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  1. 1 hour ago, annie.shikinami said:

    the late D model has control sticks on both side consoles. there's no control stick in the center, but there is the mount for one on the floor. no throttle, and a different instrument panel& glare shield.

     

    iirc some early D models still retained the center control stick, throttle, glare shield and instrument panel like the B models have. according to Quinta's cockpit decal set Bu.No's 163434 thru 163778 have this setup.

     

    the parts that come with the hasegawa kit are basically for a B/early D type and this is also true for the Eduard cockpit PE. 

    I would also assume that the ejection seats that come in the kit are not the correct ones either? I have the Wolfpack Designs update kit for this particular model kit with all the corrected parts along with the ejection seats. I was hoping to use pilot figures in this kit but with the resin seats, will have to file and sand off all the seat belts

  2. 51 minutes ago, annie.shikinami said:

    the late D model has control sticks on both side consoles. there's no control stick in the center, but there is the mount for one on the floor. no throttle, and a different instrument panel& glare shield.

     

    iirc some early D models still retained the center control stick, throttle, glare shield and instrument panel like the B models have. according to Quinta's cockpit decal set Bu.No's 163434 thru 163778 have this setup.

     

    the parts that come with the hasegawa kit are basically for a B/early D type and this is also true for the Eduard cockpit PE. 

    Thank you for the info. Didnt know about control stick on the right side

  3. I am worling on said model. Using the Eduard zoom color photo etch for the cockpit. Instructions say for the rear cockpit, to cit the control portion of the control stick and place on the left console. I am assuming for weapons control and controllong FLIR pod. The pilot or weapon systrm officer in back seat can not fly thr aircraft or is that control stick on left side console capable of flying aircraft?

    Thanks

    Jeff

  4. 1 minute ago, Buckmeister said:

    If it gives you any indication, the Tamiya kit has flat panels with regular (not 3D) decals for the instrument panel and side consoles.  That’s how old it is.  

     

    Hasegawa is better by a lot, but Great Wall is the best.  I understand your point about China, but it’s the world we live in.  Great Wall is doing really good work, and I don’t mind supporting people who do good work, no matter where they are.

    Understand completely. I have a bunch of sprues from the academy kits with all the proper attennas and such to do a modern F15C. Just going to have to do research via images of modern F15 to make sure i get all the attennas in place correctly. Should get my hasegawa kit next week. Bought off ebay

  5. Ended up buying on ebay a Hasegawa kit with the alaskan markings in 1/48/ I see Wolfpack designs sells a update kit to bring it to MSIP II standards. Their kit # is 48015 . Sprue brothers doesnt have it. I may email them and ask if they can order it. Any other options? I know the Hasegawa kit is an older kit but maybe a bit better than the Tamiya but not sure. Not sure about the GWH F-15C. I try not to buy anything from China if I can help it. I know its hard pressed not to buy anything that isn't made in China. That would be a last resort for me

    thanks

    Jeff

  6. I know this is kind of an older model, but can it be updated to the MSIP II standards? Didn't really see any update kits for it on Sprue Brothers. Have some parts off an old Academy kit like missile rails and such and a bunch of missiles including AMRAAM 120Cs and AIM 9Xs and Ms. Any input would be appreciated

    Thanks

    Jeff

  7. What kind of a fuse would a Marine Corp F-18D on a MK 84 GP bomb? I bought a Flying leathernecks MK 84 bomb set and not sure which fuse to use. I have a M904 fuse, ogive nose plug or a MXU-735 solid nose plug to choose from. Do any modern day aircraft still use GP bombs with out any guidance like GPS or laser?

    Thanks

    Jeff

  8. 55 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:


    I doubt it.  Just internal improvements AFAIK.  I think about the only visible difference between the variants is the clipping of the wings in the C model so it can fit in internal bays of aircraft like the F-22 and F-35.

    Thats what i thought

    Thanks

  9. Am building both models right now. Thought I had my mind made up on what armament I was going to use. Now, just a little unsure. F-18E was going to use JSOW 154C BlockII and maybe a GBU31V1 (bunker buster) and F-18D was going to use GBU 32 for all the weapons stations. Going to use Litening pods for both. I know the Navy is still testing them but Marine Corp is using them. Now I'm thinking GBU 38s with the DSU 33 fuses on all them on F-18E, still want to use the GBU 32s on the F-18D with the same fuses as the GBU 38s. As far as AAM missiles, AIM 9X on wingtips and AMRAAM 120Cs on the cheek stations. Any other good resources out there for this subject? Been watching lots of videos on youtube

    Thanks

    Jeff

  10. 56 minutes ago, GW8345 said:

    The nose plugs are called MXU-735 Steel Nose Plugs (SNP) and to my knowledge I don't think the USAF uses them (they use a short pointy nose plug that is not authorized for USN/USMC). The MXU-735 comes in two color, olive drab or light ghost grey and are used on Mk 80/BLU-11x (110/111/117) series GP and JDAM bombs.

    They look almost plastic. Thanks for the info

    Jeff

  11. 1 hour ago, ESzczesniak said:

    Is that article referring to the AN/AAQ-28, or a newer lightening? They keep saying Lightening ATP. 
     

    For the AN/AAQ-28, to my knowledge you see them on USMC birds and not USN birds because the pod is not rated for carrier traps. I’m not in the business, so I’m open to be corrected. 

    They are in the testing process. They might even be active. Article said testing was done in 2022. Modelers perogative, Im going to use one on the center line, 2 AMRAAM 120 on cheek stations, fuel tanks on inboard pylons, JSOW 154 C1 on middle pylons and maybe a couple GBU 38 on outboard pylons. Not sure if it is a loafout they wouldve carried but it will look good

  12. Was curious if the F-18E Super Hornet capable of using the AN/AAQ 28 Litening pod? I know the Marine Corp uses them, at least on the Legacy Hornets, not sure of the Super Hornets though. Will be built as a Navy aircraft from VA 25 Fists of the Fleet. I would think pod would be an upgrade from the one they currently use but not sure

    Thanks

    Jeff

  13. 9 minutes ago, arnobiz said:

    When I used them I cut the model using silhouette-cut vinyl masks to get it right but it was still pretty painful. If I were to do it again I would just sand the bottom of the parts as much as I dare and glue them on the plastic part directly.

     

    Arnaud

    Could you overlay the resin part where it needs to go and scribe it and then carefully cut, sand and file until it fits?

  14. 3 minutes ago, DONG said:

     

    Yes same issues for fit, if you look in the kit there should be a sheet that tells you what bulkheads to trim.

     

    Don

     

    Thanks Don, appreciate it. Going to do the Hasegawa kit first. Will look into the 1/32 scale kit this weekend on what you were talking about

    Thanks

    Jeff

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