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  1. B-2A @ Lucky Model

    The kit could be pre-ordered at 70USD minimum on producer's website in September 2016. Look at the regular MSRP now: http://www.modelcollect.com/usaf-b-2a-spirit-stealth-bomber
  2. I'm no Su-17/22 expert but I think that the bottom middle fuselage bug will be more problematic as I believe twin-seater often carries less payload than single-seaters so there's nothing to hide the fuselage issue. IMHO the KH kits are still the best option. I saw on FB a very nice build of the HB single-seater. There's a front fuselage side photo. It made me sad (the kit, not the build... and I love the Su-17/22 so I can get emotional about polystyrene bits).
  3. So do I. It's just that I'm not holding my breath.
  4. If it's only a photo and given the size of the model, I'm pretty sure it will be a Trumpeter rebox.
  5. Tamiya Release Rumors?

    ... and there's a pilot !
  6. Tamiya Release Rumors?

    Also... 3. In japan, the Eduard Bf-109G-6 Profipack costs 4050JPY (HobbySearch). I guess that the Tamiya 109 should be around 2700JPY (Ki-61 price). -33% in Japan. It makes sense for the Japanese market.
  7. AMK 1/72 Kfir

    A word about the kit first. Its value-for-money is outstanding: detail level is very high, retail price is low (kits bought in HK online shops) and it comes with plenty of very nicely done ordnance. The following chinese build review seems to raise some fit issues related to thickness of some parts: http://lstfazz.blogspot.fr/2017/08/172-amk-kfir-c2c7-work-i.html?m=1&fref=gc&dti=1663574280624127. So far my build experience confirms this as some parts need to be prepared (dry-fit, sanding) before gluing. Part of the problem comes from the aircraft layout: Kfir/Mirage III have small cluttered front fuselage, the low wings overlap the intakes and because of that any over/under thicknesses add up and make the build at least a little tricky. I believe the AMK 1/72 Kfir is no exception. I hope this build log may be of use for people who will build the kit but I don't stick with the instruction in order to avoid steps between would-be coplanar parts (example: gluing nose halves to fuselage halves to avoid eventual step between fuselage and nose). Painting and assembling of the landing gear bays. You can see that the detailing is very nice and I'm sure that modellers like D. Zamarbide or J.M. Villalba would do a much much better job than I to honor the kit's detailing. The photo doesn't show it but the hydraulic pipes are metal colour. Thanks to Yoav Efrati for his help on the pipes and cables colours ! Nice detailing of the fuselage inner wall is cockpit. Nose halves glued to fuselage halves and epoxy putty used as nose weight. On my build I couldn't close the fuselage halves as the top of the rear cockpit wall was too wide. So the sanding stick was of use. I also had to sand the inside of the fin area of a fuselage half to avoid a step. Fuselage was then closed, intake parts glued to it. Then the dreaded Classic-Delta-Mirage-Gluing-of-the-Wing-Bottom-Part saga started. The first two steps probably aren't necessary if the top wing parts had been glued beforehand. Main landing gear wheel bays to fuselage. Fuselage to wing part tabs "Intake tabs" of the underwing part to the intakes Before gluing the top wing parts, sanding is required. That's all for the moment.
  8. Aviation Art Su-33 1/48

    The title of this topic should be changed.
  9. Where to buy a Streem Su-24 (1:72) ?

    Sorry but I have limited access to internet for a week now.
  10. Where to buy a Streem Su-24 (1:72) ?

    Real thing Streem Trumpeter 1/72
  11. Where to buy a Streem Su-24 (1:72) ?

    Mmmmh... galfa, do you know if the Streem kit is accurate ?
  12. New Tool su-25?

    It's a short-run kit but ART Model has done 1/72 Su-25s. Dragan has built one here: http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal14/13201-13300/gal13218-Su-25-Cvetic/00.shtm
  13. Kinetic 1/48 F/A-18A+/B/CF-188 kit?

    A reply to a similar question asked on FB says end of August.
  14. F-14 - Why is it so popular?

    As a kid I used to love this plane probably because I found it impressive: big, sleek profile that oozed speed and power, colourful schemes (Wolfpack, Sundowners), big missiles, swing wings. Nowadays I don't like it much. It looks "esthetically incoherent" to me (profile view is nice but front and rear views inspire clumbsiness to me) so I find the Turkey nickname very appropriate. Planes like the F-111 or Flanker family members look more "esthetically balanced" while the F-14 looks more like a clunky compilation of shapes glued together. Also I've tried watching Top Gun again but I just couldn't... the sillyness of situations, dialogs, people was overwhelming.