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  1. Interesting. It seems that somewhere after 2010 xtrakit stopped collaboration with Sword, but these guys continued into obscure British types with their Harrier T.2/4, Lightning T.4/5, Jet Provost, etc I think a new kit could be a collab with a new partner - not Sword or MPM/SH. Maybe MikroMir who seems to be collaborating with S&M before?
  2. Can someone send this to Mr. Muzikant of AZ/KP? And I'm not speaking about the level of detail but at least about product quality. Molding cleanliness and assembly fit with less details is even easier achievable.
  3. These panel lines look impressive. I can't disagree. Panel lines were IMO an area for improvement with some Special Hobby kits recently so great these folks are receptive of the feedback. One thing I did not get about the above kit review - was the box lacking decal sheet and an armament sprue? Is that an omission or just pre-production box provided for review?
  4. When I was assembling three Spitfires together - they all lived in an Mk.IX's Eduard box. Together with trees with unused parts and with various uninstalled parts. So Eduard box is overly huge indeed. And their Tornado desert babes box is even larger and half empty...
  5. I remember pushing quite a load of pieces of lead into narrow area between wheel bay and fuselage top side and one lead weight was arranged behind the spinner. And my Cobra falls on its tail if you accidentally shake a shelf.
  6. In fact P-39 is probably the trickiest airplane in terms of weight placement. My Academy one very un-firmly stands on its front wheel. You do not have any options to put lead behind the cockpit etc. So metal loads and dedicated slots for putting it is a superb decision.
  7. Exactly. Red stars in WWII and red stars carried during invasions to Czechoslovakia, Afghanistan or current invasion to Ukraine are a bit different cases. Nevertheless I'm glad 1/72 revolution goes on! Great job, Arma Hobby!
  8. Hi, a reasonable way to fix the leading edge. But should it lead to a problem with front screen alignment at a later stage? Dennis
  9. Just wondering - what's your impression of the molds quality? Same problem as on photoes above? Are transparencies that bad or distortion not huge?
  10. Problem is that they started with better quality than Mach 2, but their recent hasty releases are at Mach 2 level. I personally assembled their Vultee Valiant (good plastic details, a PE fret, no distortion on canopy), Fairchild Argus (again decent fit, transparencies not so good), HueyCobra (excellent kit from higher quality molds). Now I'm finishing the Chipmunk - this one clearly had a lot of quality issues - sink marks, scratched surfaces + a very thick canopy + mistakes and bad colors on decals. And looking on the photoes of sprues of SF.260, L-159, this Cessna - I see these are worse then Chipmunk. It's okay if we just take the fact KP/AZ are down to Mach 2 quality. But sorry - I do not want to blow vacform canopies myself, borrow or buy another set of decals with right colours, etc. I would just buy something else where I would be able to assemble a good model more or less OOB.
  11. I would not care about 5 mm difference honestly. At least we have a plastic Cessna that seems mostly accurate proportionately. But! I feel very bad seeing that plastic quality... What I observe with AZ/KP molds - they are deteriorating over time. Each new model is crappy quality wise. Molding defects, hugely thick transparencies, poor fit, soft details, etc. Quality is horrible. And what is the worst - these guys occupy the market and make certain types less appealing to other manufacturers. For example, if AZ issues MB.339/326 series - anybody else considering this aircraft would probably sell 50% less.
  12. One nuance here. As far as I understand the NF series from SH is an entirely new model not related to the usual Meteor from 2006. And here we get closer to the thread topic I'm wondering if Airfix is actually going to miss an opportunity to release more from the full series... One example of completely lost opportunity in my view - never released metal wing Hurricane mk.I. Why??? How is that at all possible for the British model company to miss the true BoB Hurricane stopping half step from that?
  13. Hi Piotr, Thank you for the detailed response! All that really makes sense. And the above quotation I think is the essential Airfix problem. They are stuck with expensive steel molds that they do not like to make customizable to produce varied versions of the same aircraft - thus losing market. Plus they do have troubles in producing modernly fine molds so they simplify exterior and adhere to trenchy panel lines. And then we hear stories of declining market etc. while in reality the market and hobby are flourishing. P.S. By saying Eduard and MPM/SH are new manufacturers - I mean they are new to the top league with superior quality. Sure they are not at Tamiya or Finemolds level - but at least already ahead of Airfix.
  14. I wonder if there is any world wide statistics on the market size? My view: even though overall sales volume might not be growing or may even be actually declining - the market is still large enough to allow entrance of new manufacturers who start mass production of high-quality long-run kits. Examples are Eduard, SH, Arma etc. So probably we actually have a market shift from low-end buyers of simple kits for pennies to high-end buyers of quality kits for double-digit numbers? If that's the case - Airfix price strategy is right, but they desperately need to change the approach to product quality to follow the high-end market.
  15. Hi Michał, a great project and superb attention to details! I've recently bought an Eduard's box with Revell Tonka inside so would be following your work with great attention! Best regards, Dennis
  16. Hi everyone, All right. I thought that the Little Italian is the easiest one to pull together so it is going through assembly shop right now. First picture - all prepainted parts are here. Instruction says interior is fully black including seats. Walkaround pictures of Italian SF.260 are showing mostly grey interiors, however photos of the prototype M.M.54436 from the final flight ceremony on 19/9/2009 actually confirm all black cockpit except for the instrument panel. Second picture shows instrument panel and seats with decals added. Seat belts are probably oversized for 1/72 but worked fine at last. Instrument panel decal is spot on. No problems with decals application. Seats are generously covered with future to ensure better decals adhesion and create smooth italian leather look and differentiate from flat cockpit finish. Third shot is preassembled cockpit (fit is fine) and with weight added. Space was enough to squeeze three pieces of lead there which seems sufficient to ensure proper position on three wheels. The last one is from yesterday late evening - fuselage closed! Front part is just inserted to ensure proper alignment. More will be coming on other airplanes. Kind regards, Dennis
  17. Painting continues. I spent about two hours today with black colour. I used mix of Vallejo black and grey primers in fact to paint black parts and prime exhausts for further painting into gun metal. I know it's a bit hard to see black parts on black painted masking tape I think I'll make some dedicated posts on each airplane over this week.
  18. Excellently made little Delfin!!! Very striking scheme! Very inspiring so I probably have to unpack my AMK kit some day
  19. Is Heller or Airfix so off? And second question - how is the KP molding quality? Any softness of smaller details? I've not been looking really to this kit having seen unsuccessful L-159. But looks like this one is not so bad at all.
  20. Hi All, As festivities are over, I'm getting back to the workbench. Firstly, I completed all the outstanding bits of jet trainers and gave an extra white primer cover to everything that is going to be white. Look at these marvels: I actually cut the front wheel molded together with the strut to give way for the resin replacement. This required a new wheel axe. All this photoetch is supplied in the Eduard fret and worked finely. Second action - I cut, sanded and preassembled some of the propeller trainers' interiors and minor exterior bits. And already primed all that too. So next step is painting everything. Best regards, Dennis
  21. From my knowledge interior green was applied on early wwii RAF fighters to proper cockpit only. Even the behind the seat zone was not green. Secondly, the aircraft with painted bottom side had to have all visible parts in lower side colours. Spitfire's undercarriage bays are visible so should be black/white, sky, etc. In your case I guess this is silver so nmf or silver is what I would have chosen. Kind regards, Dennis
  22. Early warning version HR2S-1W is what we need!!! Crazy looking machine.
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