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  1. F-35A into combat?

    Honestly? I doubt its true. Its a needless risk to send a $100M aircraft into the fray without building up all the doctrinal and logistical support arrangements to minimize risk and ensure success. While the F-35 easier to integrate than other comparable aircraft, its not that easy.
  2. Hey Guys Sorry for the late reply, I've been busy with some family drama. First off thanks to everybody who participated and finished their models. I've actually got five lithographs of F-16s for the winners... or at this stage anyone who might want them. I got them from Lockheed Martin for the winners but I've been a bit busy until now. I'll post a photo of them later today, and contacting people. But if you want one, shoot me a line and we'll sort it out.
  3. Very nice Dave! Always a sucker for a combat pair.
  4. USAF F15's to be retired.....maybe!

    That's a large part of it. The other side are the operational changes that are going on with the introduction of 5th Gen aircraft. As seen over Syria, F-22s are basically directing the battlespace, almost operating as mini-awacs/jstars: they have superior situational awareness to any other aircraft. Consequently the 4th gen aircraft are becoming less autonamous and more valuable for their ordnance capabilities. As the F-35 comes online it will be increasingly rare that the F-15 will operate alone without one of these assets around, therefore its air to air only ordinance are less valuable.
  5. F35 giggle

    I'm thinking this might be a misconstrued understanding of the capabilities re-ordering, or the prioritization of some bits of programming to get the IOC for the B and A models. There are no "skipped blocks" in testing: they can't by law. For the aircraft to pass the Full Operating Capacity and Full Rate Production decision points. Actually blind adherence to the DoT&E's test points has cost the US government more money they it actually should. Earlier this year the F-35 program office asked if IOC testing could start with 18 aircraft rather than the 23 required (the additional five would be ready two months later). DOT&E rejected that, which will cost the US about 60 million dollars. The body is reviled within DoD: its seen as overly bureaucratic, which helps not to improve programs but increase the cost and generates (often inaccurate) negative press. That being said, its been interesting to watch how the test schedule has been developed in order to compress the time and create savings. So where you had flights to test a single point... they've had flights looking at multiple test points. They've been using synthetic environments to test other areas (in some cases its the only way they can do it).
  6. Fighting Falcon ***NOW FINISHED***

    Oh I'm not the person to ask... I like the boring grey schemes. (If I remember correctly there is a Misawa and a Rammstein scheme in box?... always partial to USAFE...)
  7. Fighting Falcon ***NOW FINISHED***

    Hey Plane Looks like you're nearly there... this is one of my favourite kits ever, which scheme are you planning to do?
  8. F-16CJ (Tamiya, 1/72)

    Well that's the rub isn't it. While internal carriage is a prerequisite for low observability.... it has major implications for its operational employment. The average tactical fighter (F-16) effective deliverable load out is about 1000~1500lbs, for something like 450nm Combat radius. The F-35's is 4000 lbs at 625nm. The parasitic drag of all of those stations filled is pretty significant. Its something that's lost in the discussion. Still I wish there was more of a fondness for the CJ... its such an underappreciated workhorse of the past 20 years. It is a cornerstone of allied airpower.
  9. Academy 1/72 KF-16 - Finished !

    Hey Giorgio yeah... the academy kit has been criticized for the nose area. I actually ditched mine in a trade a few years after getting it for this very issue. The pebbly surface also turned me off as well. Nevertheless yours seems like its moving forward... Looking forward to more.
  10. F-16CJ (Tamiya, 1/72)

    Definitely getting there... nice load-out... down to the HTS and all that.
  11. Dutch 311 Sqn. Early 1980s

    ^ I agree... it looks like it just needs a little nudge to get it over the finish line.
  12. Wow... that's all I got to say Rich! Fantastic concept, execution, presentation!
  13. F-15 Silent Eagle, 1/72

    Its unlikely that anybody has made any decals or will. Silent Eagle was really just a marketing piece for Boeing to try to derail the F-35 sale in Korea, kinda like the Advanced Super Hornet in Canada. They made a splashy show of this super-duper F-15, which wasn't really going to happen unless someone was going to spend billions to do the EMD, which would negate their entire point that their offering was cheaper than the F-35 (which it never was). They offered a much more conventional F-15 for the actual competition, but tried some fiscal shenanigans (offloading the acquisition price on the operational costs) to get the program under a fiscal bar set by the Korean government's DAPA. It won, but then was overturned because of this because the program was significantly more expensive than the F-35 and much less capable.
  14. So I got a move on the actual kit this weekend. I worked on the cockpit set. As I said before the set is a drop in replacement for the regular F-16 set, but it needs a bit of finessing to get into the F-2 kit. However despite saying that, its not even close to the difficulty of getting an Aires set into a kit it was purportedly designed for... or that time I fit a pavla cockpit set for an Modelsevit Su-7 into a KP Su-7. I took a bit of effort to work on the actual pit's details. Primed it, hand painted it, added some washes and highlighted buttons. (sorry about the crappy photos, I didn't have my tripod handy). Next I started by cutting the area identified above... and then I attached it via super glue. Looking pretty good... I think (not that you can tell from the photos). I haven't got the coaming/instrument panel on yet, but maybe I'll do it tonight. Thanks for looking!
  15. So I guess I should get a move on this GB... I want to have something done by the end. I'm doing a Hasegawa 1/72 Mitsubishi F-2A and I'm going to use a F-16 resin set from Modern Hobbies. The Hasegawa kit is originally from 1998 apparently, but this boxing (the white box) came out in 2003. Not much to say... it looks a bit nicer than their F-16 releases, which I'm a big fan of. So here's a parts' breakdown... it also comes with a lavish arms sprue. What I wanted to highlight is the Modern Hobbies set. I can't go on enough about it... a resin set mastered by Greg Williams, who is an impressive modeller in his own right. I've used his products a number of times, and I have never been dissatisfied.... except with the fact that I didn't discover them sooner. Now the F-16 Set is not a perfect match both in accuracy and fit for this kit... but its pretty close. I asked greg what he thought and he made a couple of really useful diagrams for me when he sent the set. Here's an example. So what is the F-2? its actually a derivative design of the F-16 based on the Agile Falcon concept that emerged in the 1980s. Although F-16 originally emerged as the "low" part of the tactical fighter mix with the "high" F-15, the basic design was seen as being very adaptable. Early on you saw the F-16XL, a cranked delta that would compete and lose against the F-15E as a large strike aircraft to replace the F-111. AgileFalcon was seen as a direct competitor to the F-15C or even a low cost F-22/23 alternative. General Dynamics would increase the wing area, beef up the airframe, install a more powerful engine (Pratt and Whitney F100-PW 229 or GE F110-129, that would be installed on the Block 50/52), and markedly improve the avionics. Unsurprisingly the proposal did not elicit much interest, and much of the technology was incorporated into the F-16 Block 40 and 50. Events would conspire in Japan to give the Agile Falcon concept new life. The JASDF wanted to replace its indigenously produced F-1 strike aircraft, with a new indigenously produced fighter. The FS-X program would be an highly advanced multirole aircraft that would first replace the F-1, then the F-4 and eventually the F-15. However there was a number of issues. First that this was a massive technological undertaking that was not likely to come anywhere close to the budget. Furthermore while the F-1 was indigenously produced, it was by no means a world beater in terms of technology and design, akin to the trainer/light attack Anglo-French Jaguar. In the United States you saw increasing disquiet with the Japanese efforts, so a lobbying effort launched to dissuade them from pursuing the FS-X program and select an American alternative. Without going too in depth, they were successful and Mitsubishi and GD/LM partnered together to build the F-2. Anyway, that's a short history... I'll go a bit more into it while I build, and maybe come March I'll add a few photos of the actual aircraft... we'll see.