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  1. I hope the final N/D kit will also include the corresponding N/D cockpits - different animals, the 2000D cockpit in particular. If not so, that'll be pretty lame. Just imagine a brand-new, state-of-the-art F-15E kit with an F-15B pit inside. Or an F-14D with an F-14A pit... So far, the avaliable N/D CAD images as well as those from the test shot build have clearly shown 2000N/2000D airframes with a 2000B cockpit. Keeping my fingers crossed KH got it right this time... Note: no HUD, Head-Down Display located further up...
  2. It's utterly devastating and it's really hard to accept that what was deemed unimaginable has eventually become reality. The world has indeed gone mad. Here at the foothills of Banks Peninsula, only a few kilometres away from CHC, we're shaking our heads in disbelief... Can't find words to express my relief after having found out that my friends and colleagues from CHC are safe and sound. The same goes for Anthony, though we haven't met in person. Glad you're safe.
  3. I'm enclined to agree that the F-20A could be more popular than expected. Even today. I'd love to see one kitted in 32nd scale - as long as it would come with three different fwd fuselages, and not just two different canopies or radomes. Three different fwd fuselages given the different access panel arrangements on GI1001 (N3686B) and GI1002 (N44671). Outwardly, virtually identical. GG1001 (82-0062) was the only F-20A to retain the original F-5E fwd fuselage, still reflecting the initial F-5G "engine change only" approach.
  4. "Variatio delectat." You'll find lots of variations. Particularly during the post-Soviet years. You won't see too much of the bays themselves since the oleo/strut doors are closed on the ground. If it's going to be a Soviet one, you can't go wrong with that distinctive RLM 02-ish grey beige painted or anodised finish for the wheel bays. And the list isn't even complete...
  5. Sad news indeed. Heartfelt condolences to his family. Repose en paix, André!
  6. It's really strange (and somewhat hard to comprehend) both pod and NLG doors have slipped HpH's attention. For whatever the reason may be... Other than that, it's a really nice conversion set.
  7. In a nutshell/quick recognition features : The D radome is pitot-less and features rather prominent dissipator strips. In contrast, the 2000N has a pitot boom, but lacks the dissipator strips. The Kitty Hawk 2000N CAD is wrong in that regard; the basic shape of the radome is virtually identical, though. Also, both CADs are depicting the wrong type of wing tip RWR aerials which are associated to export M2K with the Thales Integrated Counter Measures Suite. The N/D should have the original Serval RWR fairings. However, I suspect the Serval fairings will be a common feature to all M2K boxings - the 2000C CAD depicts them. Further visible features of the 2000D: additional fuselage spine mounted chaff/flare dispenser, additional set of EW antennas directly below the vertical tail fin cap. Mirage 2000N radome close-up: (2000N radomes -> black coating) Mirage 2000D radome close-up: (2000D radomes -> dark green coating) Mirage 2000N vertical tail detail: (from top to bottom - fwd "Caméléon" jammer antenna, rear "Serval" RWR, rear hemisphere "Caméleón" jammer antenna) Mirage 2000D vertical tail detail: (from top to bottom - fwd and rear hemisphere ICMS EW aerials, fwd "Caméléon" jammer antenna, rear "Serval" RWR antenna) Stbd wingtip "Serval" RWR: (Armée de l'Air Mirage 2000B/C/N/D/-5F) Mirage 2000D fuselage spine "Éclair-M" cartridge dispenser module: Bonne soirée:
  8. Just wondering whether the Mirage 2000B will also be among the projected M2K boxings. So far, Kitty Hawk has only published revised CADs of the 2000N and D. The latest CADs suggest that the baseline two-seater fuselage has been designed with a dedicated fwd fuselage insert to accommodate the shorter radome of the Antilope-5 radar. In contrast, the 2000B would require a different insert to accommodate the original RDM/RDI radome. Be that as it may, I, for one, will be perfectly happy with a 2000N and a 2000D.
  9. <vader> I find the lack of a two-seat Mirage III/V BD disturbing. </vader>
  10. Mirage 5F: Mirage V BA: Pre-ECM mod Mirage V BA: Renaissance Mirage V BA conversion: (also comprising revised parabrake/ECM fairing, chaff/flare dispenser and IP) The rearward-facing scoop seems a good bit too short, though.
  11. The anti-collision beacons started being retrofitted in 1974. Applicable versions: Luftwaffe/Marine F-104G (fighter bomber config), TF-104G and Marine RF-104G F-104F, F-104G (AWX) and Luftwaffe RF-104G (AG 51/AG 52) never received them. I'd replicate the beacons using clear 2K epoxy and mould them into shape with a small spatula and a toothpick while the epoxy is still curing.
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