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Old 11-18-2020, 10:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HA6703 Luftwaffe Tornado IDS, 43+25, “Norm 95"

As many other collectors, I´m considering adding this Tornado to the collection, especially when HM said that this (3rd) Tornado release should have finally corrected that bulky canopy. So lets only hope HM will want to keep their promises / sayings...

With corrected canopy, the worst issue will be hopefully fixed. Another well known issue - not sloped tail top - apparently doesn´t be of HM concern, unfortunately. And looking at the HA6703 artwork I see at least 6 new issues on this release that are about to happen unless they will be addressed.
(Yes, its "only an artwork" at this stage, but still its the best time to inform HM before its too late, before HM starts to prepare tampoprint plates and printing pads).


Starting with the most striking:

1.
On top of the fuselage, behind the canopy on the spine, there is LARGE BLACK CIRCLE missing on HM HA6703 artwork (in fact its not circle, but slight oval).



Here´s this black tampo even on 1/200 (!) Herpa HE-558266



2.
On the photos above, including Herpa model, also note there are black wingtips. These black wingtip antenna fairings are apparently missing on HM HA6703 artwork too.


3.
Hoping with this new release will be HM able to make the black leading edge on top of the tail correctly curved:

HM HA6703 artwork


Where HM took only a shortcut with HA6701 (in 1/72 scale), Herpa weren´t lazy to make this stripe correctly, even in 1/200 scale!
This mistake would be even more apparent on light-grey HA6703 release.


4.

Behind the sweeping wings there are missing some of the biggest stencils that are on Luftwaffe Tornados:



5.
Grey "LUFTWAFFE - TORNADO 4325" on the tail
On the tail, under the German flag, there is missing tampo with "LUFTWAFFE - TORNADO 4325" on HM artwork:




6.
No need every tiny stencil to be present on the model, but would be nice if the same-size Warning tringles as those under the canopy are present everywhere where they are on real aircraft:




On top of all already known HM Tornado flaws, several more is HM going to add if the final HA6703 model will remain unchanged from current artwork...
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Old 11-18-2020, 11:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here is link for direct download very thorough hi-res Wingman Models´ Paint and Stencils Guide of Norm 95 grey Luftwaffe Tornados:

https://wingmanmodels.com/wm/vfs-pub...r.pdf?download


... not sure if HM are using such guides.
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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... Wingman Models´ Paint and Stencils Guide of Norm 95 grey Luftwaffe Tornados:
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... not sure if HM are using such guides.
I hope they don't forget to send some dollars to Erlangen in case they use Wingmans work and efforts for earning their money
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Old 11-24-2020, 05:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I hope they don't forget to send some dollars to Erlangen in case they use Wingmans work and efforts for earning their money

If so, it would be the very first time in diecast industry ever, afaik.
Direct copy of decal set or complete plastic kit of other manufacturers is nothing unusual, with Hobby Master being unfortunately the world leader in infallibly to always pick out the least accurate plastic kit / decal set to copy. Unfortunate HM´s affinity to inaccuracies is kind of alarming.


But no need to care about Wingmans, me thinks. Unless some collector sends the pdf link to HM, at least at the time of making the HA6703 artwork, HM hardly saw any piece of Wingmans work.
Or maybe they did and didn´t care.



And one remark to HA6703 Luftwaffe Tornado IDS, 43+25:
Only later did I realise that Point 3 from my post - not curved black leading edge on top of the tail - is not likely to be corrected as HM already wrongly made the panel line in this area on Tornado mold.
So the wrong black paint just follows wrong panel line.
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