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  1. Excellent! Ii is nice to see that a great result is possible since I have the same kit in my stash. Regards,
  2. That is all I ask, make your own decisions as to how much work you want to put into the kit. You may not want to or you may see it as a challenge to conquer all or some of the issues. We modelers enjoy this hobby differently. My point is to not turn off others until you know what you're facing. Regards,
  3. Heavy surgery? Perhaps strengthening the inner upper interior of the nose while reshaping. The rest, not at all. Average modelers are a different breed from the average modelers I grew up with since we are different generations. Therefore, I won't use the term as I don't know the average anymore. I don't think the issues are insurmountable with basic modeling skills. Many modelers today have the skill but prefer to simply assemble. Certainly, not a way to improve model building but it does get one to the finish line faster. I do agree that, for the price, the kit should be closer to the correct outlines. Had it been the same price as the other Floggers, I would be far happier and even consider sending my corrected nose to a friend to cast a half dozen for me. At the current price, I won't be buying another. I will started a build log on another site I am helping run. I have started with the simple things which are common to all the Flogger kits so far. First will be the air brakes, then the intakes, the cockpit sill and MiG-23BN details on the fuselage (this all allows me to try a couple of times, if needed, on correcting the nose). Obviously, the nose will be last after the nose wheel guard, nose wheels and nose gear bay doors, and correcting the spurious load layout provided by Trumpeter. The instructions also have a couple of mistakes which only require leaving off parts (starboard air scoop on vertical tail, port pod on wing glove, and air to air missiles with associated launch rails). As for future air to ground variants, we already see what Trumpeter has planned in the sprues. I expect minimal changes such as new decals and only hope that they include new MiG-27 parts other than the intake ramps which are already seen on the sprue tree and marked 'not for use' in the instructions. Regards,
  4. Well, I tried to keep them in line I tried to keep it civil! However, some are helpful. The difference between constructive criticism about the subject offered and whining over the company who made it is lost on some. Regards,
  5. From the fighter series, Sprue tree A was swapped with one specific to the Ground Attack which includes the fuselage, nose, and specific instrument panel. The dial edges on the instrument panel are soft (rounded) but this is intentional so as to use a decal. Sprue tree E (specific to ground attack variant details) and sprue tree Q (ground attack variant canopy & windscreen) are also new tool. Sprue trees B, C1, C2, D, F, L, M1 (clear sprue tree included for light lenses), N, WB, and WC are unaltered from previous releases. Two sprue trees labeled WA with the R-23 are replaced with four sprue trees labeled WE with bombs and triple ejector racks (TERs). The last sprue tree (WE) was first seen by me in Trumpeter's Su-24 box. The box to house the MiG-23BN is a lot larger than the fighter variant boxes and too large for what was included (this is my opinion of course). Regards,
  6. This weekend, someone may visit the aircraft to verify the flat spot of the nose in front of the windscreen edge. I noted, from my photos, a slight flat spot when viewed from the side which is not shown in any of the scale plans. The photo below is not mine but from a site which covers the history of the aircraft I wish to portray; Czech Air Force MiG-23BN 9863. This flat spot occurs in the skin directly in front of the windscreen where it transitions from the flat edge of the windscreen to the rounded shape of the nose (on the next panel with the oval shaped access panels). Other photos which don't really confirm or deny my suspicion. They are from the MiG-23BN walk around photo set on B-Domke.de: Regards,
  7. Thanks Mike as I was about to post sprue images but yours are so much better! The kit (in the US) sells for $150USD. The other kit is resin from Tank Mania and more expensive yet. Color call outs are incorrect or do not take into account the country using it. Examples would be that the electronics are a metallic dull gray color (intentional US spelling as spell check auto-corrects it when I use the Queen's spelling) and the seats should be a leather looking brown except for some exports which seemed to have theirs in black. Regards,
  8. I knew you see it my way (if shapes are close, work the plastic). The canopy is also available from Ciro Models. My concern is modifying the windscreen, if needed. $15 for the earlier MiG-23 kits is a deal! Another concern are the larger nose wheels (if noticeable at this scale) and the nose gear bay doors (blisters are far too small and not properly represented on the inner side). Regards,
  9. Looking over the kit parts and those of the previous releases (since Otakar had asked about comparison images on another site), I noted that I have replacement canopies and windscreens from Ciro Models (I just found out about Rob Taurus' release a moment ago). What does it mean? I have the kit canopy left over. Comparing to photographs I took of the real item plus some books I own (HEMA published one specifically on the MiG-23BN), I noticed that the canopy should be the same as the fighter variant. Trumpeter modified the canopy in this kit to take into account the sloping cockpit sills (which also means the add on armor is sloped as well). Once I used the standard canopy (putty on the front of the sills to make it sit level), the side view looked much better. The windscreen may be the problem then as I started straightening out the top edge of the nose so I could not place the parts together to see the end result of the standard canopy, kit windscreen, and straightened nose. As for the rest of the fuselage, correcting the asymmetrical air brakes was rather easier than I though (I have the Ciro Models upgrade should I have screwed them up). Adding the fuel tank weld beads is simple so that left the intakes for me to try to correct. If I screw that up, I still have a set from Aires and Ciro Models to replace them. Regards,
  10. OK, I see you updated the link and I am aware of the thread which is locked. Since no one can reply to it, why point it out unless I am to get the impression I should take this post down since the previous one degenerated? Is that it? If so, no worries by me! I simply wanted to know what I should look at to better the kit and give others a chance to see it. My next step, if I were to continue, was to post photographs of the PE, decals, and tape together the fuselage.. I didn't see that in the previous thread.. Regards,
  11. I am publishing these photographs for a discussion on the subject, Trumpeter's 48th scale MiG-23BN. Please refrain from posting opinions of the company since it is not the reason for this post. Feel free to use these photographs and write on them to discuss points on the kit (as long as my copyright is acknowledged and not covered up, obliterated, or cropped out). I still need to add the decals and PE photos. Regards,
  12. Better the oil rig than fighting over the contraption in the last photo of the first post! Regards,
  13. Who would start such a cruel (since it seems untrue) rumour? Where would they get such an idea? Regards,
  14. I also am curious, especially since Great Wall Hobby has a T-33 in the works! The sooner you're done, the sooner they'll release the kit (funny how that works). Regards,
  15. Note that the Bolivian Thunderbolt received the sharkmouth only after being placed on display as a monument. I agree on the link (which I also posted on August 14th) as an inspiration. Regards,
  16. Here is a thread on IPMS Paraguay with lots of inspiration. Yes, it is in Spanish but simply look at the pictures! http://ipmsuruguay.com/foro/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2708 Regards,
  17. Hobby Boss' kit also includes the Korean Marines marking/ Patrick, Aicam did two books on sharkmouth schemes. I have over 3000 images of sharkmouth vehicles. I've started too many kits, all with sharkmouth schemes, this year as it was my New Year's resolution. While I may not participate, I'll be glad to offer images and (if I can spare them) decals to participants. Obviously, I'd like to see this GB take off! Regards,
  18. I believe Mike has the kit to review so here are some detail images since I am sure Mike will have the sprue photos: This strange joint makes me believe that the sprues are molded at the same factory in China used by Kitty Hawk Models, Panda Hobby, and Mirror Models: Note all the slide and multi-part molding in effect: Instrument panel Decal for the instrument panel: Some flash on this part... Cockpit tub... Note the sliding mold to engrave the lower fuselage detail... One of two shark nose tips (longer one is for the first prototype)... These trunks are supposed to be open but are flashed over... Excellent clarity to the windscreen and canopy... I will most certainly use lots of these parts (weapons, pylons, etc) to upgrade my AFV Club F-5N kits. It is a really well executed model but I need to dig deeper to know about accuracy and fit. [Edit - I just saw I reached 100 posts so I can now head over to the Buy/Sell forum. too bad I already spent my August budget.] Regards,
  19. If it is for the spouse to use on the other (for bringing another kit home)... it is an aid! I am not getting the kit! Regards,
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