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  1. Academy F-14: 1) To my eye, the framing on the windscreen gives it a somewhat square appearance. It doesn't have much of a "bubble" profile either, which seems to contribute to the square look. 2) The kit's external fuel tanks are mounted on the inboard part of the intake when viewed from the front. The real tanks are positioned towards the outboard portion. HTH jrbm
  2. Hi all, I have the Hobby Boss 1/35 ZTD-05 AAV kit. Does anyone know if the side skirts (parts D1 and D15) are usually mounted or left off? I have seen pictures of ZTD-05s and ZBD-05s (not sure what the difference is but they look the same) where the side skirts are mounted and other pics where they are left off. However, the kit instructions do not indicate these as optional parts. OTOH, the box art shows a ztd-05 WITHOUT said skirts. Does anyone know if the skirts are removable in real life and under what circumstances the skirts would be left off? Thanks.
  3. Thanks all. This is really great info!
  4. Hi all, I am hoping to learn if you've experienced this problem and have any tips to fix it: I have a replacement canopy set made of clear resin made for the Revell/Monogram 1/48 P-61. I bought it about 5 yrs ago and just now getting to the point of using it. Problem is, the parts have developed a yellow discoloration. The thicker sections of resin (such as the resin pour stubs) are clearly more yellow and even somewhat opaque than the thinner sections. The canopy parts themselves are colorless/transparent (not opaque) EXCEPT when the edges are viewed on end. When looking at
  5. Hi all, I'd like to build a 1/48 Hase F-4S with its nose gear extended, as if it's about to launch from a carrier. I know Scale Aircraft Conversions makes a metal landing gear set for Hasegawa's British F-4 with the extended nose oleo. Question: would this set (designed for British F-4s) fit and be correct for the USN F-4 kit? I assume the nose gears were all the same (both in kit form and real life) but just want to make sure. Thanks! J
  6. Testors F-18: how did they not notice the nose gear was missing a wheel? Or maybe the missing wheel and extended airbrake is for a maintenance diorama ... with live ordnance hanging on the wings.
  7. Not sure if this is old news, but.... Look at 1:34 in the clip. Victory 203 looks like it has 2 rising sun kill marks just below the windscreen. I usually choose the low-vis gray schemes but this would make we want to build an F-14 just for those kill marks (if that's what they are).
  8. Hi all, I''d like to build an F-13 Superfortress (recon version of the B-29), specifically "Double Exposure.' I'm hoping to find a reference (website or book) that shows the exact size, shape, dimensions, and locations of the camera windows. I have Squadron's B-29 In Action book and John Campbells' B-29 Superfortress (Schiffer Military), but could only find a few pics of the cameras taken from oblique angles. A web search was less productive. Before I buy another book, can anyone point me to a reference that shows these camera features? I understand that camera installations
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