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  1. Thanks, that is interesting, I did wonder exactly where Iowa Park is. I do know that this F-15A was based at Goodfellow AFB in Texas at some point in her career as an instructional airframe though she was in the later Compass Grey colour scheme at that time. I wonder it there is any connection with that? Caracal Models do have this decal sheet in 1/72nd scale as well. Michael
  2. My entry for this group build, the Martin B-57B Canberra operated by the 8th Bomb Squadron out of Bien Hoa AB and then Da Nang AB in 1964/65. It didn't take the Canberra long to become well-known on the tactical scene and they picked up the call sign 'Yellow Bird' based upon the squadron colours (the sister13th BS were 'Red Bird'). I am building the 1/72nd Italeri B-57B Canberra OOB and it will be finished in aluminium. I will be using the decals from the kit. I will also 'ghost' build a second B-57B which will be in the later SEA camouflage scheme coded as 'PQ'. I am looking for a straight forward build of these kits which I have had in the stash for many years now. Michael. Canberras2 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  3. A 1/48th Monogram F-15A Eagle painted in the very early and short lived air superiority blue colour scheme. Humbrol enamel paints applied with an airbrush, decals by Caracal models. The kit dates back to 1979. I have always wanted to build an F-15 in this scheme and despite a few small mistakes I am very happy with the result. 20200819_141334 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The story behind this bird is interesting. She was F-15A serial 71-0284 and she was the fifth full scale development Eagle. She was used for armament development including the rotary cannon and when her test career ended she became an instructional airframe. She was photographed in these markings at an airshow (possibly Sheppard AFB, TX, date unknown) with "City of Iowa Park" nose art. Her FF code stands for 'First Fighter' for the then 1st Tactical Fighter Wing based at Langley. How she kept her blue colour scheme is unknown but it was very unusual and it certainly adds some interest to this model. 20200819_141449 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I used Humbrol 47 which is enamel gloss sea blue as that looked to me to be the nearest to air superiority blue in their range. I would say that it is just a tad darker and 'richer' than FS35450 however for some reason the camera on my phone has processed the photos to a lighter shade! I do have the Hataka acrylic Air Superiority Blue (HTK-A155) in my paint stash but I am really struggling with acrylics at the moment and just wanted an easy paint without my airbrush clogging up after 60 seconds. This coat went on well and just one application too. 20200819_141509 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I must also mention how impressed I was with the kit. It was first released in 1979 and it went together very well, I only needed a little filler where the nose section slots into the main fuselage. I did like the detail around the cockpit and also the radar as well as the open air brake and I think they really add to the model. Yes, it is raised panel lines and for this build I was comfortable with that. 20200819_141756 by Ghostbase, on Flickr This is the first time that I have used Caracal decals and I am very impressed, they were really easy to apply and they make an average model look good! These were from their F-15 "The Early Years" set and I am building a second F-15A using this set as well. 20200819_141808 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Apologies for the rather makeshift photo studio but these were taken at my alternate man cave! This build really has helped get my mojo back. Michael
  4. I tend to keep out of group builds now. I never finish in time (except the KUTA events for some reason ) or I lose my mojo however the US involvement in Vietnam is probably the conflict that most fascinates me, mainly because it was always on the news from as long as I can remember up to my mid teens, it was sort of the newsreel of my childhood I guess. So I am going to give it a try. So much choice! I want to move away from fighter jets (Phantoms!) and do something a little different. It needs to be a straightforward build and preferably a kit that has sat in the stash for years. I think I have the answer:- Canberras by Ghostbase, on Flickr I have always liked the Martin B-57 Canberra, especially in the SEA scheme, so I might go for a couple of 8th BS B-57B Canberras, one in camouflage and one in aluminium. I am going to think it over this week and maybe make a decision next weekend Michael
  5. I started this 1/48th Academy F-86F Sabre in February and after some long time gaps have completed her 20200805_184347 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The kit is the c. 2000 Academy F-86F "Mig Killer", I was quite impressed with the kit for the detail and how easily it went together, it proved to be an enjoyable build and I am reasonably pleased with the finished model. 20200805_184408 by Ghostbase, on Flickr She was painted using a spray can, I think it was Humbrol 11 silver, and all other colours were brushed using Vallejo acrylics. In reality she is much shinier than in my photos. 20200805_184426 by Ghostbase, on Flickr So why "vanilla"? She was supposed to be finished as F-86F 51-12958 "The Paper Tiger" flown by Capt. Harold E. Fischer in Korea in 1953. The problem was the kit decals and specifically the yellow bands on the wing and the fuselage. As much as I drowned them in Decalfix they refused to settle, Inevitably I got frustrated and ham-fisted and they ended up in the bin. I checked my references and found that the F-86F was operated in Europe with buzz codes as well as U.S. Air Force titles on the forward fuselage so I decided to go for a just-out-of-depot look and add a couple of U.S. Air Force decals from the spares box. 20200805_184309 by Ghostbase, on Flickr My next 1/48 Sabre will be the new Airfix kit when it is released. Michael
  6. Definitely interested, my first 747 flight was in a TWA 747-100 in 1987, then an iconic Pan Am 747-200 'China Clipper II' a year later and would love to make one of these. I have the Revell 1/144 Boeing 747 SCA and Space Shuttle in the stash, also the E-4B, both released around 2012 ish. I think I read that the base 747 in both kits can be built as a civilian 747-100 which would cover the TWA Jumbo at least. Just to say, personally this GB would need to be sooner than later for me, I tend to be a spontaneous or impulsive scale modeller and can go 'off the boil' pretty quickly and move on to a new obsession Michael
  7. Thanks, I did wonder why it was 1/570 scale, the kit certainly wasn't sophisticated or too detailed! A set of decals to show the windows on the top deck would have added so much more detail but I guess that wasn't the market that this kit was aimed at. The instructions were occasionally somewhat ambiguous regards paint colours and I did look at a couple of completed builds on this forum to get some idea regards many details. I am just amazed at the detail available on several modern Titanic offerings and the quality of those builds on this forum. One day I would like to try a proper detailed maritime kit; I do have a Trumpeter 1/350th scale Russian Navy Udaloy in the stash which I bought after visiting the Vice Admiral Kulakov in Portsmouth Harbour a few years ago, one day... Michael
  8. I have just found your F-8E build Arnie, I have a couple of these old ESCI 'Sader kits in the stash so I got one out yesterday with the idea of maybe scribing the wings and other flat surfaces, adding some weathering and finishing her using a decent set of modern day decals. I was wondering what it might come out like (the 1/48th ESCI kits tend to be somewhat variable in buildability) so I did a Google search for a build and found this one - you have answered my questions! A very impressive build sir! Michael
  9. "Take her to sea, Mr. Murdoch. Let's stretch her legs." Captain E. Smith. My favourite quote, and scene, from the 1997 film set aboard the RMS Titanic which was the largest ship afloat on 15 April 1912. She was a beautiful greyhound of her time and her incredibly sad fate still captures our imagination today. This is the Revell 1/570th scale kit of the RMS Titanic, it was first released in 1970 and my parsimonious wife snagged it for £10.50 from M&S on Boxing Day, 2012. It isn't a detailed kit but I have enjoyed building it as one of my 'Covid-19' projects with very few scale modelling resources to hand at the start. The hull and superstructure were mostly airbrushed using the acrylic paints supplied with the kit. The decks, funnels and details were all hand painted. She was finished with a coat of acrylic satin varnish. I really enjoyed putting this kit together, only my third 'floaty thing' since I was 10 years old! My wife likes it but is demanding a 1/570 scale pair of binoculars for the crows nest as well as a scale polystyrene iceberg IMGP3938size by Ghostbase, on Flickr IMGP3937size by Ghostbase, on Flickr IMGP3932size by Ghostbase, on Flickr IMGP3942size by Ghostbase, on Flickr IMGP3940size by Michael Baldock, on Flickr
  10. It goes without saying that I think this is a great choice Wez Michael
  11. Many thanks for all the replies and especially for the various references, I think I have got enough details to be able to build something that looks realistic anyway. I think that 102 FRS, along with 103 FRS which was based at Full Sutton, were such sort-lived units formed in such a hurry with such a collection of hand-me-down aircraft that there is likely no definitive answer to my question above. It certainly was the swansong for the Spitfire 22 in Royal Air Force service which is what makes it so interesting. Michael
  12. Thanks for looking, Robert, is appreciated Michael
  13. Sorry, sadly I don't have a code for this beauty, my father didn't fly PK 328 so it isn't in his logbook. It would have been M, I do know that. Yes there is some great detail in that photo! Michael
  14. Great idea! I have started a thread in the Cold War section of BM. Michael
  15. Can anyone help with this Spitfire puzzle? I have several photos taken by my late father when he was posted on a six-week course for 'G' Class reservists at North Luffenham, this was in September/October 1951 and was with 102 Flying Refresher School. This was a very short-lived unit (I believe just 6 months) and they were intended to train reservists to fly modern aircraft. They started with 20 hours on Spitfires and then went on to the Vampire FB.5. According to my father's log book he flew the Spitfire F.22 and he noted all the aircraft codes and serials that he flew. He also took a camera with him and took some photos which I have posted below. The Spitfire F.22s had mostly been sourced from the Auxiliary squadrons, I suspect at quite short notice, and 102 FRS was in effect their swansong. The question I am asking is regards their colour schemes. Some were painted in overall aluminium, some wore camouflage and had different markings as well, and it is the camouflaged Spitfire F.22s which I need help with. On to the first photo: Spitfire22M30NLuffenham51DWB by Michael, on Flickr This is believed to be Spitfire F.22 PK 567 as 'M-30'. Her service history was 33MU 13-10-45 VA EA 6-12-46 mods 502S 'RAC-J' 18-10-48 226OCU 5-3-51 102FRS 24-4-51 nes 16-6-53 sold scrap J.G.Williamson 24-5-54 (taken from airhistory.org.uk) The second photo is believed to be Spitfire F.22 PK 353 as 'M-21'. Her service history was 33MU 28-7-45 VA KEE 8-7-46 mods and Cv 8-7-46 613S 'Q3-H' 'RAT-H' 6-1-49 RCMSU 25-8-49 nea 16-6-53 sold scrap MoS 13-4-54. Interesting because airhistory.org.uk does not list her as serving with 102 FRS but that is what the serial looks like. nluff3 by Michael, on Flickr My specific question is regards the colour of the spinners, the canopy frame on PK 567, and the rudders on both aircraft. I asked this question a long time ago, way before Britmodeller, and I was told by a very well-informed source that the rudders were most likely to have been painted yellow. However, this has been queried in another post in the Spitfire Group Build and I just wondered whether anyone here can help me further with this? Just for the record, one of 102 FRS Spitfire F.22s PK 328 in aluminium: Spitfire22PK328NLuffenham51DWB by Michael, on Flickr Thanks Michael
  16. Big thanks Troy for all this detail, I hadn't even started to think about this build in any depth but you have got me off to a flying start! Interesting point about the rudder, I note that the sunlight appears to be angled from behind the aircraft and that the rudder is slightly to one side so it is catching the sun which may be what makes it look much lighter. I did post a less detailed scan of this photo many years ago (way before Facebook and BritModeller) and a suggestion then was that the rudder was painted yellow. Interesting. I do have an air-to-air photo of PK353/M-21 and again there appears to be a very distinct painting of the rudder:- nluff3 by Michael, on Flickr The serial of the aircraft I originally posted looks like PK567 and if so, thanks to airhistory.org.uk, her service record is as follows:- PK567 F22 CBAF G6 133MU 13-10-45 VA EA 6-12-46 mods 502S 'RAC-J' 18-10-48 226OCU 5-3-51 102FRS 24-4-51 nes 16-6-53 sold scrap J.G.Williamson 24-5-54 She was only on 226 OCU books for just over a month so I guess that her previous markings were for 502 (Ulster) Squadron which operated out of Aldergrove and wore an RAC code. Thanks again, now I have something to work with. Michael
  17. Will be watching your build with a great deal of attention. I have one in the stash and am looking for some tips and guidance... Michael
  18. Will be entering this GB with the 1/48th Airfix Spitfire F.22 and she will be marked for a camouflaged machine operated by the 102 FRS out of North Luffenham in Autumn 1951. The following photo is my inspiration: Spitfire22M30NLuffenham51DWB by Michael, on Flickr She is well worn and probably in her last useful role with the Royal Air Force, she also appears to have a yellow rudder and I am not sure about the canopy frame, that could be aluminium. I have already competed one of these kits this year and it was a nice build, hope to enjoy this one just as much Michael
  19. Thanks, I seem to recall that I didn't really have any problems with buildability however I was pretty motivated to get her finished! The TB-58A kit was only released once in the UK in 1986, as well as in the USA under the Testors label, unlike the B-58A which has been re-released a couple of times since. A shame, as the box art shows below this kit can be made up into the TB-58A 'prototype' (it was actually a conversion of one of the YB-58A Hustlers) which has a pretty cool paint scheme. I snagged this on eBay for £8 14 years ago! Michael TB-58A Seven by Michael, on Flickr
  20. This kit was completed over 30 years ago, sat on shelves then in a display cabinet, engines were knocked off while being dusted and the undercarriage broken, then on the shelf of shame for several years, just one step from the bin of recycling doom. I was looking for something to do on Sunday and put her back together and cleaned her up and ... well, she's a 'keeper' and a place is reserved for her in the display cabinet again. The Italeri 1/72nd B-58A Hustler was released in 1984 and the TB-58A training version was released two years later. The kit's major flaw is well documented but it looks like it is doing blistering mach 2 in afterburner while on the ground, possibly one of the sexiest aircraft ever made, and I love the finished build here. So, yes, over 30 years late but I had to wait for the internet to be invented and Mike to create Britmodeller so I could share her with you TB-58A One by Ghostbase, on Flickr The aircraft is TB-58A serial 58-1007 and named 'Boomerang', she wears the markings of the 43rd Bomb Wing which was based at Carswell AFB, Texas, then Little Rock AFB in Arkansas. She was one of the four TB-58A Hustlers attached to the Wing and was used for converting pilots to fly the B-58A Hustler bomber. 'Boomerang' was scrapped in May 1977. TB-58A Two by Ghostbase, on Flickr I do remember painting the model. The main silver finish was applied using a small Humbrol aerosol spray can (11 silver). The burnt metallic on the rear wings and the engines was applied using one of the Humbrol metallic paints, I think 'polished silver' which I applied by brush and then buffed with a soft cloth. The underside of the delta wing was covered with metal foil, as were a couple of panels on the top wing. The decals were from the kit. TB-58A Three by Ghostbase, on Flickr TB-58A Four by Ghostbase, on Flickr The photo below shows the silver foil applied to the lower wing. Way back then I used foil from chocolate bars and applied it to panels using gloss varnish. It clearly worked! TB-58A Six by Ghostbase, on Flickr This view of the top of the wing shows where I applied foil to accentuate a different metallic shade, the two triangular sections inboard of the leading engines. TB-58A Five by Ghostbase, on Flickr The B-58 Hustler was one of my favourite aircraft when I was a teenager, sadly I never saw one in flight as I lived on the wrong side of the 'pond', but I have seen several since preserved and even on the ground in a museum they are awesome looking aircraft. Now she takes her rightful place in the display cabinet Michael
  21. That has come out very well indeed and shows off the strong points of the kit, nicely finished too Michael
  22. Very nicely done and personally I love the red/white/blue paint scheme. Back in the early 70's the F-16 really looked sharp! Michael
  23. Just discovered this entry in this interesting GB, great choice and will be really good to see a Harrier in Spanish markings. Michael
  24. First, thanks for the several positive comments about this build. Thing is, with regards to corsaircorp's comment, my Spitfire build unveiled another story which reached back 68 years to 1951. I was contacted off-group by another BM member who said that his father-in-law had followed a very similar flying career path to my fathers and that he might have a group photo of RAFVR pilots which included my father. He checked the names that had been written on the photo and e-mailed it to me:- Oakington002 by Ghostbase, on Flickr My father is front row, 3rd from right, hated having his photo taken and it shows! The BM member's father-in-law is the chap in the back row 2nd from right and he is quite distinctive. I was absolutely thrilled to receive this photo! Funny thing is, I looked at his father-in law and I was pretty sure that I had seen him before. Now, a sub-story to this story. My father had a photo album based upon his service with the RAF in 1946-47 and I know he was a keen photographer way back then. When I was a teenager I used to sneak his photo album out and look at it, I wanted to join the RAF too. My younger brother was also into photography and especially developing films and I think my dad gave him some of his b&w films from way back then to practice on. Well, time moves on, my father passes away and I inherit his photo collections, albums, and RAF memorabilia. I could never find the old b&w films though and I guessed that they were long gone never to be seen again. Just a couple of years ago, out of the blue, my brother contacts me and says that he has found several old b&w films that he didn't realise that he had and did I want them? Of course the answer was YES and one of them clearly dated back to 1951 and contained quite a few photos of Gloster Meteors and de Havilland Vampires. I scanned them and checked them back against my fathers Flying Log Book and it looked as though they were taken at North Luffenham in 1951. There were also a couple of 'people' photos and one of them was an absolute gem:- DWBfilm051 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I just love this photo! Every one of those pilots sat there on a cool October day in 1951 is patiently waiting his turn to fly the Vampire FB.5 and every pilot is clearly his own character! I remembered this photo and I looked at it again a few days ago, I was sure I recognised someone on it... Yes! Seated, 3rd from right, round dark glasses, the BM member's father-in-law. This was confirmed and his wife now has an unexpected photo of her father from all those years ago. That is my story and all that came from a simple build of an Airfix 1/48th Spitfire F Mk.22. Thank you Britmodeller Michael
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