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Oooh! It seems that I'm first finished! Here is my:

1/48 SMER Macchi-Castoldi MC.200 Saetta

because she's Finito Benito! Sorry, couldn't resist because it's so appropriate

Build thread can be found here.

 

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I'm about to start work on a P-51D for this GB, but it's too late to post it tonight. I'll set up a build thread tomorrow.

 

This kit has been a warped, flash-ridden, ill-fitting monster. For a siple primitive kit, it has really tried my patience. I suppose working an MPM 1/72 Lockheed Hudson at the same time hasn't helped, but that too is nearing completion.

Thank you all for looking at the fruits of my meagre talents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finished my second entry, although actually it's my third entry!

Monogram 1/48 P-51B Mustang

finished in the kit scheme as Colonel James Howard's "Ding Hao!" of the 356th Fighter Squadron, US9th AAF, based (I think) at Debden.

Here she is:

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Well, that's two down, one to go! My P-51D will take a bit longer, it's a labour of love, and will appear in due course.

 

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My final entry for this GB is a P-51D of the US Army's 8th Air Force.

I was enthused to build this because of the Nose-Art on the plane. It was called "Jan", which is my wife's name. When she was told about it, she was also enthusiastic for the build, and has followed it closely.

 

"Jan" was assigned to the 334th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Fighter Group of the 8th Air Force, based at Debden. She was usually flown by Lt. Robert A "Bob" Dickmeyer.

 

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Build thread can be found here.

 

This completes my involvement in the "Interceptors" GB. I'll be back for the Desert Storm GB next month with a 1/48 Warthog.

Thanks to our hosts Col., Anatol Pigwa, and Enzo Matrix, for a great and well-patronised GB.

Merry Christmas (it hasn't actually been cancelled!) and a Happy New Year to all!

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For some reason, in this GB I seem to have concentrated on planes designed and built in the mid to late 1950's through to early 1960's. This is the first to be completed, the Sukhoi Su-9 tailed delta, which was developed in parallel with the Su-7 ground attack aircraft with swept wings. It dates back to an instruction from the Soviet Ministry of Aircraft Production to both the Sukhoi and Mig design bureaux to build a supersonic interceptor. The Mig-21 just beat the Su-9 into service by a few months, arriving at the end of 1959.

 

As to the kit, it started life in 1993 and was issued in 6 boxings, of which mine is the 3rd from Cooperativa. Some of the other boxings included the multitude of stenciling present in real life, but unfortunately this one, released through MPM, substituted PE parts and a more basic decal sheet so the stencils are missing!

 

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The kit is a bit crude and probably not entirely accurate - I have been told the wing is too thick so I thinned it a little, and I am not sure if the canopy is correct - to my mind the metal rear part comes too far forward, but that is where the line is moulded. Anyway, it gives a reasonable impression of the slightly "brute force" solution used by Sukhoi, mounting a large engine in a big heavy machine when compared with the much smaller and more shapely Mig-21. You can see why the Su-9 and the Su-7 were knicknamed "flying pipes"!

 

The kit is pretty much OOB though I did add a tailpipe from my spares box to fill the gaping hole at the back, and I splashed out on the rather nice Eduard-Brassin AA-1 Alkali missiles as the kit ones were pretty poor. It actually went together pretty well and I am quite pleased with it. It is of the same time period as the Mig-21 as mentioned earlier, and also the US F-106 Delta Dart and the British English Electric Lightning.

 

Pete

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At the start of the 1950's the USAF realised it needed a new generation of interceptors to deal with the ever increasing threat of nuclear armed Soviet bombers, and Convair were awarded a contract for their F-102, which was to be called the Delta Dagger. Progress was slow with many problems to be overcome as mentioned in my build thread, but the F-102A entered service in 1956 as an "interim" solution pending introduction of the much improved F-102B, later to be renumbered F-106. In fact far more Delta Daggers were actually built than was expected and it gave good service both with the USAF and the ANG. This is my latest build of the Hasegawa kit which dates back to the late 1960's.

 

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Throughout its service life many changes were made, including the addition of an arrestor hook, IR detector and various aerials and lights. Also the later models were fitted with a revised wing similar to the one used on the F-106, known as the "Case XX" wing to distinguish it from the original "Case X" wing. The original kit was of an early Case X wing one with an arrestor hook, but at sometime during the various reboxings it was te-tooled to include the IR detector a beacon and some extra aerials. This boxing had those mods, but unfortunately came with decs for a version with the "Case XX" wing, so I had to buy some replacement decs. I have ended up removing the beacon and aerials and building it as an IR detector fitted machine from the 525th FIS based at Bitburg AFB in Germany in late 1965. I have also fitted the landing and taxi lights that Hasegawa missed and used a Master replacement nose probe. I was also lucky enough to have bought a set of Aeroclub closed missile bay doors as the kit ones are really intended to be used in the open position. but otherwise it is OOB

 

It went together pretty well and I think it came out a lot better than my first attempt almost 50 years ago! Incidentally, the ADC grey is somewhat paler and less "blue" looking in real life, but is sentitive to lighting levels and angle.

 

Pete

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Hi all and my last build for the year..and my first in 1/48.

The build thread is here but to recap:

 

Kit: Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk1 'Spitfire Story - the Few'

Build: Out of Box (P/E included with kit)

Decals: From kit - 222 Squadron, Douglas Bader; Duxford, May 1940

Paints: Revell & Tamiya Acrylics, Klear, Flory Models Wash, oils for filters

Extras: None - figure from kit.

 

Bit of a rush in the end to get her finished - a surprise Christmas present for my Father-in-law! 

 

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Thanks for looking and hope you and yours have a safe and happy Christmas.

Dermot

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Here's my 1/48 CF-188 Hornet. It's in a special scheme commemorating 60 years of NORAD, so it's an interceptor commemorating its role as an interceptor! If you were at RIAT in 2018 you'd have seen this aircraft putting on a pretty good display. Build thread is here.

 

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thanks for looking

Julian

 

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Here's my Freedom Model Kits 1/35 MIM-14C Nike Hercules in Dutch markings. Bit of a mixed bag, this kit, but the end result is impressive. It is also quite large, so I had to go outside on this cold and grey day to take some pics.

 

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Thanks for looking,

 

Pete

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Here is the first of my Lightnings, the F.2A; 19 Squadron, Gutersloh late 1974; Airfix 1/72 with Barracuda Cast seat and Master brass pitot.  Painted with Hataka acrylics and Vallejo Metalcolour.

 

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      Hello everyone... Well Im presenting my 38th and final build of the year. It is Swords 1/72 FJ-3M Fury in the Markings of VF-73 U.S.S.Randolph 1957. Decals are a mix of kit, Caracal, and a custom Jesters sheet Ive had made up. 9WEdvFv.jpg

 

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Please feel free to ask questions, post comments in my build thread. 

 

Dennis

 

 

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Tamiya 1/48 Grumman F-14D Tomcat
VF-11 ‘Red Rippers’ (USS Carl Vinson)
AM: Eduard photoetch cockpit, photoetch seatbelts and Eduard Brassin resin wheels

 

 

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Build thread here...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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