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  1. The first real jet fighter from Russia, swept wings and all. It's record is impressive; First swept wing fighter; First flight December 1947, into service 1949, and then in the Korean War it won its combat spurs. Altogether it's claimed 650 odd MiG 15s were lost in combat during the Korean War, while the Soviets claimed 1,100 UN forces aircraft shot down by MiG 15s This figure is disputed, But there is some certainty that at least 140 or so US aircraft were shot down by MiG 15s. It served in many Warsaw pact, and was exported to many other. airforces until eventually replaced by the MiG - 17. It is said that MiG 15s are still used today as trainers in the North Korean air force. I'm sure most Britmodellers have at least looked at the Airfix MiG 15 even if not made one, so I'll restrict my comments on the kit to being aware of some concern over inaccurate shape or dimensions but at this scale it looks like a MiG 15 to me and probably more importantly, my family. I do know the nosewheel is a somewhat unusually large and bulbous representation, but I swerved that one by making the kit as in flight. Here's the box art; the kit went together pretty well, I had to do a bit of trimming of the yahu instrument panel to get the forward section of the fuselage to fit, otherwise fit all round was pretty good. I painted it first in Halfords black paint, then used a Revell silver rattle can which I don't think came out too badly. I painted a small number of panels in Tamiya Titamium silver for contrast, and used Tamiya flat aluminium on some panels for contrast, but frankly I can't really see any differences. Using decals from the box, which seemed to take an age to slide off the backing sheet, master pitot gunbarrels and aerial base, and a Pavla resin ejector seat, and Galleria varnishes from Windsor & Newton finished the kit off. I can see a few errors; a seam or two that didn't look to be there in black paint showed up after silver paint was applied; I couldn't get a tiny leak of paint under my self cut masks on the canopy off successfully; and there's a rough bit of painting on the - oh go on, you'll no doubt see it! I've done it in flight mode as my Frog Sea Fury is also done in flight (because one of the undercarriage legs shot off into the carpet monster's maw) - this is Hoagy Carmichael's mount, I have an Airfix Sea Fury to make up as Shmoo Ellis' mount to put the correct pairing that shot down a Mig !5 when flying off my father's last ship in the navy, HMS Ocean. Anyway, here 'tis, this year's 5th build - I would like to keep up a one build a month rate, but life has an awful habit of interfering with that! Thanks for looking!
  2. Hello! To conclude (temporarily) my Korean War/USAF series, a little diorama with two F-51D from Tamiya I did a while ago. Nothing to say about those kits, well known from Mustang fans. To add a bit of fun I put the AIRES engine set on one of them, quite a challenge at that scale... I also added a fair amount of resin/enhanced kits (Eduard set and canopy from Squadron, as the one given in both kits are odd) to correct the kits mistakes. Painting was done with AlcladII various shades of silver, to reflect (I hope) the worn out aspect of these airplanes. Marking are self made for "FF-382" and for "FF-412" - which is famous and well documented in "Ospey Frontline color 1" - I used a Printscale decal sheet which was very disappointing from all aspects (quality, markings too small, inaccuracy etc...). Finally I painted the sharkmouth and used my spare part decals for the rest. Annoying ! Vehicles (CCKW 353 and the bomb trailer) come from the "Tracks & Troops" artisan, very fine and not so difficult to build. Here are the photos: The real bird: Mine: And "Butchie": Hope you will enjoy the photos, have fun!
  3. For the group build I will be building this in the markings of one of the RAAF 77 squadron aircraft that shot down MiG-15s during the Korean War. AW
  4. Meteor F.8 A77-15 of 77 Squadron RAAF, Korea 1952. This aircraft flown by Bruce Gogerly when he shot down a MiG-15. MPM kit, Reskit wheels. Finished with Vallejo, Hataka and AK acrylics, serials and aircraft name “Elyana” from PD Decals set 72-027 Jet Killers part 1. Thanks for looking. AW
  5. A quickie build for the long weekend. It's the Italeri kit which is surprisingly good, I picked it up second hand for a couple of bucks without knowing much about it. About the worst I can say is the canopy is a bit thick and required some thinning on the inside to fit and it would probably require a vac replacement to pose open. Other than that this is a decent kit. Decals were reasonably good, I did have one shatter but that might have been because of age. I did make a couple of errors, but for a quick build I'm not too bothered. Note also I only roughly painted over the spinner and white cap to the radome, they appear to have been roughly painted over in reality to dull them down, unlike the markings which were very nicely toned down. The model represents the aircraft flown by Guy Bordelon. Bordelon earned his wings in 1943 but did not see combat in WW2, posted state side as an instructor. Having various positions post war, he ended up taking charge of a detachment of all weather interceptor F4Us in 1952. He flew 41 low level interdiction missions against communist supply lines earning 3 Air Medals. In the summer of 1953, Fifth Air Force required help in dealing with North Korean night time nuisance raids, as several jet fighters had been lost trying to intercept Bed Check Charlies. VC3 post 3 aircraft to Pyongtaek on June 28th. They were immediately in action with Bordelon inception and shooting down two La 11s and two Yak 18s over the following 2 nights. On the 17th July he shot down another La 11, making him the only piston engine and only night fighter ace of the Korean War. He is also the last man to become an ace in a piston engine fighter. Post war he stayed in the Navy, being a part of, among other things, the recovery of Apollo astronauts. As for Annie-Mo, the Corsair in which he claimed his 5 kills, she was less lucky, being written off a week after the final victory by another pilot.
  6. Hi all, My third completion of the year so far is the Academy F86-30 Sabre of 39 FIS/51 FIW. This Is Capt. Charles McSwain’s machine based at Suwon (K13) in 1953 and was option one on the kit’s decal sheet. I wanted to build this one as it is just so colourful, with fantastic nose art on the port side. Also I thought it would be a good way to get over my fear of natural metal finishes. I’ve never built one before and I really want to build the B47 I have in my stash so I need some practice! This was mostly built from the box, the only additions being some PE which added cockpit details and replaced the seat. I used Vallejo Metal colours (steel, Alu, white alu, dark alu and silver) for various panels on the airframe then weathered with clay washes and oils to try to replicate the duller finish visible in the colour pictures in Ospreys Front Line Colour No2. All in it was a reasonably straight forward build with only a few small fit issues. The decals however were a different story. The carrier film was a bit resistant to Sol and Set needing work to settle down nicely. The yellow tactical bands were a total fail being brittle, poor fit and refusing to conform. I ended up masking and painting the yellow and black bands instead. I also painted the checker boards on the tail as well. Other than that you can judge the results for yourself. Feel free to comment and give tips, as I said this was my first nmf so it’s not perfect and next time I would spend a bit more time on the prep as there are a few areas where I can see some faint scratches. Happy modelling.
  7. Well, as promised over in the build thread HERE Here are the finished pics of the aircraft: Thanks for looking, Ed
  8. Having just finished my tiny 1/72 F-85 Goblin build, I have screwed up the courage to try and restart building another of those shelf queens on hand, in this case the very model I began when I first re-entered modeling after a 20 or so year lay-off. I am talking about the famous F4U-5N Corsair, flown by Lt. Guy Bordelon, the only U.S. Navy Ace of the Korean War, but quite possibly the last propeller-driven fighter pilot Ace of all time. I don't know this for certain, and am open to other "entries". Anyway, here are the relevant pieces of this build: The Fujimi kit is actually pretty nice, but a little simplistic in areas such as the cockpit. The ancient Hi-Tech set will help with all that. Also shown are part of an old Microscale decals for this aircraft, long hidden in the stash, and a set of Moskit F4U-5 exhaust stubs, which I may or may not use. If they are not of the flame-dampener variety, I may try to use them on an F4U-7 later on. The major problem I had, years ago, was directions for the Hi-Tech PE parts, which were not including in the kit,which I found on E-Bay. Folks on-line helped me find directions for them on-line, but I have to say, they are the worst PE instructions I've ever seem, from the limited verbiage, to the poor drawings. Using that PE has been a matter of studying photos of the rear aircraft, to S.W.A.G.... Despite having tried to re-start this kit over the years, I can only hope that I have attained the confidence and skills needed to see it through this time! Anyway, when recently resuming this build, here's where I was, the front cowling parts cut off to fit the Hi-Tech resin replacement, and the cockpit sides scraped and fiddled to also fit the Hi-Tech cockpit. Also the kit rudder has been removed, for the same reason: Below, the arrows point to holes that need to be opened up for later installation of antennae, etc.: Above right, mustn't forget the two holes for the pilot's step, to be glued in later on. The Hi-Tech cockpit had years ago been brush-painted with a heavy slathering of Interior Green enamel, mostly obscuring the few PE parts I had been able to find positions for at the time. Recently, I brushed on some Testor's ELO paint and decal remover: Above right, after much painting and fiddly PE adding, it's looking much better than the original effort. Bear in mind, the whole cockpit is not much wider than the width of my thumb: Not a bad beginning. Warning! -- you KNOW I'll be back! Ed
  9. B-26C-50 Invader Korean War (48284) 1:48 ICM via Hannants The A-26 was built by Douglas back in WWII as their successor to the A-20 Havoc. Two types were designed, The C with a glass bomber nose and the B with a full metal nose filled with either 6 or 8 .50cal machine guns, which coupled with the three in each wing gave it quite a punch, deserving of the Strafer title. It also had a pair of turrets on the fuselage mid-upper and dorsal positions, which were both operated by a single gunner using a complex remote mechanism that flipped between the upper and lower turrets depending on where the gunner was looking through his binocular sights. This trained the guns accordingly and also calculated the correct offset for parallax and lead, but was very complex and caused some delays to it entering service, and even more issues with maintenance in the field. Then in 1948 it was re-designated as the B-26 by the US Air Force to confuse us, and later on back to the A-26 just to complete that process of confuion. It was developed a little after the Marauder and despite using the same engines it was designed totally separately from its tubular colleague. It was initially less than popular in the Pacific theatre where its poor cockpit visibility due to the canopy and engine position rendered it unloved by the first users. It was more popular in the European theatre and was accepted as replacement for the Havoc fairly quickly. After the war it served in Korea, early Vietnam engagements and other conflicts, ending its days in US service with the Air National Guard in the early 70s. It continued in civilian service as a fire bomber and in other roles, such as actor in the film Always with Richard Dreyfuss playing its brave but ill-fated pilot. The Kit This is a brand new tooling from ICM, initially released as the Solid nosed aircraft, this is now the glass nosed aircraft with the inclusion of new parts for that nose (though all the parts for the solid nose are still in the box) This boxing also includes underwing rockets. It arrives in the familiar top opening box with a captive inner lid on the lower tray, and inside are nine sprues in grey styrene, two in clear, a decal sheet and the instruction booklet. A quick look over the sprues reveals that panel lines are very crisp, narrow and restrained, the surface is matt and very neat-looking, with plenty of engraved and raised details on the parts, plus subtly indented flying surfaces mimicking their fabric covering. You might also notice that there are parts for an open or closed canopy, the open one having the flat top surface, while the closed canopy has the slightly blown roof that was used after 1944 to improve visibility. That might give you some latitude in case you can't wait to build a WWII aircraft. Construction begins with the cockpit, creating the pilot's seat, instrument panel (with instrument decals) with built-in door to the nose, centre console with throttle quadrant before adding those and the single control column to the floor. The aft compartment is built up around the front wing spar with a set of radio gear hanging from a pair of risers, then a pair of bombs on their racks, the reason for which will become clear in a moment. The port fuselage half is detailed with some side console and panel parts and then has the bomb racks, nose gear bay sides, forward spar with radio gear, rear spar in the centre of the bomb bay, sloped aft bulkhead and another frame behind that, followed by the cockpit floor, so you'll have to do some detail painting as you go. After this the starboard fuselage side is prepped, and here's where a little cautionary note about sink-marks on the exterior of my sample needs making. The right side of the cockpit and bomb bay with its detailed ribbing has caused the shallowest of sink-marks on the exterior, which would be best dealt with using a little filler before you get busy building. You could have dismissed it as oil-canning of the skin if it were consistent and on both sides, but as it isn't you'll need to decide whether you're going to fix it. Happily the majority of it is in areas that are open enough to allow easy sanding back of filler, so it shouldn't slow you down very much. A 0.8mm hole is drilled in the section behind the canopy and the two remaining bomb racks are added inside along with an internal detail panel, nose gear bay side, and a hatch that does a credible impression of a toilet lid. With that and a quantity of detail painting you can then slide the starboard fuselage over the two spars. The instructions then have you building up the tail feathers, with the elevators having separate single-part flying surfaces, plus a two piece rudder to attach to the moulded-in tail fin. The glass-nose is appropriate for this model, but as it's a modular part that in real-world situations could be swapped for the gun-nose in a short time. This is built up and added on as a complete unit along with its glazing. The wings are next, and the lower parts have a smattering of flashed-over holes ready to drill out for bombs, gun-pods or drop tanks, plus three cartridge ejection chutes to be cut out for the wing mounted .50cals. The faces of the in-line radiator baths are added to the lower wings and then it's already time to bring the halves together. You'll notice that there are fairings and a hump in the upper wing where the engine nacelles will be, and these are separate assemblies to be built up later. First, the separate two-section flaps (oddly with no deployed option), and the ailerons are prepared and added to the trailing edge of the wings, the latter being of one piece each and slotting into wing via two tabs. The tip lights and underwing landing lights are added from clear parts, and a small insert is glued into the wing that includes three more barrel stubs each and will again need drilling out. At this stage the instructions have you sliding the wings onto the spars and gluing them in place. Whether you'd rather wait until you've added the engine nacelles though is entirely up to you though. There are of course two engine nacelles and these build up pretty much identically apart from their outer skins, which are handed to fit their respective fairings as you'd expect. They are split vertically, and each half has internal structure moulded-in, with bulkheads added fore and aft of the gear bays, coupled with bay lip inserts that bulk out the edges and also hold captive their bay door. This may require some clever masking and a little care during handling, but it shouldn't hold you back too much, as the hinge-points are relatively robust. The two halves are joined together, the prominent intake on the top of the nacelle is made up from two parts, then is added to the nacelle front which is in turn glued to the rest of the nacelle, with the completed assemblies attached to the wings from the underside, as yet without their engine cowlings or props. The engines are added later in the build, and the Twin Wasps are depicted in their entirety with both banks of pistons, push-rods, ancillaries and reduction housing at the front, plus the collector ring and exhausts at the rear, the latter made up from eight parts each. So that they are fitted correctly and mesh properly with the nacelles, they are attached using a jig that is discarded later, so remember not to glue it in! Again the engines are identical and interchangeable with each other, and they fit to the nacelles with a teardrop-shaped tab, after which the engine cowling is slotted over them. The cooling flaps are last to be added in four sets around the rear of the cowling. The top of the fuselage is still open at this point, as it has an insert with the top turret to fit in place, with another for the dorsal turret fitted later on. The remote turrets are both made up together with the ability for the twin .50cals to be left movable if you wish. The top turret has its mechanism and ring made up first, with the two halves brought together on either side of the insert before being glued into the fuselage closing up that area. Then the gunner's compartment with simple seat and periscope is made up and installed under the glazing that sits behind the top turret. Flipping the model over, the lower turret is added to the insert and glued in place too. Another clear light is added to the very rear of the fuselage, and attention turns to the landing gear, which is of the tricycle variety as became the fashion in late war. Each of the three tyres are made from two halves with separate hubs applied from either side, then hung on their respective legs, which have retraction jacks and scissor links added along the way. Happily these can be fitted late in the build, so the open bays can be masked quicker than if they were present. Speaking of bays, you can depict the bomb bay open or close by using either a one piece door for closed, or two separate doors with internal detail for open. This is nice to see, as it's always a little tricky to join two doors and get them aligned with the fuselage so there's minimal join-lines. The main airframe is ostensibly complete save for some antennae and the props, and if you've been sparing with the glue when assembling the engines, the latter should still spin once complete. Your final choice is bombs, tanks or rockets hung under the wings. The bombs are made up from two halves each with a spinner insert in the rear and their attachment points moulded into the port side, the drop tanks are simple two-part assemblies with their attachment points moulded into the port side again; the rockets re 7 individual ones for each side.with the mounting stubs moulded on They are all mounted on pegs, and fit into their holes that you remembered to drill in the wings before you closed them up, didn't you? Markings In this boxing there are three options included on the decal sheet, two in bare metal, the other in black. From the box you can build one of the following: A-26C-45DL, 8th Bomb Sqn, 3rd Bomb Group, Korea 1953 (Overall Black) A-26C-55DL, 729th Bobm Sqn, 452nd Bomb Group, Korea 1951 A-26C-45DT, 728th Bomb Sqn, 452nd Bomb Group, Korea 1951 The decals are printed anonymously, although they look like DecoGraph's output to my eye. They have good registration, colour density and sharpness, and include a number of stencils that are legible with the right eyeware. However the read markings on the sheet for the all black aircraft look to bright, the ones on ICM's desperate Korea sheet looked more in keeping with the duller red markings seen on these aircraft. Conclusion This model should make a fair few people happy. Detail is excellent and made so much nicer by the matt surface, and there's a fair proportion of the interior included for what is bound to be a popular kit. Smear a little filler into those light sink-marks before you get started, and no-one will know they're there. Keep 'em coming ICM! Very highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Hello! As promised, here part 2 of my little Sabres. I built them in parallel, made 2 out of 3 kits, but this one i finished earlier in September 1994. Windshield, rear fuselage and most decals are from Matchbox. Now i found out, the etch was early eduard 72-008, here i used the slats on the different wing. Miss Louise did not live long, was part of 4th FIW, 334th FIS. Written off 29. May 1952. Take off accident at Kimpo K-14. Pilot Jimmy L. Schneider had more luck. I hope you like the tiny missie!
  11. A useful reference from the book 'With the carriers in Korea’ by John Lansdown' about the black and white identification stripes that Sea Furies and Fireflies had painted on their Wings and fuselage. Chapter Nine, HMS Ocean 5 May - 8 Nov 1952. Page 279: 'both squadrons (this would be 802 with Sea Furies and 825 with Fairey Fireflys) eliminated the black and white identification stripes on wings and fuselages of all the aircraft, an Admiralty instruction that had been issued so that enemy MiGs would have more difficulty seeing them'. The instruction was issued on or about 21 Aug 1952. Cheers,
  12. Using any viewpoint you choose the T-33 is one of the most important planes in whole aviation history. Being the most numerous variant of the most advanced WW2 jet (P-80) and the most numerous jet trainer of the Western World it is the "must have" in any aircraft model collection. Nevertheless I cannot find the answers for several questions that have arisen during the preparations to build a USAF machine: Did any T-33s used in the Korean War sport OD uppersurfaces (like the RF-80) and yellow lettering or overall pale grey camo (like early P-80A/Bs) ? Were there any USAF T-33s used in the South East Asian (Vietnam/Thailand/Laos/Cambodia) war ? If so were they flying in NMF, ADC gray or TAC SEA camo of two greens and tan over whitish grey? Was the well-publicised "Jaws" 58-0540 the only USAF T-33A flown in the TAC SEA camo or was this the standard scheme for some period/area? Should it feature the large USAF letters on the wings? As you probably see I'm trying to avoid building the Korean War NMF T-33 with yellow bands across the wings and fuselage 😋 Cheers Michael
  13. So, Italeri F4U-4B Corsair. The model is well known with all its advantages and shortcomings, however, i'll briefly list them. Pros: - availability and low price; - the only model that allows you to build"honest" cannon-armed F4U-4B; - acceptable accuracy; - Decal for three "Korean" options. Cons: - detailing to date poor; - the wing of the model is unified with other Italeri Corsairs and depicts the all-metal wing of the F4U-5 and other late versions; - thick cockpit glazing; - panel lines in some places inaccurate; - too shallow chassis niches; - The decal has inaccuracies. When building this model, the goal was not to build an absolute copy, true to the last rivet, so the comparison with the drawings was more of an optional character, the main emphasis was placed on improving the appearance. In addition, when building the model with rare exceptions, the aftermarket was not used. Fuselage. The fuselage contours generally correspond well with the drawing, so no large-scale modifications were made. Absent panel lines on vertical tail were added, the incorrect ones of the forward and, to a lesser extent, the tail section were corrected. After that rivets were added. Horizontal stabilizers The missing panel lines and rivets were added. Wing This part required the most labor. The following works were made: - incorrect panel lines were corrected and missing ones were added; - rivet lines were added; - the sagging of the fabric coverof the wing panels was imitated; - redesigned (deepened) wheel wells; - corrected the position of holes for ejection of spent cartridges.
  14. This is the old Monogram 1/48 MiG 15 from the 70's. Dad had this kit kicking around the house for at least 30 years and he finally gave it to me so I thought I'd build it. It's not too bad, but scales out to around 1/44, so any aftermarket bits you have in 1/48 will be way too small. The fit is decent but the canopy is fairly poor. I added some instrument decals to the cockpit to add a little detail. Markings are those of Maj I. P. Golshevskij who apparently flight night time interception missions over Korea. Decals from the spares box and I made the front FOD cover.
  15. Hello Britmodellers, second of my three tiny "Donnerbüchsen", this are pictures from 2004 made for ModellFan. One picture was in FSM too. On Film. I like them much, so i didnt make new ones...... This was the personal jet of Commander Col. Joseph Davis... I hope you like it! Cheers, Tom
  16. I know that U.S. carrier deck colours reverted to grey from blue on the cessation of World War 2 but I'm not certain which grey. I have plans to build an Essex class carrier converted to the LPH role. As helicopter carriers they did not get the angled or steel flight deck upgrades of other CV- types so would like to find out which colour these wooden decked carriers would have been painted postwar. There are two periods that I am interested in; a pre-LPH helicopter carrier (i.e. still had CV- allocation) of the Korean war era 1950-1952; and LPH helicopter carrier of the Vietnam war era around 1960-1965. Were these decks painted different greys for each of these periods, if so, does anyone know which one's? If they remained the same grey, which colour was it? Grateful for any, and as much, information as possible please, for build project. Thanks Mike
  17. Hello mates, this is one of the few survivors of the ZELL zero lenght launches made by my younger brother when i wasn't at home so much (starting with 16)! It's a F-86F Tamiya 1:100 from the set with MiG-15. It was in pieces until yesterday but i rescued it! This is for Courageous! How can i quote from another thread, i dunno Cheers!
  18. Hello mates! Here is my little blue Marine Corps Grumman Cat in 1:72. Marine Air Group 33, US Marine Corps, Pohang AB, Korea 1952. I bought this in the nineties and finished the build in 2001. I did a lot of detailing, scribing and extra stencil decals, otherwise it is straight from the box. This was a really good kit at that time, with very realistic outlines. I only changed the cross section at the rear. I hope you like it too! Cheers!
  19. Hello mates! (there are 5 pictures, trisonic albeback52 answered faster as i could write i know, i´m a little slow modeller This is my small Korean mud mover of 1952. My small Star is a real sex bomb to me. She is quite old, i built her in 2002 with some eduard etch and cannulas instead of cannons. But real beauty never fades, even in 1:72. I never did a shoot with her, so nobody knows her until now. I hope, she is also nice to you..
  20. Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea ISBN : 9781612005317 Casemate UK The US Marine Corps is fairly unique in that where ever they operate they generally rely on their own Air Power and own support elements including heavy armour, today operating the M1 Abrams in this role. Korea would seem a strange place for tank battles with its mix of mountains and paddy fields but the USMC tankers would servce with distinction. In Korea initially the US Marine tankers were thrown into defending the Pusan perimeter. He hastily formed tank crews were put in new M26 tanks through which they only fired 4 main rounds rounds in training. However as in a many things it came down to the me more than the equipment. Most if not all of the officers and senior NCOs were WWII veterans, both active duty and reserves. Indeed the leader of the Pusan defence 2nd Lt Sweet was a former enlisted man, wounded at Pearl Harbour and then a veteran in Tanks at Guam and Iwo Jima. Newly qualified members while not veterans were inspired by these men and the traditions of the Corps. For the USMC tankers the war in Korea became defined by three phases; To kill enemy tanks in the defence of Pusan. To stage the amphibious landing at Inchon. Laterly to provide support and mobile artillery of the infantry. The book covers these and other areas of the war in eight major chapters. Repeating History: The unexpected war. One Company's War: The Defence of Pusan The Master Stroke : Inchon & Seoul The Lowest Circle of Hell: The Chosin Reservoir Encirlement Deliverance: The Chosin Reservoir Beakout Lives for real estate : Offensives & counteroffensives 1951-52 Backs to the River - Jamestown Line 1952-53 Warriors Depart: Armistace & Withdrawl. This book is a reprint in an A5 softbound format by with 293 pages with two section of black & White photographs. The author Oscar Gilbert is an ex Marine himself and winner of the 2016 General Grenne award for outstanding non fiction for his book on USMC Tanks on Tarawa (Also available through Casemate) Conclusion If you're interested in The Korean War, Tanks, or the US Marine Corps, this is an interesting book on an interesting subject that should give you some hours of entertainment, and remain on hand as a reference for the modeller or historian. Korea has for too long been called the forgotten war, and these USMC tankers probably forgotten more than most. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Hi, You probably know this, you don't complete anything for months then two in two days. I finally finished the second aircraft in 1/48 for my Korean War collection a Grumman F9F-2 of VF111 Sundowners, operating from the USS Valley Forge in 1952. My first was a Corsair F4U-4 flown by Thomas Hudner who won the Congressional Medal of Honour whilst flying with VF32 from USS Leyte. Great simple kit to build, enhanced only by Eduard's PE set. The wing fold mechanism is represented well in this set, however I chose not use it. The decals were from Victory Productions' F9F-2 Panthers sheet (VPD48008) which offers markings for 12 aircraft. As I stated on my F-100C post yesterday, the next kit in line is a F7F N3 in 1/48 by Italeri in Korean War markings. See the pattern that is developing here?
  22. Hi, I thought it time to post on here after a couple of years reading. I was moved by reading the book 'Devotion' which relates the story of Thomas Hudner, who won the Medal of Honour trying to save Ensign Jesse Brown (the first black US naval aviator), during the battle around the Chosin Reservoir. The aircraft depicted is the aircraft he flew on the day he won the Medal of Honour, whilst flying with VF32 from the USS Leyte on 4 December 1950. The aircraft is a 1/48 F4U-5 from Trumpeter.
  23. Here is my effort of producing an F86A in 1/72 scale. Life started from Academy's F86E kit and underwent some modifications; tail-plane activation fairings were removed, slatted 6-3 wing back dated to early slatted wing, front windscreen with one from Pavla and for good measure, a K-19 gun-sight fitted. I added a little more detil to the cockpit. The mods took a bit of an effort with filling and sanding but we got there. The overall NMF was achieved using Metalcote paints from Humbrol. Decals were a mixture of Matchbox for the serials and 'Miss Louise' and the rest from the Academy kit. The Matchbox black & white band decals were too small and so these were painted on instead. Not a bad effort for my first NMF aircraft, room for improvement. Comments are most welcome.
  24. Something new for my Korean War aircraft collection - 1/72 Hawker Sea Fury FB.11, serial VX 730, number K 109, 805. Squadron Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Sydney, Korea 1951. Built with Trumpeter`s kit, Eduard`s Zoom PE parts for cockpit and Pavla`s resin propeller. Some modifications were made (for ex.: 3mm longer gear struts, bigger wheels, area behind the cockpit aligned to fuselage, opened step on port side, exhaust pipes, pitot tube etc.). Decals are from AIMS decals set "UK & Commonwealth in Korea". Painted with Gunze C.
  25. Valiant Wings Airframe Extra No.2 The Korean War Many modellers these days seem to like building subjects based on a theme, which can often be historical events. This series of books from Valiant Wings will look at specific areas, and events in the history of aerial warfare with this in mind. Each title will cover the history and details details of these event. Each will contain period photographs, and colour artwork from Richard J Caruana. More importantly to the modeller each will contain kit builds in all three major scales (1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd) from modellers; Dani Zamarbide, Steve A. Evans and Libor Jekl. The books are A4 soft cover format very well printed with clear text, good artwork and clear build photographs. The Second book in this series covers The Air Battle Over Korea, billed as the first Jet vs Jet combat. The colour artwork features many aircraft taking part including the propeller aircraft as well as the jets. The five models features in this volume are; Eduard 1/72 MiG-15bis Special Hobby 1/72 Supermarine Seafire FR.47 Italeri 1/48 Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat Special Hobby 1/48 Fairey Firefly FR.4/5 Italeri 1/32 North American F-86F Also of interest to the modeller is a list of commonly used colours of this period with reference to commonly used Enamel and Acrylic paints. Conclusion This is a good looking second book in the series from Valiant Wings. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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