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  1. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Well, sorry to have to break it out on you this way, jager, but Airfix said that a 1/24 B-29 would require more plastic than on Cher's face.
  2. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Hush now, folks. The beast appears to be finally resting for a while. Don't disturb it...
  3. Doppelgänger

    AFV U-2A test shots on Hyperscale

    Hi Jeffrey! Indeed! Are all of the Testors examples flawed by this wing asymmetry? I've got the boxing which brings the trolley in it. One kit to be fished out during the weekend. Incidentally; any news regarding your 1/48 SR-71 project as of late? Cheers, Onigiri
  4. Doppelgänger

    AFV U-2A test shots on Hyperscale

    Happily keeping my old Testors 1/48 U-2C kit + all of the Cutting Edge resin bits I've been harvesting for it during the 10+ years since I got it. Not even disappointed at AFV, considering how awful the nose and windshield are on this new kit. Also, the canopy and intakes are off. Cheers, Onigiri
  5. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Who, this one? I thought it was Ace Frehley! See Bill? I've got to get away from this thread. Cheers, Onigiri
  6. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Wire, I honestly don't know anymore. There's a shot of the top half where the fat-arse doesn't seem so sagging as on the previous examples, but now fellas are stating that the picture in question is not new but of late September (I'm this close from fetching my straightjacket). Only things I'm certain about this thread is that glorystomper wants his money back, and also that Darren Roberts ought to disable the check mark on the "Notify me of replies" function. Just that. Cheers, Onigiri
  7. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Martin, hi With all due respect, you know all this could have been easily averted much sooner than today, and part of this argument was because of you, Sio or AMK in general. I've been really anxious throughout last weekend to see this dilemma finally unveiled at Telford. I was not one of the modellers who's pre-ordered, although I really wanted to trust (your?) AMK's word once again. AMK has let me down time and time again in the past - it's there on my last posts on this thread. To be honest, judging by the new picture, the rear flanks do look much better now. Didn't anyone ever tell you what was going on on this thread with regard to the offending fat-arsed flanks on your kit? Everyone seemed to be aware of what was going on; Britmodeller, Z5, Facebook, etc. How come you need to see us whine like spoilt toddlers to come and post a picture? One single picture should have sufficed, mate. You knew two days before Telford that a terrible bickering was going on regarding that aspect of the kit on this forum. Why can't you post regularly (once a week, once a fortnight, once a month), as you used to do before? And this is not only the case with the accurate shape of the kit, but also with the release date as well... Just one picture settled things down for a spell - do you still think there seemed little point in having done it now? If you do care about that extended family you've got on the modelling forums, don't neglect them, because it always takes two to tango. In any case, thanks a lot for that picture. AND DON'T DISAPPEAR ONCE AGAIN! Cheers, Onigiri
  8. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I'm on the lamb, W*H*A*T...? Bill, Cop is cool chap; I really dig him. He just needs to be told. Cheers, Onigiri
  9. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Hola, Cop. What’s the need for that? I only build aircraft in 1/48 scale, and I didn’t ever have to take care and inform myself the way MiniCraft is running business before purchasing one of their kits, for instance. And the list of manufacturers I didn’t have to check prior to buying their kits is endless. The meaning of pre-ordering to me was always “to pay in advance for a kit which already exists on the market, which is just in transit to a LHS, and it’s to be in stock there soon.” The sole idea of pre-ordering a kit which development is not even on CAD makes my buttocks laugh inside out, frantically. Wait until the project is okay, Copper? What if the project is not okay, as with this silly explanation given with regard to the issue with the rear flanks being just an optical illusion? So, why do you think AMK posted a deadline for the releasement date of the F-14D kit? Could it be that AMK did so because they saw the possibility that Tamiya might take the wind off their sails by making the announcement of a Tomcat kit - in the same scale - being released? Remember what happened when AMK announced the development of a 1/48 SuE kit which was mysteriously put on hold before the imminent release of the Kinetic SuE? What about their promised 1/48 MiG-25P kit which was promptly cancelled before Kitty Hawk released theirs? And what explanation did AMK ever offer regarding this? Oh, come on, Copster! That’s your idea of non-profitability? You’re just deluding yourself. So why do you think they did inform everybody on the forums that they needed to secure a 5000-kit mark before they attempted the development of this kit for? Just for the thrill of it? Why the need to pre-order before the project was even on CAD? No, I can’t provide you with any example of a non profit model-maker because model manufacturers normally make models in order to sell them. Indiegogo should invest your monies in the GWH F-14 kit instead, as it’ll hit the market much sooner than the AMK promise. No, I don’t agree at all; I clearly posted that IF this thread is a pamphlet, AMK is to blame partly for it for not communicating properly or efficiently. AMK are ubiquitous on the net; Facebook and on modelling forums. They used to participate a lot, getting feedback from modellers on many projects - the MiG-31 was one of them. Oh, but now that there’s this fuss regarding the shape of a kit that ought to have been already released, all of the sudden they don’t seem to want to participate anymore - and for quite a long spell since that awful flaw was first spotted on here. They told you it was just an optical illusion; the kit is all right, yet, Martin said that he showed part of it to people over at Telford, BUT DAMN IF THEY EVER DURST post proof of it - just one picture (rear flanks, TARPS pod end, IFR receptacle, etc). Nada… they just told you that the kit is fine, thanks Well, probably not the one piece I wanted, but ANY piece at all! How does it feel to be told that, now that there’s this awful squabble regarding the wrong shape of a kit which was - as AMK stated themselves - almost finished to be released, that someone will bring the pieces to Telford IF he can have the pieces? It’s the digital era we’re living in, Cop; you don’t really need to have the pieces in order to demonstrate that the kit shape is okay. Just one single shot sent through the mail to Martin from Sio in China will be enough. Ah, but Martin just keeps waving a rain check on us instead, over and over again and again. And again about the release date being kicked further and further, etc. It’s quite clear that we realise there’s a huge problem about it. Yes, you were asked, indeed. The need to reveal aspects of the CAD development is why Martin started flooding the media with pictures of the cut steel mould, some of the cast pieces - like the wings, which are a piece of art - the minute people started complaining that there was no news whatsoever about the AMK Tomcat kit. Meanwhile, Tamiya already had pictures posted of their 1/48 F-14A kit. Coincidence once again? But still, surprisingly, no new pictures to prove the AMK F-14D kit is not fat-arsed cat, now that there really is an urge to prove the controversy wrong. Why, Cop; why? Oh, yes; certainly. Sio is such a perfectionist he might take another year to provide a 1/48 pilot figure whose eyes could roll… I could very well tell about his perfectionism after he released a Mirage 5 kit fuselage totally devoid of an area rule! Anyway, let’s hope he is able to judge his perfection against the test of time, or are you willing to receive a perfect 1/48 replica of the F-14D in ten more years, when your pulse is all thwarted by your Parkinson? Sure you would, Cop, by the look of it. Well, actually, they already did once. I did feel insulted the day AMK announced that there was a team closely researching a living sample of the SuE to, all of the sudden, affirm that the project was shelved (because Kinetic was to beat them to it?), because there were other more important projects in the pipes… Yeah, right. You shouldn’t wish for those things, Cop, lest they’ll come true. Take a look under your chair Sure, AMK, “the hobbit family”, are such a non-profitable kit manufacturer one can just but understand the way they communicate (NOT), or how they conduct business. So if the F-14D kit is released in 2018, let’s just call it an Act of Sio the Grey; if not, it’s just AMK and Martin Baggins’ mysterious ways in the Shire. Now, want to bet that the AMK kit won’t be released in 2018, or if it does, it’s going to be a fat-arsed cat suffering from an optical illusion? Wanna bet, Cop? Let’s bet. Cheers Cop, Onigiri
  10. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    So, those who committed monetarily must be 5 or 6 modellers in the whole world, tops... Don't the words "in the summer" ring any bells on you, Andrea? Was it the sellers or AMK the ones mentioning them? Oh, well; as you wish. For the sake of everyone involved, I really hope AMK release the "Mother Of All Tomcats" kit in 2018 - that is - or else, something's gonna start smelling rotten. Cheers, Onigiri
  11. Doppelgänger

    AFV U-2A test shots on Hyperscale

    As far as I know, both the nose and windshield are exactly the same on the U-2A and U-2C. In any case, they don't look nearly like in the AFV kit, that's for sure. Cheers, Onigiri
  12. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Cop, that’s perfectly fine by me, and I admire you not to care. Now, having you pre-ordered, I think you ought to care a huge lot the way AMK is running business, lest that, in case that you ever needed to complain, you be told that the way AMK runs business is not of your concern; this meaning as well that you’re not even allowed to learn what the status of the kit you’ve pre-ordered is, and also that the deadline for its releasement date is subject to be continuously postponed until AMK see fit, without them even having to let you know. Surprisingly, isn’t it exactly what AMK is doing right now? Precisely, if this thread is a pamphlet is partly owing to the way AMK is not communicating in an efficient way, even though they’ve asked modellers to commit monetarily. Hence, this commitment doesn’t seem to go both ways. It’s an utter lack of respect towards all of the modellers who’ve trusted AMK. Again, having read about the fuss that was going on on this thread about the rear flank issue, it was Martin the one posting that he would bring those samples to Telford, and yet, he said it himself that he did s.how some of the F-14D kit last project there. How come he didn’t even share that here with you, the ones who pre-ordered, to settle on this argument? Just one shot will suffice Hope that you do have something to trust - in your own hands - very soon, and by soon I mean the Southern hemispere summer 2018 - that’s on 2018/12/21. But you know very well summer in the Southern hemisphere could mean three more whole months until 2019/03/21, so I’d be very careful about the non-specific dates. You see what my point is about the lack of proper communication on part of AMK? It’s a gamble to take for granted that subsequent kits from certain manufacturer are going to maintain the same level of quality; in fact, other kits by AMK I could tell you about were far from being considered quality products by me; the Fouga-Magister and the Kfir were not so good compared to those same kits released by Kinetic. Anyway, I’m not judging AMK by the quality of their kits but the way they communicate and conduct business. You were asked to commit and now you’re being disrespected by their not letting you learn about the last particulars of the very kit you helped financing. Yes, had better shut up and swim as long as stamina (or faith?) is not lost, in the end, for having swam endlessly and without direction; you know, the buoy being moved further and further, without an exact notice whether the tide is shorebound or otherwise, if you allowed me the nautical analogy... I do really hope AMK deliver the promised (and accurate) kit within what’s little time left in 2018. If not, you’re gonna drown, I guess. Had better not guess, but there’s quite a difference between being insulted by AMK than it is to feel betrayed by them. Let’s just hope the kit is indeed released in 2018. Dunno whether AMK will be able to resort to asking modellers to pre-order ever again, so safest thing is that they will learn to release kits just like Tamiya do (or GWH with their excellent 1/48 Su-35 Flanker E kit for instance?). I’m sick and tired to hear kit release announcements by AMK that are just BS ultimately. Needless to say I’m tired to see them kick the F-14D releasement date further and further in time. Tired to see how inefficient they are at communicating, and I have no skin in the game. On the other hand, you see brands like Tamiya, who not only are efficient in the way they announce, but also they’re a lot more serious about the way they conduct their business. Also, they seem to have nailed the F-14 variants a lot more better than you know who. Also beat you know who to it twice! Cheers, Onigiri
  13. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    This! I wholly agree with you, Goondman. I think something is starting to smell awfully rotten in the AMK camp. I've always find it terrible the way AMK communicates to their customers. Ever since they created this hype with regard to kits which were supposedly being researched for development (1/48 SuE, MiG-25PD, etc), then the info was just crap. Had I pre-ordered the AMK F-14D kit, and after all this fuss about the shape issue with the rear flanks - now it's also the case with the TARPS pod - today I would have felt insulted that Martin would come to the thread to say "Oh, I've showed some of the actual F-14D kit to a few people over at Telford" , and yet made the slightest attempt to either share it here with everybody - or at least with those who've pre-ordered! That having been said, I'm really glad I didn't pre-order, because that's like a 101-Crash Course on how to lose customers. There's at least one customer on this thread who've pre-ordered who's wishing to have his money back. That's awful, Martin. It's a shame. Cheers, Onigiri
  14. Doppelgänger

    AFV U-2A test shots on Hyperscale

    Well, you know how the saying goes; "The early bird gets the salary raise?"
  15. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    21:16 in Britain. What time does Telford open up tomorrow? I'm anxious!
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