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  1. Curt, the big difference between the F-86E and -F are the wings. The -E has automatic leading edge slats while the -F does not have slats. There used to be a resin backdate set for the Hasegawa -F but that required major surgery where you cut off the front of the wings and grafted on a resin replacement. Most of the best markings and aces from Korea flew the -E so lots of decals have been done over the years. Not so much for the -F. It is not that I am a huge F-86 fan, it's just that most of the aircraft I like have been well served by the plastic modeling industry in the last few decades. It seems that now they are redoing the redos. No complaints here. Back to the new Tamiya P-38. It seems to have everything, including weights to prevent tail sitting, like Eduard has done (P-39 family). Is there an estimated release date?
  2. Curt B, you get all the credit for this new P-38, well done. I almost started my Hasegawa 1/48 P-38-F/G/H last week so I nearly got the credit for this. I actually just finished the Monogram 1/48 P-38 a couple of months before Hasegawa announced theirs back in the early 1990's so I get the credit for that one. A couple of new Tamiya 1/48 P-38s have been on the top of my dream list for decades. I had to pinch myself to make sure I was awake. Now, if we can just get a good 1/48 F-86E... It seems that most of the markings are for the -E while the avilable kits are of the -F. I could never figure that out. Also if we can just get new 1/72 A-7, F-100 and F-105 kits to replace the H.B./T. disasters the world will be looking OK!
  3. Yes. The Australians had some. Dark green and dark earth upper surfaces over medium sea grey under surfaces. From Kumbhigram, India in 1945. Here is a link to a review of some decals: http://decals.kitreview.com/decals/esp48176reviewjk_1.htm
  4. Bump Still wondering...
  5. Oops, I just remembered it was an Iwata Custom Microm-B I got from Coast, not an HP-B.
  6. +1 for Coast Airbrush (Got an Iwata HP-B) I also have had good experiences with Dixie Art (http://dixieart.com/)
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Is there a way to translate this page into english?
  14. 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.
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