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  1. Some bulkheads and a cabin floor to stiffen up the structure would be nice, but if required, they can be added using plasticard, Hopefully the kit will be successful enough for NEMO72 to invest in new fuselage tools for the A321 and A319 in the future. Whether the market would support an A318 fuselage, if they tool CEO engines, is another matter. Jonathan.
  2. Looks like the first SHU-16B boxing has been released: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/grumman-shu-16b-albatross-sova-models-svm-72026-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=174692 Although, based on the box art, I'm not sure about Aviation Megastore's spelling of "US Navy". I am curious that they have the kit before the ebay sellers based in Ukraine. Jonathan.
  3. I understand the nose on the MS was a different, more tapered outline, as well as having the shorter radome. The RV kit of the MS provided the nose separately in resin, and the shape is different from the standard kit. Jonathan.
  4. Just like the real thing... Although apparently they could take the wings off for storage on board: https://i.redd.it/hjet354e9c561.png Jonathan.
  5. https://finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP48.html https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&u=https://finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP48.html Plus a brass probe set. Jonathan.
  6. Utilising their assets to get the maximum return on investment for the minimum outlay? (That minimum outlay including focussing on their home market, where the JASDF aircraft sell well, rather than investing in an export network.) Looks like FM are going for two marking options per release, but the options are fairly similar (same squadron, same exercise). https://finemolds.co.jp/FP/72737.html https://finemolds.co.jp/FP/72738.html I'm curious whether they will include both early and later reinforced standard sabilators for the F-4EJkai '95 kit, as the artwork shows one subject with early standard and one with reinforced. Also curious that both kits push the JASDF weapons set on their respective web pages, even though the F-4EJ '82 kit features AIM-4 launch adaptors (as found in the 60's & 70's weapons set) on the photo and the artwork. Jonathan.
  7. I assume Hasegawa hadn't kept their website security certificates up to date. At least, they hadn't earlier; alternatively, the use of an "https://" prefix was inappropriate (although it defaulted to that when I left the prefix out). But I can connect to their site OK now. Also note that the "December" Facebook link goes to the December 2020 page. The "November" Facebook link goes to the November / December 2021 flyer: http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/211112new/ These go to the lists of planned releases: http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/month/202111/ http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/month/202112/ Jonathan.
  8. Based on the silhouettes, and the ~4 month lead time to get whatever is planned out in 2021* (given how well covered the new tooling for the F-4C/D/J releases has been), I am expecting the scale modelling equivalent of: Only with a 1:72 Phantom as the immediate backdrop, and one young lady in 1:35 scale. Probably one young lady with an F-4E or F-4EJ boxing, and a different one for an F-4EJkai boxing. The more modern subject equivalent of these previous Fine Molds releases: https://www.hlj.com/1-35-scale-rekiso-otome-history-dress-1-35-aoi-with-1-72-zero-fighter-type-22-fnmhc7 https://www.hlj.com/1-35-scale-rekiso-otome-history-dress-1-35-rosa-w-1-72-bf109-f-4-trop-fnmhc8 I hope I'm wrong, and we do get a slatted wing Phantom this year; not too long to wait to find out. Jonathan. * Google translate has the first line of the Facebook post as "Our new products scheduled to be released in the fall-winter 2021". But under Japanese standards, it wouldn't surprise me if Winter 2021 includes Q1 2022.
  9. AccsGB is listed as AGB on Hannants, but the Venom isn't listed in Hannants Futures yet: https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=103&manufacturer_id=362924&scale_id=956 Jonathan.
  10. https://finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP45.html: https://finemolds.co.jp/FP/FP44.html: For a moment there, I was hoping the common sprue provided two sets of outboard pylons. But as only half the outboard pylon parts include the pins to align with the wing undersurface, I guess each outboard pylon is an assembly of two parts. Jonathan.
  11. The fuselage halves appear to have a step where the rear edge of the ramp should sit, suggesting the ramp isn't integral with them; The rectangular piece on the sprue with the horizontal stabilisers looks about the right size and shape for the ramp outer surface (given the rounded corners). The short rectangular piece on the tail fin sprue could be the ramp inner surface, and the long rectangular piece could be the floor of the cargo area. Not sure what Answer will give inside fuselage, and given the potential cost, I'm not sure I want much, but the sprues look like the ramp isn't tooled to have closed as the only option. Jonathan.
  12. Hopefully it will be possible to pre-order both Wildcat and Mustang at the same time - that will make hitting the £135 minimum order size limit for those of us living in Britain easier. Jonathan.
  13. They aren't the first manufacturer to include enough features to model their chosen subject aircraft, but not the wider fleet. At least they chose a Martlet II for this boxing which featured the underwing pitot probe already included in the kit: http://www.rafcommands.com/database/images/aircraft/A/AJ148.jpg If Arma want to include the top surface pitot probe option on a later boxing, I suspect an etched brass probe would be reasonably easy to add to the kit. Jonathan.
  14. Looks like different cowl flap options, different front cowl rings, different gearbox cover / distributors and different exhaust configurations. Jonathan.
  15. The initial issue does appear to have a Martlet II option: https://www.armahobby.com/uploads/blog/main/611630a2d50eb-70047-web2-b.jpg Which the artwork suggests has a different cowl shape to the F4F-4 options. Jonathan.
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