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  1. My father flew with 16 Squadron out of Fassburg 1946/47 and I want to finish the model in 'his' Tempest V which I recall was 'EG-V'. He did keep a diary and I recall several entries where he grouses that he was not allocated a flight because of a shortage of serviceable aircraft, I think he did refer to manpower shortages. He did refer to painting his Tempest's spinner blue. Michael
  2. One of my hobbies is looking for 'ghost towns' in parts of the USA and Canada and I have seen my fair share of abandoned cars and trucks, also 'fixer uppers' which often slowly deteriorate in people's yards. I have also happened across a couple of old scrap yards which still have vehicles that date back to the 40's and 50's and they were quite a sight to see! Michael
  3. I would like to be added to the list, thanks. Michael
  4. Just wanted to share this, one of my other aviation related hobbies is aircraft photography and in the 20 years from 1985 to 2005 I took tens of thousands of photos of aircraft and posted many of them on discussion boards, Google Groups, as well as on-line databases such as Airliners.dot.Net. Sadly aviation can be an unforgiving business and a small number of aircraft that I have photographed over the years have been involved in fatal accidents. This 'moral dilemma' cropped up a while ago when some aviation photographers who I then knew stated that they would not post or share photos of aircraft that had since been involved in fatal accidents. Personally I could see no problem with posting such photos and I have continued to do so. One of the photos that I shared on the Airliners database was a Kaman HH-43B Huskie helicopter which was displayed at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona for a short while in the late 80's. It was sold on to a logging company and was involved in an accident which killed the pilot. I was astonished to receive an e-mail from his widow which thanked me for noting the accident in my comments and for perpetuating his memory. Another photo was of the Gloster Meteor T.7 which collided with a Vampire jet at one of the Mildenhall air fetes in the late 80's. I noted that both the occupants were killed and I later received an e-mail from the sister of the young lad who was in the back seat, she thanked me for mentioning her brother and for remembering him after so many years. Reading that e-mail was a misty eyed moment to say the least! My view is go ahead and build the model. Bad things happen to people in war time, sadly that is a given and I think that most people understand that. My rule-of-thumb would be how would any comments you make be seen by relatives of those who might have been killed so long ago? Keep it respectful, acknowledge what happened, or might have happened, and the moral dilemma is hopefully overcome. A final comment, I have a long interest in the Vietnam War and I have modelled several aircraft from that conflict. A few years ago I read a book "Kill Anything That Moves" by Nick Turse and after reading his book I really had to re-evaluate whether I was comfortable continuing scale modelling this conflict. Michael
  5. Interesting choice of subject, I had forgotten that the TF-9J Cougar was used during the Vietnam War. Just took a look in the stash and found the 1/48th scale Kitty Hawk offering... in exactly the same markings Michael
  6. My first Academy 1/48th F-4B Phantom, I started this kit three years ago however she went on the shelf of suspended doom when I started to get frustrated with airbrushing with acrylic paints. I re-started her a few weeks ago, to be quite honest it was a 'just get it finished' job and it remained that way until I started to apply the decals. Somehow the ugly duckling turned into a swan, or at least something approaching that. This is the end result: 20201018_124319 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr This was my first build of the Academy Phantom. I am used to the ESCI/Italeri and Revell/Monogram kits, have also put together a couple of Hasegawa kits over the years, and I was impressed with the Academy offering. I liked the one piece upper body section, the separate rear section, the way the kit went together, and the wide variety of missiles included in the box. Very little filling or sanding was required. Definitely a thumbs up! I do have a couple of the Eduard boxings in the stash and I would love to start one soon to see what difference the additional goodies make 20201018_124333 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr This next photo does show one major problem. I built and painted the rear section aft of the jet exhausts complete with the tail planes/elevators, dry fitted it and all was fine, however it sort of went wrong when I cemented the section on. Not too sure what went wrong! The other side was fine so no harm done I guess. 20201018_124354 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr I prepared all the spues with Halfords primer, grey on top and white underside, then rattle-canned Halfords appliance white to the under surfaces as well as the top of the ailerons and the rudder. This went on well. I then applied light gull grey top sides using an acrylic paint 'configured for the air brush' and it was a disaster! The airbrush sprayed for about five seconds, clogged up, then spattered thick drops all over the fuselage and wings. Trust me, it was a very sudden and short journey to the shelf of doom. It took me a long time to learn how to apply acrylic paint with the airbrush and several coats of light gull grey managed to hide the appalling first coat. The metallic areas were painted using Humbrol metal-cotes which I always find to be reliable. 20201018_124427 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr This build was saved by the decals which represent F-4B BuNo 152965 as 'AA-100' operated by VF-11 'Red Rippers' off the USS Forrestal in 1973. These were from the Furball Decals F-4B/N Phantom II Air Wing All Stars Part II set (now OOP). Stencils and standard markings were from the Academy kit. The Furball decals went on really well indeed. Unfortunately I broke one of the red stripes that should have met behind the cockpit canopy so they had to be truncated. 20201018_124457 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr One thing I did do reasonably well was the weapons load. I added four AIM-7 Sparrows in the wells under the fuselage, four AIM-9 Sidewinders on the pylons, and three bombs (I can't remember which ones they were) on a TER on each pylon. The kit yellow stripe decals for the bombs refused to settle down so I left them off. I also added three 'gas bags' or fuel tanks. The Academy instructions suggest that this was a valid loadout for a mission but to be honest I am not sure about that. 20201018_124514 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr My last photo, which has to be the colourful markings on the tail section of this showy Phantom, so well depicted by the excellent Furball decals. I am glad I decided to persevere with this stalled build, the end result isn't anywhere near perfect but it came out a lot better than I expected and I am happy with that. When can I start the next one? Michael 20201018_124606 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  7. Thanks, good point! I will try some grey oils to bring the panels out a bit more Michael
  8. Way back in 1977 Revell released kit H-288 which was a 1/48th scale McDonnell-Douglas F-15A Eagle. It could be completed as the record breaking 'Streak Eagle' or a 58th TFTW 'Candy Cane' Eagle out of Luke AFB. I made this kit many years ago and in a fit of nostalgia bought one on eBay for literally pennies and instantly regretted doing so, it really isn't a particularly good kit. When Revell and Monogram merged the way superior former Monogram offering became the 'Revell' F-15A and this kit was quietly dropped from the catalogue. To be honest, I was going to bin it as not worth the effort however it was saved by... A couple of months ago I posted an 'FF' coded early F-15A in air superiority blue, this was the Monogram kit using the Caracal Models F-15 "The Early Years" decals. I really liked several of the other options on the decal sheet so I decided to go for F-15A 71-0283 which was the fourth Eagle built and conducted structural tests. In her later years she was painted overall gloss white with orange/red panels and I thought that this was worth a try on my old Revell kit. I decided to build her OOB, not to spend too much time on her, however this would be my first serious attempt at scribing panel lines. The result is as follows: 20201018_124745 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr I painted the white areas with Halfords Appliance White and was happy with the result. I have used this paint before and am comfortable with the technique that should be used. 20201018_124807 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr The orange paint was Vallejo 70.910 Orange Red applied with a Badger 200-9 gravity feed airbrush. I have had a nightmare year trying to apply acrylic paints using an airbrush, thanks to advice here and another forum I have got the hang of acrylics and this was my first successful application on a large model. 20201018_124825 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The fit of the kit wasn't good. I had to use filler on the nose cone join, the nose section to the main body, the wings to fuselage, and the air intakes. I did what I had to do so that the model would be presentable from a four foot distance! Such are my high standards... 20201018_124918 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Although it really does not show in these photos I am very pleased with the results of the scribing that I did on this raised panel line kit. I chose the F-15A Eagle because it has so many flat surfaces, I understand that it was nicknamed "The Tennis Court". I used an old dental tool to do the scribing and the old Revell plastic was soft enough to be able to scribe without any problems. My first scribe! 20201018_125030 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr The decals are a mixture. The 'F-15' logos and the serial number are from the Caracal Models F-15 "The Early Years" decals set. All the other decals are from the Monogram kit or the spares box. Caracal have covered the F-14, F-15, F-16 and F-18 aircraft so far in their innovative "The Early Years" decals sets and I hope for more aircraft that I remember from my teen years in the early 70's. 20201018_125406 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr My final photo is this build with the Monogram F-15A that I completed a short while back using the same decal set. IMGP3988 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr For some reason I am very happy with this build. The original kit isn't great to say the least, however with decent paints and excellent decals plus my scribing it earns a place in the display cabinet. I have a couple more old Monogram Eagles so maybe more to come? Michael IMGP3982 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  9. Gosh! Yes I am sure that is what I meant The Viggen looks to be a fairly straightforward build, after all the original ESCI kits were of their time and not too complex (except one of the paint scheme options), but I have looked several times at the HobbyBoss Demon and that is WAY more complex. Could well be a double build, just see how I feel on 14th November Michael
  10. Please add me to the list too. Am thinking Italeri 1/48th JA-37 Viggen (a kit I was too scared to buy when it was ESCI!) however the 14th November start date gives me plenty of time to change my mind to something else in the stash If I go cool on the Viggen I would be looking at the McDonnell F-3H-2 Demon, the 1/48th HobbyBoss kit which I understand was operated as an interceptor, as was the F3H-2M version. Michael
  11. Sunday, rain all day, autumn is finally here. I always associate autumn with dark beers and scale modelling! Which is good because I have got a lot done today and the 'Yellow Bird' is well on the way now. Actually started yesterday by cementing the wings and tail planes to the fuselage, waited for them to dry then sanded all the seams and joins to see how they would come out. This really is a nice straightforward kit, it does go together very well. After sanding I applied a second coat of Halfords grey primer to see if I needed to break out the Perfect Plastic Putty or not... Canberra12 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Canberra11 by Ghostbase, on Flickr In my opinion, no putty needed. However it was a mistake attaching the weapons pylons to the wings, on the aluminium Canberras they should be painted black. Oh well, I can catch that mistake later. The next step was to apply the aluminium paint to the aircraft. Some sources describe these B-57B Canberras as NMF natural metal finish however I am not so sure, I wonder if they were finished in aluminium lacquer like some other jets of this era? Even if NMF the South Vietnamese hot and humid climate would have had an effect on the metallic finish. I have two choices: to airbrush with Humbrol Matt Aluminium Metalcote or apply Halfords Aluminium from a rattlecan. My wife detests my using the kitchen to spray aromatic enamels and Metalcote unfortunately fits into that category so I wimp out and opt for the Halfords rattlecan applied outside in the outhouse (Note: I need my own man cave!). I took Modelling Minion's advice and warmed the can first, the application looked like this:- Canberra13 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Now, the can was almost empty and I am sure that I have had more 'silver' results than this however for this build that finish is just perfect and leaves the door open for more weathering effects in the future should I wish. Next steps were to apply a second coat of zinc chromate to the three wheel wells and the inside of the undercarriage gear doors, start painting the wheels themselves in silver and black, paint the 750lb bombs olive drab, also the wing tanks black. Plus a black anti-glare panel on the nose which Italeri omits to mention... Canberra14byGhostbae, on Flickr Canberra15 by Ghostbase, on Flickr So what's next? Will come back to this build next weekend and do some work in the cockpit. The pilot's instrument panel, yoke, complete canopy, and ejection seats. I am a 1/48th scale modeller and I can't cope with seats this small!! The Osprey book is very helpful in pointing out details which Italeri didn't pick up like yellow painted engine intake cones and a yellow nose so those need to be painted. Then on to the kit decals, will they still work? The kit is dated 1985 so that is a 'fingers crossed' area. Michael
  12. Today is the 2nd of October? Good grief! I have finally made a start on my 1/72nd Italeri 'Yellow Bird' B-57B Canberra and just concentrating on the one build, the aluminium finished 8th Bomb Squadron B-57B out of Bien Hoa AB and then Da Nang AB in 1964/65. To start with, I did apply Halfords grey primer to all the sprues, then cut off all the major items. The kit looked like this: Canberra02 by Ghostbase, on Flickr A good start today, unfortunately I have recently had the modelling mojo 'downs' quite badly so it was good to get this B-57B started. The wing assemblies were the easiest part so they went into the queue first, the idea is to be able to apply aluminium in one coat using either Halfords Aluminium spray paint or maybe Humbrol Metalcote 27001-6 Matt Aluminium using my newly acquired Badger 200-9 gravity feed airbrush (a long story). I also minimally prepared the cockpit then cemented that plus the nose wheel well, then joined the two fuselage halves. It all fit together very well, no problems at all. I also applied a first coat Tamiya XF-4 zinc chromate to the wheel wells and the inside of the undercarriage gear doors. I have also cemented the 750lb bombs to go on the wing pylons as well as the two wingtip fuel tanks. The next step is to do some sanding and hopefully no filler will be needed - fingers crossed! Canberra01 by Ghostbase, on Flickr One other thing, I did order the Osprey Combat Aircraft book "B-57 Canberra Units of the Vietnam War (Combat Aircraft)" by T.E. Bell and it arrived a couple of weeks ago, a really interesting read and full of helpful information as well as the usual colour plates which I just love! Michael Canberra03 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  13. Ooh a "Whale"! Definitely watching this build with interest, the A3D is one of my fave types. I do like your historical references and good to hear the relatively unknown AJ Savage getting a mention. Only one survives, at the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola. Michael
  14. This really stands out for me for being such a rare type. I love the way that your build has captured the fragility of the HUK-1 wrapped around a large radial piston engine compared to the later gas turbine driven model. Michael
  15. She has built well and the finish is just right. Nice one! Michael
  16. Good to see this Canberra finished so early in this GB. I agree with other posters, the SEA camouflage really works well and the nose 'cap' has gone on well, better than I expected. I admit have put my B-57G kit back in the stash for now, I want to build it in the future the same as you have here. Michael
  17. The 'Vigi' was an aircraft way ahead of her time and your build really has captured that look. For some reason we don't see the Trumpeter kit completed that often, good to know that yours went together without any problems. Michael
  18. Very nice build Robert, the colour scheme turns the stalky 'scooter' into an aggressive little beast! Michael
  19. Just wanted to say thank you to Black Knight, Seahawk and stever219 for the help and suggestions. I had forgotten about the Fantasy Printshop and that looks to be an excellent alternative source of decals for the future. I thought that the suggestion to look at Spitfire decals for the same time frame was really helpful as well. I have since found the book 'The Hawker Tempest' by Richard A. Franks which is aimed at scale modellers and it seems that there are some grey areas regards the markings for post-war BAFO based Tempest V because it seems that some squadrons had differing interpretations of Air Ministry stipulations, making this a somewhat complex subject. Going back to my list... Fuselage serials are definitely 8" black letters 8" so Xtradecal X32021. Under wing serials are 24" black (or 'night') . The white squadron code letters, definitely EG-V, are 24" sky so Extradecal are good. The upper wing roundels needed are Type C 50". Also interesting that for the later Tempest V series II the sky spinner was changed to black (and possibly flight colours such as red or blue) and the sky band on the rear fuselage was painted over in camouflage colours. Now I have a better idea of the markings needed and where to find them so, again, thank you. Michael
  20. I have just purchased the Revell 1/32nd Hawker Tempest V kit (formerly Special Hobby) and I would like to build it in the markings of a 16 Squadron Tempest V based at Fassberg in late 1946 just before they were replaced by the Tempest II. The kit decals represent two Tempests from 1944 so I am going to have to source some decals to build the Tempest that I want. These would be for the serials on the fuselage and under-wing, the white squadron codes, and the upper wing roundels. I just want to check that I am looking for the right decals because I am not at all knowledgeable regards RAF markings around this time frame. Starting with serials for the fuselage I understand that I need RAF serial black letters 8" so Xtradecal X32021 should be perfect. For the black serials under the wing I am not sure what size I am looking for or indeed who makes them. The white squadron code letters, probably EG-V, are supplied by Xtradecal but I have to choose between 24" and 30" letters. I don't know which ones apply, I think the larger ones but that is just a guess. The upper wing roundels supplied in the kit are blue and red Type B however I understand that the post war Tempests wore 56" Type C roundels. Again, are these available anywhere? I have searched for all the above using the Hannants web site. Any pointers or advice would be appreciated Michael
  21. Thanks for the photo, her paint has faded but that is definitely air superiority blue. Very tempted to break another kit out of the stash and build it with these markings. Based upon your very kindly offered information I did edit the location in my original post above. Sadly I have been unable to obtain the photo which Caracal Models' based these markings on. Michael
  22. Thank you, the offer is much appreciated This is the 'research' phase of the build which I love, considering all the possibilities and options and I always end up learning a great deal. I do have the Robert C. Mikesh book "B-57 Canberra at War 1964-1972" in my library however it tends to be light on detail regards weapons used. I have ordered the Osprey Combat Aircraft book "B-57 Canberra Units of the Vietnam War (Combat Aircraft)" which will arrive in a couple of days and maybe that will give me some useful pointers. Michael
  23. Not got started yet but have been taking another look in the boxes to see what my options are for a pair of B-57B Canberras. In the past I have built the Italeri B-66 and B-58 bombers and I recall them as pretty straightforward kits which go together well. As stated above I would like to complete a B-57B in aluminium marked for the 8th Bomb Squadron very early in their involvement in the Vietnam War, as well as a B-57B of the same squadron later in the campaign in the SEA camouflage scheme with black undersides. The instruction sheet below shows the options available however, sadly, the cool all black version with red markings was not used in Vietnam. The SEA version was the only B-57B in Vietnam to sport nose art as 'Hell's Angel' and that is a 'must' for me. IMGP3961 by Ghostbase, on Flickr A couple of sprue shots:- IMGP3962 by Ghostbase, on Flickr IMGP3963 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The second B-57B will be from the Italeri B-57G "Night Hawk" kit (which PeterB is putting together on this GB) and I have marked the sprue area that has been modified in grey. This means that I will be missing a couple of weapons pylons with rocket launchers so I am going to have to find a way round that or just ignore it. IMGP3964 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Looking forward to getting started! Michael
  24. Thanks, I think I might have made an incorrect assumption because what you say makes perfect sense. I have asked for clarification on the board where the photo was posted regards the location of 71-0284 when she was in these markings. Michael
  25. Yes I have been watching the Canberras being added to this GB and I was delighted to see an Australian addition, a participant that tends to be forgotten as time passes by and memories fade. I have a week at home this week so hoping to make a firm start Michael
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