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  1. Not the case, axles are clearly shown in the instructions, the wheels have holes to take the axles and kits bought now have axles. And the retailer agrees. It just the importer have switched off the phones and don't like to answer emails.
  2. Graham Boak, consider the following before replying I only got back into modelling in the last year when I found lots of time on my hands due to being self employed and a pandemic made it illegal to do my job. Lacking experience, trying to put axles on the heaviest kit I've built, knowing that if it goes wrong I've ruined the most expensive kit I've bought doesn't sound like something I want to do. Having spent £63 on a kit I could resent needing to spend more money on tubing, pin vice, drill bits etc. Maybe £63 on a kit is nothing to you but in my present circumstances it was hard to justify and I think it reasonable to expect it to be manufactured to a standard I can build it OOB. If I'd spent £63 on a jacket and found the stitching holding the zip in place was coming away and the zip wouldn't do up, imagine if someone told me to go and buy a needle and thread because "diddums" people used to make their own clothes don't you know. I hope you didn't mean to come across as patronising.
  3. Sorry Circloy, I hadn't explained, I contracted emodels.co.uk in December, they replied that day, asked if I could send photos which I did. They agreed it looked like a manufacturing fault and said they would contact the importer to see about replacement parts/sprue. I left it a couple of months because pandemic etc but hadn't heard anything so I got back in touch. Emodels.co.uk said they're waiting to hear back. Its only after I asked if they could tell me who the importer was (because at this point I doubted emodels when they said the importer couldn't be called by phone) that i found out it was Hannants.
  4. No, I'd seen "in box" reviews, one was on this very site, praising the new Kittyhawk Flanker range of kits for the surface detail and accurate shape. None mentioned the lack of axles. I think the kit was a really new launch when I bought it and its taught me three lessons. First; in box reviews are a bit of a waste of time, if they aren't building it they might not notice things like no axles. Second; newly launched Tamiya kits have been product tested, newly launched Kittyhawk kits? Who knows. Third; just because other model sites answer the phone and reply to emails within 24 hours don't assume they all will.
  5. I've had a problem with a kit that Hannants are the importer for, and I notified emodels (who I bought it from) of the problem at the end of December. I still don't have the correct parts though after 4 months I did get a replacement sprue, with exactly the same fault as the kit I bought. So they've taken 4 months to not correct the faults and the latest request is to send the entire kit back to them! Its a half built 1/48 Flanker. It won't fit in the box without snapping a wing off so that's not happening. I don't know why Hannants can't accept that Kittyhawk have made undercarriage legs without axles as almost every build review mentions the fault, or why my photos of the faulty parts with the instruction diagrams showing an axle aren't enough. I must admit that until recently I was blaming emodels.co.uk for poor customer service but having tried to contact Hannants directly myself, I think I know where the problems begin. You might be in this for the long haul Blecky.
  6. I made a mistake and bought Tamiya F15 1/48, as it seemed a bargain. Its not a good idea. It's a paint mule now. I've built their 1/48 F16c and it's a great kit, if pricey, and really highlights how old and out of date their F15 kit is.
  7. I've read this about one changing the pressure and the other changing the volume but in actual use what difference should I be seeing. I've tried mac valve wide open with the regulator at 10 psi and then psi at about 30 with the mac valve restricting until the air flow felt and sounded the same as before. I can't see any difference in how the paint goes down. What difference should I expect?
  8. I've a box of Microbox drill bits and they are strongly attracted to one another and it's really annoying. Any suggestions for demagnetizing that doesn't involve a hard blow from a hammer? Thanks
  9. Hi Pete, definitely unmanned and as to size I think it looks 'right' stood next to a 1/48 scale plane, but the diorama I've been vaguely contemplating would be using some 1/35 scale figures. Never made a diorama before so we'll see..... I'm unlikely to be able to legally work for the next 6 weeks so I won't be lacking time. Now the progress. Armaments; the kit came with Bit on the small side. Or there was this Bigger, but better? Then there was this Which has some potential, But I preferred this Why have one barrel when you can have five? Started by taking the small gun from the top flipped it round and cut a chunk off I'd been thinking to bring together about 7 or 9 pieces of sprue to make a sort of handheld sawn-off rocket launcher, but then I cam across some wheel inserts in the spares box Drilled out both, used one as a template on some styrene, cut some lengths of copper tube, a piece of brass rod and trimmed a MiG-21 exhaust. Which went together like This has been added to the 'handgun' along with some more detail parts from the spares box The blue grey cone (MiG exhaust) got glued once some priming was done and then Mr surfacer 500 was used to fill the gaps, built up over a few days then sanded back. I'm making a rack on the other side to hold the ammo case, which is two of the kits boxes stuck together with the holey handle removed Be seeing more of that box in the next update which will be paint scheme. And I haven't forgotten this If you've got a sizeable gatling gun in one hand it would be a shame to have such a plain, lame flamethrower in the other. Thanks for looking. Jon
  10. Love to see some pics of how you get on.
  11. You can only build one kit but it has a range of parts. It has one core torso part where the human operator sits but you then choose whether to have the rest of the torso open (looks like a low rent version of the power loader from Aliens) or closed off like in my photo. There are two pairs of legs and multiple armaments, though these are very basic. See the developments in the work in progress.
  12. So I've been busy attacking the droid (doesn't have a name yet, we'll see) with sprue cutters, files and sanding sticks. First to go were the pegs sticking out all over the place and then a lot of sanding to smooth all the sharp edges and corners, of which there are many. Also I didn't like all the gaps in the arms and that slot around the wrist. Putty in two of the gaps and the wrist, Mr surfacer 500 dabbed and stipled then primed with Mr surfacer 1500 got me to this Much better. Also decided I preferred the alternate legs, the mech type i was going to use were too square and edgy. Compared to the legs shown here The groin area, for want of a better description, is on backwards. The kit would have it the other way round with a set of ladders at the front for the operator to climb in. Dremmel took care of the ladders. Now the torso. Comes with a range of inserts I thought this was the best, but wasn't convinced. Too square, too sticky out and too symmetrical. Hello Dremmel. Realised later that I could have taken more pics during what I'll call the milliput phase, but live and learn. Mr surfacer 500, going for that roughly cast metal look. Heading in the right direction. Embellishments, paint scheme and armaments to follow. The "cannon" or whatever is gone, its replacement is much cooler.... Thanks for looking Jon
  13. I wouldn't care about the colours, it look great. Good to hear no big fit issues, I'm seriously considering a Mig-27 from trumpeter.
  14. I got back into modelling during lockdown vol 1, after a break of approximately 33 years, give or take. I've built a number of aircraft and a helicopter in the months since and whilst I can't say I've enjoyed every minute it has been such a calming and rewarding way to fill my time (due to the nature of my job I can't work during tier4/lockdown). Wanted to do something different and with more freedom and I've always enjoyed sci fi. My youth was filled with Star Wars (I was 5 when I saw Star Wars, mind blown!), 2000AD and Harry Harrison novels so sci fi kit seemed appropriate. I didn't want to spend too much for a first dip of the toe and found this on amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/GODNECE-Mecha-Model-Kits-8cm/dp/B08149TQC2 Why this is sold as Godnece I've no idea. It's made by Rihio, the amazon vendor isn't called Godnece so who knows The parts look like There's some reasonable detail on some parts And then some other parts are just awful The plastic is inconsistent as well. The sprues are not just different colours, they are different plastics with the tan colour being most similar to regular model kits, the metallic grey seems really hard and slightly brittle and the chocolate brown parts remind me of the stuff the little airfix soldiers were made of circa 1981. Touch it with sandpaper and it looks like a scale model of a ploughed field. The parts can be swapped around with other kits in the same series, and there are parts to make an open front mech with the operator visible (think power loader from Aliens) but the figure is garbage and the presence of a human imposes a scale (1:60 allegedly) so that was out. I instead used the closed up body so its a droid. It won't look like this for long. More soon, thanks for looking Jon
  15. That's fantastic. I love it. Great idea, well executed.
  16. Thanks Troy but I don't think I'll be doing that. I've already had a post deleted and been pm'd by a moderator because "BM is not the place to air issues you may have with any company." I don't want to be banned so..... On the bright side emodels.co.uk are taking it up with the importer so here's hoping.
  17. It's arrived early. In some ways it's better than expected, in others it's a bit naff. Apart from anything else because it's push fit there are 'pegs' sticking out all over the place as attachment points for ancillaries. Nothing Mr Sprue cutter can't fix. It's a starting point. Soon to be a work in progress.
  18. Apologies if this is a stupid question but I've seen contradictory advice on other sites/ youtube. Is there any practical difference between reducing the pressure at the compressor or dialing down the air with the mac valve on my ps270. I've tried both and can't tell any difference and logic makes me think if the air is flowing at a certain rate then its irrelevant whether the rate is dictated at the far end of the airline or just before the nozzle. But I see mac valves described as splatter valves or stipple valves and I'm puzzled. Perhaps I should just stay away from Reddit.
  19. I really like the Voodoo but I've been scared off that kit by bad reviews. I suspect if you want the correct nose.....$15 postage. I have no problem paying postage and paying for the parts if I need replacements because I've messed up, but having to spend more to fix a problem that is all on them cheeses me off. I've contact emodels who I bought the kit from to see if they can help. Fingers crossed but I'm not holding my breath.
  20. Got a reply from Kittyhawk. They can send me undercarriage with axles, but it'll cost me $15 in postage! £60+ for a kit with manufacturing faults that I have to spend more money on in order to make right. I'm told that if I order another kit they can bundle them so I only pay postage once, but with the bad taste in my mouth, do I want to give more money to Kittyhawk?
  21. Their 1/32 F-15 is very highly regarded, their 1/48 F-15 is old garbage so why not shrink the 32 to 48?
  22. Does it do what it says on the tin (jar)? I'm a sucker for products, if I'm mail ordering a kit or paint I'll inevitably take a gamble on a £5 leap of faith. Does this get the desired result?
  23. Hi there Reggie. I'm building the Kittyhawk SU-27B which shares a lot of parts with the 30. Cockpit and gear bays all went together nicely, engines are painted and in place. Next step is joining the upper and lower fuselage halves, dry fit looks really good. Two glaring problems with kit and I'd be interested to hear if your boxing has the same problems. The first is that one of the intake trunks has been incorrectly moulded so the bulge from the gear bay has nowhere to go. Fixed with a knife and sandpaper so not a big deal. The second is the main gear legs have no axles! They just forgot to mold the axles and shipped the kits anyway. Has yours got axles? I'll be interested to see how yours goes together. Do you know what paint scheme you're going for?
  24. Arctic splinter, black, grey and pale grey. I've a set of dn models decals to go on but have been severely sidetracked by the Sea Harrier and now a toy robot of all things!
  25. Been lurking and posting without introducing myself. A returnee to modelling that was a hobby back in the mid 80's, now have the patience, knowledge and funding to do my old pastime justice. As a driving instructor who has been locked down from working again, I'll have time to sort out a few ready for inspections and a work in progress or two Lockdown kits completed Airfix 1/72 EE Lightning Eduard 1/48 Fw190 Airfix 1/72 Sea King Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito Tamiya 1/48 F16c Aggressor (when I get round to the decals) Abandoned in a boneyard; Trumpeter 1/72 MiG 29 (could be brought out of mothballs) Tamiya 1/48 F-15 (this kit is bad, really bad. Asymmetric nose/radar dome?! Sunk cost fallacy to continue it. Now an excellent paint mule, loads of surface area) Paused in a holding pattern; Kinetic 1/48 Sea Harrier Fa2 Kittyhawk 1/48 SU-27B Absorbing my time right now; A snap together Mecha sci fi robot type thing that is being heavily modified (I've scratch built a gatling gun!) Waiting in the wings; Tamiya 1/48 Heinkel 219 Uhu & I suspect Santa might have a 1/48 MiG-17 with my name on it... I might have a go at some armour, but if you've read this far you'll have realised aviation is my thing. Have a good one, Jon
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