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  1. Looking forward to your build Pappy. What markings do you have in mind?
  2. I'd be very pleased if our friends at Tamiya, or Arma, or Eduard, or ... came to the party after all your hard work here to render a much better F4U-5. Do you fancy tempting fate again and continuing the theme with a F4U-7 as well? Would that make a new-tool kit of each doubly likely? Fabulous work on the Corsair so far and a great finish to the Kittyhawk, David - congratulations! cheers, Andrew.
  3. Hi Pappy, From what few images I can find of this space in the Wings and Wheels Publication #4 book on the Hind, the colours appear to be the same light blue you've seen on the right side, and then a mixture of black (or very dark grey) and more light blue on a few panels at the pilot's left shoulder/elbow. Moving from the cabin forward, the light blue of the cabin essentially wraps around into that tunnel for 30-40 cm (much like it does on the right hand side) and then the black portions seem to be framing from floor to ceiling or equipment, but there's also cabling and ducting, some of which crosses both the floor and the ceiling. In one photo there appears to be a black(ish) soft cover (in the shape of an upright triangle - the forward edge is the triangle's hypotenuse, and this is basically parallel to the rear line of the pilot's seat) over the black framing and equipment. From what little I can make out, the equipment is installed on the floor and isn't very high (?20 cm?). In another image or two, there's plating at the pilot's shoulder/elbow in the light blue - the forward edge of this makes it to the aft line of the cockpit. I'd be surprised if you can make much sense of this - sorry! I can't believe I've used the word 'hypotenuse' in a post on BM! Andrew.
  4. I was intending exactly the same when I finally get hold of these sets. I will do as you plan and make the plates, and I also really want the outboard pylons, so it's not a dealbreaker, but still... Thanks for letting us know, Gene.
  5. Makes lots of sense and I'm looking forward to seeing your painting progress on both the Mirage and Tornado.
  6. Hello @Madmaks, how's your Spitfire progressing? I've just remembered your thread and am curious...
  7. Hi Pappy, I'm enjoying your updates and seeing your progress on this build. Having seen your Thai Viper recently, I know how well you can wrangle the Hasegawa kit into a wonderful outcome! Thanks for sharing your improvements and techniques. Andrew.
  8. Okay, I found a picture on Twitter of notes on a whiteboard that appears to be what you're referring to. I remain unconvinced that Fine Molds are doing thin-wing Phantoms (or the "entire F-4 family" for that matter) at this point. Thanks for sharing your analysis of the industry. Nevertheless, my comment was addressing what you wrote, not what you meant. And strangely, despite the back and forth, I would still like to see Tamiya release an F-4B in 1/72. For the sake of relevance to this thread, I will be super chuffed if Fine Molds do one too. I would genuinely buy one (at least one) of each.
  9. Do we know that Fine Molds is venturing into thin-wing Phantom territory? I'll happily buy one if they do, and one from Tamiya as well if they see fit... Presumably for the same reasons that they've elected to produce a kit of that variant in 48th. Might have something to do with substantial numbers based in Japan with USN and USMC units.
  10. Gah! Please, no.... ! I hope the fact that Tamiya has released new kits in 72nd scale in recent times is an indication that a Tamiya F-4B will eventuate. Although Hasegawa's kit 01566 is still available, it's basically the only thin-wing Phantom in town (I'm not counting the Fujimi kit because it seems quite hard to locate), Academy only did an F-4J in this scale and we've not seen an indication (yet!) that Fine Molds will follow their initial short-nose Phantoms with a -B/N variant. I may be letting optimism get the better of me, but I think that it's a bit premature to discount the possibility of a Tamiya 1/72 F-4B.
  11. Hi Steve, I think that @Tailspin Turtle (Tommy Thomason) has addressed the reason for the difference between the two photos in his Tailhook Topics post on crush points... I'm not sure that it answers your question about the underside of the slat, but it shows well that the surface of the wing normally covered by a retracted slat was not always red. My take on the underside colour of the slat would be white, but that's just my guesswork. For more of Tommy's great Skyhawk work, please see this post for information on the treatment of A-4 leading edges.
  12. Joe, This is the Aerocraft set that Steve refers to - it's very nice and even includes an insert for vents situated aft on the airframe, above the exhausts.
  13. oops, sorry for missing that! They look good and I see you also have the long carb intake. I'm looking forward to your nest steps and I hope to follow suit soon. Andrew.
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