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  1. I suspect the plastic is the same but that box art (and likely the decal option) is pretty clearly fake. First, the "all new tooling" subtitle is something I've never seen advertised so prominently on a boxtop - and it's been close to 20 years since Revell reboxed Hasegawa's F-15E, 30 for the Monogram Strike Eagle, so who outside modeling circles would be confused about this being an "old tooling"? Next, the main title lettering uses the exact same typeface as the vintage Monogram release circa 1984 (just changing from black to white text and adding the E suffix that d
  2. The 1987 date caption on the seaforces.org version is dubious, but I think it's a genuine photo. The resolution and lighting are such that details like the yaw string aren't visible, but the lighting source is consistent (high to the right/rear) despite some claims to the contrary above. More to the point, if someone were trying to "fake" this image, why would they use two different Sidewinder types? This has the "look" of one of Heater's photos from the early 80s, which would make the -9H more explainable (if still strange). I'll have to dig up my copy of The Cutting Edge and see
  3. @mrvark if @Dutch's post isn't sufficient, I'm pretty sure I have that sheet in my decal bank but it may be a few days before I can dig it out and scan for you. Note that if you're asking for instructions, the original Microscale sheet will always be a better option - when Superscale took over the line, they usually copied the original two-sided instructions onto a single-sided sheet (and at poor resolution), so legibility of the SS sheets is often lacking. (AFAIK the sheet numbers were carried over, so the one you need is MS 72-452).
  4. Try searching by "OSO" or "DSO" (Offensive/Defensive Systems Operator) - those are the technical terms for the rear stations in the B-1B. Just one example from Wikimedia:
  5. Well since you're going off my notes I decided I better double-check the info 🤔 There isn't a camouflage pattern for the T-39 in my copy of T.O. 1-1-4 - which isn't terribly surprising. But I did confirm my recollection that the standard Euro I scheme as worn by most transports is FS 36118 gray/ FS 34102 medium green / FS 34092 dark green. The only official scheme that substitutes 34079 for 34092 is the F-4's version, which was unique to the Phantom and used the darker FS 36081 gray rather than 36118 (basically just subtituting 36081 for the 30219 tan areas of the Southeast Asia s
  6. Thanks for the very comprehensive preview, look forward to following your progress! The color guide for the Euro I option has some dubious suggedtions: the gray color is labeled as FS "34118" - should be FS 36118, aka "Gunship" Gray. Also, I'm not certain for this type but in the standard scheme for most transport/utility types the darker of the two greens was FS34092, vs. 34079 per the instructions. There were variations on several types, this may be one of them but reference check is definitely in order if building this version.
  7. Found the answer to the Falcon mystery - surprisingly right here at ARC 😄 http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Stories1/001-100/0015_F-15_AIM4/story0015.htm Short version: early 90s test for a warning system on the C-141. The AIM-4 (surplus and obsolete) was fired at the Starlifter outside its range to test the new syatem's ability to detect the incoming missile.
  8. Not my normal scale of choice but I understood the Academy 1/32 Phantom is Revell's tooling. Not aware of other examples, but that's not to say they aren't out there.
  9. The Revell/Monogram tooling would be my guess, its being made for both the C and G variants (with appropriate optional parts) might explain the confusion in the marketing images. Academy's own G-model dates from their Minicraft era and is one to avoid - a poor copy of the already mediocre first-generation Hasegawa tooling (not to be confused with their excellent 2nd generation F-104 family). I picked one up years ago without knowing what to expect and was shocked to find a *swaybacked* Starfighter in the box!
  10. As I began the post, I could be mistaken. But the alphabet and the USAF seem to agree with me: https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104557/aim-9-sidewinder/ (The linked article notes the Juliet model entering service in 1977, which suggests the E would have been standard equipment for the As in early service.) That Falcon shot is intriguing on several levels: it's clearly not an early test, since the airframe shown is wearing Mod Eagle (not in use before the early 90s) and that plus the ET tailcode date it much later than any preliminary tests ev
  11. If I'm not mistaken, as implied by the suffix letters it was actually the AIM-9J that was used by the very early F-15s, quickly supplanted in the late 70s by the AIM-9L as the first "all aspect" Sidewinder (i.e. able to lock on a target from the front, not just the exhaust). The AIM-9J and later AIM-9N and P variants are virtually identical as far as modelers are concerned, so easy to mix those up!
  12. As great as Jakub's site is as a reference source, unfortunately he doesn't clarify dates of the photos and in many cases they actually show the airframes in question well after Desert Storm (the "LZ" tailcodes, and obviously the boneyard shots of Eternal Guardian being prime examples). In 1991 she wore the 3-color "Strategic" scheme, as seen clearly here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22790934@N07/49386130338 Because the upper green (34086) and gray (36081) faded to very similar shades, and there is relatively little green area in the scheme on the port forward fusela
  13. Only other sources I'm aware of for the GPU-5 in 1:72 are not aftermarket, but kits: the vintage Monogram Strike Eagle (which represented 71-291, the DRF demonstrator) and Italeri's F-15E. I've never compared size/shape to the Hasegawa version so not sure if either would be an improvement for accuracy or fit to the Hasegawa F-16.
  14. Nice Tiger Meet decals there -is that a custom set, or is there a source for those?
  15. Note that Maestro's Oerlikon pack is only available in 1:72. Since Special Hobby did the Viggen family in both 1:72 and 1:48 (co-produced with Tarangus), it's not clear which scale you're working in. If 1:48, the only JA gunpacks I'm aware of are the ones in the SH/Tarangus or ESCI/Italeri kits.
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