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  1. Ah, very good then!
  2. sounds good John, why the B-57 fuselage though?
  3. Superb attention to detail, and cleanly executed, very nice!
  4. Nice link to many ERA-3B pictures (inc red stars) on this VAQ-34 page, http://www.vaq34.com/vaq34/vaqa-3's.htm
  5. Your Wasp look absolutely superb Bill, a triumph of micro surgery even! Will be a devil to dust though!
  6. Unfortunately that set up is very much looming large over our jobs at the moment, going through a nasty phase right now as it happens.
  7. I don't think there is an integral ramp as such in the tail of the J, and the type was created before the satellite recoveries. The rear underside door is hinged at the rear and opens upwards into the roof of the tail, much like that of a Short Skyvan, however because the peak of the beaver tail is so low, the whole affair has also got to lift upwards enough for sufficient clearance for airborne bulky releases, such as supplies and vehicles. The idea was to provide an openable in flight cargo door, as opposed to the removable clam shell doors of the standard 119. This in contrast to the Argosy, where the bottom of the beaver tail lowers to form a ramp. Some nice footage of Js on the ground here, http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675032480_C-119F_C-119Fs-parked-at-air-base_C-119s-taxi_terminal-building
  8. I was going to gleefully mention the hinges that Perdu wasn't referring to, but he beat me to it! Given that the Italian A/F operated a number of C-119Js, it's a shame Italeri didn't do this tail option - having said that I know that you would have destroyed it and built a new one from sheet brass planking! Superb work on those seats. Good luck with the beaver... ...tail
  9. Great stuff, look forward to these Jeffrey, they will improve the kits by quite a bit as the canopy issue sticks out like a sore thumb to me. Sorry to hear of your trials.
  10. Hi Jeffrey, are these canopies still in progress? Also, will there be a EA, RA, TA -3B style canopy on the way to correct the slightly oversized item in the kit?
  11. Only just stumbled across this thread so sorry for resurrection! The later EA-3Bs didn't have most of those features. Earlier versions with the fin pod, towel rails and cheek boxes, also had the pointed nose cone and turret style tail end, so better off starting out with the TA-3B boxing. The later production EA-3Bs can be built from this boxing, it has the right canopy (though oversized), and the relevant tail and nose radome parts, fin top shape, and the full slatted/cambered wing of later production EA-3Bs. The three stb'd windows and door will have to be added, which is fairly straightforward. There are aftermarket sets now available for the underside 'canoe' fairing, and early wheels. It's a shame Trumpeter overlooked the fuselage windows/door and canoe fairing in this kit, as their other Skywarrior boxings represent the various fuselage window fits well and some include that fairing. As mentioned, the two decal options are both for A-3B bombers, but you would need the correct canopy to make an A-3B or derivatives.
  12. James, I would say (like the Zhengdefu) that it's based on the Hasegawa Prowler, the poseable access ladder would suggest so.
  13. Just in case there is any confusion on this, the grey RAF VC-10s were in overall BS381C 626 Camouflage Grey with BS381C 629 Dark Camouflage Grey cheatlines and markings. Fin was black on C.1K XV105 with special scheme. I did get photos of this scheme, but there are better ones on the net.
  14. What a superb build, with really well researched and executed extra detail. Great markings choice as well. I just love this kit, and knocking two OOB examples up as we speak, probably Airfixs' finest hour.
  15. I admire the Northrop 'wing's, and hadn't realised that there was a kit of the XP-79, will follow your build with interest! For an allied fighter aircraft design, the concept was perhaps weirder than the aircraft!