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  1. Thank for the info, but promodeler aside, compared to pictures of the real planes in both B and now K from ICM the nose is far too short, cannot say how short because dont have proper drawings- but more than a small and acceptable omission.
  2. I love variation, and would like every possible Spitfire subtype and variation as small as it may be,but from both buyers and sellers viewpoint, releasing five Mk.I/II kits in half a year-not smart, but of course everyone is entitled to its own opinion.Eduard as well as companies like Zvezda have in house tooling development+production, thus in time of never cheaper tooling development(due to numerous small tech.revolutions)- even less cost than most manufacturers. There are definitely no huge investments in any tooling, that was 20+ years ago, no matter where and who took on tooling manu
  3. My current beef with Eduard is saturation, in my opinion they are releasing far too similar boxings in way too short timeframe ( Spitfire Mk.IIa/b ) being prime example, also releasing two Profipacks in the same month, again of the subjects already being released, not prudent, regarding Limited Editions, with Eduard stated numbers and policy re-realising good sellers-not limited at all. Secondly pricing... For instance, while their early Spitfire trilogy is superb ( The Few, Tally Ho) price wise is far cry from earlier Dual Combo's where unlike today , one paid top 60% value of two P
  4. Italeri did it with their Do 24 and Cant Z506 models, don't know about other aircraft kits, aside from Italeri, Gunze Sangyo and Fujimi were first to implement such tech. in the mid 1980-ies Right you are but the process works, how I don't know, but it works. P.S. Did ask, after welding, and filling cavity, same CNC machine grinds positive welding spot into panel line, again specs I don't know, in hobby it was first implemented in die cast tech.
  5. Hobbico takeover( and consecutive price hikes ) killed the brand in Europe, and/or heralded the end of what was best quality-price brand in the business. They won't stop production, but current management does not show that it learned anything form its predecessors, mainly that Revell did well when it catered to hobby instead of toy markets( key problem ), chasing extra profit led to demise of numerous profitable lines, from Metal line to balsa products, not to mention huge slash of new plastic tools. All mentioned when plastic kit market is never healthier due to number of reas
  6. Airfix is vastly better, cannot understand all the conversation, if one does not have a kit, Google and Youtube can give you good comparision, yes its anomaly but in this case Airfix is vastly ( inside and out) better kit, and more accurate as well, Hasegawa giving more or less generic interior, Airfix providing all the small differencies. Only up for Hasegawa being better quality plastic.
  7. Airfix is far better kit, from surface detail( cannot believe I am saying this, but true) to internal ones, far superior, unlike almost all other Hasegawa kits, He 111 has trench like panneling, on the contrary, one of the best or constrained surface detail on Airfix kits is in He 111 boxings. Again interior detail is better in Airfix.
  8. As they say, everyone is entitled to its own opinion, I would beg to differ, there is no objective reason for such price ( if true ),even if Tamiya used slide moulding tech of 2021 ( they did not ), it would still be excessive, not only for what you get( size and quality ) but also compared to ZM and Academy, judging from pics seen today again there is no such quality gap between mentioned and Tamiya, we will see...
  9. With this part breakdown, they can go from F-4B to F-4G,of course they won't, but they can. But and a big but, two biggest EU Tamiya importers/distributors cite price very close to 100 euros, we had that conversation earlier, if it really comes close to that number , simply- way too expensive.
  10. Hasegawa has quite large production capabilities( not facilities ), as they were among the first plastic kit manufacturers to introduce fully automated/robotized production, reducing manpower until last part of the process( shipping packs) They produce their kits in house, and again have ample of production capabilities, unfortunately for all of us, their new menagement decided to take u turn regarding aviation related subjects. Even after decade of more or less passivity they still have dozens of excellent and unsurpassed toolings, they re-invented 48 and 32nd scale in early 90's a
  11. As with most recent kit- its budget tooling for Airfix, not so budget for the final buyer, instead of tooling Sabre with all the possibilities of 2020 tooling, cornering Sabre market for the forseeable future, this will be easily surpassed by anyone deciding to tackle the subject in a serious manner.
  12. It was change of menagement in 2008/9 that tilted the company away from aircraft to mix of Japanese centered subjects, not to mention huge price hike at the time ( 50%)+ no so good trade policies ( linked purchases) , to top it all , after "rubicon" of 2009, they had some big flops like Su-27/35+F-22, what is astounding is that they are incapable of issuing back some (even today )superb toolings, instead selling them to other brands for substantially higher final price.
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