Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by ikar

  1. ikar


    I have seen some try stressed skin on a couple models, mostly the B-52, which has some good ones in front of its wings. I tried it myself once and it didn't come out that well so I stopped. Most people don't want the stressed effect so I don't see the companies adding it anytime soon if at all. This leaves you with a choice, try it or don't. You could always practice on an old kit.
  2. And then there's the XC-99 that was brought from its resting place between Lackland and Kelly air force bases. It was the only one and I went through it on one of my TDYs to Lackland for either Combat school or Traffic Accident Investigtion school. It was an interesting aircraft and I got some nice pictures of its interior.
  3. I could be wrong about the 111s. It was a long time ago and I eventually had to sell a lot of photos I took from the war because I needed money badly. I wasn't making all that much at the time. I have some good shots of them with the wings out and getting full loads of various bombs, including clusters and other things. I didn't know the B-57s were there. What year was that?
  4. The B-10 bomber they have was found in 1973 during an air show one of our C-5s from Dover went to. A few of the people were walking around the base and stumbled on it in a hanger when someone looked through a window. A message was sent back and it was most likely relayed to M.A.C. HQ. Sometime after the show another C-5 picked it up and took it to Dover for what I think was an overall evaluation and I was told some minor work before it was sent to Wright Patterson. I was told it was the only surviving example left and they had been using it for maintenance training.
  5. During the war the F-4D as well as the F-111 carried laser bombs. I don't remember seeing any other aircraft using them, but then, I was Air Force. Our A-7Ds were used for close in work and took over the job the A-1 had as an escort for the rescue helicopters, using the call sign Sandy.
  6. Love the Phaser. That would look great next to my E.M. pistol and Phase pistol from Star Trek Enterprise.
  7. Sometimes paint will last longer than you think they would. I still have some Pactra paint I bought back in the 70s and a couple bottles of Testors paint that I had intended to use for a B-24 desert camouflage that I bought at the same time. They still look like the did when I bought the in the last century. I will not be building the B-24 so I will most likely be selling them at the next Modelpalooza in October.
  8. Way back when my Father took me to the museum when I got drafted and decided to go into the A.F. the whole placed was completely different. Most of the aircraft were outside and in some cases you could get into the bays, or with the B-36, they had a maint. scaffold you could walk up and see into the flight deck. The XB-70 had other aircraft parked under it and you could just walk over and touch the wheels. The B-24 was sitting alongside a rail car with the Goblin on it and a B-58 was parked off to the side waiting for a spot. I didn't see the Memphis Belle there but there was a B-17G
  9. One day I was talking to a C-47 Load Master and he said a few days previously they had a load of perforated planks for a base a bit up north. He said the pilots had a tough time getting off the ground and he saw both straining at their wheels and just barely got off the ground. They were having trouble getting altitude and he went and checked the cargo. According to the manifest they were hauling perforated aluminum planks but when he really checked he found out it was actually steel planks and they were almost 1/3 past their gross weight limit. Tough little aircraft. My Father was flying
  10. I'd like to but for some reason I have trouble posting on this site. It's not easy easy as it used to be. I can post it over on the Aircraft section on Fine Scale's forums, I have no problem there.
  11. Seafoam green was quite popular in the A.F. The inside of our barracks had the same color. Eventually we got used to it, tired of it and it became somewhat of a bad comment. Every barracks and most of the offices had the same color. If you flew you had t be surrounded by the same color.
  12. A long time ago I had some decals for one of the F-15s for the 5th F.I.S. I had been working on the design during our transition from the F-106 and after it was approved and they started to show up in our squadron parking area two of us went out in about 60 below weather to get some shots. We submitted them to Bare Metal who made them in 1/72nd and 1/48th scale. Eventually we went to Fighting Pirannah decals to get a couple sets for 1/32nd scale.
  13. I have a shot of F-4 number 463 with all six kills and also a kill marking for a Firebee drone. It's on the right column on the top of the other markings. I caught it on my sedcond tour when the aircraft make a short stop at our base and they parked it along side one of our reventments.
  14. It's good work, but what is the Sky 1 fighter doing there and I don't remember there being any Shadow Mobiles stationed on the moon.
  15. Never heaqrd of it. Where is it and what happens there?
  16. The only C-47s I saw over there were for lighter cargo and passenger runs, and these were seldom seen. I had to take one to Bangkok once and it was a unforgettable flight. The best thing about it, besides getting out of it, was that it sounded just like it did in the movies. My Father used to fly them for a while but after he was grounded, he ended up jumping out of them into Europe as a member of the OSS. On me second tour I did see a civilian marked C-46 make an emergency landing at our base with a blown out engine. We had to assign a guard who was given orders by the crew to shoot
  17. ikar


    I didn't know they ever made one. When I did a model of my wife's C-130 I had to make one out of either wood or layers of plastic I glued together. It wasn't that hard, try it. For all I know, I might still have it in my spares area. I also did the flight deck area as well as the aviaonics bay and some of the cargo area..
  18. It makes me wonder now what marking was used on the B-52 after it shot down a mig. I got lucky one night and happened to find a guy dressed in a flight suit trying to find his way down the street. Being the thoughtful cop that I was, I offered him a ride to his barracks and he turned out to be the first tail gunner to shoot down a mig . He told me how it happened, and that he was just coming back from the party they gave him. I never had a chance to go out and get a shot of his aircraft because my main responsibility was the main part of the base except during alerts or when assigned to Ph
  19. Have you tried Federation Models?
  20. So what would be the actual grey color of teh A-1 back in the 60s?
  21. When the A.F. pulled the A-1s for use with the V.N.A.F., they were Painted in Navy colors. And for a time only the markings, such as snit markings changed. Standard A.F. camouflage and markings were added. I went with my Father to the A.F. Museum back when I got drafted and the A-1 that was used to pick up a downed pilot was on display just inside the gate, andit was painted in Nave colors. Back then a large portion of the aircraft were still sitting outside and some were still waiting to be unloaded from flatbed train cars or sitting partly removed from the other aircraft. When M
  22. When I was growing up there were no actual hobby shops. I would get a chance once in a while to get to a small department store or maybe a drug store for kits and supplies, such as they were. My Father gave me a set of Tweezers from his old Watch repair kit and I would have to use some of his double edged razor blades from his shaving supplies. Outside of the base hobby units run by M.W.R>l when I was overseas during the war, I didn't wee a rea hobbl shop intil I hit Little Rock A.F.B. after my second tour in 1975. This store was just outside the main gate and on the highway access
  23. ikar

    1/48 F-106A

    Good job. I have that one that I'm waiting on a gun pod or coffin to build in my favorite squadron, the 5th F.I.S.
  24. For something a little different on a F-4e, at Korat as the war started to shut down for us, someone decided to have all shark mouths on any aircraft removed as they were deemed too warlike at that point. As the order went out the noses of all aircraft were cleaned. Then the sharkmouth started to appear on aircraft anyway, but not on the nose. The F-111s had a mouth on their forward ECM pod centerline under the fuselage. The F-4s from the 34th TFS had them painted on the top of the AIM 9 rails just a little back from the front. Eventually some maint. supervisor of someone much higher up
  • Create New...