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  1. Will this just be a rebox of the AMK sprues with new decals or will it also include photo-etch details and resin correction parts?
  2. Thank you Neo! Reviews can be found here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235056151-aim-120-amraam-132/ Thank you to Mike at Britmodeller! https://www.largescaleplanes.com/reviews/review.php?rid=2214 Thank you to Brian Leitch (a.k.a. Out2gtcha) for the review!
  3. Reviews can be found here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235053049-khibiny-ecm-pods-for-su-34-hobby-boss-kitty-hawk-148/ Thank you to Mike at Britmodeller for the review! https://www.themodellingnews.com/2019/02/comparison-review-48th-scale-khibiny.html Thank you to Andy Moore for the review! Be sure to check out his Su-34 build as well : Kit in-box review: https://www.themodellingnews.com/2018/07/in-boxed-andy-checks-out-kittyhawks.html Dry fit and close examination: https://www.themodellingnews.com/2018/07/dry-fit-review-andy-moore-exams-dry.html Build part 1: https://www.themodellingnews.com/2019/01/construction-guide-pti-kitty-hawk-148th.html Build part 2: https://www.themodellingnews.com/2019/04/construction-guide-pt2-kitty-hawk-148th.html
  4. I am currently not doing any canopies due to problems I've had in making the vacform parts. I'll consider these for a future project, but for now the North Star set looks pretty good. That would require me to purchase a kit of what has to be the ugliest plane ever... Thanks for all the suggestions and please keep them coming!
  5. If you're in the Burbank area Train Shack and Burbank's House of Hobbies are worth checking out. Keep in mind that I escaped SoCal 12 years ago, so I'm not sure what these shops are like currently, but Train Shack had a great selection of detail goodies and House of hobbies had a growing stock of kits, including obscure and vac-form and they do list Humbrol paints on their website. If you do visit these store please snap a few pics inside and share them here. These shops along with Smith Bros (and T&A Hobby which unfortunately closed) are about the only thing I miss from there.
  6. There are some pretty good cockpit shots in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=659XmZZZYgk
  7. Beautiful model! Incredible paint! Thanks for sharing it Miro.
  8. That shows how completely out of date I am! After starting my business 14 years ago it got to the point that I simply didn't have time to build models. It took some willpower (and lack of funds due to chosen profession), but I quit buying kits for myself. I've seen plenty of Polar Lights kits built but until now hadn't noticed the stand. Nice fleet you've got there!
  9. Looking good Brett I agree that the colors look good. I wish I had caught your thread earlier. I would have suggested a trick I discovered for the clear engine part. I put a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side out, on the inside of the clear part and painted the outside with Tamiya transparent red and yellow. This picture doesn't do it justice, but when the light hits it it gives a nice glowing effect. Hopefully you can use the idea on future builds. Where did you find the poseable stand? Looks like it could come in handy.
  10. Thanks Anthony! I'm still busy catching up on some big orders but almost caught up on the AMRAAM orders. I should soon be able to start working new AMRAAM orders in without much delay. Some inspiration:
  11. Did you by chance get any pictures of the windscreen at Moson? If not, can somebody attending Model Brno try to get some and share them here? Interesting to finally see the gun side of the fwd fuselage. I'd point out some issues but this horse is now officially glue. Keep in mind that in this case AMK did this to themselves, not to one of their customers (unless you count the hundreds that pre-ordered, many of whom actually forwarded their cash). Also keep in mind that the cost of doing box art/package design and decal artwork is small in comparison to paying for tooling. I can imagine the frustration... Well there was the HazMAT Models OV-10 Bronco and the Annetra Mi-8/17. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if they were stalling the Tomcat again while busy tooling some other kit.
  12. I'm currently a little behind on orders so there may be a few days delay. Some inconsiderate customer ( ) ordered a bunch of Su-27 BIG COMBOS and Tomcat intakes... I'm doing my best to cast parts for newer orders while at the same time fulfilling the first order. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
  13. Invoice sent, payment received, package shipped. Thanks Eli!
  14. Thanks for covering for me when I'm not around! Much appreciated! The new moldings do have some very slight depressions in areas but I'd consider them acceptable and equal to your average well molded kit. Considering the fidelity of the surface detail, I'd consider it better than your average well molded kit. The first sets of molding had some bad flaws. Here are a couple of examples: I've achieved legitimacy!!! Seriously, thank you BaconRayGun The improved instructions can be found here: http://www.kineticmodel.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_70&product_id=64 The new/improved versions of my paint schemes are the ones I uploaded to my website on the 15th, which I noted above. I do glance through the box to check for any obvious problems. I found one kit with a short-shot upper fuselage and the lower fuselage sprue completely missing, so it's a good thing that I do check. I wish I had time to do a "thorough" inspection of all of the parts, but generally just check that nothing appears to be missing without pulling everything out of the box. For those familiar with the kit, once you take it out, it's difficult to fit it all back in. While I'm in the box I also re-arrange the upper sprues a bit. If you've received a kit you may have noticed a slight bulge on the box top and in some cases the box-art has been slightly damaged in that spot. This is because, from the factory, the upper fuselage is right-side-up and sticks up above the edge of the box. Simply flipping that sprue and slightly re-arranging the other sprues takes the pressure off the parts and allows the box to close properly. So far, luckily, I haven't noticed any warpage caused by the original packaging. I've still got a bunch of these so order away and tell all your friends!
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