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  1. Finemolds does really quality work, I've been consistently impressed with every kit of theirs I've bought.
  2. I would agree that it would be nice, but I don't think it is likely. Finemolds is focused on the domestic Japanese market, which is interested in JMSDF aircraft, or US aircraft with significant presence in Japan. F-15s in Kadena, I'm looking at you. I don't think that there were many very early F-15s stationed in Japan, but I'm sure somebody will correct me if I am wrong.
  3. Furball Aero Design has a forthcoming P-8A (72-011 P-8A Poseidens) sheet that has a VX-20 bird on it. Air Graphics was repackaging the kit with RAF resin and decals, and I believe the decal sheet will also be available seperately. Cheers, Hoops
  4. in a few words, they are much better. The downside of the previous release of the F-2A was that it did not have a centerline tank. I have the B and I would take it over the Hasegawa any day.
  5. This was just released by a 3D designer in Japan, probably better than the Olimp pylon as well: https://v1models.booth.pm/items/4298258' Cheers, Hoops
  6. That was actually a thought that also crossed my mind as I was typing!
  7. That looks amazing Serkan, I am continuously envious of the tools you have at your disposal! Hoops
  8. Aires has a Cockpit that is officially for the Hasegawa kit, but I think that it will probably fit the Academy kit just as well. Cheers, Hoops
  9. Nice build! Congratulations! I have two Academy F-14s in the stash and am looking forward to building them! Hoops
  10. It took me a while to dig out the decals and put them next to eachother. But here is a photo: 20220823_184538 by J2Hoops, on Flickr The things that I don't like about the Aerocalcas decals are as follows: Missing a lot of the stencils Those stencils that are present, are VERY simplified. The emergency canopy release door is a good example. On the actual aircraft it is a rectangle with some text stenciled on it, on the Aerocalcas sheet it just a solid rectangle. Same goes for the ejection warning triangles. The Intake warning markings have the text only, not the background color. You could make the argument that it allows you to match the camouflage color of the background better with paint, but I am not thrilled about the idea of trimming the arrow shapes out of masking tape in 1/72 scale. Same goes for the rescue arrows. They're not as bad as I remember them being, having not pulled them out in a long time, but I'm still not thrilled about them. That being said, the printing is a sharper than the new sheet from Calcas Del Sur, so I'll probably wind up using elements from both. Cheers, Hoops
  11. I'm looking forward to building a Brazilian F-5M so that's exactly what I'm looking for. Hoops
  12. Unfortunately I'm in the middle of moving again, and all of my modeling stuff is packed up in a crate in a warehouse somewhere. Hopefully once we finally settle down! Cheers! Hoops
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