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  1. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    April 10th now.
  2. Not anymore. HobbyEasy realized Small Packet option doesn't apply given the box dimensions.
  3. You bought it from a shop or it's a sample (I'm asking to know if the kit is in full production) ? How big is the box (length+width+height < 90cm for Small Packet airmail) ?
  4. AMK IAI Kfir C2/C7 in 1/72, new tool

    Or https://www.sincerehobby.com/product/amk_israel_iai_kfir_c2_c7_88001a_sincerehobby

    In the first photo the plane has a "Kfir nose" (conical nose tip, air outlet at the nose/fuselage junction, strake).

    Unknow but earlier right ? The airplane had a "Nesher nose" at this time.
  7. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    I think I'm in for a set at least. I hope I'll be able to attend Telford to pick it up.
  8. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    Indeed. When a company adopts a "über kit" marketing approach with high retail price, customers tend to be less forgiving. Hype communication strategy can turn into shooting oneself in the foot.
  9. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    The ZM kit is so expensive that Jeffrey bought only one so he can't show that anymore
  10. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    Isn't that what RoG does ? But in their case even CAD design is subcontracted (BraZ Models, etc). Not owning the toolshop has pros & cons. Pros is the capability to retool and have tight quality control during the tooling phase. Cons are need to invest to buy the machines, tooling quality is difficult to improve (need to sell the old machines and buy more capable ones... cash needed again), need to keep machines & operators busy even if the kits tooled aren't very profitable, incapacity to adapt to market's tempo. Anyway what I think ZM didn't do or did not do well is CAD validation in order to assess the geometry of the CAD model.
  11. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    The difference is that AMK (and Eduard) owns its toolshop while doesn't. ZM has to pay for a modification to be done and before that evaluate the cost/benefit ratio of the modification. AMK has just to find an idle toolshop timeslot. You have to take in account the way the company works before comparing them.
  12. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    Middle fuselage fuselage has a convex-convex cross-section. Rear fuselage has a convex-concave-convex cross-section. ZM has delayed the cross-section transition too much. If you simply add Milliput to make the crease disappear earlier, the concave area will be too small. You have to remove a lot of plastic from the top of the rear engine bulge before doing that.
  13. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    I've taped electrician black tape strips on rear fuselage of an Academy F-4J and a ZM F-4S. It's difficult to match the strips positions perfectly because the breakdown of the kits is different... and because I used Eyeball Mk.1. Here's the Academy. You can see that the engine bulge - spine junction crease begins to become a curve at the second strip (convention: 1st strip is towards the front of the fuselage). The fuselage cross-section shape is er... let's say a "stretched S and a half" (convex-concave-convex) Here's ZM's F-4S. You can see that the engine bulge - spine crease starts to become a curve at the 4th strip. The "stretched S and a half" cross-section shape is really there at the 6th strip. On previous strips, top of engine bulge "disappears too late" so the rear fuselage has "shoulders". Convex-convex cross-section.