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  1. Would love to see some decals for 24 TASS from Howard AFB, Panama during the 1980s. For a while, they were the only fixed wing aircraft participating in Operation Just Cause. The only existing decals for these aircraft have a rather prominent error, where the fin flash is mirrored from one side to the other, so that the starboard side gets a backwards map of Panama. Chris
  2. Any chance for the one J2F-2 Duck on Midway Island during the Battle of Midway? Photographs are limited, but it was the blue over gray early war scheme, with the rudder stripes most likely painted over. It is almost certainly Bu no. 1209. And since it was a station aircraft, rather than a squadron aircraft, It would have NAS Midway Island written on the sides. I don't have the Bu no, but the last aircraft out of Bataan was a J2F-4 Duck, assigned to Patrol Wing 10 (it was a wing aircraft, not assigned to either of the squadrons). The only difference between the versions of th
  3. I too would love to see the New Jersey ANG on there. They were the first ANG operator of the F-105 as well as the last operator of the F-105B, and they also had a pretty colorful bird for the Bicentennial. Late life schemes: https://www.airliners.net/photo/USA-Air-Force/Republic-F-105B-Thunderchief/1495127/L https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/388893 And the Bicentennial scheme: Chris
  4. There were some black USAAF Mosquitoes used as part of Operation Carpetbagger special operations. They flew Red Stocking missions, which were evening and night missions over Germany to receive scheduled reports from agents. They were PR.XVI Mosquitoes and they were assigned to the 492d Bomb Group (the Operation Carpetbagger group), and carried the long range wing tanks. Few photos: http://www.ossreborn.com/files/Issue132.pdf (pg 6) https://harringtonmuseum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Mossie-TA614-R.jpg Chris
  5. The back of the fuselage is also significantly different. They went from the rounded clamshell doors to the flat vertical loading ramp with the Mi-17V-5. The fuselage also had sliding cabin entry doors on both sides of the fuselage (which also meant shorter external fuel tanks). The Annetra kit will build the middle range of the Mi-8/Mi-17 family. The early Mi-8's had different engines, and are most easily identified by the lack of engine inlet filters and the tail rotor on the starboard side of the fuselage, so these too can't be built from the Annetra kit. Chris
  6. Canada had two separate sets of Mi-17's in Afghanistan. The first were six contracted Mi-8T and Mi-8MTV-1 carrying civilian registrations and flown by contracted aircrews. They were Kyrgyzstan registered and came from Russian company Aviakompaniya Aerostan, through Sky Link of Toronto. The Mi-8T would not work on the Annetra model, but the Mi-8MTV-1's would. There flew in entirely civilian markings, and were used for general logistics and other non-combat support functions. After that yearlong contract ran out, the Department of National Defense went out and directly
  7. For this set, would you consider Afghan Air Force Mi-17 #705? In 2010 it was the lead helicopter of a two-ship flight that rescued over 2000 Afghans from rising flood waters. A mixed USAF/AAF crew of USAF Lt. Col. Gregory Roberts and AAF Brig. Gen. Mohammed Barat logged over 13 flight hours in two days to complete the operation. It remains the most number of people saved by a single USAF flight pair. Roberts was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. The second helicopter in the flight was piloted by Lt. Col. Bernie Willi, and included USAF Master Sgt. Kevin Fife on the crew to
  8. My personal choice would be a NJ ANG P-51H. Because that's what I would want to build. Fin tip and prop spinner were in red. But if you ever decided to do another round of P-51D's a good candidate would be West Virginia ANG 44-72948. It was the last operational Mustang. Chris
  9. Man, if only they decided to scale down to 1/48. I know they did the miniguns in 1/48; I got like six sets of them. Maybe they'll consider it with these as well. There would certainly be a good market for them, as I'm unaware of any 1/48 60s with the external ammo cans and minigun mounts. Chris
  10. I'm following this thread with much interest. This DC-130 is on my to-do list as well, so these pictures are all great. Impressive work so far! Chris
  11. I really like the idea of decals for complete airwings. There are definitely people who (try to) build models for each squadron from a particular deployment or event, but some of the planes in the airwing aren't exactly popular enough to merit decal sets on their own. Having a decal set that has representatives from each of the squadrons in the airwing would still appeal to the modellers who only want them for the popular subjects, but it would also be of significant interest to the completists. Some good candidates might include: CVW-17 from Saratoga during Desert Storm which
  12. While it wouldn't be the most colorful or distinctive Twin Mustang, FQ-383 from the 68th F(AW)S would be a welcome addition given its historical significance as the first aerial victor of the Korean War. Other than the buzz numbers and the squadron insignia on the tail, it didn't carry any unique markings. The Twin Mustang kit is a bit of a challenge, but it can be built. And I'm sure more would be built if people had the decals for them. Chris
  13. Scoobs, If your friend knows which Hawkeye from VAW-125 was the actual mission bird vectoring the Hornets for their kills, that would be some great understanding. It's my understanding that 600 was not the mission aircraft but got the kill markings as the COs aircraft. Either way, those are markings I'd be in for. Chris
  14. One other good candidate might be the VAW-125 Tigertails from Desert Storm on Saratoga. The old school version of the Tigertails (with an actual tiger head on the tail) have never been done in 1/48 scale, and they did not have any markings on the top of the radome. What makes the CO's bird unique is the silhouettes for the two MiG-21's on the sides. The Tigertails vectored the F/A-18 Hornets from VFA-81 onto the flight of MiGs for the only two jet kills by the Navy during Desert Storm. Chros
  15. I think that would be a really good blog topic if you were willing to lay the bag of snakes out for us. The Skywarrior falls into the category of models I'd like to build but I don't know enough to even figure out where to begin. I know that for me, I'd go out and buy the decals and the Steel Beach sets if I had some idea of what I'd need. The topic on the EKA-3B is a good example of what I'm hoping for. What base kit, what aftermarket, and what other changes in order to make the different Skywarrior versions. I'd like to build two Skywarrior models, but I've stayed away becaus
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