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  1. 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
  2. That helmet (and arm) is tripping me out. Lens distortion or 1/24?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-29 Goodies!

    Hopefully my bank account falls in love with yours and they live happily ever after.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 1/32 Trump MiG-29 Stuff

    Now available!!! http://www.zactomodels.com/ MiG-29A BIG Combo is 10% off: I updated the pitot:
  9. Typical load for the Early SU-27 guidance

    In my comments above I refer to the belly as "centerline". So yes, the belly is almost always loaded with Alamo-C, sometimes Alamo-A.
  10. Typical load for the Early SU-27 guidance

    What is a typical loadout? I suppose that all depends on the mission. Most pics, when carrying anything, show a pair of Archers on the wing pylons and a couple of Alamos on the centerline (usually Alamo-C, sometimes A). A fuller load might include a pair of Alamo-Bs on the wings. Wingtips and intakes seem to be the last stations filled. The Su-27 is capable of carrying any combination of Alamo missiles so long as the type is balanced left-to-right. A good full loadout would be 4 Alamo-C (centerline and intakes), 2 Alamo-B and 4 Archers. This is the loadout I chose to use on my Flanker artwork: Here are some less common loadouts:
  11. 1/48 OV-10A Bronco

    Still no update on release date or price. Tooling is still being worked on. Decals artwork is finished and decals will be printed soon. Instruction sheets are in-progress. Package design is in-progress. Here are profiles of the included schemes that I did for the packaging. They will also be included along with the decal placement charts in the box.
  12. 1/32 Trump MiG-29 Stuff

    I slightly revised the shape of the outer exhaust petals to have a more accurate shape. This is closer to the original part that Alexander made which I had to modify to fit, but didn't quite nail the shape. Top is the new shape. Lower is the previous version that had too much curve on the petals. It's got some problems but it's currently the best MiG-29 in 1/32... The spine does not have a round enough cross section. The engine humps aren't beefy enough towards the rear. The lerx need to be extended forward a bit. The ones on the kit fade away where they should become sharper and extend forward. The sides of the fuselage next to the cockpit lack the subtle vertical flat area. The canopy (it's Trumpeter) should have a slightly higher arch (front view) and be a little more bulbous towards the rear (in side view). Most would probably not notice these things unless they were very familiar with the MiG-29 and have a good eye for shapes. There may be other things (very likely), but I've just been concentrating on the bigger issues where aftermarket can make a big difference. I'd say it's an OK model. With some aftermarket it can be really nice. With some extra TLC it could be great.
  13. 1/32 Trump MiG-29 Stuff

    Thanks for the suggestions Stephan I'll consider these but anticipate being pretty busy in the near future... Corrected nosecone. The new nosecone is longer, has a corrected shape and a much finer pitot. It also corrects the cross section which is supposed to be round. It will include a bulkhead that spreads the kit fuselage to better accommodate the round nosecone. Advanced warning!!! There will be some sanding and putty work necessary to make it fit. Here is how it fits without the bulkhead: Unfortunately with the odd shaped forward fuselage it was impossible to make a bolt-on accurate part. My other option would have been to take this nosecone and file and sand it to where it does fit the fuselage without thebulkhead. It would still be a big improvement on the kit part but not as accurate as what I am providing. This is something you as a model maker can choose to do if you'd rather not use the bulkhead.
  14. 1/32 Trump MiG-29 Stuff

    I'm open to suggestions. Here's what I've got so far: Chaff dispensers Wheels Pylons And missiles I'll be updating my website in the coming days with a section for the Trump MiGs.
  15. MiG-29 build

    Flashbacks to when I had hair Here's how she looks today: Undersized exhausts and all the other problems included...