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  1. Decals are a mix of custom, kit, spares box, and Caracal 144004 & 144016 (Thanks to Dutch for providing the 2 BMW emblem from his Caracal KC-10 sheet!) Main improvements were to notch the aft end of the ruddervators where they meet the boom, trimming off the protruding boom nozzle and drilling out the end of the boom, and filling the recessed detail on the pilot director lights and replacing with Caracal decals. I was almost done when I found an additional reference photo showing a Shamu-painted nose cowl on the #1 engine...since I couldn't pass up this distinguis
  2. This model represents KC-135R 60-0331 during the 1993-1995 timeframe when the KC-135 Formal Training Unit was in the process of transitioning from a SAC unit at Castle AFB to an AETC mission at Altus AFB. The 93d Bomb Wing, long the home of B-52 (328 BS) and KC-135 (93 ARS) initial aircrew training at Castle AFB, was reassigned to Air Combat Command in June of 1992, taking the B-52Gs with it until their retirement in 1994, and the Wing was subsequently inactivated in 1995 when Castle closed down. Meanwhile, as part of the broader tanker and airlift consolidation under Air Mobilit
  3. edit: After completing a third Barksdale KC-135Q model, I thought I'd consolidate the threads rather than start another! ******** Lots of transition for the USAF in the 1990s; the combination of BRAC, MAJCOM reorganization, and the post-Cold War drawdown led to some unique and short-lived paint and marking combinations. In June 1992, the 2d Wing at Barksdale was reassigned from SAC to Air Combat Command, and the Wing's aircraft received ACC-style unit markings. For the KC-135s of the 71st Air Refueling Squadron, these markings were fairly short-lived, as the squadron was rea
  4. I’m trying to find a photo of a 68th Air Refueling Group KC-135A... this would be a plane in overall ADC grey, with the classic SAC fuselage sash, and large red/blue checkers on the upper tail. They would have been stationed at Seymour-Johnson AFB I believe... Can anyone help me out..! Thanks...
  5. Here's my subject, KC-135Q 59-1470 in the summer of 1993: https://www.airliners.net/photo/USA-Air-Force/Boeing-KC-135Q-Stratotanker-717-148/2579627/L?qsp=eJwtjEEKwkAMRe%2BStS5K0UV3egFdeIGQfLS0OmMmYIfSuxsHd4/34K0k6eVY/FYzaKACNnnQjjIbPwsNK02on2QaTJPsu/7wjlyS%2BbmGUnacRJAd%2BvcXU9gvoUg73ePcBcCujak/htex5JnbA87jTNv2BU46LqA%3D I find the transitional period from SAC/TAC/MAC to ACC/AMC fascinating, as many units were inactivated or changed aircraft/missions during the early to mid 1990s, which resulted in some very short-lived markings on much of the USAF heavy fleet. Part of
  6. I thought I had a thread going for this one, but after almost a year of no updates, I cant find it. Anyway, Minicraft's KC-135E being converted to an NC-135B SATCOM testbed aircraft. Painted the two main colors just in the last two weeks... Model Master Gloss White and lightened Xtracolor ADC Grey. It needs some touchng up, but at least I can show some progress finally. I leaving the large SATCOM fairing covered until all airbrushing is done, and that bent metal nose strut will get straightened out...! This is what I'm working towards....
  7. It looks like I will have to make them, but has anyone seen if decals for the KC-135R exist in 1:144 for the 168th Air Refueling Squadron? I am building the Minicraft kit. Just curious if anyone has seen anything. Thanks
  8. Building a C-135A from the 1/144 Minicraft KC-135A. Between the nose wheel bay and the wings, on the model are molded two “strakes” on the bottom of the fuselage. What are they? Are they only on tankers? I cannot find photos of Stratolifters, early ones at least, with these strakes. I am building a C-135A with the early Arctic orange/red nose, wing and tail band. Thanks so much.
  9. Hi guys, I need the help of the ARC-Community. I've recently purchased a second-hand 1/72 AMT RC-135V and plan to convert her into a RC-135E Rivet Amber. While looking for photos of the machine I noticed that the wings are not completely NMF but some areas/panels seem to be painted. I had a look at other machines finished in NMF (mostly C/KC-135B's) and it looks like certain areas were painted in a mid-gray color like: The mid of the wings (I guess were the wing fuel tanks are) The wing-to-body fairing, excluding the wheel doors The leading edge betwee
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