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Ben Brown

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  1. How about a 3-D-printed T-1A? I keep thinking about buying one, but I don't think I like Beechjets enough to spend 50 bucks on a 4-inch model of one. Ben
  2. Hi Fabio, Wow! Those wings and props don't really inspire one to buy the Welsh kit over the competition, do they? I found a vac version on eBay last week for less than half the cost of a Minicraft kit and it arrived a couple of days ago. It doesn't look too bad. I have a set of Aeroclub white metal props intended for the Revell kit that look like they'll work for the Welsh kit. I'll just need to trim them slightly, since they're ~1/140 scale. The white metal nacelle fronts that came with them look like they might fit, too. I think the vac wings and nacelles can be made to look a lot better than the resin ones, especially around the exhausts. Thanks for posting the photos! Ben
  3. Hi Martin, Unfortunately, I haven't seen those in kit form. Ben
  4. Hi Martin, I checked the manual and I don't see an MA-2 or MA-3 rack for the F-100. There was a Type III rack that was used to carry a nuke or a 450-gal drop tank on the intermediate wing pylon. I once made a set in 1/48 by extending some outboard pylons 1/4". If you are talking about rocket launcher pods, the pods mounted directly to the standard outboard pylons that are usually included in an F-100 kit. Here are some photos of rocket pods mounted to the standard outboard pylon. Look about 2/3 the way down the page. HTH. Ben
  5. Thanks!
  6. Can anyone comment on the Welsh vac kit? Is the shape any better than Minicraft's or Revell's? Thanks, Ben
  7. I can't speak to the dimensions of the Monogram F-105 and how it compares to whatever are considered accurate drawings, but I have stood under a 1/1 F-105 and compared a built Monogram kit to it. The Monogram kit captures the look of the real thing very well. The look of the nose isn't off as badly as some believe. The slightly undersized radome and the too-thick and off center pitot tube combine to make the nose look odd. As far as F-100s go, the late Dave Menard confirmed the old Monogram kit is the most accurate F-100 kit available, and Trumpeter's is a bit of a mess. He went so far as to measure the real thing. When Trumpeter released their 1/32 F-100D, he went over that one, too. I had the privilege of getting to know him via the Internet at the time, and we had a good time emailing back and forth, measuring this and that to see how the Trumpeter kit measured up. In the process, he discovered he had mistakenly claimed the Monogram 335-gal drop tanks were 1/4" too short. After measuring the real item, again, he found Monogram's were spot-on. For decent F-100 drawings, Dana Bell's in the Detail & Scale are pretty accurate, according to Dave. The Monogram kit does have its problems, but it's a better place to start for any version of the F-100, other than the YF-100 (Lindberg's is actually more of a YF-100). Ben
  8. I built the Revell kit several years ago. I used the clear cockpit part from a Daco 737 and the center intake from Authentic Airliners. The nose looks a lot better than the photo shows, and it definitely looks better than Minicraft's or Airfix's. Plan on lots of filling and sanding. The nose gear wheels are much too large and need to be replaced. Mine is in rehab, being rebuilt with the gear up. Ben Ben
  9. Rhino3401 on eBay sells a nice one one for $20US, but I don't see it listed right now. He isn't on eBay continuously, so you just have to watch for him to pop up. I see his stuff pretty regularly, though. You might try to contact him through this sale to see if he plans to put another batch of intakes up for sale any time soon: The only other A-7 intake I'm aware of was from Cutting Edge. Since the equally-good Rhino intake is more or less available, I wouldn't spend more than ~$25US on a cutting Edge one. Ben
  10. Hi Will, The only decent replacement seat I've found for the Monogram kit is the old white metal one from Aeroclub. Legend apparently used Black Box's too-short seat as a reference. If you use a correctly-sized seat in either the BB or Legend pit you'll have to remove the raised part of the floor they had to add to raise their too-short seat. I think the seat from AMS was sized for the Trumpeter cockpit so the bottom part would be too long to fit a cockpit meant for Monogram. It's been years so I cant recall exactly why I went with the Aeroclub seat but I'm pretty sure it was because the AMS seat didn't fit the Legend pit. Sorry I can't give you a better answer but I'm away from my models on vacation right now. Cheers! Ben
  11. I just checked a few photos of FG.1s and it looks like they didn't have the light. Ben
  12. The anti collision lights on the tail, spine, and undersides of the intakes didn't flash on/off, but bright/dim. Do a search on Youtube for something like "F-4 Phantom night" to see what I mean. The F-4B & J had a blue light on the port side of the aft fuselage above the trailing edge of the wing. I think it was used to help the LSO on carrier landings, but I don't know under what circumstances it was lit. I also don't know if the light was fitted to the FG.1. HTH. Ben
  13. If I'm not mistaken, the True Details F-4 cockpits are the old KMC pits. The master maker is the same guy who owned Black Box/Avionix, and is now employed by Squadron. I just installed a KMC J pit into a Hasegawa kit. It fit well, without much fuss. It isn't as accurate as the Aires pit (it doesn't have the correct vertical aft bulkhead in the rear cockpit) but it doesn't cause headaches and swearing when you try to install it, either. The casting quality of the True Details stuff was below average for a while, but the most recent set I bought was fine. HTH. Ben
  14. If you're referring to the upper surface of the wing that's exposed when the slats are extended, that area would be the camouflage colors. You can sort-of see that here: The underside of the slat seems to have been underside light gray camouflage color. It's hard to tell from photos, but the F-100D at the Udvat Hazy Center, which still carries (mostly) it's operational paint job from its Air National Guard days, is light gray under the slats. The interior area of the slat was pretty dirty, and combined with the shadows, it looks like a darker color in photos. HTH. Ben
  15. Carrier-based F-4s also had a blue light on the fuselage above the left flap. There was a discussion about it on ARC a few months ago. I can't recall the details, but I think it was some sort of condition indicator for the carrier's LSO. I also can't recall the circumstances of when it would be lit. It is in the crossbar of the A in NAVY: There were also three lights on the nose gear door to tell the LSO if the jet was on-speed during its approach. They were, top to bottom, blue, amber, red. Regarding the flashing anti-collision lights, they would flash bright/dim in unison. Search "F-4 Phantom night" on YouTube and you'll see a lot of good videos showing the flashing lights. HTH. Ben