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  1. No there were no JAs without the gun installed to the best of my knowledge, I do no believe that it could be removed. That being said, the AJ as well as the AJS could use the AIM-9 sidewinder, although it may be just the AJS that could use the later versions (L/M), that I am not sure of. Cheers, Hoops
  2. I have an Art Model Su-25UB kit, but have not started it. It looks much better in the box than the Zvezda kit, or any other Su-25 in 1/72 for that matter. From what I have read, it has all the hallmarks of a short run kit, with some work required to fit and fill the parts. If you put in the work, a very nice build can result. ClearProp! has announced a Su-25UBK and Su-25 in 1/72 as a future release and there are some CAD drawings out there. The company has a good reputation, and whenever it does come out I'll probably pick a couple up. I do expect that it will be very e
  3. Thank you for the input, my silhouette is not handy at the moment, but once I unpack I'll try it out and let you all know. Cheers! Hoops
  4. A thought that I had when working with laser printing decals: Has anybody used their die cutter to cut basic shapes out of a sheets of white decal paper? My idea being that for basic shapes (squares, circles, roundels, etc.) I could buy a sheet of white decal paper, cut it with my silhouette portrait and apply to the kit. Then put a second laser printed decal layer on top of it. It would be cheaper/easier than ALPS printing, and I could save that for the more intricate and complicated elements. Has anyone done such a thing? Hoops
  5. To the best of my knowledge, no. Kitbashing is probably your best option.
  6. I would guess some sort of indigenous range instrumentation pod, definitely not CATM from my view. Hoops
  7. Good Morning, I'm looking for the VF-142 Ghost Riders option only from the 1/72 Furball F-14 Airwing Allstars sheet. Thank you very much! Hoops
  8. Here's a walkaround that I took at the 2015 Seymore Johnson Airshow: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1K6ly40GoTrjCkJyHZ9TDG8Ue6iyNObE2?usp=sharing Some there are some photos of the gear in there, plus a lot of other stuff. Cheers, Hoops
  9. It's a very niche subject within a niche market, the challenge will be getting the word out and marketing the set to reach the customers that are interested in it. That being said, you have my Euros, as you know my interest in the subject. Cheers, Hoops
  10. Kursad just announced as much in the other thread. Cheers! Hoops
  11. On the real aircraft, the nozzles are identical, but there are some differences in the fairings between the nozzles and the tail booms when compared to a normal F-15. If Arnaud included these fairings differences in the print, I would say their sided. If it's just the nozzle, then I'd say it's not. Hopefully he'll be able to answer. Hoops
  12. As I was intrigued by 3D nozzles, here is a engineering report from NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/pdf/89247main_setp_d6.pdf A brief scan if you look under "ACTIVE Propulsion System Description." It looks to me that there is a "sync ring" buried inside the nozzle that deflects, and then the petals are aligned appropriately to provide the proper convergent/divergent nozzle to respond the power requirements. This photo shows the two nozzles in different states of deflection. The nozzle as a whole does not appear to be moved at the root,
  13. Which nozzle, the early 2D or the later 3D ones? Hoops
  14. Looking forward to the C-135 sets! Cheers and thanks Kursad, H
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