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  1. Thanks as ever V.P for your hard work to keep us up to speed on the latest releases. I had to smile at this part of High Planes' release news: "...These upgraded aircraft are specialised night strike variants..." As good as the ROSE III upgrade might be, I'm impressed that there a drivers willing to do the night strike task without radar. I guess that GPS and FLIR together must be very, very good. Supertom, I look forward to seeing your review and progress. Andrew.
  2. Sorry about that, Tony, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if it's inadvertent imitation then it must be doubly sincere... Good luck with the next project along these lines - I promise that I won't be doing another. Andrew.
  3. Yet another great series, Sven - thanks very much for posting. F-111s of any description are of particular interest to me, F-111Ds especially so; of all the variants, they seemed to carry ECM pods under the fuselage (I think behind the gun fairing) more frequently than any other. Still, it doesn't seem to be very common, so it's great to see them in your pics. I started a pair of Hasegawa F-111s a couple of years ago (thread here if anyone's interested), with the intention of finishing one as an F-111D with a pod attached; this might just serve as the impetus that stalled project needs.... Your last photo showing the pilot and crew chief of -156 sent me looking for more information... I assumed that the pilot was either British or Australian on exchange and it turns out that he was indeed an Australian, Chris Matters, as shown in this list of RAAF aircrew from the Pig (R/F-111C/G) community who exchanged with the USAF. Awesome! thanks again, Andrew.
  4. Great result Nikolay, and thanks for sharing your progress and build with us. cheers, Andrew.
  5. I understand what you're saying perfectly; I too would have gone with the same methodology of moving from light to dark. However, thanks to your example, I now see the benefits of the other approach. Awesome! When it comes time to build my (numerous) Zvezda Hinds, I'll be sure to do what you recommend. thanks and cheers, Andrew.
  6. Geez Nikolay, I think it's a great result for the first attempt! If you were to apply the green first, do you think that the task of masking the green 'blotches' prior to applying the tan colour would be easier than this method? I can certainly see how that would save a lot of tape, but it might still be time-consuming. Anyway, great progress and thanks for sharing your build with us. regards, Andrew.
  7. and is keen to see what you do with yours... it's only just dawned on me, but why are two of them provided on the sprue? TISEO was only applied to the port wing... Curious! Is that Esci plastic?
  8. Hmmm, Phantom, eh? Lovely Wildcat, Anil - well done.
  9. Good going Stuart, Your idea of the tail substitution looks to be an excellent one. I was concerned that there'd be a mismatch in height between the two fuselages, but it seems to be negligible or non-existent. Well done! Andrew.
  10. Hi Giorgio, Not necessarily. All TISEO jets had slat wings, but not all F-4Es had TISEO (and most F-4Es were slatted eventually, whether by manufacture or refit). As Sven wrote, only jets from Block 48 production (so with serials starting 71- or higher) and later were equipped with TISEO. Something else I've noticed about these and other late-production F-4Es is that they all have the ARN-101 fairing (low, black shape between the two upright antennae) on the spine. Given that the two features are seen together (at least on F-4Es - I'm not thinking of ARN-101 as applied to some RF-4Cs), it suggests to me that TISEO and the digital avionics upgrade offered by the ARN-101 system were connected. hope this helps, Andrew. P.S I really like these photos; thanks very much Sven.
  11. Always happy to help research Tomcats, but as if to demonstrate that I like questions more than answers, here's another photo of 159591 AG207, taken ashore just a few months earlier - note that she is in overall gull grey, not TPS (and with seats!). Obviously re-painting into TPS occurred some time after this photo but probably before Ike sailed for her Atlantic voyage - perhaps your 159452 AG202 TPS paintscheme is of a similar age? It doesn't seem too weatherbeaten (excusing replacement bits...). A stray thought about the different appearance of the radomes in many of these pictures - could it be the case that the underlying surface of the radome (which is necessarily different to the majority of the rest of the airframe) and its specific requirements for preparation is throwing the appearance of the colour used? I guess I'm suggesting that what we see as different (radome vs. the rest of the airframe) is completely natural if we consider how different the underlying surfaces are. Of course, I'm sure that there is equal likelihood that radome and airframe may not remain together for long (assuming that they were painted at the same time) and that the opportunity for disparity rises exponentially. Anyway, I'm still looking for more pictures of 159452 on that 1981 cruise. cheers, Andrew.
  12. Hi Richard, I'm guessing you've seen this photo of Ghostrider 207, taken the same time as the AG107 photo you found? It suggests that 207 is the jet seen in the background of the 107 photo; Bu No of AG207 is 159591. At the extreme left of the 207 photo is what I take to be the nose of Pukin Dogs 105, it also definitely lacks the nose pitot. I also note that 207 has a white drop shadow on the nose modex, not immediately apparent when seen in the background of the AG107 shot. Sorry if this adds nothing to the discussion. Andrew.
  13. Great to see your progress in general, but this was the highlight for me... I'm still chuckling... I'm enjoying watching this build unfold Christer; the coming steps promise to be very enjoyable. Andrew.
  14. Thanks very much Martin, VMFA-112's scheme just looks so good - thanks for posting your excellent images. Andrew.
  15. Lovely pics, Martin. Thanks very much for sharing here. Andrew.
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