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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Lockheed F-94C, Maquette Lindberg au 1/55
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:51:37 PM »
I remember this kit, we have one in showcase of our flying club in Kruševac, its markings was ebross in plastic

No, mate, you speak of the Revell kit.
http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/forum/makete-aviona-aircraft-modeling/lockheed-f-94c-starfire-revell-155-1953/new/#new

Jicéhem :-wave

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Aircraft Modeling / Lockheed F-94C Starfire, Revell, 1/55, 1953
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:49:16 PM »
Hello mates, :-salut

This kit was originally edited in 1953 and I present you a re-edition of the year 1987 without any change or improvement. Markings are embossed on the surface of the kit.
Tha artwork on the box :


The interior of the cockpit is made of only one part comprising pilots, seat, instrument panel, etc. An excellent exercise of painting !
Some pictures of the finished kit painted with Rub n'Buff.
I had to improve air intakes.






Jicéhem :-wave


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Aircraft Modeling / Northrop SM-62A Snark, Lindberg, 1/48.
« on: December 04, 2018, 05:18:50 PM »
Hello mates :-salut

My most recent build of a Lindberg kit : the Northrop SM-62 Snark in 1/48 scale.

In 1946, the USA lauched the study of intercontinental missiles for two reasons : firstly, they considered that heavy bombers will be soon obsolete because of the progress in defensive armament and, secondly this type of missile should be reality thanks to the improvement of turbo-jet engines.
Northrop was almost the only one firm to respond the demand...
Althoug being a pilotless machine, the missile is registered in the bomber category being designated "Northrop B-62". That has been also the case for B-61 to B-65, B-67, B-68, B-72, B-75, B-76 to B-78, B-80, B-83 and B-87, originally bombers, becoming missiles as TM-61 Matador, SM-62 Snark, GAM-63 Rascal, SM-64 Navaho, SM-65 Atlas (rocket), GAM-67 Crossbow, SM-68 Titan (rocket), GAM-72 Quail, SM-75 Thor (rocket), TM-76 Mace, GAM-77 Hound Dog (then AGM-28), SM-78 Jupiter (rocket), SM-80 Minuteman (rocket), GAM-83 Bullpup (air to air nuclear missile) et GAM-87 Skybolt.
First models of the Snark (a word made of contraction of Snake and Shark and imagined by Lewis Carrol) were designated Northrop N-25 that were a little sorter than the definitive Snark with a lenght of 15,90 m (49.21 ft) and a wingspan of 12,80 m (39.37 ft). First launches took place in April, 1951. N-25 were propulsed by an Allison J33 turbojet and take-off is assisted by two Aerojet General boosters developpeing a total 21 t (46,300 lb) of thrust.
(Apart from notification all photos via Sentry Books)


A special machine for the booster trials :


The first launch of the definitive model (N-69A, now with a length of 20,42 m (67 ft)) took place on 6 August, 1953 (another date is : 3 June, 1954)
Snark was a semi-tailless airplane and horizontal tailplane was replaced by "spoilers" on the uppersurfaces of the main wing.


The new XSM-62 Snark is powered by a  J71 turbojet and take-off is assisted by two Aerojet General of 47 t (about 103,000 lb)
A total of 66 XSM-62A and 51 operationnal SM-62A have been produced.
To avoid the destruction of experimental machines, early test vehicles were fitted with retractable skids for recovery following evaluation flights. Those XSM-62 were painted red with white stripes.





Photo USAF Museum

Operationnal pre-series Snaks :


Standard operationnal Snarks have an elongated fusemage by 21 cm (about 8.3 inch) because of the atomic load W-139-Y. Turbojets is now the Pratt & Whitney J-57 de 5,5 t (12,125 lb) of thrust permitting the Snark to attain Mach 0,93 at an altitude of 20 000 m (65,600 ft) and at a weight of 30 t (66,150 lb). Jato is composed of two « boosters » of totaol thrust of 65 t (143,300 lb). Two extra fuel tanks under the wings allowed the Snark to fly on a distance of 8 850 km (5,500 mls). For an identical range, the Snark cost only 1/5 of the price of a Boeing B-52... Snark are deactivated in the year 1961, replaced by the Convair SM-65D Atlas intercontinental missile.




During their operationnal career Snarks were painted satin medium grey (FS 26440) and their markings have variations.
The one that I present you is the Lindberg kit in 1/48 scale. I don't know the exact year of its first edition. The kit is the reproduction of an XSM-62A and I had to modify it to obtain an SM-62A by suppressing the tail parachute-brake and by improving the tailplane of the extra fuel tanks. Markings are made of parts of decals and apart from the stars, they are little oversized.
















In the box, a crawler tractor is supplied, but it is not advisable for the operationnal Snarks. A Kaiser Jeep M34 tractor is needed that I got in the object of a fire truck from Solido, in 1/50, that I completely unsettled, repainted and modified:


Jicéhem :-wave

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Aircraft Modeling / McDonnell F-88 Voodoo, Lindberg, 1/48, 1955
« on: December 04, 2018, 03:33:54 PM »
Hello mates :-salut

A Lindberg kit of a very few-known airplane, the McDonnell F-88 Voodoo.
Studied as as an escort-fighter, the F-88 was cancelled abandonned the USAF abandonned the escort-fighter... But the formula will be retained later for the second plane named Voodoo, the F-101.
This kit is already to be seen in the 1955 catalog of Lindberg. Its assembly is near perfect ans surface detail is excellent. Cockpit includes a beautiful pilot in anti-G and high altitude suit abd a beautiful ejection seat.
The kit was built almost oob with actual decals which are of high quality. I suppressed only the anemometric nose boom replaced by a more classic pitot tube under the nose :
The first box with artwork by Ray Gaedke representing the first prototype without post-combustion but with six 20 mm guns :


I represented the second prototype s/n 46-526 :












Jicéhem :-wave

 

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Aircraft Modeling / Lockheed XF-104 Starfighter, Lindberg, 1/48
« on: December 04, 2018, 03:14:04 PM »
Hello mates, :-salut

Here is the Lindberg's F-104 Starfighter named "Nato Fighter" in the 1960s.
The box that I got when I was a teenager with the artwork by Ray Gaedke. :


In the year 2000 I got a "motorized" version of the kit ibcluding an eletric motor reproducing the jet sound. Originally the kit had an ejection seat which operated downwards as on the real plane.
This box is dated 1965 :


As the kit represents no standard F-104G Starfighter but being near of a prototype I decided to convert it into one of the two XF-104 Starfighter. The task was to modify the air intakes of the jet engine and to move forward the nose undercarriage :








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Aircraft Modeling / Lockheed F-94C, Maquette Lindberg au 1/55
« on: December 04, 2018, 02:50:56 PM »
Hello mates :-salut

Although being included in the "quarter inch" series, this kit is actually in 1/55 scale...
I built this kit (my second one) in Decemner, 1990. I built already one in the years 1957-1958.
It's a very simple kit even without wheel wells !
The artwork by Ray Gaedke :


The notice in French language from a time when Lindberg kits were also produced in France by "les Jouets rationnels"  :



I improved the air intakes and omitted the rockets containers of the leading edge wings.












Jicéhem :-wave

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Aircraft Modeling / Douglas XA4D-1 Skyhawk, Maquette Lindberg, 1/48
« on: December 04, 2018, 11:40:07 AM »
Hello mates,

Another vintage kit from Lindberg built in April, 1996 : Douglas XF4D-1 Skyhawk.
This kit appeared in 1954 or 1955.
The artwork by Ray Gaedke :


In some respects this kit is not accurate, such as the shape of the delta-wing (but the rendering is not bad) and particularly the nose undercarriage leg that I changed against a more accurate one :






Jicéhem :-wave

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Aircraft Modeling / Douglas X-3 Stiletto, Lindberg, 1955, 1/48
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:54:01 AM »
Hi mates :-salut

I built one when I was a teenager and a second one in March, 1996. This is this latter one that I present you.
This is a very basic kit made of only 27 parts... and the kit, although containing a twin turbo-jet, is of the type which we look through.
But, for the time, pilot and seat are beautiffully reproduced.
This the reason why I completed it inside :
1) Scheme to improve fuselage interior :


2)Other details :



The artwork by Ray Gaedke : wings are blue because this artwork has been made from a photograph of the X-3 on which sky reflected in the moror-like wings...


The kit :














Jicéhem :-wave



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Aircraft Modeling / Convair XFY-1 Pogo, Lindberg, 1/48
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:19:50 AM »
Hi mates, :-salut

Another vintage kit, one of my oldest built (before 1979).
Contrary to what has been written by some "experts", this kit is well in 1/48 scale. It must be said that Aurora's one in the "quarter inch" series is in fact in 1/53 scale !




Jicéhem :-wave


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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Heinkel He 177 Greif Revell 1/72
« on: December 03, 2018, 06:48:49 PM »
Hello :-salut

At 2:15 this photo is a fake; it's the plane captured by the French at Toulouse and then delivered to the RAE. The photo has been retouched and the Vkz is inaccurate. The dark color on the rudder is the overpainting of the French three colors : blue, white and red.
RAF markings :
Orinal markings :


French markings with the tri-colored rudder :


British markings with the overpainted rudder :
 

And, finally, the fake German markings and addition of defensive armament and flying bombs..;


Jicéhem :-wave



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Aircraft Modeling / Junkers Ju 88 A-5, Lindberg, 1/64
« on: December 03, 2018, 10:46:06 AM »
Hello all :-salut

I built this kit in 2012 (finished in July).
It appeared between 1956 and 1964. Although it's not announced on the box, this kit represents the Junkers Ju 88 A-5 and is in 1/64 scale. I built it out of the box to find again the enjoyment that I had to built it when I was a teenager at a time when almost nothing was known upon German planes of WW2.
Vintage unuseable decals have been replaced by new ones to represent à plane of 3./KG 30.




















Jicéhem :-wave

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Aircraft Modeling / Heinkel He 111 K, Lindberg, 164
« on: December 03, 2018, 10:02:17 AM »
Hello all :-salut

Here is a new vintage kit that I built some months ago and finally finished in April 2018.
The scale is 1/64. It's impossible to tell what real version it is and it's the reason why I called it He 111 K K=Krieg or war in English). It must be said that at the beginning of the hidden Luftwaffe, military versions of "civil" aircraft were called "K version".
The kit is not very accurate and although appearing after 1958 in the Lindberg's catalogs I think it's older because compared to kits of 1958 it appears not to be "modern".
Wingspan is to the announced 1/64 scale but the too long glazed nose makes the fuselage to be at 1/60 scale ; the fuselage itself without the glazed nose is actually to 1/64 scale !
Apart of being in white, markings are accurate for the 9,/KG 1 Hindenburg. Old unuseable decals have been changed against modern ones.












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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Heinkel He 177 Greif Revell 1/72
« on: December 02, 2018, 09:42:09 AM »
Hello Mate,

It look like it was able to carry three guided bombs?

Yes, it was.
Jicéhem :-wave

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Heinkel He 177 Greif Revell 1/72
« on: December 01, 2018, 10:58:56 PM »
Hi mate, :-salut

Very beautiful job. Bravo !

Another very interesting "Greif", a photo of which I sent you where it is seen before becoming French ans now with new identity :
www.letletlet-warplanes.com/forum/makete-aviona-aircraft-modeling/heinkel-he-177-a-5-by-airfix-(172)/msg44899/#msg44899

Jicéhem :-wave

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Vought F4U-5N Corsair, Lindberg, 1/48
« on: December 01, 2018, 10:52:43 PM »
I think that the oldest kit here is the Vought F7U-1 Cutlass also by Lindberg :
www.letletlet-warplanes.com/forum/makete-aviona-aircraft-modeling/chance-vought-f7u-1-cutlass/msg36026/#msg36026

Jicéhem :-wave

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