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  1. 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.
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    Wingnut Christmas special

    For the people that don't want the hassle, here is the direct link: http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3197
  3. 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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    The Sea Fury rumour thread 2

    Link, in case anyone is wondering: https://www.facebook.com/groups/848474938507986/permalink/2257974344224698/ http://www.hyperscale.com/2018/reviews/accessories/barracudacastbr48350previewbg_1.htm
  5. ICMF

    The Sea Fury rumour thread 2

    Turns out, they will!
  6. ICMF

    MiG-25BM conversion set for ICM kit

    It wouldn't. The KH nose is about a millimeter larger all the way around where it joins the cockpit section. It's basically the thickness of the plastic difference, so an ICM-based nose would fit inside a KH cockpit section, and a KH-based nose will fit over an ICM cockpit section; neither comes close to lining up. It's probably a moot point here - I would guess that he meant the Revell boxing of the ICM kit - but I've seen the question asked several times so figured I would preempt anyone who was wondering if it's possible. It isn't.
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    The Sea Fury rumour thread 2

    Wonder if they'll release any other Sea Fury sets.
  8. Getting pumped for this release. Are there any good cockpit walkarounds out there? I'd like to get my references sorted.
  9. Meh. Wonder if I can convince someone to do an aftermarket 'pit.
  10. ICMF

    The Sea Fury rumour thread 2

    At least two more aftermarket sets are in the works, hopefully to be released at SMW.
  11. ICMF

    New 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I?

    I have to say, I'm kind of amazed that "new tool 1/48 Spitfire from Tamiya" hasn't generated more buzz. We already knew Airfix were releasing an XIV, yet that thread's up to 7 pages here already. Tamiya's announcement was a surprise, yet this thread's only 2 pages. Weird. And as for contemporary magazine reviews, when Academy released their XIV a couple of years later, it too had glowing reviews - beautiful detail and easy to build. Most magazine reviewers (especially at that time) are concerned with building to a deadline, not the intricate shapes of the kit in question. It's the reason why you'll see a good deal of commentary on fit, or detail, but accuracy largely amounts to a throwaway "it's about the same length and span as published dimensions".
  12. More specifically, the swept forward position has the option of either full flaps, etc. or the clean (flaps closed) wing. Which makes it kind of a bummer that the wing bracket they've designed is fixed. Since it's the first F-14 kit that's ever included separate 'clean' and 'dirty' wings, and those wings slide on to large tabs, it would theoretically be possible to swap them out if you get bored with looking at one particular configuration in your display case. Sure, most people would probably never do it, but it'd be cool to have the choice, and it'd be really easy to tool - instead of tooling the entire wing box assembly three times, just split the tabs off.
  13. It's cheap and easy to gate off sections of a sprue. See: Revell's 1/72 Hunter kit, which gated off the FGA.9 parts.