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Patrick Martin

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  1. Where are all these modellers getting the idea that there is an announcement from Airfix?
  2. Has Airfix actually said when and where the 2020 'new tools' would be announced? PM
  3. Can the bomb bay be half rotated - as if on ground display? PM
  4. was also loaned to MoD(PE) at Boscomb Down in 85 later 9059M
  5. AirDoc book British Phantoms - The Phantom FG Mk.1, FGR.2 and F-4J(UK) in Royal Air Force Service 1979 - 1992 (2013). The histories of all are in the back pages - 'F-4M' and 'F-4J(UK)'. I put the FG.1 histories in Vol.1 (2012). Patrick Martin
  6. ZE360 Built as F-4J-34-MC BuNo 155574; service with USN/USMC included VF-31, VF-101, VF-41, VF-102, VF-103 and VFMAT-101; believed from storage at NARF North Island; ... and last noted at the Fire Service Central Training Establishment RAF Manston, June 2011. c/n 2879 Pat Martin
  7. so guys are so off base - it a 48 scale Bristol Brabazon
  8. That is about it. No announced Airfix announcement set at this point - lots of wish lists - like Christmas. One year there was all sorts of talk, but when I asked the Airfix rep he told me "we never said anything was going to named here", now if you want a wish list......
  9. Has Airfix said anywhere that there would be a new listing announcement at Telford? Or did I just rain on somebody’s parade?
  10. The Canadian ones were shorter than the standard because of the nose gear. Just the nose cone was different. Pat Martin
  11. Does anybody know of a source of KVModels masks sets in the 'west'? Pat Martin
  12. Gee how was the fit under the wings on yours? PM
  13. Prior to the Korean Conflict, the P-80 carried Lockheed built tear drop shaped ‘under the wing-tip’ fuel tanks, switching later to more cylindrical tanks. The P-80 was able to fly from Misawa AB in Japan to Korea but not with much loitering time over targets. Two USAF pilots came up with the idea of inserting an extra middle section, (with four seams) thus increasing tank length and capacity. This was called the ‘Misawa tank’, named after their home base of Misawa. This increased the fuel capacity from 165 gallons (624.6 liters) to 265 gallons (1,003 liters), while still using the same under wing-tip attachment. These lengthened fuel tanks extending the flight range from 225 miles to around 350 miles, or more importantly the loiter time. The increased shackle weight was not an issue as they could carry a 1,000 lb bomb. Lockheed would supply a third tank of close to the same length - with one less seam. These new ‘Misawa’ styled tanks were also used on the early T-33A Shooting Patrick Martin
  14. Wish I had traded slides with you back then... Pat Martin
  15. The oven cleaner is very corrosive stuff. It can even remove your fingerprints. Much of all of this depends on the type of plastic on your subject. Suggest trying it on a small part first. I remember using it on a Heller CL-215 many years ago and it turned the plastic into a semi-rubber. PM
  16. Did you do the interior? Any more photos - working one like this... Pat Martin
  17. Hi there:


    I am working on a Bronco and have to admit I did not see some of these issues - as of yet.  Really keen to hear more.  on some of these - tail boom length - span etc.  Mine is to be a Pave nail machine with wing tanks and under fuselage pave nail rotating pod.  Just about everyone mentions trouble with glass works - yours seemed (pun) to work well.  Also carved out steps on starboard side.

    Pat Martin

    1. Dennis_C


      Hi Pat,


      Let me try to take some pictures against drawings a bit later.


      As to the glass work I would say some drying and fitting is required but no major troubles. Academy did good job in terms of precision.

      I started with front screen and top part and then glued in sides. The only real nasty thing is that plastic is THICK! So top side edge is visible below horizontal framing. Use glue carefully for that joint.


      Also perhaps you need to take more research on smaller details like aerials etc. Academy instruction is not very precise, but my research is only limited to Vietnam USN/USMC aircraft here.

    2. Patrick Martin

      Patrick Martin

      What made you decide dimensions were not right?  Plans?

      I intend to show full interior, windows open, new pylons, open guns etc.

      I have one original VAL-4 slide taken in SVN and a couple USN VMOs.

      Am about a quarter done.




    3. Dennis_C







      Here is what I got while measuring kit against drawings in AOA decals set.

      Wing is 165 mm against 173 on the drawings, boom length aft the breaking point is 52 mm against 55. Of course with unassembled kit it would give better pictures.

      Drawings can be wrong too though, but wing chord is spot on, nacelle shape is spot on. So it least drawings look correctly representing 1/72 scale. Comparison of wing length against computer screen photos gave me same results. So I pretty much trust AOA on this respect. 


      At least that is an area for a modeller to make own research and conclusion. 

  18. Very nice - would you have any photos during the build? PM
  19. If IBG start to do main stream western types, they would be unbeatable. Great kits - this one is nice. PM
  20. There is a horse of a different colour. Nice PM
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