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Mountain goat

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  1. I've never built any in-house neo Kovozavody Prostejovs before - I started an ex-RV MiG-21 build once, wasn't impressed, sold it on & since held the belief that KP are usually rather difficult builds. Am I correct in this assumption or are there also good or fun KP kits out there? Jay
  2. Such a lucky time to be a modeller isn't it? Almost spoiled for choice I must say, Finemolds being one of the modern modelling heroes - I bought both the F-4C and D and the next time FineMolds will get me forking out is when an F-4G appears, although the new exercise schemes are very tempting - the 1982 Komatsu Fighter Meet was a veritable feast of temporary camouflages - Phantom part ONE and Phantom part TWO for some nice examples. Jay
  3. The F-14, A-6 and F-8 are old tool as well. Very interesting company, Hasegawa. Not interesting in a positive way mind; more like seeing someone careening towards very embarrassing midlife crisis decisions - makes you wonder: what in the name are they thinking..? Jay
  4. Interesting. I want several Alpha jets as well. I'll wait and see but if the sprue shots look disappointing, I'll just wait a little more (for another kit that is). Jay
  5. When I first read your post I felt something of a depressing feeling as well, but then I realised a couple of things that made me agree with most on this thread. First: The machine prints out from a design. For that you need to build a digital model first. I don't like designing things on a computer. Indeed it was my job for a while, but I don't like the activity at all. And I'm certainly not the only one. Lots of people would rather build an object using their hands (and feel an object coming together) than build it in a digital space. It is the physical act of modelling that's also appealing, not only the end product in itself. Second: I, as others, have a stash. I think it needs to be completely converted into built models. There's loads of models out there that need to be built. Many of those kits that have been produced over the decades still are to be built. It would be a waste of plastic to just throw them away right? Also, this development has been possibly saddening you - but actually: why? If a machine were to be able to print out qualitatively better results than one's modelling abilities allows; well, alright, but perhaps that's only relevant if modelling is seen as a competition. I guess I'm not alone in this, but I dislike that viewpoint personally. I build and finish whatever I feel comfortable with in whatever quality I expect of myself; not what is expected of me. Jay
  6. Interesting, thanks for sharing. Shame short-term financial aims seldom deliver a happy ending Jay
  7. Can anyone tell me how to contact the people behind this former website please. The website still exists but is completely empty apparently. I already contacted the admin at piwi address on the redirect page but have had no reply. Jay
  8. Is there a lnk where I can see a complete list? The old tool Phantom is still rather good. If the price is right, I might order a few. Jay
  9. No mention of the new tool Alpha Jet in 1/72 - I hope that's still in the pipeline. Also Glow2be/ Heller, if you're listening: a return of the old SA.330 Puma kit would be most welcome! Jay
  10. If kits had movie posters to announce them, this quote would certainly not be on one! -but great quote all the same. Jay
  11. Got my first two in just now - I'm really impressed, starting with the packaging: a very sturdy box of adequate size for what's in it. Sprues are snugly wrapped in cellophane and parts are nicely protected. All this gives an impression to me of dependability - I like it a lot. The darkish grey plastic looks smooth and is flash-free; panel lines seem nicely crisp. What did surprise me negatively is that In both of my examples the left-hand fin (which is part of the fuselage) was quite noticeably warped. Nothing disastrous but still something that needs adjusting when I get to building it... Jay
  12. Whoa, what are you showing us exactly - are they from FineMolds themselves? What about the RF-4 nose in the pic (Revell parts?)? edit: I didn't notice your earlier post - I get it now . Jay
  13. Mine works and this is what it makes of it: above is an announcement that the mirrors and formation lights are made of plastic instead of PE which means no more CA glue needed. The formation panel lights are ultra thin plastic. (This is in a nutshell; I left the 'now you can make your model more detailed!' parts out :) Jay
  14. The wing and fuselage look quite nice. Depending on the price I'll purchase at least a couple. Jay
  15. Just had a look on the Airfix site for some extra info or box art on the forthcoming S.2B release due "autumn 2020" - alas nothing. Wouldn't more specifics be known by now? Jay
  16. Having scanned it with the Translate app, apparently it's a warning against the use of Surfacer as delicate panel lines and rivets may lose their clarity. Jay
  17. Sorry - only the questions were mine, the answers were by him. Say that again! Interesting video though. Jay
  18. With NoahKras' permission, here's some of the questions & answers I sent in: - Why make the choice for a Phantom project? (e.g. purely a market opportunity or was it also driven by enthusiasm?) Finemold has released 1/72 F-14 in the past, both as magazine and as ordinary plastic model kit. They wanted a follow up to their "Jet" lineup, and the conclusion was made that F-4 Phantom would be the most suitable options especially for Japanese market. - How did they research the shape of the nose and canopy/ cockpit section? (e.g. did they get help or measured themselves?) They were not able to measure the real deal, as JASDF is quite strict in that regard even for a soon to be retired aircraft. I was not able to get a definitive answer, but [...] Mr.Suzuki, the CEO, seemed quite sure about the accuracy of the kit. - What aspect of this project are they most proud of? The fact that they were able to create something easy and stress-free to build, yet very detailed and accurate. I had a chance to build the model 2 weeks ago, and the thing needed almost no filling what so ever. Just light sanding along the parting-lines, and it was good to go. No re-scribing needed either. Jay
  19. Hi NoahKras- Are you able to share a bit about how the interview went? Cheers! Jay
  20. So is this going to cost £ 25-30 as well? And who else is going to jump on the Tiger II bandwagon at this point..? Jay PS yes I know the price is the link .
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