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    David Rapasi's GWH P-61A

    That weathering job is absolutely beautiful and dead-on for a bird in the Southwest Pacific. Great work!!!! Regards, Ian
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    Ian's Buccaneer

    Thanks for the kind words everybody. Granted the Airfix "Brick" is not the easiest kit in the world to tackle but it builds up into a great replica of that aircraft. Holmes, the article was posted on 11.06. Regards, Ian
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    1/48 MPC Prowler same as Airfix?

    Well stated Pookie.................a little TLC and ANY kit can be made to look good. I think if modellers spent less time complaining about kits and more time building them the hobby would be better off. Great job on the Prowler Pookie! I am sure you had your hands full with the build but you produced a great model in the end. Nuff said.
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    sheeps on NATO airbase ?

    I could imagine how this would go if I incorporated sheep into my diorama for an IPMS Show. Judge One:"Well obviously this modeller should not have Norfolk Horn Sheep wandering around the pasture for an Upper Heyford diorama. Those should clearly be Dorsets." Judge Two: "I think the soil coloring is wrong as well on the sheep's feet. Shouldn't those be Devon Long Wools for Upper Heyford anyway"? Judge One:"Well, when I read about Upper Heyford on the internet it said the sheeps would be Dorsets" Judge Two: "I think he used the wrong shade of Vallejo Livestock grey for the wool, too". Judge One: "That would work for a Derbyshire Gritstone, but definitely not for Dorsets. Maybe for Lakenheath, but not for Upper Heyford." This has been a funny thread..........definitely enjoyed the information and reading about it. Regards
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    F-15K ROK strike against the North...

    I agree with Diamond Back Six.................AGM-130 would be perfect for anti-infrastructure precision strike.
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    PACAF F-4E question

    Need some F-4E expertise from the Rhino luvr's. I am planning to do a F-4E from Taegu AFB, Korea, circa 1987 using the Afterburner Osan/Taegu sheet. The A/C will be configured for precision strike utilizing a 2000 lb. GBU and Pave Spike...etc. Will the long finned GBU (i.e early Hasegawa weapon set) or the short finned GBU be appropriate for this timeframe? Also, could the big-finned GBU-15 glide bomb be feasible in place of the 2000 lb GBU. I have seen photos of Clark AFB F-4E's dropping the GBU-15 but wasn't sure if that was a common piece of ordnance for the Rhino. Anyway, if anyone has any feedback, let me know. Regards, Ian
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    F/A-18 E/F performance

    I would not care to tangle with either the Rhino or the F-14.................hats-off to both aircraft. They are truly beastly death machines.
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    How do you remove the mold line from a clear canopy?

    A manicure stick works well. It has all three grades of polishing material that you will need on one stick. Start with the coarsest material on the stick and then gradually work your way down to the smoothest material. By the time you finish sanding you will have a faint haze where the seam used to be. Dip the canopy in Future and the seam and remaining haze will be obliterated. I have used this technique dozens of times on Hasegawa Hornet and Tomcat canopies, which have the worst seams out there, and the results have been flawless. The manicure sticks are available at beauty shops or pharmacies. Regards, Ian
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    Rod Bettencourt's F-14

    Rod, stunning job on the F-14. The model itself is impressive enough but coupled with the stunning photographic techniques, it is a true masterpiece. Regards, Ian
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    VF-32 Fitter killer BUNO and A/C numbers

    The reason for the nose art was because this jet served as a hangar queen for spare parts when assigned to VF-31 for Iraqi Freedom. The jet was given a "medal" for graciously donating her parts to the remainder of the squadron for the deployment. Regards, Ian
  11. Squadron Signal also did a good book documenting the A-6. I believe it was called "Intruder" and was just a stand-alone publication, not from the "Walk-Around" or "In-Action" series. I have not seen a copy in several years but it is a good reference if you can find it. Hope you enjoy your A-6 kit............it builds up well and with a little TLC is as good as anything else out there.
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    Help with two F/A-18F questions

    There are some good avionics bay shots in Detail and Scale #69 for the F/A-18E & F. The color photos in there show interior green on the inside of the doors to the bay, white on the interior of the avionics bay itself and the boxes inside as black, green and grey with black cables and yellow connectors. The plane that is shown is a production E-model from VFA-14 Tophatters. Regards, Ian
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    AV-8B+ AMRAAM question

    In regards to your question about the LITENING pods I have only seen them mounted on the wing pylons. Attached is a photo I took at a local airshow of a AV-8B+ equipped with the LITENING pod. Incidentally, this plane was in the new 36118/35237 scheme and it looked very sharp. Regards, Ian
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    Another what-do-build-next poll

    SU-25..............go Frogfoots....or is it Frogfeet?
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    Simply beautiful work on this A-4. Finish is exquisite and the decals really make it stand out. Great work Artur!