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Clear-Vax set No.43: USAF, part 1 (1/72 scale)

1. Boeing B-47E Stratojet. Suggested kit: Suggested kit: Hasegawa B-47E.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item. Note that the bottom rim of the rear piece flares onto the fuselage. Note also the windscreen wiper — fabricate this from thin stretched sprue or wire. Later aircraft had a frame running down the centre of the canopy; add the frame if modelling this type.
Suggested reference: Detail & Scale vol 18 (Squadron/Signal).
2. Boeing B-52D Stratofortress. Suggested kit: Monogram B-52D.

In order to fit the Clear-Vax main canopy, cut away the kit cockpit area at the lines arrowed in the drawing. Fabricate and fit windscreen wipers from wire or stretched sprue. Note the small window above the pilots’ stations. To fit the tail gunner’s canopy, cut away the shaded area from the kit fuselage.
Suggested references: B-52, Ageing BUFFS Youthful Crews (Osprey); B-52 In Action #130 (Squadron/Signal).
3. Convair F-106A Delta Dart. Suggested kit: Hasegawa F-106A.

Both standard and “blown” rear sections are provided. Note the angle of the rear section in the fully open position.
Suggested references: Detail & Scale vol 13 (Squadron/Signal); Bunrin-do “Fighters of the World” No 129.
4. Fairchild C-123 Provider. Suggested kits: Mach 2 C-123.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item. Some early versions had extra plexiglass above the windscreen as provided; paint this over for later types. Fabricate and fit windscreen wipers from wire or stretched sprue. Use the kit side windows.
Suggested references: Replic 115 [good article on building the Mach 2 kit, plus useful detail photos]; C-123 In Action #124 (Squadron/Signal).
5. Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star. Suggested kit: Airfix F-80.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item. We recommend replacement of the kit ejection seat with True Details TD72405 – F-80/T-33 ejector seat.
Suggested references: P-80/T-33/F-94 In Action #40 (Squadron/Signal); Bunrin-do “Fighters of the World” No 63.
6. Lockheed F-94C Starfire. Suggested kit: Emhar F-94C.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item. Note that some F-94C aircraft were fitted with windscreen wipers.
Suggested reference: Lockheed F-94 Starfire, Isham & McLaren (Schiffer).
7. Martin B-57B Canberra. Suggested kit: Italeri B-57B.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position. The drawing shows the correct angle for the rear piece when open. Fabricate and fit windscreen wipers from wire or stretched sprue. This canopy is also suitable for the Mach 2 RB-57F.
Suggested reference: B-57 In Action #77 (Squadron/Signal).
8. North American F-86A Sabre. Suggested kit: Hobbycraft F-86E/Sabre Mk.VI.

In order to fit the Clear-Vax canopy, cut away the forward decking from the kit fuselage halves along the dotted line shown on the drawing. Apart from the canopy, the main difference between the F-86A and later versions was in the tailplanes and rear fuselage. Using the scrap drawing as a guide, cut away from the fuselage the area shown as a dotted line, and smooth it off. Re-profile the fairing around the tailplanes, and scribe elevators into the tailplanes as indicated. Note that early F-86Es also used this canopy.
Suggested references: F-86 Sabre In Action #126 (Squadron/Signal); F-86 Sabre, Modern Combat Aircraft 4 (Ian Allan); F-86 Sabre: The Operational Record, Jackson (Airlife); F-86 Sabre in Color (Squadron/Signal).
9. North American F-86F Sabre. Suggested kit: Fujimi F-86F.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position, and directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested references: F-86 Sabre In Action #126 (Squadron/Signal); F-86 Sabre, Modern Combat Aircraft 4 (Ian Allan); F-86 Sabre: The Operational Record, Jackson (Airlife); F-86 Sabre in Color (Squadron/Signal).
10. North American F-100D Super Sabre. Suggested kit: Esci/Italeri F-100D.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position. Note the angle of the rear section when fully open.
Suggested references: Detail & Scale vol 33 (Squadron/Signal); F-100 In Action #190 (Squadron/Signal).
11. Northrop F-89D/J Scorpion. Suggested kit: Revell F-89D/J.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position, and directly replaces the kit items.
Suggested references: Detail & Scale vol 33 (Squadron/Signal); F-100 In Action #190 (Squadron/Signal).
12. Republic F-84E Thunderjet. Suggested kit: Academy F-86E/G.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position, and directly replaces the kit items.
Suggested references: F-84 In Action #61 (Squadron/Signal); Detail & Scale vol 59 (Squadron/Signal).

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