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  1. @Josip is correct (no idea why that linked review is so adamantly wrong either); the application of external framing (fibreglass tape) was initially an in-service modification begun circa late 1950 to address a canopy explosion issue. It was done gradually on aircraft from that date and adopted as standard on production F-84Gs. Simply put, if you apply the tape to the outside of the canopy and brace it to the frame (and glued to the canopy surface) it will work as intended; applied to the inside it would be less effective. I've consulted many a Thunderjet unit's records - and spoken to a few folks who did the job way back then - so there is a lot of corroborating evidence. Incidentally much the same solution was adopted for the Bell XS-1 until they found a way to strengthen the plexiglass. Here's a photo of an unrestored canopy to show what it should look like: Nice job on the model by the way!
  2. Yes it's an F-86L but its identity eludes me; I've managed to identify most on this site - the "Unknown Sabre No. 2" further down the page is 52-4138, now in Missouri for example - but not this one. The 'airworthy' restoration was F-86L 52-4239, once under restoration at Grayson County airport but now displayed at the Inde Motorsport Ranch. It still looks smart but would've looked a lot smarter in the air... Incidentally, '239 was donated to a VFW Post in Dennison, TX in 1960, and so could be the aircraft you refer to!
  3. Sabrejet

    USAF P-38 Lightning

    It's actually in Dave Menard's 'Buzz Numbers' book - a limited issue gem! And sadly no airworthy F-86D/K/L or even a project: there was one in Texas for a while but sadly it is now a static machine. Very sad but maybe one day someone will turn that 'complex' fuel control system into a stamp-sized piece of computerized wizardry and get one flying
  4. Sabrejet

    USAF P-38 Lightning

    P-38L (more correctly, F-38L) 44-53236 at Poplar, Wisconsin circa 1950; it was withdrawn from use in 1948 and is now with the Richard Bong memorial. It may be the only one. Photo via Dave Menard.
  5. All of which goes to show you should never say 'never'! All the photos I have show the head faced left: here are a few examples. Every day's a school day!
  6. That would be nice, and certainly better than yet another Spit/Hurri/P-38/P-40/P-47/P-51/Zero/Tony etc. Plenty of poorly-covered subjects out there. Berliner-Joyce of any sort would be good for me. Or a 1/24 Monocoupe.
  7. The 513th 'Ligle' faces left both sides and should be red:
  8. Looks good: 513th bird then? You know those 86th FIW squadrons were some of the last USAF units to operate the 'Dog - into 1960 in fact.
  9. Better/clearer photos than mine are available on the net: plus it gained stroboscopic prop blades later in life too. I see it's still there, 35 or more years later, though not so shiny now. I was never quite sure why it was painted thus, but it's an interesting scheme.
  10. Or N171SC, seen in Belize December 1986 (The US register/FAA incorrectly shows this as a 560, which is no great surprise since it was/is an impounded drug runner and could be anything!)
  11. How about G-AWOE, seen circa 1982 at Elstree, UK?
  12. Googled it (BBC/Wiki): Not an SA-5 as such, but based on it: A Russian rocket, which was once the fastest machine in the earth's atmosphere, has been installed in a private garden in a Wiltshire village. The Hypersonic Flying Laboratory, known as Kholod, was bought at auction for £38,000 by Rory Sweet. He said he had to buy it because it was "the coolest thing I had ever seen". The rocket, once capable of flying at almost 5,000mph (8,000km/h), has been restored and set in place in his garden in Sherston. Mr Sweet said: "I saw it for sale at a car auction, and decided to buy it, not really knowing what I was going to do with it." He said the rocket had been stripped down and repainted by a company specialising in car restorations in South Cerney, Gloucestershire. Mr Sweet said he would make a "bit of a garden feature out of it". The machine, which weighs five tonnes and is 39ft (12m) long, originally cost more than $10m to develop. It was built in an experimental collaborative project between the Soviet Central Institute of Aviation Motors (CIAM) and the American National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA). It was capable of doing 4,925mph (Mach 6.47), which set a record in 1991 for the fastest machine to run within the earth's atmosphere - a record it held for a decade. Kholod (Холод) is the name of a project which was originally developed in Russia. The hypersonic rocket uses a scramjet engine and was created to exceed the speed of 5.75 Ma. The prototype consists of a Soyuz TMKB with liquid hydrogen and modified fillings from the SA-5 Gammon missiles. The entire rocket including the four booster rockets is 12 metres (39 ft) long and 750 millimetres (30 in) in diameter. The project led to other Russian hypersonic rockets like the Igla rocket craft and the Yu-71 boost-glide warhead.
  13. Not a clue: it's at a largish stables and no obvious link. Interesting talking point is the best I can do.
  14. Not something I expect to see on a walk in the Cotswolds: SA-5? OK it's not a car, but still pretty cool!
  15. 1/43 resin or white metal kits come up a lot on eBay, and for reasonable prices too: I've recently filled a few gaps in my Starter and Provence Moulage collections with kits around £20 apiece and have begun collecting more esoteric stuff from the likes of BBR, Arena and Tron for similar money. Starter and PM don't generally do single-seaters but the former did make a lovely Teo Fabi/Mid-Ohio March-Porsche Indycar back circa 1986 and it was a lovely little kit. Meri and/or Tameo I think did a range of Indycars too. MFH kits are expensive but you get countless hours of enjoyment and in terms of enjoyment-per-pound (or dollar) and detail they have no equal.
  16. Profil24 have a habit of releasing interesting subjects of recent cars in larger scales: they were first off the blocks with the Ford GT kit and also do last year's Le Mans 'heritage' 911s in 1/24. They did a 1/24 XJR-5 a while back and IIRC did the god-awfully ugly Nissan GTR-LM too. Both come up on eBay now and then. Well worth a look. I recall there was a (US-based?) manufacturer doing IMSA stuff too: R&S Mk.III being one, though I can't recall the company name. Classic Racing also do/did IMSA stuff. Oh and MFH have done a recent series of 1/24 Ferrari 488 GTEs too. Their XJR-9 and XJR-12 series in 1/12 are also sublime. I have the Mazda 787B in 1/12 and it is incredible. What I am really hoping for is a Cadillac DPi-VR kit in ANY scale!
  17. Martin, The red & yellow triangle badge is that of Wright-Patt ARDC.
  18. Can't wait: really looking forward to this lot!
  19. In fairness it's a good attempt for a home-built kit (I assume) based on Bburago or similar. Good luck sorting it out!
  20. These are the three schemes in the straight FJ-3 (rather than FJ-3M) kit:
  21. I have difficulty knowing which are reference photos of the real car and which are the model. Superlative work.
  22. Lovely job! Reminds me of my school days when we used to tow one out of a garage on the playing field, bolt the wings on and try to launch it with a big rubber band.
  23. Here's another one of C-123 in the scheme she wore at withdrawal from service: that bronze green almost appears black and the tan looks very tanny. Note (as ever) that some caution is required with restored aircraft - I note a number of recent photos of ex-FAA F-86Fs in Argentina show liberal interpretation of the colours.
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