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  1. For me, I won't 'borrow' parts created by any aftermarket company. I consider this stealing from my competitor. I have no problem with modifying plastic kit parts. Aftermarket parts are made to enhance the plastic kit manufacturers products, not compete with them. I do prefer to scratchbuild my patterns as much as possible. As far as I know, aftermarket companies using their competitors parts is a rare occurrence. Rhino Modelworks was recently accused of piracy on ARC and I shared my opinions: http://s362974870.on...pic=239521&st=0 I'm not aware of any instances of reputable aftermarket companies using competitors parts. I have in the past contacted a few aftermarket companies to alert them that their parts were being used or outright pirated by other people. In this case I felt I needed to speak out because of the way Ra'anan was being piled on. Frankly, I'm surprised and disappointed by the responses here. Had it been an LSP regular, such as Jerry Rutman claiming that his parts were being stolen, I'm sure the crowd's reaction would have been much, much different. It would be interesting to see the parts comparison. I don't think it's up to the audience to decide if they are modified enough to be acceptably different though. They are Ra'anan's parts and he has already expressed his opinion.
  2. OK then... It's a question of morals as well as copyright infringement. Unfortunately the aftermarket business doesn't generate enough profit to afford lawyers, particularly when your dispute is with somebody overseas. What if Ra'anan plans to release the exhaust and wheel wells as separate products in the future? He would then have to compete against improved versions of his own products. What if Ra'anan does plan to release an Australian version in the future? Again, he'd be competing against his own parts. What if there is a model maker with a limited budget who has to decide which set to purchase. If he buys yours then Ra'anan not only lost a sale but unwillingly helped finance your profit. What if he simply doesn't want his hard work being sold by someone else? Why use the basic shell of Ra'anan's wheel wells rather than just make your own? They are pretty easy shapes to create. The basic shells would have only added a couple of extra hours. But then looking at your pictures it appears that there is still quite a bit of the original detail of Ra'anan's on the insides that would have taken many more hours to create. Why didn't you simply make your own exhaust? Because it's not that simple. It would be very difficult to scratch that part yourself. It could be done though. You could have modified the kit parts and spent countless hours doing the intricate details. You could have even done some artwork and paid to have photo-etch made to detail the kit part, but that would have been expensive. You could have paid a CAD designer to model it for you and then paid a rapid prototype firm to generate an SLA master pattern for you, as Ra'anan did, but that would be really expensive. It's much easier, cheaper and faster to use somebody else's work as your foundation, especially when much of the difficult work has already been done for you. It's also wrong... I'll ask these questions again: How would you feel if you created a product and somebody took it, modified it and sold it as their own? Would it be OK for me to buy an LSP Corsiar cowl, modify it and sell it as a Zactomodels product? Would it be OK for me to buy some AMS parts, modify them and sell them as Zactomodels parts? A few more questions: If you had spent hundreds of hours handmaking or paid big bucks for a CAD designer and prototype firm to create a master pattern for your business and a competitor asked you permission to use your part to master their own pattern, for free, how would you reply? How about asking Paul or Brian from Fisher Models what they think? Jerry Crandall? Radu Brinzan? John from AIMs? I can't imagine any aftermarket company that would approve of their parts being 'borrowed', modified and sold by another company without permission. What's the right thing to do at this point? I see three options: 1. Since you've already invested this much effort in the project, ask Ra'anan's permission to use his parts. He will either say "no", "yes" or "yes, for a price". 2. Start over and make your own parts. 3. Don't sell the parts.
  3. I hate to get involved in this but what I see happening here is just wrong... Modifying a kit part and turning it into an aftermarket part is much different than modifying somebody else's aftermarket part and selling it as your own. If someone wants to buy these "Australian Mirage" aftermarket parts they still need to purchase the Revell kit to use them and Revell still makes a profit. Eric is selling parts that were created by Ra'anan and Ra'anan is getting nothing in return for his hard work. Simply removing a few details and replacing them with your own doesn't change the fact that Ra'anan made the original parts, shaped and sized them to fit and created all of the detail that wasn't removed. Put yourself in Ra'anans shoes. How would you feel if you created a product and somebody took it, modified it and sold it as their own? Would it be OK for me to buy an LSP Corsiar cowl, modify it and sell it as a Zactomodels product? Would it be OK for me to buy some AMS parts, modify them and sell them as Zactomodels parts? I don't think so...
  4. http://www.photoka.info/english.htm No interior shots but you can never have too much reference material: http://svsm.org/gallery/mi24_family Cheers!
  5. The missile pylons aren't the greatest www.Zactomodels.com
  6. Looking forward to seeing the pics.Sorry you had problems fitting the intakes. It looks like you removed a little more material on the triangular platforms under the splitter plates than you should have. Ideally you should have left a wall thickness around the perimeter of the triangle and filed this down until the splitter plate fit properly. Between the platform and the fact that your fuselage was already glued together I can understand that it must have been difficult. I'm betting the end result looks great though. Cheers! Chris
  7. It's my understanding that there would be no common parts between the YF-22 and F-22A. An accurate conversion would literally require replacing everything on the Testors kit. Some aftermarket and corrections for the YF-22 would be possible but I'm not sure they'd be very popular because the kit is such poor quality to start with. I'm sure some people would appreciate having aftermarket for it though. Lindberg was/is(?) going to do a 1/32 F-35.Trumpeter has a 1/32 F-22A listed as a future release but no release date. I think you'll find that it is in fact 1/48. I wouldn't order it without first calling Model Expo and confirming the scale.A search for '1/32 F-22 cockpit' revealed this: http://www.google.co...ved=0CFEQ8wIwBg If you click on either of the first 2 hobby shop links they list it as 1/48. If you click the 3rd site, Circle C, they list the same part # and 1/32 but provide no pics or details. I'm pretty certain that nobody ever did a 1/32 cockpit for it... Cheers!
  8. It's Chris W.! (a.k.a. Zactoman) Chris Z sounds too much like Chrissie I just de-molded your intakes and they will ship tomorrow. My only concern is that you have already glued the fuselage halves together. I would have recommended fitting and gluing the intakes before doing this for a couple of reasons. First, it is necessary to cut away some material for my intakes to fit properly. My concern would be debris floating around the inside of the fuselage that might end up finding its way into the cockpit. This isn't that big a deal unless you glue the canopy closed. Also note that some additional material needs to be removed since Trump 're-tooled' the intakes and fuselage: http://i79.photobuck...platformfix.jpg Second, whether you are using my intakes or the kit ones, I find it helpful to apply some pressure from the inside of the fuselage while attaching them to help insure a tight fit. I'm sure you'll overcome these obstacles... Looking forward to more progress! It's looking great so far! Cheers, Chris
  9. I saw one tonight, taped together and I agree completely.It's Really Sweet!!! I want one!
  10. Sorry it was too late to help you. Hopefully it might save others a head-ache. No progress on the two-seat canopies yet. I'm close to wrapping up the dual Aphid launch rails. The canopies will be next on the bench.
  11. I glued my wings to the lower fuselage and realized after the fact that this may have been a mistake, but after studying the situation more carefully, it's an easy fix. Simply removing a little material in the area shown allows the wing to fit properly, eliminating the mismatch. I still have a gap to deal with, mostly on the left side, but it's not all that bad. Glueing the wings to the lower half does make it easier to line up the wing joint with the raised pad next to the gear wells. HTH Chris
  12. I've started a list of walkarounds and references: http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=229830 As mentioned in the first post of the thread, I started with a list of Su-27 links and will be adding more aircraft when I have the time. Cheers!
  13. Wow! I just delivered those to the Post Office about an hour ago! I'm now officially faster than Sprue Bros! USPS rocks! I'm a little disturbed to see all of the tiny fins on the Archers have fallen off their sprues (and in one case broken). Fortunately it looks like they broke off clean (as they are designed to do) and are still usable and I include an extra sprue so the broken one shouldn't be a problem. Nobody has written and complained about the fins breaking off so I wonder if this is an anomaly or if I need to consider doing some different packaging? Looking forward to your build!
  14. I would say that the "best" AIM-9E haven't been made yet... Thanks for the nice comments guys! I'm looking forward to seeing your builds using ZactoParts!
  15. Hi Martin,I am a little confused about the circustances. I don't mean to pry, but will you be receiving any payment for the work you have done or the kits that will be sold? I was considering buying the B-25 but decided against it a few weeks ago (since I never have time to build anything for myself). If you will be getting paid for kits sold then I will change my mind and buy one. I will definitely be buying at least one Black Widow when you release those!!! P-61 Black Widow sitting beside a YF-23 Black Widow II... How awesome would that be? Cheers, Chris
  16. MiG-29 9-13 Fulcrum C conversion : The conversion includes a new spine, wingtips and vinyl reinforcement panels. Shown here with the full correction set (sold separately): MiG-29 Pylons : Su-27 pylons : Shown here with the full complement of Zactomodels missiles (sold separately). All Zactomodels pylons include detailed undersides and launch mechanisms: That's all for now but there's more on the workbench including: MiG-29 forward intake correction APU-60-2 dual Aphid launch rails Su-27UB canopy correction Su-30MKK canopy correction Cheers! Chris
  17. It's been a while since my last update so here is what has been released since then: Su-25 PD-62-8 pylons: These pylons normally carried on the Su-25 were missing from the kit (though mounting holes were included and they are shown on the box art!). Shown here with the APU-60-1 pylon and Aphid missile (both sold separately): APU-60-1 pylons for your MiG-21, MiG-23, Su-25 and others: (shown with MiG-21 pylon) MiG-23 Splitter Plates: MiG-23 Pylons: Includes optional wing mounted BD3-60-23 pylons: Sidewinders! Both AIM-9D/G/H and AIM-9L/M available: MiG-21 BD3-60-21 Pylons Both early and late versions available: But wait, there's more!
  18. I'm happy to announce the release of another work of art from my Russian friend Alexander. The AIM-9X Sidewinder: The set includes custom made lenses from MV Products: Also included are seeker head covers (though it would be a shame to cover those cool lenses!): Detailed exhausts including thrust vectoring vanes: CATM version is also included: For comparison, from top to bottom, Trumpeter, Academy and Zactomodels: Available now at Zactomodels! www.Zactomodels.com
  19. Picky, picky, picky! And I was really looking forward to seeing the splitter plates and pylons in action... Yes, of course we want to see your F-4 builds!!! Cheers, Chris
  20. Once again, my appologies for creating confusion by speculating it was the 21st Century prototype. I wasn't aware that that model was 1/24. That's really huge! I was also under the impression that Roy had made the pattern. My apologies to Roy as I'm sure if he had made it it wouldn't have been toy-like. Cheers, Chris
  21. FSN17 30 330 2676MGN12349 65035973 1165 I am a fan of all engraved rivet and panel line detail, just keep em subtle and crisp. I agree with those who have pointed out that restoring engraved detail is much easier than raised. I also prefer painting/washing engraved detail to raised. It's just easier to get a consistent effect overall. Some have mentioned using fillers that can be wiped with nail polish remover but I have found that the end result is never as nice as a super-glued seam sanded to 1200 (or more) and polished. Since I'd (some day) like to tackle this big bird in a natural metal scheme, I'd prefer the engraved detail so that I'm free to sand and polish every surface to a mirror finish without worrying about losing raised details. Cheers, Chris
  22. Bravo Martin! I like your attitude! Thank you for all your comments and for clarifying everything (my appologies for creating confusion by speculating it was the 21st Century prototype). I have a question for you (if you are willing to answer). Are you using some form of rapid prototyping (i.e. Sterio lithography (SLA), SLS or CNC) to verify your 3D files? This promises to be a very nice model indeed... I don't know where I'll put it, but it's on my list. Cheers, Chris
  23. That would be my guess. I'm hoping Roy will eventually post with an answer. I'd expect that the evetual tooling will have more subtle rivets and panel lines and accuracy issues such as the props will be addressed. Chris
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