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  1. boom175

    1/72 - MiG-21 Fishbed by Eduard

    I am very curious to see the actual plastic my self!! Are those differences on that Eduard post accurate for the most part?
  2. That looks pretty tasty! They are improving the panel lines.
  3. Hello everyone, is there a good reference for some of the Warsaw pact air forces camo schemes to western references? For example I know there the excellent range of colors put out by AKAN and I have few of those paints but they can be a bit tedious to get here in the U.S. as they are email order only and I hate to spend twice the amount of money on shipping for one or two bottles of paint and usually the color I need is OOS when I need it. I know that Eduard lists Gunze colors with their MiG series of kits but how accurate are they? Unfortunately Gunze paints are getting scare here as well. So if any one know of a table or some other type of reference I would be most appreciative.
  4. boom175

    Cuban MiG-21MF's

    So I guess the 5XX series must be MF's ? Thanks!
  5. boom175

    Cuban MiG-21MF's

    Hello all, with Eduards 72nd scale Fishbed coming out shortly. I was doing some web surfing and looking for interesting markings and decals for this kit. I came upon the R.V. Aircraft MiG-21MF decals and I quite like the Cuban camouflage. I think the FARC flew both the MF and the Bis versions in similar camo (blue & olive). But I'm not 100% sure and If they did, do the MF's have a certain "bort" number thats different from the bis version? P.S. any other comments about that sheet?
  6. Yep, We had to inspect it every day for cracks and continuity. We did cut back on it recently for the helmet mounted sight system.
  7. Are you talking about the approx 1" wide strip on the top of the inside of the canopy?? If so its a piece of pretty beefy aluminum tape that acts as a lightning diverter strip. It goes all the way to the rear of the inside of the frame where there is a screw that goes through the tape and connects to the frame to provide conductivity just in case of a lightning strike!
  8. I take it the Ukrainian markings are for that museum example?
  9. P.S. on that HUD glass cover. It was held in by a very easy to break thumb screw. So It might not be unusual to see a museum jet with out one installed or a regular jet flying around with out one installed. What would happen the thumbscrew would snap from being over tightened and the body of the screw would be stuck in the HUD frame, so we would just fly it without the dust cover till we had time to raise the windsheild and drill out the broken screw.
  10. That is a removable piece of metal that been installed on the A-10 HUD from the beginning. There is a small captive thumbscrew we would loosen take that cover off and then we had a home made cleaner thing we made out of a sponge then we wrap some low lint cloth around the sponge, spray some cleaning solution on the cloth and sick it between the two panes of the combing glass and clean the HUD.
  11. Yep! Thats where I was! The transducer is just out board of the L/H MLG sponson or "pod" it is pretty small probably 2"X2" its unpainted as it is a heated surface (it comes on when the pilot selects pitot heat )
  12. When they were Euro one camo, the wheel wells and actually the struts of the landing gear were "ADC Grey" FS 16473. As well as the interior of the ladder door well and the inside of the door itself. All the avionics bays were 16473 same as the inside of the panels.
  13. 31 Years between the Engine shop, Flight line (Crew Chief) and being the base Engine Manager. Still miss working on them!! Any questions you have please ask.
  14. Euro one dark grey on all the jets I ever worked on, there may have been some ones that had them painted the dark green. I never saw one other than the 36081.