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  1. Imperial War Museum London´s Fw 190A-8

    That’s the IWM (Imperial War Museum) in London. IWM Duxford is about 100km north of London near Cambridge and is based on the former RAF airfield. If you didn’t get there make sur enough do on your next visit. i am not sure about the history of this airframe but it will have been restored.
  2. F-4C/D - Europe1 scheme

    The strip on the tank - right side only as you look from the front (are you listening Airfix!) - is, I assume a strengthening rib. However, going back to the original question, having looked through C&M volume 3 F-4C - Post Vietnam markings 1974-84 I can't find any pictures of F-4C's in Euro 1 camoflage. SEA schemes with both light gray and camo undersides, ADC gray, some 2-tone (light) gray a/c flown by the Louisiana ANG 122nd TFS/159th TFG in a variety of schemes (one similar to an RAF distruptive scheme, another similar to the USN tactical camo scheme on F-4S's) and a Ferris scheme. But no Euro 1.
  3. Fujimi 1/72 British Phantom - Nose too short?

    While the information below proves my theory on different radome diameters wrong, it's an interesting read on how the radome developed. Look at the USN section becasue that's got some info on how the intakes and splitter plates went through development. http://phantomphacts.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/the-radome-road-to-32-inch-radome.html
  4. Fujimi 1/72 British Phantom - Nose too short?

    Which explains why the Airfix kit is such a mess, they measured an a/c that didn't match the original drawings! I did admit I could have been talking rubbish! Back to decorating the dining room and getting an accurate match on matt white on matt white without missing bits.
  5. Fujimi 1/72 British Phantom - Nose too short?

    You’re right but the C was derived from the B (originally F-110) and it makes sense that a more capable and larger radar would have found its way from the D into the J. I could of course be totally mistaken and be talking total rubbish. ( off to do a bit of research about F-4 radar when I could be wasting time actually finishing a couple)
  6. Fujimi 1/72 British Phantom - Nose too short?

    I suppose this might be off the original purpose of this post however I recall reading that the diameter of the F-4D was a little bigger than on the F-4C due to the radar dish on the former being bigger. Given the Fujimi kit was probably based on drawings and tape measures, certainly not laser technology, I wonder if that had some impact on the kit measurements.
  7. Fujimi 1/72 British Phantom - Nose too short?

    In the radome - possibly but in a significant number of other areas definitely not. (note to self: write out 1000 times "I must not become a rivet counter!")
  8. Fujimi 1/72 British Phantom - Nose too short?

    First of all thanks to Graham who's got more faith in my measuring than I have. Doug, just to prove so much is in the eye of the beholder, I have both kits finished in front of me and the Fujimi one looks more bulbous with the underside of the radome rising to the underside of the fuselage (in front of the nose gear) being more pronounced. I have also parked 3 different Fujimi F-4s nose to nose with the Airfix one; in each case the tip of the nose is about 2mm lower.
  9. Fujimi 1/72 British Phantom - Nose too short?

    But! If you look at the rear vertical edge of the Light Aircraft Grey it looks shorter than the front vertical edge. Also looks as if the top edge kinks to run above the air conditioning duct on that a/c.
  10. Fujimi 1/72 British Phantom - Nose too short?

    From the photos you use I see what you mean; however the demarcation line on the front fuselage of the model is higher than it should be and could be playing tricks on the eye. I have the Fujimi and Airfix ones currently under construction and therefore to hand. Using a mm ruler up against both models I got these measurement: Fujimi - tip of nose to back of radome =24mm and back of radome to front of windscreen =7mm. Airfix - tip of nose to back of radome =25mm and back of radome to front of windscreen =7mm. Not much difference and probably down to the method of measuring; however, side by side the Airfix one looks just a little longer and slightly less deep than the Fujimi one. Just to add a little to the conversation, looking at both head on and having painted the back of the Fulimi one black, I can't really tell which has intake trunking and which doesn't.
  11. F-105D - would I be crazy? Image added

    Sounds like the perfect "Then and Now" project. http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/58-1155.html
  12. Lightning

    Airfix (unless you want a twin tub) and it depends how good you are at natural metal finishes.
  13. 1/72 Airfix Phantom

    Now you're talking! They were £2.75 when introduced, build well and look right (and I still have 30+ {unmade} in the loft and decals for them all).
  14. 1/72 Airfix Phantom

    I'm making an Airfix FG.1 alongside a Fujimi FGR.2 at the moment. Both are on wheels and have the first coats of paint on, with the FG.1 having folded wings. I'm just hoping that Fujimi twig that there's still a market for the British Phantom and re-release theirs. The variation in levels of detail on different parts of the Airfix kit leads me to two possible conclusions; that it's been designed by a committee tasked with diferent parts or it's a new designer, given licence to try things out, who's not a modeller.
  15. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    There's a pic of XV574 without the centre line tank a little further on. http://www.aviationphotocompany.com/p412807271/h2CD36C51#hb281c69 There's been a discussion on the fitting of the gun pod earlier in this thread - I think the QRA fit for UK based Phantoms included the centre line tank but for RAFG included the gun pod. I agree that the FAA didn't fit gunpods but have pics of RAF a/c with the blunt end gun pod fitted.