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  1. Due to a streaming cold, I've had a bit of modelling time I didn't expect so I made faster progress on the excellent GWH T33a I picked up at Southwell show. Pretty much out of the box just some aftermarket seatbelts. I used a series of Gunze Sanyo metallic paints for the first time but the flash has washed them out. I finished her as a machine of the 9th FBS based at Komaki AFB, Japan in 1955, using an option on Caracal sheet CD48123, which perform magnificently as always. I found a picture of the aircraft online and was surprised to see a lack of the visible stencilling I associate with USAF aircraft of this era. Thanks for looking.
  2. Silver Fox

    F106A

    I'm going to have stop building these lovely old kits as I'm running out of storage space so this the last for a while. it is the old Revell/Monogram kit from the early 1990s. Pretty much strait out of the box with just some vents cleared out and a bit of extra work in the cockpit. The only addition was a Master nose probe. I used the lovely Caracal decals for a 49th FIS machine based at Griffiss AFB in the 1970s. As always thanks for looking
  3. Well I finally finished my attempt at the Kittyhawk Voodoo. my thanks to Nikolay Polyakov and bentwaters81tfw for there advice, knowledge and inspiration. The kit is a mixture of good and bad, partially as a result of trying to produce the whole F-101 family from a set of moulds. So the intakes are just plan wrong for the A/C models and needed cutting back to the earlier, squared off shape, the slime lights needed removing but mainly the fit took a lot of work even to get it to my botched up state. I used Caracal decals for the scheme, as I tried a few of the Kittyhawk ones and didn't like the colours, though the stencils were fine. As always the Caracal decal were fabulous to work with. The machine I chose to depict ids from a photo on another thread from Bentwaters81tfw and show how they looked later in their brief career. It seems the front section was painted silver, the mid section was Air Defence Grey and the rear was left natural metal. It was a therapeutic job masking and painting this . I'm glad I got the kick up the rear to build this stash sitter but I don't think it will encourage me to buy another one. I've also just noticed I forgot to finish decaling the serial number on the port side. I have been looking at the thing all afternoon but it took a photo for me to spot this!!!! As always thanks for looking.
  4. Good day all A bit of a story: About 15 years ago I built the then-new 1/72 scale kit of the B-58 Hustler from Italeri. It looked really good, was finished with ALCLAD II + ALCLAD's own primer. About 6 months later I noticed that the surface of the model is covered in fine hairline cracks... After consulting around, it seemed that the ALCLAD primer was at fault (poor quality control, same as what clobbered the original ALCLAD company - hence, ALCLAD II). I tried several times to fix it, eventually gave up and tossed it in the garbage can. In the meantime I bought another B-58 kit that I found on eBay + a set of Caracal decals in 1/72 for that kit... The decals turned up much sooner than the kit, and the Caracal decals looked REALLY good so I started thinking - "Hmmm perhaps I should just try to fix that old B-58 once more"... So off I went to check if the trash had been removed yet, actually found the model plus the bits & pieces that got broken off in the trash can (broken eggshells and empty jam bottles etc on top of it had some effect). This time I removed all the old paint including the ALCLAD primer as best as I could. Now being thoroughly disgusted with ALCLAD II products I looked around for an alternative and found two full bottles of Polly Scale "Old Silver" in my stash... All I can say is that 1) Polly Scale being out of business now is a Crime Against Humanity (I should have bought tons of Old Silver) and 2) Caracal Decals is the BEST quality decals I have come across EVER. PS. excuse the poor quality pics (cellphone) and zero attempt at a sexy background...
  5. Silver Fox

    F-106B

    This ones set off so well, I got it at Telford last year and within days of purchase I had the basic assembly done, but from that high point things started to go wrong, and it languished on the shelf of doom. little things like my superglue deciding not to want to stick the undercarriage doors on, and the masking tape deciding not to mask slowed me down but some free time between Christmas and New Year got it finished. the kit decal are odd colours and fonts so I replaced them with the same markings but so much more accurate in all areas from Caracal. Then I lost the nose wheel door.... So that needed to be scratched built. Other than the port intake, the fit was very good and had none of the 'interesting' assembly features of the venerable but still good RevelllMonogram single-seater and I would do anther if the price is right. The final issue was that I had used vinyl masks rather than the usual yellow tape ones I normally use and they must have loosened over the three months since they were attached so there was some bleeding of the varnish onto the canopies. A wiser modeller than I suggests that the canopies sit too high as designed, I'm not so sure but I think a little filing will be in order if I get another one. Thanks for looking.
  6. Silver Fox

    F-106

    This is the final of my triple build of the classic Monogram Century series, I've posted the F-102, and F-101 earlier, but they are lost in the PB fiasco. Anyway this is the earliest of the them all, modelwise, seeing the light of day in the 1983 and yet I think it is the best fitting of the three. Pretty much out of the box apart from a Master Probe, which given the number of times I knocked it during the build was a necessity and a set of the always excellent Caracal decals for a Michigan ANG machine, which sits nicely with another Revell Monogram oldie, my F-4C which where the same unit markings. Now for something smaller... Thanks for looking.
  7. Silver Fox

    T-33 77th FBS

    Back from holidays and I managed to finish this one today. It is the Great Wall Hobbies early T-33, the kit was very satisfying to build with no glitches or pitfalls. I finished it with my usual four different metallics but the sunshine has made them hard to discern. The model is finished as a machine of the 77th FBS, 20th FBW based at RAF Weathersfield in the late 1950's. The decals area mix of kit markings and Caracal sheet CD48123, which performed beautifully as usual. I dfound a photo of the aircraft on line which showed her to be very clean and highly polished at an air display so I kept weathering to a minimum. As always thanks for looking.
  8. Here is my latest foray into the world of Old Monogram. It is a 2007 boxing on the F-101B Voodoo. This kit has long been on my list of 'wants' and has been curiously hard to track down so when Ian at Kits for Cash had it at the Southwell show for a princely £9 I bit his hand off. When I opened the box, not only were there two sets of canopies there were decals from two different boxings of the kit. I had stocked up on a Master brass probe, some Quickboost intakes and a gorgeous set of Caracal decals for a Four ANG machines prior to my purchase so they had to be used. I decided early in the build not to re-scribe the panels lines just to knock back the raised lines with some light sanding to enhance the smooth and sleek lines of the original. This had worked well for my F-102. Sadly after all the anticipation, I really didn't enjoy the build. I expected some fettling and filling but this had to be done in industrial proportions, the whole wing/fuselage/ missile bay just fitted where it touched and I got fed up with the whole process. After languishing on the Shelf of Doom for a couple of months I gave it another chance and this is what I came up with. O-70445 of the 179th FIS, Minnesota ANG. Both the kit and the Caracal decals were a joy to work with and even Photobucket has co-operated today. I had planned to get another one to do as a Texas ANG bird but I doubt I'll bother, So on to the F-106.... Thanks for looking Andy
  9. Now that the Su-7 is finished, my dad started the next Russian built aircraft. This time going more modern and exotic. Using the GWH kit with Caracal decals and doing a Myanmar bird.
  10. Hello, Here's my just finished 1/48 RF-84F. It's the Tanmodel kit, and I used Caracal Decals to do it as one from the 38th TRS, 10th TRW, based at Spangdahlem AB in West Germany between 1955 and 1958. This is part of a little project of mine to build all the different planes and units that were based at Spangdahlem at some point. This is the 5th build for that, after an F-4G, A-10A, F-15C and F-105F. The Tanmodel kit is a lovely model, in my opinion. The panel lines and rivets are a bit deep, and a little inconsistent, and the camera assembly in the nose is a bit tricky to build, but overal it builds up very nice. The decals are a mix of the kit ones, Caracal and the USAF decals on the wings come from an Eagle Strike F-102 sheet. It was painted with Vallejo Metal Color. Thanks for looking, Pete
  11. 1/48 AH-1W Super Cobra NTS 9/11 NYFD Kit: Italeri/Revell rebox Aftermarket: Olimp Models NTS & exhaust conversion, Caracal Decals, Master M197 20mm cannon, lots of BM member input Paint: Revell Enemels done within the fantastic Bell Huey Group build : Work in progress AH-1W Super Cobra NTS 9/11 NYFD great GB it was! thanks for hosting! contents: thanks for your attention! /Werner
  12. This is my attempt at making the specially marked Typhoon in the Battle of Britain scheme using Flt Lt Nicholsons markings. I used the Revell Typhoon kit along with the markings coming from Caracal decals. This is also the first time that I have used spray cans to complete the camo scheme, and you maybe be able to see some patches that did not take and had to be touched up. Also some of the Ser No decals silvered slightly but that is probably down to me.
  13. Silver Fox

    Texas ANG F-4C

    This has been a bit of a workbench squatter, somehow if it could have gone wrong it did. I lost a sprue with some vital bits on which as you can see did eventually turn up. Once assembled I got horrendous paint runs which necessitated stripping it down, then the second bottle of paint I had in stock turned out to be an old empty one and no one had it in stock in the UK. Any road up her she is, not my finest work but at least finished. The kit itself is very cleverly moulded in different colours but in turn that makes it harder to assemble and pretty pointless as it is going to be painted anyway. I had no real issues in assembly and used Hypersonics Tailplanes and ejection seats. The Caracal decals were great to apply and conformed really well. I went for a nice clean machine as that was how it looked on the photos I found on t'interweb. I guess that as Guard machines they would have been well looked after. Thanks for looking.
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