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  1. Oh! If you happen to scan or photograph one day, could you include this one? I would love to try some kind of photo analysis to see whether it's actually an M64. But you probably saw that response coming Rob
  2. Interesting! Is the M64 reference text or a photo caption? I've interviewed some RNLAF Streak pilots, but they generally don't have a detailed knowledge of the weapons at all. So it's no use asking them whether they remember the M64 / 65 / 66. Finding armourers from that time is far more difficult, and my attempts so far all failed. Rob
  3. Just curious: how did you distinguish the M65 from the M64 or vice versa? I remember having great trouble distinguishing the M66 from the M65, unless they were next to each other. I often had to resort to rough photo measurements to establish what it was. I'm also interested because in my RNLAF F-84F stores study, I deduced from those typical 'aircraft with all its weapons' photos that the RNLAF only used the M65 and M66 - I never found a document saying that. So the M64 could theoretically be a RNLAF F-84F bomb too. RNLAF
  4. There's always the option to scratch-build the conical tail. I did the same for my 1/48 AN-M66. Full build report here: https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/models/f84f-bombs.htm Rob
  5. Is 'HPH' short for High Planes Models HPA072072 ? My notes say that the Airfix F-84F and the A-1J have bombs that somewhat resemble the M65. The ones in the A-1 kit have box tails, but I don't have the F-84F kit to check the contents. Rob
  6. I can offer my study of the stores of RNLAF F-84Fs. The HVARs have interlocking fins, and another support halfway the rocket body. That reminds me that I still have to add a strap there The fins of the top HVAR (bottom in photo) hooks into brackets that are flip out of the wing surface. My old Monogram model had them as raised detail. Bomb choice may depend on the user. RNLAF only used the old M65, on the outboard pylon. Rob
  7. Maybe I'll need some help with the STL model, as explained. I can put the file online if required. But first the scanning! Rob
  8. I thought a bit more about it, and there are possibly more interesting things to do. Assuming the vacformed part has a constant thickness, you could deduct that thickness from the 3D model, and create an internal structure, window frame, door post, roll cage, etc. But I don't know yet how that is to be done, I never worked with a pure STL model before. Well, I did try MeshMixer, but that felt like alien technology, coming from 3D CAD Also, I could have the Protar/Italeri body scanned, so I can (hopefully) see whether the cockpit transplant is going to fit. Rob
  9. An idea just popped in my mind: a good friend recently bought a semi-professional 3D scanner, and he's looking for projects. I could ask him to scan the TamTach LC2 cockpit area. and then 3D print just the cockpit area. That way I don't have to sacrifice the body, that could be used to build a later version. I'll probably have to paint the model, but I can select a paint type that's easy to remove. Sounds like a plan to me! Rob
  10. Building your own slick tires isn't difficult. I guess the picture below shows the process pretty well. More here: https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/models/lc2.htm Rob
  11. I received some other input. that made me remember the following: I think I once read that the moisture (sweat) from your hands is partially absorbed by acrylic paint, with the effect that the glass-rubber transition temperature (Tg for short) is lowered. Maybe it is lowered so much that it roughly equals body temperature, and that the paint becomes rubbery. AFAIK it's one of the problems that make acrylic paints unsuited to many applications. But I do not know what is the 'binder' chemical in Alclad clears is - anyone? Triggered by this idea, I did a bit more testing. If I touch the painted surface briefly, there is no stickyness. But the longer you hold the model, the stronger the stickyness becomes, up to a certain level of course. That behaviour matches the observations that it does not attract dirt, but does feel sticky when held for a bit. Rob
  12. Oh yes indeed! It feels special, definitely. They are from such a different era of military aviation. One example is that I could not understand why most photos of RNLAF Streaks showed no weapons, just fuel tanks. One answered that they did a lot of navigation missions - they had to learn the area they would be fighting in. Whereas I was thinking in terms of inertial navigation or GPS.. Rob
  13. Guilty as charged But the stores are the reason for doing this project. I'm researching the stores of the RNLAF F-84F, and wanted to use this model to interview former pilots. Covid-19 largely prevented that from happening, but I still have two pilots on my list. Rob
  14. That is an excellent question! The answer is no I think, the model isn't a dust magnet. I had considered it could be the moisture of the fingers causing the stickyness, and your question reinforces that idea.. Rob
  15. Thanks for your kind words! Building this 'play model' was a nice variation on building detailed models. I built it deliberately with minimal details, to make it clear that it could be handled, and avoid the impression it was a vulnerable scale model. I also filled the model with resin to give it weight. But still I find even other modellers to be reluctant to handle it. More here, but warning: there are 14 subpages! It's my most elaborate project so far. https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/models/f84f.htm Rob
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