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  1. Aftermarket 1/48 F-4 Phantom Fuel Dump Post?

    I can see why they're best sellers. I just broke off another one, yesterday! Ben
  2. One of the things I miss about flying

    Hi Tom, I went down with the ship at Midway, when they finally went under in 2003. I'd already spent 20 years in aviation by then and decided I'd go find something else to do. I never found anything I enjoyed as much as flying, but I recently retired, so all is finally well. Ben
  3. F-104C engine interior color?

    J-79 afterburner interiors tended to turn a metallic greenish color over time (LINK). You could probably start out with interior green as a base layer, and then weather the daylights out of it. Ben
  4. Product suggestion

    Hi Gary, How about some landing gear actuators with down locks for the various F-4 kits (Tamiya, Hasegawa, Z-M, Academy)? They would be simple, direct replacements for the kit parts and would add a little color to the gear wells. Bonus if you include RBF flags. Ben From ARC walk around pages:
  5. One of the things I miss about flying

    Hi Tom, Yes, was with the them for 5 years. I delayed moving up from the CRJ, because I could get schedules with nothing but day trips, so I could be home with my family almost every night. I was scheduled to move to the 737 in fall 2001, but Midway's bankruptcy, post-9/11 shutdown, and their eventual switch to an all-CRJ fleet as a US Airways commuter, took care of that. Cheers! Ben
  6. Bummer. I've never had problems with AHS's web site, but it has been over a year since I last ordered from him. Good luck! Ben
  7. Airline Hobby Supplies has them in stock. I've dealt with Russell for years, and he's a good seller. AHS isn't his main business, so you won't get your stuff as quickly as you would from Sprue Brothers or Squadron. The kit doesn't include photo etch, but Daco sells details separately. I haven't tried them, so I can't comment on how useful they would be. I've also never ordered directly from Daco, so I don't know if that would be any faster. I bought my last two 737s from Squadron, but it looks like they only have the detail decals, now. Also, I forgot to mention, the silver decals for the wing, horizontal stabilizer, and tail leading edges are a pain in the neck. The silver is very brittle and breaks up easily. You might want to consider masking and painting these areas on your model. I think it's something to do with metallic colors, because I've never seen a metallic decal that wasn't brittle. Cheers! Ben
  8. Hi! The Daco 737s are some of the most accurate 737 kits available. They're more accurate and better detailed than the Minicraft kits. The only minor complaints I have about them, besides the fit of the left wing, are the engraved cabin doors are too tall and the gear doors are too thick. The main gear doors require some trimming to get them to fit properly. Most of the decals I've used on my Daco kits had door decals that were sized from the real thing, instead of the kit doors, so I just fill the door outlines during construction. The engines are a little fiddly to put together, but they look good when finished. I haven't tried installing the clear cockpit part on any of my models, because I like decal windows. The pitot tubes look good, but their mounting pins and associated holes are a little large. Here's a review I did for Modeling Madness 11 years ago (wow, time sure flies!): Daco 737-300 review Fortunately, I don't have to depend on my photography skills to feed my family. Ben
  9. CD48136 - Luftwaffe F-4F "Norm 81"

    Awesome! I'm in! That's one camouflage scheme that looks great when faded and weathered. Ben
  10. You are awesome! Thanks!! Ben
  11. Hi All, I'm building the Hasegawa 25th Anniversary Phantom FG.1 kit as a Royal Navy jet. Thanks to a kind soul from the modeling forums, I have the decal sheet from the Royal Navy version of the kit, for the RN FG.1-specific stencils. Unfortunately, I don't have the decal placement guide and I can't find it online. Can anyone who has the kit instructions please send me a scan, so I can get the stencils in the right place? The kit number is P15/07015. The later version of the kit, 09831, has different decals, with fewer stencils, so I can't use the scanned version from the 1999 web site. Thanks! Ben bebrown1 AT bellsouth DOT net
  12. One the many, many things I miss about flying is the view: LINK EDIT: Just to clarify, these are not my photos. My photography skills are almost nonexistent! Ben
  13. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    I think I'd have to see measurements of the real thing, first. BTW, I just added links to the McDonnell loft drawings to my post above. Ben
  14. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    Those are great drawings, but other than the structural repair manual, he doesn't list any kind of official drawings in his sources. I don't recall seeing anything anywhere that the F-4E windscreen is different from the short-nose F-4s. Or am I misreading the translation and drawings due to lack of caffeine? Edit: There are loads of genuine F-4 drawings from McDonnell on this site: Aviation Archives Worth a look! The F-4 structural repair manual is also there, somewhere. I took a quick look through the site and here are some of the pages with F-4 loft drawings from McDonnell. I think I would be more inclined to trust these than drawings based on other drawings or photos (parallax problems). Fuselage & wing cross sections F-4B/C/D/H fuselage & wing loft sheet Outer wing loft sheet Wing, vertical stab, stabilator loft sheet More wing & vertical stab loft sheet Pylon, stores, & armament loft sheet RF-4 forward fuselage loft lines Wing bumps & seeker fairings F-4E nose More F-4E/F loft sheet Ben
  15. 1/48 Early USAF F-4 Phantom decals (Gull Gray/White)

    Thanks for the info! Ben