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  1. F-35 Lightning

    I was put off by some of the reviews too, especially the comments about the raised details, but it looks fine in the box. Only downside is the price - £50 is a lot - but you can find them cheaper if you look. I got mine at the Huddersfield show on Sunday for £30. The Panda kits are based on the X-35 prototypes rather than production F-35s, so I suspect that quite a bit of work would be needed to bring one up to scratch.
  2. F-35 Lightning

    If you're building in 1/48 then the Kitty Hawk version is the only game in town for an F-35B, which is unfortunate because it's a bit of a pig. If you just want an F-35 and aren't picky about the variant, Meng's F-35A looks pretty good. If you're building in 1/72 and don't mind waiting a bit, Hasegawa are releasing an F-35B shortly.
  3. The Airfix Phantom - a personal view

    I've got mine and have had a good look through the parts on the sprues (although I've not started building it yet.) Here's my personal view... Lots of plastic in the box to cater for many different options. Is some of it 'wasted'? Yes, if you don't want to build those particular options, but not for people who do. Me? Mine will all be displayed on the ground, possibly with the wings folded. I'm unlikely to take advantage of the radar options or the ability to pose it in the launch position so for me those are unnecessary parts, but there are plenty of people who will so I don't mind. Surface detail looks good overall. Are some of the panel lines missing or incorrect? Probably, but I wouldn't know and to be honest it's a such a minor thing that for me it doesn't detract from the kit. Someone with more expertise on the Phantom will be more bothered by it, but if it bugs them that much they can always fill and rescribe it. There isn't a lot of detail on the wing pylons, granted, but mine will have ordnance loaded so this won't be noticeable. Personally my first impression is that this is a top notch kit from Airfix and one that the modelling community has been asking for for a long time. Price is reasonable for what you get (imagine how much it would cost if it were made by Hasegawa or Tamiya!) and we've got the FGR.2 to come. Great stuff.
  4. 1/48 Tornado GR.4 questions

    Yes, fill them both and you'll be good to go. You'll also need to source a Linescan pod for under the fuselage. Not sure where to get one of them from. The Enhanced Paveway II is based around a UK 1000lb warhead and not a US Mk80 series, so it will look different. DACO products do an Enhanced Paveway II in 1/48, but you only get one so buying multiple weapons can be expensive.
  5. 1/48 Tornado GR.4 questions

    No, GBU-49 and Paveway IV are very different weapons. A GBU-49 would need some significant modifications to represent a Paveway IV, and GBU-49 is not carried on Tornado. I'm not sure whether 617 was ever equipped with GR4A, but I could be wrong. As far as stores are concerned, the GR4A can carry the same weapons and pods as the regular GR4, it just doesn't have the gun.
  6. 1/48 Tornado GR.4 questions

    Some options for weapons: Paveway III - the weapons in the Revell 1/48 Typhoon have a representation of the UK tail assembly, and so are much closer to a UK Paveway III than a GBU-24 would be. Paveway IV - L'Arsenal do these and they are the only game in town. Eduard do not yet make them unfortunately. Brimstone - Eduard have just released this in their Brassin range and it is superb. You'll need to scratch a wedge adaptor if you're loading the weapon onto one of the rear shoulder stations though, as the launcher is angled downwards to clear the store in front. LITENING III - Eduard have a good one. Just be careful that it's the correct way around.
  7. Decisions decisions......

    Zoukei-Mura's F-4 is a fantastic kit and doesn't really need any aftermarket parts in my opinion (apart from possibly decals, as there's only one option in each kit.)
  8. Which 72nd scale Hawk kit?

    The current boxing of the Hawk T1 / T1A from Airfix is a good little kit. You can pick up the Red Arrows boxing pretty cheap. When were those markings carried? The early-style headboxes (fatter at the bottom than the top) were carried until the early- to mid-90s I believe, so I think it would have those.
  9. I think Xtradecals do them in one of their RAF update sets.
  10. F-22, F-35 Paints new company

    The F-22 and F-35 most definitely are painted. Both came out of their respective factories in primer (mint green in the case of the F-35). There are unpainted areas on the them, as there are on all jets, but overall they are definitely painted.
  11. RAF Typhoon display aircraft Qu.

    I strongly suspect it'll be for fuel. Some displays are away from the airfield at which the aircraft is based, so presumably the fuel is needed to transit to and from the display as well as for the display itself. It's more economical to work up one display (with a tank) than two (one with and one without) so they display with it.
  12. If you have one from a Revell Typhoon take an ASRAAM and remove all of the fins - that should get you fairly close. I don't believe there is a RAIDS pod available aftermarket in 1/32.
  13. Airfix 1/72nd Eurofighter F2

    You must have had a different new-tool Revell Typhoon than me, because mine had all of the same fit issues as the older kit. Was not impressed to pay more money for fewer parts and the same fit problems.
  14. eurofighter kit for a beginner

    If you're not bothered about accuracy but want something that is fairly straightforward then go for Hobbyboss.
  15. Airfix 1/72nd Eurofighter F2

    At a push you could, but it still wouldn't be correct. Your best bet for a prototype would be to try and find some photos of DA2 in its all black scheme and paint it as that.