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Darren Howie

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  1. Having just come back from Kyoto and a visit to the Volks headquarters and a quick look I'm looking forward to both. We will soon be spoilt for choice. For those who want the full meal deal the ZM kit and for clean build the Revell kit. Great times!
  2. Great news with Aires dragging their heels recently..be in the queue for a few!
  3. Variation in the pressure in struts of aircraft is a common fact of aviation life. The belief they will all be the same is incorrect. Aircraft empty weight,crew,fuel load.armament all lead to variation of strut position. Then combine that with gradually bleeding pressure from strut seals over time leads to a limitless combination to suite everyone. Given the long thin nosegear leg I imagine some brass and metal replacements will appear as well you will be able to choose to your pleasure.
  4. On the subject of big intakes where all aggressors modded with the super fox intakes?
  5. Hi Thierry Yes that's pretty much correct it was an exception with the majority not locking them. However it was widely used it seems by one of the Argentine C squadrons as there are lots of photos more often than not slats up on the C. The B units did not appear to do it as most seem to be down in most photos I've seen. The new Hikoki book has lots of A-4Cs with slats up among a great selection of Skyhawk plus other photos! Great book...
  6. Hi Thierry How is the fit of the rudder in the wolfpack kit? Also do you know if anyone else has done a replacement on for the short Trumpet one..?
  7. Dragging up an old topic but figure it's worth correcting. The leading edge slats on the A-4 are not "always" down on the ground as stated very positively earlier in the thread. They could be pinned up making them up full time until the pins where removed. Why? Any asymmetric deployment of the slats could lead to undesired roll inputs hence the Blue Angel A-4s had all the slats closed at all times.nothing worse than uncommanded roll input 18 inches from another aircraft. This could occur because of slight differences in aerodynamic forces with differing angles of attack leading to one lat deploying before another. Also a lot of Argie birds appear to have it..same deal with a roll input while flying at 500kts at 20'AGL in a 45degree bank.. Not good for your health! Even when not pinned closed they could be only partially deployed of which there are many photos.. Great resource this thread!
  8. Wow that is one sexy Crusader. Just got my Fisher conversion...brilliant stuff.
  9. Great new Eric! Out of interest what printer brand etc? I've never really looked into it but from your quick learning curve I'd imagine a thousand uses for something like that.. Great stuff...
  10. Wow I guess the revolution has begun. Superb work Eric..guess a Murage IIIO is next? Can't wait!
  11. That's great news thanks! Hopefully HPM do the Mirage justice and if they do they will sell zillions. The IIIE has been flown by more countries than you can point a stick at...awesome!
  12. Ordered two now just hoping they do them in 48th as well...looks like a great sheet of a highly neglected subject. Now if only Trumpeter would get a Mirge IIIE out...
  13. The Aires one I have fitted superbly..I mean spot on...
  14. Floyd Werner did a brilliant DVD on metal finishes which really showed the black undercoat and why it's works so well. Great video and worth the price easily..
  15. I have bought several things over the years and apart from the great quality of product service is always speedy and very prompt! Just picked up the Rufe conversion a few weeks ago..like 8 days from one side of the world to the other. Excellent service..
  16. Hi Dave Would live at some point to get a list of the kits known deficiencies from your excellent knowledge on the M... Btw your excellent rundown on the Harriers is appreciated. Can't wait for the intakes Harold have aggressor plans! Good work the Argie scooter sets are brilliant.
  17. Sorry but I don't see Thierry asking anywhere for "praise" for the kit only that constructive comment rather than calling a kit a "POS", which does little for anyone..from your comments I can safely assume a Hasegawa A-4E is a closer overall kit to an A-4M than a Trumpeter A-4M then. Or would it be safe to assume your vitriol toward the kit is more based on being peeved at Trumpeter for choosing to ignore your assistance which I'm sure most here would of been happy to see instead of the end result we have. I think at the end of the day most would rather hear what needs to be fixed rather than toxic comments which do nothing to educate people to the kits deficiencies nor help in making it easier to get a better A-4M in kit form..
  18. Beautiful looking Tomcat..lovely weathering and a great result!
  19. Sounds brilliant Paul looking forward to it! Thanks again for the TLC in the packing and the great products..
  20. And just wanted to say wow what a beautiful product. Clearly one of the best quality kits I have ever seen. So good I immediately went and ordered a Cutlass.. Thanks for the gorgeous kits it is appreciated! Thanks Dazz
  21. Looking at those photos it's not just the Trumpeter kit with a problem. That Hasegawa windscreen is far to narrow t the front. Looking at the Trumpeter one it looks the right width but poor frame design. Looking at both I'd say thevTrumpeter one would be easier o fix as it looks about the right width where the Has one is to narrow and be pretty hard to fix. At least with framework sanding and remasking is a possibility. Cool photos thanks
  22. Looks great ordered a pair thanks for posting!
  23. I'll grab one as a donation of sorts.. Not many manufacturers are bringing out so many lovely 32nd kits so I'm right behind ZM. I've got 3 Tamiya Mustangs but have Tamiya done a Spad or Ta152? At 80 bucks and free shipping you can't really complain and if you want to get your favorite plane in 32 it may be a long wait till Tamiya get around to it..
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