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  1. Kursad, I'd also like to suggest a sheet covering "Humped two seaters" for use with the Phase Hangar OA-4M & TA-4KU conversions I recently made. I also have an OA-4AR conversion in the works. These would include: USMC OA-4M Argentine OA-4AR Kuwaiti TA-4KU Brazilian AF-1A Gabe
  2. The ECM/RWR antennae include parts D17, D18, D19, E12, E19, E31, F21, and F22. As far as I can tell, you shouldn't need any of them for your build. Forgot to mention, you should use the bent refueling probe, part number E7.
  3. My understanding is that the bent probe was originally developed to eliminate interference with threat detection sensors installed in the Iron Hand capable Skyhawks. An unintended benefit was that it also reduced fuel ingestion into the intake during inflight refueling. But you are correct that many TA-4s had them retrofitted. Most (but not all) of them in adversary service eventually had them fitted. Most with VT squadrons retained the straight probe with a few exceptions. The only way I know how to tell for sure if your modeling subject had a bent probe is photo references.
  4. Steve, That Jet at that time was pretty much externally identical to a J. -No guns -No ECM antennas -No chaff/flare fairing -Use Pitot Tube part number F24 on the nose -Do not use the tail-mounted pitot tube -Use part A6 under the aft fuselage -3 pylons -Use part V21 for the upper UHF antenna on the canopy fairing. -This jet had a second UHF antenna mounted on the fuselage underside just aft of the nose gear. Use the additional part V21 after opening the hole in part V11. Later in life, with VF-126, it was replaced with a different style antenna that resembles part E11. -Gabe
  5. Stevez, In adversary service, there were usually very few visible differences between the J and F. No guns, and most likely a maximum of 3 pylons (if that many) installed. Depending on the history of the specific airframe, it is possible that it could have remnants of ECM antennas and the fairing for the aft Chaff/Flare dispenser installed. Do you know what exact jet, squadron, scheme, and timeframe you are modeling? I may be able to locate an image or two that could help clarify some of the details. HTH, Gabe
  6. I was with VFC-13 during the timeframe of the photo. The according to the (very crude) drawings used by the corrosion control shop at the time, it was a three-tone scheme and the colors were 36375, 36320, and 36251. I'm trying to track down my copies of the drawings so I can scan and share them. HTH, Gabe
  7. The gear door is on the M/N sprue, so you're good to go there.
  8. That's correct, except for late wheels. If they release Sprues P/Q as well, we would have the wheels.
  9. M/N also has both TID and PTID RIO IPs, side consoles with TARPS and LANTIRN controls, TARPS Pod, NACA gun vent, Sparrow recess filler pieces, and wing glove ECM antenna fairings.
  10. J & L are the small clear sprues with the TID and PTID parts on them.
  11. Any chance of sprue P/Q being available too?
  12. Gunny, The A-4E & F could carry three different drop tank sizes: 150, 300, and 400 Gallon. The inboard wing pylons could accommodate 150 & 300 gallon tanks, while all three sizes could be carried on the centerline. All three tanks could be configured with or without fins, and the 300 gallon tanks had optional rounded fairings that could be installed in place of the conical fin assemblies. There are plenty of photos online of Marine Corps Skyhawks carrying 300 gallon and 400 gallon tanks on the centerline. If you can show me a photo, I'd be happy to help determine which size it is. The tanks in the Hasegawa Skyhawk kits are supposed to represent 300 gallon tanks, but are a bit undersized, especially in cross-section. I once posted a thread detailing some research I did into the subject, but am having trouble finding it. What I did find, after measuring the 300 gallon drop tanks on the Collings Foundation TA-4F, is that the tanks in the Tamiya Skyraider kits are the most accurate representations I could find of the 300 gallon tanks. To date, I have not found any accurate representations of the 150 and 400 gallon tanks in any kit. However, Phase Hangar currently offers all three sizes in resin (mastered by yours truly). https://phasehangarresin.com/collections/48001-1-48?page=2 I sure hope this helps. Gabe
  13. Yeah, I think the "Mk 100" label on most kits simply refers to the 100 series with the main distinguishing features from other series being the lengthened nose, RWR fairing on the fin leading edge, and provision for wingtip missile rails. There are numerous detail differences between the various 100 series Hawks including cockpit layout, wing fences, centerline fuel tank/baggage pod, chaff/flare dispenser and other small details.
  14. If Hobby Boss had included the correct parts in each kit, you would've been correct. It was their mistake to include the chaff/flare fairing in the 127 kit.
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