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Craig Baldwin

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  1. My DXM decals arrived yesterday and look to be an outstanding addition to this kit, a small correction decal was included. The small stencils are included but only enough for one aircraft and are printed by Cartograf. The Finemolds decals will likely be the standard well printed but thick style we have become accustomed to. I am not sure if DXM do reprints so if your heart is set on them don't wait too long.





  2. 1 hour ago, GeneK said:

    Which scheme(s) will you be doing?



    407 the sharkmouth most likely (I see no reason to limit myself to one build, I'm a dreamer too). Less than a month a way, maybe time to add a few items to the warehouse to fill the box.

  3. Follow up with 17-8440 taken at the same period. Conclude on colours as you wish. The other aircraft 47-8335 had no photos from this period on flyteam.


    These photos could have been scans from slides but don't look to me like from Kodachromes. Possibly Fujichrome which do have a more blue/green hue to them generally.


    Added the second photo, same time period but slightly less contrast.



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  4. Found these on flyteam page. I made an account using Chrome to translate and able to download a larger image than a GUEST view.


    Comparing their side profile it appears they are using the 36440 grey as the lighter colour but in the actual photo the grey is much bluer than the paint on the intake ramp?


    I will correct myself after examining the higher res image of FM's profiles I see the intake ramp is the 36440 while the lighter blue grey is a different shade. Never afraid to admit mistakes. 




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  5. 53 minutes ago, ya-gabor said:

    This is to go on sale very soon.  Remember this is 72 nd scale Quinta Studio decal. OK I know that the kit instrument panel looks nice as it is with all raised details.

    But . . .


    What we don’t get in the kit for example are all the circuit breakers in the after cockpit. I think they are essential and visible items! Raised details on the different panels are exceptional especially in view of the scale. A nice touch is the inclusion of side rail surface details which is all flat in the kit.


    Here is a look at the set and also of the built cockpit with Quinta parts applied. 



    Wow!!! Love the look of that. Thank you Gabor.

  6. 4 hours ago, ya-gabor said:

    Metal is cut and some frames are taking shape. But here are also some CAD images of what it will be like.


    I'm glad others have an interest in this niche fighter. A few more CAD images and an outline comparison of the F-2A to the F-16A, in case anyone out there still thinks it's just a F-16.









    Twitter's @goshikiken did the comparison image with this text "I made it based on the image on the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries website. JASDF F-2 and US Air Force F-16, shape comparison of both fighters. It seems to be similar but not similar. It seems that the wing area has increased by 25% from the F-16, which contributes to the increased loading capacity of air-to-ship missiles and fuel tanks, turning performance, and flight stability at low speeds / low altitudes." 

  7. 6 hours ago, GeneK said:

    The Tamiya kit offers two options for the intake at the base of the leading edge of the vertical stabilator. I had a web page explanation and illustration saved, but can't find it on my away-from-home laptop. Which model had which intake?


    From the link provided and going over various photos, my guesstimate would be the early style without the extra horizontal splitter was for the J79-GE-8 powered airframes.


    DISREGARD late built RF-4E's rubbish my theory.  😕

  8. 19 minutes ago, arg said:

    In the above photo, is it just an illusion or are those A-10s painted in three shades of gray?  I thought only Light and Dark Ghost Gray were used on the "gray" scheme.  Has this scheme been updated?


    It seems a bit of a lighting illusion. The right sides of the both aircraft you can clearly see the light and dark ghost greys, while the bottoms do appear much lighter notwithstanding the false canopy. I'm suspecting they are flying low over snow covered ground and reflecting a lot of sunlight to give this effect. As a subject for my model project and collecting images of the 124 FW I noticed no other out of ordinary painting of their aircraft. Good observation.

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