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  1. My latest 3 harriers representing 800 Squadron (Royal Navy) Sea Harrier FRS.1 XZ499 (Fujimi), 1(F) Squadron (Royal Air Force) Harrier GR.3 XZ997/31 (Hasegawa) and & GR.3 XV789/32 (Fujimi) on the deck of HMS Hermes in May 1982. Each is a different manufacturer and surprisingly the differences between the two GR.3’s is quite noticeable – especially the length of the nose. The inspiration for the layout is a picture I looked at from in the Imperial War Museum archives (https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205190563) showing these aircraft (along with many others) cr
  2. That video is awesome. Someone tell me these aren't the greatest aviators around!
  3. A few pictures of my rendition of “Airstrike Over West Falkland” starring the 1/72 Hasegawa Sea Harrier FRS.1 and a 1/144 Mark 1 Models Mirage IIICJ as I continue on my Harrier kick! I am attempting to get some forced scaling perspective in a smaller area by using the different scales. The scene represents Lt. Thomas, RN flying Sea Harrier ZA190 (801 NAS, HMS Invincible) on 21 May 1982 and bringing down Dagger C-403 flown by Capitan Donadille of the Argentine air force (FAA). According to "Falklands - The Air War", Donadille safely ejected while his Dagger crashed virtually intact near Gree
  4. I'm on a bit of Harrier kick at the moment - this is the very old Tamiya Sea Harrier completed as 800 NAS ZA176 in June 1982 heading out for a CAP mission in the Falklands War. Overall there's a number of errors with the kit - some of which I chose to correct and others I did not. In the end it sure does look like a SHAR despite the shortcomings. The model is displayed in flight with Coastal Kits blur effect display base mounted on an acrylic rod - the base does convey a nice "speed" effect. Decals are from Aeromaster and a few of the pink ones from the new Kinetic kit which I i
  5. Those vinyl flying leathernecks cords look like the bomb! Thanks!
  6. Anyone have a good process for applying decals to canopies (like the detonation cord for harriers). I have not figured out a way that doesn't either tear the decal or cloud the canopy... Thanks!
  7. This is my go-to die punch: http://umm-usa.com/onlinestore/product_info.php?cPath=21_145&products_id=1869 Very easy to use - they offer loads of other shpaes and sizes too.
  8. There's a great app - iModelKit (the full version is here but there is a free version as well: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/imodelkit-full/id465661238) that allows for you to use your phone camera to identify colors and match to commercially available paints or to mix various paints to get a match.
  9. http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal16/15801-15900/gal15865-SG-38-Fodor/00.shtm This is a thing of beauty! Lovely wodd effects and rigging.
  10. Looking for the following Falklands decal sets (or surviving portions left over from a build!) Xtradecal No. X72073 Xtradecal No. X48058 Happy to pay.
  11. I actually started this kit years ago and finally decided to put a pin in it and get it done. A pretty basic kit - certainly lacks the precision (and locating pins!) of newer kits. I re-did the control panel to something more realistic and thought that I had managed to squeeze enough weight into the nose and under the forward deck to get it to sit on the wheels vs the tail. Alas when the horizontal stabilizers went on the center of gravity shifted too far to the rear. With that I decided I would glue the glider onto the base to get it to sit right. Painting was with Mr Color pa
  12. Thanks guys. Love the livery and thanks to Caracal for making it possible.
  13. Just finished Airfix's BAe Hawk with Caracal decals. A pretty straight forward build and overall a nice kit. There's fair bit of work in the cockpit to upgrade from the boxed version to the actual aircraft. Added CMK wheels, Wolfpack MB Mk 10 ejection seats and a Master Model pitot tube. The real star is the Caracal decals which definitely allow for a unique plane! I did manage to screw up the right side W*VR by placing it too low. The decal came off while I was clumsily handling the model and I raced against time in relocating before it disintegrated!
  14. I used anchor chain from Cornwall Model Boats in the UK on a Corvette build. They have a number of sizes available https://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=chain anchor&PN=c65411.html#SID=148 https://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=chain anchor&PN=Billing-boats-fittings-F327-Brass-Anchor-Chain-1.6mm-BF327.html#SID=254
  15. Fires on board a ship can rapidly get out of hand - particularly when in a refit condition with water tight doors often blocked with cables, hoses, ventilation ducts etc. Regardless, during a maintenance period a duty watch is available. The only time that is not the case is if the ship is out of routine and for all intents and purposes handed over to the contractor or yard for refit. Fire sentries are typically posted around any hot work whether at sea or alongside. In an operational environment the rapid response and containment are of paramount importance. Watertight doors and hatches
  16. I've had this vignette for a while now and finally got around to putting it together. A simple build but it does provide a nice compact representation of Schmitt and Cernan coming across the orange dust/glass during one of their EVAs.
  17. Thanks! Lot's of fun to build. Definitely need to work on my ability to paint faces! ☺️
  18. Still a few things to add to the Riviera (antenna and driver's side mirror) but just about done-done! Spock is made up or 3 shapeways figures that Neil was kind enough to rescale form 1/32 for me (https://www.shapeways.com/shops/nfsmith). 1/25 AMT 1964 Buick Riviera from e-bay (expensive!) and a home-made base.
  19. Two versions of HMS Sheffield (Dragon and Revell). Before and after she was consumed by fires from an Argentine Exocet missile in May 1982.
  20. Bizarro - I can see them but I've clearly not got the hang of posting pics!
  21. Thought I'd throw this in the ring. I'm not very good at documenting things on a day-to-day basis so here's the whole enchilada. (Edited to try to fix photo links) I decided to take a run at doing the Lindberg US Moon Ship as a cross between a bit of steam punk, soviet-style and apollo. One thing that I realized was that there was no way for the astronauts to get down to the surface - or even out of the capsule so I figured they needed an external platform and elevator! Used up a bunch of old PE and decals that I've had laying about for s
  22. Thanks for the comments guys! Originally I thought the color was for the pilot to he or she could gauge their proximity to, say, a cliff. But it's yellow only on the upper surface. As Fred supposed, I do believe that the upper surface of one blade is yellow as a means of increasing visibility. While you may not think that it would make a difference for someone on the ground, due to the motion of the blades which - and Fred could definitely inform us better - kind of rotate along the longitudinal axis as well as flapping up and down relative to the rotor disk as the aircraft is in flight, i
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