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  1. Yeah, but I discounted that one based on its small size being a small trainer jet which makes it noticeably smaller than e.g. their Su-27 in 1/72 even..
  2. Nice to see Zvezda finally getting into the modern 1/48 market. Hopefully, more subjects will follow in time (besides this and the Mi-24V/VP). As for buying it, I'll have to see which one turns out a better option between this and the KH one. I expect Zvezda to be cheaper, if anything.
  3. Yes, but objectively speaking, so what? If someone is ticked off about the delays and their way of handling their business, why would that person take this so personally to go on a crusade against them? It's not like stating 'OK, they lost me as a customer', it's not like simply stating kit's issues over and over again, it's like people actively engaging and spending personal time and effort to convince others not to buy it and pretty-much openly rejoicing and high-fiving each other when there's something wrong discovered with the kit. That's the part I'm having problems understanding as a non-aligned buyer of model kits.
  4. I'm thick so I might need some pointers here.. 2015 as in four years passed since then was your point? If so, they obviously pushed it back down the list of priorities back then and it stayed there due to their business model so I don't see how it contravenes with what I posted there. Perhaps I'm wrong, but the only people who got really ****ed by this are those who pre-ordered it, but that's partly the issue with how that crowd funding campaign was set up on indie-go-go (i.e. no refund for a failed campaign as there's no target goal like on KS, IIRC). Looking back, I guess AMK should have just canceled out those pre-orders once they decided to delay it, but since a lot of those pre-orders went through the distributors (which some canceled on their own I guess once they got the note that the kit is getting pushed back), I'm not sure if that was a realistic option for AMK back then given the loss of face with the same distributors. Maybe they hoped for the best aiming for a next-year delay but then life happened and they just dug themselves deeper and deeper? I would have been one of those pre-orderers as it was quite affordable IIRC, but the local online store eventually canceled it out, unfortunately. Still, given the low price, I wouldn't have been that distressed about delays as long as I knew the kit is eventually going to turn out (as there's a relatively big stash waiting for me anyway, including the Hasegawa A&D). But, for example, when I manage to find some time, I'm working on the universally praised GWH MiG-29 9-13 and it's a mess at places (mainly intakes in so many ways, including poor fit, detail and non-matching locator tabs, then e.g. corrected/stretched weapon pylons not matching the pin holes on the wings made for the original too-short pylons, horrible decal placement guide, too small/fiddly PE parts like IFF antennas or seat harnesses without a plastic alternative, etc.). It's a very nicely detailed kit, albeit slightly over-engineered at places and certainly expensive for the size, but I get the impression they just hacked their way through with the intakes at one point and decided to release the kit instead of providing a matching level of detail there (like adding some form of auxiliary intake ramps and proper intake interior to match the level provided by giving the engines and engine covers) or even just debugging the fit issues there. Same with the weapon pylons which got retooled, but the wing apparently wasn't to match the new locator pins (or at least wasn't at the same time). Speaking of fiddly bits, I did like the tiny instrument decals provided for the cockpit instrument panel. It took quite some time to line all those up, but the end result was quite effective, IMHO and I wish all kits provided that option (compared to a single piece decal that I never use or just a standard cockpit panel with recesses where there's no realistic way for majority of builders to paint all those tiny but very noticeable instruments). The seemingly never-reaching point is that those seems to have sold out more or less, but I don't see such storms of discontent about its issues on the forums and the relatively small kit with only a few weapons provided costs as much (or even more) as the much bigger and much more overly-engineered AMK Tomcat which also comes with a much more extensive weapon set. So, not really sure what ticks people off here on a personal level that much here (disregarding the mess with the pre-orders). If they said nothing on the social networks ever (like e.g. GWH or Tamiya) and just released the kit whenever, I guess it would have garnered a completely different reputation? Sorry for the long OT rant, this went way over what I was going to reply with initially.
  5. Lies and deceptions? Wow.. So, why are you still here then if you have no interest in buying/building the kit? Life's too short to waste it on things that don't interest you. It's been released for a while and IMHO the topic should either switch to the kit itself or there should be another focused and probably moderated thread that would do that as 9/10 posts here are just people basically posting over and over how they're glad that the kit is not the best F-14D kit as AMK apparently solemnly sworn it would be. IIRC, they keep their company afloat by molding for other companies. They needed at least a 5000 kit pre-order to make it worth their while to put the kit on the priority for that year, otherwise they'll push it as a lower priority to stuff from other companies and I'd assume this is exactly what happened (plus some shape issues later they had to semi-correct). It was always going to be over-engineered coming from AMK so it's bound to have some fit issues here and there, not surprised about that. The F-14 shape is much more complex than the relatively boxy MiG-31 and the people are much more familiar with it so I'm also not surprised with some more noticeable shape issues occurring while translating 2D plans to 3D than what happened with the MiG. It should have been done better, sure, but again, there's a point where you just have to stop and focus on releasing it as it is, otherwise it won't even return the investment. As I still find Tamiya too expensive for the level of detail provided (compared to the cheaper AMK), my money will go to AMK when I find the kit for a decent price. As for these posted shape issues, as long as I could put one kit next to the other and couldn't tell which one is so obviously wronger (especially with the wings swept back to take less space), that's fine for me, but hey, different people, different strokes. I just hope it's not a major PITA to assemble so looking forward to seeing more build threads.
  6. The one on the right seems more refined. It's almost as if they made some error and used the old CAD for the left part. Fortunately it's on the bottom side so I'll still get the kit, but it would be nice if AMK would mold the corrected part and make it available for their customers through the distributors. Perhaps for the next production run?
  7. That looks like someone mixed up parts from different development stages (i.e. some older test tooling and the final one).
  8. That was released years ago and IIRC is basically a rebox of some old Torro motorized kit.
  9. Interesting. So, it's a bit too short, but more noticeably, it's too tall/thick when looked from the side (and this could be spotted with a naked eye I guess). I don't have the kit, but also the top line is somewhat curved, while the kit one is a straight line which could mean the lower wing chord is slightly off as well.
  10. Or we can spin this to e.g. 'I wonder who has contributed less to this thread? Those who complain about the way this particular model accuracy is discussed in the thread or those who complain about the former'. Complaining about complaining seems to take a big chunk of the posts, including your good buddy there. This self-indulging us vs them attitude is only going to produce more and more clutter (this post included).
  11. Speaking of Academy's F-4J kit, are the auxiliary air intakes the same dimensions as on F-4B/N? Asking as I never saw Aires releasing the set for the J/S kits.
  12. Well, that's not true as at least a few people posted how they were waiting for the AMK kit, but seeing that it has errors, they went on and bought a Tamiya kit. Not saying the kit is correct or not, not defending AMK on how they handled the whole thing, but just saying it's quite possible to have an impact on kit's reputation before it's out. It's not like they will make tens of thousands of them (?).
  13. Or better yet, why does it matter to you? Stick to the plastic and not to the people? 🙂 We can high-horse around this all day, but the point is that the molds are finalized and there's not much left to do, but wait till some reviewers or customers get their hands on it.
  14. Frankly, what's surprising here are some individuals who dedicate so much of their time and energy to prove that they were right all along about XYZ and turn any topic into us vs them. It's just a model kit of a plane for which there are plenty of alternatives and with more incoming (GWH). If you don't like the company's ways of doing business, as you made it clear in dozens of posts, why not just ignore them? Tell them what you think and ignore them and their kits. Find better companies and kits. The last thing this thread needs are more pages discussing the conspiracy of not providing 3D images on a request by some user on some modelling forum so he can tell them again and again that their product is so WRONG. The kit will apparently come out soon, there'll be plenty of reviews and then you can gloat about it. I'm repeating myself, but personally, if there are no huge shape issues (and this is obviously rather subjective), I'll get one as it's going to be cheaper and more detailed than Tamiya (at least cockpit wise) and it should go together easier than Hasegawa I already have stashed somewhere. The fact it took X years for it to come out and how AMK handled this or that doesn't really strike me at all. That doesn't mean I'm supporting or enforcing this or that, it's just that I don't really feel this supposed drama surrounding this plastic model kit. It's been delayed, yes, but time passes so fast, I can still remember myself considering preordering it like it was yesterday, unfortunately. Finding time to do it properly and place to display it afterwards, hoping it still won't be hot enough on the planet that its landing gear will melt and the kit will sink, now those are my real concerns 🙂.
  15. Can you please point out the areas which differ? I remember reading about it, but can't really spot any obvious differences here besides the slightly wider intake opening on the bis.
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