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  1. Hello all... Well heres my entry for this build, the venerable Fujimi 1/72 A-7D. I’ve built A-7’s before but i’ve never built one of these Fujimi kits before. They look great from what i can see, and have been chomping at the bit to start it. Here are the obligatory sprue shots. Markings will be S.E.A. Camouflage and either 23rd FIG (Flying Tigers) from England AFB La. Or the 354th out of Korat RTAFB 1972. See everyone next week. Dennis
  2. I had originally posted some images of A-7D 69-6217 of the 6512th Test Squadron at Edwards AFB back in July 2018. I've since found a few more slides... August 1984 In the lead with 69-6194 July 1989 Thanks for looking, Sven
  3. A-7D 69-6194, operated by the 6512th Test Squadron, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, October 1984. Headed toward the Superior Valley weapons range with a single SUU-20 loaded with six BDU-33 practice bombs. Store separation cameras are mounted on the intake, left wing tip and the aft fuselage to record the BDU-33 releases. Name beneath the windscreen is Maj Gen Peet Odgers, the AFFTC commander. Lined up on Runway Departing Edwards pattern Doing our all-around visual inspection to confirm "Clean and dry" Dropping singles Looks like one BDU-33 doesn't want to go Confirming a "hung" bomb Returning to base (RTB) with one BDU-33. Thanks for looking, Sven
  4. Finished the 1/72 Fujimi A-7D kit, circa 1973, from England AFB, LA, using an aftermarket cockpit set and decals scrounged from the spares box. Build thread is here for those interested: A-7D Build It was a great kit and fun to build. Thanks for looking, Ed
  5. Hi, Didn't think I.d be able to start a new build before next years, but the modeling gods have smiled upon me! Therefore, I shall begin a model that I've badly wanted to do for a long time. The model I want to build is this one, rather poorly photographed sometime in '72 or '73 at MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL. Wish I'd had better photo-taking skills in those days!!! The reason for this build is that I wanted to replicate an old model I'd built, in around '73-'74, using IIRC the old Airfix kit of that era. I sold off this and many other models during a divorce, and I have missed it ever since. It was one of the very best I'd built in that long-ago time... A copy of a very badly-taken Polaroid photo is shown below: While that old Airfix kit is still not bad, it suffers from pretty much no cockpit detail, etc. I shall use a later kit this time, the (also by now old) Fujimi kit, which also depicts a 23rd TFW aircraft, albeit from the 74th TFS, and it features the wrap-around camo circa 1980, and a tail band with stars, which my model precedes. Luckily, a deep spares box will help out with the correct markings. I will also use an aftermarket A-7D cockpit set, I think from Aires: Since I wanted to shows the pilot ladder deployed, I'll begin there first drilling, then filing out the openings in the left fuse half, as well as the lower nose piece: Since this will be complicated by the intake duct work, I had to fill the backside of the holes ith the thinnest tape I could find, in this case two-sided: I will ran some thin CA cement over the tape to toughen it up a little, but it will eventually be just primed and painted white, inside and out. Because of the aftermarket cockpit set, a lot of cutting and sanding was required to get the 'pit to fit the model: "A" shows the original cockpit look, "B" shows where the fuse halves are cut away (both sides, and various protruding items are sanded off, while "C" shows how much material needed to be sanded off the cockpit tub. I quit when I started sanding through on the sides! Next the two lower nose pieces were glued together, and when dry primed with Mr. Surfacer 500 to remove the join seam and overlap the tape (not shown here): On the right above, after gluing the fuse sides together around the aftermarket cockpit, some gap was left on the bottom of the nose, despite clamping. This gets filled with glued-in scrap plastic sheet: When dry, this will be trimmed with a #11 blade and then sanded smooth, the filled in need be. While that's drying, it's time to take a break. See you later when I resume the build. Ed
  6. A-7D, s/n 69-6217, was a support jet with the 6512th Test Squadron at Edwards AFB. It was primarily used as a trainer for the USAF Test Pilot School (TPS) and as a support aircraft for other aircraft test flights, usually F-15s or F-16s. October 1983, loaded up for an open house static display August 1984 safety chase proficiency mission. I'm in the RCP of an F-4. During the mission we trade off providing chase coverage for each other. July 1989 during a weapons delivery proficiency mission. The trapezoid markings on top of the wing are for optical tracking during TPS spin training/evaluation missions, making it easier to identify the top of the aircraft with ground-based cameras. TPS would spin the A-7 both upright and inverted. On the run-in to the target Just released a BDU-33 practice bomb January 1989 September 1992 - all will be gone in 1993 Thanks for looking, Sven
  7. Colorado Air National Guard at Red Flag exercise at Nellis AFB in February 1981. USAF s/n 69-6206 70-0929 70-0970 70-0985 71-0341 72-0199 72-0231 72-0243 Thanks for looking, Sven
  8. In early 1981, A-7Ds started showing up on the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing ramp next to the 422nd Fighter Weapons Squadron parking lines. These jets were unusual in that they carried no identifying unit markings and their presentation of the USAF serial numbers on the vertical tail were in very small numbers. A few of us with access to the 422 and weapons school lines caught the first few jets on film in the first week that they were there. Then someone realized that too many people had access to the jets and that area of the ramp got its own security identifier and access was no more when the remaining four or five jets showed up. All we were told was that these jets were at Nellis for a Special Project and nothing more. The rest of the story was that these jets were the initial equipment for the 4450th Tactical Group, the unit providing initial and continuation training for the F-117 unit at Tonapah range. There wasn't anything special about the jets, the security measures were to minimize access to the maintainers and aircrew that were later to go up range to play with Black Jets. The jets moved up range after a couple of months and were not seen again. When the F-117s were officially revealed to the world, these were the A-7s that appeared in Euro One camouflage carrying the 4450th unit shield and the "LV" tail code. (Apologies for the color cast on the first two images, wasn't able to remove it with Photoshop without making the rest of the image weird.) 69-6198 69-6201 69-6244 70-1023 Thanks for looking, Sven
  9. Hi again chaps, I've deviated from the Phantom to pick out a different jet type, the LTV A-7D Corsair II. These images were taken during a visit to the 125th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Tulsa, Oklahoma. I hope there are some SLUF lovers out there? Martin
  10. YA-7D, USAF s/n 69-6195, recently transferred from the 3246th Test Wing at Eglin AFB FL to the 6510th Test Wing at Edwards AFB CA. At the time, the 3246th belonged to the Air Force Armament Division at Eglin, the 6510th belonged to the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards. That’s the Armament Division shield on the forward fuselage. The Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) shield is on the other side. Surprised that the paint shop replaced the Armament Division tail band (white with red diamonds) with the AFFTC band (blue with white Xs), but didn't remove the shield at the same time. Note the US Navy style air refueling probe aft of the nose radome characteristic of the YA-7D. Images from a practice safety chase mission in 1984. Armament Division shield removed, surprised it wasn’t replaced with the AFFTC shield. Camo has certainly weathered over the three years since the above photo, including faded national insignias… The red portion of the insignia is the first to be baked away by the desert sun. Seen this effect on many F-4s stationed at Nellis AFB in the 1970's as well. Just a touch of staining beneath the aft fuselage... Left side, well-worn national insignia. That’s the AF Systems Command badge on the forward fuselage peeking out beneath the wing pylons. Turning final over Rogers Dry Lake. Note the RAT is deployed. Looks like the right wing flap and the outboard leading edge flaps have been replaced from a bird with wrap-around camo. Marvelous what depot maintenance and a coat of paint can do. In 1985 as the AFFTC commander’s aircraft… travel pod at the ready on the inboard wing pylon. Thanks for looking, Sven
  11. When the 353rd TFS & 355th TFS of the 354th TFW deployed to Thailand for operations over Vietnam, their aircraft retained all their identifying unit markings, which seems to have been fairly rare among units in Southeast Asia. There are a couple of items regarding these markings that I'm still unsure of, but I'm sure someone here knows what I'm trying to find out. Basically, I have two questions: (1) The aircraft displayed a red or blue band at the top of the fin, which typically identifies the squadron within the wing, but which was which? (2) The Wing badge (the white shield in the photo above) was applied to both sides of the fuselage on most aircraft, but occasionally, the squadron badge was displayed on the port side instead. Was this done throughout the wing at a certain time, or did have some other significance, or was there no real pattern to it? In fact, were squadron badges applied at all while the wing was in Thailand, or were they only used at home? 355th TFS insignia: 356th TFS (3rd squadron of the 354th TFW, not deployed to Thailand) Thanks in advance for any help.
  12. At the RAF Hendon show last month I snagged a Hobbyboss A-7D Corsair to see if I could top that Century Wings diecast version…delusional me… My eyesight sucks so most of this was attempted with me squinting like Mr Magoo despite an up to date prescription. Mainly out of the box, no after market embellishments aside from seat belts made from 0.4mm masking tape and scratched instruments using plasticard. HobbyBoss do not include a decal or anything for the front office avionics. Which is surprising. Office decked out with brass wire as ejection handles…. Painted cockpit but effect looks rough so hoping from afar it won't...… Avionics bay Filling wing roots, also seams needed treatment, but nothing too dramatic. Fit was good with this kit… Primed and pre-shaded….although I always seem to obscure the pre-shade. I shoot Halfords grey primer through an airbrush but should have polished surface before paint. Attempting freehand SEA camo – first timer as ditched the blu tac white worms in this scale so was a little nervous….here goes.. All three colours down (UK made Humbrol formula..but soon to defect to Gunze)….seems okay to my eye but I’m too fat fingered to get that perfect look that others amazingly achieve around here… Applying post shading filters by adding yellow to primary colours and then white to enhance the centre of randomly selected panels. Spraying at very low psi. Klear airbrushed for gloss and then polished with micromesh- should have polished before the Klear..live and learn. The boring bits…..spraying the tiny bits…like watching paint dry… Since the above sprayed more Klear as surface was not glossy enough…..decals next week and hoping to finish….. Thanks Sanjay..
  13. I finished this one earlier tonight, having started it back in September for the Vietnam group build. I got the kit in a model shop in Madrid last July and when someone posted photos of the real "Molar Marauder" I searched out the Two Bobs decal set to allow me to build it. The plane only had this goofy dental artwork for a single day as the Sergeant who painted it dutifully followed the instructions of the young pilot who gave him the design of the artwork, but when the Sqn. Commander saw what it looked like the plane was quickly repainted. I don't think the aircraft ever took to the air with this mouth painted on it! The kit itself was a challenge, I thought the construction of the wings was complex and not everything fitted that well. Also the undercarriage doors were a complete pain to position. I used an Eduard photoetch set for the interior and exterior, a set of resin wheels, an Aires ejection seat (on which I used the Eduard photoetch), an Eduard mask set and some Furball canopy trim decals. Link here to the build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234988177-148-hasegawa-vought-a-7d-corsair-ii-molar-marauder/
  14. I recently bought this kit on a trip to Madrid, and then I saw a post here about this particular aircraft with the goofy teeth (which only lasted less than a day before being painted over, I think in fact it probably never flew with these markings!) and I knew that I had to build my Corsair II as the "Molar Marauder"! I contacted Two Bobs decals and ordered this set directly from them. In addition I got a set of decals for the canopy seals, some resin wheels, a resin seat and the appropriate Eduard photoetch set for this kit. I've still a little work left on my RAF Mustang III and I keep promising my daughter to do some work on her Red Arrows Hawk, but I hope to get started on this one soon.
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