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  1. A Cuban Sea Fury.

    The few operational FAR (Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria) Sea Furies, as well as the last surviving T-33As, have been dispersed and camouflaged in dark green with grass green mottling after the first bombing attacks effected by the invading FAL (Fuerza Aérea de Liberación) B-26s on April 15th, 1961, two days before the actual Bay of Pigs invasion (April 17th) , and took part in the combats in this scheme. It is very probable that the mottling has been applied on the uppersurfaces of the aircraft only, the undersurfaces remaining in the original dark green color. (The T-33As, originally in NMF, were repainted in dark green/grass green on the uppersurfaces with light blue undersides). On April 17th, Enrique Carreras, flying Sea Fury "FAR 541", sunk the Brigada 2506 transport ship "USS Houston" using rockets. On April 19th, Carreras shot down a FAL B-26 flying the Sea Fury, and, later the same day, he was credited with another B-26, this time shot down when flying a T-33A. National markings were not applied - only the Cuban flag on the rudder, and "FAR" and small serials on the tail. Greetings Diego
  2. F-4C/D - Europe1 scheme

    F-4D 66-0271 Kansas ANG - double MiG killer (2 x Bailey & Feinstein) - (not my photo) A double MiG killer from Vietnam, this Phantom received special markings and the name "SCAT" during the visit of Brig. Gen Robin Olds in 1986 that flew 66-0271 on this occasion: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/HD48025 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/HD72055 F-4D 65-0801 Texas ANG: another MiG killer from the a.m. sheet (1 x Ritchie & Petit) - (not my photo) and F-4D 66-7751, Florida AF Reserve, wearing the very attractive "Flipper" scheme following the Europe One wrap-around pattern, but replacing the greens with mid grey and pale grey - (not my photo) Note the dark green triple ejector rack (TER) on the inboard pylon : All there F-4Ds are "standard" aircraft, i.e. without the "Herpes"nose antennae mods. Greetings Diego
  3. Hi Folks, Just to make the things a bit more precise, the upcoming sheets will include markings for the following Hunters: F.6 - Iraq ('60), FGA.9 - Iraq - double Vautour killer ('67), F.6 - Jordan - Mirage killer ('66), F.6 with recce nose - Jordan - double Mirage killer ('67), FGA.9 - Oman with dark grey uppersurface camo ('79), FR.10 - Oman with dark grey/grey camo and mission markings from Dhofar conflict ('79), FGA.9 - Somalia (with FR.10 option) ('83), FGA.9 - Chile in desert scheme ('75), FGA.9 - Chile in Ghost grey camo ('75), Most of these schemes were never covered previously in decal form, or, if covered, then -unfortunately- with many errors. We have also concentrated on schemes not covered by Xtradecals in their "Hunters in international service" sheets. Greetings Diego Hi-Decal
  4. Israeli F-86 Sabre colors?

    Speaking about "Israeli" Sabres: 10 years later, IAI Bedek serviced Iranian Air Force (IIAF) F-86F Sabres, applying a very attractive Asia Minor ( sand-brown-green) camo. Greetings Diego
  5. Simply gorgeous Colors, camo and weathering spot on! Can't wait to see it in company of your F-84G... and a TT T-33A (I will send you all necessary data sa soon as these will be ready) Greetings Diego
  6. Simple gorgeous...as always Please don't forget the lower area of the rear fuselage, as well as part of the fuselage under the wings was painted with a matt aluminum protection paint. Greetings Diego
  7. Would an IIAF T-33 target tug with orange uppersurfaces be interesting ? Just asking as I'm working on a sheet for the Iranian T-birds right now ... followed by IIAF F/RF-5As. Anyway, please don't hesitate to ask in case you would have questions re IIAF etc. Greetings Diego
  8. Algerian Su-7 were dielivered in NMF. The "Nile" camouflage has been applied after their arrival to Egypt. The switching between olive/black green - grey green and sand was not unusual. Severeal Egyptian MiG-21MFs and MiG-17Fs could be seen in the very same camo with sand color applied in meandering bands between olive green and grey green fields. The colors were not of high quality and faded quickly under the desert sun. Beautiful work on your Fitter, Jurek - congratulations! You got the faded black green color spot on! Greetings Diego
  9. Hello Reini, great work on the Sabre!!!! Just read on your Alijet tread that you are using bombs from the Academy Sabre. As the IIAF F-86F were fighter bombers, they were equipped with an additional pylon used for bombs, napalm and unguided rocket pods during their late career ( i.e. when camouflaged). If you have the Academy kit, you could use the bomb pylons on the Iranian bird as they were practically always installed. There is even a film showing a simulated napalm attack performed by Iranian Sabres during the U.S.-Iranian Delawar maneuver in front of foreign delegations. Here a similarly equipped USAF bird: https://modelingmadness.com/scott/korean/f86ff.jpg Greetings Diego
  10. What can be said Reini... Honestly speaking, this model doesn't look like a Phantom - This is simply a small, shrunken Phantom Phantastic work on this one! Can't wait to see a family shot of your whole IIAF collection !!! Sincere congratulations for this work of art. Greetings Diego
  11. Angolan Su-27 / Su-30, colors ?

    Approx. FS colors for this scheme are: - cream FS33523 / FS33793, ( approx H85, but more yellow) - grass green FS24187 (semi gloss), ( approx. H6) - olive green FS 34087, ( approx H304) - light blue FS35550 undersides. Decals for the only one Su-27P delivered to Angola (red C110) and the lone Su-27UB (red I100) are available from Hi-Decal in both 1/72nd and 1/48th scales, a.o. here: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/HD48022B https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/HD72050B Greetings Diego
  12. Great progress on the Sabre Please only remember that external fuel tanks were never camouflaged in IIAF ( and later IEAF) service and remained in NMF. Greetings Diego
  13. Many thanks for these informations! Good to know this detail!!! This means that a.o. PhAF "Dragon" also had this modification
  14. Splendid work on the Sabre! There is however a small modification that needs to be done: Please don't forget to remove / sand down the intake visible on the rear right fuselage side (visible on the photo of the primed aircraft) typical for the F-86F-40 version. The Iranian Sabres were F-25 and F-30 aircraft updated with the longer F-40 wing, without this intake. As all Hasegawa Sabres have the same fuselage parts, this operation needs to be done anytime you want to build a non JASDF aircraft. Re: nose wheel - you're right : IIAF sabres had both styles. The nose wheel visible on the photo was a late solution, and the Philippine Sabres had also the same wheel (painted in yellow primer). The IIAF sabres had this element in NMF/aluminium. Interestingly, it seems that late T-33 Shooting Stars had the same nose wheel (like Hellenic A.F. aircraft) and I hoped to find a solution searching for T-33 accessories, but till now there is no aftermarket available ( only spoked wheels) Greetings Diego