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  1. It's alive Happy that it finally becomes reality. Rivets or not, I will buy one regardless (together with an example from Zvezda and Hobby Boss). Cheers Markus
  2. @Elias, I think MN-modelar are the only ones which have it in stock currently: https://www.mn-modelar.com/108360 Cheers Markus
  3. Cool, talk about a left-field choice. Anyway, I like it. Means more of my money goes to AMP Cheers Markus
  4. Maybe someone else will correct me but according to Wiki, the MiG-21MF was the first version to employ the R-60 on twin P-62-2 launchers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-21_variants#Armament https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikojan-Gurewitsch_MiG-21#Bewaffnung Cheers Markus
  5. Hm, not sure what they are but considering their size (not much larger than the front wheels) they seem too small for being the main exhaust. Maybe they are for the APU? I think parts 5/6/7/8 on Sprue H3 are for the main exhaust (at least the parts you can see with the gas mixers installed). Cheers Markus
  6. Welcome to the Forum. Great to see you are seriously upgrading this old kit, not bad after 40 years Seems you progress well, will be interesting what you can get out of the old girl. Cheers Markus
  7. Ok, with too much free time at hand, I've done some more research and while it remains true that OOB you are limited to an Afghan War Hip, there are a few more options with a frontal machine gun if one doesn't mind some modifications. More recent Russian machines: https://previews.123rf.com/images/oktober64/oktober641706/oktober64170600104/81983624-multipurpose-helicopter-mi-8-mt-at-the-airfield-in-pushkin-during-the-festive-airshow-.jpg https://www.jetphotos.com/registration/RF-19064 https://militaryarms.ru/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/mi-8-neskolko.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/56/Mi-8_(14345997200).jpg https://images.glavred.info/2021_05/thumb_files/600x420/1620200785-6569.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/05/Mil_Mi-8...%2C_Russia_-_Air_Force_AN1401249.jpg Or some Kazakh examples: https://www.planespotters.net/photo/256875/32-kazakhstan-air-force-mil-mi-8 https://www.airliners.net/photo/Kazakhstan-Air-Force/Mil-Mi-8MT/3904363/L Main problem is that most examples above don't have the exhaust gas mixers fitted. Trumpeter doesn't seem to provide proper exhausts as they expect them to be installed. Only hope is that someone makes aftermarket exhausts like for the Mi-24. Another modification visible is on the Doppler radar box on the tail. Seems it was elongated to the back (additional avionics?) on many examples shown in the links. And you need to blank off the tail gunner position (seems the required part is supplied). There you have it. While it is possible to expand the limited options Trumpeter provides in this boxing, it will require some work by the modeller to do so. Cheers Markus
  8. The Czech stencils for the Doppler Navigation radar seem to be an odd error by Trumpeter (surprise, surprise ). Especially because of the clear part with the opening for the MG but also because of the other optional parts (or lack of them) which are offered (large external fuel tanks, flare dispensers on the tail, exhaust gas mixers, dust filters, tail gunner position) it seems you really can build an Afghan War Hip only. There are other errors too, see here for an initial assessment (hope it's ok to link to another forum): http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/329024-mi-8mt-mi-17-trumpeter-zvezda/&do=findComment&comment=3094385 Cheers Markus
  9. Your Dauntless looks terrific, hard to believe it's actually 1/72 I've checked the WIP on your site and it seems the Flyhawk kit is a real joy to build. One question though, do I see that correctly that the kit features raised rivets? Are they a kit feature or did you add them using aftermarket rivets? They look to be in scale so they must be quite delicate. Cheers Markus
  10. Great photos, especially that BUZZ 737 would make for a quite catchy model. One could say this livery is 'the bee's knees'
  11. A very interesting subject you've chosen here. While I've never built one, Lift Here kits look to be of nice quality, so I'm eager to see how it goes together. They make some interesting subjects (especially the Yugoslav types), unfortunately not in my scale. Cheers Markus
  12. Great to see you continuing your struggle with the FM kit. Seems these kit's sole purpose is to drive modellers crazy (a conspiracy of French modelling companies, which includes Mach2 ). Makes you wonder if starting with the Sanger Halifax may not be a better option. Cheers Markus
  13. Good save, nice to see she gets some colour now. You really make the best out of what Trumpeter gave us. Cheers Markus
  14. Hi Matt, great idea to build one of these 'navalised' Sabres. Actually, I was thinking about doing a similar conversion one day so I will stay glued to your build Cheers Markus
  15. It is a V-shaped glass panel on the front windscreen (in fact two glass panels glued together at an angle). It was present on early Sabre variants but abandoned on later variants. Cheers Markus
  16. Great to see a quite unknown type covered by a good scratch build Cheers Markus
  17. Lovely Spit, really like your paintwork. Incredible what can be achieved with a brush Cheers Markus
  18. Hi, here is a good 360° view of the Rafale A cockpit: https://www.museeairespace.fr/aller-plus-haut/panoramas-360/360-cabines-de-pilotage/panorama-360-rafale-a/ For the other items I can't really help you but here are some thoughts you may want to consider. For the wheel wells, not much will be visible as the door remain mostly closed when the gear is down. Regarding the engines, it depends on which configuration you want to build. At the beginning the Rafale A was powered by two General Electric F404, so any walkaround of an aircraft powered by these engines (e.g. F/A-18) should provide you the necessary details. Later on, first one and then the second was replaced by the M88. So any walkaround of a serial Rafale should be applicable for this area. Cheers Markus
  19. What a mammoth project. It will have an impressive presence when finally hanging from the ceiling Cheers Markus
  20. Oh wow, that's painting masterclass That must be one of the most incredible paintjobs I've ever seen. Cheers Markus
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