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  1. The first thing I would do is go to Scalemates and see if you can find an instruction sheet for the ESCI F-15. Many years ago when they were still in production, I had purchased some bag kits of the ESCI F-18. About a decade ago I dragged them out to build a number of F-18s. They all ended up going out in the trash. The wings were molded with the top of the fuselage, the fit would have been atrocious, and the racks for the AIM-7s, normally molded as part of the fuselage sides on the Hasegawa F-18 kits was a separate piece. I don't know how they did their F-15 kit, but if it is like the F-18 kit, look for some other manufactures' kit. Not all of the ESCI kits were as bad as the F-18. Their F-104 and F-16 were better engineered, and while they may not be up to current standards, they are still quite buildable. Later, Dave
  2. You need to remember that some P-12s actually hung around until after Pearl Harbor. The few that made it that far were painted in an overall aluminum color and would also have been in the blue for the fuselage. There were also National Guard units, mostly Observation squadrons IIRC. Hack aircraft would have been around for both active duty and guard units that would have been painted with the blue fuselage. Later, Dave
  3. Tri Eythel Bromide IIRC. Not sure on all of the spellings, but yeah, that is what got ignition going. They had a built-in starter system in the barns at Beale, but they were broke most of the time I was there, so it was mostly the Buicks to get the engines up to speed for ignition. Very distinctive sound when the Buicks started up. Later, Dave
  4. Whenever we took an SR to an airshow (I went with a U-2 once, but we had an SR with us) they always tell the local maintenance and fire dept people that if the aircraft is NOT leaking fuel, then we have a problem. Sometimes they would also throw lit matches into a puddle of fuel to show that JP-8 would just put the fire out. It is actually a chemical reaction that is used to light the fuel for engine start. Later, Dave
  5. It is probably very likely that over a year later that you would find tactical aircraft in blue fuselages, however,t he blue in the profile looks a bit too dark to me. Later, Dave
  6. It's not just kit manufacturers. It also crops up with official patterns. Remember how on the wrap around SEA scheme for F-4s the bottom did not match the rest of the camo scheme! The Air Force must have pinched the guy who drew that scheme from the Army as if you try to build an M151 Mutt Jeep with the hard top in the four color MERC scheme, the scheme for the soft top (I have yet to come across a hard top scheme and from the few photos it looks like they used the soft top pattern) the colors for the front and rear do not match up to the sides! Later, Dave
  7. Sounds good to me also, this from a guy who used to guard them at Woodbridge! I will say one more thing. 736 was a DOG! Always breaking whenever it was put on alert. In 2009 I saw it out at D-M. Hopefully it has been scrapped by now that sorry piece of &^(*^&*!!!!! Later, Dave
  8. I told him that already! You chose a popular subject there and hopefully there will be enough of a demand for a reprint of the 72nd sheets. Later, Dave
  9. At one time or another nearly every SR-71 flying made a trip through to Mildenhall. As to whether or not any of them had the tail art on when they were there is another question. Caracal Decals has sheets in 1/48th and 72dn scale covering the SR to include some of the artwork on the tails. Both scales are currently sold out, but the 48th scale sheet will be re-issued sometime soon per the last e-mail from them. In 72nd, only Printscale currently has a sheet for the SR-71 and it only has the Nighthawk artwork included on the sheet. Later, Dave
  10. Sorry, I don't. Over at Cybermodeler they have a number of reference pictures to include the tail art that adorned some of the aircraft in the spring and summer of 1987 here: https://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/sr-71/sr-71_artgallery.shtml Some of the other reference pictures may have the info you are looking for. Later, Dave
  11. Which ever version you do, be sure to flatten the area around the small circular opening aft of the rear seat. The is the window for the star tracker and it is a flat window. The star tracker wouldn't work too good with a curved window. Later, Dave
  12. Maybe not so much on a P-51, but definitely on larger aircraft with a nose wheel. For example, on the C-135 family of aircraft there are two strips of rubber in the wheel well that stop the nose gear tires from turning on retraction because of the gyroscopic affect on the aircraft. There is a name for them which escapes me right now (damned CRS!). Later, Dave 2220 PDT 26 Oct - I just remembered the name. Spin Brakes! I've never looked up on the inside of the nose gear well on a C-17, but on -135s, C-141s, and for sure C-133s, all had spin brakes.
  13. e8n2

    Bearcat wheel wells

    The first place is H&B Hobbies. They are at: https://www.hbhobbies.com They had some stock problems in the past but seem to have gotten a re-stock in the past 18 months or so. The other place is the new White Ensign Models. They are here: https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/ The last time I checked they looked to have most of the naval and aircraft colors in stock. As far as I know they do not have a minimum order while H&B requires at least a $30 order. Later, Dave
  14. e8n2

    Bearcat wheel wells

    IIRC the walls of the wheel well would be gloss sea blue (GSB) and the tops of the wells should be either interior green or chromate yellow. Some may even have had GSB for the top part of the well also. Others should be along with more info. Later, Dave
  15. I can answer no. 2 for you. At the time period of the Louisiana Manuevers, they most definitely would have had the U.S. Army under the wings. That did not go away until sometime after the U.S. got into the war. Later, Dave
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