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  1. Howdy everyone, Finally finished the latest addition to my small but growing `Air America` collection, Isra Casts 1/48 Do 28 Agur loosely converted to represent an aircraft used by the CIA airline in Laos during the 1960`s I couldn`t believe it when the kit came out as I`ve always wanted to do one and was thinking it wouldn`t be a too difficult job to convert even though it was manufactured in my 3 most hated mediums........ .....ie, resin, vac form and photo etch Unfortunately I under estimated the amount of changes I had to make and over estimated my ab
  2. Hi all, finished my Testors 1/48 O-2a Skymaster which I`ve done to represent an aircraft of the 23rd TASS, used for night missions over the Ho-Chi-Minh trail during the Vietnam war, call sign `Nail` Scratch built some dodgy front seats and radio gear in the back, also fitted with 7 shot rocket launcher and flare dispenser which I also cobbled together they had the stbd window removed for the observer/navigator to lean out of with a `starlight scope` to search for targets and a cover for the anti collision light, which I also did and some little plates in board of the landing lights
  3. Hi everyone, Just finished my attempt at `loosely` converting Revell`s 1/48 Wessex kit into something that looks vaguely like a S-58T Twinpack .......... .......in the absence of an available kit. Finished to represent a chopper of Air America as used in the early 1970`s by the CIA during the Secret War in Laos Which fills one of the gaps in my small sub theme on the subject. Apart from the work to the nose: I added a cabin roof and converted the seats to look like military examples, added a bit of detail in the cockpit such as coaming over the
  4. Hi Everyone, Thought I`d share some pic`s of my latest addition to my collection of `Secret War in Laos` collection My second attempt at Gallery Models 1/48, H-34 Choctaw kit Finished in the markings of the Royal Laos Air Force, but based at Udorn Thailand and partly operated by Air America during the `Secret War` Built mostly from the box contents, the only differences being, pipes/cables for the winch, brake pipes and, antenna fit, which were sourced from the spares box or carved out of a bit of clothes peg. Improved the kit a bit by removing
  5. Hi Everyone, Hope you don`t mind seeing some pic`s of the latest addition to my `Secret War in Laos` collection My attempt at building an Air America, `D` version Huey from Italeri`s 1/48 Kit Built pretty much from the box contents, omitted the cable cutters and grab rails................ .....replaced the whip aerial on the tail with wire and built the triangular HF Radio antenna above the co-pilots seat from same The decals came from a Saab 91 Safir sheet which are offered as a what-if option....... ...but this is not made clear u
  6. Hi everyone, Whilst I was concentrating on my `Secret War`theme recently I dragged this one off the shelves and gave it a make over, so I thought i`d show you some pic`s of my newly refurbished, 2nd attempt at building a B-26K from the Monogram kit. Finished as an aircraft of the 609th Special Operations Squadron, Used for `Steel Tiger` missions over Laos on the `Ho Chi Mihn Trail`, using the call sign `Nimrod` On my 1st attempt I used a Paragon Designs conversion but wasn`t 100% happy with the nose as it was and I didn`t make a great job of attaching the resin prop` blad
  7. Hi Everone, Just completed my latest `Secret War` build, so I thought I`d share some pic`s Rodens T-28D kit, built to represent an aircraft used by the RLAF during the South East Asia conflict and actually the first `D` I`ve built from the `D` boxing Mostly from the box but added bomb load from a Hasegawa weapons set and..... decals from; Hobbycraft Beaver, the stash and a few from the kit the only other additions are scratch built gunsight and some seat belts Hope you enjoy looking at, Cheers Russ
  8. Hi All, Managed to finish this in the week and get some shots outside before the clouds came back, Model USA 1/48 Cessna Bird Dog Finished to represent an aircraft from the Ravens secret detachment of Air Commandos, FACs from the War in Laos Built OOB except for lack of decals Almost given up hope of getting another of these kits as I wanted to do this subject for a few years now Also a shot of it with its companion Raven, Rodens T-28 and here with my first attempt at the kit from some time back, with kit decals Hope
  9. Howdy everyone, Just finished my latest `Secret War` build, so I thought I`d show you some picks of my attempt at building an `Air America` ( read CIA ) Hughes 500P, dubbed `The Quiet One` from the Academy CHiP`s boxing Specially designed for laying Telephone Cable `Wire Taps` on to North Vietnamese Army communications on the Ho Chi Minh Trail towards the end of the `Secret War` in Laos Could only find 4 photo`s to work from: one prototype, two demonstrators and one `in service` to work from so had to guess quite a bit as to final configuration Modificati
  10. Excuse me, is that an Uzi? Hi guys Finally getting my build up and running. With impending being between jobs starting next week I will have some free time for the first time in as long as I can remember. My build will be the Revell UH-1H Huey (it says on the box) that will be in the Air America scheme. The sprue says UH-1D. The difference between the two is a more powerful engine. The kit is circa 1994 and I recently purchased this off of everyone's favourite auction site. I remember building the kit in my younger days and for an extortionate fee of £3 I fancied a trip down memory lane.
  11. Hi Everyone Just finished my latest `Secret War` build, in the shape of Hellers reissue of Occidentals 1/48 Texan Completed to represent one of the T-6s that were obtained for the Royal Laos Air Force by........ .. the Joint U S Military Assistance Group from the Royal Thai Air Force in exchange for 5 T-37s in 1961. The kit is built mostly from what`s in the box with Seat Belts and Brake Pipes added although I did raise and tidy.... ...the cockpit sill so that the open canopy sat better and aerial mast from a Tamiya Buffalo. The .303
  12. Hi All, I am going to enter with a US clandestine C-130A. I haven't picked an exact airframe, yet, but I only opened the box today, so I don't think I need to rush! Here's an abridged history taken from the excellent research notes created by the Air America archive at UT Dallas: http://www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/cataam/Leeker/aircraft/c130.pdf In late 1961, E-Flight was established within the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron / 315th Air Division at Naha, Okinawa. Unlike other C-130As of the 315th AD, the four or five E-Flight C-130As were uncamouflaged. They had very small
  13. Hi Everyone, Been at this for a long while it seems, delayed a bit of course by Christmas and New Years activity, but finally calling it done: Rodens 1/48 Air America Turbo-Porter, to complement and provide some of the decals for my recent Beech 18 you might remember. The actual kit builds up OK but I had my normal battle with Rodens decals...... which I was in two minds whether to use or try and paint the markings, but in the end chickened out of all that masking Mainly OOB, only additions being: seat belts, antenna, two scoops under the cowlin
  14. Hi all here`s my Roden 1/48 scale T-28 Trojan, completed to represent an aircraft of the 606th Special Operations Squadron based at Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, around the late 1960`s. I actually built this last year some time but have just finished repainting it as I felt that my previous attempt was not `right` The kit actually started out as a `B` version, but is updated with modified Skyraider pylons, weapons from the `stash` Numerous scratch built antenna and Decals from Rodens latest boxing of the kit Spent a long time researching the co
  15. Howdy everyone, finally calling this one done My attempt at Mach 2s boxing of BattleAxe 1/48 scale Beech 18 Finished to represent an aircraft flying with the CIA funded Air America airline during the Vietnam/Secret War The kit is mostly OOB with just a few embellishments, inluding; seat belts, curtains/blinds for the cabin windows.... Sratch built windscreen wiper, some brake pipes and ignition harness for the engines. The decals came from the stash and Rodens Porter kit, the serial no is bogus (it`s what I could find in the spares box )
  16. Hi Everyone, just finished my second Trumpy F-100F build, Done this time as an aircraft of Commando Sabre, Detachment 1, 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Vietnam in the late 1960`s Which were a specialised `Fast Mover Forward Air Controller` outfit, operating over the Ho-Chi-Minh Trail in Laos, Made a few changes to the basic kit, including deletion of the inner pylons, shortening the main gear to improve the sit, re-shaping the nose intake a bit, adding a cross brace and opening the canopy, adding the HUD, and widening the main tyres slig
  17. Hi Everyone Thought I`d take the opportunity to show you my very latest effort; Italeris 1/48 scale UH-1N Twin-Huey Finished to represent a Huey from the 20th Special Operations Squadron, The Green Hornets Who operated under the illusion of being a Psy-War Squadron but in fact dropped and supported Studies and Observation Group Commandos in Vietnam and often `Over the Fence` in Laos and Cambodia. The actual kit airframe is built mostly OOB with just some reworked aerial positions but added; CMK Miniguns with scratch built mounts and rocket
  18. Hi Everyone, thought I`d show you some pic`s of my `Ravens` T-28D Forward Air Controller that I built from Rodens 1/48 T-28B kit Which is another addition to my small but growing collection of unmarked aircraft from the `Secret War` in Laos at the time of the Vietnam conflict Additions include; rocket pods from Roden Mohawk, slightly modified pylons from resin Skyraider set and bits of wire and sheet for the various antenna This is the third build of Rodens T-28 (Fourth if you count the repaint job on the 606th Air Commandos build) with one still in the stash t
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