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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. You're absolutely right Darren. I was looking at a canopy that I had already cleaned up on a kit I'm currently building... Doh! Looking at my other unstarted kits, the seam on the outside is very fine. Sanding this down doesn't affect the lightning strips molded on the inside. Sorry for the bad intel. Cheers, John
  2. Wow, that's an old thread to resurrect. 🙂 Depends on which kit you're talking about. I can only comment on the 1/48 Hasegawa and Tamiya kits. The Hasegawa canopy has a mold seam line down the entire outer surface which needs to be sanded off and polished. The Tamiya kit has the lightning strip molded into the canopy on the inside and it does not require sanding/polishing. Cheers, John
  3. Looks like I could have benefited from this post if I saw it sooner. I placed a direct order on Nov. 15, 2019 for some CF-100 resin items and paid with PayPal. Never received an order or shipping confirmation from MasterCasters. I tried contacting them twice via email in mid December to get an update but didn't get any replies. I had to forward the PayPal transaction to Jay and he finally replied and said the order will go out on Dec. 20, 2019, a full 5 weeks after the order was placed. There was no PayPal shipping confirmation or tracking information supplied. His excuse was that his email spam filters blocked my emails. Fast forward to Feb. 2020 and I had tried 3 times to contact Jay with no response. Twice via email and once via the Contact Us link on his site. No reply, even to the Contact Us link. I initiated a PayPal claim on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, and he finally replied through the PayPal resolution centre and sounded surprised that the order never made it here. I wasn't surprised after reading this post. He agreed to "resend" the order but in the process failed to obtain any tracking number. I've got a PayPal shipping notice but no tracking information and have until the end of Feb. 29/2020 to escalate the claim. Without tracking, it's pretty inevitable that the claim will bet escalated. At this point, after 3 months, I have lost any hope of seeing the product. Cheers, John
  4. Hi Scott, Yes, two filler ports per tank and they are fully interchangeable. Lots of pics on Prime Portal to sift through. Prime Portal The red stripe is the Ground Safety Handle. It is used while on the ground to prevent accidental jettison of the external tanks. The following is a link to a page showing the MXU-611/A but from what I can see the external features are essentially the same as the 776/777. F-14 Pylon Cheers, John
  5. Hi Pierre, There are two offset dimensions in play here for the nose gear of the Sabre. The nose gear strut itself is offset to the right in the nose gear forward tunnel and the nose gear forward tunnel is offset to the left of the centerline. These 2 offsets effectively zero each other out so the nose gear strut is on the centerline of the jet. Cheers, John
  6. Except for Classic Airframes with their TA-4J. Cheers, John
  7. Stratospheremodels is a member here but he hasn't visited the ARC Forums since December 2018. Can't help you much beyond that and I hope he's okay. http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/profile/2642-stratospheremodels/ Cheers, John
  8. The GWH ejection seats are the same on all of the T-33 boxings. They are kind of a hybrid between an early and late seat but are inaccurate for either one. They will work for the AT-33A but are not totally accurate. The Taiwan boxing gives you the proper pitot tube under the nose. The underwing pylon in the late kit will probably work for an AT-33A but the instructions tell you to put it too far inboard. There are 3 stations per wing and the 2 inboard are for weapons only and the outboard one is plumbed for fuel. This station is just outboard of the flap-aileron junction. The late kit pylon fuel tanks are also not shaped correctly. You could use the late boxing to get the pylons but you would have to source a pitot tube for under the nose. Cheers, John
  9. The Paraguayan Air Force received 6 AT-33A from Taiwan in 1990. Use the Taiwan Air Force boxing. You'll need to source a gun sight, wing pylons, drill the gun ports and maybe add the late USAF T-33 ejection seats.
  10. So, Are they looking at a 4 year release date or something quicker than their last endeavor? I'm not a member of the "Official AMK Fan Facebook group" so a summary of Martins post would be appreciated. Cheers, John
  11. I'm really hoping it's a hoax. As much as I like the Starfighter I'm not sure I'd like to sit through another F-14D thread if they didn't learn their lesson. If it isn't a hoax I hope they do as Kinetic did and keep it under wraps until right before release. Cheers, John
  12. That's an F-104G from the 69th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron. It was based at Luke AFB in USAF markings but was owned by West Germany. West Germany trained their F-104 pilots out of Luke AFB from 1969 to 1982. The 418th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron was also based out of Luke and was also a West German training squadron. Cheers, John
  13. If you plan on building a USAF F-104G (Luftwaffe) based out of Luke AFB then yes this kit will work. It will also work for some NASA schemes as well. Cheers, John
  14. Sounds like you have a personal issue with Danny that's colouring your replies. Whatever that may be, I have had nothing but good dealings with Danny and find his publications very well done and the F-104 update set for the Hasegawa kit was a great addition. Now, getting back to the Kinetic kit, I started building my first one today and so far the fit has been pretty good. The best by far of any Kinetic kit I've built in the past. I'm more concerned with the windscreen fit and will report back when I get the chance to dry fit it. Cheers, John
  15. Let me look through my references. I actually used to own a set of real CF-104 main wheels and nose wheel as well as a set of the rear RWR fairings along with a few other CF-104 bits. This is going back about 22 years. Wish I had the space to keep this stuff. Here's a comparison of the CF-104 RWR antennas from Kinetic, DACO and Belcher Bits. Cheers, John
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