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  1. Tamiya Release Rumors?

    Trust me, the sheer volume of stuff I get from them more than makes up for that delay - and I'd told them I wasn't in any rush for them anyway. It was delay by agreement. I've had them for four months now and guess what? I haven't started one! :)
  2. Tamiya Release Rumors?

    Must be different for different countries, here in the UK the Tamiya importer has struggled to keep the F-14 in stock, it has sold like crazy here, with multiple LARGE restock orders from vendors. I was due two as payment for my build for them last year, and it took nine months to get them to me simply because whenever they had stock of it it all went straight out of the door to vendors. Strange that the 1/48th one is heading for the 25% off racks in the one country I suspected wouldn't be able to get enough of them!
  3. Tamiya Release Rumors?

    Funny, I've been building 72nd and 35th armour for nearly thirty years alongside my aircraft, and I truly believe 1/48th is armour's Goldilocks scale! It's absolutely perfect in every possible way for armour. Not too small to be fiddly, not too big for a decent collection. I just wish manufacturers would start offering more modern stuff in this scale.
  4. Kinetic Su-33 on-line manual

    You are not using the right avenue. I have needed parts a couple of times, and using the actual service provided have had a response in hours. An email will not work, they have a specific service for replacement parts.
  5. Best 1/72 Apache for YAH-64A?

    The original Hasegawa release from the mid 80's has the early style rotor head fairing, they later updated to the production style. It also has the early style pylons. It's the best place to start - I picked up a pair of original Hasegawa kits last year intending to do just the same. But be aware it's a serious case of "Jack up canopy, add new airframe (and then replace the canopy)"! You can more or less use the central "tadpole", but almost everything else is changed. I'm still putting off starting because of the canopy .
  6. I would walk away from an ebay sale like that on the most basic premise that it's simply too good a deal to be true. And if you wouldn't, PM me, I have the contact details of a Nigerian prince you may be interested in.
  7. F-35 news roundup

    But the 737MAX will have something to offer? That's basically a 50 year old design. The A320 is a basically 40 year old design. Neither of them will have "anything to offer" compared to a something like the C series. And Boeing have been dumping 737s at massively under cost as well ($22 million oer airframe in one case), so why would Airbus feel the pinch any more than them? (or any less than them?)
  8. F-35 news roundup

    They gained an entirely new design in the same class they will need a replacement for in the coming years for NOTHING. Had they started from the ground up with a new design, would it have differed greatly from the C-series? Which is what both they AND Boeing are facing in the next years. So it saved them multiple billions in design effort to gain something for nothing that fits their long term vision. It may not be popular now, largely due to concerns over Bombardier's long term viability. That concern has effectively evaporated. But if Airbus DO commit to making it so, they have the financial grunt to do so. Then again it might even give Boeing the impetus to strike out with a genuine 737 replacement and leap-frog the enhanced efficiencies of the C-series, which will be 15-20 years old by the time it get an Airbus number allocated. And the wheel keeps on turning.
  9. F-35 news roundup

    I see it exactly the opposite. The A320 is based on 1970's project work leadfing to Airbus "acquiring" it in 1981. So it's 4-5 decades old. Even the NEO is still essentially a warmed over 1970's design. The C-Series is new millennium, all new and in its larger variants (including possibly the CS500 160-180 seater should Airbus decide to run with it in the fullness of time) fits squarely into A320 territory. Airbus have a plan to have acquired the entire programme by 2023. I suspect they see the C-Series not as a complement to the A320, filling the niche left by the basically failed A318 in itls smaller -100, but as a direct REPLACEMENT for the 319/320 in due course. In effect I believe they have purchased the A320's successor, in exactly the same way they bought their way into the single aisle market in 1981, but probably with even less risk than that entailed, as they have a certified, modern and in service base to work from. Nah, I think they WILL nurture the C-Series, and grow it as an Airbus in due course, rather than the way Boeing killed the 717. Bombardier may not see huge benefits from it, but Airbus will. Canny move. At some point Boeing is going to HAVE to look at replacing the 737, so maybe they will consume Embraer in due course, and the Duopoly will continue using cutting edge designs from smaller designers purchased in? Other views may vary, but that's my take.
  10. RF-101 Cuba

    I have the Valom kit about ready to hit paint, and I'm planning one of the Cuban missile crisis aircraft. The kit includes decals for an aircraft with the tail lumber 516. The instructions show the aircraft in overall 34102 with fairly narrow bands of 34079, mirrored top and bottom. The only picture I can find is of tail number 512, which clearly has light grey undersides (16473? 36622?) with a similar 34102/34079 disruptive topside.Does anyone have any more info on the aircraft that were camouflaged or the crisis? Specifically were any actually overall disruptive as Valom would have it, or did they all have grey undersides? Any help most appreciated!
  11. Academy F-15E Strike Eagle (Saudi F-15S)

    It's Mod-Eagle
  12. This is the new Academy F-15E Strike Eagle, finished as a Saudi F-15S with Two Bobs decals. It's a stellar model, I built it back to back with the GWH kit, and with the exception of the exhausts for the F100 engines which are shockingly bad it's better in every single way than the GWH kit. This is why I used the F110 exhausts for a Saudi re-engined aircraft MRP paints over Tamiya fine surface primer, Mr Color super clear III gloss, decals two bobs, washes and weathering with W&N oils, final varnish is Vallejo.
  13. GWH F-15E Strike Eagle 1/72nd

    Built more or less from the box. Superb model, although I do think it's perhaps a shade fat around the nose. Paint is Mr Color, weathering with oils, final finish Vallejo. Markings are from Eagle Strike for a 48th TFW machine during the Kosovo crisis. Great kit, but overshadowed (in my eyes anyway) by the almost simultaneously released Academy one which is just sharper overall, and has a better nose shape to my eye. Nonetheless, either will make a beautiful model.
  14. Image Hosting

    Oh don't misunderstand me - they're there, and viewable. But the apparatus for downloading them back to my own storage album-by-album isn't working right now. I have managed to download 10% of my images in the last 24 hours. I suspect there's a rush of downloading going on - it's like they invited their own DDoS attack!
  15. Image Hosting

    I have no problem paying for my hosting at all. I have been on a paid plan with Photobucket since I first set up an account. But the increase from £4 a month to £40 for the same level of service is simply. Indeed a good part of my sense of security was from the fact that I was PAYING them for my image hosting, not getting it free. Right now I'm checking around for a domain and web hosting option, and feel severely burned that I trusted photobucket with my images - the important stuff is backed up sure, but many of the model ones aren't, I just wanted somwhere to dump them not taking up my own space, and trusted them to do that. It certainly throws the risks of using cloud services into sharp relief doesn't it? I can see the ramifications running clean through the cloud industry. (In fact I'm so wary of "free" services I'm actively looking for a paid option. Although looking at how that has worked out for my PB account I'm asking myself why!)