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Frogghopper Mk II
slodder
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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 12:40 PM UTC
Matthew shares his experience of his build of a garage kit. This is an interesting kit iwth lots of promise.

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Thanks!
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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 01:28 PM UTC

I love it! The wink was not neccissary as per your painting job, but, regardless, I really like the little bugger.

Maybe have to save some pennies!

Cuhail
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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 04:14 PM UTC
Thanks for the kudos. The production run kits are coming out far better than my "First out of the starting block" kit. He has another kit in the works that is larger and looks awesome. He has me tapped to do the same build and review for it as well. I will send it in as soon as it is available. Thanks again for the kudos. "Q"
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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 04:23 PM UTC

How's the resin look? Does it have a lot of flash or stub issues when shipped (do you think )? Paint prep issues?

Is it worth (objectively) the $50.00 price tag?

I really do like the look of the finished product and your paintjob rules, only making me more interested in fact.

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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 03:04 AM UTC
Flash is minimal if at all. The initial piece I did had some mold shift in it requiring some clean up, but the new casts have rectified that and there are no mold seams where I had them before. Where they were, was in easily cleaned up areas. Major pour stubs are removed prior to shipping by Steve himself. Only minor stubs left to remove. The resin was initially gray in color, but I think he has switched to a cream colored resin now. Compared to other kits I am seeing on the market of similar subjects its worth the price tag. I have found several other "Star Wars"-ish kits out there that are fetching considerably more. I will contact Steve to see if I can grab an unbuilt kit from him and take some pics of the parts to post to give you a better idea of the quality and overall parts count. I think there is a total of about 30 parts if that. So far he has received three orders for them since the review went up. Back soon with more info and pics. Thanks again for the kudos on the paint job. Much appreciated. "Q"
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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 03:49 AM UTC

Well that sounds dandy, man! I'm glad he's getting orders, too! Parts pix are cool, but, don't hurry on my account.

Thanks Matt.
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Posted: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 08:08 AM UTC
I'm picking up the kit tomorrow so I should be able to get the pics taken and posted over the weekend. Stay tuned.
"Q"
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Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 04:08 PM UTC
I picked the kit up today and will get the shots taken tomorrow. It looks a lot different than what I started with...in a good way of course! Back soon with pics of the raw kit.
"Q"
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009 - 08:32 AM UTC
Sorry for the delay in getting these posted. I actually was able to set down at the bench yesterday and build.....all fricking day. Before I knew it, it was 10pm and I had to drag myself away from the bench and head for bed. Obviously I forogt to get the pics shot, BUT,,,, here they are. After going through these parts and pieces, this offering is considerably better than what I had to work with. Steve has even made an instruction sheet to go with it. I'll let the pics speak for themselves. Hope this helps. "Q"

Fuselage, canopy, wings and acetate for the windows.

Canopy interior- The window portions are paper thin and pop right out by hand or with a #11 blade

Engines and guns-

Engine close ups-

Cockpit peices-

Cockpit detail shots-




Landing gear detail-

Rear and bottome of fuselage-

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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009 - 10:45 AM UTC
Give me a couple of days and I'll have these moved into the permanent review.
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009 - 01:45 PM UTC
Thanks Scott. Was going to contact you about that. Thanks for the help. "Q"