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  1. That tooling was originally produced by Heller as a T.3. Airfix released a T.3 themselves, followed by an FAW.9/9R. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/heller-346-gloster-javelin-t3--137697 The FAW.9 required changes to the nose and canopy, the addition of underwing pylons, Firestreak missiles and drop tanks and the IFR probe, the addition of a third row of vortex generators on the outer wing upper surface and the replacement of the pen-nib fairing around the engine exhausts with the reheat nozzles. I'm not sure if those changes were easily reversable, but I suspect not (at least, n
  2. Sword would be my favourite for any new Javelin kit, given their previous record on the Lightning and Harrier. I think the most compelling reason for Airfix not doing a new tool 1:72 Javelin is that they already have tooling for a 1:72 Javelin. Which wasn't the case for the Swift. Jonathan.
  3. Looking at the pictures of 37-8315 (the "yellow" special) I took at the Hyakuri base show on 1st December 2019 - I can see no evidence of masked-off grey surrounds for the stencils on the topsides of the wings. I only see black text on a yellow background. I couldn't comment about black text on a black background, but I see no grey. The area of special paint around the cockpit and on the spine does have masked-off grey areas for the stencils, but looking at the relevant Fine Molds decals on the upper sheet in the earlier post, these rectangular grey areas appear to be represented for at l
  4. I expect Fine Molds would opt for a new Sprue C as well for RF-4s, for the flare compartment doors. Even if just for the extra panel lines. But then, RF-4s would probably require bespoke wing sprues as well, to get rid of the Sparrow troughs on the wing under surface part. I am tempted to think that the inclusion of the wheels and Main Gear Bay doors on Spue A is evidence Fine Molds are considering doing an alternative to Sprue B with the slatted wing. But it may also be evidence that they are less enthusiastic about an alternative to Sprue B with a thin wing. Hasegawa chose to keep
  5. Indeed: This one being the OPHIR pod. Not the same as the earlier HIAC pod: And with much more of a converted fuel drop tank look. Interesting that the TuAF opted to fit their pods to RF-4s; the JASDF and IDF tended to sling theirs under fighter airframes, even though they had RF-4s, to expand their reconnaissance capacity. I guess the Turks decided they already had enough recce assets (if not a good enough recce capability) with the RF-4s they already flew. Jonathan.
  6. I've been reading through the Wingman "Kurnass" volume 2 book, which covers the Isreali Recce Phantoms. It does mention the JASDF LOROP pods, and implies that the IDFAF pods were/are (at least some of them are now carried by F-15s) not the same - the JASDF version being more compact than the version used by the IDFAF. I don't think I have any information on what the TuAF use. Jonathan.
  7. Apparently they came in stock at Hannants at £24.99, then went out of stock again (or just sold out through pre-orders): https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/DM720013 But then, the Dreammodel AH-1Z kits did that, then came back into stock the next day. Briefly. Jonathan.
  8. Most other maufacturer's would have said: "You see those ribs on the F-4EJkai nose cone? Just remove them with a blade or abrasive." Apparently not Fine Molds. At some point I will have to look into whether that LOROP pod was used by other air forces. > I seem to like all this sleuthing in anticipation of future releases. The question in my mind at the moment is: Assuming Fine Molds will do an F-4J, based on the catapult strop hooks and easily replaced spine (with USAF refuelling port), how will they deal with the USN re-fueling probe on the starboard side piec
  9. While the later RF-4EJ configuration has most of the features of the F-4EJkai (primarily the radar warning receivers and the spine aerial), and the RF-4EJ kit will use the F-4EJkai tooling, the RF-4EJ does not feature the ribs on the radome that the fighter does. So it looks like that sprue will have the un-ribbed radome, and the RF-4EJ specific instrument panels. But I can't tell from that angle whather it includes the side of the tail fin, and replaces sprue K from the F-4EJkai tooling, or will be additional to it (I suspect the latter). Jonathan.
  10. The Aircraft in Miniature / Transport Wings website also suggests they plan to release resin JT3, Conway and JT3D engines for their short fuselage kit: http://www.aim72.co.uk/page8.html Hopefully the Mach 2 kits will give them an incentive to do this - I fancy doing the Conway powered, early Canadian Pacific marked aircraft that broke the sound barrier. Jonathan.
  11. Some decent photos of early C-130Ks here also: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/86688-raf-c-130k-hercules-c1-question/&tab=comments#comment-1231567 Jonathan.
  12. http://ukmamsoba.org/obb032919_light.html 24 Squadron briefly at RAF Colerne before moving to Lyneham in 1968. 30 and 47 Squadrons at RAF Fairford before moving to Lyneham in 1971. 36 Squadron at RAF Lyneham before being disbanded in 1975. 242 OCU at RAF Thorney Island from 1967 before moving to Lyneham in 1975 and becoming 57 (Reserve) Squadron in 1992. 70 Squadron at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus before moving to Lyneham in 1975. 48 Squadron at RAF Changi, Singapore: : before moving to Lyneham in 1971 and disbanding in 1976. Although this pro
  13. = Yes. Thanks for that photo, MrB17. > I thought they were all delivered from Lockheed in natural metal and then repainted and prepared by Marshalls, but could be wrong. Which may prompt the question of whether the finish changed when an aircraft was repainted at an RAF base (Lyneham, obviously, but I understand they were based at Thorney Island as well: to begin with (yellow prop tips confirmed)). Assuming they did full reprays at the operating base, or just touch-ups, and sent them back to Marshalls for a full repaint. Jonathan.
  14. > I agree, I take it that is factory finish aswel in that picture. I understand that at least some of the RAF C-130s arrived in a natural (or lacquered) metal finish. Does anyone know if any arrived painted in the stone '/ earth / black scheme, or were they all painted in the UK after delivery? > On Tony's post above, do my eyes deceive me, or is the walkway 'area' on the Light Stone and Dark Earth XV177 matt, and the rest of the aircraft gloss? I suspect the RAF preferred "high friction" or "non-slip" finish or similar rather than "matt", but Tony's p
  15. The Amodel kits are in 1:144, and included both short wing and long wing versions: https://www.super-hobby.co.uk/products/UF-1-Albatross.html https://www.super-hobby.co.uk/products/Hu-16C-D-decal-UF-1-1424.html https://www.super-hobby.co.uk/products/American-amphibian-plane-Grumman-HU-16E-Albatross-US-Coast-Guard.html >I'm sure they will also release the B model, as well. SOVA-M have announced the SHU-16B and a JMSDF UF-2 version in 1:72, which should have the later engine nacelles as well as the long wing. Jonathan.
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