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Matt Roberts

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  1. I'm so sorry Matt - you will be missed

  2. God Speed Matt, you will be missed.

  3. You will be greatly missed my friend. Rest now the fight is over.

  4. The intakes look small don't they? The head on pic in post it almost does not look to be big enough for a supercruise - or even afterburning engine.
  5. A while back I read a statement that the USN didn't see the benefits of LGB capability fleet wide until Desert Storm, so that most precision munitions that Navy and Marine airframes were seen with were either anti-radiation missiles or TV guided weapons such as the Walleye and Maverick. One of the earliest usages I recall hearing about were the AGM-123 Skipper during the 'Tanker War' in 87-88 against the Iranians. Those were utilized by the A-6 and not the SLUFs or Hornets then in service. Even during Desert Storm I recall seeing more iron bombs and CBUs than anything else (well other than HARMs) Ok....now correct me guys! Matt
  6. What weapons are you using with your IDS? That is the bad thing about the HB kits, no real RAF specific weapons other than the ALARMs. Probably the main reason I have not bought one - well that and unemployment... For free fallweapons from the RSAF - would they have been British or US in origin, other than the JP-233? I'm thinking BL755 and 1000lb vs Rockeye and Mk 83s. IIRC the kit does come with a quartet of Mk 83 1000lb iron bombs - with ballute retard fins.
  7. The Academy kit is the known release. There is a rumor of a 'Chinese' Phantom out there, no company is linked to it yet (basically EVERYONE is said to be doing one) The thing with Eduard was that they had cancelled...delayed....whatever thier F-4s as an Asian company would end up beating them to market. Now if that has meant the Academy series - I don't know. A similar line of reasoning was mentioned to me here at the Nats in 2009 as to why Eduard was not doing 'early' Mig-21s (Mig-21F/F-13/J-7) Nearly two years later and no 48th Fishbeds yet though.
  8. Don't get your hopes up too soon. From what I have been told this is still early in the process, basic data gathering. It'll be a while before we will even learn who it may be. The project is being designed and reserch being done. If any of you recall we started to hear about Trumpeters 32nd Jaguar about 3-4 years ago and saw the resin prototype a year or so ago, the kit still is not yet in the 2011 catalogue so that may give us an idea of how far out this is. I suspect that the next news may be late 2011. Matt Le Rumourmongre
  9. Take a look at one of the schemes that Trumpeter has with the recent J-10B release. A 'naked' Dragon, think of what the Streak Eagle back in the day looked like. Primer/bare metal/composite though masking it would be pretty nerve wracking.
  10. Looks like the paint scheme on Sukhoi on the cover of Combat Aircraft a couple of months ago, though less angular than the Su-35 on the cover
  11. Notice I am not the one spreading this one..... Shame on you Mike if it 'taint true....
  12. The 6 months before Pearl Harbor and the six months after saw a ton of changes to USN/USMC tactical paint schemes. Not 100% sure of exact dates but.... Yellow Wing scheme Yellow wing scheme with Neutrality stars on the cowls (Atlantic Fleet Birds - not sure if I ever saw a Pacific Fleet airframe with one) Around June 1941..... Tactical Gray with white squadron designators Blue Gray uppers added white designators Pearl Harbor Tail stripes added, designators black 'Reprisal Raids' Feb '42 comically large upper wing insignia Coral Sea (May) 'classic early war' Blue Gray over light gray, insignia in 6 locations full unit designators (2-S-5 - 5th plane on Lexington's Scouting sqn) tail stripes Midway (June) Bluegray/gray, insignia 6 locations, no tail stripes - red insignia 'dots' removed, squadron numbers removed from designators (T-5 - the fifth TBD from a 'torpedo' sqn) Guadalcanal same as midway but it seems that only the plabne in sqn markings remained - the squadron 'types' began dissapearing from designators About the only 100% for sure is the nearly complete removal of all red from airframes by Midway - except prop tips on some types were still the tri-color (Blue- Yellow-Red) See American Modelers can have as almost a bewildering number of schemes over a short time - just like late war Luftwaffe guys!
  13. The markings changed in the weeks (if not days) leading up to Midway. At Coral Sea in early May, the aircraft still had the red dot as well as tail stripes. They were hastily overpainted in the last weeks of May. You'll find darkened rudders where fresh blue gray was used - some planes still had traces of the striping showing thru (I'm thinking of the Vindicators on Midway) As for the red dots the white paint in real life covers as well as it does for us on our models so you'll also see faint hints of the dot on airframes during the battle. I think the 'ghost' markings are most common on the airframes based on Midway versus the carrier air wings, which probably had better painting equipment aboard.
  14. Euro One is FS 36081 and is a very dark gray (if you do WW II Luftwaffe - RLM-66 Black Gray is actually a hair lighter) Gunship is 36118 and has a lighter as well as bluer side to it, Euro 1 is almopst pure dark gray. I have also seen it mentioned as 'Engine Gray' in the past - especially as regarding USN utility schemes from the 50's and 60's. Euro I came from the scheme that replaced the Vietnam TAC scheme with darker and somewhat bluer greens and grays in the 1980s. It was the last scheme that some of the last USAF Phantoms flew in (along with Egypt I) Europe 1 http://www.testors.com/products/136222 Gunship http://www.testors.com/products/136165 Now these seem closer in tone on this chart than the last ones I opened and used. Gunship on a lizzard schemed A-10 is way too light compared to Euro I, even when they look this close
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