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  1. I can confirm, due to the base Public Health Orders, base access is limited to DoD ID card holders or any guests those ID card holders escort. If you can't access the base, then you can't get to the museum currently. As a result, the museum is pretty empty. Cheers, Hoops
  2. I used a set on a Hasegawa Hornet build way back when they were current. After they were no longer available, the compromise solution that I came up with was to fill the intake lip piece with Milliput. I just pressed it in so that it was roughly even and flat on the upper and lower surfaces, and left it at that. They real world cloth covers are going to be a bit uneven, so I wasn't worried about it being super smooth. I would then paint them separately, and install the piece once the aircraft painting was complete. Cheers, Hoops
  3. Of note, the outer pylons on the F-15SA/QA/EX are differently shaped that the ones tested on early F-15s. The old style had a vertical trailing edge on the pylon, while the new style slopes back at a relatively shallow angle. Cheers, Hoops
  4. I think the size of the pilots windows is deceptive on the P-1. Without context the aircraft looks small because of the ratio of the window size to aircraft size. When side by side with other aircraft, you quickly realize that they are big! Big windows make for a good visual surface search though, an advantage on a maritime patrol aircraft. Hoops
  5. Good afternoon, These were on super sale a long time ago from the US importer, so I figure that there is a good chance that somebody has the kit in their stash, but is not planning to build the CCV version. Does anybody have just the resin parts that they could sell me? Much easier than building the parts from scratch. Cheers and thanks for looking! Hoops
  6. Two radalt antennas are on the lower gun cover surface. The nose cone doesn't have the lightning strips, but the wings and tails have all of the EJ Kai type antennas. Fine Molds would either have to include both the the EJ and EJ Kai sprues, have the modeller sand off the lightning strips, or include another nose cone. Seems like they picked adding another nose cone to the RF-4EJ sprue. There is another panel on the starboard side of the nose that is specific to the RF-4EJ but that is further back and won't be captured by the new radome. Cheers, Hoops
  7. I think that option B is correct based on this photo: Photo on Flickr: Another one Cheers, Hoops
  8. Thanks ST0RM Both companies offer the 8222 Jamming pod, which is a similar size but much different shape than the 8212, however. I don't think that there is anybody that offers the 8212 in scale.
  9. Good Evening, Does anybody know what this pod is? If I can get a name, I'm sure I can get a few more photos of it, enough for a quick scratchbuild in 1/72. Photo on Flickr Thank you very much! Cheers, Hoops
  10. Good evening, I'm going to be building a Luftwaffe Alpha Jet, and I would like to hang a some LAU-51 Rocket pods underneath. Does anybody have any in the spares box that they would be willing to sell or trade with me for? Thank you very much! Hoops
  11. Hoops

    4 -bladed OV-10G+

    Not that I am aware of. There are a number of other users that have upgraded as well, but you will probably have to scratch build the new props and spinner. Cheers, Hoops
  12. What impact on does having handled the tanks have on being able to identify that the tanks are different? This is a logical fallacy, an appeal to authority. You claim based on having handled Aero 1D drop tanks that the Air Force tanks are also designated as Aero 1Ds despite having significant design differences without providing any evidence to support the claim. Nowhere in the A-7D or K T.O. does it reference an Aero 1D. My argument follows: Air Force drop tanks follow a consistent design philosophy: A center section with a mostly constant cross section,
  13. Good, then you have hands on experience with the Air Force A-7 tanks. Can you please explain the four differences that I've identified above between the two tank patterns and which version of the Aero 1D each represents?
  14. You are correct, the Aero 1D does have a straight center section. Looking at the line drawings in the linked blog post, the center section is 36 inches long, representing 15.8% of the total length. I was mistaken. The Air Force tank differences are significantly more than adding a strengthening strip, however. Jake Melampy's Modern SLUF Guide identifies the Air Force as using different tanks as well. In his book, they are even described has having a larger diameter. 1. The center (straight) section of the Air Force tanks makes up 27.6% of the total length of the tank, s
  15. On the AF pattern tanks the seam is only down the port side of the tank, look for an angle where the center section with the straight sides meets the front and rear cone. I didn't include any photos where it was hard to make out, the Aero 1D tanks have no parallel sides, it's simply a constant curve from front to back.
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