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About ErikB

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  • Birthday 11/17/1967

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    Amersfoort, the Netherlands
  • Interests
    Next to scale modelling:
    -Photograpy (Nikon D800 + D7200 for those interested)
    -Motorcycling (BMW R1200GS LC)

    The eagle in my avatar is the shield of 311 Sqn, Royal Netherlands' Air Force. The squadron was activated on May 1st 1951 and de-activated in 2011 following budget-cuts.

    The motto is: "Ut aquila praedans", "Like an eagle onto it's prey". My father was the CO of 311 Sqn in the 1963/1964 timeframe.

    The squadron flew the F-84E Thunderjet, F-84G Thunderjet, F-84F Thunderstreak, F-104G Starfighter, F-16A Fighting Falcon and the updated F-16AM Midlife-Update Falcon.
  1. Hi Yufei, Thank you very much for this hugely informative WIP! A couple of questions, if I may. 1. The cockpit rear bulkhead. Gabor wrote in his WIP that during the design-stage, little information was available on the rear bulkhead of the cockpit. The detail incorporated on the rear bulkhead of the kit look like details that also can be found on the rear bulkhead of the Su-27, only mirrored. Do you know if there is more info avalable now regarding wiring etc.? 2. I noticed that you’ve painted the rear main gear well “ceilings” aluminium. Is that also on RuAF aircraft or only for PLAAF aircraft? 3. You’ve painted the inside of the intakes in a grey tone. Is that also universal or only for the PLAAF? If I’ve been paying attention correctly, Russian/Soviet aircraft often had metal colored intake interiors? Maybe that changed in efforts to minimize the radar cross-section? I hope you can find time to answer these questions, I look forward to any next installments of your Su-35! Cheers, Erik B.
  2. Thanks everyone for the very helpful replies! Cheers, mates!
  3. Thank you Graham! I suspected as much but indeed liked to have it corroborated! I'm searching the things together to build a Swordfish Mk.II of 860 (Dutch) Sqn. which operated from the MAC-Carriers. These aircraft wre stored almost exclusively on the flightdeck... Cheers, Erik.
  4. It seems that I have been thick enough to post this in the AFV-section.... Sorry about that! I have reported my topic to the moderators, asking them to move it to the aircraft section. Sorry for the inconvenience! Cheers, Erik.
  5. Hi all, Did the TAGs (Telegraphist / Air Gunner) take their Vickers K MG's to and from the aircraft before and after missions or did the machine gun stay on the aircraft between missions? Thanks in advance! Erik.
  6. Hello all, I'm still trying to find out how the Merkava "works". What is or are the exhaust(s)? I see an opening on the left side with soot around it: But an extended exhaust-like opening can also be found on the right side: I presumed that the opening with gills at the right side was from the engine intake but the following picture makes me doubt.... Although this is probably a Mk. 2?: Thanks in advance for your insights! Cheers, Erik.
  7. Thanks for the answers, guys! Much appreciated! Cheers, Erik.
  8. Hi everybody, I'm busy with a quickie project; Tamiya's Merkava Mk.1. Looking at walk-arounds on the internet I see that the museum pieces have both the ball & chain protection at the back of the turret and the anti-slip coating on the horizontal surfaces of the tank. I'd like to finish the model as a vehicle from the 1982 Lebanon era. Are the ball & chains retrofits from the period that the Merkava Mk.2 and newer entered service, as I believe it was one of the modifications from Mk.1 to Mk.2 as a result from lessons learned during the Lebanon war with the Mk.1? Was the anti-slip surface in place from the outset or was it a later modification? Thanks in advance! Cheers, Erik B.
  9. Excluding BMW motorcycles, of course...
  10. Can you elaborate? My HK Mossie's nose does in fact taper, so I'm afraid I need some more info on what kind of taper, how much etc. etc. Of course, in this instance I waived your advice in your signature "not to take any posts you make seriously"! Cheers, Erik.
  11. Hi guys, Before I bought the Airfix Hurricane "Ragwing" kit that also includes Belgian markings I had already bought the Kora Models decals. There are significant differences in colour, proportions and dimensions. What are your opinions as to which does resemble the originals best? Cheers, Erik.
  12. Something went wrong with transferring the photo files, I think. The resolution horizontal X vertical is different than when the photo was made by the camera.
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