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  1. G'day, Thanks very much for the confirmation, cheers, Pappy
  2. G'day people, I have a question regarding the forward avionics bay (FAB) colours. I have the Verlinden Lock-On No.4 for the F-15C and it has a colour pic showing the FAB as a metallic green/blue colour similar to Bay 5. I know that the Bay 5 colour can vary due to fiscal year build, which changed over from the green/blue to white around FY 80. Some people have started that Bay 5 was repainted following MSIP but I do not think that this was true. Some jets may have had their bay repainted but the majority retained their original paint colour post MSIP. My question is:
  3. G'day, Thank you to all who replied. CTD, thank you for the link, some great reference pictures and details. I am going with white for the Y launcher and grey for the fuselage pylon. It was interesting to see a pic of both the LAU-3 and earlier Aero-3B fitted to the same Y adapter, cheers, Pappy
  4. G'day people, What colour were the USN fuselage pylons? ,I am referring to the fuselage mounted pylon that could have the missile rail (Aero 3B?) attached to it and the ' Y' pylon that could have twin missile rails attached. It is hard to determine if it should be gloss white like the missile launchers or light gull grey like the fuselage. I am leaning towardd white, cheers, Pappy
  5. G'day, I believe that that the articles you mentioned were authored by Dave Aungst over on Hyperscale given the timeframe (4-5 years agao). Also very worthwhile reading is the In Progress section thread started by Lucio Martino (Improving the Hasegawa 1/48 Tomcat) which deals with the kit assembly sequence as well as improvements for accuracy, cheers, Pappy
  6. Yup! I am thinking mid retract for a more dynamic pose. Will take some surgery though🤔
  7. G'day Sernak, I agree, this one goes together really well. G'day people, it has been a little while but managed to get back to the bench. I have added a nice turned brass pitot I will add the alpha probes when all the painting and weathering is done, they are tiny and will be too easy to lose during handling. I have finished blocking out the main upper side colours to go under the decals A quick dry-fit just because cheers, Pappy
  8. G'day TT, I fully concur, thanks very much for the authoritative advice, cheers, Pappy
  9. G'day again and thanks for all the replies. The consensus seems to be for a white fuselage bay but the wing underdside not so much. I actually found some pics in a response by the late 'Superheat' which clearly show a white fuselage bay. The red front wing section is typical, although some units used this as an oppoprtunity to apply some squadron art and painted it in different colours but the uinderside in red I did not see. I am not doubting it but it seems white was more typical? cheers, Pappy
  10. G'day people. What colour was the underside of the variable incidence wing and the fuselage bay immediately below it painted please? I am finding it a little hard to find pics of these areas. I am guessing either Z.C Green or gloss white? cheers, Pappy
  11. Thank you both for the quick replies. I t looks like it was possible, awesome work, Pappy
  12. G'day people, I have a question for Crusader experten. I have read through the pinned topic (differences between E and J) and it did not answer my question: Was it typical to see the variable incidence wing parked in the deployed position with power off and cockpit unattended? I would have thought no but happy to be convinced otherwise. I have finally acquired a 1/48 Has F-8E for quite a sane price and over thae past few years have amassed a collection of aftermarket. I would like to have one of the gun bays open and the wing deployed with droo
  13. When the RAAF retired its legacy Hornets, several of these airframes and spares (including the seats) were sold to Canada. All RAAF legacy Hornets were fitted with the SJU-5/6. Maybe the Canucks are retrofitting the NACES seat, but initially they were flying the same seats. The Supers/Growlers come with NACES as standard OEM fit, cheers, Pappy
  14. G'day Kurt, You did not mention whuch country. RAAF/Canadian A models used the SJU-9 (the '10' was the sub variant used in twin seaters), not sure about Spain, Swiss or Malaysian Hornets. The external difference is the parachute harness arrangement as the SJU-5/6 uses a US Navy style harness system but the 9/10 was fitted with a USAF style buckle arrangement. The SJU-5 (again the '6' was for a twin tub) was used initially in USN/USMC service but later these were retro fitted with the NACES seat, so most likely the latter seat. I like the Wolfpack Details NACES sets but for th
  15. I will qualify my remarks by stating that I have not actually seen the kit in person, my remarks are solely based on the imges presented here but I think the kit is a complete new tool kit. The decal sheet looks very nice and the inclusion of the munitions trailers is a very nice and most welcome touch. No kit is 100% accurate and this kit shares an error common to every other F-35 kit regarding the seat. The parabox is the early style rectangular type not the later inverted triangular type. Strictly speaking this is not an error, as early block aircraft flew this configuration but
  16. G'day, This was not the case in RAAF practice. Flaps and slats were extended before engine shutdown and remained so during weapons loading and reconfigurations. it was not uncommon to see an unnatended, loaded pig with deployed slats and flaps during weapons programmes, of course they would also sport an 'ARMED' flag hanging from the pitot cover as well, cheers, Pappy
  17. G'day FNG, Yes the u/c is white, same for the NWW and MWW. The avionics bays are generally a zinc chromate yellow/green with grey or black avionic boxes. For the HAF SEA scheme, the standard colours are FS34079, 34102 (dark/light green), FS30219 (tan) and the underside colour is actually FS36622 which is a very light grey. On the HAF aircraft it can become very dirty and in some pictures it can look nearly white but it is actually a grey. The LGG you suggested is incorrect as it is actually FS36375 which is too dark and too blue. As for the canop
  18. G'day FNG, Typically, aftermarket replacement weapons and undercarriage bays should fit inside the kit, and if they replace the kit part then they should fit the same way as the part they replace (yeah right!). The problem is that the aftermarket parts don't always come with clear instructions, you may get a diagram or box top picture if you are lucky. You may also need to thin the resin part and the inside of the kit fuselage or wing parts to get the items to fit properly. Some brands fit better than others, Aires for example usually don't fit without a lot of sanding
  19. Lookin' the biznuss now! cheers, Pappy
  20. G'day FNG, I am not sure but I would have thought that the edges of the AM nose wheel well (NWW) would need to fit under/inside the edges of the fuselage parts as that is how the kit part (which is replaced by AM) fits. If that is the case you may need to sand down the back of the resin NWW so that it can sit inside, Pappy
  21. G'day TFG, I am not sure if you were aware but in HAF service the the darker exterior camouflage green (FS34079) was extended inside the intake for quite some distance back, about 6 feet in real life. I also found the fit of the air brake parts also problematic and it needed several attempts of careful sanding and dry-fitting to get all the parts to mesh together. I ignored the instruction sequence and built up that assembly separately first. There were still some spots that needed a touch of filler but it was easier to get all the parts, especially the small hinged sid
  22. G'day Andrew, Thanks very much. I can't wait to get back and start painting, cheers, Pappy
  23. G'day Bastian, No idea sorry. If I had to guess about 6in and they were all the same size so the same replaceable part could be used on the wings, fin and stabs cheers, Pappy
  24. yG'day people, I am back home and finally got some bench time in on this one. The join between the intake and lower fuselage had a slight step. It was not apparent when I test fitted these two assemblies but was definitely there once the glue had set. A quick brush of liquid putty and a rub back soon had things back on track Next the tedious task of masking off the canopy and 'zorst Just about ready for paint. In the meantime, I thought that I would reward myself with some decal application starting with the
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