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  1. So who is the current importer/distributor for the GWH line here in the states?
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    Help with GWH model kit

    Greetings! I checked the 2 4811 kits i have ( one built one still in the box) and both have the early version lower fuselage style. All the other 9-12 versions i have are the new style undersides. I bought the 4811 kits at different times so it seems they are not updated parts. Hope this helps!
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    Great Wall Hobby 1/48 MiG-29 all new tooled

    Well on this one I still haven't installed the smaller second part if the inside burner cans yet if that is what you mean?
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    Great Wall Hobby 1/48 MiG-29 all new tooled

    Sure, here is a few shots of my in progress UB..
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    Great Wall Hobby 1/48 MiG-29 all new tooled

    Lol thanks! I bought those as they were starting to disappear from stock years ago. They are such awesome kits to build! Yeah the Fulcrum is my favorite Russian fighter jet followed by the flanker family. The fulcrum may not have the best combat record but its aesthetically pleasing IMO. The missiles and pylons are alright, they look like what they are supposed to. The zacto goodies are much better. I didn't pick up the M version so the exhaust on it i couldn't comment on. The exhaust nozzles are very passable but again the Zacto ones are better. I built my A model OOTB and i'd give the Trumpy kit about a 7 out of 10 overall. The GWH mig-29 gets a 9.5 outta 10 from me Thanks it was an easy build. I actually have about 20ish mig-29s in 1/48 and 1/32. Indeed. Dave Ramsey is the bomb diggity! Well not 100% completely debt free more like 90%. lol. My monthly bills are pretty small and that is why I can afford my Plastic addiction. I drive a 2004 suburban with 230K miles its been paid off for years. No hot rods, no RV or camper, no beach house, no fancy new car or latest $1k cell phone, older house with a very manageable payment, etc. Hardly any stress and the Jones' envy me lol. I used to drag race cars many years ago and THAT is an expensive (expletive?) hobby. I got outta that and I learned my lesson on from there...
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    Great Wall Hobby 1/48 MiG-29 all new tooled

    Agree 100% about the inside of the intakes for lack of detail, if I had any complaints that would be about it. However unless one is doing and flight model (or a maintenance scene) the front covers are usually closed on the ground. As for the comparison between the two, the GWH is better IMHO. The fit on the trumpeter is pretty good but there are some shape issues such as the LEX, cockpit area and rear upper engine bulges are the first things I noticed. It still looks good after its done though. However the trumpeter UB 2 seater is better shaped around the cockpit since there was a new fuselage. I generally don't gripe about these issues, heck I've built 3 of the 1/32 revell fulcrums lol, but since I had the opportunity to crawl all over and study a few of these over the years, I got pretty in tuned with the details and shape of these planes. Shape wise I think GWH nailed it. Here is a couple of shots of my 1/32 trumpeter A model ..and a quick shot of the front lex area of my 1/32 UB I am currently working on sorry for the thread hijack with trumpeter kits.
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    Great Wall Hobby 1/48 MiG-29 all new tooled

    My 9-13 i built had the little bump too by the center pylon. fortunately I didn't install that pylon so it was no problem for me. I've built 3 of these kits and loved them all. The first one i had fit issues with the intakes as well but the next 2 I assembled the intakes and rear engine cover as a separate assembly then attached it to the lower fuselage and only had to fill the inner part by the external fuel tank. It is much easier that way IMHO. As for the GWH kit it's the best mig-29 out there in any scale for accuracy as far as I am concerned. Therefor I picked up a few over time...
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    mig ammo su-35 flanker - E colors

    Thanks for the compliments. I was really happy with the model but the colors looked just a little off. I looked at so many photos of the -35 and every one had a different look in different lighting conditions, it's close but not quite lol. I have a feeling finding the right colors is going to get expensive. I may mix my own if I get brave enough to try it. Yeah, I tend to agree. The Akan colors were the only ones available at the time. I have 3 more GWH Su-35 to do and try to get the good color match. So far all the colors i tried have hit the tree but missed the bulls eye.
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    mig ammo su-35 flanker - E colors

    one more of the other side,
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    mig ammo su-35 flanker - E colors

    Here is a shot of my first finished GWH Su-35 in the Akan colors, set #47325.
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    mig ammo su-35 flanker - E colors

    Cool, interesting comparison.... what were the numbers on those akan paints? I liked the way the MRP colors sprayed the best, then the AKAN, then the Mig ammo colors but they were all pretty close spray wise and being able to just shake 'em up and pour each of them into the airbrush and spray was a major plus.
  12. I just picked up the 4 color paint set from mig ammo for the su-35. I did a test spray of the blue color and boy was it no where near what it looks like it should be for the Russian birds. Its closer to the Chinese colors than the Russian colors. Anyone else spray these yet? Here are the different "darker' blues that i have sprayed on a scrap part for a comparison, the top color is AKAN Flanker blue faded that I used on my first Flanker-E build, the middle is the MRP su-35 color and the bottom is the Mig ammo color. The MRP and Mig are supposed to represent the same color...
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    For all modellers out there that don't like big masking jobs!

    Oops, they forgot to pre-shade...
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    Most Pleasurable Kits

    Built recently? That would have to be: 1/48 GWH Su-35s 1/48 AMK Mig-31 1/32 tamiya corsair (X5) Built overall would be: See list above 1/32 Tamiya-f-16's (X4) about half of the 1/32 German Wingnut wings kits 1/32 tamiya p-51d's (X3)
  15. Looking good! I just finished my 1st GW su-35 few days ago and it was a wonderful kit to build. Hopefully I can get some pictures posted up in the display case section soon.