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  1. Flush fitting Rick... HTH's Rich
  2. Eduard releasing a full resin/brass cockpit in June... (scroll down to page 17 for a look)
  3. Hi Dan, Sky's Decals do a stencils sheet with these exhaust petal markings... (might be hard to find though). More readily available (at least in the States) is this new TwoBobs sheet that contains them... Rich
  4. Hi CTD, An often overlooked characteristic of Skyhawk wing pylons is that they are angled out approximately 5 degrees. In the case of the inboard set, this was to provide clearance between the landing gear doors and ordnance/external fuel tanks. The geometry is not obvious in most pictures - even head-on or "tail-on" shots - as extended flaps and slats obscure the pylons. When 300 gallon tanks are fitted though, it's easy enough to detect as the tank's horizontal tail fins are not quite parallel with the ground (or one another). Rich
  5. Hi Aaron, All A-6E Intruders (whether new builds or converted A models) flew with the GRU-7 seat. In 1/48 scale there are plenty to choose from including offerings from Aires (my favorite), Wolfpack, Verlinden, Pavla, Black Box and True Details. None are perfect. Some resemble more the GRU-7(A) and GRUEA-7 seats used in the Tomcat and Prowler, respectively. And most depict the shoulder harnesses incorrectly; hanging straight down instead of gathered up in loops, under the tension of inertia reels. During the mid 1980's, Martin Baker redesigned the forward headrest area (where the crewman's helmet makes contact) and upper ejection pull ring on the GRU-7 (spade-shaped early on, "U" shaped later). See photographs below. Most of the aftermarket seats depict the "early" GRU-7 design. Wardog provides a good seat comparison on page 6 (about halfway down) of his A-6E work-in-progress thread... Rich
  6. Great to see these pictures of the finished model. I thoroughly enjoyed following the work in progress. Congratulations on a real winner! Rich
  7. The brilliance continues! Great work on the scoop and its flange...very realistic. And that plasticard fillet at the base of the vertical stab looks great. Can't wait to see more, Rich
  8. Outstanding work Elmo. The panel lines and fastener detail are top notch - delicate and precise. Inspired and amazed, Rich btw...Profimodeller has metal Intruder pitot tubes in 1/48 and 1/32 scale
  9. Lack of radome mounted alpha probe (discerned from earlier photo) and the two vent gun panel imply a (late) block 85 bird - 159612 to 159637. But I admit that it's somewhat of a quagmire...perhaps 106 is an early block aircraft with upgraded panel. I really like the early Wolfpack scheme. I was hoping this might be a worthy candidate for the new Tamiya kit, one that didn't require mods to the beaver tail or gun panel.
  10. It looks as if 103 and 106 are block 85 aircraft with "two vent" gun panels, conducive to an out-of-the-box Tamiya build. Does anybody know the BuNo's?
  11. Hi J.C. CAM Decals offer this set If you are after the full "fresh from the factory" look, complete with panel numbers, etc., Zotz Decals made such a sheet, although it's hard to find now. I'd post a link, but apparently pictures of it are hard to find too. IsraDecal offer comprehensive Phantom stencils in all three popular scales. They are designed for the F/RF-4E, but could be adapted for a USN bird, especially if it's the panel numbers that you are seeking (the Navy specific markings - jet intake chevrons, etc. - would, of course, have to come from another source). These sets are very well done: printed in black for topside data, dark gull gray for the bottom, per McAir/USN specs. Check eBay for these (and other) options. Rich
  12. Microscale Decals may have been the first company to release aftermarket sheets for the Tomcat in the late 1970s. They have just re-released a couple of these early decal sheets in 1/48 (and 1/72), no doubt to coincide with the arrival of the Tamiya F-14A. Here are links to the quarter scale offerings... Strictly speaking, the subjects depicted are all early airframes, but by creative Modex and BuNo manipulation, you could do a "mid-block" bird, as Tomcat squadrons then were often comprised of mixed batches of aircraft, not all of which had been updated yet to a common standard. Rich
  13. Jari...thanks for referencing that thread. Those drawings are just what I need! Regards, Rich
  14. Can anyone confirm that the basic outside dimensions of the Lockheed F-104 pylon mounted fuel tanks were the same as those of the wing tip installed units?I know that the tail fin configurations varied and that, given differering fuel capacity specs, there were, most likely, internal differences; but for the life of me, I can't detect any change in the basic proportions and size.However, this assessment is based solely on poring over photographs, a very unscientific analysis to be sure!Thanks in advance for any assistance...I'll be sure to thank you afterward, too Rich
  15. More exquisite work from the Jedi Master...just phenomenal. I'll bet if you applied electrical power to it, lights would come on and needles would start to turn. It's that realistic! Congratulations on turning another corner and thanks for sharing your incredibleness! Rich