The F-4B (Tamiya) Full Set is....
...back in stock. Currently, all our F-4 sets are available in our e-shop. With our own printing abilities, we should be able to maintain a stock more easily. Thanks for all your support!
...is now available. It is designed to fit the Zoukei-Mura (SWS) family of excellent kits, and can be considered a 'full set', in the sense that it includes the wheel wells, wheels, hubs, landing gear struts, all associated retraction struts, doors and speedbrakes. All of the retraction and oleo pistons are again represented with stainless steel, cut to length, and are an extension of the idea that we pioneered with our cast resin 'HybridCAST' sets before we switched completely over to 3D printing.
This set is a milestone item for us, and took a little longer to develop than the later sets that were actually released first (the ones for the Tamiya Phantom). This set was the one that was in active development when the decision to switch over to 3D printing exclusively was made, and to make the switch immediately and completely. This brought with it some unforeseen issues that needed to be delt with, and much of the original production prints were unsatisfactory as provided by the third party printer. Some actually downright sucked, and in no way, shape or form would we ship these to customers. Some of you who order directly from us know that we even keep an eye on the shipping status of our items and when it looks like a snag appears somewhere, we contact you for receipt confirmation. No major issues have come up, but still...So, the decision was made to also become more self-sufficient in the actual production of the 3D prints, and that brought more issues. This set has finally been tweaked to the point where it is up to our standards and is now available. It was also a whole new element to the learning curve that we will be putting to extremely good use in the next sets that we release.
This set retails for $64.99 and due to the aforementioned third party printer issues, represents a loss to us, one that is difficult to swallow. Nevertheless, it has pushed us into a higher level of self sufficiency and hopefully, we'll turn it into an eventual plus.