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  1. I'm building a 1/32 F - 100D at the moment, and for the aluminium finish ( FS 17178 ) I used Xtracolor X142 , which is actually called aluminium. After spraying I coated it with a gloss clear cote before decalling, and will finish with a satin cote, which tones it down. I used this method on my 1/48 F - 100F, and was very pleased with the end result. The other advantage with using Xtracolor is that you can paint other colours over it, if you need to, and it will not "Pull" up the silver finish, unlike some other brands, like Humbrol's metallic colours..
  2. Hi guys, I know it's a bit of a long shot, but does anyone have a spare landing gear strut ( Part E 21 ) as I've just discovered mine has half of it missing ? Apparently trying to get spares from Trumpeter is nigh on impossible, so I wondered if anyone has built this model in a " Wheels up " configuration, so having the parts going spare. I would have used the kit's metal parts, but the kit was second hand and the metal bits were missing, which wouldn't have been a problem, as I planned to use the plastic parts anyway. Hoping someone can help out, otherwise I might have to have a go at scratch building. Of course if you have the metal parts from the kit I can use them, and will be willing to pay for them.
  3. I've seen pics of USAF F-4's where there is a difference in the camo demarcation between the front section and the centre of the tank, which suggest different sections. Having said that, during my time on 17 squadron in the early 70's I don't recall any of our tanks having separate sections.
  4. Thanks for the info on the replacement nose, Ben. I've just filled the joint, so will sort that out when it's all dried, I'll also replace the pitot probe mounting, as the kit one is a work of fiction, and the probe itself would scale out at about the size of a drainpipe ! Fortunately I have the Master models replacement, plus the AMS ejection seat. Regarding the wings I think once you have the drop tanks on and the leading edge slats drooped the thinness won't be too noticeable ( to me, anyway ! ) I don't understand all the accuracy issues, as their 1/24 Hurricane is just about perfect. Makes you wonder if they ever looked at a real Hun !
  5. Thanks for that, Ben. I do have replacement wheels and a corrected nose from Zactomodels, which I've just fitted. I also have a new pitot probe from Master Models to replace the " telegraph pole " included in the kit ! It does mean a new scratch built mounting point in the correct location, but I can easily sort that. By the way, has anyone noticed that the centreline pylon is too deep ?
  6. Thanks, Seawinder . . . I do have the AMS set, so should be good to go
  7. Thanks for the info, guys. I think I'm going yo have to measure the kit legs and compare the with the scale drawings I have, and take it from there.
  8. Hi guys, Just after a bit of advice regarding my Trumpeter 1/32 F - 100D Super Sabre wheels. I've read that the kit wheels are too big and that the main wheel legs are too long ? I have a set of aftermarket wheels of the correct diameter, and I read somewhere that the main wheel legs need shortening by 3 mm, and my question is : will shortening the legs affect the geometry of the wheel doors and struts ? any help at all would be much appreciated .
  9. You're right, Tokyo Raider . . . This kit is cetainly one of the best kits I've built, and it just falls together. I'm just about to start decalling mine, and if it turns out half as good as yours I shall be very pleased. thanks for sharing your photos.
  10. Wow ! that's just excellent , keefr22. I always preferred that colour scheme to the later ones . . . I think it must be the dayglo, and yours looks brilliant, especially after all the problems you had with the paint. Thanks for sharing .
  11. I think you're right about the two rocket pods, though we mostly carried one at a time, with . as you say a CBLS and strike camera pod on station 4 and a ballast Sparrow in station 6. Os course if on QRA duty they would carry Live Sparrows in stations 4 and 6, with a " bucket of instant sunshine " on the centreline. Also, the only time they had the centreline tank fitted was when going on detachment ( ie : Decimomannu, Akrotiri, etc. ). Mostly though the centreline had a SUU 23 gun pod fitted. HTH
  12. From what I remember ( it WAS a long time ago ! ) our FGR 2's would normally carry one Sneb pod on the inboard pylon, with a CBLS on the other side. Occasionally they would carry practice 1.000 lb. bombs for dropping on the range, but only a couple of times a year . . . dropping small practice bombs was a lot cheaper !
  13. Having been a plumber who worked on Phantom FGR 2's I can tell you that " Plumber " was indeed the nickname for armourers. I think it stems from WW II when armourers were responsible for the hydraulics, etc. on aircraft gun turrets, so would look after the " Plunbing " as it were.
  14. Outstanding build, , and I love the subtle weathering. Thanks for sharing.
  15. While on detachment at Decimomannu in the early 70's I got to " Socialising " with a Luftwaffe F - 104 pilot, and we discussed the differences between Phantom FGR 2's and F - 104G's, and I distinctly remember him saying what a good, stable platform the F - 104G was at low level, which surprised me.
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