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  1. You da man! Thanks very much and happy new year, cheers, Pappy
  2. G'day Jim, Great work! Looking at available pics of Desert Storm jets show them to have the ALE-40 installation. and no CMRS. I cannot see any GPS antennas, but those pics predate '94 (taken in '91) so that would make sense. The CMRS blanking plate is an easy mod, it should take me all of a minute to execute My biggest headache will be the ECS intakes forward of stabs. BAM made a set (sized fir the HB kit) but unfortunately Arnaud has suspended ops indefinitely. The Academy fairings are just shapes and lack detail, but that is my problem. Any c
  3. G'day people, I want to build a Raven (Spark Vark) and while looking through the on-line pics I have seen a few different equipment configurations. The areas that I need information concern the CMDS installation at the rear of the jet on either side of the engine exhausts, the tail and the area in front of the windscreen. My subject jet is 66-0044 (Straight Flush') based at Cannon AFB and my questions are, 1. Did this jet have the GPS dome installed in front of the windscreen when it carried the nose art? The GPS dome seems to have been a later additi
  4. Thanks fellas, the new Academy kits are great, cheers, Pappy
  5. Academy 1/72 AH-64D kit, HA decals, some mods cheers, Pappy
  6. G'day people, This is my FAA Hurricane, an ex-RAF Hurricane Mk.1 serving with 760SQN Naval Fighter School at RNAS Yeovilton in 1942. It is the excellent 1/72 Arma kit and the marking are one of three options supplied with the kit. The kit was excellent and I only had a couple of trouble spots, cheers, Pappy
  7. G'day Thommy, Thanks very much for doing that, that is a great help, cheers, Pappy
  8. G'day Thommy, I am a big fan of your work (thank you very much) and I have been using on that post to update some details already. I was planning on moving the I/B wing fences further I/B by about 8mm to place them in the right spot I think that Dave Roof has nailed identified the issue in his pot below Dave, you rock man! As soon as you pointed that out that point in the picture, it all made sense. That is a much better solution, thanks very much
  9. G'day people, I have both the Kinetic and HB 1/48 A-6 Intruder kits. I have noticed something strange with the Kinetic kit. In step 6, there is an insert diagram which indicates the pats placement for several items. The parts labelled H14 and H13 seem to be some sort of fairing that is added adjacent each wing 'cuff'. These cuffs were integrated into the wing LE to incorporate some antennas when the A-6A was upgraded to the A-6E. Here is a pic taken by Howard Mason I found on Prime Portal of the area in question. If this contravenes any rul
  10. G'day Quixote, Thank you very much, that is an excellent explanation that clearly outlined the differences. I can see why I was confused. The EA-6B had all metal wings but employed a similar design to that used on the composite wing A-6Es. Externally the bulged pylon and wing fold cover look similar but the comp wing A-6s employed a rotary actuator (which is why they needed a bulged pylon). Both the comp wing A-6Es and EA-6Bs wing fold had horizontal locking lugs vice the vertical lugs of the original metal winged A-6s. A simple parts swap will not cut it
  11. G'day Steve, Thanks for the quick reply. I have the Kinetic legacy A-6A/E/E TRAM kit which has all the bits for a comp wing jet included (bulged outboard pylons, the wingfold cylinders, different wingfold inserts etc.) but the wing parts themselves are the metal type. Kinetic originally released their A-6E TRAM kit with the comp wing. Unfortunately, the legacy boxing only allows the builder to make a metal wing bird. My Kinetic Prowler kit has comp wings. I was hoping to swap the wings between the two kits so that I will have a metal wing Prowler and comp w
  12. G'day people, Did all Prowlers have the composite wings from new or was this a mix between new build and retrofit? I know that A-6Es were a mix of metal/composite but unsure about the Prowlers. I have the 1/48 Kinetic kit which has the composite wings. I want to do a 1978 VMAQ-2 'Playboys' jet in LGG over white. The kit looks like it has an ICAP III or later cockpit which looks too advanced for 1978 so I assume this will need to be backdated for a 1978 jet (ICAP II?) but not sure if they had composite wings from then? cheers, Pappy
  13. G'day Bastian, You are welcome. It looked a little strange having a hole in the headrest. The seats is certainly very 'busy' looking isn't it? cheers, Pappy
  14. G'day Bastian, Good looking progress so far and a great subject choice. I don't know much about the Voodoo but are the 'holes' in the ejection seat headrests (the red bit) supposed to be there, they look like they may be sinkmarks? cheers, Pappy
  15. Thanks very much Ben, cheers, Pappy
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