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

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  1. That is the BSU-86 fin for the 500-lb Mk-82 type bomb body.
  2. Just a suggestion, but you'd probably get more interest in a group that deals with full-size airplanes rather than scale models.
  3. It depends on the specific F6F-5 kit; Eduard molded 2 different fuselages - one for the late F6F-5 that didn't have the windows behind the canopy, and one for the F6F-3 and early F6F-5 that did include the cutouts for the windows. As far as I know, all Eduard 1/48 F6F kits include the same clear sprue which has both the F6F-3 adn F6F-5 windscreens and the clear parts for the rear windows. If you are willing to cut out the openings for the windows yourself, you can get to an F6F-3 (with a few other minor mods to the panel detail on the wings if you're picky).
  4. HI, Geoff, It's both; they started putting them on at the factory, but also jets built before that point have been retrofitted with the Bard Stacks. I don't know what BuNo they started building them with, but I think any jet post c.2008ish (maybe a bit later) would probably have them fitted.
  5. That's why I specified 1/72 in the first line of my post; the OP also specified 1/72 scale in his question. As the scale gets larger, the plastic doesn't necessarily get thicker so the weight may approach scale (or less, depending on how much "stuff" is included in the model). True, modern airplanes are in general more dense overall than those of the WWII-ish era, the earlier airplanes had a lot more empty space inside whereas modern military airplanes have pretty much all the internal fuselage volume, and a good bit of the wings, occupied with something. So maybe my "most models
  6. FWWI, a 1/72 model of a 25,000 kg 1:1 subject would have a mass of approximately 70 grams. length scales proportionally to a given unit (feet, meter, etc.) area scales proportionally to the square of a given unit volume (and by extension mass assuming a consistent density to the overall subject) will scale by the cube of a given unit. So, your scale weight would be: 25,000 kg x (1/72**3) = 25,000/(72**3) = 25,000/373,248 = 0.069 kg. With 1000 g/kg, the 1/72 version should have a mass of ~67 g So, I'd venture to say that most airplane
  7. What makes them so popular? 2 words - Final Countdown.
  8. Adverse Yaw is the tendency for the aircraft to want to yaw away from the intended direction of turn, caused by increased lift (and therefore increased induced drag) on the "high" wing. A left roll into a left turn will increase the lift on the right wing (increasing the induced drag on that wing) and reduce the lift on the left wing (decreasing the induced drag there), resulting in a yawing moment to the right. So yes, the spoiler will counter adverse yaw, but not because of reducing the drag caused by the "up" aileron, but by reducing the lift and also increasing the drag on
  9. The wooden prop comes in the kit; both metal and wood options are there.
  10. GIven that your primary criteria for "best" is engineering/fit, the Tamiya 1/32 line is at the top of that list IMO. Fit/ease-of-assembly of the Corsairs can't be beat. The Mustang and Zero fit together beautifully, and it all works the way Tamiya says it does, but they can be fiddly to assemble with all the "operating features" (moveable flaps and control surfaces, operating landing gear on the Zero, etc.) I have no experience with the Spitfires, but they seem to be on par with the Mustang WRT fiddly-ness as they have similar features. The new(er) Hasegwa kits like their line
  11. Happy to help, Mike. Glad it arrived safely!
  12. I have one in my spares box. Drop me a PM and we can work out the details. Joe
  13. Just a thought, but you really should be matching the red on the decal rather than looking for the “official” color - there’s no guarantee that the decal matches the standard.
  14. I'd say the Beech Starship should be in the list. And maybe the Piaggio Avanti as well, but the Starship was a better-looking airplane. And Howard Hughes H-1 racer should be there too.
  15. They're British decals for a British jet (Xtradecals is, I think, Hannant's brand?). I suspect that the only place you're going to find that specific shade of red is in the Xtracolour or Xtracrylics line. Red Arrows Red/Signal Red might be close tothe same color. Other than that, maybe try "Ferrari Red" or "Italian Red"; I think both were in the MM line.
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