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  1. Obsession with FS 36170: Who Got It Right?

    Having photographed the new Have Glass 5 at Red Flag only a few weeks ago the tone, sheen and metallic effect is directly proportional to both sunlight and angle of reflection. No one color has the properties of the real paint. In over ast conditions its a very dark almost gunship grey yet in bright sun and the correct angle it almost goes bronze in patches refelected. Ill put some pics up shortly but i think anyone who has seen the aircraft in the flesh knows what im talking about. The properties of this paint make it very difficult to capture it as a one size fits all type of thing.. Far from easy...
  2. Modelcollect 1/72 B-2

    First review i have ever read which levels criticism for having to much detail in the cockpit! Nice review but i disagree the panel lines are “way to wide and way to deep”. if you want way to wide and deep go look at a Revell 48th B-1 lol. Good job on the review..
  3. Modelcollect 1/72 B-2

    As their first kit in a foray into aircraft its better than any other first aircraft attempt i have seen. Id say its better than the first edition AMK Kfir. Bodes well for the Buff and it looks like these guys know what they are doing...
  4. Best B-58 Reference Books

    Another +10 on Jay Millers Hustler book...2 editions very little diff between them..
  5. Modelcollect 1/72 B-2

    Kit panel lines are very decent indeed. Overall kit is outstanding. Shows they have been doing kits for a while. Ordered a second one now where are the B-52’s!
  6. Great work Gabor it looks to be an outstanding Su! Well done...
  7. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Well i guess thats better than being stuck in a world based off iinformation basing assesments off test shots... You read it on the internet so it must be true... Still it is proof that no matter what someone writes these days someone will believe it no matter what it says...
  8. AMK 1/48 Kfir New Tool

    Well its been written VERY clearly in the F-14 topic that Sio has discussed your lack of access due to molding commitments. to cross post from what Sio has said.. From Sio ”I am in charge of AMK” ”Don't worry! Everything is on going! We are always slow just because of our own factory is always busy, and AMK production has to give way to the original customer of the factory.” ”We just can never be sure with the schedule, because of other orders in the factory.” ”f you follow our facebook, you should know, moulds of 1/72 Kfir were almost done half a year ago. Unfortumately, our factory was super full of orders. We had no way to make any move for minor changes of the moulds.” ”Since our own factory has customers, and their orders should have the priority to be produced in the factory. What we did before, is to use the spare time in the factory to produce kits. That is why we were slow” i think its pretty clear that you guys ie AMK are the ones who have said on plenty of occasions you do not have access “whenever” you need to....
  9. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Mmmm ZM where more than happy to delay the He-219 kit to fix the canopy after it was found to be incorrect so thats a pretty poor example of a company who does not listen or respond....
  10. AMK 1/48 Kfir New Tool

    No they do not according to what was posted in the F-14 topic. The delays as quoted by AMK is that they cant get access to the molding equipment that is why they needed 5000 pre orders to ensure access. If they could not get 5000 pre orders then molding would slip till next year. So what is the reason for the F-14 delay? You even agreed with Mofos summary is exactly what i have been saying here. In short if you have access full time to the machinery you have absolutely no excuse for stuffing up the Kfir parts and you have a major quality control issue. If you dont then exactly whay i have been saying is correct. So which is it?
  11. AMK 1/48 Kfir New Tool

    You must be missing something completely obvious in my point as what you just stated is EXACTLY my point. AMK struggle to get access to mold facilities due to the busy production of the parent company. This means they dont have the access a company like Tamiya does as they have access whenever they want. Hence Tamiya can tweak there molds as much as needed to eliminate any issue other than short shotting. AMK rely on advanced post molding checking Tamiya relies on making the kit perfect before molding. So when AMK’s tech breaks then so does the QC they rely on and you end up with the Kfir situation with inferior parts getting into boxes. Im not sure what your on about as i have made it very clear that people expecting Tamiya quality(guys above) have expectations that are pretty high and how AMK has done so well so far without an issue has been great. If you cant see that a company with limited access to mold machinery like AMK will have issues compared to a company with unlimited assess ie Tamiya then no amount of Philipino’s on 5 cents per hour will help.
  12. AMK 1/48 Kfir New Tool

    You miss the point entirely. By the time a Tamiya parts checker is looking at parts there is ZERO possibility of a design defect having made its way through the design process as AMK have had happen. When a Tamiya kit reaches production they are only looking for short shots or other imperfections in production not the design/shape/look of the parts themselves. To ensure quality and fit you would imagine numerous test runs and builds to confirm the standards we have come to expect prior to comitting to production. Tamiya doesnt “need” these expensive QC cameras etc because by the time they commit to production all the wrinkles are well and truly gone. Its simply then parts QC not design QC as the design side has been tested to ensure the highest quality fit etc. To be able to do that you need full time access to molding machines etc to run the test shots etc to get it to that point. AMK clearly dont have that access and need to rely on other technology clearly not as reliable due to limited access to machinery. When the tech doesnt work the system breaks down Kfir parts case in point. People comparing AMK to Tamiya from a quality control/production view is simply not realistic.
  13. AMK 1/48 Kfir New Tool

    Comparing Tamiya who have basically unlimited resources ie there own injection plant to a company begging for time to get its plastic injected ie F-14, Kfir is pretty unrealistic. If every company had Tamiyas resources then you can fire at will but Tamiya releases one new aircraft every 1-2 years in each scale if we are lucky. Expecting Tamiya quality from any other manufacturer i believe is wishful thinking and it isnt going to happen. Get close yes..aim for the quality yes but with a modelking division funded by RC cars, toys etc the ability to test unlimited test runs etc to achieve ideal fit and design how can anyone compete? I really hope AMK get the production issues sorted and improve the quality for the sake of the F-14.
  14. Model Collect B-2

    Thanks for the link that is going to be one great looking bird when finished. Glad they took the time time get that wing fuse join sorted very much looking fireard to this one. Looking forward even more to the follow ups. Really hoping they get the Buff right...
  15. Another beautiful build Gazza...great stuff!!!