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  1. I would like to built the SO 8000 Narval but I wonder how to glue polyurethane REIN?
  2. Fujimi still rules. A bit disappointing from Airfix on that one
  3. May I missed it but how the Aifix kit compares itself to the Fujimi one in terms of accuracy and details. From the pictures of the Aifix rendition, it seems to me that the panel lines are a bit heavy. I also read that some details were missing. Thx
  4. The cockpit color was overall black in Mirages IVA, it was blue-grey in the IVP with black consoles
  5. After scribing, I sand the part with 600 wet paper, then 000 steelwhool to remove the dust out of the engraved lines, then dishwashing soap with an old electric toothbrush. Some runs some trichloroethylene or extra fluid glue to level the bottom of the lines but I don't feel it's necessary.
  6. Half British...But I agree on the color ;-)
  7. It is the way many buildings instructions tell to do. I think it can do the trick.
  8. Actually, the topside colours faded badly. On some pictures, the green is almost brown and the grey is very clear. So,any kind of NATO dark green and NATO blueish grey could suit. The biggest challenge is to match the underside color wich is labelled as metallic grey, aka something in the between of...grey and metal.
  9. It is to avoid erosion fron dust and sand
  10. It depends on the location of the seam. Some will be unreachable after assembly is complete or surrounded by details wich make sanding difficult. You have to figure how to sand each of them and make a decision about the balance of ease to sand/detail destruction and rebuilding.
  11. I don't think it is related to the role. I am working on su-15 at the moment and it can bear bort numbers of different colors.
  12. Hi, The Mirage IV A did not carry BOZ and PHIMAT at the sama time as they are both chaffs dispenser. For the considered time frame, you should go with aBOZ or a PHIMAT under the right wing and a Barracuda jammer under left wing. The early Barracuda was a single band jammer, the late one was a twin band jammer but I think it appeared later.
  13. During Desert Storm, some french Jaguar were overpainted in a hurry with some acrylic paints bought from hardware stores in the vicinity of Toul airbase and St Dizier airbase. They weathered badly and rapidly so the colours were alterate and if I were you, I would not bother too much with the shades accuracy. My 2 cents :-)
  14. The camo pattern is the same as the regular green/grey camo, just replace the gray by the lightest colour and your done
  15. RP-36 and RP-35 were both produced by SECAN, in the same frame time, they shared the same external dimension, so I guess they were externally identical. I think that the differences are a matter of internal plumbing/wiring according to aircraft type specificity. It seems to me that the RAF tanks are different. Their central body section seems more conical but I have no clue on that.
  16. The external fuel tanks were RP-36. They fitted underwing and centerline as well. The Mirage F-1 used RP-35. Both tanks were 1200 liters. I think that, from a modeller's perspective, you can swap them. The fins were always installed (I think the cases were not jeetissonned in the DEFA cannon but I don't remember)
  17. squezzer

    Tornado EF3

    Italeri/Revell Jaguar has one in the box. The Revell Torndo has Alarm missiles
  18. In another pilot account, the AS-37 shooter was A23 but I can discriminate from A100 in the other pilot account. I can't access to my books at the moment. what is sure, is that the pilot was LTT Wurtz from the EC 3/3. The aircraft could have been from the 11th Wing as all the Jaguar As were AS -37 capable but I ve always heard it was a bird from the 3/3.
  19. Easy: the number is the wing (you need a 3), the first letter is for the squadron (3/3 is the 3rd squadron of th 3rd wing), the second letter is given to the aircraft when assigned to the squadron. All of them can change if the aircraft is assigned to another unit. A23 is the serial number given to the aircraft at the factory. It never changes. Serial numbers are not really under military regulation and depends on the manufacturer. On each side of the fin, there is usually a flight insigna. An aircraft can bear the insigna of A fligh on one side and and the insigna of B flight on the other. Sometime, there is no flight insigna but the squadron insigna. For 3/3, you 'll have a boar head on each side but i can't remember if the band was a different color for each flight as it is today (thee are red, blue and green bands or the 3 at the same time on Mirages 2000D).
  20. For sure, it was EC 3/3 "Ardennes". The squadron primary missionwas to shoot radars. It was the only squadron of the 3eme Escadre (n°3 wing) to fly the Jaguar in that mission. It was assigned at Nancy-Ochey air base alongside 1/3 Navarre and 2/3 Champagne squadrons operating Mirages IIIE (and AS-37 as well). It was back in the 80's. I saw them buzzing aroud my home when I was a child. There is A16 on the sheet from Berna decal. According to then squadron leader Antoine, it was the bird he flew when he led the mission to Ouadi Doum. A16 and A23 were the 2 birds from EC 3/3 deployed in Africa at the time. The only thing you have to check is the color of the band under the hog's head. It varied according to the flight and could be different from one side of the fin to the other (at the time French Air Force had 2 flights and 15 aircraft per fighter squadron, 3 flights and 20 aircraft per squadron since the mid 90's).
  21. Ltt Wutz is the only french pilot to fire an AS-37 in a real operation. It seems that his bird was The A23 over Ouadi Doum. It is a pity my books are packed (I m move to a new location by the end of the week) because I m pretty sure that I have the answer in the wonderful "Jaguar, le felin franco-britannique en action" by Alain Vezin, a former jag jockey. By the way, it is not the real A100 portrayed upper in this post. The nose is lacking the TAV 38 laser range finder that equipped the french single seater from the A85 to the A160.
  22. On some aircraft with a fuel consumption or big tanks, aircraft nº1 has to refuel again ftar the others to avoid too big difference among the flight when it leaves the tanker. On some missiins, you hadone or another aircraft suckink the tanker almost all flight long, a kind of never ending endeavor...
  23. Actually, they did. The jag fuel consumption was quite low and the partial reheat or PC modulee started at a lower fuel flow than the full AB.
  24. This why a special regulation system was designed to allow the pilot to light up smoothly the afterburners at 80% of dry power in french it was named PC modulee. The power curve had no steps and then the use of the ab extra power was possible during landings. The system was kept on the Jaguar and was mainly used during air to air refuelling and aerobatics.
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