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  1. And yet here you are commenting in it. As far as I know, this page isn't automatically loaded when you log in to the forums. I THINK you have to navigate down the list of threads and click on it in order to read it. OR alternatively....don't. I'm constantly amazed at people who want to stop other's from talking because they don't want to hear it...when they could just walk away. Nothing personal and I'm not angry at you for that stance....it just amuses me, that's all. Bill BTW....300 HERE WE COME!!! just broke a major milestone at 275 now 276. We can do it fellows if we just put our minds to it.
  2. Is it possible the "COKE" plate was in reference to something totally different than a cleaning method? Just sayin'....it was the 80's afterall.
  3. sorry, I kindly disagree. Why shut down a thread simply because we may not like the conversation? Sure, if it gets too much of nothing but insults. But other than that, it's a conversation. Shutting it down because some don't like it....sounds a bit heavy handed to me. JMHO Bill
  4. ANNNYYWAY guys, if this thread is going to make 300, the bickering stuff probably should stop. Granted there are some raw emotions, and some of it is understandable with the pre-order mess. But let's not get personal towards other members here and shut down the thread. If you have a gripe, take it up with AMK or the provider or whatever. Not with each other.
  5. dude, a lot of totally un-warranted blows if you ask me. Maybe dial back the insulting tone perhaps? Yes, Tamiya IS an industry leader, the is NO denying that. And they have the means of producing kits without pre-order. That may have nothing to do with AMK's slippings, but it does answer your question of "How come Tamiya haven't ever pulled off the sorry 5000-mark pre-order condition in order to develop and release the best 1/48 F-14A/D Tomcat kit so far?"
  6. Policy? Let's see... 1. Find a place to move all the broken toys and small pieces of jewelry my kids have put on the bench for me to fix (because my wife's go-to answer is "go put it on Daddy's desk" and not tell me about it). 2. Clean up all the small spills caused by said toys placed on my desk. 3. Notice in the process of cleaning that the small scratch-built detail that I'd labored on for hours and was carefully set aside to dry is now covered with dirty brush water and apple juice from the spills (see step 1) 4. Cool down and wipe the tears away after realizing the work I did is lost. 5. Investigate who needs what fixed and maybe tackle one or 2 of those items (battery changes typically I can do right then) 6. Finally get the desk cleaned up enough to have enough few sq inches of work space to start looking at what I want to work on. 5. Stop looking at that and help the kids with homework and try to figure out what the heck they did with math and stupid common core...I mean come on, the process they devised is 100 times harder to figure out than just DOING THE MATH! WHAT THA..... 6. Cool down about common core math and start looking at model I want to work on 7. Realize there may be a simple solution to salvaging the lost detail work with the apple juice so take that back out and start trying to fix that. 8. Get right in the thick of my genius fix process and be called by the wife from across the house that the family wants to go out to eat tonight and ask if I can set-up the call-ahead seating. 9. Call and get put on hold.......................................................................................... Still holding....... 10. Go out to eat. 11. Remember we need a "few things" from the store while we're out. Come home with $20,000 (maybe a slight exaggeration) worth of junk food. 12. Get back to the bench and try to pick up where I was in my genius fix.... 13. Realize it's time to get the kids in bed and start getting stuff ready for work the next day. 14. Put them and bed and walk by the desk on my way to bed to see how my progress has been.... 15. Move the night-light that was placed on my desk by kid #2 while I was helping kid #1 get ready for bed because it needs a new bulb. 16. Go to bed laughing, because you know, getting angry about it just makes it worse. 17. Wake up the next day and thank God for my awesome family I really am blessed with. 18. Rinse repeat. Bill
  7. The more I look at that pic of the kit wing above, I wonder if it's just a case of the cowling not being situated correctly? It looks like MAYBE the cowling is angle down slightly towards the nose, which would make the engine look low. I hope that's the extent of what's going on. Would be good to see another pic maybe without the cowling or with it confirmed to be in the correct placement.
  8. All of the pics I've seen that appear to be period photos show it to be a medium brown (kind of like old fiberglass putty) with a slightly lighter shade on what I assume are anti-slip pads? http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum29/HTML/001389.html Hope that might help?
  9. Also, in that picture of the kit with the wing mounted, the wing looks like it's drooping instead of an upward dihedral. I don't know if that's the fuse sitting at an outward angle or if the wing is actually hanging, but that's another odd looking thing in that photo. I hope this isn't too big of an issue as the kit looks to have a lot or promise.
  10. Except the moon landing, that was in black and white...oh sorry, not what you meant?
  11. Yeah, I do believe you are correct. For some reason in my mind it was later knocked completely off, but thinking back I think I'm wrong about that. I do like that they make changes to it and those changes usually are consistent from a story point of view.
  12. Awesome, thanks for posting! Should be a great kit. Just one thing I notice, and perhaps they address it in the new movie, but the lower gun turret should be missing it's gun, it was destroyed in the Force Awakens. (or am I mis-remembering?) Honestly I forgot to even look much at it in The Last Jedi.
  13. I've been hearing some people swear by Vallejo clears, both gloss and flat so I bought a couple of bottles but haven't had a chance to try them yet. Does anyone have good or bad reports about using them? I'm one of those that's always just used future for decal pre-coat and then whatever spray flat I could get in a rattle can, more recently The Army Painter, which I have to say is a pretty good flat from a rattle can.
  14. LOL, ok fair enough. BUT you might want to rethink that last part. If you think it through you'll find that MANY times referring to a group by a chosen moniker is labeled hate speech...Just sayin'. BTW, I'm not a boomer, I'm in the GenX crowd so it wasn't that I was offended...I just find that funny that kids are using that as an insult now days. It's basically the same as "ok pops" from the 50's or "whatever" from the 90's"...same old story, the youth knows it all. I guess that's a rite of passage. And I also agree, the Millennial gen was dealt a pretty bad hand. For a great explanation check out some talks by Simon Sinek, he explains it perfectly.
  15. I agree, if they were raised panels on the model MAYBE I could see that in a case where plastic might have failed to flow into the panel grooves in the mold due to not enough pressure or something. But for recessed model panel, in order for a section of a recess to be missing then the area around it would be have to be distorted as well because the line is raised above the surface on the mold. Thanks for the evaluation Zacto. I appreciate the effort it takes to do such an in depth look at a model. Often times we only see a final aftermarket product without seeing what kind of measuring and evaluating would have to be done in order to yield such a product. Even though you may not be doing it for that purpose in this case, it's still interesting to see how each person approaches the problem. Thanks and keep us up to date with your findings. Bill
  16. Perhaps I missed it, but I can't recall anyone saying AMK made the mistakes on purpose. THAT would be a crazy claim to make. I can't imagine any company purposely making such mistakes. It's not unusual for companies to make mistakes, it's not unforgivable even. It is what it is. But it's also not unheard of for people to evaluate a product and find what they find good and what they find bad about a product. That's what is called a customer review, or a discussion about a product. It's not like this is the first time a kit has been evaluated and things pointed out. There are forums dedicated exclusively for this purpose. But on a more serious note.....comon 300!!!!!
  17. Awesome job on your build! Definitely captures the feel of an F-14. Congratulations on a wonderful build. I do however find it extremely funny that people are so triggered by people pointing out that there are some "inconsistencies" with the kit and trying to explain what areas may need to be improved upon with this model. It's like they are personally attached to the kit or something. Good grief, no one said unbuildable or anything of the sorts. But hey, if that's how you guys are getting your laughs then more power to ya'.
  18. Ahh yes, the insult trend from a "woke" generation. Cute.
  19. Ahhh....good job. So you took the "stand on your head" approach. Sometimes you just gotta look at the world upside down. I swear, whenever it comes time for me to get the gumption and nerve to attempt the 1/100 stack for the Tamiya kit, I think I'm going to use your build more often than using pics of the real thing. Your parts are remarkably life-like and I can follow along as it's in pieces. Awesome work.
  20. So you're saying that Zacto is showing doctored images of the kit or something? You're saying that there are no missing rivet details and mismatched panel lines etc... on the bottoms of the wings? Your build pics are amazing and it looks like you're doing a wonderful job on your build. But just because you're building it and are doing good on it doesn't mean that what's being pointed out is false. Those things don't matter to you then fine, proceed with your build and post your glowing review of the kit if you so choose. But please stop with the judgmental posts about those that might care about such things.
  21. if it were simply a matter of one complete side or area missing I could see that, but there are details on each, they just don't match in regards to what's there and how fine they are. But at this point, it's up to the company to figure out how it happened, now is when we need to figure out the best way to fix it etc....
  22. Incredible work as always! I am constantly in awe when I check in on your build. As for the fitting problem, this probably wouldn't work as it's soooooo small, but could you possibly temporarily attach the small fitting to the top of that slotted bracket with a low stick glue or something. Then thread the line through the slot and the hole of the fitting, then break the fitting lose and glue in place on your feedline? I don't know if that makes any sense and I know it would work if the part was life size because we've done similar operations in our shop, but working with microscopic parts I'm sure makes it really hard to pull off. Just a thought. Keep up the great work! Bill
  23. Not to quibble, but that sounds like a lack of quality control. Improvements made as the design goes should be incorporated across the board. Not just to future designed parts. Just my opinion.
  24. Thanks! Well, I ran into a few minor issues while painting the buttons. first issue is I noticed I must have not allowed the clear coat to thoroughly dry before placing the decals and there seems to a very small amount of cracking underneath the decal in a few spots. I don't think it will be noticeable once everything is matt-cleared and closed up inside the pod, but I am keeping an eye on to make sure there's no further signs of something bad happening. As for the buttons, I tried to use food coloring mixed in to future to get the translucent look I want. It's a little tricky getting such a thin media to not pool up so I may switch to try adding it to some Velejo clear instead of future. but overall I think it's OK, not great. This first set of buttons is in an obscure location that can't be seen very well from any view so I'm not overly worried about these. Also, since it was only a future mixture, I couldn't use any solvents to clean off any stray brush strokes when trying to paint the black separation between buttons (it's a very tiny gap to paint). I'll either have to paint the lines prior to color tints OR put a good clear finish over it to make cleaning them up easier. But at least this is SOME progress. I just hope I can improve on this for the more visible areas.
  25. Whatever guys, but please don't get this thread locked now. Yes, partially because of the novelty of getting to 300, it's a fun distraction from things here. But the main reason is now there is some really useful information being shown and discussed about the actual kit. Zacto is starting to do a really thorough look in to potential pitfalls and suggested fixes. THIS is what these discussion boards are all about. I'd hate to see some quibbling about locked threads on other sites be the downfall of this thread. Just sayin'. Please keep it on target.
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