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  1. dryguy

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Galfa, I don't usually get involved with these sort of mudslinging contests on Arc, but I feel I have to add my 5 cents. The photo that Dave has shown with both the kits superimposed shows essentially zero difference. I really cannot understand why you have already made up your mind that that AMK tomcat is inaccurate, and that it will not be worth 'every penny.' Until not so long ago, we ll built Hasegawa tomcats; a kit which I did not enjoy building, does not come with weapons, and has its own accuracy issues, small though they may be. BTW the hasegawa F14D is incorrect in it's afertburner area. I expect the AMK tomcat to be much more buildable than the hasegawa kit; in fact one thing you have to credit AMK with is clever engineering and buildability. Yes we all know that tamiya sets the standard in this regard. I guess I really just cannot understand how the AMK kit is still dissmissed as being inaccurate after the pictures Dave has posted. Regards Gareth
  2. dryguy

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Dave thank you so much for that. This issue, which for me wasn't really an issue, is now put to bed. And well done AMK for fixing it if indeed it actually needed a fix. At first glance the panel lines on the AMK kit also look nice, crisp and not too deep. This was a common criticism of some of their previous kits.
  3. dryguy

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I think you are absolutely correct. I think that the AMK may have a very, very slight amount of a Kardashian rear end going on, but I think the amount is greatly exaggerated by the difference in wing bladders, inflated vs deflated. Deflated wing bladders would significantly 'straighten' the curve in that particular view
  4. dryguy

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Berkut and Dave, just trying to clarify what I think Mstor is saying, is that the on the rear fuselage of the actual plane, above the rear portion of the stab, isn't as smooth of a curve as it would initially seem. It appears to have a sort of very subtle 'double bump' before terminating at the afterburner. After much looking at the pictures, it appears that he is right. Having said that, this shape is extremely, I mean extremely subtle. To the point where it is well within my threshold of things that do not bother me, and I am one of those f 14 nuts...nearly as bad as darren and Manuel lol! I guess also that the 'face' means more than the 'derriere' to most of us..... Point being that on balance, I still feel that this kit is definitely the one for me.
  5. dryguy

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    So, how many of you guys are going to buy the new Heatblur Simultions F14 for DCS? Been looking at the videos on youtube of its impending release, and I think I will have to get back into flightsims just for this...
  6. dryguy

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Sio, everything I have seen so far looks absolutely stunning. I am one of the 'crazy' people that didn't buy the 'competitions' F14 because I wanted one with flaps down, ready for a cat launch, and because I am cheering for you as a company. I guess my budget doesn't allow for both yours and the competitions, so I choose yours. I am really looking forward to this, but I really appreciate the lengths you have gone to. The details you have provided have me absolutely salivating! Can't wait to see what you guys have done with the mess of wiring and pipes that is the f14 wheel wells, especially if you managed the 'twirly' part. The surface detail looks about perfect to me personally.
  7. dryguy

    The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

    Hey 11bee Its all good, dunno why i was feeling like getting on my soap box. Apologies Gareth
  8. dryguy

    The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

    Old; they have been working a long time and have gotten to the top White; not in Asia or Africa where the population demographics aren't the same Guy; because they haven't made consistent choices that sacrifice their career's to other, equally important things, such as raising a family. And I don't care who or what is in charge, just don't try to infuse your political agenda in what was supposed to be entertainment. Sorry ;mods, if my reply is too controversial please remove it. Thanks
  9. dryguy

    Tamiya F-14 1/48

    looks friggin' gorgeous to me!! Very well done. Perhpas my only slight criticism is that I can see the front edge of the canopy/fuselage join.
  10. dryguy

    IJN Yamato Rigging Diagram

    check out 'Anatomy of the Ship-The Battleship Yamato" by Janusz Skulski, Conway Maritim Press. Almost every nut and bolt of the ship is drawn. Nice read too.
  11. dryguy

    Aviation Art Su-33 1/48

    From my perspective, the two main things that put me off the kinetic kit were the missing weapons, or at least pylons under the intakes, which I really feel should be included. I also understand the wings are tricky to pose folded; I am concerned about the weight/stress on the fold join.That and justifying the price of the kit to my domestic boss.
  12. Not to come off as an expert, which I most certainly am not, but I remember reading what I thought was a convincing, good an article by a former f-14 pilot. He stated the it was a big misconception that the f-14, even the A model with the tf30s, was a lead sled. He said it depended a lot on whether the phoenix palletes were fitted or not; if they were it deprived the airframe of a significant amount of lift, and turn and climb rates suffered as a consequence. He also reckoned that whilst all 3 models required more 'piloting', the B and D models could more than handle themselves against any of the other teen series fighters in a knife fight. In the end, it was the atrocious reliability of the airframe that brought on a relatively early retirement. My understanding is that the radar/avionics of the D model had more acceptable maintenance/failure rates, however the airframe itself was still tricky and complex? Perhaps others can verify or dispute this? I do also remember seeing a EM curve for a bunch of teen fighters, (not sure how accurate it was) but I was shocked that at certain speeds, particularly lower energies, the f14 held the edge over the f15 and f16? Again, not sure how accurate this was but that 'pancake' between the engines I am pretty sure added very significant amounts of lift. With the f110 engine, and and extra pair of eyes, and skillful use of the wing sweep mechanism to fool an opponent as to the f14s energy state, I dont think the turkey was a seal waiting to be clubbed if the fight got close... I'll try to post a link to the article I mentioned
  13. Whilst I agree that we have been blessed, I still can't really fathom that no-one has built an accurate su27p in 1/48....hint hint GWH or AMK....
  14. dryguy

    We lost our baby girl tonight

    I am so, so very sorry...I am weeping as I type this... I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through....I truly am so so sorry
  15. dryguy

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Looking at the facebook pictures, am I wrong in concluding that the wing sweep/seal bladders are moulded in some sort of rubber? If so thats an interesting choice, as long as; -the rubber doesn't perish over time -it is paintable -it can be sanded to shape in case of less than 100% fit from a rubbish builder like me then I think it will work. To be honest I think I woulve prefered plastic. If it is plastic, then ignore my totally redundant post.