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  1. For somebody that doesn't like doing jets, you are doing an outstanding job on this!
  2. Aircraft 7 and 8 were the two seaters and this goes back to the F-16A/B jets from back in the day. Later on with the C/D jets, it looks like they had a D primarily used for #4 slot work (possibly to use for filming that season since mounting a camera in a two seater is a lot easier than a single seater). The only other thing to keep in mind is the Thunderbirds were equipped with Block 15 jets which featured longer horizontal stabs. The Airfix kit represents block 5 and 10 jets, which had the original short stabs. Airfix did tool up new longer stabs for the most recent pressing of that kit. If you can't acquire any longer stabs, don't sweat it too much. She should look fine with the original stabs in T-birds colors. I built the MPC version of the Airfix kit when I was a kid and IMHO it built into a nice model. I recently acquired a Heller example (same plastic). Sure she may not be a later Revell or Hasegawa example, but the kit was not bad for what you got and at the time it was one of the few F-16s that had the A and B option in the box.
  3. Might that also include Black on Black Aussie Ford Falcons prowling the wastelands?
  4. In good ole anti flash white I trust? Nice.
  5. Yes I am up for this. It could be a 1/48 or a 1/72. Don't quite yet know the specific subject yet as I have a few ideas floating around from either a F-14 FSD bird, to a VF-32 Mig Killer, to a VF-1 first cruise or a Top Gun F-14. And no, I can't do them all. I can only do one of these
  6. Great pictures. I am currently wrapping up a Minicraft (Entex) B-1A build. I am doing this bird in this livery using the decals from the Panda B-1B "Test Program" kit.
  7. Minor correction on the photo captions. The images of the B-1 from March of 1981 are actually of ship #4, not three. The big identifier are the black patches in front of the wings as only #4 had those. Ship #3 never did. #0174 was also equipped with ejection seats rather than the ejection capsule, so the window frames look a little different. If you look close, the side post angles are different. They sweep forward on the capsule equipped jets while on 0174 they are almost straight up and down (same as on the B-1Bs). Also the ejection capsule equipped B-1s all have a "mohawk" protrusion just above the cockpit. From what I have been able to find, but ship #3 and ship #4 were given the extended spine and apparently wore it at the same time for awhile. Ship #4 was equipped with it as it was selected along with ship #2 (0159) to take part in the B-1B test program while ships #1 and #3 weren't utilized as much since they were higher time airframes (ship #3 was the second B-1A to fly. Ship #2 took longer to finish since it was used as a static test airframe before it got rebuilt for flight test). Ship #3 eventually got the spine removed. Ship #4 was used in offensive/defensive avionics testing and got the blunted rear cone while Ship #3 kept its pointed B-1A tail cone. As for why #0158's tail looks a little different, the fin cap had been removed. The plane as I understand it had ended its flying days. So by that point she was mostly a parked display bird. It is a pity that she never got put in a museum and ended up getting scrapped. Today, Ship #3 which is the only remaining B-1A with the ejection capsule is on display in the Wings over the Rockies museum near Denver, CO. Ship #4 is on outdoor display at the SAC Museum near Ashland, NE. Her elevators have been removed and the paint turned some weird funky shades when she was placed outside, but otherwise she looks pretty good.
  8. I may just have to take part in this. I recently found an example of the very first kit I did, a Revell 1/72 F4U Corsair kit. Baa Baa Blacksheep was on at the time and my brother "helped" me to build this one when I was 6 years old (i.e. he did most of the work, I helped, but I learned a lot). Runner up will be the box scale B-24 kit Revell did and Atlantis just reissued. While I had help with the paint, that one I did most of the building on.
  9. I think you did a great job. Gunsights on T-38s are such a rare thing I doubt anyone would notice a lack of one.
  10. Hey there guys. I just picked up the new 1/48 scale Spit Mk 1 kit (#61119) today and it has some very nice features for interwar years Spit birds. If you plan to do a 1938-39 model Spitfire, here are some features which I think will be a nice surprise for you.: Pre-war ring and bead gun sight- Using a combination of some styrene and included photoetch, this is the first 1/48 Spitfire I have seen which includes the ring and bead sight. When I did my Interwar 19 Squadron bird years ago, I had to cobble something together. Two pronged fork pitot tube- Again, it wasn't around when I did my build. Granted Tamiya isn't the first to do this style of tube as the Hornby Airfix 2015 Spit Mk I kit (A05126) also included it. But it is nice to see Tamiya noticed it as well. Gun heater exhaust vents in the wings- This is something I have never seen on a 1/48 Spit kit. Early Spitfires tried to use exhaust gas heating to keep the .303s from freezing in flight. Heating ducts were installed along with an exhaust port in each wing. Tamiya put those into this kit! The wing mount holes are flashed over for those who want to do BoB aircraft. But, it is nice to have that option in this kit! Unarmored glass windscreen- Tamiya did the windscreen un-armored with the simple frame. Two versions of armored glass can be installed over the top of this for WW2 birds. The shape of the windscreen looks beautiful and at a nice petite thickness for pre-war birds. The pre-war marking option is for K9906 of 65 Squadron, FZ-L from 1939. It has the later more traditional style bubble canopy and the 3 bladed Jablo prop. There is some debate about whether the Munich Crisis camoed topside aircraft had an all aluminium underside as the kit depicts of whether it had gone with the black/white wing paint (making sure to leave the control surface undersides aluminium if you go that route). Early square spine antenna- The antenna mounting for the early and late style antennas is very robust and designed to help eliminate a glue stain. The square antenna mount looks great and is less prone to flexing than the Hornby Airfix one. So, you can do the kit out of the box for a pre-war Spitfire easily. Now if you want to do one of the earliest birds, such as the 19 Squadron Duxford Spits from 38-39 you are on your own for the Watts two-bladed prop and the flat canopy. But the 2015 Airfix Spit Mk 1 and the earlier Humbrol Airfix Spit kits provide the prop to scrounge. The Hornby Airfix Mk I also includes the flat top canopy, but it is a bit too thick to use properly if you intend to pose it open. So I recommend acquiring a Falcon Spitfire vac canopy set for the sliding portion if you wish to go that route.
  11. Very nice! Did the Fujimi F-14A kit come with the early style wide beaver tail? You don't often see builds of that style in 1/72. I know Airfix did that tail in the original issue, but it got altered to the late style in the 80s and Matchbox's is closer in shape to the first batch of FSD airframes.
  12. It's a good kit and you'll have some fun with it. Monogram kits may not be the flashiest of the models seen today, but for what you get, they are excellent models for their time as long as you know you need to use a little filler and TLC with them when building.
  13. That camoed T-38 I believe is an AT-38B. Only way to know for sure is to look at the base of the tail and see if it has a small reinforcement spine down there. As for the NASA jet, if you plan to do one with the color weather radar nose, the Trumpeter NASA kit is the only option as there is more to it than painting the nose black. There are subtle bulges on top and bottom of the nose to make room for the radar antenna inside.
  14. Just be aware when researching F-5s used in dissimilar air combat training is technically the Navy called them "Adversaries" while they were known as "Aggressors" in the US Air Force. Yes, they do close to the same mission, although they approach it a little different. The F-5F is going to limit you primarily to doing USN aircraft if you wish to do an American bird since the USAF Aggressor units as far as I know were only equipped with F-5E single seaters. During times when an F-5F would be used in that role (such as for flying a VIP in the back seat), one would be borrowed from a training unit. Also, during the early 1990s, a few adversary jets started getting modified with F-20 style "duckbill" noses and extended LERX on the wings. Revell of Germany's VFC-111 Sundowners markings for the F-5F kit are/were accurate for the original configuration.
  15. Man those look GORGEOUS! They are certainly museum quality and I only wish I could cross the pond to see both these beauties in person. Building a single four engined heavy is one thing, but two at the same time... I think "slog" is a bit of an understatement.
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