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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Yeah, it's probably wishful thinking since they couldn't even be bothered to get their engines replaced for so long, but if they could have diverted funds intended for AMRAAM integration to developing and integrating the LTS pod on their own initiative (which gave them a decade of smart-weapon capability and prolonged the service life or a relatively small fleet) when the funding was scarcer, it's hard not to wonder if they could have done more during the more opulent times of the Reagan administration, as it was becoming more and more clear that multi-role platforms are the future. At the very least, they could have pushed for making the F-14D program multi-role rather than just beefing up its A2A role which made it an obvious choice for axing when the Cold War was ending and the budgets were getting cut down. But, I guess the Navy chiefs were still living in dreamland of having their A-12 and NATF programs coming up back then. Sorry for the OT, I will bow out.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Nobody's trying to prove you wrong as it was clearly said that they are aware that these were not carried operationally (again, they have ex-pilots and RIO's working with the team on testing the systems functionality and fine tuning the flight model). I mistakenly mentioned NATOPS instead of NAVAIR as obviously those weapons won't be in any operational manuals as they were never introduced into operation. The photo posted was an example indicating that an F-14A could in fact carry and fire those rocket launchers with no major modifications even if they had no later need to introduce them in the operational service (or if perhaps the tests showed potential issues operating them). Again, they are making a module for a flight simulation *game*, not a documentary reference of what was operationally carried. But, since that manual is for the *game*, they can expand the ordnance options slightly for various what-if scenarios and fun purposes (but they are limiting themselves to those that *could* have technically been used by the mid-90's F-14B as they will add the LTS pod, but no PTID as they have no -1A documents describing it in full as they're classified). Besides, if the Navy Tomcat community was a bit more open-minded towards the A2G role, they could have focused on using the built-in Tomcat A2G functionality much earlier and change the image of the Tomcat being a one-trick-pony and thus make it harder for the F-14D program to get easily killed off by Cheney and replaced by Super Hornets. In which case, more of those weapons envisaged by that old NAVAIR publication might have been tested and cleared for use during the 80s.
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    Correcting Hobby Boss FB-111 intakes

    Hmm, their webpage says they have moved the company to Arizona, US, but maybe they still produce the stuff in Russia then? But, it's good to know that there's still an option to get it from Russia as the shipment to EU would be much cheaper. Did you fit them on the HB kit perhaps? I'm kind of thinking that it would be better to get the Academy F-111F as a base (or the Italeri rebox) and sell off the HB kit.
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    Correcting Hobby Boss FB-111 intakes

    Yeah, those would be great, thanks, but are in the US and shipping from US got prohibitively expensive (plus, I got the whole kit for $35). So, I was hoping at some non-full length intake set which are OOP so I wouldn't have to mod the wrongly shaped main wheelbay to fit them. E.g. OzMods used to make some, but they don't have them anymore for some reason (I did get their canopies). It's like there was a bunch of stuff made for the Academy, but nothing for the HB apart from some cockpit PE and such.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I think they were relying on the original NATOPS, like e.g.: They have a few former pilots and RIO's supporting them so they are aware that the Bombcats didn't actually use most of these or that the numbers carried of some types were reduced operationally due to separation issues or what not, but it's a flight simulation game, not a documentary, so extra weapon options are provided as a bonus (as long as they're in the manual). This particular manual for the upcoming Tomcat module just got posted a day or two ago so there are errors in it naturally, but they're welcoming any feedback and are working on it. Sorry for the OT, but in the absence of news from AMK..
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    Correcting Hobby Boss FB-111 intakes

    I forgot that the TP II outer frames with inlets are provided in all of the kits; my bad for relying on instructions only (and not checking the sprues) as HB made so many mistakes on the kit, it's an honest mistake to assume they forgot about something else, as well. That still leaves the shock cone too short being that the part is from TP I and all the aftermarket intake correction parts are for some reason long OOP and hard to find (or I'm searching at wrong places). They pop on ebay now and then, but end up going for as much as the whole kit can be found for (and these were not the full seamless ones even). I personally got an HB F-111A for cheap, but wanted to make an E or F out of it. Got the Verlinden F-111F set and the vac-formed canopy, but the cockpit part in the Verlinden set is actually an F-111E. Since HB never made an F, there are no detail sets for it and since it had different exhausts due to stronger engines, it's getting too expensive to make an F out of this.
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    Correcting Hobby Boss FB-111 intakes

    I have the F-111A kit somewhere and in it there's only one version of the intakes, the TP I. But, the splitter plate is an optional part that you can leave off. From what I can see, the same parts are used in the FB-111 kit: That leaves you with the shorter shock cone, but also the blow in doors are missing. Supposedly, the first FB-111A had TP I intakes so perhaps you can make that one? http://www.f-111.net/models/inlets/index.htm
  8. This is apparently a story from the Constant Peg program (secret testing of procured Soviet aircraft in the 80's) and not a rumor. But, it was apparently about a variant of an AIM-9P and the Soviet flares sourced from a plane shot-down in Afghanistan. http://aviationweek.com/blog/we-didn-t-know-what-90-percent-switches-did
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    KittyHawk MIG-25 intake 1:48

    I'm waiting for his MiG-27M nose correction set, but that one seems to be in some limbo state.
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    KittyHawk MIG-25 intake 1:48

    It was a long time ago, but at least 25-30 Euros, perhaps even somewhat more. I saw the undersized trunk, but from what I've read, they were going for that optical effect as perhaps they couldn't fit the full trunks. Certainly seems far better than IIRC no trunks in the much more expensive KH kit (not to mention the fictional intake covers instead of ramps and that's not even the biggest problem with the kit, like e.g. the nose shape or the wrong exhausts).
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    KittyHawk MIG-25 intake 1:48

    I remember bidding for a C2D set once (they didn't show up that often), but it ended up going for much more than I was willing to pay. Glad I didn't get it as I could have then sold my KH 25 as soon as the ICM RBT kit was announced. It was logical to expect they'll release a PD as well, sooner or later. Plus, I got the RBT as well (regarding which I guess I should have waited for the Revell rebox which somewhat corrected the nose).
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    Help with GWH model kit

    There's an incline behind the forward wheel well. On the initial lower fuselage, it was just behind the well (kind of inline with the beginning of the main wheel wells), on the corrected ones it was moved further back (close to be inline with the middle of the main wells). The kit is not that well engineered, though. Those locating pins on the fuselage should help stretch it correctly, but when I mated the top and bottom fuselage halves, there's a step between them on the LERX extension. It might be possible to fix it by pressing hard on the top fuselage around the cockpit to compress it until the glue settles (or perhaps use super glue there), but the problem is that there's plenty of spots around the fuselage which need pressuring to fit well. And of course, I forgot to insert the horizontal stabilizers, so by the time I managed to stick those in and apply all the holding clips, the glue on the LERX part was already settled of course. And even so, there are some lines around the tail with noticeable gaps plus the wide gap between the tip of the wings of the bottom fuselage half and the wingtips on the bottom side. Again, kind of a bummer given the asking price, I hope they improved that on newer kits.
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    Great Wall Hobby 1/48 MiG-29 all new tooled

    I see that, I just mean if you look at your photo I quoted, the width of the space between the engines and especially the width of the airbrake compared to the width of the engines.. the ratio looks a bit off if I roughly compare it to GWH for instance. Meaning, I get the impressions that the engine bays should be a bit wider and the space between them and the airbrake a bit more narrow. It's just an impression, though, as my GWH is not in that stage yet so I could take a photo and then do some measuring and comparisons.
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    Great Wall Hobby 1/48 MiG-29 all new tooled

    Thanks for the photos. I do still get the impression that the space between the engines is a bit too wide (especially the airbrake) making the engines and exhausts a bit more narrow than they should be. When I complete my GWH kit, I will compare it with this photo.
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    Great Wall Hobby 1/48 MiG-29 all new tooled

    Thanks for the reply. Do you perhaps have some shot of the Trumpy MiG from the back showing the exhausts? There's not that many builds of the Trumpy kit out there.
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