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Steve McArthur

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  1. Found a few more from USAF testing https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6386902 https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6375192 https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6362755
  2. @serial modeler The only MER I've seen on F-15s is the F-15E Demonstrator. It differs from a standard MER by being longer to have the ball and socket pivot at the aft end like F-15 fuel tanks to aid separation if the MER were to be jettisoned.
  3. Any of the Hasegawa F-16 kits have a travel pod in it.
  4. Thanks @Giorgio N MB IRQ7A seems to be the designation for the F-5 model that went to Iran.
  5. This is the ejection seat called out in the 1/48 AFV Club Iranian Saeqeh-80 version of their F-5E kit painted according to the kit instructions. It was on a kit specific sprue with the twin tails unique to this version. The standard F-5E seats are in the kit, but this is the one called out in the instructions. I'd like to replace it with a resin one, but have no idea what it's supposed to represent and I haven't found any clear photos of one of Iran's Saeqeh's to identify what it should be.
  6. Do you know if the inner edge need to be sanded back or the outer part extended forward to get to the 90 degrees?
  7. The pic is not from the day of the raid. That pic is in most of the books I cited during the description of the IAF developing their PGM capabilities. All the pics I've found of the aircraft on the raid are consistent with load I described. The inaccurracies in that article are one of the reasons I posted the information I did.
  8. I'm looking at building Baz 957 during Operation Wooden Leg in October 1985. I've done a bit of research to answer most of my questions, but still have a couple question. 1) When were chaff/flare dispensers fitted to Israeli F-15s? I haven't found a clear enough photo of the belly of any Israeli F-15 dated before about 2000 to show one way or the other. I ran across a reference that the USAF started adding ALE-45 dispensers in 1985. But, Israel has done it's own thing with EW and self protection systems, so they might have ordered chaff/flare dispensers from the start or fitted them on delivery. Almost all photos I've found online are of the Improved Baz which didn't reach squadrons start until the late '90s. Question still holds for when they first appeared, but I found a photo in the IsraDecal book showing the belly of one of the Wooden Leg planes that with a magnify glass I could make out what look like dispensers forward of the gear doors. 3) Were the cockpits originally black like the Improved Baz or grey like USAF fighters? I've got the IsraDecal Baz book, so I've seen it's cockpit photos. Those are all Improved Baz where standardizing the cockpit was one of the design goals and I can't trust it for 20 years prior. I'm curious if anyone knows how the planes were originally ordered. Anyone got a photo of a pre-AUP cockpit? 4) I'm assuming a joystick of some sort was added to the right side console of the rear cockpit for GB-15 guidance, was there an additional TV screen installed as well? Some other stuff people may find useful: Operation Wooden Leg planes: BAZ Block Serial Notes 450 F-15D-27-MC 80-0131 RTB with GBU-15 had Double Tail insignia inboard side of tails. 455 F-15D-27-MC 80-0132 957 F-15D-28-MC 80-0133 1983 Survived mid-air with Skyhawk (4 kills by Oct 1985) 970 F-15D-28-MC 80-0135 Wingman to Flight Lead 223 F-15D-35-MC 83-0063 Flight Lead (aircraft lost 4/1/87) 280 F-15D-35-MC 83-0064 840 F-15C-29-MC 80-0129 530 F-15C-36-MC 83-0057 F-15D load: CFT's fitted Left Side GBU-15 no sparrows or sidewinders (rails removed) Centerline: AN/AXQ-14 Data Link Pod Right Side: Fuel Tank, 2xAIM-7F (grey bodies), 2xAIM-9L (grey bodies) F-15C load: CFT's fitted; 4xAIM-7F; 4xAIM-9L; MER with 6x500lb bombs on centerline. Spearhead Squadron red wedge markings were not applied to inside of tails until 1991. Several photos from the day of Wooden Leg show either blank inside tails or 450 with the Double Tail squadron markings. Squadron and national markings were painted over for the op, so all you need are standard F-15 stencils and some tail numbers for most planes. From a photo dated 1987 of 223 in Osprey's Israeli F-15 Eagle Units in Combat showing Escapac IC-7 seats with the arming lever clearly visible in the disarm position on the headrest, assume that all Baz still equipped with Escapac seats until at least 1987. The fleet was changed to ACES II in the '90s but photos are scarce. Any AUP plane should have ACES II. Great Wall's F-15B/D Baz kit doesn't have CFTs or turkey feathers, so I'm going to use Hasegawa's F-15E Demonstrator that has the right CFTs and engine nozzles included. Baz 113 represents F-15B 73-0113 that was transferred from the USAF to Israel in 1992 (Peace Fox V), went through AUP in 2001. Probably had ACES seat retrofitted while in USAF service and wasn't retrofitted with Escapac on transfer to Israel, but it's anyone's guess. Couldn't find a USAF history on this plane. Baz 704 represents F-15B 76-1524 1 of 2 F-15B built new as part of original Israeli F-15 order (Peace Fox I). 2 kills as 704. Number changed to 404 in the mid '80s and has it's gun port faired over at some point. No current Baz numbered 704. All other Baz 7XX planes are F-15Ds from Peace Fox IV with 90-???? serials. All current photos show the gun faired and are the only F-15C/D Baz's I've seen with rounded RWR fairing on both tail booms. All other F-15C/D had pointing tail booms like original F-15A/B. Sources: The Sword of David: The Isreali Air Force at War Osprey Israeli F-15 Eagle Units in Combat IsraDecal F-15 Baz airliners.net
  9. Dmold has released a forward fuselage correction. It's pricey, and the nose looks a little too pointy to my eye, but the chin fairing looks spot on compared to the few photos I've been able to find.
  10. I only build 1:48, so I can't help for 1/32. In general you'd be better off starting from a F-15B or D if you can find CFTs for it. The production F-15E was a bit different than the demonstrator. If you can find it Hasegawa had a 1/48th Strike Eagle Demonstrator. Kit P8 was in their line for years and there is one in the US on e-bay . It's much closer to the demonstrator than starting from an accurate F-15E kit. Even for the demonstrator this kit needs a little correction. The demonstrator didn't have a gun and it had the early short speedbrake. Here's a build of P8 Hasegawa's 1:48 F-15E kits were based on F-15D plastic until 2012. Check out the Modelling Madness Hasegawa database
  11. There's a guy on ARC selling the conversion http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/303468-stuff-for-sale/
  12. Very nice. It's one I've got in the stash, but haven't seen too many built.
  13. I doubt it. I think Darren Roberts that runs Steel Beach has an exclusive agreement with Sprue Brothers. He lives only a few miles from them and uses them to deal with the retail side of things rather than handle it himself.
  14. I'd avoid the Italeri due to accuracy issues, even the Modeling Madness builder used a bunch of parts from a Hasegawa donor. Check out Habu's review from the wayback machine on the Italeri kit. The simplest solution is to track down a Hasegawa kit on ebay of the version you want, they've boxed just about every variant flown. Kinetic does an F-16I but depending on how you feel about the Kinetic F-16, Hasegawa may still be the better choice. Another route, which I haven't seen built anywhere is to do it with a Tamiya C and Wingman Models D Conversion.
  15. I don't know the Tornado that well. I just guessing, but the fleet probably switched at some point in the 1990's. It wouldn't necessarily be limited to specific types. My tire references don't show a different tire for different versions of the Tornado, just the tire size used by the fleet, so either should be allowed. Searching the internet, I haven't found a definitive photo with radials, but several that were definitively the standard tire. My guess is that once the radial tires were certified they would gradually replace the older type as stock ran down probably on IDS first, but even then different air forces may have stayed with the older type instead of switching. For a Desert Storm plane it's a safe bet that all Tornadoes were on the Dunlops, but by the 2003+ era it could be either. Really you need to see if you can tell from photos of what you want to model or maybe someone else could chime in here.
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