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  1. Zactoman

    Kitty Hawk 1:48 Su-34

    Starboard and bottom vents were a pre-production thing, AFAIK only on BORT 46. Note that panels on starboard are the same size and shape and that the raised rectangular feature is both above and below them.
  2. Zactoman

    Kitty Hawk 1:48 Su-34

    There seems to be a lot of confusion (all around the internet) about what pods and which designations are used on which aircraft. Hopefully someone can clear that up to include info for all pods used on Su-27/Su-30/Su-33/Su-34/Su-35. What I have been able to find out is that the L-265M10 is only used on the Su-35S and the Su-34 uses the L-175V. They have different external details and are different sizes (despite some publish info). So no, Su-35S pods can't be used on the Su-34. I found this expired Ebay link. If that's the case it sucks for the Chinese market and everybody who bought through a Chinese website. Especially since they show the pods on the box-art.
  3. Zactoman

    Kitty Hawk 1:48 Su-34

    Looking at the instructions seems to confirm that the landing lights and humps behind the main gear wells were just attached wrong on the test build. It looks like if you follow the instructions these parts will be located properly. As for the markings they include "02" and "03" markings for early production air-frames. To use the decals you will need to make a few modifications*. Neither had the canopy frames painted black. Don't use the wing fences (and fill their holes). Eliminate the small scoops and bumps behind the main gear wells and fill the corresponding notch in the rear main gear door. You will also need to fill the two big holes on the upper fuselage inboard of the v-stabs (does anybody know what those holes are?). Both had early tail antenna configurations as seen here: http://scalemodels.ru/modules/photo/viewcat.php?cid=490&orderby=date ASC&show=12&min=36 Neither have the APU door on the boom so you don't have to worry about adding it. For both "02" and "03" you need to eliminate the APU vents on both sides of the tail boom. For "02" you need to eliminate the chaff/flare dispensers under the boom: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/moscow-region-russia-march-20-2010-419174092 Also note that the underside of the stabs do have bare metal areas where the instructions show them in gray. "02" has some kind of raised ribs on the top of the boom. https://avatars.mds.yandex.net/get-pdb/34158/1c2a37cf-d1ec-4380-91c4-5bb0c8a3f476/s1200 Also note that it has more of the tip of the boom painted gray. http://www.airliners.net...(big url!) "03" walk-around here: http://walkarounds.scalemodels.ru/v/walkarounds/avia/after_1950/Su+34/?g2_page=1 *Or, you could build either as a current production model (both were upgraded sometime before August, 2016) but you won't be able to use the big colorful decal on the left fuselage side. Both had mid and forward canopy frames painted black.
  4. Zactoman

    Kitty Hawk 1:48 Su-34

    I agree with Berkut and Laurent that the KH nose and canopy areas look superior to the HB offering. I'll reserve judgement on whether it is "right" until I receive my kit. Reshaping the HB nosecone doesn't fix the cross-sections around the cockpit area. From what I can tell, correcting the cross-sections would require replacing the clear canopy part as Laurent mentions. KH appears to have done a much better job. Over-all it looks like a nice kit. They got some small details wrong and missed some subtle shapes, but it looks like stuff that can be fixed or lived with. The kit represents a late production model and appears to include most of the details necessary to build an accurate one (less APU door, doh! ). The open engine compartment with internal recesses for door removal is a nice idea but would have been better had they included separate doors as well. Cutting without damaging will be very difficult. Sadly the engines look weak and simplified compared to the CADs (which were simplified). I guess they didn't include the nice engine cart shown on the CADs. Cockpit looks decent. Unfortunate that they didn't offer the sliding center console and have it extended rather than slid forward as it would be when un-manned. Easy enough to cut and re-position. HUD looks a bit over-sized. Nose gear mudguard is oversized and as a result the step on guard is too tall. It should only be a little taller than the wheel. Landing lights are in the wrong position. Possibly an error by the builder? Humps forward of main gear doors should be flatter. The result is that the main gear doors are too curved at the front. Unfortunately very difficult to fix. Raised panels (with rivets) on main gear doors should be removed. Those were only on prototypes. Main gear struts look a little too small in diameter. Su-34 struts are very beefy. Scoops and bumps behind main wells were added on late production aircraft. The bump is glued in the wrong location on the test build. It should move forward to match the cut-out on the rear main gear door: There are a few V-stab issues. A common problem is that CAD designers will mirror details when they shouldn't be. There are a couple of details on the left fin that shouldn't be there and a few missing details. The antennas shown match the most current configuration. The resin L-175V pods need to have the raised conduit removed from the left pod: I'm looking forward to getting the kit. Looks like it can be built into something nice. EDIT: Links for build and sprue shots so you don't have to go back and search for them: Build: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/5734628202 Sprue shots: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/5734601936
  5. Zactoman

    Possible piece of Zacto History?!

    Wow! Flashback to my childhood! Between the ages of about 7 and 12 (when we weren't building Legos) my buddy Ross and I were building models. We'd save our allowance, ride our bikes to the local shopping center and pick a kit we both wanted to build. We'd buy the same kit and sit on the patio for hours and hours building them together. "Mustang Builders Inc."!!! You lucked out. It was rare that we didn't finish a model. The Mustangs were too important for us to just throw together and play with. Most of our finished kits we "flew" around the neighborhood having dog-fights until pieces started breaking (flew/dog-fight = hold the model in front of your face and chase after each other making machine gun noises). Once parts started breaking they'd either get the BB-gun, stuffed with firecrackers or, for the big ones, attached to string and spun around (ala Cox U-control) opposing each other until the grand finale, a head-on collision with parts flying everywhere. Thank you for the 40+ year flash-back Sean!
  6. Zactoman

    Kitty Hawk 1:48 Su-34

    I have no immediate plans for anything, but who knows what the future holds... As for existing aftermarket: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/969459-hobby-boss-81756-russian-su-34-fullback-fighter-bomber Scroll down and have a look.
  7. Zactoman

    Kitty Hawk 1:48 Su-34

    You could just buy the Hobby Boss kit and all the various corrections and upgrades for it...
  8. Zactoman

    1/48 OV-10A Bronco

    Facebook page should be fixed now. I added the following new message: I have decided to end my relationship with HazMAT Models. Sorry, but I do not know the status of the Bronco kit. I have no answers so will not be replying to questions about the company or the kit. I will post a link to their new Facebook page and/or website if and when they are created.
  9. I don't have the kit, but it appears that both the missile and pylon are ~"correct". The rear hangers on the missile should be at the very rear of the protruding guide on the pylon. Moving the pylon forward will put the missile hangers in the correct position. This will require removing some material from the hangers or notching the guides (in reality there are no notches on the guides). I might even recommend completely removing the guides as they are very thin and barely protrude on the real aircraft. In 1/48 there wouldn't be much there. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j145/Zactoman/w_su34_maks2009_4_zpswwrvn8y4.jpg
  10. That helmet (and arm) is tripping me out. Lens distortion or 1/24?
  11. The correct answer is #5 As long as you are fixing the problem, you might as well fix the problem and position the missile correctly.
  12. Zactoman

    1/32 Trump MiG-29 Stuff

    Yeah, forgot to mention that one... Being on the underside it doesn't bother me as much as what's visible looking down on the kit. It is sad though. Alexander sent me his beautiful scratch-built open air-brake that he made for his "Franken-MiG" but it won't fit the Trump kit.
  13. Zactoman

    Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-29 Goodies!

    Hopefully my bank account falls in love with yours and they live happily ever after.
  14. Zactoman

    Launch rail for AIM-9B Sidewinder

    I'm pretty sure the Tamiya kit includes the LAU-105 (same as Aero 3B?) which would be correct until Sept., 1968 after which the LAU-7A/A was used. Jim Rotramel would be the guy to ask.
  15. Zactoman

    Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-29 Goodies!

    New stuff from Zactomodels for the Trump MiG-29 kits! Exhausts for the A and UB Chaff flare dispensers for the MiG-29A New nosecone for the A Combo for MiG-29A available at 10% discount! You can choose between the mixed loadout shown, an Alamo/Archer loadout or Alamo/Aphid loadout. Check out my website http://www.zactomodels.com/ and/or visit the Zactomodels sub-forum for more details.