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  1. I think the simple fix will be to wait for aftermarket or a lot more carving. Yay!! more aftermarket needed for a "Gold" kit. To me it looks like Kinetic plans to reuse tail extensions parts for the A & C models and to make it work screwed with the cross sections. It may work for the C but compromises the shape of the A tails. The basic A and ADF tail bases should have a more trapezoid cross section all the way to the aft end and Kinetic made the rear too square to line up with the tail extension. The A tail extensions should have more taper at the forward end where the C is m
  2. So I got bored and did some math. Red numbers are defined by the drawing @habu2 included. I used the coordinates for the MAC location to determine the leading edge sweep, then use that to calculate the leading edge Fuselage Station of the tip chord. Using the MAC and Tip chords I calculate the locations of the trailing edge and then calculate the trailing edge sweep at both of these points. All the numbers worked out consistent with the drawing and gave consistent answers for the trailing edge sweep at both the MAC and tip locations. One thin
  3. According to Scalemates it was originally released in 2018. I have no idea about the quality, I only build 1/48.
  4. I've never seen any F-16 referred to a Block 52 "Advanced" outside of some model box tops. Additionally, I don't think the "Plus" was ever official nomenclature, but just a way to differentiate early vs late production Block 50/52. With upgrade programs the differences are even more meaningless. The "Tape" version and corresponding hardware upgrades are more important, as this defines the actual capabilities. You can have a USAF Block 50 built in 1991 upgraded to the latest Tape version that is technically a more capable aircraft than a Polish D+ as delivered. If you
  5. It was announced back in September of 2021, but then an invasion occurred in ModelSvit's home country which may have delayed progress somewhat.
  6. Start simple or start fun? I would not start a newbie off with a mixed media kit. I'd look for the best fitting cheap kit I could find. Something that he won't be fighting with due to lousy fit and poor engineering. Personally I'd look for something like a Tamiya 1/48 P-51D.
  7. Or if you don't want to mess with research and modifying kit parts: $6.49 @ https://spruebrothers.com/qbt48240-1-48-quickboost-f-16-falcon-block-5-10-floating-elevator-48240/
  8. I've been doing this for a few years and I can count on one hand how many times I actually get asked for ID. Most people that take your card don't even think to look at the signature.
  9. I use a Badger hose and a quick release fitting on my regulator. My local hobby shop had the Badger adapter to go from the hose to 1/4" pipe thread. At Home Depot I was able to get a pipe thread quick release that fit the Badger adapter and my regulator.
  10. Here's an old thread on CO2 tanks. There are a few threads on here, but the search engine sucks. Cost will vary quite a bit. New vs used is the biggest cost driver. I've seen used tanks for as low as $10. If you go used the tank better have a current hydrostatic test or you will not be able to get it filled. It was around $40 the last time I needed mine tested, but it took a couple weeks to get it back.
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    Forgot about it in what sense? Did it change? There's always been a big dorsal blade antenna on the first generation Marine Harriers. Photo dated 1976 over at Airliners.net
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    The only other change I haven't seen mentioned in this thread is that the camera in the port side nose was deleted on the C model. The refueling probe could be fitted to the AV-8A but just wasn't commonly seen until the later years when most had been converted to C's. The slime lights look like they were introduced as a modification independent of the C conversion. All C's will have slime lights, but A's could as well depending on the time frame. The earliest photo I've got with slime lights on an A is 1980.
  13. I have 3 sets bought for different reasons and detail isn't one of them. The ones I have are no better detailed than the kit parts and if anything the detail is worse because the white metal needs more clean up and just is not a good medium for capturing fine detail. Added strength is the primary reason to use them and there are only a handful of 1/48th scale aircraft where there is an issue with the stock plastic landing gear being strong enough to support the weight of the completed model. I honestly don't get the need for them on the majority of kits where SAC has made replacements sets
  14. PM me an email address and I can send you some photos of an AS332C I spent several months with. It was in civilian use was a very stripped down basic model. The only "extra" on this one was that port side had a VIP airstair instead of the sliding cargo door. The Super Puma has the same basic fuel system as the Puma: 5 tanks in the floor. There are options for additional tanks in the floor, sponsons and cabin, but the helicopter I worked on had none beyond the basic 5.
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