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  1. There is no wife but there was a girlfriend... My collection of 'Cats was nothing compared to her 'collection' of Converse All Stars, which lived in the spare room naturally... If you're feeling like a hero, you could do this conversion yourself, I'm very sure KASL Hobby had an entry on Facebook showing how they cut up the Tamiya wings to made the resin masters. Or just wait for the AMK kit.
  2. I have severe problems and I don't want help: I quite like the Tomcat.
  3. The quick build F-4, F/A-18 Super Hoe, and F-15E are very nice indeed, great detail for the most part and they build up quite quickly. The thing for me is that the canopies are moulded shut. I have to say though, it's a little interesting to see the 'divide' between the Tamiya and AMK kits, based for the most part on the wings... It was a fairly rare sight to see the big cat with everything hanging out on the ground (usually a maintenance or flap/slat malfunction scenario). Anyhow, I see it like this: Tamiya = Quick build with great finesse AMK = Involved , super duper detailed showpiece
  4. Easy bruv, I too feel your pain, I surely do need an F-16D. Think of all the money Tamiya isn't making (and all the money Kinetic is) by not tooling an F-16A upper fuselage and 'Euro tails' for all those F-16 MLU's us lot love to build. Of course, this is just a case of Tamiya being Tamiya ... Their big money maker is RC stuff and they care more for the Pacific/US regions than anywhere else, I don't think they're that bothered by what AMK are up to. That said, the boxart is stunning IMHO. Slight shame the VF-11 option has no hogs head or the lightning rainbow . An F-14B is clearly on the cards, maybe a final F-14A/B 'Adversary' release with almost all tooled sprues chucked in?!
  5. The F-14D kit will (hopefully/should) provide most of the parts for an F-14A Upgrade and F-14B Upgrade in one go: PTID for the RIO (though not all F-14A/B/D's had this) TARPS/AAQ-25 LANTIRN hand controller for the RIO NACA gun bay panels GPS antenna TACAN antenna (tall type) Late wheels BRU-32/ADU-703 Bomb racks LAU-138 launchers AAQ-25 LANTIRN and 'HARM' adapter Vertical tails (with the '7' shaped reinforcement panels) ECM antenna on the 'Beaver Tail' All that's left would be the TCS chinpod, additional ECM antenna on the nose-gear door, wing gloves and Sparrow Hawk HUD for an F-14A Upgrade (Minus the Sparrow Hawk HUD) and F-14B Upgrade. Tamiya did this with their F-16C series. Who knows, if we all behave ourselves, Tamiya might tool a new sprue with 'dirty' wings as an in-box option...
  6. Can't tell you how long I've been waiting for that road roller... Seriously though, it's nice to see Hasegawa finally get the TF-104 Starfighter Demonstrator together, I'm sure it was announced as an upcoming release over a decade ago!
  7. Does anyone have a link to or an image of either a CR or BT coded USAFE F-15 with and ALQ-131 ECM pod on the centreline pylon? Mid to late 1980's was the timeframe. I had a photo on my old laptop before it self destructed and an hour of googling has come up fruitless. Many thanks.
  8. You can still get Revell's AN-124 for around £24.99 and that kit has a really good interior for the scale and is a similar size to the C-5 Galaxy. Just my musings, any more than £30 or so for an 1/144 heavy lifter is pushing it, unless it's a B-36 'Peacemaker'...
  9. Give 'em a few months or so and Trumpter will magic up a C-5 Galaxy family... Just messing of course, the Revell AN-124 can be had for around £25-30 today and that's one 'big mutha' of a kit, so this Roden pricing strategy does come off as a very late April Fools joke. Would love to build the elegant grey/white AMC scheme with the black nose .
  10. Very true, I was thinking more of using the updated F-15E kit as a base for an F-15B/D MSIP I/II. It's odd that Hasegawa haven't capitalised on the popularity of this subject and the tooling they have to release USAF F-15A/B/C/D MSIP I/II and IDF/AF F-15A/B/C/D Baz/Baz Meshopar series of kits, or do what they did with the A-10 and just update the easy to obtain base kit. BTW, soz for derailing the thread with my mutterings...
  11. Sound advice there Phantome, the blade antenna variations and placements are a right headache. I used to wonder why Hasegawa never updated their F-15 kits to cater for different versions/upgrades like they did with their F-16's, none of their F-15A/B kits came with F-15A/B wheels to match the decal markings. That said, you can build a Hasegawa MSIP jet in 1/72 from either their updated F-15E or F-15J MSIP II kit, the new tooled sprue K has all the MSIP bits apart from the LAU-128/A missile launchers.
  12. OMG, I thought I had a big stash with a grand total of 34 kits!!! Nice Bitburg Mod scheme, love the cammo coloured stencils and tailcode but that Edwards F-15B scheme is something else!
  13. Hello, Good going so far. With regards to 'backdating' your F-15C into an F-15A it's straightforward if you'll let us know: -What nation? -What timeframe? -What unit?
  14. Listed at £39.99 on the Hannants website... It's a shame Italeri didn't supply the Ferrari badge that went on the intakes of the 4 Stormo option, licensing and all that.
  15. Well, some nice things are coming from Tamiya land this September/October: 1/35 Archer Self Propelled AT Gun - 35356 (New Tool) 1/24 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3 - 24345 (New Tool) 1/12 Yamaha RZ250 - 14002 (Re-release) 1/12 Yamaha RZ350 - 14004 (Re-release) I would have put the 1/32 F4U-1D Corsair in there but it's out in the UK market already. I must say, the 1/12 Yamaha RD's, are a nice sight to see and I believe they include Cartograf printed decals too. UK RRP is set to be around the £24.99 mark as with the current re-releases. The AMG GT3 is a real surprise in some ways, I thought they would have done the road car to go with the lovely 300SL 'Gull Wing' but still, it's most welcome. Oh yeah, where on earth is that 1/48 F-16D...?
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