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Title: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on March 23, 2007, 05:50:13 am
Check out Igor's latest Aerodyne... well wicked if a little portly

Mav
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Martin H on March 23, 2007, 10:28:08 am
interesting to say the least
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: philp on March 23, 2007, 12:12:18 pm
Hmmm...
Air deliverable Port-a-Potty.
I can see the markings now.

And, of course, the line up at the latest airshow.  Give you a chance to still take pics of aircraft while you are in that line.


I'll get my coat...
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: chadders on March 27, 2007, 12:05:35 pm
I've gotta get me 1 of those!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Martin H on March 27, 2007, 02:34:52 pm
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I've gotta get me 1 of those!!!!!!!!
Well if u do so dear boy. Do make sure its done in time for Telford. It would fit the VTOL joint display with the Harrier boys quite well me thinks
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on November 13, 2007, 12:41:16 pm
Morning Gang,

Unicraft has released it's 'Super Shturmovik', namely the Il-20.

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on...n/il20/il20.htm (http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/il20/il20.htm)

Some serious metal there.

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Jschmus on November 13, 2007, 01:35:40 pm
That's hideous!

I want one.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Captain Canada on November 13, 2007, 01:46:55 pm
You got that right, Jason !

*shudders*

 :blink:  
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on November 13, 2007, 03:56:54 pm
Looks like someone sold them the plans to the Blackburn Blackburn   :dum:  
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: McGreig on November 13, 2007, 03:58:07 pm
Haven't seen the Il-20, but I picked up the even uglier Tu-91 Boot at Telford, along with the LPL Flying Submarine (pic below).

The engraved detail is better than on some earlier Unicraft kits that I've built, but the surface of the resin is relatively rough on the LPL and full of pinholes on the Tu-91, so a lot of filling and sanding is going to be needed. Still, no-one else does these subjects and I've got some nice results with his kits in the past - - -  
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on May 26, 2008, 04:54:26 pm
G'day Gang,

Igor has a new kit in production that's straight up our alley.  I know most will poo-poo the kit, but it's certainly a unique little beast.  I'm just baffled at how the pilot got squeezed in.

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/dfs-rammer/dfs-rammer.htm

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: GTX on May 27, 2008, 12:56:39 am
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I'm just baffled at how the pilot got squeezed in.

Ditto - with a rocket engine in the back it would have been cosy!!!  Kind of a smaller companion to the Zeppelin 'Rammer':

(http://www.luft46.com/misc/3bzram.jpg)
(http://www.luft46.com/misc/ramcuta.jpg)
(http://www.luft46.com/misc/ramcutc.jpg)

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: puddingwrestler on June 02, 2008, 05:07:37 am
waddaya mean poo-poo? Scale that thing up and it'd make an awesome Luft '46  heavy bomber design!
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: DaFROG on June 02, 2008, 05:12:46 am
it's the ilicit love child of some kind of stove, a victorian era diving suit and some kind of aircraft
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on July 19, 2008, 05:08:26 pm
G'day Gang,

A couple more from Igor at Unicraft...

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/he1073/he1073.htm
http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/go-rammer/go-rammer.htm

Funny thing is about the P.1073/8 though, whilst I agree she's high-altitude (just look at the wings), it's carrying 'Englandblitz' markings from the Nachtjagergeschwadern rather than any Aufklarungs unit markings???

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on July 19, 2008, 09:55:33 pm
Looks to me like it's ready to nuke a 1/200 scale New York City.  Lost of scale-o-rama potential there I think.  I wonder how it would look on a 1/350 carrier deck?
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Martin H on July 20, 2008, 11:04:08 am
that from the man who introduced me to unicraft kits lol
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on July 26, 2008, 11:57:53 pm
Makes as much sense as this:
http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2008/02/09/flying-bomb-guided-by-man-pilot/ (http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2008/02/09/flying-bomb-guided-by-man-pilot/)

Of course whether or not those "Rammer" projects actually existed is evidently open to debate.

Jon
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on July 27, 2008, 12:22:49 am
Whilst I'd agree that most of the 'projekten' were merely paper projects, I see no reason to doubt a papper project of a ramming aircraft, given that the Sturmbock units operated against Allied bombers late in the War.  Part of their mission profile was to close with their target (they had 'whites of their eyes' painted on their flying jackets), expend their ammunition and failing a kill, they considered ramming, although they would attempt to do it without killing themselves.

As for the Mechanix idea, considering the guy who proposed it was an 'expert', I really wonder about the culture pre-War in the US military.  After all, I've also read a document by a USN officer who deliberately suggested that airpower was a waste of time.

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on July 27, 2008, 10:11:52 am
Whilst I'd agree that most of the 'projekten' were merely paper projects, I see no reason to doubt a papper project of a ramming aircraft, given that the Sturmbock units operated against Allied bombers late in the War.  Part of their mission profile was to close with their target (they had 'whites of their eyes' painted on their flying jackets), expend their ammunition and failing a kill, they considered ramming, although they would attempt to do it without killing themselves.

As for the Mechanix idea, considering the guy who proposed it was an 'expert', I really wonder about the culture pre-War in the US military.  After all, I've also read a document by a USN officer who deliberately suggested that airpower was a waste of time.

Regards,

Mav

Go over to Secret Projects then:
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3648.0/highlight,rammer.html (http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3648.0/highlight,rammer.html)
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3167.0/highlight,rammer.html (http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3167.0/highlight,rammer.html)
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,4869.0/highlight,rammer.html (http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,4869.0/highlight,rammer.html)


As to your comment about the US military pre-war culture, well, you'll find equally daft concepts from all powers if you cared to do the research. Its great how you slam the entire between the wars US military but consider the supposed ramming concept as reasonbale? Why because its German?
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Martin H on July 27, 2008, 12:49:28 pm
Why because its German?

I do belive that we Brits got there first.........we had several "rammer" projects on the go after Dunkirk... all borne out of utter desperation.
Considering how desperate things were for Germany in the last 18 months of the war, i could well belive that a fair few of these "Luft 46" rammer projects were being considered.  Certainly a weapon of last resort thou, when all else has failed.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on July 27, 2008, 03:31:59 pm
Go over to Secret Projects then:
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3648.0/highlight,rammer.html (http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3648.0/highlight,rammer.html)
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3167.0/highlight,rammer.html (http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3167.0/highlight,rammer.html)
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,4869.0/highlight,rammer.html (http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,4869.0/highlight,rammer.html)


As to your comment about the US military pre-war culture, well, you'll find equally daft concepts from all powers if you cared to do the research. Its great how you slam the entire between the wars US military but consider the supposed ramming concept as reasonbale? Why because its German?
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Jon,

Perhaps you misunderstood me, but I HAVE cared to do the research and a vast majority of ALL nations inter-war concepts were pretty dumb.  I don't believe the ramming concept had that much of a degree of reason, it was (as Martin noted) born out of desperation.  I made no attempt at any point to defend the concept, but instead pointed out that the Germans did have some units who used ramming as part of their operational doctrine.  Is this defense?  I hardly think so.  Is it defending the German military against anyone else? Equally ludicrous.

Mav
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on November 05, 2008, 04:15:58 pm
G'day Gang,

An update from Unicraft for a trio of rather interesting types.

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/sp190/sp190.htm

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/fw-rammer/fw-rammer.htm

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/fw250/fw250.htm

Once again, fairly basic & requiring work, but very nifty looking.  The Souvage-Payen in particular looks brilliant.

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on November 05, 2008, 05:58:38 pm
I like that Fw.250, it would sit well with my Focke Wulf Entwurf III and Ta.183
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: lancer on November 06, 2008, 05:32:21 am
I like that Fw.250, it would sit well with my Focke Wulf Entwurf III and Ta.183

Agreed, the FW 250 does look really smart.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Mossie on November 06, 2008, 10:09:19 am
Yeah, I liked that one too.  Igor's had the Cheranovsky BICh on the 'Russian Future Releases' page for a long time, it's a favourite of mine.  I e-mailed him about & he said he's not really planning on doing it since not many have showed interest.  So if you really want it..... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on November 06, 2008, 11:54:26 am
I don't disagree with you Lee, the quality is not CMK or Planet, but he does do a number of unique subjects.  I have the Rolls Royce Mustang FTB (twice) where I ditched practically the whole of the conversion, using just the top of the new fuselage, but I had really wanted it and there's not anything else out there.  The FW Entwerf III he does definitely isn't as good as the Planet kit (the one I have) but it's not quite as expensive as the Planet kit, plus over on this side of the pond, we can buy the Unicraft stuff right from a guy in the States that he ships all his models too, which then gets forwarded on. He's able to cut the shipping costs by doing this.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Madoc on November 07, 2008, 07:14:20 am
Lee,

I don't think that really applies to Unicraft.

Igor's subject matter is far, far to esoteric for even the most adventurous scale model kit manufacturers to even consider tackling.

Mach 2, in contrast, fits that much more aptly.  The subject matter that Mach 2 renders is much more mainstream and their production is more professional appearing.  They're the ones who act the spoiler when it comes to more capable and competent manufacturers trying their hand at the same subjects.

Igor's Unicraft avoids this by sticking to the "what if?" realm almost entirely.

And there's also the fact that he's gotten consistently better at his renderings over the years.  While still nowhere near even a 1960's vintage Airfix or Monogram rendering, the stuff he's putting out these days is leagues ahead of the stuff he first put out in the 90's.

Madoc

Madoc
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: frank2056 on November 07, 2008, 09:18:00 am
And there's also the fact that he's gotten consistently better at his renderings over the years.  While still nowhere near even a 1960's vintage Airfix or Monogram rendering, the stuff he's putting out these days is leagues ahead of the stuff he first put out in the 90's.

Madoc


I have some of his early "kits" - the ones where he would heat plastic until it softened then hand pushed it into the mold. The plastic actually had burnt paper (or something) stuck to them. I managed to build one; I don't know what to do with the others. His early resin kits were pretty bad as well. From what I've seen online, he's certainly improved his production methods.


Steve Malikoff, one of the guys on my old German Projects mailing list, actually built a few of those old Unicraft kits. He sent me a few pictures of the unbuilt kits as well (http://frank.bol.ucla.edu/sm.html).
Frank
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on December 08, 2008, 01:38:56 pm
G'day Gang,

Unicraft has a couple of new releases up.

Lockheed's Bronco competitor

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/cl760/cl760.htm

and one which should make Greg happy, the BAe HERTi

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/herti/herti.htm

Regards,

Mav

Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: luft46models on December 10, 2008, 09:15:40 pm
I must agree with Wooksta - I'm not adverse to difficult builds even doing lots of P/e stuff but I have sold off nearly all my Unicraft stuff over the last 2 years - life is just too short and I have too many good kits and ideas to do Unicrap - someone here even got a free Junkers SFP from me and I loved that plane - just no way I could do the final work


William in Oz
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Weaver on December 11, 2008, 03:26:47 am
G'day Gang,

Unicraft has a couple of new releases up.

Lockheed's Bronco competitor

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/cl760/cl760.htm

Methinks he's got his text scrambled somewhere:

Quote
The Lockheed CL760 has reached a mockup stage of development. It would have had a 26000 pound afterburning turbofab engine. The wing had about 25% more area than the F104 and the low tail would have alleviated the pitchup problem inherent with the T-tail.

Now personally, I'd LOVE to see what happened if you put a 26,000 lb thrust engine in that, but you'd have to make sure you didn't blink and miss it....... ;D
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Weaver on December 11, 2008, 03:32:07 am


and one which should make Greg happy, the BAe HERTi

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/herti/herti.htm



It amused me, and the rest of the biking-plane-nut fraternity, no end when they first revealed pictures of the HERTI prototype and went on at some length about it's "specially developed" engine, given that we could all see the cylinder heads of a production BMW motorbike engine sticking out of the sides..... :rolleyes:

In some of those pics, it has a stencil on the side which reads "NO HUMAN OCCUPANT": is that to stop the postman and milkman delivering or what?  Or maybe it's to stop little old ladies and Japanese tourists from knocking on the Police version it and asking for directions.... :huh:

(There are those who would argue that a "NO HUMAN OCCUPANT" sticker was appropriate for all Police vehicles, but that's just cynical........)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on February 01, 2009, 02:36:36 pm
G'day Gang,

Looks like our own Flitzer is branching out.  The art is his I believe.

http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=UNI7289

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: sotoolslinger on February 01, 2009, 03:07:04 pm
Beauty :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Green Dragon on February 01, 2009, 04:00:27 pm
Unicraft seem to be using his art for their Miles M22 and Boulton Paul P.122 as well. http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/
Hope he's getting paid for it! Love his artwork.

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on March 20, 2009, 01:03:12 pm
Just been looking at the 'New Arrivals' listing on Hannants' website and found this:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=UNI7289
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: PanzerWulff on March 20, 2009, 04:03:30 pm
This one looks interesting
(http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/kayaba/kayaba-box.jpg)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on March 21, 2009, 02:24:03 am
Just been looking at the 'New Arrivals' listing on Hannants' website and found this:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=UNI7289

Picked one up at Southern Expo - beware it's not for the faint hearted, the resin almost looks like Meerschaum that those German pipes were made out of  :banghead: Still I've started it but it will need bits from the spares box and some gentle scratch building. Hannants only had a few.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on May 06, 2009, 11:02:46 pm
Here's some more Unicraft whiffery & RW.

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/jet-skimmer/jet-skim.htm

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/barracuda/barr.htm

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/me1101/me1101.htm

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/mig-skat/mig-skat.htm

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/su10/su10.htm

I'd think that doing the "Jet Skimmer" would be easier converting the Hase kit.

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on May 07, 2009, 07:35:33 am

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/jet-skimmer/jet-skim.htm

I'd think that doing the "Jet Skimmer" would be easier converting the Hase kit.

Regards,

Mav

I don't really understand the skimmer Mav, the whole concept of the flying pancake was that the prop wash over the fuselage created the airflow when flying very slowly which then created the lift, I'm not sure how this jet version would work unless it has some boundry layer airflow system.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Mossie on June 13, 2009, 04:46:43 am
Dewotine/Sud Est.580.  Looks like a D.520 derivative a with a huge dorsal radiator scoop.  I'm afraid I don't know anything about it & a breif web search brings nothing up.
http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/se580/se580.htm (http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/se580/se580.htm)

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i176/Mossie105/Models/DewotineSudEstSE580Unicraft.jpg)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on July 31, 2009, 05:49:30 pm
G'day Gang,

Unicraft have a swag of new releases available.

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/fa336/fa336.htm
http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/me109zz/me109zz.htm
http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/vg60/vg60.htm

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: frank2056 on July 31, 2009, 06:36:10 pm
His masters look very nice. I don't know what inverse magic occurs between the masters and the resin/plastic, though.
Title: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: TsrJoe on September 11, 2009, 08:36:48 am
just picked up the 'Unicraft Models' EADS Barracuda UAV resin kit, a type id been eagerly awaiting after abandoning an example my late dad was working on a few years ago due to lack of information, at £27.00 i thought, hmm, a bit pricey but as i want one for the collection needs must

... how can i put this without exaggerating or misrepresenting the kits contents... the model is, to be polite, a 'POS.' ... inaccurate fuselage and wing section contours, undercarriage which bears no relation to the actual airframe (no excuse as the image on the box clearly shows how it should look), inaccurate and crudely done surface detail (marred by a scarred and uneven finish) unusable 'decals' (must have been printed at the lowest resolution possible) next to useless instructions (forgivable with a 'what-if' type but not an actual aircraft) a mention of 'please refer to the enclosed cd for photos and artworks...??? cant see how that wouldv fitted in the box, no matter there wasnt one anyway. The material used (epoxy tinted so as to look like a urethane type resin?) is brittle and has the consistency of a 'crunchie bar' ie aeriated, bubbles are also apparent on the outer surfaces and at corners where the moulds havent filled properly (i used to bin or give away as freebie samples 'reject' castings better than this!)

methinks if the master had been primed and tweaked to fix any glitches before moulding quite a lot of the annoying aspects might have been 'fixed', altho it seems from the website that the raw masters are used right down to misalligned undercarriage bays, squint panel lines, etc etc.

http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/barracuda/barr.htm

grrr... i have managed to build some of this range of kits in the past AS.31, Focke VTOL. etc., usually with an acceptable bit of work but ill admit i definately have more unbuilt than built in the collection, abandoned examples being the MBB. Lampyridae (inaccurate and twisted) Super V.1 & V.4 (badly and crudely mastered) etc.

ill fully admit these are my own comments re experiences with the range, any further thoughts ... ?

ps. iv now dug out the one abandoned a few years ago, my fathers model definately being an easier and more accurate starting point

cheers, Joe

Title: Re: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: anthonyp on September 11, 2009, 05:50:33 pm
Thanks for the review, Joe.  I've been looking at some of the Unicraft stuff and while I think the subjects are nice, just looking at some of the master pics on the site has made me a bit cautious about saving up for them.  I've had my eye on their Bird Of Prey, but after your experience, I think I'll wait till someone else comes out with the kit.
Title: Re: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: Gary on September 12, 2009, 05:52:34 am
Wow!

Have you contacted them to give them the opportunity to replace their junk? They clearly have some folks who don't give a crap about quality control.

About the shape issue, how many versions of the Barracuda were/are there? Could they have a different set of drawings? Unicraft, giving the devil their due, typically get better reviews in the magazines. But then we all know, review samples are always the best the maker makes. When a review comes via your own wallet, it's a different thing altogether.

Your review is important and complete. I was searching for a Space 1999 Eagle and after reviews destroyed one company's version for the resin etc, they improved it a lot. Thankfully, I got one of the later versions and it is a huge undertaking, but wonderful quality! Perhaps Unicraft need the same wake up call.
Title: Re: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: Barry Krell on September 12, 2009, 12:15:23 pm
I doubt it.  Many, many people have commented on Unicraft's products and the vast majority have said that they are pretty awful.  Many make allowances for Igor's circumstances - ie Ukrainian guy producing on his own, unable to get quality materials, etc, etc.  However, he's been producing for well over a decade so you'd think that there'd be some improvement!  If you're spending nearly Czechmaster prices and getting a crock then you have good right to complain.

Many cottage industries start small with a lower standard product but most improve quickly.  All the UK resin manufacturers did and look at some of their products now.  Home casting is relatively inexpensive - a kilo of rubber from Tiranti's in London will set you back under twenty notes, the two part resin isn't much more than that.  Why can't Unicraft use a better resin?  Olimp are Ukrainian yet their resin is far superior so comment that he can't get a better resin are simply bogus. 

The only thing I could suggest would be a boycott of Unicraft stuff.  My own feelings are that Unicraft are the  Merlin of the resin casting world.  Full of good intentions but woefully unable to deliver.
Title: Re: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on September 12, 2009, 01:22:34 pm
Perhaps Unicraft is following in the footsteps of other great artists like Picasso and Dali to create their own unique and recognizable art form using two-part resin as their medium of preference.
Title: Re: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: cthulhu77 on September 13, 2009, 05:34:02 am
Laugh out loud !

   Personally, most of the new resin kits are pretty crappy.  That atrocity from anigrand I reviewed last year was enough to cure me of buying their stuff again. I refused to review the unicraft kit I was sent. It would have been easier to scratchbuild.
Title: Re: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: Tojo633 on September 13, 2009, 02:32:26 pm
All
For those who do not know him TSR Joe is very acknowledged and skilled when it comes to creating Masters and Casting. If he says its a croc it usually is, one would have thought that the quality and accuracy would have improved but obviously not, it would be prudent to at least put in a complaint and see what happens?

Sandy
Title: Re: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on September 14, 2009, 10:32:00 pm
Perhaps Unicraft is following in the footsteps of other great artists like Picasso and Dali to create their own unique and recognizable art form using two-part resin as their medium of preference.

Of course the big difference is that Picasso and Dali were both trained, talented and technically highly proficient artists, Igor is apparently none of those.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Mossie on October 19, 2009, 04:21:18 pm
Quite a few since the last update:

Sukhoi Su-10 (http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/su10/su10.htm)
Arado Ar-234 Conversion (http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/ar234e/ar234e.htm)
Miles M.22 (http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/m22/m22.htm)
Grumman G-71 Jet (http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/g71/g71.htm)
Nakajima Ki-62 (http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/ki62/ki62.htm)

I'm quite keen on the M.22 & I can see Narses getting hold of one....
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on November 02, 2009, 03:05:05 am
Miles M.22 (http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/on/m22/m22.htm)

I'm quite keen on the M.22 & I can see Narses getting hold of one....

To right, glutton for punishment that I am  :banghead: Might mean a visit to Lonewulf at Telford
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: TsrJoe on November 02, 2009, 05:12:34 am
http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,25947.0/highlight,unicrap.html

thats not to say id never fall for them again tho, ill probably pick some more up at Telford, def a glutton for punishment

cheers, joe
Title: Re: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: TsrJoe on November 02, 2009, 05:15:32 am
yipee, iv now got a model of the Barracuda UCAV. that im happy with sitting awaiting paint, laminated styrene and sanding contours is far quicker and sharper than trying to clean up low quality aereated epoxy resin... now if only the decals had been usable, ah well !

cheers, Joe
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Mossie on November 02, 2009, 05:21:10 am
I'd like the MiG-8 Utka, but being an older Unicraft kit it's even more rough!
Title: Re: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: Gary on November 02, 2009, 02:23:46 pm
And where are the pictures young man...
Title: Re: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: Tojo633 on November 03, 2009, 12:55:23 pm
Joe

And I thought you were going to put Finnish markings on it? or have you?

Sandy
Title: Re: 'Unicrap Models'
Post by: JayBee on November 03, 2009, 01:03:34 pm
All
For those who do not know him TSR Joe is very acknowledged and skilled when it comes to creating Masters and Casting. If he says its a croc it usually is, one would have thought that the quality and accuracy would have improved but obviously not, it would be prudent to at least put in a complaint and see what happens?

Sandy

Yo! Dude!
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: TsrJoe on December 26, 2009, 06:45:12 pm
re the Barracuda, ill make a mould for it to go with the Dassault AVE and Saab SHARC i made previously, ill admit im tempted to do a finnish one as well as an actual prototype too

cheers, joe
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on March 20, 2010, 08:01:36 am
These 3 were all on the Lonewulf stand at S Expo.

Interesting  ;D

Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Cobra on October 29, 2010, 02:01:40 am
Hey Guys, i was just @ Fantastic-Plastic and saw the Unicraft Boeing 'Seafighter' model is Now in their Inventory! Check it out! Dan
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Maverick on September 28, 2011, 02:48:32 pm
Morning Gang,

Here's some more from Igor.

http://www.unicraft.biz/germ/ju112/ju112.htm

http://www.unicraft.biz/germ/he1065-1/he1065-1.htm

http://www.unicraft.biz/on/douglas640/d640.htm

http://www.unicraft.biz/on/v433/v433.htm

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Mossie on September 28, 2011, 03:32:04 pm
Some from the BSP volumes, again I can see NARSES getting into some serious flagellation...

Released:
Boulton Paul P.122 Rocket Fighter (http://www.unicraft.biz/on/bp122/bp122.htm)

Future Releases:
Hawker P.1048 'Meteor' (http://www.unicraft.biz/on/hawker1048/hawker1048.htm)
Boulton Paul P.99 twin boom (http://www.unicraft.biz/on/bp99/bp99.htm)
Boulton Paul P.100 canard pusher (http://www.unicraft.biz/on/bp100/bp100.htm)
Bristol F.11/37 turret fighter (http://www.unicraft.biz/on/bristol1137/bristol1137.htm)

F.11/37 with night/white undersides eh Chris??? :wacko:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 28, 2011, 04:26:46 pm
Ooh yes, I like that BP P100 pusher thingie!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on September 29, 2011, 03:21:28 am
Well the 2 BP projects and the Bristol look as though they might make the stash  :banghead:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Mossie on September 29, 2011, 03:22:24 am
Thought you might! :lol:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 29, 2011, 03:25:16 am
I'd like all of them, but the quality of the casting will be terrible and the resin itself is excreble.  On top of that, the price will be nigh on CMR prices for, at best, a sub standard product.  Hasegawa prices for a Merlin kit is the best analogy.

A mate has the Bv 237 and he's said it's the last Unicraft kit he's buying.  It's appallingly bad - the box art is a built up Revell Bv P.194 sans jet engine, the BMW engine in the kit is too small and the wrong shape, the resin is awful.  I could go on and on about how bad this is but I'd be repeating myself.  Price? £38.  How much?!!!!!!!!!!!!! He can hadaway and...

It's something I've wanted for 20 years, but I'm not paying that for the excrement that Igor is pushing.  I've thrown away better castings than he's charging money for.

Best advice with Unicraft?  Avoid and try scratchbuilding it instead.  Far more rewarding and certainly cheaper.  And bearing in mind the amount of scratching you'll have to do anyway to bring the kits up to standard, you may as well scratchbuild.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Green Dragon on September 29, 2011, 01:31:30 pm
Really want the canard pusher but every review I've seen of Unicraft is totally terrifying, and not just Lee's sentiments above!  ;D

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 29, 2011, 02:14:39 pm
I've got a couple of Unicarafts, bought 2nd hand at shows so nowhere near full retail, and they can be pretty dire. Sometimes it looks like the plans for the left half had never even seen the plans for the right half! What's wrong with 'mirroring' the image, for goodness sake?
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on September 30, 2011, 07:43:38 am
I've built a few Unicraft kits and yes they are preaty dire, but if you really want the subject and take your time over it, do a little bit and walk away for a week, you can achieve something you will be happy with. Just be sure you have plenty of Miliput and things like undercarriage parts in your spaes box  :banghead:

Plus there is always the mystery part to puzzle over. Every Unicraft kit I've built has had one part that I have just not been able to figure out what the heck it's for  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Green Dragon on September 30, 2011, 10:07:01 am
So they're the opposite of IKEA who always have a part missing?!  ;D

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on October 01, 2011, 01:49:09 am
So they're the opposite of IKEA who always have a part missing?!  ;D

Paul Harrison

Never thought of it like thsat but I suppose yore right  ;D
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on October 02, 2011, 02:43:36 am
So they're the opposite of IKEA who always have a part missing?!  ;D

Paul Harrison

Never thought of it like thsat but I suppose yore right  ;D

No, you are both missing the obvious...

The extra part in a Unicraft kit IS the IKEA missing part...  :dalek:

 :cheers:

Duncan

Out of the mouths of babies ?  :wacko:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitbasher on October 03, 2011, 02:17:18 pm
Never bought or built anything from Unikraft.  There's clearly strongly held views about them on this forum, so just how crap (or not) are they, peeps?
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on October 03, 2011, 03:32:27 pm
Think of the worst resin kit you've ever had, multiply it by a thousand and you're still not close. By way of comparison, the Final Touch/Kitbits Seafire FR47 is Czechmaster quality compared to Unicraft.

I've thrown away better quality castings than Igor is charging top dollar for.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on May 10, 2012, 01:19:17 am
Oh well looks like this could be my next purchase from Adrian Hampton, and before anybody says anything, I know, I know  :banghead:

http://www.unicraft.biz/on/hawker1048/hawker1048.htm (http://www.unicraft.biz/on/hawker1048/hawker1048.htm)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Mossie on May 10, 2012, 01:39:29 am
Go for it Chris, it's a nice looking bird.  Got your eye on the BP P.99 & P.100 coming up, as well as the Bristol F.11/37????? ;D
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Thorvic on May 10, 2012, 04:13:22 am
Oh well looks like this could be my next purchase from Adrian Hampton, and before anybody says anything, I know, I know  :banghead:

http://www.unicraft.biz/on/hawker1048/hawker1048.htm (http://www.unicraft.biz/on/hawker1048/hawker1048.htm)

You might want the DP Casper Operation Musketeer decal set to go with that  :wacko:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 10, 2012, 04:27:12 am
It'd be more likely to be Korean war than Suez.  Any that were in still in service by 56 would more likely be RAuxAF, so the Xtradecal Meteor sheets would be more appropriate, or possibly the Modeldecal RAF Sabre sheet for ones serving in Germany.

It's tempting, I'll admit, but I've been burned far too often by Igor, although the thought of cleaning it up and recasting it to do a better job is intriguing...
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Thorvic on May 10, 2012, 04:39:36 am
There are Isreali & Egyptian aircraft on that sheet Lee as well as the British & French (Plus Adrian stocks the DP Casper sheet so extra plug to support Lonewulf  ;))
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on May 10, 2012, 07:31:08 am
Go for it Chris, it's a nice looking bird.  Got your eye on the BP P.99 & P.100 coming up, as well as the Bristol F.11/37????? ;D

Must admit they are the type of thing I like
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Martin H on May 10, 2012, 09:33:40 am
Its tempting, I'll admit, but I've been burned far too often by Igor, although the thought of cleaning it up and recasting it to do a better job is intriguing...

Ive had similar thoughts Lee. Altou I will most likely get one for my self anyway
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 10, 2012, 02:23:59 pm
Cockpit interior is likely to be a Sea Fury or similar.  The Special Hobby Baghdad Fury 2 seater has a spare resin cockpit for the single seater...
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitbasher on May 10, 2012, 02:42:53 pm
Oh well looks like this could be my next purchase from Adrian Hampton, and before anybody says anything, I know, I know  :banghead:

http://www.unicraft.biz/on/hawker1048/hawker1048.htm (http://www.unicraft.biz/on/hawker1048/hawker1048.htm)

I've been picking up, fiddling with and putting down a Spitfire (High back) and Me 262 hash-up that is beginning to look not that dissimilar to the P1048.

Once I'me able to devote more time to it I'll start up a build thread.  Meanwhile I'm also tempted by this kit - maybe I'll wait for Chris's 'review'!
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Martin H on May 10, 2012, 02:56:48 pm
Its been said on here before that Igor's masters are great, but his choice of resin and some of the short cuts he takes in casting let the product down big time. Also you would expect that as experience is gained over time, quality would improve. But that appears to have stalled, its still pretty much the same product quality wise as when I got my first Unicraft kit (the Martin baker Tank buster)  10 or more years ago.
Igor's out put is prolific,and in many cases he is the only likely source for many of the subjects he covers. But Im sure the poor quality resin and other issues will impact Unicraft negatively in the long run.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: luft46models on May 10, 2012, 04:21:28 pm
I won't buy them any more and given my Luft 46 addiction I was an obvious target, they are just too unbuildable and as I get older I realise I'm not going to finish everything in the cupboard that I want to build anyway so why add bad kits to the pile when much better ones deserve to be built.

William in Oz
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kevincallahan on May 10, 2012, 05:04:20 pm
That Hawker 1048 is just the sort of thing I'd love to build, but I've got too much previous experience of the "Russian Merlin". I have that MB Tankbuster too.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on May 11, 2012, 07:45:07 am
Whilst agreeing with everything said about the "quality" of Unicraft kits I'll repeat what I've oft said in the past - pick the kit up, do a bit, put it down and pick it up again a week latter and repeat until finished. Works for me.

But Im sure the poor quality resin and other issues will impact Unicraft negatively in the long run.

And yet strangely Martin he's been going for how many years ? Must be a lot of modelling masochists out there or perhaps it's just the subject matter ?
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 11, 2012, 08:09:36 am
First Unicrap "kits" I saw were being handed about on the Hannants stand at Donnington in '94.  But I'm sure he'd been flogging his garbage for a few years prior to that.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: famvburg on May 11, 2012, 09:43:14 am

      As a long time pen pal of Igor's, I'd just like to say that if you're going to dis him & his work, dis him correctly. he's Ukrainian, not Russian. I've built a number of his kits & have a number in my stash & I just don't see the negative waves about his work. Granted, they're not Tamigawajimi, but they're buildable.



That Hawker 1048 is just the sort of thing I'd love to build, but I've got too much previous experience of the "Russian Merlin". I have that MB Tankbuster too.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Martin H on May 11, 2012, 10:27:16 am
That Hawker 1048 is just the sort of thing I'd love to build, but I've got too much previous experience of the "Russian Merlin". I have that MB Tankbuster too.

The MB tank buster is one of Igor's best. It was my very first resin kit, not just my first Unicraft kit. The Mustang FTB is also quite good.
I stand by my earlier comments, Ive even cloned one of his conversions just to see if changing the resin improved the item in question.........It did. And all I did to the original parts prior to moulding was a light sanding.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on May 11, 2012, 02:32:16 pm

      As a long time pen pal of Igor's, I'd just like to say that if you're going to dis him & his work, dis him correctly. he's Ukrainian, not Russian. I've built a number of his kits & have a number in my stash & I just don't see the negative waves about his work. Granted, they're not Tamigawajimi, but they're buildable.


I've got quite a few of his kits and conversions and I agree with you and Martin, Igors stuff isn't as bad as what a lot make them out to be, and it's called modelling you know ----
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on May 12, 2012, 01:31:53 am

   I've built a number of his kits & have a number in my stash & I just don't see the negative waves about his work. Granted, they're not Tamigawajimi, but they're buildable.



Yup they are buildable and I've actually enjoyed building the half dozen or so I've completed (lot more in the stash). Always had a sense of achievment once I've got them finished. I enjoyed this one in particular


(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/modelsAug2009014.jpg)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/NARSES2/modelsAug2009016.jpg)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Martin H on May 12, 2012, 12:35:52 pm
the wall in my loft has had a 40-50% kill rate with Unicraft kits. And the 80% built FW-42 has ended its days as the spray mule in the spray booth.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitbasher on May 13, 2012, 03:29:39 am
the spray mule in the spray booth.

A mate at work reliably informs me there are specialist websites ;) ;) dealing with this sort of thing 
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Martin H on May 13, 2012, 05:18:29 am
the spray mule in the spray booth.

A mate at work reliably informs me there are specialist websites ;) ;) dealing with this sort of thing 
What ever floats his boat Dave ;D
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kevincallahan on May 13, 2012, 08:42:13 pm

      As a long time pen pal of Igor's, I'd just like to say that if you're going to dis him & his work, dis him correctly. he's Ukrainian, not Russian. I've built a number of his kits & have a number in my stash & I just don't see the negative waves about his work. Granted, they're not Tamigawajimi, but they're buildable.


My apologies. I will assiduously refer to him as the "Ukrainian Merlin" from this point on.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Supertom on May 14, 2012, 10:13:34 am
I'd like to point out that Igor does run a business, and perhaps there are reasons he's always using poor quality resin.  I suspect it has to do with a possibly low sales volume or lack of equipment (the high pressure casting machines are quite an investment and are tricky to operate I've heard).    On the other hand, you have to hand it off to him for tackling subjects that not a lot of people would take on.  This hobby can be challenging, after all.  I understand that some people are enthused about his products but but slagging him at every opportunity someone mentions his products is getting old.  Put yourself in his shoes - perhaps you could start up a small-scale, low production run resin conversion/kit company and show Igor how it's done instead.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: TsrJoe on May 15, 2012, 12:31:33 am
A good point Tom but theres no excuse, i have been in relatively regular contact with Igor for many years (way pre forum) back in his days of pouring treacle like epoxy in open topped moulds! (indeed i recall even back then sending over a few castings id made in what is now the hobby standard urethane resin!)
there ARE suppliers of cheap urethane based resins in the Ukraine, Unicraft's form of moulding WOULD be suitable for using such resins, the fact that he pigments the epoxy used (to match that of a 'plastic resin') shows us that he is aware the stuff currently used is crap.
Pricewise too he is taking the proverbial p.... just look at some other manufacturers and you will see what i mean, in fact i believe it has been seeing the prices of Unicraft resins and their mould quality that has led to price hiking by other ranges, where in real terms resin and silicone costs have actually decreased ! (i for one feel cheated when looking at his costs compared to those of other friends and colleagues products!)
In no way am i dismissing Igor's obvious talent as a master maker for his kits, but iv been stung sooo many times by seeing images of his work in preperation and indeed looking forward to its release only to be disappointed time and again on whats actually produced.
I feel for Adrian at Lonewulf and other stockists of Unicraft, like many i keep getting drawn to the range due to subject choice but one looking in the box i am reminded of just how much work they entail!
I agree with the previous poster that as modellers we should accept a little more work so we can add subjects ner previously modelled to our shelves... sorry but in this case no, a change of casting material forced upon by the client base would help greatly but my suggestion is even more simple ...
Find a subject you want to model, source and scale some suitable drawings, raid the spares box for smaller usable items like undercart etc, and build it ourselves from laminated styrene, kitbashed parts or wood! Its quicker and more satisfying than cleaning up blobs of carcenogenic epoxy resin !

Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 15, 2012, 03:16:50 am
Hear hear!
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Supertom on May 16, 2012, 07:47:58 am
Joe,

Yes, I've had a tough time with Unicraft products as well, and I agree that some extra quality control and changes in production methods would make things much more worth the money - what I'm getting at is that it's one thing to express dissatisfaction in the quality of a product, and another to do it in a derogatory fashion, over and over, ad nauseum.  That gets old, really fast.  Alright I'm done with this.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: luft46models on May 19, 2012, 01:51:05 am
there is always the capitalist option, i just dont buy unicraft because it is beyond my abilities to turn his kits into something vaguely acceptable to my middle of the road standards. i even tried my best efforts in the spares box and using metal tubing and lots of milliput but it just wont happen.
i have voted with my wallet, if you agree then do the same.  I think what many who are "carping" are oth trying to warn others and relieve some of their own angst at feeling they have made a bad decision(s) in the past, myself included.

A friend of mine expresses it as Unicraft have poisoned the well so that other manufacturers will not attempt the same subject!

William in Oz
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: rickshaw on May 19, 2012, 10:31:01 pm
I've never bought a unicraft kit.  I am attracted by the subjects and the pictures of the masters invariably show well crafted models.   I've been in two minds several times of buying one or t'other of the models but put off by some of the comments I've read about them.  I wonder what it is that occurs between the making of the master and the creation of the moulds that makes them such, according to some, such terrible models?   Does anybody have some pictures of the unmade raw model as delivered so I can compare them to the pictures of the masters which appear on the website?
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Hobbes on May 20, 2012, 05:06:17 am
This is the inside of a fuselage:
(http://www.acme-engineering.nl/model/lampy-4.jpg)
As you can see there are bubbles everywhere.

Here you can see ragged edges on e.g. the bottom fuselage:
(http://www.acme-engineering.nl/model/lampy-5.jpg)

You need lots of filler to get a decent finish:
(http://www.acme-engineering.nl/model/lampy-1.jpg)

Some of the parts in this kit were warped, I ended up replacing the wings with plasticard.

This means that instead of just assembling the kit, you need to get creative to solve the problems.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 20, 2012, 05:32:10 am
As I've stated ad-bleedin-nauseum, they're just badly cast lumps and every "kit" is an invitation to do a lot of scratchbuilding.

As TsrJoe said upthread, save your pennies and scratchbuild the project yourself,either with balsa or lanminated plastic card.  A lot cheaper and far more satisfying!
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2014, 06:06:52 am
I know what you are going to say Lee, and you are right but I can feel a purchase coming along that I'm going to regret  :rolleyes: :banghead:

I do fancy the B.44

http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=105&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=8249&code=&product_type_id=&scale_id=956&keyword_search=&arrival_date=1&setPerPage=25&currency_id= (http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=105&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=8249&code=&product_type_id=&scale_id=956&keyword_search=&arrival_date=1&setPerPage=25&currency_id=)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 14, 2014, 06:41:44 am
Your wallet will certainly regret it.  I predict a disappointment.

Better off with a Magna or Valom Firebrand, a Ju 52 float and a tub of P38 car body filler. 
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: rickshaw on June 14, 2014, 06:37:40 pm
http://media.hannants.co.uk/pics/UNI7298.jpg (http://media.hannants.co.uk/pics/UNI7298.jpg)

What the hell is that?  A British Pogo?
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: sandiego89 on June 14, 2014, 07:16:23 pm
http://media.hannants.co.uk/pics/UNI7298.jpg (http://media.hannants.co.uk/pics/UNI7298.jpg)

What the hell is that?  A British Pogo?

Indeed! Wow! actually I'd say a British Salmon, as it is closer to the Lockheed Salmon than a POGO, but with massive contra-props and a big piston engine, what's not to like!   
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: rickshaw on June 14, 2014, 08:17:30 pm
http://media.hannants.co.uk/pics/UNI7298.jpg (http://media.hannants.co.uk/pics/UNI7298.jpg)

What the hell is that?  A British Pogo?

Indeed! Wow! actually I'd say a British Salmon, as it is closer to the Lockheed Salmon than a POGO, but with massive contra-props and a big piston engine, what's not to like!   


That its Unicraft?   :banghead:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2014, 07:31:01 am
http://media.hannants.co.uk/pics/UNI7298.jpg (http://media.hannants.co.uk/pics/UNI7298.jpg)

What the hell is that?  A British Pogo?

Yup a guy who used to chat a lot with TSR Joe's late father has scratch built one with it's launching frame, impressive build. has been on the SIG stand a couple of times
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on June 20, 2014, 07:23:49 am
I missed this one which I for one have never heard of

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72101 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72101)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 20, 2014, 01:58:42 pm
Saw a photo of it recently.  Another prototype that we've all missed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dornier_Do_29

Avoid Unicrap's overpriced badly cast, ill fitting lumps of nowt and go straight to the Anigrand one.  Mightn't be any more accurate, but the price is similar and at least it'll be cast properly in decent resin.

http://www.anigrand.com/AA2129_Do-29.htm

Failing that, scratchbodge it using a Huma Do 27.

Interestingly, Unicraft's page doesn't show the kit parts, only a photo of the masters.  They actually look rather good.  I think the resultant castings won't look anywhere near as nice.  There's also further photos of the Do 29 prototype.

http://www.unicraft.biz/germ/do29/do29.htm
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Librarian on June 20, 2014, 03:20:29 pm
Kind of reminds me of the early A-6 Intruder study:

(http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q756/librarian2/v0cvvncwq4kmkk2xnjml_zps1e3ca188.jpg) (http://s1357.photobucket.com/user/librarian2/media/v0cvvncwq4kmkk2xnjml_zps1e3ca188.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on June 21, 2014, 05:21:46 am

Interestingly, Unicraft's page doesn't show the kit parts, only a photo of the masters.  They actually look rather good.  I think the resultant castings won't look anywhere near as nice.  
http://www.unicraft.biz/germ/do29/do29.htm

They always do
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 21, 2014, 05:37:26 am

Interestingly, Unicraft's page doesn't show the kit parts, only a photo of the masters.  They actually look rather good.  I think the resultant castings won't look anywhere near as nice.  
http://www.unicraft.biz/germ/do29/do29.htm

They always do

It's to lull you into a false sense of expectation that they may have made a great kit, for a change....
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on June 21, 2014, 05:44:25 am
Yes but why doesn't he just farm out the actual casting to someone proficient in it with a supply of quality resin ?
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 21, 2014, 09:37:19 am
IIRC, his excuse was that he couldn't get decent resin where he was - ie the Ukraine - but Olimp are also based in the Ukraine and they use the same good polyurethane resin that CMR use.

Most of us that do our own moulding and casting generally start out with the cheap stuff but move to better as our experience grows. I know my casting is ten years ahead of anything that Igor is putting out and I've thrown away better castings than he's charging top whack for.

His masters are good, it's the resin that lets him down.  Big style.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on August 07, 2015, 06:18:59 am
I'm tempted, really tempted  :banghead: :banghead:

I shall take the tablets and hope it wear off  :rolleyes:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115)

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Tophe on August 07, 2015, 08:20:38 am
I discover today this topic, thanks! I have immediately redistered for the Notify tool to warn me of new comments. Usually I buy one Unicraft kit every Christmas, and comments will help me choosing. Thanks again!
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Librarian on August 07, 2015, 09:17:01 am
I'm tempted, really tempted  :banghead: :banghead:

I shall take the tablets and hope it wear off  :rolleyes:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115)

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116)

Need some serious metal to hold those floats to that fuselage ;D.

'ere Arfur, that Tempest looks well tasty....and me wiv a Spiteful in the stash. Hacksaw and plasticard to the front. Hup, hup you 'orrible lot etc.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Gondor on August 07, 2015, 10:59:12 am
I'm tempted, really tempted  :banghead: :banghead:

I shall take the tablets and hope it wear off  :rolleyes:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115)

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116)

Need some serious metal to hold those floats to that fuselage ;D.

'ere Arfur, that Tempest looks well tasty....and me wiv a Spiteful in the stash. Hacksaw and plasticard to the front. Hup, hup you 'orrible lot etc.


I agree about the Tempest so have put it on my wish list for when I have some money to spend.

Gondor
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Madoc on August 07, 2015, 02:52:41 pm
All other things being equal, and unless Igor has truly "upped his game" of late, I'd be to going with this one for the B-20:

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234984018-172-blackburn-b-20-resin-kit-by-akatombo-works-released/

And I'd really have to see the resin of the Super Tempest before clicking "buy" on that as well.

Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 07, 2015, 04:38:23 pm
That "Super Tempest" is easy enough to scratchbodge - Tempest wing with l/e intakes from the Tempest 1, Sea Fury fuselage and tailplanes with a plug before the tail surfaces (a la Fw 190D) and a RR Eagle engine cowling.

And £33 for Igor's usual "crunchie bar" castings?  Had away and (rest of rant deleted on legal advice).
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Big Gimper on August 07, 2015, 05:26:26 pm
That "Super Tempest" is easy enough to scratchbodge - Tempest wing with l/e intakes from the Tempest 1, Sea Fury fuselage and tailplanes with a plug before the tail surfaces (a la Fw 190D) and a RR Eagle engine cowling.

And £33 for Igor's usual "crunchie bar" castings?  Had away and (rest of rant deleted on legal advice).

You are referring to the P-75 Eagle? If so, I'm in.  It's a nice looking A/C.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Gondor on August 08, 2015, 01:21:02 am
That "Super Tempest" is easy enough to scratchbodge - Tempest wing with l/e intakes from the Tempest 1, Sea Fury fuselage and tailplanes with a plug before the tail surfaces (a la Fw 190D) and a RR Eagle engine cowling.

And £33 for Igor's usual "crunchie bar" castings?  Had away and (rest of rant deleted on legal advice).

If I had drawings that's the way I would go Lee. Quite getting into this scratch building lark!

Gondor

Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Mossie on August 08, 2015, 02:43:57 am
From Secret Projects and by our own Flitzer:
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,5097.msg40445.html#msg40445

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i176/Mossie105/Aircraft/Hawker%20P1030%20profile%20and%20front%20view.jpg) (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Mossie105/media/Aircraft/Hawker%20P1030%20profile%20and%20front%20view.jpg.html)

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i176/Mossie105/Aircraft/Hawker%20P1030%20Plan%20View.jpg) (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Mossie105/media/Aircraft/Hawker%20P1030%20Plan%20View.jpg.html)

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i176/Mossie105/Aircraft/Hawker%20P1030%20Schematic.jpg) (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Mossie105/media/Aircraft/Hawker%20P1030%20Schematic.jpg.html)

There's higher res on Secret Projects.  If you haven't got access, give me a shout and I'll download larger versions.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Gondor on August 08, 2015, 02:55:39 am
Thanks Mossie. Nice drawings, pity they got the rear set of propeller blades the wrong way round  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Captain Canada on August 08, 2015, 04:28:07 am
Wow....do it Chris ! Either, or both ! lol

My lovely neighbours collected some dosh when I got hurt. You see, I should prob repay the wife and family for their kindness, or perhaps pay bills due to my decreased pay, but you know I`d rather splurge on some unobtainable kit !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: zenrat on August 08, 2015, 04:42:58 am
If it'll make you feel better then go for it  :wacko:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 08, 2015, 01:36:47 pm
I'm tempted, really tempted  :banghead: :banghead:

I shall take the tablets and hope it wear off  :rolleyes:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115)

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116)

Don't get too upset about the B.20, they've sold out already.

Why am I not surprised?  ;D
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Captain Canada on August 09, 2015, 05:33:26 am
Gorgeous. I was looking at some late Spits and fangs from West Coast Hobbies. A whole collection of 'third generation' WWII types would look great atop the shelf.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on August 09, 2015, 07:05:16 am
I'm tempted, really tempted  :banghead: :banghead:

I shall take the tablets and hope it wear off  :rolleyes:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115)

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116)

Don't get too upset about the B.20, they've sold out already.

Why am I not surprised?  ;D

Phewwwww  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Thorvic on August 09, 2015, 07:40:12 am
I'm tempted, really tempted  :banghead: :banghead:

I shall take the tablets and hope it wear off  :rolleyes:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72115)

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72116)

Don't get too upset about the B.20, they've sold out already.

Why am I not surprised?  ;D

Phewwwww  :rolleyes:

Close call ?
 ;D
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on August 10, 2015, 05:47:01 am
To close  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 10, 2015, 06:26:26 am
Link to the relevant page on the Unicrap site with the Hawker P.1030.  The masters themselves look poor and there's no pics of the resultant castings.

http://www.unicraft.biz/on/hawker1030/h1030.htm

I may have a think about doing a master for this meself, maybe even a kit if i could get the white metal at cost from John Adams.  Sure I could do a far better job than this disappointing effort...
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: KiwiZac on August 11, 2015, 08:04:33 pm
What a stunning machine! I love it!
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: TsrJoe on August 12, 2015, 06:27:53 am
do it Lee  :thumbsup: hmm that display model for reference on Igor's page loks a tad familiar  :blink:

cheers, Joe
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 12, 2015, 09:09:55 am
I actually made a start on it a while back.  Although I bolloxed the cuts to the PM fuselage I was using.  They're cheap enough.

do it Lee  :thumbsup: hmm that display model for reference on Igor's page loks a tad familiar  :blink:

cheers, Joe

I don't think he understands irony, given that he asks others not to use images from his site without his permission yet uses artwork/photos of others.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: zanenobbs on July 26, 2016, 02:55:56 am
Sadly,Unicraft quality has not improved, even now in 2016. And some subjects have proven to be completely fictional. I fell for the Hungarian "Kameleon" only to find it has never existed, even as a paper project. Having built a few of these kits I now avoid them and often can find quality versions elsewhere. Often the parts simply shatter when trying to separate them from the casting sprue. Many is the time that they have to be completely reconstructed. Igor is good about replacement parts, but the resin simply doesn't hold up. That and the subject matter is highly questionable, except for the time our kit list has been poached in the desperation for new subjects. Just my 2¢ worth.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on July 31, 2016, 09:05:29 am
hmm that display model for reference on Igor's page loks a tad familiar  :blink:

cheers, Joe

I was just going to mention that Joe
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: loupgarou on February 10, 2018, 09:29:46 am
Should any af you... ahem... gentlemen be tempted  by Unicraft kits, Panzerfux is selling many at sharply reduced prices:
https://www.panzerfux.de/Sortiert-nach-Hersteller/1-72/1-72-Hersteller-T-Z/1-72-Unicraft-Models.htm?SessionId=&a=catalog&p=29893

His mailing costs in Europe are reasonable.
I have no affiliation whatsoever with him.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 10, 2018, 11:47:09 am
Hmmm.  At those prices, some of them are worth a punt.  If only to use them as a basis for a rework and remould.  Sadly, he doesn't have the one I AM interested in - the Supermarine Type 325.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Tophe on February 10, 2018, 07:58:31 pm
Thanks!
The Senden-Kai and Boulton-Paul P.99 twin-boomers tempt me a lot...
Ahem, I did not want to spoil Igor from his normal price but these 2 seem out of stock at Unicraft, so maybe...  ;D
(I may ask Google translate to tell the same to me in my language, I do not speak German)

EDIT: I have found the English switch and I have ordered the P.99, thanks!
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Tophe on February 22, 2018, 05:14:47 am
I received it today, thanks!
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/001_A0next.jpg)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on February 22, 2018, 06:05:47 am
That doesn't look to bad for Unicraft ?

The box art does lull you into a false sense of security though  :-\
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Tophe on February 22, 2018, 08:20:59 pm
I feel happy. Thanks again! ;)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on February 23, 2018, 06:08:15 am
I feel happy.

And that's all that really matters Tophe  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on September 08, 2018, 02:27:29 am
I think I may need to increase my medication levels as I'm strangely attracted to a couple of Unicraft's new releases (some may be re-issues).

I can certainly see the Fairey in my BPF squadrons.

https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=105&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=8249&code=&product_type_id=&scale_id=&keyword_search=&arrival_date=1&setPerPage=25&currency_id= (https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=105&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=8249&code=&product_type_id=&scale_id=&keyword_search=&arrival_date=1&setPerPage=25&currency_id=)

Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Tophe on September 08, 2018, 02:49:25 am
Many ones among them are interesting, yes, while they are not my favourites in the Unicraft catalogue.
What is the advantage of buying at Hannants rather than in Ukraine by mail? (for modellers living outside UK, I mean)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on September 09, 2018, 01:34:02 am

What is the advantage of buying at Hannants rather than in Ukraine by mail? (for modellers living outside UK, I mean)

None that I know of Tophe. They are just my first port of call. I tend to go to them automatically I suppose.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on September 09, 2018, 07:42:48 am

What is the advantage of buying at Hannants rather than in Ukraine by mail? (for modellers living outside UK, I mean)

None that I know of Tophe. They are just my first port of call. I tend to go to them automatically I suppose.

Reminds me of some time ago when I first started buying models from Hannants. High Planes offered a number of kits which the mainstream outfits didn't and I bought a few through Hannants. They were a bit expensive but they were the only ones on the market. One time I wanted some bits that one of the kits had for a couple of mine I had already, u/c legs etc out of metal, and I wrote to High Planes to see if I could get them separately. I was sent a reply that I could with an attached catalogue and was surprised to see that everything they listed as a price was almost exactly the same number only Hannants had it in Pounds and High Planes had it in Aus dollars.  At the time the exchange rate was a bit more than AUS$3 to a GBP ---- I started to buy directly after that, it was still half the cost even with the postage attached ---

I've bought direct from Igor a few times too with no problems except it took a while in the mail.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on September 10, 2018, 06:16:30 am
I must admit I do tend to buy direct from a couple of Central/East European firms now. Eduard,Special Hobby and Yahu to name a couple. The price does tend to be a little cheaper direct even with postage, you just need to allow for the "hassle" factor.

I was sent a reply that I could with an attached catalogue and was surprised to see that everything they listed as a price was almost exactly the same number only Hannants had it in Pounds and High Planes had it in Aus dollars.  At the time the exchange rate was a bit more than AUS$3 to a GBP ---- I started to buy directly after that, it was still half the cost even with the postage attached ---



I did find that a similar thing was happening with a couple of LF resin kits I bought a fair few years ago and mentioned it to them at a show. A couple of days latter the price on the website dropped quite dramatically. Nowadays I keep my eye on it. Classic case of buyer beware.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 10, 2018, 07:44:03 am
Their rip off prices is one of the reasons I NEVER buy from Hannants.  If they have it in, I can get it from Uncle Frank.  He gets it trade, I get a discount and he keeps the profit and Hannants don't get such a large slice of the cake.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on September 11, 2018, 06:24:16 am
Yup, but you are one of the lucky ones who has a fairly local model shop. Nearest one to me is probably Hannant's at Hendon ?
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on July 20, 2019, 02:05:04 am
Need to up the meds again, I'm strangely attracted to this

(https://d26qn1y84zs32g.cloudfront.net/pics/UNI72145.jpg?t=1560800476)

https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72145 (https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72145)

Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Tophe on July 20, 2019, 02:23:27 am
Weird! Like a Fury F.2 with a F4U tail… I like it! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on July 20, 2019, 02:37:10 am
Weird! Like a Fury F.2 with a F4U tail… I like it! :thumbsup:

It does look like a mash up of various types Tophe.

A bit like the Japanese entry in "Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines"  ;D
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 20, 2019, 03:20:51 pm
Like a Brewster Buffalo with a contraprop!  :o
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on July 20, 2019, 03:56:47 pm
It always reminds me of an F8F Bearcat
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on July 21, 2019, 03:54:21 am
Like a Brewster Buffalo with a contraprop!  :o

It always reminds me of an F8F Bearcat

My first thought was that a Buffalo had met a Bearcat one dark night.

I'm starting to see this in BPF markings. Must resist the urge  :banghead:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: zenrat on July 21, 2019, 04:00:19 am
I'm getting bubble-top Boomerang vibes.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Scotaidh on July 21, 2019, 05:03:19 am
The lift-line of the wings doesn't seem to match the thrust-line of the props ... and that fin seems a trifle scant.  I'd expect that craft to be a bit directionally unstable with an odd attitude in normal (straight and level) flight.  Probably take off like a homesick angel, but landings might be challenging. 

Interesting design.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 21, 2019, 06:07:07 am

I'm starting to see this in BPF markings. Must resist the urge  :banghead:


Why must you?  ;D


The lift-line of the wings doesn't seem to match the thrust-line of the props ... and that fin seems a trifle scant.  I'd expect that craft to be a bit directionally unstable with an odd attitude in normal (straight and level) flight.  Probably take off like a homesick angel, but landings might be challenging. 


Hang on a sec, this is the artwork from a UNICRAFT box we're talking about here. We really shouldn't be getting hung up on small things like thrust and incidence angles.  :o
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: chrisonord on July 21, 2019, 07:17:10 am
All their stuff is made as fodder for Tophe's laboratory  isn't it  :wacko: :wacko:
Chris
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Thorvic on July 21, 2019, 10:55:37 am
Like a Brewster Buffalo with a contraprop!  :o

It always reminds me of an F8F Bearcat

My first thought was that a Buffalo had met a Bearcat one dark night.

I'm starting to see this in BPF markings. Must resist the urge  :banghead:

You need the Folland F118 for that  :angel:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on July 21, 2019, 02:24:24 pm
Like a Brewster Buffalo with a contraprop!  :o

It always reminds me of an F8F Bearcat

My first thought was that a Buffalo had met a Bearcat one dark night.

I'm starting to see this in BPF markings. Must resist the urge  :banghead:

You need the Folland F118 for that  :angel:

What's one of those Geoff, all I get when I do a google are photos of Gnats ---  :o
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Scotaidh on July 22, 2019, 01:49:18 am
<snip>


The lift-line of the wings doesn't seem to match the thrust-line of the props ... and that fin seems a trifle scant.  I'd expect that craft to be a bit directionally unstable with an odd attitude in normal (straight and level) flight.  Probably take off like a homesick angel, but landings might be challenging. 


Hang on a sec, this is the artwork from a UNICRAFT box we're talking about here. We really shouldn't be getting hung up on small things like thrust and incidence angles.  :o

Well, presumably they got the drawing from somewhere other than in-house - most likely the source of the design?  Wikipedia - oh, right - I see your point.   :wacko:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on July 22, 2019, 06:20:31 am
Like a Brewster Buffalo with a contraprop!  :o

It always reminds me of an F8F Bearcat


My first thought was that a Buffalo had met a Bearcat one dark night.

I'm starting to see this in BPF markings. Must resist the urge  :banghead:

You need the Folland F118 for that  :angel:

What's one of those Geoff, all I get when I do a google are photos of Gnats ---  :o

Just gets a couple of lines in my British Secret Projects which says it was basically a Folland F.117 fitted with a Centaurus.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on July 22, 2019, 01:28:51 pm
The profile is similar to the side-view on the F.117 3-view on
pg.22 of BSP Fighters & Bombers 1935 - 1950, 1st edition.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Thorvic on July 22, 2019, 11:43:14 pm
Like a Brewster Buffalo with a contraprop!  :o

It always reminds me of an F8F Bearcat

My first thought was that a Buffalo had met a Bearcat one dark night.

I'm starting to see this in BPF markings. Must resist the urge  :banghead:

You need the Folland F118 for that  :angel:

What's one of those Geoff, all I get when I do a google are photos of Gnats ---  :o

Its the Naval version, but slightly different to the F117
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 27, 2019, 04:21:37 pm
Igor and his artwork...  Blatant hypocrisy.  He bleats about people stealing images from his website but shamelessly loots other sites for artwork and photos.  For example, the Hawker P.1030 uses one of TsrJoe's models, the photo lifted from Tony Buttler's BSP volume 3.  There's likely others but this is the only one I can definitively prove.

The man is a shameless pirate, producing the world's worst resin kits imaginable at top end CMR prices for excreble garbage that makes the worst Merlin kit look like Tamigawa.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 28, 2019, 07:47:25 am
Don't mince your words Lee, tell us what you REALLY think.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Thorvic on July 28, 2019, 02:07:29 pm
Don't mince your words Lee, tell us what you REALLY think.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;) ;) ;)

He cant do that the site's bad language filter would be in overdrive !!!  ;D
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on August 24, 2019, 02:16:37 am
Hannants have had a big restock of Unicraft and there's some very tempting stuff in there. So having suffered enough pain with England's batting yesterday I went and looked at one of the few unbuilt Unicraft kits in the stash.

Emergency over, the chains will not be required  ;)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: zenrat on August 24, 2019, 05:21:14 am
Come on Chris, their batting wasn't THAT bad... ;D
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2019, 06:17:18 am
Come on Chris, their batting wasn't THAT bad... ;D

Did you watch it, or had you popped out to make a cup of tea ??  :angel:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on January 18, 2020, 02:22:45 am
Looking at Hannants new releases as I do every Saturday morning I was tempted by this.

https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72154?result-token=vaegY (https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72154?result-token=vaegY)

However after looking at all the other photos of it and an Academy Tempest in the stash I can probably sort something out without putting myself through the pain necessary to build the Unicraft kit  ;)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Tophe on January 18, 2020, 02:52:11 am
https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72154?result-token=vaegY (https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72154?result-token=vaegY)
:wub: Very beautiful "Super Tempest", so much more pretty than the standard Mk 5... :thumbsup:
Thanks for the link!
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: chrisonord on January 18, 2020, 05:04:19 am
I have been looking at the  unicraft stuff on Hannants website, there are quite a few  aircraft  I  would  be interested  in were it not  for the bad cost to reputation  ratio these kits have.  Shame really.
Chris
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 18, 2020, 06:56:05 am
Looking at Hannants new releases as I do every Saturday morning I was tempted by this.

https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72154?result-token=vaegY (https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72154?result-token=vaegY)

However after looking at all the other photos of it and an Academy Tempest in the stash I can probably sort something out without putting myself through the pain necessary to build the Unicraft kit  ;)



You need to cross-kit a Tempest wing with a heavily modified Sea Fury fuselage to do it.  It's something I have the bits for but never got round to doing - AND I had intended to do it as a master...

Throw in the fact that the resin is the worst possible imaginable (basically the really cheap and nasty David's Fastglass from Halfords but tinted with paint to make it look like the more expensive stuff we're used too), with more flash than you can imagine, more holes than a crunchie bar, a surface texture that looks as though the master has been painted with a toilet brush before being dipped in sand and only then moulded, and panel lines that make the work of the Matchbox trenchdigger look like Tamigawa.  The parts are ill fitting badly cast lumps of frankly slag - I've THROWN AWAY better castings than those Unicrap are charging top whack for.  Sub Merlin quality sh*te at top end CMR prices?  I've some advice for Igor regarding sex, travel and his mother...

Seriously, avoid this "manufacturer" (and I use this word in the most loosest and vague sense) like the plague.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Tophe on January 18, 2020, 07:35:32 am
I disagree completely, if you want to insult, you will be insulted as well (as bad). :unsure: :-\
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: JayBee on January 18, 2020, 12:16:27 pm
My only contact with Unicraft (AKA Unicrap) kits is their Lockheed YO-3A. An aircraft that I have wanted to build in 1/72 scale for SOOOO long.
Then a few years ago, at Telford, I found the Unicraft kit.
Later viewing of the kit confirms this producers lack of finness in the production of these kits.
It is rough, the quality of the resin is poor, and overall the useability of the kit parts is very low.
In the case of the YO-3A the only thing that I would say is that it cerainly makes one want to try scratch building the aircraft, as nothing in the kit is useable.

This is the only kit from this producer that I will ever buy, but it does make me wonder why the brand continues to flourish.
I  suspect that the continuing list of very interesting subjects has a lot to do with it.
Then there is the modellers, "OMG They are doing a model of that", and so people spend their money on it.

Me? Never again.

Jim
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Tophe on January 18, 2020, 10:27:19 pm
Ahem, feel free to say "I don't like" but it is different to say "it is awful" [only very stupid people like this] which is insulting. My 10 year-old son has understood it (for food mainly), and not understanding it is far below that mental age.
I am currently building my 40th Unicraft kit, with joy, and I don't require everyone to have the same feeling, there are many different opinions on Earth, all right.
Yes Unicraft kits belong to the "short run" uneasy kits, "for experiences modellers" [not beginners requiring an easy little job], but some of us do marvels with them. Personally I am not a talented modeller, but I saw TomZ made marvels with them, and I fully respect that, and the merit of it is like double from such a raw basis.
I know also that Unicraft prices are high compared to the raw aspect of the parts but for unknown subjects, it is rather normal that no industry provide perfect kits at low price (following the industry/capitalism principle of diminishing the price by selling in huge quantities with advertisement to help in this direction).
So: many people dislike Unicraft kits, all right, I love them, simply. The ones insulting them with pretended objectivity are insulting me. :unsure: :-\
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: TomZ on January 18, 2020, 11:18:35 pm
Well said Tophe. Yes, they are difficult to build and yes, the smaller parts often need replacing.
It's all down to expectation I think. If you expect a Tamigawa quality kit you will be disappointed.
But if you are prepared to put in some work(OK, sometimes a lot of work) it can give a lot of satisfaction to finish one.
But they do have some wonderful topics and they can be built up into a good model.

I've build a number of them with varying results and have some more in the stash and they do give you the opportunity to add something unique to your collection.

Well, that's my two cents.

TomZ

Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Scotaidh on January 19, 2020, 02:20:15 am
Well said Tophe. Yes, they are difficult to build and yes, the smaller parts often need replacing.
It's all down to expectation I think. If you expect a Tamigawa quality kit you will be disappointed.
But if you are prepared to put in some work(OK, sometimes a lot of work) it can give a lot of satisfaction to finish one.
But they do have some wonderful topics and they can be built up into a good model.

I've build a number of them with varying results and have some more in the stash and they do give you the opportunity to add something unique to your collection.

Well, that's my two cents.

TomZ

I've always felt that the 'worse' the kit, the more challenging it is to the builder. 
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitbasher on January 19, 2020, 02:53:56 am
Never built one (never seen one out of the box).  Maybe best viewed as a ‘canvas’ (albeit pricey) saving perhaps some scratch building rather than a definitive kit?  I don’t know.  The price puts me off but hey, that’s just me.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on January 19, 2020, 06:55:56 am
I've built a few and yes the quality is at the bottom end of the scale for sure, but the ones I've built are types no one else is ever going to do, I do not have anywhere near the skill to scratch and at the end of the day I've a feeling of satisfaction once they are built.

My one serious quibble with them is the price. It really is way over the top given the quality, but who else is going to do a Payen P.321 AC

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/unicraft-models-payen-p321-ac--164945 (https://www.scalemates.com/kits/unicraft-models-payen-p321-ac--164945)

We live in a free world and are all entitled to our opinions. So as long as you are aware of what you are letting yourself in for then "more power to your elbow".


You need to cross-kit a Tempest wing with a heavily modified Sea Fury fuselage to do it.  It's something I have the bits for but never got round to doing

Cheers Lee  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on January 19, 2020, 07:15:21 am
My first Unicraft was the Trent Meteor conversion, it didn't look at all bad so I bought some others. The ones I've built so far are the Rolls Royce Mustang conversion (I've done two), they didn't turn out too bad either. But it's like others have said, you know what you're getting into and it's usually of something way out there that no other manufacturer is going to do.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on January 19, 2020, 08:00:31 am
In my experience his conversion sets are of a slightly better standard then the full kits
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Captain Canada on January 19, 2020, 08:05:46 am
I can probably sort something out without putting myself through the pain necessary to build the Unicraft kit  ;)

Financial pain lol. That's a lot of dosh for what you get.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on January 20, 2020, 05:59:25 am

Financial pain lol. That's a lot of dosh for what you get.

That's my one serious issue with brand Capt. It's premium prices for bottom of the quality scale kits  :-\
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: NARSES2 on February 29, 2020, 02:10:44 am
Oh I am so tempted, need to up the meds I think  ;). Seriously £10 less and I might consider it.

https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72155?result-token=vaegY (https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72155?result-token=vaegY)

Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 29, 2020, 05:28:11 am
Yet another entry in the World's Ugliest Aeroplane competition!

Was it Folland's entry against the Barracuda? I've never heard of it before.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: kitnut617 on February 29, 2020, 07:21:44 am
Yet another entry in the World's Ugliest Aeroplane competition!

Was it Folland's entry against the Barracuda? I've never heard of it before.

I'd have thought that Supermarine aircraft Kit, which did get built IIRC. The Type 322.
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 29, 2020, 11:41:01 am
Yet another entry in the World's Ugliest Aeroplane competition!

Was it Folland's entry against the Barracuda? I've never heard of it before.

I'd have thought that Supermarine aircraft Kit, which did get built IIRC. The Type 322.


Oh yes, very similar.  :thumbsup:

Digging deeper, it seems the spec. S24/37,  was to replace the Albacore and did indeed result in the Barracuda.

I've always wondered about that spec., did it state the aircraft had to have an in-line engine, as the FAA were wedded to radials prior to that?
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Tophe on February 29, 2020, 11:12:29 pm
Oh I am so tempted, need to up the meds I think  ;). Seriously £10 less and I might consider it.
https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72155?result-token=vaegY (https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/UNI72155?result-token=vaegY)
Outside UK, the direct link to Unicraft http://www.unicraft.biz/on/fo116/fo116.htm (with a color profile of the plane)
confirms the high price: US$50 (£38.82) + Packing and Postage (Hannants is correct with its price £44.95)
Yes, this is different from mass produced kits by Airfix or Revell (or Chinese manufacturers) :-\ :unsure:
but I think this is the price for rare subjects... :-\ ;)
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Cobra on February 29, 2020, 11:37:46 pm
looking at the Model,it looks like a Cross between a Fairey Albacore & a Grumman Avenger! I'm willing to be the Price will be in TFE Range! Dan
Title: Re: Unicraft
Post by: Captain Canada on March 01, 2020, 10:51:20 am
Ugly but so cool ! I hope we see one built here before too long ! Cheers guys