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  1. The B61 started replacing the Mk43 and Mk57 nukes beginning from 1975. Accordingly, a B61 would be quite appropriate for a mid/late-1970s timeframe. Strike-assigned GAF F-104G, four per JaboG as stipulated by NATO, were indeed requiring a particular degree of attention - logistics, personnel, subject to extremely strict and deviating (US) procedures, etc. Later in their career, QRA(N), Quick Reaction Alert (Nuclear), assigned F-104G retained their M61 gun installation. Compared to the 2100lbs of a Mk43 bomb, a B61 weighed only 750lbs and produced less drag. If a QRA(N) assigned aircraft was removed from its QRA duty ("rotation"), another aircraft replacing it would only require rewiring as well as the installation of the mission specific equipment. e.g. installation of a dual timer and DCU-9/A or DCU-117 weapon control panels, etc. Keeping the gun mainly was a measure to ease operations. On the plus side, strike aircraft retained some minimum self-defence capabilties during their one-way mission. How comforting, isn't it? I will try to dig out some relevant mid/late-1970s serials of GAF F-104Gs for you. Cheers
  2. What an eye candy! Just another treat from your bench to marvel at - a born-and-bred "Mr Hudson". Cheers, Erik
  3. Gentlemen, Thank you for your kind comments. Cheers, Erik
  4. Merci Thierry, So the instrument panel is still representing pre-SEM standard. Still wondering why the aftermarket has totally neglected such detail, given that the SUE has spent most of its career in various SEM standards. Erik
  5. Gentlemen, Having a really soft spot for the naval aviaition of the 1950s and 60s, adding a "Ford" to my collection was a mere formality. Since I was a kid, recularly spending some of my pocket money for Buck Danny comics, the shape of the F4D has been quite familiar to me - back then the delta-winged F4D looked so cool. TAMIYA's quarterscale F4D had been around for some years, when I eventually had the opportunity to tackle one of these kits. Douglas F4D-1, VF-213 "Blacklions", USS Lexington 1957 In order to further improve an already great kit, I added a CMK cockpit set and Eduard PEs. The kit's decals were replaced by an AeroMaster sheet - AeroMaster #48-542, "F4D-1 Skyrays Part 2" The paintjob was accomplished using Gunze Mr.HOBBY colour acrylics, applying only restrained post-shadings and subtle weathering effects. The AIM-9B Sidewinders were taken from a Hasegawa weapons set. Cheers, Erik
  6. You really did a formidable job on your SEM. Love it. Did you carry out any modifications to the cockpit? Cheers, Erik
  7. That is one mighty fine model of a really mean machine!
  8. So let's take 'em by their words... Sort of odd decision to release the 1/32nd kit first, somewhat contrasting to the common folk's predominant request for a quarterscale version. Anyway, I'm eager to see them progressing - another all-time favourite of mine forthcoming.
  9. That is one mighty fine piece of modelling! The unique grey camo in particular brings out the F-1's sleek lines soooo wonderfully. Great job! Cheers, Erik
  10. Really nice Stang. I'm afraid, the overall lighting conditions while taking these pictures do not thoroughly live up to your model's finesse, withholding quite a decent share of fine details. "Minimal" suggestion: Placing your model on two sheets of white (or blue) A2-sized card stock and taking the pictures in the daytime on a day with an overcast sky - homogeneous lighting and soft shadows. On the other hand, taking pictures in the glaring sunshine is almost just as bad as too little lighting. Cheers, Erik
  11. Your experiment positively suceeded, and t's really hard to believe it's "only" 1/72nd. Congrats, Paulo! Cheers, Erik
  12. Once more, really good job on this one, Didier. Vraiment extra! F-4J and S are my phavourite versions of the "Double Ugly" phamily. Cheers, Erik
  13. In a nutshell: drop-dead gorgeous! Cheers, Erik
  14. Gentlemen, Once again thank you for your comments. Glad you like it. Just in case some of the Sabre Dog aficionados didn't know: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234965709-132-scale-f-86d-coming-from-kitty-hawk/?p=1709250 Cheers, Erik
  15. You really did a formidable job on this one. I love your displaying it in clean "all-up" configuration. Cheers, Erik
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