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Andrew Maverick Taylor

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  1. I knew what you were referring to but I was trying to make this post no more confusing for wm_cheng but once the TCS was introduced, the IR pod was seldom seen.
  2. That is correct but they were mostly used on the development aircraft and not on the fleet jets.
  3. Correction - The chin pod on the A and B models is not infra-red, it’s a radar guided tv camera. Only the D model had the infra-red as well as the tv camera system.
  4. The push rods, airbrake panels and the airbrake bays are all red. Only the actuator cylinders are white with the chrome pistons. See picture here: http://www.anft.net/f-14/f14-detail-speedbrake-01.htm
  5. The actuators themselves on the airbrakes are white with a chrome piston as normal with any hydraulic cylinder. There are no actuators underneath as they are interconnecting push rods between the top and and bottom airbrake panels.
  6. Agreed. I’ve studied this one for years on the Tomcat. Unless serving in the Navy on a squadron or know someone in the know, it’s not really important at the end of the day when it comes down to scale modelling. I gave up trying to be so accurate all the time. Reasons can be serviceability, Air time, operational, front line fleet requirements, the list goes on. Just build what you want or to photographic proof rather than trying to second guess stuff. It drives you nuts otherwise.
  7. Just pick a photo of the jet you want to build and build it in that configuration at that time. You’ll go stir crazy trying to nut out the whys, where’s and what’s of it all. Just build.
  8. Correction, F-14s used the AN/AAQ-14 which came directly from the F-15E which is longer than the AN/AAQ-25. 😉
  9. Hi everyone Well this was new for me. My first ever armour build completed and I thoroughly enjoyed and glad I picked this kit. The Academy new tool Abrams is amazing to build. I have no fit issue at all and alot of parts simply push fit and functional. There's no internal detail but that was fine with me but everything else put together looks great. I'm not up on tank technology or the specifics of any given tank or vehicle but the visual impact looks about right from a few photos I checked out. Some of the features that drew me to the kit is the three part slide molded gun barrel
  10. When might this sheet be available to purchase from the Caracal Website?
  11. I’m no stranger to the scale modelling scene and am more used to aircraft if the usual scales 1/72, 1/48 etc. This however is my very first armour build and glad I picked this one. The Academy 1/35 M1A2 V2/TUSK I/TUSK II kit is a dream to build and the three piece slip moulded gun barrel and “rubber band” tracks are nice features. I’m not too enthused on the thought of multi part tracks that the likes of Meng and others are coming out with. So far it’s 95% built with just the hang ons to fit after painting eg spare road wheels and tracks, jerry cans etc. Paint is now starting to o
  12. Thanks for the clarification. That was my concern that the actual mounting point would be different.
  13. Anyone got any left over 1/72 KC-135R New Hampshire tail bands from the now OOP Caracal sheet?
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