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  1. Second in my 'clearing the decks build log' (the first of which went back on the shelf) is this 1/48 Rafale in probably my favourite Rafale special scheme, which has been sitting on my shelf of doom for around a year. It's the Hobbyboss kit along with Syhart decals. The kit itself is pretty decent though I did have minor trouble aligning the landing gear and refuelling probe, the former due to somewhat crude moulding and the latter because it's default position is a little off and needed some correction. The Syhart decals however were beautiful. Really thin and lay flat very easily but you have to be quick because they stick very quickly on a glossy surface. Aligning them all was a bit nervy! The top side artwork was made up of 12 decals but once that was completed it was pretty plain sailing, though I did manage to misalign one of the tail artworks parts ho hum. I painted the model with Mr. Hobby Aqueous and lightly weathered it with an oil pinwash. The experts will notice the Mica missiles are the incorrect versions - they should be IR's but I didn't have any.. Also, the airframe modifications needed to correctly portray this aircraft have not been done. I've never been one for absolute accuracy! Anyway, the pictures - I hope you enjoy them. Note the canopy is not permanently attached Thanks for looking!
  2. Having already edited Rafale B and M kits in 1/48th Revell has surprisingly not yet in its range the most produced variant I mean the single-seat Rafale C. This will be done in 2018. Don't forget the Korean mix (B+M=C !) edited once upon a time by the Revell plastic injection contractor: ACE (Link) - ref. 3901 - Dassault Rafale C Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/RV3901 V.P.
  3. Rafale must be one of the most elegant fighter of the world, may be due to this fact, it's rarely to see a dirty looking work. As far as I am concerned, there is no clean marine plane on the earth, so this is what happened...... Rafale can carry two MBDA apache like this, however it seems that uncommon showed on any loadout chart....... By the way I'm not sure whether the fuel tanks can carry like this...... I didn't glued the fuel tanks thus the pattern can be changed, but it's not very stable though="= Thanks for your watching!
  4. architect

    Rafale

    Hi everyone. Here's my attempt to dignify my long awaiting french beauty.
  5. ....and now for something completely different! The Eye of the Tiger This small rendition of the french superjet is by far the newest and best kit in 1:72. But there are surprisingly many faults and the jet is partly undersized. That did hurt and i spent 130 hrs on that. It was in ModellFan 2016/05. But everytime i look at, it i get some Tiger in my Tank!
  6. Good morning, I'm about to get the infos for one of my next projects - a Rafale B or C, used in the operation "Harmattan" for hitting the bad guys. After some research on the net, I got to following points: Scalp: used by navy (one each aircraft) or air force (two each aircraft, later reduced to one). Along with two large tanks, 4 MICA, no other pods. Air Force used scalps only on two-seater. As only 15 scalps were used - has anyone the list of the aircraft which fired those? AASM: usually 4 per aircraft, two to three tanks, 4 MICA, and again, mostly no pod, since they are INS/GPS-Guided GBU-12: 4 per aircraft, two to three tanks, 4 MICA, and a damocles pod for laser designator, but only on the single-seat (but not on the two-seater- buddy lasing?) So, can anyone help with following points: only 4 laser guided bombs per aircraft were used. Any rule about two or three tanks? usually no damocles on the twin seater (but with some exceptions?) if I have to build a damocles pod - can I use a US lantirn pod (as in the hasegawa weapon set) as a base, and what to change? Any help in this matter is well appreciated. Oh, et dès que je comprend bien le français, un lien francophon peut aussi bien aider! Alex http://www.escadrilles.org/reportages/harmattan-zara/
  7. Tiger Meet 2017. Brittany, Rafale, F-16, Rafale, F/A-18, Rafale, Gripen, Rafale, Gazelle, Rafale... And also some Rafale.
  8. Hello, This is the beautiful Revell Rafale M converted into a Rafale C. There are many details to modify but the most important is the landing gear. Hope you like it, cheers
  9. LGL Maquettes (http://lglmaquettes.com/) and MustHave are to release in late May 2016 a 1/48th Dassault Rafale C resin conversion set for the Revell Rafale M kit - ref. Source: http://fighters.forumactif.com/t77568-conversion-rafale-c-sur-base-rafale-m-revell-1-48 V.P.
  10. Let's have a look at the following Ebay offers: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1-48-ACE-DASSAULT-RA...=item414f8fd970 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1-48-ACE-RAFALE-B-AR...=item3effce1f85 A Korean reboxing from the 1/48th Revell kits. Anyway the price - P&P incl. - is rather attractive respectively £25.86 and £17.45! Also a Rafale C mixing the B and the M parts! - ref.1203 - Rafale M - ref.1205 - Rafale B - ref.1206 - Rafale C V.P.
  11. Some time ago I bought a unboxed Rafale from Ebay for a pittance, not sure if it ever had any decals or I lost 'em. But to save wasting a kit I ended up buying some after market decals from Syhart(via Hannants). This is probably false economy as the decals cost about 3 times what I paid for kit , but anyway .......... The kits not bad actually with plenty of detail and goes together well. Decals sre superb and you could actualy build three examples from the decals supplied..........obviously I went for the one with the flashy tailfin(although you only get 2000ltr tanks with the kit which were not used on this example at Tigermeet, so some slight artistic licence there). Some of the stencils are like dust specks in this scale and a bit superfluous. Didn't bother with the missiles(as yet) Colour is a 50:50 mix of Vallejo MA 114 and 46, with a coating of Vallejo satin varnish(a bit on the glossy side I reckon) wash was lamp black oil paint and white spirit. Now all I need is someone to say "Is it 1/32" LOL All positive critique welcome Cheers, Saddler
  12. Good afternoon, the Rafale has been finished a few days ago, and today I took the pictures. It's one of the Rafales which did the first live shooting of a Scalp cruise missile in Libya, March 23 2011. The kit is from Hobby Boss, it's ok as a base, but some things need to be changed, as they are not 100% accurate. It's still not, as I left some minor things out like the shell shute for the gun. The cockpit has been upgraded with the Eduard set, and the decals are from the excellent Syhart sheet. Colour was mostly revell light grey, which I think looks nice. Nose gear with some brake wiring. In the intakes, I added some sheet to avoid eye contact with the gear bay. Nice detailing of the Eduard cockpit. Displays, mirrors, grips And lots of seat belts! The HUD may be a bit too steep. Burner can with nice rivet decals, and the added chaff launcher Live ordnance. 4 MICA, 2 Scalps and 2 Tanks. Not bad at all. I think the MICA will fire straight into the tank... are they dropped before launch? they are slightly bent outside, but on the kit it's a bit excessive. All in all, a nice kit which was fun to build. To have a realistic model, I highly suggest the Syhart decals, they are very good to work with, and you get plenty of other decals you could use on other models (like decals for 6 GBU-12, for instance) Alex
  13. Ah, la France! Le Camembert, le Bordeaux, le Moulin Rouge, la Guillotine, la bombe atomique... et le seriously armed Rafale, ready to kick some bad guys buttocks! So, I decided to build a Rafale, as employed over Libya 2011. I wanted to build one of the Rafales which delivered the Scalps (the French Storm Shadow). For that, I will use the well-known Hobby Boss kit, which is not bad, but has some points to be corrected. I will also use a small PE-set from Eduard for the cockpit, and the excellent decal sheet from Syhart. For Reference, I will stick to another typical french item, the comic books (le BD, bande dessiné). There are some "Rafale Leader" books from Durand/Zumbiel, which have some excellent reference after the story itself. 160 pages, mostly great colour pictures of the Rafale and the airbase. In my case, it's St. Dizier, where the scalp dropping Rafales actually departed. So, a high level of frustration is guaranteed when I can cross-check the hobby boss kit with the lot of reference material! The Rafale will be Nr. 315, 113-HK from EC1/91 "Gascogne", equipped with 4 MICA, two Scalps and two of the big 2000ltr-tanks. This load out was common in the beginning, later they switched to one scalp only configuration. Marine employed the Rafale all the time with one Scalp only. Nice report can be found here, but unfortunately french only: http://aviateurs.e-monsite.com/pages/1946-et-annees-suivantes/les-belougas-d-harmattan.html Let's start with the kit itself, mostly with le cockpit: I have already scraped the side walls, as some PE-parts will be glued thereafter. Seat looks nice, belts will be added later on. The outlet of the aircon, I suppose. Here, it pays to make the sheets a bit thinner by sanding or scraping with a scalpel blade. The big badda-boums, the two scalps. They are really big, and consist of 10 parts each. And the tanks. This is where the problem starts, all modelers like recessed panel lines. But here on the tank, these are welding seams, and are not recessed, but raised. I will put some stretched sprue in the recesses, to simulate this effect. Thanks for attention! Alex
  14. Hello, i finished this model 2 weeks ago. I used the Salt technic (first time !) also i made a HUD. The model is painted with Gunze paints (H307,H306,SM04,MC214 and few others) I hope you'll enjoy !
  15. CT Modeller

    Rafale B in 1/72

    Dassault Rafale B No.336 / 113-IK of EC 1/91 ‘Gascogne’, Armee de L’air Saint-Dizier, 2009. Hobbyboss kit with excellent Syhart decals (Sheet 72-915). Based on one of the aircraft that attended Yeovilton Air Day in 2009 (though without the live MICA and SCALP-EG missiles!) Aircrew came from the Hasegawa F-16 kit. I used them to show an ‘engines running’ configuration so that I could leave the foreplanes horizontal which helps to give the Rafale its good looks. There’s lots of detail on production standard Rafale Bs that needs careful study of photos – I probably haven’t got it all right, but things like navigation light positions on the wingtip missile rails, chaff & flare dispensers, radio antennas, etc were modified from the kit configuration. I can really recommend that Syhart decal sheet if you want to find out about Rafales
  16. There are some great photos of this exercice over on the USAF website: http://1.usa.gov/1XYNPnu
  17. I have two old Italeri Rafale-M kits that are known for their inaccuracies, incorrect raised panel details and poor fit. Besides, these two kits share one set of transparencies ( read - one sprue is lost ) I don't want to spend much time to build accurate replicas of this beautiful aircraft, neither I want these kits to be in the stash forever so I decided I will quickly build them in "What If" scheme where accuracy does not mean much. The stories: In growing tension of looming Cold War 2 it became evident that the fixed wing of newly deployed HMS "Queen Elisabeth" and HMS "Prince Of Wales" consisting of F-35B is vastly inferior to navalized version of Russian built T-50. An immediate response measures have to be taken however an absence of catapults and arresters on the carriers made it impossible to accept any existing naval aircraft type but F-35B. While it was technically possible to relatively cheaply refit the carriers with arresting gear and approach systems, installation of a catapult required full revamping of the vessel and therefore was prohibitively expensive. The solution was to use STOBAR system for aircraft launch and recovery, however this approach required extensive modifications of existing aircraft designs to provide required trust/weight ratio for ski-jump take-off. Revised versions of Naval Typhoon, Sea Grippen, F-35C and Rafale-M were submitted for assessment. Most of the designs provided ski-jump launch capabilities by reducing payload weight and increasing afterburner thrust however French engineers' approach was somewhat different. Rafale-MS offered flat thrust vectoring nozzles that along with sophisticated automatic launch control system and canards maintained optimal thrust/angle of attack combination before sustained horizontal flight is established. Additionally there was a dedicated "take off reheat" engine mode for which specially formulated high energy fuel from a separate tank in the fin was used that made it possible to launch the plane with full load of weapons. Although being optimized for STOBAR scheme Rafale-MS retained CATOBAR capabilities. At about the same time the dormant conflict in Eastern Ukraine begun to flame up again and there were rumours that the separatists have obtained several ground attack planes. The aging fleet of Ukrainian Flankers and Fulcrums denied manufacturer spares and support was not in a shape to repel potential treat from the East, at the same time dire situation in economy prevented modernization of national air force. In this light the highly controversial credit from EU and subsequent order and quick delivery of 12 Rafales raised many questions and accusations of corruptions. Ukrainian Rafales were reduced capability versions visually distinguishable by absence of in-flight refueling boom. As it was mentioned above, I'm planning to modify RN aircraft with flat thrust vectoring nozzles, Ukrainian plane will bear splinter camouflage. I'm not too familiar with Royal Navy markings. I'm going to print my own decals, so the questions are - could "Royal Navy" inscription be in black? I can't print white (yet) and I don't want to spend extra money on decals - do RN aircraft bear LoWiz LightBlue-Pink roundels? - is vessel name is written on the plane? - no-nonsense serials / other numbers? - any other suggestions for markings? At the moment I did the following - copied transparent canopy parts in non-transparent resin, will use it as a punch for pushing missing canopy from transparent film
  18. Dassault Rafale M – 11F Aeronavale Landivisiau, Brittany, 2015 1/72 Heller kit updated to current version – Syhart decals This one started life as a 15 year old Heller kit. Thanks to the superb Syhart decal sheet No 72-915 ‘Rafale B/C/M Standard Markings’ I was able to rescribe and update the kit. This was a bigger task than expected (as usual!) and included the addition of all sensors, ECM, chaff/flare dispensers, etc. Pylons and drop tanks came from the Hobbyboss Rafale B kit which was on the workbench at the same time. I must admit I didn’t add ALL the stencils provided by Syhart – I could only take so much of minute grey stencils on grey camo – but they’re all there on the sheet if you have the inclination and patience.
  19. Dassault Rafale M Revell 1:48 The Dassault Rafale is a new-generation ultra-modern twin-jet combat plane. It meets the combat requirements for the next century, combining in a single plane the multiple roles that otherwise would be carried out by many different types. The Rafale M is the carrier-borne naval version equipped with a reinforced undercarriage for catapult launching. Equipped with two SNECMA M88-2 engines (each with 75 KN thrust) the Rafale reaches a speed of Mach 2. Its long range, enormous load-carrying capacity, precision fire control and survivability give the Rafale exceptional mission effectiveness. In addition it is claimed one of the best combat aircraft in the world that can engage in simultaneous ground attack and air defence missions. The first production plane went into service with the French navy in 1999. The French Navy have since ordered 48 for the navy of which ten aircraft are operational on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. The model The kit comes in the standard Revell end opening box with a great picture of the Rafale M, tooled up for a bombing mission. This kit has been released before by Revell, but since being used on bombing missions helping the Libyan rebels during the Arab Spring uprisings the FN Rafale model has also been upgraded to include the GBU-12 laser guided bombs and their respective pylon adaptors. The kit itself looks superb on the sprues with finely moulded panel lines and screws and the excellently done flying controls which are only attached to their hinge line, leaving a fine, but perhaps slightly too large a gap at each end of the ailerons and rudder. The five sprues of grey and one of clear styrene are held in two separate poly bags, unfortunately that has meant that the clear parts have been slightly damaged, but this should be able sorted with a dip in Klear or other clear solution. There is no sign of flash, just the usual moulding pipson many of the parts. Due to restriction in moulding technology, the main canopy is slightly deformed on one side, which while annoying, may not be seen if the canopy is posed open. Having looked closely at the parts there is a tremendous amount of detail, both on the surface and with the undercarriage bays which will look great with some careful painting and weathering. The only real fault found was a sink mark on either side of the tail hook, in an awkward position which will require filling and rescribing. The build begins with the MB Mk16F ejection seat, which comes in four parts, the back panel, with associated black boxes and oxygen bottle, the two sides, centre section, with seat and back pads, plus moulded seat belts, and finally the head box. The next assembly is the cockpit, with the rudder pedals, instrument panel, HOTAS stick and throttle attached to the single piece tub. Into this the completed seat assembly can be fitted. Onto the completed cockpit tub the front coaming and rear decking are fitted, with the option of adding the canopy support strut if posing the canopy open. The whole completed cockpit assembly is then glued to the underside of the upper fuselage section. With the detail painting of the undercarriage bay interiors completed these parts are then glued into the lower fuselage section, at the same point, the two holes for the arrester hook part must be opened up. The forward canards are effectively in one piece, with a moulded rod attaching the aerofoil section. The canards are sandwiched, unglued, between the two fuselage sections as the whole fuselage is buttoned up. The exhausts are really well done with some fantastic looking detail within and without the exhaust petals. The final stage fan disc is moulded at the bottom of the exhaust tube, which will make for an interesting paint job. Once the exhaust tubes are painted they can be fitted to the rear fuselage along with the inter-fuselage structure, and rear sensor units. It may be an idea to leave the exhaust petals off until the rest of the painting is complete. On the upper fuselage, the spine aft of the cockpit is fitted, as is the vertical tailplane, made up of two halves and the two ILS aerials. The build continues with the addition of the nose cone with suitable weight fitted first, the intakes are then added, with two parts making up the main assembly, with the addition of two auxiliary intakes and a SPECTRA sensor on the starboard intake. Turning the fuselage upright, the two halves of each wing are assembled, with the addition of further SPECTRA sensors on the wing tip launch rails and fuselage spine and clear parts for the wing root lights. On the underside of each outer wing what look like actuator fairings are fitted along with two more SPECTRA sensors. On the underside of the rear fuselage the arrestor hook can be added to the previously opened up holes along with the fuel dump pipe. Moving onto the undercarriage, the mains are fitted first with the main leg, actuators, locking arm scissor links and the main wheels, made up of two very well detailed parts. The nose leg is fitted with the nose wheel steering unit, light unit, actuator and locking arm. To this assembly the scissor link with its associated recoil springs and catapult arm are attached. The two nose wheels are moulded in two halves, again with very nice moulded detail. The main and nose undercarriage doors are moulded with location pins for open display, the nose doors will need to be split into its three component parts. To pose the doors closed; these pins will need to be removed first. Nearing the end of the main build the nose sensors, in front of the cockpit are fitted along with the refuelling probe and pitot probe. The canopy consists of the windscreen, main opening canopy with its central and rear bulkheads and internal mirror support. On the underside of the nose the last four aerials are added. The final parts to the build are the options for the various weapons supplied. These are the two 2000l drop tanks, wingtip mounted Magic or Mica EM/IR missiles and either launch rails for further Mica EM/IR missiles, or the reason for this re-pop up to six GBU-12 LGB’s, their associated pylon adaptors and MER’s. To most significant part missing from this kit is the Damocles targeting pod as the Atlis pod included in the kit is not used on the Rafale. Decals The single, quite small decal sheet contains insignia for the following:- Rafale 28 of the DET-CEPA, (Test and Experimentations), 100 Years of Aeronavale – BAN Hyeres-Le Palyvestre July 2010. Rafale 32 – The first Rafale of Flottille 11F BAN Landivisiau – February 2012. Rafale 15 of Flottille 12F – R91 Charles de Gaulle used during Operation Harmattan – Libya 2011 The sheet also contains a full selection of stencils, warning signs and weapons markings. The sheet is very nicely printed with good register and quite matt in appearance. Conclusion This is a fabulous looking kit which from what I’ve seen on the web can be built into a superb model of an amazing aircraft. Without building it I can’t see any real problem areas during construction and have only heard of a couple of difficult fitting parts. The missing targeting pod is a shame considering there are quite a few pictures of the aircraft fitted with the pod on missions over Libya. Still, I’m sure the aftermarket companies will soon come to the rescue. Review sample courtesy of
  20. As I was unable to make either Friday or Saturday at Yeovilton I decided to try and catch some departures. The original plan was to go on Monday but when I heard these two were leaving on Sunday my mind was made up. As usual, you stand in sunshine all morning then as soon as these two start up it clouds over.
  21. Rafale M, Pictures from Graham James,
  22. French Air Force Rafale C (113-HJ) and Rafale B(118-HT) at the NATO Tiger Meet 2013 in Ørland hovedflystasjon, Norway. Kit:REVELL 1/144 RAFALE M converted Decal:Hand-painted with DIY decal
  23. Got back into modelling after a 20 plus year gap. i used to build 1/72 and then 1/48 kits of modern jets, the usual mix of aircraft that interests a young aviation fan. Came back thinking of going back to 72 scale but a friend said if I wanted a quick build to have a look at the revell 1/144 range, the detail was amazing, after so long away from the modelling game here was a range and scale that was better then the 72 scale aircraft I built in the past. Anyway I've ended up really liking this scale and have a nice little stash building, the size of these kits is great both on a price level and also on a shelf space level as with two young children its at a premium So here is one of my recent builds the rafale, all comments greatly appreciated, bear in mind all my kits are brush painted (still hoping the kids get me an airbrush for Christmas)
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