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  1. chek

    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.
  6. 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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    1:32 Trumpeter Harrier GR.7

    It looks amazing, John. The corrections, the detailing, the weathering, the colour scheme all look very realistic. Godd job, that man.
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    1:32 Trumpeter Harrier GR.7

    You've turned out a superb Harrier, and even made the drab grey scheme interesting. Looking forward to seeing the daylight photos. The only improvement I could suggest would be a big GR3 in overall DG/DSG sitting next to it. I might have suggested a P1127, but that'll go with my AV-8B+, first and end of the line.
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    1:32 Trumpeter Harrier GR.7

    Heh - l like the scrape mark under the door! Just where a boot might clamber. And just generally getting decals to fit their respective apertures isn't always as easy as it should be. I'm dreading fitting all the No Step markings to those dorsal panels on my Sea Vixen when the time comes. Though I have to ask about your lo-intensity formation light lenses (hate that term 'slime lights'). My last attempt at killing that awful bright yellow most decals see fit to provide came out a dull mustardy sort of shade, but yours look like a kind of intensified Sky which looks far better, and hints much more at the luminous green shade they light up to.
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  14. chek

    Academy 1/48 Hawker Hunter help needed

    The Academy kit did look good compared to the previous Lindberg I had, and the Aeroclub aftermarket set did address the worst problems with the cockpit, wheels and tail cone shape. But nobody addressed the very un-fighter like fat nose the Academy posseses, which you either can or can't overlook. I couldn't so my Sapphire engined conversion still awaits They say you can't trust CAD views, but the new Airfix 1/48 one is looking really good, even after bearing in mind all the cut-and shuts their ancient 1/72 one needed.
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    1:32 Trumpeter Harrier GR.7

    It's looking really good so far John. I particularly like the way the fine details such as the riveting are there if you look, but don't distract from the overall view. Incidentally, I've continued looking at many other (mostly GR1 and GR3) models of Harrier in arctic camo, and there's a lot of blackish dirty scuffing showing up on the areas you'd expect wear and tear and ground crew access and soot from the jet, but that brown staining at the top wing panel joint seems fairly unique to those Harriers.