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  1. Darren Roberts

    Phantom F-4C 1/48

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    1/48 Hasegawa F-86 fit issues

    User error it is. It was the weirdest thing. The fuselage halves are aligned like they should be, but the intake lip is bigger than the fuselage at the join as has a step. A sanding stick has taken care of it.
  3. Darren Roberts

    Great Navy Hornet (and others) Weathering Ref Shot

    It looks to me like it's the standard pod. I don't think they got new ones. If I recall, they were working on new underwing pods.
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    1/48 Hasegawa F-86 fit issues

    I started a Hasegawa F-86 for a customer and wondered if I had done something wrong. This thing has fought me the whole way. During dry fitting, it looked like it was going to go together quite nicely. But then when I had all the internal parts glued in, it didn't fit quite as well. I double checked and interior parts are all placed correctly. I worked with that, but then when I put on the nose/intake lip, it didn't fit all. I'm having to do some judicious sanding to get rid of the gap. Is it me or kit?
  5. Darren Roberts

    CD72077 - 1/72 SAC B-52G/H

    Hey Gator, got any Griffiss pics?
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

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    1/72 Fujimi F-14A

  8. Darren Roberts

    1/72 Hobby Boss F-14B

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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    It seems this has come around once again to the age-old disagreement between the "rivet counters" and "shut and build it" groups. Here's how the usual discussion proceeds: SUAB: Did you hear that they released a new Farley Fruitbat? Finally! I've wanted one for years now. RC: I hope they got the ventral doohickey vent under the left starboard winglet correct. SUAB: They just released pictures of test shots. RC: I just looked at the pictures. What a POS. The ventral doohickey vent is totally butchered. It's a clear 3mm too far forward. Not only that, but the transfluxer is a complete joke. I mean, what company could screw that up? It's obvious they didn't do their research. It's there for all to see! Into the bin this crap goes! SUAB: You sound like a Star Trek geek. Who cares what's wrong with it. Just be happy a company actually produced a Farley Fruitbat. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Just don't complain about it. I contend that the above is the wrong way to go about a discussion. The hyperbole from both groups needs to stop. For those who enjoy accuracy, having someone knowledgable about a subject is a wonderful thing. However, the information needs to be stated in a dispassionate manner. For those who enjoy the subject matter regardless of inaccuracies, be willing to listen to those who are knowledgable and appreciate the fact they can contribute to your knowledge base. Here's how I think the above conversation could (and should) happen: SUAB: Did you hear that they released a new Farley Fruitbat? Finally! I've wanted one for years now. RC: Interesting. I know a bit about this subject. Have pictures been posted yet? SUAB: Yes they have. RC: I took a look. It appears the ventral doohickey vent under the starboard winglet might be misplaced, but not by much. Maybe 3mm or so. You might also be interested to know that the transfluxer seems to be from the Mk. 1, while this is a Mk. 3. It's a small difference, but it's noticeable if you're familiar with the subject. SUAB: Thanks for the info. The ventral doohickey vent doesn't bother me too much. I didn't know about the transfluxer. Is there a way to fix it? RC: If you cut off 2mm from the back end, that should get you close. Or you could ask that guy at Steel Beach to do a resin piece, but he's a slacker and never gets anything done. Silly? Maybe. But it's a whole lot more civil than some of the discussions I've seen over the years about plastic toys. The way the world is today, we need all the civility we can get.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I understand your frustration habu 2. I see it like this. Everyone has their passion about certain subject matter. It's easy to get ramped up when your specific kit of interest seems to have some inaccuracy. With that said, some of the posts on here aren't really about the kit itself, but about AMK. Some here seem to have taken it personally that AMK hasn't kept it's time schedule of release. Could AMK have handled the PR a bit better? Possibly. But some of the posts I've read have a very personal attack feel to them. This is what lends itself to the whole "rivet counter" mentality being a negative one. If you get your enjoyment from the hobby from accuracy, that's absolutely fantastic. But I've never understood why someone would cancel an order or not even buy the kit because of a very small inaccuracy, which may or may not even be there since the kit isn't out. Let me state that the Tamiya kit is NOT the ultimate Tomcat. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful kit and I've built five and have two more on-deck. But there are some obvious short-cuts Tamiya took in their kit, namely the cockpit and wheel bays. I dare say the Hobbyboss cockpit is better than the Tamiya. So, this comes right back around to no kit being perfect.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Full-potato? I like that line. You won the internet today. That made me laugh! For all the talk of bumps and such, it would stand to reason that all of the variants had it, since both B's and D's were remanufactured from A's.
  12. Darren Roberts

    S-3 VS-21 Fighting Redtails

    If you're doing 1/72 scale, there's this sheet from Microscale. It would get you close. 1.72 VS-21 I don't know if they ever released it in 1/48. If that's the scale you're doing, this is as close as I could find. 1/48 VS-21
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    Phantom fuselage correction set for ZM kits released

    That's exactly the reason I chose it! 😁 Well, that and it's supposed to be a "fun" time, kind of like building models.
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    Phantom fuselage correction set for ZM kits released

    Just so everyone knows, sometimes it's not Illias' fault that a product isn't stocked. Sometimes it's the manufacturer who is too slow at casting that prevents the 48ers from having something in stock. I'm not pointing out anyone in particular (Steel Beach, Steel Beach, Steel Beach), I'm just sayin'.
  15. Darren Roberts

    Hasegawa 1/48 F-8E VF-11