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  1. Different airplane, plus, that kit is (almost certainly) never going to be released, and if you paid for one, your money is (probably) gone.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. For the people that don't want the hassle, here is the direct link: http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3197
  6. 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.
  7. Link, in case anyone is wondering: https://www.facebook.com/groups/848474938507986/permalink/2257974344224698/ http://www.hyperscale.com/2018/reviews/accessories/barracudacastbr48350previewbg_1.htm
  8. 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.
  9. Wonder if they'll release any other Sea Fury sets.
  10. Getting pumped for this release. Are there any good cockpit walkarounds out there? I'd like to get my references sorted.
  11. Meh. Wonder if I can convince someone to do an aftermarket 'pit.
  12. At least two more aftermarket sets are in the works, hopefully to be released at SMW.
  13. 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".
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Ha! Wonder what the odds are that this will be out before AMK's kit. (okay, zero, but god that would be hilarious!) And there's clearly no relationship between this and the AMK kit. Most obviously, this wing has pivots; AMK's doesn't. Which should please the people who are unhappy about the AMK kit having fixed wings.
  17. The announcement is for a Dambusters kit AND a Mk.I/III. The Dambusters boxing is shown as 32044. I think it's a safe assumption that the Mk.I/III will be kit # 32043. Which means we now know what two of the three kits are, so we're just waiting to find out about 32062. Related to the Dambusters, or a 'normal' WWI subject?
  18. Bunch of Barracuda sets released - Diamond Tread wheels, Block Tread wheels, cast brass landing gear and a cockpit. http://www.hyperscale.com/2018/reviews/accessories/barracudacastbr48343previewbg_1.htm
  19. 1. It absolutely is a marketing campaign. A poorly communicated and horrendously executed one, but a marketing campaign nonetheless. (as evidenced by the fact that people STILL don't have any idea whether their pre-orders will be honoured or not) 2. AMK IS A FACTORY. AMK was started because a factory, which had been tooling kits for an existing Chinese model company, decided they could make money in the downtime between paying customers by producing their own kits in-house. "AMK" Is a plastic factory first, and a model company second. Which is why the F-14 has taken so long to release: they've had paying customers taking up resources, and they didn't want to turn away that guaranteed money for a riskier, in-house project. And that is why they did the pre-orders. Because if they pre-sold enough kits, they'd be guaranteed to make as much (or more) as they would if they'd made electric toothbrush handles for someone else.
  20. Wouldn't surprise me in the least. Could have been film related, too. Or just a stock 3D model site.
  21. Yes. For nearly a decade. I know what I'm talking about. More specifically, I know what it costs. And because of that knowledge, this raises several alarm bells for me. Even though I'd love to see a large-scale 727 kit, there is absolutely no way I would invest in this. Not because I'm worried that it may not be very good, but because I have little confidence that there will be any kit whatsoever. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe everything will work out fine. But personally, I'd rather buy a lottery ticket - it's cheaper, with a bigger upside, and I'm more confident in the odds.
  22. Okay: Why are you 'crowdfunding' in the first place? You would lose less money if you just developed the kit on your own and put it on sale. If you as a business can't afford to fund the (relatively paltry) $600 development costs, how can customers expect you to pay the much larger ($6000+) production costs. For anyone who has put money into this, or is thinking of putting money into this, here are some figures to consider: A hollow, 1/72 727 fuselage, with a wall thickness of 2mm will use about .36L - 454g - of resin. (note: this does not include support material, which will increase materials/print costs) Formlabs' basic resin costs $150/L. This means the fuselage alone will cost $54 in materials if it's printed in-house. (note: this does not include consumables like resin vats, IPA, gloves, power costs or depreciation) Stratasys' resin is about $325/kg. This means the fuselage would cost $140 in resin alone if it's outsourced. (note: again, this does not include any of the $200/kg support material, and assumes the service works for free) This is just for the fuselage. Again, the wings, tail, engines and undercarriage will easily double the material volume. So as a basic, back of the envelope calculation, the raw materials for the kit will cost between $100 - 300 at an absolute minimum. The cheapest shipping option USPS has to ship a 1kg box from the US to the UK is $35. Priority mail is $60. In other words, your pre-order price for a very expensive kit doesn't even cover the cost of shipping(!). By way of comparison: a 1/72 Boeing 727 fuselage would use (at least) 17x more resin than the 1/160 M88 listed on their website, which they are selling for $5 more than the 727 pre-order. And that doesn't include shipping. Depending on your payment method, you will have anywhere between 30 - 180 days to demand a refund if you change your mind. After that, you are entirely at the mercy of the seller. Maybe everything will work out fine and people actually will get an acceptable kit at the end of the day, but I am extremely skeptical. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Buyer beware. (and I'd note: this goes for the Yak as well - I'm seeing some alarming things in that thread, too - it's just not as obviously egregious as 'crowdfunding' what should be a $500+ kit for less than the price of postage.)
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