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    R/C flying, music and recording. P/C sims. Licensed Aircraft Mechanic currently working on the B757-200, Airbus A300/A310 and have 10+ years Herk experience. Also worked on the B727, B737, CT-114, CT-133 and CF-104.

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  1. CF104

    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    Actually the flaps only move back about 12" with the leading edge of the flap moving up into the flap well when fully extended. They do not move to the wing edge. That being said, the instructions do tell you to mount them in the incorrect location though. Cheers, John
  2. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Thanks for the clarification on the abort switch. The safety interlocks are the launch bar proximity switch which senses if the launch bar is fully retracted after launch. If it's not fully retracted the "LAUNCH BAR" advisory annunciator illuminates and nose gear retraction is inhibited. Cheers, John
  3. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    WARNING!! Non-AMK technical related content. Hi Tracy, What you say is correct for the F/A-18 but not the F-14. The launch bar on the F-14 can only be lowered with the nose gear in the Kneel position and the nose gear deflected 10 degrees off center or manually by the launch crew. The launch bar can only be retracted one of 3 ways. Mechanically by nose gear strut extension after launch, by the launch bar ABORT switch or by extending the nose gear strut with the Kneel/Off/Extd switch. There is no Launch Bar Extend/Retract switch in the F-14. Once the jet goes into tension on the shuttle, the pilot carry's on with the launch without further interaction with the launch bar unless there is a launch abort. There is a safety interlock after CV launch that prevents gear retraction if the launch bar doesn't retract. Cheers, John
  4. CF104

    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    Monogram definitely got the inlet cones wrong. And it looks like KH got the general shape correct for the off center cone but the large cooling inlet at the tip wasn't there on the F-101B/F as these were pointed. RF-101C intake cone with cooling inlet Cheers, John
  5. CF104

    F-104 wheel bay question

    You would be better off using the Aires 2205 1/32 CF104G Starfighter Wheel Bay set as this more correctly reflects the F-104C in that the gear shock struts and doors are the same as the C. You would throw a lot of stuff away by using the G/S set. Cheers, John
  6. CF104

    DC-130A APU

    The early DC-103A's had the same GTC double inlet doors. At some point it looks like the Navy went to a permanent fixed open inlet for the GTC and I would be interested in the reason why. I can't help with details of the fixed open GTC inlet though. DC-103A USAF DC-130A USAF a DC-130A USN Cheers, John
  7. CF104

    Starfighter experts needed

    Never heard of the heat expansion/cooling issue with the wings before. The Thermal Expansion Coefficient of the materials used in the wing construction is pretty low. The wing skins themselves are made from 7075-T6 aluminum which has a thermal expansion of about 23 microns per meter from 20 - 200 degrees Celsius. That's smaller than the diameter of a white blood cell. There are several examples of darker paint schemes and special schemes with black wings so the heat was not an issue. The main reason for painted wings in the first place is due to aerodynamics and corrosion control. All of the fasteners and screws on the wing skins were filled with aluminized putty which required a top coat of paint. The paint also protected the machined wing skins which were prone to corrosion. The Early YF/F-104A's didn't have this putty initially so the wings were left bare metal. Now the reason for the white paint was more likely to keep the surface cooler for maintainers. Nothing quite like trying to work on top of a hot frying pan in the sun. Cheers, John
  8. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I'm glad you said it as this marginalizing and dismissive attitude by some on this subject is unbecoming of this forum. As you said, we are being civil about this and for habu2 to come along and be all "FFS people" is just not conducive to a productive forum. Like you said, I would like to reinforce that if you don't like what is being discussed then move along or add something constructive. By being aggressive and condescending you are not engaging or encouraging a productive discussion. Cheers, John
  9. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    It looks to me like a 3D render was used as a basis for the art work but it looks flat to me. I know there's a 3D rendering process that places everything onto a flat plane but I don't know the term. This is what it looks like to me. There's no depth to the artwork and even the forward fuselage looks way too big. Cheers, John
  10. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Coming in late on this one but I would just like to clarify the launch bar position after launch. As depicted on the box art, the launch bar should be fully up with the nose strut fully extended. Short explanation is that after launch and the main gear are in air mode(struts fully extended), the nose gear kneel system automatically goes to the extend setting. This extends the nose strut 18" and mechanically raises the launch bar. If the launch bar is not fully up, the gear is prevented from retracting. Supporting photos. I can also add NATOPS references if anyone wants to read the technical jargon. In transition after cat shot launch bar raised after main gear clear the deck Launch bar raised. Note main gear struts fully extended. Cheers, John
  11. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Editing quotes from other users to reinforce your position is just bad form. Cheers, John
  12. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    The black stripes in the photo look like sealant to me and the light panel only has 2 wires going to it. This along with no NVIS switch for the formation lights makes me doubtful. Hard to argue with someone who's been there. Guess we'll agree to disagree. Cheers, John
  13. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Although NVG's were introduced to the fleet at that time, I'm pretty sure the exterior lighting of the F-14 was never modified to be NVG compatible. According to the NAVAIR 01−F14AAD−1, F-14D NATOPS FLIGHT MANUAL(2004), only the cockpits were equipped with NVG lighting. Cheers, John
  14. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Must have been a high temp resistant acrylic. I know the limiting speed on the F-104 was due to the acrylic canopy but this was a conservative number. I didn't know that the F-14 was set up for NVG compatible formation lights. NVG lighting must have been very late in their service life. I do know that the F/A-18E/F are equipped with this functionality. This is evident by the offset light/dark look of their formation lights. Ciao, John
  15. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Yes, the position lights are tinted glass. Here's a good shot showing the wingtip formation light.This might be where AMK got the idea from. Cheers, John