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  1. I did ask one of the guys at the Aires stand at Telford last year whether they would be releasing a cockpit of the KH F-5, and he shook his head. Don't know how deeply he is involved in the decision making process however...
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    Any time, Baby...

    Right then, I've had this kit for a few years - probably 20 - and was purchased second hand. I bought my first Tamiya Tomcat when it was released back in 1981, and it cost the not insignificant sum of 460 Norwegian Kroner. That is the equivalent of around 1500 NOK today, or around £135 which is the retail price for the updated issue in the UK today. Back then, I started the kit on Christmas eve and finished it in March, in VF-84 markings that came with the kit. When I bought this kit second hand, I did it with the intention of seeing what a few decades of experience and the help of aftermarket that was not available back in 1981 would do. I have started gluing some parts together and rescribing, so it should be below the 25% ceiling...? Decals wise, I have the Zotz decals that include VF-21 and VF-111, and while I love both options, I think VF-21 gets the nod simply because I love the yellow and black colour combination and the black trim on the nose of the early VF-21 scheme. One of the issues with the kit is the way the exhaust fairings are done. They should be circular in crossection, but Tamiya simplified the shape into more of a U-shape. To correct this I sawed off sections off a cheap and started second kit I had bought from under the tables at the Milton Keynes model show a few years ago. Sections were then cut off the exhaust fairings from the lower and some part of the upper as well as creating the gaps between exhaust fairings and beaver tail as featured in Tamiya's superlative 1:48th scale kit. The other reason for buying that started kit was to use the afterburners to extend the too short kit ones, but then Aires released their superb resin ones. Still, that gave me the opportunity to play with another forward fuselage to try and make a reasonable representation with the 7-vent mid-breech panel. That will not be required for this build however. The forward fuselage has had the "armour plating" sanded off and panel lines restored. The cockpit tubs have their pouring stubs cut off and can fit to the top of the nose gear well. And that's where it's at. Hoping to be able to finish this one as an in flight model as I can't face detailing those wheel wells. At some point I will need to make the additional ECM antennas under the gloves and the beaver tail Jens
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    Any time, Baby...

    These past few days I've been working on the cockpit and forward fuselage. I still remember the "blurb" in the Tamiya catalogue about a "detailed gun muzzle", but as we know, Tamiya moulded that solid. Back in 1982 I used a heated needle to make six indentations to simulate the gun, but now we know better, right? Here's what Eduard wants you to do: Roll a piece of etched brass and then fold the circular plate and Bob's your uncle. Well, that didn't work - the brass is coated with something that the solder doesn't stick to, and the length is just exactly right to meet edge on edge. Instead, I rolled a piece of brass to be slightly smaller in diameter that thanks to the springiness of the metal, held the circular plate with the curved slot in place just tight enough for me to solder it in place. Right, the resin cockpit. I always need to fettle, sand, dryfit and repeat, which makes me wonder if the people who produce these wonderfully detailed cockpit actually test fit them to their own kits? I though I had it all set, but I realised that thefront cockpit wasn't right. Using the instrument panel and front coaming as a datum, the lower IP should touch the sidewalls forward of the quarter panels, and the gap that the resin left shouldn't be there. Hence the Magic Sculpt to fill those gaps. Having secured the bathtubs with epoxy and superglue, the easiest option was to cut between the cockpits and into the roof of the wheel well (luckily I intend to display this in flight) to allow me to bend it up, and then add some spacers to the pegs to allow the front to sit a couple of mms higher. To accommodate this change, the front holes to fix the wheelwell, were milled out. Also apparent are the sidewalls in resin with Magic Sculpt being added to fill gaps. The sidewalls for the front also had to be modified to fit the revised location of the front cockpit. On the starboard front wall there should be a bar running from the rectangular piece under the canopy hooks (their tops should be flush with the sill, but they stand slightly proud), but this no longer lines up with the slot in the front starboard quarter panel... However, under a closed canopy with a decent paint job, I think it will look all right. The canopy has a fair bit of distortion due to the inside surface having a draft angle and the outer surface having the correct horseshoe shape, so any further anomalies in proportion may not be obvious. Looking at the pilots, they're not as good as I remember them to be... Jens
  4. Interesting way to change the aerofoil, and I'm amazed that in this day and age they can get the profile - not to mention the thickness/chord ratio so monumentally wrong...
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    Two-Stage Mosquito

    Thank God it wasn't a TT.39:) Will certainly be a colurful model that still retains the lovely lines of the Mosquito.
  6. In my experience, the Wolfpack resin products do suffer from shrinkage. I have used the Rafale slats once, and using them again, they are about 1 mm short in span, and their fit isn't that great. I would be very hesitant to use their nose cone for the F-15J, but rather use it as reference to add my own strips to the kit nose. If you are going to make your own 3D design and 3D print, then I'd work from scans/images of the Tamiya parts and photos of the real thing, and you will end up with something better than Wolfpack offers. I do have a number of Wolfpack's products and will continue to buy them as they do offer products not available elsewhere.
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    Freedom F-104 ( Toon) Finished!

    Never thought I'd see the Starfighter as an egg-plane...:)
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    32nd BK-117 B2 "Westpac Rescue"

    Just been looking through all the pages. Some amazing scratchbuilding and correction work here. Looking forward to seeing it past the finish line. Jens
  9. Any comments to the crossection of the radome? To my eyes, it looks like an ellipse that has the long axis off the centreline (think Spitfire wing) rather than a true ellipse? From pics, the nose looks a bit too flat and straight in profile to my eyes...
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    F-20 Tigershark in 1/32?

    it probably won't matter much so far down the intake, but I would think the inner walls would converge to a sharp point rather than a very blunt one as that would create flow separation and turbulence?
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    F-20 Tigershark in 1/32?

    I'd like to see an F-20 kit - particularly the first prototype in the red and white scheme. Jens
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    Rules of the Road

    Having an abysmal track record om 0% completion for groupbuilds, I may still be tempted to join this one. Not quite decided yet... Candidates are Tamiya Mosquito, Tamiya Tomcat, KH F-5E or Hasegawa F-18.
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    VF-1 Tomcat decals!!

    What is the serial number of the gull gray and white aircraft? Would it have the 7-hole mid breech panel and early beaver tail? Jens
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    Speaking of Hasegawa.... What's up?

    Tamiya can certainly inject some new life into their F-16 by releasing a standard P&W powered variant as well as the two-seater... Jens
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    CORKTIP 632

    Any more progress on this David? Jens
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    1/18 P51C Mustang "Lopes Hope the 3rd"

    No detail seems to be too small to be a model in it's own right... Jens
  17. Picked up an F-5E on Saturday, and went over to Aires and as if an F-5E cockpit was on their radar. Negative. Don't know how much was down to the language barrier or them pretending not to know what's coming... Jens
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    1/32 Early F-15B Eagle - 58TTW

    The seats in the Revell kit ARE Escapac seats, not ACES II... And all gear legs are fragile. Bought and built this kit when it came out in the first half of the 80s, and the undercarriage legs were the first to go. Jens
  19. I see that Curt ("Netz") hasn't visited since 2008, so PM'ing him may not give any results. Would be nice to get some copies of the F-15 wheels I mastered for them some five or six years ago...:( Jens
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    Revell 1/350 Tirpitz

    The profile of the bow looks a little off for Tirpitz - it looks more like the profile of the Bismarck that had a more concave shape and a shorter length over the waterline. Tirpitz was slighty more vertical (i.e. longer over the waterline) and not as curved. Started modifying the Tamiya kit, and from memory the difference would be around 5 mm in 1:350. Jens
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    'Grace' type two-seat Spitfire in 1:32

    0.03...inches I take it? 0.76 mm?
  22. Don't sell yourself short Kai - terriffic attention to detail in the cockpit, and the pilot figure looks good with all the modifications. As for helmet painting - if you are using a brush, Vallejo Acrylics are very good for brushpainting. Thin with water and mixes easily with each other on a palette thanks to the nozzle in each bottle. Jens
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    F-23A Black Widow II - the reveal

    Fantastic modelling and a sexy airplane results. Jens