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Rob de Bie

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Su-15 TM Flagon 1:72 VES

    My compliments for an excellent model! The VES kit is difficult to build, but very well detailed, and you model really shows its potential! Rob
  8. Air Britain's Aviation World

    Graham, many thanks for the fast reply! The article did not discuss the Postjager as far as I know, so that matches. I understood it would be a rather general article on using older drawings. Enjoy your holiday, and please post again if you indeed still have the article. Rob
  9. Air Britain's Aviation World

    Are there any readers or subscribers of Air Britain's Aviation World here? I'm trying to find out whether they ever published an article on the pitfalls of using old drawings as a reference. Please note that this is probably a bad description of the article's subject! I can't find an index of 'Aviation World' plus I have the handicap of not knowing the exact subject. The reason for my question is that I'm working on a drawing of a 1930's Dutch mailplane, the Pander Postjager, and this article was mentioned as useful for the research for this drawing. Rob
  10. Ecuador T-33 - calling Latin experts!

    I was about to mention that title too. I don't have it, but I checked 'Militair 1982' by John Andrade, and it lists: "About a dozen are active. Call signs include AT-707, AT-799, AT-919 and FT-872/52-1872" Rob
  11. Scratch building a roll cage

    Maybe some tips on the build sequence, based on the single roll cage that I've partly built so far. I used 2 mm polystyrene tube with brass wire inside, otherwise the bends will not stay in the plastic. I started with the main hoop. That can be lot of work to make fit properly, since it needs to fit tightly against the roof and the B-pillars. I think I test-fitted it two dozen times. And then I bent a fresh one because the first one was a bit worn out. Next were the two stays to the rear. That way you stabilise the main hoop nicely, giving you a solid base. The third part was the roof hoop. Not all cars are built like this, in some the A-pillar tubes run all the way to the main hoop. Since the roof hoop cannot float free, I installed some temporary braces. The fourth part consisted of the A-pillar tubes. They were very difficult for this car, and the one in the photo is not the definitive one. I even had to build more temporary braces / jigs. Turns out those A-pillar tubes required another bend near the roof hoop. That's how far I got. It can be a lot of work, but it is fun to do. Looking at other scratch-built roll cages, I often see tubing that is too thick, and that makes it look like a toy. In this case I found out the correct diameter in the class rules from that era. Another thing I notice often is that the roof tubes are set too low, so they are very visible through the windows. On real cars this is usually not the case. Good luck with your project! Rob
  12. Maintrack Project X

    I have the Olimp Short SC1. I compared it to photos of the Maintrack kit, and they are different kits as far as I can tell. I found the quality excellent, except for some air bubbles in the leading edges and in the fuselage bottom. Here's mine partly assembled. Rob
  13. Porsche 917k reference material

    You will very likely find some photos here, hundreds and hundreds of sportscar photos. But it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. https://sportprototipo.tumblr.com/archive Rob
  14. Looking for 1/48 48" raf white codes

    You can have white decals of your own design printed on an Alps, here's a list of custom printers: https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/models/decals.htm#custom Rob
  15. Airfix Skyraider - Resuming work after about 20 years

    Possibly Apocryphal, despite being at opposite ends of the globe, I did remarkably similar work on my Airfix Skyraider! I think I was 15 years of age when I started it, and I spent years fiddling with it. The inspiration came from a Modeldecal sheet, that my local hobby shop sold. For a long time I used its tiny drawings as a guide for the modifications. I stopped working on it when I held a test-shot of the Hasegawa Skyraider in my hands, Scalemates says it issued 1996, so maybe it was 1995. A couple of years ago, after it rested in a box for many years, I airbrushed the model in a neutral grey to judge its build quality. More photos and details here: https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/models/a1h.htm Rob
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