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  1. What's the point? There are few reference photos topics in the helicopter subforum about a subject of interest and no one is complaining about the fact that they must not be there. This sub forum is about jet Modeling and the subject of this topic is weathering of Hornet and other navy jets.
  2. aera of interest: canopy and bonus: great details of JHMCS.
  3. shion

    hasegawa Growler kit oop?

    In fact, it provides OOB a most accurate retrofitted F/A-18F block I than a EA-18G.
  4. Some nose details: First time I see a Rhino with a bullwinkle pod: A lot of repaint. And some nice profiles, there are some great photographers in the Navy:
  5. some F-35C love, they're now safe for flight in operations:
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Orthographic views are deceptive, they're very good for detail 's close-ups, the worst for views like here. One thing we can remark and think about, is the fact that since July 2016 (yes, 2016), AMK never provide classic 3 view drawing of the CAD model. And surprise, as soon as first views of a complete build appeared, some proportions and alignments were detected as wrong.
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    What makes a good/bad fitting model?

    It's the opposite, plastics relax with time. And if you want see them creep, they must endure a constant strain through time. Unless you left a anvil above your model kit box, your sprues will be safe. Molds decline with time. Adjustments become not so fine, flash appear and parts don't fit anymore.
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    What makes a good/bad fitting model?

    If you're interested, this is the way Tamiya works on model kit (CAD and mold design): And this is how they optimize their R&D: Here you can see surface finish of their mold (note that the mold isn' complete yet): https://youtu.be/OkHDZBfqxNE?t=3645 Here a design review of a simple assembly: https://youtu.be/OkHDZBfqxNE You dont' need to understand japanese to see how engineers who are talking here know their stuff.
  9. The way Aires/QB/AB choose and deal with the subject of their products, is a conundrum. I personnaly gave up Aires cockpits and wheels bays, too much work, too few gain/ scratchbuild. Although their exhausts are great. Many QB products simply don't make sense, like this correct Su-35 radome. Otherwise they've got excellent resin parts, but you really need to fight to fit them in the kit. Aerobonus got few gems and a plethora of products I've never seen people buy and in exhibitions. I really don't understand their way, it really seems as if they simply don't care.
  10. shion

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    My "Everybody hates AMK" was ironic, it's surprising you and others people took it litteraly. It's the goal of this forum section, to talk about kits, you can't come here and ask people to stop this or say people it's pointless to talk here. And I think it's very convenient, now that pics of the kit and problems emerged, that suddenly, discussions about this kit in particular are pointless and it's time to close the topic. So, let's wait new infos and new photos.
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    What makes a good/bad fitting model?

    Hasegawa 1/48 F-16 is 35 years old. At that time, we'd got to deal with Matchbox or Heller/Airfix kits. Just try the 1/48 Heller Etendard, you will see. And I never heard their 1/72 SH was a horrible fitting kit.
  12. shion

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Everybody hates AMK. Or maybe this topic is 149 page long because since years, they fail at every announcement they made and people have the gall to talk about it and about the rare plastic pics they saw here. You want a comparison? Last time, when Tamiya announce their F-14D: - Announcement in April. -First contents and first pics of almost complete build plastic kit and sprues in May, approx one month later, topic here about these kit had just 10 pages at this point.
  13. shion

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Or maybe, I have nothing to sale or to wait for, so I'm free to talk about and criticize a inaccuracy when I see it. Maybe that's one of the goals of a forum about plastic modeling.
  14. shion

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    No one here talks about perfect models, these photos are only provided to show how others manufacturers made the famous "optical illusion". So it seems that Hasegawa, Fine Molds and Tamiya (who made their Tomcat with Grumman help ) pretty much design these parts the same way. It seems that Grumman too design these part of the real plane this way. In the end, it's interesting to know now, in 2018, that they all (manufacturer of the real plane, included) did it wrong. And finally, it's a funny evolution of the topic: - before the release of plastic parts photos: "the best Tomcat model kit ever", preorder, etc. - after this release, when innacuracies are emphasised: "there's no perfect kit", diva quit, ad hominem, false irony.
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    What makes a good/bad fitting model?

    In DAO, all surfaces align and fit perfectly. But when you inject plastics, they warp, they shrink. You've got to know how to reduce, minimize, prevent, counterbalance these effects. It's all about settings. Some companies have this knowledge (Tamiya, Hasegawa, etc). Some are trying to improve. Some simply don't care. Worst, some are just unable to design a usable clear PS parts mold to produce decent parts.
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