Jay Chladek

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  1. Another nice thing to invest in is a set of digital dial calipers. They don't cost much these days for our uses and it comes in handy when you can grab a piece of styrene and measure the thickness to see if it will work for a certain project. I got one in a raffle a few years back and I love the many uses I have found for it.
  2. Major wow, I have always loved the Mig schemes on Skyhawks. BTW, not a knock on construction here, but the elevator trailing edges look a bit thick. Are they really that way in the kit?
  3. No worries habu. :) I've been studying Lifting Bodies for quite awhile, so yes I know the M2-F2 crash is what they used. But the HL-10 is also featured prominently in the 6MDM pilot as they pulled it out of storage to film the framing shots with Lee Majors, establishing that he is a test pilot. Wingless Flight is one of my favorite books. I made sure to acquire a hard copy of it from NASA a few years ago when they were having a sale. I decided to get mine autographed... by a certain someone who helped shape the history of it even though he wasn't an engineer or a test pilot. He immediately recognized the lifting body on the cover of the book as the one that crashed when he saw it and signed it the way he did without any prompting from me. With Sierra Nevada slated to fly their Dreamchaser as an unmanned cargo vehicle in 2019, I am considering writing a book on Lifting Body history, to coincide with the first launch. I just need to see how my first book on space stations is received when it finally goes on sale this summer. There is also the collection of 1/72 Lifting Bodies I want to finish. I have the kits I need, including the Eagles Talon M2-F2/3, HL-10 and X-24s, plus the Muroc Models X-38 and M2-F1 and a few HL-20 based resin kits (all from Ben Guenther's master) to do up as the HL-20 and Dreamchaser variants with the appropriate shape modifications. I have been working on the Eagles Talon vac kits off and on for a few years. They can't be rushed since they are no longer available and I do not want to screw them up.
  4. I know. So much resin has been vaporware of late. But I know the guy doing the master, so we shall see what happens. Concerning references, the 6 Million Dollar Man episode "The Deadly Reply" is probably the best video reference for the details on the HL-10. since they dedicated an entire episode to the plane as Austin takes it up for another run. X-Plane fan did point out one important feature on the jet. The plane had a set of tufts added to the leading edge of the outer tails. Cross section-wise they look like a fixed extended leading edge slat, but blended integrally into the tails. So if you do a model with the white paint on the aft fuselage, that was after the modification. If you do the HL-10, that is pre-modification and it only looked like that for one flight. Bruce Peterson had control problems at high angles of attack, which the tufts corrected by making the airflow more turbulent, giving the control surfaces more air to bite into.
  5. Valid points. Using the ICM Bulkheads as a template to scratchbuild ones for the KH kit might also work I suppose. Thanks for checking on this stuff for us.
  6. Hmmmm, 1975. Airshow is a good guess, or perhaps a jet being sent to Iran for an up close and personal inspection perhaps? It is not an IIAF purchased jet (gun vent is wrong) and it doesn't have the asia minor camo pattern. But given the deal was inked in 1974 and considering how one of the Iranian banks at the Shah's urging extended Grumman a line of credit when they were having money troubles, it wouldn't surprise me if an arrangement was made to send a Tomcat that way for inspection perhaps. Only other thing I can think of is an attrition replacement was needed for an air wing at sea, which doesn't make much sense given squadrons are equipped slightly over strength, or perhaps both a jet and a flight crew were needed. Pretty expensive prospect to send a jet over for that though rather than waiting for the carrier to return to port.
  7. Concerning Scale Modelworld, it is a different vibe from USA Nationals, but it is I would say roughly the same size. Typically it runs 2 days instead of four and the emphasis is more towards SIG table displays and vendors rather than just the contest. Granted the contest is a primary point of the show, just like the USA Nationals, but floor space wise it tends to only take up maybe about 10 to 15% of the entire floor space (vendor, SIG, show) rather than the roughly 50/50 split seen at the US based shows. But, the SIG and club model displays, which aren't being judged in the competition itself are IMHO just as cool to look at. It is a very fun show to attend and you can make/meet lots of international friends from all over the world there.
  8. Doesn't quite look like the end of the world to me. Dylan's buildup seems to show that the nose shape at least looks kind of right in that profile, while it isn't quite a true half round cross section. It will probably work fine for most of us. Otherwise, maybe glue in a piece of styrene with the proper cross section at the attachment point and use it as a sanding guide to re-profile the sides of the upper nose area.
  9. Heh heh heh. Looks like this particular bird might have been on either a delivery flight or a check flight and had to divert, given how it lacks anything except for the basic USN markings. Bet it made the Soviets scratch their heads if they ever saw the plane or pictures of it though.
  10. Those evil paint shop guys. ;)
  11. I don't see anything on this jet to indicate it is anything other than a standard F-14A. The antenna mounts look standard, it has an early IR sensor bulge on the nose and a standard gun mount with gun vent. Are we sure somebody wasn't just having fun zapping it with tail art?
  12. One thing I recommend when using MM Acrylics, ditch the Testors thinner as that seems to be the source of the adhesion problem. Once I switched to using Tamiya acrylic thinner to thin Testors acrylics, the paint seems to stick A LOT better.
  13. Yes, F-106 seat for the cockpit and F-5A/T-38 main landing gear on the bottom. The nose wheel is the unique bit as I believe that is a T-39 nose gear. BTW, I believe Fantastic Plastic is working on a newer resin HL-10 in 1/48 due out sometime later this year. I wouldn't get too anal about the seat if you put that white painted sun shade on the top canopy. Now if you open the cockpit, then one might want to go the super-detail route. But I have always preferred the clean canopy closed look.
  14. I kind of doubt they will do that. To do engraved lines on a kit with raised lines means etching the molds. The last time they did that was on the Monogram P-51B and the results were okay, but not great as it meant the new parts were thicker since recessed lines on plastic means raised lines on the tooling. Very expensive to do that. As for Revell and new aircraft, I can understand their reluctance. But at the same time, they need to do something more than just unbuilt toys in the form of Star Wars models and beginner car kits or they risk losing market share. So while they won't do much as frequently as they used to, abandoning new subjects completely as opposed to maybe doing one every other year doesn't seem like a smart idea. At the same time, I don't believe a 1/48 Raptor is ever going to be on that list.