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madmanrick

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  1. madmanrick

    Best early early Hornet in 1/48th

    And who said Marines were bad guys. 😉
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    F-89J Scorpion "Pod"

    William Tell or similar is my guess too.
  3. madmanrick

    Best early early Hornet in 1/48th

    Dave, whatever tips and/or help you can offer those of that haven't yet begun those kits, would be very much appreciated! I would even consider purchasing an instructional CD with said info. Thanks again, Rick
  4. madmanrick

    F-89J Scorpion "Pod"

    My guess is it is a non-standard baggage pod, modified from some other type store. However, it is quite "fancy" for your average baggage pod.
  5. madmanrick

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I think the thread being referred to is this one: And you are correct the images posted within the above thread were NOT posted by GWH, but by a member of this site, who may or may not be involved in providing information to GWH to help produce the kit. The CAD images I saw did have the GWH imprint on them, but you can't assume because they are "official" GWH images, that they are posted by the company. Besides AMK (who haven't officially been here in months and months, unless they've been lurking), the only other "official" company rep I've seen posting here regularly is Raymond Chung from LM/Kinetic. Who by the way did make some comments early on in this thread in regards to the dispute that LM had with AMK, as I remember it it was back around page 75 or so of this thread. That dispute iirc involved distribution, not design/development/production per se. I do not remember any criticism of any particular kit AMK is or has produced, by anyone who has identified themselves as a rep for another model company on this forum.
  6. madmanrick

    kinetic 1/48 hornet nose issue

    Is this all Kinetic Hornets or certain ones? Perhaps someone can do a diagram of where the windshield is off and where the .3mm needs to be removed?
  7. madmanrick

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    So by your logic, if someone is OF a particular ethnicity they cannot be guilty of spouting a baseless stereotype or racism. Sorry, but this is the same logic that spouts that "because I have a black/brown/white et al friend, I cannot be racist/prejudiced." Both statements are patently absurd!. The original statement was at best a crass generalization, that had NO redeeming value whatsoever to the issues. OP got called out, apologized and let's leave it at that. This type of stuff is what got the thread locked once before, stick to the matter at hand, which is the AMK F-14D Tomcat model, not the people that make it (or not), not their competitors or any of that other personal crap.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I could be mistaken, as I don't claim to follow every forum in the world, but having major manufacturers of any type discussing their products/ideas in an open forum is an uncommon phenomenon. I inserted "major" as I know it is fairly common for "cottage" companies to do this, both in the modeling world and elsewhere. I think having AMK come along and do this, was one of the reasons I was attracted to their brand in the first place. It seemed like it could be a fruitful relationship, to have the actual ear of a model company and could only serve to increase their responsiveness in my opinion. However, in retrospect it seems that it wasn't a very well thought out idea on anyone's part. It seems that when confronted with criticism (deserved or undeserved), it resulted in the folks behind AMK battening down the hatches so to speak and restricting their access and ultimately, their visibility. While I understand why they did what they did, it did not serve them well in the customer relations area. That along with some ill-advised schemes to help get the product to market, outright hyperbole and MANY unfulfilled promises on release dates have only tanked their reputation. While I am still a supporter of the brand as a whole, I surely would not consider for a second, the idea of per-ordering other kits from them (or for that matter anyone). Also, I do still hold out hope that when this kit IS finally released it will be worth the wait and I guess only time will prove me right or wrong. Either way, in for a penny in for a pound. Rick
  9. madmanrick

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    SMH and THIS ☝️ is why we can't have nice things.
  10. madmanrick

    Hobby Boss 1/48 A-10A nose issue?

    It seems to me that IF the Revellogram A-10 is the most correct in terms of nose shape and MLG sponsons et al, there is a simple answer! Why not kitbash the two? One could replace the Trumpy forward fuselage (from the cockpit forward) with the Revellogram (this will also have two advantages, one being using the Revellogram canopy & two, allowing one to use resin 'pits made specifically for that kit (True Details & others)). Also, if the MLG sponsons are off, use the Revellogram, this will have the added advantage of allowing one to have the correct gear height. This option will require some re-scribing, but it wouldn't entail re-scribing the entire kit. Also, if you do not currently own the Revellogram kit, one can be had on evilBay for $20 or less, which is a great deal less than a resin correction set could be had for, if one were available! Another option would be to either cast your own, or get in touch with one of the garage resin guys (109Ace/HofnerBassman is one suggestion) and see if they will knock you off a copy of the needed Revellogram parts. Then you wouldn't even need to cannibalize your Revellogram kit. This method would be more expensive, but would allow the option of re-selling the Revellogram kit to recoup some of your expenses. Both methods would require some elbow grease, but most of us are modelers and not just assemblers.
  11. madmanrick

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I for one, NEVER ridiculed anyone, those that pointed out errors or not. What I take issue with is the "OMG, this error or that means the kit is completely and totally FUBAR" crowd and those DEMANDING that AMK answer their questions/pleas/entreaties/rants. Oh and by the way, most of those in this crowd have self-admittedly not even pre-ordered the kit and some have also admitted that they wouldn't purchase the kit even if it were perfect. In my opinion, they are just here to watch the train wreck and are getting a great thrill out of the schadenfreude, a few of them even mock someone who has always been honest about being a non-native English speaker. And if even a shred of this is accurate, pray tell how it even comes close to being productive??? Where AMK made their biggest mistake in my opinion, is to ever publically announce this kit (or any other for that matter). They should have emulated Tamiya and kept their plans close to their chest, only releasing the kit when they felt it was ready. If it were a disaster, then so be it, the cream shall rise and the rest shall not.
  12. madmanrick

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    THIS +100
  13. madmanrick

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    And this has been MY very point, for close to the last 6 months. There has been baseless speculation, rumour-mongering and outright vitriol aimed at AMK and this kit, for no reason I can see. It was patently obvious that AMK retreated to their shell, after the ruckus started over the so-called "waist issues." Who can blame them, as each time they tried to address the so-called issues, they were slammed before they could even truly respond. A losing game if I've ever seen one. The ironic thing about all this is that IF AMK does release the kit with major shape issues, the consumer will sort them out fairly quickly with their wallet. There are numerous examples to cite here including the Airfix P-40B, KH Banshee, Mig-25 and so many others. So all I have said all along is let them do their thing, there will be more than enough time on the other side of release, to rip them to shreds if they fail to deliver. In the meantime let's just enjoy the hobby, why get worked up over plastic, it ain't life or death!
  14. madmanrick

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    An oxymoron if I ever heard one. Name one company that is not in business to make money and perhaps you are closer to your chimera.
  15. madmanrick

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    If you paid with a credit card through Paypal you may be able to contact the card company and do a charge back. However, it may be too late for even that at this point. If anyone is truly concerned about it, they could at least investigate that route.
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