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  1. I've been away from ARC for a long time, but I had to post this.... Even though the level of detail blows me away, I still shake my head at the many, many errors in the kit. (outside of the landing gear issue) They have left themselves with no room to market the many different variants of the T-6/SNJ/Harvard family. The one piece they leave non-interchangeable on the upper fuselage (the rear canopy fairing) is the biggest thing that has to be changed to make a proper Harvard. The Mk II, Mk IIb/AT-16 and Mk 4 all have the rounded rear canopy. (The RCAF, RAF and Luftwaffe examples included in the decal choices all have this canopy) I hate to be one of those 'rivet-counters' but even somebody who has ever been close to a Texan/Harvard knows there are not ribs on the OUTSIDE of the control surfaces. Or perhaps Dzus fasteners are FLUSH with the skin? Not all variants had the 5-sided bagaage door or machine gun installed in the rear cockpit. The foot trays do not extend between the front and rear cockpits. They are 4 separate pieces. There is no 'floor' to the cockpit...it's the top of the center wing section! And according to the markings diagram they ALWAYS have a drop tank fitted...not! Most variants don't even have the capability for a drop tank. It's been said on this forum (and most others) many, many times that there are hundreds of enthusiasts that are willing and able to assist in the research that goes into tooling a kit (most for free!) yet are ignored. Simply browsing through the illustrated parts catalog and maintenance manual for any of the variants (easily obtained online in PDF format) would have helped immensely! I know I'm biased because I get to work on 8 of these aircraft almost every weekend, but it doesn't excuse the fact that even a casual observer can spot some glaring issues. Okay...I'll get off my soapbox now... :whistle:/>/> It looks like a great kit, but until someone comes out with a correction and/or conversion set (including new canopy, gear bays, control surfaces, etc) I probably won't be picking one up.
  2. Lookin' good! Yep, 438 had Harvards. 3323 is currently disassembled and in storage.
  3. Had a great time at the show as usual. :D/> Picked up a few kits, saw Tony, Shawn & Don, but had to leave early. Was on my way into the Hammer for lunch and to Modellers Choice for some paint, but the transmission on my truck decided to quit working at a stoplight on Upper James.... :angry:/> Luckily my CAA membership covered the tow truck ride back to Woodstock...phew! :cheers:/>
  4. I'll probably make the drive down the 403, weather permitting. :)
  5. Hannant's has 2 in stock: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MAG7273
  6. Not going to be able to make it to the show but for those that do go CHAA is supposed to be doing a 3-ship Harvard flyover for the UWO Homecoming Football Game that day. Might be a bit noisy for a couple of minutes! Not sure of the exact timing but the game is from 1-5. Oh, and the Jet Aircraft Museum's Open House is this Sat/Sun as well out at the airport. Supposed to be two CF-18's and one of our Harvards attending.
  7. Not going to be able to make it to the show but for those that do go CHAA is supposed to be doing a 3-ship Harvard flyover for the UWO Homecoming Football Game that day. Might be a bit noisy for a couple of minutes! Not sure of the exact timing but the game is from 1-5. Oh, and the Jet Aircraft Museum's Open House is this Sat/Sun as well out at the airport. Supposed to be two CF-18's and one of our Harvards attending.
  8. Not going to be able to make it to the show but for those that do go CHAA is supposed to be doing a 3-ship Harvard flyover for the UWO Homecoming Football Game that day. Might be a bit noisy for a couple of minutes! Not sure of the exact timing but the game is from 1-5. Oh, and the Jet Aircraft Museum's Open House is this Sat/Sun as well out at the airport. Supposed to be two CF-18's and one of our Harvards attending.
  9. The fuselage is one of Glyn Powell's new-builds from New Zealand. The original aircraft (B.35 TA661/CF-HMR) crashed and burned in 1956 and the remains were recovered some time later (around 1996?). I was told the owner of the remains being used as the basis for restoration doesn't want it to fly. Wish I could make it down there for Saturday. Good luck guys!
  10. Except that those are restored examples....20412/C-FVMG, 20213/CF-UUU and 20413/CF-SIX. We have gray on most of our Harvard props down in Tillsonburg too. Never seen a gray prop in the RCAF service though. I've seen many different photos of the props, but it looks like by the early sixties when the Goldilocks were flying most were bare metal with black backs like RCAFFAN has stated. Here's something that might help: (you can see where the black ends on the back side of the prop in the second one) And RCAFFAN's right on about the Harvard details, but I just wanted to add that Harvards had the spade grip in the front cockpit only. The removable control column in the rear cockpit was a straight grip. (we are restoring a Harvard Mk 4 that was stored in a barn since '64 and it has the straight grip) It wasn't quite a 'pistol grip' as in the Texans, more like tape wrapped around the straight pipe. You can see it in the stowed position above the rudder pedals here: (not sure what the square block on the end of it is for, though) Hope this helps. If you need any more assistance, let me know. I spend my Saturdays working on them! :D
  11. rcaf_100

    B-24M canopy?

    This set from Falcon might do the trick: http://www.falconmodels.co.nz/clearvax/set46.html
  12. rcaf_100

    P-40 wreck

    https://picasaweb.google.com/114682566226043469349/Zdj_samolot?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKjxkt6rkNTFKg Do you guys still think it's a fake now?
  13. You guys do realize that this thread is over five years old, right?
  14. If you are unable to find a Superscale sheet, there's always CanMilAir's decals as a back-up. http://www.canmilair.com/products.asp?cat=169
  15. I generally use Testors' 'Fluorescent Red-Orange' (#28913) for Dayglo (no 'w') but make sure you apply it on a white base. (pretty easy to do on the Arrow, but not so much on a Harvard..) Another trick I've used is Tamiya orange from the spray-can and lightly mist fluorescent red (also from the spray-can) over it. Hope this helps.
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