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  1. Part 3 Next In for paint will be the 493rd F15 C The markings will be similar with the exception that the rudders gun port and other detail will be blue, similarly the 494th will be yellow. Enjoy!
  2. Part 2 Sublime, Aint it? Anyhow following the presentation, both aircraft were re positioned for more photos Part 3 to follow
  3. Yesterday I had the great privilege of being present at RAF Lakenheath for the unveiling of the first of the 48th Fighter wing heritage aircraft. One aircraft from each of the based squadrons will be repainted in WW2 heritage squadron colours to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D Day, all three taking part in the flypast on 6th June in Normandy. First taxi off the rank is the scheme for the 492nd Fighter squadron the "Mad Hatters" Firstly, I must point out that the schemes have caused a little argument amongst both the based squadrons and aviation enthusiasts alike because the Hatters squadron colour is a blue tail stripe with thecatch phrase Bleed Blue So why has it been painted in red? 492 aircraft sported red tailed aircraft at the time of D Day. Likewise 493 (currently yellow) were blue and 494 (currently red) were yellow. All 3 squadrons were flying p47's at the time of the landings. Anyhow, back to the event. The existence of the repaints came completely out of the blue, one of the best kept secrets, no rumours, nothing. Also attending the reveal was the 492'd squadron marked P47 "Nellie" which was used as a backdrop behind the gathered throng of senior officers and civillian dignitaries including representatives from the Imperial War Museum. The presentation began with two short videos depicting archive footage of 48th FW Thunderbolts on operations, followed by a time lapse video of the 10 "bulldogs" (the nickname of the 48th FW corrosion prevention squadron ) at work on the repaint. Following the visuals, each of the painters received a commendation and award from the base commander from where they filed off stage left. A short while later following a further speech the paint shop doors were drawn back to reveal a stunningly painted F15 E. Words were difficult to find. The quality of the detail that has gone into this repaint is incredible. Worthy of note is the beautiful Mad Hatters logo together with the Liberty on the tail fin. The design mimics perfectly the markings worn by 48th FW aircraft during WW2. Anyway enough chat, its time for you folks to make your own mind up. On with the show! Part two follows
  4. Folks, Very many thanks for your replies, I'm genuinely overwhelmed. For anyone who is interested, pending confirmation, she will be on display at the Shropshire show at RAF Cosford on 2nd April hopefully, together with Iain's B17 "A bit o lace" and almost certainly at Telford. To answer a few queries, , Lazyeagle, The crew are made up of various figures including master details P47 Pilot figure which comes with alternative white metal heads, with or without goggles face mask etc. from front to back, Master details bombadier, Nav / front gunner Czech Master 1/35 vietnam door gunner with master details heads, Pilot, Master details P47 Pilot Co Pilot adapted Tamiya Mosquito pilot, Upper gunner spares box arms and torso with Master details head, ball turret gunner (yes there is one in there honest although I wish i hadnt bothered) the same as upper gunner, Radio room and waist gunners again adapted vietnam Czech master figures, rear gunner is a Zveda Russian radio operator as he is kneeling down, with a master details head. Cheezburger The base is a screenshot of the outskirts of Wittmund from google earth with the roads and other information turned off. Having made the base i discovered that the screenshot i had chosen shows what looks like a 737 on approach to an airfield. Luckilly this is hidden by the b17 itself, makes for a good "wheres Wally" puzzle when i mention it. The kits themselves are both great but at times when I was detailing the interior of the B17 I really did get hung up on the amount required only to find that quite a lot was lost when I closed the fuselage up. It got so bad She almost went to the shelf of doom. Accomodating the finished build is not too much of an issue as HK really thought through the kits construction, the wings and tailplane are removeable and I wired the motors and stand ins such a way that things are simply unplugged. I really am glad she turned out so well as at times it was a real labour of love but ultimately worthwhile Thanks again for the positive replies and keep building.
  5. This build was actually finished the week before IPMS nationals at Telford. It subsequently made it to the LSP display table but due to extensive building work taking place at Phartycr0c Towers, I have not been able to take any decent photographs, even these are a poor show ith half my living room in shot. Anyhow, following the purchase of a MENG 163 and a discussion around replicating the box art the plan was to produce an in flight B17 diorama including the 163, To that end I obtained a crew and proceeded to produce a rubbish in progress thread. Well this is the result, a little photo intensive i know but there is no way I could get the whole thing in with any success so you have lots of bits. Ladies and Gents, "In Peril"
  6. Sad news. It is the 80 year old passenger who has sadly perished. It is indeed Janie. RIP and I hope the Injured Pilot makes a recovery
  7. DA's and CAA regulations, thats where I was getting muddled up. ..........Anyhow, I like Norway .
  8. Ah good point. I did say I stand to be corrected I didnt relaise they had attended.
  9. Would be great, but I think its banned together with the Viggen and Draken apparently due to being privately owned complex afterburning aircraft. The same reason the Lightnings at Brunty are grounded. I do stand to be corrected on this but the CAA regs are very stringent. Im thinking a visit to the continent will be required to see these in the flesh.
  10. Folks, just watched a live feed on Facebook , the Norwegians have just launched a twin seat F104 on its first test flight. Never thought I would see one fly ever, now to go an see it in the flesh. http://starfighter.no/ exited or what?
  11. Airfix super flight deck really used to annoy my mom and dad as i played with it in the hall of our house causing a trip hazard. I was posh and had the super version For those nostalia seekers this was it also had one of these!
  12. Thanks for the positive replies folks. its appreciated. Not usually of course, but there is some nice detail in there that i wanted to show off so a little artistic licence has been applied
  13. well done with your build. The paintwork is great. Nicely executed.
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