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Everything posted by sroubos

  1. Is the AVIS kit the same plastic as this one?
  2. Stilll a good kit. Nacelles a bit thin and the props are terrible. QuickBoost has sets for both but don't bother with the nacelles. they are even worse than the kit parts.
  3. Best easily available Skyhawk on the market and not that bad, but surface detail is still crude compared to the Fujimi. A shame that's not re-released more often.
  4. I've been considering hacking up a Hasegawa kit to do the prototype, so I'll definitely get this boxing. I already have the A6M3 magazine version of the FM kit and it is very nice, a bit more detail than the Tamiya kit but slightly less refined panel lines. Both kits are in a different league from the Airfix kit, and I would rate the Hasegawa higher than the Airfix kit as well since the panel lines are much better and it can be had at a similar price. Tamiya and FM are more expensive but you get what you pay for. One thing I will say for the Airfix kit is that it builds very well. It's a pity Airfix have increased their prices so much, when it was a released a few years back the Series 1 boxing was only 6 quid and at that price it is a great buy. I recently got one at Aldi for a fiver, great value for money.
  5. Yes that was the point I tried to make. It will look pretty lousy for the standards of most serious builders which would then necessitate sanding and respraying. That's why I think it's aimed at casual modellers.
  6. sroubos

    Best P-38 in 1/72?

    Sorry yes the F boxing of RSs P-38 kit. I think they also do a G and an H.
  7. It's probably a coating on top of normal grey plastic, at least that's how they did it on my F-84G. It gets irreparably damaged when you start sanding the joints. Not that you need to do a lot of sanding as the fit is perfect but it's enough to ruin the coating. These kits are aimed at very casual modellers who don't bother getting rid of the glue joints. Hence the decal set, it makes painting almost completely superfluous. Unless you are a proper modeller.
  8. sroubos

    Best P-38 in 1/72?

    Building the RS F now and I suppose it's pretty much the best game in town but it is one hell of a job. Filler required everywhere and the boom alignment requires some cutting to get it right, which I didn't, so then again, maybe it didn't require cutting... Anyway, it's getting to the painting stage and it comes with some nice decal options so I'm still enjoying the build.
  9. On an unrelated note, does anyone notice how much glue Gregg uses on his kits in that HS video? He always states this disappears under a coat of paint but looking at the mating surfaces around the nose inserts I can hardly believe that. Yet is does indeed not show on his finished kits. Does he use Tamiya ultra thin? I use that stuff but I always have to give it a bit of light sanding, I would never proceed to painting with the kit looking the way it does in Gregg's video.
  10. The parts count and detail on this is just mental. Let's hope it all fits well. I don't know this brand, how are their other models?
  11. I got their A6M3 with the magazine tie-in and it didn't cost me a whole lot more than a normal FM kit. In fact you could argue it's a better deal as you get a very nice magazine along with your kit rather than a cardboard box. Of course you can't read the magazine but it comes with lots of nice pictures, including a few surprising ones.
  12. I think a lot of people in Europe and the States forget that Tamiya is very much a company focussed on their home market. If you have been to Japan you would be amazed at the high profile the company has. It is absolutely out of this world to see how present Tamiya is in public life and in high streets compared to say, Revell or Airfix, which frankly, are names only known to us anoraks here in the west. Tamiya is not influenced at all by what sells in the west. They sell the vast majority of their products in Japan and what they sell abroad is not much more than a sideline, which is why they have virtually no presence here and let everything be handled by agents who charge us extortionate handling fees for their products. I was lucky enough to visit Japan some time ago and I was amazed at the prices their kits went for. Most of the 72nd scale kits were around 7 quid and I got the then relatively new 32nd scale spit for just over 55. So what determines what Tamiya releases? They release what will sell well in Japan and that's a) Japanese planes b) pacific fighters and c) well known other planes. This is why the WarBirds series has a P-51D but is unlikely to ever have a B.
  13. I need this. I like Sword kits; they choose interesting subjects and they build well for short-run stuff.
  14. Italeri kit is much sought after is it not? I think I may still have one. YF-23 should have won. Much sexier aircraft than the 22.
  15. Funny how the Airfix Mk.I was held in such high esteem before and now that a newer kit is coming it's suddenly crap. Modellers are never satisfied I suppose I built the Airfix and Tamiya kits in parallel a few years back and personally I thought the Tamiya was miles better. Supposedly it's not entirely accurate but I don't see it and the surface detail was light years ahead of the Airfix kit. I can hardly imagine how nice the new kit will be. Best of all, perhaps a lot of people will get rid of their old Tamiya kits I can snap some up at decent prices
  16. Looks like a stunning kit. I'll buy it just for the innovative parts breakdown and the canopy framing solution. In the end though I don't think it will result in a better model than the Fujimi kit.
  17. Got two of these in my stash. They are of the type 'oh my god how many parts can a 72nd scale kit have I will never be able to do this justice let's put it back on the shelf'.
  18. sroubos

    US Navy Sea Blue(s)

    Right, on the home stretch with this one. It's not going to be a show winner but then I've never built a show winner so I suppose that's not really saying very much Not my best work though I'm happy to get it done. I got a set of PrintScale decals but they weren't that great, extremely thin and the white is very translucent on the dark blue background. Not much I can do about that. Hoping to get it done tonight.
  19. I don't want to do lozenges, period. There's too many of those schemes out there already, be it in kits or as aftermarket sheets. I've got the WNW D-VII kit and it is a work of art but why just German decals? I really hope Eduard do not make that mistake. They can take a page from Airfix's book here, they generally include a left-field kind of option in all their series 2+ kits. And Airfix only do two options, how hard is it do something non-standard if you include up to ten options in your kit?
  20. Great to see some progress on this. I'll definitely get the Royal Class boxing. It would be nice if Eduard could include some non-German decals, there is so much available already and the lozenges are a real headache. Can I suggest a Dutch version?
  21. sroubos

    F-35 Colour

    Did you paint all the RAM panels or did you use a combination of decals and paint?
  22. sroubos

    F-35 Colour

    You misunderstand; H306/36270 is recommended by Hasegawa for the RAM panels and lining, I applied it on top of Hataka Have Glass. It's not intended to be an alternative for Have Glass or 36170. The problem with 306 is that it should be identical to the color of the RAM decals which Hasegawa provides for the majority of the panels, but 306 does not match with the decals. Applying them would result in two very distinctly different shades of RAM panelling on the plane, which, in conjunction with Hataka's crappy rendition of Have Glass, would look like a proper dog's breakfast. Hasegawa actually recommend H53 Neutral Gray for the base airframe, which of course does not give you the metallic sheen. I'm going to mix up some 36170 with a dash of silver in it to see what that gives me as I don't have Neutral Gray. To be honest I'm not too hung up about the 'greyness' of the base color as long as it has a far more subtle metallic sheen to it, rather than the gun metal color the Hataka provides.
  23. Once tried to convert Revell's B-1A to a B. This should turn out better.
  24. sroubos

    F-35 Colour

    I applied H306 (FS36270) after two nights of masking, then removed the masking and I have to say I'm very disappointed. What I've ended up with does not resemble any of the photos I've seen of the F-35. I'll post a photo of the results tonight but to be honest, I'm going to do this one again and mix my own paint.
  25. sroubos

    F-35 Colour

    From what I've seen of the new scheme there still appear to be some panel outlines that have a different color to them, mainly around the weapon and landing gear bays. http://www.f-16.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=53014 I'm building one of the first two Dutch test aircraft and although I'm not fully convinced by the Hataka paint, I'm sticking with it in combination with Gunze H306 and the Hasegawa decals for the RAM panel outlines. When I look at a photo like this it doesn't seem to be too bad of a choice, although there are plenty of photos which make you wonder what Hataka was sniffing when they put this color mix together...
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