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  1. In addition to Falcons, early Deuces carried unguided Folding Fin Air Rockets (FFAR) inside the thick central missile doors and could use them in sort of a short-range "shotgun" attack. I think I've read that this option eventually fell out of favor and Falcons ended up being the only weapons.
  2. Well, maybe nobody before you started: :( http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72198
  3. And 1/72 scale? I understand 1/48 scale being the biggest seller, but will 1/32 outsell a much needed version in 1/72?
  4. Caracal has them in 1/72 and did them in 1/48, but their website indicates the 1/48 is sold out. You'll have to hunt for them. There is some variations, though. The Caracal has "Mainiacs" instead of "Maine Bangors."
  5. For 1/72 scale, Hasegawa's most recent reboxing of its Strike Eagle has updates including the proper pylons on the CFTs and targeting pods. Took 'em long enough!
  6. No, not as a substitute for a Dayglo color. Boyd Sunburst and Chevy Engine Red are good substitutes for International Orange (FS 12197 which is not a Dayglo color) when the model is usually displayed in artificial light conditions (primarily fluorescent lights). I've found that Testor Model Master International Orange looks dull and more greenish yellow under fluorescent light (blech!). The auto reds look much better, but the downside is that they look almost pure red in daylight and especially with strobes (photography). At one point, Testor made both fluorescent (Dayglo) red and orange. Not
  7. And here's a VX-4 Cutlass (1/72 Fujimi).
  8. That said, it is unusual in that it is overall gray with no white (except for radome), not typical of that time frame. Seems to me that Microscale had a 1/72 sheet of "Phansy Phantoms" that may have had all four of these on the sheet.
  9. I think the point of questioning the lead-based paint may be because of its effect on the radome's "transparency" for the radar, not being hazardous for lead poisoning.
  10. I agree with what has been said above. I think the "Seminar" kit of the U-2 is likely the same as the one Minicraft issued years ago -- basically an engraved copy of the Airfix. You gotta be careful (if you want to be "right") when it comes to military 707s. First, understand that a 707 is NOT the same as a KC-135 (and all of its permutations). Some early U.S. military "707s" were early versions of the airliner. For instance, the VC-137A (later converted to VC-137B with newer engines) that were used as Presidential and VIP transports were 707-100 series aircraft. I have such a model underway,
  11. Very nice. Now, 1/72 scale will be even nicer!
  12. Seems to me that the "Minute Men" script for the 1/48 ANG-368 (is that for the F-16?) should be just about right for the 1/32 F-86. Also, be aware of some errors in the paint outlines on the kit instructions for the F-86. The leading edge of the red area on the nose is more curved, not a straight line as shown. Also, the area in natural metal on the fin should be larger than just the rudder. Look for photos of the real thing. Here's my 1/72 (left) painted more correctly:
  13. Testor Metalizer non-buffing Aluminum has been my choice for "painted" aluminum for decades: Overcoated with a clear gloss or semi-gloss.
  14. Gorgeous work, guys! So jealous; wish there was the same for 1/72 scale. Wish there was a decent T-38 in 1/72 scale, even! And yes, I know of the Sword, Esci, and Hasegawa kits, but still wish for a decent and accurate T-38 in this scale.
  15. Yes, that one does, but I think the ones in the four-ship were all gray.
  16. Yeah, lots of variations. Carquals was on Independence CV-62. That last shot with the funny fin tip also has no big diamond on the fuselage top. It's always best to model to photos and not make assumptions that every bird in any squadron looked like the rest at any one time. That's also something that contest judges need to keep in mind.
  17. I'm pretty sure the 1962 F-4B version of VF-102 had a column of white stars on the rudder; the later F-4Js had white diamonds. I don't know if any of the available decals for VF-102 give you the "reverse" diamonds for the wingtips(?).
  18. I'm pretty sure they were gray on all of them and that the reflection of sunlight is making it appear lighter on some. I'm also pretty sure that the wing tip "reverse" diamonds were gray on the top, white on the bottom; basically the red on the background color. What I find interesting is that the column of little stars on the rudder is not set on a continuous line above and below the diamond. It seems to take a little jog. Arguably, VF-102 on Enterprise was the first Navy Phantom squadron to deploy; VF-74 on Forrestal set sail about the same time.
  19. Also note the size of the white diamond on the tail and the numbers in the photo in relation to what is in the drawing (and likely also the decal). The sheet you are using (an old CAM sheet?) was based on the very old Microscale sheet that had these items too large for the model. No easy fixes on them, though.
  20. While technically not "WWII" carriers, the Midway class trio (Midway, FDR, and Coral Sea) were originally build as straight-deck carriers. My references indicate the flight decks were "armored" and photos of the original straight-deck layouts indicate steel plates rather than wood plank construction. So I'm pretty sure the Midways were first with steel decks, but I'm open for correction.
  21. Here's the Sword kit done up in kit markings. All told, the canopy sections are longer than the space they go in, resulting in the overhang forward of the windscreen. Someday I'll correct that.
  22. Keeping you and your friend in my thoughts. I'll get back to you in a few weeks regarding the project.
  23. What? Nobody has read this?: http://www.amazon.com/The-Rickenbacker-Electric-Bass-Bottom/dp/1476886806
  24. Um, uh . . . th- th- that would be me (doing my best Bob Newhart). Seriously, great work on a difficult type of kit. At one time, I had a huge collection of RAREplanes vac kits, but over the years as the subjects were covered by injection-molded kit, I've either sold them off or tossed them. I hold myself responsible for the advent of the Academy KC-97 Stratofreighter family of kits. I had just completed the RAREplanes one for an airport display when Academy announced their kit. There's a Murphy's Modeling Law regarding that: Finish a difficult vac kit, and an injection-molded one will come o
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