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  1. Why is this the same thread? The F-16C is a different kit from the F-16A.... Personally, I'm only interested in the F-16A, I already have a Tamiya C kit. J
  2. Looking very good!! Please don't do a flat coat, that would be the opposite of what's needed. As Alan said, it's largely a natural metal finish, just more like gunmetal. If anything, the finish could be even a bit glossier than it is now. Cheers, J
  3. Fantastic work! That's Revell aqua colour?? Wow, that's not half bad, is it? This plane (chase 1) is definitely high on my own to-build list, as most things associated with the X-15 program are. We just need a decent F-100 kit... Cheers, J
  4. ...or you could buy my wheels, readily available and with good and accurate inner detail as well I had to re-size the tyres a bit from accurate scale dimensions to make them fit the Revell main struts. A little thinner (i.e. less over all width), and slightly less tread diameter. An accurate (but again adapted for the inaccurate Revell kit) brake chute bay is available as well Jeffrey
  5. Thanks Duncan, the thing is, I've been finling my VAT return through HMRC's Gateway the whole time, I've never sent any paperwork or the like. Everything was online already and as such digital. This MTD I can no longer do that. Instead I have to use an Excel spreadsheat consisting of the exact same boxes as on the HMRC gateway and then upload it to one of several HMRC approved tax services. Their website "translates" it into a web form and then you enter your HMRC account and log-in details there. The form gets loaded into the HMRC system and as far as I understood, that's it. I have no idea why they had to add this additional step...? If you just use this upload service and no "real" accounting, as far as I understood, the service providers don't charge anything for this. If that's not correct and I have to pay something then I will have to think very hard and may have to make a painful decision. I already have all that extra hassle with separate filing and doing this VAT return quarterly, just for the UK and the few orders I get from there. If it will cost me extra on top it rapidly becomes unviable. Jeffrey
  6. Anyone heard of the latest HMRC stupidity? Now they make you use a third party tax service in order to file your VAT return!!! Until now I just logged into my HMRC VAT account every three months, entered the relevant numbers into five boxes, hit "send" and that was it. I saved the document for reference, made the payment quoting my tax number, done. Now you can't do that anymore! You have to first save the exact same five figures in an Excel file, go to anyone of a number of UK tax service agencies, upload it to their system, enter your HMRC account details and hit send. Basically exactly the same, just more complicated and involving a private company with your confidential information. If you do the creation of the Excel sheet and uploading yourself this is apparently free of charge (well, for now...). I really don't get it?? What's the point of that?? Jeffrey
  7. All the best to you Paul, I hope you'll find the time to recharge and re-group beneficial and it will improve your quality of life. J
  8. Oh, that's sad news, my condolences. I was never at the shop(s), but did order a fair few kits from them and also often bought stuff at the Hendon model shows (RAF museum). Prime Hasegawa dealer back in the day, they had pretty much the whole line. Jeffrey
  9. Nice! The Phantom price went up from 7500 to 7900 Yen (before tax)! Won't keep me from buying one though J
  10. With a few conversion parts (such as Flightpath or Belcher Bits) and some scratch you can also get there from one of the SH-3 boxings. Building an early Mk.41 is somewhat easier as it's got the early radome, as in the Belcher conversion set, as Watanabe-san has done here: http://nabe3saviation.web.fc2.com/explanatione-fr.html For later Mk.41's you probably need the HAR 5 boxing to get the large, square radome. J
  11. I'd take the Plusmodel pilots over these any day. Those Tori suits have quite a bit of "artistic license" to them and SR-71 pilots also didn't wear the chutes on their backs like WWII pilots. The chutes were installed in the seats and the crew were then strapped in/connected up by PSD personnel. What Tori have modelled as some sort of strap adjusters near the shoulders actually should be the female Koch fittings where the shoulder harness/risers from the seat and chute are buckled up to. The figures look nicely sculpted but they are more fantasy than fact... J
  12. If this will be a continuation of the "Kitty Hawk standard" then I hope not as I'd prefer an accurate Cutlass... KH had a few gems but the majority just had so many accuracy issues. And Trumpeter/HB are not exactly known for accuracy as their strong point either. J
  13. GWH. From what I've read, the only real issue is the fit of the engine nacelles (but I haven't built mine yet though). Detail and accuracy wise, leagues above Monogram and Academy (reboxed by Eduard for instance). J
  14. I have the pylons in my line: https://www.hypersonicmodels.com/product/f-4-phantom-outer-pylons-navy-72 Cheers Jeffrey
  15. Ah, that would have been nice, wouldn't it? The only early B/D canopy I currently have is a vac piece from the RVHP resin conversion kit. And it has a bubble/flat spot in it... Of course C-1 seats would be needed though. J
  16. Wow, stunning, that paint work is exceptional. Especially around the engines. I have the Su-27 in the stash and love all the detail in the box. But that exhaust area painting scares me... J
  17. They are locks that clasp around the oleo and prevent it from getting compressed. A common sight on museum aircraft as well as in the maintenance hangar so that the aircraft is stable and the landing gear doesn't sag even at loss of pressure etc. I too have lots of pictures with the landing gear having them but they are all from museums, i.e. not active airframes. Have a look here http://www.arcair.com/awa01/101-200/awa126-SR-71-Kiriokos/00.shtm , this airframe is very light (stripped equipment, no fuel, possibly no engines) the upper portion of the oleo that usually moves in and out is polished while the lower part retains its dark titanium appearance. J
  18. ...there are many issues with accuracy on this kit but here I have to defend Revell in that of course upon retraction, the landing gear is unloaded and the oleo will extend. Then the wheels will be roughly in the position of the tyre cans. And I'm not sure I've seen those red oleo sleeves in photos of operational SR-71's, only museum artefacts or perhaps in maintenance or construction. But I could be wrong on that... J
  19. Maybe too late now, but ZM have put the airspeed sensor in the intake in the wrong position. It should correspond to the position of outside access panel further aft and more centrally, not the forward/lower one. But as you are concerned about getting the intake internals correct... http://acc.kitreview.com/cec48455reviewda_1.htm https://www.quora.com/Was-the-MiG-23s-air-intake-design-really-a-copy-of-the-F-4-Phantom-or-was-it-a-reinvention-of-the-intake-design-What-about-the-Su-24s-intake http://www.sbap.be/events/2017/055andravida2017/055andravida2017.htm J
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