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  1. The V Wind screen looks good!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป John
  2. Those are very clear pics of the V windscreen. I have a few from when I visited Duxford a few years ago. The V windscreen is difficult to scratch, I tried my best to execute one, (See the 6th post in this Thread). It was my first attempt, and I have a better idea now, but with this release I should not have to scratch one. The CE conversion had a Resin Cast V-Windscreen that was poorly executed in my opinion, so a scratched one was necessary. I hope this new kit V Windscreen is as good as the frames seem to be. I may be able to adapt its windscreen to my built Hasegawa modded A-5.
  3. Must be my tired old eyes, I looked, but only on my phone. This is going to be a must have kit for me! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป John
  4. Is a good close-up available of the armored V windscreen? That is the first and foremost distinguishing feature of the A & early E Sabre. Too bad the early gun blast panels were not on the frames, but I an definitely in for a couple. John
  5. About time, looking forward to an A with the armored V windscreen. Hope for some early 1951 4th FIW ACE Markings. I built Eaglestonโ€™s Sabre before it got shot up using CE -A conversion & decals. A V screen scratch build is always the toughest feature. Definitely stoked on this one. John
  6. Only a modeling problem if you choose to build it that way. ๐Ÿค” John
  7. AB Charles & Son on West Liberty Ave. in Dormont during the 1970's was the best in the area. I think his son still operates after a few moves around the area. They had the best selection of kits & model railroad supplies. John
  8. Bill & Walts Hobby Shop, Downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Still have my Binks Wren A Airbrush purchased when I was 12 Yrs Old! John
  9. I have 12 HAS 1/72 Varks all versions, built the FB in 1989 when I was in the 509 BW at Pease AFB. I am currently working on a 1/48 FrankenBoss F-111E with Black Dog, Resikit, D-Mold and other upgrades. The F-111 has always been the USAF Bastard Child, no reason it should get any love in the modeling world. What I learned maintaining F-111 electronics for 17 Yrs. set me up life and I will buy every model & aftermarket piece released. John
  10. Thanks Jim, I will get one of Zactoโ€™s on order. Nothing like a bunch of goodies from a TDY!๐Ÿ˜‚ John
  11. Will do Jim, HB screwed up too many things, but I will have the resin to fix the most blatant. I think the weapons bay doors can be split and the inners not used because a second set of inner bay doors are on the frame. I will figure it out went I get to that point. Do you have a good pic of a travel pod? One of the old Hasegawa F-16 kits had the old napalm container style. I can't remember what we had on the Varks. John
  12. ResKit Cockpit set is by far the best available, but I chose to use Zactomodels seats as the molded details are better than the PE provided.
  13. Intakes fitted, gaps bridged with Milliput, curing then some MS 500 work to blend in and fine sanding.
  14. ResKit F-111E Cockpit Set, modified D-Mold TP II intakes with Black Dog Nose & Main Wheel Wells, & weapons bay. Intakes have been cut & new tubes scratched from thin sheet styrene to flex around main wheel well. Not 100% correct but the tubes on the intake are easier to fudge than fix the side walls of the main wheel well. The seam will be invisible after paint and the small step is deep enough and not noticeable. That's my fix so far. John
  15. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Hadnโ€™t seen that Cal Worthington skit in years! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Humor from the Ghost of USAF Past, now you need permission from the USAF Office of Butthurtness!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Thanks for bringing that one back! John
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