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CT Modeller

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  1. Vampire F.1 5 Squadron, Chivenor 1949 CMR resin kit - 1990s vintage And with something of similar vintage i.e. late 1940s - Airfix P-80 converted from P-80C to P-80B: Heller / Revell Vampire F.3: Frog Vampire FB.9: Frog Venom NF.3 converted from Sea Venom: CMR resin Vampire T.11: Aeroclub Vampire T.11: Frog Sea Vixen FAW.1 conversion: Frog Sea Vixen FAW.2:
  2. Northrop T-38 Thunderbirds team These were to use up some old Hasegawa F-5B kits that had been around for far too long. The main changes to produce T-38s were to the air intakes and leading edge root extensions Just noticed the missing main gear door! Odd how you just don't notice these things until it's too late.
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    Help with new topic

    I've tried a few times to add a new topic in the Ready For Inspection forum. When I click on it the previous posting comes up in the window rather than a blank sheet. Not sure what to do now as I don't want to delete my last post.
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    Phantom FGR.2 228 OCU 1970

    Paints are Xtracrylix with Humbrol Satin Cote on top. The colours looked too dark to me initially, and certainly compared with the Xtracolour enamels I used on my Buccaneer they are a shade darker, but in natural sunlight as in the photos they look OK.
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    Phantom FGR.2 228 OCU 1970

    I remember that programme too - a Vulcan dropping 1000 pounders and Jaguars I seem to remember were in there somewhere
  6. Phantom FGR.2 XT911 228 OCU / 64 Sqn Coningsby, 1970 This is the 1/72 Fujimi kit with Modeldecal markings apart from the roundels, which are Xtradecal. I haven't built the Airfix Phantom yet, mainly because I have a fair stock of unbuilt Fujimis in the attic. I like this Fujimi kit - the panel lines are just about right and the shape and detail are good. I've gone back to the early days of the RAF Phantom with this one. I like the R/W/B roundels and glossy finish, and it now complements my Harrier GR.1 and Buccaneer S.2B in this scheme. Having looked at photos of the new Airfix kit, it seems to provide the tailplane with positive incidence - i.e. leading edge down. If you look at RAF Phantoms at rest the tailplane seems to come to rest the other way round - i.e. leading edge up - and this seems to make a big difference to the overall look. The Fujimi kit gives neutral incidence but I modified mine to give the at-rest look.
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    The Thud over Germany - F-105s of USAFE

    As you live just up the road from me we've probably met without knowing it!
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    The Thud over Germany - F-105s of USAFE

    Hi John - The F-105F was built way back - 1980s I think! The natural metal F-105D I finished towards the end of last year. Now here's the bit you won't believe - the camo F-105D was the old Frog kit that I bought for £10 at Southern Expo about 3 weeks back. I don't think there's ever been such a short time between buying and finishing in 50 years of modelling!
  9. The Thud over Germany – F-105s of USAFE 1961 to 1967 The Story Anyone who has stood in front of a Thunderchief can only wonder how young pilots could master such a massive beast with a huge engine and small wings, but during May 1961 the first F-105Ds were flown direct from the USA to Bitburg in Germany, where they replaced the F-100 Super Sabres of the 36th TFW. They were brand new aircraft. The 49th TFW at Spangdahlem also received its new aircraft from October 1961 onwards. This was at the height of the Cold War and their principal role was nuclear strike, a mission known as ‘Victor Alert’ in the USAF. This was a big, complex aeroplane and brought with it big, complex maintenance problems. So much so that all aircraft were upgraded from 1962 onwards to a nominally common standard in a programme named ‘Project Look Alike’. This included many system upgrades but also required improved sealing between panels and a painted aluminium finish. An airfield arrestor hook was also fitted. Centralised maintenance was also introduced which meant an end to individual squadron markings. By the mid 1960s the Vietnam war was taking a significant toll on F-105s and during 1966 and 1967 the F-105s were transferred back to the USA as attrition replacements. By then there were enough F-4D Phantoms for the USAFE wings to re-equip. The colour schemes Aircraft were delivered in natural metal finish with glossy black radomes and matt olive drab upper fuselage. Those returned from the ‘Look Alike’ upgrades had the aluminium paint finish which replaced the natural metal. Finally the Vietnam type camouflage was applied during 1965, which also removed all squadron markings. Squadron markings were applied as follows: 36th TFW had three squadrons which were the 22nd, 23rd and 53rd TFS. Initially, during the natural metal period, each squadron displayed it’s colour on the fin in the form of 3 coloured stripes on a white diagonal background. The colours were 22TFS red, 23TFS blue and 53TFS yellow. After centralised maintenance was introduced all three colours were carried on the white diagonal on the fin. The 49th TFW squadrons were the 7th, 8th and 9th TFS. (7TFS blue, 8TFS yellow, 9TFS red). All aircraft carried a fin flash consisting of the wing badge and the three squadron stripes. Individual squadron colours were carried on undercarriage doors and sometimes on the nosewheel leg radar reflector. After centralised maintenance a three-coloured lightning flash was carried on the nose in addition to the fin marking. When camouflage was introduced, no wing or squadron ident was carried. The Models F-105D 60-0466 36th TFW / 22nd TFS, Bitburg, 1961 illustrating the early natural metal scheme. This is the fairly rare 1/72 Revell kit (looking very much like a down sized Monogram 1/48 kit). The kit represents a late Vietnam war F-105D and needed back dating. This meant removal of RHAW antennas, strike camera, wing strengthening plates, engine cooling scoops and gun cooling vents. The fin leading edge cooling intake needed enlarging and the aft part of the spine in front of this intake needed removing. Since the kit has raised line surface detail, this was all removed and re-scribed. This was all quite a lot of work but this is the best shaped F-105D so it was worth it. Finish was Alclad and AK metallics over Tamiya primer. Decals were mainly from Wolfpack. F-105F 63-8300 49th TFW / 9th TFS, Spangdahlem, 1963 illustrating the aluminium painted finish. This the Airfix kit with replacement canopy. The nose shape is too bulbous on this kit but it was the only 2 seater I had at the time! The Revell F-105G would make a better basis for this if you can face all the back dating and re-scribing! This also illustrates the red squadron colour on the undercarriage doors. F-105D 60-0511 49th TFW, Spangdahlem, 1965 illustrating the Vietnam camo finish. This is from the old Hasegawa kit. This was used as it represents the right configuration – i.e. it doesn’t have RHAW antennas, cooling scoops and vents, etc. The nose and canopy are not quite right on this kit and the undercarriage legs are about 1 cm too long – if you built it from the box you will have a Thunderchief standing on tip toes. The wing pylons have been replaced (kit pylons are far too small) and the drop tank fins were ridiculously thick and have been reworked. If I wanted another F-105D I wouldn’t go for this one! Maybe the Trumpeter kit would be better if you don’t mind all those rivets.
  10. Harrier GR.1, 4 Squadron, RAF Germany 1970 This is the basic Airfix 1/72 Harrier GR.1 with 4 Squadron markings from Xtradecal
  11. Project 192 – Last of the Airfix Lightnings As far as I can remember I’ve always had at least one Airfix Lightning F.1A in the stash. Now there are far better Lightning kits than this 1960s Airfix offering, but it’s like an old friend and I couldn’t help but feel a little sad that I’ve used up the last one. I felt it entirely appropriate to finish it as XM192 in Treble One markings in 1962 as per the original issue of the kit. Well almost, anyway. The original kit depicted XM192 in 1961 when it first joined 111 Squadron. This included the early type of mainwheel soon replaced by the later type, and the basic black-only form of the squadron badge on the fin. I updated wheels and markings. I took a bit of a liberty on the starboard side in representing XM192 later in its life during 1973 as a member of the Wattisham Target Facilities Flight. The old girl needs a bit of work to bring her up to scratch and in this case included: Rescribe of the whole airframe New fin (the original is a bit small – this one was fabricated from a Hasegawa F6 fin) Repositioned tailplanes (brought forward by a few mm) Aeroclub bang seat Aeroclub undercarriage and outer doors (I don’t know why Aeroclub never made those main doors that fit around the undercarriage legs – they had to be scratched) Aeroclub nose ring / radome (designed for the Matchbox kit and needed the forward fuselage widening) Firestreaks from the Trumpeter kit Replacement cable ducts (kit ducts are too thin) Filled in cannon ports (thankfully the real thing has covers fitted over the guns – see photos) Finish was Alclad polished aluminium over Tamiya grey primer with various panels in silver/grey paint Panel lines were highlighted using a pencil and thinned oil paint Coat of Klear before applying decals Decals were from Xtradecal, Aviation Workshop and Modeldecal. The Treble One fin badge came from a Fujimi Phantom sheet. Chris
  12. Now I'm sure you're just making all this up, aren't you!! (don't mean it really, but you certainly dig up the weird and wonderful). Top notch modelling by the way.
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    Mirage IIIC 1/48 Eduard Weekend

    Really like that. I've built a few Mirages (mostly in 1/72) so I can see you've put in a lot of work on panels & frames to get a realistic look. Love the remains of previous markings on the fin, and the way you've got that red trim to look. Good one.
  14. Glad you enjoyed it. As far as I know there wasn't a Dark Qatar Beige. I remember seeing Alpha Jets and Mirage F1s in the shelters at Doha but as I'm sure you know they were finished in much darker colours.
  15. Surprisingly, I found the article on the Commando Mk3 that I wrote in 1984 – here it is: As far as I remember, the ‘development’ flight testing (i.e. the testing the new items on the Sea King, as opposed to ‘production’ flight testing) was fairly straightforward. The Exocet had been integrated with the MEL Search Radar on the Pakistani Mk 45 Sea King, so there was limited development on that, and I think the rest was limited radios and nav kit. This included the standard EMC, vibration and temperature tests on avionics boxes that were in new positions on the airframe, and this was done on QA30 and QA31, flying from Yeovil airfield. I think all the aircraft had been delivered to Qatar by the end of 1983. They were loaded into a Heavylift Belfast and flown to Doha, where they were put together and re-tested. Westland sent a test pilot, flight test engineer and aerodynamicist to test each aircraft in country. This included a performance demo to the Qataris. During summer 1984 the Qataris complained to us about radar interference when flying over the Gulf. So a team of 4 of us went to Doha to sort it out. I remember being taken by taxi from our hotel to the military entrance of Doha airport, which was basically out in the desert. An aggressive looking Arab insisted on taking our passports at the gate. So there were 4 Englishmen in lightweight suits standing in the desert with briefcases but no passports! Sometime later he returned and drove us to the Head of the helicopter wing. He had a sword in his belt. We listened to him.would be used to ta Back at the hotel we had a long meeting and concluded that the problem was just the large amount of I-band transmissions from all kinds of sources in the Gulf. But we had been told we had to fix it before we got to go home! Our first test flight to have a look at the problem was on 1st November 1984, when we literally flew over shark infested waters (we could see them!) off the coast of Qatar. Thankfully, we had some clever avionics engineers with us who fiddled around with the radar until all was OK. All the time we were aware that these radars would be used to send target data to Exocets, so we were very careful about radar accuracy. After 10 days and 9 test flights we boarded a British Airways Tristar (Club Class in those days) and flew back to Heathrow on 11th November a mighty relieved team of engineers. Well I’m not sure that’s got much to do with modelling but I enjoyed writing it so I hope it’s of interest. (By the way - I,m sorry the colour chips are missing)