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  1. Googled a bit, and found this; "Hey everyone, just some background details. Both of these shots of "Versatile Lady" are indeed the same plane. She was also called Old Able due to her tail letter of A. She served with the 13th Bomb Squadron, 3rd Bomb Group in Korea. The first image is an older image. The lady from that art was inspired by a pack of playing cards from the base commissary. When the plane was repaired and repainted at Miho AB a Japanese artist redid the artwork based on an Esquire Magazine calendar. Her serial number was 44-34287. (434287 on the tail, BC-287 on the fuselage)." http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/99294-is-this-an-a-26-invader/ The photos to be found online shows 8-gun nose, while the restored A-26 carries only 6 guns. So the restored version is not accurate.
  2. Probably depend on time schedule? But difficult to say without more details on group, squadron and plane in question. These are the instructions for the latest release, the fire bomber version is essentially the same kit but different decals. https://www.super-hobby.com/products/A-26B-Invader-21804818.html Edit: Looking at Scalemates, it appears that there were 2 different serials that carried the same nose art through time, hence the reason why one has 6 and the other 8 guns; https://www.scalemates.com/kits/revell-85-5524-a-26b-invader--111941
  3. No point in making decals for kits not released 😋
  4. Portugal had the spotlight included in their ex-USAF Vipers that was MLU updated. This is 15142 which has just completed MLU update from one of the spare airframes Portugal aquired a decade ago; https://www.airfighters.com/photo/228588/M/Portugal-Air-Force/General-Dynamics-F-16AM-Fighting-Falcon/15142/
  5. Tamiya F-16C block 32/52 Thunderbirds is a good starting point which will eliminate the need for painting the inlet duct. Alternativelly the F-16C block 25/32 which gives you additional A2G weapons. Then lastly you have the F-16C/N which can be built as small mouth block 25/32/42/52 or be converted to F-16A, or be built as block 30/50
  6. Not fully correct - there is a break-even point between total accuracy and cost, and believe me - total accuracy will cost much more than you are willing to pay. This is why kits are depending on manufacturer sufficiently detailed. Once that is said, I guess new technology will bring the world foreward. Remember, Monogram was once the top notch quality manufacturer - not so much these days 😉
  7. In the instances I've ended up buying from someone using GSP, there has been absolutelly NO inspection of the item by the shipping senter - they just put on a new label, f**** up the tracking number provided earlier without notifying the new tracking number, yet charges way too much for both the service (what service?) and the customs clearance. No, I don't like the GSP ☚ī¸
  8. GSP is not mandatory, but I fear it will in the future. As for your regular sellers joining up to GSP - well, that's their choice.
  9. The Global Shipping program collects the local tax at arrival point according to local tax rules, like here in Norway. Basically it "ease" the local import tax collection. In Norway, until end of 2020, the tax free import limit is NOK 350. Any value above that (including cost of shipping) will be fully taxed from first cent. So if your goods have a value of NOK 350,01, full import tax applies plus a processing fee. Combined this easily amount to nearly the same as the tax free limit. An example: Just had a shipment arrive (not from Ebay) with a value declared at 50USD = NOK 426, and was charged with NOK 267 in import tax and fees. After Jan 1st 2020 the tax free limit will be removed altogether here in Norway. I don't like it one bit for all the reasons already stated, but Ebay don't benefit from it only the local tax authorities. Non the less - any seller with Global Shipping Program I avoid like the plague.
  10. http://www.caracalmodels.com/cd48004.html
  11. Vingtor you can trust, he has THE best sources around for RNoAF, hands down 👍
  12. The biggest thing to look out for is to have the correct font on the tail numbers. The font is called "Norwegian" and have curved edges as opposed to the angular of the USAF versions.
  13. The housing is detachable/attachable to all new-build F-35A's, so technically you could in the future see USAF F-35A's with it for excersises in ie Norway. As for the number of F-35's, we'll have 15 by years end in Norway with another ~4 with the 62FS 56FW at Luke
  14. More like a third fin 😄
  15. Yes, they have parachutes in a housing inbetween the tailfins. No aftermarket for this (yet) but you can also make one without. Here is one with the chute housing; https://www.airfighters.com/photo/226599/M/Norway-Air-Force/Lockheed-Martin-F-35A-Lightning-II/5209/ Some more photos; https://www.airfighters.com/photosearch.php?cra=2993&for=209&lim=5
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