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Joe Hegedus

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About Joe Hegedus

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  • Birthday 10/11/1965

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    Patuxent River, Maryland
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    US carrier aviation, post-WWII; Modern RAF/RN; Flight Test aircraft; some odds and ends...

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  1. Can a F-14 be flown by the RIO?

    No. No flight controls in the rear cockpit.
  2. T-38A vs T-38C external differences

    Maybe the intakes. But I think that TPS may have some T-38Cs now?
  3. Trying to upload photos from phone to computer

    Dropbox. Upload from your device, download onto the computer.
  4. What other hobbies do you guys and gals have?

    My other main hobby is music. I started playing trumpet again a year or two ago and play with a couple community bands in the area.
  5. 1/48 Italeri F7F-3 Tigercat

    True, but the main gear is strong enough to hold the weight. Just make sure you protect the little tie-down rings on the bottom of the struts; they are NOT strong enough to hold up. It takes a LOT of weight - pretty much every empty spot in the nose, plus the whole nacelle forward of the main gear bay needs to be filled with lead to (barely) hold the nose down. It is prototypical to prop up the tail, though, or to just let it rock back on the tail as long as you extend the nose oleo. There are photos of Tigercats in that pose - empty fuel tanks lets the CG shift so it sits on the tail.
  6. Touch ups after decaling

    The only time tape won't pull up a decal is when you WANT it to.
  7. Decals for Tornado F3 in ODS

    Desert Storm was the US part of Gulf War I. As the US doesn't, or didn't, fly the Tornado, there could be no Tornado participation in ODS. The British operation was Granby, IIRC.
  8. How to Protect Paint in Movable Parts

    Really, there isn't anything that will prevent paint rubbing off if there is contact. Even 1:1 articles are not immune. Some paint will stand up better than others, but moving surfaces will wear through the paint. The only way to be sure is to have enough clearance so the surfaces don't rub, or not to move them at all.
  9. Horrifying Landing!

    Some do, but the main runways are typically aligned with the prevailing winds, more or less. The runways not aligned so may or may not be long/wide/strong enough to handle large aircraft. If there are strong winds off the main runway directions, ya do what ya gotta do (meaning fly a crosswind approach and landing).
  10. What's the worst kit you ever built? (60s-today)

    Unicraft XF14C. Get one, build it, and THEN tell me just how bad your Kitty Hawk whatever is. I DARE you.
  11. ProModeler Blue Angels A-4 1/48

    Darren's right. The Hasegawa Blue Angel release is the one with the parts unique to the BA jets (SF intakes and a white metal boarding ladder housing).
  12. ProModeler Blue Angels A-4 1/48

    The kit decals vary. They are printed sharply; the variabilty is with the yellow. It is printed over a white base coat to make it opaque, but the white base doesn't quite match up with the yellow over it. I've seen several sheets, and the yellow overlaps the white around the edges by varying amounts. That's why it looks "fuzzy". If you don't have 2 sets of decals to double up and make the edges more opaque, get an aftermarket set.
  13. I don't have any parts for you, but I do have a tip on how to fix the cowl step. Easiest way to do that is to enlarge the hole in the front fuselage where the engine mount fits. Make the bottom of the hole larger, so you have an oblong hole rather than a round one so the engine, and therefor the cowl, will sit lower on the nose.
  14. F6F-3 Hellcat (another question)

    The painting spec for the mid-war "three-tone" scheme specified semi-gloss on the upper wings, and NS on the upper fuselage and leading edges. The 3-tone scheme was actually a 4-color scheme.
  15. F6F-3 Hellcat (another question)

    Except the X5042 are modern colors; not necessarily the same as the ANA colors they replaced. The ANA colors are what you need to match, since the FS system didn't exist at the time. I don't recall the ANA numbers, but GSB is NOT the same color as NS Sea Blue. It's more than just gloss vs. flat, although the NS and SG Sea Blues in the ANA series were different sheens of the same color.