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  1. If you build and paint the kit per instructions it will be "clocked" wrong - the various stages (details and markings) are not rotated correctly relative to each other. Highly recommend accurate reference drawings (e.g. David Weeks) and photographs.

    I had my kit before the Cultman decals were released. I ordered decals, F-1 engines and S-IC fins from Apogee. They are 1/70 scale but were much more accurate and detailed than the kit-provided parts. Apogee also offers the conical fairings for the 1st stage but they require major reworking of the base of the 1st stage parts to correct the shape issues in the kit.

    I should have said that I used David Weeks' drawings . . . they were a tad expensive ( After adding postage to the UK ) but they were definitely worth it, as there's so much detail missing from the Dragon Saturn V. :)

  2. I built this kit a couple of years ago ( it was a Xmas gift ) and you're right, it IS big ! I ordered a set of drawings for it in order to add quite a lot of detail, but it will look just fine OOB. I would recommend a set of decals from the culttvman website : These are made by Space model Systems and are excellent, with LOADs of detail, and will really make your Saturn V stand out.

    I shall be following your build with great interest ! :)

  3. According to the SAM publication "Camouflage And markings : the Battle Of Britain " the colour is roundel blue BS381C No. 110, and the closest FS 595 colour is 15056. The book states that this is the pre - war colour, which was carried over for some a/c ( Gloster built Hurricanes, for instance, during the B of B ) :cheers:

  4. Do you have the Eduard kit? Have you ever seen ANY Trumpeter kit that comes remotely close? Didn't think so.

    But... I suppose there's every reason to think this kit represents a new leaf for Trumpeter, and that it will far surpass the Eduard MiG-21MF in every way. And pigs might sprout wings and fly too, I suppose.

    Very sacastic, Jennings . . . no wonder you were banned from Britmodeller.

  5. I have a couple of photos of a 20th. TFW F-100D on static display at Wethersfield's open day in 1968 with the usual weapons display in front, and on the left is what they called a "500lb. practice bomb" but which I later identified as a B57 training shape, so the USAF did place these items in their static displays. HTH :cheers:

  6. I still prefer the Hasegawa kit : It's much easier to build, and has all the things that I said are missing from the Airfix kit. Granted the fabric effect is a little overdone, but with gentle sanding and a coat of paint it looks fine. The only thing I will say is that the mainwheels are a bit small, but not enough to spoil the kit in my view. Still, as they say it's just a matter of choice which kit one prefers. :)

  7. No kit is perfect, but the new Airfix Hurricane comes as close as we're likely to see in this lifetime. It's light years better than any previous effort from any manufacturer.

    I'd agree, apart from the "Clunky" panel fastener detail, missing upper fuselage ident light, rear view mirror, throttle controls and seat detail, plus fastener detail on the port wing leading edge and the "blanked off" cartridge ejection slots on the wing undersides, so yes, an excellent kit !

  8. Something is missing in my books,both wiki and them say that A2 nacelles were more longer than A0 version,yet while I look at the pics I fail to see any difference.

    ATM I don't have Kagero books with the blue prints,I have probably seen some previews on them on google books but that's it,I have both A0 and A7 kits in 72 scale,kits are the same,I know about A2 modification but still the nacelle modification escapes me.

    Was this just an internal modification?

    I have both Kagero books, and as far as I can tell after measuring the nacelles they look the same length ( At least on the A0 and A7 variants ) HTH. :thumbsup:

  9. Actually, the F-105's were natural metal until around 1961 - 62, when they started painting them in aluminium lacquer to help weatherproof the airplanes.

    You can usually see the difference in panel texture on natural metal F-105's, especially around the nose / cockpit area. HTH. :cheers:

  10. Well now I'm confused ! I have the brand new Airfix Dornier Do. 17Z to build, and according to the instructions the interior is Humbrol 240, which is RLM Grau 02, I also have the Squadron Signal He. 111 walkround book, which states that the interior of the He. 111P preserved in Norway is RLM 66, so Which is correct ? :huh:/>

  11. I remember several years ago visiting Lakenheath just as they did a maximum aircraft generation exercise, and one of their F-111F's had a dark, almost black olive drab colour instead of the normal FS 34079, which stood out like a sore thumb !

    Now, if someone made a model depicting that scheme everyone would say "no, no, it's completely the wrong colour ! " but there it was, large as life. Pity I didn't make a note of it's serial number for future reference. I think that just shows that there are exceptions to the rule. HTH :cheers:/>

  12. Interesting as the word going around was its new tool.

    Didnt know Revell was in the business of reboxing Airfix kits love to hear of example of one.

    Heller never released the Gr-1.

    Oh its also listed as a GR-1/3 none has ever released a 3..

    Actually, Heller DID release the Airfix kit as a GR1/3, and I know this to be true as I'm building one right now ! Sorry to be pedantic . . .I'll get me coat !

  13. If it's any help I have the "On Target" B of B special, published by The Aviation Workshop, which has a starboard profile of a 602 Sqdn. Spitfire Mk. 1, and the codes read "LO - G" from the tail forwards, so the photo probably shows their standard lay-out for that squadron.

    By the way, the above mentioned book is a very good reference for the B of B period, as it has LOADS of profiles of British, German,French, Dutch, Belgian aircraft of that period, so it's worth getting if you can. HTH :cheers:/>

  14. Most F-100's were initially natural metal, but from about 1960 they were painted an acrylic aluminium finish to provide some protection from the elements ( Especially in Europe) the aft end of the fuselage was unpainted, and showed varying degrees of heat discolouration.

    From late 1965 onwards, of course, the "Viet Nam" camouflage was introduced. HTH :cheers:

  15. I hope we'll see it when it will be done!

    that seems to be a very interresting subject!

    I think I'll have to disagree with Jennings (Sorry!) because I have several photos of 20th. TFW F-100's from the period depicted in the decal sheet, and they all appear to be painted aluminium. I think the confusion arises because there is a well known pic of 53668 when it was the deputy wing commander's airplane, and it's clearly highly polished metal, but the decal is for when the aircraft was in standard unit markings, which would be painted aluminium.

    The other option on the sheet WAS natural metal, as this wing (366th. TFW) only operated the F-100 for a couple of years. . . .hope this helps. :deadhorse1:

  16. I have just bought the Astra decals set for the F-104 in Luftwaffe/Bundesmarine service, and they are simply SUPERB! If you thinking of building a German F-104 [ As I am ] then you simply have to buy these. The sheets [5 ] allow you to build just about any German F-104 from any period of the F-104's service. Just look for the Daco decals website. :taunt:

  17. :thumbsup:

    He's refering to the new decals, not the Improvement Set ...


    Danny is quite right. I was referring to the new decal sheet, which I would consider an essential purchase if anyone intends on building a German F-104. Quite simply, these decals are absolutely SUPERB!

    Regarding the update set according to Daco's website these will be available mid 2010 [ish!] sd we'll just have to be patient! :lol:

  18. Ηello, Ι'm building Hasegawa's TF-104G at 1/48 , and I want to load it with 4 fuel tanks. Hasegawa offers the tip tanks but not the underwing tanks. I'm looking for information(and pictures) about them. As far as I saw they are not exactly the same (e.g. the winglets are symetric) but my most concern is for the refueling caps (where are they ?)

    If anyone has a picture (preferably not installed on the wing), it would be a great help. Thank you

    I have the new Daco Decals F-104 set, which shows the shape and positioning of the fins and fuel filler caps on the instructions.

    If you care to PM me I can send you a scan of the pics. Also, I contacted Hasegawa and purchased two sets of drop tanks from them, which I converted to the underwing type. Hope this helps. :thumbsup:

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