It turns out, however, that there are a few counterfeit DMold intakes out there, being sold on ebay and other places as originals. I figured this out in a warning from Dmitri Malkov, owner of DMold Modelworks, who had discovered that some of his 1/32 F-4 intakes were being copied and sold on ebay, so he put out a warning in the Jet Forum. Since I had purchased my intakes from the same ebay seller, I PM’d Dmitiri with pics of my 1/32 F-18 intakes and, sure enough, they were fakes too. Once busted, this ebay seller has since disappeared.
Like the F-4 fakes, the easiest way to detect them is the extra “fences” they have when they are molded. The pic below shows the fake on the left, the DMold original, and the kit part on the right. Note the extra fences….
The reason I have the real ones in the middle is because Dmitri sent me a new set for FREE and mailed them all the way from Russia. Either he felt sorry for me or he knew I’d use them in my next build and show you guys how they work, but either way, thank you Dmitri!
As good as the intakes are, they can use a little upgrade by way of the Eduard mesh set (32-111). In order to get the new mesh to fit properly, you need to cut or sand the front intake panel down about 0.5 mm. Here’s the mess I created using a modeling knife….
Then the result of all my work, after I inserted the photoetched parts and attached them with CA glue, being careful to avoid getting glue in the middle where it will clog the new mesh. After a little sanding, you can really see how the photoetched parts are made of brass……
Since painting an intake is almost impossible after assembly, I gave these a thin coat of FS 36375, inside, outside and also on the back. They’ll get the “Pig Fleishmann white latex paint dip treatment” later, once I get everything sanded and put together. One last thing, is to check your reference pics for the front of the mesh for a panel or line (or not). I left mine at the front…..
…because my pic of 910 shows it not only has it, but it’s quite pronounced. Some of them are very subtle or even gone….
Thanks for your interest, and Happy New Year!
This post has been edited by chuck540z3: 04 January 2010 - 12:01 AM