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Everything posted by gb_madcat_sl

  1. To put it simply, price point and availability. The Fine Molds F-14D was a limited edition kit bundled with several issues of Model Graphix magazine. The GWH kit retails for almost US$45 where I’m at. The Academy kit will probably retail for half that. Mark
  2. Saw this on MMZone. Looks like a new tool kit. http://mmzone.co.kr/mms_tool/mt_view.php?mms_db_name=mmz_media&no=5393 Mark
  3. I think @Dave Roof is the best person to help with this question. Mark
  4. I don’t understand what you mean here about no photos of the kit being available. Weren’t 10 copies given to a bunch of modellers in the US and another 10 to modellers in Malaysia? They’ve been building and posting photos of their builds. Mark
  5. Full instruction manual has been uploaded on Facebook. Mark
  6. Nah. It’s unbuildable because it doesn’t come with pilot figures! 😂 How about a list comparing this kit with the Hasegawa Tomcat? 😬 Mark
  7. Erm. I wasn’t trying to find fault with the kit. I just figured out what some of the others were talking about when then mentioned “axial misalignment” and pointed it out to Terry who didn’t recognise it from the photo posted earlier. Mark
  8. This little bit right here. Mark
  9. You do know that the price comparison between Tamiya and AMK in Japan isn’t fair right? Japan slaps a hefty import tax on foreign imports, making non-Japanese kits much more expensive to acquire there. Just take a look at the Hobby Search website. A Revell 1/48 F-14D costs the same as one from Hasegawa! Mark
  10. Just to check, are you comparing prices on Japanese websites? Mark
  11. No idea. Not a squeak from them about their 1/48 kit. Maybe @haneto may have a clue? Mark
  12. Disclaimer: this isn’t my build. I lifted off the AMK Facebook Fan page. It was built by Taiwanese modeller 樊成彬 (Fan Cheng Pin). Mark
  13. First completed build is out. Mark
  14. Thanks for sharing your experience working with Great Wall Hobby. However, this thread is about AvantGarde Model Kits aka AMK. Mark
  15. Thanks for organising this group, Terry! Really nice to see those builds going. Building without instructions must really be a challenge. Mark
  16. Not sure how feasible that would be if lots of photos are posted plus the feedback in the descriptions and comment sections. Mark
  17. Looks like an Elta 8222 jammer pod. Available here: https://air-graphics.co.uk/shop?keywords=F-111&olsPage=products%2Fac-055-elta-8222-ecm-pod Mark
  18. Yup. The decals for weapons are provided so it’s a pretty good bet they’ll be included. What concerns me, however, is the lack of decals for the LANTIRN and TARPS pods are a sign that they may not be included. Mark
  19. Regarding the TDDs, the 4 that are on the M are in line with the fins of the missile while the 2 on the F are offset from the fins. Mark
  20. Wonder if @Sio will give away another kit for the first person to post on page 300 😂 Mark
  21. Much thanks for the kind words guys. The opacity of the decals were fine. Can’t really tell the difference between the areas where the decals were used versus those that were painted white. The main issue I found was that unlike other decals which I’ve used so far, these tended to tear rather than stretch slightly. This meant that I had problems laying them on areas where they went over vents and grilles. Mark
  22. Pre-production kit being built. Hips don’t lie. Mark
  23. Noticed that the decal sheet has no markings for the LANTIRN pod and GPS-guided munitions. Hope these are included as the LTS and guided bombs were a defining feature of late model Tomcats. Mark
  24. I’m not sure how much blame you can assign to GWH for not including Bombcat weapons and stores here. The marking options in the box are for F-14Ds before It was commonplace for fleet Tomcats to be assigned the A-G mission. Mark
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