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  1. 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!
  2. Hello Fellow Modelers! Here is a build I did some times ago, which gave me a lot of work as the kit is completely wrong from nose to tail: The F-82 G from Special Hobby. This kit was supposed to be a better rendition of the old Monogram kit but it failed in almost all aspects: the biggest mistake is the shape and the height of the tail, which is not so easy to correct. What I did to have a more or less accurate model is too long to be listed here but, among them length of the radar pod (too short), the cockpit re-done entirely, the length of the inner trailing edge, propellers size, stabilizer size, radiator intakes etc... To add some fun I decided to open the gun bay and show the little radar scan. The final verdict is when the plane seats on its four wheels! Painting the model was also a challenge, I adopted various shade of very dark blue/black mix and tried to weather some parts of the wing/fusleage. I decided to go for a machine used during the Korean War (4th F(AW)S, 347th FG) to go away from the very well known ANG scheme full of stars on a light blue background. The SH decal sheet is crap as well, the red color of the markings is not correct, so I bough one from Print Scale (72-067) which was not better in term of accuracy and quality. So I did my own. Here is the result: The true F-82G: Mine: And, I usual, a little dio: As a conclusion, if you look for a nice Twin Mustang (which is an odd aircraft!) at that scale, I will definitively not recommend the SH kit. Hope you will enjoy, critics welcomed!
  3. In view of the recent release of the new-tool 1/72 Zvezda C-130H kit, as well as WIP's by at least two BM'ers, I thought some of you might find these C-130 photos of interest. They depict most of the variants and are all USAF Herks. I am biased in that C-130A 55-0023, preserved at the Dyess AB, Texas Linear Airpark, is my favorite photo in the collection, as it has been restored in the markings of the 516th TCW, which was originally the 64th TCW but redesignated as the 516th. Can't have too many Herk photos! Mike http://www.c-130.net/g3/c-130-photos/North-American-C-130-Photos/USAF-C-130/C130-85-0011
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