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  1. It's over: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=11013.0
  2. That's not a new kit. It's the 36 year old Tsukuda 1/20 kit of Nausicaa on here Moewe, which has been re-boxed by Bandai since the mid-90s when Tsukuda went out of business: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/tsukuda-hobby-n002-nausicaae-with-moewe--320070 The post just said he's bought it as 'necessary supplies for quarantine'
  3. This was very obviously a scam from the very beginning. But hey, he did promise to refund your money any time, even if it's past the six month window from your credit card company.
  4. Short answer: yes, it's a limitation of FDM printers. Other types of 3D printing would be better, but they're either size-limited or far more expensive to run. Though at this point, using an inexpensive mSLA printer for detail parts would probably be a good idea.
  5. Depends on your tastes. At the panel line in front of the windscreen, it *should* be fully round on the top and bottom. Sort of o=o shaped (if you turn it sideways). But the kit gets the curves wrong = and asymmetrical - so it has noticeable (though not really prominent) corners when it shouldn't. More like (__). And the flat sides extend further into the nose than they should, making the whole nose kind of slab sided. Gabor posted some good pics in the original KH Foxbat thread that illustrate the issue better. It's not miles away - it's better than a Starfix kit and it looks like a MiG-25, etc. etc., but I *can* make out the corners in the Cybermodeler sprue pics, which to me indicates that the plastic hasn't been changed. It was arguably a bigger deal in the PDS kit though, since the net result was that the radome was the wrong shape and wrong angle, where the new nose in the PU may look closer. TL;DR: it's not the worst error in the world and the kit is certainly buildable, but I'd wait a few months to see if ICM announce a two-seater for 2020.
  6. Without having the plastic in hand to compare exact shapes, I'd note that the sprues all look identical. Two of the more obvious goofs - the turbines are still mirrored, and the forward fuselage contours appear to be identical (and wrong) - are still visible and unchanged. So Occam's razor dictates that it's just the new nose sprue (and resin bits).
  7. India operated the MiG-25 RU. KH Probably thought it was 'close enough'.
  8. It's a little more complicated than that. He's running FDM (filament) printers. which are the most economical 3D print technology to run, but have (for the modeller) a fairly poor surface finish, as noted. You can improve this with lower layer heights - make each vertical slice thinner - but doing so will dramatically lengthen the print times; if your slices are half as thick, it takes twice as long to print the model. He's probably doing 0.2 mm layers, about the thickness of a business card. It would look much smoother at .05 mm layers (half the thickness of a sheet of paper), but that would take 4x as long to print, and he'd have to raise his prices accordingly. The prints still wouldn't be perfect - I've said before that FDM just isn't a great technology for modellers' needs, as it's a glorified hot glue gun (and I own one) - but they'd be much better, and much closer to usable. However. For the kinds of things he's doing, there aren't a whole lot of alternatives. He's doing large subjects, and large prints. That requires a large build envelope. And there's nothing anywhere near as economical as an FDM printer for $ per cm3. IIRC, he uses an Original Prusa, which is about $1000 and prints as well as any other consumer-grade FDM printer on the market. A Form3 SLA printer would produce much better parts (it's what companies like SBS use for their masters) but it starts at $3500 and has about 60% of the build volume. The Form 3L has a bigger build volume, but it's $10 000. So yes, there are technologies that could produce better parts. And he could even use the same technology to produce better parts. But there are some pretty big drawbacks to those technologies, which would either raise the prices dramatically or simply make his business untenable. And while II would (and have) very much suggest that modellers temper their expectations, I think the decisions he's made are fairly understandable, even if I don't necessarily agree with them.
  9. As you said, because it looks cool. Kind of ironic that they're featuring it in the box art, actually, since they're hoping it will sell kits, while plenty of modellers will see it as a big red flag. They probably ripped off the Italeri decal sheet without knowing/caring that it's from a different variant. Or whatever Yefim Gordon (or 4+) book they got the drawings they'll have based the kit on. Trumpeter isn't really big on deep-dive research, from my personal experience.
  10. Different airplane, plus, that kit is (almost certainly) never going to be released, and if you paid for one, your money is (probably) gone.
  11. Since the other thread is locked down, I guess I have to point it out here. The A-12 Oxcart and A-12 Avenger are not the same aeroplane, so this thread really isn't applicable to a (potential) family of SR-71-related kits. Yeah, it's entirely possible that someone heard Modelcollect were doing an A-12 (Avenger) and started a Scalemates page for an A-12 (Oxcart) by mistake, but it's just as likely that Modelcollect are, in fact, doing both subjects. Either way, clearly there is a rumour that Modelcollect are tooling an A-12 Oxcart, and it seems pretty premature to lock the other thread down.
  12. They're not actually releasing it as a kit. They just did a one-off test print for a laugh (which they mentioned on their Facebook page soon after the first pic was posted)
  13. It doesn't. Most notably, the split is in a different location in the two kits - Academy has it further aft, basically at the start of the parabrake, in line with the back of the tailplane mounting plates on the fin. Airfix have it further forward, in line with the main vertical panel line on the tail (just in front of the mounting plate). So you'd have about a 1" gap to fill in. Additionally, the fuselage diameter is different, so even if you cut and section Airfix's F.6 tail to fill the gap, the parabrake parts wouldn't fit anyway. That said, if Airfix drag their feet on an FGA.9 release, you can count on someone doing a resin conversion specifically for the kit.
  14. For the people that don't want the hassle, here is the direct link: http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3197
  15. No, they didn't (well, not exactly). The only reason Trumpeter pulled and re-tooled the Wildcat is because Squadron/MMD, their main US wholesaler at the time, cancelled their orders for the kit. Squadron saw the kit, realized it wouldn't sell, and told Trumpeter to if they didn't re-work it, they could keep it; Trumpeter decided it was more economical to invest in revisions than to write off the project, so the kit got re-worked. It's possible that Squadron heard the commotion on sites like Hyperscale and ARC (I forget whether BM existed yet... was that pre- or post-'Malvinas Anniversary'?) and decided to press the issue, but it's a lot more likely that they just had a flood of cancelled pre-orders and realized they'd lose money if they maintained their order with Trumpeter.
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