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  1. Ranger626

    Italeri 1/32 F-104 question

    Can anyone tell me if the two newer Italeri 1/32 TF-104 and RF-104 kits have decals with re-sized roundels? The decals for the first issue F-104G had oversized Italian roundels (? maybe other nations also? Can't remember) and would like to know if I should plan to look for aftermarket decals. Anyone know of a good source of decals with correct size Italian roundels? Thanks much.
  2. Ranger626

    IAF modified F-4 pylons

    There is a very nice set of scale drawings in the IsraDecal publication F-4E Phantom Kurnass in IAF Service. Ra'anan Weiss 2008 ISBN 978-965-7220-05-4. Also, there is a long out of production resin Israeli pylon produced by AirDoc in 1/48 scale that you might find on the secondary market. I am fervently hoping that the upcoming Zoukei-Mura F-4E will include that pylon and the Israeli refueling probe. Or trigger the aftermarket guys to produce one.
  3. Ranger626

    CBLS 200 with rocket panniers

    For modelling purposes (external appearance), what is the difference between CBLS 200 and CBLS 100? Is it just the rocket launchers at the side or are there other visible differences? I have the Hasegawa Japanese weapons kit and was hoping to model the CBLS by just leaving the rockets off and filling the attachment holes. This thread has me thinking this might not work? Any CBLS 100 available from other aftermarket producers? Thanks for any info or advice offered.
  4. SharkOwl, I cannot tell from your message wording if this an opinion, prediction, or a statement of known fact. I have been following the discussion about this upcoming kit for almost a year now. Your previous messages about this kit are much appreciated. This kit is my single most anticipated future release. I've been checking message boards every day for an announced release date and sprue photos. If indeed these options are not in the kit, I (like you) will be very disappointed. While I'd guess the aftermarket companies would eventually make good such omissions, they should not have to! Please clarify the basis for your last message: prediction or known fact? Thanks.
  5. Ranger626

    Telford announcements

    Were there any new announcements at Scale Model World? I've followed the discussion about the lack of new announcements from Airfix and seen a bit more information about previously announced upcoming kits, but nothing really new. Did any of the smaller aftermarket producers announce new items? Did the Revell 1/48 Beaufighter break cover?
  6. Ranger626

    Hurricane Mk I in Asia?

    Did any Hurricane Mk. I aircraft serve in the early years of the Pacific War? Singapore? Java? India? I can find lots of references to Hurricane IIb use, but none for the Mk. I. Are there any published or on-line profiles or decal sheets? Thank you.
  7. Ranger626

    RAF Thunderbolt Questions

    Thanks to everyone who commented on my question and shared their knowledge. That last set of photos was just what I needed. It seems to show that the rear of the metal tank has a very different profile (truncated cone?) than the paper version. Anyone know of a kit or aftermarket 1/48 version of this metal tank? The paper ones are easily available in several kits and from aftermarket, but I have never seen a 1/48 metal version with the more pointed rear half.
  8. Ranger626

    RAF Thunderbolt Questions

    I'm planning to model a British P-47D Thunderbolt in WWII Burma operations. I want to load it with two 500 lb. bombs on the wing pylons and a drop tank on the belly. I have seen photos of these aircraft carrying 90 imperial gallon drop tanks that appear shaped like the 108 US gallon impregnated paper tanks used by US aircraft in Europe. Are these the same tanks? There seems to also have been a different style 90 imperial gallon drop tank sometimes belly mounted on spitfires. Could this have been the tank sometimes used by Burma P-47's? My available photos are not detailed enough to say for sure which tank was used. Can anyone shed some light? Thank you.
  9. Ranger626

    Pics of f-16a block 10 intake threat warning antenna

    I don't have any photos to attach or link to, but I can tell you where you can find a very good close-up photo. Borrow or buy a copy of The Modern Early Viper Guide by Jake Melampy 2011. On pg. 141 there is a very good close up photo of this RWR antenna (clearly shows that this antenna is mounted slightly left of a/c centerline). An on facing pg. 140, two slightly further away side views that show shape. Perhaps another board member has this book and equipment to scan and post this photo? (Comment: I consider this book a must for any modeller of early block F-16 aircraft and one of the treasures of my library.) If you are a serious F-16 wonk, find a way to acquire this book ..... and its sister publication on the F-16C. Are you modelling a Block 10? I've been researching a conversion of a Tamiya F-16C back to a Block A. Hoping to start on it soon.
  10. Ranger626

    Norwegian F-104 roundels

    Thank you Nils for generous sharing of your knowledge. I think I can move on to the next stage of my planned model.
  11. Ranger626

    Norwegian F-104 roundels

    Thank you very much Nils! That is exactly the information I was seeking. A follow-up question if I may: It sounds like you are saying three color schemes: 1) natural metal with white/gray wings 2) overall light gray and 3) olive green over gray. Am I correct in reading this to mean there was not an overall silver paint used on Norwegian Starfighters? Some photos I have seen have aircraft finishes that look very much like an aluminum paint. Perhaps just a result of lighting or film use made the light gray finish appear silver? Again, thanks.
  12. Ranger626

    Norwegian F-104 roundels

    Thanks Martin. I followed the link and ordered the NAP#3 Luftforsvaret book. Too bad the NAP#1 Flyvevabnet book is sold out; I would have ordered that one too. Maybe I can find one at a second hand bookseller. Still hoping someone out there can quote the roundel diameters for Norwegian Starfighters.....
  13. Ranger626

    Norwegian F-104 roundels

    Thanks RidgeRunner. I am aware of the Vingtor sheet 48-004, but it is long out of print and I have been unable find one. Can you tell me more about the Nordic Airpower book? Author and publisher? Maybe describe contents?
  14. Ranger626

    Norwegian F-104 roundels

    Examination of many photos leads me to think that Norwegian F-104's / CF-104's used two different sized sets of roundels. For both early and late aircraft the wing roundel is larger than the fuselage roundel, but the earlier natural metal finish aircraft appear to have had larger wing and fuselage roundels than the later olive green over gray aircraft. There was another finish color (either silver paint or light gray paint, I can't tell) that I have not determined whether the early roundel size or the late roundel size was used. If I am correct about there having been two different roundel sizes used on Norwegian Starfighters, can anyone tell me the correct diameters for the early and the late fuselage and wing roundels? Or confirm the color for the 'middle period' paint color (silver or light gray paint)? Thank you.
  15. Ranger626

    F-104 decals

    Thanks Martin. I am aware of the Vingtor 1/48 sheet 48-004, but unfortunately it is long out of print and rarer than an honest politician. I'd love to see Vingtor re-print and scale up that sheet!