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The surface detail of F/A-18C is same as level as Su-33. But the overall concept of design of the kit is different. The Su-33 trends towards the super detail. The kit is not designed for novel customer.

The F/A-18C employ the advanced surface detailing tooling process, but we also aim to make it easy to assemble with minimum parts count for maximum detail. The one pc lower hull is the highlight of the design via multi-slide mold.

With the one pc hull, we can achieve the kits with intake truck, fold wing, flaps, slat, MLG detail with less than 185 parts, where it need 400+ in Su-33.

Raymond,

This change in "surface tooling process" you are referring to, is this a move away from EDM/spark erosion tooling towards 3D metal printing, such as a DMG Mori Lasertec machines? Since I've heard about these amazing machines I've been wondering whether they would be intricate enough to print 1:48 panel lines and rivets onto the steel tool...If so then it would be truly revolutionary as the cavity could be precision-finished and polished first and the surface detail added AFTER that. And you don't need to make the master for the spark erosion process either.

Cheers

Jeffrey

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I'll be more excited when the A models come out but I'll probably get a C as well. I like the idea of a Swiss bird. Looks good Raymond, keep up the good work.

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Jeffrey,

Not yet, but the panel line thickness is among the best from China at the moment.

With the use of multi axis CNC, all panel line are uniform in thickness. Also part of the detail were made with laser engraving, the detail is very fine. My only concern is the detail get too fine, the water base paint may cover the detail

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Jeffrey,

Not yet, but the panel line thickness is among the best from China at the moment.

With the use of multi axis CNC, all panel line are uniform in thickness. Also part of the detail were made with laser engraving, the detail is very fine. My only concern is the detail get too fine, the water base paint may cover the detail

Thanks Raymond, much appreciated!

I don't use water based paint, so no trouble here! :)

Jeffrey

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I´ll buy some of them for sure, but please, Mr. Raymond Chung, take special care in the boxing process. I bought 2 Super Etendards and both have 2 right fuselages and no left one, I had to ask for them and recieved them after a month.I don´t know if the boxing process is in charge of humas or machines, but I think special care must be taken at that point.

Best regards.

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I´ll buy some of them for sure, but please, Mr. Raymond Chung, take special care in the boxing process. I bought 2 Super Etendards and both have 2 right fuselages and no left one, I had to ask for them and recieved them after a month.I don´t know if the boxing process is in charge of humas or machines, but I think special care must be taken at that point.

Best regards.

Sorry for the boxing issue. We have changed a new subcontractor in injection process. The problem of misplacement of the sprue is from the injection floor, not the packing process. The injection floor subcontractor misplaced the parts into the (left/right) incorrect carton box (both sprue looks similar). Therefore, when the box moved to boxing floor, the packing person does not know it and put 2 right fuselages.

We have seen withdraw the subcontracting job from them and now the newly made tooling is produced and managed by a subcontractor who have long years experience in plastic model injection for many well know brand.

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Mr. Chung, I must congratulate you for your quick answer and for your customer care, your enterprise has always been one of my favourites, and one reason is that, you have always taken care of your customers. Good to hear the changes you have produced. I´m also waiting for the next Mirage III -D...way to go!!!!.

Best regards,

Juan

Sorry for the boxing issue. We have changed a new subcontractor in injection process. The problem of misplacement of the sprue is from the injection floor, not the packing process. The injection floor subcontractor misplaced the parts into the (left/right) incorrect carton box (both sprue looks similar). Therefore, when the box moved to boxing floor, the packing person does not know it and put 2 right fuselages.

We have seen withdraw the subcontracting job from them and now the newly made tooling is produced and managed by a subcontractor who have long years experience in plastic model injection for many well know brand.

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I´m also waiting for the next Mirage III ....

Me too, but in 1/72. Kinetic's very brief interest in this model (and scale) unfortunately seems to have died.

Gene K

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Hoping that Mirage IIID is near release too.

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I received my kit from luckymodel today. Excellent service. The kit was nicely packed in a large box. The main pieces like fuselage and flight control surfaces look great but smaller pieces like weapons have some flash. One of two of the thin rails for the HARM is molded with a kink. The pe fret looks great and seems really thin and flexible. The decals are fantastic. On another note it looks like the vertical stabilizers don't have a curve to them. I can post photos if there is any interest.

Edit for spelling due to auto correct on phone.

Edited by Wayfarer 30

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Do post some pictures please. I'd like to see the fuselage surface as well as some of the parts.

Eric

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Surface detail is smooth. The vertical tail fin tops aren't rounded but easy to fix. Hasegawa's tails are taller. The Kinetic tails match the height of the Monogram Hornet tails but slightly wider (chord).

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The fuel tanks are a tiny bit longer than the Hasegawa fuel tanks.

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Edited by PlasticWeapons

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So...better than the Hase kit?

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I received my kit from luckymodel today. Excellent service. The kit was nicely packed in a large box. The main pieces like fuselage and flight control surfaces look great but smaller pieces like weapons have some flash. One of two of the thin rails for the HARM is molded with a kink. The pe fret looks great and seems really thin and flexible. The decals are fantastic. On another note it looks like the vertical stabilizers don't have a curve to them. I can post photos if there is any interest.

Edit for spelling due to auto correct on phone.

What do the painting and decal guides look like? Any improvements over their last few releases?

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What do the painting and decal guides look like? Any improvements over their last few releases?

Decals and markings guide designed by Fightertown Decals. :thumbsup:

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Awesome... now after the A,B and D get released. .... we need another F-14 kit.

😂😈

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Another TOMCAT ?

No, you need to do an AH-1W......I happen to know this guy that has everything you could possibly need to do one correctly, to include drawings from Bell. :D

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Another TOMCAT ?

Please not another Tomcat.

But you can do a 1/48 Su-15, Yak-28 or a Pucara if you don't mind.

Juan

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You have my vote for an Su-15. In 1/48th scale of course.

Edited by B.Sin

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😊

I'd love to see a Bell 412 in 1/48th and second a whiskey Cobra.

Also The Chinook F and G models in 1/48th.

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Base on the current market suitation, we will roll in the Kfir before the Mirage as Italeri has the MIRAGE IIIE on the map.

If we deliver the KFIR in the same kinds of tooling as in Su-33 and F/A-18C, do you think you willing to pay let say... US 250 for it ? And how many would like to pay for that ?

Well based on how poor the Italeri Mirage and F-104's are you wont gave a problem selling them for that price!

Poor fit, panel lines that are like trenches on aircraft with fine panel work.

Who cares about Italeri the kits are overly expensive underdetailed and the detail that is present is over scale as wel as a huge price.

Bring on the kinetic IIIE...

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More importantly, more kits in 1/72 please. :pray:/>

In 1/48, how about a A-7, Rafale, or Eurofighter?

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