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Remove Before Flight (RBF) flags
Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:37 PM

The photo of the F/A-18F on the cover of the current FSM magazine has RBF flags. I thought that they looked pretty good, so I figured that I would add some RBF flags to my B-58. 

 

The Eduard "real fabric" RBF flags are OOP, so I ordered a set from ebay. I took this picture after I had assembled a few RBF flags, that's why there are parts missing. Anyway, the kit includes photo etched rods and preprinted fabric flags. The rods are really small.

The first step is to poke a hole in the fabric flag.

Next, I had to figure out how to hold the rod. I used a set of tweezers to hold the rod.

Then I used another set of tweezers to attach the flag to the rod. The flags are real thin and tear easily. A small dab of super glue holds the flag in place. 

There are not a lot of photos of the B-58 sitting on the tarmac, but one photo shows two flags on the pitot tube, so I did the same. I think that the flags were used to prevent maintenance vehicles from hitting the long thin pitot tube.

I also added flags to the langing gear and the rear guns.

I am not sure if it is worth the effort to add these flags to a model. Any thoughts?

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 17, 2019 2:05 PM

I think these RBF flags are nice additions, especially in a dio setting. I have some of the Eduard metal ones that come in their BigEd sets but not to keen on the look of those. I still have some of the old Verlinden ones but going to have to try and find these fabric ones.

They look nice and the aircraft is really nicely done as well.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, October 17, 2019 2:23 PM

I also think they look cool. Didn't know they were real fabric, even if not available anymore.

 

-Greg

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, October 17, 2019 2:41 PM

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:14 PM

I used those same tags on my Mini Whiskey 7 build.  The real Whiskey 7 has them on the gust locks, pitot tube cover, and gear pins.  So I used them in the same spots.  I think they really set it apart to be honest. 

 

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    March 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:18 PM

Looks very nice.

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    January 2015
Posted by PFJN on Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:49 PM

Hi,

those look great Stick out tongue

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    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:36 PM

When did they start using the flags?  

I still have one I found blowing across the flight line at Minot, the plastic it's made from has held up well all this time.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, October 18, 2019 9:22 AM

ikar01

When did they start using the flags?  

I still have one I found blowing across the flight line at Minot, the plastic it's made from has held up well all this time.

 

Way back!  I started getting involved in aviation in the fifties, and they had long been in use then.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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