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  1. niart17

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    ah ha, see guys? There are other potential benefits to these types of "Test print bashing" threads that you all may have not even considered. Let's just hypothetically say that Zacto would be planning something. Maybe is, maybe isn't. But there are a lot of other people that produce all those golden little nuggets of aftermarket parts that you all love to put on models. (granted few, if any, come close to Zacto's wizardry) And how many times have we seen instances where a kit comes out and people are screaming "when is someone going to do a dumaflatchie to replace the out of scale henway assembly on my new Zonkerdoodle kit"? And the wait begins. threads like these allow the heroes to come in and observe what potentially could be done in the after market world to make EVERYONE happy. Kit has minor issues, in swoops Captain Zacto and fixes it. More kits sell, more dumaflatchies come out and voila. Happy happy place in ARC land. ORRRR we could shut up and wait for the kit to come out and then tick-tock tick-tock. Interest isn't there and Captain Zacto decides to head over to save a small intake on a Corsair somewhere else in the world. Hence no love for AMK F-14 errr... I mean the Zonkerdoodle. In the end, the world goes round for a reason people. Bill
  2. niart17

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    hmmm...did not know that. Thanks! I never did understand what a lamb had to do with breaking out of prison....but I wasn't going to judge. LOL
  3. Kind of puts the F-14 and other discussions in perspective doesn't it? Glad they are safe and praying for a stronger than before come back in all areas of his life. Been there with a flood and it's not fun at all. We were lucky enough to have bones of a house to rebuild. Fires don't leave that option on the table! Best of everything to you Paul if you are reading this. Bill
  4. niart17

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Well then, that certainly seemed an unnecessary amount of references to him being law enforcement. You on the lamb ganger? Bill
  5. niart17

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I don't think that's a very good solution but hey, whatever. I think there is some value to the thread at least until the model is released or spy photography shows something close to a production model. I agree the personal attacks are bit childish. But why kill a thread that actually has information and discussion about a real modeling subject and obviously has a LOT of interest, evidenced by the number of pages and responses. In my opinion, locking this thread down now will only add fuel the to fire and some will come up with conspiracy theories as to WHY it was shut down. No amount of reason would stop them from thinking it. But like I said, not my site. I'm just here for the information....and the popcorn. I hear the buttered is best. Bill
  6. niart17

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    True, BUT as I pointed out earlier, I don't know that AMK has the resources or information available like a larger, more established company like Tamiya has at their disposal. Not to mention the funds to sit in development for potentially years to get it right. I honestly don't know a lot about AMK, but if I understand correctly, they don't normally do U.S. subject matter models. I would think in order to get as accurate a model as they seem to be attempting, they would have to have either a really really good R & D department, a small group of subject matter experts on hand, or crowd sourced information. I suspect if they just did as you suggest and just waited til 2-3 months pre-shipment to announce, they would possibly have ended up with a dog that simply doesn't sell well. Maybe it would have, but it likely wouldn't have met the goal of best F-14 kit on the market. Just my opinion.
  7. niart17

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    To be fair, that's a adequate description for some on BOTH sides of this thread. There are some legitimate questions and concerns regarding the kit. Even if it's not by those calling for a public hanging but are simply interested in what might actually be released. So those that are on the defending side seem to lump any perceived detractor in with the pitchfork gang and those that are really in the pitchfork gang chunk everyone who is saying to hold off a bit in with the dire hard "shut up and grow up it's a plastic model" group. I think the general rule I like to follow is, question the plastic perhaps but don't question the people's motives without pure evidence. So in my opinion there are people on both sides that could stand to grow up a bit. Or not, either way it's an interesting thread. Bill
  8. niart17

    F-18 Landing Gear Retraction Sequence

    Heck Yeah! That looks great. Especially considering the scale and the parts you had to modify. That's the one thing that will probably make my build a little easier, the parts are larger and are already separated. That means all I have to do it extend the shock and various rods. I think the one thing I'm seeing as a big challenge is he kit's gear axle isn't quite modeled right. It may be close enough though. I'm still running through the planning stage. I'll try to post up progress...once I make some. Bill
  9. niart17

    1/72 Space Shuttle Parts for sale

    Well, I just acquired a new license for Solidworks at the house so I do need to get back into 3D modeling (I'm also teaching my daughter how to play with it so great opportunities there) I'll have to take a look at what all the antennae would require to model. It's been quite a while since I even really looked at a space shuttle but I'll try to get back in the game. I do remember black side down so I got shuttle basics memorized. Bill
  10. niart17

    F-18 Landing Gear Retraction Sequence

    Thanks! It wouldn't be fun if it weren't complicated. I think I can at least somewhat make it look close to being accurate. While the engineering and stress analysis and load testing etc...is VERY complicated, all that work has been done. I just need to halfway represent what the brilliant engineers already figured out by reverse engineering enough for it kind look right. I think it's doable. It definitely won't be impressively accurate though.
  11. niart17

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    This man is wise beyond his years...ok, I don't actually know his years...but yeah, what he said. I think there is "wrong" happening on most all sides of this discussion. BUT it does appear they (AMK) wants to truly get the kit right. I think I even read some chapters back in this book, that they were possibly thinking the end all be all Tomcat model. Lofty goal to be sure. It SOUNDS like errors were pointed out and it sounds like at first the errors where not admitted to and called angle illusions. And then they were agreed to be errors (either by giving in to truth or re-evaluation, whatever.) and were claimed to be fixed. It's a pretty risky thing to say "it's fixed, trust us" and keep that up for a long time knowing the issue is festering. If its fixed that's great. If it's not and it's beyond the scope of what they feel they can accomplish...maybe it's best to just own up to it and say "yeah, we missed the mark a bit on that, but we sincerely hope you'll like it regardless". Otherwise, it's bad to just tell people it's fixed trust us, and not show any evidence at all that it's fixed or at least in the process of getting fixed. True, they don't owe that, but it's risky. I feel for them, I think they are in a pickle. But it's kind of self-inflicted with a lot of people who are eager, willing or at least unintentionally helping push the knife in the wound further. Best case is it's a perfect model released and everyone will laugh about this super long novel of a thread in the future and say, "good job everyone, we have a wonderful F-14 to be prized" Worst case...there are a lot of options for that. I'm hoping for a good middle ground. It's just a good thing F-14's never had false canopies painted on the bottom....
  12. niart17

    F-18 Landing Gear Retraction Sequence

    ok, I THINK I got a rough idea of what's going on. The axle of the wheel is not perpendicular to what looks like the center line of the axle is. I'm thinking the axle itself has a bend or at least is mounted, maybe around 30 degree or so from the center line perpendicular to the strut? So when the gear goes up, those planing arms pull on that plate, which I assume is rigidly mounted to the part of the axle assembly that's perpendicular to the wheel hub. because it is attached the lower gear arm at that 30 or whatever degree angle, when the that plate rotates 90 degrees it pulls the wheel in tighter and closer the whole assembly, It also pulls the shock in a bit so the gear can fit into the well. If I'm close to being correct, I think that's the funky shift I'm seeing at the beginning of the sequence. It does make it look like the wheel is pulling off axis, because it never was on that axis, it was some amount of degrees off. At least I think. I guess that's why the landing gear never really looks correct on the models. Some mold the wheels axle perpendicular to lower part of the strut and it's clearly not. Anyone confirm or deny my thoughts? I'm going to have to play with this. Bill
  13. niart17

    F-18 Landing Gear Retraction Sequence

    So I take the odds are against me and the fate of the model rest in my hands; and failure could result in certain peril and ultimate humiliation? SOUNDS GREAT! I want some of that. Worst case I ruin a perfectly good set of landing gear, punt and buy some of the brass or other metal gear sets out there. OR maybe try to model it in CAD and print it? Hmmm...either way. I may never finish the model but the prospect of getting this gear thing worked out has me hooked. Thanks for everything guys! Bill
  14. niart17

    F-18 Landing Gear Retraction Sequence

    Awesome Saber! Thanks! I'm sure most of this is above my grade in understanding, but I can maybe follow the gist of some of it. Bill
  15. niart17

    F-18 Landing Gear Retraction Sequence

    Thanks, I know that means something but....planing links? Sorry, I don't want to be a nuisance. The position I'm hoping to get it pretty much just like that first picture I posted of no. 6.
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