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About aeroplanedriver

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  1. I have a similar tale of buying one of these around 13-14, like you I rushed it a bit, but was still happy with it. I have one in my stash now and had planned on building it as a retirement present for one of my bosses who flew F-16s in the Colorado Air National Guard, but COVID hit and he ended up retiring without much fanfare. One of these days I'll get to it. Such a fun kit and a nice break from aircraft models, while still being an aircraft model.
  2. AMRAAMS weigh about 350lb each. BAe flew the 200 with about 8,000lb of ordnance during their sales push. I think it would do fine with a pair of AMRAAMs. Normal RAF Hawk T.1s flew with loads far more than this build too.
  3. Well here she is done...my 11th COVID build! HobbyBoss 1/48 BAE Hawk 200 as a "What If" Irish Air Corps Seabhac (Irish for Hawk). Backstory involves Putin's Russian Bear awakening a little earlier than in the real world, with Russian Air Force and Naval forces probing NATO territory on a regular basis. The RAF are stretched to the limit and facing an ever shrinking budget. Many of the Russian Bear flights probe the western defenses of he UK, resulting in a lot of Tornado and eventually Typhoon scrambles being sent to defend Irish Airspace in accordance with a long standing agreement. With RAF Air Defense assets stretched a clever bod in Whitehall hatches a plan to fund the Irish Air Corps from the Foreign Aid budget in a tidy little arrangement that also benefits BAE as the Hawk production line is looking at a diminishing order book. Financed by the UK the Irish Air Corps received 14 Hawk 200s and two Hawk 100s in 2006. The aircraft operated through a bilateral agreement with the UK that saw close coordination with the UK air defence network as well as refueling assets. Pilots did initial training alongside RAF counterparts though the two 2-seat Hawk 100s and a simulator at Baldonnel allowed for most training beyond initial pilot training to be carried out in Ireland. OOB build except for a scratch built HUD to replace the pathetic kit piece, AMRAAMs and rails from an F-18E, and chaff/flare dispensers from an A-4E since the kit has nothing to represent these at the rear of the box at the base of the fin. Colors are Hataka Barley Grey on the lower surfaces, Vallejo NATO Green and British Dark Green on top, and a Light Ghost Gray radome. Decals are from the MaxDecal Irish Air Corps 2005-2010 sheet for the national markings (mostly form the PC-9 markings) and stencils from a mix of the kit decals and a XTradecal RAF Hawk sheet. This Seabhac (local name, Irish translation of "Hawk") is shown as it would appear on QRA. Once the Irish Hawk force was integrated in the UK Air Defense network the IAC kept two fully armed Hawks on QRA at Casement Aerodrome just south of Dublin. Normal QRA fit included two 190 Gal external tanks, two AIM-120 AMRAAM and two AIM-9M Sidewinder AAMs and a centerline ADEN 30mm cannon pod with 130 rounds. This aircraft, 272, was the third single seat Hawk delivered to the IAC, joining two single seat Hawk 100s that were part of the 14 aircraft deal. Weathering is minimal as the IAC ground crews take great pride in keeping their Seabhac fleet in tip-top condition. In addition to their Air Defense role Irish Hawks are cleared to carry a variety of Air-Ground ordnance including CRV-7 rocket pods, 500lb freefall and GPS guided bombs, and AGM-65 Maverick missiles. In the hands of IAC pilots the diminutive Hawk 200 proved to be a viable warplane. routine DACT exercises with RAF aircraft saw many gun camera shots of Tornadoes and even occasional Typhoons in the Hawk's sights. A late 2020 upgrade program funded partially by BAE Systems, will see integration of the Meteor and ASRAAM AAMs and the Brimstone ASM as well as the PIRATE IR sensor system. Overall this was a fun build. The kit isn't bad, just not up to the Tamiya quality I've got used to with recent builds. It took a little filler at the fuselage join aft of the cockpit and at the wing roots and the underfusealge wing-fuselage joints, but not a whole lot. I'm not all that happy with the kit seat. It builds up as a fairly generic looking seat, so next time I see a good deal on a resin MB Mk.10 I'll likely replace it.
  4. I was in the mood for another WW2 build and realized that in a lifetime of modeling I don't think I have ever built an BoB early Spitfire. Plenty of later ones but never the iconic Mk.1 in brown and green. This is an old Tamiya 1/48 Mk.I that I got cheap on eBay after the new mold kit was released. It's not my best build ever, but it was thoroughly enjoyable. After Tamiya's Tomcat last week it was nice to build something with 40ish total parts and less decals that one AIM-54 in the last build! Totally OOB except for a stretched sprue antenna (tightened up with a little heat since the pics were taken) and a little foil from a wine bottle to give the kit seat harness decal some body. Kit decals were used, except for the wing walk boundary lines which were airbrushed. Some red from an unused roundel for the other kit option was used to make gun cover patches. Paints are Vallejo for the green and Hataka for the brown and Sky. Again, not my best ever, but for a 72 hour build I'm very happy and it looks nice on the WW2 shelf. Spitfire Mk.I, RAF 610 Sqn, June 1940
  5. Nice job! There's just something extra cool about a UK Phantom!
  6. Thanks! The one just north of North Yorkshire!
  7. My latest COVID build...this one took two weeks instead of the 4-5 days I've been averaging in lockdown. Well worth the extra time and effort though. I really gorgeous kit and a lot of fun to put together. The build is OOB except for Eduard seat details and the canvas covering of the RIO instruments being replicated with Tamiya tape.
  8. Here is my Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper converted to a post-Imperial era Bounty Hunter. The kit is nice and easy and went together in about an hour, but out of the box the joints are very toy-like, so I decided to take my first foray into figure modeling a bit further. I filled in the joints and all other black areas with milliput in an attempt to give the appearance of some kind of jumpsuit garment under the armour. the armour around the abdomen is also replaced with a miliput garment. The guns both came in the kit (along with the typical Stormtrooper Blaster, but I thought three might be overkill). Pretty much everything else is scratch built. The white Comlink on the belt is the fin end of a Mk.82 bomb. The holster is foil from a wine bottle formed around the blaster, superglued and trimmed. The various pouches are all milliput, the flares in the right leg strap are jut bits of stretched sprue and tubing. Whatever kind of weapon/accesory is mounted on the right arm is just a bit of styrene stock and some PE scraps. The thing on the left arm that looks like it might extend into a vicious close combat weapon is a daisy cutter fuse from the bomb that donated it's rear end for the Coms. This fella's story is that after the Empire fell he needed a job. Bounty hunting seemed a good line of work in the outer rim, and it beats moisture faming or rancor keeping so he gave it a shot. The tally marks on his right arm show he is fairly new to the job, but doing well. The Corellian Bloodstripe running under the holster on his left leg hints at a heroic past in the Corellian military before his Imperial service. I guess that's enough backstory for now...he is busy on his way to find a much hated Gungan with a lot to answer for...
  9. LOL.. The ankle joints were particularly toylike. More like an action figure than a real model. After a few attempts at making them look better I decided on covering the whole damn thing with what I prefer to call gaiters than leg warmers. Though I must confess the same thought struck me.
  10. Taking a break today from my Tamiya Tomcat to celebrate Star Wars Day with my first figure model since doing a few when I was a kit. This is Bandai's 1/12 Imperial Stormtrooper. It went together out of the box in about an hour and looks nice enough. But on close inspection it shows it's simple construction and movable limb with lots of ball joints where human joints should be. I decided to make this trooper a post-Return Of the Jedi trooper now just trying to make his way in the galaxy. This would be roughly the timeframe of The Mandalorian and he is trying to make a name as a bounty hunter... I filled in the joints and all other black areas with milliput in an attempt to give the appearance of some kind of jumpstuit garment under the armor. the armor around the abdomen is also replaced with a miliput garment. I'll be scratch building some suitable accessories for a bounty hunter and his armor will be painted in a scheme a little less conspicuous. It's been a fun build so far...very different than aircraft modeling. Our (anti)Hero straight out of the box eager to volunteer for some typical Imperial turkey shoot. Some of the joints, revealing the more toylike aspect of the kit. Starting to fill in with milliput to make it looks like armor over a jumpsuit. The milliput sculpting got easier as I went and was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with Star Wars on the TV. And l here is the day's progress on my Trooper turned Bounty Hunter. I also worked on some weaponry...he has quite the arsenal, which I can hopefully reveal with the competed model tomorrow. But for tonight he is mostly painted. Another coat on the gray jumpsuit under the armor tomorrow and then on to some weathering and a little color for some bounty hunter flair as well as his accessories and weapons.. A man's got to look the part after all...
  11. Gorgeous! I have very fond memories of building Monogram's "Biplanes Of the 30s" kits when I was a kid after we moved to the US in 1980. I think I got them at the local department store (a pretty dismal place) for about $2.00 each. Seeing this build actually motivated to go on eBay and find them all at a good price.
  12. I have about 4,000 "interesting" and occasionally "eventful", but mostly great fun, hours flying Jetstreams. LOVE seeing them in plastic. Would give anything for a nice J31/32 in 1/48.
  13. Here is my seventh build in exactly one month. At the rate I'm going I'm going to need; A) A bigger house with more display space, and B). Counseling when life returns to normal. Kit is the ProModeler (RevelloGram) 1/48 early F-86D. For the price the kit is amazing. Not QUITE as good as new Tamiya stuff, but not far from it. only filler on the whole build was a tiny dab of gap filling CA on the fuselage spine. Paint was my first attempt at using Vallejo Metallics for anything more than details like exhausts and landing gear. I'm fairly happy with it, and I'm sure I'll improve with practice. Decals are from ScaleMaster and I was surprised at how much MicroSol it took to get them to really settle in. The large fuselage markings never really did settle into the panel lines like I would expect from aftermarket stuff. Still, it looks good on the shelf so I'm happy with it for a four day build.
  14. I use Vallejo and Hataka acrylics. On this build the blues are Hataka and the White is Vallejo.
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