023. Eduard writes about it for months already, in their newsletter Arma Hobby said the same. Companies need to keep financial balance to survive, not overinvest just because you want more and more brand new kits, all of them right now. We know of one company that is said to have overinvested years ago. Dragon. Do you care about their releases in the last few years? No. Why? Because there is almost no new stuff out there, just reissues and some mixing of their old sets. This giant company over the last three years (2020-2022) has newly tooled 4.5 vehicles in 1/72 (4 new and one old with new 3D printed parts), 2 space kits in 1/400 and a 1/144 armoured train. Exactly 10 years earlier they newly tooled over 80 much larger kits. Think about it.
  9. Not really. This is from their Eduard Info magazine: The Trener is a training aircraft and does not belong in the aforementioned top league. But we also used it for some training ourselves. Whenever we go into the design of a new type like this, it means that we are confirming something, maybe a new technology or design concept and procedure, or maybe training new people. Right now, we have a Blanik glider in the works, and for exactly that reason. The Trener was still a more expanded project, because there are so many versions of it. Usually, these are more intended for the home market so that Czech modelers can get something out of it as well. Release date is not known yet: There will be a Blanik kit, but it won’t be next year, and we are not even sure about the year after. The design phase of the project is nearing an end, but is not quite there, and then it’ll have to wait for tooling, and the same goes for the two seat Cmelak (Bumble Bee).
  10. Just a week or two ago in the Flyhawk pool thread I wrote that modellers think they have a better idea of sales than model manufacturers. The same argument is made every time - subject X would sell better than subject Y which the company just has released/is planning to release. Why would it sell better? Because the modeller and his friends think so. What is the evidence to support such a claim? None. The modellers live in a bubble and are convinced that their bubble is representative of the entire modelling industry. The majority, you refer to, behave differently with each family of models. Besides, they choose not only different versions, but also the theatre of operations, the marking, the unit and so on. This even works in 1/48 scale, where people generally buy fewer kits because of their size and the space they take up. And yet Eduard has a substiantial number of themed limited edition boxes, released in recent years, several thousand each, which have sold quickly: Adlerangriff, Afrika, Barbarossa, Bodenplatte, Reichsverteidigung, Wilde Sau 1 and 2 for Fw 190s and Bf 109s and Samurai and Tora Tora Tora! for Zeros. And they have tons of new kits each year. Seriously. The year 2022 is not over yet, and 113 newly tooled aircraft models in 1/72 scale have been released. More than 2 completely new models per week. This is the fresh blood you are talking about. Even if we assume that 80% of them are useless / uninteresting, there are still two good new kits a month. Fine Molds has been in the business since 1988, Eduard since 1989, IBG Models since 2006, and they all have the same production policy, especially in recent years - to thoroughly research a subject and release multiple versions, variants and markings. These kits differ not only in the text on the box, but actually have different parts, not only a few details, but also the big and expensive ones, like fuselages and wings. Again: you see what you want to see. Since 2010 Fine Molds has released 43 newly tooled model families, of which only five are aircraft in 1/72. In Eduard's case it's 46 to 11, in IBG Models' case it's 55 to 6. It means Fine Molds has an average of 3.3 newly tooled models per year, but you see one newly tooled aircraft in 1/72 every 2.5 years. For Eduard average is 3.5 a year, but you see a newly tooled model less often than once a year. For IBG Models it is 4.2 per year, but you see a new model once every two years. Do you really think you know better than guys running these companies how they should manage them and what they should have in their catalogue? Well, you are wrong. The Luftwaffe was, still is and probably will be for a long time to come the best-selling subject in 1/72. This is why Special Hobby has released quite a few Bf 109E variants (and will continue to do so in 2023) and reboxed Ju 87Ds from Academy with new parts. This is why IBG Models released the Fw 190D family. And this is why Eduard is reissuing the Bf 110 family now and will release the Bf 109F/G/K family next year. Each of these kits at the time of their launch was "unnecessary" because, after all, "such models already exist on the market" and each is a business success, bringing heaps of money to the manufacturers. Looking at the Avia S-199 model it is already clear that the Bf 109 from Eduard will be a huge business success too and people will buy them by the dozens.
  11. That's exactly the problem I was talking about. IBG Model's family of Fw 190Ds is in the market just about 10 months, it was not released fully yet and you are already calling it old. The Bf 109 family from Eduard is due in the spring next year and at the end of the 2023, too, someone will say that it is "old" and something new is needed. Meanwhile, in both cases, the companies have prepared a comprehensive treatment of the subject, with many versions and variants. Such projects take time and money and yet these are not the only projects these companies are releasing - IBG Models has vehicles in 1/35 and 1/72, Eduard has an aftermarket stuff for many scales and aircraft in 1/48.
  12. Some people think that even slightest mention of aircraft type is equal to official announcement of its kit. They claim that this kit was announced, they demand releasing it and in case of not releasing they claim that company promises more than delivers. I'm pretty sure I asked in one of threads about not released official Eduard announcements and there was no answer. If we are at commercial pressures, there is some more factors in case of Eduard: Eduard is mainly manufacturer of all the aftermarket stuff. Always have been and in foreseeable future still will be. Eduard mainly releases 1/48 kits and this is no secret. Eduard suffered from enormous fire and this changed all their schedules to keep company working and bringing money needed to recover. Eduard makes all their stuff in-house so every delay in tooling mould for one kit will delay tooling moulds for other kits waiting in the pipeline. Am I disappointed with all their 1/48 kits which are not released in 1/72 yet? Of course! But still - one of modeller's virtues should be patience, so I can wait a few years. And let's be honest - most of use has stashes full of kits, new models are released on weekly basis and there is no reason to whine about releasing schedule of any company.
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