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  1. In the air to ground role, the Rafale M usually was loaded with either 4 or 6 GBU-12s laser guided bombs, or AASM Hammer guided bombs. The configuration was 2 or 3 of each under each wing TER pylon. For air to air / self defense, two MICA IR missiles were carried, one on each wing tip. I think the C variant carried the Storm Shadow, but not sure if the M carried it.
  2. First off, sorry for the multiple copies of the same post. I had trouble posting my reply from earlier, as it wouldn't load to the next page, so I just hit refresh a couple times. Seems like it took every post anyway. Thankfully I wasn't paying for anything 😄 Yes from what I everything that I've read over the years, the R-73 was quite the capable missile, especially with the 45 degree off bore sight shot capability. Thank you again for all of this very interesting information. I will be sure to check out that story you linked in you reply. Do you by chance have any othe
  3. Thank you, Mfezi for all of this information! I will say that I have begun to change my mind on this project now having learned all of this. I definitely was wondering about the engine nozzle part of things, since I really couldn't find any photos of it. So it seems that it was never an operational thing to carry R-73s, rather more of a demonstrator of sorts?
  4. Thank you, Mfezi for all of this information! I will say that I have begun to change my mind on this project now having learned all of this. I definitely was wondering about the engine nozzle part of things, since I really couldn't find any photos of it. So it seems that it was never an operational thing to carry R-73s, rather more of a demonstrator of sorts?
  5. Thank you, Mfezi for all of this information! I will say that I have begun to change my mind on this project now having learned all of this. I definitely was wondering about the engine nozzle part of things, since I really couldn't find any photos of it. So it seems that it was never an operational thing to carry R-73s, rather more of a demonstrator of sorts?
  6. Thank you, Mfezi for all of this information! I will say that I have begun to change my mind on this project now having learned all of this. I definitely was wondering about the engine nozzle part of things, since I really couldn't find any photos of it. So it seems that it was never an operational thing to carry R-73s, rather more of a demonstrator of sorts?
  7. I'm looking to build a 1/48 Mirage F1, and have been leaning toward the SAAF version that sported Russian R-73 missiles. I have seen the Hataka paint line for SAAF, but I haven't looked much into the markings for this version, so I am thinking of just a French version as a back up. What would be the better kit for this, Kitty Hawk or Italeri? Thanks,
  8. MRP-49 Light Grey-Blue is what I used for my AMK MiG-31. It is described as "Russian aircraft cockpit and wheel wells from 1960 to the present." It is a very good match to the real thing.
  9. You are correct on this sir. They always seem to excel in some areas but then fall flat in others. I really enjoyed their Su-34 kit but in some parts all I thought was "Dude, really?" Hopefully Quinta makes the correct cockpit set for this kit. Also in reference to your notes on the underside 3 tone came pattern found on the naval Su-30SMs, russianplanes.net has great photos of the Su-30SM, including ones that show the unique undersides of the naval SMs.
  10. I thought this comes with the Su-30SM cockpit? The kit review on Flory Models showed that it had the MFD screens. Unless those are for a different Su-30 version?
  11. I used Model Master enamels 15% FS36270 Neutral Gray and 85% FS36320 Dark Ghost Gray. Here is my gallery article to see how it turned out: http://www.arcair.com/Gal16/15501-15600/gal15561-Rafale-Vlad/00.shtm
  12. Did you have to modify/shorten the main landing gear struts? I ordered this for mine and when I was dry fitting it, I noticed that the main landing gear bay on the resin part did not have the depth required to fit the kit's main landing gear struts. I ended up not using the intakes in the end. And like everyone else, the Revell kit is the better choice. Very crisp detail.
  13. Excellent finish sir! You're right regarding the RAM panels, they are pretty loud on the unpainted plastic but much more subtle when everything is painted and weathered.
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