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  1. Andrew

    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    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.
  2. Andrew

    Tamiya 48th scale F-14A

    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.
  3. Andrew

    PBJ-1J, Marine Mitchell

    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.
  4. Thanks very much Martin, VMFA-112's scheme just looks so good - thanks for posting your excellent images. Andrew.
  5. Lovely pics, Martin. Thanks very much for sharing here. Andrew.
  6. Knowing the quality of your masters and copies, I think you've just entered Understatement of the Year territory... Keep up the great work! Ooooh, dat canopy, so clear and shiny!
  7. Great progress, Tony - love your attention to detail and the embellishments (either painting or additions) that lift the build even more. Andrew.
  8. Hi Tony, It's great to see a resumption of work on these kits and such lovely work it is as well - the painted intake trunks look particularly nice. I had to fight back the tears at the picture of your now-departed intakes; the thought of all that effort to mask and paint the suckers caused me much blinking... I'm curious to see how these turn out in your hands with the usual Tony embellishments, care and attention. Lovely bit of casting, by the way. Andrew.
  9. Thanks David, nice of you to say. I'm sure they'll get finished, but I don't know when... I was well-and-truly distracted away from these kits by the new Airfix Phantom, but have been regretting that decision for a few weeks now. It's entirely feasible that a new distraction will be found to divert my attention from my latest project and so, if the circular nature of life is valid, I should be back at the Starfighters in a matter of months.
  10. Andrew

    Airfix Sea Harriers FRS.1 and FA.2

    Thanks very much Dave, I appreciate the quick (if disappointing) answer. I'm keen to read Stu's article and see how he tackles the build. regards, Andrew.
  11. Andrew

    Airfix Sea Harriers FRS.1 and FA.2

    Thanks Nick. A question for the collective - has the re-release (A04052A) undergone any mould revision? I'm hopeful, in light of the description of Stu's build in the link provided by Nick: "Assistant editor Stu Fone employs scratch-building and aftermarket on a test-shot of Airfix’s pending 1/72 Sea Harrier FA.2 re-release" (my bold). thanks in advance, Andrew.
  12. Andrew

    1/72 Airfix Phantom

    You're right, Rich. In my comment above I really meant 'aftermarket replacements' or 'corrections'. I'm still miffed though that what Airfix have provided so capably in other kits (such as undercarriage doors with detail on their inner faces, adequate detail in undercarriage bays, pylons with scribed detail, or even vents etc) are completely lacking in their Phantom.
  13. Andrew

    1/72 Airfix Phantom

    I agree entirely. I'm curious to see what aftermarket enhancements will be released for the Airfix kit - the list of candidates is annoyingly long - but I also resent paying more for what was well within Airfix's ability to provide in the box.
  14. Excellent - that timeframe for a VF-21 jet would be perfect. Clearly, this is a bad year to give up purchasing Tomcat kits.
  15. Andrew

    Academy 1/72 F-4J Phantom II

    Well done Bill, That's a great result and a fine conclusion to an enjoyable progress thread. Congratulations!