...we have the wheel wells for the Tamiya F-4B in 1:48th scale. These are just the first decent test shots, and they are looking excellent. The main well shown below wasn't even cleaned up with any great care. Importantly, they confirm fit (which they do, like a glove) and that they are a single piece drop fit, as intended. These will, incidentally, accept Tamiya's landing gear legs, here and in the nose well, too. They will also accept our forthcoming landing gear HybridCAST legs, due out shortly after these wells. The next couple of months will be Phantom months at KAZAN...But hell....who doesn't love the Phantom?
A little about the release schedule with these. the F-4E set, designed for the Z-M (SWS) kits will be out shortly. Stupid little tweaks have taken seemingly forever, but they are done. the problem hasn't been so much in the fit or details, but rather the quality of the prints. See the posts below this one for more details. Seems to be solved now, and Wednesday, March 2nd should see delivery of the final production prints, and we'll post the item as available for sale in the store section.
The sets for the Tamiya F-4B are lagging a little bit, but these are now at a point that we can put them on market, as long as the printer can guarantee consistent quality. We will be keeping an eye on these before they go out the door. These should be ready about mid-March. These will be discussed with the printer this coming Wednesday as well.
The Switch to 3D Resin....
...is going well, but slower and with more complications than anticipated. Nevertheless, the wheel well set for the SWS F-4E (48th) is soon to be released. These pics show some prototype pieces, and as such, are a little less refined than what the end product will look like, but they did confirm fit and look.
The set comprises 26 3D printed parts, 8 HybridCAST parts, 10 resin and one clear printed item. The HybridCAST items naturally contain stainless steel oleo and retraction pistons that look stunning. They are easy to use, because they need no masking for painting, and primers/paints/clear coats simply and effortlessly scrape off them with an appropriate knife. Unfortunately, it's tough to approach what these things look like in person on photographs. Below is the instruction sheet.