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  1. Well we have group build proposals for the Republic F-84 family, and the North American F-86 family of aircraft. I think we should include an attempt for the F-80 to have its own group build, anyone interested ? Yes I believe the T-33 & F-94 series of aircraft should be included. They were really just stretched F-80’s with a 2nd seat. Hopefully this one will get in for the 1/4 century year. 1. Corsairfoxfouruncle 2. LorenSharp 3. TEMPESTMK5 4. Angus Tura 5. Marklo 6. theplasticsurgeon 7. Wez 8. 81-er 9. Swamp Donkey 10. reini 11. John Masters 12. Ghostbase 12a. RidgeRunner 14. zebra 15. jovapad 16. Richard Humm 17. gingerbob 18. Caerbannog 19. 20. 21. 22. 3. 24. 🏴‍☠️25.
  2. Hello everybody, This year's theme for my local club display will be the Lockheed Shooting Star in its many incarnations, so my carefully planned Group Builds for 2024 were totally upset by the new priority. I set to work immediately and only later thought that my first choice would nicely fit in the rules of this GB, so let's start with the kit box: This is the very first issue of the Heller kit going back to the early '80s. I got it new to build the Thunderbirds scheme, though the decals were a disappointment and it remained in the stash for some time (40+ years!). Now it was finally time to build it! I have an Xtradecal sheet for multiple countries and will use the Luftwaffe part, this was the starting shot: Thanks for looking!
  3. Pics of a T-33 as used by The Royal Danish Air Force, pics thanks to Hans J
  4. Hi folks, Here's my first IIAF model (2nd kit I ever built - Still a beginner obviously🙂). I really enjoyed building it and I hope you guys enjoy looking at it. Happy holidays! Model Info: Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF) T-33A Shooting Star S/N 2-337 Location: Mehrabad AFB, Tehran, Iran. 1974 Scale: 1:72 by Italeri/Platz Decals: Modeller Paint: AK Interactive / Mr. Color / Gaia / Tamiya / Liquitex Adam P.S. I wanted to photoshoot in a nice sunny day but it's been cloudy up here for the past week. Maybe I post some sunny pics later! Please feel free to check out my first kit ever here (F-22 Raptor)
  5. "What's a Lockheed Gold Star?" I hear you ask: the answer is a silly idea I had whilst looking for a scheme for a 1/48 T-33 which I bought on impulse. It was an Academy kit, and I almost did one of the box schemes, but I was in a silly mood so this won out. No elaborate back story, simply that there was no Folland Gnat in my alternative world, which not only allowed me to put a classic scheme on this classic trainer, but meant I could use a serial that had belonged to a Gnat irl. As for the name "Gold Star", it continues two de-facto series: Lockheed aircraft carrying names relating to stars; and the RAF naming trainers after something academic. OK, perhaps not as academic as naming it after an Oxbridge college (eg Balliol), an Ivy League university (eg Harvard) or a teacher/professor (eg Magister), but still vaguely to do with school. Markings were a mixture of decals and sprayed with home-cut masks. It was done very quickly as a mojo-restorer, so don't look too closely at any imperfections, of which there are many: just see whether you agree with me that this classic trainer looks rather good in a classic trainer scheme it never wore in reality. I thank you.
  6. I'm pleased to present my most recent build, a dual-build of Great Wall Hobby's 1/48 T-33A (Early) Shooting Star, and ICM's 1/48 KDA-1 Ryan Firebee. The T-33 represents a TV-2D drone controller aircraft of the US Navy's GMGRU-1, circa 1959-1960, using a scheme from the Iliad Design T-33 decal sheet. Though GMGRU-1 is better known for its support of the Navy's Regulus guided missile program, I was able to find a source indicating that they also flew the TV-2D with the KDA-1 Ryan Firebee. As my resin skills aren't quite up to the challenge of Belcher Bits' fine-looking Regulus I, I opted for the very nice ICM drone kit for this dual display. I'm not certain if the two paint schemes were in service together at the same time, so I acknowledge that I've taken a bit of license here. Figures come from ICM's US Pilots & Ground Personnel (Vietnam War) set, and the base is a pre-made by Zoukei-Mura, which remains the best $20 I ever spent in this hobby. If, as is often said, the perfect is the enemy of the good, then I would add that sometimes the good is the enemy of the finished! This was one of those builds that fought me, broadly through my own errors as opposed to any issue with the kits. I would note for anyone working on the GWH T-33 that the nosecone is too narrow for a seamless fit with the rest of the fuselage, which necessitated a fair bit of filling and sanding and occasional swearing to get an acceptable taper. I might have been better off with a shim to push the join out a bit, but the top and bottom of the cone were exact fits, so I opted for brute force. Too, the interconnection between the wing spar, fuselage, and engine intakes proved tricky, with small imperfections in the sub-assembly builds multiplying when it all came together. Many panel lines were sacrificed in the process, and inevitably I missed a few when I made a rescribing pass. Several small parts became victims of the carpet monster, including the T-33 front gear scissor torque link and several small vanes on the bottom of the fuselage. I managed to break the front gear when installing it after painting, and I fear the aircraft rides a bit higher than it should as a result. I also left off several smaller gear struts on the front and main gear bay doors, which proved beyond my capability to wrangle into place neatly. The extent of the yellow paint scheme on the bottom of the aircraft is conjectural, as I could not find good reference photos. As for the ICM KDA-1 kit, it went together in a very tidy and simple manner. The plastic is quite soft, so care is needed in fitting and sanding, but there were no significant issues to speak of, though I did manage to snap off the very pointy tail end of the drone. Paints are a combination of Mr. Color and Hataka Orange Line lacquers, sprayed over Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 -- black for the fuselage, pink for the wings and tail. I've come to very much appreciate using pink primer for anything that will wind up white, red, yellow, or orange, but I still needed several coats for the yellow to get the depth of color I wanted. Subsequent rounds of overspray touch-up on the yellow surfaces wound up requiring additional coats of the pink primer going down first, which greatly increased the time this build took, with the knock-on effect that not all of the yellow has the same hue, particularly the horizontal stabilizers. For reference, the yellow on both models is Mr. Color C329 Insignia Yellow; the red on both models is Mr. Color C327 Insignia Red; the orange is Hataka C062 International Orange; and the main fuselage grey is Mr. Color C339 Engine Grey. Some light washes with oils followed, topped off by a final dull coat of Winsor & Newton Galeria Matt sealing it all in. The main marking decals for the T-33 come from Iliad Design's Naval T-Birds sheet, and they behaved quite nicely. They are thin, but they are also reasonably durable, as I proved when I managed to fold a few of them during placement. A bit of propitiation to the modeling gods, plus some gentle coaxing with a soft wet brush, saw them good. The decals reacted well to MicroSet and MicroSol and bedded down on a gloss surface without any silvering. Iliad has some interesting sheets in their lineup, and I'm looking forward to using them again. The GWH stenciling decals from the box were fine, if a bit on the thick side. The KDA-1 decals are out of the box from ICM, and as with the build, they were simple enough to use, with no adverse reactions to MicroSet or MicroSol. As for the ICM figures, they built nicely, with ICM putting joins along natural breaks. I'm really not much of a figure painter, and I fear the mechanic has a touch of the dreaded "flesh wrench," but they do add to the overall effect of the vignette, plus I managed to position them so that they hide some spots that need yet more paint touch-ups. As noted, this was a build that just kept fighting me, mostly because of the constant need for paint correction. I really thought I had sealed all the painted areas, but somehow I've developed the ability to cause airbrushed paint to transmigrate through multiple layers of tape. It's an odd and unwelcome talent. Still, the paint schemes are striking, of that there can be little doubt. On the whole, I'm sufficiently pleased with the final result, and so long as a respectful viewing distance is maintained, this dual build should look colorful enough on a shelf dominated by the broadly monotonous hues to which military aircraft are prone. Thank you for reading and for taking a look.
  7. A few CT-133 Silver stars operated by Flight Systems Inc for test and test support work at Mojave Airport, California. N99184 (RCAF 21098), Canopy is tied down, may have been used for spares, July 1981. N306FS (RCAF 21306) with flight test nose boom, August 1988. N99175 (RCAF 21557), July 1980. N302FS (RCAF 133024) fitted with a spray rig on the centerline, typically used for icing flight tests. July 1981. May 1985 N99192 (RCAF 133118), October 1982 N305FS (RCAF 133159), July 1981. July 1984 N304FS (RCAF 133192), April 1983. N304FS unidentified pod N304FS unidentified pod - not a pretty installation with external bracing and plumbing N306FS (RCAF 133306, July 1981. Thanks for looking, Sven Old Viper Tester
  8. T-33 More Naval T-Birds 1:48 Iliad Design (48040) As well as use by the USAF and various overseas air arms the T-33 was used by the US Navy, US Marine Corps; and the Royal Canadian Navy. Illiad seem to like to bring us different schemes for the T-33 and this is no exception. There are two USMC, one USN, and one RCN aircraft on the sheet 4 different aircraft can be built from the sheet; T-33B 141547 Marine Corps HQ, Washington DC. Overall Light Gull Grey. T-33 Silver Star VU32, RCN from HMCS Shearwater 1961. Overall NMF with large areas of Fluro Orange/Red. TV-2 Marine Air Sqn 32. Overall NMF with unusual fuselage insignia. T-33B 139014 US Navy VX-4 "The Evaluators" Pt Mugu NAS, overall Light Gull Grey with the Sqns usual Blue stripes. The decals look excellent, well printed, colour dense and with minimal carrier film. Conclusion These decals will enable the modeller to make a lesser represented user of the T-33. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Hello, back once again! This next project was one that I had in mind for some far-off future date. However, whilst browsing through the ol' stash, I found something to move this build to the front of the line. Let me digress a bit, and state that during the 20 or more years when I was out of modeling, due to extreme burn-out from all the super-detailing craze that many of us did (and some still) gravitate towards, I used to spend the odd, aimless moments here and there, scribing kits for future use, as the scribing was also the incessant rage back then. Also I did other odd jobs, such as starting kits, doing the cockpit areas, but never with enough enthusiasm to keep going and finishing anything. Fast forward to a couple of days ago, and what did I find, but an old, started 1/72 Heller Lockheed T-33 trainer kit. I opened the box, and there was a build started back then, with the cockpit finished and installed, and the fuselage halve joined, and some filling already done. Right there I decided that this was the perfect time to make a.... well, the title pretty much says it all! The twin-tailed T-33 was an effort by Lockheed to create a jet trainer for the navy, before they finally gave up and just built the T2V-1/T-1A Seastar. Only one T-33 was modified, and even the records on it have been lost. There are precious few photos of the beast, so building the conversion is not the problem, but making it look like the pictures is the problem! Fortunately in this case, a couple of other models have gone before me, leaving enough information to make my job much easier. But, more on that in a moment. First, the kit, and the assembled fuselage look like so: The fuselage is so old that it still has remnants of the old Squadron Green Putty, which I haven't used in forever: So, the highlights of this kit are 1) it's cheap, 2) I already own it, and 3) it's already half built! Win, Win, Win... Now, as for the other modeler's that built the beast, and whose works I stole from shamelessly, are listed below: A 1/72 Hasegawa build: Click Here And a 1/32 Conversion build: CLICK OVER HERE I recommend that you peruse both these builds at your leisure, as you might find their methods even better than mine. That being said, it's a simple conversion, once you get to the shapes and sizes needed. One build had a photo, that I downloaded,re-sized and cropped, taking care to also flip the photo to get images to make up both left and right sides of the tail, each of which I copied a few times, ended up thusly Above right, using another image that I swiped, I have taken the liberty of inverting the colors (to save on black ink when printing, as I am somewhat of a cheapskate). When I printed out this exact photo at 66% the size of this original, it turned out to be the exact size needed for 1/72 scale. I used rubber cement to glue the cut-out paper shapes to a sheet of around 1mm thick plastic card. One could also use contact cement or white glue, if preferred. When done shaping, then scribing on both side of each piece, I peeled off the paper as much as possible, and used Goo-Gone, followed by a soap-and-water bath to remove the glue residue. If using contact cement, then probably mineral spirits would be required, as anything stronger would probably deform the plastic. While white glue doesn't hold up as well to the abuse, but at least it cleans off with just soapy water when done. Your choice! Part way along, the process looks like so: While I used a 1/10th mm Tamiya scriber blade for this, (or whatever their smallest one is), I found it useful to first scribe gently along the line with the tip of a #11 blade, otherwise, the Tamiya tip just tore the paper. Anyway, I've started. Feel free to follow (either me or the other modelers!) as you wish. Ed
  10. Here is the second in my line of Latin T-birds. I still have two Platz T-33s in the pile! As you can see she is depicted as “3304” of the Fuerza Aerea Dominicana (Dominican Air Force), and was one of four machines acquired in 1956 and operated briefly (until 1958) by that force. The US Mission withdrew them in 1958 and they were supplied to Brasil. The Dominicans went through the same again in 1967 when they acquired two ex-USAF machines and those, too, were withdrawn by the US for similar reasons. With the FAD during the time of my model they were operated by the Escuadron Ramfis from Trujillo Air Base. At the time the force operated a wide variety of types, such as ex-Swedish Mustangs and Vampires, Thunderbolts, Mosquitoes, Invaders and many others. They were generally painted in bright colours but sadly this didn’t extend to the T-33 fleet. Like my earlier Uruguayan build, this is the excellent Platz kit. My model is based on the following image: What did I do/use? Platz T-33 1/72 Kit built out of the box Painted with Humbrol Enamels – 27001 Metalcote Aluminium overall, 33 Black wing tank halves, 153 Insignia red/189 Insignia blue/34 White for the tail flag, 60 Scarlet for the nose, 226 Interior green, 147 Grey and a few sundry others. Finished with Humbrol Glosscote and Mattcote. Nose guns from half-round Plastruct rod Wing pylons from plastic card Decals were a mix of: 1) wing and fuselage roundels from a Colorado P-47D sheet 2) Ramfis unit badge from a Hobbycraft P-51B kit 3) home printed serials 5) Spanish language stencils from a Microscale Latin T-33 sheet. 5) wing way decals and red lining from the kit. Panel lined and dirtied up a little with Flory dirt and then a few swipes of Tamiya Weathering sticks here and there. I hope you like her. Martin
  11. Hi all! Well the next one rolls out of the paint shop in the form of a Lockheed AT-33A Shooting Star, depicted as she was when operated later in her life with the Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya (the Uruguayan Air Force). Over time the FAU operated 11 of these machines from Durazno Air Base in the centre of the country, with 2 more acquired for spares. “207”, originally a T-33A-20-LO, she was 53-4919 in USAF service and was operated in Uruguay from 23/07/1969 to 05/06/1997. She went on to be one of the last that was operated by the air arm. The T-33s in Uruguayan service had many schemes. Originally they were flown in natural metal finish with the usual national insignia and a unit badge on the port side, for the Grupo de Aviación Nº 2 (Caza). This unit continued to operated them in US-style SEA camouflage, and then Green and Grey camouflage (like US ‘Lizard’). The last machines received were operated in the ADC grey that they had on arrival, and at least one (“209”) flew with “US AIR FORCE” titling still visible on the nose. For this build I have tried to get as close as my old hands would allow to this: I used a little “modeller’s licence” for the camo pattern. The kit is the excellent Platz T-33A kit. I made some errors because I was rushing but I think I got away with it. She is pretty much OOB apart from the markings and the seats. So, what did I do/use?: Platz T-33A Shooting Star kit 1/72 True Details resin seats Mimicked the guns with half round 0.8mm Plastruct rod I added wing pylons from an Airfix F-80 The paints used were Humbrol enamels throughout – the regular 116/117/118/28 (Green/Green/Tan/Grey), plus Black, Flat Aluminium (27001), Gunmetal. Mattcote overall. The decals are Aztec (T-37 wing roundels). I printed the serials, the checkerboard, the unit badge and tail flag on a mix of clear and white decal sheet. Other stencils etc were from the kit and a Microscale Latin Air Forces set for the T-33. From the image above the serial font appears more RCAF than USAF so I went that way, right or wrong. Weathered with Flory Dirt and Tamiya Weathering powders I hope you like her. Thanks for looking. Martin
  12. Hi all, Here is the third and last (for now) AT-33A of my current series of Latin T-birds. Like my previous Uruguayan and Dominican builds she is the excellent Platz kit. As I said previously, this kit goes together perfectly with little filling or fit issues. She is built as “TF-808”, an AT-33A and operated by the Escuadron de Combate 2112, Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana (Ecuadorian Air Force) based at Taura Air Base near Guayaquil. The Ecuadorians acquired 36 T-33s from 1956 onwards. Eventually the remaining machines were camouflaged and finally retired in 1995. Like all my builds I try to research as best I can but in this case I came against blanks at every turn. In Ecuadorian style of the time the “last three” of the serial was taken from the last three of the US serial. Unfortunately there were a few ‘808s! So, no real history although I know that TF-808 still exists as a preserved airframe in Ecuador. I based the build around this image: What did I do/use? Platz T-33 1/72 Kit built out of the box Painted with Humbrol Enamels – 27001 Metalcote Aluminium overall, 33 Black wing tank halves, 153 Insignia red/154 Insignia yellow/189 Insignia blue for the tail flag, 60 Scarlet for the nose, 226 Interior green, 147 Grey and a few sundry others. Finished with Humbrol Glosscote and Mattcote. Nose guns from half-round Plastruct rod Wing pylons from plastic card Decals were a mix of: 1) wing roundels from a Xtradecal Strikemaster sheet 2) home drawn and printed nose Esc 2112 badge 3) adapted and home printed internet image of the Taura wing badge for rear fuselage 4) home printed serial and wing “FAE” 5) Spanish language stencils from a Microscale Latin T-33 sheet. 5) wing way decals and red lining from the kit. Panel lined and dirtied up a little with Flory dirt and then a few swipes of Tamiya Weathering sticks here and there. I hope you like her. Martin
  13. A variety of T-33s on the Edwards AFB transient ramp. T-33A 52-9667, 123rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 142nd Fighter Interceptor Group, Oregon Air National Guard out of Portland IAP, September 1981. T-33A 53-5811, 194th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 144th Fighter Interceptor Wing, California Air National Guard out of Fresno Yosemite Airport, August 1981. T-33A 53-5950, 123rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 142nd Fighter Interceptor Group, Oregon Air National Guard out of Portland IAP, August 1982. T-33A 57-0767, 84th Fighter Interceptor Training Squadron, 26th Air Division out of Castle AFB, August 1984. T-33A 58-0529, 95th Fighter Interceptor Training Squadron, 325th Fighter Weapons Wing, Air Defense Weapons Center out of Eglin AFB, March 1985 T-33A 58-0591, 95th Fighter Interceptor Training Squadron, 325th Fighter Weapons Wing, Air Defense Weapons Center out of Eglin AFB, March 1985 T-33A 58-0610, 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 25th Air Division out of Minot AFB, January 1984. T-33A 58-0613, 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 23rd Air Division out of Langley AFB, March 1985. T-33A 58-0618, 26th Air Division out of Luke AFB, January 1982. CT-133A Silver Star, 133542, unit unknown, Royal Canadian Air Force, March 1981. CT-133A Silver Star, 133467, 414 Electronic Warfare Squadron out of CFB North Bay, September 1981. Thanks for looking, Sven
  14. A blast from the past! After the Revell F-86D (link), Mono Chrome is to repop, in early 2021, the vintage (1992!) Academy 1/48th Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star kit with JASDF markings under ref. MCT502. Source: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10744892 Having as target the Japanese market, this vintage kit can't obviously compete - except maybe for the price - with the more recent Great Wall Hobby (GWH) 1/48th T-33 kits - link V.P.
  15. Sword is to re-release it's T-Bird kit as 1/72nd Lockheed RT-33 Shooting Star - ref. SW72113 Source: http://swordmodels.cz/en/6-coming-soon box art V.P.
  16. Hi everyone, My next project will be a GWH 1/48 T-33 in a scheme similar to below image. The plan is to practice the faded dayglo look, so this is the challenge. The goal is to achieve similar effects to a posting here on britmodeller from a while back, although this will be a hard act to follow. I will give it a shot nonetheless. I am referring to this build: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235050709-mrc-gallery-sikorsky-hh-34g-148-german-navy/&tab=comments#comment-3266318 I will be using the GWH kit. The kit appears very detailed, but as far as aftermarket additions go, I have ordered some PE seat belts for the ejection seats (none present) and a publication with a decal sheet for the RNeAF scheme. Could not locate a DutchDecal sheet for a 1/48 T-33, so I am trying out below and hope they are of good quality. At least it appears to have some of the additional SB-side fuselage stencilling present on the Dutch machines. Printed in the different scales, there should be a 1/48 decal sheet in the publication (fingers crossed, it's in the post): That's all for now. Thanks for watching.
  17. Hi, Please find my latest completion, the 1/48 GWH T-33 in RNLAF markings. For those interested....... Below is the link to the WIP thread, discussing the build. Made some picks with canopy open and canopy closed. Hope you like it. Just wondering what 50's/60's Cold War subjects are still missing from the collection............ Hunter, Meteor....?😉 Thanks for watching, Regards, Rob
  18. Special Hobby is to release a 1/32nd Lockheed T-33 T-Bird kit (rebox Czech Model kit http://www.hyperscale.com/2010/reviews/kits/czech3203reviewbg_1.htm). The first boxing subject will be the T-33 over Europe. The decals are said in design. More details soon. Source: http://translate.google.be/translate?hl=fr&sl=cs&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.modelforum.cz%2Fviewtopic.php%3Ff%3D97%26t%3D77712%26start%3D105 V.P.
  19. Naval T-Birds (7012) 1:72 Iliad Design Iliad have sent us some of their latest releases, this one being for T-33 trainers used by the US Navy & Marine Corps. The Navy designated the T-33 the TO-2 which changed to the TV-2, now this is nt to be confused with the Navalised T-33 the T2V SeaStar The USN & USMC used the TV-2 in the training role, as hacks; and also as colourful drone controllers. Arriving in a ziplok bag, each set has a set of profiles as the cover page, with the decal sheet visible on the flipside so you can readily see what you're buying with the flick of a wrist. The printing is up to their usual standard, having good registration, colour density and sharpness, with a thin carrier film cropped close to the printed areas. The instructions are printed next to the profiles, with relevant points marked with arrows, and on the reverse are overhead views with the same arrowed captions. The sheet provides decals for 3 USN, and 2 USMC schemes, and its good to see national insignia and NAVY/MARINE codes provided for all examples as well as the intake warnings where needed. The schemes are; 1. Early USN Example in NMF with rear orange training band from NAS Glenview. 2. Drone controller from Guided Missile Group 1 mid 1951. 3. Marine Air Sqn 32 aircraft in NMF. 4. Naval Air Training Unit of NAS Glynco, overall Grey FS 16440. 5. USMC training aircraft from MCAS El Tora Oct 1961. White & Red/Orange. Scroll down to find the sheet Review sample courtesy of
  20. Seen at the 55th All Japan Model Hobby Show 2015, (Pit Road stand?) a new variant from the Great Wall Hobby 1/48th Eagle kit, the McDonnell Douglas F-15I "Ra'am" - ref. L4816. Topic here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234989178-55th-all-japan-model-hobby-show/ And behind in the picture... Some T-33 T-Bird/Shooting Star CADs. Next 1/48th GWH kit or family of kits? To be followed. Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1206169876076618.1073741833.275708712456077&type=3 V.P.
  21. Before I started on my Hobbycraft 1/48 RT-33A, i was wondering if any company had plans/aspirations to do a new tool 1/48 T-33A, or even better yet (for me) an RT-33A? I did a search on the forums, but maybe my "search-fu" is weak. Larry
  22. 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
  23. Hi All, Finally, I managed to complete the first model for this whole year. Somehow finding time for hobby was especially complex. Hopefully I will now gain some speed and would be up to my building plans next year And it looks like there has been a lack of T-birds recently on this forum so here is another one! This time it’s Canadair CT-133 Silver Star in its earliest version of RCAF markings. Model is built from Sword kit combined with excellent Leading Edge decals. Sword kit requires some effort to allow for clean assembly. The worst thing in Sword’s kit is the canopy. Front screen does not match in shape and width to the main part. So you can either model canopy open or look for a replacement. In my case, my brother helped me with vacuum pressed canopies that he did earlier for his Sword’s F-94 (it has same issue). Some extensive sanding and dry-fitting was required to make sure canopy sits right on the fuselage. Other changes: lower parts of intakes were cut from large lower wings/fuselage part and attached to each of fuselage sides for easier clean up of seams inside of intakes exhaust tube was replaced with a circular one added pitot tube in front of nose gear and fuel discharge tube on the aft starboard beneath the stabilizer sanded fuel tank fillers from outer sides and cut them through in inner sides of fuel tanks Also some mods were required to convert later service period T-33 into an earlier CT-133: equipment cooling vents in front of the canopy were sanded off as these were added later in T-33 life removed 4 of 6 gun port covers (Canadair CT-133’s had actually only two guns!) and drilled out 2 remaining gun ports drilled starter exhaust on the aft port side, removed US-version exhausts repainted some cockpit PE in black Otherwise Sword’s kit is pretty decent for a short run kit. As a benefit, Sword supplies resin gear bays, ejection seats and painted PE fret for cockpit and for some external bits. Resin wheels were the only purchased aftermarket. On to more photoes: And some family shots. First, with its British cousin that was also a very successful conversion of an early jet fighter into a T-bird: and second is my full collection of jets with centrifugal compressor engines - could not stand making a collective shot of fatty (or not that fatty) buddies Thanks for looking! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Dennis
  24. The NT-33A, USAF s/n 51-4120, was a variable stability in-flight simulator. It was owned by the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory and, later, the Air Force Research Laboratory. The aircraft was maintained and operated by Calspan Corporation of Buffalo New York, under contract to the USAF. This T-33A was modified in the late 1950s for flight controls investigations and simulating the flight characteristics of other aircraft designs. Schedule permitting, the aircraft was sometimes made available for contractor or foreign government evaluations, usually to correct anomalies found in new aircraft designs. The aircraft was also used by both the USAF and US Navy test pilot schools as part of their flight controls evaluation curriculum. This is where I first encountered the jet. The F-94B nose houses computer units interfaced to the aircraft flight controls. The rear cockpit is modified with banks of controls to change the coefficients and variables of the flight control equations, thereby changing how the aircraft responds to control inputs. The Calspan safety pilot would occupy the rear seat while the research pilot or student would fly the aircraft from the front. The safety pilot could take control of the aircraft at any time using the basic T-33 flight controls. or if specified flight conditions were exceeded, usually yaw/pitch rates or Gs, the system would automatically kick off the variable stability control laws and revert to T-33 flight control operation. The aircraft has changed some over the years. During the 1960s, the aircraft tip tanks were modified to have the aft portion of the tanks act as clam shell speed brakes. This modification was later removed. In the late 60s/early 70s, the F-94 acquired rows of vents on each side to facilitate cooling as more computing power was added to the variable stability system. My TPS class team project was to investigate changing the roll axis of the aircraft through flight control changes and its effects on maneuverability. Most of the tests involved evaluating the ability to handle various target tracking scenarios. Lots of piccies… Ready for brake release... Returning to Eddie's Air Patch... A long pass down the Edwards Tower Fly-By Line... Nose-on view... Computers circa 1978... Some of the variable stability input controls in the rear cockpit Side-stick controller in the front cockpit. There's a center control stick as well. Nose detail in 1988 The stickers on the nose are from left to right, top to bottom: Swedish flight test center, IAI Kfir C2, NASA, USAF Test Pilot School, US Navy Test Pilot School, unidentified, SAAB JAS 39. The first and last are interesting in that the aircraft took part in flight controls development of the Gripen, yet in the following year, the Gripen would have the first of two mishaps attributed to Pilot Induced Oscillation (PIO) caused by flight control software issues. After the 1989 mishap, the NT-33A was again being used to investigate the cause and possible corrections to eliminate the PIO situation. The NT-33A was retired and put on display in the National Museum of the USAF in 1997 after many years of being the oldest aircraft in the USAF active inventory. When it went to the museum, it retained the dummy refueling probe used in one of its last research projects and remains there on display... Thanks for looking, Sven
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