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I was not expecting to see such a thick trailing edge on the flying surfaces. 

All the wings, elevators and vertical stabilisers have very thick edges.

Yeap, we might use some elbow grease to eliminate these problematic areas. (But I am afraid still it will push the limits actually into a big change on the original kit part) 

Still compared to contemporary examples of other model kits it is embarrassing to see such a thicker plastic on 1/72 scale.

I am very sorry for this...

 

 

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Hello,

 

In my humble opinion the condition of 1/72 GWH model is way much easier to solve as the edges are again way much thinner compared to this Revell one.

 

Here not only the edges needed to be thinned but the profile of the wing has to be changed. There appears almost no camber on the profile of the wings. And while trying to achieve this we are going to loose a lot of the detail lines which will be scribed. This is why I wanted to mention a big change on the model.

 

For my taste this really shadows the rest of the model which I find, personally, a great one in terms of detail. I can not comment on accuracy.

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It find this kit a bit confusing; Revell provides you with a set of decals from the 2017/18 timeframe, yet the weapons in the box (AIM-9L, AIM-7, Mk.82, GBU-12, LANTIRN pod) make it more like an early 1990s aircraft.

 

Has this kit been in the design stage that long??

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On 3/20/2022 at 11:15 AM, pollie said:

It find this kit a bit confusing; Revell provides you with a set of decals from the 2017/18 timeframe, yet the weapons in the box (AIM-9L, AIM-7, Mk.82, GBU-12, LANTIRN pod) make it more like an early 1990s aircraft.

 

Has this kit been in the design stage that long??

I think most of the model companies have a sort of standard stock of weapons for a kit. Like Airfix have figures they can include with a kit, the designer who makes the model just adds the figure of leaves it out, weapons are not really integral to the model as it turns out. Same as figures.

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2 hours ago, ElectroSoldier said:

I think most of the model companies have a sort of standard stock of weapons for a kit. Like Airfix have figures they can include with a kit, the designer who makes the model just adds the figure of leaves it out, weapons are not really integral to the model as it turns out. Same as figures.

 

Hobby Boss's 1:48 A4/A7 kits, Kinetic's...almost everything NATO, Academy's 1:48 F-15C/K/E/I, its just much cheaper to include a little unnecessary styrene in the box than engineer new tools for each kit. And anyway it just means more spares for the bin. 🙂

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I find it disappointing that Revell went the way they did with the stores. If we consider that they have a “standard stock” of weapons from earlier kits, I guess they forgot that they have had amraam’s in their F-16c kits since 2002 and AIM-9x’s since their F-18e kits since 2009. 

 

Though, to be fair to Revell, the aim-7’s aren’t called out in the instructions. They even mark them as unused.  However, the instructions do call out AIM-120’s in the paint and decal section. 

 

Just a a bit of a head-scratcher that they chose this route.  Just a few corrections, and it would have been a great kit, especially at the 25 Pound price point. 

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This kit is a total letdown and doesn’t improve on the Academy or GWH offerings (except the Academy P&W exhausts).  Not sure what the point was Revell??  Hard pass.   
 

Steve

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At least here in the USA, Revell has been a price based value leader. Sometimes one gets a gem like their F-22 and sometimes you get a clunker. I expect this will be under $20.00 at hobby lobby soon. I don’t think either GWH’s or academy’s excellent offerings would ever be available at that price. 

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