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Update: Please disregard the question in this message. It is not relevant anymore as I do not plan to release any new kits. Hi All Keeping in mind that two Royal Navy flight deck tractor kits have been lately released by our company (both are in 1:48 scale), I'm thinking about continuing in the same direction. But I would appreciate your help in deciding upon a particular flight deck tractor type to try next. For ease of reference, here's a diagram that shows all major flight deck tractor types used by the Royal Navy throughout the years. We've covered #1 and #4, so what next? What say you? And may I please take a liberty and ask you to be personal: which kit would you, in particular, want for yourself? (and not what's good for the mankind in general... ; ) Thanks a lot in advance, Alex
Hello Please let me share the news on some of the most recent releases from F4Models: 1:72 Royal Navy 1950s-1960s Flight Deck Tractor 1:72 Royal Navy 1940s-1950s Flight Deck Tractor 1:72 USAF 2000s Flight Line Tow Tractor That is in addition to a number of kits released earlier this year: 1:72 Royal Navy 1990s-2010s Flight Deck Tractor 1:72 Royal Navy 1970s Flight Deck Tractor 1:72 USAF 1994-2000s Utility Pickup Truck All kits include resin and photoetched parts. Soon to be available via the big H. More pictures & news here: http://www.f4models.blogspot.com Sincerely yours, Alex
Here are some pictures of my models of the MD-1 flight deck tractor. MD-1 flight deck tractors entered service with the U.S. Navy in the mid 1950s. Apart from the aircraft towing and positioning, they were employed to start up aircraft jet engines. For this purpose many were fitted with gas turbine start units mounted on the platform in the rear. MD-1 tractors served on Essex / Oriskany class, Midway class and Forrestal / Kitty Hawk class carriers of the U.S. Navy until mid 1960s. They have also been employed on the Royal Canadian Navy's HMCS Bonaventure. My kits come from F4Models (cat. # FM7001). They have re-issued this kit, and the new one has some substantial improvements. Firstly, photoetched details are now included. Secondly, the kit box contains parts that allow you to build the tractor in a number of versions / variations: with or without the starter unit, two versions of the front grille and a number of options to arrange the ballast weights. I have scratch-built the compressor's air hose and mesh screen for the exhaust pipe. I have also made headlights from self-adhesive bare metal foil and some handles and braces from thin wire. Everything else is out-of-the-box, with modest amount of filling and sanding. Painting and finishing is fairly straightforward: first Vallejo acrylic paint, then gloss varnish and some neutral wash, decals with Micro Set / Sol liquids and finally Vallejo matt varnish.