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  1. ya-gabor

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Would like to clear one point here. I have to state: I am not an official representative of G.W.H My work is completely freelance for many different companies all around the world, in some cases they are competitors, but this does not affect my work in any way. A 100% discretion is kept all the way through the projects (this is rule Number One for me!!!), any information is released only and when the producer company gives permission for it! People do ask me what is in the making, and they are very angry with me in many cases that I don’t reveal the current work but at the same time they know that any project I do for them would be kept under similar lock and key! This post by me is only connected to this discussion on AMK F-14 through the suggestion above. Together with Haneto we were the two persons behind the G.W.H Su-35S kit development / research / design. There was simply no point in opening a new topic on ARC as there was already one. Great Wall Hobbies did not have its own topic, there was no point in having one, we were doing all the communication for the company from the moment G.W.H given the green light to do so. All the images were of course provided by G.W.H HQ or from test examples that I had to show what can be expected by modellers when the kit is released. In a way it was the official G.W.H topic while from another point of view it was not officially started by G.W.H I wish luck to AMK with this project and believe that a choice for modellers on the market is very important! So there is plenty of space left on the shelfs beside the Tamiya, Hasegawa . . . F-14 box for other manufacturers and everyone can make up their own mind which one they would like to buy. Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    Hi Johnopfor, Thanks for the interesting photos. Pity that the “original” paint scheme was removed. The book on the project was saying that some of the MiG’s were buried in the desert, while only few found their way to museums. I would suspect that USAF did not want to leave too many trails of what they did, what they had, although the “other side” had full knowledge of it. I suspect that even the “original” scheme with which the AF delivered the aircraft was an overpaint. They had yellow borders on stars and numbers. Looking at operational photos of the unit they had a small number on the front end of the nose gear door identifying the particular a/c which is not visible on those early museum pictures of No. 60. Those US MiG-21F-13’s are certainly an interesting subject for this new Modelsvit kit!!! Thanks for sharing the links and the images! Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    I was thinking more about the one with US markings in early test. And then there are the ex-Indonesian ones which also flew in all sorts of camo including that light grey / brown / almost black with red 84 code and the red star with yellow borders. They are something interesting for a change from the traditional all metal schemes. Have to have a look, dont remember this one. Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    Hi Cameron Lynch, Concerning that other F-13 kit, sorry but I can only repeat what I said before: I am sure there is somewhere a thread about that kit and the questions it has raised. One of the options in the new Modelsvit boxing is the Finnish version. For a change from the by now boring Lynx emblem of the Finnish examples (used by every kit and decal company who selects a Finn a/c) this MG-92 has the reconnaissance squadrons badge on the fin. Was it from the Luonetjarvi unit. I am sure many will be tempted to do this F-13 with US markings of that defected Iraqi Fishbed or the ex-Indonesian examples used for extensive “testing” by 4477 Red Hats, flying combat training for US units to get familiar with a real MiG-21. Now, there is a wide range of paint schemes from beautifully clean (just clear varnish on all the different shade metal panels) to different camouflage versions. This should be fun! Best regards Gabor
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    Best 72nd MiG-21 kit!

    This is going back to May of 2017. Two years has passed since then and now the MiG-21F-13 is just around the corner. The above view of the earlier MiG-21F kit is a view of what could be expected from the new kit. But of course remember that 2 years have passed and Modelsvit has improved in many ways. So. . . I look forward to the SK ejection seat in the new kit. Just look at the details of the early version "Curtain" type seat which was used on the F type. The thing is that all the parts are there in the kit. Nothing was added only glue! I would say much better than any resin aftermarket!!! Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    The kit should be out in late April as confirmed by Modelsvit and its official debut will be at the Moson Show 2019 on the last weekend of the month! That’s the place to get it. I think will also have to buy the Mirage III kit too. As far as I know Modelsvit will have its own stand at the show. Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    Had a look in references and 0304 is a Czechoslovak Aero Vodochody production example, so the rear glazing should be painted over as it was a metal covered area on Czech examples. Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    Ages ago had it and got rid of it as soon as I could after doing a review for a publication. I am sure there is somewhere a thread about that kit and the questions it has raised. After the release, had the Modelsvit MiG-21F (No.72 021) as soon as I could and kept it after doing a short review of it. It is on the workbench under construction. A limited kit, but it is excellent! Based on quality and level of detailing of Modelsvit’s recent releases I most certainly look forward to the brand new MiG-21F-13 kit! Will get one at the first opportunity. Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    The new 72nd scale Modelsvit MiG-21F-13 kit (No. 72 042) includes 5 decal options. Yes, they are all natural metal versions but there is a good selection with some interesting details on some of them. Soviet VVS a/c number 57 Syrian AF example from the six day war Vietnamese AF 4520 Finnish AF MG-92 Czechoslovak AF 0304 with shark mouth painting I am not sure about the last one, if it is an original Russian airframe or one produced by Czechoslovakia in which case some minimal work is needed on it. But I am sure our Czech experts will clear if 0304 was home produced or not. You can bet that I will not be using any of these options but do one of our own paint schemes. It could be one of the aircraft with two red invasions stripes on it. Oh yes, and from the line up of new releases given earlier this year by Modelsvit the two Su-17’s are also on the way! I am sure the images of them will be shown and shared. Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    Hi HomeBe, Good that I don’t have to do all the hassle with posting the photo of the box top. It is getting more and more complicated! Thanks for doing it and saving my time! Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    Rumour is that the new MiG-21F-13 kit in 72nd scale from Modelsvit is due out in a little more than a month’s time! Space is being cleared on the workbench for its arrival! Best regards Gabor
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    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    Returning to that question about the scriber tool. This morning I did a small comparison of the ones I use regularly to show the differences. You can make up your mind, before I stand accused of pushing either of them. Remember it was all freehand with approximately the same force and angle on a standard piece of injection moulded plastic. Tried the new Mr.Paint scribers the top one (or the one on left) is from the Blue version (have no idea what the real name for it is, I named it Blue). It has a V shaped cutting edge producing a nice ribbon. The Black Mr.Paint is much thinner and it has a U shaped line with almost parallel side walls. It is a really fine one. It is possible that the Tamiya one is getting old and its edges are not so sharp anymore but it did leave some residue on the edges. The line was a nice and thin V shaped one. Some post scribing cleaning is required certainly. I do change the blade in the Olfa P Cutter 450 (there are some spare ones inside the handle) but it is still the same set I had for 30 or so years! The surgical tool is from last years Moson show, where a German vendor was selling it along with basically everything that one would use in an operating theatre! A bit bizarre but they had some interesting tools there. This one cost just few Euro and it is used by me occasionally. As said before every one has its own use. The surgical one is not so precise as the others and needs some clean up after scribing. After all it was not designed for plastic but for more bloody intrusions! Hope this is of help. Judge for yourself! Best regards Gabor
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    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    Hi agelos2005, Yes, I have tried them. Like them. Of course every scriber has its pros and cons. On my workbench I have the good old trusty Olfa P cutter, the one I had for decades and it is still going strong. There is a Tamiya one and some custom made ones. They are all good for a given job and each is used by me for a particular purpose. I think there is no single one which rules over all others! Best regards Gabor
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    Static discharge wicks

    Master produced two sets of Sukhoy static dischargers. It was not easy to convince Master to do the second set (the one specially for Su-27 family) but in the end he did it. For the design of the dischargers an original Su-27 was measured in detail. I sent over the data and Master transferred all the information into the miniature brass parts that he is producing. They are right in size to the micron but this is also a problem since they are so very small. I was astonished when first received the test for the 72nd scale dischargers. One needs a microscope for them. :)) The decals on G.W.H kit. It was not an easy going process. A lot of problems was encountered with the printers. Personally I am not very happy with the final result. A lot of research went into the design of the G.W.H decal and apart from 2 or 3 decals the ones on the sheet are all 100% replicas of the original stencils both in style and in text. Since I was working on the decals from outside Russia had absolutely no problem in reproducing the original text. As far as I know inside Russia those stencils are still considered to be a secret, so if I was there it would not have been possible to add them to the G.W.H kit! With the kit the aim was to give as full, as authentic and as complete stencils as possible. The Begemote decals are excellent, but they are general stencils and in many cases do not correspond with the real Su-35S stencils. But who is going to read them anyway, so . . . :)))) Best regards Gabor
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    Airfix new tool MiG-17F

    Fellow modellers have pointed out previously that it is possible that the CAD images shown by Airfix are only downgraded / earlier versions which are not representative of what the final CAD is from which the plastic parts will be made. I hope so. All versions of MiG-15 and MiG-17 had a derivative of the Rolls-Royce NeNe engine named either as RD-45 or VK-1. In all cases they had four big service panels. Two either side on top and two on the bottom surface. The ones on bottom were slightly off-set in comparison to each other. The panels gave easy access for engine system inspections. For the ones on top you had to remove just 8 quick release crews. On the bottom it was just 3 for each panel. Opposite to the side with screws the other side had 3 locator pins. It was a design consideration since there was barely much room under the aircraft. So when buttoning-up after servicing you simply pushed the locator pins of the panel in place and locked the three screws on top. The MiG-17 had lots of small and bigger panels all over it. Most of them were rarely opened, but this four very big engine inspection panels were opened every time and they were of a large size. I know people don’t really care if the panels are there or not. I would say it is OK if one or two of the smaller ones are missing but these four panels are important. This is how it looks on the real aircraft from the bottom. (photo from a Russian site, sorry it had no name to go with it) On Airfix CAD this particular area looks a bit naked. I am sure it is only an early CAD and the panels were added before it went to the tool makers. Or was it? Best regards Gabor