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  1. 1 hour ago, Tigerfan112 said:


    So, this runs counter to what has been published elsewhere, which gives one the distinct impression that the entire design, production and delivery process for the Spitfire IX kit (and others) is now being undertaken in the UK.


    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).



  2. 5 hours ago, Tigerfan112 said:

    Good work, so far (I have only got to Page 2) but the statement concerning Airfix is now incorrect. Tooling and production of the brand-new 1:24 Spitfire IX, for example, has been performed in the UK. This will only expand 


    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.



  3. 1 hour ago, Floyd S. Werner, Jr. said:

    They should be up



    38 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

    I see them.  Make sure you select “next page” at the bottom of the 1/48 product listing.  It’s set 48-22.


    Well that's embarrassing for me! Thanks for the pointers - I've found them 🙂



  4. 5 hours ago, Floyd S. Werner, Jr. said:


    I have the 1/48 ones on the site now.  I should get the 1/32nd ones in this weekend.



    Can you post a link? I've looked at your site and can't find them...



  5. 3 hours ago, Andreas Beck said:



    Just arrived from mn-modelar (I was on the lucky side). The minor irritation above the insert mold line is easy to be worked on. But it indicates that the decision for series-production was taken in hurry after the announcement of the competing other kits. What does the insert line in this place mean ?





    This (and the lack of rivets) is precisely why I went for a non-AMK option and purchased a competing product. IMO, since the trio of MiG-31, Magister and Kfir kits, AMK have significantly dropped the ball in terms of moulding quality.


    I notice at least one builder of a pre-release of the AMK Mil Mi-8 on Facebook is having real issues with the kit.



  6. 11 hours ago, Corey said:

    Fantastic RF-84F Jon!  I know that’s not the easiest kit, and watching your build on Facebook I really appreciate the work you’ve put into it!


    well done!



    8 hours ago, fessSto said:

    Exceptional paint work on the RF-84, Jon.


    6 hours ago, Dutch said:

    WoW!  Beautiful RF-84F!  One to be proud of, for sure.


    4 hours ago, Drifterdon said:

    Excellent Thunderflash Jon.  


    Thank you chaps 🙂



  7. In 2023 I shall complete:


    Tan Model 1/48 RF-84F Thunderflash

    Hasegawa 1/48 Phantom FG.1

    Academy 1/48 F-4B Phantom converted to an F-4G

    Tamiya 1/48 F-4B Phantom

    Eduard 1/48 Fw190A-5 as an SNCA NC900

    Academy 1/48 CH-53E Super Stallion



  8. On 12/11/2022 at 8:59 AM, Loach Driver said:

    That looks good! The weathering is just right. Blade drooping takes a lot of practice to get right. Overall, though, it's one to be proud of.




    On 12/11/2022 at 9:57 AM, Tank said:

    As you should be, it’s a very nice looking phrog. 


    Thanks chaps 🙂



  9. 1 hour ago, Drifterdon said:

    Thanks Jon.   I've never heard of these guys.   Are they any good?   

    It seems each of their Cobra sheets focuses on a single squadron.


    I have one of the sets, but I haven't used it so I can't comment on the quality of the decals. I also can't comment on accuracy, but they do include a photo or two of the actual machine.



  10. 11 hours ago, Drifterdon said:

    We're talking about the ICM and Special Hobby 1/48 AH-1G helo kits over in the Helicopter Modeling section and it got me to thinking what decals are out there for a Vietnam era Cobra.   I did a search on the interweb and I'm not seeing much out there.  This could be a potential subject for Caracal.


    Art Scale do quite a few sheets: https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=363071&code=&product_type_id=all_decals&scale_id=955&keyword_search=AH-1&setPerPage=25&currency_id=



  11. 20 hours ago, ziggyfoos said:

    At the time, I never planned one day I'd make decals so I wasn't intentionally getting pics of all sides of all airframes and unfortunately the only pics of 03's left side I took were partial views, thankfully due to taking loads of pics in general. Here's another right side of 03 that wasn't included:



    Here's another one from a different day:



    These images are super-helpful (in addition to the fantastic walkaround from Dave Roof) - especially as the first one gives a slightly better view of the underside.


    Quick question: What is the cross section of the thing circled in red? Is it circular, oval, flat or something else?




    Thanks for the help - much appreciated.





  12. 26 minutes ago, YF65_CH53E said:



    As a Marine Helicopter mechanic I hope I can shed some light here for you.  The blades on Marine CH-46's whether they are fiber glass of metal blades were always painted black.  The forward area you are seeing that is "metallic" is the nickel abrasion strip used on the blades for sand/rocks protection from erosion in high dusty environments.


    NAVAIR Spec calls out FS38078 Flat Black for the rotor blades.  As they erode, or get dirty they may appear to turn grayish over time.  But they start out black.  The pictures you have above of the CNATT CH-46 is a good example of a "clean" new "training" airplane and the blades are black.


    If the NAVAIR Spec has changed on the blades I didn't see it, and the Phrogs have been retired for a few years now, but in the 33 years I was around CH-53's and CH-46's they were flat black.  (1985-2018 was my stint in the Marines.)






    This is great - thank you for such a thorough reply. Does that mean the eroded leading edge should be a metallic colour (the nickel strip)?





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