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  1. No, "normal" F-16s too, they were just older blocks but for some reason Tamiya only issued a T-bird version. That T-bird kit as a block 32 could also be used easily to model earlier blocks (like block 25 for one) since it had the early launch rails, small intake, lightwear gear, P+W engine, etc. None of which is in the block 50 kit. Unfortunately to model some other blocks, you need to mix and match the various parts from the two kits. For example for a block 30 that need wide intake/ GE engine from block 50 kit, but lightwear gear from block 32 kit. Thankfully now though we have aftermarket e
  2. I can only add to what others have said, excellent work. This project is pretty insane (in a good way).
  3. Could change thread title to pretty much read any jet and still be good. Even "glossy" scheme T-45s can have pretty grimy intakes, complete with seams too - although no paint peeling and sand collection (though there's been exceptions to that) https://www.flickr.com/photos/ziggyfoos
  4. That should've been a short argument. Understandable that USN limited late war use would not be that well known but I'd suspect more people would be familiar with USMC TA-4Fs in Vietnam - especially modelers considering several decals feature their various markings, both in kit and aftermarket (most with their later playboy bunny).
  5. Vietnam 1971-72 cruise I imagine. By the time of Desert Storm A-7's were low-viz grey.
  6. Here's the 1/32 plates: https://spruebrothers.com/cxdcd32001-1-32-crossdelta-f-16c-falcon-stiffener-plates-for-block-25-30-32-40-42/ Also for the WAR HUD, I believe the Academy kit comes with one and Wolfpack also has(had?) made them.
  7. If you change your mind, the outer pylons for ordnance are included in a new small sprue in the Tamiya USMC F-4J boxing. Alternatively, GT Resin has some seperately: https://spruebrothers.com/gtr32065-1-32-gt-resin-us-navy-f-4-phantom-ii-outer-pylons-tam-kit/
  8. Some cases it may be legit, some people afterall do go "stupid" with the must-win mentality. Seen many auctions were two (or more) people incrementally bid against each other taking the price to the stratosphere and never see it relisted again so presumably it did sell. I got to the point where I rarely deal with the auction format anymore and just look for "buy it now" listings rather than play the auction game.
  9. Yes, pretty easy. New HUD and stiffening plates (Cross Delta makes some nice ones) Here's a good lowdown on how to make other blocks with Tamiya kits: http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/f16blockssb_1.htm
  10. Yes there were still B's. See my edited post earlier showing such load on VMFA-115 F-4B during that period at Nam Phong. Here's also an earlier war example with air load:
  11. Marines did do air-to-air missions, particularly supporting Linebacker strikes from Nam Phong. I may be wrong, but I'd guess this boxing would be similar to their first F-4J by probably focusing on air-to-air loads too and the MiG killer decals like "everyone" seems to prefer. Here's an air-to-air pic from 115's 72-73 cruisebook:
  12. This sounds along the same lines as I mentioned, still would need to buy something on ebay before the seller can send invoice with padded/fake charge to account for additional item. That though is really just a standard buy it now listing. You'd still have to list the item, I think Chris is specifically asking about selling item he has that would not be listed. If going the buy it now listing route and the effort of listing it, then just create it permanently and enter the actual quantity for sale and keep it posted for everyone to buy.
  13. If you've not seen, you can reference instructions here: F-4C/D: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10002280 F-4J: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10002281 F-4J "USMC" boxing: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10011409 (same as J kit except adds outer pylon and bomb/MER ordnance - this is the better deal kit for most options OOB) From the F-4J kits you'd probably want sprues: H (9006217) - USN cockpit/tire parts J (0116003) - USN airframe parts The USMC J boxing also includes the outer pylons w/o the wing tanks, that sprue is K (0116006). If you want to use
  14. Not really, you can only sell what you have listed on ebay. You can't send an invoice to a buyer unless you have a confirmed sale (and obviously the buyer has to be ebay user too). You could do a workaround, but the buyer would still have to buy at least something you have listed first, then you could send an invoice to the buyer and then add (pad) the extra item cost into the "shipping" line when you send the invoice (ebay still takes fees out of shipping costs anyway). You could be setting yourself up for issues though doing that, either sellers could rip you off (claiming items
  15. As others mentioned, there's not really a cheap way to do it accurately. I've seen at least one built OOB from the C/D kit using B decals - but it looked just like that, wrong airframe in B markings. If you're looking just for a "look close enough" without much more expense and if that look works for your needs, obviously just go that route. Which I think is what you're after? Especially if you do a closed cockpit and throw the figures in there to hide some of the C/D cockpit details. Next step up in some visual improvement with minimal additional cost would be to use some of the par
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