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Building a C-135A from the 1/144 Minicraft KC-135A. Between the nose wheel bay and the wings, on the model are molded two “strakes” on the bottom of the fuselage. What are they? Are they only on tankers? I cannot find photos of Stratolifters, early ones at least, with these strakes. I am building a C-135A with the early Arctic orange/red nose, wing and tail band. Thanks so much.
Hi guys, I need the help of the ARC-Community. I've recently purchased a second-hand 1/72 AMT RC-135V and plan to convert her into a RC-135E Rivet Amber. While looking for photos of the machine I noticed that the wings are not completely NMF but some areas/panels seem to be painted. I had a look at other machines finished in NMF (mostly C/KC-135B's) and it looks like certain areas were painted in a mid-gray color like: The mid of the wings (I guess were the wing fuel tanks are) The wing-to-body fairing, excluding the wheel doors The leading edge between the fuselage and the inner engine (not always painted) Here are some pictures that illustrate what I mean: Pic1, Pic2, Pic3 Since I could not find any information on this my questions are: Is this really paint or some kind of surface treatment? If it is paint which color is it (Name, FS-Number, ...)? Are the upper wings painted too? On most pics which show the upper wing I could not see any tonal difference. But in this picture it looks painted too. So were the upper surfaces NMF or partially painted too in general? Thanks a lot for your help! Cheers Markus