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  1. Howdy all, Just finished my second attempt at building a Green Hornets Huey so thought I`d bother you with some pic`s Built from Hellers 1/48 UH-1N kit Which is the same kit as the Italeri/Esci one, that I used last time, but with a pair of mini-guns included on the sprues As usual, nothing too imaginative, mostly from the box contents....... ......but I did cut out the plastic grilles and add wire mesh to the engine cowlings Also usual paper seat belts. Decals were the kits, which luckily include the Green Hornet for the tail boom which saved me having to paint it on myself ( badly ) like last time Hopefully made a better job of the paintwork this time too Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  2. Hi Everyone, I`m relieved to say that this one is finished, my attempt at Academy`s 1/48 scale F-4J kit Finished to represent an aircraft of: US Marines, VMFA 232, the `Red Devils`, based at Nam Phong RTAB, circa 1972 The aircraft itself is mostly what is in the box except for the rear view mirrors and some added seat belts but I added some different armament to fit the units mission and theatre of operation These being some Eduard Brassin` Zuni Rocket Pods and some Rockeye Cluster Bombs from the spares box . The decals came from Furball `USMC Rhinos` set 48-012 Hope you enjoy, thenks for looking Cheers Russ
  3. Howdy Everyone, Just put the finishing touches on my latest effort so I thought I`d share some pic`s My attempt at Eduards boxing of Hasegawas 1/48 F-8 Crusader Kit Finished in the markings of `The Stinger` of VMF(AW)232, while based at Da Nang 1966-67 Chose this scheme to complement my `Red Devils` Phantom you might remember from a while back, as I was a bit disappointed with the selection that came with the kit The rest is pretty much from the box contents, just added some brake pipes from some wire, the MER`s and bombs came from a Has` A-7 Corsair kit and the RBF Tags from Revell Skyraider. Managed to use most of the Resin and Photo Etch, but kept the kit wheels as they painted up better and the resin nose wheel looked too small to my eyes Decals came from Microscale sheet AC48-0054 which are for a later incarnation of the same plane, only difference being the tip of the fin which I modified to suit These aircraft didn`t seem to be as dirty as the `Death Angels` airframes but a bit grubby nevertheless. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  4. Hi Everyone, managed to get some photo`s yesterday of my latest completion My attempt at Special Hobby`s 1/48 AH-1G Cobra `Hi-Tech` kit Finished to represent `Pandoras Box` of the US Army, 2/20 ARA ( Aerial Rocket Artillery ) Vietnam 1971 Built 99% OOB, I say 99, I didn`t add anything extra but managed to leave a few bits out Fairly trouble free build but with some very delicately 3D printed parts, which I actually managed to cut from their supports in one piece...... .......but then broke them after fitting, causing much swearing and gnashing of teeth The canopy is moulded in separate pieces, so you can pose it open, but fitted OK buttoned up with only minimum sanding Glad at last, to be finally able to consign my old Fujimi one to landfill Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  5. Hi Everyone, Finally finished and took some photographs of my ICM 1/48 Counter Invader kit, so thought it would be selfish to keep them all to myself Finished in the markings of `The Batplane`, flown by Al `Batman` Shortt and Larry `Robin` Counts from NKP Thailand in the late `60s Built as usual 99% from the kit contents Carried out some Rhinoplastii on the nose, this time prior to fitting it, which made it a lot easier than my `Farmgate` B-26 when I`d already fitted it. Other minor additions being ignition harnesses, brake pipes and various aerial wires The markings came from Caracal Decals Counter Invader set and went on beautifully Used `Foreign Invaders` book by Don Hagedorn and Lief Hellstrom as main reference, which has a great colour shot of an Invader with... .... the original stateside Stars and Bars showing through the worn camo` paint on the port wing, which I tried to recreate and also the roughly painted undersides on the Napalm Bombs. Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  6. Howdy Everyone, Thought I`d subject you to some photo`s of my latest effort My attempt at making a `Farmgate` Douglas Invader from ICM`s 1/48 B-26B Korea boxing Had to make a few changes: the obvious being deletion of the upper and lower turrets....... ....others were deletion of the wing guns, jump seat for radio operator ( ex gunners ) compartment and scratch built some wing pylons to ( loosely ) resemble the type fitted. Improvements and additions include: seat belts, ignition harness`s, brake pipes, metal tube for nose gun barrels....... ... and replaced the propellers with some Monogram ones from the spares box as the kit ones just didn`t look right ( to me ) I originally fitted the nose as per the kit but wasn`t happy with it, I held the model at various angles against photo`s but it looked ( to me ) to be short. So I sawed it off, shimmed it by about 2mm and moved the canopy back about 1mm. I believe these were painted in aluminium paint as per F-100`s and F-105`s in the theatre so didn`t so mad on various coloured panels. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  7. Howdy Everyone, just finished another Skyraider so I thought you wouldn`t mind too much if I shared a few photo`s This time a US Navy single seater as I realised I was missing one in the collection after I had a `cull` a while back Built from Tamiya`s 1/48 A-1H boxing Finished to represent an A-1J of VA-165, `The Boomers`, US Navy, circa 1965 As usual, mostly from the box but with a few tweaks. Decals from Caracal Models set CD48196, Zuni Rocket pods on inboard pylons from ICM`s Bronco kit Brake pipes, ignition harness and static wicks from bits of wire, dodgy paper seatbelts and a rear view mirror from thick foil Resisted the temptation to fill every weapon station and gave it a typical load for a Navy RESCAP mission at the time Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  8. Hi Everyone, Thought I`d subject you to some photo`s of my latest effort My attempt at Italeri`s 1/48 Sioux kit Built virtually from the box Only additions being some control cables running though the tail boom and some radio/headphone leads in the cockpit Finished to represent an Australian chopper during the Vietnam war Always been interested in doing one of these but put off due to the delicate appearance ...... ...but actually wasn`t too bad, only vague parts locations on the instructions caused any difficulties Still not entirely certain I got them 100% right but not going to loose any sleep over it. Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  9. Howdy All, Finished the latest addition to the loft insulation/too big to go anywhere collection After weeks of sanding: my third attempt at Airfix`s 1/48 B-57 kit Finished in the markings of 8thBS, based at Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam This one`s not quite OOB as I crow-barred the wallet open and treated it to a CMK resin cockpit to replace the awful kit one Other additions/improvements include: brake pipes, windscreen wiper, lots of P-38 car body filler, nav` lights on the tip tanks and cables.... ....bombs from Monogram Thunderchief, sanded a shed load of plastic off the nose, some antenna/formation lights on the tail cone, ..... ...trim tabs on flying controls, four gun ports in each wing and cross-brace on the open canopy. Oh and had to strip a couple of church roofs to furnish the nose with enough lead to stop it tail sitting Decals came from an Xtradecal set Hope you like the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  10. Howdy Everyone, Just finished my latest effort so thought I`d bother you with some pic`s My attempt at ICM`s 1/48th OV-10A Bronco kit Finished in the markings of a Forward Air Controller, 19th TASS, USAF, whilst in support of the US Army 1st Air Cavalry, Vietnam 1970 Built as usual mostly from the box contents..... ...only additions being the aerials, some brake pipes and seat belts. I decided to complete it without the guns in the sponsons as I noticed that the US Airforce usually had them removed from FAC...... ...later in the war to discourage the FAC`s from taking unnecessary risks and reducing losses Decals are from Caracal Decals CD48068 Bronco sheet and some from the kit. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  11. Hi Everyone, just completed the latest addition to my `Nam` collection My latest shot at Monogram`s 1/48 F-102 kit Built pretty much out of the box contents Only additions being some seat cushions, belts, cockpit placards and lots of Milliput Decals came from LDecals Studio set 48008 `No MiGs today` Found a site on internet called `Daggers in Vietnam` which had a few photo`s of aircraft with some wear and tear evident and the spine clear of antenna and collision lights, which is how I`ve attempted to present this one Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  12. Howdy all, finished this one just after my Chinese Mossie, but started it a considerable time before My attempt at Roden`s 1/48 Bird Dog kit Built as usual, mostly from the box contents except for the decals which came from a Model USA kit I had in the stash I say mostly from the box, as I left a few of the engine parts out so that the cowlings fitted easier and.......... .........replaced the exhausts with metal tube, some dodgy home made seat straps and replaced the brake pipes with bits of wire to try and strengthen the undercarriage. I believe that the aircraft portrayed is the one that landed on the USS Midway in 1975 during the evacuation of S Vietnam Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  13. Howdy Everyone Finished this one on my last day off work last week so thought you wouldn`t mind me sharing a few pic`s My attempt at ICM`s 1/48 Skymaster kit Built completely from the box with just seat belts and whip aerial added Trouble free build, used the kit decals which are a but thin and fiddley to move around and I`ve got the feeling are of a warbird as opposed to a `nam bird Not much else to say Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  14. Howdy Everyone, Thought I`d post some pic`s of a recent completion photographed in much sunnier times. Well...... last week actually My attempt at Italeri`s 1/48 UH-1D/H `Slick` kit I originally intended to do it as an RAAF Bushranger but after some research found that the decals provided in the kit bore no resemblance to the actual aircraft. So I waited and searched on Ebay now and again but nothing and eventually thought I might as well do a US Army one using the other kit decals. I couldn`t find any photo`s of the actual aircraft so what the hell I`ll just follow the kit instructions. This is where it got a bit muddled........ I`ve a feeling the actual subject should be an `H` but the instructions had me fit the engine cowl bits for a `D`. I had some Reskit door guns and thought I`d put them on as the kit has no armament provided but the guns were warped and would not straighten no matter what I tried so ended up using some from the spares box and attached some of the etched bits from the other set. I did cut out the grills on the cowlings and fit some mesh to improve it a bit. So I call this my UH-1D(?) Hope you enjoy it anyway, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  15. Hi Everyone. Just taken some pic`s of my latest effort: Academy`s 1/48 F-4C Phantom kit, masquerading as a F-4D of the 432nd TFW whilst based at Udorn Thai AFB during the late 60`s early 70`s I originally intended to do it as a `D` with smart bombs and but then found out the subject I had markings for never carried them and was in fact....... .....for `Trapper` which had some fame as being the last MiG killer of the `Rolling Thunder` campaign in 1968.. After some deliberation I decided to give it an assymetrical bomb load which seems to have been fairly common at the time...... ....of 2 x CBU`s, 3 x Daisy Cutters and 6 x General Purpose bombs. Mostly from the box with just seat belts and rear view mirrors added, the `D` IR seeker was in the kit as was the ALQ-119 Jammer pod Hope you enjoy , thanks for looking, Cheers Russ
  16. Hi Everyone, hope you don`t mind if I bother you with some photo`s of my latest completion My attempt at making a USAF A-7D from Hasegawa`s 1/48 US Navy A-7E kit Finished to represent an A-7D based in Thailand during the SEA Conflict Apart from scratch building an Air Force style refuelling point, reshaping the fairing below the rudder and deleting a few aerials..... the kit`s mostly from the box. Cluster bombs are Hasegawa items from the spares box, usual dodgy home made seat belts....... ..and decals came from Furball`s `Man-Eater Sluffs` sheet 48-016 Was really torn between doing this one and the infamous `Molar Marauder` which is on the sheet, Maybe next time....... Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  17. Hi Everyone, Happy New Year. Managed to dodge the snow and get some pic`s of my last completion of the infamous 2020 My attempt at AML`s 1/48 Loach kit Which appears to be a Mikr Mir kit with some Eduard Colour Etch added Finished in the markings of the 16th Air Cav`, Vietnam, 1972 Built almost completely OOB With just a door slung M16 rifle opposite side to the minigun and resin gun barrels for the Minigun from the spares box Found quite a few pic`s of them with the roof windows painted over ( to stop the propeller motion distracting the gunner ) and... ...with the tails painted red, which is how I decided to portray it Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  18. Hi Everyone, Hope you don`t mind me sharing some pic`s of my latest attempt at a `fat faced spad` Built from Revell`s reissue of Matchbox`s 1/48 A-1E kit Every time I build one of these I try to bring it up to something a bit nearer the real thing but always see afterwards all the bits I missed...... ....so hopefully this ones a little bit nearer than the last. Improvements this time include: Tamiya main undercarriage, arrestor hook, main wheels and air force type tailwheel engine and cowl. Monogram propeller, all from some recently `culled` kits. Tried to correct the windscreen by sanding off the incorrect pillars, polishing and adding thin strips of black decal to represent the bonded joints. Embellished the seats, added: gunsight, coaming, brake pipes, steps, vent in the fin leading edge, wing fences, wiper, various aerials...... and boxed in the main undercarriage bays. Decals from Caracal Models CD48046 USAF/VNAF A-1E Skyraider. Oh and went for a simpler weapons load than usual with the centre Navy style drop tank just to be different. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Russ
  19. 1/72 Academy F-100D Super Sabre, "Pretty Penny", 481 TFS, Tan Son Nhut AFB, Vietnam, 1965 This was another build that was sitting on the SOD waiting for some inspiration to finish it. The poor fitting insert in the belly for the cannon led to its stay at the SOD Hotel.... Flown by Lt Lt Peter Vanderhoef and Lt Jerry Sloame, Pretty Penny was named after Sloames Wife. Other than the cannon insert, the kit goes together very well. Not many parts to throw glue at and you have a decent Super Sabre for your collection. Airbrushed using Tamiya paints and a Flory wash for the panel lines. We all know that the standard Academy decals are rubbish so I was not expecting any different from these (I had aftermarket standing by) - I was pleasantly surprised in how well they behaved. Very nice indeed. Cheers all, Phil
  20. Hi Everyone, looks like the sun came out just in time for me to bother you with some photo`s of my latest effort My attempt at Kinetics 1/48 Hawkeye kit, the latest addition to the `too big to go anywhere` collection Finished to represent an aircraft of VAW-114, `Hormel Hawgs` USS Kitty Hawk. Although I`m not entirely sure this was a Vietnam cruise airframe, the decal instructions say the unit was established on USS Kitty Hawk in 1967 off the coast of Vietnam. And seeing as the kit and markings are the only game in town, they`ll have to do . Decals came from Bingo Decals set 48-004 and went on like a dream as did the kit decals that I used The kit was a bit of a battle, especially as after I`d started it I found that sprue `B` was missing, so I contacted Kinetic, heard nothing (shock horror), and ended up buying another kit to finish it Apart from some brake pipes, antenna wires and replacement static wicks the kit is from the box Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  21. Hi everyone, Just put the last few bits on my attempt at Kitty Hawks 1/48 RF-101C Voodoo kit Finished to represent `The Iron Eyeball` of the 45th TRS/460th TRW, `Polka Dots`, based at Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam, around 1970 Carried out a few improvements to the base kit, mainly around the intakes as the ones in the kit are incorrect for this version...... and after all ready having built a Monogram/Koster conversion and not realising until after I posted it, thought I`d better try and get it right this time. Also tried to correct a circular `vent/intake` about halfway down the right hand side of the fuselage, but as its in a dark area of camo` you can`t see it much anyway. Another area that`s not right is the instrument panel so I `crow barred` the wallet open and invested in an Eduard cockpit set after much deliberation. The kits decals didn`t really inspire me, especially as Recce Voodoos often carried interesting nose art, so I also invested in Print Scales Polka Dots Sheet ( No 48-050 )..... .....and found a scheme with slime lights, so I didn`t have to sand them off. I had a struggle with these as they wouldn`t release from the backing paper and folded up as soon as you tried to move them. In the end only used a few and the remainder came from the kit which silvered really badly and I spent a lot of time painting the silvering out. Still, I`m glad to have a more modern one in the collection but was disappointed about the amount work to get there, on a not exactly cheap kit. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking. Cheers Russ
  22. Howdy All, Hope you don`t mind me subjecting you to yet another Skyraider ( I got a thing about Skyraiders ), so here`s some pic`s of my latest effort: Another go at Tamiya`s 1/48 A-1J kit Finished to represent `Tiny Tim` of the 602nd Special Operations Squadron at NKP Thailand around 1969 Been wanting to do a Black Bellied Spad for a while but have already done the one in the kit options and have been waiting for some after market subjects to come out. So having waited and waited finally decided to try hand painting some markings and find the rest from the kit and the stash Based on what few photo`s I could find on the subject, apart from the markings, added a few improvements....... .......such as: whip aerial, ignition harness, brake pipes and some yellow canopy handles Also added some landing lights on the wing tip undersides that USAF Skyraiders seemed to have had, the extra gun pod came from the spares box. Hope I haven`t bored you too much and you enjoy the pic`s Thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  23. Howdy all, Just got some pic`s of my latest effort, Hasegawas 1/48 SH-3H kit, `loosely` converted to represent a SH-3A ..... ...used for Combat Search and Rescue ( CSAR ) during the Vietnam War Based on a picture in Dana Bells Vietnam Warbirds book and a few photo`s found on Google Had the kit hanging around for years with the intention of trying to convert it into a USAF CH-3 Jolly Green Giant....... .....but in the end decided life`s too short and opted for a Low Viz US Navy, just to try and do something different with it. Modified the undercarriage sponsons, shortened the tailplane, filled the sonar buoy hole and forgot to armour the seats, doh! Not 100% but it`ll do for my shelves Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  24. Howdy Everyone, managed to get some pic`s of my latest effort: My attempt at making an early F-105 Wild Weasel from by back dating HobbyBoss`s 1/48 F-105G kit Finished to represent a `F` version ( although some captions call it a `G`, but as it hasn`t got the az-el antenna on the nose or the integrally built ECM pods I`ll stick with `F` ) Completed as `Sam Fighter` using left over decals from the Monogram kit I did try to persevere with improving the kits under size cockpit, but gave up when I got to the seats and invested in a resin and etched Aires item. Other improvements include: brake pipes and wiring for the landing lights, detailing the main gear doors a bit, wiring on the nose gear and opening up the vents on the gun access door Modifications include, aforementioned cockpit, removal of the ECM fairings on the fuselage sides, removal/omission of various antenna, modified the fin and converting the wing tips to the earlier configuration The armament load was a not unusal load and I chose it as it`s a bit different to what you normally see. That`s enough waffle, hope you enjoy the pic`s Thanks for looking, Cheers Russ
  25. Howdy all, Just finished my attempt at making an Early Vietnam era F-105D from the old 1/48 Monogram kit Finished to represent an aircraft of the 334th TFS/355th TFW, Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, circa 1964/65 Had to make a few mod`s to the base kit, including: deletion of the gun compartment vents, deletion of the afterburner cooling air scoops, deletion of the fuselage spine, enlarge the tail air intake, removed various scab plates from the air frame, gun camera and nose antennas. Noticed in photo`s that the Aluminium Silver Paint they were finished in didn`t show too many panel lines, so kept them to a minimum Decals came from the stash. Here`s some pic`s of the rest of the family so far........Later model F-105D, `Polish Glider` EF-105F, Early Wild Weasel, `Sinister Vampire` And finally; F-105G, Wild Weasel, `Hanoi Hustler` Hope I haven`t bored you too much with my Thud obsession Thanks for looking, Cheers Russ
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