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  1. Dennis, is the U-2A still available. If so please let me know. Wayne Fowler, apollodcal@gmail.com
  2. To step into the 1/32 Hellcat mess, I have the old Hasegawa F6F. I love the shape and the look of the model feels right. Would I be better to buy a ton of resin to spruce up details or buy a trumpeter kit and use the trumpeter kit as a source of detail parts?
  3. I totally agree with if you are going to do another T-38 sheet, then adding the USN's Bi-centennial aircraft to the decal. Also might I suggest an early T-38 with Day-Glow panels.
  4. These are excellent looking decals. I too agree on some Viet Nam A-7's, at least in 48th and 72nd. There are no early A-7A/B's decals out there and the Hasegawa kit is not hard to back date to an A-7A.
  5. Decal layout and subjects look great and I am very excited about this sheet. As for building a YF-16, here is the approach I took. It's far from perfect but it looks the part. I started out with three F-16 kits in 48th scale. 1: Otaki YF-16. Really a basic kit, and it has a hump back that is difficult to deal with. 2: Tamiya first release F-16 (issued in the late 1970's) and lastly 3: Early Hasegawa F-16A block 10 I think. Using the Hasegawa fuselage, I removed the nose at the panel line right at the forward windscreen edge. I cut the Otaki F-16 nose at the same panel and glued it to the Hasegawa fuselage. I used the Instrument panel and seat from the Tamiya F-16. I used the Hasegawa fin and removed all the ECM bumps. Intake I shortened by 1/4 inch to move. Wings, I used the Hasegawa wings, removing 1mm from leading edge and reshaping. I removed if I remember correctly 1/8 inch from each wing tip. I used the Tamiya early stabilizers. The sub fins came from the Otaki kit. Nose wheel doors (split) I used the Tamiya doors. Early wheels, I used the Tamiya parts. Pidot tube on nose came from Tamiya kit. The reason I did not use the nose from the Tamiya kit is that the kit was modeled from the early FSD aircraft and includes some details from the YF and later details found on the FSD such as the radar nose. What I did not do. The gun location on the Hasegawa kit is further back by about 1/8 inch and I just did not have the motivation to move it. The rear fuselage on the YF has different panel lines but I did not change these. I used the Hasegawa kit as the basic kit as it has good wheel wells and details. As I said my conversion or what I call my frankenviper is not perfect but it looks the part, especially sitting next to a current Tamiya F-16. I am still decaling the beast, those walkways are time consuming. I am using the Vintigor sheet. The Caracal decal will be an outstanding back up and also inspiration to build several more early F-16's. One suggestion on the Caracal decal is to double print the white under the insignia as the red on the wings shows through a little.
  6. The question was asked how did Eduard go from Photo Etch manufacture to producing their own very high quality kits? The answer is a love for the hobby and a desire to be involved in making the hobby better. Its in part the opportunity to have the freedom to have a dream and the ability to start a business on a shoestring and follow that dream. Its trying new things, making mistakes, learning, and trying again. It is not giving up, deciding that doing things "in house" was the ultimate goal and year by years taking steps to achieve that goal. They have gone from crude photo etch, then learning to use etching masks to produce layered etch. Then crude epoxy molds to produce limited run kits and each kit learning and improving upon their next kit. It is having a bit of ego and believing in yourself and your dream. Eduard has embraced technology and is constantly evolving and pushing their abilities. Personally I like their way of doing variants by proving an entire new part such as a wing or fuselage rather than using inserts or multiple parts such as different panels or separate noses or tails to mate to existing parts. I much prefer how Eduard does things than say Kitty Hawk with their using 5 or so many fuselage pieces to make up a different version. Say on the Kitty Hawk F9F Cougar, Eduard would have just done two or three different fuselages rather than making 5 interlocking pieces to make up the difference in fuselages between versions. Having started several business and failed at a few, I really admire Eduard as a business.
  7. I would prefer an Su-7 family over the Su-15 personally. Very neglected aircraft that was used worldwide.
  8. I agree, no need for the Victory Luftwaffe decal to be reprinted, the DACO Luftwaffe sheet is much more accurate. I would rather see the JADF decal above or maybe a good compressive Italian, or Spanish F-104 decal sheet
  9. When you are buried under suggestions for new decals and have a full plate of projects, here is another suggestion for a new decal. With the Eduard P-51 along with the Airfix and Mens kits another post War decal would be popular. Might I suggest aircraft like the 57th when they were in Iceland (arctic red everywhere), Dave Scotts P-51 from a Nellis weapons meet with the gold and black checkers, some of the wild Latin American birds, maybe bring back the KY ANG aircraft from an earlier sheet, and the Army's Chyanne chase aircraft. The modified canopy for the TF is available and done the tall "H" fin tip is easy for any of the Calivier P-51's seen in Latin America. Lots of hot stuff out there
  10. I cannot remember the length of the two fuselage plugs but seem to think they were 10 feet each - one forward and one behind the wing. As noted the #2 engine intake will need to be reshaped. The fuselage plug ahead of the wing is easy, but the one behind the wing is really tough because the lower fuselage curves up just behind the main wheel wells. The conversion will actually take 3 727's to accomplish if memory serves me. I agree the shapes and wings of the Revell kit are superior to the Airfix or Minecraft 727 kits. It seemed back in the day, before Airfix retooled their 727-100 into a 200 and long before the Minecraft kit, most people who attempted this used the Airfix kit, but I am not sure why. Good luck
  11. Actually a NASA F-104 decal sheet would be awesome, with all of the various schemes represented or just the 3 major schemes as 013 above, the two tone "Dryden Scheme" and the last all white with blue scheme. Also a sheet of USAF Test/Chase aircraft could be an interesting subject, as many of these aircraft were seen with the X-15 and others during that very colorful era.
  12. While we all have our wish list of models we would love to see, model kit production is a business and needs to sell kits to remain not only in business but viable. Look at the apparent direction that Revell is going with the rumor of not producing any new kits, and you can see that the market is changing and also a very difficult market to remain in. I think that the F-104 series is a good one for Raymond. The Hasegawa kit while a very good kit, is difficult to find and can be quite expensive. I don't know what Hasegawa's thinking is about the market and its kits, but they seem to be living on limited releases and price increases. If the surface detail on the F-104 is like that of their F-18 and M346 kits it will be very nice. I like the detail shown in the cockpit renderings as well as the inclusion of the under wing fuel tanks so often seen on F-104's. Hopefully Kinetic's F-104's will include ECM gear found on many F-104's (Canadian and Danish) and will also offer some of the recon pods carried over the years. I will be buying several of these kits as well as the forth coming Harrier Mk 1(AV-8A) kits.
  13. Ken Lee's specific aircraft flown on the MiG kill seems to be at present impossible to get documentation on. I've read a quote from him saying that he cannot remember much about the aircraft such as aircraft number except for the armament they were carrying. He stated that he cannot even remember the name of the observer on the mission. Further he stated that he no longer has his log book. Aircraft from that unit and time frame however can be found.
  14. I will have to do some research on this. I understand that there was an OV-1 that may have shot down a MiG-17 in Viet Nam. Would make a nice companion to the Don Klingus F-100D.
  15. Does anyone have the initial Monogram F-15 issue from about 1972 or such in 1/72. This kit was issued about the same time as the TBD and P-61 kits. Also does anyone have the initial Hasegawa F-15A kit in prototype markings from about 1974 in 1/72. I think both of these kits had the squared wing tips as well as the small speed brake.
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