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Everything posted by vesthepes

  1. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Hello chaps Nice to be around this one, the wait is over... I am pretty sure this is going to be a pleasant and entertaining group build, as it is usual here on BM... I'm in with a colorful F-111E carrying a nice noseart. Not sure about its role in Libya, all I know it was the commander of the sqd. flagship and that the noseart brought luck to the pliot back from the days of Vietnam. Hopefully someone can add some info o the subject, I'd be very happy to hear. Initially I was thinking of a downed F-111F 70-2389 callsigned Karma 52, but since I don't have the decals for it, I'll stick with the E version. Plus I've heard the IP in the Verlinden set is to match the E and not the F version... I cannot confirm it yet, I will have to take a look at both of the panels and then compare it to the resin one... Anyway, here's obligatory stuff: classic Libyan raiders markings... eduard etch old Verlindern set, still very useful a must too bad both afterburners are open, but still better than the kit offering this last item is very nice, but I sincerly doubt I will use, as my place on the shelf is limited and this beastie's wingspan is not a joke... that's about it for now... cheers, Vasko
  2. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Uhh, the time is running out and I have loads still to do... Been waiting for Gunze colors for the beast to arrive... I still have strong hope I will pull it through While waiting on that I did all the other stuff like wheels and undercarriage... thanks for looking in, cherers
  3. 1/48 Hobby Boss F-111F Aardvark **FINISHED**

    Wow!! Fantastic. I love it.
  4. "A" vark

    Great looking Vark. Impressive painting!! great work so far!
  5. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    OK, the back and front part are together... One of the parked F-111 configuration was with the wings swept back at 54°... so that's what I did. So huge! What did I get myself into... The join looks like a battlefield. The plastic block didn't work as I thought it would. But at least I could sand and press it without worries as it is of structural use...
  6. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Thanks, I hope the solution helps... but I can't take the credit for the idea. I saw it somewhere way back when I was collecting all the info regarding the build...
  7. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Thanks chaps. It's been a pleasant build so far, but there a huge flaw on the Academy kit. I don't know if someone mentioned it before. The seam line between the capsule and the fuselage!! I have no idea what step should be first to get this airframe closed up without the troubles on its hump... Here's what I thought could help out. Took me an hour to make it, but it should make things easier later on... The decision was made: No clanky wings! No loose pylons swinging with fully loaded MERs! Off with the mechanism! Static it is! The resin exhaust are a nice substitute. They are an F version which had unique ones, but the differences aren't that noticable IMO.. cheers
  8. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Back with a little update. The front windshield had some problems with alignment, so putty was needed for some gaps. The center piece canopy rib was placed with its resin part. Makes the office even more busy... Whats worse than constructing with curved and roundly bent PE. Well, attaching it to a clear part I guess... There was quite an easy solution for this and it works ok so far. First I dipped the canopy parts into the floor polish (different brand, depands where you live), next step was masking. The PE comes in to layers, no problems with gluing that. I recommend removing the rearview mirrors prior to bending. To attach the framwork onto the clear parts I used two sided scotch tape cut into tiny strips. So far, so good cheers
  9. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Truly a big plane... I have heard about that, but it's an unoffical kill for the EF-111 and was never confirmed and Iraqis never acknowledged that. The kill was given to an F-15 which was on the F1's tail... On the other hand, there's a confirmed EF-111 kill, that crashed into the ground, trying to escape a missile fired by the Iraqi...
  10. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Thanks, still haven't decided whether to ditch the wing linkage and close it up in static position. I took some time to cut up the canopy. Scary at first but actually quite simple. A thin saw and some patience... cheers
  11. 1/48 FB-111A

    Great comparison of the fuel tanks. We can see now how the kit offering in both cases is way off in length...
  12. 1/48 Hobby Boss F-111F Aardvark **FINISHED**

    Great job on the vac canopy, my personal nightmare. Two thumbs up!
  13. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    A little update... Added some detials on the IP "cover", to be more precise "nuclear blast shield"... No instructions by Verlinden for the HUD, but the part wan't hard to find... The capsule went together quite OK. I was surprised by the instructions to insert a 60g weight into the nose... 60g!! way too much IMO, so I ended up inserting 15g which should be enough Removed the resin parts from the stubbs and cleaned up... The movable wings mechanism make this kit quite a clanker.... is that a correct term? Too much Lego for me... it does work, but not quite like it should... thanks for looking in... cheers
  14. 1/48 Hobby Boss F-111F Aardvark **FINISHED**

    Very nice. Great job with the wash, looks very convincing!
  15. "A" vark

    Nice start, following with big interest!
  16. RF-111C 6 Sqn. RAAF Base Amberley 88 - completed

    Excellent job Rich, awesome scratchbuilding!
  17. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Thanks for all the info chaps! I found out that the mission was called "Operation Ghost Rider" http://www.shaw.af.mil/News/Features/Display/tabid/6145/Article/719405/remembering-operation-ghost-rider-and-el-dorado-canyon.aspx More details in the office: Some itsy bitsy pieces still have to be added and some fell off in the process of painting... cheers cheers
  18. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Please, do not be, I enjoy this quite a lot. Are you sure about the usage of mk.20 clusters? I am almost positive about 500 lbs mk.82 airs along GBU-10s were used in raids on Lybia on F-111F. Something like this: wikipedia source I thought exactly the same, having in mind the mk.82s... And oh yes, the E version seems to be completely forgotten, and it's almost like only the F version operated that night... and maybe it did, and E's were only a back up? Nevertheless they still had to be armed... Thanks for your research Rich, I appreciate it. and some work on the interior... one coat primer, one coat black, one coat light grey... painted the panels black, still have to go into details.. cheers
  19. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Thanks for the interest guys ... Glynn no need to apologyze, your input is welcome here and so is everybody elses! Thanks for sharing, I knew something about the same serials as the ones on The chief. And then like you said I also saw the photos of My lucky blonde in Hill AFB and The chief at Duxford... Anyway, I'd like to find out more about its days in '86, to be specific on the night being in Libya. Main reason would probably be the armament during the raid. Was it GBU-10s or mk.82s? probably latter, right? cheers
  20. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Craig and Rich, thank you for your welcoming words. My main concern is finishing in time so I will try to kick off ASAP, also the etched part are known for prolonging builds by years... I probably won't use the Eduard interior as the Verlinden set is all good. Same goes with the flaps and slats. I want a model with wings swept back or preferably with movable wings... Anyway, here's a few shots of the interior parts... three layers of PE a size comparison, just to see what we're dealing with... that's it for now, cheers
  21. Hello chaps. Finally this one has come to an end. It is a Kopro kit with tons of aftermarket and many corrections made. Check more on the build in this topic : work in progress The kit is made for a friend and blogger R.S from the very well known blog on SyAAF airplanes. Here it is... for more photos check this site: http://militaryaviation148.blogspot.si/2017/03/su-7bmk-syaaf-1973-ramadan-war.html
  22. 1:48 Su-7BMK SyAAF Ramadan War

    Thanks a lot chaps.I am glad you like the fitter. I'm not going anywhere near old kits for some time now... cheers, Vasko
  23. Gentlemen As I am almost done with the Iraqi Hunter, it's time to post a new WIP. This one is second in line of the SyAAF next to the L-29. I thought of doing the one from the Ramadan war in '73... The kit is the old Kopro and during the years I managed to collect some aftermarket for it: Neomega cockpit and seat, Eduard interior, SAC metal landing gear, quickboost vents and such and Armory resin wheels. A few years back I did an Algerian Fitter, so no big surprises are expected... The seat looks great: the pit is also nice... After some painting... I've used IP decals from some leftovers, cut them out... I think it's better than I could ever do by hand... To make a BM/BMK out of BKL you need to remove some plastic. The BKL had skids on the landing gear so the wells were larger. A minor surgery... Quickboost vents are too small And that's about it for now. Stay tuned and thanks for looking in. cheers
  24. SyAAF Su-7BMK 1:48

    It's done and in the gallery: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235019096-148-su-7bmk-syaaf-ramadan-war/ thanks for looking in cheers
  25. Kitty Hawk's 1/48th Scale Su-22M-3 & M-4

    I see now... you have a point here... How do the belly pylons sit on the fuselage on this kit? Are they leaned downwards at the front because of the concave belly?