A SOC-3 Seagull embarked on USS Mississippi (BB-41): SITREP 3 11/4/18

The Hasegawa SOC-3 Seagull

In a departure from my usual post WWII aircraft interest, I decided to build a SOC-3 Seagull: one of the last bi-planes to serve in the US Navy and Marine Corps. I've had a passing interest in the SOC Seagull since my friend Bill Blackmore asked me to build two 1/96 scale resin Seagulls for his USS Nevada model way back in 2001.  You can read about the that here:  Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull.

 I decided to build the SOC Seagull in the yellow-wing scheme prevalent between the wars. I chose the USS Mississippi embarked aircraft because the Mississippi was my fathers first ship when he enlisted in 1950. By that time, however, it was re-designated as AG-128 and used as a test platform for new weapons and sensors. Yeah, it's a tenuous link.

Along with the Hasegawa kit, I bought the Yellow-Wings decal sheet 72-013, the Starfighter-Decals cockpit resin set 72-15 and the E-Z Rigging set PE-08, as well as the Radial Wheels & Engines resin P&W-1340 Wasp engi…

BARE METAL FINISH (BMF) Scrimmage (SEPT 3 '18 update)

Foil and AlcladI have several model kits requiring  a bare metal finish (BMF) I'd like to do, but I've held off because I'm, consistently, disappointed in the finish of my BMF models.  I have been unable to get a finish that looks like this:
Official USAF photo

My future F-100D, F-104C & B-58A models all require the shiny, very reflective finish that I have been unable to achieve using various brands of BMF lacquers.

Alclad does a great job simulating a BMF like this aged cold warrior:

Official USAF photo

The different, but subtle,  shades and hues can all be replicated by Alclad.  As everyone knows, the plastic prep & plastic surface are the keys to a realistic BMF using lacquers.  Yeah, that's my favorite part of model crafting....groan. 

So, off and on I've embarked on a BMF practice session.  I have an antique Airfix F-84F in the MPC box that I'm going to cover in kitchen aluminum foil, and a Dragon Jian J-5 which is the Chinese copy of the MiG-17. I'…

F-4D Phantom II with LASER guided bombs

This Model depicts the F-4D Phantom II, number 69-7709 of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing stationed at Ubon Royal Thai AFB supporting the "Operation Linebacker" in May 1972. This aircraft led the first successful laser guided Bomb attack of the Linebacker campaign. The kit is the  Fujimi F-4D with the laser guided bombs, AN/ALQ-87 ECM pods and Pave Knife laser designator from the Hasegawa Weapons kits, and the decals came from Wolfpak decal sheet 72-015.   The kit was painted with Testors Model-Master enamels and weather with chalk pastels.


CAVETE CATTAM (Beware the Cat)

The EC-121R Super Constellation
This Model depicts the EC-121R, number: 67-21473 stationed at Korat Royal Thai AFB supporting the "Operation Igloo White" circa 1971. This model is the Heller Warning Star kit modified to the EC-121R configuration by adding the various ECM, HF, VHF, and UHF antennas and deleting the top and bottom radomes.   The flaps, flap wells and tires are resin parts from Fisher Models. The kit was painted with Testors Model-Master enamels and weather with chalk pastels. The figure, maintenance stand and fire extinguisher came from Hasegawa accessory kits.

The base display consists of a medium size poster frame, a plotter print of the surveyor's  plat of Korat RAFB, a patch for the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing, a USAF period patch, USAF pilot wings and a placard.



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The Linebacker campaign introduced Laser Guided Bombs FINAL SITREP 30 JUNE 18

F-4D laser bomber
I found a started Fujimi F-4D Phantom II kit on the shelf of doom.   I've decided to build it as a laser bomber in the 1972 Linebacker campaign in the final throws of US involvement in Vietnam.  

A little background:

US Air Force photo
" On the first day of Linebacker, sixteen McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing "Wolfpack" based at RTAFB Ubon in Thailand armed with 2,000 lb electro-optically guided bombs attacked the Paul Doumer Bridge that linked the port city of Haiphong with the capital of Hanoi over the Red River. The weapon systems officers (WSOs) in the back seat of the Phantoms used a TV screen to display the image from the TV camera in the nose of the bomb. Picking out a sharp contrast point between light and dark, the WSOs selected the aim points on the bridge and the bombs were on their way after the dropping aircraft turned for safety. Every electro-optical bomb missed, with the bombs locking on the shadow of t…