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  1. It looks like that both the 1/32 scale kits the F3 and the F2a/ F6 are re-released in 1/32 scale in China as checking eBay a few shops have both options available at between £105 and £120.00.
  2. Could you post up some pictures of the parts, including the clear parts, it would be really good to see what is in the box and what the kit comprises of.
  3. Pleased with this, looking forward to pricing, and to seeing it in the flesh finished quality, but with the subjects chosen, if done well and at acceptable / reasonable value prices then they should be very popular.
  4. Thank you for the replies guys on the canopies, my story is such. my canopy has blemishes in both the early and late style canopies, but worse on the later style, they are on the inside and are in the shape of an EYE, they are very noticeable, see the picture. I wrote to Airfix, included the same picture. Got a response from them say all are the SAME, which from comments above, THEY are not all the same, and that the had found a better one for me. I received that today, and low and behold it is almost a carbon copy of my original one, so to be honest I am not very happy, and have told them as such. Airfix response to me Dear Sir Thank you for your e-mail and reply. These marks are on all the clear parts. I have found one that doesn`t look as bad as yours, These have been sent, Thank you Regards Airfix spares my response to AIRFIX TODAY after receiving the replacement part, ONE part only not even a full clear sprue. Thank you I received the replacement part today, as you say they all seem to be the same, a little disappointing, as this is exactly the same as my previous canopy. I am fortunate as I have the skills to either fix it, or even to create a new clear cast canopy set, as that is what I do, aftermarket sets and can cast clear resin. It is just a little bit of a downer that many will not have the skills, they may not care, but for a modern new release kit I do not think blemishes like this should be present, and more skilled or exacting modellers would have to try and fix such issues or be forced to look for an aftermarket alternative. Sorry I am being harsh, but as being a long time model maker and aftermarket producer I just think this should be better. I am a great enthusiast for Airfix products and purchase many of them and will continue to do so. Thank you for taking the time and effort to try and assist, that is appreciated. So there you have it, I am in no way trying to BASH AIRFIX, as can be seen from my response above, but I really do not find this acceptable to be honest, good luck to the rest of you that try and get better replacements. Considering how so many other manufactures are getting better canopies produced than Airfix, surely they need to look at this area and improve upon it. Fixing an opaque part is one thing, most modellers can cope with but clear is another story altogether.
  5. Dave does your canopy have marks on the port side of the sliding canopies, I am really interested to know.
  6. Just received my kit, it looks great, BUT my canopies have some nasty defects on the port inner side, it is on both the early and late style, but very bad on the late style. the are like raised bubbles, am I just unfortunate or do others have them as well. Also me being MR CLEAR CAST canopy man, as a general observation I can see the machining lines in the canopies that cause distortion, I could posssibly live with those but the bubbles not. I will be contacting Airfix for a replacement clear sprue though, but will more that likely make a new finer and clearer canopy set.
  7. Ok I kind of get where you are coming from, from the picture above, BUT is it just a picture, but I would far rather some actual dimensions etc being put to this, but perhaps I will dig out my various 1/48 Phantoms, TAMIYA, HASEGAWA, S version of ZM and have a look…..not today though.
  8. I am fascinated by this discussion, can anybody show via drawing and or a photograph, or marked up photograph what is wrong and by how much, in any of the popular scales 1/72, 1/48 or 1/32. If it is true, and I am not saying that it is not true, that every kit other than the new Tamiya 1/48 kit is incorrect, then to knock the ZM, kit is extremely harsh, unless there option is FAR worse than other kits. Also just think every Phantom model built to date is then wrong……… on top of all of that we are now putting our hope in MENG to get this detail correct along with all the other details of a Phantom. I do not visit ARC forums, but would like to see graphical evidence of what to look for, anyone got that available. I have quite a few books on the Phantom but cannot get where to start looking from words.
  9. Great build Dave, thank you for showing off my aerocraft products so well, it is very much appreciated. I heard there was a build a week or so ago, but just catching up now. Had a few sales recently and I believe a few are on the back of your build, so very helpful towards the aerocraft funds cheers Ali
  10. Mike you have done a great job and building it so quickly is very impressive. From my perspective for me to try and develop a full set of clear cast replacement canopies would just not be viable and then the guys that would buy them would want perfection for spending even more money.
  11. Hi guys Ok the update on the clear parts for the Lancaster. I received a set of clear parts two days ago, and in a word I was ASTONISHED on how bad they are. Most of the problems could have been avoided if a little more care and polishing had taken place on the moulds. Ok we all know the story, but a little investment would have gone a long way to possibly making this a lot long lasting model that could be re-issued for years to come. Well we all know that more than likely in a few years you will get a handsome price when and if you sell your one, but what a waste in many ways, great lumps of plastic to sit in boxes. One of the main stumbling blocks to be honest for me not to take this any further is the fact that the material thickness is mostly 0.5mm. Most canopies are at least around 1mm on kits and in general kit parts are between 1 and 1.5mm thick, that is the norm for most parts on injection moulded kits and there are reasons for that. So with this very thin section, I cannot just polish and restore the canopies because I would not be able to cast and remove from the moulds with success at this thickness, especially for the size and the complex shapes of many of the parts. To remake new masters from the kit parts and thicken them up is one option but that would take me a long time and I am sure then they would be fit problems when mating to other kit parts, so it would all become very complex. So there is my conclusion to this project, sorry to have let you down, but rather sooner than later, and I also need to look after my interests in the first instance. cheers Ali, happy modelling
  12. Simon save it as a PDF then everyone can open and print it, just a suggestion
  13. Hi Guys a new undercarriage set is now available direct link https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/lockheed-sr-71-a-blackbird
  14. Hi Guys These sets are now available to purchase Direct links Tamiya https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/grumman-f-14a-tomcat-replacement-undercarriage-set-for-the-tamiya-kit Trumpeter https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/grumman-f-14a-and-d-tomcat-replacement-undercarriage-set-for-the-trumpeter-kit
  15. Hi Guys These two sets are now available Direct links Tamiya https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/grumman-f-14a-tomcat-replacement-undercarriage-set-for-the-tamiya-kit Trumpeter https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/grumman-f-14a-and-d-tomcat-replacement-undercarriage-set-for-the-trumpeter-kit
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