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  1. 11bee

    Kitty Hawk FJ Fury's

    This is KH we're talking about here....
  2. If I recall correctly, that notch was to allow the wearer to get a good fit with the buttstock of his weapon. I think they are reintroducing this on the latest plates just being issued.
  3. I love the choice of paint scheme, you did a wonderful job on this jet.
  4. 11bee

    New F-15E Nose Art Photos

    Thanks Falcon, good to know. I had figured something like that would be a hazard if you ever had to eject. At least you are able to make a long flight a bit more comfortable. Must be seriously uncomfortable on those flights.
  5. Finally completed this model, after starting it back the summer of 2018. My first large scale Tamiya kit and I'm absolutely blown away by how good this was. For those who have never built one of these kits, you have to treat yourself! My subject is "My Nel III", a late war Corsair assigned to VMF-511, flying off the USS Block Island. Decals courtesy of the truly awesome Fundekals set. Here's a full list of all the corrections and updates I incorporated into my build. Not saying it's the complete list of every modification the kit needs or that all of these are even necessary. Some are just to update the kit to the late -1D variant I was building. Just posting in case it helps anyone else. cockpit flare gun deleted entirely Delete upper wing ID light Delete lower wing landing light Add left side armor plate (installed to protect the pilots throttle arm) Add under seat armor plate (installed when the Corsair gradually started performing air to ground missions). Add left side windshield hand grip Add a thin metal bracket on top of seat for seatbelts Fill in cockpit vent in fuselage (this mod was only seen on post-war Corsairs, with maybe a few limited exceptions). Fill in wing fuel tank fill ports (these tanks were deemed an explosion hazard and were gradually eliminated from later production runs). Drill out cockpit frame lightening holes Add rudder pedal adjustment levers Added multiple hydraulic lines on forward cockpit bulkhead Added pins and retaining cables for pilot's back armor plate Drilled out top tubes on pilot's seat mounting frame Removed moulded on seat adjustment lever and replaced with scratchbuilt part. Drilled out lightening holes on footrest support frames. Added multiple electrical lines underneath instrument panel and side consoles Used awesome Barracudacals cockpit decals Used thin acetate between kit instrument panel and decal, instead of thick kit clear part Added hydraulic line to cockpit accumulator Added large heating duct to right side of cockpit Added stubs of pencils sticking out of map case Used pilots oxygen hose, to run from regulator Thinned levers on throttle assembly Drilled out opening of pilot's relief tube and added drain hose Added HGW harness instead of kit PE Added bomb emergency release lever on left side of console Added very basic 2D radio behind cockpit seat Added multiple electrical cables to radio and IFF control boxes on right sideway of cockpit Added rocket control panel (kit part R-44 but not shown in instructions) Added rocket firing handle on upper left side of cockpit Added electrical lines for MG switches on glareshield Sand down the fabric stitching on wings and control surfaces Added Vector cowling set. Fiddely but in my opinion, well worth it if you are leaving the cowl flaps open Added cowl flap actuator rods and linkages Added engine ignition lines, with clips to hold the lines together Added oil drain line on bottom of crankcase Added curved oil lines at top of cylinders (see my comments above) Added larger diameter lines that connect cylinder tops to each other Added electrical and hydraulic lines to main landing gear bays Carved out openings at bottom of main landing gear retraction struts Drill out lightening holes in main landing gear bays Thinned kit exhaust openings Opened lightening holes in sides of flap panels Open up lightening holes in LG oleo scissor links Added Barracuda resin wheels Added ignition "pigtail" leads to HVARs Added Brassin resin 500 lb bomb in lieu of kit 1,000 lb bomb (thanks Jennings!!) Added arming wires to front and rear bomb fuzes Added scratchbuilt wingtip navigation lights Added multiple hydraulic and electrical lines to wing-fold area Added emergency release handles and linkages to interior of canopy frame. Used those awesome Fundekals decals. If anyone's interested, the full build is over on the WIP forum:
  6. 11bee

    Mk19's and helicopters

    Can't imagine it would ever be used by a helo door gunner. First, not sure if it might weigh too much but second, firing a low velocity round perpendicular to the flight path, I would think it would pretty damned hard to shoot accurately.
  7. 11bee

    New F-15E Nose Art Photos

    What's that big bag stored over the WSO's instrument panel? Just personal gear for the pilots, snacks and gaming systems for the long flight home? Never seen large items like that stowed there.
  8. Fantastic job, thanks for taking the time to post all these updates!
  9. 11bee

    SpaceX - Falcon Heavy

    The technology itself is amazing but another aspect that sets these guys apart is the video "product" they put together for the launches. Young announcers, cheering technicians in the background, multiple hi-def videos from various angles, the flight data "dashboard", etc. Compare that to the stodgy coverage that Russia, NASA and United Space Alliance put out for their launches. It's definitely a new era in space flight and it's getting us closer to the day that we can finally end our ridiculous (and grossly overpriced) reliance on Russia for transport of astronauts to the ISS. Going to be a happy day when the west finally stops subsidizing the Russian space program. Looks like something from a cheap sci-fi movie!
  10. Call me a nerd but this is absolutely amazing. Successful launch and all three boosters landed as planned. Good to see the US still leads the world in some areas.
  11. 11bee

    Air-to-Air Combat Between India and Pakistan

    That’s always the first casualty though....
  12. 11bee

    Air-to-Air Combat Between India and Pakistan

    This pretty much says it all. The entire event and subsequent PR battles have done nothing except provide entertainment to those of us on the sidelines. Thankfully it appears that no one was killed.
  13. 11bee

    Air-to-Air Combat Between India and Pakistan

    That picture means nothing. Both sides blatantly lie and use doctored "evidence". I wouldn't believe either side if they told me fire was hot, (even if they had a flight suit patch stating "fire will burn you") I'd still need to verify for myself, because they have demonstrated zero truthfulness. Those missiles mean nothing. Assuming they even came from the crashed Indian Bison, some/all could have been launched and missed, launched and detonated (not necessarily means they hit anything) or simply went down with the crashing Bison and were damaged in the crash or the motors/warheads cooked off in the ensuring fire.
  14. #5 - Huey seats?? How would the CE’s get out? Through the gunner’s window? Any more details?
  15. I would think going with those divots would make the molds more expensive since you have to machine a thousand or so tiny raised bumps into the surface. I figured it was just an "artistic" choice since I believe they've released aircraft with some really nice, accurate surface detail. Just a disappointment that they feel it's a plus for their helo kits cause the real things have very pronounced riveting, which are a significant feature. Here's what Academy came up with on their Zulu Cobra. To me, that's the correct approach. Oh well, it is what it is.....