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  1. I'm trying to remember what modern plane resembles it well.  My only memories are what the US Army used for the (Super Kings and the like) Guardrail system.  It was filled with various electronic systems which allowed Guardrail ops on the ground to collect SIGINT of all types, data and voice as well as DF capability.  I really enjoyed, as a USAF assigned to collect with it.  Best bang for the buck for all systems like that.  

  2. Most of my aircraft models are 1/32 from various manufacturers, including Tamiya.  Most of my rotary wing models, in fact except for a few 1/48,  are 1/35. So, while I understand what's already been said in this thread, what I really want to know is which is larger, 35 or 32?  I don't have the same models in different scales.

  3. 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.



  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?  



  7. 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.

  8. Good jobs on all the parts Babs.  Did you ever look at the F-15I conversion kits available from IsraCast (32019) and Wolfpack (32022) ?  I haven't decided which to use in my E to I conversion.  What I need to do is sit down and count the pieces of each, then compare them to see which I want to use The Wolfpack kit has a lot more pieces.  We have no way of knowing what the I cockpits really look like other than the use of black as the interior color. They report it went to black to cut back on spurious shiny flashes when night flying. One other major (?) difference are the twin rear booms at the back jutting out from the fuselage..back by the twin tails.  Those two booms have different shapes and sizes than the E version kits and have to be cut off and replaced for accuracy.There's also a couple of pieces that the IsraCast kit has to update the front landing hear. I;m going to use the fatter Northstar wheel/tire set on the I and then I'm not sure what I will use on the D when I get to it.

  9. Hi guys.


    The IAF indeed used the Mk IXe in large numbers.  But the IAF commander didn't like the clipped wingtips on his personal Commander's bird, so he had it rewinged with what I think were Mk. V series wings.  The wings now have what appear to be two guns per side, set just inboard of center wing.  The outside gun's barrel is longer by a bit than the inboard gun. The wings of the real bird are not clipped but are not the very very pointed wings either.


    I have the Heritage kit inbound.  So, what I should probably be asking then is which 1/24 kit I should use? Not buying anything until I see the instructions, but hopefully I won't have to buy two kits, one to take the wings from and one to give the look/feel of an IX.


    Sky's Decals made a 1/24 set for this and several other IAF Spits but only the 1/32 is available for the Spit.  I have a friend of sorts who is a very good graphics artist.  I believe I could have her scale up the 1/32 to 1/24 by copying the 1/32 sheets, multiply sheet dimensions by 1.33 and then print them on decal paper.  What ink is required I don't know.  May use a normal colored ink jet printer but I know she has way better printers than that. I use acrylic paints almost exclusively, but I don't know what ink  should she use to print up the decals so there's no lifting, softening, or crinkling. 

    If I'm asking stupid questions, it's because I don't know much about IAF Spits in general and this particular IAF Spitfire. And I don't know much about printing decals, just using them. 

  10. I'm working on getting together the parts and stuff to build the 1/24 Scale Airfix Supermarine Spitfire.  The kits are readily available. I was able to find a long out of production Heritage Aviation resin conversion set over in the UK. It will be here in a couple of weeks.  I am now looking for the 1/24 Sky's Decal set for the Israeli Spitfires from the War of Independence from 1948-54 or so.  The set has long been out of print, though the set for the 1/24 P-51D Israeli birds from the same period seems to be often available and I've been able to get one. The tool for inserting requires a url to be pasted, but I do not think putting a link to my hard drive would work.  Here is a link to the 1/32 set I have purchased. If I cannot find it in 1/24, I can have the 1/32 scaled up and reprinted on decal paper I believe.  However, I would appreciate the help for any other suggestions, find of parts and decals, etc. 



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