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  1. ESCI 1/48 Jaguar GR.1, XX733, Pink Spitfire flown from RAF JAGDET, Bahrain. Had to violate a couple of no-no's to get her done in 3 weeks, also just couldn't leave the outer pylons empty (it's like a wheel well on a car without a wheel in it), the kit didn't come with any stores for the outer pylons or over wing missile rails. The CBU-87's were from the Hasegawa Japanese weapon set. The Desert Pink was made by mixing 15-20 drops of Vallejo-Air Hull Red in bottle of Vallejo-Air Sand. The burnt steel weathering around the gun ports was a good idea until the flash hit it and made it look blue. An
  2. Phew, almost out of breath, but I think I can, I think I can... Decals applied, give her time to dry for a bit then some more future to seal decals. In the meantime, got weapon work to finish as well as afterburner nozzles. No more pics until she's finished.
  3. Down to the wire, I work best under pressure (I hope...lol). Here she is ready for decals, still have final detailing and weathering to do, gotta stay focused!
  4. I'm in the same boat, only have use for the CBU-87's. The kit did come with some handy decal stripes in various colors, I hope the red ones are the right size for my P-3C propellor tips.
  5. Finally got the weapon kit in that I'm going to use the CBU-87's from, didn't care much for the CBU's that came with the kit.
  6. dawestsides, are you still in Doha?
  7. Thanks Sebastijan, the deadline is coming at me like an out of control frieght train, I just hope I don't get deployed (which always happens during a GB) before I can finish it.
  8. And work continues, here she is standing on her own legs, need to finish up canopy area and some minor details here an there before she gets her markings/weathering/washes etc. Applied Bare Metal Foil to landing gear struts and applied wash to nose gear strut and wheel well details, still have much to do.
  9. Wow! Looks great, did you mask and paint the blue and white on the tail and wing tanks? If those are decals, they sure layed down nicely.
  10. Hi Benner, ESCI didn't include the rails as an option, I will add them at a later date if I get the motivation to make some.
  11. Well, other than it being of 1980's style molding, and lacking cockpit detal, I haven't really found anything yet that I would classify as terrible. Most of the online comments about this kit were pretty bad. Really wish they would have included the above wing missile rails, haven't seen a Desert Storm Jag without them. I'm not one of the professional rivet counters, so I may be missing something about the shape, but it looks like a Jaguar to me.
  12. This is a kit I picked up on Evil Bay some time back, I bought it even though I had heard all the horror stories about this kit. I will be using the "Pink Spitfire" decals from Xtradecal. This particular Jaguar flew 47 missions during Desert Storm. Given the little time left in the GB, I will not dwell much on fixing the ESCI kits shortcomings, just gonna build an airplane. Here we go..... Here's the decal set.... This is the monstrocity boned together.... Here she is with some paint applied. Primered the aircraft in dark green first, may open some weathering options later, we'll see. I
  13. OK folks, I think I can squeeze this one under the wire since they can't send me anywhere down range due to a Visa renewal issue. I have the infamous ESCI 1/48 Sepecat Jaguar GR.1 in the Desert Storm boxing (I know, not another Jag). Plan on building OOB with an aftermarket decal set, the Pink Spitfire markings look nice. I really don't plan on spending too much time spackling this kit, but will do my best within reason to make a nice model for the average viewer (a 10 footer perhaps). So far, there have been some fantastic models finished for the GB, wish I had half the skill some of you ha
  14. I was under the impression they already had them, that's why the U.S. is destroying the retired F-14's, to prevent Iran from getting parts to make theirs air worthy.
  15. Ok folks, had a nice tea session today with a QEAF Col. that was part of the air operations out of Doha AB during Desert Storm. He says the Alpha Jets never escorted the F-1's because they were too slow, had no RADAR, and no in flight refueling capability (short range even with small external tanks), and their weapons would be ineffective in air combat. He did say they were and are still used for maritime patrol duties, during Desert Storm they would carry Belouga cluster bombs on same pylons the external tanks were usually mounted on while on patrol (not sure why). They would take off same ti
  16. For the Alpha Jet guys, found an interesting little tidbit about QEAF AJ's escorting Mirage F-1's to Kuwait and back during the war. REPUBLICAN GUARDS After that first QEAF escort mission, the squadron flew a weekly escort mission, but with fewer F-16’s. The normal US/QEAF package was four F.1’s and two F-16’s. Sometimes the F-16’s would work as forward air controllers and mark the target for the F.1’s, and sometimes the F-16’s would only escort. Whatever the case, the F-16 flight lead would always be the package commander. The limited range of the F.1 assured that the mission ta
  17. I think I remember a Qatari officer say they put rocket pods or something on their Alpha Jets for maritime patrol during the war while their main fighters (Mirage F-1's) flew combat sorties. I'll have to ask again on my next tea-time social visit, been a while since we had that conversation.
  18. Thanks folks. Don't have any info pertaining to specific aircraft (don't remember if the Tornado was RAF or RSAF). Do remember the J-STARS flying out of there, in lizard camo and no markings (think it was for test and evaluation by Raytheon).
  19. Ah yes, I remember that night like it was yesterday. Working the night shift in a portable hangar near the flight line on Riyadh AB. The Smokey Joes (KC-135A's) started rolling in a mass cell takeoff (seemed like one took off every 30 seconds for the rest of the shift), the smoke got so bad in our hangar that we had to suspend operations until the wind changed direction. After a short while, the air raid sirens went off and we started getting our first scud attacks. We went outside to watch the scud attacks, we didn't feel safe in the bunkers we made ourselves. The patriots looked and sounded
  20. Anyone making it to the races this year? If your an airshow fan, this is one of the most entertaining shows to watch. Would be nice to meet fellow ARC'ers there.
  21. Hi, I am interseted in the following: AMT RC-135V $35.00 ESCI Mig-27 Flogger $10.00 Ron
  22. bashace


    I bought a couple of kits from Daffy, not only is he fast on the shipping, but packed the kits very well (they even survived APO shipping). Great seller to deal with!
  23. The afterburner cans are workable with a little TLC, others have posted techniques for cleaning them up. I'm with geedog, too lazy to put in the effort if I can get aftermarket replacements. Fortunately, you can build the entire kit saving the cans for last if you don't want the project to get hung up on them. I am building the same kit (I think I have 3 in different boxings but all the same plastic), found most of it a pleasure to build with just a little actual "modeler" work involved.
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