Brian P: Fightertown Decals

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  1. Fightertown Decals 48064 has an exact paint scheme for the gray NSAWC Viper. These were F-16As. The N was an early C model that TOPGUN used in the 90s. You also may try and track down Fightertown Decals 32001. It has the gray Hornet markings. You can use the stars, NAVYs, it has the lightening bolts and later versions have a separate and very accurate TOPGUN badge. The dark gray color should be 36018. And if you're doing the blue F-16B, the light blue should be 35450. All the decal makers (myself included) have gotten that one wrong.
  2. Sorry I don't know of one online and I won't be at my computer until sometime in April. Google...
  3. If you can do a search, I've posted a TOPGUN history of this jet. The black jet story, canopy names and all that jazz... may and/or be on zone5... Mans if someone wants to post a scan of the 48064 instructions, that covers it as well. brian
  4. See Fightertown Decals 48064 for lots of details about this jet and its story.
  5. We posted all the loadout, Paint scheme and shootdown info on the Fightertown Decals sheet 48066. Sorry don't have the computer so can't post it myself right now Brian
  6. Because there won't be any legacy Hornet squadrons by the time the F-35 hits the fleet;).::
  7. Let's try these descriptions again as nothing above is totally accurate. 1. Far left is F-14A only, from prototype until late 1970s. They remained in the system until late 1981 but by 1980 were in very small quantities. 2 Middle. Standard F-14A/B/D wheel beginning late 1970's thru 2006. (Possibly 1977 but for sure by 1978 and was same time tail stiffeners came out - The first picture I have of it was early 1978.) They would first go on new production jets and then work their way into the system in the fleet. 3 Far right. F-14B/D only starting in 2004. A's never got this wheel. And at the end of the Tomcats life, most but not all B/Ds were using it. Brake hubs were produced by a Danish company and I believe was the first foreign part made for the Tomcat. I remember a fleet memo about it because the current system was wearing out too fast and there weren't enough spare parts in the system to last until the Tomcats retirement.
  8. I always prime it first in gray or black. Then start with flat white. After a few light passes of flat and letting it dry, I use gloss white. I've used MM up til now. Ive never had any luck starting with a gloss white paint. Brian
  9. For 202 you will need: 7 hole gun vent, tail braces, TCS, standard wheels, and if you want to go all out, the single horizontal boarding step latch. For 207 you will need: 7 hole gun vent, tail braces, TCS, standard wheels
  10. Here's a copy of the Fightertown instructions covering 202 and 207. I did a lot of indepth work on this and can promise you that it's correct information.
  11. TCS, rudder braces, standard wheels, Fightertown Decals Brian
  12. idea for a 72nd scale sheet

    It is 3-tone TPS, I promise. It's not the 'standard' TPS but it does have all 3 colors. I saw it at Miramar when it was re-assigned and flew over still in VF-21 colors. Don't have access to the hard drive while on the road, but I can promise you that is the case. You can google a number of images of this jet and if you look closely you can see the color demarcations. With this jet brought up, its renewed my interest in it and I'll find a way to include it on the next Tomcat sheet, sized to the Tamiya kit. -brian
  13. idea for a 72nd scale sheet

    I agree with you. It's just I happen to know this one pretty well and can say for 100% certainty VF-21 never had the scheme shown in Gull gray as the decal sheet suggests. 21 displayed the CAG jet at an open house before the markings were completed ( along with CO jet in the same fashion), so there are a number of pictures floating around showing it incomplete. There's even a 1/144 decal sheet showing it as it looked partially painted. ;) And as for Decals, I completely agree. It's a jet that I've wanted to cover since Fightertown began along with a few other 21/154 late jets. I'm still working on fitting them in... brian