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  1. USS Nimitz 1977/78 Med Cruise CVW-8 info required

    Thank you both for your input, it's very much appreciated.
  2. USS Nimitz 1977/78 Med Cruise CVW-8 info required

    Cheers Rex, that's great info, I'm familiar with the picture you posted, I'm sure I've seen that one labelled as from the Saratoga in early '77. I'm quietly confident that I could reproduce the Sandeman figure on the tail, as there's quite a few pics about of it. Happy modelling Ant
  3. USS Nimitz 1977/78 Med Cruise CVW-8 info required

    Hi Rex, I'm familiar with the Go Navy site, but completely forgot about the Bu.No listings, the information about the EA-3B came from the Aeromaster instructions, the foreword is written by Ken Austin who I believe was a crewmember (it may be his photo's that are used in the instruction booklet), Ken states: "Our first stop (as for all carriers) was Rota, Spain where we would pick up supplies and take on our spyplanes, EA-3B's of VQ-2 based at Rota" I've found a few pictures of EA-3B's from the late 70's period aboard other carriers and at the Air Tattoo at Greenham Common in '77 (they were from the Saratoga) I guess the markings would be pretty similar, if push comes to shove I'll be creative and model an aircraft that might have been on board. I'm in no rush for the information as I said this is a long term project that will run for a few years (at my rate of building anyway), I would just like to get as close as i can. I'm also planning on doing a similar project for the HMS Ark Royal air group at a similar time, Phantoms, Buccaneers, Gannet AEW, Sea Kings and Wessex SAR, odddly other than the Gannet (which might have to be in 1/72) the decals for those subjects are readily available in 1/48. Happy modelling Ant
  4. Hi all, I have a long term project on the go to build a representative aircraft from all the units of CVW-8 onboard the USS Nimitz, I have the Aeromaster 1/48 CVW-8 special decal set which includes the bulk of the units as below: F-14A Tomcat - VF-41 & 84 A-7E Corsair II - VA-82 & 86 A-6E & KA-6D Intruder - VA-35 EA-6B Prowler - VAQ-135 S-3 Viking - VS-24 SH-3 Sea King - HS-9 That just leaves me three (maybe 4) units to source, the kits for these weren't available when this set was released: RA-5C Vigilante - RVAH-6 (as luck has it the Trumpeter kit includes markings for this one) E-2B Hawkeye - VAW-112 (Kinetic / Italeri kit with Steel Beach E-2B conversion) not sure what to do on decal front though as I can't turn up clear photographs. EA-3B Skywarrior - VQ-2 (Trumpeter TA-3B kit with Steel Beach EA-3B conversion set) I'm hoping the aircraft just had the Sandeman VQ-2 tail markings which are quite basic so i'm tempted to have a go at producing these myself. The maybe aircraft is the COD, I'm sure I've read that Nimitz had a C-1 Trader for COD duties but I don't know the unit or if it was in fact a C-2 for this cruise, if its a C-2 then I'll invest in a Kinetic kit, if it's a C-1 then I'm pretty much scuppered other than serious modding to an S-2 kinetic/Italeri kit. I am looking for information concerning Bu No's. of the E-2, Bu No's. and Modex of the EA-3B and any info on the COD. Also with regards to the EA-3B I was wondering if I need to order the Steel Beach EA-3B early or late conversion set? I think its the late one but can't be sure. Sorry if this post is a bit long winded, I've tried googling the units and cruise history but my Google-fu has proved to be weak on this one, I hope someone out there can help, and look forward to any responses, photos would be great too. BTW I've often wondered why other decal producers haven't been tempted to do a similar CVW themed decal set, particularly as there are now kits of almost all the aircraft available. Happy modelling Ant
  5. 1/72 RA-5C

    Great build, but the Viggie just doesn't look right in camo.
  6. Monogram A-4E canopy

    Squadron do a vac canopy, but its designed for the Hasegawa kit, I don't know if it will fit the Monogram kit. I do have examples of both the Monogram and Hasegawa (Eduard) kit, I could try the canopy's on each to see what if any the difference is.
  7. Change of interest sale Aeroclub 1/48 Biplanes and others

    3 more added to list above 1:72 Airfix Fairey Firefly 1:72 Ventura Limited Run Supermarine Seafire Mk.47 1:20 Tamiya F-1 Driver & Technical Engineer All end Sunday 13th August.
  8. Change of interest sale Aeroclub 1/48 Biplanes and others

    New items added this week: 1:48 Aeroclub Mixed Media kit of the Sopwith Pup 1:48 Aeroclub Mixed Media kit of the Hawker Demon, 1:72 original issue Airfix Canberra B(I).6 1:72 Hasegawa EE / BAC Lightning F.6 1:72 Premiere (ex Frog) Sea Venom complete with Tasman Clear canopy and White Metal detail parts. 1:144 Revell BAe 146-100 1:72 Airfix Fairey Firefly 1:72 Ventura Limited Run Supermarine Seafire Mk.47 1:20 Tamiya F-1 Driver & Technical Engineer http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/ant_phillips/m.html?item=182585874574&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 All end Sunday 13th August. Thanks for looking Ant
  9. aircraft carriers

    I don't know of any plans, but you can get ready made bases here: http://www.coastalkits.co.uk/newstore/carrier-decks/1-48-scale-carrier-decks.html I have no connection to the vendor, just an active interest in their products
  10. Change of interest sale Aeroclub 1/48 Biplanes and others

    New update, some 1/72 airliners freighters and utility aircraft; Constellations, DC-6, C-119, Superfreighter, Fokker F27, listings here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/ant_phillips/m.html?item=182585874574&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 Thanks for looking.
  11. Change of interest sale Aeroclub 1/48 Biplanes and others

    A quick update, the last of the airliner kits are listed now, they end next weekend, they are mostly bagged kits, some are without decals, this is reflected in the prices. http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/ant_phillips/m.html?item=182540157552&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 The next batch of stuff will be the airliner decals, they'll probably go up next weekend.
  12. Change of interest sale Aeroclub 1/48 Biplanes and others

    More items added, mostly 1/144 airliners this week, from Airfix, Revell and Minicraft, a 1/96 Viscount plus a couple of odd 1/35 figure kits. http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/ant_phillips/m.html?item=182540157552&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
  13. Nose Weight - What do you use?

    I use wheel balancing weights, I get them off ebay, they have a self adhesive backing and come in a strip of convenient 5g, 10g & 25g weights, simply snap the size you need off the strip and use the self adhesive pad to stick them under the cockpit floor or in the nose above the nosewheel well.
  14. Change of interest sale Aeroclub 1/48 Biplanes and others

    A couple more items have been added, most end Sunday evening (UK time)
  15. is useing a aother molders idea wrong

    To share our experiences and learn from each other is what being part of the forums is all about as far as I'm concerned, I'm not aware of anyone ever trying to or be able to copyright a technique.