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Ben Brown

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  1. Ben Brown

    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Thanks!
  2. Ben Brown

    Mirage F.1 kits in 1/48

    Neomega made a very nice cockpit for the ESCI kit. Pavla has some intakes and a seat, IIRC. Royale Resin has some nice wheels. High Tech had an extensive resin set that corrected most of the kit's accuracy issues and added a lot of detail, but I think it is long out of production, now. I have the Kitty Hawk kit. Typical of their kits, it is overly-complicated and has some accuracy issues. If you search the Works in Progress section, there was a brave soul who adapted some Pavla intakes and a Neomega cockpit for his South African Air Force model. Ben
  3. Ben Brown

    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Hi All, I received an email this morning advertising some corrected intakes for this kit from Aerocraft Models, sold by Meridia Hobbies. It looks like they've added the missing vents and they include parts to fix the vents over the afterburners as well. Here is the link to the product: LINK I know nothing about Aerocraft or Meridia. I've never ordered from them. I just somehow ended up on their mailing list. Mods, feel free to delete this if I've broken any forum rules. I'm just trying to help those with this kit to fix a couple of issues with it. Cheers! Ben
  4. Ben Brown

    SAC White Metal Legs - Quality Control Anyone?

    Most of the models people are adding metal gear struts to are not in need of them, anyway. The original plastic struts are more than adequate for the job. Even the spindly main gear struts on my 1/48 Monogram F-105 were fine for almost 25 years (until I dropped the model while moving it! ). SAC's soft metal struts are usually a step backward, since they're not as sturdy as the plastic they are supposed to replace. Ben
  5. Ben Brown

    Phantom FG1 auxiliary air doors

    Tommy, Ron Downey just posted an F4H-1F flight manual in his Aviation Archives blog. There is a drawing that sort of shows the cooling air flow from the tail inlet on page 15 and a J-79 version of the air flow drawing John posted above on page 22. Ben
  6. Ben Brown

    F-4C/D - Europe1 scheme

    Hi Jackman, I'm doing this off the top of my head, so someone will probably come along soon and correct me. The F-C/D always had the 3 leading edge flap panels (sorry to sound pedantic, but slats are a different animal from leading edge flaps. F-4 wings can be almost as complicated as Spitfire wings!). The F-4A/B started out with 3 LE flaps, but they later disabled the inboard LE flaps in an attempt to improve stabilator authority. The J had the inboards disabled, but had them enabled for a short time when they were initially converted to the S, but eventually had them disabled again. The non-slatted F-4E didn't have the inboard LE flaps. Cheers! Ben
  7. Ben Brown

    F-4C/D - Europe1 scheme

    Michigan ANG kept an air defence detachment of F-4Ds at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC for years. They started out with the ADC gray scheme, then went to Europe 1, and finally Hill Gray. South Dakota ANG also went through all 3 camouflage schemes. Cheers! Ben
  8. Ben Brown

    Curved cheat line masking

    Hi Christian, The way you mentioned has worked the best for me, even though it's tedious. I'll tape a photocopy of the decals to the model, and then start masking along the decal. I'll use very thin (~1-2 mm) strips of washi tape so it will bend easily to follow the curves and then I go back and fill in with wider strips. I think Tamiya and other hobby suppliers sell their own brand of washi tape, but generic versions are available in bulk from other suppliers for less money. Cheers! Ben
  9. Ben Brown

    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Thanks, Dennis! Two of your three photos illustrate how crew names changed pretty often. Note that F/O T Newby's name appeared on both 004 and 007. Ben
  10. Ben Brown

    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    In searching RN FG.1 images on Google, it looks like having the pilot's names on the port canopy rail wasn't very common. Were they usually only painted on the starboard rail, as in Dennis' photos above? Thanks, Ben
  11. Ben Brown

    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Outstanding! Thank you! Ben
  12. Ben Brown

    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Hello All, Thanks for all of the excellent information that's been posted in this thread! It's been quite an education and it will be a tremendous help with the Hasegawa 1/48 FG.1 I'm currently building. I don't have much to add to the discussion, other than to provide a link you all might find useful and a possible answer to the comment on p.17 about why the decal manufacturers don't include crew names. First, the link: The gentleman who runs this Aviation blog (LINK or copy & paste http://aviationarchives.blogspot.com/search?q=f-4k ) posts something new almost daily. There are a lot of good references from McDonnell on Phantoms in general and quite a few for the Spey jets. Most will probably just be for nerds like me to read, but there is some info that's useful for modeling purposes, too. Hopefully, the link will take you to a page that includes FG.1 and FGR.2 aircrew manuals, fuselage cross section drawings from McDonnell, a Plane Captain's handbook, and a few other odds and ends. If you haven't visited this blog, be prepared to spend a lot of time digging around. There is a boatload of interesting documents. The only problem is that some of the web sites to host some of the docs, and they have some ads that might not be safe for work. Other hosts limit the amount of data you can download, so you might have to occasionally wait to download more than a couple of documents. For the crew names, in researching crew names for Thunderbirds F-100s and 4th TFW F-4Ds and Es, I found it extremely difficult to nail down any crew names for a particular jet, except on the rare occasions where I found photos of both sides of the same jet taken on the same day. The crew names changed pretty regularly, so it was hard to say who had their names applied to what jet. The biggest problem I had was that most photos just are not high enough resolution to make out the crew names. Dennis, would you (or anyone else) happen to have crew names for any other RN FG.1s? Perhaps 004? I can sympathize with the comment that Xtradecals can't seem to get the style of lettering right. They consistently botch the stroke and style of lettering on their USAF F-100 and F-4 sheets. Is it just too difficult for the artist to compare what he/she has drawn with photos, or better yet, readily-available tech orders showing exactly how they are to be applied to the airplane? Cheers! Ben
  13. Thanks for the additional info, Tommy! Perhaps Brigade can include a set of stabs, too. Here are some good profile drawings of the evolution of the intakes: The Phantom Phacts blog (A little off topic for this thread, but he also has some great info about the differences between the Phantom FG.1 and FGR.2) Ben
  14. Hi Ted, Thanks for the info! I might have to add this one to my "to do" list. Ben
  15. Hi All, I just discovered this thread and I'm waiting excitedly for this conversion! One thing I don't see in the photo of the parts is the fairing aft of the tail hook that was on the first flight jet. There is a good drawing and photo of it on Tommy Thomason's Tailhook Topics blog HERE, about 1/4 the way down the page. Will we be on our own for a nose probe (easy to do, I'm just lazy )? Have you heard any news about price? Thanks, Ben
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