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  1. Hello friends! Just looked at the @Alan P‘s resurrected thread and decided to post some pictures of my Vigilante. I bought this kit some time ago for my friend and feel no rush to build it - just putting some bits together from time to time... The box is large and sturdy: And all the details are well-packed there: The Runner A contains the two fuselage halves (very big, I must say): The wings and protected intakes are on a Runner B: The Runner C with control surfaces: And D with a pylons: The Runner E contains wheel wells and the cockpit details: And the two Runners G is for the engines and some other parts: The clear Runner H, the tail and ventral canoe are packed in a separate plastic bags within a separate cardboard box: An instruction and the painting sheets with a protected decals is also here: The top box cover is already employed by my Wool Companion: And some parts are off the trees: I want to make as much little subassemblies as possible to speed up the build... As you can see, the seats are already glued and wheels already dry-fitted: The plastic is very good and the fit is well, too. Thanks for looking!
  2. Hi everybody, this is my first in progress-thingy on this fine site - the Trumpeter RA-5C Vigilante. It's a great kit, looks fab. I am planning to build it mostly out of the box but anything could happen. It's quite pricey if you can find one and looks like just the sort of thing I can botch beyond belief, which is why I was afraid to touch it. I am going to try and take my time building it, rather than hacking through it at my usual pace, cos it's for my dad, who is a great bloke and served in the Navy for 25 years. He got me into modelling as a kid and the Vigilante is his all-time favourite plane - he remembers one blasting past his ship (HMS Blake) at below deck level on Exercise Midlink 74 while they were in the Indian Ocean with USS Constellation. So - the version I am building uses Aeromaster decals for a RVAH-11 Vigi on board Constellation in 1975. I will also be using some artistic licence to correct some egregious Trumpy errors, but it won't be an exact replica or whatever. Here's what's in the box, plus a set of Aeromaster decals: This is a little something I spotted while looking for Revell 1/72 U-boat accessories - a Nautilus Models wooden brace for the slightly mis-fitting fuselage halves: Let's see how this thing turns out...
  3. North American A-5 Vigilante. Aircraft is 149289 an RA-5C at Pima, pics thanks to Mike (Da Gaffer).
  4. North American RA-5C VIGILANTE Warpaint Series No.97 It was a pleasant surprise for me when I found that Guideline Publications had brought out the North American RA-5C Vigilante in their Warpaint series. It is produced by Charles Stafrace and is compiled in what is now their easily recognised and highly respected format of high resolution photo cover and with an average of 62 pages of text, photos, illustrations and pull-out general arrangement plans to 1:72 scale. This volume, which is number 97 in the series, is produced to Guidelines' excellent standards with a fine mix of historical narrative and interspersed with beautifully illustrated profile drawings by Richard J. Caruana; plus sheets of informative data on versions, units and air-wings, including their deployments. This aircraft is one of those from the era of hi-vis colour markings and the book is a boon for those modellers who wish to finish their Vigilante build with colourful unit and wing markings. Having said that, the Vigilante could be classed as a bit of an odd-ball in that it had many 'first of type' features but also had an unpopular record with its crews. As Charles states in his introductory paragraph "The North American RA-5C Vigilante was a paradox, introducing aerodynamic, technological and electronic features that were state-of-the-art at the time of its introduction and which were to become standard characteristics in the combat aircraft that followed it." however it was not a popular aircraft with its crews as it cited as being very difficult to land on an aircraft carrier with the high approach speed resulting in a number of ramp strikes and associated losses of aircraft and crews. Most pages contain descriptive narratives detailing the history, advancements and variants that evolved and are interspersed with good quality colour and black/white photographs, plus illustrated with fine colour profile drawings which are professionally produced by Richard J. Caruana. A few also have data tables containing informative facts such as the specifications and dimensions of each type. As I have already mentioned, the book contains some beautifully illustrated profile drawings of the Vigilante. Each profile depicts a specific aircraft in full colour livery and markings. Beside each profile there is a narrative which describes the serial, squadron and location for the aircraft at the particular date described. In many cases, alongside the narrative is an image of the unit badge. Articles contained within the chapters give a useful insight into the development of the early pre-production airframes, again with fine colour images, and describes the efforts and issues that progressed with it becoming accepted as the RA-5C VIgilante. There are over 50 colour photographs of aircraft within this 62 page book and another 60 or so black and white photographs also. In addition there are over 35 full colour profile view illustrations of individual airframes. The pages are interspersed with tabulated data inserts, as with the one below detailing the buNo serials and their designators. Around the inserts the historical narratives continue and are complemented with photographs, many in colour, to further enhance the referencing of the these aircraft for the model enthusiast. Each book in the Warpaint Series is well known for having a set of scale plans of the subject aircraft and this edition is no exception. The pull out plan is A3 size and is printed on both sides with line drawings, giving plan and profile details of the A-5 in diagrammatic detail and is printed to 1:72 scale. Along with the excellently produced profile illustrations and individual narrative, there is also an enlarged imprint of the unit/wing emblem (if carried) for that aircraft. The extra detailing here is of great help to those possibly seeking to make their own decals if none currently exist. Additional tabulated data sheets provide where, and when these aircraft were deployed as with the table below that provides information on the ships or stations they were allocated to, for what period and their associated tail codes. All modelling enthusiasts have a desire to know more and Guideline do this by adding walkaround style photo images, detailing areas close in such as the cockpit, instrument panels and wheel wells etc. Conclusion Another fine book from Guideline Publications, detailing the markings and colour schemes of this famous aircraft. The illustrations are complemented by good historical narratives which flows nicely around a multitude of photgraphs and finely drawn illustrations. This is yet another book which should become an essential reference work on the RA-5 Vigilante alongside the modelling bench. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Turned Brass Aircraft Barrels/Probes 1:48 Master Master have an enviable reputation for superb turned metal gun barrels for aircraft, tanks and ships in various scales, but they also create pitot probes, angle-of-attack (AoA) probes, and include Photo-Etch (PE) brass parts with their sets as the need requires. This latest batch of new releases brings a number of new items for kits both new and old. They are all packaged in small flat packs with card headers that also protect the components in transit. The individual parts are often double-bagged in re-sealable packs, and recently the packs have been heat sealed into compartments to stop the parts getting jumbled together and avoid resulting damage. A-10 Thunderbolt II GAU-8 Barrel & Pitot Probe AM-48-081 A comprehensive set of parts to create the visible part of the seven-barrelled Avenger cannon that has been the saviour of many a ground unit, and the nemesis for armour and enemy troops alike. The fine barrel is protected by a small vacuum formed pot during transport to save it from being crushed, as it is rather delicate, having seven rows of four holes drilled into its length. The end-caps are supported by a central column in brass, and should be glued into place before inserting the seven 30mm barrels in from behind, each of which have a lip that prevents them being over-inserted and ensures that the hollow tipped barrels project the correct distance. The pitot probe is a simple replacement for the kit part and is inserted into a 1mm hole that you may have to drill or widen, depending on which manufacturer's kit you are using. Typhoon Mk.1b (Early) AM-48-082 The set includes four turned fairings in aluminium, the shorter two being the inner guns, so that their tips line up from overhead. A PE ring fits at the base of each fairing, and must be curved to fit in place, so annealing them under a flame and air cooling would be a wise step. The hollow tipped barrels then insert into the recesses in the fairings, and have a spiral cut into them to represent the recoil springs. Hurricane Mk.IIc (Flat Recoil Springs) AM-48-084 To install these replacement barrels, simply drill holes in the wing leading edges at 2.7mm for the inner fairings, and 2.9mm for the outer. Then insert the brass fairings, with the hollow tipped barrels fitting into recesses in the fairings. The recoil springs are cut into the barrel sides as a single groove. Hurricane Mk.IIc (Round Recoil Springs) AM-48-085 Essentially the same set, but instead of the engraved recoil springs, a set of very fine real springs are included that fit over a two-part barrel that is thinned to accept the springs that are held in place by the thicker sections of the barrel. The result should be highly realistic once painted. RA-5C Vigilante Pitot Probe & AoA Probe (for Trumpeter) AM-48-080 Two super-fine turned brass probes one long and slender to be mounted in a 0.8mm hole drilled at the tip of the radome, the other a small (and sharp) Angle of Attack probe that is mounted in a 1mm hole on the starboard side of the fuselage by the cockpit. The detail on the pitot is exceptional. Mirage F.1 Pitot Probe & AoA Probe AM-48-076 Two delicate probes for the Mirage, that would look as well on either the old ESCI kit, or the new Kitty Hawk kits that have recently come to market. The pitot probe fits into a 0.5mm hole on the tip of the radome, the other into a tiny 0.3mm hole on the port side of the cockpit. The AoA probe is truly miniscule, so take care during handling as it is likely to ping off and as you can see from the photo, you'll never find it again. The instructions also show which portion of the pitot probe should be metallic, and which part should be radome coloured, which is helpful. Conclusion These additional detail parts are superb, and bring realism to the parts they replace parts that are often oversized or poorly moulded on even modern kits. They also bring extra strength to parts that are easy to knock off, and we all know how easily styrene fatigues once bent. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Piotr at
  6. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the fabulous and rarely seen Trumpeter Vigilante! I did a lot of extra work on it, including a new humpback from Milliput, remodelled fin, detailed cockpit and wheelwells, and used a laser-cut wood brace for the fuselage interior. The full build thread is HERE. I think this is the best angle to view the Vigi - it really was a beautiful plane Cheers, Al
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