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Old 02-07-2019, 02:10 AM   #1
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Well it arrived. I am somewhat under-whelmed, but to be fair, I knew what I was buying. This is what comes of being an obsessive collector who needs one of each type. Yes, it still has the bumps and the wing tips don't fold up, but at least I can now close out my F-35 collection. I tried to fit the ordnance and other bits, but they will need a bit of modification to make them work.
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Old 02-07-2019, 11:47 AM   #2
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Thanks for the photos, dollfins
Well, at least you have it .... , anyway it looks like its not the kind of the model with jaw dropping effect when you open the box, right?

I like this Grim Reapers livery with hi-viz red/blue/white insignia, but I´m still hesitating about this model. Buyin or not buying? And HM or AF1? Well, probably Iĺl leave it until I see both in the flesh, then I decide.


Still thinkin´ that HM made big mistake with insisting on those awful bumps on "C". If they´d opt for negative panel lines instead of pronounced bumps on the C version, model wouldn´t look that differently from previous bumpy HM F-35s:





Italeri went this way also on their 1/100 diecast F-35 - and successfully:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_XBu68dKQA

Hobby Master says they have made the bumps less pronounced on C version. But looking on your pictures it doesn´t look so.

With my basic diecasting knowledge - to reduce height of the bunps would mean to fill bump depressions in the mold by some material or to remove some metal from the whole surface. Theoretically its also possible to manually grind the bumps on zinc piece after casting, maybe there are also some other ways which didn´t came on my mind now, but all these ways look extremely expensive to be true, especially in current HM low-cost course.

Can you maybe compare / check the height of the bumps if you have any other HM F-35s in your posession, dolfins?
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Old 02-07-2019, 08:54 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, I can't do a direct comparison as most of my collection is currently in boxes due to a lack of display space. I looked at pictures of the F-35 A, B and C models on the Hobby Master Collector website, but it is hard make any conclusions about the relative sizes of the bumps on the different versions.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:07 PM   #4
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No problem, maybe any other collector can measure or visually compare.
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I think there are plenty of good diecast aircraft around that there is no point to buy the HM F-35. it's a bad model, full stop. i have one HM A and one B and after looking at them they've been in their boxes. somebody at some point (calibre?) will make a good f-35. i suspect all of us can wait until that day.
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:40 PM   #6
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Yeah,....it must be hard for future F35 manufacturers. Pretty much whenever their is a half decent scheme HM release the damn thing. The latest of course the F35 that conducted recent trials on HMS Queen Elizabeth. Gary at Tiger Hobbies was all over that in a flash.

So its risky for other manufacturers to spend all that development on a complex (and the F35 is complex) tooling.

Cal Wings,...yes. But you will pay a heap more.

The only thing going for the F35 is its new. There will no doubt be a plethora of conflicts in the next 20 years the type will participate in. So for the long term the tooling has to be worth it. Just don't think you will make any money on it in the short to medium term as HM spits them out by the squillions.
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I have one HM "B", it's awful. Whilst this does look less bad, its still far from good enough. Can't see a third manufacturer coming out with one for a while, but I do think it would be a good long term investment.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:36 AM   #8
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If ya luv aviation as I do, and live near MCAS Miramar San Diego as I do, you will be happy to know as I am, that a FLEET of F-35B's a coming!

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Old 06-09-2019, 12:04 PM   #9
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Well it arrived. I am somewhat under-whelmed, but to be fair, I knew what I was buying. This is what comes of being an obsessive collector who needs one of each type. Yes, it still has the bumps and the wing tips don't fold up, but at least I can now close out my F-35 collection. I tried to fit the ordnance and other bits, but they will need a bit of modification to make them work.
Should also get yrself an AF1 F-35C. it has folding wings as well as ammo for the external hardpoints.
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:08 PM   #10
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I agree with Dollfins. I bought this HM F-35C also to round out the collection and liked the scheme. But it just doesn't seem like a quality model. And, yes, the weapons and gear are quite a bit fiddly. It's a shame because this is not the start HM should want for a mould that should be around for a long time.
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:18 PM   #11
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I have the HM f-35A and B ver and they seem ok... maybe this is only limited to C?

I have AF1 F-35C..

I just wish that both HM and AF1 would load out the F-35B wing hardpoints.
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Exciting times for fantasy to fact weaponry....

F-35 set for laser boost........pew pew pew

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/f-35-set-for-laser-boost

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Old 08-22-2019, 02:23 PM   #13
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i got the HM f35A and the AF1 f35B..and i think i am going for the AF1 for the c type too, this model is not bad but i prefer the folding wings
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Exciting times for fantasy to fact weaponry....

F-35 set for laser boost........pew pew pew

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/f-35-set-for-laser-boost

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Sweet, can photon torpedos and R2 units be far behind!

I did see the F-35C fly into Oshkosh last month and saw it on static display. I really like the looks of this version. That extra wing area and dual NG gives it a beefier look. Just wish HM's model looked as good as the real thing....
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Exciting times for fantasy to fact weaponry....

F-35 set for laser boost........pew pew pew

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/f-35-set-for-laser-boost

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Interesting.
According to the article, future F-35s can either burn holes through enemy targets at the speed of light or, after switching to peening mode, they can improve enemy´s weapons by uplifting their damage tolerance, fatigue life and strength.

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I always wonder where are the secrecy limits of such military information; why so many military information isn´t classified - only showing whats being developed to potential enemy, giving them time to develop same weapons. Or countermeasures. Sometimes the articles are almost like step-by-step guides. Don´t understand ...
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Interesting.
According to the article, future F-35s can either burn holes through enemy targets at the speed of light or, after switching to peening mode, they can improve enemy´s weapons by uplifting their damage tolerance, fatigue life and strength.

P.S.
I always wonder where are the secrecy limits of such military information; why so many military information isn´t classified - only showing whats being developed to potential enemy, giving them time to develop same weapons. Or countermeasures. Sometimes the articles are almost like step-by-step guides. Don´t understand ...
The peening process is used in f-35 manufacturing. It's not a laser weapon mode against an enemy.
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Old 08-23-2019, 05:48 AM   #17
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I was only joking, therefore also the two "" in my post - I´m almost 99% sure that F-35 won´t have system for improving enemy´s weapons

Both infos about laser weapons and laser peening were kinda clumsily mixed in the article ....

Anyway looking for small 1/72 laser pods for HM/AF1 F-35s.
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I was only joking, therefore also the two "" in my post - I´m almost 99% sure that F-35 won´t have system for improving enemy´s weapons

Both infos about laser weapons and laser peening were kinda clumsily mixed in the article ....

Anyway looking for small 1/72 laser pods for HM/AF1 F-35s.
i doubt we will see that for a while. if ever... ;(
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Not worried about the bumps....I'm more in it for the scheme

Received in recent days qty. 2 ...F-35C's HA6202

Hopefully next release poster Dec will have yet another C to finish out the year. Wishful thinking ...the JR antenna testbed scheme to finish out my 1/72 JR airframes historical theme.

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Old 08-23-2019, 05:07 PM   #20
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HM and AF1 needs to redo their f-35B and add wing pylons to those also.
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