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About YK GOH

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  1. Brings back fond memories. The Airfix kit with the VF-74 markings was the 1st Phantom I built. Hope the aftermarket will produce the VF-74 markings of its first cruise.
  2. Masterpiece of a beautiful aircraft. A great reference for me. Thanks for sharing.
  3. I scanned this some time back as was also keen on arming my 1/48 Saudi Lightnings with SNEB pods. Not sure it is accurate though. Placed the scale bar next to it so that can resize the image to the scale I need. Can't remember which magazine it came from, likely Aircraft Illustrated.
  4. That's a masterpiece! Have one half-built and planning the same scheme. This will be my inspiration.
  5. It's a masterpiece! Like the wing pylons mounted perpendicular with the wing and the droptank fins parallel to the ground...unique to the F-104A/Cs.
  6. Thanks for the excellent review and photos of the sprues. Looks like a great kit that must have. Was hoping that it will include the radome for the weather radar which is quite a challenge to scratch-build. Hopefully it will be considered for future releases or the aftermarket folks will pick it up.
  7. Another Spitfire kit?... am pleased with another choice of an iconic aircraft, while still hoping that the less known types will one day be produced. As technology advances, the quality of moulding improves and with the research, new kits will replace the older releases. With such releases, the hobby continues to refresh itself.
  8. I do the same process as Space Ranger to identify whether the model is a tail sitter and how much nose weight it needs. It is useful information though, to know ahead whether nose weight is needed from those who had already did it. Look forward to advice on whether the following need nose weights. - Kitty Hawk & Italeri 1/48 UH-1H - Academy 1/48 MD500 - Italeri 1/48 OH-58D Kiowa - Monogram 1/48 AH-1S Cobra
  9. If you have not got there yet, the building is a short walking distance from Tai Seng MRT Station.
  10. Coincidentally the USN subject in this release, Bu No 145013, was one of the first eight A-4S Skyhawks refurbished from A-4Bs by Lockheed Aircraft Service (LAS) for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). These eight Skyhawks were assigned to a training detachment at NAS Lemoore in 1973-1976. Bu No 145013 was aircraft 607 in RSAF service. It was retired in 1993 and now preserved and on display at the Air Force Museum in Paya Lebar Air Base. The Bu No is stenciled on the nose-wheel door. Side profile by Miliverse for a project we are working on.
  11. The first F-4 Phantom I built was an Airfix 1/72 F-4B in VF-74 markings. Though that model is long gone, ever since had a liking for this colourful scheme, besides its significance as the first operational Phantom squadron. The commonly carried assymetric load of a Sparrow on port inboard pylon and a pair of AIM-9Bs on starboard inboard pylon, with 3 tanks, is also an interesting load-out. Found this film on Youtube and it regenerated interests in building a model of it in 1/72 or 1/48 scale. Hopefully, a decal of this will one day be available again...else, may have to venture into masking to create the bright red patterns on the fuselage and tail. Am also always on the lookout for Bu No of line birds, as feel that kits and decal manufacturers seem to mainly focus on commanders' aircraft with Modex 100/101 or 200/201. From the film and photos from books and the internet, the following table is what I could come up with for the 12 airframes that were first deployed with VF-74 in 1962. Hardly complete, and hopefully more information will turn up along the way.
  12. Thanks Chris and John for the leads Most grateful. YK
  13. The footages in the following IWM video of the RAF Black Arrows after it was stood down as an aerobatic team is most useful for modellers. https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/1921 Of interest to this thread is the sequence that shows a pair of Hunters equipped with 100-gallon tanks scrambling for an intercept mission. The status of the flaps can be seen in the video at time 8.59 (at end of runway checks) and 9.33 (during take-off). Interesting to also note the colour of the droptanks on the black Hunters.
  14. Hi Ed, well understood and fully agree. Rgds, YK
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