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  1. EDIT: Paul already got the info! Just spotted this on Twitter. If anybody here ( @Jennings Heilig ) has the ability to contact Paul, please let him know about this. https://twitter.com/KittyfromVA/status/1061127865415163904 In case the pic doesn't show: MissKitty2‏ @KittyfromVA "At the church of nararene in Oroville. She is all alone with her dog. She has a bed and will be here for the entire night." "Helen Fisher is needing help locate her son Paul Fisher to inform him that she is at the Oro Naz. She does not have a phone, Please share!"
  2. I was at the show and had hoped to crash the meet'n'greet but got distracted by official business. Bummer! I was looking forward to finally meeting so many of you. Looking at the faces in the pictures I realize that I wandered right by several of you! Next time...
  3. Thanks for the nice feedback guys! Regarding my MiG-29 goodies: I just adjusted the pricing (lowered!!! ) on the BIG Combo with all Archer or all Aphid load-outs. I apparently screwed up and forgot to include the discount when I created the web page so was asking full price.
  4. Beautiful stuff Oliver. Mad paint skillz! Z-a-c-t-o-m-a-n (real name Chris, not Zach). I don't know if the packages are marked, I'd doubt it. I have MV custom make the lenses for my AIM-9X missiles, otherwise I wouldn't have known this. Depending on where you buy them, you might ask when they received the stock. If it's less than a year then they are likely the new ones.
  5. MV is now using UV resistant epoxy for their lenses that is not supposed to yellow over time. They started this at least a year ago.
  6. If you're trying to tempt me into doing intakes it won't work! I have too much on my plate already...Thanks for posting the awesome pic though! I wish I could charge less but I've got bills to pay... Trust me when I tell you that, sadly, I'm working my butt off and not making much of a profit. Fortunately you don't have to buy the full set. You are free to pick the parts that you feel make the biggest improvements.
  7. Wow, that's a big order! I'll warn you that I'm currently about a week behind and trying hard to catch up. I'm fighting a nasty cold so that isn't helping... About a month ago I ordered and received a different plastic that I am going to experiment with for the A-7 (and Su-27) canopy. I've just been too busy to play with it yet and currently have too much on my plate. In time I'll give it a try. Fingers crossed. As mentioned above, I am currently about a week behind on orders. Thank you to those that have ordered and sorry about the delay .
  8. Don't forget the stuff outside the cockpit that is much more visible! http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=74139
  9. Wow, Columbus was so long ago and my brain has been stuffed with so much other junk since then. Were you the short French-Canadian taking pictures of my wife every time I turned my back?
  10. Thanks for all the nice comments (and orders!). I'm hoping to see some builds in the near future. The MiG-29 is such a cool air-frame with so many paint and weathering possibilities. We deserve to see more built! And the paint is looking good! You should consider your current build a practice run and go for a second one with the upgrades!
  11. Great scheme you chose. Great paint. Great weathering. Great job!
  12. In addition, I still offer really nicely detailed pylons (also mastered by Alexander Rogal) that will fit the kit. Awesome missiles mastered by Alexander. And wheels to replace the nasty rubber things Trump provides (Alexander did the hubs and I did the tires). I am offering all the parts separately and also a MiG-29A combo which includes all of the above at a 10% discount. You can choose between the mixed loadout shown, an Alamo/Archer loadout or Alamo/Aphid loadout. Available at http://www.zactomodels.com/
  13. Nosecone: This new set corrects the profile, corrects the cross section which is supposed to be round and lengthens the nosecone. It includes a mounting bulkhead that spreads the kit fuselage to better accommodate the round nosecone. Advanced warning!!! There will be some sanding and putty work necessary to make it fit. But then the stock nosecone on my copy of the kit doesn't exactly fit well. It also includes a new pitot tube toe rplace the tree trunk Trumpeter provides.
  14. Chaff/flare dispensers (MiG-29A): I adapted the parts I made for the Revll kit to fit the Trump kit. This was more involved than it sounds... Trumps parts are a very weak attempt considering how visible these are (and their parts don't fit well!).
  15. Finally some new releases from Zactomodels! For the new Trumpeter MiG-29A and UB kits: Exhausts - These were made by modifying and adapting the exhausts Alexander Rogal made for the MiG-29M/K kit (also used for the Zactomodels Revell correction set). They are now full depth. I slightly revised the shape of the outer exhaust petals to have a more accurate shape. This is closer to the original part that Alexander made which I had to modify to fit, but didn't quite nail the shape. Top is the new shape. Lower is the previous version that had too much curve on the petals. Subtle, but more accurate.
  16. Because Photobucket sucks. Read this thread to fix the problem: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=70447
  17. The UB kit does include the "improved", re-tooled intakes. Details and pictures here. Cheers, Chris
  18. Very nice build but it's unfortunate you had trouble finding my website. http://www.zactomodels.com/
  19. Ouch... BTW, I forgot to add the /s on the red/green line comment.
  20. Red/green lines are not welcome and considered bashing unless you have "the plastic in hand". See comments in MiG-29 thread.
  21. I don't consider it pointless. I consider it planning ahead.
  22. Thanks Michael, Lee and Karl Wow, I missed that part and had to re-read to see what you were referring to. A few times in the past when I released new products I posted the ordering link on the Zactoforum at ARC but not on my website. This was a "thank you" to my ARC followers allowing them to get a first shot at getting my new stuff. I kept the link exclusive to ARC for a week after-which I posted it on my website for everybody to order. I fill all orders in the order that they are received. Nobody gets preferential treatment. I do my best to fill orders quickly, usually next day, sometimes same day if I have the parts in-stock, sometimes a few days if it's a big order. As for being "out of production for a long time now, years even", I assume you are just refering to my A-7 stuff. I've been running Zactomodels for over 10 years now and have stayed open through thick and thin... Again, sorry if you've been waiting 'years' for my A-7 parts. They were my best selling products and I certainly didn't want to discontinue them.
  23. Late 2013 my 23 y/o daughter started having unexplained seizures. We took her in and did our best to care for her for over a year. She is now living on her own in California and doing much better. Late 2015 my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery and underwent chemotherapy (through mid-2016). Shortly after she finished chemo my mother took ill and has been since. She lives here in town and we have spent lots of time helping where we can. My wife had reconstructive surgery in December and is almost healed. We've had a rough several years and it has really hurt the business. My apologies to those who've been waiting for new products or re-release of older products. I'm hoping 2017 turns out to be a great year. Edit: Lousy English...
  24. Yes the intakes are still available. Regarding the price, consider that there are two huge intake parts with several smaller detail parts included. I spent hundreds of hours researching and making the patterns. The molds are huge, expensive, time consuming to make and need to be replaced frequently. The casting is difficult, time consuming and some of the parts are prone to a high reject rate. How much do you think Aires would charge for this set? If it were a single intake do you think $35 would be fair? It's a very low profit product that most other aftermarket companies wouldn't even consider selling for prices this low. Shipping to the UK costs $22.50. The box costs roughly $1.25 (only because I order them in bulk). For my time for making labels, customs forms and delivering packages to the Post Office every day I charge zero. $23.75 total.
  25. From my website ( http://www.zactomodels.com/html/A-7_new/A-7%20Intake_Lip.htm ): "A-7 Canopy: I will be making an announcement on the ZactoForum at ARC and e-mailing those on my mailing list if and when it becomes available." Posted in the Zactoforum at ARC ( http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/296964-132-a-7-intake-correction/ ): No, the canopy/nosecone is not available yet. Please don't e-mail asking about it. The nosecone can not be sold separately, it only works together with my canopy. I will be doing some tests in the near future that will hopefully solve the vacuumforming problems I was having. If I am successful I will be re-releasing both the A-7 and Su-27 canopy sets. I will post updates here after doing the tests. The canopy and intake parts will be sold separately. I will not be offering the combo as before. The A-7 intake correction parts are now available again. This is not the full seamless intake, just the corrected lip and the adapter piece which forces the intake and fuselage into the correct shape. If I am successful with the canopy I will consider re-releasing the seamless intake. ______________________________________________________________ As for why I'm now releasing just the intake correction, it's because customers have been asking for it.
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