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  1. I don't think that sensor made it on the Block III. The IRST is now part of the centerline fuel tank.
  2. I've found something on the AMK kit that I don't think has been mentioned. I'm about to put on the spine antennas. They call out the same part (O 10) for both the front and rear placement. That's incorrect. The tall TACAN antenna is just behind the canopy and the original, smaller one is behind the GPS dome. They only give you the tall TACAN. Then, when I found the parts on the sprue, they were bullet shaped. I don't know if they were short shots or not. Can anyone with the kit check their's and see what those parts look like. And no, this still doesn't change my mind to being that the AMK kit is horrible! 😂
  3. The AMK kit is a good model, but I wouldn't put it in the "awesome" category. It seems you care about details. In that regard, the AMK is great. But when you add the other issues in (and yes, there are issues), it doesn't surpass the Tamiya kit. The only areas that the AMK kit surpasses the Tamiya kit is in detail and price. Tamiya exceeds the AMK kit in accuracy and ease of build. Does that make the AMK kit bad? Heavens no! But it does make the Tamiya kit overall better than the AMK kit. I posted on Hyperscale that some think it's an "either/or" situation. It's really a "both" situation. Both have their merits and their issues. Pick the one that floats your boat, or build both of them simply for the experience.
  4. How accurate do you want to be? It's an absolutely gorgeous build. There's one thing missing, though. Since you have the ECM blisters under the wing gloves, you also need one on the beaver tail next to the fuel dump. Quickboost makes a part, but it contains the whole piece, so you'd have to redo that whole area. Steel Beach has a separate part that glues on, but needs just a bit of filling, since it's meant for multiple manufacturer's kits. I don't sell the piece separately, but if you want, I can mail it to you if you want to put it on. Let me know.
  5. How'd you do the conversion. Do tell! It looks NOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. It's great to have you join us! You do excellent work. You deserve a hearty NOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Brian Plescia (Fightertown Decals) and myself have come to the same conclusion. Brian Marbrey summarizes it quite nicely. It's still a decent kit worth getting, but (shape issues aside) it's a fiddly build. Not quite as bad as the Hasegawa kit, but not close to the Tamiya kit. The detail is gorgeous, though, so if that's what you like in a kit, the AMK is a very good option. Personally, ease of build is important to me, so I'll finish the one AMK I'm working on but I don't know if I'll pick up another. I have too many Monogram kits to finish. 😀
  8. As a 4th grade teacher, that's just plane funney. I wished i could shoe my klass that cartune, buts I wouldnt be able to gets away with shoeing the naughty wurd. 😂
  9. What's your mailing address?
  10. That's a very good question!
  11. Where are you in KC? I'm in Olathe. We have two model clubs (one on the KS side and one on the MO side) that might be able to help you out.
  12. The VF-2 Bounty Hunters release is fantastic. It has both the early boat tail and standard beaver tail in it. You can build a Tomcat from a wide range of eras from that kit.
  13. They look to be NO STEP on a honeycomb design.
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