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- Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:24
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1/72 scale F-35C Lightning II by Orange Model
Compared to the F-35A, the F-35C carrier variant features larger wings with foldable wingtip sections, larger wing and tail control surfaces for improved low-speed control, stronger landing gear for the stresses of carrier arrested landings, a twin-wheel nose gear, and a stronger tailhook for use with carrier arrestor cables. The larger wing area allows for decreased landing speed while increasing both range and payload.
The United States Navy intends to buy 480 F-35Cs to replace the F/A-18A, B, C, and D Hornets and complement the Super Hornet fleet... *
F-35C by Orange Model looks quite impressive out of the box. Brand new mouldings, first kit of this subject in 1/72nd scale.
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- Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:26
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ICM C-45F Beechcraft Twin Beech 1/48
The Beechcraft Model 18 (or "Twin Beech", as it is also known) is a six to 11-seat, twin-engined, low-wing, light aircraft manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. Continuously produced from 1937 to November 1969, (over 32 years, the world record at the time), over 9,000 were produced, making it one of the world's most widely used light aircraft. Sold worldwide as a civilian executive, utility, cargo aircraft, and passenger airliner on tailwheels, nosewheels, skis or floats, it was also used as a military aircraft.
During and after World War II, over 4,500 Beech 18s saw military service -- as light transport, light bomber (for China), aircrew trainer (for bombing, navigation and gunnery), photo-reconnaisance, and "mother ship" for target drones -- including United States Army Air Forces C-45 Expeditor, AT-7 Navigator, AT-11 Kansan; and United States Navy UC-45J Navigator, SNB-1 Kansan, and others. In World War II, over 90% of USAAF bombardiers and navigators trained in these aircraft.
Prior to Pearl Harbor, the Beech 18 was outsold by the Lockheed 12 by two-to-one. However, war priorities forced Lockheed to concentrate on its heavier aircraft, and Beechcraft received a major boost through wartime contracts.
Production got an early boost when Nationalist China paid the company $750,000 for six M18R light bombers, but by the time of the U.S. entry into World War II, only 39 Model 18s had been sold, of which 29 were for civilian customers. Work began in earnest on a variant specifically for training military pilots, bombardiers, and navigators. The effort resulted in the Army AT-7 and Navy SNB. Further development led to the AT-11 and SNB-2 navigation trainers and the C-45 military transport. The United States Air Force Strategic Air Command had Beechcraft Model 18 (AT-11 Kansans, C-45 Expeditors, F-2 Expeditors (the "F" standing for "Fotorecon"), and UC-45 Expeditors) from 1946 until 1951. From 1951 to 1955, the USAF had many of its aircraft remanufactured with new fuselages, wing center sections, and undercarriages to take advantage of the improvements to the civil models since the end of World War II. Eventually, 900 aircraft were remanufactured to be similar to the then-current Model D18S and given new designations, constructor's numbers and Air Force serial numbers. The USN had many of its surviving aircraft remanufactured, as well, these being redesignated as SNB-5s and SNB-5Ps. The C-45 flew in U.S. Air Force service until 1963, the USN retired its last SNB in 1972, while the U.S. Army flew its C-45s through 1976. In later years, the military called these aircraft "bug smashers" in reference to their extensive use supplying mandatory flight hours for desk-bound aviators in the Pentagon.
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- Created on Friday, 16 January 2015 07:13
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Mig Jimenez has been busy with rebuilding his products as Ammo of Mig. One of these products is a new book Camouflage Profile Guide: Eastern Front Russian Vehicles 1935-1945.
81 pages long and in large format it is a soft cover book printed on good qulity glossy paper. Showing that Russian vehicles of the war were not all green it covers a wide range of paint schemes and camouflage options.
Starting with a prologue it is followed with a caveat on the technical colour information contained. Next are some paint chips of the various colours used. Each colour also comes with a shadow and light colour chip to augment it. Next up is an interesting treatise on painting methods followed by whitewashing. A very interesting read.
The rest of the book is filled with examples of various paint jobs starting with trucks and then moving on to the various types of tanks. Each is accompanied by a write up and in some cases actual photographs.
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The book finally ends with a Bibliography.
I think anyone interested in building some Russian armour would find this an interesting book and a great source of inspiration. You no longer have to be bored with green I bought mine from The Last Cavalry for $30.00. You can also get it right from Ammo of Mig for 19.00 Euros. Definately something to thinkk about when you are deciding on a build. On a final note Ammo of Mig also produces a 6 colour paint package for Soviet vehicles that would complement this book.
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- Created on Sunday, 11 January 2015 21:33
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Modelers' Alliance Modeler of the Month for December is
This has been a long time coming and well deserved. Gary is another well know figure on the modeling forums both with sharing his builds and his well done reviews. Gary was actually one of the first folks to give me advice on the proper way to solder way back when I started that brass halftrack. Gary exemplifies what it is to be a MotM at Modelers' Alliance as well as the modeling community online. He's a long time member of Modelers' Alliance and on our Review Crew, he's always in the mix for campaigns.
So let's give a big round of applause to Old Dog Gary Buchanan, Modeler of the Month December 2014.
Gary's not shy about lending a hand but it looks like he's shy about a head shot, he said he's in this picture somewhere but I can't get my eyes off that Bf109.
I'll let Gary tell us about his modeling history.
I don't remember exactly when I started building plastic models, I was more in to model trains early on, a hobby I'm still active in. My brother and I did weekend builds during my early teens, pick up a kit at the local five and dime on Friday night and have it finished by Sunday evening. Tube glue, hand painted and with lots of warts.
Late teens I got frustrated with hand painting and bought one of the early Badger single action things that used canned propellant. It always ran out in the middle of a paint job on Sunday. Early 70's Scale Modeler Magazine came out and put a whole new prospective on building models, for me anyway. Through most of the 70's my employers kept me busy working 60 hour weeks so I had precious little time for modeling but I continued collecting none the less.
When I got married in 1978 modeling pretty much stopped. No time, no space. Things got boxed up. I still read magazines and collected and dreamed. Around 2007 I got the bug again and now there was the internet and a whole new world of stuff, Future, PE, resin upgrades and kits I never knew existed. The more I searched the net the more frustrated I became trying to find information on kits that I was interested in. So as part of the getting back into the hobby and what I had hoped would give me some focus, I started my own web page, olddogsplanes.com, and ithas grown into almost a hobby of its own. Although it wasn't my original intention it has become more of a review site with several hundred reviews. Nothing special but it provides another persons opinion on kits. Unlike other sites I provide links to other reviews. Now days there are more sites with reviews popping up all the time. I feel it's one way of sharing my love for the hobby.
Although I have been at it for a while there are always new things to learn or relearn as it seems techniques that I thought I had mastered often fail me when I need them most. I doubt that I will live long enough to build everything I want to, but I'm sure going to give a shot.
Here are some of my favorite builds
First resin kit
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- Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 00:19
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- Published on Thursday, 08 January 2015 02:00
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Bronco's new Loyd Carrier No.2 Mk II in 1/35.
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