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Piotr Mikolajski

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  1. Instruction for Mirage is here: https://www.specialhobby.eu/out/ftp/media/SH72435.pdf
  2. The F-111 from Hasegawa was released in 1989. I like history, but I'm not sentimental - this kit may have been great 32 years ago, but it's getting old. At a price comparable to modern kits, its detail no longer stands up to that comparison. Here are the prices of the F-111 rebox and other modern Fine Molds and GWH models from the same shop: 127.00 PLN - F-15E "In action of OEF & OIF" (L7201 GWH) 132.00 PLN - F-15I IAF Ra'am (L7202 GWH) 137.00 PLN - F-15C Eagle MSIP II "USAF & ANG" (L7205 GWH) 141.00 PLN - F-15J Eagle "JASDF Air Combat Meet 2013" (
  3. Hobby 2000 reboxes have decals printed by Cartograf, so as long as research is correct, these decals are strong point. On the other hand, I was very pleased to see the announcements of this rebox.... and gave up buying it when I saw the price. Here in Poland it is comparable to the price of F-14 from Fine Molds, and if you take into account the price of resin add-ons (wheels, exhaust nozzles, cockpit), it will easily reach the level of novelties from GWH.
  4. The investment must have a chance of return. Paying huge amounts for an absurd licence means a higher cost for the whole project. A higher project price always translates into lower unit sales, so for most companies this type of investment simply does not make economic sense. Srsly...
  5. KamAZ-4310 in 1/35 released by ICM in 2016 has name "Soviet Six-Wheel Army Truck". Guess why.
  6. Answer reported in comments that test injections should still be in May. Then they are waiting for the delivery of decals and photo-etched parts and the kit will go on sale.
  7. The answer is quite simple - different technology than steel moulds. I heard some info about it but I have no full and reliable data. From what I have heard, and here I put the emphasis on *heard*, because this is not the first-hand information, this technology makes it possible to create very high quality moulds at a lower cost, but at the same time the life of these moulds is much shorter. We can call their kits HTSR - Hi-Tech Short-Run.
  8. First part of photos from build: https://www.specialhobby.net/2021/05/sh32047-westland-whirlwind-mki-132.html
  9. Fortunately there are no BAFO schemes in it, I can let it go.
  10. As I wrote earlier to someone who tried to guess if one of the secret items in 1/32 is PZL.23 Karaś - such guessing is pointless. I know what test sprues have just arrived, I know what the secret items and production plans are, but I take NDA very seriously, so I won't comment on that. What I write about in this thread should be treated in general terms, remembering that it concerns the production of kits from steel moulds. Aluminium, galvanised or resin moulds are a separate topic. This is why I can write that the Polish market does not dictate the choice of subjects,
  11. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72232 I guess? They have another one too: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72334 Mushroom's monography about 305 Squadron has artwork with red codes and authors are not sure if codes were black or red. Indeed letters on the published photos are not that dark as we would expect from black letters so it would be nice to get both options. Yes and no. Level of details depends on tooling but different plastic will give slightly different results. But I would put emphasis on *slightly* because such difference is far
  12. The point is that you are only talking about part of the whole family. Meanwhile, from a design perspective, you have to look at the whole Yak-7/Yak-9 family. Seriously, a responsible company will not want to ruin the subject by releasing only 2-3 versions. And coming back to the topic in a few years and releasing more variants is much more expensive than doing everything at once - you have to pay again for the designer's work, for the analysts' work and so on. These kinds of decisions always depend on the individual case. In the case of the PZL.37 you have the same wings
  13. The answer to this question is very simple - IBG designs whole families, not individual versions. If you invest in a team that analyses documents and photos, the result is a lot of knowledge about the whole design. At that point, you know what you can do with that knowledge, so it pays to invest a little more and design a whole family of aircraft, not just one version. Modern technology allows us to design a model in many versions in such a way that it will have as many common elements as possible, but at the same time will not require advanced modifications to make eac
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