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  1. chek

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Very nice and often overlooked attention to detail John. I saw an absolutely beautiful Century-series fighter model recently which looked absolutely exquisite. Until a rear view showed the beautifully detailed jet nozzle set into what looked like something with the barrel thickness of a 20 inch howitzer, when it would have looked so much better with a sheet-metal thickness outer shroud.
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    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    If it was a caption competition, the guy in the intake could be saying: "If you weren't planning to hit the start button, how come you've got your ear defenders on?"
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    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Apologies John, it's just a fancy way of saying the pixel signals are processed by the video encoder in such a way as to show a smooth (usually) moving image. The upshot being that the picture is not optimised for crisp still images - quite the opposite, in fact. The mesh itself is just too fine to be detected properly at that resolution, although something like localised brighter reflections look to have been smoothed into the image and appeared as the 'wrinkle' on the FLIR turret. What's commonly called an 'artefact', i.e. it wasn't really there, the process itself made it appear. Having the black front section seems like best bet. The photo below shows not the slightest trace of the liney's yellow smock, nor any interior ducting. I'd hazard a guess that like the MiG-29 and the Su-27, those upper intake doors are only open on the ground and close once flying speed is reached. So the ducts probably are all white for inspection, but for modelling appearances black will look better. Unless you specifically want to show them open, in which case it's your call on how to compromise.
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    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Morning John! I regret to say that your build has piqued an interest in the the olde Nighthawk, and I was just trying to hunt down the last outstanding photo of the 64 F-117s built. A couple are beyond finding due to being early losses, but 85-0824 is elusive, despite a few mislabelled ones of 84-0824 out there. But enough of that. The problem with your video still is one of format and resolution. As it's a USAF aircraft, I'm deducing it's a video frame from an american video in NTSC format with a resolution of 720 x 486, judging by the 'stepping' visible on the upper left serration above the FLIR turret, and to lesser degrees elsewhere in the picture. Additionally, the format introduces some smoothing functions in the algorithm (hence the bogus 'wrinkle' impression) in order to produce a 'lifelike' visual experience. As such, it's not really designed to extract fine detail from a still frame such as would be possible from a much finer grained wet film movie still. Trying to insist that you can, powered a slew of increasingly far-fetched 9/11 conspiracy theories a decade or so ago. The still below is from an original jpeg at 3145 x 2247 resolution, and shows the mesh detail more clearly (click to enlarge, then click on the image again). What the kit designer probably had in mind was trying to represent the 3-D nature of the intake baffles, as illustrated in the diagram below: Farr from being a simple mesh affair, the baffles are more akin to the 'pyramids' seen in an anechoic chamber, and serve the same purpose, i.e. to attenuate any radar signal and its reflection. But until such times as nano scale home 3-D printing is available, I'd say PE mesh is our current best option. P.S. - I saw some spiffy looking prismatic film available from Hasegawa that might work well on the canopy clear panels.
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    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Funny you should mention bird strikes John, as that was the main reason I could think of for replacing that aperture panel. As for the turret itself, it would only rotate its sensor window forward on the run in for the attack, and birds would be very rare at the altitude the plane would operate at. Presumably rain would be cleared via diverted air vents like the windscreen. This picture does catch the mesh better than most others. Irritatingly, it's actually coarser than that fabric glare filter I used in the 1/72 Nighthawk I built. F-117A 88-0841 HO 9 FS Berlin June 2000 by Burkhard Domke
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    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Hey John, it's coming along well - love all the routed out mesh inserts. I believe that the difference in the two photos above is that the 2000 photo on the left is of YF-117 79-10781 at the USAF museum, Dayton, whereas the 2003 photo is of a production model with an 80 to 88 FY prefixed serial. The 4 serrations on the upper edge of the FLIR turret aperture remained constant, AFAIK. The only problem with that theory, is that I've a shot of F-117A 84-0812 with the six serrations as per the USAFM example., but it seems to be an exception according to the photos I've collected. However given that production ended in 1988 and it was in action in the Middle East until 2003, and the USA until 2008, it's possible some cannibalising of older airframes was required to keep a fleet operational.
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    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Looks very good John, with the placards applied. I think my diminishing stock of Reheat decals will need an Airscale top up soon. Idly wondering if there are any readable MAC strut ones for Phantom gear legs?
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    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Hi John,just noticed that you've got another build on the go. Lovely detailing on those bay interiors. I thought I'd pass this on, although I'm not sure how useful it'll be. There used to be an older style of anti-glare filter back in the day when CRT monitors were the norm that used an incredibly fine black fabric (nylon?) mesh. It was fine enough the be transparent when viewed through directly, but appeared as a surface when viewed obliquely and looked excellent as coverings for the FLIR and DLIR turret apertures. It worked very well even on the 1/72nd Stealth fighter I built for my then pre-teen son when he was enamoured with the jet when it featured in one of the levels in the SEGA game Jungle Strike (that's how long ago it was, and why I'm not certain if it's extinct or not). There certainly is fine brass and stainless steel mesh available which may be dimensionally similar, but the beauty of the fabric mesh was it didn't need to be painted.
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    F-4G with single piece windshield.

    Great to hear Tommy - that solves the Christmas present to self dilemma this year! Amazing too that 50-60 years on, new material can still be surfacing. Good luck with the title.
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    F-4G with single piece windshield.

    Thanks for the update, RD. I figured it was a case of 'needs must', and not just done for the lolz. I've followed the restoration for years now, whenever a new batch of pictures become available, and the thoroughness and attention to detail is remarkable. That being acknowledged, it's just a pity the windshield is anachronistic. Although it does lend a certain rakish Viggen Iook. I sincerely hope an original unit can be sourced or fabricated as it can only add to the authenticity of the restoration, and I hope the new owner continues with the plan to return to flight. If you have contact with the restore team, be sure to let them know their work is very impressive. I'd been hoping that this May would have seen 145310 back in the air, and Tommy Thomason would have published his F4H-1 monograph to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the first flight, but neither happened. Just have to keep anticipating that at some point in time they will.
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    F-4G with single piece windshield.

    I'm not sure how temporary 'temporary' can be Gene, but she's been that way since she was moved from March AFB and that must be over ten years ago now. I thought the one good thing about it is it shows that if a standard windshield were to be liberated from AMARC, it would fit and look much better, even if still not strictly correct for an F-4A.
  12. Hi Isaac, Despite trying to figure out any visible physical differences in the engines, I've been unable to despite studying dozens of photos. What I can offer is this from wiki: "In December 2006, Eurojet completed deliveries of the 363 EJ200s for the Tranche 1 Eurofighters. Tranche 2 aircraft require 519 EJ200s. As of December 2006, Eurojet was contracted to produce a total of 1,400 engines for the Eurofighter project" I've presumed to make my own choice, that tranche 2 and onward aircraft for the RAF (from Block 8 FGR4 ZJ945 - ZJ950 and all ZK*** serial numbers in RAF service) have the 'late' engines. Most early RAF Typhoon F2s (basically air-to-air fighters/interceptors with no ground attack capability i.e. software) have been either upgraded to Block 5, retired or scrapped. But were I to build one from around the early 2000s period, I'd use the 'early' option. For other nationalities I can only suggest the same criteria would apply. A good article can be found here. It could be more informative by including serials etc., but that may well be out there too and I just haven't looked too hard since I chose the ''late' type. best, chek
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    F-4G with single piece windshield.

    As these topics still appear in internet searches and become a matter of record, I can add another airframe with the one piece windshield. F4H-1 145310 under restoration at Murrietta, most inappropriately, has had one fitted. Originally scheduled to return to flight in time for the Phantom's first flight 60th anniversary in May 2018, the restoration while substantially completed, was instead put up for sale earlier this year.
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    Phantom stencils

    Any updates on the F-4 white stencils in 1/32, Jake? A catalogue number, even.
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    1:32 Trumpeter Harrier GR.7

    Well, who among us hasn't wanted to see their name on the spine of a book? Great idea! However, I'm a member of that mean constituency that rather than bookmarking pages, saves them in case either they or the photos they contain aren't there tomorrow. What I would like to see though is a .pdf version that contained very hi-def photos (say 2000x1200px resolution) that could never (within reason) appear in print, and haven't been seen in the web article. That'd be my suggestion, though I'll leave it to Keven to comment on the practicalities of it. I wouldn't rule out the Lightning title so quickly either. The Echelon kit is a niche item it's true, but the Lightning itself is an iconic aircraft. And yes, the Trumpeter kit is a horrible let-down, but corrections are slowly coming together for it Perhaps when they do, that could be part of it too.. Besides, good photos of a well-built model (in either senses of the words, I suppose) are a joy to behold in themselves.
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