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  1. Corsairfoxfouruncle

    USAF Two letter Tail codes

    Hello everyone ... Im not sure if this has been posted before. I was researching the Two letter tail code’s for the USAF. I came across this site. http://www.military.cz/usa/air/air_accessories/usaf_tail_cod/usaf_tail_cod.htm Maybe it will help someone looking for a specific code. They also list units assigned, as well as aircraft types assigned to the specific codes. Dennis
  2. Hello Here is my most recent build with this 1/72 North American B-45A from Valom. This aircraft was from the 86th Bomb Squadron / 47th Bombardment Wing in 1954 at Sculthorpe RAF Station. The transfers came from a Caracal Models sheet and were very satisfactory. This kit is not for beginners and honestly one is enough. In the end the product is correct and will be published next month in the French magazine "Avion de combat". Patrick
  3. Hello mates, I am back and quite tired from Nuremberg Toy Fair (Darell Burge was so very kind and showed me a lot of beautiful Airfix stuff like Hunter and Wellington), so here as promised more pictures for you of my ripe Miss (Marilyn) Minooky, built 1999... Cheers, Thomas
  4. Hello mates, a Happy New Year to You! Hasegawa Tweet 1:72 built 1999 (there was a big bubble in the Hasegawa canopy). 937th IBAP Наu Giang VPAF as seen in Air International : this was really an old issue! The tarmac model picture is quite old on film... You can send a Tweet as letter.... so flat (and so nice)! Cheers, Thomas
  5. Hi everyone, just recently finished building an academy F-22A. Here's what she looks like- Tell me what you think. Cheers
  6. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Hasegawa B-26B Marauder, built from the box, with the addition of Quickboost gun barrels (QB72088) and True Details wheels (TB72026). I chose to represent 'Flak Bait', a well-known and well-documented aircraft from 449th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Bomb Group, operating from an airfield in England, 1944/1945.. 'Flak Bait' flew 202 missions until the end of the war. There's a number of original photographs on the internet, depicting 'Flak Bait' in various stages of weathering and in different weapon configurations. I tried my best to replicate what I've seen. Hasegawa's gorgeous boxtop artwork was used as a guideline, too. I painted with colors from Tamiya (XF-17) and Gunze/Mr.Hobby (H52, H53). Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for your interest, greetings from Vienna Roman Quite a lot of nose weight was required to prevent a "tail-sitter": Assembly was easy, as the Hasegawa kit has a very decent fit. I started painting with the base color, Aluminium. Then I applied Olive Drab to the upper surfaces and Grey to the undersides. Paint chips were done using Vaseline creme.
  7. I'm doing a double build this time (on separate threads), one of which is a Hasegawa F-15C Bitburg MiG killer in 1/72 scale. Why this one? Because I want to do one in Mod Eagle and the other in the older ghost gray scheme. Decals will come from the excellent Two Bobs "Eifel Eagles" set. The kit will be the basic Hasegawa kit which I have already built numerous times so this will be a relatively quick and painless build (I also have a lot of time on my hands!). The kit itself has good fit, although the engines are a bit fiddly and the nose section fit with the fuselage has some alignment issues. Surprisingly for a Hase kit, the cockpit has phenomenal detail not least the avionics bay; overall one of the best I have seen in 1/72 scale. The rest of the kit shows some age, although the panel lines are nice and thin, there's no rivet detail at all and there's a bit of flash here and there. Anyway, let's get on with it: first steps were the cockpit parts and painting some of the fuselage interior bits.
  8. Been a while since posting on here, finished a couple and started a few since. One that crossed the finish line was the L-39 from Eduard... From this kit (they reboxed the hell out of it) enough waffle, here's some beauty shots... In place of a series of photos of the build, I opted to just make a video of the full build process, owing to Pinterests horrific upload system. Hope you enjoy! (Also more stills at the end of the vid) Cheers!
  9. Hello, this is my 1/72 Revell B-17F, dressed as "Shamrock Special". Built from the box with the help of Eduard masks. Painted with Gunze acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for your interest. Best wishes and happy Easter Holidays from Vienna! Roman
  10. USAF 24" Tail Code Markings 1:72 USAFline Tailcodes for USAF aircraft or "Distinctive Unit Aircraft Markings" came about during the Vietnam War as a way of identifying individual aircraft once camouflage was applied to aircraft. White was used at first though this later changed to black. The sheet here is the black one, however the white one is exactly the same. The sheet provides 24" tailcodes with appropriate serial numbers. Also supplied are 6" marking letters for aircraft which never carried tailcodes. The sheets are continuous film, well printed and colour dense. Conclusion Many modellers want different markings that the kits supply, these sheets from USAFline have made this easier. Highly recommended. Black White Review samples courtesy of
  11. Hi everyone, Just completed my attempt at building a `Skoshi Tiger` Freedom Fighter from Wolfpacks issue of the 1/48 Kinetic kit Completed as an F-5C of 4503rd TFS, USAF, Vien Hoa AFB, South Vietnam, 1965 Built mostly from the box contents, which is the Kinetic kit with resin refuelling probe and ejector seat, but I added bombs from a Hasegawa weapons set, ....... ..... some armour plate to the lower forward fuselage and replaced the rear view mirrors with some made from thick tin foil This kit came with sprues moulded in different colour plastics and didn`t go together as well as my previous Kinetic build and req`d lots of filler and sanding. `Skoshi Tiger was the name given to the combat evaluation detachment prior to it being selected for use by the VNAF Here it is with my VNAF build I did some time ago Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  12. CMK(?) is to to release a 1/48th MA-1A USAF start cart (generating high velocity air for starting an aircraft jet engine) resin kit - ref. 8054 Source: http://www.specialhobby.net/2017/01/8054-ma-1a-usaf-start-cart-148.html 3D renders V.P.
  13. Roman Schilhart

    B-17F "Shamrock Special"

    Dear fellow Britmodellers. I am currently working on Revell's 1/72 B-17F kit, which contains markings for B-17F-10-BO, serial 42-29591, LL-Z, The Shamrock Special, 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron. Revell's instructions are a bit vague: - Revell's painting/marking section show "Shamrock Special" with a astrodome. (The astrodome is not mentioned in the build instructions though.) As "Shamrock" is an early production B-17F (F-10 block), should it have an astrodome - or the flat transparent panel? I have found two period photographs of "Shamrock", but can't tell for sure which part should be fitted. Information on this subject is welcome. Thanks!
  14. Hello, here's my rendition of Kovozávody Prostejov's Piper L-4, dressed as General Patton's personal aircraft in France, 1944. Having recently built their new Mustang and Lavochkin La-5, I was suprised by the rough nature of this kit. It's a typical short-run affair with heavy sprue gates that extend onto the kit's parts, some oversized parts and poor fit, especially around the glasshouse and nose section. The wheels are a joke. They should be round - well, you know what wheels should look like. The items in the KoPro kit suffer from offset moulding and look horrible. Because of their relatively small size no replacements were found in my wheel spares, so I took the task of sanding them to shape as good as I could. The decals aren't the best either, they are relatively thick and have a strong carrier film that remained visible even after I've coated with Alclad Gloss. Plus, the Blue of the US Stars is too bright. Because of the small size on the fuselage, no replacements could be sourced from the decal spares box. To bring this kit up to modern standards you will need to invest a lot of time, effort and patience. I added the boarding steps from scratch. The model was painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. I'm not very happy how this little model turned out, but on the other hand I'm grateful to KoPro for releasing a kit of this important military and civilian airplane. With best wishes from Vienna, have a good day! All pictures taken by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes.
  15. modelling minion

    Mildenhall/Lakenhaeth visit

    Hi all, Got some time off work in September (the 2 middle weeks) and I am thinking of paying RAF Mildenhall and Lakenheath a visit to see whats flying around. Does anyone know if any exercises or visitors are planned for that time frame and where the best places are to park up and do a bit of spotting. Thanks in advance. Craig.
  16. Hello and thanks for your interest, this is my 1/72 Hasegawa B-24J, representing "The Shack" of 458th Bomb Group, 754th Squadron. The model was built using aftermarket parts from Eduard, CMK, Aires, True Details, Scale Aircraft Conversions and Decals from Sky Models Italy. This beast fought me for over 18 months. Most work went into the paint job. It was painted with Alclad lacquers, which require a perfectly smooth surface preparation. Due to the massive weight (90g) I chose to use metal landing gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. ... and here is how it all started.... lots of aftermarket items, lots of motivation and optimism! Cockpit interior: Interior detailling underway: Fuselage halves before closing up: Cockpit again: A lot of weight went into the foward area of the fuselage to prevent a tail-sitter: Model primed Gloss Black (Tamiya14) in preparation for Alclad paints: Paint issues all along the way, of course all my own fault: Making the mask for the code letter "E": Final bits and pieces.... Glad I finished this, even if it took some time and a lot of Patience. But have a look here - there's already a "roll-out" queue on my workbench: Thanks for lookin'. See you next time! Best wishes from Vienna Roman
  17. MHU-12 Munitions Trailer - Duel Set 1:72 Videoaviation The MHU-12 munitions handling trailer is used by the USAF to transport munitions between the storage areas and the flightline. It can be changed to accommodate a wide variety of munitions. Two hinged deck panels in the centre of the trailer bed fold open to provide access. The trailer can generally carry bombs in one configuration, and missiles in the other. In the missile configuration it can carry larger missiles on the bed of the trailer (such as AIM-7 or AIM-120) a second higher layer can carry smaller missiles (such as the AIM-9). It is also available with a flat bed for general usage. The Kit Videoaviation already had this trailer available in the bigger scales, they have now scaled it down for the lovers of the one true scale The added benefit in the smaller scale is that it is available in a duel boxing. Each trailer has two main bed panels, the centre part, front & rear axles, missile & bomb chocks, upper missile rails, tow bar and 4 wheels. The is crisp with good casting and no bubbles present. Conclusion This is an important part in getting munitions to the flightline and will look great in any US Airfield diorama. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Kit - Academy 1:48 Paint - All Xtracolour enamels. Decals - Superscale 48-753 & Microscale 48-063 (stencils) Extras - Aeroclub white metal ACES 2 seat, AIM-9P from Hasegawa Weapons Set B F-15A Eagle Assigned to Commander: 5th FIS, Air Defence Command Minot AFB, 1987 Definitely not one from the 'top drawer' but looks quite imposing in the cabinet (as long as you don't look too closely). My thanks taking the time to look and/or comment, and as ever all criticism, comments and questions are welcome. Ian.
  19. Technically this is not 100% done given I still need to add the photoetched seatbelts, the mirrors and the navigation lights. But I won't be able to get back to it for a couple weeks (deep into finishing up an Eagle Transporter right now for a convention), so I felt it was decent enough to post it as is. I took on this project as a quickie build to get my modeling mojo back. Lately I didn't feel like working on much of anything as the long projects just seemed to get longer with not much reward to show for it. I also recently picked up Trumpeter's NASA T-38C kit and while it is a good kit, it still needed some modifications and I didn't feel comfortable with doing the work just yet. What I needed was an out of the box build. So, I ended up with this to help my creativity and help me get a handle on what was needed for when I tackle the NASA T-38N I want to build later. I know, the Wolfpack kit is better. But this one fit together very well and looks good. The canopies are the biggest issue, but their shape problems aren't as noticeable with the canopies open all things considered. The rest of the model captures the classic T-38 lines rather nicely and I am more than happy with the results. Tamiya Fine White primer was used and over that I sprayed on Gunze Mr Base White 1000 as a base coat. Before adding the gloss coat of Tamiya Pure White spray TS-26, I used a mechanical pencil to draw on the panel lines and a Sakura Pigma Micron black pen with a .005 tip to accent the control surface splits as a form of pre-shading. It worked reasonably well as you can see it far away, but it is visible up close. The markings I used came from SuperScale sheet 48-905 and I selected this scheme because my local club was having a SAC contest at the next meeting. I finished it for the meeting and it took first place. T-38s were used by the 9th SRW as both proficiency trainers and chase planes and they looked good in the yellow striped livery they wore in the late 1980s. But, the decal sheet I used had some problems as the colors weren't quite right for the yellow, the stripe shape was off and even the USAF titles and national insignias weren't right. So I ended up having to use some proper lettering from other sheets. The national insignias came from a Testors F-5A kit. The decal instructions also had some errors, meaning I had to really scramble for references (which are surprisingly few for these specific planes). But I think I pulled it off. All the markings went down just fine with Microsol. Even the candy stripe decal on the pitot tube isn't quite right as it is too skinny. But, live and learn for next time. One thing I am very happy with though is the off-white coloring of the windscreen border. I know, it should be inside, not outside. But, application of a little 0.7 mm Aizu tape (same as Tamiya, just cut into finer widths) represented it nicely. I brushed on a little thin white glue to keep it from curling up with age. I was going to paint it in a pale tan coloring, but the yellow coloring of the tape looked close enough and I kept it as is. Now I'm on a T-38/ F-5 kick, so expect a few more builds of Northrop's nimble birds in the not too distant future, starting with a NASA T-38 or two.
  20. Killingholme

    Cold war USAF C-130 decals?

    Hi all, Apologies for this being a (deliberately) open ended question: Does anyone know of any currently available decals (1/72) for an early C-130 in USAF service? I'm thinking something classic- either using a bog standard Italeri C-130E kit, or even backdating the same to an 'A' or 'B'. There really doesn't seem to be much out there- all the USAF schemes available seem to be grey machines from the 80s or 90s, and the earlier 60's schemes are usually Commonwealth... Failing that- does anyone know of a good scheme which would be easy enough to make up from spare decals/ generic sheets? Will
  21. A.M.U.R. Reaver released a new resin set to improve 1/32 aircraft such as F-15, F-16, F-111, A-10, CH-53, Swiss Hawker Hunter F.Mk.58. Set will contain four standard dispensers and four with double-sized cells.
  22. Old Viper Tester

    Cruise Missile Chase Mission

    In watching giemme's WIP of a 1/72 F-4C, I've been adding some info on the F-4, at least as I knew it in the 1980s. Sometimes I get carried away and can kill a thread with too much extraneous information, so this topic is to relate some info that giemme's thread has brought to the front of my little brain without dragging his thread way off course. The 6510th Test Wing at Edwards AFB maintained a relatively large fleet of F-4 variants for flight test support: RF-4Es for the USAF Test Pilot School curriculum, an F-4D used a a "Pacer" aircraft for pitot static calibration flights of other test aircraft, and a flight of F-4Es for the Cruise Missile safety chase mission. All of the F-4s were fair game for use as safety or photo chase missions against F-15s, F-16s, B-1s, etc. They were also used as radar targets for F-15s and F-16s, sometimes carrying electronic threat simulator pads such as ALQ-188 variants. Cruise missile chase was a rather unique mission... The Air Force Flight Test Center inherited a flight of early model F-4Es when the Thunderbirds gave up their Phantoms in favor of T-38s because of the 1970s oil "crisis". These aircraft had several modifications that would have to be removed to turn them over to operational units. It was just easier to turn them over to Air Force Systems Command, which was used to operating modified and odd-ball aircraft. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0319%206512ts%2019840730%20cr_zpscgfnm7hu.jpg The long-range missions would consist of up to six F-4s and a KC-135 tanker. The first chase pair would meet the launch B-52 near the launch point (ALCM) or orbit the submarine launch point (SLCM) in the Pacific. The tanker and other chase aircraft would loiter at points along the intended missile path to the impact or recovery location. The F-4s would follow the missile as it went through its paces, when fuel would become low, they would radio for the next pair to rendezvous and pick up the chase, once the new pair were chasing the missile, the relieved pair would head for the tanker, this tag-team act would continue until the missile crashed, was "terminated", or impacted on the range target. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0377ALCMchase.jpg Take-off http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0377%206512ts%2019850528%2013_zpskskyo79i.jpg The upper wing surfaces were painted white to facilitate finding the team chasing the missile waiting to be relieved, since most of the chase was as low-level and the air refueling and loitering was done at around 25,000 ft. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0377%20850518%206512ts%2018_zpshycxr9ro.jpg Note that the white extended below the wing leading edge. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0289%206512ts%2019840831_zpsltx8heyq.jpg Note '289 sports a small grey deer silhouette on the splitter plate. Denotes a "kill" after hitting a deer on landing at Eglin AFB while on a cross country mission. For a while, the aircraft had the legend "DEER SLAYER" on the cannon fairing in two-inch high black letters. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-02896512ts84083106.jpg Over the mines near Boron CA http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-03298407286512ts.jpg Returning from Dugway http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0289%206512ts%2019840831%2014_zps1j4xom5q.jpg Final approach in the lead http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0289%206512ts%2019840831%2012_zpshopgrhsv.jpg Final approach on the wing after a training mission (no external tanks) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0284%206512ts%20850124%2037_zpslrcbl2sb.jpg roll-out http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0319%206512ts%2019850121%2023_zpslmbiqn83.jpg Sven
  23. One of the benefits or living between York and the East Coast is that i sit right below one of the RAF's training areas and in the good old days was lucky enough to watch Harriers, Jags and the odd Canberra and Nimrod etc flying about. These days its Typhoons, Tornado's and F15's (could be worse!). So now the USAF have kindly sent over some of their Raptors I have geared myself for the ensuing entertainment. Office window has been cleaned and Bino's cleaned and sitting at the ready on the window ledge! If I had some brain cells I might be able to track their movements but alas I have no idea how to do this. So in effect I am now on QRA! Chris
  24. On a rare occasion I do finish a model. This time it came out like that: (some last adjustments:) and here we go: Ok, enough. Off to the scrapyard Full story can be found here http://www.kampfgruppe144.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3271. Short story: Panel lines (Matchbox-style) were removed, some brass bits from upcoming Shelf Oddity set added. And then there was miserable process of filling and sanding and filling and sanding and filling and sanding and filling and sanding and... which seemed to have no end. But finally I got to dust off my airbrush. Metal parts are AK Xtreme Metal (easy and foolproof). Kit decals turned out to be excellent (save for NACA tail band), panel lines were reinstated using pencil and shaky hand and this is it.
  25. Hi, here's my 1/72 Tamyia Thunderbolt built from the box. WZ-P was fflown by Lt.Col. Benjamin Mayo with 84th FS/78th FG, Duxford/England, 1944. Painted with Alclad II Metallics and Gunze Acrylics. Thanks for your interest. Best wishes from Vienna, Roman
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