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  1. It's been a while since my last post, or since my last finished model. But here's another one at last. This is the old ESCI S-3S Viking Sub Hunter. The model was upgraded with the Wolfpack Wing Folded set, the Wolfpack Vertical Tail Wing Fold set, Eduard interior set, Brengun 300gal Fuel tanks, and finished with HAD model decals and stencils. The model represents a Viking form VS-24, on board the Nimitz in 1981, during the Gulf of Sidra incident. A Viking was involved in the incident. Actually it was aircraft 702 from VS-30 Diamond Cutters, stationed on board the USS Forrestal, but to keep de model in line with my Nimitz 1981 project, I finally decided to build a Viking from VS-24. Hope you like. .
  2. Good morning, a few weeks ago, I started my biggest modeling effort so far: the well-known and praised USS Nimitz from Trumpeter. A fine kit, and to make it even better, I got the Eduard set, the Starfighter decal set and some more airplanes. After all, it should look rather busy. My idea is to have the carrier look like this: http://www.thunderstreaks.com/spotting/carrier-visit-uss-nimitz-august-16-17-1976/#prettyPhoto , with some minor changes on the aircraft layout. Let's start with the aircrafts: first problem, the trumpeter ones have folded-out wings, but on the original, almost all wings are folded. So, fist step, is to cut the outer wings, are reglue them straight up. That's however nor possible for the intruder/prowler/skywarrior, since the wings overlap. Corsair and phantoms are easier, they point straigt up, thus painting and decalling should still be possible. After glueing, they receive a small blob of maskol, and a black priming. You see the difference later. That's some 60 aircrafts, of many different types and colours. And that's why I build the old one, still with the phantoms. After the black priming, I airbrushed the white, and then brush painted the light gull grey. The decals are the ones provided with the trumpeter kit, only 6 corsairs of the "sidewinder"-squadron. And you can see, the cockpit without the black priming is far too bright. And that's a corsair with black priming and the starfighter decals. They are nice to handle, but still can drive you crazy. All decals are separate, where they could have been grouped together. In the front fuselage, there are some 6 decals on each side, which could have beed grouped easily together. Oh, another nice point of the black priming: the intake looks rather realistic. If you don't spray the white head-on, it looks like the real thing, as it is dark grey. With some more 60 aircrafts to go, don't expect an update too soon... it took me 90 minutes for one aircraft, but the others have a bit less decals than the corsairs. Alex
  3. Well - Never imagined myself in this zoo. Box doesn't even say a manufacturer, looks like the only other 1/800 Nimitz is Otaki - I think this is a copy. A vague recollection of buying this kit cheap from Hypervalue in Gloucester, when my son was quite small. He's now 23, and has just returned home from University! Here are the parts. And the air-wing There's no colour plans in the kit, so at risk of straying into what-if territory, I've just airbrushed the hull and bridge Humbrol 126 Medium grey.
  4. Took a boat trip out to the George Bush and harbour tour, the rain thankfully held off. IMGP7284 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7283 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7279 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG0232_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG0185_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG0184_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG0180_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG0179_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG0138_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG0106_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG0090_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG0083_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG0218_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr The USS Donald Cook (outboard) and USS Phillipine Sea (Inboard) IMGP7291 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr HNoMS Helge Ingstad IMGP7296 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr Just a small selection of the pictures I took around the George Bush, hope you like Willy
  5. Hi Everyone, Here is my 6th completed build of 2015, the Revell 1:720 scale Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76. The Ronald Reagan is the ninth of ten Nimitz class aircraft carriers and the only one to be named after a still living former president at the time of her christening in 2001. Here is the link to her page on Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Ronald_Reagan She is the sister ship of USS Theodore Roosevelt (which recently visited the UK). CVN-76 is to replace the USS George Washington (CVN-73) as the forward deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. Anyway here are the photos. My only criticisms with this kit are the extremely weak propellor shafts and the decals for the flight deck markings which are extremely hard to position straight and twist easily. Thanks for looking. ATB, Rick
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