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  1. 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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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!
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    You're confused? I don't even know if I'm a "good guy" or a "bad guy", a "competitor" or "non-competitor", if I can make comments about the accuracy of the kit or not. I'll just state that I am not currently working with or for any model companies other than Zactomodels, which offers correction and detail sets, that if anything tend to boost kit sales for the companies whose kits I make parts for. That being said, I don't have much to say about the new pics other than I agree with Dylan and Flybywire that they don't seem to have changed anything. The lighting in that pic is deceptive and would lead you to believe that the corner radius stays sharp and continues to the back top corner of the exhaust fairing. These pics show the shape much better. Note that both of these (F-14B) have an added raised panel (that clearly shows the cross section) that is not present on many airframes. (Crop from walk-around pic here: http://www.primeportal.net/hangar/bill_spidle2/f-14b_163218/ ) (Crop from walk-around pic here: https://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/f-14/f-14b_walk.shtml ) I mentioned this previously. We still haven't seen good over-all views (including true side, front/rear, top and bottom) of the full kit either in plastic or CAD. I'm starting to suspect due to the missing kink, bladder issues and rear section issues that there may be some over-all geometry problem with the kit, but can't be sure because of all of the cropped shots. I look forward to the kit release to see if it's something that can be fixed by the modeler or if aftermarket is necessary(/possible).
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    Revell 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet

    I've had a couple of requests to do a spine fix and I saw a rumor on Britmodeller that somebody might already be doing one. From the few pics I've seen it doesn't look like it can be corrected by simply making a new upper part. I haven't seen a good shot showing the sides below the upper part, but they appear to be almost vertical and flat from what I could see. Can one of you with the kit verify that the cross section I've drawn is similar to the kit? If so then elbow grease might be in order rather than a resin fix.
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    1/48 Su-33 BLOWOUT SALE!!!

    I have a limited number of brand new kits that I am selling at a big discount for $50 +S&H. https://zactomodels.com/ For those not familiar I helped design this kit for a company called Aviation Art in China. The tooling was then purchased and released by Kinetic Models. Kit development thread U.S. shipping cost will vary form $8.50 to $18.50 depending on your location. Please e-mail me your address for a quote: Zactoman@Zactomodels.com Because of shipping cost, most international customers won't be interested, but you can contact me if you would like a quote. These are new kits. They are from the most recent batch of molding so don't have the sink-mark problem present on early releases.
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    1/48 Su-33 BLOWOUT SALE!!!

    Bump. I've still got a bunch!
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    1/32 A/A42R-1

    Sorry, but I plan to release some very sought after items to help pay the bills. Perhaps in the future...
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    MiG-23BN Delta-MN pod and nose gear doors?

    Welcome to ARC! Sorry to disappoint on your first post here, but no, I have no plans to make these parts. Had I released the original conversion myself I likely would unless sales were too low to justify it. I'd suggest that you contact HPH, point out the omission and encourage them to offer the parts.
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    Differences in 1/48 Monongram F-104C and G?

    I assume you are talking about the white/blue/light blue scheme. You could build it as F-104A N818NA which is now hanging in the Smithsonian. https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/lockheed-f-104a-starfighter There is also an F-104C (56-0934) in the markings of N820NA (56-0790) hanging at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. 820 started as an F-104A but was converted to an F-104G before it was painted in those markings, so technically it is wrong, but it does exist. http://www.rbogash.com/F104.html (note the pics at the bottom showing the real 820, post F-104G conversion, which now sits outside of Edwards AFB painted in silver).
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    So no Vac Form Flanker Canopy...What is everyone using?

    The tests that I did failed and gave me worse results than using my original tools. I did have a talk with someone at the IPMS Nats back in August that might be able to help but that seems to have been a dead-end as he was too busy to assist. I'll try hitting him up again to see if he has time to try and help me out. Again, I'll make a huge announcement if these become available again.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Just to clarify, the side of the hip does have a slight curve when viewed from directly above or below. When viewed from above and inboard that area is straight, but you are just seeing the edge which has a variable radius. Looking at pics of the AMK stabs they appear to have exaggerated the curvature which means the sides of the hips are also too curved. The sides could be sanded and material added to the stabs. The variable radius could be filed and sanded having the radius get larger towards the rear. However, looking at pics, the edge radius drops lower behind the stab pivot/bump, gets even larger and fades out on the (missing) engine fairing part. AMK has this radius continue to curve up and intersect the upper corner of the fairing as seen in the first pic of this post: While more sanding and shaping could improve this, it also appears as if the fairing area is too thick meaning you would have to remove material all the way from the front to the rear of the hip, which goes back to the original diagnosis of Steatopygia. The actual bump above the stab pivot might be easier to add after sanding than trying to preserve and shape while doing the other fixes. The bump should be more defined than I'm seeing in the updated tooling ( http://data3.primeportal.net/hangar/bill_spidle_f-14d/f-14d_159600_christine_parts/images/f-14d_159600_christine_parts_300_of_354.jpg ). And then of course re-scribe and re-rivet the lost detail. Lots more great pics of F-14D "Christine" here: http://www.primeportal.net/hangar/bill_spidle_f-14d/f-14d_159600_christine_parts/view Both I would say, and then some. There are a few related areas that also seem a bit off. Note the kink between the bladder and the straight edge of the hip (also noted in the red-lined pic above): From the pics I've seen this doesn't seem to be present on the kit. Another interesting thing is the relationship of the bladder to the top edge of the hip. Drawing a line along the lower edge of the bladder cavity you can see that it intersects the top edge just forward of the stab bump (yes I realize this pic is at an odd angle but this seems to hold true in pics at other angles). Also note that the panel forward of the stab bump extends onto the radiused edge. I can't be certain from the odd-angled and cropped pics that AMK has shared, but it looks like they carry that line well below where it should be meaning either the bladder cavity is located wrong or the surface above the hip needs to be lowered. Lowering the upper surface starting at the (missing) kink might help, but this would introduce other problems. Which brings me to your question about said area: Yes, it does look to me like this area slopes down too much. The vent next to the v-stab shows this well when comparing to either Dylans Tamiya pic or pics of the real plane. Fixing this area would be a real pain, particularly with that vent there. Adding material to reduce the downward slope would exaggerate the problem I mentioned above. I think I'd opt for just reducing the hip and modifying the edge radii and hope that's enough to make things look OK. As for what filler, I'm a fan of Tamiya light curing putty for modifying surfaces. So, presented with the issues above I'm not sure what is really wrong. Without true-views of the CAD, better pics of the plastic or plastic in-hand it's tough to determine why the problems exist or which could be fixed. I browsed through the builds in "The Display Case" sub-forum (some really nice ones there! ). From what I could tell they nailed all of the details I mentioned above. I'm tempted to pick one up despite never having time to build anything. Yeah, I wouldn't have associated that voice with a female. I had a similar reaction to Chocolate Rain (though I didn't fall hopelessly in love or get terribly angry!).
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I agree that it is still off. I hoped to put together some illustrations accompanied with photos to show the problems that I see, but I've been too busy. The way I see it in order to truly fix the problems they would need to re-tool both upper and lower fuselage halves, the stabs and the rear exhaust cover pieces as the fairing on those parts is the wrong profile. This would be expensive and time consuming so they seem to have decided to just add the bump (which I question the shape of). In the end it looks like we'll get a kit that with some elbow grease, sandpaper and putty, could be fixed if the modeler cares enough. Thank you from someone not on Facebook. Seems silly to exclude the majority of the modeling community and potential customers from updates of a kit that they got everybody hyped about. Looking forward to the comparison. It's unfortunate that the rear exhaust cover pieces weren't included on the updated photos. As in "Learn to code"? This is the most replied to subject on the ARC jet modeling forum as well as the second most viewed. It has been the most hyped kit release for what seems like years. The thread was unlocked so we could discuss the kit development and related issues. Yes, some tend to get a little overly emotional (to whom I suggest watching the "Stay on target" video posted above...), but they are still discussing related issues. Nobody is forcing you to read their comments.
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    1/48 Su-34 Kihbiny ECM pods

    Now available! https://zactomodels.com/ This set includes wingtip Khibiny ECM pods designed to fit the Kitty Hawk kit. Parts and instructions included to fit them to the Hobby Boss kit. Can be modeled in 3 configurations: 1. Without photo-etch anti-flutter fences - Initial production through mid-2015. 2. With photo-etch anti-flutter fences - This modification began in mid-2015. 3. Updated nosecone with photo-etch anti-flutter fences - First appeared mid-2018. Includes resin Khibiny pods and updated nosecones, photo-etch brass parts and pre-cut vinyl stiffener plates (for Hobby Boss kit).
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    1/48 Su-34 Kihbiny ECM pods

    An honorary Russian? I will always be an American first but am pleased to accept this honor. Oгромное спасибо
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Yeah, that too... Looking at the GWH CAD pics I'd say myth. There are several differences, the most obvious being the canopy. Note that GWH accurately includes a prominent bulge on the main gear door where AMK seems to include almost none. Also note on that same door that GWH has the small round panel near the edge where AMK has it centered. There are also several small differences in the cockpit. I'm looking forward to seeing more (and better resolution) CAD images of the GWH kit. Translation?
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Speculation and rumor-mongering have likely resulted from AMK not answering questions and deciding to stop communicating with the modeling community. Vitriol is likely because they took pre-orders, which many people who partook actually had funds removed from their accounts, and promised a delivery schedule which wasn't met. In addition they promised "the most accurate F-14D Tomcat ever produced" and test shots showed they had some big problems. They didn't show that the problems were corrected and the modeling community called them out. They chose to stop communications. Not a good choice considering that many had invested and the community was anticipating a very accurate kit. Maybe you didn't read the comments in the link I provided or followed the link to the Czech page included therein or haven't read the comments on Britmodeller. If I am interpreting the comments correctly, AMK has made major changes and has been re-working the kit to be more accurate and easier to build. That's a good thing isn't it? Would this have happened if not for the comments made by the community? Let's hope that they choose to share the changes before committing to tooling. This is a modeling discussion forum where we discuss plastic models. Unfortunately "somebody" chose to inject unrelated politics into this thread and got it locked down so we have missed out on updates about the kit. Let's focus on the subject which in this case happens to be the AMK Tomcat development and related issues.
  19. Very inspirational stuff Chuck! So inspiring that I'm going to skip casting resin tonight and sit at the workbench for a change. Thank you!
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I requested that the thread be unlocked because there has been some news and a new thread had to be started to discuss it. For those who haven't seen the other thread, you can find it here: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/307088-only-option-to-give-news-of-a-sort/ Thanks for unlocking! Edit: Can that thread be merged with this one?
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    Horrible Box Art

    I'm so tempted to modify and build the kit to match the box art.
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    Issues Posting on the forums

    As long as the pics are 100kb or smaller you can host them here. There may be an issue though(?) per my previous post.
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    Issues Posting on the forums

    I successfully uploaded a 99.3kb pic on Jan. 15th but noticed last night that it no longer showed. Right click view image showed some kind of error (wish I had taken notes!). I edited the post, deleted the broken pic link and replaced it with a Photobucket link. Testing again:
  24. Thanks for all the nice feedback I just added a little tutorial about the updated nosecone on the Khibiny thread in the Zactoforum: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/306879-148-su-34-kihbiny-ecm-pods/
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    Tax man has arrived at SB

    What a mess this will be if they institute it nationwide. There are not just 50 state sales tax amounts, there are more than 10,000 since counties and municipalities can charge different rates. This will help kill small businesses... https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/12/23/sales-tax-online-retailers-begin-collect-internet-customers/2387450002/
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