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  1. Every time I walk past 15 dock (and 14 dock, I now imagine Dreadnoughts in there. Though it is very different from then, the extension is still very much a part of the dock. Also, I showed your pics to some modern Navy guys and they were impressed too. Thank you for teaching me a bit more about the environment I work in.
  2. Rhino

    USAF Two letter Tail codes

    There is a Schiffer tail code book out there which has a good listing, and being an older book it will have the earlier tail codes.
  3. Rhino

    RAF Phantom snow camo?

    I have never seen a pic of a snow toom, nice idea. The ground attack RAFG sqdn's would be prime candidates for this. Hmm, I picked up a part built 1/48th Phantom at Perth that would be perfect for this. I think the grey ones would not have been white washed as the grey is fairly light in colour and would blend in OK.
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    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    I ordered 4 despite the high postage (knowing Ali's work), and I got an email giving some of the postage back. That was a bonus.
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    HMS Dragon nee Daring

    The 'ball thing' is the Sampson multi function radar (MFR), and the aerial things are lightning conductors.
  6. Rhino

    Can I build an F4J(uk) from the 1/72 Academy kit?

    Also, the slime lights from the F-4S were fitted, but is an easy fix.
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    Oman Air Force Jaguar

    The shape of the HAS doors were different to what we see in Europe, they had a cut out for the fin, with the rest being lower down, sort of an inverted T.
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    Oman Air Force Jaguar

    I have never seen Omani Jags carrying overwing rails, as when fitted, the rails would not fit through the HAS doors. I left Thumrait in 2006, and all that time they carried the same camo scheme, with a blue RAFO shield. Originally, the shields were coloured as for the 2 Squadrons (Blue and Red). I did not work on them so cannot comment on the cockpits, but they were Jaguar Internationals, although 226 was ex RAF.
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    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Yes it does, see my current project.
  10. Thats a great site, thanks for adding it.
  11. Thanks for all your help and info, the early Phantoms are a nightmare to keep up with. Can't wait to see your book. Ted It is 1/48th, and designed specifically for the Academy kit.
  12. Progress on this one has been a bit slow due to other commitments but here as promised is the next instalment in the prototype Phantom (just in time for it's 60th anniversary). This shows the completed cockpit (minus seat) installed in the fuselage. The Academy parts were used for panels in the front, while I left the rear panel devoid of instrumentation. I've started assembling the fuselage here, with the internal details being added. Here I am putting thge fuselage upper half on, and attempting to mate the Brigade Models parts to the rest. The cut I made on the fuselage was not accurate, but is easily sorted. In this case it is probably easier to leave a gap to fill later, but I'm sure everone building the kit will have their own ideas. The Brigade Models arrestor hook is shown here. Later it was to drop off, and still needs refitting. Here is the Mcdonnell seat shown with a Martin Baker Mk 7 seat for comparison. The kit will include 2 seats for those wishing to do the prototype later in life, or a later airframe, though extra work will be needed for that option. This shot shows the seat installed, but I then took it out again to avoid damaging it. Here I have removed the lower pitot tube as it was not fitted until later in the program. Here I have painted the grey and white parts of the fuselage. One thing missing from the conversion is an additional fairing behind the arrestor hook. First is the standard look to the area, the rest of the shots show the fairing in whit milliput. Next is the undercarriage legs being added. Straightforward enough, exactly as per Academy standard. Thats as far as I have got so far. Ted
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    The Airfix Phantom - a personal view

    Sounds like we're doing thesame thing. Which markings are you proposing?
  14. The prototypes and a few of the F-4A's had the McDonnell seat as included in the kit, then the MB 5 came in later. I'm not exactly sure which airframe was first fitted with the MB seat.
  15. Ben. the fairing is not included, though the nose probe is. The fairing should be easy to sort with milliput, I will be trying it out soon. As for price, I'm not sure but somehere around £35 is probable. You will need to speak to Kevin at Brigade models. He will also be offering an option with an Academy F-4B as well. I will be doing another update soon as well. I have the basic paint job done now. Ted