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  1. Yes to a F-106 in 1/32!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Hi Thx for the suggestion. You may see this from ZM in. bit,........be patient.
  3. Not that I am aware of. I have not looked at the 1/48 nose, did they screw that up too??
  4. I will be there all week. I have tables reserved if the gang want to use them as a netting point or need to drop off purchases. Looking forward t seeing everyone. Not selling much this year so will have time to finally experience the eventsctivities.
  5. Hi, I just got mine and echo Everyone’s positive posts. A real step up from the Wisky kit and on par with the MH-53 kits.
  6. Forgot to mention that the Eduard set comes with very nice two part intake fans and a detailed tail hook.
  7. You need to take a look at the Wolfpack set. They are very nice and have the only correct afterburner of any company, Our GT includes the fuel dump at the bottom of the flame holder. Expensive though at $50 a set. you are correct,our nozzles were mastered by joe, but we updated tke burnet tube and rear fan a few years back. Ours have the fuel dump i mentioned and we chose to make the flame holder part of the rear fan casting. It saved cost so the price is lower ( around $31 I believe) and when you look into the engine get the right visual afffect. It is a compromise that gives one the look and the savings in one set. Adding another part like WPack did is more correct but reflected in the high WP price. The Eduard used PE for the flame holder, it lacks being 3D but what is nice in the set is the hook guide and lock parts you get For the tail hook up lock. These really dress up the are. We introduced a new nozzle this winter and included them in the F-4G Super Set. If feedback is good we will offer them as a separate engine set. You can see these on the F-4G Tamiya item page at Sprue Brothers. it really comes down to what you prefer and at what price. Enjoy, and I really need to get a hosting site soon. Gary ps. If you would like a set of the new ones let me know and I will send you a set to try. Just PM me your info.
  8. you are correct Dave, old Super Bug stuff.
  9. What do you know......Jennings is wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!! first time for everything I guess. Heads must be exploding all over the world! http://www.zoukeimura.co.jp/en/sentiment/oyajiblog_102.html
  10. I thought B/C Mustang would be a logical 1/32 offering as would some F-16's, but no dice and these would be hone run as sales go.
  11. As much as it disappoints many, including myself I have been told on good authority that Tamiya is done with 1/32 jets. YOU would think that a revised Tomcat and a family model F-16 would be no brainers, but that is the word. After the nightmare that Chuck went through with his Trumpy P-38, I would hope that maybe that is a possibility but with Tamiya it is anyones guess. Just my 2 cents
  12. Should have these ready to ship to SB in 4-5 weeks. Will keep everyone posted.
  13. Yes, they are in stock at SB. http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/gtr32054.htm There are other items as well including intakes, exhausts, belly straps, pods, and accurately detailed outer wings.
  14. Luca, I could not disagree with you more. Prices are not honest or dishonest, people are and then only in regard to a agreed upon moral code. Dishonest selling is raising the price of items many times over their normal price of essential services or goods in an emergency situation like a pending hurricane or earthquake, etc thereby taking advantage of others forcing purchase at inflated prices under duress. That is what is dishonest and in the US and in most countries there are laws to prevent the practice as it is an awful thing to do. So you are right to be upset over dishonest pricing. That however is not the case here. Selling a non-essential item involving willing participants is normal business and normal human nature. How else does business exist without profit? It doesn’t. Whatever a person is willing to pay in a free exchange is not dishonest at all but completely fair and proper. If in that process prices take some buyers out of the market, so be it. Those buyers may be mad, but nether the seller or the buyer is dishonest. Sometimes sellers loose money on items too, and those loses have to be covered by profits on other items or the business fails. Meaning no disrespect for this simplified explaination, but this is how human commerce works. PS added the next day: There is nothing wrong with not being able to afford everything that one wants, be it by choice or economic circumstance. There is no shame in not being able to afford expensive things or in choosing not to buy based on the price. Very, Very few people in the world can buy anything one wants while the rest of us have to consider the price.
  15. According to those in the know, ( Dave's friends). There were 54 made I am told, and a tone time I had 3 of them that were acquired through trades, purchase etc. Luca, be careful of the gossip surrounding these kits. They are more accurate than many want to give credit for. Yes, there are issues but not to the extent many gossip about on the forums. As to the price issue, Regular large production CE parts came back in line when companies offered similar and improved products at reasonable cost. I would ask you though to think seriously about your comment "it should be sold at an honest price". Weather you realize it or not you ar insulting people with such a comment and I don't think that is what you intended. Hoping for a lower price is fine, but the way you put really is not cool at all. Just because something is expensive, more than you can afford, more than you will pay... does not mean the price or the person is not being honest if that is where the market is. Most of us like Ferrari Autos, but how many here have one or can afford one? Does that high price they sell for make the seller dishonest? Look at the collector markets for cars airplanes, boats, art, etc? Art is great example of where $100 canvas and supplies can be worth millions if the right artist uses them. Markets are markets, and that is how capitalism works. Look at Warbirds. A P-51D Mustang cost the USAAF $18,400 in 1944. IN 1947 there were giving them away. Today they are worth millions.....see my point. As for a new kit, You cannot expect a company to do it for free or spend money just to keep the price low, as it is all relative. One thing I found on eBay is that sometimes sellers get the currency type mixed up and when it posts it is way higher than the market, then again in a bidding situation prices can get high if motivated buyers are involved.
  16. You are exactly right in this assessment. I learned to draft with paper and pencils. Learning to draw on the computer down right sucks by comparison for me, but I am forcing myself to learn to do it as it is the future, but it is not easy at all....at least for me. For now I source my CAD work. As for the figures, what printer are you using? I still out source. I tried the FormLabs II a few years back and it could not handle a F-4 slatted outer wing that printed that shape ways could print with no issues. The formal rep tried to get it to work but finally gave up and said out stuff was to complicated. For these figures you are talking about, will they print as smooth surfaces free of layering? What printer will do this?
  17. Hey Brian, that is great news. Had the same surgery back in 2003 with your results. Amazing how a little piece of hard tissue pressing on a nerve can be so painful and it's removal so dramatic. Glad to hear it!
  18. BY the way Brian, how is your back doing? Off topic I know.
  19. Yes you will see the CE set come down some, but really so few were made it may hold most of it's value as a collectors item. As for my estimate of a new set price, it ia based on hard numbers with no profit built in.
  20. Ben, you explain things so well but express exactly what I am trying to say. You both are very, very right. IF I were a betting man I would have bet against it in agreement with you.
  21. Dave, there was a good amount of sarcasm in the $50 price, as in the purpose of the thread. What I proposed was the set price we arrived a 3 years ago when doing the feasibility study for an F-4K/M conversion. It is not an arbitrary number and factored on no profit on 50 kits, it just covered costs. One hundred sets would be required to make money and there are not that many enthusiasts that would buy. These are the facts, not speculation. Having one of the manufacturers building in plastic is the only bet. The real question is will the distributors and large online shops buy them in quantity in the belief that they will sell. Kitty Hawk ran int this with the F-11 tiger project a few years back. Glenn was going to do the kit the Distributors and shops killed it. Please remember too that the original Wild Hare set was over $200 and that was 13 years ago. My point is that there are so few people who seriously want one, who each have a differing opinion as to correctness, and who have such a diversity in what they can afford or will pay. Now HPH seems to have found a niche with very high dollar production and special order kits like the C-47, B-36, and the B-52H. I am in for the B-52H kit at number 24 on the list and yes it is very expensive, but I want one and This is the only way to get one...so I pay. I would bet that HPH is not over 30 on the reservation list.
  22. The short answer is3d printed parts cost 10 times that of Resin casting to start, and go up from there. Print time is a huge expense as it takes hours to do small parts in detail. The more detail the longer the time the higher the cost. This new tech is very useful for pattern making, but not cost effective for just parts. IF it were you would see Aires and Eduard going with printed parts and that has not happened.
  23. I posted this to show how different each persons opinion is of a conversion. The 3D printed and multi media version you propose are not cheap, and may be more be costly than what I estimate for all resin. With each person wanting something different, and the varying opinions of what is right and what is not, no one is going to touch such a project as it would be suicide for whatever was produced. It would be too expensive, wrong shape, hard to build, etc. I guess what is needed is a complete plastic kit for $50. What maybe the cause of no F-4K/M yet from HK or anyone else is the protective customer base???? Just food for thought.
  24. How does K/M sound? At least you were paying attention If nothing else is clear is that everyone has a different idea of what needs to be done. For this reason alone no one would dare do a kit. Too expensive if a kit is offered most modelers can build and too expensive for all but a very few. Those few already have the Wild Hare kit and most paid a bit to get it. I see that outside of HK releasing a kit or building a CE, that scratch building is the only way to ad one of these to you self. I would venture to say that even scratch building will have costs well above what you think they will be. Having an F-4K/M is not a cheap model no matter how you get it done.
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