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  1. I just finished the tooling this week and making the molds. Look for them at Sprue Brothers by mid October.
  2. GT Resin is please to announce to announce not one but two seamless intake options for the fantastic 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G Kits. The first option is a full intake including exterior. Some cutting is required of the fuselage side panels. GTR 48032 The second option isA "BASIC" intake with the beak at the paint line, simplifying painting with the convenience being seamless. Other than removal of the pour strip, the intakes are drop in parts. GTR48033 GTR48032 is in stock, and GTR48033 arrives today. THx Gary
  3. HI, BY Popular Demand!! GTR48024. MCID intake conversion set for the Hasegawa F-16's will be arriving today. IT is a full intake tract with a GE fan face. Some reworking of the lower and man gear wheel well top side are required, but very straight forward installation. The set includes front Intake, rear Ducting, GE fan face, and Detailed instructions. The intake is made to use the Model kit heater vane and lights. The NSI intake For Hasegawa F-16's will be released sometime in October. I am making the molds this week with scheduled production next week. Thx Gary
  4. The Bulls eye set is correct. ODS F-15's were still in the original two tone gray schemes with the early Stencils with you refer to as "HI-Viz". IN fact, many still had the original paint with the red-white-blue national insignia on them where as others had been replaced with the Black stenciled insignia. Just check your references. The low viz was part of the MOD eagle repaints after ODS. Here is a great reference link: https://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/f-15/f-15_all.shtml
  5. Why is what I shared be an attack on Great Wall. I like their stuff a great deal and said nothin bad about them. What I shared is a flawed production approach that many of the new companies use. I am not going to make a list but I hardly think after 226 pages that his thread is a voice of support for AMK. For those of you who understand higher math, all CAD based software is mat driven. Creating complex curves in a program is exponentially more difficult than straight lines. Much of data that CAD programs show us in complex curved areas is guesswork on the part of the software. When it is translated into the code for machining these curves are very difficult to translate and that is where these error occur. This is where knowing your subject comes into play. Think these companies that use unqualified consultants that with these companies for a kit or two are more to blame for the errors than the CAD crew. He real key to getting accurate measurement is to use laser scanning, even then the data has to be processed and interpreted by humans.
  6. Hey Mark, Yes, I know it is AMK, but the new 1/72 GWH F-14D that was just introduced has the same issue as this AMK thread has evolved. You misunderstand my point in that all of these new model companies use the same process and they all operate basically the same way. Since I am the writer is my fault for not being more clear.
  7. I have been following things here on and off. After having been asked to consult on a future kit project by their US consultant, I understand now how they can make these serious errors. Almost all of their shape problems are in compound curve areas of the airframe. I declined because in a cursory, 5 minute review of the CAD drawings I found over 20 errors. These same error are exhibited in the line drawings of a popular publication, and in the conversation with the US consultant he explained to me their design process that relies exclusively on line drawings and photos. Essentially, their design process does not involve work with real airframes. They rely entirely in Line Drawings and pictures, and do not measure or scan actual airframes. This explains why they have difficulty with accurately shaping curved areas of kits. Some of you may recall that they had compound curve shape problems with the F-15 Two seat kit, SU-35 and Mig -29 kit noses, and now they have issues here with the F-14. The problem is two fold: they do not work with actual Airframes using traditional measurement making techniques or Lidar Scanning, and they use a US consultant that has no first hand experience with the Airframes. Their Mig-31 turned out so well because it lacks these compound curve shapes and is primarily just straight lines. IN reality, GWH build their computer models from two dimensional drawings that may or may not be accurate and open source pictures. I addition they have a consultant with no first hand experience with any of these airframes. The same consultant has also worked with HK models, and we see the same sort of shape error in their kits...the B-17 forward fuselage being another example. The F-15 kit was fixed due to the ARC thread. The Tomcat is still open as I have not seen the plastic. Their problem is not that they are dishonest in any way, they just have a flawed design process and use free consultants that are not experts with the subject. The project I was asked to help with, upon preliminary review exhibited the same sort of shape issues in the compound curve areas as the above mentioned kits. That project is moving forward and I wish GWH the best, but until they start using real airframes and hiring real experts..... not the self proclaimed ones but actual been there, done that experts and do their homework, they are going to continue to have issues with new products.
  8. Hi, Please come by the GTR Tables and say hello. I will have some new items in both scales for sale as well as many kits...cleaning out my stash. Jake Melampy will be with me at the GTR tables, which are located between Zoukei Mura and Wing Nut Wings tables. Hope to see everyone there! Gary
  9. HI Dan, This week. They shipped the end of last week Thx GH
  10. Dunlop does not make tires for the F-15. Your choices are Goodyear or Michelin, and the choice is yours unless you have a specific reference you are duplicating. Tires are not assigned like engines. With the GT Resin wheel set, you get your choice of both sizes of lightening holes for the main wheels in each set. The set also cones with the shimmy dampener.
  11. I would suggest that you contact them and point out the issues you have. Most all of the companies farm out the Decal Art work, ( I know GWH did this for the F-15 series). to private parties and don't get into the details as you do. They may very well do as you mention, but you will never know if you don't ask. It may save you lots of unnecessary aggravation. GH PS: I really like you stuff!
  12. Thanks for the kind words guys, IT was real relief when I finally finished it as it was a huge project. Next up is a RF-4C/E based on a Tamiya kit. Either going to do a USAF ODS "C" or the Greek "RF-4E". I am very intrigued by the Greek jet as it was the only Recce built with Slatted wings and elevator. Cheers, GH
  13. Hi, , What I should have said is that we never sold them separately. They do come as part of the F-15 Vent set GTR 32015. SB should have them listed in a day or so as I just sent them a restocking order that arrives today. Sorry for the confusion. THX, GH
  14. HI, with the Trumpy 1/32 F-105s, the problem that caused the flattening out of the canopy profile is just the opposite of what you describe. It is the Instrument panels that is too tall that has caused the issue. When they designed the fuselage to fit the panel it effectively pushed up on the fuselage part flattening it out thereby removing the curve of the real aircraft. Thinks of the tall panel as pushing up on the fuselage. The canopies were then made to fit the fuselage eliminating the curve flare of the true profile and causing the error. The issue with pouring Clear canopies it one of material make up. Mercury used to be a prominent component of clear resin and made it possible to cast clear copies, as it requires mold and resin temps to fall within a specific range while under vacuum for hours. Clear resin of the past 10-15 years is formulated to be safer to use by eliminating the mercury, but the affect is clear parts, especially of any size, almost impossible to make. China does not have these restrictions on resin composition, but in the US and Europe we do....hence the lack of clear parts that are cost effective and of an acceptable quality.
  15. My latest recently finished project. Pictures up close not the best as it is an old I phone. F-4G Wild Weasel - Details Base kit is Tamiya F-4EJ with extensive scratch building to convert to an F-4G Wild Weasel. This model served as the basis for the GT Resin F-4G Wild Weasel Super Set available at Sprue Brothers. The model took many hundreds of hours to complete over a six year period. The markings represent an aircraft that took part in Operation Desert shied, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Southern Watch. These aircraft were maintained I pristine condition, even in an extreme desert environment. The biggest component was the fading of the paint. The aircraft represent the condition it was in as it returned to Nellis Air Force Base at the end of OSW. Shown are the 8 confirmed SAM Radar kills and the Wild Weasel mascot on the left splitter plate. Stencil markings were very basic. I chose to build the model with the Slats and flaps extended to develop those products for possible future release and as something different to display. Scratch Built parts of Build: · GT Resin Entire Cockpit including Accurate WSO radar officer panel and controls and accurate pilot office changes of the Geasels. · G Resin Mk 7 USAF Seats w/Eduard seat belts · Air Scale Instrument and Placard decals · Air Scale PE instrument faces · PE Detailed canopy frames with Air Scale decals · GT Resin Chin pod with Scratch PE WW antennas · GT Resin Slatted outer wings · GT Resin Extended inner wing slats · GT Resin Dropped flaps with fuselage details · GT Resin Belly strap · Eduard Brassin Wheels and tires · Additional Landing gear details · GT Resin TACAN, UHF, antennas on fuselage top. UHF is at an angle per the actual airframe, it is not crooked. · GT Resin Wild Weasel fin cap · GT Resin Wild Weasel Small antennas on each side of nose and fin · Brass tubing for Rear drain and Parachute door “T” handle · GT Resin LAU-118 Launch rails · GT Resin AGM-88 HARM B Missiles · GT Resin AIM-7M Sparrow Missiles · GT Resin ALQ-184 ECM pod with Sparrow well mount · Master Model Pitots and AOA probe · Eduard F-4E exterior PE set · GT Resin seamless intakes and fan faces · GT Resin Exhausts · GT Resin Correct fuel tank vents over engine nozzles · GT Resin F-15 Style Center Line Drop tank with Anti-sway bracing · All stores have threaded metal anti-sway braces installed · Speed Hunter decals · Mr. Color Finishes · Model Master Finishes · Tamiya detail chalks · Various oils
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