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  1. malkie24

    Falklands 1/48

    Hi I'm looking for 1/48 figures or vehicles to add some life to my 1/48 Falklands Chinook. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm up for some fettling and mods. if anyone can point me in the direction of anything that is relatively close to what I need. Thanks
  2. A Carrier At Risk Argentinean Carrier Operations 1982 - Latin America @ War No.14 ISBN : 9781911628705 Helion & Company via Casemate UK Convention would have it that the Argentinean Carrier ARA 25 de Mayo remained in port following the sinking of The General Belgrano by HMS Conqueror and did not contribute much to the conflict. However that would not seem to be completely true. It seems the carrier did conduct anti submarine operations in the South Atlantic which have gone largely unnoticed until now. The history of this carrier though goes back a long way before the Falklands campaign and to the other-side at that. The carrier was built by Cammell Laird shipbuilder in Birkenhead during WWII as a Colossus Class Carrier. Named HMS Venerable she only manged 3 years service in the Royal Navy. After this she was sold to the Royal Netherlands Navy and renamed the HNLMS Karel Doorman. Following a fire the Carrier was sold to the Argentine Navy as they already operated the ex ARA Independencia another Colossus Class Carrier the ex HMS Warrior. The ARA 25 de Mayo was commissioned in 1968, through out her life she was refitted many times. Despite fitting new steam catapults and arrestor gear the vessel it was found that these were not enough to operate the Super Etendard and the carrier was limited to A-4 Skyhawks for strike aircraft. S-2 Trackers were also carried for anti-submarine and observation duties. With the Argentinean invasion of the Falkland Islands in May 1982 the carrier supported the initial landings on the Islands. The carrier was then deployed to the North of the Islands. The carrier did attempt to launch an attack on the task force after her trackers found the fleet but light winds prevented the loaded Skyhawks from taking off. HMS Splendid as Swiftsure class Nuclear submarine was to patrol the area North of the Island and tasked with finding the carrier, and to sink her if necessary. The book looks at this time where the British were searching for the carrier, and it in turn was searching for the searchers. Conclusion This book will give the reader an understanding of Argentinean carrier operations in the South Atlantic. With over 100 photos, colour maps and profiles; combined with first hand accounts from both sides the book is highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. My dear modeller friends, here I am again with another tribute to the Falklands War veterans. I would like to recreate, with my modest skills, a diorama representing the return of the HMS INVINCIBLE from the Falkland war as was on this picture: HMS Invincible returns home following the Falklands Conflict, 1982 by Franco Segato, su Flickr I used a 1/700 Dragon Premium Edition Kit with the addition of 1/700 Eduard Royal Navy and Passengers figures It was quite difficult to find the celebrating boats around the aircraft carrier, but I mostly used what I had on my stash, so it's not perfectly the same as the picture... Anyway, this is the result, hoping you'll enjoy it... PS: Sorry for the pictures but I don't have a studio with the right lights IMG_20190312_175319 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20190312_175348 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20190312_175455 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20190312_175502 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20190312_175513 by Franco Segato, su Flickr IMG_20190312_175328 by Franco Segato, su Flickr Now she's resting near the HMS EXETER, my previous work: IMG_20190312_175734 by Franco Segato, su Flickr HMS Sheffield next...
  4. Hollo to everybody. Lets talk about Falklands 1982... Dear friends, I demonstrate my work which I finished in the 2018th “Humphrey” is one of the most famous object of the Falklands Conflict and was the helicopter stationed aboard the destroyer HMS Antrim. Antrim was one of several ships sent to retake the Islands of South Georgia, as part of Operation Paraquet. The Wessex HAS.3 is recognizable by its “thimble” radome behind the rotor head. Only two HAS.3s were deployed to the Falklands, on HMS Antrim and HMS Glamorgan. This work shows my skills and ability to make further improvement as far as possible for the 1/144. For the “Mark I” kit detailing, I used more than 50 small parts and some items of a handmade material. The main resource-intensive work at the next objects: detailed cockpit with PEP, scratch-build nose E/E compartment with components and an opened hatch, the sonar operator compartment with interior and opened sliding door, the tail beam and main air blades are located in its stowed position. Thank you. Andrii. Enjoy!
  5. A crucial phase of the British campaign to retake the Falkland Islands from their Argentinean invaders was about to get under way. An amphibious landing force was preparing to deliver troops into San Carlos Bay, which would become the bridgehead via which the Islands would be retaken. Of concern to the British planners was an Argentine position placed atop Fanning Head, a high ridge that overlooked San Carlos Waters. Radio transmissions had been detected, from an Argentine call sign of 'EC Hermes'. Believed to be half-company sized and covering the approaches to the landing areas with heavy weapons, the Argentine presence was a significant threat to the landings. The task of clearing Fanning Head fell to 3 SBS, supported by HMS Antrim. The Argentine position was located by using a thermal imaging device attached to Antrim's Wessex helicopter. An SBS assault force of some 25 men, many armed with GPMGs, was delivered into the vicinity, piecemeal, by Wessex helicopter. Full Article can be seen here I have been working on this 1/10 bust from Mookies Miniatures for a couple of months, now on the home straight. All painting has been done with Acrlyics - Mainly Vallejo and a few tamiya ones thrown in for good measure. Flesh tones by Andrea; Dry Fit Hands painted Head As it was a night raid i decided to camo up his face Pouches - all same 'base colour' some lightened and some darkened Bergan - The SBS self sourced their bergan / backpacks - this is a norway version Webbing and backpack straps 58 Pattern webbing belt 58 DPM painted - Head blue tacked
  6. And now the smallest model I`ve ever made - 1/72 scale Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor, Argentine Navy`s Air Force, Falklands 1982. The kit is quite old short-run, one of the first Sword`s kits (definitely not for beginners). Some self-made additives were used (new canopy, new propeller, antennas etc.). Decals are combination of DP Casper and Xtradecal "Falklands War" sets. It was quite difficult to match the right colors, because on most photos we can see them faded, so it`s only my interpretation. The final result is below my expectations, but it was all that my skills allowed me to do with this tiny and simple kit... On the other hand - I`m quite happy with wire antennas, which are a real challenge in Argentine T-34C in 1/72. Model shows aircraft no. 412, one of T-34s deployed on Pebble Island and destroyed there in SAS attack at night 14./15. May 1982.
  7. Here is my A-4C Skyhawk in 1/72 made from Fujimi kit, converted to Argentinian version (mainly self-made antennas). I also used Pavla resin ESCAPAC ejection seat. Decals are mix of DP Casper, Xtradecal and Condor Decals Falklands War`s sets. The rest is out of the box. My inspiration was this well known photo: Most probably it`s A-4C number C-313 of Teniente Jorge Casco in it`s last flight on 9th May 1982. This day C-313 crashed during combat flight, pilot died. Jorge Casco was buried 27 years later (7th March 2009) on Argentinian Military Cemetery, Darwin, Falklands. Model is just my interpretation of this aircraft before the start. It was really hard to match the right colors. I know that`s a problem for everybody who wants to make Argentine A-4C - on every photo the colors look different. Hope you like it.
  8. Hi all For my next project I have decided to build an A-4B Skyhawk from Argentine Air Force during the Falklands conflict in 1982. Politics aside, the conflict proved that skilled pilots can make a difference even when using an outdated, or inferior material. In this case the old and still reliable Scooter (Douglas A-4B Skyhawk). This is a challenging subject, since the resources available are, quite often, not reliable or conflicting. I was fortunate to find an amazing tread in a scale modelling forum where the author (FAAMAN) made a comprehensive article (post) in regards to the Argentinian Skyhawks. This post will be my guide through this building, you can read it HERE. (Images used are in the public domain and used for educational purposes only) I have decided to built the A-4B C-242, as seen im late May 1982. It was flown by Primer Teniente (1st Lt) Guadagnini. Unfortunately he was killed on the the 23rd during the attack to HMS Antelope.  Primer Teniente Luciano Guadagnini Following is the accounting for that day: 23 MAY 1982: A flight of four Grupo 5 A-4B Skyhawks attack in two groups. The first attack is led by Capitan Carballo with Primer teniente Alferez Gomez flying his wing. They approach HMS Antelope fast and low over the water. The results of the attack are one 1000 lb. un-exploded bomb in the Antelope's stern. It is believed that the Skyhawk piloted by Alférez H. Gómez stroke Antelope with the 1000 lb. bomb that did not explode. (Later this bomb did explode while being defused, leading to further explosions that sunk the ship.) Capaitan Carballo's Skyhawk is severely damaged by AAA and an exploding SAM, and barely escapes a second SAM. Carvballo's damaged Skyhawk makes it back to base and post-flight inspection finds a damaged fin on one of his drop tanks. This may have been caused by striking the mast rigging of the Antelope.The second attack from this flight is flown by Primer Teniente Guadagnini and Teniente Rinke and results in another 1000 lb. unexploded bomb in the Antelope. Primer Teniente Guadagnini flying A-4B Skyhawk C-242 was killed when his Skyhawk was struck, mostly likely by a British Sea Wolf SAM from HMS Broadsword.Later,Argentine Navy Third Escuadrilla A-4Q Skyhawks, attack the British Frigate Antelope. The Navy flight consisted of Capitan de Corbeta Castro Fox and Zubizarreta, Benitez and Oliverira. Zuizarreta would die when his aircraft, laden with un-expended ordinance he could not discard, blew a tire causing his aircraft to veer of the runway upon landing. Zuizarreta ejected but did not have the needed speed to facilitate completion of the chute deployment and was killed. His aircraft, 3-A-309 ironically was not damaged. C-242 shot down by SAMs and AAA on the 23rd May 1982 whilst attacking HMS Antelope, the pilot Primer Teniente Guadagnini was killed, ‘B’ pattern camouflage with standard ‘official’ I.D. bands in six positions Photo Resource C-242 Before applying the yellow ID bands in 6 positions C-242 (forefront aircraft on the right) with yellow ID bands applied Here is the final model: Painted with Tamiya acrylic paints. That's all folks!
  9. Hi all, My latest finish, the lovely wee Skyhawk in 1/72 from Airfix using decals (more about that later) from their much older Skyhawk kit in the Falklands War multi-kit gift boxing. This is 100% OOB (so some aerials will be missing) and the only extra was masking tape belts in the cockpit. If you're interested, the full WIP is here. Using the old Airfix decals seemed like a great idea but the carrier film was thick enough to land a plane on hence the really bad bumps/silvering on the final finish. Oh well, you live and learn. I handpainted the tail colours as the decals wouldn't stick with a gallon of setting solution and a brick on top. I kept the final finish grubby, to try to lessen the decals but also because I imagined these had a rough life in the South Atlantic in 1982... Kit: Airfix A03029 - a little gem and loved building it. Scale: 1/72 Build: Out of box Paint: White from a Halfords rattle can, all others Revell Acrylics with a brush. Klear, Flory Models Wash, W&N Flat Coat. Decals: A-4Q Skyhawk S/n 3-A-304 from No. 3 Attack Squadron, Argentine Navy. Operated from Bahia Blanca, 1982 and survived the conflict. Extras: Masking tape seat belts. Thanks for looking and comments/criticisms accepted! Dermo And with an Italeri Sea Harrier from the same time...
  10. Another one for my cold war RAF/RN Collection. I remember the Falklands war as a kid in school, and was always fascinated by the "Jump Jets" on the TV. So I was pretty happy when Kinetic released a Sea Harrier, noting that the only other options in 48 were the horrible Airfix and Tamiya kits. I'm also looking forward to Kinetics Harrier Gr.3. I've chosen to do XZ457 - "14" of No 800 Naval Air Squadron onboard HMS Hermes in the South Atlantic in 1982. XZ457 was the highest scoring Sea Harrier with 2 IAI Daggers and 1 A-4Q Skyhawk. accredited to her. As I've chosen to depict her on in the Hermes during the conflict the kill markings have been left off. The Kit 1/48 Kinetic Sea Harrier FRS.1 You do need to take a bit of time with this kit as many of the pieces needed a little clean up / dry fitting etc. But if you do that it will build up into a nice model. I've gone for a lighter shade Extra Dark Sea Grey to try and get a more scale looking colour, this meant I ended up with a bit to much paint on the model, which filled some of the nice recessed detail. The kit has some nice weapons, so much so I didn't bother with arfermarket weapons. Aftermarket Used Eduard Big Ed Set which has an interior PE set, exterior PE set and a Mask set. Dr Pepper AIM-9 Seaker head covers. Eduard PE RBF tags Fantasy Printshop Paper RBF tags Aerobouns Sea Harrier pilot J's Modelworks Carrier base (I know it's not accurate for a RN carrier but it'll do) I didn't use the Pavla seat as it didn't fit the kit being to large. Decals Kit decals. Probably the best kit decals I've used. Printed by carotgragh and it seams you can do pretty much every Falklands Sea Harrier. These are better than any aftermarket options I've seen. Paints Mr Color Lacquers - adjusted to TLAR for the Extra Dark Sea Grey. I tried to lighten the lower fuselage as this was over-painted white by brush on the way down to the Falklands and darken the areas on the tail where the squadron markings and "Royal Navy" were over painted. I didn't totally pull this off. Various Tamiya Colours Vallejo Acrylics for details . Clear Coats Testors Glosscoate, which was over coated with Gaianotes gloss lacquer as the testors stayed tacky, Testors Dullcoate and Tamiya Flat. Weathered with Oil paints for a wash an filters Pastels, pigments and coloured pencils More photos at my blog
  11. Great book, well written and lively. Maybe some errors or exclusions but a nice first hand account of Wessex Op's down south. Reccomended. I read it just after Sandy Woodward's 100 days. Made a nice pair.
  12. I have both the Airfix HAR.3 and HC.4 boxings of their new 1/72 Sea King. As my preference is generally to do combat aircraft, is it possible to backdate either (or both!) of these kits into Falklands War machines? If so, what would that entail?
  13. (EDITED) Hello folks After being pointed out in the right direction regarding the shape of the bombs (we all make mistakes ) here are the 3D renders with the corrected shape for our EXPAL BR-250 (free fall) bombs and BRP-250 (parachute retarded) bombs, which will be available in early July. Set 1: BR-250 (2pcs each) set 2: BRP-250 (2pcs each) Price: TBA Distributors worldwide encouraged to contact us at Antarkimodels@gmail.com All the best Thanks for looking Amaru
  14. The British Aerospace Sea Harrier is a naval short take-off and vertical landing/vertical take-off and landing jet fighter, reconnaissance and attack aircraft; the second member of the Harrier Jump Jet family developed. It first entered service with the Royal Navy in April 1980 as the Sea Harrier FRS1 and became informally known as the "Shar". Unusual in an era in which most naval and land-based air superiority fighters were large and supersonic, the principal role of the subsonic Sea Harrier was to provide air defence of Royal Navy aircraft carriers. The Sea Harrier served in the Falklands War, both of the Gulf Wars, and the Balkans conflicts; on all occasions it mainly operated from aircraft carriers positioned within the conflict zone. Its usage in the Falklands War was its most high profile and important success, where it was the only fixed-wing fighter available to protect the British Task Force. The Sea Harriers shot down 20 enemy aircraft during the conflict with one lost to enemy ground fire. They were also used to launch ground attacks in the same manner as the Harriers operated by the Royal Air Force. I have the Dogfight Double version of the kit - looks a nice kit, similar to the latest GR3/GR7/9 releases by Airfix, looks to be a newer tool? Will be built out of the box, although I do have some extra decals (Modeldecals sets 65 and 66) to build any SHAR from the Falklands....it may be prudent to to the aircraft pictured if I am going to build the skyhawk too at some stage. Funny thing, Pilot seems to be WW2 vintage! I shall use the skyhawk pilot in this case. Looking forward to building both Britain's last fight and last Bomber, the Buccaneer....also in Fleet Air Arm markings!
  15. Hello! This is the first 'proper' build i've done for a few years, I'm rusty but back with vengeance. Far from perfect re: paint job, but it's a notorious kit to build. I've neatened up the cockpit and airbrake since I took these pics too. Can't wait to get my hands on the new tool Airfix kit! Up next: 1/200 Vulcan in anti flash. If anyone can tell me what image extensions i can use here, i'd be grateful. They all reject for me! In the meantime, pics here: http://postimg.cc/gallery/2lgjzw3xg/31c2f0a1/ Chris
  16. 1/72 scale Victor K Mk2 XL163 RAF Marham History, Construction number HP80/66 Awaiting collection 15/05/1961, delivery date 07/02/1962, to Handley-Page Ltd 14/01/1969 then Hawker Siddeley 20/05/1970 for conversion to K2 standard, l/f? 01/07/1986 to St Athan store, to St Athan 29/09/1986 for Battle Damage Repair Training as 8916M, scrapped during 12/1991 by Hanningfield Metals, Stock, Essex "An order was also sent out to the remaining Vulcan Squadron to go on to a War Footing and in a show of force 4 Vulcans were deployed to Wide-awake Airfield at Ascension Island and from there the then longest bombing missions took place. Code named Black Buck, their mission was to deny the Argentinians the use of Port Stanley Airport to their Mirage Fighter jets with 21.000LB's of bombs. One sole Vulcan XM607 Piloted by Sqn Leader Martin withers which was the standby aircraft for the first mission after its sister aircraft XM598 piloted by John Reeve suffered a ruptured windscreen seal in flight and couldn't pressurize. The first raid was successful and placed a bomb right in the centre of the runway. The missions themselves would not have happened if it wasn't for the Victors of 55 and 57 sqn refueling the Vulcan on its route as well as refueling the Victors its self, one specific Victor XL189 piloted by Bob Tuxford gave most of his fuel to XM607 and left with the bare minimum fuel to get back with." The Vulcan was over its normal maximum take-off weighteach carried, as well as extra equipment like the DASH 10 and a chemical toilet, a highly experienced Air to Air Refuelling Instructor (AARI) from the Victor tanker force who would fly the Vulcan during refuellingand fuel usage was higher than expected. As a result of the fuel demand and problems in flight with refuelling, two of the Victors had to fly further south than planned, eating into their own reserves, and one of these, the last Victor to refuel the Vulcan, was past the last refuelling bracket before turning home. Tankers had to be sent south to refuel these Victors so they could reach Ascension. A total of 11 Victors were used to support Black Buck One: XH669, XH672, XL162, XL163, XL188, XL189, XL192, XL232, XL511, XL513 and XM717 XL163, 57 Sqdn, with two wing roundels (copyright prevents posting) ( http://www.57-630sqnassoc.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=8353 ) On ascension (copyright prevents posting) ( http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1402175/ ) This kit was a "pig" all bent and distorted, raised panel lines etc. etc. I can't scribe but I can sand and boy did this kit need sanding AND filling, the wing needed steaming, it needed heavy duty clamps (carpenters type clamp, that's what I used them for originally! ) to pull the fuselage halves together, everything went up a few notches for tooling to build this thing. I learnt loads while building this, I am used to 1/72 fighters this thing would dwarf most 1/48th kits and even some in 1/32, the wing span is close to a 1/24 spitfire. All techniques I know for assembly went out of the window on this! I used tamiya green/grey and humbrol acrylic white as the tamiya pot looked a bit empty for this job! First go with humbrol acrylic, I must say this, I painted the white before I steamed the wing, the paint held up. The only things I added were a couple of vanes/fins on the fuselage, the centreline one just aft of the cockpit was replaced as it was severely damaged during sanding, otherwise it's out of the box. It's a simple finish but it wasn't without a great deal of effort. Decals, standard format onto gloss with 50:50 Matt/Satin humbrol topcoat, revell decal soft. Box option. This is the first of my V bomber fleet, hopefully I will be able to achieve the remaining aircraft to complete the line up. This type truly has a remarkable history.
  17. A few pics of my recent Italeri Hu5 Wessex with Eduard PE.. Regards John
  18. First RFI for ages from me, in fact I finished this kit a while ago but not built much since, I did this as a post-war Falklands based Harrier as I wanted to arm it up with some Aims, think it looks quite mean with these. Aftermarket bits included resin seat, intakes and outer wheels to spruce up the old kit! Anyway, here she is...
  19. Evening, Another one now clear of the bench! This is Airfix latest incarnation of the Harrier GR.3, a lovely kit with the only flaw being the fin is slightly too short. There is a resin drop-in replacement now available to correct this, however on my build there's a bit of a tale of woe here! As soon as I bought this I couldnt wait to start it, and decided straight away to cut the fin and extend it with sheet plasticard myself (no resin available at this point). All went well, the fin was corrected using a 1/72 scale drawing, and progress continued apace until I was about to start decalling. When I looked at the paint guide again I realised what the niggling issue was that had been at the back of my mind since the fin surgery........I'd cut out the fwd RWR antenna and hadn't put it back in! Arrrggh.... I ended up taking the fin out of another Airfix GR.3 (yes I bought more than one, and by now had a replacement resin fin!), carefully cutting out the RWR along the panel line and splicing this into a notch cut in my now painted build. Fortunately I managed to minimise the damage to paintwork and a quick re-spray of the top of the fin put me back on track. Anyway her she is out of the box, including the decals, apart from a LGB and a 1000lb bomb from the Revell Tornado GR.1, to liven up the warlord - Please feel free to leave comments or suggestions, good and bad. Thanks for looking. Rgds, Eng
  20. Here`s another model from my Falklands collection - Argentine Super Etendard in 1/72. Made from old Academy`s kit. Eduard`s PE set was used. Some modifications have been made: nose is a little longer and has a bigger angle, Exocet`s pylon is taken from Heller`s kit, ladder and the electronic pod under the fusselage were self-made, flaps were cut off etc. Decals are mix of Academy, DP Casper and Xtradecal sets. It`s my interpretation of Super Etendard number 3-A-202 before Exocet attack, May 1982. Best regards, Alex
  21. Hi everyone, welcome to my first WIP thread. I decided on this kit for two reasons: 1) I like the subject matter, the Harrier is a fond favourite of mine. The 1/72 GR3 was the second model I ever bought so it only seems fitting that it's the second attempt in my second modelling life. and 2) It was in the Airfix sale... As with my 'Post-Mortem' thread in Ready for Inspection, I'm hoping this will act as a reference point for other new starters who may be having similar problems with their builds. I'm also hoping to draw on the vast experience of other members who, I must say has been both useful and inspirational in my other build. Kit From what I've read, this is a particularly old kit. Raised panel lines and lots of flash to be trimmed. I'm going to practice some filling and sanding so the lack of recessed panels isn't too much of an issue for me. Build It's not going to be a quick one, so I'll be posting updates every week. It's going to be OOB with no aftermarket parts or anything too fancy. I'll be airbrushing with Humbrol enamels with a cheap-o Revell Starter Airbrush. Like I said, I'm going to use this opportunity to develop some filling and sanding skills for future builds with a real focus on getting a nice even and polished finish. I'll be finishing it with No. 1 Squadron markings and livery, although I am tempted to have another go at the lighter underside. We'll see... I think I might need a bit of luck with this one, so any hints, tips or suggestions before I get on with this would be very much appreciated. Update pictures at the end of the day Here I go...
  22. This is the gazelle that was one of 2 that was lost in the 1982 Falklands war killing its crew. The aircraft has been rebuilt as a memorial to the brave airmen link here C Scale kit supplied by a fellow britmodeller (sorry I cant remember who but thanks go out to him) tried altering the rotor blades to make them look better those who know the kit will know what I mean and the cockpit has a large amount of modelling licence. not sure how to do the dipoles on the front? any ideas welcome. Normal proviso best seen from 5 foot away. Rodders
  23. IA-58A Pucara "Falklands War" - Special Edition Special Hobby 1:72 The FMA IA 58 Pucará is an Argentinian manufactured (by Fábrica Militar de Aviones) Counterinsurgency (COIN) and ground attack aircraft. It is of a low wing monoplane design with twin turboprops and features a conventional twin seat configuration. The aircraft is able to operate from forward locations featuring unprepared airfields where needed. The Pucará was developed in the mid 1960s from an Argentinean Air Force requirement for a COIN aircraft. The aircraft was originally called the FMA IA Delfin, however this was later changed to The Pucará. The engine chose to power the aircraft was the Garrett TPE331/U-303. From a requirement in 1966 progression was swift. An unpowered glider first flew very late in 1967 with a test flight if the powered aircraft in late 1970. Development then took a further couple of years with the Garrett engine being replaced with the Turbomeca Astazou. The first production aircraft took to the skies in late 1974 with deliveries beginning in early 1976. The Pucará was delivered to the Argentinean Air Force, with others users being Uruguay, Colombia, Sri Lanka and the Royal Air Force via the A&AEE at Boscombe Down. Operationally the Argentinean Air Force first used the aircraft in its intended COIN role against communist ERP guerrillas in late 1976. Arguably though the Pucará is most well know for its role in the Falklands War of 1982. Following the Argentinian invasion of the Falklands in early 1982 the Pucará was one of the few aircraft suited to operating from the smaller airfields in the Falklands. The aircraft operated from Port Stanley, Goose Green, and Pebble Island. The Pucarás were armed with their internal four 7.62mm machine guns, 2.75 inch rocket pods and unguided bombs. Two Pucarás were to claim the only Argentine Air to Air victory when they shot down a Royal Marine Scout Helicopter during the Battle for Goose Green. The Pucará proved to be a tough aircraft and at least one was seen to absorb multiple 30mm cannon rounds before being brought down. One Pucará was bought down by a Sea Harrier, One by a Stinger Missile and one by Ground Fire. Nine further aircraft were destroyed on the ground via a combination of bombing attacks and special forces raids. Following the end of the war 11 aircraft were captured with six being returned to the UK. These were evaluated for a time at Boscombe Down before going to museums and collections were they remain. The only other use of the Pucará in anger has been during the civil war in Sri Lanka. The aircraft were used between 1993 and 1999. During this period three aircraft were destroyed during combat missions. The Pucará remains in service with Argentina and Uruguay. Since 2009 the Argentinean Air Force have extensively overhauled the aircraft. Avionics and airframe modifications have taken place, along with new engines. With these modifications it is expected the Pucará will serve until 2045, but only if the Argentinean Air Force can overcome Economic and bureaucratic issues which are delaying the modifications. The Kit The kit arrives in a standard open-ended box from Special Hobby. The must be trying to economise as the box is plain white with a cover glued on so you can only open one end. The kit comes as three sprues of grey plastic, once clear sprue, one bag of resin parts, one photo etched fret and one plastic film (for the instrument panels). The plastic feels a bit gritty to the touch and the engraved panel lines are light, there are some large ejector towers on some parts, which will need to be removed (all typical of Special Hobbys earlier moulds). Construction of the airframe is a fairly standard layout. You have two main fuselage halves, but at the front there is also a lower fuselage part, which attached to the cockpit floor and provides the attachment point for the wings. Construction begins shockingly with the cockpit! A pair of resin ejection seats is provided and these are dressed up with PE belts and buckles. The instrument panels are complete by sandwiching a plastic film between a plastic part and the PE panel. Additional PE panels are provided for the side consoles. PE parts are also added to the coamings for the front and rear cockpits. Once the bottom cockpit floor is added to the front underside fuselage part the side consoles and instrument panels can be added. Once this is complete the read bulkhead is added. The left and right fuselage parts are glued together and the front underside piece added. The next step is the completion of the wings and engines. The wings are traditional construction of upper and lower parts, with the wheel wells being placed inside the engine nacelles before they are closed up. The upper parts longer than the top as the lower centre fuselage section contains part of the wing. The wings and tail planes are then added. There are no locating pins for these, and the tail planes are a straight butt joint so care will be needed. Next the engine nacelles are completed. There is a resin part for the front face, and another for the exhaust. To finish off the landing gear can then be assembled and added to the model, along with the gear doors. The underwing pylons are assembled and added. The propellers are then made up. Care will be needed here with alignment as each has three separate blades and there is only a butt joint to attach them to the hub. Once the props are added the comings and ejection seats are added to the cockpit and the canopy secured. Canopy Only a one-part canopy is supplied to be used in the closed position. The canopy is clear and has no distortion. Photo-etch A small Photetched fret is provided. Most parts on this are for the cockpit in one way or another. Parts are provided for the main instrument panels and the side consoles. Full belts are provided for the ejections seats. Additional parts are provided for the landing gear and some tail aerials, static wicks and the canopy windscreen wiper. There are two parts despite reading the instructions for what seems like hours I just plain cannot identify! Decals Decals are provided for four aircraft. A-511 IA 58A Brigada Aera III / Groupo 3 de Ataque Based in the Falklands 1982. Flown by Major C Tomba and shot down by Lt CDR Ward 21/5/82 with the pilot ejecting and becoming a POW. Aircraft in the Light Brown/Light Green/Light Blue camo with Yellow recognition bands. A-549 IA 58A Brigada Aera III / Groupo 3 de Ataque Based in the Falklands 1982. Aircraft captured and returned to the UK. Now at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. Aircraft in the Light Brown/Light Green/Light Blue camo with Yellow recognition bands. A-520 IA 58A Brigada Aera III / Groupo 3 de Ataque Based in the Falklands 1982. Destroyed on the ground by special forces 15/5/82. Aircraft overall aluminium. A-568 IA 58A Brigada Aera IV / Groupo 4 de Caza Based in Santa Cruz, Argentina 1982. Aircraft was deployed over the South Atlantic. Aircraft overall aluminium. Conclusion Despite it being an earlier tooling from Special Hobby this kit is still a good one. The inclusion of resin and photoetched parts means its not for the beginner; however for the more experienced modeller who has never used these mediums it could be a good introduction to these media. Overall recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Hi folks, This didn't make it in time for the Helicopter II group build but I've kept going and now it's done! It's the Italeri Wessex HU.5 done as XT480, which I believe was involved in the rescue of survivors from Sir Galahad. I used this image for colour and some detail reference, as well as a collection of walkarounds. The kit goes together OK. Quite a bit of flash/burrs on the edges of parts and I thought when I dry-fitted that it was going to be a disaster, but removing the locating pins from the fuselage halves allowed things to line up properly. The nose wasn't bad either - some putty needed underneath and to clean up some seams, but the big zig-zag seam is where the nose cone lifts up for maintenance access so I left that one alone The main problem is the cockpit glazing, which really doesn't fit well at all - I had to glue it to the frame on one side, hold 'til it set, then do the other side with a fair bit of pressure. I used some big files and a lot of putty to re-build the fairing (which is still wrong - it should continue the straight line of the glazing rather than end in a fillet) but at least it doesn't have a gap now. I added three antennas on the rear fuselage which weren't in the kit, some piping to the hydraulic reservoir on the main rotor head, fire extinguishers and wiring looms in the cabin and cockpit, a map/document box, overhead blinds, rotor brake, etc. etc. Also rearranged the seating in the cabin and provided it with a plywood floor. The kit cockpit is pretty nice, especially the collectives and the IP, although I stuffed that up a bit - I thought I'd got the fit right but it bowed away from the backing so the instruments look a bit weird. Oh well. In a sense XT480 isn't a great choice as the kit only provides white stencil decals and they should be black, and the typeface for the serial and XQ code letters is much too modern/too bold. Oh, and most of the stencils are the wrong size! I opted to work with what I had since I was trying to finish for the GB, and cut up/faded various decals to try and get things as close to accurate as I could. The paint is Tamiya - a mixture of olive green fading to darker olive green at the bottom, and olive green plus khaki drab at the top. It's a wee bit darker in real life than in the pics, I think. I had a couple of varnish disasters (frosting/cracking) which I mostly recovered from and did some weathering with MIG washes, AK stuff, and pigments. To do the painted-out crests behind the cockpit I cut masks from post-it note (following the pictures not the decals, which in this case were too small) and blotted paint through with a cotton bud. The scariest job was probably stringing the antennas, but it turned out to be OK once I got into it: This all sounds a bit grumbly but honestly I did enjoy myself (except maybe for the varnishing). It is a surprisingly challenging kit though, given how incredibly glowing all the reviews are, but I'll chalk that up to inexperience on my part. And while you could do a lot more work to fix the accuracy issues than I did, it does look like a Wessex! Thanks to everyone who commented on the build, and particularly to Colin and Smudge for their expertise and encouragement in adding the various extra bits. Cheers, Will
  25. This is a bit of a better late than never entry - but it's quite a long group build so hopefully I'll be OK. I've been dithering about what to build and finally settled on the Italeri Wessex. It actually nominated itself since of my various helicopter kits this one has had the most parts fall off the sprues in transit. They're still in the bags though! Looks rather nice in the box, and is a little bigger than I was expecting. The instructions are nice and clear too from what I can see. Hope to make a start sometime this week. If it goes well I'd quite like to do a second build, but I'm easily distracted so no promises there Cheers, Will
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