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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-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
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    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
  3. 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
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    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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Editing quotes from other users to reinforce your position is just bad form. Cheers, John
  8. 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
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    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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    After thinking about it a bit more, there are 2 different styles of wingtip formation lights on the Tomcat. The early style has 2 panels with 4 segments each and the late ones have just the 2 panels with no segments. This might be what AMK are doing. Cheers, John
  13. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Definitely not clear. The formation light is an electroluminescent panel. The panel itself is a solid surface with a material impregnated with an active component that glows when voltage is passed through it. The material is then epoxy coated to improve environmental exposure. Some lights have an almost fiberglass appearance while others have a bit more gloss from the protective coating. Although it may have a glossy appearance, it is not clear. Cheers, John
  14. CF104

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I can't see any reason to have the wing tip formation lights separate either. I hope they dropped the idea of the multi piece canopy as well. Might work in 1/32 or larger but at 1/48, keep the canopy 1 piece. Cheers, John
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    DACO F-104 set

    Hey P, I have a spare DACO KORMORAN missile I can part with. Send me a PM. Cheers, John