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  1. Hi Mike, As others have said, the Revell A330/A340 is currently the only injection moulded option (there are the resin Authentic Airliners masterpieces but these are out of scope for your question). The Revell A340 is even rarer than their A330; I don't think the A340 has been released since the Austrian 'Wiener Philharmoniker' version in 2007! I managed to bag a couple in 2014 but haven't seen any available since then outside of a certain auction site. Even the A330 was last released back in 2013 with Thai Airways markings so could also be due for a re-release. I believe Revell have an issue with licensing of the markings; to keep costs down it's one of the reasons why their recent kits either have 'In-House' colour schemes, Emirates, British Airways or a Lufthansa livery. The Lufthansa A340-300s will still be around for a while so the kit may yet return at some point in the new colours, probably as a 'farewell' release once they are finally retired. Eastern Express also have a series of A330s in preparation; at least an A330-200 and an A330-900 (this is the NEO or New Engine Option upgrade of the A330-300) but no indication of when they'll be released. In theory they can then also do an A330-300 and A330-800 by swapping the wings. They'll also be expensive but you could probably sell your A340 and still have some spare funds for some aftermarket goodies! Below are some notes on the kit and the A330/A340 in general which may help: 1) The two aircraft are basically structurally identical with changes to accommodate the outboard engines and the Centre Landing Gear on the A340. This is one of the reasons why the A330 was suitable for the Tanker role, the Hose Drum Units (HDU) are located at the A340's outboard engine positions so provisions for the fuel systems would be a straightforward change. The Revell kits are originally based on the A340 as is evidenced by the leading edge slats being separated at the outboard engine position and the cut-out on the lower fuselage fairings for the CLG bay. 2) Fill this line on the wing leading edge to correct the wing for an A330: 3) If you are changing the A340 to an A330 install the CLG doors into the lower fuselage fairing panel (part 19) and fill the gaps for the doors like this: On the real A330 there is a plain panel covering the same area. 4) The A330 uses engines from General Electric (CF6), Rolls-Royce (Trent 700) and Pratt & Whitney (PW4000). The Revell A330 provides examples of the PW4000 so would be an A330-323 out of the box in the Thai Airways issue. To make a GE or R-R aircraft requires aftermarket engines, these can be obtained from Bra.Z. A few years ago 26decals also repackaged these for a while but they're essentially the same items. You can tell which engine is installed from the numbers after the 'dash' as follows: The first digit is the basic series number i.e -200 or 300 The second digit is for the engine manufacturer: 0 for General Electric, 2 for Pratt & Whitney, 4 for Rolls-Royce (1 is for CFM International which is the sole engine manufacturer option on the A340 and 3 is for International Aero Engines but only really relevant to the A319/A320/A321 family) The final digit refers to the engine sub-type and is generally related to the thrust available but has no real relevance to us as modellers since the differences are usually internal. If you have a specific subject in mind an internet search will give you the full aircraft type and you can then determine whether it's an A330-300 or A330-200 and what engines you need to use. If you want to convert your A340 to an A330-200 (I suspect you may be wanting to build a RAF Voyager MRTT aka an A330-243) in addition to 2) & 3) above, )you need to do the following: 5) Cut down the fuselage 21mm forward of the wing and 15mm aft. You can find a guide where to cut here: https://www.drawdecal.com/downloads/ 6) The A330-200 has a larger Vertical Stabiliser. There are two* versions of this as it was modified from MSN0555 to use the same configuration as the stretched A340-500/-600. Both pre-mod and post-mod versions are also produced by Bra.Z; if you're doing a MRTT then you need the post-mod one. * Technically 3 as the one in the kit is for a very early A330-300/A340-300s which has a smaller fairing at the base than seen on the later aircraft but is otherwise the same. 7) If making a Voyager, you'll need Rolls-Royce Trents. The majority of MRTTs use these but the RAAF and the Saudi AF opted for the CF6 on theirs. 8 ) I can't help with the lumps, bumps and HDUs fitted to the Voyager Tankers but this walk around should help: There's a lot of information here, I know, but hopefully covers the main differences and the basic changes needed to go from the A340 to A330. HTH, Jonathan
  2. Hi Anatol, If you have this kit: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10023988 then, as Andre has noted, this is basically Hasegawa's standard 'hard' wing F-4E/F-4EJ. To make it into a later 'soft' or slatted wing F-4E you just need Frame E which has wing panels with the outer slats - everything else you'd need is in the kit. One option is to find someone who has a Hasegawa F-4S but wants to make a F-4J instead since Hasegawa used the same parts for each (despite the F-4S actually using a different slat design). You coul;d even try using the outer wings from a Revell F-4F or even an Italeri F-4S although the latter would need rescribing of the raised panel lines. I think there's every chance Hobby 2000 will rebox a version of the Hasegawa F-4E, however it could easily be an unslatted subject to fit in with the Vietnam theme of their other F-4 releases. On the other hand it might be the even rarer F-4G which would be welcome but a rather expensive cross kitting exercise! I'm hoping someone will produce a 1/72 conversion set for the Fine Molds F-4EJ similar to the one Hypersonic Models has done for the Zoukei Mura early F-4E. You may find this dual build by @giemme useful as he's upgrading a Fine Molds F-4EJ to a Greek F-4E AUP as well as updating a Hasegawa F-4E: Purely for reference, there were three YF-4Es so designated: 62-12200 - this was MDDs test workhorse originally built as a F-4B, converted to be the YRF-4C prototype then adapted to carry a M61 Vulcan as a proof of concept for the F-4E then was finally given canards while testing Fly By Wire systems. 12200 retained the original F-4B 'thin wing' throughout its life. The best starting point to make this jet in 1/72 is the Hasegawa RF-4B as it kept the camera style nose. Depending on the boxing (some have both wing types) you may need to mix with a straight F-4B but at least you could use the remainder to make a F-4J. The stabiliators also need modifying to the unslotted version.. 63-7445 and 65-0713 - these were converted from a F-4C and F-4D respectively and so had standard 'thick' wings at build. These two were the first with the long F-4E nose and M-61 fairing but were not converted to have slatted wings (63-7445 crashed in October 1972 with the loss of both crewmembers). They also retained unslotted stabilators so the Hasegawa boxing actually has the wrong type to make these two jets. To build either from a 'hard wing' F-4E or straight F-4EJ kit modify the stabilators or swap them with a F-4F which can then be used to make a slatted F-4E! HTH Jonathan
  3. The G-BPEx and G-CPEx registered aircraft had the RB211-535E4 engines with the full length nacelle so they are an option without attempting to modify the kit nacelles or fit the BraZ resin ones. I'm sure most people will choose to fill the open windows and use decals to replicate the window layout for the four door configuration. You'll still be able to do all the different BA liveries as deliveries of these aircraft began in Landor then World Tails, went to Chatham Dockyard and one (G-CPET) was painted in Negus & Negus towards the end of the 757 in the BA fleet. The PW2000 fan error is annoying as it's going to be a tricky fix; why they added a curved leading edge and missed off the mid span shrouds is a mystery as especially the latter are very noticeable feature. Along with the panel line omissions it hints at a rush to get the kit released; the same seems to have occurred with their A320/A321 kits where they clearly didn't bother with all the details on the underside (such as the APU intake area). Hopefully the rest of the P&W nacelle is accurate so a fix for the fan is the only one needed rather than also adapting the BraZ set or wait for another aftermarket set. It might be worth looking at a C-17 set since these use the same engines. I'm planning to do at least two Pratt engined aircraft, maybe 3, in UAL battleship grey, an original Northwest and possibly a Delta jet. I daren't start planning how may Roller powered ones to do! Jonathan
  4. Except for the Ron Picciani photo line by Jun the only other still pictures I've found of 63-7589 about 1967 was a picture of Lts Wetterhahn & Sharp in the cockpit on page 25 of the Osprey Combat Aircraft #45 'USAF F-4 Phantom II MiG Killers 1965-68' and possibly a rather fuzzy picture in a Koku Fan Special 9#54 from Oct 1990) of it landing in Thailand. However there is this film on YouTube from May 1967 given the crews and the title at 7:52 for the presentation ceeremony in June. If you go to about 5:08 63-7589 taxies past: HTH, Jonathan
  5. That's just how I expected things to go. As far as I'm concerned his F-4 upgrades are a must have, especially the canopy interiors and stabliators (the Academy ones are plain wrong and I hate the weak pin attachment on the Hasegawa F-4s) On the Mk5 seat for 1/72 F-4s, there has, as far as I know, only ever been one set. These were made by Aeroclub in the mid-1980s in white metal. When I modified a Hasegawa F-4B into the 1962 Bendix Trophy winner F4H-1 back in 2006 I had to recycle a pair from an old Phantom! I think I must have e-mailed just about every aftermarket manufacturer to make a resin seat. Given their comprehensive range I would have thought at least Pavla would have covered the Mk5. Then again nearly all the 1/72 seats are of the USAF style Mk7. Maybe with the Hobby 2000 rebox of the Hasegawa kit and the upcoming release of the Fine Molds F-4C we might finally see a proper 1/72 Phantom Mk5 to make a pre-1968 timescale aircraft. AMS Resin make a 1/32 Mk5 seat availabe through Spruebrothers: https://spruebrothers.com/ams32040-1-32-ams-resin-mb-mk-h5-pre-1970-ejection-seats-for-f-4-phantom-32040/ although currently out of stock, if you use the 'add to wish list' you may prompt them to order more in. GT resin also do a Mk5 seat as well as a complete cockpit for the Tamiys F-4C: https://spruebrothers.com/gtr32092-1-32-gt-resin-f-4c-phantom-ii-cockpit-with-early-mk-5-seats-set-tam-kit/ The Mk7 seat began being retrofitted to Phantoms from around 1968 up to about 1970 so if you see a jet fitted with them it's definitely post Operation Bolo. Your Mk7As will just be a sub variant of the seat. The most probable change is the harnesses since the USN used a different system to the USAF and the British seats were different again. There are other details like the Personal Survival Pack (PSP), seat controls that change between operators. Do your seats have a little circular window in the bottom cushion and no O2 bottle in a cut out in the back cushion? If so they will be the USN version. They could even be the RAF/FAA seat which could explain why they were being off-loaded so cheaply If you can post a picture of them we may be able to work out which version they are most suitable for. HTH, Jonathan
  6. Hi Matsuaara, I'm not a particular expert on the Kurnass but do have a fascination with the 'Karpada' F-4Es sent by the US under Operation Nickel Grass to reinforce the IDF/AF during the Yom Kippur War (YKW) in 1973. These aircraft retained their original USAF camouflage for many years; the nickname 'Karpada' being Hebrew for Toad in reference to their SEA colour scheme. As part of researching these jets I've collected a little library on the standard Kurnasses so I hope the following is helpful: Kurnass 608 was a F-4E-38-MC built as McAir Ship 3494 and allocated the USAF serial 68-0398. The aircraft was part of the first batch of four Phantoms delivered to Israel in September 1969. It received the code 08 when attached to 201 'The One' squadron. As Fukuryu mentions it became the first Kurnass to score a kill on the 11th of November 1969 and was then recoded to '608'. After the YKW ended the 6xx coded aircraft were changed to 1xx so 608 became 108. At some point it was transferred to 119 'The Bats' Squadron possibly after receiving the slatted wing modifications. Despite the caption on this picture https://www.airliners.net/photo/Israel-Air-Force/McDonnell-Douglas-F-4E-Kurnass-2000/2211524/L it was not upgraded to Kurnass 2000 standard and may still be stored at the IAF Museum in Hatzerim following retirement. Here's a picture of the jet as 68-0398 during pre-delivery testing at MDD: Probably the gold standard reference for Israeli F-4s are the Double Ugly books "Israeli Phantoms The 'Kurnass' in IDF/AF Service" Part 1 '1969-1988' and Part 2 '1989 to Today'. Part 1 has pictures of the aircraft at St Louis, on delivery and after the first kill. The second choice is Isradecal's "F-4E Phantom Kurnass in IAF Service" by Ra'anan Weiss & Shlomo Aloni. The Osprey Aircraft of the Aces Volume 60 "Israeli Phantom II Aces" also by Shlomo Aloni includes a couple of pictures of 608 (plus a dodgy colour profile; it has a slatted wing in 1969!). If you're after an in-depth history of the Kurnass then the Double Ugly books are well worth seeking out (but be prepared to pay, unless you get lucky!) Like many profiles, the profiles in your post are not entirely accurate. They appears to represent 608 after November 1969 with a fin squadron badge and kill marking. The camouflage patterns as drawn are not fully correct for the aircraft and the 201Sqn fin badge is reversed as the nose of the aircraft logo should point aft on the left side of the fin. Each Kurnass camouflage layout was different, so while we can define the left side from photos, the right side is a little trickier. I believe the aft three quarters is in a post delivery picture but the actual right upper wing and nose area forward of the intake will still be a matter of guesswork. The photo posted above when 68-0398 can be used as a reference for the left hand side pattern as it matches later photos in the books. Note that the stencilling will be in English, Hebrew wasn't used until after the YKW when the aircraft went through Depot Maintenance and a full repaint. There are certainly dark coloured walkways, on other Kurnasses, curiously they seem to be mainly on post YKW 107 'Knights of the Orange Tail' Squadron aircraft. To answer your question on the walkway colours - I have to disagree with Andre on this; these were almost certainly yellow. In the first Double Ugly volume there is a picture taken in May 1969 showing the upper surface of the left wing and it has no walkway. However colour pictures taken of the January 1970 deliveries en route to Israel clearly have yellow ones. Kurnass 09 (ex 68-0470) is pictured as an escort and this too has yellow walkways. In addition there are black & white pictures of the first delivered aircraft with a pair of ground crew symbolically covering the US markings with a Star of David. As they are actually standing outside of the 'do not step' markings , where the walkway is located is a light coloured area. I also have this booklet published in 1979. I've magnified the walkway area to highlight the yellow: Although obviously censored, I believe these are 201Sqn jets (but none are 608); there is an expanded version of this picture inside with a third F-4E, the blank shape over the fin badge of the nearest aircraft matches their insignia and the number 610 or 618 is visible under the censor's mask. The picture is captioned as having been taken during the War of Attrition and all three have yellow walkways. Hope this helps, Jonathan
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  8. There is some footage of 33 Squadron Hurricanes with the two cannon setup in this IWM film taken in Libya dated December 1942: https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/41432 Go to about 3:20 and you can see the patches where the outer cannon were. About 15 seconds further on a Hurricane taxies over the cameraman showing the underside. The ejection slots aren't visible although there seems to be a darker patch about where they would be. You can also make out the lugs and outline of where the tanks were fitted. If you jump to about 6:40 the Hurricanes are seen landing at (presumably) their new base; as RS-Q HL65? passes you can see the outer bulges are still there on the upper surface. HTH, Jonathan
  9. Thanks for clarifying the VAT part Ilias It's easy to forget that aspect when you're lucky enough to have your order arrive without a hitch and no additional charges as a bonus! The hardest part is to make the upper metal shroud around the soft parachute pack. You'd have to cut off the hard shell case of the Mk7 add the shroud and make a new parachute pack. There's also a small pad wedged between the top handles and the parachute. You can see the pad just behind the grab handle at the top of the ladder in the picture of Colonel Olds in Murph's post Here's a picture from the F4H-1 Flight Manual but the basic layout is common to the USAF seat: The basic seat bucket is essentially the same between the two versions. You could try modifying the kit seats as the parachute pack is separate and remove the backplate from the back cushions. The only resin Mk7 seat that has the pack separate is the Eduard Brassin set otherwise you'd need to perform some careful surgery. There is then the option that if you're not happy with the results you can still go for the Hypersonic ones! Another option for the straight edged Navy style pylons are the Hasegawa Japanese RF-4E kits. These have a pair of these pylons in addition to the USAF style as seen on RF-4Es included on the fuselage parts frame. I should have remembered these as I used my pair on my conversion of a Hasegawa F-4J into an early F-4C since they are superior to the original kit ones that date from their old raised lines F-4B kit! I would think a post in the wanted section could yield a set for you. HTH, Jonathan
  10. Congratulations on getting hold of a Zoukei Mura F-4C, they are practically unobtainable now for sensible prices; your partner's a keeper if they managed to track one down for you! The Z-M kit's rear fuselage is one of those Marmite features, some aren't bothered and some are. The Academy kit isn't without its faults either. Since you have both kits perhaps temporarily tape the major parts together and see if you can live with the shapes. I agree with Ben Brown when he says the Academy F-4 will definitely benefit from adding the Hypersonic stabilators, nose AC intakes and one of the aftermarket main seamless intakes as these are the weakest parts of the kits. The Hypersonic canopy details are a nice upgrade and I'd add a set of decent resin wheels, jet pipes and the Master Short Nose Pitot set too. Yes, you can use that pod. The QRC-160 is the version with the two bladed turbine nose. I have the same set as I too plan to do a Bolo F-4C someday. As has been mentioned above, I recommend that you download the Fundekal instructions linked by 11bravo. These collate a lot of the research on the aircraft that took part and provide a detailed description of each on the day of the mission. Best of all it's free! Other things to note: As can be seen in the Fundekals instructions, Olds' aircraft 63-7680 didn't have the under radome sensor fairing commonly seen on F-4Cs. Both kits have a plain radome in the box; Zoukei Mura provide a single radome with a separate shallow pod while Academy supply two radomes - one pain & one with a cut-out to cover the different sensor pod variations seen on the F-4B/C/D. Hypersonic make the only proper Mk5 seats for the Phantom. I think Cutting Edge might have done them but if they did they'd be practically impossible to find now. That F-8 Mk5 version has a different parachute pack and a pouch (presumably for the seat pins) not used on the F-4 version. You might get away with it in 1/72 (as the only option since there hasn't been a proper Mk5 seat for the Phantom in that scale except the 1980s Aeroclub white metal ones) but the differences would be noticeable in 1/48. The aircraft carried the orginal Navy style inner pylons with the straight edge You'll have to source a set of these pylons. You'll also need to find some Air Force style outer pylons as the Z-M F-4C kits don't have any and Academy only give you the Navy version! However Hypersonic make proper USAF outer pylons too. It's an expensive option for just a single pylon though. You could make do with modifying one of the tank pylons as a possilbe solution if you don't want to splash out for what would be a redundant pylon. You can get the Hypersonic stuff direct https://www.hypersonicmodels.com/products/1-48-resin/1/1/40 or from the 48ers in Cyprus. I'd go direct, I've ordered from Jeffery and it's always been shipped with no problems arriving in about a week from Japan. The 48ers are also great but have a minimum £135 UK order threshold. Good luck with the project, I hope to see it come to fruition on here. HTH, Jonathan
  11. Fear not! You can buy just the sheet direct fom Flightpath: https://www.djparkins.com/product.php?productid=17807&cat=251&page=1 There is (was) also Aeromaster sheet 48-370 which was the second part of a series for 'early', 'middle' and 'late' Lightning versions and had a 56Sqn F3 with the chequered tail. It's long OOP and these days probably would cost as much as the full Flightpath detail set HTH, Jonathan
  12. This is a crop from a photo of Hawk T2 ZK027/R I took at RIAT 2019; the nose looks to be a metallic coating over a glassfibre cap. Could explain why some look tan, the metal layer may have eroded over time: HTH, Jonathan
  13. Hi Tony, I believe all remaining resin & decals by Model Alliance was acquired by Hannants when M-A ceased trading. However Airfile/Fantasy Printshop has a sheet with plenty of FAA Hunters to satisfy your craving : https://www.fantasyprintshop.co.uk/shop/fantasy-printshop-airfile-fpaf-72-003-hawker-hunter-faa-service-single-twin-seater/ If you want to build a specific jet I'm sure there'll be enough on there to mix and match markings, codes and serials. HTH, Jonathan
  14. The Airdoc sheets must have been OOP for over 15 years now and might be eye-wateringly expensive if you find one for sale. It'd be fantastic if they were reprinted (or SpeedHunter Graphics downscaled their 32-012 'Big Scale Weasels' sheet, but that's just as unlikely) However the late Mark Bilas' Wolfpak Decals did a few F-4Gs which look like they're still available from the printers, Fantasy Printshop: https://www.fantasyprintshop.co.uk/shop/?s=f-4g They were usually well researched despite the somewhat odd fonts used on the instruction diagrams. A looooonnggg time ago I built the then new Fuijimi F-4G as a 52TFW Euro One jet using the old Hasegawa F-4E C2/702 kit markings https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10000587 with some generic numbers for the G serial. As I remember, they were on the thick side but looked the part. The kit is issued from time to time so you should be able to find a reasonably priced example. It also has some decent fuel tanks plus AIM-4 rails and baggage pods so it can be used as a source for spares. HTH, Jonathan
  15. A lesser known operator of hard wing F-4Es is Iran. The IIAF received 32 FY69 F-4E-46/-47-MCs (69-7711 to 7742) under project Peace Guard in 1971. There are a couple of photos in the Osprey combat aircraft volume 37 'Iranian F-4 Phantom II Units in Combat'.Iranian markings are available on Hi-Decal 72-057. For USAF F-4Es, as well as the 'vanilla' SEA scheme, you could choose a Thunderbirds jet in full livery or a NF-4E in either white & international orange or overall SEA with white wings. You'd need to source a pre-Midas short gun fairing for early F-4Es or the NF-4E as the FM kit doesn't appear to have one. It'll be interesting to see how well the one in the Hasegawa kit fits. I'm also planning to see how well the Revell F-4F outer wing sections match up as a source for a slatted F-4E (before FM do the decent thing and give us an actual kit). For those that don't want to do a standard line jet or one of the many JASDF anniversary schemes for the F-4EJ don't forget there were Air Combat Meet temporary schemes with various colours; the MiG-21 silhouette painted on 07-8428 in 1985, cloud type, splinter, coloured bands and overall greys pre-dating the final single grey scheme. Most of these can use standard squadron markings. For F-4EJKais, the blue sea camouflage, the digital sc RF-4EJs in the Euro 1 style or the brown & two greens first used on their RF-4Es. I'm going to have to stop now or I'll talk myself into more than the four (two of each) I've already pre-ordered from Hobbysearch! Jonathan
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