Here is a F/A-18C of VMFA-251 in OIF at Al Jaber, Kuwait During March of 2003.
For this Hasegawa kit I used the High Flight resin wing-flap set, 2-Bobs decals
and assorted Hasegawa weapons sets.
The weathering is careful painting and
I built this model for my Marine son when he thought he might like to fly for the Marines. Even though he decided to take another career field, it adorns his desk. I can't think of a better place for it!
Operation Igloo White Igloo White was a covert United States joint military electronic warfare operation conducted from late January 1968 until February 1973, during the Vietnam War. These missions were carried out by the 553d Reconnaissance Wing, a U.S. Air Force unit flying modified EC-121R Warning Star aircraft, and VO-67, a specialized U.S. Navy unit flying highly modified OP-2E Neptune aircraft. This state-of-the-art operation utilized electronic sensors, computers, and communications relay aircraft in an attempt to automate intelligence collection. The system would then assist in the direction of strike aircraft to their targets. The objective of those attacks was the logistical system of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) that snaked through southeastern Laos and was known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail (the Truong Son Road to the North Vietnamese)." (1)
EC-121R Warning Star; call sign "Batcat" Master Sergeant Roman G. Contos, USAF; - U. S. Air Force photo KE 3517…
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…
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…