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  1. Academy is to release in 2019 a new tool 1/72nd Grumman F-14A Tomcat "VF-143 Punkin Dogs" kit in the MCP (Multi Color Parts) serie - ref. 12563 Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047967-academy-catalog-2019/&do=findComment&comment=3218086 Box art V.P.
  2. This kit, very similar to this Israeli Eagle, which I built in 2017 This kit from Kit Rescue at IPMS Avon2018 show. Halh of a double-deal with this Italeri EF-111A Raven, negotiated down to £15 for the pair. For which I have ideas to contrast the grey camo. But approach with caution, as the decals on that linked Academy were VERY fragile. And a view of the parts. This kit has raised surface detail.
  3. Well, having finished my first A model Tomcat using the Hobbyboss kit with some aftermarket and scratch added details, I’ve settled on what will be the next one, and have opened the box on an Academy kit. Plenty have already waded in on the aspects of this kit and I don’t want to repeat what’s already be said, so I’m going to share my thoughts, plans, tribulations, etc as I start, plan and progress this one. Choosing a model I’d had a number of boxes open, trying to decide which to start on next, a KA Models one, Hasegawa (I got the retool after ordering an old one by mistake first –
  4. Another Cold War USAFE jet, the mighty air superiority fighter the F-15 Eagle. This particular aircraft was based at Bitburg during the 1980s, including stints holding fully armed 'Zulu Alert' status, waiting for the klaxon to sound ordering a scramble. Could it be swarms of MiGs, or just a lost civvie straying too close with the wrong flight plan? Fortunately it was almost always the latter, and 84-019 is now based at Lakenheath with the 493rd FS. Here she is from those halcyon days for aircraft spotters in full 53rd TFS 'Tigers' markings.
  5. I'm itching to build something and I don't want to wait until Saturday for the Interceptors GB to start, so here's a side project. I've really been enjoying Academy's 1/72 F-14A kit with the newer tooling, and I figured I'd give one of their other kits a try. Decals from Twobobs, as I wanted a non-gray color scheme, and I think for this one I'll go for the desert tan scheme. I'll be working this one off and on as time allows. The Flanker I'm building for the Interceptors GB will take priority, so I've got a few days to make some good progress on this, and I
  6. My entry will be a F-89J from the ANG in the late 60s in ADC gray. The kit comes with 6 wing pylons with 4 Falcon and 2 Genie missiles but I couldn't find any pictures of an ANG plane with all 6 pylons so I asked on the Cold War forum. It turns out for the ANG the USAF removed the Falcons and pylons (electrics too sensitive) leaving the Guard with nuclear rockets only. Reference material, sprue shot and decals; there are 3 Iowa ANG planes to choose from on decalsheet; photos of one are very common, so I will probably go with that. Need to finish my build in Vietnam GB now.
  7. I've been reading Mark Bowden's book Hue 1968 recently, and one of the things the USMC brought into Hue to turn it into a big pile of rubble, was the M50 Ontos. This was a US Army hand-me-down small tracked vehicle with 6 recoilles rifles mounted on top of it. These proved quite usuable in blasting holes in walls, allowing infantry to go through buildings and walls, rather than use the streets where they an easy target for snipers. I'm using the Academy kit, which was first released about 10 years ago, so it's quite a decent modern kit. It comes with some PE for things like fender
  8. This is where I re-enlist for a second tour, with the Academy 1/72 F-4J Phantom - same kit as Enzo. I had this kit earmarked for Aces, but that's not getting to the bunfight. This kit was an Amazon purchase in 2015, for £22.95. An unusual kit in that it can be built snapfit, without cement, AND with stickers as well as decals. Aimed at the toy market - lets see about the model market then. Decals for Showtime 100, the US Navy's only Ace crew - Lieutenant Randall H. Cunningham (pilot) Lieutenant William P. Driscoll (RIO) This aircraft, this F-4J callsign
  9. Hi! A few days ago I finished the F-15E from the Academy. Easy construction, very good detail. I just changed the nozzles to Aires. Main color painted FS36118 from AK RC. I also used Tamiya, Gunze, Vallejo and AK Xtreme metal paints.
  10. Hello guys! Here's a model I had never posted in here, my second Ta 183 from Academy with markings for Erich Hartmann's aircraft.
  11. Hello guys, I finished my Super Etendard yesterday. I used Revell acrylics and a brush to paint the model.
  12. My first Academy 1/48th F-4B Phantom, I started this kit three years ago however she went on the shelf of suspended doom when I started to get frustrated with airbrushing with acrylic paints. I re-started her a few weeks ago, to be quite honest it was a 'just get it finished' job and it remained that way until I started to apply the decals. Somehow the ugly duckling turned into a swan, or at least something approaching that. This is the end result: 20201018_124319 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr This was my first build of the Academy Phantom. I am used to the ESCI/Italeri a
  13. Introducing this kit, that cost me £2.50 at FAAM show in 2003. The boxart option is 1941, thus ineligable for this GB. Parts. this kit was borrowed by another IPMS club member for some measurements, hence the fuselage parts are taped together. These are the two options applicable for this GB - I'm currently undecided.
  14. Re-enlisting with the Navy, with this Academy Helldiver Bought in 2006 for £10.99. Parts Building an overall blue option
  15. After the 2019 programme (link) here's the first Academy newsletter of the year. Source: http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=12089&pCategory=NEWS2 The aircraft kits pages - 1/72nd - ref. 12567 - Boeing F/A18F Super Hornet "VFA-2 Bounty Hunters" - 1/72nd - ref. 12569 - LM F-35B Lightning II "VMFA-121 Green Knights" (Italeri rebox ?) - 1/144th - ref. 12621 - Tupolev Tu-160 "Blackjack" (Zvezda rebox ?) V.P.
  16. Hello everyone Here is my first post in the RFI gallery on this forum. It's Academy PBY-5A Catalina in 1/72 scale. A fine model, not too accurate though . Still, It's my favorite of the flying boats, and I always wanted one on the shelf. Now i find that one is not enough The colors are my mix, using the Mk 1. eyeball to determine the right shade from the available pictures, taking into account the scorching pacific sun. It represents one of the early airframes, so I wanted to give the impression that she was in theatre a long time. Thanks for looking
  17. Hi guys After a long time of prosessing i want share to you my recently build. A Academy F-86 Sabre as Target tug of Montana Air National Guard in 1/48. Hope you like it Happy modelling
  18. Academy is to rebox the Revell F-86D as 1/48th North American F-86D Sabre Dog "ROKAF - 108th Fighter Interceptor Squadron" kit - ref. 12337 Source: http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=12112&pCategory=NEWS5 V.P.
  19. Hi friends I've been in this great britmodeller forum for a year now and i was thinking its time to make my own and my first build progress report here. Since im a huge fan of the F-86 Sabre i choose this one for my premiere, but not in typical NMF or any other camo scheme, no, i want make it in a flying target tug for the Montana Air National Guard at Nellis Air Force Base in 1955. Long time i have these decals already in my cabinet and my fingers tingle now,so here we go Ok the experts of you do knowing the real one was a F-86 A not a F-86F-30
  20. Thought I would give this a try, so in the interest of not embarrassing myself first time round (plenty time for that later, have a 1/72 TSR-2 waiting in my stash...) I picked something that's virtually idiot proof to build. Plus it's a kit that took 2 years to get to my country, much to my annoyance. So, some sexy sprue shots. Box: Part trees in no particular order: Will mainly be using Vallejo paints, with some Tamiya and others. Feel free to pass judgment at my worth as a modeler, good
  21. looking forward to this GB, hopefully I can finish this one, my track record is getting worse. This little lady is winging its way to me Perhaps the phantom will be a popular choice in this GB? I think it will be an exciting chance to try some tricky metallic work at the rear and I love the Phantom in SEA schemes. I’ll enliven it with just a touch of AM mainly this.... and a montex canopy mask Hope it fits in my display cabinet The phantom is a big beast in 1/48!
  22. Hi All, This is my attempt at the Chesapeake, as the SB2U-2 Vindicator was called in FAA service. A batch of 50 Vindicators was originally earmarked for the French Navy, but following the fall of France the order was diverted to the FAA. The Chesapeake was modified to FAA standards, including an extra fuel tank, armour for both crew and 4 wing-mounted 0.303 machine guns. The aircraft were delivered to 811 Sqn at RNAS Lee-on-Solent in July 1941, where it quickly became apparent that the modifications to the aircraft had made it even more underpowered for their planned role of anti-s
  23. Afternoon all, My build rate has slowed up a bit since lockdown restrictions have been relaxed, but I've still been plugging away at the workbench when I can, completing my 14th build of the year this morning. Fittingly, it's the stunning new F-14 from Academy, built completely out of the box as an early A model using the colourful markings of VF-143 'Pukin Dogs' supplied, which performed superbly. Finished as ever using Hataka Orange Line and Alclad, with a touch of Xtracolor here and there too, namely the fin caps, which try as I might I could not get to match the blue colour of
  24. Hi All, My next project is Academy's 1:48 Chesapeake MkI, as the SB2U-2 Vindicator was called in FAA service. A batch of 50 Vindicators was originally earmarked for the French Navy, but following the fall of France the order was diverted to the FAA. The Chesapeake was modified to FAA standards, including an extra fuel tank, armour for both crew and 4 wing-mounted 0.303 machine guns. The aircraft were delivered to 811 Sqn at RNAS Lee-on-Solent in July 1941, where it quickly became apparent that the modifications to the aircraft had made it even more underpowered for their planned ro
  25. Hello all, Biting off more than I can chew no doubt, but here is my second entry (well second thread anyway ) for this Group build, actually consisting of two kits....as you can probably tell from the title... and you have probably also deciphered that it's a pair of F-4 Phantoms for Close Air Support (CAS). If you didn't know, you do now! Both Academy kits, one USMC, the other USAF. First up, F-4B 152258 of VMFA-323 'Death Rattlers' in 1967: Aftermarket: I'll be using Eduard etch, Eduard Mask, Quickboost FOD cove
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