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  1. Zactoman

    Two 1/48 Su-34: And the winner is...

    The G-Factor alternative: Ernie claims it's brass but I consider it pure gold.
  2. Zactoman

    Two 1/48 Su-34: And the winner is...

    That is the pour sprue that the modeler will have to cut off and sand the end of the cap round. Not terribly difficult. Another alternative I've seen is to have the cap be a separate part with the split at the panel line. This is IMHO much more difficult for the modeler. First you have two sprues to remove, you have to sand the surfaces perfectly flat and then you have to glue while maintaining the panel line else re-scribe. Yet another alternative is to have the joint further back on the curved surface of the cap where the seam can be puttied and sanded away. This is much more difficult to make the pattern and in the scale I didn't feel it was worth doing. In 1/32 it seemed more appropriate as seen here on my Sorbtsiya pods: Of course, the good pics are published after I made the difficult details... I chose to add the lights on the patterns rather than have the modeler use the kit provided lights as the other resin offering did. I decided to do this because on closer inspection I discovered that one of the clear lights on my copy of the kit was a short-shot. I then looked at online sprue shots and saw the same. Check your kits as they may have the same flaw. In addition I wasn't happy with the shape and detail of the kit part. No, I won't be doing these in clear resin. If the modeler wants he can cut them and add clear plastic. Since they're so small I'd recommend coating them with bare-metal foil and painting with clear red and green. The effect is pretty convincing as seen here on my 1/48 D-520 build (looks better in-person than on the photo):
  3. Zactoman

    Two 1/48 Su-34: And the winner is...

    Bumping this from all the way back at page 4! I hope ya'll haven't lost interest in this kit already... I finally got my hands on the kit so in my personal opinion, the winner is,,, the Kitty Hawk kit. I don't have the HB kit but have seen the plastic and pics on-line. I'd guess it is easier to build and it seems to have nicer surface detail but KH wins out on shape and accuracy. While the KH kit isn't near perfect, with some elbow grease and a little aftermarket I think it could be a great build.
  4. Zactoman

    Restock Of The A-7 Set?

    All of my products are from old-school, handmade patterns so it's not as simple as typing in a percentage and having the parts computer generated. Besides which, I discontinued doing any canopies due to an unacceptable reject rate on the vacformed clear parts. If and when I solve the vacforming issues I will announce it loudly. At that point I will consider doing other canopies and other scales.
  5. Zactoman

    Two 1/48 Su-34: And the winner is...

    OK, this is a new twist for me. I assumed (wrongly) that since there were so few Su-34s that they each received a unique Bort number. Apparently this is not the case and there are multiple air-frames with the same Bort. I assumed seeing the early Bort number with the modern upgrades that the planes had been retro=fitted and modernized. Apparently that is not the case(?). Here is a Russian website that lists Bort numbers. I had bookmarked it but never paid much attention http://forums.airforce.ru/matchast/6898-su-34-istoriya-serii/ If I'm reading this right there were at least 5 different Bort "red 04" air-frames: RF-92252 - Series #2 (Camouflage) RF-95801 - Series #2 (Camouflage) RF-#####(?) - Series #4 (Gray) RF-81710 - Series #7 (Camouflage) RF-? - Series #8 (Camouflage) Russians never make anything easy... Disregard all my previous posts! RF-92252 is listed as "current status": Учебное пособие в ВАИУ - (а/д Балтимор). Google translated this as: Textbook in the VAIU - (Baltimore airport). "Textbook"? Is a better translation that it is used for training?
  6. Zactoman

    Two 1/48 Su-34: And the winner is...

    Yes, that is the mystery hole! Thank you for posting the pictures! That vent wasn't there on the early production models but was added with the retro-fit. I wonder what it is? "Red 04" was retro-fitted sometime before Aug. 31 2016. That is when I saved this photo (I don't know the date it were taken). I'd bet "red 09" was also retro-fitted since then. You can see the APU cover in the pic. You can also see the rear gear door is notched for the added humps. The scoop behind the gear well is there but barely visible. I have another shot of it from behind that shows the wing fences have been installed. I would agree with both and add that all early production aircraft have been retro-fitted to modern standards.
  7. Zactoman

    Two 1/48 Su-34: And the winner is...

    I think you will find that all current air-frames have been upgraded and now have the wing fences as well as the current stinger APU configuration, bumps and scoops under the fuselage and mystery holes on the top next to the v-stabs. When was the photo you attached taken? Do you know the bort numbers of the planes in the pic? Previously I mentioned that the upgrades were done sometime before mid-2016. I found pics of "red 02" with the upgrades from June 2015: http://www.airliners.net/search?registrationActual=RF-95802&display=detail 🛑🛑🛑 EDIT: See Kotey's posts and my reply on page 15! Crazy Russians successfully fooled me by using the same Bort numbers for multiple air-frames! Upgrades may or may not have been done...🛑🛑🛑
  8. Zactoman

    Zactomodels suggestion box

    Oh, you're talking about a full-on, big-league conversion kit. Sorry, but I know if I started this somebody (KH?) would release the Su-22M3 kit as soon as I release it, if not just before.
  9. Zactoman

    Two 1/48 Su-34: And the winner is...

    This detail that is highly exaggerated on the resin parts.
  10. Zactoman

    Two 1/48 Su-34: And the winner is...

    I'm reluctant to share the reference photos I've dug up until I receive my kit and make a decision whether or not to tackle the pods. That said, the scoops and various other little features are all different left and right. As for the "air fence", if you are referring to the long, flat, angled blades on the upper inboard areas, I'm not sure if those are some kind of antenna or an aerodynamic feature (anti-flutter?). AFAIK they first appeared on "red 31" at MAKS 2015. They then began appearing on all of the pods mid-2016. Thank you for posting the pics of the resin! 🤢
  11. Zactoman

    1/32 Trump MiG-29 Stuff

    I just adjusted the pricing (lowered!!! ) on the BIG Combo with all Archer or all Aphid load-outs. I apparently screwed up and forgot to include the discount when I created the web page so was asking full price.
  12. Zactoman

    Zactomodels suggestion box

    Which kit and what is wrong with it? I'm not familiar...
  13. Zactoman

    Two 1/48 Su-34: And the winner is...

    Most of the details are different left and right. About the only things the same are the conduits on the top and bottom. The rounded end of the right side conduit is only on very early models. The early version also had other major differences. There are pics of it mounted on "red 03" here: http://walkarounds.scalemodels.ru/v/walkarounds/avia/after_1950/Su+34/ The rounded ends were changed to the squarish ends which is present on all production pods. You can see the squarish ends in this pic: Do you mean Google and the internet? LOL! No collusion here! Can somebody who received the resin pods post pics showing the details on them?
  14. Zactoman

    Two 1/48 Su-34: And the winner is...

    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.
  15. Zactoman

    Two 1/48 Su-34: And the winner is...

    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.
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