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Rob de Bie

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  1. Revell 1/72 F-16 - the 1976 kit

    Hello Jure, thanks for the offer! Sunday is more than quick enough. Actually anywhere in the next two weeks would be fine! Thanks in advance. Rob
  2. Revell 1/72 F-16 - the 1976 kit

    Thanks for the quick reply! I would like to replicate the Revell cockpit decals, as shown in the photo of the cockpit tub. Scalemates shows all of the derivates of thr original H-222 kit, any of these would probably have the same cokpit decals: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/122545-revell-h-222-general-dynamics-f-16a Rob
  3. Revell 1/72 F-16 - the 1976 kit

    I'm building the old (1976) Revell kit in the red-white-blue colour scheme, in 'just like the box art' style. This is how far I've come: The original Revell decals are printed with one ink colour for the black and dark blue decals, and Revell picked a 'somewhere in-between' colour for that. Because of that, and because the decal film has yellowed, I redrew them and will have them printed. Here's a preview of the artwork: I would like to include the cockpit decals, but unfortunately, I had already used them before I scanned the decal sheet. Therefore I'm looking for someone that has this kit too, and can scan the decal sheet in hi-res. I only need the cockpit decals, without too much JPG compression. In return I can offer a fresh decal sheet at cost, if interested. Thanks in advance! Rob
  4. Lockheed U-2C Spyplane

    All modern books exclude the U-2B designation. They agree on the U-2C designation for Powers' plane. I would like to recommend 'Lockheed Blackbirds' by Thornborough & Davies for the drawings - dozens of of side views with sometimes minute differences, plus 3-views, by Mike Keep. Interestingly, none shows details on the Q-bay hatch, like they were censored. Actually I don't know any drawings that show the camera windows and antennas on the Q-bay hatch. Also recommended reading, and free as a PDF: Unlimited Horizons: Design and Development of the U-2 . The first part contains only a few new facts, but the second part contains new research material, like the brain damage that most (all ?) pilots suffered from the high-altitude flight. Wow... Rob
  5. I can probably contribute a bit of nostalgia too: at last year's Euro Scale Modeling (IPMS-The Netherlands) we presented a Matchbox display with all kits that Matchbox produced from 1973 to 1989, range by range. The full story of that undertaking can be read here, with many more photos, but you'll have to run it through Google Translate or similar: Matchbox display at ESM 2016 Rob
  6. What's this practice bomb rack called?

    Thanks for the reply and the useful information! Using this designation I even found a resin 1/32 kit of it, by VideoAviation: https://www.largescaleplanes.com/reviews/review.php?rid=1605 Rob
  7. Adrian, Dragon Model Works is the old name of 'Fisher Model & Pattern'. They changed the name when Dragon from Hong Kong entered the market. Rob
  8. Uhmm.. I think you mounted the skid the wrong way. The main wheels are too far forward now! Rob
  9. Air Britain's Aviation World

    Graham, many thanks for your efforts to find the article, and I'm happy to hear it wasn't time wasted. I recognise the situation so well, research material that doesn't 'fit' in the normal filing system. It often ends up in a piling system instead of a filing system :-) With regards to the inaccuracy of manufacturers' general arrangement drawings, I had exactly that issue with the Pander Postjager too. One drawing, issued after the aircraft was built, even showed a horizontal tail that was only wind-tunnel tested, and never built! I happened to have seen the report on those wind-tunnel tests, plus an independent flight-test report that had a sketch of the tail surfaces as built, otherwise I would have been heavily confused. That surely was a good reminder never to trust this type of drawings. Also, having made my own drawings, both by hand with ink and with vector graphics, taught me that it can be very difficult to accurately draw something with a complex shape. If you do find the article one day, please let us know. Thanks again! Rob
  10. I'm currently researching F-84F weapons, mainly in Dutch air force service (RNLAF). One item that puzzled me quite badly is this practice bomb rack. I found only reference to it, and there it's called a R-3. I *think* that this simple design evolved somewhat later, for use on the German and possibly Belgian air forces, with an aerodynamic fairing at the front, and possibly a stepped carriage for the front and rear bombs. But that's about all I found. Anyone?? Thanks in advance! Rob
  11. Air Britain's Aviation World

    I guess you're back from your holiday by now Did you keep the article as you thought? I haven't quite finished the Postjager drawing, and I'm still very curious about the article's contents.. Rob
  12. Can you tell something about the paint(s) that you used? I love the finish, it's so realistic, probably because it's not super glossy. Excellent work! Rob
  13. F-84F Thunderstreak & Mk.7 Atomic Bomb

    The photo that you link to shows something that has always puzzled me, but it starts to make some sense now. The Volkel-based 311 and 312 nuclear strike squadron Streaks mostly flew with an asymmetric drop tank configuration, always leaving the left inboard pylon free, obviously for the nuke. But that empty pylon never was the type unique for the Mk7. So why would they do that?? But I'm starting to think now that the B28 was mounted under a 'standard' pylon, since it's a lot smaller than the Mk7. Or to be more specific, maybe a pylon that looked like the standard fuel tank pylon, but wired for the nuke. Last night I went through 'Thunderstreaks en Thunderflashes in Nederland', but as usual it is very vague on the subject of nuclear weapons. 'Gestaag Gespannen' reports that 311 squadron became the first non-US strike squadron in 1960. The last 312 squadron F-84Fs left Volkel for Eindhoven in 1965. These aircraft departed in the 'Volkel' asymmetric fuel tank configuration. The book reports that the weapon used was the Mk7, it does not mention the B28. I would guess the USAF used the Streak in the nuclear role up to roughly 1960, and other NATO countries only after 1960 since 311 was the first in 1960. That could explain the difference in the weapons used. The search continues.. Rob
  14. F-84F Thunderstreak & Mk.7 Atomic Bomb

    A snippet about Dutch Streaks: in the book 'Jachtvliegers' former 312 squadron pilot Steve Netto gives a six-page account of the Cuba crisis, during which he stood on nuclear alert with 4, 8 and then 12 Streaks. He reports several times that the weapon was a B28. Considering his very serious tone, I don't think he would remember that wrong. But I don't think I've ever seen a photo of an F-84F with a B28. I'm curious now! I would guess it had a different pylon than the Mk7 pylon. Rob
  15. Su-15 TM Flagon 1:72 VES

    I think I read in 'MiG Pilot' by Viktor Belenko and John Barron that the PVO aircraft were often called 'elevators'.. So I guess you're right :-) Rob