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Peter Browne

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  • Birthday 12/08/1959

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  1. From this link: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/106033-fa-18c-hornet-academy-132/ it appears that the Aires cockpit set for the Acadeny 1/32 F-18C has a SJU-5/6 seat... S So to make the Aires seat from a SJU-5/6 to a SJU-9/10 seems to just require the addition of straps from the head rest top as shown in the photo of a RAAF F/A-18B: And which appear to be already included in the Aires set as separate straps.. And shown beautifully in this gorgeous model by Steve Pritchard http://www.hyperscale.com/2015/features/fa18a32sp_1.htm
  2. OK, thanks...some research needed (my favourite part...). According to this page the seats fitted to RAAF F/A-18A are SJU-9/10. http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/raafhornetpg_1.htm And on another site: http://www.aussiemodeller.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10111 And a Britmodeller page on building a RAAF F/A-18B (two seater - different seats??) https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235042257-raaf-148-kinetic-fa-18b-hornet-a21-103-the-first-hornet-assembled-in-australia/ So it would appear that the main external difference between the 5/6 and the 9/10 is that the latter has the full harness on the seat, rather than a split system between pilot and seat. Is this correct? There is an interesting article on RCAF F/A-18A seats which were 9/10 being replaced with NACES seats due to increased safety (lower descent rate etc). https://documents.techno-science.ca/documents/CASM-Aircrafthistories-CF-18Hornet.pdf The current disposal of RAAF F/A-18A to RCAF also requires the RAAF seats to be replaced by Canada to NACES seats. Begs the question of why RAAF didn't choose to use NACES seats...and just accept the 9/10 as part of the export version. The current RAAF Super Hornets and Growler do use the NACES seats.. And then this on Britmodeller: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/65340-aussie-hornets/. Apparently Cutting Edge used to do a SJU-9/10 Ejection Seat for NON-US F/A-18 Operators WITH molded on belts http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Rev1/401-500/Rev413-CEC32130/00.shtm Anyone want to elaborate on this with specifics and pictures? Or has this been summarised accurately in the last quote above? A good reference would be great too.
  3. Good idea, but I think it loses some of the character of the aircraft...will do some research though!
  4. I am thinking of using the Aires cockpit which I believe has the SJU17A/Mk14 seat. So a few questions: Would this cockpit be appropriate for a F/A-18A, specifically for one in support of Operation Okra by 75 Sqn, 81 Wing RAAF in action against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh operations in Syria from 2014? What is required to fit the Aires cockpit to the Academy kit?
  5. On the issue of the seamless intakes, what are opinions on current AM offerings? Considering that D-mold intakes will be available again, are these better than Sierra Hotel? https://sierrahotelmodels.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/4056909
  6. I got a reply from Dimitri yesterday advising that the D-mold online store would re-open late August when presumably international shipping would be better and the F-18 intakes would be available again.
  7. Currently looking for the D-Mold intakes for the F-18. The D-Mold site lists these as unavailable. I'm also not getting any replies to either of the two email addresses on that site. Any ideas? http://dmold-modelworks.com/contents/en-us/d3.html I noticed that Sprue Bros have something similar by GT Resin Products, but these look kind of clunky compared to the D-Mold product - the intake lips look too thick. https://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/gtr32052.htm
  8. I remember it well, a lone F/A-18A (could have been a B...) flew low over Melbourne city (actually over St Kilda down St Kilda Road from Melbourne) then shot up vertically like a rocket until out of sight. I was working at Logistics Command at the time on the 10th floor at 350 St Kilda Road. A bit like this bad bird: Just bought the Academy 1/32 F/A-18A+ and the book 'Hornets Down Under: Celebrating 20 years of F/A - 18 service with the Royal Australian Air Force.' by Andrew McLaughlin to help with this massive build BTW the A+ is the upgraded radar to the Raytheon AN/APG-73 Fire Control Radar system
  9. I came across this YouTube about https://andyshhq.com/ having just received a large shipment of Wingnut Wings kits ordered before the closure. The video is from 28 July 2020... Sale starts 30 July.... Now I have read snippets on that YouTube posting and on the Meng Facebook page and elsewhere that Meng may have acquired the Fokker Dr.1 tooling from Wingnuts. https://www.facebook.com/pg/MENG-195290177250981/posts/ https://www.themodellingnews.com/2020/06/preview-meng-takes-mantle-with-new.html I gather this is now old news since mid June Anything about the WW Lancaster??
  10. I'd wait until they bring out the F-86F Sabre later this year...
  11. Thanks for the input all. I have also found this PDF on How to Make Your Own Decals by Richard Marmo if this can help anyone else.
  12. Thanks, it is for a 1/12 Atomic City Mercury capsule I'm looking at super detailing. Not exactly LSP. The instrument dials' background are mostly black, with indicators etc in white. So the dials will be painted white with black transparent decals.
  13. I'm looking at printing some decals for instrument dials and stencils in 1/12. Any experience on doing this or recommendations?
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