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AndrewCJ50

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  1. Thanks Vultures! The Starfighter looks ultra slim compared to the Lightning. The divergence in design at the time was amazing and to think many of the Engineers were not that long ago working on the piston engine fighters of WWII Regards Andrew
  2. Thank you again colleagues The Hasegawa F-104J boxing comes with a wide range of both JASDF and Canadian markings. Thing the Japanese went a bit bonkers with the stencils and warnings though! Regards Andrew
  3. Thank you for kind comments everyone The F-104 is such an ultra no compromise design it still takes your breath away. Just as everyone thought you needed extreme swept wings, Lockheed went instead for small and thin instead. I would still be frightened if I had to fly it though Regards Andrew
  4. Dear Fellow Britmodellers I hope you are not getting bored with my hanger? They seem to accept a wide range of aircraft for servicing! Japan was one of the many countries who decided to buy Lockheed’s affordable and futuristic looking Mach-2 interceptor. The 203 Squadron replaced the ageing F-86D sabres in the QRA role with the Starfighter in 1964 and held onto them until the advent of the F-15 replacement in 1984. 203 squadron are based at Chitose in Hokkaido (the north eastern island). Don't ask me why they have a Teddy Bear with a star shaped bra for their symbol! The majority of the 210 F-104J models were built by Mitsubishi in Japan. The Hasegawa kit maybe somewhat old but its discrete panel lines are second to none. Unfortunately, the fuselage is divided into nose and main body to allow for the manufacturer to easily have a twin seat model. Mating the two halves perfectly is almost impossible. The model has Eduard PE and a master pitot tube. The kit is still sold and can be picked up very cheaply. Hope you like it? Regards Andrew
  5. Dear Colleagues Thanks for your kind words, yes it is Noy's miniatures for the hanger and Hasegawa for the equipment. The figures are modern French ground crew from Reedoak. Normally I photograph against a scenic backdrop but the hanger makes life a lot easier. If you get the angle right you feel you are up close to the real aircraft. If you liked this have a look at my recent post on the F-8 Crusader. Must remember about the drip trays for next time! Regards Andrew
  6. Dear Colleagues Here is the founding father or is it the patron saint of Britmodeller, the EE Lightning! This is the Airfix kit boosted with Aires exhausts, Eduard PE, Quickboost air scoops, Pavla cockpit and Master pitot tube (which speared my finger on one occasion). Can't say it was an easy build regarding fit. The F2A was only to be found in 19 and 92 squadrons based in Germany and only 31 aircraft existed. They were operated by 19 squadron at RAF Gutersloh until 1976. I didn't want to do exactly the same aircraft as the Airfix markings so found a photo on the internet of this bird and used the Extradecal decal extras set for Lightnings The figure gives you an idea of the size of the beast Hope you like it? Andrew
  7. Thank you for your kind comments Be warned, you will be seeing that hanger again with my next models! Amazing that printed card and some plastic can work so well. Andrew
  8. Dear Colleagues Here is the Academy 1/72 F-8E Crusader. This is a really a charming kit to build, neither too complex nor over simplified. The only problem I had was somehow getting the undercarriage bay out of alignment with the fuselage. I only discovered this once everything was buttoned up and I popped the wheels on, result one drunken Crusader! Answer was to drill a new hole and re-connect one of the undercarriage legs, a working solution and no harm done. Being myself, the aircraft is loaded with an Aires resin afterburner, resin air scoops (Quickboost), Master pitot tube, Eduard sidewinders (which went a bit wrong), Aires resin ejector seat, Eduard PE set and Aviprint decals. hope these pictures work? VF-162 was embarked on USS Oriskany and with her A-4 Skyhawks undertook some of the most dangerous missions of the Vietnam air war. Regular missions to Haiphong and Hanoi took a steady toll of aircraft largely to AA and SAM missiles. The Commander of VF 162, Dick Bellinger, used this aircraft to down a Mig-21 in October 1966. In that year the carrier groups were running short of ordnance, so F-8 aircraft frequently launched with only two sidewinders rather than four. In the evening, helicopters would ferry sidewinders to carriers in the most need for the next day’s mission! The courage of the aviators on USS Oriskany can be read in the book ‘Bloody sixteen’ by Peter Fey The figures are 3-D printed by Reedoak Regards Andrew
  9. Thanks Guys I think Army trucks can have a relatable human quality. It's also nice to have a break from making 240 track links for a tank Regards Andrew
  10. Dear Modellers The ubiquitous Army truck in early 1950s' Russia was the ZIS-151. A largely reverse engineered Studebacker 6X6 which had so impressed the Soviets in WWII. The kit is a pleasure to build, and I could not stop myself detailing the engine and adding a new resin figure from TANK. The mechanic and officer are also from TANK and the resin wheels from Panzer Art hope you like it comrades? Andrew
  11. Dear Rob The gun is not up to their most modern standards but still generally a pleasant build Did you mean this by the way? https://imgur.com/H1eXJZo hum, struggling with my Imgur friend again Andrew
  12. Rather surprising box art for that one? How did you get on with the tyres? I found they struggled to hold onto their paint, I guess a common problem for vinyl tyres Looking good Andrew
  13. Very beautifully rendered winter camouflage. Particularly like the mud on the rear skirts. I believe T-64 was the key battle tank for the Ukrainian Government in the recent war, so a really important vehicle Regards Andrew
  14. Dear Colleagues Can any of you understand how Imgur works these days? I cannot find my albums, only a selection of my uploaded photos which Imgur now simply calls 'posts'. So it seems I cannot create albums anymore simply upload my photos as posts? What do others make of it? As a trial here are some photos of the post war Soviet D-44 85 mm field gun From a somewhat bemused modeller Andrew
  15. Thank goodness they are only practice missiles! Nice build Andrew
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