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  1. Somewhere on the planet? Funny you should use that phrase.... Planet Models (a division of Special Hobby) did a very nice 1/72 resin kit of the S.211, as in service with Singapore and the Philippines. Probably no longer in production, but you ought to be able to find a copy. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/planet-models-plt049-siai-s211--113603 Cunarmodel also did the S.211 in 1/72: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/cunarmodel-siai-marchetti-s211a--945364 This is offered by Italiankits, a couple of spots down on the same page linked above. Having the Planet kit, and others from Cunarmodel, I would recommend trying to find the Planet version, but either should be of acceptable quality. Note the Aermacchi 345 is a later development of the type, with new engines, cockpit, and other changes. Not certain how substantial the differences are, but something to be mindful of if accuracy is a high priority.
  2. Again, can you please share your source for these comments? You're correct that ESCI never did a two-seat Skyhawk, but Italeri's OA-4M is their own tooling, also issued in a Testors boxing. Similar quality to their A-4M/"F" (raised panel lines, decent detail, dubious accuracy of shapes, mediocre fit). If the announcement was for a TA-4 (vs. OA-4M), then either Italeri may have a new/modified tooling, or they're reboxing someone else's kit (Fujimi being most likely). If there's an Italeri OA-4M forthcoming, I'm sure it will be a reissue of their own version rather than paying for Fujimi's better plastic.
  3. Technically 59-2569 is an early G, but you're correct that there are some inaccuracies in Mr. Styling's linework for that profile. From the rear line of the forward (vs chin) radome - i.e. just forward of the windscreen - the basic contours and panel lines for any BUFF with EVS should be the same. Phase VI just added the larger radom forward of that line, and of course the new antennae. I haven't done an overlay comparison but it looks as if he did correctly capture the difference in the forward nose profiles betweem the early and late Gs.
  4. I doubt you'll find a precise FS595 or Pantone color, but the SR-71 suits were a "pumpkin" orange color, vs the red-orange "International Orange" hue used on post-Challenger shuttle flights. According to the link below, the SR-71 type is a David Clark S1030 pressure suit - some time with Google images should give you a pretty good idea of the actual color used. http://www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/press_suit001.html
  5. Apologies for mediocre quality, but I hit my library and dug up a couple of clearer photos of the EVS/pre-Phase VI nose configuration:
  6. I believe @Nigelr32 has established definitively that the AMT "early G" nose is too long, using length and contours that are the same as their ALCM G and H kits, minus the EVS and Phase VI add-ons.
  7. Last image in post #6 of this thread shows the EVS/pre-Phase VI configuration. Photos of this setup seem to be fairly rare, presumably because Phase VI was rolled out not long after the EVS updates. http://http//www.arcforums/com/air/index.php?/topic/313374-nose-contour-differences-b-52-gh-pre-and-post-evs/&do=findComment&comment=3008897
  8. Any source for this info? Italeri recently reissued Fujimi's SH-3 kit, but they went with the former ESCI mold for the A-4F in their 2020 Top Gun boxed set.
  9. This depends on your definition of "shorter radome." Excluding any one-off mods, there are a total of four basic B-52 nose "types." 1) Original "blunt nose" (B-52A-F): Slope of upper nose follows the same plane as the windscreen 2) Early G/H nose "as built": Extended forward section compared to blunt nose, with change in angle below the windscreen and small "chines" either side, just forward of the NACA intakes 3) EVS update G/H (circa mid-70s to early 80s): Early G/H modified with addition of EVS (Electroptical Viewing System) in paired chin turrets (FLIR and LLLTV). The joint line of the chin radome was moved forward as part of this mod to allow for the EVS supporting structure, but (aside for the EVS fairings) the overall length and contours of the nose did not change. 4) Phase VI Upgrade G/H (circa late 70s to mid-80s): Phase VI was a comprehensive update to ECM systems throughout the airframe, affecting numerous antennae (not described fully here). The nose forward of the windscreen was extended, with corresponding increase in the chine length. A wedge-shaped antenna was added on top of the extended nose for the ALQ-155 jamming system. Extended nose section features new "lightning strips" not on early G/H. Lateral antennae also added either side of the forward fuselage just aft of the NACA intakes for ALQ-172. The removal of the ALQ-155 antenna (top of nose below the windscreen) seems to be a very recent change to the remaining B-52 fleet (Hs only, Gs retired by 1994).I don't have details on the timeframe for this revision, but it is most likely associated with upgrades to the ALQ-155 from analog to digital electronics that was in progress circa 2010. All indications are the rest of the radome has not changed.
  10. Glad to help out. If you're doing an F-14A from VF-1 on Enterprise, the Tomcat's first cruise, it'll be a nice "bookend" to also do a D-model Bombcat from one of the last cruises. VF-2 and VF-31 have some really great schemes for combat veterans. As for your VF-1 model, the AIM-54s at that time (circa 1974) were A-models, Sidewinders would have been AIM-9D or G (which are externally identical), and Sparrows would be AIM-7Es. All of the above were predominantly white, forward (guidance) section and fins on the AIM-9s being anodized steel (dark metallic gray-green).
  11. Gene - They're currently out of stock on Skyhawks (as well as Avengers and Dauntlesses, among others) but KitLinx, based in Utah, seems to be a US distributor for the Hobby 2000 reboxes. https://www.kitlinx.com/cgi/search.cgi?terms2=_Hobby_2000_ It's great to see some of these subjects back in production. You would hope maybe Hasegawa and Fujimi will catch on....
  12. @GreyGhost is correct, VF-1 was disestablished before LANTIRN was adopted by the Tomcat. In that era (post-Desert Storm) only a select number of F-14 squadrons were just beginning to experiment with regular air-to-ground operations, so it's doubtful the Wolfpack would've spent any time away from traditional air-to-air. Assuming the Italeri decals you mean are for the classic "high viz" scheme (red & white markings on a gray over white airframe), then a bomb load would be particularly out of place since that scheme dates back to the Tomcat's debut cruise circa 1974. Depending on the exact era there are also some minor differences in missile armament (e.g. sub-type of Sidewinders carried, AIM-54A vs AIM-54C). If you're not sure and want to be accurate this forum is a great place to ask! To give you an idea of the changes in VF-1 markings over time, here's a link that shows photos ranging from their initial cruise to final year of service: Seaforces VF-1 Note you can search other squadrons on the same site, though Tomcat squadrons are a mix of those now disestablished (VFs) and those that converted to Super Hornets (VFAs). As to "Bombcat," this is just a generic nickname used for any F-14A/B/D that was used in the air-to-ground role. Other than the bomb racks mounted to the belly Phoenix pallets, there was no special equipment needed for the planes to fly that mission. The software was programmed for it from delivery, but never officially cleared or used operationally by the US until the early 1990s. The Tomcat took on increasing multirole responsibility as the A-6 Intruder was retired. The LANTIRN targeting pod (1/2 of the dual pod system developed for USAF F-15Es and F-16s) was adapted for use on the Tomcat starting in 1995 to give it the ability to "self-designate" laser guided munitions. So LANTIRN was essentially a "Better Bombcat."
  13. I've been watching the online reports for the camouflaged F-15QA - a beautiful disruptive pattern of dark gray over light gray, so much more interesting than FS36118 on 36118 on 36118 😕 I've yet to see any authoritative info on the Quatari colors, but my impression thus far is that the light gray may be FS36375 Light Ghost Gray (possibly lighter), while the darker color seems to be FS36176 (the darker color in the Mod Eagle scheme). I'd be open to your hypothesis that the nose and CFTs on the "unpainted" bird are the same as the final colors, but it would be great to have more/better photos of both schemes to confirm. Not sure if you're already aware, but for anyone not already with the F-15QA, it does feature several of the latest mods not used on USAF Strike Eagles, including: - Dual antennae on both trailing edge fairings adjacent to the horizontal stabilizers - GE F110 engines with "feathered" exhausts (vs unfeathered P&W F100s on USAF types) - Angular fairings on either side of the forward fuselage, just below the rear cockpit (believe these are RWR/missile warning sensors) - "Skinny" mass balances on top of both vertical fins Also, I don't believe the QAs have been seen with targeting pods of any type loaded, so unclear if they will operate with Sniper, LANTIRN, or some other system. In 1/72 I believe Hasegawa's F-15SG includes all the necessary mods. Not sure about 1/48 kits/conversions.
  14. Sorry to hear you're laid up, best wishes for a safe and swift recovery! I don't have ny insight on the nose weathering, but by "spine" are you referring to the uppermost fuselage? In some cases the walkways above the intakes used a color close to the base gull gray with no outlines, so the non-skid areas could look like a slightly darker/weathered area. This wouldn't apply to the upper dorsal area though. State of weathering in general would vary greatly depending how far into the cruise the squadron is. If you can't find quality photos of the particular squadron/timeframe you want, it's safe to say the general pattern of weathering for any combat Phantom would be similar for equivalent duty. I doubt the overall "look and feel" changed much between air wings, or even from Yankee to Dixie Station. On a quick Google search I did find this shot that shows what appears to be an above-average quality image of a heavily weathered pair of VF-96 F-4Bs: VF-96 Phantoms circa 12/1966 Since you seem to have time on your hands, you may find some useful images in the Enterprise 1968 cruise book, available online here: CVAN-65 1968 Cruise Book Note the same site also includes cruise books for other cruises and carriers (link to root menus at bottom of page), if you want to browse for other VF-96 or Phantom photos.
  15. I recall an FSM Colors & Camouflage special feature many years ago that detailed the history of NASA's "fleet" schemes, but unfortunately I don't recall the standard for the light blue bellies. I would say it is darker than FS15488, but much lighter than FS15125. FS25250 is fairly close, possibly a bit dark. Judging how light/dark the light blue color is can be difficult since the areas below the cheatline are usually in shadow/poor lighting. I found this shot of an F-104A with the main gear doors in transition that gives a good comparison with the dark blue stripe in equivalent lighting: For the record, Rocketeer in their 1/144 F-104 decal instructions suggests Gunze 323 JASDF Light Blue. Hasegawa's recommendation is 80% H34 Sky Blue + 20% H1 White.
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