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Craig Baldwin

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  1. 44 minutes ago, Jim Barr said:

    Another question; in both photos the aircraft seem to be "chocked" with heavy rope, or is that just the "pull rope wrapped around and hiding the chocks.


    In both photos heavy rope was indeed used. We would use this type on up to CF-18 size aircraft. Late 1980's thru the end of the Canadian Forces use of the aircraft. Not to say at other bases they may have had wood chocks.


    As I said I will try and answer what you may wonder about. One small technical issue always annoys me with the Kinetic A model. The nose landing gear should angle forward a few degrees. Find a good side view and you will see how much to correct it. The 2 seater nose gear was more straight up and down.

  2. On 3/13/2022 at 7:47 PM, Jim Barr said:

    The problem is the color photo of Red 05 in the book (and others on the www) and this photo for Red 63 right before 434 Sq stood down show the 35237 color as being much bluer which I like better. Any help in clearing the discrepancies would be appreciated as I just don't see how the blue color can be FS 35237.



    I was with 419 in the early 1990's and some of the aircraft still retained these earlier schemes. Yes they were VERY faded. Depending at what stage in the aircraft's life you want to depict, you may want to tone down the colours. Here is my photo of 705 from the early '90s with 419 and a few years earlier still in 434 Bluenose markings. Film type, time of day lighting of course will play into colours. Don't worry about non-matching external stores like pylons, tanks and noses, they were changed regularly and ABSOLUTELY no preference was given as to the colours worn by the aircraft when installed by the technicians.





    If you have any CF-5 questions I can try and give you some guidance.

  3. 8 hours ago, habu2 said:

    Back in the day I worked on both F-16 and F-2/FS-X programs and I’m fairly confident there is no curved line/surface at that location on the real jet.


    I went through the profile book again and there are no good photos showing this area but it is plainly visible in the upper photo with the low angle of light hitting on that area.

  4. 8 hours ago, habu2 said:

    What to make of the curved line where the strake meets the wing root, just inboard of the leading edge flap?  I don't see that "panel line" in any photos of the real jet or on the Hasegawa kit.  Can't tell if it is present on the show display model.  Or is it just an artifact of the CAD rendering?



    Good catch habu2. I checked my profile book and nothing shows then but I finally found one photo where you can see that curve caused by the lighting and angle. Most noticeably in this photo on the left wing.


    As well on the first post of this thread you can just make it out on the release photo of the kit.




  5. 7 hours ago, ya-gabor said:

    All these details will be on this 72nd scale kit!!!  Nice!


    They look nice, but hoping they will give a closed speedbrake option as well.


    The March 2022 issue of J Wings magazine features a four page detailed breakdown of the F-2 landing gear with a mix of actual photos CAD images with what looks like a technical analysis.





  6. On 12/11/2021 at 9:21 AM, GeneK said:

    What are the external differences between the A and B models other than the two cockpits?


    48 minutes ago, habu2 said:

    The B does not have the rear facing RWR antenna bulges on the parabrake housing. I’d have to dig out my references to check for other differences. 


    For those of you who have invested in the Model Art Profile book, the answer in Japanese is on page 30/31. On the right side of cockpit external skin, an aft facing vent. As well as a couple more sensor differences.


    A-B diff.jpg

  7. Seems I have too much time on my hands today. Two more pictures of 87-8407 from 1982 found on @TROUT92241176's Twitter feed. Appears I've been bitten by a Shark, and the only remedy is to build!!!





  8. 4 hours ago, GeneK said:

    Thanks, Craig - great details. Pretty amazing how well the shots are lined up!!


    What are the external differences between the A and B models other than the two cockpits?



    From seeing comments on the speed brake inside colour, white was used in initial production and the blue was applied post-production maintenance.


    I have not researched the differences but inside that Model Art Profile 7 would likely have the answers.

  9. 11 hours ago, Mark Rosewater said:

    I did order the Tamiya tape and extra thin cement.


    You can build and finish a kit in entirely with Tamiya products. Their quality is top shelf and prices I think are reasonable considering the value for dollar. Any Hobby Shops near you? Tamiya's entire line are rarely carried by many shops. I've struggled with some of the different types of paints and now going back to Mr Color as it is getting easier to find again for me.


    Good Luck, Happy Modelling.

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