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Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-15-2019, 11:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,034
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobby Master Eurofighter

This is Witty's. As has been said, the mold is better than Corgi's, but the intake is too straight and there is not enough of a twist to the wing root. Also, Witty had a preference for one-off show...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-09-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,435
Posted By Esvees
Re: HM HA6401 Su-33 Flanker D & Flanker roundup

The caculus is different for Russian aircraft. They cost less than half of Western aircraft for a reason. None of the airframes or engines last anywhere near as long as they do on Western aircraft....
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-09-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,435
Posted By Esvees
Re: HM HA6401 Su-33 Flanker D & Flanker roundup

There are specific reasons for this. When the Navy decided to focus on the Super Hornet and F35C, the expected trend was to start using more and more stand-off weapons (think cruise- and hyper-sonic...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-08-2019, 07:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,435
Posted By Esvees
Re: HM HA6401 Su-33 Flanker D & Flanker roundup

https://i.ibb.co/yyVkt2h/Su17.jpg

On to another topic, out of all the Flanker releases that are now out there, how do they stack up? I can't really comment on Gaincorp, as I've never even seen...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-08-2019, 07:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,435
Posted By Esvees
Re: HM HA6401 Su-33 Flanker D & Flanker roundup

The model really looks pretty good as HM have captured the shape pretty well. It’s one of the few still being made in China. I opened two, the first one didn’t have any major defects, but lots of...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-08-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,435
Posted By Esvees
HM HA6401 Su-33 Flanker D & Flanker roundup

Just picked this up from my local yesterday, got about 15% off the online/list price.

https://i.ibb.co/99vVjYd/Su01.jpg (https://ibb.co/MDhGLNJ)

https://i.ibb.co/LtKKfmT/Su02.jpg...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 06-11-2019, 07:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 850
Posted By Esvees
Re: Which 1/72 Eurofighter better? Jc wings or co

Personally, I think the Witty/JC Wings mold is the better of the two. The overall shape is better. Some smaller detailing is closer to the real thing. The nose is a lot more accurate and the intakes...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-31-2019, 03:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,432
Posted By Esvees
Re: Models you wish you had

It's a combination of taobao, ebay and physically buying from certain shops. If they know your face and you support their business, you can ask them to keep a lookout.

Online, I knew exactly what...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-30-2019, 07:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,432
Posted By Esvees
Re: Models you wish you had

It takes time, but it can be done...

https://i.ibb.co/XW5CyqG/SP1.jpg (https://ibb.co/GdM5sqr)

https://i.ibb.co/ChQJWWX/IMG-2345.jpg (https://ibb.co/jgDVHHx)

https://i.ibb.co/fqHwFty/F81.jpg...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-30-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,242
Posted By Esvees
Re: What themes have you collected

Bit of a mix, but common thread is aircraft involved in combat; few show ponies or CAG birds.

1/72

- Origins of flight (Wright Flyer)
- WW I and interwar fighters
- WW II: BoB, France & Malta...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-11-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,371
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobby Master Mirage 2000-5

Here's some pics, unfortunately just the body as I'm not sure I'll keep it yet. I still kind of prefer the original Desert Storm/Daguet release.

The blue should probably be a bit more grey and...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-10-2019, 02:27 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,528
Posted By Esvees
Re: State of Our Hobby

Here's my take on it, I like to look at this from a business point of view rather than as a collector.

Most companies involved in this are fairly small and so is the related revenue. Corgi for...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 02-20-2019, 03:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 881
Posted By Esvees
Re: Bombs Awaaaaaay! CW Missile & Bomb Set A

Just picked these up yesterday too.

https://i.ibb.co/Km4pWdD/Wp2.jpg (https://ibb.co/Ws84fZ0)

It's a mix of air to surface, anti-ship, anti-radiation and cruise missiles, smart bombs and a...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 01-08-2019, 01:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By Esvees
Re: So, how many models have you purchased in 2018

How many models have you purchased in 2018 in total numbers? 35 (mostly cheap old stuff from Dragon & Ixo in smaller scales), still 12 in 1:72
How many from HM? 7, 4 recent releases
Your best buy...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 01-06-2019, 03:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,081
Posted By Esvees
Re: HM Su 34 Fullback Russian Air Force HA6301

Yes, he's one of the few with an actual physical store. It's in a dirty old strip mall downtown, but it's very convenient. The guy and his wife run the store together. I usually speak Chinese with...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 01-05-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,081
Posted By Esvees
HM Su 34 Fullback Russian Air Force HA6301

And so, after the Su 24 on to the aircraft due to replace it. Picked this up at my local dealer at a big discount as a thanks for buying from him in the shop, even when it's all available...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 01-05-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 306
Views: 19,359
Posted By Esvees
Re: Calibre Wings SU-24 Review

Morning all,

I will just add my review here.

It's been a while since the last visit to my couch! I figured this would be a model many people would be interested in knowing about. It quickly...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 02-25-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,179
Posted By Esvees
Re: 60Th Birthday Presents!

Congrats on turning 60!

Amazed you managed to get hold of Phantom of the Ruhr for less than 100 quid, it looks stunning! A few years back I payed quite a bit more, tho that was bidding on ebay...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 02-25-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 824
Posted By Esvees
Hobbymaster super hornet defects

Hey guys,

Haven't posted in a while since photobucket wanted money for embedding pics, will start reposting my old pics with flickr soon :D

Just picked up the SU 22 killer HM F/A 18 E superbug...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 06-22-2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,901
Posted By Esvees
Re: HobbyMaster September 2017 releases

Nothing for a few months, then suddenly two models I really want. Definitely getting the nighthawk and a 2nd Foxbat:D
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 06-06-2017, 06:01 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 64,845
Posted By Esvees
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

As Richtofen mentioned, it would be nice to carry on his thread, so going to add some older releases here.

In continuing the Starfighter story above, this was HM's very first Starfighter release....
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 06-05-2017, 03:40 AM
Replies: 285
Views: 27,527
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobby Master HA5601 MiG-25P Foxbat, Lt. V. Belenko, Japan 1976

I thought the seam served the purpose of easily allowing 2 seater versions to be produced, but in cases such as the the T38 or Viking it clearly isn't.

Also, I asked William recently if they would...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-26-2017, 02:29 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 64,845
Posted By Esvees
Thumbs up Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Dave,

I really appreciate your posts, you tell the stories very well too. You're quite the graphical and design wiz too. I hope your health improves soon!
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-25-2017, 09:22 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 27,527
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobby Master HA5601 MiG-25P Foxbat, Lt. V. Belenko, Japan 1976

It's heavy and solid. All of it is metal except the tailfins and air intakes/engines.

Agree on the weathering, most Foxbats look really ratty in pictures and heave a heavily yellowed canopy.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-25-2017, 06:12 AM
Replies: 285
Views: 27,527
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobby Master HA5601 MiG-25P Foxbat, Lt. V. Belenko, Japan 1976

Just picked this up 2 days ago. Apologies for the poor pics, but my good camera needs some work, so these are phone pics. I'm sure our resident experts will post better pics in their review:D

I've...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-24-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,137
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobby Master MiG-17

This is excellent news. Very happy that HM is taking on subjects like this that noone else has done. It's an important aircraft that proved very effective and made some very major points about...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-23-2017, 07:13 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 17,543
Posted By Esvees
Re: Calibre Wings F-14A Wolfpack

Just saw this in the shop today, the new Century Wings JR models had arrived too. The panels and tiny riveting you see on them is really impressive ( a hell of a lot better than AF1's), a detail that...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-08-2017, 07:18 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,327
Posted By Esvees
Re: HM July Poster

Needs more Foxbats
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 04-09-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,786
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobbymaster JUNE releases 2017

No new Foxbat schemes yet :cry:

And why yet another SEA camo Phantom....

Nothing here for me.

As mentioned above the Dragon 1/72 Corsair is superb. In fact most of Dragon's 1/72 allied...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 04-05-2017, 11:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 989
Posted By Esvees
Re: Home from hospital, need help if possible.

Hey Skruffy,

Hope things get better with you and the new family.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 01-17-2017, 10:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 468
Posted By Esvees
RIP Gene Cernan, the last man on the moon

Yesterday this American hero died at the age of 82. Of all the men to have undertaken this amazing journey, Cernan was probably my favorite.

Originally a navy pilot, he first went up on Gemini 9...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-09-2016, 12:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 898
Posted By Esvees
Re: "godspeed, john glenn"

He was the first American to reach orbit atop the notoriously unreliable Atlas launch vehicle. Failures in the years prior to launch had been frequent and dramatic. Reliability was still only "around...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-25-2016, 09:45 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,640
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobby Master HA4570 USAF McDonnell Douglas F-15C "Demo Eagle", 71st FS, 2004-05

Today I had a look at one at my local dealership. Couldn't open it, but took some pics with my phone. Fortunately they had the earlier F15C releases lying around. I can confirm the colour is a vast...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-25-2016, 09:12 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 11,306
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobby Master HA5102 USN F/A-18F Super Hornet, VFA-103, 2012

Ok, I've finally seen one up close and snapped a phone pic of the nose:

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j360/Redaremer/F18a.jpg...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 10-27-2016, 11:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,234
Posted By Esvees
Re: PremiumX 1/72 Dassault Rafale C

Base cost of model is 52 Euro's, shipping to China pushed it to 75, probably much cheaper in Europe.

Completely agree that the F35 will eventually be good at what it was designed for. Throughout...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 10-27-2016, 01:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,234
Posted By Esvees
PremiumX 1/72 Dassault Rafale C

Here's something different. Learned about these models from an earlier post on this site about a Rafale B. Checked out this site and ordered one.

Découvrez la gamme Dassault au 1/72 sur...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 10-20-2016, 11:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,585
Posted By Esvees
HM F4J, VF96, "Showtime 112" HA1974

For a really long time I held off on buying any phantoms until I could get a Showtime. Part of me was hoping AC would do one (I just soiled myself thinking about it), but considering how long it...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 10-05-2016, 11:08 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 27,527
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobby Master HA5601 MiG-25P Foxbat, Lt. V. Belenko, Japan 1976

This is exactly why I am doing my PPL, about halfway in now, then a twin rating.

Being back seat in a Mig 29 is much easier, but the Mig 25 can go a fair bit higher. It's probably the closest us...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 10-03-2016, 10:41 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,373
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobby Master HA3529 USN McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet, VFA-94, Iraqi Freedom

Umm, wow....

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j360/Redaremer/37162448.jpg (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/Redaremer/media/37162448.jpg.html)

Think the point people are trying to make here...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-28-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,464
Posted By Esvees
Re: Huge update on Hawkone's website!

Whoops, didn't mean to steal Dan's Thunder, was just really excited to see it....:D

RCAF has nothing on the Belgian AF, we have just enough fuel to start up the engines and see if they're still...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-28-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,464
Posted By Esvees
Huge update on Hawkone's website!

Check it out!

Hobby Master News page September 2016 (http://www.hobbymastercollector.com/news.html)

Dec releases are early...

Super happy to see the Mig 25 Foxbat coming in March 2017 !!!...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-24-2016, 06:51 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,419
Posted By Esvees
Re: HM HA1973 F-4D Phantom II 432rd TRW, 555th TFS Triple Nickel, "Steve Ritchie"

Indeed impressive Ritchie got his kills with Sparrows considering they missed about 85% of the time and all kills were Mig 21's to boot.

This is my first ever Phantom. Was just never a real fan,...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-23-2016, 11:12 AM
Replies: 332
Views: 27,812
Posted By Esvees
Re: Calibre wing F14 first photos

Surface detail looks about on par with HM, not as good as CW (or even witty on rivets), colours a bit off.

But, I really do like those nacelles on the F14B and, and apparently the foreplane...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-23-2016, 11:01 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 11,306
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hobby Master HA5102 USN F/A-18F Super Hornet, VFA-103, 2012

That does look good. Not vastly superior to Witty's final one, but as good.

Nacelles are a better colour and I think the grey may be closer. More stencils on Witty's plus moving rudders. HARM's...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-22-2016, 04:27 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,524
Posted By Esvees
Re: Models displayed vs. Models in storage...?

Got about 70 planes displayed plus about 10 space models. About 5 in storage (yup, 5) that I want to sell. That may still sound ok, but I like displaying them all gear up and in Detolf cabinets so I...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 09-13-2016, 11:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 813
Posted By Esvees
"Good Kill" & "Eye in the Sky"

These two seem to be as close as we will get to a modern day Top Gun. I'd seen Good Kill last year, but only recently saw Eye in the Sky, both tackle the shift to drone warfare from different...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-26-2016, 01:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,192
Posted By Esvees
Re: Hm f-117?

Remember seeing a post about a year ago saying William thought it was interesting. He didn't mention it in his 2017 plans to me recently though.

I'd agree it would be great to have one, and I...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-25-2016, 11:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,139
Posted By Esvees
Re: Is it wrong to make a profit out of a hobby I love?

Any business school teaches you to sell anything for as much as you as long as you can, so most serious businesses don't even think about this. All of us pay way too much for smartphones, handbags...
Forum: STS: Military Model Aircraft 08-23-2016, 01:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 395
Posted By Esvees
Witty Russian Mig29 & F14D Tomcatters

Looking to sell these two from my collection in order to make room. Both were only displayed briefly inside an enclosed glass cabinet, so they are very clean. Both are boxed and the F14 comes with...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-17-2016, 01:30 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,416
Posted By Esvees
Re: What made you become a diecast military aircraft collector?

Funny how most of us seem to have built kits as a kid, many people I know who don't collect today did that too.

I just remembered that this Italeri F18 was my first kit when I was 8 or 9 years...
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