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    Eduard 1:72 MiG-21MF has arrived

    Eduard is to release a new aftermarket set for the MiG-21MF kit in 72nd scale. It is all very nice, but . . . It is here: But . . . I love the detailed discussions on the precise location of a given airframe panel / panels, colour shade differences on aircraft or subtle changes between different marks of aircraft. It all results in an authentic reproduction of a given aircraft. But do you also go into such meticulous details when presenting the given aircraft and adding all the external extras. In this case the FOD covers? How AUTHENTIC they are for the type and for a given situation??? What we get in this new aftermarket set is the front and rear end covers (Part R46 & R47) for the MiG engine as well as the small auxiliary intake covers on the sides of the aircraft. The later are open basically only if the engine is running and they open up due to pressure difference. They are free hanging doors and on the ground a slight gap (of few centimetres) will be visible which is perfectly sufficient for anything to get inside the engine intake duct. This is why for long term storage or in the evening after flight a permanent cover is fitted to this intake just as well as the intake and exhaust covers to close down completely the engine from any outside bits and pieces (FOD). This is all OK. A very different situation on the side covers in the new set. Now for pre-flight running up the engine or for ground engine trials it is essential to have a cover on the auxiliary intakes too to avoid sucking in anything that would / could damage the engine. For this every aircraft is provided with its own set of auxiliary intake covers. They are made with a mesh to allow air in whilst protecting against FOD. This is what we get in this aftermarket set. The two sets (long term ground covers and the running engine cover) are NEVER mixed since they are for principally different tasks. Actually the standard ground protection set of each MiG-21 has many more covers for protection! There are protectors for the IFF antennas, the AOA vane, one for the vent on top of the nose in front of the windscreen, undercarriage bay covers. . . Of the auxiliary intake covers there are 2 sets: one for running the engine (with the mesh) and the completely closed one for long term storage. I think this new set should have included both types for authenticity. Let me explain and show a Western analogue to this. On the F-18C for ground engine runs a mesh type of intake cover is used to avoid ingesting foreign objects and protect the engine. This is not the same as the actual intake cover used at the end of the day after flights or for longer term storage!!! Best regards Gabor
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    G.W.H - 1/72 F-14D TOMCAT

    For anyone like me, who are not on fakebook. Here is a handful of G.W.H images of the new kit Parts brake down It is visible that there are several options in the kit including two versions of the wing. Here is the dirty one and the fully closed confuguration It is visible that the radar is also made for this kit as an extra. Best regards Gabor
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    G.W.H - 1/72 F-14D TOMCAT

    Has anybody seen this little news??? It is a 14D Tomcat and its is due in June. OK which year you can ask. As far as it is know in 2019. So it is just around the corner. Best regards Gabor
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    Airfix new tool MiG-17F

    Hi Luigi, Everything is possible. But * will they fit? - is the fuselage diameter right on the Airfix? - is the fuselage diameter right on the other kit? We will only know when the kit is released. * Will you buy a not too cheap Airfix kit only to use the tail section (if it is right at all)? The two kits (for this grafting experiment: AZ around 20$, Airfix around 25-30$), plus * an aftermarket new engine section with the right VK-1F tail, * new correct version ejection seat, * a photoetch set to get for example the T shaped radio altimeters, IFF antenna and the secondary pitot (not on all versions of MiG-17) next to the forward radio compartment which are nowhere in sight on the Airfix kit, * The Polish Master gun barrels (plus pitots) would really be a super extra, far from compulsory. * Maybe the right aftermarket decal sheet with the markings you would like, plus stencils of which there were a lot on the MiG-17. . . All this would add up to a price tag of over 70-90 USD. Is it worth it??? Remember this is only a very small 72nd scale kit, little more than handful in size??? Why not make a good and authentic kit in the first place??? It takes the same time and amount of work to produce it good. The only question is, has the company the will to do it right with attention to details, after all they did look at the real thing (did they???). Do they care at all? Sleepy-s point is perfectly valid! This is a very sad story from Airfix in the year of 2019! Best regards Gabor
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    Airfix new tool MiG-17F

    Hi Robert, You are welcome. All I can do is to show the original aircraft and compare it to the CAD and plastic parts. Everyone can make up their mind on what they see. But there is something else too Can anyone please at Airfix design team please tell me (and all the modellers) what has happened to the wing on the new MiG-17F kit??? I would really like to hear about this. Please have a look at the real aircraft and the Airfix CAD and sprue images. It was visible in those January CAD images that something fishy is going on at the trailing edge of the wing (not only the leading edge problems) but I was not sure if it is only the lighting adjustments on the CAD’s or something else. Now it is fairly obvious that a considerable “shrinkage” was added to the wing aerodynamic profile. On the real wing (as on all wings for that matter) the top section is a continuous curvature going backwards to the trailing edge. This is how aircraft fly, how the wings make a lift ever since the Wrigth Bros! Here we have nice convex curvature which suddenly turns into a concave and level out to a completely flat surface going back to the trailing edge. The inner wing fence shows this perfectly! There is no such wing profile, even the Russian don’t design strange things like this!! If one looks at the Airfix LIDAR scan it is obvious that it reproduced perfectly original aircrafts lines. It is also obvious that this information was COMPLETELY ignored for CAD by the Airfix designer! So what is the use of spending time and money on scanning the real aircraft??? Dear Airfix what has happened??? Best regards Gabor
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Clearly there is/was a communicational strategy problem at AMK. But is it unique to them? They are a fairly young company but what do the older, more mature producers do? Here is Airfix with decades behind its back, one would think they have the experience and will act accordingly. In January 2019 they announced a brand new MiG-17 in 72 nd scale. It was obvious from CAD’s that there are problems with the -- shape -- details even though it was allegedly produced from scans of the original aircraft. They never responded to any of the comments. 5 months passed and test shoots were produced with exactly the same problems, no corrections were made and even more silly mistakes surfaced since then. Still as we speak Airfix is claiming how fantastic the new MiG-17 kit will be, completely ignoring all comments / suggestions. Comments on their own are not worth anything, but for this MiG-17 kit photos of the original aircraft were compared with the CAD’s to show the clearly visible mistakes! Nothing happened and I suspect nothing will happen at Airfix. So what are we talking about? Is it a unique problem to one particular producer, be it Airfix, AMK, Eduard, Trumpeter or any other? Don’t think so. We have to live with it. Best regards Gabor
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    Airfix new tool MiG-17F

    OK, Airfix has shown the first test shoots of the new kit. Remember that it is May now and it has been 5 months since this kits program and the CAD images were released. They say they are working on it. In the past 5 months basically nothing happened. It is visible on the sprues that they are a perfect reproduction of what was shown in first days of January on CAD’s. I remember that people were saying that possibly the images shown in January were of “early design phase and surely correction will be made to them”. I am sorry, but in 5 months nothing was changed and it is all visible now on the actual plastic parts: * The wing is absolutely the same. * The change of profile on the leading edge is not there. * The wing root is made nice and rounded ala MiG-15 which is completely wrong for MiG-17 * The area over the flaps seem to have a “depression”, something that was visible on CAD’s too but it is still not clearly shown on the sprue photos. * The big engine service panels on the bottom of the fuselage are completely missing. Those 4 service doors are the biggest and most noticeable surface features of the MiG-15 / MiG-17 family of aircraft. Not surprising that back in January Airfix did not show interior brake down of the kit. Now it is evident that they have several more mistakes. * The cockpit details are a bit strange and the floor is so deep inside. * Now this is a real joke and the stupidest mistake!!! In the new Airfix MiG-17 kit about which they write so much in their workbench post, which is supposed to be a quantum leap with its afterburning engine. "In the never ending quest to develop aircraft possessing even greater speed, the MiG 17 design attempted to overcome the effects of compressibility by adopting an even greater sweep to its wings and was the first Soviet designed aircraft to introduce the engine afterburner, allowing pilots to access greater thrust on demand." If they know that there was a new afterburning VK-1F engine inside the MiG-17, then WHY DO THEY ADD THE OLD (NOT AFTERBURNING) MIG-15 ENGINE TO IT??? This is very silly and stupid! Obviously the designer had absolutely no idea what he was doing! I have serious doubts that Airfix ever scanned a real aircraft and that the Airfix team spend time for familiarization with the real plane as they state in official Airfix post: "For this particular project, the research team had the opportunity to scan a restored example of the aircraft, with Tom and other members of the Airfix team also having the opportunity to make a further research visit, checking specific details and taking plenty of reference photographs on the day. " Did they lose all those notes and reference photos somewhere on the way??? It is more likely that they scanned some other producers kit and used that. If they did indeed scan a real aircraft then the results were not really utilised in the design of this kit. Sad to see all this! Will the new Airfix Buccaneer be to similar high and authentic standard??? Best regards Gabor
  8. Something great happened last night! The Great Gig In . . . not in the sky but this time here in Aquincum, in Budapest! A small Hungarian group of musicians play Pink Floyd in their spare time, they are a so called tribute band. They have been doing it for 20 years and now at last a dream came true for the band Keep Floyding. Last night they played a gig in the ancient roman amphitheatre not far from where I live in North of Budapest. One has to know that Hungary (Pannonia to Romans) was part of the Roman Empire and there was a bustling city (50-60 thousand) named Aquincum. It had at least two amphitheatre of which only the ruins remain but the Northern one provided a perfect stage for the band this time. Keep Floyding plays the songs in professional way, but there are other bands around the world doing the same. So what differentiates KF is that they add some great ideas to the shows. For instance in 2014 together with a Symphonic orchestra they played Atom Heart Mother as a one-off show. For 20 years they dreamed of reproducing the 1971 Live at Pompeii in an authentic surrounding, a real roman setting, (one which was once used for gruesome “plays” by Aquincum citizens). It all became true this week. The one thousand tickets were sold out in no time. Unfortunately they only had permission to get 1000 into the place. The area is fairly open so there were at least 1200 viewers to witness the show, enthusiastic fans without tickets even watching from outside of the low theatre walls. With long days of heavy rain during the week there was a big question mark if the weather is going to play. A stage roof was erected but by Friday afternoon it was clear that there will be no need for it so even the stage looked similar puritan to the one used by Floyd all those 48 years ago at Pompeii. In the afternoon I passed by and had a look what will be in store. Sound check was in progress with the band. The show started early at 19.20 with sun still shining, they “Just” played the original music song by song, note for note. Theatrically of course the sun went down to the notes of “Set the controls for the heart of the sun”. Unfortunately there are songs which one is not able to reproduce for obvious reasons, Mademoiselle Nobbs is one of them! So this one was missing from the set. I know David Gilmour played the Pompeii stage few years ago but it was a mix of his own songs and Pink Floyd stuff. I don’t know if anyone ever played the full set of what the band did back in 1971. This was a great chance to see it, hear it and relive the experience that audience would have had if allowed back in 1971. I was not going to miss it! Great performance! In the second part of the show as an extra it was obvious that Dark Side of the Moon will be played as a continuation from the Live at Pompeii. For “Great Gig in the Sky” I know that it is very difficult to follow in the steps of Clair Torry, and yes I heard Ola Bienkowska sing it too with another tribute band. Have to say that the perfect singing by Zsuzsa Garda was equal with them. WOW, she was good!!! Encore was Comfortably Numb and Run . . . from The Wall closing the two hour show. There is a debate on what Tribute bands do. I believe that Keep Floyding and others simply play some great music which is no longer accessible live for today’s audiences from the original bands. (Would love to go and see this show live with Pink Floyd, I think there would be "few" others to do so . . .) After all do you call the London or Vienna Symphonic orchestra a Tribute band? They do the same: play great Mozart and Bach today, it’s the music that counts! Keep Floyding and others play great music (by now “classic music”) in a similar way today giving a chance to celebrate live music to audiences. The bands moto is: We play Pink Floyd, and boy - we enjoy it! was perfectly shown on stage last night, with a happy 1000+ audience leaving the venue! I did take some photos of the show, but it’s the music that counts, and it was great! The show by Keep Floyding was a start for the traditional Floralia weekend at Aquincum museum (few hundred meters from the amphitheatre), a reincarnation of a Roman celebration of spring with varied programs for the whole family. Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    Now for something completely different. Something great happened last night! The Great Gig In . . . not in the sky but this time here in Aquincum, in Budapest! A small Hungarian group of musicians play Pink Floyd in their spare time, it is a so called tribute band. They have been doing it for 20 years and now at last a dream came true for the band Keep Floyding. Last night they played a gig in the ancient roman amphitheatre not far from where I live in North of Budapest. One has to know that Hungary (Pannonia to Romans) was part of the Roman Empire and there was a bustling city (50-60 thousand) named Aquincum. It had at least two amphitheatre of which only the ruins remain but the Northern one provided a perfect stage for the band this time. Keep Floyding plays the songs in professional way, but there are other bands around the world doing the same. So what differentiates KF is that they add some great ideas to the shows. For instance in 2014 together with a Symphonic orchestra they played Atom Heart Mother as a one-off show. For 20 years they dreamed of reproducing the 1971 Live at Pompeii in an authentic surrounding, a real roman setting, one which was once used for gruesome “plays” by Aquincum citizens. It all became true this week. The one thousand tickets were sold out in no time. Unfortunately they only had permission to get 1000 into the place. The area is fairly open so there were at least 1200 viewers to witness the show, enthusiastic fans without tickets even watching from outside of the low theatre walls. In the afternoon I passed by and had a look what will be in store. Sound check was in progress with the band. With long days of heavy rain during the week there was a big question mark if the weather is going to play. A stage roof was erected but by Friday afternoon it was clear that there will be no need for it so even the stage looked similar puritan to the one used by Floyd all those 48 years ago at Pompeii. The show started early at 19.20 with sun still shining, they “Just” played the original music song by song, note for note. Theatrically of course the sun went down to the notes of “Set the controls for the heart of the sun”. Unfortunately there are songs which one is not able to reproduce for obvious reasons, Mademoiselle Nobbs is one of them! So this one was missing from the set. I know David Gilmour played the Pompeii stage few years ago but it was a mix of his own songs and Pink Floyd stuff. I don’t know if anyone ever played the full set of what the band did back in 1971. This was a great chance to see it, hear it and relive the experience that audience would have had if allowed back in 1971. I was not going to miss it! Great performance! In the second part of the show as an extra it was obvious that Dark Side of the Moon will be played as a continuation from the Live at Pompeii. For “Great Gig in the Sky” I know that it is very difficult to follow in the steps of Clair Torry, and yes I heard Ola Bienkowska sing it too with another tribute band. Have to say that the perfect singing by Zsuzsa Garda was equal with them. WOW, she was good!!! Encore was Comfortably Numb and Run. . . from The Wall closing the two hour show. There is a debate on what Tribute bands do. I believe that Keep Floyding and others simply play some great music which is no longer accessible live for today’s audiences from the original bands. (Would love to go and see this show live with Pink Floyd, I think there would be "few" others to do so . . .) After all do you call the London or Vienna Symphonic orchestra a Tribute band??? They do the same: play great Mozart and Bach today, it’s the music that counts! Keep Floyding and others play great music (by now “classic music”) in a similar way today giving a chance to celebrate live music to audiences. The bands moto is: We play Pink Floyd, and boy - we enjoy it! was perfectly shown on stage last night, with a happy 1000+ audience leaving the venue! I did take some photos of the show, but it’s the music that counts, and it was great! The show by Keep Floyding was a start for the traditional Floralia weekend at Aquincum museum (few hundred meters from the amphitheatre), a reincarnation of a Roman celebration of spring with varied programs for the whole family. OK so let’s get back to that MiG . . . Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-15 144 scale M3 Mk.1 project

    Hi Giovanni, Thanks for following my work! Next time around hope to meet you at Moson. As to the M3 project just today did some preparatory work on the Mk.2 version. I have received a great help from a friend and had a look at how it works. It looks good, so should do some work on it soon. It should be fun! But for the moment some bigger kits. :))) Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    First I have to answer a question from Pál. It was about the area behind the cockpit. Here you have a selection of push-roads for the control surfaces and also many yellow fuel lines. It is all under a plexi glass cover so all the details are visible and provide that little bit of extra detail which adds to the overall authenticity of the kit. In the new Modelsvit MiG-21F-13 this area is well detailed. Here is the instruction sheet Parts are very small!!! Painting these fine details could be a challenge but if you are building a Czech license manufactured version of the F-13 then you are lucky since they had this area covered by metal. Of course I was interested to see what the kits ejection seat looks like. OK there is a small mistake here. The seats official name is SK and not the one shown on the sprue frame. The wrong name comes from half information’s and wrong interpretation of available data by Western “experts” back in late 60’s. The instruction sheet about the ejection seat. Here are the seats plastic parts glued together. The seat is shown in the kit with the parachute pack in the seat pan with the associated harness and back also shown. There are some more etched metal parts to go onto it including the straps. Later I will add them too to be followed by some paint. For size here is a euro cent next to the seat. Another “Wester experts” myth is that the overhead metal plate was to “safe / arm” the seat. Pure rubbish! It is a simple metal plate, operated by a spring and is designed to protect the head of the pilot. Nothing more! It is in upright position on the ground with canopy open. Before the canopy is closed the pilot gets hold of it and pulls it down over his head. The plate is against the canopies plexi glass. To protect the canopy against scratches the very top part of the plate is covered with a strip of felt. Sometime it extends over to the underside and protects the pilot helmet too. At the point of contact the canopy has a brownish colour patch. This will have to be added as it is missing from the decal sheet. Actually no one (kit or decal maker) ever made it or payed attention to it. More soon. Best regards Gabor
  12. I have a look at it and show what it is like. Best regards Gabor
  13. Hi Ken, That would be a hell of a lot of work in 48th scale! But of course it is not your scale . . . :))) Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-21F-13 Modelsvit 72nd scale

    Here is a bit more on this Modelsvit MiG-21F-13 in 72 nd scale. Some undercarriage bay details, main walls, side walls and wheel details. The weapons sprue has the Sidewinder copy K-13 AAM with the launch rail that goes with it. Although everyone considers the MiG-21F-13 as a point defence interceptor / fighter from the very start it also had limited air to ground capability. Nicely detailed bombs are included in the kit. One could of course also fit a UB-16 unguided missile launcher pod as well. It is not included in the kit but from the spare box or from aftermarket manufacturers it would not be a problem. An interesting thing about the UB pod on early F-13 it was fitted with missiles which were not against ground targets but could be used in aerial combat against enemy bomber formations. More soon. Best regards Gabor
  15. Sorry for the moment I have several projects on my workbench so it will have to wait. Actually the AMUR set was there and I took the chance and added it to the stash. Really was looking for the R-77 fins but they did not have them. I am not sure if it is already available around here (it is a Bratislava based importer who had them I havent seen any from this producer on other stands.) Even if not built, I could show it soon. :)) Best regards Gabor
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