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erik_g

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  1. erik_g

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Well, it´s for the forthcoming DCS module of the Tomcat, so it won´t reflect actual Tomcat service. But it should be based off NATOPS and other documentation as well as some input from Tomcat people. I am in touch with the guy who wrote the manual through Twitter, so I´ll forward your comments. As for the smokewinder, that is probably just for fun and game..
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    You guys might not be losing sleep over the Tomcat, but I sure did, when this was published last night.. http://www.heatblur.se/F-14Manual/index.html Why oh why did I stay up reading about AWG-9 in the middle of the night.. dead tired now.. It´s the OTHER Tomcat I have pre-ordered.... :-D
  3. I´ve seen the 9M/9X combination on an F-15C a friend shot at Jedi Transition. Apparently the combination started to turn up after a 9X failed to hit a target over Syria..
  4. I have only ever seen the training round, but it is described in the "Air force munitions catalogue" from 1994 as grey with yellow stripe, which is the same as the training round - except for the stripe being green on that one. So change the color of the stripe to yellow and remove the word "blind" (meaning inert in this case) from the one in my photo and I think you´ll be OK.
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    Saab JA37 Viggen metallic color

    Late in it´s career you had those weather beaten finishes with bleached and stained paint. Parts in contrasting finishes, like NMF parts on a green aircraft och green parts on a grey one and so on.
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    Saab JA37 Viggen metallic color

    They sure did service in the NMF finish. The aircraft were delivered NMF then painted by the Air Force. However, before getting an appointment at the paint barn they flew in their aluminium finish. I know of one JA 37 used by the Air Force Test Center that never received any paint, and retained its NMF finish until retirement. The famous "Gustav 52" AJS 37 flown by the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight was however painted during most of its career, but was stripped of paint during refurbishment before its new civilian service.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I am pretty sure I read somewhere that the weapons will be available as a separate weapons set.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    It dawned on me the other day that I have been waiting a lot longer for the Pilot Replicas Sk 60 than I have been waiting for the AMK F-14. I guess I am a pro-level kit wait master.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Comments like this makes this thread worth following!
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I youtubed Tomcat launches during lunch break and found this one that shows the whole process. The tailplane moved too (naturally, since they are used as ailerons too). Nice to see. I will do mine as if in the process of checking the moving surfaces for some added dynamic. I think I am catching a Tomcat fever... I mean, there is a Tomcat heading for the DCS simulator game too, and I am halfway through building the Tamiya F-14A. When I get home I´ll put on my RayBan Aviators, play some Kenny Loggins and do woooosch-sounds for sure!
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    That is exactly why I have the AMK kit on order. I like that the AMK kit even has the hold back bar on the nose gear. Do you know if the control surfaces were tested when at the cat? I would like to extend the spoilers as well, as if the pilot is going through all the control surfaces. Speaking of pilots, are there any suitable after-market pilot figures available?
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Buy the Tamiya kit, it has movable wings and it is out now, in both A and D versions. If you´re not going to display the model with flaps out, why wait for the AMK kit? The Tamiya kit also comes with pilot figures. I am going to build a Cat at the cat, so a fixed setting is probably a good thing for me. I wonder if the Tamiya and AMK wings are interchangeable? I guess I will have to find out when I get my kit 🙂
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    A-1J Skyraider, Tamyia 1/48th scale

    Only judging from the photos the brightness looks just right for a sun bleached aircraft, or at least as I imagine it looking after being somewhat bleached. However, you will need to give the decals a work over as well, or they might look too contrasted. So, how much junk will you put under the wings this time? 🙂
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    Kinetic 1:48 F-16 and F/A-18

    I am in the process of building the Kinetic Hornet right now and yes, the nose IS tricky, and so are the intakes. It is not a drop fit. But with some care and force applied to the right spots it goes together quite well, with little or no filler required. As already mentioned, the cockpit is quite nice out of the box. The seat is ok - seen worse, seen better, but I have a Quick Boost seat that will spice up things a notch. The weapon sprues from the old F-16 kits are not in the same class as the rest of the kits unfortunately, but then again, there aren´t many weapons in the Hasegawa box either. I´ll use a pair of Brassin bombs and a Brassin Litening on mine (BTW the instructions tells you there is a litening pod in the box, but I could not find any in mine). I bought the first boxing, and the tips of the fins are apparently slightly off in shape, that is corrected on later boxings AFAIK. On the up side, there are several nice decal options in the box, of which I am building one of the blandest, the finnish one. A lot of Hornet in my life right now as I am also learning how to fly and fight the Hornet in DCS 🙂
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Just back to page 102 and you'll see the nose gear w the launchbar down and the holdback bar attached as a one piece molding. Perfect for sitting at the cat, which is exactly what I intend to do with mine. 🙂
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