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15 hours ago, ElectroSoldier said:

I think you just did.

Yep, I called it, thanks for confirming.

15 hours ago, ElectroSoldier said:

 

I know where you are coming from, Ive seen it often and been told the same thing.

I neither said nor implied you cant have nor did I say you cant voice an opinion. They are always welcome no matter what they are.

And yet you've been wanting to shut down other's opinion for months.

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7 hours ago, Sio said:

Ignore this guy! He is working for someone!

 

7 hours ago, Sio said:

If you want to know, I can tell!

 

3 hours ago, flybywire said:

Why not name it right here, right now so that everyone would know rather than leaving everyone guessing and at the same time, to avoid the impression that you're blaming everyone who gives honest opinions and observations as coming from competitor companies.

 

And while you're at it Sio, please answer the questions I asked after you posted this: 

 

On 12/11/2019 at 1:16 PM, Sio said:

Zactoman, I don't know him! I just know the one developing OV-10 and the one sold our design to some other manufacturer without our authorization. Also, LAU-3 and LAU-68 rocket pods in our ordnance set.

I replied here: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/285277-amk-148-f-14/&do=findComment&comment=2983930

But you ignored my post and left the accusation hanging out there.

 

Are you accusing me of something or are you accusing Terry (HazMAT Models owner)?
What design of yours was stolen/sold? Who was it sold to?
Did AMK receive permission from Terry to use the HazMAT LAU-3 and LAU-68 parts in your weapon set?

 

 

On 12/11/2019 at 8:53 PM, Mstor said:

Zactoman is a well known and respected member of the modeling community and an aftermarket parts maker of extraordinary talent. I find it curious that you would claim not to know him but in the same paragraph accuse him of stealing your designs. If there is some history between you and him, it would be best to take it offline. Airing this type of stuff in an open forum is entirely inappropriate, IMHO.

Respected?  :doh: Though I don't think everybody here agrees, thank you sir. :cheers:
For the record, I have personally had no interactions with AMK other than the banter on this thread.
I did work with HazMAT Models who hired AMK to tool the failed Bronco project. I quit HazMAT before finding out that they had given up on AMK finishing the Bronco tooling. I no longer work for any other company other than Zactomodels. And no, Zactomodels is not a competitor of AMK.

 

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3 minutes ago, ElectroSoldier said:

This seems to imply that you know there is commonality between the two.

I have test shots of the Bronco parts. The pics of the AMK parts look identical.

Dave Roof pointed out an error in the length of the AMK LAU-68 parts: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/285277-amk-148-f-14/&do=findComment&comment=2983951

The Bronco parts have the same error: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/285277-amk-148-f-14/&do=findComment&comment=2984376

I'm pretty certain they are the same parts.

 

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6 hours ago, foxmulder_ms said:

 

Yeah, you will.. lol. and expected. Give me your address I am going to send you one. 😉

I will gladly get one of those superb, flawless kits, greatest among 48 scale Tomcats! (That's just a sample :))

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Just in order to return to examining the kit and poitning out things one could address rather than picking on each other .... the panel lines around the position lights on the LEX zone on the wing glove should be rescribed. This should be a rather easy fix for any builder and no reason to hit on the kit and AMK for that. Just stating my observation. The pos. light openings do have another form. Later on, many birds received a partial cover resulting in the shape AMK tried to depict but the actual opening remained the same. Sometimes the cover would be painted, sometimes not. GW8345 among others could certainly further elaborate on this, I suppose.

The shape of these pos. lights is not quite right in general. I would suggest that serious modellers fill in the openings and panel lines and rescribe / correct the openings. That is what I at least would do, if I had the kit.

 

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13 hours ago, Andrea Bolla said:

 

Let compare AMK with a recent kit (GWH Su-35) under the same conditions (Celestron digital micro at same enlargement):

 

 

My nose section has been reworked (see my slow start build in "in progress" section) so you can see the original plastic only around the antenna plate (there is a bit of primer left I that used to check the panel re-scribing work around the IFR):

 

Sorry not to include a Tamiya kit in this comparison but their most recent A/C kit in my stash is the He162 Salamander that is 14 years old.

 

You're moving the goalpost.

 

The reviewer states that the kit surface is "as smooth as glass", seeing the picture provided above, people can conclude that his statement is false.

You don't need to use digital micro here, a simple pic taken with a normal camera or a smartphone shows rough surface, parting lines and flowmarks.

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And about the fit of the main fuselage parts,

this is the review made by builder of Tom Model Kits we saw previously (roughly translated):

 

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The kit has quite a big "WOW effect". After opening the box we find a pile of well-packed moldings in bags and boxes, large sheets of decals, etchings and modeler is excited to finally have long-awaited news.

 

During the first detailed examination we find the first shortcomings of the kit and the initial enthusiasm begins to decline.

 

After the construction starts, you will not cease to be surprised ... in the first construction step it is necessary to check the moldings [...] and the first of many phases of puttying and sanding ... comes along, which accompanies practically the whole construction.

 

Now is probably a good time to compare the kit with a competitive model from the firm. Tamiya.

Generally AMK is more detailed, spread wings, brake shields, chassis shafts and canopy. Unfortunately, these advantages are completely unnecessarily shed by low quality moldings when it is necessary to almost sand and putty everything, check  and  repeat the procedure. Tamiya is less detailed but fits perfectly, nowhere does the problem of fitting and grinding.

 

Engraving with AMK is all sorts of, except for the factual errors and unfinished works mentioned during the construction, so it is much less sharp, almost fuzzy. Tamiya is beautifully sharp and virtually error free.

 

Undercarriage shafts of the main undercarriage is quite problematic at all to stack into the model so that at least a little fit, in the final phase of the build you can barely close the hull and need a lot of power to.

 

There is a lot (of issues?), from shape and size errors to relatively deflated moldings.

 

If I take it around and around, so AMK can basically not compete with Tamiya. [...]

 

My rating may not be completely objective, someone who is used to HB or Trumpet models, or some better short-runs,  will be thrilled. After gluing four F-14s from Tamiya, AMK is purgatory.

 

So for me F-14 from Tamiya definitely win.

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, Zactoman said:

I have test shots of the Bronco parts. The pics of the AMK parts look identical.

Dave Roof pointed out an error in the length of the AMK LAU-68 parts: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/285277-amk-148-f-14/&do=findComment&comment=2983951

The Bronco parts have the same error: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/285277-amk-148-f-14/&do=findComment&comment=2984376

I'm pretty certain they are the same parts.

 

:cheers:

AMK worked on the Bronco kit?

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OK, here’s the nose gear well. The wash is Ammo neutral brown, and this was an in-progress shot. I like it OK; once the model is on its gear, I’ll probably never see it again.

 

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And here’s my nose section with a shot of Tamiya primer straight from the can (not my preferred method); radome seam looks OK. For those of you wondering about the rivet pattern on the panel above the gun, that’s what the real thing looks like. Also, I know the three vents need to be removed from the top of the nose - not found on the D.

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Has anyone seen the latest news on the AMK Facebook page?

_______________________________________________________________________

******Announcement******

Hi, All,

I am sadly to announce that, Mr. Martin Wilson, former AMK Global Sales and Marketing Director, resigned from AMK. He is too busy with his own business, and has no extra time for the heavy work for AMK. We wish him all the best for his business!

I, Sio, until further announcement, will still be here to serve you all. If you have anything needed, please feel free to leave a message to us!

To all our distributors worldwide, I will contact you all personally, and hope we can still maintain our relationship as we did!

Thank you for your support as always!

Cheers!

Sio

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

Scott

CNJC-IPMS

 

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Boeing fired Mr Muilenberg, and now Martin Wilson resigned from AMK. But Muilenburg got $62m in compensation and pension benefit. How much did AMK paid Martin Wilson to resign ? 100 boxes of F-14D ?

 

"He is too busy with his own business, and has no extra time for the heavy work for AMK." sounds a little bit like a Pravda official announcement ! 😜

 

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13 minutes ago, madcop said:

"He is too busy with his own business, and has no extra time for the heavy work for AMK." sounds a little bit like a Pravda official announcement ! 😜

 

 

Would be more like "Comrade Martin went fishing. To his new dacha somewhere near Central Siberia".

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5 hours ago, shion said:

 

You're moving the goalpost.

 

The reviewer states that the kit surface is "as smooth as glass", seeing the picture provided above, people can conclude that his statement is false.

You don't need to use digital micro here, a simple pic taken with a normal camera or a smartphone shows rough surface, parting lines and flowmarks.

 

Considering that this thread is about the kit and not about fancy reviews I'm not moving the goalpost at all: I have the kit, courtesy of my wallet, so I can check the real thing before spamming whatever BS found over the net.

 

Surface detail is exactly like any other top quality kit (after my post I also looked at a KH Su-34 through the same micro and it has a slightly larger panel lines with a better surface finish, I have not added those pictures to my post because I changed the micro setup a bit so to be correct I should have re-took all the snapshots again), parting lines are present but, apart causing a little mismatch in a couple of panel lines as noted by italian review you posted above, they are much smaller than they look in those photos (those on my canopy took just a couple of minutes of a polishing nail soft stick to be removed) and flowmarks are not common at all, maybe present only in an early batch.

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17 hours ago, madcop said:

Boeing fired Mr Muilenberg, and now Martin Wilson resigned from AMK. But Muilenburg got $62m in compensation and pension benefit. How much did AMK paid Martin Wilson to resign ? 100 boxes of F-14D ?

 

"He is too busy with his own business, and has no extra time for the heavy work for AMK." sounds a little bit like a Pravda official announcement ! 😜

 

Maybe he was also fired or did he really resign.... whatever...nah it could just be an optical illusion after all... 👁️

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36 minutes ago, Andrea Bolla said:

 

Considering that this thread is about the kit and not about fancy reviews I'm not moving the goalpost at all: I have the kit, courtesy of my wallet, so I can check the real thing before spamming whatever BS found over the net.

 

Surface detail is exactly like any other top quality kit (after my post I also looked at a KH Su-34 through the same micro and it has a slightly larger panel lines with a better surface finish, I have not added those pictures to my post because I changed the micro setup a bit so to be correct I should have re-took all the snapshots again), parting lines are present but, apart causing a little mismatch in a couple of panel lines as noted by italian review you posted above, they are much smaller than they look in those photos (those on my canopy took just a couple of minutes of a polishing nail soft stick to be removed) and flowmarks are not common at all, maybe present only in an early batch.

 

Now that's an opinion I can gladly read. So based upon your observations with the kit in hand, you're saying that some of the panel depth/width/ etc. issues are exaggerated by photography? Just want to make sure I am interpreting that correctly is all.

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1 hour ago, Andrea Bolla said:

 

Considering that this thread is about the kit and not about fancy reviews I'm not moving the goalpost at all: I have the kit, courtesy of my wallet, so I can check the real thing before spamming whatever BS found over the net.

 

Your words or more precisely your choice of words contradict your message.

These are not "fancy reviews", these are reviews of people who actually build the kit for one and analyse the kit and compare it with Grumman blueprints for the other.

So it is not fiction, fantasy or BS like you write, it's real.

 

 

 

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Surface detail is exactly like any other top quality kit (after my post I also looked at a KH Su-34 through the same micro and it has a slightly larger panel lines with a better surface finish, I have not added those pictures to my post because I changed the micro setup a bit so to be correct I should have re-took all the snapshots again), parting lines are present but, apart causing a little mismatch in a couple of panel lines as noted by italian review you posted above, they are much smaller than they look in those photos (those on my canopy took just a couple of minutes of a polishing nail soft stick to be removed) and flowmarks are not common at all, maybe present only in an early batch.

 

Nope.

I never saw this kind of rough surface finish on a Hasegawa or a Tamiya kit or Revell, so no these surface finish is not exactly like any other quality kit. Period.

 

And the flowmarks and others surface blemishes are present on the kit of the italian reviewer too, kit bought  "in a shop in Rome".

 

 

And about the size of the panel lines, we already saw a pertinent comparaison:

Source:https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=129855&hilit=amk&start=120

 

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Dark grey is AMK kit (obviously) and light grey is Tamiya.

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13 hours ago, Zactoman said:

 

 

 

 

And while you're at it Sio, please answer the questions I asked after you posted this: 

 

I replied here: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/285277-amk-148-f-14/&do=findComment&comment=2983930

But you ignored my post and left the accusation hanging out there.

 

Are you accusing me of something or are you accusing Terry (HazMAT Models owner)?
What design of yours was stolen/sold? Who was it sold to?
Did AMK receive permission from Terry to use the HazMAT LAU-3 and LAU-68 parts in your weapon set?

 

 

Respected?  :doh: Though I don't think everybody here agrees, thank you sir. :cheers:
For the record, I have personally had no interactions with AMK other than the banter on this thread.
I did work with HazMAT Models who hired AMK to tool the failed Bronco project. I quit HazMAT before finding out that they had given up on AMK finishing the Bronco tooling. I no longer work for any other company other than Zactomodels. And no, Zactomodels is not a competitor of AMK.

 

:cheers:

 

Zactoman,

 

Are you calling me? Really! I don't know you!

 

Be honest, you are free to talk as a modeler for what ever you want to talk about a kit. I will accept every opinion from modelers. I can tell, all of our design different to other manufacturers, are all opinions from modelers, even some may like it, while some may not.

 

If you are working for other manufacturer talking anything bad about AMK kits, I will certainly fight back! As your last sentence saying, I believe, you are not working with AMK Tomcat 3D design now.

 

As a resin part producer, if you want to create flaws for your resin business, I think it is better you create you own thread. Can I ask you a question also? Does AMK kits are that bad as you were mentioning? Nothing is good? Modelers are not blind!

 

What you quoted here is not everything about you! You can say I am accusing you, as what said in this thread is nothing good about AMK kit, but I don't think most of the modelers think so. As long as you were working with Terry (It is ok to mention the name here, as he is a Chinese and he can change his English all the time.), and he is the one stole our Tomcat design, and sold it to another manufacturer. I don't need to name it, as most of the modelers may see, how come the design is so similar.

 

For using LAU-3 and LAU-68 parts, I don't need permission of anyone. I made all the molds whiteout being paid with any cent neither any picture. They are my molds, and now AMK's.

 

You DID help for the design of Bronco! Did you check the shape of the aircraft and building of parts? Do you know why it was not coming out? THIS IS REALLY FUNNY! And now, you are challenging AMK Tomcat design and plastics without anything good?

 

Shion is not the same group as you! I will talk as necessary!

 

So everyone please do what ever you want to do, enjoy modeling, enjoy your life, be happy here! If I am happy too, I will send 3 Tomcats to the first one reach 400 pages. This is just want to have some funs with you guys.

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5 minutes ago, Sio said:

 

...and he is the one stole our Tomcat design, and sold it to another manufacturer. I don't need to name it, as most of the modelers may see, how come the design is so similar.

 

For using LAU-3 and LAU-68 parts, I don't need permission of anyone. I made all the molds whiteout being paid with any cent neither any picture. They are my molds, and now AMK's.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Whiskey said:

 

Now that's an opinion I can gladly read. So based upon your observations with the kit in hand, you're saying that some of the panel depth/width/ etc. issues are exaggerated by photography? Just want to make sure I am interpreting that correctly is all.

 

All the well known shape issues are there (hips, IFR, tailerons, MLG oleo compression), up to you if consider them a deal breaker or not.

 

IMHO the most annoying one is the IFR because it's so emphasized by the paint line running nearby; to my eyes the most offending problem in the hips area is the wrong cross section of outer engine nacelle extending to the inflatable bags, the extra width being negligible; for the taileron shape I doubt I can spot the difference on a built model so again it's up to your personal knowledge of the subject; I'm used to replace LG oleos with polished metal rods whenever possible so this one is not a grat problem for me.

 

Panel lines width, as wrote in a previous post, is a matter of personal taste: this kit has the very same panel width as the GWH Su-35 while KH Su-34 have them slightly larger (10% more or less) with same depth; someone may find them too big, someone consider HB even bigger, someone rescribes both a Tamiya and a HB...

 

Size apart some of the surface detail is missing as well documented.

 

Speaking about molds and production quality my kit has none of the defects noted by Dave or Zacto nor it has any broken or scratched part as noted by italian reviewer so maybe those problems are just restricted to an early batch; parting lines are present but they are much exaggerated by photography than they are in real life (both my canopy lines took a fraction of the time I needed to clean the only one seam on a Hase F-15J) but they are not all the same size (again in my canopy the area on the rear right was worse than the area on the front) and it's true that some panel lines running across them needs some fix; there are also a lot of ejector pin marks, quite annoying but not more than in similar kits.

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25 minutes ago, shion said:

Your words or more precisely your choice of words contradict your message.

These are not "fancy reviews", these are reviews of people who actually build the kit for one and analyse the kit and compare it with Grumman blueprints for the other.

So it is not fiction, fantasy or BS like you write, it's real.

 

English is not my first language, so maybe my choice of words is not always perfect.

 

The "fancy review" I was talking about is the one you quoted in bold and it's quite obvious that it's much more a promo than a review.

 

I never denied that there are differences between the kit and Grumman blueprints and never said the shape of this kit is perfect too.

 

For sure they are fantasy or BS both the "machining marks" and all the "problems" around infamous part U2 in the japanese video.

 

For panel lines width up to your taste... maybe we could ask Janissary why he dared to desecrate the holy Tamiya rescribing it.

 

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The machinemarks are not bullshit, there are here, on the cockpit side and on the intake walls.

It all depends on the type of paint you used and the way you airbrushed your kit. With some kind of airbrush work, like the one of the author of Tom Models Kits, these machinemarks will "rise up". Reason why he sanded the whole kit and put coats of surfacer/check/sand/re-surfacer. Others will not use surfacer (and don't know what it is).

 

The problem with part U2 is here too. Reason why there are so many kits with this singular seam between the main fuselage and the radar cover.

Otherwise, why did AMK had to hide this area on the the promo shots ? 

 

And, I saw Janissary  very good WIP months ago.

He hasn't widden, but deepen the panel lines, just in case (as he said) they would disappear during the paint job.

And he said himself having see others builds of this kit with non-deepen panel lines still there.

So no, there's per se no problem with the size of the Tamiya kit, it's just the precaution one modeller took.

 

 

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