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Raymond Chung

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  1. sorry to put message here, it related to Kinetic. we have do some adjustment on the tooling to allow it to inject without the shrink effect. But the result does not have too much. The major breakthrough on the su-33 is the total engineering from tooling design to injection system. The su-33 lead to the investment in the in house injection floor with digital motor. The result is very good and basically fix most of the injection problem that trouble us for year. The injection is quite unique where it is not common to find a subcontractor. Without such facilities one should to
  2. Yes MF1 always in the queue, but we have to monitor the market condition to fire up the trigger to steel cutting.
  3. For you my advise to get the F-104A plus the G tail if this is a must for you. The G parts already have recess line at the back so you can cut it and mate with F-104C front. the cost for the new tooled one can let you buy a BMW series 3, so you understand what it is. F-5A/B no plan at the moment.
  4. Experts are people, people make mistake. But I am sure everyone do their best already. Luckily we just miss one point.
  5. 1. A slight change of the "slope" on the parts is simple putting putty for modellers. However in the steel mold, you cannot not just redo the trouble portion. Think about the cavity and core (front/back of the tooling), you have change multiple parts together in a confined area. This is something like doing a heart operation to "fix" something. Thus, the manpower effort and risk to fix the tooling is even more difficult than make a new one. Besides, once the tooling is "injected" few thousands times, the steel has already have some micro blending or some steel get lose. Therefore, retooling wo
  6. Dear delide, The retooling of the small place is same as new tooled F-104A/C, so unless it has a strong reason, we rather put the investment to other new item than retool it. Yes, I believe same as every maker, they do have something omitted, for us, nose, canopy, intake shape, wing shape is unfixable from the consumer, so we put high priority in those area. Everything from the "back" would classified as "less" critical. In our validation process, we have a named "15-mins" rules. Where after all the shape is validated by us and contributors, we will pass to a new
  7. Same as our F-104g release we will provide more details after we officially release the product.
  8. We took the shape validation seriously, we are not 3D scan other brand product and doing take and remove approach. for F-104 we spend a few months in shape validation checking and on site visit to resolve those undocument or conflict in data collected area to try to make the things as correct as possible. we also distribute the CAD to our contributors to review. But we are human we made mistakes, and many contributors cannot use the 3D viewer to examine in details. Checking a 3D validation is something a detector going on the crime scene and try to figure out the difference
  9. Dear Thomas, We address this issue in TF-104 and coming F-104A/C when we receive and recheck the issue. For you the shape error is a factor that you would not take this kit as your choice, I respect that. But at the same time, other kits form from other brand has also some sort of issue. In 1/48, Hasegawa one is 1/49.5 not 1/48. So, each kit has it pro and cons and you as a consumer have to choose base on your needs. As for the TF-104, we take your feedback and luckily we are on time to revise the part before going to tooling, so the TF-104, F-104/AC will have this sma
  10. For those who order surface mail to US or Canada, the container arrive in mid June but get inspected by US custom. it should be released next week and all parcel will reroute to you by USPS or FEDEX the next container to US will leave by end of July and arriving late August
  11. We may different from Hasegawa approach our decal variant runs for years. We have different approach for different subject, for some niche item we put all possible marking into one box. But for subject like f-18 or f-104, the market demand decal variant for different distribution and we will release according to the demand.
  12. Actually LuckyModel has become a multiple location mail order operation. For Trumpeter and Meng item, we are processing in China warehouse. The 6 weeks restocking time is waiting the arrival of some backorder from the maker. sometimes fast, sometimes slow. So we ask them to ship whatever they have and don't block the other item temp out of stock. But we should do it better to keep sending notification to customer before you ask. That what we are doing the system updating now.
  13. By 2019, we experience more case of temp out of production case from maker in China. Where most of the makers in China is reaching 6-7 years old with sizeable catalog. Keeping the back catalog in stock is a challenging tasks even more difficult to make a new item. like GWH F-15C, it takes almost 8 months to get to back in stock. And the question for dealer is we never know their reproduction plan so all we can do is waiting. And keeping asking supplier every week and update to customer.
  14. Logically it can. but remember we are working on a plastic. Even the tooling is 100% accurate, the produced parts produced will have different degrees of tolerance which make it difficult to assembling. And more importantly, the long term running cost of injection is bigger than the one time tooling cost. Therefore we already abandon the multi parts design to save tooling, instead we duplicate the parts in the tooling to save production cost. But different manufacturers position at different stage, so each has its own concern. But that is just our thinking.
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