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Ben Brown

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  1. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Thanks, Dennis! Two of your three photos illustrate how crew names changed pretty often. Note that F/O T Newby's name appeared on both 004 and 007. Ben
  2. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    In searching RN FG.1 images on Google, it looks like having the pilot's names on the port canopy rail wasn't very common. Were they usually only painted on the starboard rail, as in Dennis' photos above? Thanks, Ben
  3. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Outstanding! Thank you! Ben
  4. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Hello All, Thanks for all of the excellent information that's been posted in this thread! It's been quite an education and it will be a tremendous help with the Hasegawa 1/48 FG.1 I'm currently building. I don't have much to add to the discussion, other than to provide a link you all might find useful and a possible answer to the comment on p.17 about why the decal manufacturers don't include crew names. First, the link: The gentleman who runs this Aviation blog (LINK or copy & paste http://aviationarchives.blogspot.com/search?q=f-4k ) posts something new almost daily. There are a lot of good references from McDonnell on Phantoms in general and quite a few for the Spey jets. Most will probably just be for nerds like me to read, but there is some info that's useful for modeling purposes, too. Hopefully, the link will take you to a page that includes FG.1 and FGR.2 aircrew manuals, fuselage cross section drawings from McDonnell, a Plane Captain's handbook, and a few other odds and ends. If you haven't visited this blog, be prepared to spend a lot of time digging around. There is a boatload of interesting documents. The only problem is that some of the web sites to host some of the docs, and they have some ads that might not be safe for work. Other hosts limit the amount of data you can download, so you might have to occasionally wait to download more than a couple of documents. For the crew names, in researching crew names for Thunderbirds F-100s and 4th TFW F-4Ds and Es, I found it extremely difficult to nail down any crew names for a particular jet, except on the rare occasions where I found photos of both sides of the same jet taken on the same day. The crew names changed pretty regularly, so it was hard to say who had their names applied to what jet. The biggest problem I had was that most photos just are not high enough resolution to make out the crew names. Dennis, would you (or anyone else) happen to have crew names for any other RN FG.1s? Perhaps 004? I can sympathize with the comment that Xtradecals can't seem to get the style of lettering right. They consistently botch the stroke and style of lettering on their USAF F-100 and F-4 sheets. Is it just too difficult for the artist to compare what he/she has drawn with photos, or better yet, readily-available tech orders showing exactly how they are to be applied to the airplane? Cheers! Ben
  5. Thanks for the additional info, Tommy! Perhaps Brigade can include a set of stabs, too. Here are some good profile drawings of the evolution of the intakes: The Phantom Phacts blog (A little off topic for this thread, but he also has some great info about the differences between the Phantom FG.1 and FGR.2) Ben
  6. Hi Ted, Thanks for the info! I might have to add this one to my "to do" list. Ben
  7. Hi All, I just discovered this thread and I'm waiting excitedly for this conversion! One thing I don't see in the photo of the parts is the fairing aft of the tail hook that was on the first flight jet. There is a good drawing and photo of it on Tommy Thomason's Tailhook Topics blog HERE, about 1/4 the way down the page. Will we be on our own for a nose probe (easy to do, I'm just lazy )? Have you heard any news about price? Thanks, Ben
  8. AH-1G Cobra 1/48 - Help needed

    Not at the moment. I haven't had time to work out a replacement for Photobucket, yet. Ben
  9. AH-1G Cobra 1/48 - Help needed

    I recently finished building a G with the Cobra Company conversion and Fireball decals. It went well. The only thing the conversion doesn't address is the G's tail rotor gearbox fairing is different from the J. It's easy to modify with styrene. Ben
  10. Cockpit colour of early US Navy jets?

    Hi All, The FJ-1 cockpit appears to have been black, which was in line with North American painting it's F-86 cockpits black until around 1952 (IIRC), when they switched to Dark Gull Gray. FJ-1 NASM This 1952 video of the FJ-2 seems to show a Dark Gull Gray cockpit: YouTube FJ-2 video The jets in the film are actually the XFJ-2 prototypes, but one would think that production FJ-2s would have had gray pits, too. Cheers! Ben
  11. Whacked -Out Wild Weasel 1/72 F-100F

    Hi All, Ed, I just discovered your build thread, and your Wild Weasel turned out great! In the spirit of your statement that you like to post research information for the next person, I hope you don't mind if I pitch in a few things I've learned while researching Wild Weasel F-100Fs. I annotated that photo pointing out the antennae for a post I made on Hyperscale several years ago. The link to it died in the Great Photobucket Meltdown. I'm glad you were still able to post it here! I've since learned that that "unknown" antenna ahead of the ARC-34 comm antenna was installed on F-100Ds and Fs equipped to launch the Bullpup missile; it was part of the missile datalink system. You're correct about the shape of the antenna fairing on the tail. It was scabbed-onto the original fairing on the Weasel jets, but the later installations on RHAWS-equipped F-100s had the larger fairing, like what you've posted in the close-up photos of the fairing. The 1/48 Monogram F-100D has the RHAWS fairing, and the Trumpeter, Revell, and ESCI F-100D kits all have the original, narrow fairing. I have yet to find any photos, drawings, or even descriptions of the rear cockpit of the Weasel F-100Fs. I even asked a couple of Weasel pilots if they could recall what it looked like, and got 2 different answers, neither of which jibed with what little you can make out in photos. The front pit was supposed to be very similar to the front pit of a RHAWS-equipped F-100D or F. Finally, there was a film called "First In, Last Out" that was made about the Wild Weasels in Vietnam. You can find it on YouTube. There is a very good in-flight view of a Weasel F-100F with 2 rocket pods on the outboard pylons, and a single Shrike missile on the port inboard. It's the only photo I've found of a Weasel Hun with the Shrike. Cheers! Ben
  12. Tamiya alternative for Boeing Gray?

    The Tamiya primer i used was their Surface Primer in the 180 mL rattle can. It turned out a lot darker than the cap, which is pretty close to the Mr Color 338 and Mr Surfacer (not that the plastic cap is that good an indicator of the paint color ). Ben
  13. Tamiya alternative for Boeing Gray?

    Hi Andrew, I agree, the Voodoo Gray, as well as Xtracolor's Boeing Gray, has a slight tan tint. Many years ago, I compared the Xtracolor to a factory-fresh 737-700 that had been on our ramp for just a few days, and it was so close, I couldn't tell the difference. The Voodoo Gray is very close to the Xtracolor. I read somewhere that the gray Boeing used on the 737NGs was slightly different than the original Boeing Gray, and our 737-700s definitely had that hint of tan in the gray. Perhaps someone who knows more about Boeing Gray can comment on this. I think for my own purposes, since I'm fairly lazy, I'll just stick with Mr Color 338 or Model Master 36495, since I can get them fairly easily. I think I will leave the Tamiya primer to primer duty, since it is quite a bit darker than the others. Cheers! Ben
  14. Tamiya alternative for Boeing Gray?

    Ooooo, nice build! I need to pick up a couple of those, myself. I don't have XF-80 to test. It does look pretty close in your photos. Cheers! Ben
  15. Tamiya alternative for Boeing Gray?

    Hi All, An unscientific update to the Boeing Grey search: I primed my PAS 717 with Tamiya grey primer, intending for it to do double duty as both primer and Boeing Grey for the model. It turned out considerably darker than Model Master Canadian Voodoo Grey, Mr Color 338, and Xtracolor Boeing Grey. I wouldn't call it "very close." I went back to fill some gaps and pinholes with Mr Surfacer, and that color is a closer match to the Voodoo Grey and Mr Color 338. The Mr Surfacer 1000 can be thinned and airbrushed, so there's another possible option for Boeing Grey. Sorry I'm not posting pictures. I haven't set up a replacement for Photobucket, yet. Ben
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