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  1. Apex

    1/72 Eduard L-39C

    Nice start, and nice subjects! Do you have a source for markings? I built one a long time ago, and liked the kit. I don't recall much problems in the building except the ones you found out already: - Positioning the cockpit tub is not clear, it seems to leave gaps somewhere no matter how you put it. In my build the ejection seats ended up way too high (possibly because the cockpit tub was not in correct position, possibly because there was a gap between the tub and seats, possibly because the headrests which are assembled from separate parts were incorrectly positioned, possibly because the seats are just too large, or some combination of these...). I was unable to close the canopy because of that. Also try to make sure the clear part separating the cockpits will fit. - The wing-fuselage joint leaves gaps and/or a step and needs some work.
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    hasegawa 1/72 F-111 reissue

    So... do you know somethint the rest of us do not, or just teasing us?
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    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    Interesting solution to the flatness problem. It works nicely here as you can hide the damage to the flame holder inner ring using the crown part. I recall having the same problem with Aires Su-27 exhausts. I left the flame holders flat, but that felt... bad. I'm sure you know what I mean. Eduard themselves solved this in different way with their Mirage F.1 set: I wish they had remembered this when designing the MiG-21MF exhaust set!
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    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    Something tells me you are not planning to finish the engine with a single paint labeled "exhaust"... A very inspiring and informative WIP. Lately I have not had much interest in modelling but threads like this are just great as you begin to see new aspects in the hobby. Thanks Gabor.
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    https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?q=FMA+IA-58+Pucara&fkSECTION[]=Kits&fkSCALE[]="1:72"&fkSCALE[]="1:48"&fkTYPENAME[]="Full kits"
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    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    Looks like the "Wallkyd Green" paint has chipped, revealing turquoise color beneath. Do you know if the cockpit was painted over in Hungary, and if yes, when? I have to say your detail painting is very impressive. It looks better than prepainted photoetch, just as sharp but with more depth.
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    Regarding the AMD Mirage Fuel tanks

    Well, the drawings are not wrong just because they are Ukrainian. Maybe. I don't have the kit but still they look like the subsonic 1300 liter tanks to me. Totally different fins. Why would PJ include both injected and resin tanks of the same type? http://aussiemodeller.com.au/pages/Reviews/acft kit/HPK072016_Mirage.html
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    Regarding the AMD Mirage Fuel tanks

    The Ukrainian magazine Aviatsiya i Vremya issue 1/2004 has 1/72 Mirage III plans, including fuels tanks and ordnance. The 1700 liter tanks measure 86 mm in length and 8.8 mm in width (don't take the decimal part too seriously, the line width in the drawings is much more than 0.1 mm). If the plans are accurate, I'd say the PJ resin tanks are spot on in size. The HPM injected ones look like the 1300 liter tanks to me (not the 1700 liter ones). These measure 80 mm in length in the AiV plans.
  9. Blah, so this one still has the clear parts from the fighter version. The windscreen is too short. The new plastic parts look rather rough. Also I don't see the rear fuselage bomb racks included (RV kit had them in resin). Somewhat disappointing, but maybe the release of this kit by a major manufacturer brings us more aftermarket items.
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    Best Soviet T-62 in Braille scale

    Umm, no I am not, way too few hobby shops out there!
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    BTR-50 in Braille scale - which one?

    It has been a while since you asked, are you still looking for info? I just received the PST kit and I have ACE in stash already. I am not planning to build either in the near future but I could at least post some comparison pictures if you are interested, earliest next weekend.
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    Best Soviet T-62 in Braille scale

    So what are the inaccuracies in ACE T-62? I have a couple in stash and they sure look rough, though I do like ACE kits in general. But I would not mind a more buildable kit. So far, Trumpeter 1/72 armor has been very disappointing for me. Their BTR-80 bottom side, including wheels, is just awful, barely resembling the real BTR-80. 2K12 Kub is a bit too simplified with almost everything molded on to the hull, and has way too undersized ramjet engines for the missiles and missing inner track teeth. I hear their 1/35 armor is pretty good, but the same can't be said for 1/72. I definitely want to read some positive reviews of the T-62 before buying it.
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    Looking for opinions on 1/72 Mirage 2000 kits

    I have also read that the Italeri kit is inaccurate, more exactly it is stretched in length so the whole fuselage and wings are incorrect, pretty much impossible to correct. If you don't mind it is probably much nicer to build than Heller. I have a Heller Mirage 2000N started. It retains some parts from the 1979 vintage Mirage 2000C kit. These are typical for that era (less than stellar fit, raised panel lines, etc). It also has a new sprue for 2000N parts (fuselage, cruise missile and wing tanks, these are not bad actually). The fit of intakes is horrible, my kit had warped vertical fin, the detail level is very basic. Not Heller's best kit, but perfectly buildable.
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    Which frogfoot should I buy???

    Can't help with the pictures. Specifically for Art Model Su-25UB there is the Art Model photoetch sheet (also sold under HR Model label), and another PE sheet by NH Detail. I don't know if Pavla vac canopy would fit at all, it is for the Unda kit. I think there are UB(K) decals at least from Authentic Decals and Kopro. Of course, many aftermarket items for the single seater are usable for the UB as well.
  15. Just a thought, Zvezda PFM could be better starting point for a conversion? Off the top of my head, you will need at least F-style narrow chord vertical fin, different pitot, exhaust nozzle / engine and ventral fin. Don't fit the outer wing pylons. The wheel hubs would also be different, but Zvezda bis kit only includes the early style hubs appropriate for PF. There are probably tons of small differences in panels, AoA probes and antennas.