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  1. stalal

    Aviation Art Su-33 1/48

    How different is it going to be from Kinetic Su-33? That kit is spectacular.
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    Most Pleasurable Kits

    1/48 Tamiya P-47M Tamiya F-16 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Tamiya A6M5 Zero
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    ? F-104G in 1/48

    Hasegawa is the best. And Daco decals I m using in my current build are very well detailed. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235029537-hasegawa-f-104-in-belgian-markings/&
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    That slide moulded front fuselage is meant to kill the after market. After all, its wheel wells and cockpits that are produced in the after market and inserting those in this type of part is next to impossible. Nonetheless, a unique feature and a novel way to break the parts down.
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    Tamiya Minimum Advertised Price controls?

    If thats the case, why their subjects then are US, British or German? Both modern and WW2.
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14D

    What I implied is that newer Tamiya kits are simple to build, superb in surface details and fit very well but lack the details that Chinese companies are putting in - more multimedia, more moveable parts, more version at a quicker production rate. These new features may or may not be relevant. But Tamiya seems to be stuck with their template and are not changing with changing times. Just my observation.
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14D

    While Tamiya kits are fabulous in terms of engineering, surface detail and fit, I have started to feel Chinese model kit companies are slowly pulling ahead. This comparison may or not be relevant here. I have built Tamiya M1A2 and am now building Meng M1A2. The way parts are difficult to get off sprues in Meng kit reminds of Tamiya's 70s era kits. There is flash in places you would not want to see. But despite this, the details Meng kit has captured and sheer number of parts leave behind Tamiya kit. Tamiya kit is simple to build but in terms of detail it falls way behind.
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    Building Hasegawa Tomcats in the age of Tamiya

    I dont have any F-14 Tomcat. But I can draw an analogy. I have a two seat Hasegawa F-16 lying in my stash for than a decade. I wanted to build it. But then came Tamiya's F-16 in 2007. Ever since then, I have tried couple of times to reach in, grab the Hasegawa F-16D but found no motivation to build it. Hasgawa F-16 looks so out dated and shallow on details. Tamiya F-16 as you might know is just a fabulous kit in comparison.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    AMK is also up and coming. But they seem like far, far behind Tamiya. From these pictures at least, only main fuselage and weapons.
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    1/48 GWH MiG-29 9.13

    Beautiful and very inspiring on this MiG @Janissary
  11. stalal

    1/48 Tamiya F-14D

    I dont know much about F-14s as I never had much interest in this plane but oh my God! this kit looks super awesome. Tamiya makes such wonderful weapons. Wonder why dont they release their weapons as a separate set?
  12. Thanks. And how did you attach the iridescent film to the HUD clear part?
  13. I have seen couple of topics where members have built realistic looking head-up displays/ armored glass using an opalescent sticking tape or some kind of iridescent foil. If you could share your experience and the types of materials you have used to create real looking HUDs, that will be really awesome. I have used Tamiya clear green/blue and then dipping in future wax. But I have seen pink/gold glass or a shade of bronze in it. I m after that effect that cant be created using clear paints.
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    AV-8B Plus - Loadouts with Litening Centerline

    I m building a 2003 Iraq war Harrier. Will a centreline Litening pod be a loadout option for that period?
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    AV-8B Plus - Loadouts with Litening Centerline

    Hasegawa kit does not have the centreline pylon to carry the Litening pod. Or it has one?