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Old 09-17-2021, 07:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HA38001 F-16C, 96-0080, Spangdahlem

Spangdahlem F-16 "96-0080", 2020
"Have Glass V" paint scheme
February 2022 release


https://hobbymastercollector.com/index.php/ha38001/







In deleting dorsal air brakes on their models Hobby Master really excells, is world leader No. 1 .....
..... in releasing accurate models not so much.


I just wonder why HM added the white walkway lines as I don´t see them on the "96-0080" photos (below). On the artwork you can see them only behind the canopy and in front of the exhaust nozzle, but these walkways are very visible on top of the wings.

Instead of walkway lines, HM could add some more stencils on top of the fuselage.

On photos of real Spangdahlem "96-0080" I also see:
  • pilot name under the canopy
  • much wider (thicker) grey trim around the air intake than is featured on HM artwork
  • "Bird slicers" in front the canopy have different color from the basic paint (the artwork indicates possible paint in fuselage color).

















Here some links:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/adraf/51117432628/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ek056/51070340347/

https://www.planepictures.net/v3/sea...ype=reg&srng=2

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I just wonder why HM added the white walkway lines as I don´t see them on the "96-0080" photos (below). On the artwork you can see them only behind the canopy and in front of the exhaust nozzle, but these walkways are very visible on top of the wings.
That’s easy to answer. HM’s art department likes to add easy fictitious stuff - like a few straight lines, to jazz up models. This is to offset all the skimping on accurate ordnance, camouflage demarcation lines etc. You know, making the model “look good” rather than getting it right. The vast majority of customers don’t research most models. They just need to look “about right”.
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That’s easy to answer. HM’s art department likes to add easy fictitious stuff - like a few straight lines, to jazz up models. This is to offset all the skimping on accurate ordnance, camouflage demarcation lines etc. You know, making the model “look good” rather than getting it right. The vast majority of customers don’t research most models. They just need to look “about right”.


Honestly, I somehow don´t believe that HM did such a striking mistake purposely.

I would understand that people in HM doesn´t really understand airplanes they release.
I would understand that people in HM use to have their pre-pro job done in minutes.
I would understand that HM prefers profit and cheap solutions over model beauty, or something like being proud of their work.
I would understand that HM skips even vital parts from the models in the name of bigger profit, omitting surface details, canopies frame trimmings, stencils, ordnance etc.
I would understand that HM prefers easiest solutions only to make life easy for them - join lines and HM pilot figures to name few, camouflage demarcation lines you mentioned.....
.... because all this IS Hobby Master of today, unfortunately.

But somehow cannot believe that HM would make mistakes "on purpose" - moreover mistakes that cost them money wasted for unnecessary extra tampos like these walkways.


What I believe is that HM´s usual shallow approach striked again, and that they simply copied Caracal Decals, probably without even looking at the photo of the airplane they´re making.



Because frankly, to see this (walkways that have no reason being there), even as an ordinary customer, you don´t need any research at all. Just quick look at the artwork (model), quick look at the original photo and you must see it immediately.

It seems that problem with our diecast market is that most buyers want ... how to say ... just a piece of fancy metal, ideally painted (regardless of how), which would remotely resemble some airplane. Closer to toy than to the model, and thats sufficient. Of course, everyone has right to buy whatever he wants to, but in the end the diecast market settles for whatever mistakes and whatever poor quality - everything is sold out, even the worst releases. And manus know it. Its something unimaginable in every other market sector. Very low expectations. Just as the slogan says: "The secret to happiness is low expectations."

Anyway hoping the market expectations will improve. Its logical trend. For their money will ppl ask more. And more people will be sending emails to HM and other manus with requests to improve their models, pilot figures, demarcation lines etc, because´voting with the wallet´ is not proving to be the most efficient way to better quality.
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Actually they do make mistakes on purpose. Usually it’s when the correct thing “looks wrong”. So say a Flanker with a radhaz on only one side of the radome - they put it on both sides. I think that may have been one of the Paris Air Sow birds IIRC. Or if number spacing “looks odd”. They do it because they know that the number of complaints they’ll get is just not worth doing it right! There’s other cases. Elsewhere, you have to wonder. They have all the information repeatedly given to them and they still get it wrong (back to front etc), so, er, deliberate?
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