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  1. I wish I could dive in and share my experience in helping to develop new kits. I wish I could share some pics of the rapid prototype model of a kit I'm holding and working on at the moment.(Awesome! But the wrong scale...) Unfortuantely I can't. I will say that it isn't necessary for a CAD designer to be an airplane geek or intimately familiar with a particular subject to get the shapes right. Yes, having consultants knowledgeable with the subject will help insure that technical mistakes aren't made, but experts won't necessarily help with getting shapes correct. I personally don't have any previous knowledge of the kit I'm holding, just tons of photos and drawings. Nor did I have any previous knowledge of the 1/48 Su-33 kit I helped develop (http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=268873), or with A-7s, MiG-29s, F-14s, Su-27s, F-16s, etc... I did have an A-7 pilot thank me for my A-7 correction set saying that he wasn't aware of how bad the Trump kit was until he had seen my correction. I do have lots of experience in developing shapes. I worked 18 years at a design firm where I helped create exercise equipment, medical equipment, eye glasses, golf equipment, perfume bottles, all variety of cosmetic products, aerospace prototypes, toys, etc. etc. etc.. The CAD designers I have been working with are great at interpreting shapes and details and I have been helping in catching any mistakes they may have made and suggesting corrections. I don't know their personal backgrounds, but I very highly doubt that they are experts on any of the subjects they are currently working on. I'm sure that our team could just as easily develop an awesome kit of a formula 1 car as we could develop a WWI dirigible. Yes, compromises have to be made for molding limitations, scale thicknesses, build and paint considerations, etc.. Yes, consultants are necessary to insure that particular technical details are correct. But having a good eye for shapes and detail (given good references) trumps being an expert on any particular subject when it comes to getting shapes correct. As for scanning full scale aircraft, does anybody have any rough estimates as to what this might cost (assuming you could get access to the real plane and permission to scan it)? Cheers, Chris
  2. Have you seen the new 1/48 Su-33 kit that's coming soon? More details here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aviation-Art-Model-Kits/631889120233691 and here: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=268873 We just got the test shots and ... Wow! As far as Su-33 drawings, there are none that are really accurate, but this set is the best starting point: http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw/su33aiv.html For drawings of other aircraft: Fighters : http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw_fn.html Bombers and attack : http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw_an.html (including some for the Su-34) Other : http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw_on.html Cheers, Chris
  3. Thanks for posting Mike! I saw the thread and have just been too busy to post a reply. I have added some additional pics on the ARC thread: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=276708&view=findpost&p=2631336 (post #40) I added a tutorial about how to putty, sand and paint the inside of the intake using the Pig pour method: http://www.zactomodels.com/html/F-16/Intake_Tutorial.htm I'll be adding a short tutorial about how to add the Sufa bump on the ARC page in the coming days. Thank you all for the nice comments about my products and a big thanks to those who have placed orders! Cheers, Chris
  4. I have a limited supply of the Su-27 canopies but am only selling them with my BIG Combos. I hate to limit the sales but have some big bills to pay. Su-27 Flanker B BIG Combo- http://zactomodels.com/html/Su-27%20details/Su-27_BIG_Combo.htm Su-27 Flanker B Early mode BIG Combo- http://zactomodels.com/html/Su-27%20details/Early_Su-27_BIG_Combo.htm Because of the problems I've had with the clear parts, I am planning to discontinue the canopy set once this batch of parts is gone. E-mail me if you want to order one. There is no 'buy now' button for it on my website. Zactoman@Zactomodels.com Cheers, Chris http://zactomodels.com/
  5. If you haven't seen Alexander Rogals outstanding OH-58D build you should definitely check it out: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=227564 Many of those parts are now available (as well as a few that I made) with a bunch of photo-etch details: More details and some better pics can be seen in the ZactoForum: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=233605 Already ordered the MMS and want the rest? E-mail for details. Zactoman@Zactomodels.com The set is available at http://zactomodels.com/ Cheers! Chris
  6. Price dropped due to lack of sales Refunds for the difference have been sent to those who did purchase. Cheers!
  7. Buzz-kill... I forgot to add: Wood dust can be bad too! And in some cases can cause cancer: http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/wood-allergies-and-toxicity/#chart Use a mask! Cheers, Chris
  8. Though I didn't read through the entire thread (lacking time!), here are some points I'd make: Your basic polyurethane casting resin dust is not toxic but can be an irritant and can cause some people allergic reactions. Having talked with several tech reps through the years, cured resin is not toxic but don't cast yourself a fancy beer stein to drink out of. Particularly don't cast yourself a custom coffee cup (I prototyped several coffee mugs years ago. Hot liquid will draw out more of the nasty juices than cold liquid) (On a side note, food safe resins do exist (soy-based IIRC) but don't hold up well to heat) California regulations are ridiculous. MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) list the UNCURED properties of the separate components of the resin. AFAIK, MSDS are not available for the cured product. (None that I've ever seen). Separate parts A and B are toxic. Don't drink them! You will at least get very sick. likely have long term health problems and might even die. Un-mixed resins tend to have a low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) rating. Meaning that they don't evaporate quickly and overwhelm you with fumes. They do give off toxic fumes though so use good ventilation while casting. Mixed resin, while still liquid, is VERY toxic. Don't drink it! I heard a tale of a guy that mistakenly took a big swig of the stuff and died within minutes (don't know if it's true, but I wouldn't doubt the consequences). Sanding resin, no problem (use a dust mask for safety). Burning resin, BAD! Toxic gasses are given off including Hydrogen Cyanide (Very bad!). If you are using a high speed cutter, go slowly. If you are creating smoke, not dust, you are burning the stuff and creating a hazard. Use a respirator if you have any doubts. +100 Cheers, Chris
  9. Sorry, but I'm going to be the bad apple in the crowd and express my disappointment A build this stunning should have included about 10 times more pictures than you posted!!! For those who haven't seen the in-progress, here's the link: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=32822 Now I'm going to go change my drool stained shirt... Cheers, Chris
  10. These are now available! http://www.zactomodels.com/ Thanks for the replies and support guys! Cheers!
  11. Now available! http://www.zactomodels.com/ Lately I've been busy working on a wrong scale project (http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=268873) and haven't had time to make any new patterns. I did take the time to adapt my Tomcat fuel tank pylons (from my Trump intake set) to fit the Tamiya kit. You will need to drill locator holes and remove the existing locator pins on the intake parts. Tamiya got these in the wrong location. Cheers, Chris
  12. First, I have compiled a big list of walkarounds and reference sites for the MiG-29: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=229830 (see post #3) AFAIK, only the Iraqi 9-12 were retro-fitted for wing drop tanks, and then not all of them. Externally there were large humps added on the fuselage to cover some plumbing. Here is a thread showing a few pictures: http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?79179-Iraqi-MiG-29-Notes As Thierry already posted, they did not really fix the UB kit. They did modify the lower fuselage and the transition piece in front of the exhausts to make the undersized nozzles look less odd, but they didn't really succeed. I do offer a correction set for the UB which has the same parts as my MiG-29A correction less those parts not needed such as the nosecone and chaff dispensers. It does correct the exhausts. Thanks for the nice comments about the missiles. Alexander Rogal mastered them and did an outstanding job. As for the Mastercasters wheels, they appear to just be resin copies of the kit parts (from the M). The K should have different wheels though. I'm not sure what Trump included in the K kit. You can see pics in this K walkaround: http://superfighter.freeweb.hu/MASK%202005/MiG29KMAKS2005FOTOLszlKvriandGborZord/index2.html I do offer resin wheels (original parts, not kit copies), but they are for the MiG-29A and MiG-29M (which, AFAIK, has the same wheels as the A). Cheers, Chris http://zactomodels.com/
  13. Congrats on the move Chris. I hope merely having your own full sized pad will make it all worth it. Since you've now got the room I'd definitely suggest going for a u-shaped set-up. Having that extra space a chair's turn away is really convenient, especially for LSP builders. Having a keyboard and monitor (or a laptop) at your bench is good but I'd opt for a separate computer area to keep the printer and scanner out of your way. I've since upgraded and added a new monitor and a pull-out shelf for my keyboard and mouse: Otherwise, good lighting and a beer fridge are the best suggestions that come to mind.
  14. Wow! All that detail AND a digital camo? This is going to be one crazy model!
  15. Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement. It's reassuring to know that all this work might pay off with lots of orders! I'll be sure to send a set for the article as soon as they're ready! I'm not setting a firm price until they're finished and I determine how difficult and costly they are to mold, but I'm guessing they'll be about the same as my Su-27 intakes at around $60. It might be possible to force them to fit but it would require lots of filling, sanding and rescribing on the exterior as well as chopping and moving the bypass details on the inside. Probably more trouble than it's worth. I'll investigate the possibility more once they are finished and in production. As for the bypass doors... I was planning to include parts to have the doors either raised (as shown below) or lowered but have decided to just include the raised ones. Anyone wanting to display them lowered will have to modify the parts. No, they will work fine with the kit gear wells. Just don't get too far ahead of me as there is some cutting and fitting required! There is this area that I already mentioned on my ARC thread: In addition to that, a portion of the duct on the upper fuselage gets replaced:
  16. Wow!!! Stunning and inspirational. Makes me wish I built models...
  17. Hey guys, long time no see! Thanks for all the nice comments and sorry I didn't reply until now. Life got in the way and these got delayed but are back on the bench. Both intakes are finished externally and I'm currently working on the bypass area. I will still need to make new pylons once the interior is finished. No ETA but I hope to finish them soon to get some income flowing again. These are modeled on the F-14D but with a few minor panel line changes will work with other versions. Here are a few updated pics: Today I received the Aires wheel wells and fitted them. I made a few modifications to my pattern so that they can be used together without any surgery. More pics and info in the Zactoforum at ARC: http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air/index.php?showforum=176
  18. I have discontinued my line of Su-27 prints and sold those I had in stock. Thank you to those that bought them!
  19. I'd recommend you sell them and use the money to buy a Tamiya or Trumpeter kit.The Revell kit is a caracature of an F-14 when compared to the other kits. Here is one area I'm very familiar with: The Revell intake isn't even close and is way too shallow. The Tamiya intake is pretty close with some minor issues. They made an odd mistake on the radius on the sides at the intake lip. The left intake (not shown) has a tighter, more accurate radius than the right. The Trumpeter intake has been discussed much (sucks) and is the weakest part of the kit. The Zactomodels replacements are coming along. The rest of the Revell kit is about the same in that it's 'sorta F-14 like', but not. The Tamiya kit is pretty close on shape but has a mix of raised and engraved surface detail. The kit lacks much of the detail of modern kits, especially the cockpit which has smooth panels and decals. The Trump kit is nice but has minor shape flaws throughout, most of which can be overlooked. It does have engraved surface detail, lots of parts and lots of detail. If you want a relatively OOB build that builds up nice and looks close, I'd go with the Trump (plus the Zactomodels intakes). If you want to go all out, rescribe, add a lot of aftermarket and scratchbuilt detail, I'd go with the Tamiya kit. Cheers, Chris
  20. For those who haven't been following the F-14 thread in the Zactoforum at ARC, here's where I'm at on the intakes: I'll be posting more progress pics soon. Chris
  21. No need to apologize to me. I'm guiltier than most of never being satisfied with my work and re-doing things again and again... and again... You've said enough good things about the parts that readers shouldn't be hesitant to buy the set. Thank you! Yes, his might end up being a very accurate MiG-29 but he is going even farther than you with extreme modifications in that he is merging parts from the Trumpeter kit with the Revell kit.The point I'd like to make is that just using my set (in addition to adressing the cockpit and maybe gear wells) will yield a nice looking MiG-29 that is far better than the stock Revell kit. Again, I applaud your passion and tenacity and look forward to seeing the finished model. Cheers! Chris
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