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  1. While on detachment to Decimomannu in Sardinia during the early 70's with our 17 squadron Phantoms we met up with some Luftwaffe F-104 pilots, and I do remember that during the course of the evening's conversation ( And drinking ! ) we got talking about how our respective a / c handled. I distinctly remember them saying that the F-104 was a very stable airplane for weapons delivery at low level, which came as quite a surprise to me.
  2. Regarding the gun port I've just checked that photo, and the cover is NOT fitted. HTH
  3. As you are looking for F - 104 pics you should look at this website : 916-starfighter.de. There are photos of practically every Luftwaffe and Bundesmarine a/c there, and a page with every a/c ( both single and two seater TF-104's ) Listed by code letters / numbers. HTH.
  4. Thanks for the tip regarding the insulators, Randy , I'll give it a go.
  5. Superb model, Randy. Can you tell me how you made the insulators on the aerial wire ? I have a Bf 109F to build and I'd love to be able to add them.
  6. I found out the hard way that enamels on top of acrylics don't work ! I recently built the Eduard 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109F and painted it in ah Eastern front scheme of two greens. I used Humbrol Gloss Cote to varnish it before decalling, but was not happy with the shades that appeared. OK, I thought, I'll just re - coat the dark green, and oh dear . . . It was a disaster . I THINK Gloss Cote might be a solvent based acrylic, but it certainly didn't like being overpainted ! The model is now in my " Bin of doom " but not to worry, as Santa is bringing me a replacement
  7. Thanks for that. I like your avatar, as I have one of those badges and one of my friends is a volunteer at the.preservation group.
  8. it was built out of the box, and painted with Humbrol enamels, with a final spray coat of Matt Cote. The only thing I altered were the turret numbers. Took me about 9 months to build, and probably the most involved kit I've ever built, but worth it in the end ( I think ! ).
  9. I've been using the above products for some time now, as they overcome the yellowing effect that you can get with conentional varnishes, but I have a couple of questions. Firstly, are they acrylic or enamel based, as although you can thin them with normal thinners or white spirit they dry extremely quickly, unlike normal enamels ? Also, even after a year or so they seem to be slightly " tacky " if holding your model for any length of time, which is why I use cotton gloves. One other point . . . you can't paint enamels over the top of gloss / matt cote ( Ask me how I know ! ).
  10. Yes, it's nice to get these things right . I must say this Tamiya kit fits like a dream, unlike my Eduard Bf 109F, but that's another story !
  11. Found a photo of Little Chief, and I can just see that the landing gear is aluminium, but many thanks for all your replies, it's much appreciated
  12. Hi guys, I'm after some info regarding this airplane. I've just started building the 1/48 Tamiya P - 47D "Razorback " in the markings of Lt. Frank Klibbe's " Little Chief " HV V of the 61st. FS, 56th. FG. The aircraft is a P - 47D - 15, and according to the instructions the landing gear legs are aluminium, but I've also read that early P - 47's legs were olive drab. My question is : Which colour is likely to be the more correct ? Any help from someone with more knowledge than me would be much appreciated.
  13. Excellent build, David=, and probably more accurate than the Airfix offering !
  14. Well, what can I say ? just a superb model of my favourite airplane.
  15. Thanks for that, Lawzer. However, I've just bought the Eduard " Zoom " instrument panel, and it has PE seat straps included, which are pretty easy to fit, so I'll not bother with the Quickboost seat, although it does look rather nice !
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