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  1. dehowie

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I have a pile of beautiful Tomcats...from Tamiya... They have beautifully fine panel lines...the engineering is easily the best i have ever seen in any plastic kit ever in my hands in 40 odd years of modelling and its shape is spot on. The questions remain if AMK can do all of those things as based off the Mig-31 the answer is no(panel lines). But hopefully they can get the shape sorted or it will literally be a Turkey of the Turkey... I have a pile of Mig-31’s and had high hopes for AMK being the next big thing but realistically Great Wall are the big thing and AMK sadly cant even get one kit out every 5 years...
  2. dehowie

    Kinetic 1:48 F/A-18s

    The only Kinetic Hornet with the tail issue was the very first boxing of the C ie the launch kit. They where corrected after that first release. PS the Hasegawa Super Hornets are better ie quality than the original classic F-18.
  3. There is an online build on Yiutube by Andy and it looks nice..
  4. dehowie

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    At almost $90 bucks with shipping ie i can buy another Tamiya kit for $10 less than the KA wings i can live with trimming the 1mm needed to get the slats correctly sized. For those with HB kits in stashes a free set of slatted wings is a far better option even if they need to spend 10 minutes on the trailing edge to resize them rather than parting with more money for wings which will most likely bend over time if you live in a warm environment. Not to mention you can buy a Tamiya F-14 for less well at least where i shop Tokyo and Osaka. ”Massively excessive”? You must have a different HB kit to me as the scale of the panel lines and surface detail is shall we say completely superior to that of the AMK Mig-31 and 98% of every other kit out there. If the AMK F-14 looks anything like that god help AMK as the Mig’s panel lines are huge by comparison. The HB wing rivet detail is as fine as any rivet work i have seen maybe other than the Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire. If you wanted you could remove it easily with one pass of surfacer but the panel lines are so fine like Tamiya you risk losing the fine panels. Given you can still get a very respectable F-14 out of a HB kit for 98% of people not caring for perfection which if they are so caring wont touch the AMK kit anyway with any of the visible issues. A wing swap is a very easy to accomplish mod for “free” and ten minutes with a file and sandpaper.
  5. dehowie

    Modelcollect B-52H

    Based on having the MC H...based on spending hour upon hour upon hour pouring over hundreds of photos, plans and every B-52 kit available, based on spending hours walking around real B-52’s photographing them and helping where possible with correction sets. Just looking at the MC parts is a joy compared to the junk in the AmT kit box where shall i start? The soft plastic, huge panel lines, a mismatch of timeframes with reinforcing panels missed, added in incorrect places, engines out of size requiring replacement, incorrectly located ejection panels, vents missing, a wing with its well known issues, evs poorly shaped and placed, nose shape wing profile...thats a start. Having spent a huge amount of time researching B-52’s i will take the MC kit any day over the AMT kit...anyday...you can already buy antenna sets to add the farms needed for you timeframe as B-52 antennas have changed that many times you need to pick your timeframe. As a starting point it is far better launching point end of story than the AMT kit..
  6. dehowie

    Modelcollect B-52H

    As for the debacle that the AMT is i’ll take the MC kit every day of the week and three times on Sunday. I sense a MC rip apart review coming on...
  7. dehowie

    Modelcollect B-52H

    Quite simply the MC B-52H is the very best available B-52H ever done in any scale and far better than any of the resin bashing options by some margin. Very glad to finally have a decent H to start from. Its only taken 50 years..lol.. Well done MC...
  8. dehowie

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    There is already two kits with full flaps and slat detail available happy to donate wings to a Tamiya kit. The HB kit wings have scribing very close to Tamiya quality and they fit.... The HB kit is from a shape view still a nice F-14 especially compared to the photos of AMK’s current version. A Tamiya HB kit wing swap is easily achievable ending with two very similar F-14’s in terms of scribing quality and the shape of both certainly dont have the issues that may or may not effect the final AmK kit. I still doubt there scribing quality has improved that much over the Mig-31 leading to any part swapping as a mismatch when or if you try to swap them with a Tamiya kit.
  9. dehowie

    Best early early Hornet in 1/48th

    There is a revised set of instructions for the Kinetic Hornet you can download IIRC from Luckys website. It moght cure some of the construction issues. i think the scalemates link beloe has a pdf of the current sequence. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/kinetic-k48031-f-a-18c-hornet--956117
  10. dehowie

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    At the end of the day if the kit was at least close none of the discussion re its back end would be happening no matter who posted the photos. AMK are obviously upset a competitor posted images of the kit but if the kit was actually correct and they did their job properly like the did on the Mig-31, who would even be talking about the issues? We would be commenting on how many we had additionally ordered not on its pooched rear end. Instead i bought another 3 Tamiya F-14D’s and hope the GWH kit is as good as their SU-35... The big issue now is that if its released as is they will still sell quite a few to guys who want a cheaper option to Tamiya in the US. But like Eduard found out with the 109 debacle the guys who buy multiples who love that aeroplane ie the F-14 your big customer base wont touch it. I now own 6 Tamiya F-14A’s and 7 F-14D’s and i wont be buying 1 Amk kit if released as is. The big F-14 lovers wont touch it...that will hurt them massively.
  11. dehowie

    Most Pleasurable Kits

    Tamiya F-14A, Tamiya F-14D, Tamiya F-16 and 1/32 Tamiya Corsairs....
  12. dehowie

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    One thing that comes straight to eye as well is the width of the section from the vertical stab to the edge of the fuselage. It could be camera distortion but that outer section looks far to narrow ie distance tail to horizontal stab hinge if a line is drawn vertically. That whole outer sponson looks narrow, very narrow.
  13. dehowie

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I think that rear shot shows that the bladder area on the kit is far to high you can clearly see an upward curve in front of the stabilizer mount point. Im pretty worried this has pushed the wing up and may lead to geometry issues mid fuselage. Even in that photo of the kit you can see the intake tops look very very high relative to the canopy. I hope they put some overall images out.
  14. dehowie

    Revell 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet

    At least we have that option. I can live with the canopy blend are and will simply pull out the biggest baddest bastard file and shred the edges of that spine to give it a more palatable look. Its much of a muchance as to me the Trumpy kits have an overly curved spine more akin to a classic Hornet. So one needs more curve one less.