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  1. tony.t

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Looks very inviting. Well done AMK. Tony
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    F-111 astrocompass

    Yes, one and the same. Thanks for the kind words. There's a nicely preserved FB at Ashland. I'll continue looking for the relevant shot as it shows part of the astrocompass gizmo under the glareshield porthole. Cheers Tony
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    F-111 astrocompass

    I promise to look this w/e. The shot(s) I have show the geometry very well, if the publishers sent them back or they were digitized. Failing that, I will dig up my ancient Aardvark books. Tony
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    F-111 astrocompass

    I had a great shot of the FB-111A nose, looking down, which was used in a couple of books. Will have a look on the PC this weekend and see if I can find it. If you want to search, it was the Litton AN/ASQ-119 astro compass. HTH Tony
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    F-111 astrocompass

    F-111E 68-050 was the gunship grey jet at RAF Upper Heyford with the GPS mod in 1991. I saw it up close in 1992 and it had been repainted in the SEA night scheme. UH tailcode, red fin top for 77th FS. Tony
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    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    Nikolay, based on your F-101 build (same parts) can the flaps sit comfortably the way they're supposed to, or do we need to use little plastic tabs or similar? Cheers Tony
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    August release #2

    Cosmic! Can see this being very popular! Many thanks Tony
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    F-111 astrocompass

    what Hoops says. The astrocompass was a flush glass sensor fitted to a bulged FB glare shield. The GPS antenna, fitted as part of the digital updates circa 1991-1993, was more of an upturned dinner plate in the same spot. Tony
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    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    It's not included in the sprue layout figs but you can see the little clear sprue as an extra at top right of this image: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10534092/40/5 It's included in both my F-101B kits. Do not use part E16 but the clear tail tip from the extra clear sprue. Shame they didn't include the navigator's windshield in clear as well, but you can't have everything! Will need to see the RF-101C box to see if the clear tail tip light covering is included or not - the sprue images indicate it's likely missing in the latest boxing but I'll reserve judgement till I have the long nosed kit in hand. Tony
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    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    The F-101B kit includes the clear cap for the fin trailing edge: ignore the instructions, the clear part is on the same tiny extra clear sprue as the ID light covering. Tony
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    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    It's been covered in this thread but, essentially, the other things that need fixing comprise: * the SAGE data link antennae are missing from the rectangular shoe under the rear fuselage * the inter cockpit windshield is moulded in grey instead of clear plastic, so parts need to be cut out and replaced with clear If you want to model the RF-101B then there are other issues, chiefly modifying the weapons bay cradle with a flush skin (on the Falcon side) and adding reconnaissance-related black boxes on the other (Genie side, although I'm not sure the modded pallet still rotated so this can be considered unnecessary). I don't think the slightly squashed canopy bow frame is anything to get neurotic about, but then I'd build my two with closed hoods. HTH Tony
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    F-4 Phantom Drawing-Blueprint

    Hello Kinus. The exterior rivets on an F-4 are flush and wouldn't be noticeable even in 1/32 (unless replacements, in which case they might appear as tiny silver dots for a short while). I think an F-4 with divots in it wouldn't look right. The aircraft is, however, festooned with fasteners with Phillips type heads and which also fit flush. These are particularly visible on the fuselage flanks. Close-up photos are the best reference. Nobody has yet devised a tool to replicate these. HTH Tony
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    Kitty Hawk RF-101A/C

    For nostalgia and aesthetics I much prefer the RF-101C, but the G/H was in some regards technically superior: the jets were equipped with CAI KS-87 framing cameras, becoming standard equipment on the RF-4C, which had built-in light exposure meters (the RF-101C had that little rectangular B-2 terrain light detector sensor near the nose that provided exposure info to its KA-2 and later Hycon KS-72 framing cameras). I'm almost screaming for these kits. Tony
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    Kitty Hawk RF-101A/C

    As I noted earlier: The panel in between the KA-1's and nose gear well had two sets of very distinct ECS louvre type vents and it looks as if these are missing. This whole arrangement is very clear in some walk-around shots: look at photos 13 and 14: http://nabe3saviation.web.fc2.com/waRF101.html HTH Tony
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    Kitty Hawk RF-101A/C

    Thanks for the info Ben. I tried the Koster-Monogram combo thirty years ago without great success and would rather work with the IM Kitty Hawk. CMK make some resin cameras for the Tan Model RF-84F which might be adapted for the Voodoo, or make a new set specifically for the Kitty Hawk (yes please!). Judging by how much Aires did for the very obscure F-101A/C edition I'm optimistic there will be a deluge of resin detail/correction parts for the more popular RF-101C and F-101B boxings. Hope so. Tony