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  1. Italeri F-16 tailplanes are glitched, they sit more forward when they should sit a tad more backwards. F-16 tailplanes do not have a connecting rod, the can move in a symmetric manner but due trims and weight differences between port side and starboard side they will slightly move in an asymmetric manner, remember perfect balance does not exist and if it will a mere strand of hair will throw off your balance in a blink. As for differences between tailplanes you have early ones who sit flush with airbrake mostly YF-16, F-16 FSD, early block 5/10, later ones updraded F-16A Block 10 are externally identical to F-16C tailplanes. For export variants using small tailplanes it was just a thing in the early/mid 80s, I think some Denmark F-16B still uses them while all the others switched to later ones Luigi
  2. read some complaints regarding fuselage alignment and assembly, outside that I think it's ok, I don't own it because I would like to have all variants made by a single brand Luigi
  3. I did compare old ICM weapons with whatever Zvezda had, especially for the Kh-58 I think I had some side views or plans found online and pictures of it mounted on Mig-25 pylons and realized it was sadly small and at that time it wasn't worth the risk of buying Mig-25Rsomething conversion from Armycast or Armory I don't remember, modify said conversion, add even more mods on Condor/ICM Mig-25 as I wasn't sure if I needed Hasegawa wings or not and when the BM conversion was available I tried to purchase one, never got a reply about their stock and waited till present days to fetch ICM Mig-25BM Luigi
  4. You can compare some of the ordinance with ICM and Zvezda kits For R-27 there are three variants in the box IR, SARH and long SARH, if I remember it correctly they were a tad short and skinny R-73 and R-60 maybe the fins and canard were off, I don't remember if they were skinny or not but they looked ok. R-23 no comment I probably have a couple of RV Resin but I bought them after selling Dragon Air to Air weapon set K-13 and it's variants were probably ok for export variants ATG missiles Kh-58 was small, period Kh-25 I don't remember which variant was as there are tons of that, it looked fine but there were no other alternatives I do probably have one or two ATG Dragon Ordinance box with rockets pods and bombs and I can compare them with Zvezda and Trumpeter kits even though I remember that unguided rockets and rocket pods were kinda ok, no words about bombs Luigi
  5. you can't have idewinder mounted and put a Maverick below cause it will either burn Aim-9 eye or it will not have enough clearance to be safely fired, it's the same for bombs, what the greeks and iranians did on their inner pylon was to probably drill two holes above the original mount to give clearance for the Sidewinder, you can mount one Aim-9 per pylon but you can go postal with the load below, by doing that if and if there is a selector to either fire Aim-9 or AGM-65 you can mount two slanted AGM-65 on the LAU-88 triple launcher and an Aim-9 above the empty LAU-88 rail Luigi
  6. mine was either published on Aeronautica & Difesa magazine or somewhere on Aerei and other publications from Delta Editrice, I never bookmarked it cause "training rounds" and because I'm planning to take the whif route and modify inboard pylons to allow LAU-88 and Aim-9 launchers on like Iran and Greece did on theirs F-4D and E, that way it can carry two Mavericks and one Aim-9 per pylon, ECM pod, two Harms, drop tank and two Aim-7 Luigi
  7. The one I'm searching for was at sunset, three quarters from the right, not sure if there it was another Phantom with it or not, Standard Arm, Shrike, Harm and Maverick were in, not sure about ECM and drop tank, I think it was a Spangdahlem bird Luigi
  8. A picture of what you are after it does exists but I'm not sure if it was a Euro 1 or a Sea camouflaged aircraft Luigi
  9. Happened in Italy too, basically if I ever go to the two remaining hobby shops in Cagliari, one has lots of Warhammer, Gundam and die cast stuff leftovers from unknown eras, the other one is mostly selling only Italeri and Revell kits, he can bring Academy kits if you want, it will take ages as per usual but if you are after anything particular you only option is to buy it from online stores.For my other hobby aka figure collecting is pretty much the same stores only have Gundam and common WSJ stuff I don't care about, if I order from Star Shop they will just buy used goods from stores I'm already purchasing stuff and then triple its price. Luigi
  10. yes only to ferry, but there is some kind of silly speculation here in Italy due Ustica, as people was saying they used Mig-23MS with three drop tanks who flew past over Naples at supersonic speeds aaaaaaaaaaaand at low level so they could do mean things, searched all around the web and books to find how faster they could fly with just one tank, yet without any kind of guidance they could not fly past Sicily and go back without running out of fuel, lose their way to home or getting painted by radars as they did not have any kind of RWR equipment, radar past 20kms was blind, I don't know about their NVG equipment or navigation system but I suspect vectors and minutes, I was also searching how much fuel their engines would burnto calculate the flight-path and time needed to reach certain areas untouched but I'm going off topic so yeah, only for ferry flights :D. Pod was required, only certain missiles could go on their own due guidance equipment installed on the nose but anything more sophisticated required a guidance pod thus a 3+1 configuration Luigi
  11. What kind of KH-25, cause somewhere else it was stated the for certain KH-25 the maximum load was just three missiles as you needed a guidance pod. Centerline tank is another big if due clearance. I ended up filtering many Mig-27 pictures as I was searching for a specific Wild Weasel configuration that used Blizzard and Winter Storm(?) pods and I barely saw anything loaded past 2+2. If you decided to model your Mig-27 with fuel tank on its wings remember that you have lock the wings on a certain angle as they could not jettison the tanks nor fly supersonic with tanks installed Luigi
  12. I can say probably, it started on an Ace Combat discussion on a FB Group, can't tell you what because I'm following way too many groups (especially for Phantoms) that I easily lose track of everything in a blink, but for the Su-27 people was wandering why Hasegawa Su-33 had AA-8/R-60 included yet nobody ever saw a picture of Flankers carrying them and then someone just said that Flankers only carried R-73 and R-27 either in pairs or in a 2-4 configuration so 2 R-73 on wingtips 2 R-27ER (IR) on wings and two R-27R below the intakes, for Su-27 case especially for early variants I suggest you to search for Su-27 interception pics. For later Su-27SM3 and 35 variants those can be easily found on Youtube or in any "OMG RUSSIANS ARE SKY PIRATES" articles from magazines and news outlet of your choice Luigi
  13. Sometimes Warthunder forums and Facebook groups (yes that stupid game) have some of the stuff that got lost when google & co changed their search and indexing filters. Facebook also has a FW190 restoration & research group, maybe someone has no public shareable pictures on his collection and might share some of his knowledge to you Luigi
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