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So far it's been a really nice fit, hardly any sanding needed and no filler (yet!). I think with Phantoms any issues tend to be the intake area, so I'll see when it comes to those.

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I built this years ago, used some aftermarket seats which was a waste of money as they didn’t fit and had to be sanded down, some aftermarket decals for Spangdalheim (spelt that wrong I bet) as the kit ones were done and a couple of HARMs from somewhere. Lovely kit, but you’re right about the intakes, I ended up bodging/scratching some intake covers to hide the nightmare inside.

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On 9/23/2020 at 10:50 PM, Lord Riot said:

There's a huge missile included but it looks a bit silly as it's so big even on a Phantom, looks the wrong scale so I'll leave that off.

That will be an AGM-78 SRAM, forerunner of the AGM-88 HARM. It was a beast of a missile.

 

 Common training load out on the ‘Spang’ jets was one AGM-45 ‘Shrike’ and the AGM-78, although it was very common to have these swapped out with an AGM-65 ‘Maverick’ on a single launch rail. Can’t recall seeing AIM-9’s being carried but can remember AIM-7’s in the rear recesses only. I think I’m correct in saying if the inner wing pylons had any form of AGM fitted on it, then AIM-9’s couldn’t be fitted due to fin clearance issues. The ALQ-119 was always carried in the front port fuselage recess(I’m thinking back 35yrs so memory is a bit foggy). 

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Thanks @scotthldr, that's great info, just what I needed! Did you work at Spangdahlem? 

 

I'll go with an AGM-45 and AGM-65 on the inner pylons then, and just the two AIM-7s. Were training rounds still all over white?

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I'm calling the cockpit done for now. 

 

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That cockpit is an outstanding piece of work. I'm very impressed.

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Thank you @SAT69! The Eduard etching set brings it to life almost. Seats are just the kit ones though.

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No didn't work at Spang, just used to see them as frequent visitors to RAF Lossiemouth back in the day.

 

For the AGM-65(I'm fairly sure they would've been the 'D' variant in the mid 80's), you'll need the single launch rail called the LAU-117, I'm pretty sure I've got a couple spare along with some AGM-65's that I can send down to you free gratis. Not sure when the AGM-88 'HARM', was rolled out to the 52nd but they were using them by 1988 and these would've supplemented the AGM-45 'Shrike', I don't think the -45 and -88 would've been carried together(although someone will probably prove me wrong), I've got some -88's spare as well that you can have. 

 

 It was also common for the 52nd jets to fly day to day training missions without the wing tanks installed, relying on the centre line tank only. For this you'll need the high-g style tank similar to that seen on the F-15, this should be in the kit as sprue 'R'.

 

 As for colours, the AIM-7 and AGM-45 would've been White, the AGM-65 either White or Olive Drab and AGM-88 are FS36622.

 

 I mentioned the ALQ-119 earlier but from looking at photos it would appear that the ALQ-131(deep), would be more appropriate for a 52nd jet. Eduard do a nice one https://www.eduard.com/eduard/brassin/aircraft/1-48/an-alq-131-(deep)-ecm-pod-1-48.html.

 

PM me your address and I'll look to get the bits down to you later in the week.

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Fantastic @scotthldr, thanks for the info and missiles offer, very much appreciated!

 

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Very nice cockpit. Quite excited to get on to mine now, but I think back to back Phantoms would be too much.  Plus the RF brings the count to 6, so will save lucky 7 for later

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