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  1. Hello Tony


    In the recent Phantom threads here at ARC, I realized, that you are very knowledgeable about the F-4E and -G details in the context of the new forthcoming kits. This and the fact, that you are coming from Bristol leads me to the conclusion, that you may be the Tony Th., who has produced some nice books of USAF(E) subjects in the 90s. If so,  we had a bit of correspondencece about 30 years ago.


    My name is Christian Gerard and I have shifted my interest from aviation photography in the 80s and 90s subsequently towards scale aircraft modelling today. 

    From 2024 I intend to build some USAFE Phantoms from the new kits in 1:48 and hopefully a new 1:32 kit, too. From next year, I will having more time, which is quite limited nowadays after I was struck by several occasions which almost kept me away from modelling. Then, I will show here some photos and memories from the good old times.


    Take care and until later.





  2. Meng have modelled the ab initio slatted wing with the thicker lower torque box skin and its noticeable lip or step along its rear edge. A vinyl strap should fix things satisfactorily if it's not included in the kit's etched metal fret. Sorry, but the almost parallel canopy profile of the Z-M is utterly horrible. Crisp detail isn't going to fix that, ever. The Meng is looking a whole lot more like an F-4G and the Standard ARM is particularly cool. Shame there are no Shrikes or ALQ-184, but those are available elsewhere. Tony
  3. I'm liking the look of the Meng way more than the Z-M. The canopy looks to be correctly bowed in the middle in plan view, even though the windshield might be a fraction too wide. Thanks for posting the pic Solo. This one's getting my money. Curious to know if any other variants will follow, e.g. Israeli F-4E with refuelling probe. Tony
  4. Good to hear that you're on the mend Chris. I'm definitely up for the Su-27 canopy correction set so hope you can work out how to deal with the UK tax system. I believe Jeffrey of Hypersonic models in Japan has worked it all out. Best Tony
  5. Agree, and the Reid Air Publications operational Clark Field PN markings are a must for me. However, Caracal, which has released a string of early scheme sheets might cover the testbeds as they wouldn't take up much space: 697254 with the international orange and spook insignia, and 69-263 when it wore GA codes around 1977 (WW by the time the first true deliveries took place in April 1978 — though Caracal would need to redo the 35th TFW insignia for the latter, which was wider and squatter than the usual back-stabber design drawn for the F-105G sheet, which would be fine for '263).
  6. While committed to the box top Hill Gray II offering of 232/YGBSM from the Southern Watch era, I am curious what the other two markings options are. A Standard ARM indicates at least one from the period 1978-1985, i.e. SEA, wrap-around SEA or European 1, and a Clark Field jet would be nice for a change — although the prototype SEA scheme with international orange tail and wingtips (69-7254, first flown in December 1975) would be cool, especially if it featured the Weasel Spook insignia on the intake cheeks. I can't believe that the Meng F-4G would be a one-shot deal: there's
  7. I noticed that too and wondered if we're supposed to fill them in with glow-in-the-dark paint? The terms emery paper & elbow grease spring to mind. It's looking like a great kit. Just wondering what the other two markings will be? Looking forward to this more and more, Tony
  8. There should be one low band antenna on each side of the fin (vertical stabiliser). The arrowhead-shaped doubler plates, like the missing belly strap, would be well-served by a pre-cut vinyl or etch set. (Might be in the kit?) I'm liking this kit a lot. The windshield looks a little fat in the computer renderings — we'll have to see the actual plastic — but the canopy looks to correctly bow out laterally in the middle. Definitely buying one. Need to source a long ALQ-184 ECM pod from Wolfpack, and need to know if the kit has inlets (and not blanked off like the ancient
  9. You'll want the different Navy Aero 5 or later LAU-118) launcher. The LAU-34 is completely different and was used by USAF F-4C/G Wild Weasels. Tony
  10. The ICM MiG-25RBF Elint version is the closest to the RBS SLAR version. Different nose panel arrangement but very similar. The missiles & pylons would have to come from the ICM MiG-25BM boxing if you have to have them. HTH, Tony
  11. Wingtip RHAWS should be angled out at 45⁰, not fwd-facing, if memory serves me right. Cut the end off, file the lump back and at 45⁰, then glue the tiny teacakes on at that angle. The fwd fuselage and parallel canopy sides haven't been corrected. Gives the Z-M canopy a MiG-23U look. I really hope that Tamiya follows up its B with a J and E/EJ, and Zoukei go up to 1/32 with all the fixes. Tony
  12. Yes, I'd buy a set too. Faves are the 5th Spitten Kittens at Minot, ND, and 318th Green Dragons at McChord, WA. Tony
  13. I recall there being Blue Angels cockpit parts included in the 1/32 Black Box F/A-18A backdate set for the Academy F/A-18C. Or some of them, like the gubbins on the coaming. Tony
  14. There are often good deals on the Su-9U Maiden at around £22. There probably is sufficient commonality on sprues C and D to get what you need for the Su-11 Fishpot. You could even make resin copies, or kindly ask someone who does, and have two great kits. Tony
  15. The ResKit cockpit module and supplied clear parts, in particular, correct the freaky Booby Hoss windshield parts. That the ResKit canopy differs a bit from the Academy clear part is, IMHO, a complete red herring. The ResKit parts, once installed and painted, will look totally right. Tony
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