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About Whirly

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  1. Thread duly opened for the ETPS Gripen, thank you!
  2. Hello, just a signpost for my build which will start a bit later. I have the 1/72 Italeri kit and the Flying Colors Aerodecals tiny sheet for the ETPS logo, hope the box decals will suffice for the standard colour scheme.
  3. Hello, would like to join this group build in the following weeks. Just to be sure I wonder if this subject would be eligible: swedish manufacturer, swedish air force, only ETPS is out, right?
  4. Seems a wonderful product! I can’t really see the expected price though : is it my problem only?
  5. Hi Dave, another fine build from you. Would really like to see more airliners in modelling forum: with all these new wonderful kits from Zvezda and Eastern Express seems the market is there, do they always end in the loft without being built?
  6. Hi Giorgio, I was thinking along the same lines: since I have to print the thin black lines delimiting the yellow flashes I can do the full job and change the serial with a known subject. Thank you for your very kind offer anyway! Hi Martin, you did a great job with your Turkish Super Sabre! My build is actually a first test just for the nice paint scheme, then I will build another one with a more involved effort. By the way, as we were talking about Italeri colour schemes accuracy, look at the year Perhaps they meant 1960 ?
  7. I can't tell for the D, however now that it has been remarked I think the central frame is not in the right place. This is an Italeri kit, apparently built out of the box (the canopy is like the one in my kit) and are quite evident the wrong proportions of the front and rear transparent sections compared to the real one. This seems to be a quirk inherited from the AMT/ERTL kit: https://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/builds/amt/build_amt_8892.shtml Well, not! Aside from the canopy, I compared an original ESCI F-100D with the Italeri kit and the only conclusion I can draw is that the later one must be a 'reworked' copy of the ESCI mould. The main parts are exactly identical (excluding the front fuselage), even with the same panel line errors, but lack the finesse of the original ESCI moulds cut in Korea. All the smaller parts though are completely different with a 'cluncky' feel, while the main wheels are oversized and only similar to the original one. Hi Giorgio, we found the same trail and I have a real fear that Italeri got it wrong, wouldn't be surprised... Thank you all for explaining the use of Wheelus AB, didn't know about this piece of history.
  8. Hello, I'm currently building the Italeri 1/72 F-100F and realy struggling to find images of one of the decal options. I was specifically attracted by this colour scheme: The only references I found are this image from wikipedia... ...and this artwork from the squadron book 'F-100 Super Sabre in Color'. First I wonder why Italeri locates it in Lybia. Could it be a temporary re-deployment from Woodbrige? Then I would like to know where FW-893 did come from: I think the decal artist must have been inspired by some image or (hope not...) a profile artwork but can't really find anything. Finally, it seems that I will need to add a very thin black trim to the yellow flashes that Italeri forgot Ok, it won't be easy and my enthusiasm is somewhat vanishing so I want at least a reassurement that I'm trying to reproduce as best as I can a REAL subject! Thanks for your help
  9. Hi Stuart, following with interest your build, I have the same kit and plan to build it sooner or later. Don't know if you already browsed through the walkarounds in the Seawings site, there are these image collections that can be of great help: http://seawings.co.uk/saunderspage.htm http://seawings.co.uk/saroA1WRgal.htm Cheers Fabio
  10. Now I see what you mean! Obviously you are right and I admit I really hadn't noticed despite having it in front of me for weeks... Well, you live and learn. Hope this will come useful for anyone eager to tackle the same subject.
  11. Hello, sorry for the long absence, it is a hard period with my daily job and family commitments so I couldn't make up my mind to post a proper reply Hi Hacker, as you can see from the WIP posts there were some basic issues to address even considering it is nearly a What-If. Overall I would say it is quite buildable with average accuracy considering its low appeal to the market. Hi Martin, I guess you are referring to the rear canopy windows being round instead of angular shaped? This detail changed during the mock-up life and the model shows the latest configuration. To @Mig88 @Corsairfoxfouruncle @mdauben @bearmatt @Space Ranger @Blue Monday @Getting Old @RMCS @dnl42 @Neil.C @Vultures1 @Alan P : thank you all for the very generous appreciations, I liked it very much! I enjoyed building this model for its futuristic appearance and wanted to bring back a little bit of forgotten history from the Cold war years, I'm very glad people liked it.
  12. Posted in RFI. Thank you all again for the positive comments!
  13. The North American XF-108 Rapier was a proposed long-range, high-speed interceptor aircraft designed by North American Aviation intended to defend the United States from supersonic Soviet strategic bombers. The aircraft would have cruised at speeds around Mach 3 (3,200 km/h; 2,000 mph) with an unrefueled combat radius over 1,000 nautical miles (1,900 km; 1,200 mi), and was equipped with radar and missiles offering engagement ranges up to 100 miles (160 km) against bomber-sized targets. To limit development costs, the program shared engine development with the North American XB-70 Valkyrie strategic bomber program, and used a number of elements of earlier interceptor projects. The program had progressed only as far as the construction of a single wooden mockup when it was cancelled in 1959, due to a shortage of funds and the Soviets' adoption of ballistic missiles as their primary means of nuclear attack. Had it flown, the F-108 would have been the heaviest fighter of its era. This is the Wikipedia abstract, full story here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_XF-108_Rapier I recently completed this build from the Anigrand resin kit: since both incarnations of the mock-up (overall metal or white) were quite bland and uninspiring I chose to depict a fictitious evaluation a/c from Edwards, as imagined by the artist on the front cover of this Airpower Magazine issue: The build thread can be found here for those interested. As you will read it was truly a collaborative effort with great inputs from BM members, thank you again to all! So here are the images. Thanks for looking!
  14. What a spectacular creation Moa! I remember back in the '90s there was a fellow club member who had completed this Contrail vacuform: I followed his progress with admiration through several evening meetings and finally saw this Art Déco monument displayed in a perspex case bought on purpose. It was impressive but in all honesty the mediocre quality of the basic kit transpired from every bit, despite the huge amount of effort he had invested in his build. Now I can say exactly the opposite looking at your completed model: it is all the more magnificent considering the sheer complexity of the subject and how much you have improved every bit of the basic kit. Congratulations!
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