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About madmanrick

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  • Birthday 07/09/1960

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  1. Aviation Art Su-33 1/48

    I understand what your intent is and believe me, if I were in your shoes, I would be plenty pissed too. However, when it comes to these flame wars, usually everybody comes away looking "bad," fair or not. It is sad that there are people in this world that can't do what you and others can, so they think it a viable alternative to just take what never was or never will be theirs. But, I am a firm believer that the cream always rises and that someone with your talents, will come out on top in the end. I can assure you that if you produce anything in my chosen scale (48th), I will support you 100% (I am waiting the Bronco with bated breath btw). Just as I have the other cottage industries, that produce wonderful products.
  2. Aviation Art Su-33 1/48

    And please pray tell, what does someones' knowledge or know-how have to do with all the back and forth about who stole what or who didn't pay agreed upon fees etc., etc.? The fact is this has NO place here, as there is no way that these issues are going to be resolved here. I am sympathetic to those members of our community that may have had their intellectual property stolen, mis-appropriated or otherwise hi-jacked, but the fact is that it is clear that there are forums for that sort of thing and it usually involves a judge, court or some other legal entity. This type of "forum" will never result in any agreement between the parties and it only is salacious "gossip" here. Again, I want to reiterate, I am not taking sides as I do not know all the facts of this matter. My opinion is simply that all this mud-slinging will only serve to bring all relevant parties down to a common level, which I don't think is a positive outcome for any involved.
  3. Aviation Art Su-33 1/48

    WOW, I cannot remember when I have been so thoroughly confused after reading forum postings. What I can say with certainty is that I don't think this is the place to air all this dirty laundry. I personally don't know who did what to whom, but there appear to be some VERY hard feelings over this and there is NO way it will ever be resolved through forum postings. In many ways this reminds me strongly of the controversy surrounding Buff Master, Super Bug et al. So I can assure you all that I will steering WELL clear of any model kit(s) that may arise from this abortion of a project. I also must reiterate that I don't believe this is the appropriate place for all these recriminations. And absolutely NOT the place for Nationalistic jingoisms of any ilk. Rick
  4. Question -- Hase A7 Part E13 and Canopy mechanism detail

    According to the instructions in Hasegawa's PT47 kit, part E13 should be installed along the back edge of part A7 (the interior canopy framing) and part A24 (the canopy bulkhead shown above) is then installed behind it on the rear of the interior canopy framing. In this pic, E13 should go above its' current location along the rails of the interior canopy framing in its' current orientation (the red lines). The rear bulkhead is where it should be. It also appears your part (the black part, interior canopy frame) is broken or cut at the front edge and is missing the forward canopy frame (the blue circles). HTH
  5. Hi, as the title suggests I am looking for a 1 48 Kinetic Sea Harrier FRS.1 (kit number 48035), for a conversion. I am also looking for the Cutting Edge 1 48 AC-47D conversion set (kit number CEC48040). I realize that the latter is a long-shot, but if you don't ask, you'll never know! PM me here if you can help! Thanks, Rick
  6. Another smooth as glass transaction with Dave. I highly recommend him to all, his prices are great and he delivers on his end, timely and well-packed kits. Thanks again Dave!
  7. FINISHED!!! Revell 1/48 B-29 finished in Bare Metal Foil

    Well that is completely understandable. Some of these newer "cad" style instruction sheets are almost indecipherable and can confuse most anyone. That having been said, I have to reiterate that you did a wonderful job with the Bare Metal Foil, it looks great!
  8. FINISHED!!! Revell 1/48 B-29 finished in Bare Metal Foil

    I love the BMF, it is VERY appropriate on this model! I do have to point out that the "USAF" logo would only be used on an aircraft that also had the stars and bars insignia with the red stripe. The USAF wasn't created until Sept. '47 and the stars and bars with the red stripe were adopted in Jan. '47. However, that does not detract from the otherwise stellar finish of your model.
  9. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    One last thought, AMK has said in the past that their parent company is an injection molding company that makes plastic injection products. That having been said, they are in DIRECT control over the molding process (as it isn't being done by a contractor), so there is no excuse IMO for issues like this to surface (no pun intended). Assuming you are at least doing the barest minimum of QC.
  10. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    The problem isn't simply that AMK has issued a kit that may have minor surface roughness, it isn't even that they also issued some warped bombs in the same kit. It is the combination of all of these issues, which are extremely concerning: 1. You have the inability to repeatedly make the release date. 2. You have a continuing fiasco over the distributors, multiple pre-orders, some requiring pre-payment some not, orders being cancelled etc. 3. You have another kit that was issued with mistakes (rough surface & warped parts) that no modern kit should be issued with. This all adds up to a pattern of a company that is operating on a very thin edge, that also does not have a handle on QC issues and it surely does not make me excited for the release of an upcoming kit, that will perhaps make or break said company. We surely do not need another bungled Tomcat kit, as HobbyBoss already hit that hard. In my opinion, AMK needs to hit this out of the park, particularly with Tamiya laying in the background with the potential to issue an F-14 B/D. And sure, the surface issues on the newly issued Kfir may be minor/easily fixable and the bombs are easily replaceable, however these are issues that should have been corrected before the kit was issued and show that perhaps they skipped the test shot stage in a rush to get the kit out the door. IMO, no modern kit should be issued in this condition. Again, let me reiterate that I have five Tomcats pre-ordered (assuming they all are honored) and any other opinions are STRICTLY my own. You are (as always) free to form your own opinions.
  11. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I have to say that after seeing the plastic that AMK put into the box of their updated Kfir kit, I am not at all looking forward to the F-14D (even in the unlikely event that it was only ONE kit). I can only hope that the folks at AMK get their chit together, before this kit hits the street. Otherwise, it's game over as far as I am concerned.
  12. AMK 1/48 Kfir New Tool

    While the Mk. 82's are clearly unusable, at least they CAN be replaced by aftermarket (not that they should have to be, mind you). For me the epic fail is the fuselage surface, which is clearly going to require significant sanding and has the potential to remove surface detail. THAT is unacceptable to me. No modern kit should go out the door in this condition, shame on AMK for this. Rick
  13. AMK 1/48 Kfir New Tool

    Wow, that is a significant fail.
  14. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

  15. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    That is awesome news! I crave an affordable quarter-scale Mi-8 more than probably any other aircraft. I will surely be in for 4 or 5 of those puppies! Thanks again for the early Christmas "presents".