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  1. I received the book this week. I must admit that at first glance I'm really impressed: lots of sharp and fairly large photos, 1/72 scale drawings featuring rivet rows represented where appropriate, and several nice colour profiles. The factory photos revealing numerous construction details are of particular interest. The main text covers the Shark's background, development, service in FAA, RAF, RCAF and PNAS, and colours & markings. Basic technical data and a listing of units using these aircraft are also included. To my knowledge, this book is the most complete reference on the Blackburn Shark available, recommended! Kit manufacturers, take note too! Some sample images:
  2. Inbox review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-72-junkers-ef-128c-az-model/
  3. As I find some people becoming ridiculous in their crusade against Arma whatever the latter does (and before I go further, I would like to note one more aspect: Arma is now being criticized for strictly following the drawings that are considered the most accurate. I'm pretty sure that if they didn't follow them, the jihad would be twice more intensive :) ), I decided to ask the original source. This is what Sergey Kuznetsov answered: "Neither of the factory drawings used (in this thread) are a scan from the original drawings (these are polygraphic and photo copies), which therefore may result in various distortions in the first place, and in particular, the shapes. Before the publication of the drawings in the English edition of Kagero, naturally, more than one wingtip drawing went through my hands. Based on the materials and sizes found, Sasha Rusetskiy built a 3D model of the Yak-1 (for linking problem areas in my drawings from 1995, which have become known over the past time, and of which the modelers themselves told), and then this was used to make 2D drawings at different scales. Therefore, the drawings of 2016 turned out to be as precise as possible, finalized and close to the original. To avoid any disputes about distortion in 2D drawings, dimensioned drawings were specially provided separately from them. Using these, everyone can optionally build their own exact model of the machine. The process has not ended, new documents are found and drawings are being updated on their basis. Discussions about the "millimeter" and "shades of green" amongst the modellers will never end. They would have seen an agreement with the Air Force, which gives tolerances of 0.2% for all linear dimensions of the machine. In other words, the wing span of the serial Yak-1 could be 10020 and 9980 (139.2 and 138.6, respectively, in 1:72 scale). However, I am glad that our drawings have already begun to be compared not with the drawings of Luranc, but with the original, as it should be ;)"
  4. Inbox review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-re-2005-sagittario-sword/
  5. Inbox reviews of PZL W-3A Sokół "Czech Air Force" boxing: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-pzl-w-3a-sokol-czech-air-force-answer/ and dedicated Yahu Models set: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-pzl-w-3t-sokol-yahu-models/
  6. Inbox review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-144-ki-51-sonia-assault-plane-clearprop-models/
  7. I believe that the reason they're not doing this is that, in contrary to Eduard, they do not produce the photo-etched sheets on their own. I suppose they just order quantities that cover their production runs of Expert kits and by selling them directly or through distributors get the money back sooner or later. An additional investment into surplus PE for the stock may take longer to recover (remember about all those people for whom PE is a no-go), which is a significant factor for a still relatively small company.
  8. A nice Xmas gift arrived yesterday. At first glance, this 2nd volume of 'Bulgarian Fighter Colours 1919-1948', which covers the Bf 109 G, Avia B.135 and Dewoitine D.520, seems to be even more interesting than the first one, with lots of photos that I haven't previously seen either at all or in this quality. The artwork mostly looks convincing as well. Kudos to the author and publisher! A full page-by-page preview by the publisher: And some sample pictures I've made:
  9. Inbox reviews of dedicated accessories from Brengun: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-72-yak-1b-brengun-dodatki-brengun/ and Yahu Models: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-72-yakovlev-yak-1-dodatki-yahu-models/
  10. Inbox review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-mig-25bm-icm/
  11. Second part of a build review of the test shot sprues: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-b-17g-early-production-hk-models-budowa-cz-2/
  12. If anyone considered installing Master gun barrels, this can be easily done and you don't even have to drill out the guns as in the case of Monogram kit: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-boeing-b-17-flying-fortress-machine-gun-barrels-set-master/
  13. Yup, but the Ju 86R and Do 17s are German aircraft, the latter even quite well known, which affects on sales. Italian subjects are nice, but do not sell really well. Sword, fore example, does them mainly because the owner is a big fan of Italian aviation (and doesn't like Luftwaffe, on the other hand ).
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