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  1. Alleycat

    Help with A-1H seat

    Bump Still wondering...
  2. Alleycat

    Airbrushes Question

    Oops, I just remembered it was an Iwata Custom Microm-B I got from Coast, not an HP-B.
  3. Alleycat

    Airbrushes Question

    +1 for Coast Airbrush (Got an Iwata HP-B) I also have had good experiences with Dixie Art (http://dixieart.com/)
  4. The same goes for the 1/72 Trumpy Boss F-105s, A-7s etc., etc., etc. Why, oh why - so close but no joy. You make some good points Ed, and I guess no kit is perfect but I will need to think about this long and hard. Thanks again for the help. Greg
  5. Ed, Dito what Gene said. Thanks for the detailed help. I think these fixes are a little beyond me for now. I don't think I will buy the Trumpeter kit. I guess if I was to build a 1/72 F-100D I would start with the ESCI kit. Maybe I will just wait a few years and see what happens.
  6. Thanks Robonth, I appreciate the response. I would never have found that. I really love this forum. Has anyone tried, or are there any comments on Renaissance or their 1/72 F-100 nose for the Trumpeter kit linked in the previous post? Accuracy? Detail? Fit? Not quite a full trunk is it? The shape looks better than the kit though. Any comments or suggestions are welcome. Thanks
  7. Alleycat

    Hasegawa 1/72 EA6b Prowler

    Well I guess I was wrong about the raised panel lines on the early 1/72 Hasegawa EA-6B. But in my defence I went back to the source I read it in (EA-6B Prowler in Detail & Scale vol. 46 by Bert Kinzey-1994) and on page 66, in the review of the Hasegawa kit, it clearly states "scribing is of the raised variety, but it is nicely done, being both accurate and petite". Kinzey implies that the raised scribing did not change between kits #1137, #K14, #K14X and #SP105. Can't believe everything you read. It is definately recessed in my kit #00893. I believe the "radiation warning" nose marking was applied to Prowlers while onboard the carriers. It was intended to let deck crew tell the difference between the Prowler and the A-6 Bomber aircraft. Evidently the EA-6B was heavier and the traping equipment had to be set differently. Well, that is what I read recently in two different books. I believe this as I have not seen many photos of ship bound Prowlers without some kind of marking on the nose. I do not know if this practice continued after the retirement of the A-6s. The marking can be seen on the VAQ-140 jet on the Cutting Edge 72207 decals shown above in this thread. They are black or dark gray in most photos I have seen. I do not know why CE missed this for the VAQ-132 jet as it is clearly seen in photos in numerous books. Maybe the markings were removed when the unit returned home to the beach after ODS. The one thing the 1/72 Hasegawa EA-6B kit lacks is the option to lower the slats and flaps. At least they avoided the Fujimi A-6 blunder of lowerting the slats while leaving the flaps up. That can not be done on the actual aircraft. Fortunately Lone Star Models covers this with resin flaps for the Fujimi A-6 (P/N LSM 79370). They need some clean up but they do fit and are less trouble than building your own. The Aires resin EA-6B cockpit set is one of the nicest I have seen and I buy a lot of resin cockpits. But I can not comment on the fit yet. Both the Hasegawa EA-6B and Fujimi A-6 kits could use some accurate exhaust nozzels. Hint, hint...
  8. Alleycat

    Hasegawa 1/72 EA6b Prowler

    Gary, A few posts down I posted a topic asking about a possible resin replacement air intake/nose for the 1/72 Trumpeter F-100 kits. In it I mentioned a seamless intake product from XMM for the 1/72 Hasegawa EA-6B. It can be found on this page: http://xmold-modeling.com/products/ I have the 1/72 Hasegawa "EA-6B PROWLER VAQ-141 SHADOWHAWKS" kit # 00893. It looks nice in the box, with recessed panel lines and good clear plastic parts. My understanding is this kit used to have raised panel lines but was re-done at some point in the past. Which kit do you have? I also have the ICAP II Late Aires cockpit set but I can not comment yet on the fit, especially if both the XMM intake set and Aires cockpit sets are used together. Aires does not have a great reputation for fit. The cockpit and blanked-off intakes are the two areas of the Hasegawa kit that need attention. I have the Cutting Edge 72207 decals shown above (CE forgot to include a "radiation warning" decal for the nose tip, visible in photos of the aircraft taken during Operation Desert Storm) and plan to do the VAQ-132 "Scorpions" bird during ODS. Good luck with the build.
  9. I recently bought some seamless intakes from XMM for the 1/72 Fujimi A-6, 1/72 Hasegawa EA-6B and 1/72 Hasegawa F-4 (both Navy and Air Force versions). Alexander from XMM was pleasant to deal with and the items look very nice but I have not used any of them yet. I sent Alexander an email suggesting some other products including a replacement seamless intake/nose section for the 1/72 Trumpeter F-100 kits. This was his response: "I know about the problem of the Trumpeter kits in both scales. But I doubt the success of this development. This is not a very serious defect, and it can be fixed both manually and using parts from a large assortment of old models. In addition, correct air intakes for the Trumpeter kits are already produced in France Regards, Alexander" Two weeks ago I responded asking for the name of the French company that makes this item and I have not heard back. I have found that AMS makes a resin replacement intake in 1/48 but can not find it in 1/72. Can anyone tell me what is the French company that makes it in 1/72? I will not buy the 1/72 Trumpeter F-100D until I can find a way to fix the incorrect flat intake shape. I really hope Meng or someone else comes out with a better kit but I won't hold my breath. Thanks for the help.
  10. Alleycat

    F35A Meng or Kittyhawk

    Is there a way to translate this page into english?
  11. Brian, Have you seen these? https://www.eduard.com/store/eduard/brassin/aircraft/1-48/us-75gal-metal-drop-tanks-1-48.html The price is a little high but they look nice with the extra detail.
  12. Alleycat

    Help with A-1H seat

    That is good to know but will it fit the Aires cockpit (for the Tamiya 1/48 A-1H) , length and width, without jamming up against the control stick and scraping the side consoles too badly?
  13. Alleycat

    Buckeye - another good one

    Another thumbs up for Tim. He came through with some decals I really needed. Greg
  14. Alleycat

    Help with A-1H seat

    Question: Does the 1/48 True Details 48424 "Stanley Yankee Ejection Seats for F-4, A-1J Skyraider" fit in the Aires resin cockpit set for the Tamiya A-1H kit? I saw a review that said it did not fit in the Tamiya cockpit because the seat was too long and too wide. I got the Aires cockpit set years ago but it has the non-ejection bucket seat. I have seen the TD Stanley on ebay but need to know if it fits before ordering. Are there any other sources for this seat? I think KMC did a cockpit set that has this seat but it is long oop. If anyone has one for sale or trade let me know. The TD set seat comes with two and I only need one. After getting the A-1H decals I needed from a fellow ARC member (thanks Tim) I discovered that the A-1H Aircraft I plan to do had the Stanley Yankee Extraction System installed. Two books and photographic evidence indicate that all VA-152 A-1H aircraft had the Stanlee YES mod installed prior to their July 1967 deployment to SEA. Thanks for the help.
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