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Old 07-11-2018, 08:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HM HA5705 Su-35 Flanker E 01104, Akhtubinsk, 2012

HM usually improve brand new models in later releases to smooth out all imperfections. That´s good.
In case of HA5705 it would be really advisable, otherwise Akhtubinsk Flanker would bring absolutely nothing over the Syrian Flanker HA5702. HM SHOULD REALLY STRIVE TO IMPROVE THIS RELEASE as there´s quite a number of flaws on Syria Flanker that need to be corrected.

1. Colors
Let´s face it: Syrian Flanker (HA5702) colors are off.
This:


is not this:
Colors on HA5702 - all colors - seem to have slight greenish hue from some reason, and mainly: all colors are too dark and should be tad lighter. Unfortunately HA5705 artwork speaks for HM wants to duplicate this odd coloring again.


2. Black antiglare panel around the canopy - is much too narrow:

SU-35 antiglare panel:




HM antiglare panel:


When you compare with original, HM antiglare paint is too narrow not only in the front and insufficiently convex-shaped, but also is too narrow around the whole canopy.


3. Horizontal division line in the front
Its obvious that HM can do nothing now with the fuselage horizontal division line between LERX and radome. Have to say that they tried to make this seam as invisible as possible. But still its visible, the later release the more visible. This unfortunate costs-saving decision forever destroyed much from the most beautiful and most adored Flanker characteristics - the down slanted angry look of Flanker´s nose. If you look on HM Flanker as a dark silhouette, ok, that´s maybe a Flanker. Now switch the lights on and look on HM Flanker again: with the horizontal fuselage seam afore LERX - that´s not a Flanker. Sorry. HM should really try hard to minimize at least consequences of this decision and make this gap virtually invisible, also with vertical panel lines correctly corresponding each other over the upper and lower fuselage halves.


4. Stinger rear hook antenna.
This antenna below stinger should be black (has wrong color already on Syria Flanker) and also should be much more delicate. Finally, its an antenna, not Hockey Stick. (HM probably simply took over rear antenna from their chipping camo HA5701 not accepting that later SU-35s have this antenna much more tiny):






5. Glossy tires (see also photo above)
Would it be problem for HM to use matt black or very dark grey on tires instead of these unrealistic shining wheels? Can´t understand why still some manufacturers (not only HM) paint their tires glossy ....


Maybe someone can add some other points to be improved, nevertheless the more collectors will ask HM for improvements, the higher chances are to make those improvements happen.
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Ladia.

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HM SHOULD REALLY STRIVE TO IMPROVE THIS RELEASE . . ..
Agree, otherwise what exactly is this bringing to the party except lack of obvious combat record?


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1. Colors
Let´s face it: Syrian Flanker (HA5702) colors are off.
This:


is not this:
Colors on HA5702 - all colors - seem to have slight greenish hue from some reason, and mainly: all colors are too dark and should be tad lighter. Unfortunately HA5705 artwork speaks for HM wants to duplicate this odd coloring again.
Well, you know HM, colours, infinite number of monkeys/ releases, they may get one right eventually. They can't even duplicate their own work (look where SEA has gone). I guess all people can do is ask for lighter and hope.

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2. Black antiglare panel around the canopy - is much too narrow:

SU-35 antiglare panel:



HM antiglare panel:


When you compare with original, HM antiglare paint is too narrow not only in the front and insufficiently convex-shaped, but also is too narrow around the whole canopy.
Actually, your picture of the HM anti-glare panel is from before they improved it, and whilst not correct, it's a lot better than that. It has been mentioned before, but the problem with further imorovement is with the design of the model's canopy. The bottom rails are far too thin. Currently it looks wrong with the canopy closed. If they thicken the paint then it will look wrong with the canopy open. One thing's for sure, the canopy won't be corrected because they'd also have to re-tool the fuselage.

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3. Horizontal division line in the front
Its obvious that HM can do nothing now with the fuselage horizontal division line between LERX and radome. Have to say that they tried to make this seam as invisible as possible. But still its visible, the later release the more visible. This unfortunate costs-saving decision forever destroyed much from the most beautiful and most adored Flanker characteristics - the down slanted angry look of Flanker´s nose. If you look on HM Flanker as a dark silhouette, ok, that´s maybe a Flanker. Now switch the lights on and look on HM Flanker again: with the horizontal fuselage seam afore LERX - that´s not a Flanker. Sorry. HM should really try hard to minimize at least consequences of this decision and make this gap virtually invisible, also with vertical panel lines correctly corresponding each other over the upper and lower fuselage halves.
I think all that can be done is to check the pre-pros when they come out and make sure they have a slanted camouflage demarcation line. HM has a tendency to revert back to previous faults.

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4. Stinger rear hook antenna.
This antenna below stinger should be black (has wrong color already on Syria Flanker) and also should be much more delicate. Finally, its an antenna, not Hockey Stick. (HM probably simply took over rear antenna from their chipping camo HA5701 not accepting that later SU-35s have this antenna much more tiny):



You'd think they'd be able to fix this. Otherwise, a bit of sanding and repainting will help.

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5. Glossy tires (see also photo above)
Would it be problem for HM to use matt black or very dark grey on tires instead of these unrealistic shining wheels? Can´t understand why still some manufacturers (not only HM) paint their tires glossy ....


Maybe someone can add some other points to be improved, nevertheless the more collectors will ask HM for improvements, the higher chances are to make those improvements happen.
Yep, I'll join in the lighter colours chorus when the pre-pros come out (although we can't really trust colours on HM's pictures). I'll leave the rest for other folks and keep my powder dry for "must have" releases.

Good luck all.
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Hopefully, this picture of Abdner's will come out. It shows both how the anti-glare panel was improved, and the problems with going further.

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Chances are the blank for the release was made along with the Syrian release so I doubt any changes will be made. Maybe marking might be tweaked but colours probably not.
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True. If it isn't a Syrian blank they'd probably improve the colours and revert on everything else. Seen it all before with HM. They're just hard work.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah UF, it really sounds plausible I´m afraid. Let´s see pre-pros after they will be posted. I´m not even sure whether HM are aware that their Syria Flanker has all those above mentioned flaws.

If you´re right, then there´s nothing interesting on this release, even for such a hardcore Flanker fan as me. Not interested in owning two same flawed releases. Pity
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I just realized that all HM Su 35 dont have HUD ?????
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