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  1. This is starting to look good, seems to have gone together quite well for an older kit too. Michael
  2. Some more progress today, have tried to put as many parts together as possible prior to filling, painting and decaling. To reiterate, this kit was originally released in 1976 so I am not expecting too much in terms of fit, my plan is to get as much together as possible then see what needs to be done regards filling and sanding. So, our start point... Maybe a little work to be done? As expected the nose cone, air intakes, and the rear fuselage join. Very happy with the rear cockpit area. Not quite so bad the other side... Now I am happy with this! I added PE details from the Eduard TF-104G set to the cockpit and it looks good And the underside... So a lot of work ahead but it is not unexpected and fits in with the age of the original kit. Still intending to finish this Starfighter as a NASA chase bird. All the instructions I have say to finish the gear wells in silver however I am sure they would have been painted matt white this late in their careers. More research needed
  3. Finally got started today, how far away is the deadline? Certainly not going to get any prizes for accuracy, or even neatness, however it certainly gives the cockpit a little more detail. Having used the TF-104G PE set I have enough left to complete a second cockpit in the future. Michael
  4. This is looking good and the resin seat really adds to the detail. Which PE set are you using? I can see it is Eduard but not which kit it was for. They did produce cockpit and detail sets years ago for this kit but I guess when the Hasegawa F-104 kits came out they stopped producing them. Michael
  5. Hope you decide to do this, will it be with the kit decals? Michael
  6. Whoa! Where did this GB come from? I am sure it was for later in the year At a rough count I have 25 Phantoms in the stash, all 1/48 scale. Revell, ESCI, AMT, Italeri, Hasegawa, Academy and Eduard. I kinda fancy a dirty war worn Vietnam era USAF example, loaded to the teeth with dumb bombs. Must finish an F-104G first. Michael
  7. Hi Gary, I really did enjoy your take on the RF-101B That was a rare bird at the best of times, yours would be even rarer! I think the first Century Series fighter to be area-ruled was the F-102 Delta Dagger. The F-101 Voodoo was designed just that bit earlier and they had plenty of problems to sort out anyway with the T-tail. I have seen a photo of 53-2442 with a filler added just above and in front of the burners however it was unsuccessful and was returned to its original configuration. Michael
  8. Thanks Martin, I did notice your enthusiasm for all things Voodoo! I have to admit that in 1`/48th scale the RF-101C builds just too long to fit into my standard Ikea display cabinet. I see what you mean about the nose, photos of the real thing suggest the photo nose was more 'scalloped' and slightly narrower to the tip. I have also checked the serial, yes I see what you mean. Michael
  9. Finally finished, the 1/48th Kitty Hawk RF-101C Voodoo as 56-0166 which on 27th November 1957 was flown by Capt. Ray Schrecengost from Los Angeles to New York on Operation Sun-Run, an attempt to set three new transcontinental speed records. I had to build this kit! I have waited over 30 years for a 1/48th mainstream kit of the incredible RF-101C Voodoo, an awesome supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft which overflew Cuba, North Vietnam, and the Taiwan Straits. The mid to late 50's were exciting times with the 'Century Series' fighters setting new records seemingly all the time and American airpower appeared unbeatable. The Kitty Hawk kit gives four decal options but as soon as I saw it, I knew it had to be Operation Sun-Run! I am really pleased with the final result. No, the Kitty Hawk Voodoo isn't a 'shake and bake' kit, it does present some challenges, there are quite a few inaccuracies, but it is up to the modeller to decide what he/she wants. Me, I build OOB, I am open to trying new techniques, I detest filling/sanding, I love painting, I am ham-fisted (God made me that way), so I don't stray too far from the instruction booklet. Built OOB including the decals. The silver finish is Humbrol 11 silver from a rattle can and I am very pleased with how well this went on. The yellow bands are all masked and air brush painted, Revell Aqua Color 15 Matt Yellow gave the best match (and for some odd reason the air brush loved it) and these were a fun challenge and very satisfying to apply. After painting I brushed the yellow bands with magic Klear The rear fuselage / exhaust area was Humbrol Metal Cote 27003 Polished Steel applied by air brush, that is my go-to for anything like this and again very happy with the result. All other paints are from the Vallejo Model Color series applied by brush. The decals are the kit decals and they went on fine helped by a little Humbrol Decalfix. All the Voodoos were big planes, sheer brute power barrelling along on afterburner on those tiny wings. I understand that the nickname for the RF-101C was the 'Long Bird' and you can see why, with that T tail she looks... well, long! Be careful of the kit instructions. Kitty Hawk would have you round off the yellow bands on the top and under the fuselage however I watched the Sun-Run video on YouTube and I think they were straight and pointed. Now I have built a Kitty Hawk Voodoo before, it was the F-101A/C about four years ago, so I should be familiar with this kit. I really had a problem with the photo nose section. I decided to build and paint it separately and attach it very late in the build, unfortunately it all went wrong and I could not get it to match properly. This is the better side! If you look carefully you can see what appears to be a silver band running from the front of the windshield down to the front of the gear well doors. I had to fill this with Perfect Plastic Putty and repaint it. I think this was my fault (remember 'ham fisted'?) as it seemed ok when I dry fitted the photo nose section. Also, now, I wish I had sanded off that slime light holder! Also in critical mode, the cockpit canopy and the windshield don't quite match. And I think I left something off the nose gear oops! On a plus the fuel tanks went together well as did the jet air intakes. Also the nose cone. A view of the rear end. Personally I think the Kitty Hawk burner cans build well and look good though maybe next time I will fill that gap! This also shows one of my mess-ups, I have no idea how I failed to get those wing trailing edges to join. I took a look at my F-101C which I built 4 years ago and I got that part right then. The Kitty Hawk kit isn't very forgiving but, then again, neither was the Voodoo in some flight regimes! For all the kit's faults and my personal shortcomings the final result is just so good! Would I build another Kitty Hawk Voodoo? Oh yes! Either 56-0166 a few years later in S.E. Asia camo or maybe the later shorter nosed RF-101G, no hesitation. Back to 6:59 a.m. 27th November 1957, Ontario International Airport near Los Angeles, Capt. Ray Schrecengost takes off on the first RF-101C round-trip flight of Operation Sun Run and three speed records were set. It is believed that the "Cin-Min" markings were added to 56-0166 after the record breaking run. What did they signify? The "CIN MIN" was named for the pilot's two daughters: Cindy and Mindy. 61 years later where are they now? Col. Ray Schrecengost passed away 15th August 2006 after a varied career in the USAF including a role in the development of the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird and combat in Vietnam. RF-101C 56-0166 also served in combat in Vietnam with the 45th TRS "The Polka Dots" marked as 'Luv Bug' and on 27th October 1978 was retired to the Air Force Museum with 6604.9 airframe hours where she can be viewed today. Can I make a wish? Please Kitty Hawk, a 1/48th RF-8A/G Crusader? Please... Michael
  10. That has ended up as a very good looking GR.1, nice work! I think the greater achievement is actually finishing this kit. I built the same kit a while back and it was quite a challenge. For some reason it is very easy to just slightly 'warp' or twist the fuselage and suddenly nothing seems to fit. The first one nearly hit the bin (like yours) and a more recent Italeri Tornado F.3 did end up there! So you are not alone and again, a great looking result. Michael
  11. Ghostbase

    2019 Airshows

    I am very lucky to have time to do what I want this year, first time since 2005, and I was looking forward to going to some kind of aviation event most weekends. However when I looked into it I was surprised at how sparse the 'big' airshow scene is compared to even 14 years ago (and we were moaning it ain't like the good old days even back then). Yeovilton is definitely on the list and I am looking forward to the arrival and departure days at RAF Fairford as well as the Friday 'short' display. Michael
  12. That is a very impressive Starfire! The foiling has worked much better than your previous F-80C however that was still a good looker by the time you finished it. It looks as though using the Bare Metal product has helped and next time I decide to torture myself I will give that a try based on your experience with this kit. I think you also played a smart move by choosing a paint scheme where some of the more difficult areas to foil were painted red! The Caracal decals look good too. Nice job! Michael
  13. A very nice result on one of Kitty Hawk's earlier kits. The Demon seems to have been quite a large aircraft for the time. Michael
  14. That is a superb result from Kitty Hawk's first kit (I think it was). The Starfire was also an interesting aircraft, sort of an F-80 on steroids as it were Michael
  15. Quick update, ready to get started, have started taking items off the sprues (those that had not already fallen off) and have made some light applications of primer. The question is whether to go ahead and break up an Eduard cockpit etch set for a TF-104G ie use the etch for the front cockpit of the twin seater on this much more basic model. Here is what I am working with: The first item of interest is that the cockpit contains two ejection seats. The first two issues of this kit were for USAF F-104C models whereas this one is for a West German F-104G. After a little searching on the web I learned that USAF Starfighters used the Lockheed C-2 ejection seat whereas most European models were equipped with the Martin-Baker Mk. Q7(A) to give more rapid ejections in high sink rate situations. Looking at the photo above I think the seat on the left is the Lockheed seat, the one to the right the Martin-Baker type. As I am still very warm towards a NASA F-104G I understand that the Lockheed seat would be the one to use. The Monogram cockpit is very basic indeed, apart from the control stick what you see is what you get! The use of even just a few pieces of etch would give it a great deal more detail though I might have to trim some of them to get them to fit. I think it is worth a try. Michael
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