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  1. Fascinating, but odd project. I wonder whether a KC-130 refueling two V-22 would be a superior concept. With these huge draggy and heavy floats the advantage of the Hercules over two V-22 in terms of payload can't be that large. In addition, I think the idea that a floatplane can land everywhere on water is a bit misleading. Such a floatplane would be quite restricted to smooth waters in protected bays or lakes. Therefore, a tiltrotor (or large helicopter) might be more flexible for the insertion/extraction of special forces and the like.
  2. Border flying certainly yes, but most likely no flights through the Berlin corridors because West German aircraft (civil and military) were not allowed to fly to West Berlin during the Cold War. Odd times ...
  3. Very nice model from a certainly not so easy-to-build kit. BTW the Pembrokes from this unit also had a SIGINT/ELINT-role. This probably adds some further interest to this aircraft.
  4. Good job! A very clean built. Regarding the real thing, I always wondered what on earth did they think when they put that long-range tank asymmetrically under one wing? A drop tank or a slipper tank under the fuselage looks so much more logic and simple (and it worked on the Spitfire later).
  5. Great looking model! This must have been a fiddly construction. I wonder whether "ambulance version" would be a more fitting expression in English than "sanitary version", but I am also no native speaker.
  6. Good job! Great looking model. Nice to see that the Eduard kit has extended leading-edge slats and dropped flaps. Most Bf-109 in 1/72 kits lack these feature although they are very prominent on the real thing.
  7. It's really a pity that there is no good kit of the two-seater Hunter. It is such an elegant plane. But you have done very good job on this one. It looks great in the colorful and weathered paint scheme.
  8. When the PR9 was still based at Malta, the wing tanks were not that rare, see John Visanich's photos on www.airhistory.net (or the one posted above). Pictures of a hemp-coloured PR9 with these tanks, however, are rare, but see here: https://www.airliners.net/photo/UK-Air-Force/English-Electric-Canberra-PR9/1036707?qsp=eJwtjDEOwkAMBP/imgYiKNJBRQcFBa1lryAicCfbEpyi/J27QDc7K81Ekl6BT1xKBvXkYJM7rSiz8dOpn%2BiB8k6mlel6XHfbenqyOJQqlAN7EeSA/v3JFNYuuCydW%2BtuGsLOv9Xt6tTB88hLBcHDSPP8BTGhLhk%3D
  9. Well done! I always liked PR Spitfires, so it is good hear that this is a decent kit.
  10. Looks great! The arrestor wire makes it look very dynamic.
  11. Well, Bauernadler ("peasant's eagle") seems to be a term used for several solid, widely-used, but rather unimpressive aircraft. I heard the Cessna 172 called so as well. But the Dornier was definitely known by this name, too. Some day, I would like to build one, too. The Do-28 is really a typical aircraft for the 1970/80s Luftwaffe. Each flying unit seems to have had a couple of them. After the end of the Cold War, however, in times of tight defense budget, the Do was retired without replacement. I suspect, one of the main missions of the Do-128 in the Luftwaffe was to create work for Dornier...
  12. Well done! A very nice model of the old Bauernadler.
  13. Thanks everybody. So I guess, I'll use the short, large bore intakes. In an way, it's a pity because the other ones seem to fit far better on this kit...
  14. Hi, I'am currently working on the MPM Meteor FR.9 (1/72). The kit includes two kinds of intakes: a smaller ring resulting in a bigger diameter intake and a longer one resulting in a more narrow intake. I think this is an early vs. late production thing, but frankly I can't spot the difference on most photos. So which would be correct for the FR.9 with the serial WX978? Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
  15. Fantastic work and also very well photographed.
  16. That's an impressive model. Well done! The comparision between the clean-shaped late-1940s airliner and the 1980s AEW-plane is very instructive. They really streched the basic design to the limits. On the other hand, I think the Nimrod AEW looks still quite elegant when compared to the similar-configured IAI Phalcon / Condor.
  17. Beautiful model. It reminds me of my home region not too far from the small harbors on the Waden Sea where these Krabbenkutter catch brown shrimps (Krabben or Granat). My father liked to buy a kilo of unpeeled Krabben and peel them at home while having a beer or two.
  18. Impressive model. I like the weathering. This Mosquito really looks like it flew over the North Sea at low level.
  19. A great looking model, impressive work! I hope Hobby2000 will also do an Israeli singel-seater A-4.
  20. Your Javelin looks great! I agree with the others: The Javelin is one of the largest remaining gaps in the 1/72-market today. We need a state-of-the-art kit for all those of us who do not possess your skills and patience to rescribe and update the Frog Javelin.
  21. No, AFAIK, the P-47 N was the ultra-long range model used for escort missions against Japan. It had an enlarged wing to carry more fuel. The M was a high-performance model with the same wings and outwardly similar to the late bubble-top D-model. Frankly, I don't know if there was an external difference between late Ds and Ms. Dive-breaks under the wing might be a difference.
  22. Hi all, here comes the Valom 1/72 Dassault Ouragan in Israeli markings. The kit is a typical short-run kit. The fit was not perfect and some filling and sanding was needed, but the surface detail is quiet nice with well-defined, sharp panel lines. The kit actually comes covered with fine rivets which I filled with Mr. Surfacer since I don't like the effect. This is certainly a matter of taste. I was less satisfied with the tricky assembly of the cockpit and intake area especially because the instructions are very vague with regard to the exact position of the parts. The only things I modified were the underwing pylons which were changed to the configuration used at the very end of the Ouragan's career. I used the kit's decals with some additions from the spare box. In the background on some of the photos, you can see the Ouragan's younger brother, the Super Mystère. To add some interest, the Super Mystère is in the old camouflage and the Ouragan in the newer post-1967 scheme. All comments welcome!
  23. I guess most of us modellers prefer good, old piloted aircraft, but, like it or not, UAV or drones are here to stay and we will see more and more of them. However, I am a bit perplexed by the apparent success of relatively slow propeller-driven drones in recent conflicts like the now famous Bayraktar TB2 in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan 2020 and currently against Russia. Another case are the (supposedly) Iranian drones used by Houthi rebels against high-value targets deep inside Saudi Arabia. I can understand that slow, propeller-driven drones (like MQ-1 and MQ-9) were effective when used over Afghanistan where there was next to no air defence, but I wonder how similar slow UAVs can survive against (ostensibly) more sophisticated air defence systems like those of Saudi Arabia or Russia. Of course, these drones are small and made from composites, but they are not that tiny. In addition, I wonder why the data link connecting the drone to the ground station does not seem to be vulnerable to jamming. Can anyone shed light on this matter?
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