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  • Birthday 05/18/1968

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    Exotic colors in general, ww2 and after, PR aircrafts, FAA and coastal command, SAAF, RhAF, ROCAF. Mirage III, Mirage F-1, Hunter, MiGs, Sukhoi and Tupolev, Canberra, phantom.
    Axis satellites (Finland, Hungary, Romania, etc...), Modern Russian, French in Indochina, Israeli and middle east, T54/55, T-72, Centurion

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  1. Just forgot to tell that my subject, BuNo 129343, was among those sent back to Aéronavale later (Check Joe Baugher's web page). A friend of mine found this picture showing the first delivery in Tourane.
  2. Both shipments went to the Philippines, but I'm not familiar with Manilla's surroundings, and neither are the author of my sources, that's why I put a question mark after the city's name. They wrote Manilla, but it could have been Subic Bay or anywhere else in the Philippines, I believe. Arromanches went back to France after the delivery, and so is Bois Belleau. SItuation was beginning to get really difficult in Algeria (my country was at war somewhere for most of the last century). But yes, those Corsair, or most of them, went back to France later, as about 60 AU-1 wer
  3. From my own (French) sources, it seems that the Corsair were returned in two batch, both by sea: - First one on French Navy aircraft carrier Arromanches (Ex-Brit from Colossus class), sailing from Saigon with 14 AU-1 on 21rd August 1954 and arriving at Manille (?) on the 28th. - Second one on Bois Belleau (Ex-CVL-24 USS Belleau Wood from Independence Class) for five aircraft delivered in december 1954
  4. Hi TT, and thanks for those details. I've just re-read my text and it appears that I've lost a few bits here and there, which make some parts quite tricky to understand. I'll try to correct it tomorrow. Also, do not pay too much attention to the modell, as it was a quick last minute build, that I wanted finished for 7th may. It's been a last minute agrement between USA and France, and obviously, there was no time to overhaul the AU-1. Most French accounts do not make any comments about overhaul or no overhaul, they just say that all aircraft were not cl
  5. Like the French Aéronavale, the Comando de la Aviacion Naval Argentina (Argentine's FAA) was a late user of the Corsair, operating 25(?) F4U-5 in all versions (-5, -5N, -5NL & -5P) from 1955 to 1966. Here's my interpretation of one of them, using Hasegawa's plastic, together with Aztec decals..
  6. More than 10000 French soldiers survived the battle of Dien Bien Phu to become POW. They had a 700 km trek to get to their prison camps near the border with China. Around 3000 came back to France after the war. More than 7000 died during captivity or just became MIA. A few bits of History (with a big H!) On 13 march 1954, general Giap launch an attack with his Viet Minh Divisions against the finest of the French Army, paras « Metro » and « Colo » (metropolitans and colonials), the Big Legion, armoured cavalry, sapper and colonials troops, gathered into what’s beginnin
  7. Hi guys, It's been quite a lot of time since my last post here, modelling being an on and off affair for at least fifteen years. But well, it seems that the first half of 2022 will be marked as "On", and hopefully, the second half as well. First finished from a twin Jugs build started a few weeks ago, here's my interpretation of a Colombian F-47D-30(?) based on Hasegawa's bubbletop kit in 1/48, with Aztec decal sheet. No aftermarket used, appart a PE harness from an Eduard set for USAAF WW2, and the gun barrels made out of metal tube by myself. Did re-learned
  8. Here you go! That's the best reference webpage about French tanks... In French
  9. There's at least one Wolfpak sheet with those markings.
  10. Maybe the video doesn't show the MiG crash or explode. And they may not have a confirmation by other means. There are other case like this, the one coming immediately to mind being Kilgus, for what should be the very first MiG kill of the war. He gunned a MiG in a dive and hit it just as he entered low clouds at less than 3000ft IIRC. Kilgus pulled up just in time, and the MiG must have gone in the drink, 99% chances for it. Yet the kill was never confirmed, and this despite the Vietnamese themselves acknoledged the loss of THREE -17, and there were no other USAF, or
  11. My pleasure. Here's another link toward a study of French NATO camo, by Julie Ludmann. In French, but I'm sure you'll find a way to translate it. And you may ask for more information to Julie.
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