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  1. Hi again, This is my latest build. It's looking like my camera skills haven't improved one bit, I need to figure out a better location/setup to take photos of my models, sorry about that. Anyway, this is the build: Kit: Revell F-89D/J (No. 4568) Model: Northrop F-89D Scorpion (USAF) Scale: 1/48 Aftermarket: None Paints: Vallejo Model, Air & Metal Color Weathering: Oil paints, Flory Models Wash The kit was by no means perfect (it's from the early 90's) - nor was my build of the kit ( I can point out dozens of mistakes...) - but all in all I'm still very happy with the overall look. I did not stress about it too much but was just enjoying the build and was in awe how cool a plane the Scorpion really is So I hope you enjoy. All comments & constructive criticism are welcomed! One thing that I'm trying to figure out the best way to weather raised panel line kits, washes don't really work that well. Maybe some airbrush magic? Would love to hear your thoughts on that. And here's a shot with Monogram F-102 Delta Dagger I did earlier this year. Big planes, both of them!
  2. As ESCI #8300/8301/Italeri #7031 Leopard 1A2 kits are impossible to find for years I'd like to know your opinion about the (similarly rare, though a bit cheaper) Airfix 1/76 Leopard #02306. Is it really so much smaller and so rubbish that putting it on the shelf among various Modelcollectl and Trumpeter 1/72 cold war tanks would make whole collection looking odd? Same question applies to the Airfix #01320 FV101 Scorpion as the ACE #72417 is also unobtainable for some time already. Would the Airfix (called 1:76) Scorpion really be too small and ostentatiously primitive when put along the Revell Bradley and Abrams on the "Gulf War shelf" in my cabinet? Cheers Michael
  3. Just for a change, I thought I wouldn't do a helicopter for a group build (although there's a Puma waiting in the stash that I might start next!) - so my pick will be the Scorpion which I've had for quite a while without quite finding the inspiration to build. As far as I can see it dates back to 1975 (hence the 1973 decal options) so should be quite eligible. So, obligatory box and sprue shots: I probably won't do too much extra to it for this build, and I'll probably represent a fairly early Scorpion, and I have the Osprey book for reference, and photos of a few real ones, including the one at Cosford. One thing that is clear to me that I'll need to scratch-build some additional storage bins, at least! But first, I'll follow the instructions and start with the running gear. More to follow...
  4. Alvis FV101 Scorpion. Ex RAF Regiment example at Cosford. Pics mine.
  5. Good morning, after the Rafale something a bit older... the F-89 Scorpion was a typical member of the first generation of jets. Straight wings, subsonic, a very classical layout. The most noteworthy thing was the nuclear air to air missile AIR-2 "Genie", which was only tested on the Scorpion. Other aircraft could carry it as well, but never fired a live one. The kit is apparently good from what I read, some minor sink marks, a decal sheet slightly out of register and the horrible silver plastic, but nothing which can't be handled. Tanks were slightly bent, so I used the old trick to get the top point togehter: by pushing the tip into a small rivet hole. The few small sink marks Cockpit tub is a bit empty, I added some panels. I will try to do the knobs at a later stage... Seats are OK for the kit, but I preferred to add the Pavla resin seats (left). Pilot seat from the side. And the ordnance. The Genie should be a bit beefier, I think they are a bit too slim. Falcons look nice with the surface details. To be followed! Alex
  6. The latest - and last addition to my collection of 1/72 scale F-89 Scorpions - the Hobbycraft kit of the F-89H..... I wanted to show the GAR-1 Falcon missiles both retracted and extended - so I did the port pod with them deployed ready for firing, and the starboard side all closed up. I know they wouldn't be like that in real life - they are deployed symetrically on each side - but I am claiming 'artistic licence' - it is on display at an airshow and the extending mechanism has be overridden by the display crew. The 'clean' starboard pod for comparison - note the apertures for the FFAR rockets in the nose of the pod. Closer view of the port pod - the Flacon missiles are dummies - hence the light blue colour. I could not get the US Star-and-bar to sit centrally inside the silver outline decal - either the star lined up - or the bars did - but not both! I had to cut the kit decals to go round the missile bays. Each pod could carry 3 X GAR-1 Falcon missiles - plus 21 X FFAR rockets. F-89H Scorpion of the 437th FIS, Presque Isle AFB circa 1958. Scorpion - ready to strike! My complete Scorpion collection. Ken
  7. Building the Academy 1/72nd F-89D scorpion and the paint instructions are... well, a bit pants. Trying to work out which shade of red to use for the 61st FIS 'Texan A' scheme - quick trawl of t'interweb shows some pictures with a dark humbrol 60 shade of red, while other pictures show more of a day-glo orange humbrol 209 shade of red. Any pointers which sort of red it should be ?
  8. HMS Scorpion Atlantic Models 1:350 HMS Scorpion was an S-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, the eleventh of her name, commissioned on 11 May 1943. Initially she was to be named Sentinel, but this was changed following the loss of the Dragonfly-class river gunboat Scorpion in the Bangka Strait in February 1942. Scorpion joined the 23rd Destroyer Flotilla of the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow on 11 May 1943 and was deployed on patrol in the North-western Approaches. On 20 October she joined an escort group of nine destroyers, a Norwegian corvette and two minesweepers which sailed to the Kola Inlet as part of Operation FR, tasked to bring back merchant ships that had been waiting in Russian ports over the summer while the Arctic Convoys were suspended. Covered by dense fog, convoy RA54A arrived safely in Loch Ewe on 14 November, while the destroyer flotilla turned around to escort Convoy JW 54B to Archangel. She returned to Scapa Flow, but was out again on 10 December to screen the battleship Duke of York and cruiser Jamaica which had been ordered to sea to cover Convoy JW 55A. The Kriegsmarine did not emerge and so she sailed with the battleship all the way through to the Kola Inlet, an unusual and risky move that surprised the Russians. Scorpion covered Duke of York as she returned west to refuel in Akureyri in Iceland on 21 December 1943. The Home Fleet left Iceland on 23 December to cover Convoy RA 55A and Convoy JW 55A, alerted of German intentions to intercept one of the convoys by Ultra intelligence. On 26 December the German battleship Scharnhorst, escorted by five destroyers, attempted to attack the ships of Convoy JW 55A, but were driven away by Admiral Burnett's three light cruisers and then cut off by Admiral Fraser's force. During the action Duke of York hit Scharnhorst's starboard boiler room with a 14 inch shell, slowing her briefly to 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) as she attempted to evade the British fleet. This provided the destroyers with an opportunity to attack with torpedoes. Closing from astern, Saumarez and Savage fired star-shell, blinding the Germans to the approach of Scorpion and the Norwegian Stord on the starboard side of the battleship. The two destroyers launched 16 torpedoes, scoring one hit, and driving Scharnhorst into firing range of Saumarez and Savage, which scored two more hits. This crippled the German ship and allowed the slower Duke of York to catch up and sink her. After the battle Scorpion picked up 30 survivors and sailed on to the Kola Inlet, arriving there on 27 December. She returned to Scapa Flow with the rest of the fleet on New Year's Eve. In March 1944 Scorpion was assigned to the "Ocean Escort" force for Convoy JW 58, one of the largest Arctic convoys of the war. All ships arrived safely and Scorpion returned with Convoy RA 58. Scorpion was then assigned to Force S, alongside several other S-class destroyers, part of the Normandy invasion fleet. During May she took part in preparatory exercises before sailing to Spithead early in June. She crossed the channel on 5 June and took up position off Ouistreham to bombard targets in support of Allied landing forces in the Queen Sector of Sword Beach. On 7 June she was assigned to patrol the Eastern Task Force area following the loss of her sister ship, the Norwegian Svenner to German T-boats. On 9 June she was detached with Scourge to reinforce the O-class destroyer flotilla against the threat posed by the German heavy destroyers from Brest. She spent the rest of June, July and August on patrol in the English Channel protecting convoys from E-boats. Scorpion returned to escorting the Arctic convoys in September 1944, screening the battleship Rodney in support of Convoy JW 60 and then Convoy RA 60. In October she was diverted to support Operation Lycidas, screening two escort carriers, Fencer and Trumpeter, as they carried out aerial minelaying around the Norwegian coast. In November, sailing with Savage, she carried Norwegian troops to the Kola Inlet (Operation Freeman), their role being to join Red Army as it pushed the Germans away from Murmansk back into Norway, lending authority to the Norwegian Government in exile. She then joined the escort for Convoy RA 60A on 11 November. Later in the month she supported two more operations with escort carriers off the Norwegian coast near Karmøy on 20 November (Operation Handfast) and then near Mosjøen on 27 November. She escorted Convoy JW 63 over the New Year period, her anti-aircraft gunners accidentally shooting at (and missing) two Wildcats which had been launched to intercept a German aircraft. She escorted four more Arctic convoys early in 1945, RA 63 in January, RA 64 in February, and JW 65 and RA 65 in March. She was also deployed to support three more operations in the North Sea in February, Operations Selenium, Shred and Groundsheet. She continued in service with the Home Fleet until VJ Day in August 1945 when she was placed in reserve. In October 1945, Scorpion was sold to the Dutch Navy and renamed Kortenaer, serving as a destroyer until 1957 when she was converted to a fast frigate. She was broken up in 1962. The Model Originally, this kit was to be released by the old White Ensign Models. Unfortunately they folded before this could take place, or should I say fortunately, as this and her sister kit have been taken up, like many of the old WEM kits, by Peter Hall at Atlantic Models. Issued under the WEM banner of Atlantic Models the kit arrived at BM’s London offices in the standard sturdy cardboard box. Inside the kit was smothered in poly chips, which provide the much need protection when in transit. Once the poly chips have been removed there are two zip-lock bags, one containing the resin parts, the majority of which in held in small zip-lock bags, whilst the other hold the holds the white metal parts and lengths of brass wire which are used to make the propeller shafts and the basis for the early style tripod mast, late main mast and yardarms. There is also a length of plastic rod which is used to make the depth charges from. As we have come to expect from Atlantic Models, the casting of the resin parts is exceptional, with no signs of imperfections, or bubbles, and only a small amount of flash which is very thin and easy to remove. I wish I knew how Peter does the masters, as there are parts that shouldn’t be doable with resin, such as the main section of the forward superstructure, which includes the chimney “sprouting” from the rear underside of the lower bridge wings. You will need to be careful of this when building, as, if you are as clumsy as I am when building, you will knock it off. There are quite a fe moulding points on the underside of each superstructure section, but, once again these shouldn’t take too long to remove and clean up. The hulls are where these kits really shine, and this is no exception, although when mated there does seem to be a slight undercut to the lower hull which will need to be filled and sanded to make the hull section smooth. If you are making the kit as a waterline, then you will not need to worry. The metal parts never seem to be quite as sharp as the resin, but that is the nature of the material, there are still well moulded, just a little fuzzy. Since you will need to clean most of them up, due to flash and material excess, you can give them a quick swipe with a sanding stick to sharpen them up. Construction begins with the assembly of the main gun turrets. The open turrets will need the gun opening to be cleaned out as they are flashed over out of the box, the metal guns can then be slid into position on their trunnions. The twin 40mm Bofors mount is also assembled at this point, and consists of a resin mounting and metal guns. To the Bofors mount the seven etched parts and a small section of 10thou plastic are attached. The twin 20mm Oerlikon mounts are next, each made from a metal mount and metal guns. Two Oerlikons are fitted to the superstructure mounted just aft of the funnel, this is also fitted out with a platform onto which the main searchlight is fitted along with the appropriate length of railing. The Bofors platform, fitted between the two torpedo tubes is fitted with the Bofors gun, two Carley racks and their floats. With the superstructure sections fitted to the hull the four main turrets can be glued into their respective positions. To the Bridge structure, the main director, director access platform, Type 285 Yagi aerial array, DF aerial, signal lamps and DCT Control tower are all attached, along with the bridge screen and optional bridge awning. The forward superstructure section is fitted with another pair of Oerlikons, lower wing support braces, two Carley float racks, plus floats. There is an option of early or late fits of foremast, the early is made up from the lengths of brass rod, etched braces and yardarms, which can be strengthened with more brass rod, and a white metal crows nest. The mast is usually free from top fittings, but can be fitted with the Type 291 aerial. The later mast is a lattice type, with the PE sections glued together and topped off with a platform with railings. The platform is fitted with a weather vane frame and the cheese slice style radar antenna. The yardarms are then attached, along with the topmast which can be fitted with either a Type 291 radar antenna or an MF/DF antenna. To the foreward end of the rear superstructure an optional single pole past or lattice mast with optional Type 291 or MF/DF antenna is fitted, along with a long length of vertical ladder stock. The Oerlikon platform is fitted with a small mast or wire antenna spreader, basically a length of brass wire with a PE yardarm. The funnel is fitted with a pair of platform braces/handrails, funnel cap and siren bracket, whilst the ships boat davits are folded to shape and attached to the ships boats, the cutter being fitted with the PE thwarts and gunwhales. Each of the depth charge throwers are made of PE and once folded to shape fitted with a length of plastic rod cut to size and fitted with PE end caps. More depth charges are need for the PE stowage racks and stern rails which are fitted with a TSDS gantry. With the superstructures glued to the decks, the two torpedo tubes can be attached, along with their respective cranes. Alternatively you can use the white metal parts for the throwers, with charges mounted and the the separate charges for the racks and stern rails. The ships railings can then be glued into position, along with the PE anchor cables and anchors. The two torpedo deck catwalks, each made from three PE parts are glued between the respective superstructure sections over the torpedo tubes. If you are building the model full hulled, the two lengths of brass wire used to make the propellers shafts are slid into the A frames and glued into position, followed by the propellers and finally, the rudder. Conclusion This has got be another winner from the hands of Peter Hall, the release of this and its sister ship, HMS Vigilant fills another gap in the maritime modellers wish list. The superb moulding and detailed parts, resin, metal and in particular the etched brass will go towards making a wonderful model of an important yet mostly forgotten class of destroyer. Very highly recommended Review sample courtesy of Peter Hall of
  9. Hi, calling this done. Built for a GB over on Flory Models. Academy kit SFTB Skylancer decals - 54th FIS, ADC USAF, Ellsworth AFB South Dakota, June 1958 AK Extreme Metal paints Kit went together ok with no real dramas other than me being an idiot and not putting enough nose weight in (hence the stormtrooper lending a hand!). Beast of an aeroplane! Thanks for looking FF UntitlUntitled byUntitled by bryn robinsUntitled by bryn robinson, on Flickron, on Flickr bryn robinson, on Flickred by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  10. Hello and welcome to build number 7 since getting back on the modeling horse. When I get a dozen done I'll stop counting. Sadly, at the rate I'm going it's that's not happening until the end of 2015! So what do we have here and why? After build 6, which was a satisfyingly dirty ARTF 'pink' Op Granby Jaguar GR1 in 1/72nd, (go see if you haven't. Shameless plug. : http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234953776-172-italeri-jaguar-gr1-op-granby-build-no6-and-counting/#entry1519222), I decided to do a shinier, cleaner and more colourful build, which would also hopefully be a reasonably rapid one as well. So off to the stash to collect an F89 Scorpion my girlfriend bought for me from the Newcastle Modelzone when they were closing down. I had never seen the F89 before until I spotted the Revell kit. I thought it was a most interesting looking aircraft and decided to check out its history, including the failed intercept by a pair of F89Ds of an F6F-5K unmanned target drone on August 16 1956. They did apparently start a few raging bush fires and shred the front of someone's car with the unguided rockets they fired. Accurate they are not. So.. Here it is. Totally OOB and built over a period of about 4 weeks which is super speedy for me. Alclad Aluminium for most of the metallic. A mix of Humbrol Trainer Yellow 24 and Scarlet 60 in approximate 50/50% 60/40% mixes for the red. Weathering? Just a little. Nice, easy, pleasant build of an interesting aircraft. Thank you for your attention. F89_130214_01 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr F89_130214_02 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr F89_130214_03 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr F89_130214_05 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr F89_130214_07 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr F89_130214_08 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr F89_130214_10 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr F89_130214_11 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr
  11. F-89D/J Scorpion 1:72 Revell The F-89 stemmed from a USAAF technical specification for a jet to replace the P-61 Black Widow. Northrop originally submitted four different designs. Initially the XP-89 made its first flight in August 1948, with the first production being authorised in 1949. The F-89A had an AN/APG-33 radar with 6 x 20mm cannons. Two 300GL fuel tanks were permanently fitted and underwing racks could carry 16 x 5 rockets, or up to 3200lbs of bombs. The major production variant was to be the F-89D. This first flew in October 1951, and entered service in 1954. Here the USAF removed the 20mm cannon in favour of rocket armament which was de rigueur at the time. A new E-6 fire control system was fitted by Hughes and two pods of 52 Mighty Mouse FFAR rockets were added in the front part of the wind fuel tanks. The final variant of the Scorpion was the F-89J. This was based on the D model but replaced the wingtip pods with 600GL fuel tanks. Pylons were fitted under the wings for Falcon and Genie missiles. The F-89 was never exported by, the US but remained a mainstay of the early cold war defense of the US. The F-89J has the distinction of being the only aircraft to fire a live nuclear rocket when in July 1957 as part of Operation Plumbbob the one and only live test of a Genie was conducted. The Kit I think the Revell F-89 has been around since the early 1990s, it has been released under various boxing over the years, all with the ability to build either a D or J model, and this one is no different. The kit comes in one of Revells open ended boxes. Inside we three sprues of silver plastic and one small clear sprue. The moulds for this kit have held up remarkably well over the years. Construction starts with the cockpit. Revell have done a nice job here. The cockpit is made up from quite a few parts. The seats are five part affairs and they have captured the differences between he front and back seats. Once the cockpit has been assembled then this is inserted between the main fuselage parts not forgetting the front engine face and the all important nose weight. Following this the under fuselage insert which runs from the front wheel well to the exhausts is fitted. Then you need to add the engine intakes and exhausts. Revell have moulded these as on part so thankfully there are no seams to clean up here. Following this the wings need to be assembled and attached to the fuselage. At this stage you need to decide (if not done already) if you are going to make the D or J model, as you need to open up the appropriate holes in the wings. For the D just one pair for drop tanks, or for the J 3 pairs for the missile pylons. After these steps then its time for all the small fiddly bits. The sides to the front wheel well (including the gear doors) need to be added. Various scoops and small parts are added, along with the landing gear, though most modellers will leave this till last (I know I would). Finally you need to either build the wingtip tanks for the J, or the tank / rocket pod combos for the D. The kit is finished by adding your various underwing parts and then the canopy. Decals Two decal options are supplied by revell. The First is for F-89D-45 22143, This was with the 61st Fighter Interceptor Sqn, based at Ernest Harmon AFB; New Foundland 1957. The second is for F-89J 32470, This was with the 59th Fighter Interceptor Sqn, based at Goose bay AFB, Labrador 1957. The decals all appear to be in register with good colour density. Like all revell decals at the moment they should work as advertised. Conclusion There are enough parts in the kit via the options to keep the more serious modeller happy, and to challenge the more in inexperienced modeller. The kit makes into a good looking model of an important if untested early mainstay of the cold war. I would recommend this kit. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
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