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Aircraft / Re: ARDU EE/CAC Lightning F Mk. 10 Ressurection
« Last post by Modelling_Mushi on Yesterday at 10:54:59 pm »
Thanks guys!

Looks good!  :)   More pictures, please!  :)

I'll try Scotaidh as I go along, Im notoriously inconsistent with these things. But Im getting more motivated now!

What did you use for the radome? I'm also looking at doing a Lightning without a nose intake, but different wings :)

Charlie, its the nose cone from an Airfix 1/144 Scale Vostok!

Ciao
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Aircraft / Re: The missing part inspired F-15X build!
« Last post by Tophe on Yesterday at 10:49:53 pm »
I don't understand if this is a single model or two (single seater & two seater ?), but this is pleasant, congratulations... :thumbsup:
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Modeling Blogs / Re: Moments of Zen
« Last post by ChernayaAkula on Yesterday at 09:59:43 pm »
<...> I just don't think a mere sheet of transfers should cost someone $30, $40, $50, etc.  Sure, new transfers cost money to make but how much does creating a new tool cost? Skipping over that expense counts for something but that "savings" conveniently flies out the window for some reason. <...>

You won't have top pay 50, 40 or even 30 bucks for just a sheet. You also get the base kit. Combine a base kit with an aftermarket decal sheet (assuming there is one!) and you're usually above what Hasegawa charges you. Unless you're robbed by some middleman, that is. :-\
There are no "savings". The tooling costs X, up front, whether you get a single kit out of it or ten thousand. For a 1/72 jet like the Hunter, a Revell rep told us X is about 60k EUR (IIRC). Get 100 kits out of the mould, you're looking at 600 EUR of tooling costs per kit. Get 100k out of it, you're looking at 0.6 EUR a kit. Plastic prices are all but negligible in this case, a couple of cents per kit at most. Hasegawa doesn't run a charity. Additional runs simply mean the cost per item comes down for them. It's the same for any good on the market. You wouldn't go to your car dealer to get a reimbursement because they managed to sell twice as many cars as they thought they would, would you?

So lets have more companies (like AZ) knocking them out with no decals at a cheaper rate.  Perfect for whiffers and those who will always use aftermarket decals for whatever reason.

1. Nobody who has to order a large amount of modelling goods cares for us whiffers. We're a small niche in what's basically a niche market anyway. Xtradecal's What-If TSR.2 sheets don't count. Because... TSR.2. Everybody's crazy for them.  ;D
2. A kit without decals to use aftermarket decals on is only useful if there actually ARE aftermarket decals. For much of what Hasegawa does, there simply AREN'T.
Aftermarket decal companies won't touch these subjects because a) printing decals is expensive and b) the market is decidedly limited. You've got to pay up front for your print run and there's no guarantee you'll see it back quickly, if at all.
AZ Model is not Hasegawa. AZ lives for the niche. Hasegawa is more Airfix in that regard, meaning they sell in their home markets to casual buyers in department stores. Which is also why Hasegawa can run the risk of putting a kit with limited appeal on the market. And if there are aftermarket decals for something Hasegawa also releases, chances are Hasegawa's main clientèle doesn't even know of them. That's also why Revell can get away with dumping a really old Canberra on the German market. :banghead: Most of their customers are casual buyers. They don't know there's a much nicer alternative from Airfix. 
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Aircraft / Re: The missing part inspired F-15X build!
« Last post by TheChronicOne on Yesterday at 08:32:10 pm »
Hey that looks really cool!!  Nice work, bud!

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Aircraft / The missing part inspired F-15X build!
« Last post by seavixen on Yesterday at 07:45:29 pm »
So, it's been a fair while since I last posted on here. Various health issues etc. Anyways, I've had this F-15 Eagle kit a while now. It was missing the windscreen so I ordered a replacement which seems destined never to reach me!

Bored of waiting and eager to crack on with it I decided to build it as a whif. I used one of the canopies, turned it back to front and built up the fuselage to match it. As you can see, it took a while to get a half decent finish. It's let down by my shaky hands ruining the effort to scribe panel lines.

I can't get photos to show properly so here is the link to my album on Flickr.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1rRyq5
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Modeling Blogs / Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Last post by TheChronicOne on Yesterday at 06:27:19 pm »
Ahhh! Ok, cool! Thanks for the history lesson.  :mellow: :mellow: :lol:
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Modeling Blogs / Re: Moments of Zen
« Last post by zenrat on Yesterday at 06:11:48 pm »
...And with decals being the most expensive part of a rebox, of course they're more expensive than the standard boxing...

So lets have more companies (like AZ) knocking them out with no decals at a cheaper rate.  Perfect for whiffers and those who will always use aftermarket decals for whatever reason.

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Modeling Blogs / Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Last post by zenrat on Yesterday at 06:06:24 pm »
The warbird brown is almost an exact match for Vallejo Model Air Acrylic Dark Earth.  But i'm still not going to use it like that.

Brad C.  The warbird roundels are what RAAF roundels look like when you paint over the red centres to prevent confusion with Japanese aircraft.
Later they used the type in the box art with less white.

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A bomber... hell yeah!    :mellow: :mellow:

It may be heretical (around here!  ;D ) but I'm building mine OOB. I really like the thing as it is! So cool. Nothing stopping me from getting more kits in the future though and the sky is the limit.  :lol:
You might need a bit of puty/filer around the gap between the wing and the fuselage.

Thanks for the tip!

Speaking of, and I'm not one to wish ill-fitting kits upon myself, but it just so happens I recently bought a tube of Bondo red glazing putty. I read around and a lot of folks were saying that it works great on airplane kits so I'm kind of eager to try it.
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A bomber... hell yeah!    :mellow: :mellow:

It may be heretical (around here!  ;D ) but I'm building mine OOB. I really like the thing as it is! So cool. Nothing stopping me from getting more kits in the future though and the sky is the limit.  :lol:
You might need a bit of puty/filer around the gap between the wing and the fuselage.
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