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  1. That's a shame Ben, hopefully the Hasegawa ones will hold up for you. I'll have to check my 1/72 Hobbydecal sheet to see how it's holding up (at least there's available alternatives for them).
  2. The AIM-7 is installed on to an Aero-7A launcher which sits roughy in the middle of the fuselage recesses. It is attached via two hooks (items 4 & 7 below) using integral hangers on the missile body. When the Sparrow is launched the two feet push it down from the recess the motor fires and away it goes. The hooks are relatively small so won't be too visible in most scales. The pictures below come from the F-4B Ordnanceman's manual which can be downloaded from the ever useful Aviation Archives blog: https://aviationarchives.blogspot.com/2017/07/f-4bj-ordnancemans-handbook.html . You can see
  3. For your first question I agree that from the factory they were yellow with black letters but it would appear that when aircraft were repainted the honeycomb markings were changed to all red. This is an extract from a partial copy of NAVAIR 01-245DB-2-1.2 revision dated 1969 I downloaded several years ago: For the caution and warning markings, it becomes more complicated. Looking through the Navair manual, warning markings should normally be red whereas caution markings seem to be either black on grey surfaces or grey on white (as per Note 2 above). Fündekals are worki
  4. I think both Dave Williams and Kurt H. might actually be moderators already 🤔 They have the same blue & white shield logo under their avatar as phantom. If you hover your mouse pointer over the logo a pop-up says ' x is a moderator' If anyone has the same logo it may be worth checking to see if you do have the ability to delete posts or restrict posting (also, if you click the 'Staff' link at the top of the page it'll give you a list of moderators). If anyone on that list could check and help out that would definitely ease the workload on phantom. Anyone else remember the 'gli
  5. Both the Sunclass A321s and A330s are also available from Lima November Decals: https://www.lndecals.com/1-144.htm. The A321 is sheet LN144-642 (about a third of the way down from the top of the page, just below the 1/200 sheets). If you have some spare letters you could even do 'TCD. Hope you has a great holiday and your flight home went well! HTH, Jonathan (With apologies to Ben, who also makes great decals 😄)
  6. AoA Decals has a comprehensive set of configurations on their 'Spooks From The Beach Part 1' sheet web page https://www.aoadecals.com/48014/home.htm (see the links about half way down). These were compiled using the actual squadron monthly reports so you can use a combination based on deployment dates for your chosen subject. Also look out for the Osprey Combat Aircraft vol 94 'US Marine Corps F-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War' which has some useful pictures of what was carried. For aftermarket; depending on what time frame you plan to cover, Hypersonic Models (https://www.hy
  7. As I understand it, the A-10s started transferring from the UK in May 1992 with aircraft flying to Spangdahlem every two weeks; the last leaving for Germany in March 1993 after which RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge closed. This would be consistent with a rolling repaint schedule prior to delivery so it's highly probable none were in European 1 when operating with the 52nd FW. If 77-0264 was transferred in April it would give base personnel continuity training before the first squadron arrived . Since it was the first jet to transfer and was probably not intended to fly again, there was no necessity
  8. He's temporarily closed due to the pandemic but Taurus Models in Poland may have what you're after: http://www.taurusmodels.pl/ . These are single slot but, if necessary, I guess they could be modified to a cruciform recess with some careful filling and cutting. Kitlinx indicates they have all the listed screw sizes available: https://www.kitlinx.com/cgi/search.cgi?terms2=_Taurus_Models_ HTH Jonathan
  9. The 'special' tail art on the starboard side of 152230 SH36 when with VMFAT-101 at Topgun 1979 perhaps? That's definitely a one-off! I couldn't find an online picture but there's a couple of nice shots of this aircraft in the ADPS009 USMC F-4 special from AirDOC. Can I hope to see a black tail VMFA-314 jet? I don't remember this scheme has ever been released: For the USN, post-war VF-51, VF-154 and the Reserve squadrons maybe? VF-51 seem to have had a few early F-4Ns without the AN/ALQ-126 antennae fitted so would suit the Tamiya F-4B with only a few change
  10. Yes, I had the e-mail yesterday from HobbySearch that my trio of early F-4Es were on the way. As a bonus, later in the day (and much to my surprise) the Ocean Blues & Blue Farewell livery F-4EJ Kai kits I'd also ordered from them arrived along with the JASDF F-4EJ book previously posted by Gabor. As Rocketdrvr says the book is absolutely Phantastic, the example pictures in his post only hint at the quality. You have to backorder it [link] but although it says 14 days to receive stock, it was just over two weeks from placing the order to having in my hands! It's definitely fille
  11. Well, the F-4J came after the F-4C & F-4D and the F-4B was issued as a F-4N 🙂. I think we all expected Academy to at least continue on to the F-4E due to the RoKAF connection but, considering the amount of time since the F-4J was released, it now looks a remote possibility. A Photo Phantom Phamily was on all our wishlists but I doubt these were ever a consideration for Academy. I made a RF-4B from their F-4B kit using the Avionix RF-4C nose: We'll probably have to wait for Zoukei Mura to work their way around to the RF-4s, but that could be a looonnng w
  12. There are also early 4TFW markings on Microscale 72-198. Based on the comments above, they aren't too great: the 334TS badge has the wrong colours and doesn't have any lettering; the TAC badges has the wording in yellow but aren't well defined. The sheet and artwork are definitely of the time but along with the early 4TFW F-4Es, still has schemes not seen elsewhere such as the distinctive Sharkmouth used on the 43CW F-4Es at William Tell '76 and a Norm 76 F-4F in 35TFW markings). For reference here's a scan of the 334TFS profile from the Microscale instructions: On the
  13. You''re not the only one Gabor; as an engineer it's fascinating to watch this kit develop and for Fine Molds to freely share their progress. I can only imagine how this is generating extra interest for the company's newest releases. As a relatively niche manufacturer, perhaps this is part of a plan to increase their market visibility. Hopefully the interest being shown in their F-4EJ means they'll be able to link up with more distributors outside Japan creating more sales so increasing the chances of more variants. This particular picture is intriguing. The lower anode block has wh
  14. I agree Gene; having just caught up on the new pictures, like you, I'm looking forward to see how the forward fuselage is done. It might even be moulded as a single upper section with a standard lower section as seen on most kits? The breakdown does seem to allow for both a short nose option and the potential for a RF-4 similar to the way Hasegawa does it. I've also been thinking about how we get to a soft wing with the kit; how about the Revell F-4F? The Revell kit can be picked up relatively cheaply and as the slat actuators and the outer wings are separate they could be easily a
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