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  1. Hello... I have one question about Freedom model kits decals... I bought this BEAUTIFUL kit, but the decals in it are one of the thickest decals I have ever seen. I mean - Hesegawa or Tamiya decals are a joke - super thin compared to this. Has anybody ever tried to work with Freedom kits decals? How to use them? I really wanted this limited edition boxing because I like these markings, and there is no alternative.
  2. MiG-23MF Flogger-B (2671), Syrian Arab Air Force, Hama AB, Syria, 2017. In recent years the Syrian MiG-23MF fleet was primarily dedicated to air-to-ground operations, armed with locally manufactured unguided bombs and/or forward firing rocket pods. Despite heavy losses in the last decade, there are some left operational. This MiG-23MF has been repaired with a spare canopy from another MiG-23MF. It is easy to recognize the different color shades. The radome was heavily weathered with many paint touch-ups. The rest of the colors do not appear to be so bright like the standard orange sand and blue green seen on many other MiGs. Locally developed flare dispensers were fitted on both sides of the tail fin. NOTES FOR SCALE MODELERS: Most of the MiG-23MF kits just like every other MiG-23 versions in all scales have some serious shape and detail accuracy issues. Check your kit and compare it with photos and drawings. The usual problems are in the nose area, shape of the intakes, tail shape, air brakes, panel layout and similar. You will find a lot of footage of this MiG-23 in this video: https://youtu.be/DF7N-sjrJkk Find out more: http://paulusvictor.com
  3. Reviewed on the Blog of IPMS Belgium https://ipmsbelgium.wordpress.com/2021/02/22/9-11-lifesavers/
  4. I want to thank you all for your support. Here you can find a printable "First Responders" poster PDF link You can download it here in Hi-res PDF format and print it if you want. No worries - it is not a spam or anything similar. You have my permission to use it for your personal/noncommercial use. http://paulusvictor.com
  5. Hello all First Responders are still on -20% Discount, and in the meantime this is cover art made for that set. Combination of Vectors and Photoshop drawing, and with Photoshop for the final editing. Also available as unique NFT on Foundation if anybody collecting stuff like that. Enjoy and wish You all the best.
  6. Documentaries Worth Watching https://youtu.be/KGJSZN4apvs https://youtu.be/iRDlZO87d5g https://youtu.be/aa03qaBP7Ws
  7. This article may help. https://www.scalespot.com/reviews/kits/f101b-kh/review.htm
  8. I often get questions about the correct version of Harrier that was used in the Desert Storm and exactly which model kit to buy. This small and basic guide is in the DESERT HARRIERS decal set instructions, but I’ll be happy to share it here. This will help you to choose the correct kit for this decal set and/or make corrections when/if needed. In 1/72 and 1/48 Hasegawa AV-8B models are the best kits, however they are not always easy to find (NOTE: don't buy AV-8B Night Attack, AV-8B PLUS or British GR.5/7/9 Harrier kits). Alternatives to Hasegawa are often old or inaccurate models. In the 1/144 scale, Dragon kits are the most accurate (but old) choice - which can also be found in old Revell packages. New Revell kits needs some corrections. Keep calm and follow the guide. Find out more: http://paulusvictor.com
  9. Here is one more subject from our First responders set dedicated to old UH-1 Hueys and their crews that were on the scene in front of the Pentagon on 9/11/2001 The Helicopters with painted white roofs are in general very rare and unique. They appeared during 1960s-1970s for one practical reason; transport of VIP personnel. Since there were no air-conditioning devices in most helicopters at that time, the application of white color on the roof surface, as opposed to drab, helped to maintain a more suitable cabin temperature for flying during warmer days. These choppers with their distinctive paint scheme came to be known as “White tops” and would later be used to designate helicopters primarily used for VIP transport. Located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, about 12 miles from the Pentagon, the 12th Aviation Battalion was the prime provider of airlift support for the Military District of Washington and the Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region. Although the unit also operated conventional UH-1H & UH-1V Hueys, their VIP Huey fleet, known as “White Tops,” were some of the most luxurious helicopters in service a few decades ago. They were modified considerably with executive interiors, extra soundproofing and numerous additional features, and required more rigorous maintenance procedures. Transporting high ranking personnel was not the only mission of the 12th Aviation Battalion. Their secondary mission was evacuating defense officials from Washington in the event of a national emergency, like the one from 9/11/2001. NOTES FOR SCALE MODELERS: Most of the currently available UH-1 Huey kits do not contain enough required parts to build correct UH-1H 72-21479. First responders decal set contains detailed guide with required modifications for your kit. The set also contains a detailed painting guide since many of UH-1 Huey helicopters had many unique features. Photo: I have got the info for this photo from the pilot of this UH-1H that was active that day: "This photo was taken by a Naval Photographer who was on a hill across from I-395. He caught me in on my first approach into the Pentagon." >> LINK RELATED VIDEOS - great footage for your research of this subject: https://archive.org/details/fox5200109111651-1733 FastForward >>22:04 >>32:40 https://archive.org/details/fox5200109111733-1814 FastForward >>9:04 https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/video/news-footage/mr_00059387 Available PaulusVictor sets for this aircraft: 1:72 FIRST RESPONDERS PV–002-72 1:48 FIRST RESPONDERS PV–002-48 Find out more: http://paulusvictor.com
  10. Hello dear Friends, This is another subject in our First responders set dedicated to old UH-1 Hueys and their crews that were on the scene in front of the Pentagon on 9/11/2001 On September 11, 2001, hijackers crashed a U.S. passenger airliner, American Flight 77, into the Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense near Washington D.C. Bell UH-1V 70-16372 was the second D.C. National guard Huey in front of the Pentagon 09/11/2001 as part of the 121st Medical Company (AA). This one is pretty interesting. Installed heat suppression equipment and white codes on the chin bubble were very unusual for a D.C. National Guard Huey at that time. This helicopter was likely used in an operational environment previously and retained these features. 70-16372 did not serve in the D.C. guard long after 9/11, but this Huey was a very important part of the search and rescue operations during 9/11 and several days after. NOTES FOR SCALE MODELERS: Most of the currently available UH-1 Huey kits do not contain enough required parts to build correct UH-1V 70-16372. First responders decal set contain detailed guides with required modifications for your kit. The set also contains a detailed painting guide since many of UH-1 Huey helicopters had many unique features. Few photo links: https://archive.org/details/ExclusivePhotosAtThePentagonOn91101/09011-27.jpg https://archive.org/details/ExclusivePhotosAtThePentagonOn91101/09011-28.jpg https://archive.org/details/ExclusivePhotosAtThePentagonOn91101/09011-29.jpg https://archive.org/details/ExclusivePhotosAtThePentagonOn91101/09011-30.jpg https://archive.org/details/ExclusivePhotosAtThePentagonOn91101/09011-31.jpg https://www.alamy.com/washington-dc-usa-12th-sep-2001-11-september-2017-america-remembers-image158685311.html Few videos for your research: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/video/news-footage/mr_00059407 https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/video/news-footage/mr_00059404 Available PaulusVictor sets for this aircraft: 1:72 FIRST RESPONDERS PV–002-72 1:48 FIRST RESPONDERS PV–002-48 Find out more: http://paulusvictor.com
  11. Hello all this is cover art made for "Desert Harriers". Combination of Vectors and Photoshop drawing, and with Photoshop for the final editing. Also available as unique NFT on Foundation if anybody collecting stuff like that. Enjoy and wish You all the best.
  12. McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II - 163181 VMA-311 Tomcats, WL-02, Desert Shield / Desert Storm 1990-1991. AV-8Bs of VMA-311 ‘Tomcats’ became the first Harrier II unit committed to Desert Shield. The squadron left it’s home base of MCAS Yuma on 15 August 1990 and flew to MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, where its jets were repainted with a gray camouflage scheme and final maintenance was completed. At about 22:00 hrs on the 18th they left Cherry Point for a night flight with 11 refuelling’s across the Atlantic to Rota, Spain. From Rota they flew on to Bahrain, then after some time moved to Saudi Arabia, close to the Kuwait border. On January 17, 1991 while in support of Operation Desert Storm the squadron became the first to utilize the AV-8B in combat when a flight of four Harriers destroyed an Iraqi artillery position in support of the Battle of Khafji. https://www.flickr.com/photos/billword/28578739694/sizes/o/ NOTES FOR SCALE MODELERS: After their flight to Cherry Point from Yuma, the dark gray and green Harriers had only a few days in Cherry Point to prepare. Tomcats lined their AV-8Bs up, taped them up and spray-painted them as quick as possible. They used light gray over the green. Dark gray areas were not repainted. That is why all dark gray areas had all the original stencils, while light gray areas had only some of them (most of the small ones were overpainted and never restored). Some of the stencils like the ones on the jet intakes were masked completely, so all the letters within the black bands were still in their original green or dark gray color (even if the surrounding area were repainted to light gray.) Intake interiors were most likely not repainted to white as seen on some AV-8B’s of other units. WMA-311 AV-8B’s were all painted in a similar way, but they were not exactly the same in their appearance. Camouflage pattern and stencil appearance may vary from airframe to airframe. But they were neat and had consistent standardized color shades. Rear nozzles were burnt metal in color. Front nozzles were light gray on the outside and burnt metal color on the inside. Heat shields at the rear nozzles were titanium. Pitot tubes and AOA probes were not painted and were in original metal color. PaulusVictor Desert Harriers set gives you options to build almost any VMA-311 Harrier II from the Desert Storm period, including green/gray scheme before the war. Find out more: http://paulusvictor.com
  13. One more small Desert Harriers 1/72 decal set review on Doctor MiGs youtube channel
  14. MiG-21bis Fishbed-L (2306), Syrian Arab Air Force, Hama AB, Syria, 2015. This Mig-21bis was delivered to SyAAF in early 1980's. Initially the MiG-21 fleet was to be decommissioned in 2011, however due to the recent Conflict, SyAAF Command postponed the Mig-21’s retirement. The SyAAF’s maintenance personel and logistical support operation played an important role in ensuring the ageing MiGs could not only be kept flying but also so consistently. All of Syria’s MiG-21s have been overhauled locally. When completed, the aircraft gets Jets Refurbishment Plant logo applied to it. This MiG-21bis has been repaired with a spare wing from another MiG-21. It is easy to recognize the poor wing fit and the different color shades of the wing and body. There are green and orange-sand color demarcation lines that also do not match. That was probably done long after the major overhaul. This MiG was heavily weathered with faded paint and markings. The Syrian MiG-21s were primarily dedicated to air-to-ground operations, armed with locally manufactured unguided bombs and/or forward firing rocket pods. Some MiG-21 aircraft also had locally improvised two flare dispensers each positioned underneath the aircraft at the rear of the fuselage, but not this one which is very unusual. MiGs operated short distances from their air bases, which reduced their need to carry drop tanks. It is suggested each aircraft flew up to 8 combat sorties per day. This MiG-21bis 2306 became famous in 2015. during the visit of a few Russian and Arab reporters to Hama AB. Find out more: http://paulusvictor.com Videos: Hama AB (2015) https://youtu.be/IkHStN8LcZ8 In Action (2014) https://youtu.be/HaytLFGGQP0
  15. Deleting their pretty popular facebook page looks like goodbye enough to me... in 1/48 I recommend their: Su-34, AH-1Z, UH-1(any version), Su17/22, SH-2 and Jaguar... They have some issues, but they are mostly OK. In the second row - there are F-101, Dauphin/Panther and Gripen.
  16. A Short First Responders 1/72 video review
  17. Not really the best and most accurate review ever, but its OK.
  18. On September 11, 2001, hijackers crashed a U.S. passenger airliner, American Flight 77, into the Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defence near Washington D.C. Bell UH-1V 74-22425 was the first D.C. National guard Huey in front of the Pentagon 09/11/2001 as part of the 121st Medical Company (AA). This was a medical unit and Air Ambulance. Units mission was to provide aeromedical evacuation and support, Search and Rescue and Air crash rescue support. During 2001 they were based at Davison Army Airfield, Fort Belvoir, VA. You will find this Huey in many videos and publications since this one was photographed very often (also very often named as UH-1H which is wrong). The very known photo is from the U.S. National Archives, it was published very often in various print and digital media. This photo is in fact from the morning of September 12th 2001. It shows this UH-1V standing by, in the event that injured survivors are found among the charred debris inside the Pentagon. https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6612443 NOTES FOR SCALE MODELERS: Most of the currently available UH-1 Huey kits do not contain enough required parts to build correct UH-1V 74-22425. First responders decal set contains detailed guide with required modifications for your kit. The set also contains a detailed painting guide since many of UH-1 Huey helicopters had many unique features. Few photo links: https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/911/images/02094v.jpg?fbclid=IwAR3NRqAU136T_tt-EIKmM0_HkavRWKFM3EXkf0vt1NYWKdTBtU97eHhNy4c https://www.alamy.com/a-military-medical-helicopter-stands-by-as-smoke-billows-from-the-pentagon-building-in-arlington-september-11-2001-after-being-struck-by-a-plane-the-world-trade-center-in-new-york-was-also-hit-by-two-planes-resulting-in-the-collapse-of-both-towers-image380936801.html?fbclid=IwAR1XbJvoizGFwbfOnYK9Gb3kGxwdDO0DE-oBSJzVlbEhsrMDK8OWE-fvVOA https://static.parade.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/famous-images-from-september-11-terrorist-attacks-08.jpg?fbclid=IwAR1OseLHejoBqPC25qYNm-T9MRl9qn7J6yIvpbihokWFuACYEqn7f3AbwBY Few videos for your research: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/video/news-footage/mr_00059384 https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/video/news-footage/mr_00059408 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K22xhPPonoA FastForward to >>1:29 https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/video/news-footage/mr_00059381 Find out more: http://paulusvictor.com/
  19. MiG-23BN Flogger-H (2410), Syrian Arab Air Force, Al-Dumayr AB, Syria, 2016. Mig-23BN in Syrian service is often mistaken for Mig-27, however SyAAF never procured the latter. Although similar in appearance, there are many different features. This MiG-23BN was from the second batch delivered in 1979-1980. There is a receiving antenna of the EW device ‘Siren’ SPS-141 visible under the numbers. First batch were more simplified BNs without advanced electronic equipment. The Delta guidance pod, necessary to guide the Kh-23M missile, was removed from the right wing root on this MiG-23BN. Since the Kh-23 was expensive and very hard to deploy for a pilot from a single-seat jet, all MiG-23BNs were usually armed with various unguided bombs or rocket pods. This MiG-23BN has been repaired with a horizontal stabilizer from another MiG-23BN. Almost all MiG-23BNs were equipped with locally developed flare dispensers, fitted on both sides of the tail fin. These dispensers were in fact modular units with different calibre’s of cartridges used. There was a lot of good footage that was removed from the web over time, but here is one short video - you can use it for a reference. MiG-23BN 2410 on Youtube NOTES FOR SCALE MODELERS: If you wish to build this MiG-23 with its original horizontal stabilizer, simply paint that stabilizer similar to the other one. Almost all MiGs painted in green and orange-sand had an almost symmetrical color scheme on both sides. For some reason, most of the MiG-23BN kits in all scales have some serious shape and detail accuracy issues - even the most modern ones. If you want, primarily check the nose area, and then intakes, tail shape, air brakes, panel layout and similar. In the last Italeri MiG-23 1/48 box, you will find decals and markings for this aircraft, but use this scheme guide instead because the one in the box is not really correct. Find out more: http://paulusvictor.com
  20. Thanks. I will come back with more info.
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