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35 minutes ago, Jonathan_Lotton said:


Yup...at least one other reviewer has laid a not-to-subtle accusation that they simply started with a copy of a Hobbyboss Tomcat and worked from there

 

 

How do you explain the fact the AMK kit´s got several specific errors people can found only on the Hobbyboss kit?

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Does anyone know who prints the decal sheet?

Furball and they are pretty nice IMHO.

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8 minutes ago, Red Dog said:

Furball and they are pretty nice IMHO.

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He asked who is the printer, not the designer.

 

Printer seems to be a chinese company, there was a uproar on Modelforum.cz about this, one reviewer mistakenly said the decals were printed by cartograf.

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10 minutes ago, Red Dog said:

Furball and they are pretty nice IMHO.

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FurBall did the design but AMK had them printed.  They were nice decals, be careful to get them right on the model as the can fold over themselves really easy.  

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1 hour ago, Red Dog said:

Furball and they are pretty nice IMHO.

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Why did you include the Tamiya instruction sheet for an A model?

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Still waiting for my AMK F-14 kit but I did receive two sets of their weapons set and it is fantastic.*

 

A good quantity of a variety of stores and weapons.  I haven't yet done the red line/blue line comparisons but so far, they look to the mark I eyeball.

 

*As far as I can tell...

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On 12/7/2019 at 6:11 AM, masanissa said:

In terms of accuracy I would rank the AMK kit just above the Academy F-14. If you don't care much about shape issues and want a 1/48 Tomcat that you can pose with dirty wings and a full weapons load for a moderate price then get the AMK kit.


Ok, I might not be the most anal guy regarding shapes that you can find in here, but when I was shopping for my first 1/48 tomcat I took one look at the Academy and said "no way". That nose looks weird even to me. So I bought the then brand new Hobbyboss kit. Instead I had to fix those intakes that are not properly angled. I haven´t seen anybody mentioning the intakes of the AMK kit in this thread, so I take it that they are at least ok shapewise. I prefer to display my aircraft with the nose toward the viewer, slightly angled, so I think I will be able to live with the inaccuracies of the rear end. If not, well, there is always Tamiya.

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I've listed four AMK F-14's on Ebay and have sold them all within hours of listing. Just ordered four more, along with a couple more of the ordnance sets. You know what that tells me? For all of the criticism this kit has received from a handful of members here, most modelers simply don't care. Considering Spruebrothers pretty much blew through about 300 of the kits in a couple of days really proves the negative comments in this thread have had a very miniscule impact on other modelers decisions on whether or not to purchase the kit.

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Maybe many are geared towards the price and details and not much on the errors and no. of accuracy.....

Edited by flybywire

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On 12/6/2019 at 11:11 PM, masanissa said:

In terms of accuracy I would rank the AMK kit just above the Academy F-14. If you don't care much about shape issues and want a 1/48 Tomcat that you can pose with dirty wings and a full weapons load for a moderate price then get the AMK kit.

 

I'd say it's further up the chain then "just above" the Academy kit. The AMK kit, with it's accuracy issues, is far better than the Academy kit. As much as I love the Monogram kit, I'd say the AMK kit is above that as well. Overall, including accuracy, ease of construction, ordnance, and detail, AMK, Hobbyboss, and Hasegawa are all battling for the 2-4 spots. Where they land depends on what you are looking for in a build. If you want ease of construction, Hobbyboss is probably #2. I'm just getting started on my AMK kit, but so far it's been a pretty easy build, so it might take over the #2 spot. We shall see.

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5 hours ago, flybywire said:

Maybe many are geared towards the price and details and not much on the errors and no. of accuracy.....

 

I'd probably say the great majority of builders fit the description above. 

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On 12/7/2019 at 12:34 PM, shion said:

 

How do you explain the fact the AMK kit´s got several specific errors people can found only on the Hobbyboss kit?

Perhaps it's time for new specs, and a shot of vitamin A

Glt

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6 hours ago, Dave Roof said:

I've listed four AMK F-14's on Ebay and have sold them all within hours of listing. Just ordered four more, along with a couple more of the ordnance sets. You know what that tells me? For all of the criticism this kit has received from a handful of members here, most modelers simply don't care. Considering Spruebrothers pretty much blew through about 300 of the kits in a couple of days really proves the negative comments in this thread have had a very miniscule impact on other modelers decisions on whether or not to purchase the kit.

 

For the win!

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8 hours ago, Dave Roof said:

I've listed four AMK F-14's on Ebay and have sold them all within hours of listing. Just ordered four more, along with a couple more of the ordnance sets. You know what that tells me? For all of the criticism this kit has received from a handful of members here, most modelers simply don't care. Considering Spruebrothers pretty much blew through about 300 of the kits in a couple of days really proves the negative comments in this thread have had a very miniscule impact on other modelers decisions on whether or not to purchase the kit.

That tells me some of us should really get more relaxed towards red lines and things, shall we? Let others discuss if one doesn't care.

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15 hours ago, ElectroSoldier said:

Looks like an F-14 Tomcat to me.

Not to the red line brigade. I feel the same way - it's my hobby and not a lifestyle.

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16 hours ago, ElectroSoldier said:

Looks like an F-14 Tomcat to me.

 

If "Looks like an F-14" was the only requirement, then we'd all be satisfied with the Monogram and Revell kits. But, we have never been "satisfied" with the status quo and the kit manufacturers have known this for a long time. Each company has striven to make their kits more accurate and more detailed. This is one of the things that has fueled competition within the industry and hence, we have new F-14 kits being released. Each company trying to outdo the other in detail and accuracy. Sure, the AMK kit looks like an F-14. I've seen kids toys that "look like an F-14". That's not the point and some of us here on this forum want the kit to be as accurate a representation of the F-14 as possible. Heck, why do we buy aftermarket parts or scratch build other parts. It is to improve accuracy and detail. So, to that end we analyze kits' accuracy because some of us want to most accurate kit (or at least would like to know which is most accurate).

I will admit that the AMK is a special case. AMK stated that it would be the most accurate and most detailed F-14 model every made. Big words and we have called them to task on them. In my mind, they have fallen woefully short of the mark. We know the major problems with the kit due to the careful analysis of some very knowledgeable persons here (that does NOT include me). I think that now we are into more of an intellectual exercise to determine exactly where AMK went wrong in the design of their kit. If you are not interested, that's fine. Some of us are interested. Zactoman has hinted that there may be some fixes that may correct some of the AMK kits errors. That may be of interest to anyone who bought the kit but is dissatisfied with the what they bought. So, as others have pointed out, if you are tired of listening to the analysis of this kit, then don't read this thread. Please let those that want to do so in a a civilized manner.  

Oh, and one more thing...

300 here we come!

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1 hour ago, jgrease said:

Not to the red line brigade. I feel the same way - it's my hobby and not a lifestyle.

 

You dont need red lines to see the problems with this kit.

Thats the problem.

If it needed red lines to point them out it would be fine.

 

 

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20 hours ago, IAGeezer said:

 

For the win!

ahhh....but that's the thing. This isn't a winner and loser kind of discussion. I think that's where the problem starts and arguments begin. People that don't worry about as much accuracy as others are going to be happy with the kit and hopefully AMK will make a nice profit and everyone is happy. For those that do worry about extreme accuracy, there are threads like this one that point out areas of concern and people like Zacto will likely come up with some different approaches on how to fix the "problems". Then people that want to choose to buy the kit and "fix" it will be happy and those that don't want to tackle that will be more informed about their choice to buy or not. So basically, it's a win for most everyone. Sure, there are those that are never happy, and those that have a gripe against the company (some legitimate and some not) but overall for the most part, I think this thread is helping more people than you guys realize. But as long as this "our side is right and your side is wrong" keeps going, it's just going to get more and more heated. 

 

Bill

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In one of the few builds of the kit I follow, the builder finally succeed in the jonctions fuselage parts-intakes-cockpit: https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=129855&p=2270379&hilit=amk#p2270379

 

- the upper aft fuselage is wider than the bottom aft fuselage = a visible step to correct.

- the inflatable bags don't fit

- intakes don't fit with the bottom fuselage

- front section doesn't fit with the fuselage.

- aft section-engines section have all kind of fit issues.

 

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Nah, Academy looks worse. But it's definitely overhyped and somewhere around HobbyBoss IMO.

Btw, is "A" in AMK standing for Avantgarde or Average?

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3 hours ago, Mstor said:

Zactoman has hinted that there may be some fixes that may correct some of the AMK kits errors.

 

Chris is one fella that deserves respect - that's for sure. The fat hinds issue is what puts me off the most with regard to the purchasing of the AMK kit, so if Mr Wilson is able to come up with a fix for that, I'll personally build a monument in his honour.

 

1 hour ago, shion said:

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Oh-la-la... :yahoo:Those wings are as sweet as my wife's rump!

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I just got my kits from Kitlinx, but there were no ordinance sets. I guess I thought they would be included with all pre-orders. Anyone else find this to be the case?

 

Thanks!

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23 hours ago, ElectroSoldier said:

Looks like an F-14 Tomcat to me.

AMK didn't plan on making a "looks like a Tomcat to me" 1/48 F-14D.

 

"Looks like a ______ (fill in blank)" suggest a failure, a falling short, an endeavor that almost reached it's goal. You have to make a compromise and accept something that's almost what you want.

 

AMK set out to make the most accurate, the best and most detailed F-14D ever seen in plastic. They didn't do that. They fell short of their stated goal. I hope they figure out what worked and didn't work out for them. Yes they are selling kits. Monogram still sells their ancient 1/48 P-51D.

 

We know Amundsen was the first to the South Pole.

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We remember Scott because of the epic failure.

Three figures are depicted in coloured glass, standing by a cairn of snow topped by a large cross. The scene is framed by a decorative arch.

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