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  1. I can't comment on press speculation or on the operational capability of an operator. Sorry.
  2. No, they are classed as IDS. The ECR is a very different (and much later) modification to the jet and the ECR is only used by the Germans and Italians.
  3. It can be opened on the ground, but I believe it needs a lock put onto the actuator to keep it open when the jet is parked and shut down.
  4. With RAPTOR fitted to the left shoulder, the jet could carry a pair of Paveway IV bombs on the right shoulder. There wouldn't be anything on the centreline. The other common load for Herrick was LITENING III on the forward left, Brimstone on the rear left and Paveway IV on the forward right and rear right. Again, nothing on the centreline. Wing stores would be AIRCM on the left outboard, fuel tank and BOL launcher on both inboards and BOZ on the right outboard. No AIM-9s or ASRAAMs carried over Afghanistan in any of the photos I've seen.
  5. I'll echo what Selwyn said. The GBU-24s in the Revell kit are closer to a UK Paveway III, but still not perfect. Paveway III (UK) was carried by Harrier over Kosovo (I think) and by Tornado over Iraq and over Libya. Not sure about Harriers in the Iraq war, and I don't think it was dropped by either platform over Afghanistan. In Ellamy the Typhoons carried Enhanced UK 1000lb Paveway IIs. Very different to a GBU-16. One other minor point - the markings on the ASRAAMs are incorrect - the brown band (for the rocket motor) should be further forward on the missile. Those details aside, it's a great build of a kit that isn't easy to put together. Good job.
  6. TSR.2 is famous and the entire Airfix production run in 1/72 sold out immediately. If you want a commercially-available, injection-moulded kit of a Scimitar or anything else at an affordable price then it has to be commercially viable. There's nothing to say that Airfix won't tool one at some point in the future though, provided they can get the appropriate research materials and access to one to measure / laser-scan it.
  7. Revell, hands-down. The fit is a pain in places, but it's a lot more accurate than the Trumpeter kit and half the price!
  8. I may have to do this scheme on my second Ki-61. Superb job.
  9. That's right, the new tool has only been released as the Yamato so far, however it's worth noting that there are several flashed-over holes marked "M" that are not used in the new tool kit. Clearly it's been tooled with the Musashi in mind for the future, although whether I'll be able to persuade my better half to let me have it when it arrives is a different matter...
  10. Good job. A couple of small observations though. The decking behind the ejection seat under the canopy should be matt black, and you've missed off the wingtip missile launchers. Those are permanently fitted to the aircraft, even display aircraft, and have the chaff dispenser fitted at the rear.
  11. Yes, Revell have done single-seat and twin-seat kits in both 1/48 and 1/32. The 1/48 single-seater has just been re-released with the Bronze Tiger scheme. Not sure whether the 1/32 kits are in the current catalogue but they should be fairly easy to pick up on ebay.
  12. Best kit in both scales, in terms of accuracy at least, is Revell. The fit is problematic in a few places though. Italeri's kit in 1/48 is based on the original development aircraft and has a number of inaccuracies compared to the production aircraft. It's also got a few shape issues, particularly around the rear fuselage and the wing tip pods. Trumpeter's kit in 1/32 is a scaled-up copy of the Italeri kit. It has the same shape issues (only much worse) and the weapons pylons are all undersized. Costs twice as much as Revell's kit too.
  13. Agreed - go with Hobbyboss. My experience with Kinetic's EA-6B/A-6 is not positive. The wings wouldn't fit at all...
  14. It doesn't. They haven't fixed any of the fit issues with the previous kit, they've removed most of the stores and they've upped the RRP.
  15. Hasegawa fits better and has a full set of weapons pylons, but the seat is rubbish and the exhausts are only accurate if you're modelling an aircraft in flight. A replacement seat can, I believe, be found in Pavla's resin cockpit set. Olimp's replacement resin nozzles look lovely but are too large and don't fit. Revell's seat is pretty much spot on and the overall shape is very good, but as you found it takes a lot of work because the fit is poor in a lot of places. Hobbyboss is the least accurate of the three. It looks like a Typhoon but that's about it. I've heard it goes together reasonably well, but it's got too many errors for me. Italeri's old kit is based on the original Development Aircraft and is OK, but not brilliant and not very representative of a production jet.