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Question about FB-111's.

Did all FB's have the Astro Tracker System in the nose? And does the Academy FB-111 kit have a different nose than there other kits that include this?

Thanks,

Ron

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Not 100% sure that ALL FB-111As had the Astrotracker system, but it is probable, since it was the standard navigation package for type.  The Academy kit has a circle molded into the upper nose, forward of the canopy, which I presume is intended to be the Astrotracker window.  However, it is not accurate; The Academy kit has it rounded and following of the curvature of the airframe.  In reality, the Astrotracker system was slightly built up/bulging, with flat airframe surfaces and a flat glass window.  If you get the 1/72 Hasegawa FB-111A, they have the appropriately shaped part for this component. 

 

Rod

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Thanks Rod! That's what I suspected. I knew the Hasegawa 1/72 kits had the profile right, but didn't think the Academy kit had this feature.

 

Ron

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Ron, I'll bring my old example, that's up for rebuild with these new decals, over so you can laugh and see what it needs...other than me building it...

 

Jeff

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I just finished ship 508 ‘Strange Cargo’ using the Caracal Dark Vark sheet. These decals are superb! Super thin but tough so you don’t have to worry about tearing them. I used Future to set them so not sure how sol/set will be but I wouldn’t foresee any difficulties.

The artwork, size and colors are spot on and I believe Caracal has the best decals on the market right now!

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Great to see this sheet being used so quickly : your Dark Vark looks great and I am glad you enjoyed using them. I had some concerns on how the gray would have looked on the dark camouflage colors but your build assured me that I got the color right.

 

The feedback to this sheet was overwhelmingly positive and will help me design an even better 1/72 version (with a couple more options) and the SIOP FB-111A sheet in the works - these will be among the first things I will be working on as soon as I am back the USA in a couple of weeks..

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