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Piotr Mikolajski

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  1. To be honest I've never met a Russian talking about gorilka, it's always been vodka, no matter whether we spoke Russian or another language. I have the impression that this word rather functions in Ukraine, although Ukrainians also tend to speak of vodka. In Polish, gorzałka is also an outdated expression and is rarely used. The basic term is wódka, and sometimes it is also called czysta (means: pure or clear), to distinguish it from flavoured coloured vodkas. Speaking of diminutives, in Poland, to reinforce the message, sometimes a coarser version is used - gorzała (instead of gorzałka) or wóda (instead of wódka). Well... what was this thread about?
  2. Information about a model with GWH appeared in 2018, but no sources were cited anywhere. In the end it turned out to be just a rumour, most likely resulting from someone confusing GWH with Kitty Hawk, and we already have a thread about that KH announcement. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235036710-148-sukhoi-su-25k-frogfoot-su-25ub-utg-frogfoot-b-by-kitty-hawk-3d-renderstest-modelbox-artschemes/
  3. The answer is trivially simple - because the market for 1/32 scale has nothing to do with the market for 1/72 scale. I'll say it again - the modelling industry doesn't work that way. There is even a saying: if you want to go bankrupt, produce exactly what the modellers demand, not what is profitable. Big companies, like ICM, investing in dozens of steel moulds every year, know the market very well. They know what is not on the market and why it is not there. They also know what is on the market and what quality it is. They have their own profitability analyses, and the set of these analyses is updated on a regular basis, because each company monitors the activities of the competition and new models appearing on the market. Opinions on forums are irrelevant. If the company's analysis shows that model X will not earn a certain amount, then the company will not make such a model, regardless of how many people on various forums write about this kit. There is a belief among modellers that they have influenced the release of a model, because they have been writing about it for many years. The truth is that their writing did not make any difference. If the company's next analysis update showed that changes in the market had made a project profitable, then that project goes into the queue to be done. Finally, design and production plans are made several years in advance and they too are constantly reviewed and modified. If a model is announced today, it does not mean that the decision to release it was made yesterday. It can be in the queue since 2016, the company has complete documentation needed to design it, and the only problem was the lack of capacity and production.
  4. It is quite possible. ICM projects are always very well thought out in terms of technological division, so that as much as possible can be made of them. If they think it's possible to design both models to use the same parts (which isn't always possible), they're more likely to go that way. Everything will turn out after seeing the CH-54 sprues.
  5. For ICM it would be an exception to the current rule if they released the MiG-23/MiG-27 family in 1/72 scale only, so I wouldn't be surprised if in 1/48 this secret item is the MiG-23/MiG-27 family. Of course Trumpeter already has the whole Flogger family I think, but I have no idea how about the accuracy of these kits.
  6. Everyone in Russia? So maybe new tool Lavochkin La-7?
  7. TopGun announced several 1/48 kits but most of them were not released. Unfortunately a lot of people editing Scalemates thinks that boxart means released kit. As far as I know, both the announced Mi-8 and Mi-14 have not yet been released, and there is no indication that they will be released in the foreseeable future.
  8. It's not a matter of age, it's a matter of the habit of collecting and the range of interests. This is the explanation I have accepted as the only correct one and I will stick to it.
  9. Information about the release dates of new products is addressed to customers, not to accountants. Nobody in the entire model industry gives dates other than calendar ones, because customers do not care about the manufacturer's settlements with local tax offices either.
  10. I am pretty sure that this definition is called a calendar.
  11. Release date was changed to 05.12.2021. This fits with the current rhythm of releasing news for the first week of the month. But I would rather expect them in shops at the end of December or even in January.
  12. Point is: a lot of modellers can edit data but not so many has real knowledge about older kits. My entries are very often "corrected" by people who neither have old catalogues nor are familiar with the model market, sometimes entering shop names as manufacturers' names. Scalemates is a very good database, but one must always bear in mind its shortcomings and the fact that it will probably never be complete or error-free.
  13. It is hard to say. Some probably do, especially fitting the various versions of the AH-1G. But some may not be available later, just so people buy the whole thing in a Special Hobby box. This is not Special Hobby's first collaboration with ICM. In 2017 they bought some mouldings for Ju 88A-5 in 1/48 and released two limited edition boxes - SH48177 Junkers Ju 88C-4 and SH48178 Junkers Ju 88D-2/4. Newly tooled small injection moulded frames for conversion have been added to each box as well as a lot of resin sets. Of all these extra parts, I think only the resin wheels are available separately.
  14. Rebox with additional resin and PE parts from Special Hobby - https://www.specialhobby.net/2021/09/sh32082-ah-1g-cobra-early-tails-over.html
  15. Well... The LRV was to be just over 12 metres in diameter. In 1/72 scale this gives a 170 mm diameter kit. Few parts, fairly simple and quick design, cheap mould, cheap unit cost to produce the model. AJ Savage has about 267 mm length, about 320 mm wingspan with tip tanks, so it will be a much bigger, more expensive and longer lasting project. With 140 aircraft produced and only one user, on top of using the aircraft in the not-so-popular 1950s... Well, it is a big investment, the market is small, and the risk is big. Will LRV be a market success? Hard to say, but the whole production should sell, if only because the kit won't be big, and is something very unusual in shape.
  16. Kitty Hawk announced their kit in 2016. Never released but they could not have foreseen this. If you want to make a Polish Liberator, you need decals and a turret. Will someone make the turret? Hard to say. But the decals are already there. If you're producing something that's easily scalable - like decals or resin parts - you can throw it into the range straight away without necessarily producing it. If some stuff comes on larger sheets, as with these DP Casper decals, it's simply a use of space. Maybe someone will make such a model, maybe not, it's not the decal manufacturer's problem.
  17. TBH I have no idea who the owner is. Accurate Miniatures kits were reboxed by Academy, Azur, Doyusha, Eduard, Hasegawa, Italeri, Revell, Special Hobby and Zvezda.
  18. In Poland as well, so apparently deliveries of novelties have already been made. This is the best 1/48 Dauntless kit available. The Detail & Scale team praised the model highly: Accurate Miniatures released their first Dauntless kit – an SBD-1 – in 1997. This became the basis of an entire family of SBD kits that were progressively released over the following ten years. Even though Accurate Miniatures is no longer in business, the molds live on. Their SBD-2 and -5 kits have been re-boxed by Italieri, Academy, and Eduard as recently as 2016. Panel lines are crisp and accurate. The front and rear cockpits are very well detailed, amounting to a full interior. Accurate Miniatures indeed captured many of the subtleties of the SBD’s interior, including details such as the flare pistol, map table, the intricacies of the gunner’s .30-caliber turret ring, and even the hoisting cable. Shoulder harnesses and lap belts are represented as decals. For ease of painting, the tires are thoughtfully cast as single pieces, and the inboard and outboard wheel hubs are simply placed into position. The dive brakes (which can be built closed, full open, or in landing configuration with only the bottom flaps dropped) are also injection molded. The dive brake drive shafts and actuators are included and are a very nice touch. However, their installation can get complex and everything depends the position of the dive flaps. Study the instructions carefully. The basic kit also comes with a decent replica of the Wright Cyclone engine. The clear parts include optional open and closed canopy configurations. Optional windscreens accommodate either the presence or absence of the pilot’s telescopic sight. The downward-looking window in the pilot’s floor, which seems to have been omitted by many other manufacturers in the past, is indeed accurately represented here. Underwing munitions include two 100-lb. bombs and one 1,000 lb. bomb slung on the centerline bomb yoke. Variant-specific details, such as the changing size and configuration (and eventual absence in the -5 variant) of the carburetor air scoop atop the engine cowling appear to be properly represented in Accurate Miniatures SBD kits.
  19. Yep. That is why every company tries to "squeeze" the maximum profit out of a project. Yes and no. If making each additional version means increasing the investment cost by 20-30%, nobody will bother with these additional versions, because the return on investment will be uncertain, and even if the investment pays off, it will be over a very long period. However, if 5-10 additional versions cost 10-20% more, such an investment makes a lot of sense, because additional versions mean additional boxes to produce in the following years. Even if each of these additional versions is sold as a limited edition of 500 units, with 10 versions an additional 5000 models will be sold. In today's market, selling such a number is a significant success. I'm sorry, but in today's market it's more likely Airfix is the exception to the rule. Eduard, Hasegawa, IBG Models, ICM, MiniArt, Special Hobby - each of these companies develops complex projects, taking into account different versions and modifications so as to issue them in a separate box. This is done already at the design level, taking into account the necessity of such a technological division, which will make it possible to build many versions based on a maximum of common parts. Why? Because it is cheaper. Yes, the investment is a little more expensive, but the profits are noticeably higher. Eduard could produce a Bf 109G-6 and the model would sell well. In fact, their oversized G-6 was bestseller. But they made a whole new tool family of different variants of the F and G versions, with many different production variations. And the whole family sells much better than just one Bf 109G-6. It sells well enough that the release of a G-12 version was added to the production plans, because it will sell too. That's over 40 boxes already. Now this whole project is being prepared in 1/72 scale and Eduard will certainly not limit itself to three boxes. You can already be sure that this will be a market success. Hasegawa could make one version of the B-24 and it would be a very good model. But it did make the B-24D, B-24J, F-7 plus the Liberator III and V from Coastal Command, a total of 12 boxes. Did that increase sales? Of course. IBG Models could have made one PZL.37 Łoś kit, but why waste the opportunity? Adding different variants of the fuselage or other details does not significantly increase the cost of the investment, but allows to offer different versions of the aircraft. And it doesn't matter that they were used by a not very popular air force, the most important thing is that the modeller has a choice of versions to choose from, so he buys more than one box. ICM could make just a single Do 17Z, as Airfix did. But instead, at the same time, it made the whole Do 17Z / Do 215 family. As a result, we have the Do 17Z-2, Z-7, Z-10 and the Do 215B-4 and B-5 - bombers, night fighters, reconnaissance aircraft. Straight from the box. MiniArt could make one Cierva C.30 model and that would already be a nice surprise. But they made a whole family, differing in engines, among other things. At the moment it is 7 different boxes, including the British Avro 671 or the German variant from Focke-Wulf. Special Hobby has been doing whole families of models instead of single boxes for a long time. Does anyone complain about the possibility to buy Meteor in versions F.I, F.III, F.4, T.7, F.8, FR.9, PR.10, NF.11, NF.12, NF.13, NF.14 or experimental Trent and F.8 (Prone)? Does anyone think that the choice of seven Vampire versions (F.I, F.3, FB.5, FB.6, FB.9, FB.52 and S.E. 535 Mistral) is too much? I don't think so. And, since we're talking about the two-stage Mosquito, Special Hobby has announced the release of the first model for this year. Also this time they prepared the whole family, the renders show nine versions if I remember correctly. These days there is no such thing as a mass market as was known 30-40 years ago. Selling five thousand boxes of one kit worldwide is already a good result, selling fifteen thousand is a real success, selling fifty thousand is every manufacturer's wet dream. Aircraft for beginners are produced by Hobby Boss - cheap, with few parts, simple in construction, resistant to flying around the room and landing hard on the wall. Yes, many modellers do not distinguish between Spitfire V and XVI or Bf 109E-1 and G-10. They are not even going to learn the differences. But they will buy models by looking at the illustrations on the boxes, because that is something they are interested in. If a company produces a Bf 109G in one box, it has a much worse offer for such a buyer than a company packing a Bf 109G-2, G-4, G-6, G-10 or G-14 in dozens of boxes. This is why Eduard sells tens of thousands of Bf 109 kits.
  20. I talked with a few designers and there are really so many technological factors, far beyond my knowledge to repeat and explain all of them correctly. Long story short - kit designers have to reconcile a mass of factors. Low design cost and as few moulds as possible while retaining flexibility in the number of versions and ultimately the number of boxes / options. Historical fidelity and a high level of parts detail with ease of injection moulding and the lowest possible injection loss. Ease of build and high product quality both in the box and after assembly. The thickness of the element may even depend on where on the sprue it will be located and what the plastic flow simulation shows. Sometimes even change of plastic or its components make slight difference in dimensions of the part. Not huge, but still - this is another factor, hard to predict by the designer and mould maker. This really is a huge amount of knowledge that most modellers have no idea about. Quite rightly, after all, they are interested in the kit, not in designing it at home. I'm pretty sure, in case of such elements, designer doesn't give a flying flamingo - this is the kind of part where you easily sacrifice nice thickness to get some benefits. Most modellers don't care and those, who care, probably will use PE parts anyway.
  21. Technological issues often do not allow you to make parts as thin as you would like them to be. The flow of material, ease of removing the moulded part from the mould and so on come into play.
  22. You need substantial amount of space for this kit
  23. I'm looking at these renderings and I think I'm going to have to buy one. The difference compared to the old Frog/Novo is huge.
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