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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. Hi Scott, The strut that angles aft is the drag strut. The actual NLG actuator is quite small in comparison and is located forward of the gear up in the wheel well. It's the drag strut that locks the gear in the extend position. here is a link to some info on the nose gear. http://www.anft.net/f-14/f14-detail-gearnose.htm Cheers, John
  2. Yes, that's the nose gear downlock pin. The downlock actuator is located behind the panel the pin goes through. Cheers, John
  3. I used the Quickboost QB 48522 for my F-20A builds. It's for the AV-8B Harrier II but looks the closest to the F-20A configuration. Cheers, John
  4. I'm hoping it was a bad batch myself. The remainder of my unopened AKAN paints appear to be fine. Cheers, John
  5. Hello All, I am having a problem with some of my AKAN acrylics paint. Out of 45 bottles of various colours, 11 of them have completely dried out. I found this out when setting up to paint some FS36440 onto my Tamiya Tomcat and found the unopened bottle completely dried out. Some of my previously opened bottles have dried out but these 11 bottles were sealed and unopened. Has anyone here experienced the same thing? Could freezing during shipping affect these acrylics? All of my AKAN paints were purchased through Hobby Colours. I will be ordering replacements as I love their colour selection and the way they airbrush. Cheers, John
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Except for Classic Airframes with their TA-4J. Cheers, John
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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