Sunday, November 13, 2011

Silver Primer

Besides visting some old airplanes, Mr. Knights forced me at X-Acto point to mask a Spitfire canopy. Fearing for my life, I did as requested. Returning home I had no choice but to throw some paint at the model. Picking up an old spray can of Tamiya AS-12, I started to spray only to find that there was very little paint left in the can. Spatter city. In the light of a new day, it isn't that bad. How about we call it a primer coat? A little Micromesh and I should be back in business. But this time, I'll load some Alclad in the airbrush...

Btw, this is the recent Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk. I that will be done up as a RCAF PR bird.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Louisville Aviation Sights

I spent last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky visiting the esteemed Mr. Knights. Here are a few of the aviation sights.

This sad old Lockheed 18 (N119J) is sitting derelict at Bowman Field.

A short trip across the border to Indiana found us at Clark County Airport. Sadly Vintage Fighters was closed, but we were able to see this strange Sabre. This is a CAC CA-27 Sabre, but it is painted up as FJ-3 Fury BuNo. 136049. Kinda odd.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

No. 441 (RCAF) Squadron 1944-1945

Title: No. 441 (RCAF) Squadron 1944-1945
Author: Phil H. Listemann
Publisher: Philedition

Subtitled RAF, Dominion, & Allied Squadrons at War: Study, History, and Statistics, this 18 page privately published booklet does what it says on the cover. You get a short history of 441 Squadron, a quick history lesson on RCAF Article XV squadrons, and then the rest is tables, listings, photos, and profile drawings. The tables list such items as awards, flight and squadron commanders, bases of operations, sorties per month, a victory list, aircraft lost on ops, aircraft lost in accidents, serials and codes, squadron pilots, and a roll of honor. Four pages of photos include both aircraft and pilots and the booklet closes with five Spitfire and a Mustang III side views.

The data included is neat and well presented. Sadly the photos are indifferently printed and repeated from Larry Milberry's Fighter Squadron: From Hurricanes To Hornets, with credit of course. The profiles are well done and printed. While this book suffers in comparison to the history provided in Fighter Squadron, it has a much more narrow focus and provides some data that the Milberry's book does not. Therefore, it works both as an introduction to 441 Squadron and as a more statistic focused supplement to Fighter Squadron.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Droning On...

This week I've actutally been at the bench and am making some progress. What do you do when you have a canopy masking phobia? You build a UAV. This is the new SkunkModels Workshop MQ-9 Reaper. It will carry RAF markings.

Hope I added enough nose weight.

This thing is big. (That is the Trumpeter Tomahawk in the background.)

So far so good. Hope progress from here with be swift but sure.

Friday, October 14, 2011

2011 Holloman Air Show Part 2

Another highlight was a RAF Hawk T.2 which was part of BAE's sales pitch to sell the Hawk to the USAF as a T-38 replacement. I got a chance to fly the Hawk simulator as well which was kinda fun. Sadly due to paperwork issues the Hawk could not fly in the show as planned.

The F-16 flew an impressive display in the show.

A UAV with pilot's and crew chief's names on it?

Aerobatics in a Beech 18? Yes indeed and pretty amazing.

The CAF's ex-Royal Canadian Navy TBM was on static display.

There were some nice L-39s at the show

This T-28C did an aerobatic routine complete with wing tip smoke.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

2011 Holloman Air Show Part I

Saturday I attended the Holloman AFB Air Show. Here are a few pictures of the event.

The highlight of the show were the QF-4Es which I understand are used in the drone program at Holloman. On aircraft was on static display and one flew in the show. I've really missed seeing the Phantom at air shows. (These aircraft carry TD tail codes. Does that mean they are really from Tyndall and not Holloman?)

Another highlight were the Holloman based German Air Force Tornados. It was nice to be treated to a four ship flypast during the show including a air to air refueling demo.

It was interesting to note only one Luftwaffe Tornado had gone grey.

While the rest of the aircraft were still green. Here is the tanker bird.

The Holloman badge incorporates the New Mexico flag.

The static display Tornado was all loaded up with weapons. Here is something you don't see much in the U.S. an IRIS-T missile.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cincinnati Scale Modelers Contest and Swap Meet Part Two

Another Yellow Wings subject...someone had built the new RS Airabonita in time for the show.

A very nice CMK Seafire.

Shows just what can be done with the old Matchbox Skynight.

Steve N.'s Tuskegee P-51B.

A firebomber Tracker.

A car door Typhoon conversion from the Academy kit.

Steve N.'s retro build of the old Revell B-17.

Always nice to see a Hasegawa Mentor built.

Mansfield's ANG unit just got their new C-27s and already someone finished a model of it.

Mandi's little 1/144 Mustang.

A beautiful build of the Contrail vacuform Hendon.

A colourful F-16.

Chinooks are always cool.

A Huma Bucker.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cincinnati Scale Modelers Contest and Swap Meet Part One

Yesterday Rick and I made the four hour drive down to Cincinnati to attend the annual Cincinnati Scale Modelers Contest and Swap Meet. It is always a good time and again it did not disappoint. The vendor area had some good buys and I bought a few too many kits. Here are some of the highlights from the contest area.

I really liked the paint job on this out of the box Airfix MiG-15.

A really striking scheme on the 1/48 Hawk.

A great job on the Matchbox T-2 Buckeye.

A cute little Airfix 1/72 Bulldog.

And a 1/48 Bulldog.

A neat dogfight double.

David Knights's AVG Hawk 81.

A nice Spitfire XIX.

A big 1/32 Hawker Hunter.

A 1/72 scale resin Bulldozer.

A very neat, and large, B-52 diorama.

I don't know what this is supposed to be, but it is cool.

Scott King was finishing his Valom BT-1 as the show started. Even so, he managed a second in 1/72 props.

Congratulations to David for his third place in 1/72 props. Even if he was lapped by a kit that was unfinished at the start of the show.

Look for Part Two later in the week.