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  1. Hi Rob, I haven't seen a Kinetic kit in the flesh so I don't think it would be fair to try and compare the two. (and I haven't looked at a Hasegawa kit in a while) In one of your photos you have a nice close up of the left side of the tail. It looks to be more subdued than the divots that Hawegawa has there, but I'm not sure.
  2. I haven't built a Hasegawa kit yet, but the heavy rivet dimpling, particularly on the wings (and the tailplane?), is something I'd want to eliminate or greatly reduce somehow. I've seen a lot of operational CF-104s in the flesh and the wing riveting is virtually invisible under a coat of paint.
  3. Lots of good progress going on there! For the tip tank painting of an AETE aircraft, you should note that in those photos there are bands of Day-Glo and camera access panels painted in Red. It's very hard to tell from the photos but to these eyes it appears that the bottom of the wings is really in the ball park for Grey 501-109.
  4. I found one photo online that shows a CF-18 (painted in 36375 on the bottom) flying alongside a CP-104 Aurora in the original white over Grey 501-109 colour scheme. Unfortunately it is of such poor quality that it's useless to use to compare the two aircraft's lower surface colours.
  5. Hi Rob, I wouldn't recommend FS 36375 as a substitute. While being a slightly cool grey it still doesn't even come close to distinct bluish-green-grey character of Grey 501-109. Other colours like RAF Sky and Luftwaffe Hellgrau 76 are a bit closer but are still pretty far off the mark, depending on how concerned you are about such things. I think that Frank Cuden's paint mix described above resulted in a pleasing representation of the colour. The wing bottom colour on the CF-104 is certainly not easy to describe and the shift seen colour photos and computer monitors do
  6. Hi Rob, For the camera windows I think you've got it right on; two round camera windows, and two rectangular windows; of course these would have to be optically flat windows in order to reduce distortion. I've asked a question about these tip tanks on a Facebook group for CAF Photo Techs/Image Techs, but I haven't yet heard back from anybody in my old military trade that worked on CEPE/AETE CF-104 camera pods. Note that the cameras would only be mounted and visible if they were installed for a specific tasking.
  7. (sorry for the delay in putting this together) Hi Rob, That particular scheme on the CF-104 carries a mix of 1-GP-12c colour 609-401 Day-Glo Red-Orange and the Canadian 1-GP-12c colour Red 509-102 or by the later specified (starting in 1971) colour of Red 509-101. Red 509-101 was later replaced by the closest FS595 colour, Red 11105. It’s a reasonably close replacement colour. According to Pat Martin’s great series of books on RCAF and CAF aircraft schemes and colours, the CF-104 in Canada originally had a horizontal stabilizer painted in Day-Glo Red-Orange,
  8. Here are a couple of shots of that camera turret as used on that AETE CF-104. I don't know if it was fitted on their other Starfighters, as it looks like they had to cut a hole into the belly skin to make room for the installation. You can see that the white camera body points straight down so I am assuming that there's a 45-degree mirror to bounce the image up to the lens. I'm sure the turret could rotate to point at whatever was being studied at the time on the fuselage or wings. I hope these links will bring you to the images: https://www.dropbox.com/s/17wu4hydafy5jzz/DND Canada
  9. Well, a quick search on the other computer didn't turn up the desired Canadian War Museum images I took, so a deeper search is underway as I type this. Here are a couple of shots of P8332 when it was photographed in the 1960's at the then-National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. This is certainly a rebuild/restoration so there are a number of odd features on the aircraft that are "not on" for this variant or even for a Spitfire. However the lower wing bulges are visible, so hopefully they advance the conversation until I can find the desired imagery. DND Canada photo PL-144713
  10. Okay, I'll dig for it in the home office hard drive later today. Unfortunately the room is adjacent to the bedroom where SWMBO is sleeping for her night shift at the hospital. I fear for my life if I wake her up; I'm sure you understand.
  11. Somewhere on a hard drive I have photos of the underside of the wing of the Canadian War Museum's Mk. IIb (P8332) which is on display on an elevated platform here in Ottawa. If I find it I'll post the picture up here. I searched online and found a few ground-level photos but you don't get a good view of the cannon bulge arrangement.
  12. those mods would be nice to see! I'm sure there was a lot going on there that would be really helpful to building a model of one of these beauties.
  13. I really like the overall effect of the overpainting on the desert scheme. I would have loved to have seen some in-progress shots of the paint job and markings as it was all coming together.
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