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  1. https://www.aero-mag.com/marshall-wins-historic-us-marine-corps-contract/ Bit unusual..good news
  2. This is the Tamiya Skyray, pretty much from the box with just a few tweaks and markings from Starfighter Decals “Forgotten Fords” set to depict an airframe from VMF(AW)-542 Gray Ghosts, in what the Warpaint book (No 117) describes as probably a one-off scheme for that unit. The AIM-9Bs are robbed from a Hobbyboss F-5E, because they are nicer than the ones in the Tamiya kit. This really is a great kit to build (no filler here!) and I would thoroughly recommend it.
  3. Rough and ready by the standards here, but I completed it in the equivalent of a weekend, spread over a week. More on this page of my web site: Early Corsair
  4. As you know, the USMC is part of the Department of the Navy so we're safely legit for the groupbuild This is also part-started but barely close to the 25% minimum...I began it four years ago when I was really struggling with illness but quickly lost heart. This is the perfect time and place to rescue it from the shelf of doom! The kit. It's all the Academy variants (A+, C and D) reboxed by Kinetic. Incredible value for money. Includes an excellent decal sheet but none of the screws and bolts from the original Academy version. This is in my mind the best Hornet
  5. I'm a bit late to the party here but I have been concentrating on finishing my builds for a couple of other GB's, now that they are safely out of the way I have a 2 week window before my next GB starts so I thought it was about time I joined in the fun here. I had originally planned on doing something else (a Spanish AH-1G) but seeing as how I talked my model club into building things along the theme of test aircraft I thought that I had better start building some myself and what better way than to combine it with the In The Navy GB and I remembered some excellent pictures taken and share
  6. With the Panther now finished I have time for another entry in the GB. Special Hobby’s Brewster F2A-3, which I will build as the machine flown by 2lt Charles Kunz to shoot down two D3A Vals. The box: What’s inside: One sprue of injected parts, typical short run fare, hard shiny plastic, no locating tabs and wings and tail planes butt jointed to the fuselage. Ejection pins! Two small bags with the clear parts and resin engine, wheels and cockpit components: So far all
  7. Inspired by John Trotti’s 1984 book Phantom Over Vietnam, I built my Academy 1/48 kit as the aircraft that features most prominently in that book. Trotti describes the dents and a missing panel of this aircraft in some detail. My plastic modelling patience and ability falls short of the amazing craft-work of some on this forum, but my 'quick and dirty' approach still gets reasonable results, in my opinion, as long as you don't look too closely. Here is the page on my web site describing the build, with more pics: https://everardcunion.com/plastic-models-2/plastic-
  8. Started last year and finished today. The amount of detail that Tamiya have crammed into this kit is superb. Beautiful fine panel lines and rivets. Airbrushed with Tamiya acrylics, splash of Flory wash and sealed with Aqua Gloss. Cheers gang, Phil
  9. I started the first figure for the diorama posted under dioramas "Operation Phantom Furry" USMC wearing MARPAT. At 1/35th scale digital squares are barely discernible. I tried several methods to replicate the pattern with paint iether the pixels were out off scàle or looked too round trying to use a brush or sponge. Then I found camouflage decals from Cross Delta in MARPAT desert what a life saver! I did a few trials as putting a 2D object on a 3D object would prove to be challenging. The decals are thick twice what your used too, I applied Micro-Sol decal softener it helped the d
  10. Hi everyone. At the risk of becoming south Cambridgeshire's answer to @corsaircorp (I can but dream!), I've dragged another box out of my stash, keeping my gaze averted from the queue of kits waiting their turn for airbrush treatment. A/b time is limited right now, and the onset of autumn always seems to make me want to start a big project. This time it's one of the bigger boxes in my stash, Academy's well known Phantom, in the Grey Ghosts F-4B/N boxing. I love the Phantom in much the same way that I love the P-47: big, tough, powerful and capable. Yet I've never built one. About time I recti
  11. It's 1958 and the US Marines land in Lebanon on July 15th (until October 25th 1958) to start Peacekeeping duties. At this point I'm jsut a few months old. I shall try to depict a scene from images I'm collecting. This kit was originally destined for a Vietnam scene but this GB came up and I though ...... Why not! Finding a project that utilizes part of my existing Stash and fits the timeline for 1958 was'nt straight-forward as it was a relatively quiet yer otherwise.
  12. While I toiled away on my Sword Harrier 2 seater I decided to build something straightforward that actually had parts that fit, as both a mojo restorer and for some airbrush practice. I had bought this Hasegawa Wildcat some years ago at a show, it was second hand but I started, complete but bagged not in a box. Any way the build went together without any issues, out of the box other than some plastcard bulkheads to close off the vacant space in the wheel well. Decals are from Superscale set 72-287 and represent one of the aircraft of VMF-121 flown by ranking Marine ace Joe Foss ( although B
  13. Hello all... I will be going for a classic jump jet here. In 1971 the USMC started operating the AV-8A Harrier, from Wiki.. "The AV-8A entered service with the Marine Corps in 1971, replacing other aircraft in the Marines' attack squadrons. The service became interested in performing ship-borne operations with the Harrier." Not quite sure which kit or markings i will be going with yet as this is technically a place holder. I will attempt to get the 1/72 Airfix kit, but I may fall back to the 1/72 Hasegawa kit. My guess is i will be going with VMA-
  14. Hello everybody... As the instigator and primary host of the. This was my take on Tamiya's classic 1/35th M48A3. It is built in the markings of "DEATH" from the 1st Marine tank Battalion C-Coy company 1970 C-12. I used a mixture of kit decals and Star decals sheet 35 C-1074. The Sandbags are made from baked sculpey modeling clay and were molded to the hull. I went for a heavily used tank covered with stowage, sometime in the rainy season.
  15. hi everyone new here got myself some Airfix 1/32 US Marines the other day thinking it would be simple but I do not use Airfix paint I use tamiya paint I have tried looking it up what tamiya paint to use for em but most evolve mixing and stuff and this may sound noobish but I dont like doing that. I have tried using converters from airfix to tamiya charts and I just dont get it. if anyone has a idea how to paint would really like to know. cheers this is the sort I am trying to do http://thepacific.wikia.com/wiki/Uniforms_depicted_in_The_Pacific http://thepa
  16. Kit - Academy 1:48. Paint - All enamels (Xtracolour). Decals - Kit. Extras - Eduard 'Zoom' set. Boeing Vertol HH-46A Sea Knight SOMS Kaneohe Bay Hawaii Mid 1980's Kit was very straightforward to bring together with only one irritating fit issue (the lower rear fuselage / sponson sub-assembly on to the upper rear), other than that it was / is excellent. What this build has done is given me an appetite to do more helo builds in 1:48 (I ha
  17. Here is the fantastic 1/72 Academy F-8E Crusader of VMF (AW) 235 "Death Angels", Da Nang, South Vietnam, 1966. The kit goes together so well - an absolute pleasure to build. The only addition is PE seat belts. Have got another 4 in the stash!! I have added a fair bit of weathering as actual photos show that they could get quite dirty. Shown ready for a CAS mission with a mix of Zuni's and Snakeyes. Semper Fi.
  18. Hello Everybody ... after seeing the start of the B-25 mitchell Group build. Its killing me that i cant participate yet. The B-25 is my favorite Medium bomber of the war as it was so Versatile and adaptable. I saw a few PBJ’s started ( USMC B-25 not Peanut butter & jelly ) in the group build. I had a minor Discussion with @JOCKNEY in one of the Threads. Both the build and discussion inspired me to dig this out of storage. I did some clean-up and touch ups. I think considering it was started 24 years ago its doing ok. The seams have started popping but not to bad. I started this M
  19. Hello all ... Im going for a second round of questions here. The first round was in the Cold war section. Mainly because the first round was concerning early Av-8b’s and now im looking for more current USMC use. First question is concerning paint. Heres a screenshot of a painting chart from cybermodeler referencing the scheme I have questions about. The colors call out for Gunship grey over Medium Grey blue. Is this the USMC Version of the Air forces “Have Glass Scheme” ? If yes is it truly Gunship Grey or something closer to the Grey used on the F-35 ? Whats the underside color ca
  20. After a year when I have really struggled to find time for modelling, I have definitely been busy over the Christmas break! These are both based on the old ESCI model (still IMHO the best 1/72 Harriers), using both decal options from one box (one of these kits came as a dirty bag of bits without decals, but fortunately with all its parts!). First up, an AV-8A of the US Marines: And then a Matador - Toro, toro, see you tomorrow my son! When you can't decide what to build, build a
  21. Hello again! As promised here is my 1/48 Hobbyboss F4U-1 Corsair on its scratch built display plinth. I wanted to capture the look of a sun bleached, beaten up Corsair waiting for the next sortie.
  22. Hello mates! Here is my little blue Marine Corps Grumman Cat in 1:72. Marine Air Group 33, US Marine Corps, Pohang AB, Korea 1952. I bought this in the nineties and finished the build in 2001. I did a lot of detailing, scribing and extra stencil decals, otherwise it is straight from the box. This was a really good kit at that time, with very realistic outlines. I only changed the cross section at the rear. I hope you like it too! Cheers!
  23. Done, work in progress here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235023718-usmc-sniper-team-vietnam-135/&page=4&tab=comments#comment-2845164
  24. A small 'air event' at Flagstaff Airport this morning, attended by, amongst others, the US Marine Corps' HMLA-369 'Gunfighters' with their mix of UH-1Y and AZ-1Z helos.
  25. USMC Harrier AV-8B, pics thanks to member "Fights On" taken on board USS MAKIN ISLAND LHA-8.
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