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Everything posted by a4s4eva

  1. You'd be better off asking about a particular kit. Even Tamiya have some kits that I wouldn't consider good. , those from the 1970s for example. Kinetic haven't been around as ling as Tamiya, nor do the have the money Tamiya has. That said they have come a long way and they are improving with each new tool. I've built their Sea Harrier and Mirage III and they are the best kits of thise subjects in 48 scale. Neither were Tamiya quality in terms of fit but they weren't particularly difficult either. Detail is pretty good , they come with reasonable weapons in box (unlike Hasegawa ) they have excellent decals, better than many aftermarket sets. Finally, as a couple of the other posters have mentioned they are excellent value.
  2. Very well done Chuck. I'll be using your build thread for a reference when I build mine
  3. Pretty sure they were for a Radar warning system
  4. Interestingly I have the exact opposite reaction. The Open engine and price of the Tamiya 109G put me off.
  5. I usually apply my washes over a semi gloss finish as it adds a bit a grimy look
  6. I've seen that happen Matt. it seems to happen over time once the bottle has been opened and you've added thinner to the bottle. I often just use generic GP thinners to thin the Tamiya X22 and that makes it go quite yellow. I've sprayed the X22 when it's discoloured and it seems to perform just like a new bottle when sprayed.
  7. Perhaps it's because there are only 4 Phoenix in the kit
  8. As I suspected you're making stuff up..
  9. Sounds like someone has changed your sheet out then. Despite not having Cartograph on the sheet they are printed by them. And as you can see in the image above the national markings clearly don't look like they are printed with a dot matrix printer. Could you post these decals up for us to look at?
  10. Hobby easy lists (or did) a weapons set as a separate product. Albeit at a hefty $30 USD I'd definitely buy a weapons set as those GBU-12 and AIM-9's look excellent. Having fought Eduard's resin ones recently I'm looking for alternatives
  11. I built the Airfix P-51 recently. I prefer it over the Tamiya one. It's great kit. I have to disagree with Gary, the decals are excellent quality as well (Cartogragh) . I used them for the national markings and aftermarket for the nose art on my build. The only part I didn't likew were the wheels, so I replaced those with AM ones. here's image of it [ The Meng P-51 does long excellent though
  12. Only 2 weeks til summer 2018. Not long now
  13. Write to Hasegawa (a old school letter not an email) Hasegawa Seisakusho Company Limited 3-1-2 Yagusu Yaizu Shizuoka 425 8711 Japan Clearly state what you are after eg 1/48 Hurricane Mk IID Kit # JT52, parts L4, A5, J7 and J11. Enclose three (3) international reply coupons (purchase from the Post Office) (last time this cost me $10 AUD total including post) Post and wait 3 weeks. The parts will usually appear in the post with some flyers. I have used this service 3 times. Twice I got the parts within 4 weeks the last time it took 4 months but the part did arrive. I expect they didn't have any replacement parts available at the time I wrote and had to wait until they did another run.
  14. Guess I'll be looking for a Flickr alternative for my aircraft photos then...
  15. FWIW we used Pledge furniture polish in the RNZAF to clean aircraft canopies. I always wondered why, now I suspect the answer is that Plexus is the same as Pledge.. but Pedge was cheaper 😄
  16. From what I see most forums have less traffic these days. I frequent 4 or 5 forums (here, HS, Brtimodeller, Aussie modeller and Kiwi modeller) and all bar Britmodeller seem to have less traffic than they did pre facebook. That said I actualy find myself checking out ARC more often as it doesn't have hundreds of new posts a day. I find I can get my fix in 30 mins or so. IMHO Facebook is definitely the reason. it's so simple to join groups you're interested in and post a quick image, especially fro niche subjects. I build 48 armour and it's only place I go for that sort of content. It's alsos good to get news on new products. That said it's rubbish for long conversations
  17. Nice work. You don't see this scheme often, which is a shame because it's quite attractive
  18. Lovely finish Jon, I love Mr color as well but I'd never get that sort of demarcation. I really like the ejection Seat grab handles. I think they look very convincing, great idea. I enjoyed the article (as usual). I know you don't do stores/weapons etc but you really should. : D
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