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About seawinder

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  1. Target drone. Link to article about F6F-5K used in testing the new Sidewinder missile during the 50s: https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/grumman-f6f-5k-hellcat/
  2. I recently finished the Tamiya F-14A and had a great time with it. Especially given the complexity of the subject, the engineering is in a class by itself. The whole wing-swing mechanism is screwed up tight in its own box and simply works, period. Everything fits. The missiles provided in the box were quite satisfactory for me, and the kit missile (and other) stencils worked just fine, contrary to Tamiya's somewhat spotty reputation in that department. I did use a Quinta Studio cockpit set and AM resin ejection seats. I've also very much enjoyed the two Tamiya F-16s I've built, one
  3. And I respectfully must disagree with you on that, but I could be convinced with the "larger and clearer photographs" you mention. Are they accessible to view online?
  4. AmarilloUSAF will get you reasonably close for the U.S. AIR FORCE, but it's not really the same. For one thing, the lettering on the plane has significantly wider strokes. Compare the "A" from the plane with the font below: the enclosed triangle is almost just a dot on the plane lettering because of the wider strokes. Also the middle stroke of the "E" is closer to the same length as the top and bottom ones (which I think are proportionally shorter), and the ends of the "C" protrude further vertically.
  5. From the box art, Monogram 6838 provides a Hamilton Standard propeller. Ultracast does a resin item in 1/48 that could probably be modified to fit fairly easily: https://www.ultracast.ca/product-p/ult48103.htm As for decals, there are lots of aftermarket sheets available, at least some of which are for planes with HS props.
  6. Thanks, Kazu. I'll also check out some of the videos before starting the project.
  7. Looking good so far. How have you found the build? I've got one of these in the stash and hope to start it this year.
  8. A lot of sites, including this one, have sub-forums for showing models. Here it's "In-Progress Pics" and "The Display Case," eight and nine sub-forums below this one.
  9. I believe it's the standard low-drag configuration with conical contour to the aft end of the bomb, as opposed to the high-drag Snake Eye..
  10. I say build it as an E-3. If the issue is the wing armament of MG vs. cannon, according to Wikipedia many E-1s were later upgraded to E-3 standard anyway.
  11. Thanks, Jari. The photo appears to show the missiles the same hue as the pylon. For better or worse, I went with "pure" white (Mr. Color C1) for the missiles and Insignia White 37875 for the pylons (same as the rest of the airframe).
  12. I wasn't overthinking, just asking a fairly simple question.
  13. There's a discussion of this plane at ww2aircraft.net: https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/corsair-mk-ii-leslie-durno-aircraft-of-the-aces-gb.30088/ Opinion seems to be that it wasn't red, but rather some locally mixed blue applied to reduce the diameter of the inner white (or pale blue) circle.
  14. I'm getting to that stage of an F-14A build. I used Insignia White FS 17875 for the under- and control surfaces. It's really a very slightly off-white. Question: were the missiles painted in that color or in a pure white? We're talking 1970s. Thanks! Pip
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