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  1. Hello, Yes, I know that a big box with large sheet of plastic is hiding somewhere deep inside your vaults. Shame that you have never been brave enough to get it started, it is too big, too challenging and you think "well, I will wait for a little longer, the time is not right yet to to roll up the sleeves" and this time never comes. Good news, the time may be right now, are you interested in buddy build? There is a guy on friendly forum who would join so there are already two of us, are you ready to be the third? Let's do that, what do you think?
  2. Yes! With Swedish splinter camo!
  3. If Andrey says so then so it is! Good!
  4. I did not know that, thanks for clarifying
  5. Well, I have my doubts about "new tool", most likely it is going to be a repack with new decals. For 95% of customers the difference between "production" (well, if it ever reaches production at all) aircraft and prototype(s) are insignificant, so are the inaccuracies of the kit.
  6. We need 30 to enter the poll, unless the rules have changed. Being in a poll does not mean the GB gets into the calendar
  7. +1 Amiot 143 or Potez 540 SMER repacks count, I hope?
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    1/72 Airkits Rafaelyanc PR-12

    Generally - you register on "https://propjet.ucoz.ru/" and sent PM to Alexander Kozyrev AKA "KAJUK", who is the owner and producer of AirKits, he tells you the price you transfer money, he makes a kit for you. It must be understood that this is not a business, rather a retired guy who is making kits for fun, therefore there is no stock, usually kits are produced on demand. There are a couple of complications, you must speak Russian and he does not take PayPal. I have helped a couple of people on this forum to purchase AirKits models because I am native Russian speaker and I have means to arrange money transfer (I have no material interest and take no commission, I'm well off ), but there is one more unfortunate thing to mention - at the moment Alexander does not take new orders because of personal issues, I hope this is temporary thing. There are a couple of sellers on eBay who offer AirKits for sale, for a time being, I afraid, these are the only source, although their prices are expectedly higher and they don't offer the full catalogue https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/hobbymodels-lv/AirKits-KAjuK/_i.html?_storecat=23411162018 https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?_ssn=mrs.goldencoooin&LH_PrefLoc=2&_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=airkits&_sacat=0 https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?_ssn=47ru713&LH_PrefLoc=2&_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=airkits&_sacat=0
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    1/72 Airkits Rafaelyanc PR-12

    That is sad, do you have a pic? Sometimes resin parts get warped that is easily fixable by putting a part into boiling water for 20-30 seconds. You may use wheels, but if you want to build the airplane on skis I'm pretty sure the manufacturer will agree to send you the missing parts and propeller replacement. Should I contact him? Although it will unfortunately take some time the skis and prop are among the last things to assemble/paint/attach.
  10. So it is EE. I don't see any "improvements" they are mentioning
  11. ... for which, based on their B-2 and B-52 I have my doubts ....
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    1/72 Airkits Rafaelyanc PR-12

    Here is a hint: so there is a small pedestal the seat seats atop. Generally the top edge of the seat must be just below the bottom edge of the headrest. You may also want to add seat belts. There are no known pictures of PR-12 cockpit, however it is a direct derivative of R-5 so you may look up for "Polikarpov R-5 cockpit" My problem with SBS is that they don't produce anything I would be interested in It is worth knowing that the master model fits ideally and all the issues are caused by moulding process rather than poor quality of the original and therefore the good fit can be achieved by careful dry fitting. Generally with AirKits kits you would rather need to remove excess of resin than use filler. Based on the experience of the resin kits I built I would rank the fit of AirKits kits below Prop & Jet, CMK, Choroszy Modelbud or Lukgraph, on-par with ABM and RusAir / PAS and above Planet and Anigrand. But none of them are even close to the pinnacle of Israeli Small Stuff kits: http://www.hyperscale.com/2013/reviews/kits/smallstuff72002reviewmd_1.htm http://www.hyperscale.com/2016/reviews/kits/smallstuff72003reviewmd_1.htm Although I 'dare to compare' it must be said that size matters. Because of the nature of resin moulding, flexible silicon forms, the larger is the part the harder it is to provide dimensional stability and therefore the fit. All of Prop&Jet kits are relatively small planes whereas many AirKits models are rather large. Smaller AirKits models, such as ANT-1 or ANT-2 do not any fit issues at all. Wow! Just .... wow! Where is it?
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    Tupolev I-8 / AHT-13 Conversion

    AirKits makes resin I-4Z ( 049 ) but Alexander temporarily does not take new orders
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    1/72 Airkits Rafaelyanc PR-12

    A couple of remarks. - although the plane looks silverish it is not NMF, it is of wooden/linen construction covered with metallic paint so there must be no panel effect and/or chips. The exceptions are metal panels on the lower surface clearly seen on the second photo. - the instruction sheet suggests metal skis, there is an evidence that the skis were actually made of ash - do not glue lower edges of front fuselage before installing engine cover, otherwise the part that represents engine exhausts will not fit. So my suggestion for the sequence of fuselage assebly - reduce the thickness of fuselage walls - dry fit bulkheads. I did not use the one that separates cockpit from engine compartment. This part is not a ski but a bulkhead to which the tail skid is attached. - glue bulkheads and the tail section of the fuselage up to the cockpit - once glue is set insert exhaust part (do not glue it), fit and glue engine cover. There may be a gap that will be covered by propeller spinner, so I did not bother to fill it. - glue together front lower parts of the fuselage. Another suggestion is to cut off actual exhaust pipes from the part so that they could be inserted from outside once the body is painted, this will make it possible to avoid masking. I did not follow this advice but you may find it useful. - wing / body join will also need some dry fitting - radiator is a bit too long, needs some cutting otherwise landing gear struts won't fit - be careful installing tail stabilizer, I glued it upside down - landing light on the wing are shown but not cut, there are no clear parts for them either. If you want to replicate them you would need to do some scratch building It may seem like a long list but it is easier done than said