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    100 billion rivets!!!
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  1. Zactoman

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Different pictures showing different shapes:
  2. Thanks Chuck. I'll definitely pick up some microbrushes and give them a try. Do you also use those for CA cleanup? Cleaning up CA slops is what I was suggesting the spears for, not applying the glue. They are nice in that you can put a drop of debonder on the end and scrub right up to the part. They hold the liquid so it doesn't spread out and soak under parts allowing you to do surface clean up without accidentally debonding the part. They are firm yet soft so you can actually press and polish the surface with them. They're kinda like precision q-tips with no fuzz.
  3. Zactoman

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

  4. Great work Chuck! And a very nice tutorial on using CA! I would add one common sense/experience thing that you didn't emphasize: Because filling, sanding and re-scribing is time sensitive, only work in small areas at a time. Don't get over-ambitious and apply glue to too many or too large an area or you may cause yourself problems. I'm going to try the Great Planes debonder. Thanks for the tip. I use CMK debonder and it also doesn't seem to hurt plastic. Because it doesn't hurt plastic I am able to do a sloppy job at gluing resin to plastic or visa-versa and then clean up the mess afterwards. Surgical spears (also called eye spears) work great for this. I use the cellulose/paper ones. I haven't tried the PVA foam ones and doubt they would be as effective for this. I got a bunch from my doctor years ago but they can be found online at medical supply places which don't seem to sell to the general public. There are some listed on eBay but they are the foam type and extremely expensive. If anybody knows a good (reasonable price) source for the cellulose type please let us know.
  5. Zactoman

    1/32 Aim-120

    Thanks for the feedback guys. CATM parts are finished. Just a few details on the fins and I'll start the instruction sheet.
  6. Zactoman

    Revell 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet

    As Habu noted, the vent cover hasn't changed. Just a trick of the lighting and angle of the pic. Here's the full photo:
  7. Zactoman

    1/32 Aim-120

    Thank you. I appreciate the show of confidence. This is actually the first full missile I've made. Alexander did the patterns for all of the other Zactomodels missiles and I just did some final assembly stuff as well as converting the L/M Sidewinder to a D/G/H version. It's proving to be much more challenging than I had anticipated! I already had big respect for Alexanders workmanship but now it's Mad Respect! Adding the various facets on the fins while keeping them accurate and well defined was a nightmare and for the most part, these fins were simpler than the AIM-9X fins that he did. He really raised the bar and made this project difficult for me... Here's a poor quality teaser pic of my test-shot. I'm still working on the final details and finishing up the CATM parts. I'll bribe the wife to take some good pics of the final product (coming soon!).
  8. If you've got cable or satellite TV you can watch it here (listed as season 23 episode 17 for some reason): https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/ If you've got Direct or Dish you can watch it "on demand" on the science channel (season 23 episode 4). It was interesting and worth watching but I've found better videos just browsing YouTube (sorry, no links). They really should have recruiter a better modeler to show off the finished, painted models... Bookmarked to watch later. Thanks! Part 1: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x74fepv Part 2: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x74frf8
  9. Zactoman

    1/32 Aim-120

    Hmmm. This might get interesting... Old school vs. state of the art technology. Any idea when they will be released? I do have AMRAAMs from the Academy F-16 kit as well as a set of Cutting Edge. When time permits I'll glue them together and post some pics. For comparison, I'd like to see pics of all of the available options (including Eduard when they're released).
  10. Zactoman

    Modelcollect B-52H

    I ran across this article and thought you guys might be interested. Some pretty good pictures there: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6818771/Putin-Beware-American-B-52-bombers-land-RAF-Fairford-largest-bomber-deployment-War.html
  11. Zactoman

    1/32 Aim-120

    Does anybody have any close-up pictures of any of these that they could share (preferably assembled)? I searched but couldn't really find much.
  12. Zactoman

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    On threads like this I tend to skip over (ignore) that which isn't relevant such as wish lists. It saves a lot of frustration. I do have Danny's book. It is a great reference and it helped in making my intake correction set. When I did the correction I focused almost exclusively on the intakes though. Now I am much more familiar with the rest of the airframe and have greatly expanded my reference library which is a good thing. AMK did ask for feedback. Had they provided better pictures the errors might have been caught before they tooled which would have made everybody happier. I don't think things fell apart from the back and forth regarding accuracy so much as the ugly pre-order/delay issues. It's late in the game and tooling has already been done. Big problems have been pointed out. If they fix them I'm sure they will want us to know and the results will end up on this thread. If not, we have a good idea of what we'll get. I'm not sure what your point is about the pictures being test shots, taken by an iPhone or being in the Philippines. Though the pics are not informative enough to fully diagnose the exact problem(s), they do clearly show that there are problems (no guessing involved). Please have a look at my post about making revisions to kits here: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/296183-148-ov-10a-bronco/&do=findComment&comment=2863429 This was regarding the OV-10 Bronco kit that I was helping to develop (which AMK happened to be doing the tooling for) but seems relevant.
  13. Zactoman

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I have to disagree with both of these statements (which seem contradictory). >This speculating and guessing is silly and pointless: This thread and the analysis included has been valuable to me because I have learned lots about the details of the F-14 that I otherwise wouldn't have known. I'd imagine this is true for many of the other participants and viewers of the thread as well. I've gathered a bunch of reference, both on my own and saved much of that the others have posted (thank you guys!). This will help me in building and making a more accurate model. In my case, this thread will help me if I decide to make aftermarket parts for the kit. >If and when the kit is released we'll all be able to make informed buying decisions: If not for this thread and what I have learned from it, I would not be able to make an informed buying decision. At this point I doubt we'll see any changes to the tooling. I also doubt we'll see any clear photos/views that will answer our questions about possible geometry issues. It will be interesting when the kit is released and we get to evaluate the actual plastic. Have they said anything recently on FB about a possible release date?
  14. Zactoman

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    re: Request for Dylan to post additional pics of the Tamiya kit for comparison: I noted my concern in the pic you posted in regards to the exhaust fairing area more-so than the side edge/radius. The kit is curvy, but it has the side edge radius behind the bump continue up and around, blending into the corner. It should drop down and fade away into the underlying shape as I tried to point out here. You can see this on the first cropped pic I posted above. The pic you posted doesn't show this due to the lighting. The pic you posted does show the straight section ahead of the bump, but doesn't clearly show the kink where the bladder starts which can be seen on the left side on the pic below.
  15. Zactoman

    Revell 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet

    Thanks for verifying this Dave. And that's the problem with considering an aftermarket fix. Simply replacing the top part can't get you there, so it would involve chopping at least a portion of the spine away which makes it difficult for the modeler. Without seeing more I don't know how much of the spine would need to be fixed to give a more accurate appearance. I would like to see more pics of the kit (particularly the weapons (looks like they may have done a decent job on the AIM-9X)), but don't think I'll be doing a spine fix considering that in the few pics I've seen there are also other big issues such as this area: For some reason Revell left this lovely contoured area sharp and goofed up the vent pocket shape. As a connoisseur of shapes I'm disappointed. Yes the modeler could sand and correct it, but what else might be wrong with the kit? Thanks Darren. Despite tentatively deciding not to do aftermarket for this, I might just pick up the Reid book. I've been very happy with their other books that I've bought. Good to hear you like the Su-34 bits. Have a fun build!