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Pappy last won the day on October 1 2015

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  1. Sow's ear to silk purse, wonderful job! There are a few hundred pics including heaps of the speed brake wells in the reference pics here on BM BTW, cheers, Pappy
  2. G'day people, Sadly this one didn't get to the finish line in time. In my defence I have been out of the country for the last two months and have finally cleared quarantine with a clean bill of health,but still too late. The last thing I had to do was to replicate the two small bumps at the wing root on the upper fusleage https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/e66/Opsiras/DSCN8055.JPG The jet is now ready for painting. Also, I am looking for an Aero-5B pylon adapter (the adapter that fits directly underneath the aircraft pylon) that the AGM-88 is directly attached to. If anyone has a spare Tamiya adapter (Part E8) I can give it a good home. I do have a 1/48 Tamiya F-16 kit but unfortunately it is the 'aggressor' boxing so does not include the AGM-88 and launcher. PM me directly if you can help, cheers, Pappy
  3. Wow Werner, what am ambitious project, should an interesting watch. I noticed that you have two different sets of resin wheels, is intentional? following along, Pappy
  4. G'day Brian, Nice job. RAAF pigs (as they were known down under - never Aardvarks) had their seat cushions fitted with black sheepskin seat covers. Yours are painted green which is incorrect. Also. the stabs should be drooped (12 degrees TE down) when the jet is unpowered. This was a pilot shut-down checklist item. If the droop did not occur soon after shut down, the pilot would wiggle the stick which was usally sufficient, cheers, Pappy
  5. Nice, good to see the focus being on maintenance for a change, don't forget the earth lead! Pappy
  6. These are the resin PW-1 Goobers included as part of the Verlinden cockpit set as Mr Guru has said. The PW-1 differs externally from PW-2 in that the PW 1(fixed) rear fins do not have the fin extensions which are retracted inside the tail aerofoil assembly and extend via lanyard after release. This means their appearance looks different as the PW1 fins look larger and lack the squared off upper section in comparison to the PW-2. Also PW-1 fins are cruciform as the PW-2 and up had the fins off-set when viewed from the rear Unsure when PW-1 was replaced by PW-2 in USAF service, although I am sure guru would know. The PW-1 would be ideal for a 'nam F-4E/ Pave Knife combo however, cheers, Pappy
  7. Good catch Matt! I have duly highlighted and added a correction note in my copy of the instructions, Thanks very much, Pappy
  8. You could always start to add pictures of your dinner, that should be good for a page or two (please don't) Pappy
  9. Good pickup CP, I would not have thought it permissible to load mixed bomb types on a single station/launcher, cheers, Pappy
  10. Zuni's were indeed part of the USN arsenal. Tragically, it was stray voltage that fired a Zuni rocket from a parked F-4B on that carrier that caused the USS Forrestall fire. I would not have thought of Zuni's as A/A ordnance unless you were trying to shoot down a swarm of massed bombers. It was deffo A/G ordnance but very effective against stationary ground targets and 'softskins', I have not looked for pics of VF-111 carrying them but plenty of Marine F-4s would have used them Pappy
  11. They CBUs look like MK-20 Rockeyes in the pic above. Also, in regards to the aftermarket MERs, I seem to recall other builds where these were used only for the builder to discover that they were a little undersized, is this the case? It seems the problem arose when the kit MK.82s were offered up to the rack, perhaps you need to use the same brand of Mk.82s for everything to play nicely? cheers, Pappy
  12. G'day Tim, This is a great reference build by Severesky demonstrating what hard work and great modelling skills can produce, you may find it inspiring (or intimidating!) cheers, Pappy
  13. G'day Peter, Ref the u/c door openings, I thought that these aligned with the ducts (the 'nozzles') in each u/c bay to permit exhaust air to be vented out? I am away from home presently so cannot dig my kits out to have a look for myself. You have sheeted over the door openings, is this based on your reference material? Ref the proposed moveable inlet ramp, several well known designs rely on moveable inlet spikes e.g. Mirages, F-104, Mig-21, SR-21 etc, but these designs do not also have a moveable ramp. Alternatively, the inlet ramp could remain fixed and an internal variable inlet ramp (think F-14/Su-27) could be employed to manage inlet airflow. The movable ramp/variable inlet ramp is really only required if jet is capable of high Mach speeds. The early F/A-18s (A-D) for example have a fixed inlet ramps even though the jet is capable of Mach 1.8. Some inlet spike designs also feature a fixed splitter plate to separate the boundary layer but the TSR.2 would have been unique (and rather complex) if it had both a moveable inlet ramp and an inlet spike. Prototypes often experiment with different design configurations e.g the air brake actuator mechanism re-design you mentioned. My guess is that they would have opted for one or the other but not both. On the subject of air-brakes some designs will droop open when hyd power is removed. On Mirage IIIs for example both the upper and lower air brakes will be slightly open from flush one hyp pressure bleeds off, same for F-4s. Rather than attempting to get a perfect flush fit, perhaps the back story may be that once hyd power was removed the TSR.2 brakes sagged slightly to open? The F-111A/C and EF-111A all had fixed splitter plates with moveable inlet spikes. The cowls in these variants also 'translated' i.e moved forwards at low speeds to create an additional air inlet to permit additional air to be drawn into the inlet ducts. Later F-111 variants (D/E/F/G) dispensed with the splitter plate / translating cowl combination but retained their inlet spikes. cheers, Pappy
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