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  1. Hi All Thanks for the kind comments, they are appreciated. I thought I would add some pictures without the windows being masked. I hope you like the. Thanks for looking. Ted
  2. Thanks you for looking. Having looked at the pics, I forgot to remove the tape over the windows. Sorted now though. Talking of windows, I lost the approach windows and had to use the inflight ones, but I will say that this was a test in case the windfows failed. Hope you guys don't mind.
  3. Hello All This is the Italeri repop of the AMT 1/72nd scale XB-70, probably the most beautiful aircraft that ever flew. Years ago, I saw a picture of one of these landing at Edwards with the nosewheel still in the air, and lots of bits deployed. I always wanted to build it and I finally managed it. The kit is well known, and not an easy build. Any part that fits is purely coincidental, with araldite being the adhesive of choice. I used the SAC undercarriage for added strength and some resin wheels, apart from that everything is from the box. I did enjoy the build even with all the difficulties. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Ted Quote Edit Go to top
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    YC-97A

    Hello all I have been suffering from a lack of mojo for a while now, and I needed to try and break it, so I decided to do something fairly simple and mostly out of the box. I decided to go for an old favourite, the KC-97, but the USAF SIG is doing a transport theme for Telford this year so I converted the excellent Academy 172nd scale KC-97G to the YC-97A. Another reason for this one is an interest in the Berlin airlift, and this is the only member of the C-97 family that took part, flying 27 round trips in May 1949. Hope you like this one. Ted
  5. Progress on this one has been a bit slow due to other commitments but here as promised is the next instalment in the prototype Phantom (just in time for it's 60th anniversary). This shows the completed cockpit (minus seat) installed in the fuselage. The Academy parts were used for panels in the front, while I left the rear panel devoid of instrumentation. I've started assembling the fuselage here, with the internal details being added. Here I am putting thge fuselage upper half on, and attempting to mate the Brigade Models parts to the rest. The cut I made on the fuselage was not accurate, but is easily sorted. In this case it is probably easier to leave a gap to fill later, but I'm sure everone building the kit will have their own ideas. The Brigade Models arrestor hook is shown here. Later it was to drop off, and still needs refitting. Here is the Mcdonnell seat shown with a Martin Baker Mk 7 seat for comparison. The kit will include 2 seats for those wishing to do the prototype later in life, or a later airframe, though extra work will be needed for that option. This shot shows the seat installed, but I then took it out again to avoid damaging it. Here I have removed the lower pitot tube as it was not fitted until later in the program. Here I have painted the grey and white parts of the fuselage. One thing missing from the conversion is an additional fairing behind the arrestor hook. First is the standard look to the area, the rest of the shots show the fairing in whit milliput. Next is the undercarriage legs being added. Straightforward enough, exactly as per Academy standard. Thats as far as I have got so far. Ted
  6. The decals have not been produced yet, but it will only feature the 1st aircraft at the first flight according to Brigade Models. Price is about £37.99 and available from Hannants UK.
  7. Hello Phantom Phans. This WIP is for the forthcoming Brigade Models conversion set for Academys F-4B into the prototype F4H-1. I have obtained from Kevin a pre production test shot of the mouldings as seen at SMW this year. This does not include canopies or decals as they are not ready yet. Availability of the set should be March next year. Kevin has agreed to add a second seat so later small radome aircraft can be built. Any changes for this will be up to the modeller, as the main purpose here is for a first flight aircraft. Also, there are no instructions (I suspect I may be writing them now). Onto what you will get. This first picture shows what you get. This first pic shows the parts, except for canopy, decals, and the pitot probe, which I do have. This pic shows where to cut on the wings (for the perforated airbrakes) and the fuselage. Close up of the wing where the airbrake goes. Note that either the wing can be cut, or alternatively, the resin part could be used as a master to drill your own holes in the wing. Here is a close up of the fuselage cut point. And the cut made. Another part that needs cutting is the forward under fuselage (part F40) The resin intakes and the kit trunking is being joined. Some fettling may be required for a perfect fit. Airbrakes being sorted. Airbrakes fitted. Note that the gap is my fault, not the kits (my cutting skills still need work). First look at the front fuselage. The black parts are kit parts. They mate to the resin perfectly. That is all for this introductory part. Ted
  8. Hello All After 11 months, I have completed the conversion of the Monogram B-36 to the YB-60 Jet engined prototype. It has been a long slog, with the USAF SIG's anniversary show at Telford as the must do by date. The easiest part of the conversion was the fuselage with small changes on the nose and tail being required. The wings and tail empennage not so simple. I think I used 5 or 6 tubes of Milliput for that. The engines were donated by an old B-52 kit. The engine pylons were adapted B-52 pylons as well. The wings were kit wings modified by removing the original engines and a lot of filling. Undercarriage is the SAC metal legs for added strength (it is kind of heavy). A new leg at the rear was fashioned from brass tube. Without that it would be a tail sitter, so thank you Convair for adding that. Paint is Halfords Aluminium, with various other paints for contrast. The markings are hand painted with decals for national markings. I hope you like it. Ted
  9. I had a good long chat with the kit designer at Telford about this kit. The one on show was a 3d printed prototype, and already showed promise. He said the kit is planned to have early and late cockpit details as well as external details. A lot of planning has gone into the nose area as it is a complex shape which he is trying to get spot on. The (small) downside is that this will not be a cheap kit, but I think it will be good. Ted
  10. This is the F-4J I'm building at the moment. I didn't get pics of the cockpit going in, but this is how it looks when fitted. I glued the cockpit section to the wheel well and no more glue was used. It fits that well. The pics. Ted
  11. I have used this set on a F-4J, and if nothing else, it fits into the Academy kit really well, as well as being a good looking set. When I joined the fuselage I didn't glue the cockpit set at all. It just fits so well. I hope they bring out sets for the USAF Phantoms.
  12. The Academy F-4C and D kits have got white stencil data, and they are reasonable kits too.
  13. Hi All Here I present my model of the A-1J Skyraider belonging to the commander of the 602nd SOS from the Vietnam war. The kit is from Zoukei Mura and is very detailed with a lot of the detail not being seen on the completed model. The engine even has the pistons moulded in. I chose this option as I think the black undersides looks better than the light grey. The armament was chosen only because that is what I had available. I have seen A-1's carrying bombs, though maybe not snakeeyes, but they look good, so fine by me. I hope you enjoy the model. Thanks for looking. Ted
  14. Hello from a cold UK. I present my latest Phantom build for you. This aircraft is one of three which was converted from a Kurnass following the Yom Kippur war when the Israeli Defence Force had a shortage of reconnaissance aircraft. The long term solution was a purchase of RF-4E aircraft, before which a loan of 2 RF-4C aircraft from the 10th TRW. But before all this 3 F-4E's were modified by removing the 20mm Vulcan cannon, covering the gun muzzle and installing a clear door to replace the cannon door under the fuselage and installing a camera in the gun bay. 3 aircraft, 117, 125 and 139 were converted and operated by 119 (the Bats) Squadron. When the RF-4's arrived the aircraft were returned to F-4E standard configuration. The kit is a Hasegawa F-4E and decals are by Sky's decals, which are superb, and include Hebrew stencil markings. I hope you enjoy this. Ted
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