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  1. Having flown in a 'Bou several times when I was in the Australian Army, it's STOL performance is quite incredible. I have seen pictures of one taking off from a parade ground! Lightly loaded it needed basically about 10 feet run up before it lifted off the ground. I remember the second time I flew in one, coming back from an exercise. The plane was painted white and had big UN titles on it's side - it had just returned from Kashmir where it had been part of the UN monitoring team. The pilot flew the way he'd learnt to fly it there. He started off down the runway and then bounced the plane into the air. He took it up about 10-15 feet and slammed it down on the runway and away we went! We left our stomachs behind up when the plane and away we went. I have one HC 'Bou in my stash. The prices are now ridiculous on EvilBay. I suspect there would be a fairly large market for a reissued model.
  2. Trumpeter do a PLA Type 56 130mm gun, which is virtually identical to the Soviet Type 46 gun, in 1/35 scale.
  3. That is your choice. Let us agree to disagree. We both enjoy modelling, just to different standards. High Planes make IMO quite good kits. Your disparaging remarks aside, that is my opinion.
  4. All depends, I expect on your perspective. I have never had a real problem with High Planes kits. I am not suggesting they are at Tamigawa level of fit but if care is used, they can and will fit together well and will look good. Please, don't be put off by disparaging comments like this. High Planes are short run kits but they are accurate, unlike some of the big names'.
  5. As an alternative, try the High Planes Boston. It looks rough but with a little care assembles well and makes an accurate model.
  6. Panavia Wiriwiri In 1979, the Royal Australian Navy was seeking a new carrier, to replace its aging Majestic Class, HMAS Melbourne. France, sensing the possibility of a windfall sale, both of a carrier and aircraft, offered a revised Clemenceau class, with a slightly longer hull and flight deck, with a commensurate increase in tonnage. The aircraft on offer were to be SEPECAT Jaguar Ms and Mirage F1Ms. However, France was not exactly flavour of the month in the Pacific, with its ongoing nuclear tests in the region and so any major purchase from them was politically unpalatable. The British offered as an alternative a commercial design adapted to a carrier, built to the cheaper and simpler requirements of a commercial hull. They offered the SEPECAT Jaguar M as strike aircraft and as fighters as well. As an alternative, the Panavia Tornado was offered as well, working on the theory that, “offer them something really expensive as an alternative and they’ll plumb for the cheaper system instead.” The RAN decided to go with the British offering, the Australian Government unwilling to spend the required funds for a dedicated carrier design. The decision was also made to adopt the Tornado as a combination strike aircraft and as a fighter, rather than the simpler and cheaper Jaguar. Using the IDS airframe, coupled with the ADV radar. The Tornado was renamed the “Wiriwiri” (Aboriginal for “whirlwind”). It would be capable of carrying both air-to-air missiles and air-to-ground weapons. HMAS Australia entered service in 1984. It carried an airwing of 24 Wiriwiri and 12 A-4G Skyhawks, plus several Trackers and helicopters. The RAN felt that the duties required of the Wiriwiri were well suited to a two seat aircraft, rather than a single seat one. Equipped with an arrester hook and catapult launching equipment, the Wiriwiri was able to take off from the short runway of the carrier. The Model The model is a simple conversion of an Italeri German Marine Tornado IDS, which I have added an arrester hook and catapult stays. In addition, I have added two Harpoon anti-ship missiles, carried under the fuselage (from the Airfix RAF weapons set). The model was painted with Tamiya and Vallejo paints using a hairy stick. The markings came from the spares box.
  7. I first heard about this in connection with the tragedy of Air India Flight 182, which disintegrated on it's Montreal-London-Delhi flight, believed due to a Terrorist bomb in 1985. She was carrying a spare engine being returned to New Delhi after it had been serviced in the US.
  8. There is currently an A-4F kit by Esci for sale on EvilBay if you're interested - https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Douglas-A4f-Aggressor-scala-1-72-aerei-kit-montaggio/264095264633?hash=item3d7d4def79:g:Sm8AAOSw-uhaUpzE:rk:17:pf:0 The Esci A-4F has a removable hump.
  9. Not difficult. The major difference between the 4G and the 4E was that the G was wired to carry Sidewinders on all four underwing pylons, unlike the E and F before it. The E has the longer nose compared to the earlier versions. The F had an overfuselage "hump", which the G was missing.
  10. You do realise there is a diminishing return for accuracy? I'd settle for an approximate pattern, myself.
  11. Appears to be plenty to me: - https://www.google.com/search?q=M1001+Tractor+Unit&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwji09ey7_PdAhUUAogKHZmNCdEQ_AUIDigB&biw=981&bih=651
  12. Go with what seems the most natural - Olive Green, for the USAF vehicles. For US Army ones, I'd do European camouflage. Look at pictures and decide what you want to model.
  13. Going by the few pictures of the cab on the web, I'd suggest it is painted usually the same as the external colour, like most military vehicles are.
  14. Airfix one would be IMHO streets ahead of the Premier model one.
  15. Per ardua ad astra - Through adversity to the stars – the next 100 years Formed in March 1921, the Royal Australian Air Force is the aerial warfare branch of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). It operates the majority of the ADF's fixed wing aircraft, although both the Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy also operate aircraft in various roles. It directly continues the traditions of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), formed on 22 October 1912. The RAAF provides support across a spectrum of operations such as air superiority, precision strikes, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, air mobility, and humanitarian support. The RAAF took part in many of the 20th century's major conflicts. During the early years of the Second World War a number of RAAF bomber, fighter, reconnaissance and other squadrons served in Britain, and with the Desert Air Force located in North Africa and the Mediterranean. From 1942, a large number of RAAF units were formed in Australia, and fought in the South West Pacific Area. Thousands of Australians also served with other Commonwealth air forces in Europe, including during the bomber offensive against Germany. By the time the war ended, a total of 216,900 men and women served in the RAAF, of whom 10,562 were killed in action. Later the RAAF served in the Berlin Airlift, Korean War, Malayan Emergency, Indonesia–Malaysia Confrontation and Vietnam War. More recently, the RAAF has participated in operations in East Timor, the Iraq War, the War in Afghanistan, and the military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It has been equipped with canvas and wire rigged aircraft, World War Two fighters and bombers, post WWII jet aircraft, supersonic fighters and today is poised to take on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. However, what of the future after that? I foresee the RAAF becoming equipped with advanced stealth aircraft, invisible to radar and other detection systems, equipped with advanced beyond-visual-range missiles. This model represents one such vision. The Model The model is a modified 1/72 Testors F-19 Stealth Fighter. It has had wings and enlarged canards attached and a new nose, allowing an advanced AESA radar to be fitted. This has improve it’s manoeuvrability and it’s ability to detect it’s targets without being detected. It carries it’s armaments internally, minimising any possibility of them being detected by radar. It is brushpainted and carries “low-viz” roundels printed by Mossie.
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