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Rob de Bie

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  1. While searching for more information I made an amazing discovery: the photo that inspired the box art! I found it in the 4th 1976 issue of 'Autozeitung' on Ebay. AFAIK the car was not raced in this set of markings. Rob
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    Forum suddenly stops working!

    Thanks for the tip, but I had already adopted and I'm a happier using since Rob
  3. Yep, it looks really nice for a 40 year old kit! I took it out of storage to serve as a testbed for painting techniques, but changed my mind when I saw the nice shape and detailing. Rob
  4. I hadn't thought about measurering the body, oops Maybe it's not 1/20 at all, who knows.. But I'm not sure that I'll be able to find reliable dimensional data of the race car. Probably I'll have to work with the data of the street version. In the mean time I collected some comments on the shape from other forums, plus my own observations, in the picture below. Matt: I'm not 100% sure that I will actually start the build, it's a lot of work. On the other side it's an impressive car. If I decide not to proceed, I will contact you if it becomes available. Rob
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    Forum suddenly stops working!

    Immediately after your request I tried opening multiple tabs, and the loading stopped after the 8th tab. I could not reach the site for half an hour. That fits perfectly with my earlier experiences. Rob
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    Forum suddenly stops working!

    Same problems here, all the time, while simply viewing postings. My usual way of reading a forum section is to open each thread that interests me in a separate tab in my browser. My preliminary conclusion is that I should not open too many tabs with Britmodeller content, because the server hangs up after say five or six. I now read a forum section within one tab, and that seems to work. It's not so convenient though, and it's a problem unique to Britmodeller. Rob
  7. This model was handed down to me via two fellow modelers many years ago. The chassis was mostly built, but the body and glass were mostly untouched. There was no box, and not all decals were there. I worked a bit on the body, and noticed that it started to look really nice. However, older Japanese car models can be hit and miss accuracy-wise. Therefore I made the following six photos of the body. If there's anyone with a good eye for BMWs, can you please comment on the body's shape and accuracy? Many thanks in advance! Rob
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    F-84F 230 gallon inboard pylon tanks

    I've cast a resin copy of the tail of the 450 gallon tank, and cut off the rear section of an outboard 230 gallon tank to achieve matching diameters. The assembly is too long now, 117 mm without the fins. But it's a start. Rob
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    F-84F 230 gallon inboard pylon tanks

    Glidingbob, many thanks for this very interesting information! Does the source mention whether the length is measured with or without the fins? They roughly add 5 mm of length. I calculated the dimensions for 1/48 scale: Type I with wingtails: 12.5 x 113.1 mm I don't remember seeing photos of 230 gallon inboard tanks without fins, but I'll keep my eyes open. The "Flight Handbook F-84F-25 and later aircraft" only mentions Type I and Type II 230 gallon inboard tanks, without further data. I'm amazed by all the different tanks types!! To add to the tank confusion, here's what the "Flight Handbook F-84F-25 and later aircraft" reports about the outboard pylon tanks: Type I, Republic 00500 Type II, Suton Type IV, Royal Jet, glass fiber Many thanks again! If you have more data, I am all ears. Rob
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    F-84F 230 gallon inboard pylon tanks

    Yes please! Somewhere in the pilot's manual I came across a fibreglass 230 gallon tank . I will reread it and report back. Rob
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    F-84F 230 gallon inboard pylon tanks

    Thanks for your reply! I guess you used the drawing at the top of this page: http://grachmodel.narod.ru/air2-F-84F.html Do you know its origin? The scale bar is in feet, so I would expect a US / UK source? 110 mm is close to what I measured, and I believe the Monogram tank is 11.5 mm diameter. I too did some measurements in the drawing, but the resolution is a bit too low. I found tail fin spans of 24 mm and 25 mm respectively (using rounded numbers deliberately). So all is looking good for combining the front 3/4 of the 230 gallon outboard tank with the tail section of the 450 gallon inboard tank. Rob
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    F-84F 230 gallon inboard pylon tanks

    I'm working on a 1/48 F-84F model with all the stores that the RNLAF used. I've done the two types of 450 gallon inbaord pylon tanks, but I still need the smaller 230 gallon inboard pylon tanks. Monogram provides 230 gallon *outboard* pylon tanks, but they appear to be different. I cannot find drawings or dimensions of the inboard tanks, so I did a photo analysis. I calculated a tank length of 46.37 percent of the fuselage length, making 112 mm. The Monogram 230 gallon outboard tanks are 108 mm, so a 4 mm section is missing. Further analysis showed that the missing length should added to the conical section at the rear, that is too 'blunt' and should more pointed. It looks like combining the front 3/4 of the 230 gallon outboard tank with the conical tail section (with fins) of the 450 gallon inboard tanks will do the trick. From another photo I concluded the fin span is the same for the 230 gallon and 450 gallon tanks. Before I cut up the plastic, I wanted to check here whether someone knows more about this subject! Rob
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    F-84F Thunderstreak & Mk.7 Atomic Bomb

    Thanks for the additional details! I now know exactly what to look for. If you have this particular issue, one additional question: did you buy it locally? I mean to ask whether it was imported in Europe. If not, I better look for the parts in the USA. Rob
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    F-84F Thunderstreak & Mk.7 Atomic Bomb

    I searched Ebay on 85-5437, and indeed that's the one. If I am to believe the Ebay sprue photos, this kit comes with just one inboard fuel tank, is that correct? And I'm still not sure of the pylon situation, the two inboard pylons look very similar, although they have different pins to attach the stores. Rob
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    F-84F Thunderstreak & Mk.7 Atomic Bomb

    I have two additional questions on this subject: 1. Does the Monogram kit come with the apprioprate pylon for the Mark 7 nuclear weapon? I searched for sprue photos on Ebay, found a few, but they did not answer this question 100% 2. Does someone have the left-over parts for the weapon and the pylon (if present) ? I want to discuss this subject with a few Dutch Streak pilots, and a model would help greatly I think. Thanks in advance! Rob
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