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  1. tony.t

    F-4EJ questioon

    I have seen a couple of photos of AIM-4Ds attached to L-41/42/43 rails on JASDF F-4EJs. Probably in 1970s era Koku Fan magazines, though there was one drifting around the internet a few years ago. Serious omission from the Tamiya 1/32 F-4EJ kit. At least Hasegawa include something approximating the L-41/42/43 rails in its 1/48 F-4E/EJ kits and missiles can be had from one of its missile sets. But strictly 1970s AFAIK. Tony
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    F-35 news roundup

    It's just a thing that is designed to slip through missile defences and bomb the cr@p out of something - it's not Miss World Tony
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    Revell 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet

    No, the spine is part of the upper fuselage part A40. I actually wonder if the profile was turdified in order to fit the mould depth limits? Had it been engineered as a separate part it most likely would have been accurate, ditto the rear canopy hood frame to match. Beryllium copper moulds? I thought they were commonplace in Asia. One reason I don't lick wet 'n' dry - cissy bowl of water is preferable. Tony
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    Revell 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet

    Looks like a hybrid kitbash between the Trumpy and Revell might be necessary — though I don't want a Hornet E costing £190 which leaves a lot of land fill. If you live to see it the F/A-18F release may be the one to wait for. Think the Blues are getting the E/F variants during 2021, so that would be a good time for the Revell F to emerge. Tony
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    Revell 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet

    Needs going over by an expert, but £70 is much less money than the Trumpeter.. LG clearly needs metal inserts, the bracing or retraction strut oleo replaced by a steel pin, and the spine tweaked. Not sure what's wrong elsewhere (e.g. engine bumps and nozzles) but it'll likely generate AM which the bland Trumpy failed to energise. Really waiting to see the Blue Angels fly this variant, which I thought was not far off — best colour scheme for an E IMHO. Tony
  6. Also desperately wanting ICM to do a 1/48 Su-15 Flagon. Three basic types — 15, 15TM and 15UM — with two types of radome. Would be good for three, possibly four boxings, and would be snapped up for reboxing by Revell and Hasegawa. Go on, you know you really want to! Then scale it up, along with the Foxbat, to 1/32 scale. Oh yeah, baby! Tony
  7. Glad to see Airfix do a new brick. Will go nicely with its FG.1 Waiting on Tan Model too, not least for its big 1/32 Sea Flanker which might be released later this year. Tony
  8. Sounds like a hemstitch sewing machine needle. HTH Tony
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    CD48150 - F-15 Eagle - The Early Years

    Yes, I'm fairly certain now that the CC was in error and getting his bays mixed up. White enamel it is then. Wondering what to use for the orange. Maybe even decal trim film cut to fit. Tony
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    F-101B soon from Kitty Hawk

    Looks absolutely great Nikolay. I've just bought two of the full F-101B interior sets (plus the RF-101C zoom versions, plus "steel" seat belts for all four Voodoos). Very indulgent purchases when you have four Kitties to outfit with accessories. (Bought one of the D-Mold recce noses too — kerching again! The other will be a plastic nose job to match the D-Mold.) Waiting for something like Aires Quickboost for the missing F-101B SAGE dara-link antennae, though that can be found on a Quickboost set for the 'Six. Tony
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    CD48150 - F-15 Eagle - The Early Years

    ""...this photo... shows the prototype with white wheel wells"" The MLG one does look at least part white. I was told about the metallic colour by a former crew chief so it wasn't apocryphal, though he might have been confusing the LG wells with maintenance access compartments - or not. Might have just been on F-15A/B production before white-everywhere became the norm. White is probably safer pending further information. Tony
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    CD48150 - F-15 Eagle - The Early Years

    That's what I was told by Crew Chiefs from that era. Would be good to get confirmation on this. The logos on the aircraft appear matt anthracite, or black of a different reflectivity. Tony
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    CD48150 - F-15 Eagle - The Early Years

    Seconded. City of Alamorgodo and the other ca.1977-79 HO schemes. But happy with Edwards and Luke as a starter. Really interested in the Basics sheet too. Don't know when the canopy edge reinforcing tape changed from bronze red to grey, but probably 1980s, so having both would be cool. I was told YF/F-15A/Bs had metallic blue wheel wells (and white LG and white LG door interiors, which are all that could be seen unless you worked on them, so it was incorrectly assumed that the wells were white too). Tony
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    CD48150 - F-15 Eagle - The Early Years

    Yes, all good info. I remember something about the gait of early Eagle MLG being more perpendicular, as viewed from the front, and not slightly splayed out as became standard. Tony
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    CD48152 - 1/48 Hawker Hunter F.6

    Still rate the 1/32 Revell as the best Hunter, but the new era Airfix 1/48 Hunter F.6 looks to be a great kit. Aerocraft are making a 1/48 T.7 (side by side two seater) conversion for it. FGA.9/Mk.58 is bound to follow. Personally prefer the later variants in the more outlandish schemes, like Jon Whaley's flamboyant Meteor and the Swiss job with the newspaper font all over it, called something like the Papyrus Hunter. Arab ones in shades of sand and coffee are also quite cool, as the Swedish Acro Hunter, Fleet Air Arm GA.11 - huge amount of options really. Don't know what Xtradecal are up to on this. Tony