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  1. P-38F/G ‘Lightning Strike’ (ED48009) 1:48 Exito Decals The Lockheed Lightning was one of those aircraft that lived up to its name, being a fast and manoeuvrable aircraft, despite its relatively large size. Brought quickly into service, it played a greater part in the Pacific War (PTO), although it was also used in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) and the Middle East as airframes became available. With the introduction of Tamiya’s lovely new P-38F/G in 1:48, it’s a happy coincidence for Lightning lovers™. BEWARE: There are a few painted caricature boobies in this set, so if you’re of a nervous disposition you should look away now. The rest of you degenerates may carry on reading. This decal set arrives in Exito’s high quality resealable packaging with a big piece of thick card keeping everything straight and safe. Within is a glossy cover sheet plus three double-sided glossy sheets detailing each of the three decal options with many views to assist with the painting and decaling process. Small photos confirm the design choices of the artists, reasoning behind colour choices and a list of colours necessary to complete painting is given in a number of brands, with a handsome pair of profiles on the backside that are suitable for hanging on the walls once they have fulfilled their job as instructions, as shown below. The decals are printed by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. From the set you can build any or all of the following: P-38G-13-LO s/n 43-2204 ‘Beautiful Lass’ flown by Lt. John G ‘Jump’ O’Neill of 9th FS/49th FG, Dobudura, New Guinea, late October 1943 P-38F-1-LO s/n 41-7578 ‘Marjorie Ann’ possibly flown by Maj. Richard Ira ‘Dick’ Bong during his war bond tours of the USA, late Summer 1944 P-38G-15-LO s/n 43-2475 ‘Babe’ flown by Edgar L Yarberry of 48th FS/14th FG, El Bathan Tunisia, second half of June 1943 Conclusion Another cracking and topical set of decals from Exito, who are showing their attention to detail and pure quality in every release. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of [url=" https://exito.site/"][/url]
  2. My inspiration: Lockheed L-14H Super Electra ex SP-BPM, June 1940, France. Or better said, its sad remains. Pictures from here and Odkrywca.pl forum. I've used the A-29 / PBO-1 Hudson, released for the first time in 2010, which fitted my needs because of the additional frame with the engines and their covers appropriate for a Polish L-14H. A typical short-run from those years, quite "soapy" details, simplifications, poor fit, specific geometry. In addition, many versions of the aircraft can be made from one box, including the civilian Super Electra - which has its consequences in making it difficult to build (additional parts matching challenges). A resin cockpit made by CMK, control yokes made of some wire and Plastruct profiles, a wall between the cockpit and the passenger compartment with its doors, seats in the cabin (from Ju-52), and Eduard seat-belts, luggage nets over the seats, imitation of the air vents, new wall and doors between the passenger compartment, and the toilet. New entrance doors with the window were made of HIPS and clear acetate sheet. The nose part did not match the width and shape of the cross section of the fuselage, it had to be adjusted and lot of putty went here, it was also too pointed – this was corrected as well. This section was devoid of any panel lines, these had to be scribed on, as were the other panel lines specific to the civilian Super Electra, especially the luggage compartments. I also riveted in the whole airframe, one can hardly see it but that's OK. Glazing of the pilot's cabin made according to the photos of the actual machine, also the upper part has got the windows, but unlike the ones in the Hudson - the windows are smaller, the frames of the upper part of the glazing are flat and wider. I have also added the air deflectors on the windshield. I replaced the wheels with resin parts from CMK (for the P-51D Mustang in 1:48th scale), with the appropriate pattern tread. They are a bit skinny and small, but it does not spoil the final appearance too much. I tried to make the hubcaps similar to those from the SP-BPM photos. Also added the position lights on the wingtips and the tail (it was necessary to file the strange bulge proposed in this place by MPM), and the fuel dump installation. Painted with Lifecolor paints. That's it. I enjoyed the build very much, as well as revealing history behind this particular camouflage scheme, applied to the SP-BPM in France in March of 1940. Best, Hubert
  3. Pepelatz is to release a 1/72nd Lockheed L-210-10 Convoy Fighter resin kit - ref. 7208 Source: https://www.facebook.com/563609150678038/photos/a.731482003890751/830141737358110/ Box art V.P.
  4. Hi all, I'm new here and looking to get back in to the model-making scene, having done a few when I was a boy... I'm currently looking in to getting the AMT950 Lockheed Vega 1/48 model to build with my daughter who loves reading about Amelia Earhart - thought it would be a good Daddy-Daughter project for Christmas. So I'm looking for a set of decals to use as the ones that come in the kit are Shell Branded and not the correct decals for the Earhart Vega 5C Little Red Wagon. The only place I've seen is Red Pegasus, but they are not currently selling and not contactable. Does anyone have a scan of the decals they can send so I can make my own, or know where I can get a set from please? Many thanks, Craggus2000
  5. Can you give me your thoughts on some Herc books please. I assume there is not a lot out there for modelling referencing, although the usual places to go to show some historical and story/memories books. I’m looking at something with decent RAF content throughout the ages if it exists and decent photo’s of down the back. Steve.
  6. I would like to take part in this GB with the 1/48th Monogram Lockheed F-104G Starfighter. This is the 1986 #5447 version of this venerable kit that was first released in 1978 and last in 2013. This version was released as the specially painted "Buschel Canary" operated by Jbg 33 and was retired in 1985. I paid £4.39 for the kit on eBay 11 years ago and I almost sent it back, the box smelled of mildew and sadly the decals are unusable. Not sure how I am going to paint her yet, maybe a 'Tiger' scheme but I have plenty of choices. Whilst looking around in the stash I found some Eduard photo etch detail sets which must have been in a sale so I might use some of them on this build. Michael
  7. This is the last member of ‘FAC trilogy’ composed of previous O-1E and O-2A shown here in the past. It’s the most unusual and less known of three, the ‘pre production’ Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star. YO-3A was a two-seat nearly silent observation and reconnaissance aircraft designed by the Lockheed Missile and Space Division for use by the US Army at night over South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Its purpose was to detect enemy activity and direct artillery fire and helicopter gunship strikes upon them. The Observer sat in the front of the cockpit and the aircraft was fitted with a downward looking Night Vision Aerial Periscope (NVAP), infra-red illuminator and a laser target designator to complete its night mission. Unarmed, silence was the only protection it carried into conflict. The bubble canopy was large to enable all round observation capability and it is hard not to notice those long, thin wings (17.3 metre wingspan) which show its glider heritage. To keep the aircraft super quiet it was fitted with a special muffled 210-horsepower Continental Model IO-360D engine that powered a slow propeller to eliminate the typical sound generated by a spinning aircraft propeller (originally it was fitted with a six bladed variable pitch propeller but in 1971 this was changed to a 3 bladed laminated constant speed wooden propeller that was just as quiet but also more efficient at higher speeds). Only eleven were built in 1969 and nine of those were operated from the summer of 1970 to 1972 in South Vietnam. In an attest to the silent design of the aircraft, none were ever shot down or even hit by enemy fire during its time of operation in the conflict and it was proven to be very successful in its role. The hard-to-find second hand kit by Legato in 1:48 was found in Slovakia last Spring. It’s a full resin kit with vacuum canopy and an useful photo etched sheet. It’s a medium quality kit (dated 2005) with poor interior details, I suppose due to lack of images at time… Camo color indications are of pure fantasy as well. Interiors are from scratch, except a revisited floor. WiP pictures taken during these ten months of working were too many to show all you here, so that I decided to get a (large) selection. Model, pilot, extinguisher and plates are painted by Testors/Humbrol enamels. The real 69-18007 is now stored at Western Museum of Flight (California), waiting for restoration. Thanks to Museum’s press office and Quiet Aircraft Association for essential help. Work started June 2018, ended early March 2019. Man hours worked h.378. Cheers, Alessandro Rome YO-3A 69-18007 at Phu Bai (Vietnam), 1970 (photo credit http://www.yo-3a.com/ ) Cockpit, port side Dry fitting - starboard side **********************************************************************************************************************************+
  8. Lockheed YO-3 "Quiet Star", pics thanks to Randy Malmstrom who retains copyright.
  9. Pics of a T-33 as used by The Royal Danish Air Force, pics thanks to Hans J
  10. Kit by Roden. Decals by Caracal.
  11. New 1/72nd Lockheed Electra kit by (Valom) ? To be followed. Source: https://www.facebook.com/208070375871052/photos/a.208144655863624/2080140125330725/?type=3&theater box art V.P. V.P.
  12. Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C, pics thanks to Graeme H http://www.britmodeller.com/walkarounds/aircraft/p-3/p02.jpg
  13. Ex Luftwaffe F-104G. Pictures by Sven Harjaek taken at La Bourget museum Paris.
  14. Lockheed P-2 Neptune. Royal Australian Air Force L-726 Neptune P2V-7/SP-2H A89-280 at The RAAF Museum, Townsville, Queensland. Pics thanks to Graeme H.
  15. Based at Suwon (K-13) during the Korean War in 1952, "Evil Eye Fleagle" was a Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star serial 49-547 assigned to the 36th FBS (Fighter Bomber Squadron) under the 8th FBG (Fighter Bomber Group). The Lockheed Shooting Star was a first generation jet and as the Korean war progressed the type struggled against the MiG-15 however performed sterling service in the bomber role in a very harsh environment. This is the HobbyBoss 1/48th kit of the F-80C, it can be built as "Evil Eye Fleagle" or the equally well-known "Saggin Dragon". I chose the first aircraft as it was supposed to be a quick build and I didn't have the blue paint needed for "Saggin Dragon". If I recall correctly the HobbyBoss kit was slated for the inaccurately sized air intakes. MJW Models were offering the kit at a very reasonable price so I decided to give it a try. It went together very well and needed a minimum of filler which is a real bonus for me anyways! The decals also went on well however the kit instructions are a little bit vague. I added Misawa wing-tip tanks which are correct for 1952 however as far as I can tell they didn't carry the red stripes as shown in the instructions. I wanted to depict a worn and well-used Korean theatre aircraft. Currently I don't have a functioning airbrush so I decided to use a rattle can of Halfords Aluminium which went on really well. Detail painting was done by using Vallejo Model-Color acrylics and again these went on well. I then mixed some dark grey paint with enamel thinners and brushed this over the entire aircraft to give a "dirty" look then sealed it all with a matt Humbrol spray. The only thing I am not happy with is the canopy painting, I used Vallejo Silver then Airfix 11 acrylic silver but it didn't go on very well though hopefully I can get away with it by claiming it is "Korean weathering" and wear and tear! So was it worth it? Yes, I now have an in-theatre Korean workhorse and I love this old first generation jet. Some learning for the next time, maybe the RF-80 kit next? Michael
  16. The Lockheed TriStar kit was one of the first in Hasegawas LoveLiner series in the early 80s. It is very accurate in shape,nicely molded and detailed. Apart from the 1/144 Otaki / now also Eastern Express kit,its the only accurate TriStar plastic molded kit. The Cathay Pacific version was released around 1980 and so the decal set offers the original paint scheme complete with the union jack on the tail. The decals were in surprisingly good condition and could be applied with no problems. The build was straight forward and the only modification I made,was shorten the engine exhausts like I did on the All Nippon TriStar. Hasegawa never updated the engines and always included the longer,2nd exhaust version. Cathay Pacifics TriStars served very well for 20 years before they were replaced by the Airbus A330. Hope you like her
  17. "Hey, Ridley!" "Yeah?" "You got any Beeman's?" "I might have Mystic." "Well loan me some, would ya? I'll pay ya back later." "Fair enough!" "I think I see a plane over there with my name on it!" The film was "The Right Stuff" back in 1983 and this was the cue for Chuck Yeagar's flight in the F-104 Starfighter which. for me, is still one of the most thrilling aviation sequences ever filmed. I started this kit three years ago and it depicts 63-13269, one of the two Lockheed F-104G Starfighters used in the film. It is unusual in being mainly covered in silver foil to try to give an accurate metallic effect. She measures 22 inches in length. The kit is the old 1980 vintage Revell 1/32nd scale F-104G Starfighter, I think I got it on eBay for about £8! It is a very straightforward build, not too detailed, goes together fairly well. It does have raised panel lines which is perfect for 'foiling' and as you can see here I have been able to add different shaded panels especially at the 'hot' end of the plane. Overall the foil went on well, I also used Humbrol 27001 metallic paint in a couple of areas, also a rattle can of Halfords Aluminium spray. The white wings upper surfaces were sprayed Halfords Appliance White. The decals were a mix from the original kit, the spares box, and a few from a Victory decals set. She first flew on 2nd March 1962 and became the 69th TFTS Commander's aircraft at Luke AFB in Arizona in 1980 wearing "Fighting 69th" tail art. She starred in the film "The Right Stuff" in 1982; the pilots were Lt Col Robert Patterson (USAF) and Oberstleutnant Heinrich Thueringer (GAF); she was flown until end of operation at Luke AFB on March 16, 1983. She was struck off charge order July 19, 1983 and transferred to Taiwan (ROCAF) in 1983 coded "4383" under project "Ali Shan No.8" to 2 Wing. She was withdrawn from use August 6, 1996 and written off in 1st Depot at Pingtung AB, then scrapped. And this is her in the sun. Have to say I am really pleased with this build and I want to dedicate it to Major Mike Vivian (USAF Retd) who helped train German pilots as an Instructor Pilot with the 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing at Luke AFB in the early 80's. As always all inaccuracies and mistakes are purely mine! Michael
  18. This year I made a resolution to complete as many models as I can from my pile of started kits and after much thinking I selected this oldie: Probably I purchased it in the late 90s, it's one of the last kits released by Pegasus, and after an immediate start it was put back in the box for better days. Actually I don't even remember why I lost my enthusiasm and didn't get beyond cleaning the plastic parts and applying Squadron White Putty here and there... On checking the fit I may have found one of the reasons: The fuselage has many asimmetries but I won't fix anything: it's not worth the effort considering the better shape of the later Valom kit. That's all for now. Bye Fabio
  19. Hello friends, I am continuing to make aircraft used in the Yugoslav War Air Force. Lockheed T-33A is familiar to all of you. This is old Hasegawa, which is very nicely folded and there are no problems for work. Here's the picture. Enjoy.
  20. This is my latest build; a 1/72 S-3A Viking. Hasegawa is my go to company when I want to build something and this one was not a disappointment. Fit was very good, with one exception. The decals were good and I think it make a good build. The one exception to the good fit was the underside wing to fuselage joint which I had to fill with 10 thousandth card. Also used was the Eduard interior. Next up is the Mach 2 X-24A
  21. Ventura Mk.II Update Sets (for Revell) 1:48 Eduard Designed for the reboxing of Revell's (fairly) recent PV-1 Ventura, which was re-released with different parts to depict the British Mk.II, these sets share much in common with the original PV-1 sets, but if you have this boxing, then Eduard have tailored them to this edition. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior (49799) Containing two frets of PE, one that is nickel-plated and painted, the other bare brass for constructional elements, this set contains almost everything you need to upgrade the interior of the fuselage, save for the bomb bay and seatbelts. As well as a full set of instrument panels, there are also a number of ancillary panels that are also treated to the same process, plus upgrades to the navigator's table; plotting aids; a small floor panel; ammunition boxes and their racks in the nose; ammo cans attached to the breeches of the machine guns or lengths of link where appropriate. More instrument panels in the nose are supplied; details for the pilot and co-pilot's chairs; centre console details and throttle quadrant; rudder pedals; floor panels in the cockpit; sundry boxes and panels inside the dorsal turret, and an ammo can with link for the ventral station. Seatbelts STEEL (49798) This super-thin steel fret is painted with detail that implies further depth around the buckles and overlaps, which flexes better than normal PE, conforming better to the seat it is intended for. A full set of belts are included for the cockpit and other crew seats, one of which requires the removal of the moulded-in belts, the others do not. Exterior (48900) A single large sheet of PE contains new perforated cooling jackets for all the guns; a set of recognition lights; wiring harnesses for the two engines, plus some sundry details on the bell housing; various external inspection panels on the wings and engine nacelles; grilles for the intake and detail parts for the props; a highly detailed laminated crew access door on the side of the fuselage, plus a number of additional access panels and strengthening strips on the fuselage. Undercarriage (48901) Consisting of two sheets of PE brass, this contains skins for the bay interiors, including elements of the wheel well; small constructional elements; a replacement set of oleo-scissor links, hub and leg details, and a set of hoses for the legs. The cowlings around the bay are also detailed up with new ribs, which replace the over-thick and simplified parts moulded onto the nacelle sides, while the gear bay doors are overhauled with new inner faces, hinge details, and even the tail wheel bay gets a detailed floor, interior, and oleo-link. Bomb Bay (48902) A single sheet of brass contains substantial improvements to the bay, starting with bulkhead skins that require removal of the moulded-in detail, which is also the case with the bay roof when the ribwork and skin are added there. Various bay door pulleys are added to the bulkheads; constructional details throughout; bomb carriers with sway-braces; a set of new detailed fins for the kit bombs plus spinners for the nose and tail of the body. Masks (EX538) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Canadair licence built CF-104. Pics thanks to Bob (moaning dolphin). Aircraft is at Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum, Halifax International Airport, Halifax, Nova Scoti.
  23. Ex USAF & Royal Jordanian Air Force F-104A 56-779. At the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Texas. Pics thanks to Nigel Heath. It is noticeable that the tail number is 56-780, It appears that 56-779 received the tail section of 56-780 sometime while in USAF service. The visible sign of identifying an aircraft is by the serial number on the tail so after this happened, aircraft #779 effectively became #780. (see http://www.cavanaughflightmuseum.com/index.php/component/content/article/77)
  24. Actually I am an airliner modeller,but I also have interest in transport aircrafts and the Lockheed Galaxy is among my favourites. I found this ancient little kit on a flea market for just a few bucks. Its from "Sunny" and had been re-released over many years by different companys,also from Academy. For its tiny scale,it is very nicely detailed and has fine engraved panel lines. The kit consists of only about 20 parts,no landing gear,but a display stand.Fitting is very good and all parts are moulded nice and clean. The decals were not to use anymore so I decided to get a new set from Draw Decals.I opted for the all grey Dover version.The decal set is,despite its small scale,very detailed and offers also the the complete black lines that are on top of the fuselage. Applying them was the most fiddly part of the whole build. The kit was painted using Testors enamels applied with an airbrush. It was a quick and fun build for in between my other ongoing projects,but a 1/144 scale Anigrand kit is also waiting in my stash. Enjoy the photos; Here the Box Art
  25. As promised over in the IP section a couple of weeks ago, here are some photos of my finished P2V-3 Neptune. My thanks to all who offered useful information and encouragement during the build. I hope you enjoy looking at this unique model, as much as I enjoyed building her, warts and all! Thanks for looking... Ed
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