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  1. It would be unusual to have the AOA probe mounted so near the refueling probe. I looked at a couple of photos for Brazilian F-5Es and it looks like the AOA probe may have been moved to the opposite side.
  2. I know at least one of the Hasegawa weapons sets with pods include F-16 pylons and I've seen the occasional pod including the pylon even if it isn't meantioned.
  3. I don't see a hint of scab plates in the video, which should be on any modern F-16AMs. So, what's so wrong with the Hasegawa F-16A/B? The only things that come to mind are low detail landing gear bays and the inlet doesn't snake all the way to an engine face. I always thought it was pretty good, better than their block 40+ variants.
  4. I'm disappointed. Even if it is a awesome kit, and given Kinetic's history with the F-16 call me skeptical, it's another F-16 in a market that already has quite a few decent and readily available kits. This variant wasn't on my wish list, and I already have several Hasegawa F-16A/B's in the stash to get to first. Maybe one of their future releases will be more interesting. How expensive will this one be? If this is priced like Kinetic's other Gold kits (~$70 locally) and less like a Tamiya F-16s (~$55) it better blow Tamiya out of the water.
  5. @Dunc2610 If you have questions about what kits are available, Scalemates is a good reference site that will show you what kits are available in different scales and has links to reviews, completed builds and accessories for each kit. One of the best features are the charts that show the release history of kits. A lot of manufacturers will rebox kits from other manufacturers over time. Sometimes it's just a one off deal other times the molds change hands as companies go out of business and their assets are put to use by other companies. This boxing of the Harrier GR.7/9 originates from Hasegawa While this one originates from a Monogram mold from the early '80s:
  6. @Tokyo Raider It sounds like you are doing the research. The F-16 and AIM-7 is an odd thing. You can find photos of F-16's with AIM-7 all the way back to the prototypes. And you can find some of what look like A models with Sparrows, but the vast majority of these are ADF versions that were F-16A remanufactured for the the air defense roll in the Air National Guard Just to make sure I wasn't talking out my a$$ I went looking and found a very curious image that looks like a USAF F-16A firing a Sparrow, but the caption indicates otherwise. The Taiwanese Block 20 F-16A as delivered were much more like a Block 52 F-16C. At the time the US sold these, the A model had long been out of production and the production line was pumping out Block 50/52 models. But mainland China always gets touchy when we sell modern weapons to Taiwan. To maintain appearances that these were somehow older tech, Lockheed made up an out of sequence Block 20 that slapped an A style taill on a modern Block 52 F-16C airframe. Also AIM-120 wasn't part of the deal so it got the radar mode to use Sparrows. The picture shows one of these Block 20s in USAF markings, but this is pretty common for test aircraft in the USA for foreign air forces. Also the Sparow has a blue band around it so you know it's not a live warhead. These old A models have been going through an upgrade program to rebuild them to current Block 70 capabilities and they finally got AIM-120
  7. Your technique looks good. It's a good looking model. But I hope you are open to criticism. Since you said you are new to jets I'm assuming don't know much about modern weaponry. A USAF F-16A did not use AIM-7 sparrow missiles. It wasn't until the ADF rebuild that Sparrows became operational on any USAF F-16s, but even then it was relatively rare. For the most part you didn't see BVR missiles on F-16s until the AIM-120 after Desert Storm. Sidewinders and dumb bombs would be more appropriate for this time period. I also would find it odd for a travel pod (centerline) to be on a plane with live weapons (indicated by the yellow and brown stripes). If the pilot is carrying luggage he is probably unarmed on a cross country flight. I'm not saying it couldn't happen but it's unlikely.
  8. Google images of "F-4C 63-7414" and you will get lots of photos of this airframe, both in service and in pieces.
  9. That is wild. I've never seen another plane that used hard lines with joints for the brake lines I'd think that would be prone to leaks and way too easily damaged.
  10. @Scimitar F1 Primeportal has a decent photo of the gear strut showing that aft side scissor link. It's so delicate it's definitely not structural. The C-130 has something like this to hold a WOW switch, but I don't see any hint of wiring going anywhere near this. The only thing I can think of is this wheel has no brake assembly, maybe this is there to hold and position the hydraulic hoses running to the brakes. I'd guess that as part of the preparation for display the brake and hydraulic lines were removed.
  11. 73-085 was the first with the big airbrake, and I think only the 73-### serials had the external reinforcement rib. So, you should be safe with the standard F-15 airbrake. Timeframe is important without a photo it's hard to say what's right. I'd guess with Turkey feathers until around 1980. For the F-15 I tend to think of it as full color US insignia, keep 'em, black outline style, ditch 'em. But I know that this is not 100% right and it's easy to find photos showing full color markings without Turkey feathers. I think the arresting hook cover hung around a bit longer, so it would probably be safe to keep it. The wheels were black for delivery and might have been swapped for white later on, but black is a safe bet. ACES II is probably appropriate. ESCAPAC was in the prototypes, but production switched to ACES II relatively early and it was retrofitted to the in service fleet. Only the Israelis stuck with ESCAPAC longer. Slime lights were on the prototype from first flight, so they should be there. These were the formation light style designed into the F-15. Both tail booms should be pointy on the "B". The "D" could have an antenna on one of them. "B" had dummy pods on the top of the port fin and the skinny mass balancer on the starboard fin.
  12. I really would not mind Kinetic releasing their own version any Hasegawa's 1/48th jet series that Kinetic doesn't already make. They could clone Hasegawa's kits and I wouldn't mind. It makes no sense to me that Hasegawa sits on molds without keeping them in production. Good candidates for replacement: A-4 Skyhawks - Impossible to find early variants. Lots of variants and lots of users. F-8 Crusader - lots of markings, not so many users. Skinny nose and recon variants have never been in a mainstream kit. I really want a F-8C AV-8B - several variants with lots of markings across several users. Kinetic already has first gen Harriers, kind of makes sense to continue to second gen. AH-64 - Several users and variants. Still a frontline attack helicopter with no replacement in sight. What Kinetic doesn't need: F-4, F-14, F-15 - Unless they are going to somehow make a Tamiya quality kit for half the price, don't bother with another kit of something that already has recent excellent kits. Anything Russian - Now is not the time and like above there are already recent very good kits of Mig-29 and Su-27 series.
  13. @Spad One thing I've noticed on some photos is that it looks like some of the panels on the seats can be black, mainly around the top of the seat Originally these were solid gray. I have no idea when this started. I'd guess the seats get overhauled and and replacement parts may be black. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ejection-seat-aces-ii-10-475821207 Here the headrest sides are black along with the seat cushion, but the rest of the seat looks gray. Photo is tagged from 2008.
  14. @Spad Dark Gull Gray FS36231
  15. @Uncle Dick Your photo says it's 1984 on the USS Kennedy. Wikipedia says Kennedy was stationed off Beirut from late 1983 to early 1984 and then entered dry dock later in 1984 for a year and a half. I'd guess it's self defense if called on to do CSAR or even just flying over Beirut.
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