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  1. Mizar, I have the decals for 04352 on hand an do not plan to use them. Let me lay hands on them and I will get back to you. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  2. Mstor, I think the real issue isn't necessarily their ability to cast in clear resin but lack of experience and that the masters were not properly prepped for production. By that I mean properly sprueing up the parts with good amount of extra room. Too closely mounted parts to the large part of the sprue is what I saw too much of on the main canopy to sprue join. This causing issues with finish and extra material needing to be sanded off the inside bow and then polished out. Jury is out on what the result will be at this point. I may opt to remold and use better resin I have on hand. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  3. Habu, I seriously doubt you understand what constitutes "on steriods" even means? The range of the F-18A & B was 1200 miles while the YF-17 was 2800 miles! Mind you, while dealing with pilots from Canada, Spain and Australia who flew the Alpha model Hornets I got to speak with them at length about the relative likes versus dislikes of using the Hornet. To say the pilots despised the lack of range was to put it VERY MILDLY! To make the YF-17 a carrier capable fighter meant adding tons of weight that sapped the good range of the Cobra and limiting it's combat capability. Ever talk to F-5E pilots?(remember what the YF-17 grew from!). I spoke with Top Gun pilots stopping over in St Louis to ferry Hornets during the Cold War and they routinely praised the Tiger 2. That's one reason the result with the F-20 was so much of a missed opportunity for the Navy. I think a good part stemmed from the Navy resenting that the F-5E was an Air Force design and not a Navy design from the start. The F-20 was fruit from the poisoned tree as it grew out of the F-5E. Top Gun could be flying them now and waxing Super Hornets and F-35s. The only plane I can recall waxing an F-5E was a RAF Lightning F6 during Red Flag in the mid 80's. They are still flying F-5E's worldwide right now and I'd challenge you to find Alpha or Bravo model Hornets still airworthy these days. In short, the more weight you add to an aircraft, the more you lose in performance. The Hornet is a text book example of this. The Super Hornet is super in name only and nowhere near a Tomcat replacement. Just ask the pilots. Regards, Chris the cabbie P.S.- I never stated Cobra had anything to do with the YF-17 name. Just an assumption on your part.
  4. Habu, Clearly you like to play pro Soviet and like Wikipedia?? Well, you should have bothered to continue reading as it clearly states that Volk was preceded by the Swedish AF flying J35 Drakens.. But Igor Volk was the first Soviet pilot who tested[when?] aircraft behavior at high super-critical angles of attack (around 90°) and performed aerobatics such as the "cobra" maneuver.[3] However, decades prior to this, Swedish pilots in the Saab J35 Draken performed a visually similar maneuver as a training routine while learning how to best recover from a so called "super stall", which had plagued the early years of that aircraft. Look a bit familiar? The first western use (read outside of Sweden) is still the YF-17. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  5. Habu, wrong again as the period news reports clearly state McAir payed $50 million to Northrop over the pending litigation. I don't know where you reside but, if I'm innocent then I sure don't part with 50 MILLION. The settlement came with a gag order on both parties and Northrop accepting secondary supplier status on aft fuselage assemblies IIRC. I live in St Louis and know quite a few McDonnell engineers and they were quite vocal during this period in behalf of the Northrop viewpoint. The McAir marketing and sales departments were ruthless back then and did not play well with others at all. Regards, Chris the cabbie A little history for you... https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1985-04-09-fi-28110-story.html https://casetext.com/case/northrop-corp-v-mcdonnell-douglas-corp-3
  6. I know alot of ARC members may not be old enough to remember this but, the famed Pugachev cobra maneuver was started by the YF-17 in 1974! Look it up as the Russians did NOT create it, Northrop's test pilots did. This was also the first aircraft that could handle some extreme angle of attack vectors that everything that was in service didn't have a chance in hell of trying. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  7. Received mine yesterday and the shipping was quite fast. Once opened and inspected though it was apparent that there are some production issues with the clear resin. Mine had a good windscreen but the main canopy had flaws in the clear part that will not polish out. I may make a mold of it to try my hand with some clear I have on hand. Otherwise a nice part but just not usable at the moment. regards, Chris the cabbie
  8. Not correct sir, the pilots liked the aircraft but the Navy was caught in the middle as they had an agreement with McAir. This is the WHY Northrop won a major lawsuit against McDonnell Douglas as they made sure no one bought the YF-17 despite it being an F-5E on steroids and cheaper to boot! The Air Force should have chosen the Cobra as it would have been a super Legacy aircraft for the Air Guard. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  9. In point of fact, these are made by Fuso Sekei as Iwata manufactures NO AIRBRUSHES. No Japanese airbrush company makes their own brush, Fuso has been doing it since the 1950's starting with Olympos. regards, Chris the cabbie
  10. Sakai, Received the Platz 1/72 T-2 Blue Impulse in great shape. Thanks again and a totally worthwhile seller/trader on ARC guys! Regards, Chris the cabbie
  11. Chris, Is there any chance the F3H and new Colors & Markings books on the F-14 will be printed hard copy as well? Regards, Chris the cabbie
  12. MoFo, What exactly are you trying to say? That I spent my money unwisely or that my choice in references was poor? In any event, the references are considered the best out there for the Viggen. What are you using, hmm? As for the colors, I stand by my claim that they look good in the bottle as I have not used them yet for this project. I have done some spraying with Hataka and can say that using an Eclipse works just fine. If you plan on using a Micron, well that's one way to waste an evening.. I also recommend Glynn look up Moose Republic decals as I bought a couple of sheets from him as no one else seems to have any good decals available and the Two Bobs sheet is long OOP. The Moose Decals owner sent me an official splinter scheme schematic via email but I had to promise not to share it online. I did have a choice for the masks as DN Models and Maestro both have Kabuki masks sets but had already bought the DN set but haven't checked the accuracy yet. I did see something online at modelling Madness that said the Maestro set wasn't accurate either in some spots so, there ya go. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  13. Glynn, I have the Hataka paint set in question (buy from Rebelalpha on eBay) and can state the colors look very good. I have the only 2 recommended books on the subject, Nordic Air on the Viggen and the Squadron Walkaround and the colors look bang on. Are you going to use acrylic or lacquer? Regards, Chris the cabbie
  14. KurtH, I have seen you over on the Airbrush forum and have customized quite a few of my brushes. Sadly I don't feel the Badger 100 is worth the effort as unlike the Thayer & Chandler A, does NOT have the regulator head assembly as Badger dumbed down the design. If you would like to get one either I or Dave G can set you up for a reasonable amount. I have 2- an A and an Elite A gravity feed. Regards, Chris the cabbie
  15. The PS770 is indeed a match for the Micron as it is made by Fuso Sekei and another airbrush friend of mine off the Airbrush forum (also a machinist) has checked the parts to both Iwata and Olympos Microns and are a match. The only issue that has prevented me from picking one up is that I strongly dislike a large C cup gravity feed for a Micron as it will take forever to empty! For most using a Micron, small detail using little paint is the rule of the day. I converted a couple of Olympos 100SBs with PS770 needles and fluid nozzles (plus a few other bits I can share with those interested) and have Microns for a fraction of the price! Regards, Chris the cabbie
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