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  1. Thank you to those that PMed me suggestions. Photo-etch is now being made and should be ready in a couple weeks. Hopefully I can release these right around Christmas. These things: I'm still not sure what they are, "air fences" of some kind. Anti-flutter "devices" I think. They are located on the upper inboard area (dark rectangle in my instruction pic). They began appearing in mid 2015 and seem to be on all Khibiny by mid 2016.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    But what will be corrected? And how many other problems haven't been noticed yet? I guess we'll find out when the kit is released. I think with the popularity of the subject a pinned tweak list might be in our future.
  3. Patterns are finished and production casting has started. Instructions are almost finished. Cut vinyl stiffeners for Hobby Boss kit should be ready soon. Unfortunately the project got stalled due to the photo-etch. 🤚 If anybody can recommend a photo-etch producer, please e-mail or PM me. Zactoman@Zactomodels.com 🤚 Posted previously on the big Su-34 thread:
  4. Bumping this thread for those who may have missed it and might be willing to help. https://www.gofundme.com/paul-fisher-fire-relief So far over $27,000 has been raised which is great, but considering they lost everything, it's just a start. Paul posted the following picture on Facebook on Wednesday. Jennings posted it on LSP and I am borrowing it to share here. From left to right is the barn, the model shop and the house...
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    What happened? I wish I knew. AMK began tooling the Bronco in April of 2017. I was told by HazMAT that it would take 3-4 months. AMK started taking pre-orders for the Tomcat in May. It was May 2018, after I ended my relationship with HazMAT, that I learned that the Bronco tooling had been taken from AMK (See post by HomeBe: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/296183-148-ov-10a-bronco/&do=findComment&comment=2913751 ). My understanding is that the current Bronco tooling needs extensive re-work/re-tooling. What happened? Something went terribly wrong...
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    The HazMAT Bronco was well on its way to being a contender. I wonder where HazMAT and AMK might be right now if the Bronco tooling had been successful and on schedule?
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I'm no expert on the Tomcat but did learn a lot about the intakes when making my 1/32 patterns. From the limited pictures I've seen, they do look pretty good. I did notice one small detail. Note the square access panel in front of my giant thumb: This should only be on the left intake but they have it on both. No big deal. Nothing a little putty and five minutes with a sanding stick can't fix. One omission is the big gaping hole with the strut lock mechanism: Has this been mentioned previously? I'd be surprised if it wasn't but wondering why nobody is complaining about it. Looking at the CADs it wasn't present there either, just the tab part of the strut mating with the smooth intake surface.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I'm not a fan of the common response "That can be fixed in 5 minutes with a sanding stick", but in this case it's probably 2 minutes or less. For those that are interested, Laurent posted a pic showing the problem on BM: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234983899-148-grumman-f-14ab-d-tomcat-by-avantgarde-model-kits-schemesspruesbox-artdecals-f-14d-release-autumn-2018/&do=findComment&comment=3190931 To be honest, I'd prefer that nice kits were released so I could concentrate on making detail and conversion sets rather than correction sets. In this case, replacing the majority of the rear fuselage and half the nose isn't an economically viable aftermarket product. Regarding the IFR: I'm not a fan of open IFRs so would likely glue it shut and re-scribe, but that wouldn't be fun. I think it's an important detail, particularly because various schemes have the top of the nose painted (anti-glare panel, though several schemes use gloss paint, so not so much...), some overlapping the IFR panel and some not. The IFR location becomes apparent because of this in how much that paint overlaps or how much gap is present when it doesn't overlap. (My "paint jobs" are approximate of course)
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I think I can answer for the rest of us, NO! 🛑 Please stop the back and forth and focus on the model (directed at any who are bickering). 🤢 Please do post any additional pics that you are willing to share. The more pictures we can see, the more likely we will be to figure out if there are problems or not and what can be done to fix them if they exist.
  10. For anybody who can afford to help, the Go Fund Me page is still open. It has received more than $15,000 so far. This will certainly help, but they have a long and difficult recovery ahead of them and any additional help would be wonderful. https://www.gofundme.com/paul-fisher-fire-relief Jennings posted this message from Paul on LSP:
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I'm a bit confused as well. I'm confused about the terminology being used if they are on mold #4. A "mold" is either a metal injection mold or a "rubber" RTV silicone mold. In this case I take it to mean metal, most likely steel (aluminum is possible but unlikely). I'd be more inclined to think that meant that they did 4 CAD revisions and had SLA models made (3D printed parts). But they have shown steel tooling and parts (test shots) that are obviously injection molded. If they have indeed cut 4 separate steel molds, each being very expensive and time consuming, then somebody very seriously screwed up. I'm also confused with their goal in showing CADs (and later SLAs and plastic) through development. I gather it was just to hype the product, which is fine, but of course they risk getting critiques and having to make revisions. They seemed to welcome and thank the viewers for pointing out problems so that they could fix them. They didn't however give the audience enough info to fully analyze their work. They posted close-ups and cropped pics at odd angles, good for hype but not good for analysis. They haven't posted any full top/side/front CAD views so it's impossible to judge the whole package. I think they were relying on good job from an internal R&D department that overlooked issues and they weren't expecting problems to be spotted. At this point, if they are indeed still making revisions, I'd think it would be in their best interest to fully embrace crowd-sourced development and share everything they've got, else risk molds 5, 6, 7? and more delays. Or just release what they've got now and hope it isn't shredded by the consumers.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Everybody has been concentrating on the rear area which I agree has problems. Has anybody paid attention to the rest of the kit? I'm wondering about the nose, especially the IFR door position. I lack F-14 reference or time to search, but does anybody have a pic from a similar angle as the one posted?
  14. EDIT: Paul got the info already. Just spotted this on Twitter. If anybody here has the ability to contact Paul, please let him know about this. In case the pic doesn't show: MissKitty2‏ @KittyfromVA "At the church of nararene in Oroville. She is all alone with her dog. She has a bed and will be here for the entire night." "Helen Fisher is needing help locate her son Paul Fisher to inform him that she is at the Oro Naz. She does not have a phone, Please share!" Edit: Also posting on LSP. EDIT #2: Paul got the info already.
  15. The good news (posted on LSP) is that Paul and family (and dogs) are safely evacuated. More good news is the road was apparently cleared and that the folks at the burning hospital made it out. The bad news is that Paradise is destroyed: https://www.kron4.com/news/california/cal-fire-entire-town-of-paradise-wiped-out-by-butt-county-wildfire/1582369196 "A Cal Fire captain says the Northern California town of Paradise was wiped out". Let's hope that Paul's shop (and home) survived. That shop and the patterns and molds inside are their family income.