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  1. Hello guys, I bought a second 3D Pulqui 2 with the intention of showing it in a presentation I'll be giving at uni this Friday. The colour scheme is from Calcas del Sur's decal sheet, showing a possible scheme had the Pulqui 2 entered service with the FAA instead of the F-86F-40s ex USAF. Bottom photo shows the Ta 183, where you can see just how similar both aircraft were. Both were designed by Kurt Tank, the 183 at Focke Wulf, and the Pulqui at Instituto Aerotècnico. Colours used were Revell Aqua 05 White, 87 Dark Earth, 40 Black Green and 79 Grey Blue. Though not as detailed as mainstream models (this plane is very basic, only landing gear, wheels, pilot and two fuselage halves), 3D printing is good when you can't find a model of an ususual subject in any scale. Hopefully a local resin manufacturer will tackle the Pulqui 2 in 48th some time. However, since the kit is relatively cheap, I'll be buying a third one and paint it as the fifth prototype. This one was painted white with a red horizontal stabilizer and red cheatlines.
  2. Handbrake! latin America@War #28 (9781915070722) Dassault Super Étendard Fighter-bombers in the Falklands/Malvinas War 1982 Helion & Co. In 1982 the incumbent Argentinian Junta invaded the Falkland Isles as a distraction from their domestic woes, which triggered a conclusive action from the British Government of the time, dispatching a Task Force across the Atlantic to the isles, which resulted in the two countries fighting a limited war in anything but name. Many good people died on both sides, and although the British side of the battle has been well-documented over the years, less has been written about the Argentinians who fought there. This book aims to correct that to a certain extent, telling the story from point of view of some of the Argentinian pilots that undertook operations over 300 miles of open sea and perilously close to the Arctic Circle, where a ditching meant almost certain death without a lot of luck. The focus of the book is on the handful of French-made Dassault Super Étendards that Argentina’s Air Force were flying at the time the conflict occurred, using a small quantity of French designed Exocet missiles to devastating effect on the British fleet. The book is A4 portrait format with a perfect-bound card cover wrapped around 98 pages of glossy paper that is mostly printed in colour. The cover has a medallion at the top right stating that it’s full colour throughout, which is correct as far as the source material goes. A few of the photos were taken in black and white, so there’s not an awful lot you can do about that if we’re being sensible about it. The contents are broken down as follows: A Brief Preface Foreword The Dassault-Breguet Aviation Super Étendard and the Exocet missile The Second Naval Fighter and Attack Squadron of the Argentine Navy is reborn From the beginning of 1982 to the first half of April: Drums of war in the South Atlantic First half of April: How to destroy a missile-defended target First half of April: Defending against missile attack Second half of April: Deploying South 30th April – 1st May: The First Clashes 2nd – 4th May: The sinking of HMS Sheffield 5th – 8th May: Exodus 9th – 23rd May: Changing Tactics 24th – 26th May: The Sinking of SS Atlantic Conveyor 27th – 31st May: The last attack on the Task Force 1st June to the end of the war: Withdrawal to Espora 14th June 1982 onwards: The post-war period References & sources About the Authors It is written by Mariano Sciaroni and Alejandro Amendolara, both of whom are Argentinian by birth, and have had access to the records of the relevant squadrons and departments, and gives a detailed breakdown of the various missions that the Naval Aviation Command, the Second Naval Fighter and Attack Squadron, with ten pilots flying four aircraft (with another for spares) and with access to only five missiles in total. Given their poor equipment levels they made the most of it in pursuit of their goal, which was either invasion or defence of their own land, depending on your point of view, which is an aspect that the book immediately distances itself from, seeking only to document the proceedings without political commentary. It’s very difficult to keep all national sentiment out of it however, and speaking as a British person there’s still a reasonable amount of feeling left this side of the Atlantic from some quarters, so it's only natural that there should be some on the other side of the sea. Spanish speaking countries call the islands the Malvinas, while English speakers tend to use the name Falklands. There’s no use arguing about that however, as French people call England Angleterre all the time. It is what it is. Conclusion If you go into reading this volume without any nationalistic jingoism, it is an interesting read. While there are tons of fascinating photos, there’s also a lot of reading to be done on the various missions from a practical point of view. Well worth a read. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Hello guys, I have completed this Skyhawk E from Hobbycraft as a what if from the Armada Argentina. My country negotiated with Israel the sale of 16 A-4Es in 1982, but the US didn't allow the transaction to go through, so the aircraft remained in Israel. The money was never recovered. This attempt at rearming the Armada is known as Operación Goliat. The model was entirely brush painted with Revell Aqua acrylics, and decalled with Condor Decals's set 48032.
  4. Calcas del Sur, a fairly new decal maker from Argentina, has released decal sets in 1:72 and 1:48 for the Hasegawa/Hobbycraft A-4M. There're options for several A-4ARs plus a single OA-4AR. Prices are 900 ARS for the 1:72 set and 1100 ARS for the 1:48 set. You can contact Calcas del Sur through Facebook's Messenger or Instagram.
  5. Hello guys, I was able to finish the Pulqui 2 last weekend. Here it is with the mainstream Academy Ta 183. Both are in 1:48.
  6. The Pulqui 2, an aircraft designed by Kurt Tank based on the plans for the Ta 183, was planned at the end of 1947 for the projected Argentinian fighter designated I.A.e 33. Tank and Argentinian engineer Norberto Morchio competed to present the designs to the Fuerza Aèrea Argentina. Once both plans were finished, it was decided that both designers should work together for the project. The Pulqui 2 first flew in 1950, with 5 prototypes being produced before the coup d'etat that removed Peròn from power. After the coup, the Pulqui 2 project was left without supporters, with Tank abandoning Argentina and heading to India. 5 Pulqui 2s were manufactured, with only one surviving to this day. The aircraft is preserved at the MNA in Buenos Aires. Kosmosur 3D is a manufacturer of 3D models from Argentina. The owner, Eduardo, has produced several models in 72nd and 48th scale. Among these, is the Pulqui 2. The model features the typical texture of 3D printed models, which I'm not a fan of. I read you coule remove that texture with nail polishet without acetone, but I had no luck when trying that. The plane is divided in 10 parts: Rear and forward fuselage, three wheel wells, three wheels, a vacuform canopy and a pilot. The pilot wasn't glued to the floor of the cockpit, so I removed him and added some weight to avoid the aircraft being a tail sitter. The first thing I did was to glue the fuselage together, which I did by using epoxy glue instead of the more fragile CA. The landing gear comes molded with the wheel wells. The vacuformed canopy, my first ever canopy in this material, was carefully removed from the cockpit opening and placed inside a bag with the other small pieces. The kit came with decals from Calcas del Sur with options for three prototypes and a single what if with the scheme of the Sabre F-40. I don't have much modelling time since I've started university this March, so progress will be slow.
  7. An Me 262 in Argentinian colours. I debated myself whether to use the Tamiya Me 262 for this what if, or go the realistic route and paint the plane as Adolf Galland's machine. The what if won. Also, coming up is my birthday! So I have to choose between two (or three) planes. Decisions decisions.
  8. I had a decal sheet from Aerocalcas that I had bought in 2020, hoping I'd be able to use them on the new tool Airfix Dakota Mk.IV. However, I kept postponing the purchase of that kit, and it went out of stock. Fast forward to December 2021, I'd found that Hobbies Morón had the Italeri Dakota Mk.III and, after thinking I wouldn't be able to travel abroad to places such as Hannants or Mirax Hobbies (Chile), I decided to buy it. The Italeri kit is actually an ESCI mold, I don't know what that means, but I thought it'd be useful to state it. The kit has deep recessed panel lines, and the plastic is on the hard side. The parts have detail, but they're on the unimpressive side (though nothing can be seen through the cabin/cockpit windows). Fit for the most part was pretty good, however, the wings had some visible gaps that even to me were too much, so I filled them with CA. The fuselage join was filled (or I attempted to fill) by pressing the fuselage halves and making the melted plastic ooze from the area. I then scrapped away the hardened glue with my knife. Decals from Aerocalcas were very thin. I had one moment where the air on the bench turned purple, and that was when trying to add a decal that refused to leave off my finger. The decas didn't need any Microsol to set onto the panel lines, but I brushed some just to be sure. Once they were dry, I applied two coats of Revell's matt varnish and added the remaining parts. Paints used were all from the Revell Aqua range.
  9. The story so far: In order to keep it as at least a neutral country, the Third Reich offered Argentina a batch of 10 brand new Bf 109F-4s. These aircraft were numbered from I-101 to I-110. In order to improve the aircraft's performance, the Argentinian Air Force asked Messerschmitt to leave the 109s in bare metal, the only areas receiving some sort of "camouflage" being the fabric covered control surfaces. The Argentinian flag was painted in the rudder. The 10 aircraft were then given to the newly created Grupo 5 de Caza (5th Fighter Group) based at the Moròn Air Base in Buenos Aires. After the war, the ten 109s were scrapped. No remains were left. Footnote: This is a what if story, don't do as the Argentinian modellers did by believing it. Grupo 5 de Caza was also based at Villa Reynolds (San Luís, Argentina), and was established in 1966. They used the A-4 Skyhawks. I was inspired to make this what if after seeing a profile of an Fw 190A-4 in bare metal and with Argentinian colours. The kit chosen for this was the Weekend Edition of the Eduard 1:48 Bf 109F-4. Some fit issues, the instrument panel had to be trimmed so the fuselage halves could close properly. And the forward parts of the wheelwells needed to be sanded down so the upper wings could mate with the lower wings. Decals came from my spares box.
  10. Had Argentina officially sided with the Axis during 1942/43, which aircraft would the FAA had used: Bf 109F-4 or Fw 190A-2 (1942)/Fw 190A-5 (1943). Don't want a political discussion in the comments, just want to know which aircraft could have been used by Argentina.
  11. I held a poll this 24 asking whether Argentina would have used the Bf 109F-4 or the Fw 190A-2/3 had it joined the Axis officially during WW2. The 109 won, so I placed the order yesterday for the Eduard Weekend Edition Bf 109F-4 in 48th scale, and today made the payment for the kit. Knowing Dukel Hobbies, the model should arrive this week (hopefully). I've already decided to paint the aircraft in a natural metal finish scheme, with the antiglare panel being the remainder of the RLM 74/75 camouflage. The rudder will carry the Argentinian flag. Numerals will be I-110 (I for Interceptor), with the emblem of G5C in the nose, and maybe the addition of "Fuerza Aérea Argentina" below the G5C's emblem. The decals are from Condor Decals sheet for the Mirage IIIEA/CJ in 48th. The poll: Image of the kit contents: Inspiration for my 109: Emblem of the G5C: Stay tuned for more progress!
  12. I finally decided to get the old Special Hobby Pucará. I originally had built this kit when it had been reboxed by Airfix in 2008. I was 12, and I can't remember the way it looked. Now that I'm 13 years older and with much more experience, I went ahead and bough the kit. Included are resin parts for the seats, exhausts and the propeller hubs, photoetch parts, and a small film sheet for the instrument panel. Special Hobby included decals for Uruguayan and Venezuelan machines, but I'll be using the ones provided by Dukel Hobbies. Now I'm facing the dilemma of buying the single colour (Revell 75 Stone Grey) I need for a camouflaged machine, or just go for the NMF plane. Box: Sprue shot 1: Sprue shot 2: Instruction sheet: Decals from Dukel Hobbies: Full colour painting guide (one scheme is shown, the other two are under the first sheet).
  13. Hi guys! Here's my next project, Italeri's Mirage IIIE with aftermarket decals to paint it as an Argentinian machine. The decals I'll be using are Condor Decals 48054. The Italeri kit comes with the extended fairing for the empennage as a not for use piece, but I'll use it to make this kit as a IIIEA. I'll be painting this aircraft as I-007. I'll also be my first three coloured camouflage aircraft. Paints to be used will be RLM 79, 71 and 70 for the upper surfaces, and white for the lower surfaces. I'll be picking up the kit this Friday, so pics of the contents will be posted on Friday's afternoon. Photo of the real machine. As you can see, it doesn't have the yellow rudder shown in the profile of the decal sheet.
  14. Hello guys, while I wait for the last parts of my 109 to dry, I decided to take the first photos of my first 3D printed model: Kosmosur 3D's A-4B in 1:72. The model came with decals from Calcas del Sur for a bare metal or camouflaged aircraft. Here's a photo of the model. More photos soon. The brown patch was painted by me to test if the paint would stick to the surface.
  15. Decided to revisit the first Argentinian aircraft I built (2018). Originally, the slat bays were painted in RLM 02 because I didn't have red. Photo of the real aircraft. You can also see that the inner portion of the flaps were painted in camouflage colour:
  16. Hello guys! Today I received this awesome kit, Kitty Hawk's DB Super Etendard in 1:48. As you can see, the box is full of plastic, most of that plastic is dedicated to the weaponry and fuel tanks. A small photoetch fret is included with the kit. Because I don't have a very good experience with Chinese decals, I bought two sheets from Calcas del Sur for the Kinetic SuE, but I assume they'll work just fine with this kit. Anyways, I hope to be able to post regular updates for this kit (I haven't seen many build reviews of KH kits on the internet).
  17. Hello guys, this is my first Kitty Hawk kit and, in spite of some fit issues and big ejector pin marks, it won't be my last. I'm eyeing their T-6/SNJ Texan to build it as an Argentinian aircraft. This SuE kit was the alternative to the scarce Kinetic model. The decals I used, from Calcas del Sur (48001), were very good, absolutely no issues when using them. They're a good alternative to the Aerocalcas and Condor Decals sets. Here are the photos.
  18. Hello guys, It's been a while since I posted anything. Today I bring you this A-4AR Fightinghawk of the Fuerza Aérea Argentina. It wears the scheme of the 100 years of the FAA.
  19. Hello to all of you good people. I present you my finished Pucara in 72 scale. The kit itself is really bad and requires a lot of work to be finished to a satisfactory level. I upgraded the seats a bit and left the rest as is.The paints used are gunze and Tamiya. The decals are OOB and were a real pain to apply. Really thick and did not respond to the usual chemical threatment.I also made a YouTube video build and if you like you can watch me how I build it form start to finish. Regards,Dragan https://youtu.be/cMoB44z5ENY
  20. I'd like to start my first WIP to share my progress with all of you here on this project, inspired by Moggy and hgbn's threads on their builds of this classic plane. Slowly but surely, I've been building up my collection of the types that fought in 1982, and I knew at some point, the Hasegawa Neptune in 72nd was a must. My intention is to model the famous "2-P-112" aircraft in the following scheme, and try to replicate the war-weary finish of these birds that flew sorties until they gave up the ghost: Last week I started re-scribing and riveting the entire model, to varying degrees of success. I also intend to correct some of the kit mistakes as pointed out by Moggy in his superb thread, and since add my own scratch building or 3D printed parts in certain areas. The fit is quite good for a kit of this vintage! The tail has been rescribed and riveted. You'll note my scribing needle punched off a piece of the hard Hasegawa plastic (and punctured my index finger in the process ). I'll take care of that later on. Nose wheel well enlarged and moved. This area still needs loads of work. I'm unsure whether I'll build the new interior from styrene sheet or just bite the bullet and design a new drop-in well in Fusion and print it. Testing the interior fit. Quite good! I've cut off the center console and will be adding my own 3D printed bit there. Work on the interior was very fun and not too hard once you get the hang of Fusion, especially since most cockpit elements have simple shapes. Some interior and detail bits printed out: Instrument panel and side consoles, assorted radios/gizmos, yokes, seats, flame holders for the jet engine pods, flight deck/observer seats and a hydraulic tank (?) for the main undercarriage bay. I'm quite proud of the seats actually, they are very delicate and a great improvement on the kit's seats, IMO. That's all for now! I've got some more days of sand-scribe-putty-sand-rivet sessions. Thanks for reading
  21. Hello guys, I want to build Special Hobby's IA 58 Pucará. I know it's a short run kit, so I was wondering, what are the major issues of the kit (fit etc...). I remember building Airfix's rebox of the SH kit a long time ago, but I can't remember if I had issues building it. Thanks!
  22. Hi to all! Here is HobbyBoss 1/72 F9F2 Panther in colors of Argentina. On kit are used Quickboost aftermarket, nose, wheels, wheels covers and jet pipe. Painted, weathered and washed with Ammo Mig colors. Thanks for watching! BR
  23. Hi to all! Here is my latest finished job and this is first time posting my job on this forum. So, model is Airfix A-4B Skyhawk, 1/72 scale and in Argentina colors. It's wonderful Airfix kit and it's pleasure to working on it... Take a look.... Thanks!
  24. Hello guys, it's been a while since I posted in the forum. Here's a photo of my latest model, Trumpeter's F9F-2 Panther in Argentinian colours. I used an Aerocalcas set, 48005, to get these markings
  25. Hello guys, I finished my Super Etendard yesterday. I used Revell acrylics and a brush to paint the model.
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