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Silver Seraph

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  1. If no interior is included, I imagine a kit of this size and architecture (high mounted wing) would need either a thick moulded fuselage (like 3mm thick, think Heller 1/72 707 or similar) or some sort of internal bracing to help keep the fuselage integrity and withstand the heavy wings and engines. Even in that case, I cannot see it cost less than USD 100.


    With a decent interior, I guess it will flirt with USD 180 which is fine by me, quality and details have a price and they won't be selling thousands so they still need to recoup the investments, they're no Santa Claus.


    And Kinetic's latest kits never disappointed me, I usually find them incredible value for what's found in the box so more power to them!!!

  2. 6 hours ago, Robertson said:


      Perhaps you need to keep following the thread.


      I don't even know how people can blindly cling to not to scale factory drawings, and ignore the evidence of their eyes... 


      It's not like it is even close...

    Are you related to a certain Jenna Heilig? Or Jenny Heilig? Oh, Jennings Heilig, that's it!

  3. On 5/5/2023 at 6:51 AM, Tigerfan112 said:

    Its either pure laziness or, as I suspect, done on the basis of keeping overall costs of the baseline kit down because they know that the purists (of which there are relatively few,) will be waiting for an enterprising aftermarket company to come along with an improvement or super-detailed set anyway. The sheer number of aftermarket sets that have come out already for the Mil Mi-24/35 Hind helicopters have done little to reduce sales of the basic kit; if anything they have encouraged further sales.   

    I once read, but not sure if it is true, that there was some sort of "partnership" between Zvezda and Quinta : Zvezda would sort of simplify their cockpit designs, allowing for room for Quinta to pitch in.


    And you have many other brands which will "cut" on the design of certain parts (complex ejection seats, wheels with plain hubs and missing tire grooves, etc) knowing that many modelers will anyway end up purchasing resin equivalent.

  4. 2 hours ago, Solo said:

    byt the kit is much more expensive than Tamiya, so I do not see any sense to buy it.


    Why not something in the lines of... supporting a manufacturer? Of course it is personal but here in Switzerland, the Kinetic F-16 is basically USD20 more expensive than Tamiya's.


    Will I buy it? Absolutely, because I want to support Kinetic whose progression in moulding quality and recessed detail finesse improved immensely in the past 6-7 years IMHO.


    I will also admit being a big fan purchasing the same subject released from different manufacturers. Of course it is still a F-16 but the differences in tooling is still something interesting to study when you have all 2-3 or 4 kits side by side.


    Mine should be delivered next week, very happy with this new release from Kinetic. Thank you Raymond for your involvement.

  5. 19 minutes ago, Solo said:

    They said to been making big advances in fit and quality.

    And this is IMHO proved with their recent and delightful 1/48 IA 58 Pucará kit, a beautifully fitting kit with lovely fine details. I have the feeling they have improved on the details finesse on this F-16 kit.


    These guys are really giving us great subjects and I can see their game upping with every release.


     Cheers, Stefan

  6. On 10/15/2019 at 1:50 PM, BaconRaygun said:

    In other words, who else makes kits that are comparable to Tamiya quality.




    I would rank the modern range from Aoshima as good as Tamiya, if not slightly better. I have their 1/24 Pagani Huayra and Lamborghini Countach LP400 kits, the moulding quality is flawless, the detailing is a prowess, beautiful surface finish, perfect fit and high part count.


    These comments apply IMHO only to their most recent new tools because many other kits are from an ancient generation and the drop in quality everywhere is very perceptible vs Tamiya.


    Other gems are from the Fujimi Enthusiast range (Porsche 356, 911, Ferrari Dino, Lamborghini Countach, BMW 635CSi, etc), probably exceeds Tamiya in terms of overall details but assembly can be more tricky.

  7. 2 weeks ago I received from HLJ my FoxOne 1/144 P-1 resin kit : undoubtedly the nicest 1/144 resin kit I have ever owned (and I own quite a few Authentic Airliners resin kits).


    IMHO, the price asked is totally justified, the casting is splendid, the recessed details are petite and consistent, extended slats and flaps are included, even the flap tracks (and canoes but this is obvious) are provided, detail parts are phenomenal.


    The decal sheet is laser printed and includes white pattern backings : this may be the cons with this kit but the rest is stellar.


  8. I like the riveting detail on the exhaust petals, I understand this is possible only with a split exhaust in 3 or 4 parts, or slide molding.


    The joint line is visible but with some careful adjustments, it could be almost invisible. Yes, as is, the results are impressive.


    AFAIC, no need for resin for the exhaust cans, seats and cockpit IP/side consoles and gear wells.


    I cannot wait !!!


    Cheers !

  9. Anyway, aside from the few things that could (or not) be improved (there is a point where it never stops and a compromise has to be made), GWH's way of documenting all the improvements they are bringing to their kits is very intelligent, transparent and perhaps some sort of way to gain customer loyalty, and the details and process are mightily interesting.


    As much as I worship Tamiya, they are sadly totally secretive about the designing process. Here, with GWH, you are amazed BEFORE discovering the kit.


    MUST HAVE !!!


    Cheers !


    PS : appears Nino deleted all his posts... oh boy...

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