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  1. The Trumpeter Challenger 2 Enhanced Armour kit is also pretty good, it has upgraded parts compared to the original release, including an all new turret moulding and of course has the Bar Armour too.
  2. Likewise it brings back fond memories for me also, the bright orange scheme was one of the options in the Hasegawa kit way back in the 70's it just happened to be the first Hasegawa kit that I bought, I had read lots about them in model magazines but had never come across anywhere that stocked them, then whilst on a family summer holiday I found a model shop that stocked them and this was the box top scheme, it was just too gorgeous to resist, and there started my interest in US Navair subjects. Oh yes I wish that was the case too.
  3. A few more added: Accurate Miniatures 1/48 Double Dauntless SDD-3 / 4 Midway / Operation Torch. Monogram 1/48 A-4E Skyhawk Blue Angels Matchbox 1/72 HP Victor K.2 Hasegawa 1/72 McD-D F-18 Prototype Airfix 1/72 RAF Refuelling Set http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/ant_phillips/m.html?item=182585874574&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 This is probably the last batch of kits for now, but I will be listing a whole bunch of 1/144 airliner decals in the next few weeks.
  4. Thank you both for your input, it's very much appreciated.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Great build, but the Viggie just doesn't look right in camo.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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