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  1. I have a couple of sets (engines/props) and they certainly look very nice! J
  2. Those shots are amazing, so totally in-focus and yet prop blur etc. Superb skill (and probably a bit of good kit as well). Possibly any shots of the helis in the air? Despite being a BoB air show, those three Westlands would have been my favourite part of the show. J
  3. Looking at the profile drawings, it looks like it does not have the NACA intake. My kit is on order so I'll investigate... J
  4. Hi Rob, I've got Smooth Cast 305 in my inventory as well, I use it mainly for really small or thin parts. It has one huge disadvantage: it sticks to the moulds and starts to deteriorate them much more quickly than any other resin I use. Even the use of mould release spray (which I don't normally use) helps with that....And this happens with all sorts of RTV brands, even with Smooth-On's on Mold Star range. It's extremely important to de-mould the parts as soon as possible as the longer you leave the cast parts in the mould the more they will stick. Do you have any experience like that? Cheers, J
  5. With scale models not visible on high streets, shopping centres, department stores etc. and also not playing any role in the average young household, I strongly believe that model shows, and in particular those small local exhibitions, are an important part in introducing young, or generally, new people to the hobby. There is the notion of "Oh you can find everything on the net" - well, yes - but you need to know it's there or what to look for in the first place. Small shows are things you "stumble" upon, there may be a poster, an advert, maybe a blip in the local paper. Scale modelling is a physical activity and as good as the internet is with promoting the hobby (or the hobbyist's output) there is no match to actually seeing that physical object with your own eyes. That is the inspiration and motivation that actually gets you to step away from the computer/laptop/phone and take up that physical activity, try yourself. So I do think shows, small and large, are important for the hobby and in the end the industry and it would be a shame if it all went the way of the Dodo, just as the high street presence has. I'll have to give SMW 2021 a pass unfortunately as international travel is just still too unpredictable and there is a huge unknown about visitor attendance. But I do hope I can attend 2022, even if the show is somewhat smaller. Jeffrey
  6. Guys and gals, some new items are available at Hypersonic Models. For the new Tamiya F-4B (and other future variants...) I've got: A centreline pylon, designed to fit onto the kit's tank mounting tab with an easy modification And then the McD (early) 370gal wing tanks have made an improved come back, with the tanks easier to clean up and assemble. For the moment, they are available with new pylons for the Tamiya kit. Pylons for Hasegawa (will work for ZM as well) and Academy are also re-designed and will be released soon. What's coming: F-4B plain fin cap for Tamiya, FJ-3 Fury cockpit update set and nose correction as well as very likely an F-4N conversion, again for the Tamiya F-4B kit. Cheers, Jeffrey
  7. Well, a lot of words in this thread but no one attempted to answer the question... I can only answer for 1:48: Hobby Boss A-6 family: yes, offset Kinetic EA-6B: yes, offset (both fore and aft) Revell EA-6A "Electric Intruder": yes, offset (quite a lot actually, probably too much). Cheers,
  8. Nice work! Just fyi how the ejection seat looks like: http://www.ejectionsite.com/x15seat.htm Are you going to re-isntate the step around the nose wheel door cutout, matching the door? Cheers, J
  9. You can try Amazon.co.jp (set language to English at the bottom of the page). Most Alec tools are listed and shipping to Ireland seems to be possible, although not cheap... Another option is HLJ for instance.
  10. JeffreyK

    Olympics anyone?

    I watch on Sportschau.de, very broad selection of the various events live. Of course, with a VPN connection the streaming speed/quality is not top notch, but still more than acceptable. Commentary in German of course...But that's not a problem for me J
  11. JeffreyK

    Olympics anyone?

    Is that really the case?? So that's why I haven't been able to find anything on the iPlayer as on previous games. Japanese TV covers, well, 95% Japanese athletes' participation only (to the point where they cut away from a "foreign" gold medalist in order to interview the Japanese 6th place...) and Japanese TV doesn't have online on-demand or catch-up (why not???) so I mainly watch the games on German TV via VPN connection. As for the Olympics in general: in every day life I couldn't care less about sports - club leagues like football, baseball and what not you'd have to pay me to make me watch it. But every four (five) years I really REALLY get excited about the Olympics, could watch it all if I had the time. Was lucky that we got to see a couple of events live at London 2012, didn't get any tickets this time. Well, lucky with hindsight. Just sad for the athletes that there are no spectators allowed, but that was the only option available I guess. J
  12. The F-4B comes in a particularly large box. Packed into an outer posting box or padding it comes exactly to 90cm combined edge length which is the maximum size for a "small parcel". Anything added to that means it has to be sent as parcel post, EMS or courier with the accordingly large price tag. As for the flap set: Kasl are "traditionally" high priced but ummm, that is hefty... EDIT: Just read on KASL's FB page that the USD price is supposed to be $17.90. That sounds a bit better J
  13. The Mk.5 seat in the pic above (Tommy's blog) is not a Phantom H5 seat, but a Mk.P5. The is different in a number of ways from a Phantom seat and closer to a Mk.F5 found in F-8 Crusaders. Here is the H5 (Navy variant) for the Phantom: J
  14. Photos are hard to come by as still existing MK.H5 seats are probably extremely rare. The best pics are in the Daco book, page 116 (although I do think the face curtain pull ring was always double, not single as in those photos). These may help as well: Navy type: Air Force type:
  15. The top seat is not a Mk H5 for a Phantom. It's a Mk.P5 (F4D Skyray etc.). The H5 seat looks quite different from that. J
  16. Not discrediting your sources but that is astonishing, to say the least. A kit of the size and complexity of the 1:24 Typhoon would be in the £150k region, minimum, based on what I know and the prices I get quoted. If that was really true then Airfix have got some real bottom bargain basement prices there, out of reach of anyone else and I wager that this is perhaps not industry representative and transferrable to other companies and kits... Wow!
  17. ...as the question popped up in another thread, just to confirm: Despite the approach of a "competitor's kit" the development of the GasPatch/Hypersonic Models SR-71A is still going on. We are both small companies and as such both have the same problems but also the same advantages. We are on the same page in terms of what we want the model to be like and if you know GasPatch's kits (look at their recent Me 163 for instance) you get an idea what that is. We are both very limited in time resource though - we can't work on more than one large project (i.e. full kit) at a time, while at the same time handle all the day-to-day business like resin casting for me, 3D printing for GasPatch. So things take their time...perhaps a bit too long, but that's they way it is and we're soldering on. All sub-assemblies, details and various options are ready in CAD and are now being integrated into one and prepared for tooling. I do hope that this process will be completed by autumn, fingers' crossed. As the work currently taking place is of a very "technical" nature I haven't been sharing much as there just isn't that much excitingly new to see. But I'll of course report of any new developments as they come along. In the meantime, get some more AG-330 start carts, you want them for the "other" kit as well, don't you?? DONT YOU??? Cheers, Jeffrey
  18. Very well is. Currently working on large parts splits and integrating all the various sub-assembly CAD's (which are basically ready) into one, or more than one, for different versions. Gaspatch were extremely busy finalising their ME 163 kit but now finally work on the SR-71 is rolling. No, we won't beat Revell on time but I think our kits will offer things you won't find in R's kit, with a different approach. But that's all for now, this is a Revell thread...more on either my FB or in a separate thread on here. Cheers, Jeffrey
  19. Japan release is July 10th, with kits hitting shops from about the 15th. It's bizarre that the kit is available everywhere else so much in advance to the home market. Looks like I'll have to order from outside of Japan (Luckymodel) in order to not be out-run by competitors in terms of aftermarket. J
  20. Another vote for a round edge blade on a hard surface, my preference is a large steel ruler, but glass or ceramic tile are fine as well. You simply roll the blade over the connecting tab, repeat until it breaks. I have Xuron cutters as well, but I find the can distort or even destroy delicate PE parts. Jeffrey
  21. I will re-open my web shop in the coming week, I'll start some resin casting in the coming days and if there's no issue I'll be back in business real soon. Cheers, Jeffrey
  22. 3D printed detail/upgrade set now available: https://www.facebook.com/GasPatchModels/posts/3818963051556584 Cheers, Jeffrey
  23. The panels, doors, vents and scoops around the centre fuselage are all different due to the different engines, Hasegawa took care of the differences. Possible of course to sand everything off and re-scribe but quite a lot of work... Hasegawa did re-release the A-4C kit a couple of years ago, IU managed to buy two, but could kick myself for not buying more as they all went in a jiffy and no even here in Japan none are available anywhere (unless second hand for ridiculous prices). J
  24. Shimomura Alec "Hyper Cut" Saws. You never look back and wondered why you ever use anything different. I use this one here with a 0.1mm blade mainly, but there are quite a number of others available: http://shimomura-alec.co.jp/product/pdf/alk27.pdf http://shimomurado.cart.fc2.com/ca3/102/p-r3-s/ In distribution also by Platz: http://www.platz-hobby.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&manufacturers_id=53&products_id=3727 HLJ, 1999 and Amazon as well as hobby shops world wide (not sure about the UK) sell some Shimomura Alec tools as well. And once you've seen what other tools they make you stop wanting to buy kits, you just want all those fabulous tools Cheers, J
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