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  1. forgive the thread drift (should really be in another chat thread). But "yes" there were all sorts of issues when the MV-22 entered service, I believe it was proved NOT to be design or mechanical, but rather new pilots getting into Vortex Ring issues when landing (i.e. your rate of decent and blades "cutting" thru your own downdraft = significant drop in lift at a very bad moment!). The down draft from these beasts is huge (plus with the jet efflux pointing down ) create additional issues when operating on decks/ grass etc. But USMC doctrine has been modified to reflect the capabil
  2. great review - thank you for putting this together. Frightening to see what these are currently selling for (pre-order?) on Evilbay..... perhaps buying a real life one might be cheaper? I hope Hannants re=release their excellent sheets to cover these. Here's the Britmodeller Walk Around that Julian kindly uploaded for me a couple of years ago. Yur review suggests that ful fold or just blade fold seem to be options, so this kit gets a big tick from me, perhaps I could sell/trade one of my children's organs as a down payment?
  3. I'm half way thru' reading "Harrier 809" - my christmas book, so your build strikes a cord. Relly great build - I assume then that you'd recommend the Italeri kit? The shape looks right even before your amazing detail
  4. Lovely build, and yes it "looks" like a Wasp. Impressed by the detailing on the engine. I think there must be a whole generation of us Middies from the 80's whose 1st ever experience of a helicopter flight was that BRNC Wasp kept at the top of the hill, can't imagine today's Risk Adverse MOD allowing anything like that now!
  5. somehow, that really works. Clever idea and excellent finish.
  6. It's a Skyraider, you can never have enough! superb build and finish - thank you for taking the time to upload & share with us
  7. Ilike the weathering. How does this compare with the Tamiya skyraider? Obviously the Tamiya one is better detailed, but this Revell kit s the only game in town for a "fat face" Skyraider, but I need to know if it is worth the effort - your's certainly looks good, or is that just your hard work
  8. what an amazing build - it looks perfect and I think the choice for you scheme is great. The weathering, looks spot on and captures the look just right in my opinion. Back in '92 my ship visited Yokosuka and I did see a USN F-4 "abandoned"(?) at the end of their Carrier pier. I wasn't really into modelling back then, but that was only a few years before Tamiya released this kit and I wonder if that F-4 was the one that they used for measuring up? (I guess one of Midways old F-4S's??. I reckon I could live with the raised panels bur would either have to fold the wings or do as you have & st
  9. despite walking/running/cycling past the real thing on days my "office" was alongside, I never took the time to ask: when did the Mizen mast arrangement change from what you have(correctly) shown - a crossed yard - to the latter boom sail type arrangement (perhaps my choice of words reveals my limited knowledge to Gas Turbine powered warships!)
  10. and in the Senior Service premier squadron colours as well
  11. Great build. I'm struggling with my A-4E on th GB this morning - having just snapped the in flight refueling probe!) so you post has cheered me up and provided some more inspiration to get back to the table and press on. Loved your Aggressor "E" from the other week as well. I really hope Hasegawa bring these excellent kits back onto the market
  12. No - I am pretty sure they don't use JSOWs in the USMC. They could be carried on the Legacy Hornets (now retired from the NAvy) but as they are stand off weapons and the primary role of the "D" is Close Air Support (or Fast Fac), then I can't see why the USMC would use them.......but what do I know Mind you I was adament that USMC "D"s never operated off carriers, until I took this picture back in 2010! DSCN0044 although just being off the Virginia Coast he was just making a trap & next cycle launch. Again another "guess" but I think the ablative coating applies
  13. I meant to post a thank you for this post of yours some time back. I guess that was the Abe Lincoln in '95? As a Brit I was lucky enough to have some weeks on the Big E back in 2010 where Everyone was driving around in shiny new Rhinos,(except the Marines in some Legacy Hornets).....oh and the poor VAQ lot still working with their Prowlers!). As a non engineer, I must say how impressed I was with the maintenance crews on those old birds - everytime I passed thru' the hangar it seemed that one or more were in bits being "lovingly"(???) put back together to pick up the next day's flying programm
  14. 2 weeks of update (sorry - jumped ahead here slightly). As a recent "read-4-inspection" build of Hasegawa's A-4E (VF-45 Aggressor by Jon Bryon) detailed in his build, this is an excellent kit, but in trying to cater for so many different variants in one box, many of the add ons don't provide such a great fit. So following my previous photos in the posts above, there was an element of filling, sanding and even filling again.....so with nothing as complex as Jon's paint job, not too much of a pain to re-spray. (Mr Color Gull Gray & Halfords Appliance White). Decals fr
  15. oh yes - surely the best looking F-4S kit ever displayed here in Britmodeller - wow, what a job you've done there
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