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  1. Thanks for looking in. The Canadians fitted a F104 nose to a Dakota to train Starfighter pilots in navigation. I would imagine that getting from A to B would be significantly quicker in a Starfighter.
  2. You’ve produced a great looking Scimitar from what sounds like a difficult kit. Very nice.
  3. Good afternoon This is my build of the 1/72 Douglas Dakota from Airfix as used by the Royal Australian Navy. I completed this earlier in the year. In the 1950's this particular aircraft, N2-43, was fitted with a Sea Venom nose and radar and a Gannet radar under the rear fuselage and served as a flying classroom for Observers (Navigators) for those front line aircraft. When the Sea Venoms and Gannets were replaced with Skyhawks and Trackers in the late 1960's the radars were stripped out and N2-43 was returned to general duties but retained the modified nose. Built as a C47A, it's original USAAF serial was 42-92711 and it flew with the RAAF as A65-43 until being delivered to the RAN in 1949 as N2-43. It flew with 851 Squadron which became VC851 when the RAN flew mostly American aircraft. I used decals from Hawkeye Models and a resin nose from Southern Sky Models in WA to modify the kit. This Dakota is currently on display at the Australian Fleet Air Arm Museum at Nowra NSW. Paints used were: Tamiya X-2 Gloss White Tamiya XF-71 Cockpit Green Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium various Tamiya blacks Minimal weathering, as these aircraft were kept in very good condition. Flory grey wash to highlight panel lines and Abteilung oils for exhaust and hatch stains. The kit went together quite well except for gaps on the upper wing roots which required some attention. Also some of the smaller parts were a bit brittle and snapped. This seems to be common with some of Airfix's new plastic or it could just be my not so small fingers. Just behind the wings on the fuselage underside I have scribed a square panel which is a patch on the real aircraft covering the hole where the Gannet radar used to drop down. The underwing serial '800' was not included in the decals so I made a stencil and air brushed it on. This is the aircraft on display at the RAN FAA museum at Nowra, NSW. These photos were taken by me in March this year in between covid lockdowns.
  4. Looks like another interesting build Laurie. I presume you’ve dusted off the Falklands diorama.
  5. A very nice finish on the French Crusader.
  6. Very nicely done Ray. A great looking scheme.
  7. Very nice remedial work Steve. Great progress.
  8. Terrific work Steve. Unmistakably a Mirage.
  9. That could have been a lot worse. Nicely done to get back on track.
  10. Many thanks to everyone who looked in and the kind comments. Much appreciated. I’m thinking I will have to to build Academy’s F4C in Vietnam camo to complement this build.
  11. A stunning job on the Phantom. Brilliant work with sound and lights.
  12. This is the1/48 Academy F4N Phantom which I recently completed. This represents the F4N version as flown by VMFA-531 “Gray Ghosts” of the USMC from the USS Coral Sea around April 1980. At the time the Coral Sea was on station in the Indian Ocean and Gulf in response to the Iranian hostage situation. The F4N was a refurbished and modernised F4B which extended the life of the older airframes and enabled sufficient Phantoms to remain in service pending the introduction of F14’s and F18’s. It has been built OOB. It's painted with Tamiya acrylics. The main colour was a custom mix to replicate Light Gull Grey. The tail was X-3 Royal Blue and the rest were various blacks, metallics X-2 And XF-2 whites. Weathering was fairly minimal with Flory dark dirt and grime washes plus Abteilung oils. The build was good and any issues were entirely my own making. The instructions call for the undercarriage to be put in early in the build as well as the ejection seats and crew figures. I left the wheels to last. It was a bit tricky to get them in but it meant they didn't get knocked off along the way. I had to scratch build a few small pieces after the originals pinged off into the dark recesses of the cave.
  13. A very nice finish on your Sycamore Tony. That dayglo would have been hard to miss. I lived in Londonderry in 1958-59 but was too young to remember it. My Dad was in the RN at RNAS Eglington. I many trips to Belfast during the 1980's to visit my late grandparents. They were strange times. People just lived with the threat of terrorism, bombings and murders. BTW there is a Sycamore in the Aussie FAA museum at Nowra, NSW, a couple of hours from where I live. I took these a few months ago when the museum was open in between covid lockdowns
  14. A very nice finish on the Shackleton Al. It looks great.
  15. Great work going on there Steve. It’s fascinating to watch this take shape.
  16. Missed the start of this one Laurie bur nice progress. Good to see you back on deck. Cheers Steve
  17. A superb finish on your Skyhawk Andy. Very nicely detailed.
  18. Very nicely done. A great finish on the Tracker.
  19. That Is a very nice finish. I am currently building Academy’s F4N in USMC colours from 1980. I will be happy if it turns out as well as yours.
  20. You’ve done it again Laurie. Made a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. The Herald looks great and that airport apron is looking busy. The Herald was the first plane I flew in. Late 1970, Southampton to Belfast via Exeter to visit grandparents just before we left the UK for Oz. Hopefully something a bit easier for the next build.
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