Pete Wenman

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  1. I sure you can guess the squadron markings to be applied. About 8 hours work so far, and I would guess a similar amount left before this one is finished.Oil on panel18" x 9"Working title War Party Rocks
  2. While speculation is never good and usually shown to be wrong I'd like to throw a few questions out there and see what we collectively know or think about the event Navy Times ...but nearly two hours later a Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs on SDF fighters, according to Sunday’s news release. “In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, [the Syrian SU-22] was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet,” the news release said. and from the Aviation Geek a little more flesh after a couple of days According to Navy Capt. Jeff Davis,a Pentagon spokesman in fact, the two Super Hornets, which as we have explained were flying near the town of Ja’Din, just south of Tabqah, Syria to provide air cover to Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) members, “saw the Su-22 approaching. It again had dirty wings; it was carrying ordinance. They did everything they could to try to warn it away. They did a head-butt maneuver, they launched flares, but ultimately the Su-22 went into a dive and it was observed dropping munitions and was subsequently shot down.” “Dirty wings” is a military term used to describe a plane carrying armaments. In “a head-butt maneuver, the planes fly just in advance of another to create heavy wake and get its attention,” Davis explained. As we have reported immediately after the Syrian Su-22 dropped its bombs, two American F/A-18E Super Hornets, flying from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, engaged, firing an AIM-9 – a short-range air-to-air missile – at the Syrian plane from about half a mile away. But as US officials told CNN the Syrian jet deployed defensive flares, causing the US missile to miss its target. The U.S. pilot shot a second missile, in the form of an AIM-120 which hit its intended target, downing the Syrian warplane and forcing its pilot to eject. What we do know in addition to the above. At least two F-18E Hornets from VFA-87 were involved BU 168914 getting the kill Modex thought to be 304 It's obvious that the F-18(s) were very close in terms of both distance and altitude from the Fitter and reacted immediately flowing ordnance release by the Syrian aircraft, with Aim-9 release at 0.6 mile. What do we think would be the position of the Hornet relative to the Fitter - somewhere to the rear ? It would seem the altitude of both aircraft would be similar, but what height would the SU-22 be likely dropping ordnance from ? What is the colour schemes and marking on Syrian Fitters ? What is a likely/plausible loadout for the Syrian aircraft ? Would the Fitter have had a wingman ( I would assume so ?) Lets try and keep wild fool guesses to a minimum but apply some logic and see if we can build a picture, even if it's subsequently proved incorrect. And this quote from someone who has seen the HUD video Pretty interesting video and situation. P
  3. and a couple more for luck P
  4. Cheers for the confirmation @picknpluck. The kit was not as bad as I was expecting, and actually I thought it pretty good, but do bare in mind I made this as reference for a painting, and not to be entered in competition. The cockpit has issues, with the PE not fitting well within the plastic tub, but it matters little as it can't be seen with the canopy on. The instructions are a little vague in places, and the guide for the smaller decal placement is not very helpful at all. In summary you just need to accept that it is a limited edition kit with the challenges that brings, but the end result is worth it. I might try and do another in landing configuration, and that will be a challenge, but I do like the way the completed kit looks P
  5. Can someone confirm whether the photos are now showing ? I can see them, but then I could see them before when Chippy couldn't thanks P
  6. The Sword 1/72 F2H-2 Banshee - to be used as reference for a oil on canvas painting. I've always wanted to paint a Korean era Banshee, and so this is the first step - the 1/72 Sword F2H-2 kit in the markings of Vf-11 Red Rippers. It is too windy here for outdoor shots so these will suffice for the moment. Not perfect, but not to bad, given it's the first model I've finished to any standard for some several years P
  7. Managed to get some better photos, although need to fiddle with my depth of field next time. P
  8. This is the website of my friend who flew with VF-151 that I mentioned The whole site makes great reading. P
  9. I'm thinking something like this P
  10. Other than touching up in a couple of places I'm calling this done. I've got to admit that given the lack of decals and that I've not painted a kit in something like eight years that I'm pretty chuffed with this. Just remember as I said before this is just a maquette for a painting rather than a competition quality piece. It's a pity my photo skills are so poor - I'll get some better ones in daylight. At the moment I'm thinking of a 3/4 rear view with the Scooter banking away as the composition I want to go with -but we'll see. P
  11. I've got the decals for Cool Fool and you are welcome to them if you don't get an offer from closer to home P
  12. Very nice !!! P
  13. Well that was a lot easier and more successful than I was expecting. So much so that it's caught me by surprise and I've had to quickly future the rest of the aircraft so I can apply the rest of the decals. The trial decals went down well, although they have both lost a little ink where I rough handled them, but good enough for Government work ! I'm really pleased with the result given I'm not looking for a competition quality build here, rather a maquette for the painting I have in mind. P
  14. Joel - home made decals are not hard, you just need the right kit, and to accept the limitations of the process. In this instance I'm doing what is probably the easiest to do, with all the decals being black on clear decal paper. In addition all of the decals are letters/numbers for which I was able to use a font. Complex shapes and colours are a different kettle of fish ! Decal Paper is Experts Choice, by the Bare Metail Foil Co, and I'm sealing the decals once printed with Microscale liquid decal film. My printer is a bog standard 3 in 1 copier. Time to put my money where my mouth is and see if they actually work out. I'll be back soon P
  15. OK in the absence of being able to find the decals for this bird I'm cutting up the kit decals for the generic markings and have had a go at printing my own for the main aircraft specific ones. It's been a while since I've last done this, and so I hope the decal paper and fixing solutions have not gone off. Here's the image file anyways. As for the blue arrow I've got it painted on one side of the aircraft, but am not totally happy and so may have another go. Either way the model is close to being complete and so I can start thinking about the painting. Progress so far - sorry about the messy workbench and dodgy ipad photo ! ( my camera battery needs charging) P