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thewizardofaz

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  1. I would love to see a conversion from 1/32 A-6 to EA-6. That's one of my favorites in the USN. The F-18 ECM version, the EA-18G Growler is also one of the aircraft I'd love to do. I'm all done with F-16 and F-15 versions. Just me talking, doesn't mean you or anyone else is wrong. Rick
  2. Academy/AFV Club made an F-16B - kit AR320, which I have one of. The Have Glass canopy is perfect. I have one of those too. So, my question would be this. How would your conversion or would your conversion better than this kit. Academy also makes a D model F-16 AFV Club 1/32 Lockheed-Martin F-16D RSAF Block 52+ (Academy Tooling) # AR32S02, which also includes the over wing fuel tanks like Israeli F-16 Sufas use. I don't wish to sound like I'm attacking your idea, just wondering what your conversion would include that the already available kits do not. Personally, I love taking base kits and converting/upgrading them. I'm awaiting, with great anticipation, one such conversion kit for the 1/32 Revell AH-1G that Werner's Wings is getting ready to ship. In any case, I say why not? I love 'em all. Rick
  3. I agree. I bought two of these kits and try as I might, the only major flaw is the afterburner as a whole and the individual petal blades. I know I had been looking at it for a while with one of those "something's wrong here but I can't see what it is "attitudes. It isn't obvious unless you are looking at the kit piece against a detailed photo.
  4. Only thing I see wrong with your work is that it's way too clean. Real ones would be covered in oil and dirt
  5. Reminds me of the early A-10s euro camo a bit. I was sad they didn't keep some in that scheme and some in grey. Never know when the ground will not be sand.
  6. I have a couple of these sets for my IAF F-4E builds. I have had them for a bit. Are the ones mentioned above new or just a copy and paste of the text from the ones I have. Thanks. Rick
  7. I didn't make the decision to do a display until I looked at your photos a number of times. You photos made me think that I could do it.
  8. Trimming exhaust casting. I figure to ask and look stupid than to not ask and be stupid. I think I see small exhaust fan blades inside the exhaust nozzles, so should I leave the casting blocks on the end of them? I am going to attempt to make the center out of other kit tube castings, in the spots where you have the clear pieces so that I will have what actually looks like an engine. I believe I probably should remove the casting blocks if I go that route. If I screw it up, all that happens is you get to sell part of another kit or a whole new one.
  9. How about an engine set in the right size and scale for the Trumpeter kit? I'm pondering taking non-A-10 engine bodies and cutting them up and placing them between your fan and tail pipe pieces.
  10. Looking at the one kit that I mention, the one from Mk. 1. Designs, the price is almost identical. Good source for parts for sure.
  11. I didn't search to see if anyone had already purchased and built, and if you have please tag this post. I bought the 1/24 Airfix kit when it first came out. At the time and for a long while, no aftermarket bits have been available for it. However, there is now at least one that I know of from Mk. 1 Designs. It's quite extensive, but if you're not careful you'll pay a bundle for it. I have seen it for just over $140 with just around $10 shipping from Hong Kong to some guy figured to make a retirement contribution at over $300. It has some very nice items in the kit which will really detail it, sharpen it up considerable. Total for there to here, parts+shipping $149. There are a number of decent photos with the listing. http://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/oa3dn2xyltouaittrczk.html
  12. https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/F-35-helmet-LM.jpgIf anyone can tell me how, I have a complete set of the helmet photos I will post. Left: https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/F-35-helmet-LM-4.jpg Back: https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/F-35-helmet-LM-3.jpg Right: https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/F-35-helmet-LM-2.jpg
  13. First of all, sorry for posting in the wrong area to start. My intent was to let Gary know that it was out and maybe a heads up on whatever upgrades he'd been thinking of, if any. I've been seeing a number of the non-chromate green aircraft going through build up. MrP has that color too, along with the two greys and the Have Glass. All the zig zag areas are black in pre paint. And they also are going to need to be sanded level before any paint work. They are not high, but way too high to paint that way. I saw one video on you tube that indicated you can leave the fuel port door open and leave the intake exposed. Gonna be interesting. Likely the intake tubes will need to be filled and sanded smooth and then painted all at once ....or some one piece intakes can be made. The engine is quite detailed with varying surfaces and many "hoses" and tubes and the like provided. Someone who likes to detail engines will have fun tho. Personally, I think the intake tubes and perhaps exhausts will be about all the plane will need from a resin casting crew.
  14. Trumpeter kit 03725 is due out soon. 17634697_1260432917338305_9098815410433317470_n.jpg
  15. Lucky Models of Hong Kong is shipping them. I have one just cleared customs and is heading to me. The reason I posted the original post in GT Resin is because Gary makes the best stuff. I didn't think of posting in Large Scale. Mea culpa.
  16. Italeri came out with their F-35 almost two weeks ago, and I have my kit already. The kit is very nice. Parts are sharp and crisp with very few errors. Most of the detail of the kit is in the exhaust pointy vanes, unlike previous aircraft turkey feathers. Due to the cockpit really not having much in the way of detail in real life, the model kit is kinda spartan...accurate but not much in the way of details at all. The real throttle, for example, looks like a blob of black plastic with a few buttons attached. It already has the nickname of "cow flop". Typical throttle design it is not. (From the photos I have seen). Kit Prices vary, and so far only European dealers have them from what I can see, which means shipping is about 1/3 to 1/4 of the overall model cost. I can take and provide photos to those that want them. Probably should anyway. The only thing that has me scratching my head is the color of the exhaust. To be truthful, they don't resemble turkey feathers in the least. They most resemble pineapple leaf tips. The color of them is a mix of metallic brown/copper so it seems like I will have to do up a custom mix for them.Oh...there is NO HUD. The computer projects the former HUD data on the inside of the darkened helmet visor so that the pilot does not need to reorient on the HUD for data. It's always in front of him, no matter where he's looking. I've got the kit prepped and have been researching the actual craft to compare with kit parts. I'm building the first two kits to be the first two F-35 for Israel, Israeli AF 901 and 902. I am wondering why the IAF birds are only various grey shades and white. Our USN F-35C have colorful unit marks and designs on the tails. My only question at the moment is, of the icons above the text window, which one/s is for uploading images? Rick
  17. I got my second kit of this with the 3 color box art. I'm wanting to build the IAF 3 color camo and the solid brown color. I'm looking for detail photos, especially of the interior. If you have some useful shots, please email or post here.
  18. If you're looking to build an F-15D Baz, instead of buying all the parts separately, use the F-15E kit as your start point. That's what the IAF does on some birds. They start with an E and finish it with the particular IAF parts. The IAF D models are not and never have been trainers. They are a multi capability aircraft and from the reading I have done, some of the Ds have started life as an E.
  19. I recently bought the Frelon kit on ebay for what I thought was fairly cheap, $40.00. It was sold as used but only 192/193 in two parts were missing. Any idea what 192 and 193 are exactly?
  20. BTW, I have both F-15I 1/32 decal sets from IsraDecal and from Sky's. At some point I will decide which one I am going to use and offer the other set here before anywhere else. BTW, is there any ownership or plagiarizing issue with duplicating sets long out of print for five or six years? I don't know why the two makers won't update their sets, all they have to do is add the landing eagles to the set. It's not like they have to redo the whole set(s), The 1/48 set with the landing eagle is still available every once in a while on ebay. If I could get those two little birds just scaled up I would pay full price. I have decals for my F-15I as I mentioned, but none for the C/ D models (at least no landing eagles) and have decals for my A/B cuz they were not treated to the Improvement program (Improved Baz) that got the C/D/ birds their landing eagles.
  21. I have been asking IsraCast.../.../... and Sami Deckel at Sky's to reprint the 1/32 set with the eagle landing on the tail. I said I'd be happy with just the landing eagles. I don't know what to call them either...but they knew what I meant. That was several years ago. I even know a guy in Israel who has mentioned it and no joy there either.
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