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  1. Chris Becker has highlighted the poor fit and engineering on his YouTube channel, and Bernhard Schrock did the same in his superlative build I linked above. The refuelling probe is an improvement, as was the tail rotor. The exhausts saved some seam work, but they missed an opportunity to engineer them to fit after the fuselage halves/pod halves are joined. The intakes were rubbish and the main rotor hub deeply disappointing. Jon
  2. Thanks 🙂 The decals were great to use and I loved the choice of aircraft available. Jon
  3. Are you planning on releasing the parts relevant for the AH-1G in a separate set? Cheers Jon
  4. It's the ResKit set, but detailed with some wire, ANYZ connectors and plastic card. To be honest, the ResKit set was a disappointment. It's way simpler than the real thing and lacks even some of the more obvious morphology that Academy managed to mould. There are quite striking 3D print lines. The worst aspect is it's not engineered to fit the kit at all - the rotor mast is a lovely casting that fits to absolutely nothing. They replicated the actuating arms with very poor PE - I replaced the more obvious ones with brass tube. My efforts are still very poor compared to
  5. Thanks everyone for the feedback - I've very much enjoyed reading it. I know I should have put a decent exhaust stain on for the #2 engine, but for some reason I didn't feel like doing it - maybe the fear of messing it up! It's a fragile monster - I've already snapped the sensor arm off once. I used magnets for the refuelling probe, the blades into the hub, and the hub to the rotor shaft: Cheers Jon
  6. @ziggyfoos Many thanks for the photos and for producing the decals. It ended up looking like this: Cheers Jon
  7. For those in the UK, the Lucky price is also pretty good. With the latest coupon I've paid £62 shipped (Lucky Air). Jon
  8. Yep, I've still got the instructions, but these extra photos are fantastic and help me with quite a lot of detail questions. Thank you so much! Cheers Jon
  9. Thank you so much! That port side shot is extremely useful. Cheers Jon
  10. Hello all, Last year I made the Academy 1/48 CH-46E using decals from the excellent AOA HMM-264 Black Knights sheet, and this year I've started the Academy 1/48 CH-53E to be made also using markings from this sheet. I want to model EH-20/161252 'Lady Luck', which was on USS Bataan in 2006. I've got the brilliant Cavu book, but would love some photos of this particular airframe if anyone has any. It would really help me pin down colours of various parts and some details of the aerial fit, etc. Many thanks for looking Jon
  11. Thanks 🙂 I don't think the Eduard seats are as good as the Sparkit ones, but for being under closed canopies and at their price point, they're good enough. Jon
  12. Thank you Haneto. And well played, sir, well played 🙂 Jon
  13. I can't think of a negative review (in English at least) for the F model. It was generally a positively received kit. Aftermarket companies released very little in terms of correction sets, including companies that usually go to town on complicated Soviet corrections (like Ciro Models, who did release a resin ventral fin and wheels). Any problems with the HB MiG-17F are not well known and so further information would be appreciated. Problems with the PF, however, have been well-publicised. Jon
  14. Me too. I think the window problem can be solved quite easily. Jon
  15. USA to UK in 6 days is pretty impressive in this day and age! Came through the letterbox this morning 👍. Jon
  16. Indeed, it appears mine has been sent! Jon
  17. I stumbled across this a short while ago: https://plastic-models-store.com/cat4-resin-accessories/cat4-r48053-148-a-4-skyhawk.-wing-slats-bay-correction-for-hasegawa-scale?page=5 It's my in progress photo they've used. Oddly, it has nothing to do with their product as I made the correction with superglue and plastic card. I don't mind - it's a Ukrainian company and I wish them well. I was more surprised to find photos of a model of mine published in this book without my knowledge or permission: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flight-Craft-Sukhoi-15-Boeing-ebook/dp/
  18. I notice that 'Our Lil' Lass' didn't make it onto the instruction sheet, but the decals are included. Any chance of a pdf update to the instructions? Thanks Jon
  19. Well I'm pretty happy with the new UK warehouse. Kinetic 1/48 Nesher shipped (with the Spring discount code) for £32. Hannants have it for sale at £65 + P&P... Jon
  20. I have two sets of 48-22 available in the UK, otherwise postage from US is $25! PM me if interested. Jon
  21. I don't know about that, but the videos I saw emphasised the production of the kit was in the UK (including moulding, boxes, packaging, etc.), but made no mention of the actual tooling. That element remains in Asia (India or China, I forget). The information was from Martin Ridge (Airfix Development Manager) and Chris Parker-Joy (designer of the 1/24 Spitfire). Jon
  22. That kit wasn't tooled in the UK. It was injected in the UK, as per recent Airfix interview on the Sprue Cutters Union podcast. Jon
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