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  1. Hello Serkan, a hi-res copy of one of the plans shown can be purchased: http://www.aerospaceprojectsreview.com/catalog/drawndoc.htm http://www.aerospaceprojectsreview.com/catalog/airdwg33.jpg Thanks for sharing your building experience, pure inspiration! Regards, Martin
  2. Hello, got my Hobbyboss A-4E from a friend on a business trip to China. In my opinion, the kit looks like an A-4 but only just. The upper profile of the nose is like the Exci one - straight while it should be a subtle curve. Like the Fujimi kit, the blending of the air intakes into the fuselage ends to far aft and the exhaust area is too fat. According to Isradecals A-4 publication, page 106, the outer diameter of the extended exhaust pipe is 54.7cm, which is around 7.6mm for 1/72. There is a wedge shaped spacer between pipe and fuselage, I suspect the fuselage diameter is around 8mm there. My favourite A-4 in 1/72 is a kitbash of Fujimi and Esci: Front fuselage, wings and landing gear from Fujimi, aft fuselage and horizontal tail from Esci. Regards, Martin
  3. Hello, some pictures from Duxfords FAW 9. You can clearly see the aft end of the fuselage has quite complex curvatures. I don't think the HPM insert got it right, but I will buy one anyway just for the beautiful afterburner cans... I you search Flickr for "Gloster Javelin" you will find pictures of XH767 without jet engines and get a good impression of it's fuselage cross section when the exhaust pipes start. Best Regards, Martin P.S.: A big version of the picture is available one Flickr. Just search for "Javelin FAW.9 Duxford".
  4. Hope this rumour comes true ... most appreciated when realized! Greetings Martin
  5. Dear Serge, thank you very much for the translation. I assume now zero is the nose tip or close to it, as it does make sense when comparing the dimensions with photos. As seen on other aircraft, zero or frame zero is sometimes arbitrary (so it seems to me) defined by the aircraft maker. Regards, Martin
  6. Hello, Got my kit earlier this week and have been toying with it some hours. The quality of the engraving is similar to their MIG-31kits. Overall, the kit looks like a Tu-128, but I’m not sure about its proportions. For reference I have the book “Soviet Heavy Interceptors” by Yefim Gordon (Midland, 2004, ISBN 1857801911) and the magazine Aviatsi Vremja 02/1997 (sorry for my spelling). When copying the plans exactly to 1/72 (at least against the published dimensions), the kit is too long and wide in span. On my opinion, the plans are somewhat distorted, too. The radome on the drawings seem far too long and wheel base too short. My (still suspected) shortcomings of the kit are: - Radome too long by about 10mm - Width of the wings at the root about 3mm too long and no upward kink of the leading edge close to the fuselage. - Landing gear pods on wing of, at least, questionable shape After some digging in the internet I came across a drawing from a Tu-128 manual, showing some more dimensions (see below). My point is dimension 15’888 circled in red: Where does this dimension lead to? I assume its leading to the tip of the radome/nose, which would confirm my assumption of the kits radome being too long at least 10mm. Can anyone decipher the Russian text in front of 15’888? I hope this gives an indication where this dimension leads to. Regards, Martin
  7. Hello, concerning plans: DACO Decals has nice plans in their RF-84F decal sheets. They're the most detailed I have seen so far of the RF-84F. I rate DACO products high, so these are, beside of pictures, my first reference for comparison with the kit. Regards, Martin
  8. Hello, maybe someone who owns an Arfix 1/48 Javelin is willing to make some hi-res scans of the plans in the instructions. They would be very helpfull to detail my 1/72 Frog Javelin kit. I even would do it when somebody is lending me the instructions for some days ... Any help is most welcome. Regards, Martin
  9. Hello, after reading the posts this new kit, my point of concern was the with of the windshield / canopy. I'm able to modify a lot but transparencies are not my field of excellence. When looking at post # 62 you see a round disc in the sprues where the hot plastic is pressed into the mould. Given that Sword has not changed their moulding machines lately, I suspect this disc has always the same diameter. After checking several recent Sword kits, this disc has a diameter of 12mm. Scaling this to the windshield in the same picture, the width of the windshield is 11.1mm which corresponds well against the 11.4mm reported elsewhere on Britmodeller. This is indication enough for me to buy a copy, as the remaining parts look Ok to me and the bare metal norwegian aircraft from Vingtor decal will be a real challenge .... Regards, Martin
  10. Comparing it with the picture of the real thing in post #54 it's the wheel on the left to go with. Sincerely, Martin
  11. According «Mikoyan MIG-21», Midland Publishing 2008, ISBN 978 1 85780 257 3: 6413 is a MF-75 with serial 96006413 (8-digit - Gorky) 9611 is a MF with serial 969611 (6-digit - Moscow) 6824 is a MF-75 with serial 96006824 (8-digit - Gorky) So it makes sense: the Moscow built MF have the oval panels on their upper wings, the Gorky MF-75 not. I'm pretty sure beside some cockpit similarities the MF-75 actually had also the wing of the bis version. Regards, Martin
  12. Dear Fin, you're right. All MF-75 are Gorky produced planes. All MIG-21MF in RV Aircrafts kit 72037 MIG-21 Lancer-C are Gorky produced aircraft and contrary to the instructions should have the wings without the small panels with rounded edges. Or otherwise: Eduards kit shown in post #208 is the right base for a Lancer-C. If you have access to the serial numbers of a specific aircraft: Moscow build aircraft have 6-digit serials, Gorky 8-digit serials. See my post in the Cold War section: "1/72 MIG-21MF/bis upper wing panel question". What puzzles me now: In the first link you provided, all Lancer-C serail numbers are 8-digit, but two are described just as MF's. I pray for a typing error ... Martin
  13. Dear Jure, thank you for your reply. I looked a bit further around and the Eduard 1/48 MiG-21bis do also have the B wing without that oval panel. It's not a direct proof but at least we are not alone in our assumptions..... Martin
  14. Hello, after receiving my Eduard #2124 Library Edition of the MIG-21MF, I spent some time comparing it with the RV kits of the MIG-21MF, MFN and bis. As further reference I used «Mikoyan MIG-21», Midland Publishing 2008, ISBN 978 1 85780 257 3 (Reference 1) What puzzles me most are the wing upper surfaces panel lines. RV encloses two versions in their kit, one with a slim panel with rounded edges and one without it. See picture: A with this panel, B without. Eduards MIG-21MF is, according to the kits instructions, a Gorky built aircraft and these MF incorporated modifications from bis aircraft already in production there. Inofficially, MF’s built in Gorky are designated MF-75 and are distinguishable by their 8-digit serial numbers vs. 6 digit serial numbers for aircraft built in Moscow (1). The kit from Eduard has the B wing, so in accordance with (1). RV’s MIG-21 MFN uses the B wing, what makes sense, since the MFN are modified Gorky produced MF’s. Interestingly, RV’s MIG-21 bis instructs to use the A wing, where I awaited a B wing. In my neighbourhood there is a Czech MIG-21MF on display, serial 965210, which is a Moscow built aircraft and has the A wing. I supposed the B wing is for Gorky produced MF’s and bis, all bis except the Indian license production are from Gorky (1). This contradicts with RV’s MIG-21bis instructions. So far I haven’t found a picture of a bis where I can proof which wing it was equipped with. Or has the bis type also two different wings like the MF's? Can anyone help solve this puzzle? Thanks a lot Martin
  15. Hello, got my MF (Eduard #2124 / limited run) yesterday. The plastic depicts a Gorki produced aircraft, exported to East Germany, Czechoslovkia, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland as already reported elsewhere in this thread. The quality of the moulding is outstanding. My personal impression is that this kit surpasses any MF in 1/72 by a wide margin in quality, details and accuracy. The tank fairing mentioned in post #180 by Serge is a seperate part - so its easy to depict it flush or not so flush with the surface ... Regards, Martin
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