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Matt Walker

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  1. If we have reached the point where we find ourselves whining about slightly bent missile bodies in a simply stunning kit, then maybe we should look to find another, less demanding, hobby.
  2. Great work! What brand are the insignia?number masks??
  3. The MRP version of Eggplant is nothing like the real color. AK and AKAN or MM Engine Gray are the ones to go for.
  4. Really looking forward to this (these) kits. Kittyhawk may have been first out the gate to get a product to market, but having built both KH and GWh Su-35's, and now seeing the information that has gone into this new kit from GWH, I will be happy to wait, and will not be buying the KH offering.
  5. The 27UB (and any other Flanker variants made by GWH) will be one sale Kittyhawk will not get from me!! There was no contest between the 2 brands with the Su-35. I don't doubt the rest of the Flanker kits will be the same! Keep it up GWH!! Fantastic kits!
  6. We've been waiting a decade (?) for the Tamiya 48th F-16D....
  7. Quickboost seats don't fit in the kit pit without some modification. They're too wide.
  8. ElectroSoldier, Eduard also make their own complete kits. They are very, very nice, and quite a few of them. Check them out if you want a real treat!
  9. Gary Wickham also did a good build review, with solutions for the fit issues, on The Modelling News page. Basically, for the fuselage top pieces, remove the alignment "teeth" from the spine parts, and fill the holes on the body parts. Gives a much nicer result. BTW. This conversation has made me pull my KH 2 seater out of the stash. Might look good in Polish markings.... M
  10. I moved to the US from Australia for work, 13 years ago. Being a fairly "enthusiastic" modeler, I started building again here, and looked for a local IPMS club, which happened to be the Bong Chapter in Milwaukee. FSM is based in Waukesha, just west of Milwaukee, and the guys from FSM were members. Paul Boyer, Aaron Skinner, Mark Hembree, Tim Kidwell, Elizabeth Nash, and many of the review modelers included. The club has a once a year competition, which I won Best of Show the first year I entered. Then a couple of meetings later, Aaron was moving around the room with an armful of new kits, incl
  11. Curt. Thanks! Growing up in Australia I read FSM from cover to cover also. It was the first mag available to me, and I found it to be such a great resource. Now I live in the US, and feel very honored to have been asked to be a review modeler. I hope that my small contribution is valuable and beneficial, and maybe "pays it forward" for the next generation. M
  12. Full disclosure, I was the one that reviewed the 2 kits for FSM. I still stand by my comments, but ultimately it is up to the individual builder as to what is more important. The HB kit builds very easily, with good fit and clean engineering, and produces a fair representation of the real jet. There are several detail sets available now for this kit, which while adding mising details, also brings the price paid, up. The KH kit is trickier to build, and seems "rushed' in many areas, almost like there was less input from actual modelers. But the detail and "accuracy" is better, and there are mor
  13. Nice! For the F, did you use commercial masks? Or cut your own?
  14. Quote.. "But, I recommend you to use MRP paints, IMHO." I found AKAN to be closer in color to photographs than the MRP versions. Sure, it is nice to be able to just shake the bottle and spray, but if the colors are wrong....
  15. Aggressors don't fly Air to Ground mission profiles. Ive never seen a photo of an Aggressor with anything other than the pods associated with their main mission.
  16. That armaments diagram is fine to show what it "can" carry, but that isn't what he is asking for. There are some photos of recent ops in Syria that show the 35's and 34's carrying relatively light loads of "dumb" bombs. It seems quite contradictory to use such a highly capable plane to carry 4 x unguided KAB 500's, or 2 unguided rocket pods, but that is what they're doing!
  17. Well, You certainly know how to build and paint models! very lovely, clean work. Thank you for the thread that you did earlier on the build and painting of the Su-35. It is an invaluable resource! Re the Su-27, having built both the Kittyhawk and GWH Su-35's, I will be waiting patiently for the GWH kit to arrive. Without a doubt, it will be the benchmark Flanker in "any" scale! M
  18. From a modelling point of view, the engines are the same. Difference being, the 25/32 has "silver" exterior petals, and the 52 has carbon fiber (very dark gray) petals. M
  19. I believe it is actually a "well worn" 2 color scheme. Which 2 greys I'm not sure.
  20. Speaking of Rafales, the C is a single seater, correct? So why are all the pictures of the HB "C" kit show them as being 2 seaters?
  21. Gorgeous Su Paul!! The Akan paint is a much better match to the real deal than MRP, which is a really weird shade of purple. Who knows what MRP used as their guide? It is nothing like the right color! M
  22. The KH gear doors are really only meant to be built open. I modified mine to close the appropriate doors. The fit was not the "best"! M
  23. Yes, KH have improved in recent releases. Having built both kits, there is no contest. The Zvezda kit is fantastic! Clean moldings, with precise engraved detail, excellent fit through out. The assembly sequence works! Breakdown of the airframe is sensible. The ejection seats are great representations of the K-36L, and appropriate weapons are included in the box. Where-as the KH has soft engraved detail, fit is "okay" for the most part (the engine air inlets are not great) and airframe breakdown just doesn't make sense. The K-36 seats are a joke. There is an overabunden
  24. Since we're talking extra sprues... George, Is the M/N sprue for the D in stock at present? Part No 1916087 TIA! M
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