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  1. The engine housings and fuselage are totally asymmetric on my kit, not sure if that’s the master/mould or just a bad casting…it gets continuously worse from front to back. Maybe check your parts first and devise a plan Mine has been on the shelf of doom for over 10 years now… J
  2. Temma-san from Japan has written volumes about Phantom shapes and in this article you can see a diredt comparison between Tamiya and ZM, as he converts the Tamiya F-4B into an F-4C, using components from the ZM kit. http://soyuyo.main.jp/f4c/f4c-1.html Just from the width of the side console instrument panels you can see the difference in fiselage shape. There are many comparison studies across his website, a bit difficult to navigate and find, but there's a ton there and I do think it's valid as it's backed up by both photos and McD drawings. I do agree that the issue becomes a lot less apparent with the canopies open. With the canopies shut the sills form a very peculiar S-shape, in both horizontal and lateral orientation. The lateral S is missing from the ZM kit. A couple of pics fur firther illustration (many thanks to Andreas Beck for the first pic): J
  3. I noticed the lack of belly strap as well. We will see what the kit brings. Note that Luckymodel's prices are based on USD and the currenty converter on the website is totally out of date. With shipping, it's actually GBP 69.70 , not 59,34. To Japan it's JPY 8984 and with that a little more than the ZM retail price (incl tax). In the shops, Meng kits are very expensive here (~13,000 for a Super Hornet) and probably no competition to ZM. J
  4. We live in an economic downturn, i.e. a buyer's market unfortunately though. You get little for second hand items these days. Very different to two years ago when people hand both money and time on their hands.... That's extremely furstrating, most for Annetra. I hope not too much money had changed hads already...
  5. The main thing is not so much the canopy, it's the fuselage. It bulges out slightly, roughly in between the two cockpits. Therefore Tamiya's cockpit tub, the instrument consoles in particular, are noticeably wider than other kits. The canopy simply follows the width. If displayed open, the shape is disrupted enough that you don't really notice the problem. It's more apparent with the canopies closed. The angles of these renders aren't really conclusive whether or not Meng have got it right. We will see... J
  6. The frustrating thing is, they already hand made tooling for the Annetra kit - test shots exist already. What went wrong then? J
  7. What I like about the MD turbo/exhaust set is that they took note of the exhausts being a different shape across the four nacelles and lh/rh sides. I don't have the set, as I bought a set from another manufacturer, which is beautifully designed and produced but unfortunately on that set, the exhausts are all just mirror images and the same for all four nacelles...A bit disappointing. Lookig forward to seeing your progress Cheers, J
  8. Taking notes as at one point I'll do the same, B-29 in stash, several X-1 kits as well... And then there is my "ultimate lifetime project" of NB-52B with X-15-3 under the wing. I have both the Sanger and HPH kits and plan to use Sanger parts to back date the HPH to the early configuration. However, I may end up drawing lots of parts in CAD instread as I'm not too confident about the Sanger shapes and details... But first the X-15 Jeffrey
  9. Why is this the same thread? The F-16C is a different kit from the F-16A.... Personally, I'm only interested in the F-16A, I already have a Tamiya C kit. J
  10. Looking very good!! Please don't do a flat coat, that would be the opposite of what's needed. As Alan said, it's largely a natural metal finish, just more like gunmetal. If anything, the finish could be even a bit glossier than it is now. Cheers, J
  11. Fantastic work! That's Revell aqua colour?? Wow, that's not half bad, is it? This plane (chase 1) is definitely high on my own to-build list, as most things associated with the X-15 program are. We just need a decent F-100 kit... Cheers, J
  12. ...or you could buy my wheels, readily available and with good and accurate inner detail as well I had to re-size the tyres a bit from accurate scale dimensions to make them fit the Revell main struts. A little thinner (i.e. less over all width), and slightly less tread diameter. An accurate (but again adapted for the inaccurate Revell kit) brake chute bay is available as well Jeffrey
  13. Thanks Duncan, the thing is, I've been finling my VAT return through HMRC's Gateway the whole time, I've never sent any paperwork or the like. Everything was online already and as such digital. This MTD I can no longer do that. Instead I have to use an Excel spreadsheat consisting of the exact same boxes as on the HMRC gateway and then upload it to one of several HMRC approved tax services. Their website "translates" it into a web form and then you enter your HMRC account and log-in details there. The form gets loaded into the HMRC system and as far as I understood, that's it. I have no idea why they had to add this additional step...? If you just use this upload service and no "real" accounting, as far as I understood, the service providers don't charge anything for this. If that's not correct and I have to pay something then I will have to think very hard and may have to make a painful decision. I already have all that extra hassle with separate filing and doing this VAT return quarterly, just for the UK and the few orders I get from there. If it will cost me extra on top it rapidly becomes unviable. Jeffrey
  14. Anyone heard of the latest HMRC stupidity? Now they make you use a third party tax service in order to file your VAT return!!! Until now I just logged into my HMRC VAT account every three months, entered the relevant numbers into five boxes, hit "send" and that was it. I saved the document for reference, made the payment quoting my tax number, done. Now you can't do that anymore! You have to first save the exact same five figures in an Excel file, go to anyone of a number of UK tax service agencies, upload it to their system, enter your HMRC account details and hit send. Basically exactly the same, just more complicated and involving a private company with your confidential information. If you do the creation of the Excel sheet and uploading yourself this is apparently free of charge (well, for now...). I really don't get it?? What's the point of that?? Jeffrey
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