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  1. tony.t

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    F-111B was cancelled in July 1968 and the F-14A prototype first flew in December 1970, twenty-nine months later. About as long as it takes me to build a kit these days. This AMK creation is worth buying as a piece of history: as controversial as TFX, longer to come to fruition than the real VFX, and may be the swan-song of the company. Tony
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    Not a jet as such, but the next best thing...

    And seated aviators in the S1030 etc David Clark spacesuits. Starter looks absolutely great. Agree about the boarding gantry. Now just need a good Habu — please keep up the great work! Tony
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    1/32 A/A42R-1

    SAC makes a 1/32 resin and white metal kit of the very similar Douglas D704 buddy refuelling pod. Tony
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    1/48 Revell HH-53C Jolly Green Giant

    Looks great, and very nostalgic Tony
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I thought that was boat building ?¿. Does the draft 5 AMK Tomcat come with a seaplane option? Thought pussycats hated water (but lve fish, and lasagne) Tony
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Looks great. Tony
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    Only option to give news of a sort

    AMK aren't Tamiya, who can do as they please and still sell. There's been a deluge of good MiG-25 kits over the past two years from ICM with more on the way. Market flooded, at least for the next few years. But if AMK spend 4-5 years developing a MiG-25 kit the market might open up again by then. Personally, I'd rather they did something that really needs attention, like the Su-15 Flagon, or something else with swing-wings like an accurate F-111F or MiG-23UB Tony
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    There is a rumour of some kind of collaboration between AMK and GWH; with, say, AMK doing an F-14D and GWH an F-14A but the kits sharing a degree of common CAD and hard metal. Truth or myth? The Czech bloke who's been fondling AMK Tomcat bits is not their spokesperson: so really, that whole story is a tangential red herring about a visit to a Chinese plastics factory and a yarn about some moulded missile parts not fitting the intended box - whoops! But we know there is a Mi- helicopter kit coming out next under a European label. At this juncture the only and/or reliable information seems to be Great Wall Hobby and its F-14A. My emotional Tomcat energy has accordingly been diverted there. Probably permanently. Tony
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    Only option to give news of a sort

    If the Czech guy is giving AMK design & moulding work they will obviously give him something to fondle to gauge quality. Tomcat bits fondling. I suspect they are working hard on whatever makes money and the Tomcat will be ready when it's ready — though there is a rumour, albeit rather unreliable and woolly, that there is some cross-breeding going on with the GWH Tomcat. I don't see the point of the 1/48 MiG-25 project now that ICM has flooded the market; not only under their own brand but also reboxed in Revell and Hasegawa editions: eight boxings, with one more confirmed for nine and no doubt a couple more before long. And Kitty Hawk have brought out another, with a -25PU coming soon, for three. That's twelve already: more Foxbats than you can hang upside down from a tree. But I do think AMK, if it thrives, should stick to Russian jets which it does so admirably. Tony
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    F-35 news roundup

    The Marines are retiring some of their F-35Bs in 6-7 years due to structural defects, around the 2,100 hours mark. To its misfortune the A380 came along in a world recession, so it looks like a bunch, if not converted for cargo, will get parked in the desert next to those F-35s. The nuclear mission might be coming to an end in Germany. Better building more Eurofighters and developing the sixth gen fighter with France. Tony
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    Aviation Art Su-33 1/48

    So, either the Kinetic hood is slightly rolled to the left in the pic or was pulled from the mould too soon, resulting in different L & R curling of the omega? Is this a QC issue or just a bad photo? How does this compare with the KH Su-35? And isn't there supposed to be another Su-33 coming from China — Hobby Boss, with the skew whiff MLG wheel bays? Is that kooky arrangement being fixed or is it recurring throughout the HB Flanker series? Really got the Kinetic Su-33 as a place holder pending the 1/32 Tan Model Sea Flanker, but decided it's good for multiple scales so have the Zvezda 1/72 one too. (And feel the same way about the Su-57, which is needed in styrene in all three double-digit scales). Cheers Tony
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    modelcollect B-52D

    That sounds scary! Those things must have creaked like an old galleon. The Pacer Plank effort reskinned a lot of them but the one at the American hangar at Duxford has got real cellulite issues. Tony
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    Aviation Art Su-33 1/48

    So much wasted emotional energy. Invest it in what's out there and available. The Kinetic Sea Flanker is a fantastic place holder, as are the Tamiya Tomcats. As are the three Trumpeter Flagons I have which ain't going nowhere before GWH or another firm produces an accurate kitset. Tony
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    modelcollect B-52D

    Chrome Dome was the airborne alert system AFAIK, ended after the Thule and Palomares incidents. There was also the Christmas Tree ground alert system (hardstands and taxiways arranged like a pine tree to feed bombers onto the runway and get all aloft quickly) All completely barking mad. Would be cool to do one of those super-wrinkly black bottomed Ds from the SAC bomb comps circa mid-1970s. Wonder if the kit will have stressed fwd fuse panels as an option? Tony
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    F-4EJ questioon

    I have seen a couple of photos of AIM-4Ds attached to L-41/42/43 rails on JASDF F-4EJs. Probably in 1970s era Koku Fan magazines, though there was one drifting around the internet a few years ago. Serious omission from the Tamiya 1/32 F-4EJ kit. At least Hasegawa include something approximating the L-41/42/43 rails in its 1/48 F-4E/EJ kits and missiles can be had from one of its missile sets. But strictly 1970s AFAIK. Tony