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  1. On May the 28th 2014 modeller and model store owner Rick Chin, after a 2 year fight with cancer, passed away in his home in Calgary Alberta . His nom de guerre as "Uncle Rick" was, I feel, bestowed upon him as much for any other reason was his never failing enthusiasm for all things to do with model (and aviation!) and his willingness to share this and to encourage other modellers, particularly the kids, to "(just) build it!". Rick, even as a child was an avid and prolific model builder as well as an aviation enthusiast this led to him also becoming a keen aircraft photographer. Ricks family could not keep ALL of his over 400 models covering a wide range of subjects! Many of his models are contest winners/placed and even more of them are well worthy of display. Ricks family have therefore deemed to auction off the majority of his kit collection spanning over 30years to raise funds for Ricks widow Sylvia. Below are some images of Ricks prize winners that are to be auctioned. To see more of these and many others or to place a bid go to- http://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=2602&CFID=5375427&CFTOKEN=85237240
  2. Open panels on armed aircraft NEVER happens - well that is it never happens in the world of the self proclaimed "experts". RAF Tonkas at CFB Cold Lake. Note long sleeves and hat it was cold so no need to keep components cool. However if it was warm enough its possible there's a greater need to keep panels open as getting good cooling airflow to electronics can be an issue on some combat aircraft i.e. the F-35 has an on board ACMI contained internally that's cooled with liquid nitrogen. I checked the EXIF data on these pictures and in spite of the FOD covers being in place these aircraft launched in under 24 minutes from the time I took these shots. I recall seeing F-18 Hornets and F-15 Eagles loaded with panels open however being a visiting guest I was not permitted to take pictures of aircraft with open panels, it is often normal protocol for visiting photographers on bases to be instructed not to shoot aircraft with open panels. In the case of these images I asked for permission and was given it. If in doubt always ask the PAO (or whoever is running your visit) before you take the shot, as being allowed to do this was an exception rather than the rule. pictures. I recall an incident when someone pointed a camera at aircraft we had been told NOT to shoot literally within seconds we had two base police cars on top of us and 8 of us came pretty close to loosing our camera gear and being chucked off of the base because someone didn't follow the PAO's instructions. I'm not by any means saying that open panels are the norm but I've seen it on a number of occasions.
  3. Some more image links here- http://aeroexperience.blogspot.ca/2013/08/boeing-ultra-hornet-takes-off-on-maiden.html http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2013/08/boeing-fa-18f-super-hornet-flies-with-cfts-and-weapons-pod/ http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2013/05/fa-18f-cft-weapons-pod-mockup/ http://malaysiaflyingherald.wordpress.com/page/10/ I haven't a clue as to what a max load up weight is on the hornet but CFT's could free up two more hard points for certain mission types.
  4. a custom sheet from CanMilAir maybe? OMG please NOT from CamMil poor and inconsistent colours quality and registration "quality" isn't never in their vocabulary. You'd get a better result if you hand paint them with a four inch paint brush! If anyone should do it it should be David from Canuckmodels http://www.canuckmodels.com/ or Dave from Leading Edge http://www.lemdecal.com/ Those guys understand what QUALITY means. If ether of them do A310 decals then please do the low viz markings first guys - I need two sets!
  5. Hi David, THANK YOU, you ROCK! I have 5 Revel 1/144 scale CF-18 Hornets to decal so I have just ordered 3 sets of these. I'll post some pics once the decals get here. All the tail numbers for every CF-18 as individual decals - WOW! That sure makes my poor eyes happy... Tom
  6. The background Alpha is a Discovery Air Defenses (yep for real the acronym is D.A.D.! - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!) aircraft formally know as the "Top Aces". DAD uses German Alphas so it look like both variants of the Alpha will be included in the one box. It will be nice to see the "Top Aces" as an option.
  7. Nice shots thank you for posting Alf. I was hoping to go out to photograph the roll out,the PAO had sent even me consent, but unfortunately "due to circumstances beyond my control" I wasn't able to go. With any luck I'll get next years demo bird at 4 Wing.
  8. Dave your Hornet decals rock! Now can we please have them for the CF-188 Hornet in 1/144 scale? I am well aware that it would be difficult to justify doing these with all of the numbers that are on your existing sheets however a very nice set of Canadian Hornets could be done by printing a single sheet with numbers for 5 different Hornets. I suggest 5 as if you used the numbers for aircraft 188901/923 for the twin and 188745/767/789 for the single seat Hornets. Anyone could use these straight off the shelf and be happy with them and for those of us who needed a specific aircraft covered then two sets of decals and a sharp blade would give a person any Hornet that has been in CAF/RCAF. The Revell Hornet is a nice little kit as but there are no standard CAF/RCAF decals for it in 1/144 scale worth buying. I have four others Revell Hornets that are built and painted awaiting decals so that’s 5 (or 6 – in this scale I can make mistakes!) sets sold already! Note the additional Hornet pilots await their ride! Please don’t anyone mention Canmilair decals to me I made the mistake of ordering decals from them and the print/colour quality leaves a WHOLE LOT to be desired - sorry I mean they leave EVERYTHING to be desired.!
  9. Your right Guns (aka "CHIP")is off of the Hornet and is now an instructor on the Hawk with 419 This is a crop of a photo taken by the lead- My Model again this time "in flight"-
  10. The Academy kit is a quick easy build and in 1/72 scale its not a lot of work to build it as a CF-18A. This is my rendering, depicting "Guns" in the CF-18 when she became the first female pilot flying as wing on a "Bear" intercept-
  11. You’re right re the tail on CF-18 and I should have mentioned that the oleo could be flipped on the Haegawa kit. My wife is right: if I’m using a compuker to post info I shouldn’t be getting ready for work and trying to learn a new image processing program at the same time “multitasking†just aint my thing... I see your point re the use of the word “Legacy†the US use of the term is accurate however within the dominion of Canada then it’s equally as appropriate from a strictly Canadian perspective, as Canada does not have F-18E/F/G that supersede an older model. Like the use of CF-18, F-18, and Hornet to describe the CF-188 on base "Legacy" is in common use when distinguishing the difference between the upgraded and non upgraded variants.
  12. The Academy 1/72 kit needs very little work to turn it into a RCAF Hornet the oleo's are different as is the antenna placement and the addition of a searchlight as well as removing the braces from behind the starboard side of the vertical stabs is about that's needed.
  13. In 2011 most of the upgrades to the Hornet fleet had been completed and the then CAF (now RCAF) were (and still are) using two distinctly different Hornets. The original, referred to as “Legacy” Hornets are externally very much like the US Hornets the differences being in the antennas oleo's and the installation of the identification searchlight ahead of and below the LEX. If you’re doing a Legacy bird then the Hasegawa F-18A is your best choice as it contains all you need including the searchlight, although if the kit is marketed as a US aircraft the instructions omit the information re the searchlight but the clear part #11 is included and it’s easy to cut out the location point that’s scribed into the kit. The CF-188AM is the upgraded Hornet then what Denis says is right on the money with the changes mentioned above re oleo and searchlight . The Hasegawa F-18C has the CF-188AM tail with the additional antennas so it saves a little money as you won’t need to get an aftermarket replacement. Denis mentions the Wolfpack Design Operation Mobile set and I’d say it is extremely useful if you intend to build the CF-188AM Hornet. Addendum- For anyone contemplating the 1/32 Academy Hornet “The Major” has or is about to release a Sniper pod (with clear parts)upgrade for this kit that includes the correct wing pylon assorted antennas the IFF bird cutters along with GPS dome!
  14. 1/72 Academy 1/48 Hasegawa 1/32 Academy- or wait for Kinetic to release their boxing of the Academy 1/32 scale kit with RCAF decals.
  15. Um, yes. (c:#* Re The brace alongside the slim light - I get that. I mentioned them ONLY to help those who may not be familiar with the Hornet who may read the thread and where curious to know what those "other" brackets on the tail were. I have a good deal of respect for Alf's opinion/input his information is willingly given and I have found it to be in general accurate. However I have gone through hundreds of CF-18 Hornet images that I have shot and I cant find one with the more than a single vertically mounted tail brace on each tail and in all cases they are mounted on the port side. If anyone has an image of a Hornet with those braces mounted on the starboard side could you please post it or a link to a website that has such an image? Inquiring minds want to know! In my photo post says "(the square plates)shows the external retainers mounted on the outside of the vertical stabs" I had "assumed" (and we all know what that means!)this to be the case however I stand corrected and apologize for this inaccuracy on that point as images of earlier Hornets do show these post "L" bracket era.
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