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Clear-Vax set 52: USAF (1/48 scale)

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1. Convair F-106A "blown" canopy. Suggested kit: Monogram F-106A.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position. Note the two vertical framelines on the windscreen; these are internal and are best represented with strips of self-adhesive tape or decal film.
Suggested references: Detail & Scale vol.13; Bunrin-do 'Fighters of the World' No.129.
2. Lockheed F-80. Suggested kit: Monogram F-80C.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item. Trim the side rails off kit part 15 and fit inside the replacement canopy rear. We recommend replacement of the kit ejection seat with the True Details set TD48402, which is also suitable for the T-33.
Suggested references: P-80/T-33/F-94 In Action No.40 (Squadron/Signal); Bunrin-do 'Fighters of the World' No.63.
3. Lockheed T-33. Suggested kit: Hobbycraft/Academy T-33 series.

The Clear-Vax canopy rear is slightly corrected for better accuracy. If fitting the canopy closed, trim the shaded area marked X from the kit fuselage. We recommend the excellent Verlinden update set No.854 for extra detail.
4. Lockheed U-2. Suggested kit: Testors Hawk/Italeri U-2.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item. On the drawing, we have included a template for the area that is painted inside the rear section. This can be cut out and used as a mask (in reverse) for painting. Alternatively, it can be duplicated from self-adhesive material (black or white) and fixed in place.
Suggested references: U-2 In Action No.86 (Squadron/Signal); Aerograph 3 (Aerofax Inc) - includes good detail photos.
5. McDonnell-Douglas F-15 (single-seat canopy). Suggested kits: Hasegawa F-15C & J.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position, and directly replaces the kit item. True Details set TD48403 provides two nicely moulded Escapac ejection seats (also useful for the F-16).
Suggested references: Warbird Tech No.9 (Specialty Press); Aerodetail No.3 (F-15J); Detail & Scale vol.14.
6. Northrop F-5A. Suggested kit: Testors/Italeri F-5A.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item, and is sectioned for display in the open position.
Suggested references: F-5 In Action No.38 (Squadron/Signal); Detail & Scale No.5 (F-5E); 'Northrop F-5/F-20' Modern Combat Aircraft No.5 (Ian Allen).
7. Northrop F-5E. Suggested kit: Revell/Monogram F-5E.
The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item, and is sectioned for display in the open position. Cut the rails off kit part 10, carefully thin down the remainder, and fit to the Clear-Vax canopy rear.
8. General Dynamics F-16A/C/D. Suggested kits: Hasegawa F-16 single seaters.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item, and is sectioned for display in the open position. The canopy can be tinted with a mixture of Tamiya Smoke and Clear Yellow, depending on the shade required (there are variations in shade from aircraft to aircraft). Some aircraft have the rear section untinted - check your references.
Suggested references: F-16 Walkaround (Squadron/Signal); Detail & Scale vol.3.
9. North American F-100 Super Sabre. Suggested kit: Monogram F-100D.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position, and directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested reference: Detail & Scale vol.33.

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