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  1. Hi all, Fair to say that naval aviation types figure a lot in my builds, whether jets, props or rotors. And I've always had a soft spot for the Grumman C-2 Greyhound - it's the white van of the US Carrier Fleet, bringing anything from post and passengers to spare parts and jet engines to and from aircraft carriers, wherever they may be in the world. Not the prettiest,. Or the fastest. But one of the most important types I think. And sadly lacking in kits for such an important type with a service career dating back to 1965 and only being replaced this year with the Osprey Kit wise, there's Kinetic's lovely recent 1/48 issue and some 1/144 resin offerings. I built the OzMods conversion a couple of years back and while I really enjoyed it, I wanted something in 1/72. There is RHVP's epic resin conversion for the 1/72 Hasegawa Hawkeye (on which the Greyhound is based) but I don't fancy raiding the kids' rainy day fund just yet - besides, I need it for a Bandai PG Falcon someday. So when the chance came to get a Falcon Vacform conversion & donor kit last year, I decided why not - I'll never build a vacform but at least I have a Greyhound in 1/72!. And then...I went and built a vacform Super King Air for the Maritime GB here. With being at home for the immediate future (and waiting on some paint orders to finish some other builds), I thought...maybe it's time to tackle the Greyhound. So here we go, sandpaper and swear words at the ready! Falcon_ Grumman_Greyhound_vacform_1 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cut out from the Falcon set and lined in marker pen liner.. Falcon_ Grumman_Greyhound_vacform_2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Falcon handily give you some template drawings for the internal bulkheads (more on this later) Falcon_ Grumman_Greyhound_vacform_3 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr And a drawing of where they go... Falcon_ Grumman_Greyhound_vacform_4 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr So how big is this pooch? Here's the fuselage bits next to a Revell CL-415 Falcon_ Grumman_Greyhound_vacform_5 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr And next to the slender Fujimi Hawkeye donor that will provide the wings, tail, gear and cockpit Falcon_ Grumman_Greyhound_vacform_6 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Onwards and upwards dear modellers! Thanks for looking, Dermot
  2. Hi all and just finished up this one - I've always wanted a Grumman C-2 Greyhound in 1/72 and felt lockdown was the time to build it! Full build thread plastic bodging is here but to recap: Kits: Falcon 4605 C-2A Greyhound Vacform Conversion with Fujimi E-2 Hawkeye donor Build: Conversion! Extras: None - 30G of nose weight in the kit courtesy of 1c coins Decals: Mix of Fujimi stencils and spares. Painted tails for VRC-30 'Providers' Paints: Halfords Primer, Tamiya Acrylics, Kear, Flory Models Wash, W&N Satin Varnish This is the 2nd vacform I've built and I'm very happy how it turned out. Yes, some goofs along the way and some finishing issues I need to get better at but proud of how it looks. Falcon_Fujimi 1_72_C2A_Greyhound_(9) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Falcon_Fujimi 1_72_C2A_Greyhound_(11) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Falcon_Fujimi 1_72_C2A_Greyhound_(3) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Falcon_Fujimi 1_72_C2A_Greyhound_(4) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Falcon_Fujimi 1_72_C2A_Greyhound_(8) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr If I was to sum up the conversion into pros and cons, i'd probably go with... Pros - Hey, it's a 1/72 Greyhound! - Overall dimensions look right - Plenty of space behind the cockpit for that nose weight - Did I say it's a 1/72 Greyhound?! Cons - Very little surface detail - I drew it on with a pencil because I was scared to scribe it - Kit-supplied bulkhead templates just don't fit (too small) - Kit-supplied Vacform canopy nice and clear but fitting was a bear. - Fujimi donor kit is very basic (no u/c gear detail) and tailplane will need correcting But after all that, I still love it and is one of my favourites. In COD we trust! Thanks for looking and happy modelling. Dermot
  3. Dora Wings is to release a 1/48th Curtiss SNC-1 Falcon kit - ref. ? Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2740877219476171&id=1929101897320378 3D renders V.P.
  4. Hi! Im Fredrik and im new to this forum. Great to be here! I just picked up modeling together with my brother and father (we made a hobby room for dad as a 60 yr gift). Last time i built something was when I was 12. Iron eagle has always been one of my faviorite movies as a kid (still is kind of) so building a F16 was an easy decision. Looking for comments about what to improve techniquewise for my next model. Hopefully I can add some images of the result in daylight when I get back to our hobbyroom . I put the images in the post below.
  5. Amodel is to release 1/72nd Dassault Falcon 50 kits - ref. 72293 & 72307 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997175-amodel-new-172nd-1144th-kits-in-2016-update/ V.P.
  6. I was luckiy enough to grad one of these when they briefly came into stock at Hannants. This is the Revell distributed version. The only difference in the box is a small revell sticker on the back , otherwise its the premium edition of the Bandai kit with the leds and etched parts. Its a Beautiful kit with spectacular details. I made life a bit easier for myself by removing alot of the push fit connections and using Tamiya extra thin. Its a real time bandit , especially the paintjob with hundreds of tiny decals all over , and i still have not added them all yet. If you are a Star wars Fan and are thinking of getting one , do it!
  7. Kora Models is to release in July 2017 1/72nd Curtiss Wright SNC-1 Falcon kits - ref. KPK7241 - Curtiss Wright SNC-1 Falcon - early insignia type Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2490 - ref. KPK7242 - Curtiss Wright SNC-1 Falcon - late insignia type Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2500 V.P.
  8. Late last year I went on a Viper rampage. Here's the first of them. Kit is the Revell F-16C kit which has all the bits for an early F-16C. The famous Rammstein Dragon is one of the most colorful of all USAF Vipers IMHO and I have always wanted to build it. The decals came from a Superscale set but all the stencils were swindled from an old Revell F-16A boxing, one of the few places one can get hi-viz stencils that were the norm up until the Gulf War (hey decal makers, what are you waiting for?). The aircraft was an early Block 30 which still had the narrow intakes. Gunze paints were used throughout (except 36118 which was Tamiya XF-24) with some light weathering with enamels. I decided to build the Viper unarmed aside from AIM-9s. More Vipers coming soon...
  9. And finally, the last of the trio of Vipers that I finished recently. This is an Academy F-16C Block 42 in the super attractive new Have Glass scheme. I used, for the first time ever, Mr Paint. It went on beautifully although I would have liked it to be a bit darker. I would strongly recommend MRP to anyone else, my only impediment to using more of them is living in a relatively small place in London where ventilation is an issue (it's lacquer-based) and yes, it smells bad. The much-maligned Academy kit has its major issues, namely a nose that is too straight and which shows when looking at it sideways. It comes in either Block 40/50 or 42/52 boxings with different intake/exhaust combos. The Block 40/50's wide intake is horrible, looks like the grin of the Cheshire cat. However, the narrow intake is much better, although I think it is a tad bit too small (about 1mm); still, it looks ok next to the Revell. On the plus side, the Academy is the only Viper kit in 1/72 that includes the holographic HUD that is standard on the Block 40/42s. For that reason alone, I felt I had no choice but to use it, rather than base it on the Revell kit which aside from the HUD also requires the bulged wheel covers, etc. The Academy also has much better fit than the Revell, with less fiddly bits to worry about, like the landing gear which can get tricky on the latter (I have yet to build a modern Revell kit that does not have some landing gear issues). Block 40/42 need strengthening plates, and these were taken from a vinyl set. The decals came from the Caracal sheet which is good... except for the fact that the walkway lines are too short. WAY too short, like 3-4cm more needed to cover the whole airframe. This is rather annoying, coming from a sheet that costs £13.99, it was not that hard to have added enough for two aircraft. I therefore had to mask the missing section (the part beneath the national insignia on the starboard rear fuselage) and paint with Gunze 36495. You won't be able to tell the difference unless you really really look (the painted line is slightly wider than its decaled opposite). Weapons came from the kit. Masking the JDAMs was a bit annoying but looks great in the end (note the instructions do not tell you that the tail of the JDAMs is usually grey too). The kit has a nice assortment of pods too. I left the aircraft with a satin-ish varnish even though it looks flat in the pictures. I need to find a way of replicating the metallic sheen seen on these birds... Finally, for some reason Academy does not want you to build this with an open cockpit, however, this is not too hard to arrange yourself, I was just too lazy and wanted to take pictures of it first. Later I'll find a way of leaving it open. Thanks for looking!
  10. Part II of the late 2017 Viper spree that I just finished off recently, here's another Revell F-16C with markings of "Wild Thang", a Desert Storm bird from Shaw AFB. This was a Block 25 and so had both the narrow intake and P&W engine. A few other bits and bobs had to be corroborated with pictures since Revell's instructions do not account for a Block 25 or 30/32 despite these being the only C blocks that the kit gets right! The aircraft depicted is from the 363rd TFS from Shaw AFB with nose art "Wild Thang". The decals came from an old Hi-Decals set that I had since ages ago. I am not a huge fan of Hi Decals. They are quite thick and register in not that great and so avoided as many as I could (only the unit code, serial, and nose art), with all the other stencils coming from an old Superscale sheet, alas they are not made for the Revell kit and are quite incomplete, notably on all the underside bits. Note that the Shaw birds during Desert Storm did not have the walkway lines painted which saved me some trouble. Paints were all Gunze except 36118 (Tamiya XF-24 instead). The centerline pod and the bombs were taken from a Hasegawa weapons set, as was the TER. Although Vipers use a special TER set, it should be noted that in Desert Storm many of them carried the standard types. I also tinted the canopy with a mix of Tamiya transparent yellow and smoke. So mostly was just to have a Desert Storm viper on the shelf. Looks good anyway!
  11. Hi all I recently purchased the Bandai 1/144 falcon and I’ve been looking into using the shapeways cockpit but I’ve never used shapeways before, does anyone have a link to them as I don’t even know where to start looking Sam
  12. Yet another master series Falcon from me. I have lost count of how many of these i have built. Nearly straight from the box but with 3d printed radar dish. Weathering is being a bit washed out in the photos. weathering not 100% movie accurate but this is my Falcon so im not too bothered. Still a great kit.
  13. When: 7th January 2017 to 9th April 2017 Hosts: trickyRich, Neu Before anyone mentions it, yes we have had one of those before in 2012. But seeing as the STGB calendar is full up until 2017 there would have been a nice break since the last one and so it must be time to do it again! This is one of "those" aircraft you never really get tied of, almost a perfect design, and really successful design at that was used throughout the world and still is very much in use! Plus the nice thing is there is a huge range of models for this aircraft from 1/144th up to 1/32nd and covering ever variant. So the list; 1, trickyrich - host 2, nick32 3, theplasticsurgeon 4, vppelt68 5, AnonymousDFB1 6, Lex77 7, Antoine 8, Jabba 9, Arniec 10, Vingtor 11, Ilking 12, Knight_Flier 13, Caerbannog 14, mungo1974 15, snapper_city 16, mirageiv 17, -Neu- - co-host 18, PhamtonBigStu 19, jrlx 20, Trojan Thunder 21, Giorgio N 22, swat11 23, Rob G 24, stevehnz 25, Bill Ficner 26, alex 27, DaveJL 28, DannyB 29, Tim Moff 30, AndyC 31, philp 32, logical 33, FortyEighter 34, F3 Demon 35, modelling minion 36, Blitz23 37, paulR 38, Enzo Matrix 39, Tony Oliver 40, stevej60 41, Old Viper Tester 42, Thud4444 43, Robert 44, SimonT 45, Reaper 46, Pappy 48, Stephen 49, Richard E 50, Synopsis 51, Supertom
  14. I've not finished the base, but here's my take on the Force Awakens Falcon. The model was primed in Citadel black from a rattle can, with a couple of light base coats of that rare beast Tamiya AS-20. For the panelling I used the supplied water slides, with lots of coats of Microsol. Everything else was completed with multiple pin washes in brown & black, with a couple of spots of soot airbrushed on (it was my first time using an airbrush, so be gentle!), and finally the streaking was a built-up mix of brown & black Gundam real touch markers (these blend up so well, and are very forgiving if you have an incident!). Looking at some of the other builds of this kit online, it seems to be all too easy to end up with a model that's a little too dark, so I tried to keep the weathering subtle to keep the overall base colour bright. Adding a touch of brown to any black washes also helped to keep the tones warm after the harsh black primer coat. Anyway, I hope you like the results!
  15. Mach 2 (http://www.mach2.fr/avionsg.htm)is to re-release soon several boxing from its 1/72nd Dassault Mystère/Falcon 20 kit. - ref. GP007 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals French Aeronavale (re-release of MACH0472) Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP007000 - ref. GP068 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals Belgian Air Force Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP068 - ref. GP069 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals Air France Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP069 - ref. GP070 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals U.S. Coast Guards Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP070 - ref. GP071 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals Spanish Air Force Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP071 - ref. GP072 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals U.S. Cargo Ameristar (cargo door version) Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP072 - ref. GP073 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals Portugal Air Force Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP073 - ref. GP074 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals Norway Air Force Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP074 - ref. GP075 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals Pan American Airways Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP075 - ref. GP076 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals Australia Air Force Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP076 - ref. GP077 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals Armée de l'Air Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP077 - ref. GP078 - Dassault-Mystere Falcon 20 Decals Canada Air Force Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MACHGP078 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Original boxings: http://www.mach2.fr/myster20.htm V.P.
  16. AIM-4D and AIM-4G Falcon Missiles 1:72 Eduard Brassin The AIM-4 Falcon was designed by Hughes Aerospace. It was the first operational guided air-to-air missile of the USAF. The AIM-4 was a not liked in the USAF it originally had a small warhead and was limited by lacking a proximity fuse. The missile had to hit to kill. In addition limited coolant meant the missile was useless on the rail after only two minutes. The AIM-4G was the Infrared seeker version of the Super Falcon as it was called which replaced the original AIM-4C. The AIM-4D was the final version of the missile which entered service in 1963. This was a lighter smaller airframe with the improved IR seeker head of the AIM-4G. Both sets of missiles from Eduard come as a four set, the missiles are one part moulding with the rear on the casting block. Once removed there is a phot-etched part fo the detail on the rear of the missile. Both sets come with a small sheet of decals for the markings. AIM-4D AIM-4G Conclusion The casting on these missiles is first rate and they will enhance any model you choose to hang them off. Highly recommended. AIM-4D AIM-4G Review samples courtesy of
  17. LukGraph Model (http://www.lukgraph.pl/home.html) from Poland is to release in mid April 2015 a 1/32nd Curtiss A-3 Falcon resin kit - ref.32-01. It'll be the first 1/32nd kit from this company! Source: http://www.lukgraph.pl/products.html V.P.
  18. Hi guys, here's my latest creation A bit more challenging than the Dynavector's Scimitar, but i've enjoyed every moment building this little beauty..nevertheless i hope this is the last vacform of my life BR from Prague Andrew
  19. FSC Dujin has just released a 1/72nd Dassault Falcon 10 resin kit - ref.FSC010 - based on original Dujin kit ( http://maquette72.free.fr/amis/ARoy/2014_02_falcon10mer/index_aar02.php ) Sources: http://www.jfrteam-neufgrange.fr/pages/maquettes-fsc/fsc-dujin/liste-des-kits-fsc-dujin/dassault-falcon-10.html http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=90067 V.P.
  20. Miles M.3 Falcon, Pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  21. Scalemates lists the Dujin kit, but also the unknown to me A-A Model, in 1/72. However, there are no more details in the page, not even a photo of the box. http://www.scalemates.com/products/product.php?id=203791 Anyone knows if this kit is still available? A Miles Falcon would be great news from Airfix! (dreaming is cheap...) Carlos
  22. Hi All, I have a few questions about the F-16F Desert Falcon (UAE Air Force) which I hope you knowledgeable types out there might be able to answer? 1) What kind of wheels does it have? Are they the same as the Block 50/52? 2) What is the laser targeting pod they carry? It looks different to the Sniper XR, is it a new type and is it available in 1/32? (yeah right! ) 3) Do the UAE F-16s carry standard wing tanks or can they also use the 600gal tanks? 4) Any clues as to the air-to-surface load they would typically carry? Do they have JSOW, AGM-130 or SLAM-ER? Otherwise do they use the same JDAM GBU-31 or -38s as US forces? 5) Does the backseat have any flight controls? Thanks very much, and that's probably just for starters!! Al
  23. Finished yesterday, had a few fitting problems and I messed with decals a bit but am still pleased with the result. Regards
  24. F-16 NATO Falcons Eduard 1:48 In 1973, one of the most versatile aircraft that's ever flown took to the air for the first time, the YF-16. Experience in Vietnam led to the need in the US for a lightweight fighter (LWF) with high agility and performance, however this need was challenged due to the parallel drive to equip with F-15's. The challenge was put to bed by an agreement to provide the US Air Force with a mix of High / low cost air superiority fighters, each having their own benefits. The competition came down to two competing aircraft, the YF-16 and the YF-17 which also had its success as it eventually became the F-18. Interest in the LWF program grew in Europe by NATO members Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands & Norway who were looking to replace their aging F-104 fighter bombers, so the need stretched the original air superiority fighter into an aircraft with air/ground attack capability. Initial production of the F-16 was commenced in the US, however to date, a further 4 production lines subsequently run, Belgium and the Netherlands starting in the 1970's, Turkey in the 1980's and Korea in the mid 90's. Key attributes of the F-16 are a light weight blended wing airframe with large strakes to improve high AoA manoeuvres as well as being able to increase airframe strength and internal volume, the first unstable Fly-by-wire control system linked to a side stick control, Hands-on-throttle (HOTAS) functionality and a reclined 30 degree seat to enable higher G tolerances for the pilot, although this was bred from the need to fit the seat under the canopy ! It also has an incredible thrust to weight ratio of over 1 giving an excellent combat envelope. Air & ground attack weapons can be carried across 9 hard points. Early aircraft were powered by the P&W F100 of around 24,000lb thrust, where as the most powerful versions now put out over 32,000lbs using the GE F110 powerplant. Such is the flexibility of the airframe, upgrades to avionics have been immense making the F-16 development quite complex to track. The original F-16A/B encompassed blocks 1, 5, 10, 15 & 20 with 15's being noticeably different due to the larger tail planes. The F-16C/D introduced an all-weather capability and formed blocks 30/32, 40/42 & 50/52 (the 0 refers to GE powered aircraft, the 2 refers to P&W powered ones). The F-16E/F benefits from a further improved radar, more powerful engine and the ugly but effective conformal fuel tanks which saddle the upper wing roots. Export versions, licence built and other variants such as the ADF further complicate the line up of F-16 models such is the flexibility of this nimble fighter. I'm sure the F-16 experts reading this will point out some errors in my facts ! For a fighter aircraft that first flew in 1973, it's amazing to think that the F-16 is still being developed and competitive nearly 40 years on and has served with no less than 25 nations. The kit Eduard's new kit is the F-16A/AM/ADF based on the excellent Kinetic kit first released in 2008. Now I remember building a couple of 1/48 F-16A's in the 80's before Lockheed & the licence manufacturers had been able to tinker too much with it, so the kits were pretty simple back then. Moving on to the 21st century (now I'm feeling old !!!) this kit is something different, it must be a model manufacturers nightmare such are the variants now available and the detail differences between each ! So on opening the box, what are you presented with ? Well quite a lot, in fact, a hell of a lot ! You get no less than 15 sprues of grey plastic, 2 sprues of clear plastic, the Brassin resin upgrade set, 2 frets of etch, one of which is coloured, paint masks for the canopy, an incredible sheet of decals and typical of Eduard, an excellent instruction book printed in colour on glossy paper. The basic fuselage and wings come in two halves, top and bottom, however the top part only goes up to the leading edge of the wing with a third part providing the cockpit area up to the radome. Surface detail has a matt texture and superbly recessed panel lines. There's no evidence of sink marks or other imperfections on the external surfaces. The wing slats and flaps are provided as separate parts so you have the option to fit them either retracted or drooped. It's important to follow the instructions carefully as Eduard provide etch and resin replacement parts, but the kit also contains the original injection moulded parts. I'd also recommend being clear on what aircraft you intend to model before you start. There are so many options provided in the kit, you need to ensure you fit the right bits for your chosen kite. Assembly starts with the cockpit which if you like makes use of the coloured etch parts. Clear instructions are provided to show what plastic detail needs removing to fit the etch. You won't be dissappointed with the detail. Attention then moves to the highly detailed main undercarriage bay and mid intake duct. A full intake duct is provided in the kit. The Brassin set gets its introduction here as the resin compressor blades are fitted to the rear of the duct. The detail on this is quite exquisite. This sub assembly is then fitted into the lower fuselage half. Attention moves to the top by assembling the front and rear fuselage parts before adding more etch and plastic around the cockpit combing and sidewalls. With this done, the cockpit tub assembly can be inserted into the upper fuselage. You have the choice of having the air brakes on the tail opened or closed. If you decide to open them, then etch and plastic opening mechanisms are provided. On joining the fuselage up, there's an array of etch detail to be fitted such as vents. Care needs to be taken around the nose area as there are several optional parts such as the IFF bulges ahead of the canopy and the 150,000 candlepower spotlight equipped left side panel below the IFF panel used on the Danish and Norwegian versions. Again, check your references carefully. Another fine addition to the Brassin set is the inclusion of the afterburner section. This along with the fine etch parts creates a stunning rendition of the F100 tail end although the kit burner can isn't bad either. Next is the assembly of the front intake duct and nose wheel bay. This is the original smaller intake duct, not the larger one fitted on later more powerful variants. Brassin comes in again now with some beautifully formed resin wheels, although the injection moulded parts are certainly not bad representations. Further etch enhancements such as brake lines and Oleo links add to the party. The etch set provides several external reinforcement plates for the upper wing / centre fuselage area. According to the instructions, these are only for the ADF Italian version, how accurate that is I'm not sure, so I'd recommend you check. Even the tail comes with a number of options, however the instructions appear to be incorrect as they don't show the bulged tail base that the ADF variant uses despite being contained in the kit. You get the normal and the parapack extended tail options too. The only dissappointment I've come across is the fact that whilst decals are provided for variants using both the original small and later larger tailplanes, both parts aren't provided in the kit. You have to cut the larger ones down, however that will also require sanding the trailing edges down which will require care to get an even finish if you choose the Danish version. Whilst the static dischargers are moulded onto the tailplanes and ailerons, if you're like me, they'll be broken off within minutes. Fear not, the etch set provides nice replacements so best to leave them off until the end. The pilot's seat is fitted towards the end of the build which always helps when it comes to masking at the painting stage. Again, Brassin adds a delightful resin replacement here which is further enhanced with etch details including the seatbelts and ejector handles. Now for the part that the Kinetic kit excels over its competition, the weapon options. A loadout plan is contained in the instructions making it very easy to see what can go where. I'd check references again here if you want to ensure that your build has accurate loadouts for the actual variant, but no matter what you choose, there will be a huge pile of spares left over ! The weapons included are: AIM-9M x 2 AIM-120B x 2 AIM-120C x 2 (not shown in instructions) 300 Gallon centre tank 370 Gallon wing tanks x 2 AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN AGM-65 Maverick x 2 GBU-12 Paveway II x 2 GBU-24 Paveway III x 2 AN/ALQ-131 ECM pod GBU-31 x 2 GBU-87 x 2 Mk.82 x 2 (not shown in instructions) Sniper XR The clear parts included are beautifully clear. A large fret with the array of lights is complemented by the separate canopy parts and a clear film for the HUD glass. There is a fine line along the top of the canopy due to the moulding process, but it shouldn't be difficult to sand it out of you choose. The Decals The sheet printed by Cartograph is quite stunning. Colours are rich and register is spot on. The tiger scheme on the tail of the Norwegian scheme is very complex, but the printing method has done a remarkable job of reproducing the detail. The schemes are: F-16A ADF Block 15, Italian Air Force, 5th Stormo based at Cervia AB 2010 - one of two aircraft that wore this disbandment artwork F-16AM 338th Sqn, Royal Norwegian Airforce 2009 with incredible Tiger artwork to represent the squadrons membership in the NATO Tiger Association F-16A Block 20, 323 Sqn, Royal Dutch Air Force based at Leeuwarden AB 2001, with tail artwork of 'Dianna, goddess of the hunt' F-16AM Block 10, ESK370 Sqn, Royal Danish Air Force 2010-2012 with artwork celebrating the Royal Danish Air Force 60th anniversary Conclusion As you've probably guessed by now, I like this kit a lot. The moulding is of high quality, the only sink marks I could find were on the main gear doors and they aren't bad. The additional parts that Eduard have added to the Kinetic kit are well thought out and you really don't need anything other than what's been provided in the box. Unlike some kits, you are spoilt for choice with the weapon options available and the spares box will be somewhat more full too afterwards !There's many options that need to be studied before and throughout your build due to the variations between versions, but your patience will be rewarded. This is the most comprehensive F-16 kit in 1/48 scale to date despite the price being very competitive. I've no doubt that it will continue to set the benchmark for a long time. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Raising awareness for the Stirling Project who are doing an amazing job of recreating the nose section of a Stirling Just an old-fashioned Stirling With old-fashioned ways A fuselage tattered and torn. Four Hercules kept chugging away She's flying from midnight to dawn. Though she don't go so fast, No great height does she claim, Sure there's something that makes her divine: When she flies there on high She's the queen of the sky, She's that old-fashioned Stirling of mine. (Taken from Stirling Wings by Jonathon Falconer) LJ525 was a Mk.III flying from North Creake in norforlk in 1944/45 carrying out radio counter measure ops in support of the bomber missions. The noticable differences of this aircraft from a standard Mk.III were the various antennas and 'Window' dispensers sticking out of the belly that were used to jam and confuse enemy radar signals used to track the bomber streams. Whilst it's one of the more famous Stirlings pictured, finding information about it is quite difficult as is the sad lack of attention the Stirling got in comparison to the Lanc and Halifax. I'd like to thank Len Thompson for supplying his build pics when I started, Neil Whitely Bolton for translating the amazing build by some Italian chap and John Lathwell (12Jaguar) who apart from being part of the Stirling Project team has been a fantastic help and source of enthusiasm throughout the build. There were many times I wanted to just put this back in the box, but the interest from you guys at BM has kept me going. Clearly from the build thread HERE, despite the relative lack of fame, the Stirling certainly isn't forgotton where us modellers are concerned. The only game in town is the Airfix kit, however whilst it generally looks like a Stirling, every (and I mean 'Every') part has either been replaced, sanded to smitherines or modified. I've learned some new techniques during the build such as replacing windowns with acetate and the carpet monster now has indegestion from all the plastic filings Key upgrades were a complete rescribe, new windows, scratch built cockpit, bomb bay, wheel bays, rear interior and engine details. After market parts were the Resin Art wheel set, Falcon canopy set, Quickboost gun barrels and reversed Little Car lenses for the landing lights. The Stilring buffs amongst you will notice a few mistakes due to a lack of research at the right time, but I'm not telling you if you don't know Enough waffling, here's the pics... Thanks for looking, Neil
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