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    MiG-29 rudder backdate

    It all depends on which era you want to show the aircraft. Which version will it be? In principle the early 9-12’s had the short rudder. But they also had a lot of other differences too from later models: No flare dispensers, 4 part slats, missing bump next to the auxiliary top intakes, early gun blast panel, early nose gear doors with additional deflector . . . and lots more. But if you just cut the rudder trailing edge and give it a good profile, that should do it too. It's all up to you. Best regards Gabor
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    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    A new year has started and as always for me with the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. Reminds me of a new year’s night spent in Vienna few years ago. OK there was no chance to see the concert in person but the next closest thing was to watch it live in the city on big display and see the crowd spontaneously starting dancing to the Blue Danube. It was an amazing sight! Happy New Year to all where ever you are!!! Best regards Gabor
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    SU-35 "red 25" photos

    Hi Igor, Good luck with your build. Hope you like this G.W.H kit. Yes, a lot of work went into it! More than 3 years of it! There is a little confusion here. The Chinese Su-35 build is not my work. Thanks for the complements (and I take them with pleasure ) but they are due to someone else. I am building a Russian aircraft but have not posted for some time due to other obligations. Best regards Gabor
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    SU-35 "red 25" photos

    I am sorry for this! A very detailed paint instruction for each exact airframe was sent over to the instruction sheet designers. Each aircraft has an individual scheme even though they were produced and painted at the same KNAAZ paint shop. There are individual demarcation lines between camo colours for each aircraft. Position of markings is also particular to given aircrafts and there are some airframe specialities even if the aircraft are coming down the production line one after the other. A very detailed research was conducted into each and every aircraft given in the kit. I even have contacted someone to take photos of the camo of one particular aircraft for which I did not have top views. All this info was forwarded to G.W.H but in the end only a small fraction of it was used. Sad but there is nothing that I could do from a distance of several thousand kilometres. Most of the info was considered “too detailed” to be included. Sorry! After finishing my work on this 35S project with G.W.H most of the files were scraped. Best regards Gabor
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    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    The work on the kit is still going at a steady pace but for the moment little to show. On the other hand this is a good opportunity for something else: I wish a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to all no matter what your belief or religion or which part of the world you are in!!! I also take this opportunity to remember a great entertainer who has his birthday today. For those in the UK I am sure his name sounds familiar: Kenny Everett Loved his radio programs and hilarious humour as well as his TV shows. He was great! God bless you somewhere up there in the eternal radio studios and happy birthday! I am sure Sid Snot and Deirdre would join me in the good wishes! Best regards Gabor
  6. To help in choosing schemes here is something. There is an excellent Russian book published in 2009 dealing with the 9-12 in Soviet/Russian service all the way from 1983. 225 pages printed on quality paper with hundreds of good colour and some black and white images documenting the types service year by year. Apart from history it devotes a lot of time and space to markings, special markings, paint schemes. . . It is well worth trying to find it. For those with no knowledge of Russian language the text will mean nothing but the images and colour profiles still make it worth buying. The book is a master piece! Fantastic research and presentation! Gives a lot of detail and clears a lot of myths created by Western so called “experts”. The book is: Истребитель МиГ-29 в строевых частях. Book is by: А. Павлов, С. Войлокон There was far more colour to these fighters than earlier imagined! Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-25BM set for the ICM kit

    Hi Onigiri, I use traditional sanding papers. For this particular surface “cleaning” 600 and 800 papers were used. The only difference is that they are all well used pieces so in fact they are much closer to 900 or 1000 and don’t “bite” so hard as a brand new sandpaper. Also the fact that I almost always used them with some water and very light pressure minimizes the effect while the end result is what I am looking for. 1200 is used to finalize the surface but depending on what I want to see 2000 or 6000 is also used every now and then, also wet of course. The good old jeans is still effective for final polishing. But of course that base surface grade with 800 – 1000 provides that slight roughness to plastic surface which helps paint adhesion later. Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-25BM set for the ICM kit

    The kit wheels as good as any. Don’t see any problems with them. All Foxbat versions used the same wheels so there is no need for anything extra here. Of course there are some aftermarkets available and if someone has some extra money, why not spend it on them. Best regards Gabor
  9. Sorry, 1. don’t have any power, 2. don’t have any connection to them as I told before for more than a year now. The G.W.H Su-35S was a one-off affair. It was good, it was fun, it was a hell of a lot of work and lot of fight for details but it was then in the past. And now is now. Sorry! Can’t help with this! Best regards Gabor
  10. If anyone is planning to build a Chinese Su-35 here are some nice details from the flight line in a Chinese TV program. For the sharp eyed modellers there are some details, including some missing in the kit but also some interesting things in the background worth making a note off. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=489&v=NCbbJsTdNxY Best regards Gabor
  11. Hi Solo, It is not a crusade, I just went up to the maker and want to learn from them what I did wrong. What is more interesting for me is that this Su-35S kit is in someway part of my work / research and I am interested in its after life, what happens to it, what people think about it, what other manufacturers do to make it more complete or better. . . Since in a way the kit is my WORK I feel responsible for what and how I did it and just as during development I share what I see. I know many manufacturers don’t give a sxxxt what happens with a kit after it is released (as long as it makes a lot of money). I feel a bit different about my work. That is all. As to the Su-35 kit, thanks for asking. Work on the actual model is on, just as with few others in parallel. I don’t think it is a race where one needs to be the first to finish it, or finish it for a certain competition. . . This hobby for me is about having fun and building what I like at my own pace, no constrains, no deadlines. There is absolutely no plan to take it to shows, to competitions, to compete against others, to try to persuade judges with this or that gimmick on it . . . For years (decades) I was building kits (writing reviews), building models, structural models month after month for publications all around the world, or for customers, companies, it was hard work and I had enough of it. All this is now just for fun. Also my collection /museum now needs a lot of attention so in many cases it is more about 1 to 1 scale modelling at the moment. Best regards Gabor
  12. I did write yesterday to Aires / Quickboost (to one of the managers who’s business card was given to me by the boys at the Aires stand at Plastikova Zima) with my inquire concerning the “Correct Radome” for G.W.H in 48 th scale kit. The essence is: „. . . it would be interesting to know what mistakes I made in design, so that I can learn and next time do a better job” If I get any reply will share it so that others can learn as well. Best regards Gabor
  13. If someone builds a kit, a set is that an advertising / promotion of a given company???? Don’t think so. If I (or anyone) do a Hasegawa (or whichever company) F-16 (or whichever aircraft type) and share the work here in a build, is that marketing for Hasegawa (or whichever company)??? Will I (or anyone) get something from Hasegawa for sharing photos on a modelling forum?? I don’t think so. (If yes please tell me how, I would be happy!) As for G.W.H for me the Su-35S design was a one-off affair with them. I haven’t been in contact with anyone related to G.W.H for about a year. So?? As I have said before, I would simply want to know what we did wrong in design with the G.W.H kit. Maybe the boys at Aires know something. I am interested and curious! It was my work and as such I am interested in its afterlife! It is as simple as that. Best regards Gabor
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    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    Here are some of the hostages that I took from yesterday’s visit to Plasticova Zima in Bratislava. New paints, some etched parts, few alu tubes, a great set of vac-form canopies from Rob-Taurus for the Edu MiG-15 kit and new scribing tools from Mr.Paint. Will test them soon. The show was as good as any previous one, only now there was a bit more air both literally and physically. Some new rooms were open for the traders (better ventilation) and more space was left between tables to make it less crowded. I would have been after some new (or recent) kits to buy but in the end returned home with empty hands. They were either not available or extremely expensive, like the new Tarangus Viggen. It is a 72nd scale kit and the price was over 43 Euro, just a little less than the 48th scale version. I expect the Czech version to be in the same price category as to not compete with friend /partner Tarangus . And it is only due out in many months from now, somewhere in the spring. Oh well, will leave it there, have enough other kits to build. I love the Viggen but this price is too much for a fighter in 72nd! Bought few books. A Slovak publisher has issue the second volume of their Afghanistan war history book (the earlier one with Russians) with some excellent details and photos. As a down side off it, written in local language, still it has its place next to volume one on the book shelf. There are some monographs on MiG-21 which have some useful details, once again there is a language barrier but the price is not an inhibiting factor so. . . Asked the WWP publisher about their MiG-21 book, but it is completely sold out. On the other hand there are some plans for a new book on Fishbed, the time line on this is not exactly clear at the moment, but at least there is some hope for those who missed it the first time. Had asked Edu’s boss about the MiG-21 project progress but it seems that other 48th scale aircraft have full priority over everything else. Still one new 72nd MiG should be out somewhere around May but he did not say (with a sneak smile) if it is the PF or PFM. The R should be later as to the others . . . Frame C is a problem, since it has only single UB-32 and MBD2 bomb racks. For the moment it is available as an Overtrees frame. So for extra cost you can build a version like this, with a full symmetrical load. But at an extra cost? Later there is a chance that kits which essentially need these parts will have two C sprues included or an alternative C frame will be made. But the boss did not go into details. The KP “new” two-seater MiG-21 UM was on sale in the morning till they run out of them. What is inside the box, no surprise it is the RV kit repack with all that this entails. Left it there, simply no point. I did ask the Aires guys about the Su-35S “Correct Radome” but they were not too happy and anyway they are “just employees selling the products”, not making decisions. “You should ask” the ones in the know. A Lady kindly lent her hand for this photo to compare the G.W.H nose to the “correction nose” by Aires. As far as the shape goes not much (none) difference so only adding the lightning strips to the outside as raised detail, and a very strong raised line that is! I can only say: Having had a very close look (from about 10 centimetres) of the original Su-35S nose cone in Russia and a real feel of it with my hands, I can state that the lightning strip is sunk into the nosecone surface! Still would be interested to hear from Aires what is it exactly that they mean under “Correct Radome”. It is never late to learn from others. Maybe they know something? I will contact them directly, received a mail address and name. I know some Czech modellers also tried in the past to ask them this question. Who knows? I will report on developments. While at Aires I did buy one set of MiG-21 landing gear doors from them for the 72nd scale kit, but that is another story. To finish the day off, after returning home there was still one program for Saturday 24th. There was an open air concert by STING here in Budapest. WOW!!! I loved it!!!! It was a great gig, fantastic show, they played almost 2 hours together with Shaggy. Don’t know exact numbers, but a big square and a wide road leading to it was full with audience. Even the rain could not dampen spirits, it was well worth it!!!!!!! Loved every minute of it! Sting you are great!!! Best regards Gabor
  15. While at the Plasticova Zima Yesterdy in Bratislava I did ask the Aires guys about the Su-35S “Correct Radome” but they were not too happy and anyway they are “just employees selling the products”, not making decisions. “You should ask” the ones in the know. A Lady kindly lent her hand for this photo to compare the G.W.H nose to the “correction nose” by Aires. As far as the shape goes not much (none) difference so only adding the lightning strips to the outside as raised detail, and a very strong raised line that is! I can only say: Having had a very close look (from about 10 centimetres) of the original Su-35S nose cone in Russia and a real feel of it with my hands, I can state that the lightning strip is sunk into the nosecone surface! Still would be interested to hear from Aires what is it exactly that they mean under “Correct Radome”. It is never late to learn from others. Maybe they know something? I will contact them directly, received a mail address and name. I know some Czech modellers also tried in the past to ask them this question. Who knows? I will report on developments. Best regards Gabor
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