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  1. 134mm, not including the front lip or exhaust. If you flip the Esci engines 180` and cut them at the panel line right next to the raised squares, you'll be pretty close to the right length and more accurate in shape..
  2. (no idea whether this should be posted here, in GD, the Zactomodels forum or B/S/T...) Looking to unload a 1/32 Zacto Su-27 canopy and nose set, but I have no idea what the going rate is for them (particularly the canopy). Any suggestions?
  3. KA has been around a long time, and it's not their first time working with other manufacturers (they did a bunch of PE and machined parts for Fujimi), so they should have some idea what scaling production entails. Granted, the direct 3D production stuff is relatively new, but still, they're more experienced than most aftermarket manufacturers.
  4. FWIW, they weren't deleted, specifically. There was an error with the board's software and it had to be reset to a version that was saved a couple of days earlier. Everything that was posted from the 28th to the 30th was lost. It sucks, but there really wasn't any other option. So no, your (very valid) complaints weren't targeted by the mods for not being about the plastic.
  5. This is true for every category. IPMS judging is entirely based on craftsmanship, not accuracy, so you don't have to worry about whether you've got the right bomb load for a specific mission, or whether your kit's pitot tube is 1 mm too long, you *only* need to worry about whether your seams are filled and your parts are aligned. The rules are pretty explicit about this. They allow some wiggle room for using accuracy in an extreme, tie-breaking situation, but in practice this would be gross accuracy issues (like entering a pink F-15 with Hornet markings vs. one in normal USAF markings) and basically never happens. Nobody ever enters a perfectly built model, so judging is more about which faults are more severe than which entry is most perfect. http://www.ipmsnationals.com/Documents/2019-FINAL-IPMS-USA-National-Contest-Rules.pdf As for your second question, it depends entirely on the judge. At the Nats level, it should go without saying that the judges will work strictly by the rules. The more local the contest, the more likely you are to find shitty judges. In my experience, bad judges tend to get shifted to the smaller/less popular categories; if you only have a certain number of judges for your contest, you stick the idiots on the kid's table, or humour or something where they hopefully won't embarrass the club too much; meanwhile your good judges get used in the major categories like aircraft and armour, where most of the entries are. All that being said, judges are just random modellers who offer to help out, so mileage will vary widely. There's no actual qualification necessary, so judges may not even know what the rules are, let alone follow them.
  6. MoFo

    1/48 B-17 series from Hk

    No, you did not. The post: Is just some guy throwing out a prediction. It is NOT an MSRP.
  7. Second this. And it's basically what any of the commercially available, cottage industry solutions will be - same chip, just on a PCB they designed themselves. We've come a long way from Radio Shack. An Arduino Nano is under $2 from China: https://www.banggood.com/ATmega328P-Nano-V3-Controller-Board-Compatible-Arduino-p-940937.html It's about 2 x 1", though the Arduino Pro Micro is even smaller (and, like, $3) An MP3 module is just over a buck: https://www.banggood.com/3Pcs-Geekcreit-DFPlayer-Mini-MP3-Player-Module-MP3-Voice-Audio-Decoder-Board-For-Arduino-Supporting-TF-Card-U-Disk-IOSerial-PortAD-p-981366.html (this is the exact same module Dynamic Scale Modelling uses) LEDs sell for pennies on eBay, both traditional 'bulb' style and smaller SMD components. There's a large community out there for Arduino, so if you can't find any ready-made code that will work for your needs, you'll definitely be able to find people to help you figure out what you want to do.
  8. Well, Raymond DID say they're releasing all the variants of the F-104, so I guess that means technically Kinetic will have to tool (most of) a new 1/48 C-47 as well!
  9. FYI: HLJ is blowing out the Modelcollect B-52G for $50. https://hlj.com/1-72-scale-b-52g-u-s-a-f-stratofortress-strategic-bomber-molmodua72202 What's the current status of the kit for accuracy/re-tooling?
  10. I suppose it shouldn't be a surprise. It's not a coincidence that so many of AMK's releases mirror those of Kinetic.
  11. Ouch! So it sounds like 9 weeks is about average. That's not as bad as I'd feared.
  12. Does anyone happen to know the average surface shipping time for Lucky Models at the moment? They're currently listing 30 - 120 business days, which is a pretty wide spread. I want to order a few large kits to take advantage of their cheap flat rate right now, but I'd kind of like to get them this year...
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