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Martin B-57 Canberra
Bombers in Vietnam
With builds from Mario Serelle
and Mark Goldby

Model Aircraft Extra


56  Typically Tropical
Gerry Doyle builds the 1:48 Revell Spitfire Mk Vc

Jump-Jet Joy!
12  Casemate
Competition
Henschel Hs 126

T
he arrival of the Kinetic the VSTOL world, and with the arrival
Harrier T.8 caused much of the second-generation GR.5/7/9/
excitement in the editorial AV-8B, the Harrier had become one
office, as, as you may have of the most potent warplanes of
gathered, the Harrier in all the day. But, behind every front-line
its forms is one of my favourite aircraft there is a training version to
aircraft. This love affair with the be found, and enter Kinetic with their
‘jump-jet’ goes way back to the Harrier T.2/T.2A/T.4N/T.4/T.4N/T.8 and
earliest days with the P.1127, and the TAV-8A two-seater. MAM contributor
then bagged 1:72 Airfix kit. I was Alan Kelley was quickly commissioned
just fascinated at how this aircraft by Kinetic to build one of these new 48  X-Files Flight
could fly, and when it emerged as the Harrier kits for display on their stand at IPMS Scale Craig Boon looks at the 1:72 Platz X-47B UCAV
GR.1 my fascination continued. Oft derided for its Modelworld 2017, and we are privileged to
abilities, and once quoted as ‘not being able to now have Alan’s build gracing the cover, and as
carry a matchbox over a football field’ the Harrier the leading feature in this issue. For all Harrier
matured into the GR.1, then GR.3, which went enthusiasts, we hope that Kinetic continue the
into combat in the Falkland Islands. Purchased by theme, and bring out a GR.1/3/AV-8A, and then
the USMC and the Spanish and Thai Navy’s, the maybe a GR.5/7/9/AV-8B/NA/2+ soon! Returning
first generation of Harrier opened many eyes to to this issue, and along with the Harrier we have
another eclectic mix of superb model projects to
bring you, which I trust you will find of interest,
and all that remains for me to do now is to start
building a Kinetic T-Bird and say…..

Happy modelling

Andy

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64  Fear the Bones

VOLUME 17 ISSUE 02
Ben Hinton delves into the 1:48 Hasegawa
F/A-18F Super Hornet from VFA-103

6  SHAR School 16  Combat Edge – 24  Daphne the Pirate 28  Aviation Datafile #1


Alan Kelley looks at the new 1:48 ‘Venom’ James Ashton looks at weathering The Fairey Gannet
Kinetic two-seat Harrier, and builds The Bell UH-1Y in detail and in scale the 1:32 Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage
and all-black Royal Navy T.8 version Corsair

52  Dawn of the Gustav 60  Contra-Rotating 68  Radar Raider 74  Mig Masterclass -


James Cann looks at the 1:48 Eduard ASW! James Ashton looks at the 1:32 ‘Victory 103’
Bf 109-G6 Early kit Vitor Costa builds the 1:72 Revell Fw190 A-8/R11  In the second of our ‘Jolly Rogers’
Trumpeter Fairey Gannet Super Hornet builds, Mario Serelle
uses AMMO by MIG products to paint
and weather the 1:48 Hasegawa kit

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SHAR School
Alan Kelley looks at the new 1:48 Kinetic two-seat Harrier, and
builds and all-black Royal Navy T.8 version

T
he two-seat family of Harriers were T-Harrier
developed for training purposes, and Manufacturer: Kinetic
while the RAF used the T.2 and T.4 Scale: 1:48
versions, the T.4N and T.8 were used Kit Type: plastic injection moulded with etch
to train Sea Harrier pilots, the T.4 being Kit Number: 48040
used for the FRS.1 and the T.8 for the F/A-2. This
new release from Kinetic includes all four of the
above listed variants, with options for a Spanish build this kit from a pre-production sample,
and Thai TAV-8S, and a US Marines Corps TAV- for his stand at IPMS Scale Modelworld. As it
8A. The kit itself comprises of around 300 parts was a sample, my kit arrived in a plain brown
in light grey plastic, with twenty clear pieces box, all the parts being unlabelled,
and a small etched fret. The superb, all new and no instructions or colour
decal sheet is huge, designed by CrossDelta and information. However,
printed by Cartograph. I was approached by MAM editor Andy
Raymond Chung from Kinetic, after he had seen
my F-18B Hornet, which appeared in a previous
issue of MAM, and asked would I be willing to

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Kinetic are on to a real
winner with this kit!
I added a few more
details to the cockpit…

…and the rear bulkhead

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The main wheel and


airbrake housing

The fuselage
fitted ready for
the wings

The ejector seats with


tape straps added…..

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Evans very kindly sent me a copy of the now out couple of quite noticeable ejector pin marks and airbrake housing, and primed them

SHAR SCHOOL
of print SAM Publications Sea Harrier Datafile in the rear cockpit, so I covered these with a primed them using Mr Surfacer Grey 1200,
book – which has operational information and little Evergreen strip, and added a little detail and completed the look with a coat of Hataka
walk-around and cockpit details of the gloss to the rear port side bulkhead. I then painted Hobby Orange Line White. I then added
black T.8 I was going to build - and this proved the cockpit using Mr Hobby H317 Grey, and the various details in and finished off with
invaluable as the build progressed. weathered it using a homemade wash of a black wash to make the details ‘pop’ a bit
So, onto the construction, and as usual I Johnson’s ‘Klear’, water and Tamiya XF-1 Black. more. Some of the Kinetic moulding is really
decided to start with the cockpit. Being a pre- Highlights were then added using the Hataka clever, notably the one-piece nozzles which
production kit the detail on the instrument Blue line acrylics. are all connected by a rotating mechanism.
panels was a bit shallow, but this will be The kit ejector seats make up into a This needs to be fitted prior to joining the
different I am sure on the production models. reasonable representation of the Martin Baker fuselage halves together. The intake is also
However, for someone like myself, who Mk9E’s used in the type, however, if you are very well moulded, and the way Kinetic have
likes to add as much detail to the panels as making the US version, you will need to use designed it to fit in place, it actually holds the
possible, I decided to use my RP Toolz Punch Stencel seats. The etch belts are a little on fuselage sides together without any glue.
and Die set to create some new instruments the basic side, so I added some additional The fuselage was joined up, and I added the
from Evergreen sheet styrene, to replace straps using Tamiya tape. I painted the seats
the instruments on the panel. I was really by spraying a primer coat of Mr Surfacer Black
pleased with how these looked, but at that 1500, then dry brushing a coat of Dark Grey
stage I realised I had corrected the wrong over the raised details, and adding any final
panels, as I had been using the set intended details with Hataka Hobby shades. The final
for an earlier T.4N, based on the for the FRS.1 touches were added using Ammo by MIG
cockpit, as opposed to the T.8 and the F/A-2. Oilbrushers, which blended beautifully. I then
However, I bit the bullet and progressed just needed to add a couple of placards, and
anyway, painting the details in using Hataka the decals on the headrests.
Hobby Blue Line acrylic paints. There were a I built up the well detailed wheel wells

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various aerials and antennae at this stage, as I would not want


to risk the gloss Black paint by adding them at a later stage. The
wing fit is perfect, and this slotted neatly into place with just a …and suitably
touch of glue along the edges. painted and
detailed
The entire model was then primed using Alclad Black Primer
and Microfiller and followed this with various grades of
Micromesh Polishing Cloths, to buff the surface up
ready for the gloss Black paint. For this I chose to use
Mr Hobby Aqueous Gloss Black, which was thinned
with Hataka Hobby Thinners. This, in my honest
opinion, is the best thinner on the market, and
the gloss Black coat went down perfectly. Once
dry this was set aside to harden prior to adding
the decals. As noted, the Kinetic decals are
superb, and these went, on using Micro Sol
without any problems, with no silvering
whatsoever. I then set aside the model,
and went about building up the
sub-assemblies. First up were
the wheels and landing gear.
The wheels were the usual
Kinetic two-piece design;
however, they could perhaps
have done with a tread pattern or
other surface detail on the tyres. As I
wanted to keep this model as close to
out of the box as possible I chose not to
replace them.

I chose to use Mr Hobby


Aqueous Gloss Black for the
main colour

The decals are designed by


CrossDelta…

….and printed by
Cartograph

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The competed look of the
cockpit……

….and glazing

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rather than following the instructions.


If showing the canopied open, these
The wing outriggers are neatly attach on the side of the fuselage, into
moulded with ground-locks fitted, little slots moulded into the plastic, and this
and I painted the outriggers White does not have the strongest joint in the world.
and added the Red for the ground-locks. Again, as this was just a pre-production kit, I
The inner pylons provided are sadly of did not have the final version of the clear
the wrong type, as the ones provided in the canopies, so the engraved detonation
sample have a curved leading edge, as found cords were missing- luckily, I found
on the Sea Harrier, however, the ones used a compromise with two complete
on the T-Birds had a straight edge. This was decal versions on the sheet that
relatively easy to fix with the aid of a razor saw came with the FRS.1 kit, but
and a file. I also chose to fit the 190-gallon here front canopy cord is not
drop tanks, although I have retrospectively 100-gallon ones, correct- only two strands
been informed that the T-series used the also included in the kit. as opposed to four on the
The canopies are a little awkward real aircraft. Before all the
to work with. The inner framework of the front sub-assemblies were brought
canopy come as etched pieces and need to be together, I gave the airframe a coat of Hataka
glued onto a central piece of styrene, which Hobby Gloss, and polished it up for a very
and I found it quite difficult to glue into place. shiny appearance.
Perhaps the sides would be easier to add first, All in all, this kit is superb and I really
enjoyed the challenge of putting it all
together. Raymond and the team at Kinetic are
on to a real winner with this one! MA

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UH-1Y ‘Venom’ COMBAT EDGE


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T
he UH-1Y Venom is a twin-engine,
medium-sized utility helicopter, built by
Bell under the ‘H-1 Upgrade Program’
for the US Marine Corps. The UH-1Y
was to have been remanufactured
from UH-1Ns, but in 2005, it was approved for
the aircraft to be built as new. After entering
service in 2008, the UH-1Y is currently in full-rate
production to replace the USMC’s ageing fleet
of UH-1Ns, first introduced in the early 1970s. In
1996, the USMC launched the aforementioned
‘H-1 Upgrade Program’ by signing a contract
with Bell to upgrade 100 UH-1Ns into UH-1Ys and
upgrading 180 AH-1Ws to AH-1Zs. This program
created completely modernised their fleet of
attack and utility helicopters, with considerable
design commonality to reduce operating costs.
The UH-1Y and AH-1Z share a common tail-

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boom, engines, rotor system, drivetrain, avionics
architecture, software, controls and displays. The
UH-1Y upgrades pilot avionics to a glass cockpit,
adds further safety modifications, has a ‘Top Owl’
helmet mounted sighting system, night vision
capabilities and provides a modern FLIR system.
However, the biggest improvement is an increase
in engine power, by replacing the engines and
the two-bladed rotor system with four composite
blades.
The Y-model updates have been central to
Marine Corps aviation in Iraq, and the aircraft
has been used for command and control,
escort, reconnaissance, troop transport,
medical evacuation and close air support. The
forward-mounted weaponry of the UH-1Z Cobra
combined with the door guns of the UH-1Y
provides a 240° field of fire to protect and support
Marines on the ground, and the Corps plans to
buy 160 UH-1Y-models to replace their inventory
of N-models. Compared to the UH-1N, the UH-1Y-
has an increased payload, almost 50% greater
range, a reduction in vibration and a higher

cruise speed. The UH-1Y and AH-1Z completed


its developmental testing in early 2006, and later
were transferred to the Operational Test Unit
at the NAS Patuxent River, where they began
operational evaluation (OPEVAL) trials. On 8
August 2008, the Marine Corps certified the UH-
1Y as operationally capable and it was deployed
for the first time in January 2009 as part of the
aviation combat element of the 13th Marine
Expeditionary Group. The Venom helicopter can
be armed with 12.7-mm or 7.62-mm machine
guns, or 7.62-mm Gatling guns installed in the
open doors on either side of the fuselage. Also, it
can carry pods with Hydra 70 rockets or APKWS
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Fred Vergneres builds the 1:48 Kitty Hawk UH-1Y

D
espite its kinship with the famous ‘Venom’ to their catalogue release of the Viper, UH-1Y Venom
‘Iroquois’, the UH-1Y ‘Venom’ remains it is harnessed integrated the Venom in its Manufacturer : Kitty Hawk
by far one of the most modern and catalogue. The Chinese brand thus covers, at Scale : 1 :48
potent aircraft in the US helicopter little cost, part of the rotating sails of the United Kit Type : Plastic injection moulded
fleet, with composite blades and full- States Marine Corps Aviation. Kit Number : KH80124
screen avionics. In addition to its performance, For this build I am using the 1:48 Kitty
the selection of the twin-turbine by the Marines Hawk kit, with some scratch building and
in 2008 follows on from the commonality of the Eduard Big ED 49138 Set and a GAU-17A run kit, and required a little work and test
parts with their AH-1Z ‘Viper’, in fact, more than ‘Sabre’ gun from Live Resin. At first glance, fitting to get them into shape. For the interior,
80% of the components are common between the model looks pretty good with some fine I used elements from the Eduard kit and
the two machines. Kitty Hawk, has, after the engraving and numerous excellent details. some scratch building, and using reference
release of the AH-1 ‘Viper’ kit, now added the However, some parts are at the limit of a short photographs I added internal racks and
recreated the quilted internal soundproofing

I opted for an aircraft that served in Afghanistan in fabric using tape. The cockpit has also received
some treatment, including the use of the
2014 from the Werner’s Wings decals sheet Eduard Zoom set for the dashboard. The
air intakes required a lot of adjustment and

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finishing to remove the joints, and three layers
of Mr Surfacer was needed to remove these
unsightly areas. While the instructions do not
recommend it, do not forget to add some nose
weight as you may end up with a tilted bird!
I also added interest to the lower glazing by
adding plastic card and GWH rivets.
Onto the painting stage now the model was
first covered with layer of Mr Surfacer 1500,
followed by a Brown pre-shade. Then a base
shade of Gunze H308 has applied. Followed
by shade of Gunze H308 has applied, followed
by. I needed to be careful with the application

watercolour pencils and I added a diluted


Black-Brown shade the hot parts of the nozzles
to simulate the exhaust fumes. However, be
of this shade as I needed to achieve soft edge. careful here as the Marines are doing a pretty
Once the painting was completed, and a coat good job of maintaining their aircraft!
of Gloss was applied, and the decals were put Once the main rotor and tail rotor were
in place. I opted for an aircraft that served in installed, the model was almost finished, and
Afghanistan in 2014 from the Werner’s Wings after a final light wash of H346 ‘Rough Sand’,
decals sheet. and coat of Matt sealed everything in. I also
Once this step was completed, various decided to add a cover on one of the front
washes were added to highlight the panel pitots, as well as on the air intakes to add a
lines and details. To do this I used several splash of colour to my grey-machine
shades from Windsor & Newton including This kit took quite a while to finish, and I
Natural Shadow, Payne Grey and Yellow Ochre. would not recommend it to the beginner,
I also used Brown Wash from Ammo by MIG. however, with a little effort and experience
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Daphne the

Pirate
James Ashton looks at weathering the 1:32 Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair

W
ith the latest release of the 1:32 F4U-1D version by Tamiya, I had
the opportunity recently to revisit the original F4U-1 Birdcage
edition of this outstanding kit. Every one of these Tamiya
1:32 models are, as most of us know the very pinnacle of
injection moulding, with breath-taking detail and ease
of construction. No matter how long these kits have been released,
it is always a pleasure to build one of these inspirational models.
It is not without reason that we modellers, have coined
the phrase ‘shake and bake’ with regard to the ease
with which they go together. So, despite their
complexity, even a relative beginner can
still produce a model to be
proud of if the

F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair


Manufacturer: Tamiya
Scale: 1:32
Kit Type: Plastic injection moulded
Kit Number: 60324

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instructions are followed carefully. For me, makers we have never had it so good with both the finish and open more methods of
the painting and weathering of a model has all the weathering products available from weathering. Even the different paint mediums
always been my favourite aspect of this hobby, various manufacturers. However, at the end available such as acrylics, lacquers and
as it is how a static plastic model becomes of the day if cost is a prohibitive factor in your enamels will determine the approach you
almost a living representation of the subject. case there are some simple basic mediums use, such as chipping effects. For example, on
There are many methods to weathering that are always easy to obtain and will last a ‘Daphne C’ I laid down a metal lacquer base
and painting and it is often the case that long time. Bear in mind though that as with coat such as ‘Alclad II’ Aluminium, then using
you find your own level and comfort zone most things the cost of products is Ammo by MIG ‘Chipping Fluid’ (hairspray
depending on many factors. The tools and often indicative of quality. So, get can also be used) which was applied and
products available to you, for example the best quality products you then left to dry for about five to ten minutes
will often dictate the technique can afford such as oil paints and (depending on the room temperature and
you develop. It is true to pigments, as this will make how heavily you apply it). I then sprayed on
say that as model weathering easier and more a light coat of Tamiya XF4 (acrylic paints, not
satisfying. I have seen some lacquer or enamels are needed for this to
excellent finishes using brushes, work) which was left to dry but not harden
although I would recommend for another five to ten minutes (a hairdryer
investing in a good quality
airbrush, as this will improve

Good references are always useful when


weathering, as it is true to say that it is a subjective
and artistic technique

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can be used to speed the drying times). Then be placed in a Pacific Island diorama faded pattern, and then fixed with a light coat of
using a flat brush water is applied and gently and chipped paint along with oil stains and varnish. The airframe was dusted using a soft
worked into the surface using circular and dust are all part of the heavy weathering brush with most of the pigment removed,
straight strokes. Do not scrub or apply too that these aircraft suffered from. Pigments like ‘dry brushing’ with paint. Do not apply
much water as this will remove too much of are an effective way of simulating mud, sand to the entire airframe, just pick out various
the paint. You are trying to achieve a random and dust as it can be used wet or dry. Heavy areas randomly and in particular areas of
effect where the metal shows through amounts of Alclad Warpigs Sand was used footfall. Also, give some consideration to how
the primer coat. When you are happy, the on the tyres, brushed off to expose the tread the dust would move around the underside
process can be repeated using the top-coat
colour. Sometimes I seal each layer with an
enamel varnish such as Alclad II Klear Kote
as this prevents further deterioration of the
underlying layers. It does take practice and
patience but I personally think it gives the
most authentic layered chipping effects as
would occur in real life.
Scratches can be applied using a
cocktail stick or a firmer brush, just
allow the paint to cure a little longer
when using these tools. Good
references are always useful when
weathering as it is true to say that it
is a subjective and artistic technique.
However, depending on many factors
such as environment, maintenance
and combat, certain areas and effects
will be common to various parts of
the airframe. As my example was to

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and leading edges due to the airflow of the


propeller and what would be thrown-up
from the ground. Above all just practice and
enjoy weathering and you will gain both
confidence and satisfaction from the results.
As I said at the beginning kits such as these
Tamiya masterpieces make the construction
so simple and stress-free that they inspire the
artist in you. Once you build a model like this
and place it next to your other earlier or clean
work it becomes apparent what a difference it
makes to the authentic look of the subject. It
also inspires you to get into making bases and
dioramas in which to set them. MA

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Aviation Datafile #1

The Fairey Gannet


T
he Fairey Gannet was originally Gannet underwent a significant redesign Mamba engine, directly behind the gearbox
developed to meet the Fleet Air that saw a new version of the Double Mamba and propellers. The second crew member
Arms dual-role anti-submarine installed, a new radome mounted under was seated under a separate canopy directly
and strike requirement. It was the aircraft, the tailfin increased in area, the behind the pilot. After the prototype, a second
later adapted for operations as an undercarriage lengthened and the weapons observer was included, in his own cockpit over
electronic countermeasures aircraft as well bay removed. A total of forty-four aircraft (plus the wing trailing edge. This addition disturbed
and an airborne early warning platform, along a single prototype) of the AEW.3 version was the airflow over the horizontal stabiliser,
with many other second-line tasks. After produced. The pilot was seated well forward, requiring small finlets on either side.
considering and discounting the Rolls-Royce conferring a good view over the nose for The Gannet’s wings folded in two places to
Tweed turboprop, Fairey selected an engine carrier operations, and sat over the Double form a distinctive’ Z-shape’ on each side. The
based on the Armstrong Siddeley Mamma
turboprop – the Double Mamba the which
featured two engines mounted side-by-side
and coupled through a common gearbox to
coaxial contra-rotating propellers. Power was
transmitted from each engine by a torsion
shaft which was engaged through a series of
sun, planet, epicyclic and spur gears to give a
suitable reduction ratio and correct propeller-
shaft rotation. The Double Mamba engine
could be run with one Mamba stopped to
conserve fuel and extend endurance for cruise
flight, and the exhausts were situated on
either side of the fuselage.
In 1958, the Gannet was selected to
replace Skyraider in the AEW role, and to
accommodate the systems required, the

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first fold was upward, at about a third of the shock absorber caused the Gannet to have demarcation line running from the nose
wingspan where the inboard anhedral (down- a distinctive nose-high attitude, a common behind the propeller spinner in a straight line
sweep) changed to the outboard dihedral characteristic of carrier aircraft. In FAA service, to then curve and join the line of the fin. Code
(up-sweep) of the wing (described as an the Gannet generally wore the standard numbers were typically painted on the side
inverted gull-wing). The second wing fold camouflage scheme of a Sky (duck-egg blue) of the fuselage ahead of the wing, with the
was downward, at about two-thirds of the underside and fuselage sides, with Extra roundel and serial markings were behind the
wingspan. Also, the length of the nose wheel Dark Sea Grey upper surfaces, the fuselage wing. The T.2 and T.5 trainers were finished in
silver overall, with a yellow ‘trainer band’ on
rear fuselage and wings.
The Gannet’s wings folded in two places to form a The prototype first flew on 19 September
1949 and made the first deck landing by
distinctive’ Z-shape’ on each side turboprop aircraft aboard HMS Illustrious on
19 June 1950, by Lt Cmdr. G Callingham.

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After a further change in operational Heaton Chapel and Manchester Airport.  By from RN AS.1s and T.2s) in 1959. Some
requirements, with the addition of a radar the mid-1960s, the AS.1s and AS.4s had been Gannets were later acquired by various
and extra crew member, the type entered replaced by the Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 other countries. West Germany also bought
production in 1953 and initial deliveries were helicopter, however, Gannets continued as fifteen Gannet AS.4s and one T.5 in 1958,
made of the AS.1 version at RNAS Ford in ECM aircraft with ECM.6. Some AS.4s were and operated these with the anti-submarine
April 1954. A T.2 trainer variant WN365 first converted to COD.4s for Carrier On-board squadron Marinefliegergerschwader 2 from
flew in August 1954, and the Navy’s first Delivery, the aerial supply of mail and light Jagel and Sylt. In 1963, the squadron was
operational Gannet Squadron, No. 826 NAS cargo to the fleet. The Royal Australian Navy reassigned to MFG 3 until the Gannets were
was embarked aboard HMS Eagle. A total of purchased thirty-six Gannet AS.1s for use replaced by the Breguet Atlantic in 1966. MA
348 Gannets were built, and production was aboard the HMAS Melbourne, and Indonesia
shared between Fairey’s factories at Hayes, bought several AS.4 and T.5s (re-modelled

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Fairey Gannet AEW.3
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Mirage 2000 evolved into a true multi- of the Mirage 2000N, using
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a number of air forces around the globe. new sensors and control systems. The Mirage
The variants include the Mirage 2000C 2000 has nine hardpoints for carrying weapon
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NIGHT INTRUDERS
Martin B-57 Canberra
Bombers in Vietnam
D
The B-57B – ‘Trail Blazers’
espite its early promise, the USAF was
not very happy with the Martin B-57B
as it was initially produced, as it was
deemed to be inadequate to meet
the night intruder and close support
role for which it had originally been designed.
The target acquisition system was lacking,
the navigational range was too short, the
radio navigation could not recover the aircraft
after strikes, the armament was insufficient,
and the external stores release mechanisms
were all unreliable. In September 1955, the
Air Force organised a three-phase program
to bring the B-57B up to tactical standards. with the AN/APN-59 radar beacon, which was B-57B with the USAF. However, the worsening
Phase 1 installed the low altitude bombing destined never to be installed. Nearing the situation in Indochina led to orders for the
system (LABS), the AN/APS-54 Search Radar, end of its envisaged service life, and with the 8th and 13th Bomb Squadrons of the 3rd BG
and the ALE-2 chaff dispenser. Phase 2 added 3rd BG being inactivated and all its aircraft to deploy to Clark AFB in the Philippines for
the M-1 toss bomb computer and the AN/ being transferred to the Air National Guard, possible action in Vietnam. According to the
APG-31 tie-in equipment, and Phase III dealt this would ordinarily have been the end of the initial plan, twenty B-57Bs of the 8th and 13th
BS were to be deployed to the Bien Hoa air
In June of 1965, the 3rd Bomb Group moved to Da base near Saigon. This would mark the first
deployment of jet combat aircraft to Vietnam.
Nang to carry out night interdiction operations over Initially, the B-57Bs were not cleared for
North Vietnam and Laos actual combat missions, the aircraft being
restricted to unarmed reconnaissance

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missions that were mainly designed to boost that came to be known as ‘Rolling Thunder’. attrition in the B-57 force plus the increasing
the morale of the population. However, actual The usual bomb load on these operations availability of higher performance fighters to
combat was not to be delayed very long. On was nine 500lb bombs carried in the main carry out the air war against the North caused
November 1, 1964, the Viet Cong shelled the weapons bay and four 750lb bombs on the the 3rd BG to be withdrawn from operations
airfield at Bien Hoa with mortars, destroying underwing pylons. In April of 1965, B-57B against the North in October of 1966 and they
five of the B-57s parked there and damaging crews began night interdiction strikes against were relocated to Phan Rang from where they
fifteen others. Further Viet Cong mortar enemy supply lines along the Ho Chi Min Trail. carried out attacks against Communist forces
attacks followed, and on February 19 1965 Eventually, these night interdiction missions in the Central Highlands and supported US
the decision was made to release B-57Bs for extended into North Vietnam, the first such ground troops in the so-called ‘Iron Triangle’.
combat operations. The first such mission attack taking place on April 21, 1965. However, In January of 1968, the 13th Bomb Squadron
took place on that same day, a strike against it was considered too dangerous to fly the was deactivated, and the 8th BS was left in
suspected Viet Cong guerrillas near Bien Gia, usual C-130 flare-deploying aircraft into North permanent residence at Phan Rang. Their main
about thirty-miles east of Saigon. This strike Vietnamese airspace, so each B-57B carried a emphasis was again on night interdictions
was the first time that live ordnance had been set of Mk.24 flares in addition to bombs. against the Ho Chi Minh Trail, however, by July
delivered against an enemy from a USAF jet In June of 1965, the 3rd Bomb Group moved 1969, the 8th BS’s strength was down to only
bomber. The B-57Bs hit North Vietnamese to Da Nang to carry out night interdiction nine aircraft, so it was decided that it was time
territory for the first time on March 2, some operations over North Vietnam and Laos. Their to retire the B-57B from active service. Out of
twenty-five miles north of the DMZ. This principal targets were trucks, storage areas, the ninety-four B-57s that were assigned to
was the first of a series of interdiction strikes bridges, buildings, and AAA sites. Combat the Southeast Asia theatre, fifty-one were lost

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in combat (including fifteen destroyed on the

NIGHT INTRUDERS
ground) and eleven were withdrawn early to
support the B-57G program.

The B-57G – ‘Tropic Moon’


The B-57G was the designation assigned
to sixteen B-57Bs that were modified as
night intruders for use in Vietnam, under
a project known as ‘Tropic Moon’. Late in
1967, three of the 3rd Bombardment Group’s
B-57Bs (52-1518, 52-1580, and 52-3860) were
experimentally fitted with a low light level
television system, carried in a pod underneath
the port wing. Operational trials with this
equipment took place in Southeast Asia
between December 1967 and August 1968,
mostly over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The results
of the trials were sufficiently encouraging that
the USAF awarded a contract to Martin and
Westinghouse to modify sixteen B-57Bs as
night intruders under the designation B-57G.
Early in 1969, the Westinghouse sensor system
was installed in a new nose section designed mounted 20mm cannon were deleted. The once again. The operation of these B-57Gs
by Martin. The new nose contained a low modified aircraft were redesignated B-57G, proved to be expensive, and the aircraft were
light level television camera plus a forward- and they were easily recognizable by their hard to maintain in the field. Nevertheless,
looking infrared (FLIR) set and a laser guidance bulbous ‘chins’. the B-57G was one of the first self-contained
system. This new equipment was operated The 13th Bomb Squadron deployed to all-weather night interdiction bombers to
by a specialist sitting in the rear cockpit. The Ubon in Thailand with eleven B-57Gs in serve with the USAF, and the operations that it
relevant information was fed by the system September of 1970. When it arrived there, carried out in Vietnam provided lots of useful
operator into the pilot’s cockpit so that he it became part of the 8th Tactical Fighter information on follow-on weapons systems.
could select the appropriate combination Wing. They went into action over the Ho The surviving B-57Gs were transferred to the
of weapons to attack the target. This laser Chi Minh Trail using laser-guided smart 190th Bombardment Group (Tactical) of the
guidance system now made it possible to carry bombs, achieving a high level of accuracy. Kansas Air National Guard. They served until
four 500lb ‘smart bombs’ on the underwing Operations with the B-57G continued until 1974, when they were consigned to storage at
pylons, and to compensate for the extra April 1972, when the 13th BS was withdrawn Davis Monthan AFB.
weight of the sensor equipment, the wing- from service in Vietnam and deactivated

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Night Intruder
Mario Serelle builds the 1:72 Italeri B-57B in Vietnam War Colours

F
irst released in 1985, the Italeri B-57 is in FS36231 Grey to match
the only option in 1:72 for an American Martin B-57B Canberra the interior colour. A coat
Canberra. Despite presenting enough Manufacturer: Italeri Black primer followed over
details for a mid-1980s kit I decided Scale: 1:72 the entire model, and then I
to update it using a resin cockpit and Kit Type: Plastic injection moulded started working on the upper
re-scribe all the raised panel lines. Armed with Kit Number: 1387 disruptive camouflage. For this
some sand paper, Dymo tape, a thin metal Xtradecal #X72103 - Martin B-57 Canberra Part 2 build I used the Hataka Vietnam War Set
ruler, electrical tape, templates and scribers I Pavla #C72129 - B-57B Night Bomber HTK-AS09, and working from the lightest
started working on the new panel lines. First to the darkest colour, each shade was first
all the raised details were sanded mixed with White and airbrushed randomly
off the kit’s surface leaving just a the resin cockpit walls to on, to create a ‘marbling’ coat which was
shadow of the original lines, and make it fit in the fuselage followed by the base colours, airbrushed
these would be used as reference and after adding weight in thin layers to create a subtly faded and
for the new ones. When the new in the nose section, the irregular cover. The Tan, Green and Dark Green
lines were finished, the surface fuselage halves were colour were applied very diluted, freehand
was sanded smooth to eliminate mated together without with a 0.2 needle and at low pressure to
any raised edges and Extra Thin any problems. Just a little ensure a delicate soft-edge demarcation line
glue was applied to soften the putty was required only between the colours. With the upper surface
recessed edges and provide a on the wing to fuselage join, and soon camouflage completed, I turned my attention
smooth finishing. It was a time-consuming I was ready to start painting. to the Black undersides which required a
process, but this gave new life to this old After gluing the windscreen and securing similar approach. The ‘marbling’ coat was
kit. I then started working on the Pavla resin the canopy in place, the frames were painted airbrushed using HTK-A037 Light Grey, with
cockpit which is a huge improvement on the
original kit parts. The parts were first
coated in HTK-C044, the standard
FS36231 Grey for US cockpits and
all details were brush painted with
various acrylic colours. Black and
Grey washes were used to add
some depth to the ‘office’
details and a Hataka Flat
finished the job. After a
few sanding sessions on

The Canberra is a huge aircraft, and even in 1:72


scale is an eye-catching model

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I sanded off
and rescribed
all of the kits
panel line

Black primer is the perfect base for


the weathered camouflage and Black
undersides to come

A Tan colour was lightened


with White and used to
create the ‘marbling’ coat of
the first camouflage colour

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The first of the SEA …followed by the second


colours from the Hataka Light Green…..
set was the Tan…..

some panels receiving more, or less coverage, then an application of HTK-B073 Camouflage in a darker Olive Drab shade, and the Yellow
to create different tones on specific areas. Green, with a sponge to create a disruptive markings carefully brush painted. After that
Next, a darkened coat of HTK-A031 Gunship pattern where the base colour would be coat of Hataka Gloss was added to protect
Grey was applied, always working with very sprayed. The HTK-A146 Olive Drab followed, the painting and prepare the surfaces for the
diluted paint in thin layers, to control the and I decided to use different shades on some decals and weathering. I chose an aircraft from
coverage and make the tonal variations seen bombs, adding some White to the colours. the 13th Bomb Squadron, 35th Tactical Fighter
underneath the ‘Black’ paint. To improve the The tail fins were then masked and painted Wing based in Phan Rang AB in 1967, on an
weathered look of the painting I decided to Xtradecal sheet.
apply some Off-White and Brown acrylics Next I began paint chipping, first with a
with a sponge on the fuselage and wings, Yellow-Green colour to represent the exposed
these were again covered with thin layers of primer, followed by Silver to simulate the bare
the base colours. This technique gives a worn metal. These effects were applied to the tip
look to the paintwork, suitable for areas where tanks, air intakes, leading edges and
ground crew usually walks on the airplane. A to selected engine access panels
few selected panels were then masked and on the underside. The bombs also
post-shaded to add a little more variation to received some delicate chipping to
the camouflage. The last step was to mask and improve their weathered look. For a

paint all interior areas, such as the landing gear


and bomb-bay using HTK-C211 Interior Green,
followed by some post-shading with the same
base colour lightened with White.
Italeri supplies a bunch of World War II-era
500lbs bombs for the bomb-bay, but these
were not suitable for the Vietnam era. So,
after checking my references, I choose to
arm my B-57 with four M117s in the bomb-
bay and four Mk.82 on the wing pylons, and
these came from a Hasegawa weapons set.
The bombs also received a Black primer and

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To add more wear to the

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camouflage, Off-white and
Brown colours were applied
over the wings and fuselage

….and finally the Dark Green

After a gloss coat the model


Subtle post-shading was was ready to receive the
applied for more effect Xtradecal decals

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By adding lighter or darker shades


you can create an authentic
looking finish
More chipping was applied
to the nose, engine intakes
and leading edges

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greater contrast and dirt look a Dark Brown

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wash was used in the interior areas of the
wheel wells, bomb-bay and in the inner area
of the flaps. The Black underside received a
Stone-Grey wash to accent the panel lines
and Deep Brown was used on the upper side
camouflage. A Black wash was applied to
the moveable surfaces for a deeper effect on
Here the flaps and these areas. Black pigments were then applied
bomb-bay have been around the gun muzzles, to represent some
painted and the panel
lines accentuated gun powder. On the undersides, the Black
pigment would not work, so I decided
to use a Light Dust pigment to
represent a burnt paint. The
Canberra is a huge aircraft,
and even in 1:72 scale is an
eye-catching model. The
open bomb-bay, speed
brakes, and the dropped
flaps are a big plus of this
model, and that makes it even
more interesting. The Vietnam
camouflage suits the B-57 very
well, and the challenging Black
undersides give it a dark and
strong appearance. MA

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Tropic Moon
Bomber
Mark Goldby builds an 1:48 Airfix B-57G

F
or this project, I built the Airfix 1:48 Martin B-57B Canberra
B-57B Canberra, as a B-57G of the Manufacturer: Airfix
13th Bombardment Squadron, 8th Scale: 1:48
Tactical Fighter Wing based at Ubon Kit Type: Plastic injection moulded
during the the Vietnam War. For the Kit Number: A10104
camouflage, I used the Hataka Paint Set HTK-
AS09 USAF Vietnam War Era, and replaced the
standard cockpit and ejection seats with Czech Masters
pieces, along with a with some Eduard etched parts,
including harnesses. The cockpit consists of the
tub, two seats, rudder pedals, control columns
and the canopy opening mechanism. The front
undercarriage bay is separate to the fuselage, and
the fit was good, with minimal modifications needed,
and don’t forget to add some nose weight! I decided to keep the
bomb bay closed, although the option was there to have it open. You
can also show the flaps up or down and likewise position the rudder
elevators to suit, and add a variety of weapons fit. The engine nacelles
and exhaust needed a lot of adjustments to ensure a good fit, however, I

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This project is a B-57G of the 13th Bombardment


Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Ubon
during the Vietnam War

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still had a slight lip to fill and sand. The wings


and fuselage came together with no drama,
only requiring the usual filling and smoothing
over. At this point, I also fitted the FLIR/LLLTV
fairing to the underside of the nose, however,
the fit wasn’t great and required more filling
and sanding.  
The undercarriage bays were
finished in Tamiya XF-4 Yellow
Green and dry brushed
with Mr Metal 213
Stainless Steel and
218 Aluminium, and
went in with no issues.
The main airframe was
then put together and
filled, smoothed and
re-scribed as required. I
then cleaned the model,
and added a thin coat of
Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black as a
primer coat, followed by thin
coats of HTKA-016 Dark Green as the
foundation colour for the camouflage scheme.
Then using Blu-Tac sausages I sectioned of the
areas for the HTK-A012 Dark Tan and HTK-A021
Medium Green. I added two thin coats of
each colour to the required areas, applied
the colours and then removed the Blu-Tac,
I then added a small amount of HTK-A043
Insignia White to each of the colours for
a final freehand coat, to give the model
a slightly used and faded look. The undersides
were then undercoated in the Tamiya Flat
Black, and I then added two thin coats of

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the HTK-A041 Night Black, as this shade

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gives the perception of scale, as opposed
to general Black paint. I then sealed
everything in with two coats of Hataka
Gloss, ready for decals. 
Once the decals were applied I
added another Gloss coat and then
took some 1500 grit wet and dry and
gently rubbed over the markings to give
them a faded look. Then I added a further
Gloss coat followed by some Ammo by
MIG washes and AK Interactive Panel Liners
to bring out the details and to add to the
weathered look. The weapons, fuel tanks
pylons and undercarriage were then
painted and assembled separately, and
glued into place. A final coast of Matt
was then added was then applied. The
final stage was to burnish around the
exhausts, remove the masking from the
canopy, attach it in the open position, and
add the navigation lights and aerials. MA

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X –FILES FLIGHT
Craig Boon looks at the 1:72 Platz X-47B UCAV

T
he Boeing X-47 was designed to bombs, and three fictitious markings for MQ-
look at the concept of an Unmanned 47Cs along with Black Aces and Jolly Rogers
Combat Air Vehicle of UCAV, and the squadron markings, operating from the USS
X-47B became part of the US Navy’s Ronald Regan (CVN-76), USS George HW Bush
UCAS-D program. This 1:72 kit is from (CVN-77) or the USS United States (fictitious). US Navy UCAS X-47B
a lesser known Japanese manufacturer, Platz, Finally, #AC-18 ‘Army Navy Game’ X-47B, with Manufacturer: Platz
and not having a cockpit to build did simplify airframe markings for the actual carrier trials Scale: 1:72
the construction process somewhat, although with ‘Go!! Navy Beat Army’ decals, normal Kit Type: Plastic injection moulded
there are still fifty-eight pieces. The boxing JDAM bombs, and also comes with a new Kit Number: AC-18
comes with ‘Go!! Navy, Beat Army’ decals, in sprue with closed gear doors and weapon
addition to the standard flight demonstration bays together with a display base to show the
markings for aircraft 501 and 502. There have aircraft in flight. I had this third boxing, and gates are well thought out and with
been three different 1:72 boxing’s of the decided to build it as the airframe that first care, you won’t cause damage to the
X-47B from Platz, and they are: #AC-7, X-47B landed on CVN-77. leading and trailing edges. A couple
markings, JDAM bombs, additional fictitious The kit fit is superb! It is everything we have of injector pin marks are
unit markings for VX-9 ‘Evaluators’ and CVW-5 come to expect from newly tooled kits from visible on the inside of some
Carrier Air Wing 5 stencils, along with carrier Japan, a small skim of filler under the nose and of gear doors and airbrakes,
names for the USS George Washington along the ends of the inner wing section where but again a small wipe of
(CVN-73) and the USS John C Stennis (CVN-74). they are exposed when building the wings in filler and a few seconds with
#AC-12 X-47B has two GBU-27 laser-guided the folded position is all it needs. The sprue a sanding stick takes care
of them. The surface detail
is finely engraved, and is
For this build I went with Hataka Hobby deep enough that if you want
to apply a lot of weathering and
Red-Line acrylics panel washes then you have enough
depth to play with, and as this is a ‘demo-bird’

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X-47B

X–FILES FLIGHT
in Action

photographs only show a small amount of


leading edge wear and oil/graphite streaking
on the ailerons/flaps along with the usual
staining behind the APU exhaust.
The decals are produced by Cartograph and
are up to their usual high standard, very thin,
with spot-on registry between the colours.
I did use my usual Micro Sol/Set method of
applying the decals but to be honest, that
was probably overkill here as they
seem to settle very well on their
own. As I had the third issue
of the kit (AC-18) this also
came with ‘Go!! Navy,

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beat Army’ decals, which went into the ‘decal it. The instructions also call for
bank’. Also, not used was the nicely detailed the speed brakes to be painted grey on
JDAM ordnance, and as the X-47B hasn’t been the interior but in-flight videos seem to show images showing an X-47B alongside an
involved in weapons trials (or at least nobody them as white. F/A-18 Hornet, seem to show it as a touch
has ever talked about it if it has), they also went The X-47B doesn’t have a wide selection darker, which is why I tend to agree with the
into the ‘spares-box’. The wings can be posed of finishes or schemes available, as both FS36270 call out on the instructions - just my
in either open or folded positions, with just airframes are all over FS36270 Grey. I went thoughts though. The display base is one of

B
alternate joining pieces being the only change for my usual Hataka Hobby Red-Line acrylic a selection available from Coastal Kits, these
you must select. The wing-fold mechanism is HTK-A054 FS36270 Grey overall with details in being CKS620-72 US Carrier Deck-Catapult
shown within the hinged section and shows a HTK-A037 FS36375 Light Ghost Grey, HTK-A100 and CKS110-72 US Carrier Deck. The figures are
reasonable representation of the real aircraft – Black, HTK-101 White and HTK-A219 FS11136 from an1988/9 boxing of Fujimi’s USN Deck
plenty of scope for additional detail here if you Insignia Red. With these paints, I find a few Crew and are very finely detailed for their
want though. On images of the aircraft on the drops of low improver in each airbrush cup age and diminutive size. If you are looking for
carriers with wings folded, the speed brakes help no end, and I usually spray at around something different in your model collection
seem to hang open under their own weight 18psi. Note – some references I have found then this will probably fit the bill nicely! MA
(being on the underside of the wings when call out for the airframe to be all over FS36375
folded), and as this is a kit option, I went with Light Ghost Grey, but by comparison to

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Dawn of the
Gustav
James Cann looks at the 1:48 Eduard Bf 109-G6 Early kit

T
he Mid and Late-War Messerschmitt the crystal-clear canopy. The kit was a pleasure
series of aircraft has always seemed to to build and the bounds Eduard have made
pass me by when looking for subjects with their moulding technology is apparent.
to model. I have built bucket loads of During construction, I had only one issue,
the earlier variants, but when Eduard and that was the need to add a styrene strip
released their fantastic new tool 1:48 G-6 Early along the port wing root. Otherwise, the kit
version, I just couldn’t pass it up, despite my fell together. I left the top cowl panel unglued
burgeoning collection! The kit is an updated to facilitate adding the exhausts after painting
tooling that fixes the dimensional issues that and the join was almost invisible. Bf 109-G6 Early
were present in their earlier releases. I must For this build, I am using AK interactive’s Manufacturer: Eduard
commend Eduard for their attention to detail, ‘Luftwaffe Fighter Colours’ 1941-1944 #2090 Scale: 1:48
the moulding was top notch with rows of paint set, and so after a bit of testing, I found Kit Type: Plastic injection moulded with etch
finely recessed rivets, subtle rib tape detail, the the paints needed to be sprayed in very thin Kit Number: 82113
always appreciated colour interior etch and coats and slowly built up, and as an avid fan

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of shading techniques, the paints were ideal.
I went with the paint scheme from the box
art representing the aircraft flown by Herman
Graff. The cockpit was sprayed Tamiya XF-63
German Grey and washed with Ultramarine
and Burnt Umber oils. Next up, painting
the airframe. Here I started the process by
priming the kit with Tamiya XF-82 Ocean Grey,
mixed with cellulose thinners 50:50 in thin
coats to provide a key for the later coats and
to highlight any blemishes and flaws. After
a satisfactory once over, I pre-shaded with
Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black along the panel and
rivet lines, and around any apparent raised
detail.
Next up was my debut with the AK
Interactive acrylics, and I started with the of the cowl RLM04 Yellow. This was then was then carefully sprayed and went down
underside RLM 76, which to my eyes in the pre-shaded with Tamiya XF-79 Linoleum with no issues. I then masked the tail section
airbrush cup looked a lot bluer than I was Deck Brown. With the fuselage sides and the and sprayed that Tamiya XF-2 Flat White, and
used to. Luckily the paint went down a nice undersides in the appropriate colours, I went finished the overlap of the with RLM 76 Blue
shade, that I ultimately was happy with. I in with the RLM 75 Grauviolet, and followed on the front of the wings. Next up were the
then masked and sprayed the underside up with the RLM 74 Graugrun. The mottling exhaust pipes that were treated to a variety
of Alclad burnt metal shades and a little bit of
blackening with Tamiya Flat Black. The wheel
For this build I am using AK interactive’s ‘Luftwaffe bays were painted Lifecolor RLM 02 Grau,
and the wheels were masked and sprayed
Fighter Colours’ 1941-1944 Paint Set with a 50:50 Brown-Black mix. With details
on the bays picked out with a Light Green

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for variation, I left the spinner until later so I a bit more wear and tear. This was
could try and match the colour of the decals. achieved with lightened versions of
Next, I applied two coats of Alclad Aqua the base colours. I then applied a wash
Gloss ready for the decals. These decals of Ultramarine and Burnt Umber oils over
went down well until it came to the red cowl the entire airframe in varying ratios, with
sections. These needed a few liberal coats of more brown for the upper surfaces, and more
Micro Sol to get them to settle nicely, and once blue for the undersides. I applied this very
dry another two coats of Gloss sealed them generously and when dry I wiped the excess
in and prepared the airframe for weathering. off carefully with a piece of kitchen towel. I added some runs of a dark mix of Blue and
Now it was time to paint the spinner, using When the oils were completely cured, I Brown oils to represent some leaks and stains.
the decals as a guide I tried my best to mix an sprayed a 50:50 mix of Alclad Aqua Gloss, and I then peeled the cockpit masks off, and the
appropriate red, after going through all my Winsor & Newton Galeria Matt Varnish. The build was complete.
reds and trying various mixes and undercoats I final painting step was to add the exhaust I learned some new methods with this
failed to achieve a red close enough, although marks and a small amount of streaking, and build, and the AK Interactive acrylics went
the red on the spinner doesn’t look close in for this, I mixed Tamiya Brown and Black, well, and I can see now why they are a
photographs, it looks truer in natural light. and a tad of White, and built this up popular choice with modellers. I can highly
To add a bit more variety to the paint finish I to a natural looking deposit on the recommend the Eduard to anyone wanting to
decided to try something new, and applied fuselage sides. I then went in with a build a Bf 109 G-6, as I was astounded with the
a liberal amount of sponge chipping over pure Black for the middle of the mix attention to detail and fit of parts. MA
the areas that might have been subject to for variety.

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Typically
Tropical
Gerry Doyle builds the 1:48 Revell Spitfire Mk Vc

R
evell’s recent Spitfire Mk Vc is the colour mixed with white before the various clamp and glue them front to back. The rest
old Special Hobby kit, and these panels and quadrants were suitably painted. of construction was relatively straightforward
were very accurate, if not a bit more I then picked out the knobs and bobs with except for the starboard wing root which
‘challenging’ to build. There are two Citadel acrylics and used the decal provided needed a 0.5 shim of styrene to get the correct
very attractive schemes too, one Mid- for the instrument panel, and I did, however, dihedral.
Stone and Dark Earth over Azure Blue from add a few splashes of colour here to. I then I left the main assembly for a few days to
North Africa and the other Slate Grey, Dark Sea gave everything a coat of Alclad Aqua Gloss cure and while I was waiting I went about
Grey over Sky from Malta. I elected to do the to seal and protect from the subsequent building and painting the sub-assemblies,
former as I do love that desert scheme. weathering. I left all this to dry overnight and as I intended to give this plane a well-
I started as usual with the office, and here before the cockpit was given a wash of brown worn desert look, I employed a few different
the detail is very good and all that was needed oil paint. I then added some wear and tear weathering techniques including Chipping
was a set of Sutton harnesses from a generic to the floor in the shape weathering powder Fluid on the spinner, and sponge chipping the
set from MDC. All the cockpit parts were from the Humbrol range. When all had cured, gear door interiors. When I returned to the
cleaned up and assembled before priming all this was given a coat of Alclad Matt Coat to main build there were a few filling and sanding
with Halfords Grey Primer, and I then gave all bring it all together, and it was time to close sessions, punctuated with coats of Mr Surfacer.
assemblies a coat of LifeColor Beige/Green. up the fuselage. Sadly the fuselage halves on I then re-scribed any panel lines and lost
When this was dry I dry brushed with the base my kit were not an exact match so I had to detail. The canopies were masked and fixed

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SPITFIRE MK VC
The interior is very nicely done…..

…and was painted with


LifeColor Interior Green

There are two attractive colour schemes on offer,


one from North Africa and one from Malta

Spitfire Mk Vc
Manufacturer: Revell
Scale: 1:48
Kit Type: Plastic injection moulded
Kit Number: 03940

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in position after being dipped in Johnson’s


‘Future’, and I gave this area a coat of the
interior colour before the model was then
given a final coat of Mr Surfacer in preparation
The fuselage halves on for painting.
my example did not have I began with a pre-shade on all the panel
the best of fits!
lines, and then I gave the underside a coat
of Azure Blue. This was left to dry before I
then masked the demarcation line for the
upper surface colours. For the Mid-
Stone I used LifeColor Light Earth.
And then employed Panzer Putty
for the feathered look between
the colours, and then applied
LifeColor Dark Earth. Lightened
mixes of each colour was then
sprayed in the centre of each panel to give
the faded look I was going for. I also sponged-
on a mix of Rust Brown and Steel on the
leading edge of the wing roots, and down the
walkway. I then gave the entire model several
coats of Aqua Gloss to prepare for the decals,
which conformed very well. Time now to dirty
up!
I first brushed the whole surface with
Ammo by MIG Grey Filter for Sand Yellow.
This was left to dry and was wiped with a mix
of cotton buds and kitchen towels slightly
moistened with white spirit. I then picked
out some of the darker areas with a pin-wash
of Brown/Black oil paint, thinned with spirit.
The exhaust and gun smoke staining was
airbrushed on using a mix of Tamiya Buff
gradually darkened with Tamyia Smoke and
Rubber Black. Any oil and hydraulic staining
After a pre-shade, I used LifeColor Light Earth….. was created with oil paint. When all this

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SPITFIRE MK VC
….and Dark Earth

To add some weathering I


used Ammo by MIG Grey Filter
for Sand Yellow…
had cured, I gave the model a good coat of
Alclad Semi Matte to bring all together. I then
attached all the sub-assemblies and very
quickly the Spitfire took shape. All that was
left to do was to brush varying shades of chalk
pastel around the wheels, wheel wells and
walkways.
This build was a bit more challenging than
you’d expect from modern kits, however, it
really did look very good when finished! MA

…blended in the direction of the


airflow, on the upper…..

….and lower surfaces

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Vitor Costa returns to 1:72 scale modelling with the Revell
Fairey Gannet AS Mk.1/4

F
or some years i went away from the propellor design! So, I was eager to start.
1:72 kits, and moved to 1:48. However, Usually, a build begins with the cockpit, but
on my return to the smaller scale, I was not here, this one started in the weapons bay,
pleasantly surprised at the quality of and here we can find some very detailed parts
the newer Revell offerings, so I decided that with a little bit of work will look really Fairey Gannet AS Mk.1/4
to dip my toe in the water once again. For nice, even if you can’t see them once the kit Manufacturer: Revell
my first build back in 1:72 I chose the Revell is finished! I added a White base colour and Scale: 1:72
Fairey Gannet AS Mk.1/4 kit, which has crisp then applied a lighter grey to give some depth Kit Type: Plastic injection moulded
panel lines, decent decals, some really good to the paintwork. Once dry, the details were Kit Number: 04397
clear parts and a quite unique contra-rotating enhanced with a pin-wash. A few scratches

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CONTRA-ROTATING ASW
I used an Eduard set in the cockpit

The build actually began with the bomb-bay

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the


newer Revell offerings

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A bit of filling and sanding was needed!

Painting underway

Adding streaks to the undersides

Panel line washes make the details stand out

were simulated using Silver, and to give it a fuselage and on the underneath, and I used
dirty look I sprayed on some very thinned dark White as a highlight here, followed by another
brown. A coat of Matt then sealed this in, and I thinned coat of the base colour. The upper
also then added a small amount of lead weight surfaces were painted with Dark Sea Grey, and
into the nose area. from what I could see from my references, the
The cockpit as supplied, is pretty good, Gannet was not that weathered, so I decided
but I decided to go for that extra bit of detail to be very restrained in this area. For the upper
and used an Eduard pre-painted etched set, surfaces, I decided to add some richness to
and I also swapped the seat for Pavla resin the Grey and add a panel line washes to bring
examples. The kit also gives you the option out the details. I then added a Gloss coat and
to have the canopies open, which will nicely applied the decals. Once they were sealed
show off the internal details. Time now to with a coat of Matt, and then streaks were
close-up the fuselage, and here we have a few added in the appropriate places to represent
issues around the rear cockpit, bomb-bay and fluid and dirt being blown in the direction of
rear fuselage, which needed a little work and the airflow. I then added a stretched sprue
persuading to get them to sit correctly. Once antennae, and fixed in place all of the smaller
all of these corrections had been finished it items. Despite a few issues, this was a very
was time to paint. I started with the lighter enjoyable kit, and one that brought me back
colour, Sky Type S on the lower sides of the to the 1:72 table! MA

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FEAR THE BONES


Ben Hinton delves into the 1:48 Hasegawa
F/A-18F Super Hornet from VFA-103

S
ince returning to the hobby at the part of the kit I found to be really lacking detail
start of 2017, I’ve been exploring the were the seats, which I detailed with scratch
different manufacturer’s kits, and was built harnesses from Tamiya tape, and some
really impressed with Hasegawa’s dry brushing. The fuselage went together
offerings. So, I decided to have a crack without any major fitment issues, and just
at their Super Hornet in the colours of VFA-103 minimal filler or sanding was required.
‘Jolly Rogers’. The kit looked good, with some The inner section of the intakes
good detailing in the cockpit and in the wheel also required some dry fitting
wells, and some nice panel lines and rivets. and a tiny bit of filler around the
Construction was easy, and I was soon ready to seal, but again quite minimal.
paint. I gave the cockpit a black base and then I then gave the whole
added a Light Grey and painted in the smaller fuselage a coat of Mr Surfacer 1500, however,
details with small brushes and cocktail sticks, I kept the tails and stabilators separate at this
and I used a small length of wire to add the stage for ease of painting and weathering.
‘grab-bars’ to the WSO’s anti-glare shield. There were no masks supplied and rather than
I also decided to try and add some detail purchase any aftermarket ones, I decided to
to the landing gear and added some small make my own with combinations of Tamiya
lengths of wire to represent the brake lines on tape. The top colour was Mr Color 307 Grey
the nose gear, however, the main gear seemed and the lower colour was 308 Grey. The
nicely done to me so I left it alone. The only landing gear components and wheel wells

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I detailed the ejector seats with
scratch built harnesses from Tamiya tape,
and some dry brushing

F/A-18F Super Hornet


Manufacturer: Hasegawa
Scale: 1:48
Kit Type: Plastic injection moulded
Kit Number: HSGPT38

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were painted Mr Color 316 Insignia White, and


the exhausts were painted with a combination
of Mr Metal 213 Stainless Steel and 214 Dark
Iron. I kept all hardpoints, the drop tank and
munitions separate until the final stages.
Once the painting was complete, a Mr Color
46 Gloss was applied, followed by the decals
using Mr Mark Setter and Micro Sol.
With the decaling complete, another
Gloss coat was applied, followed by some
weathering using Abteilung 502 Black.

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VFA-103 Super Hornets

FEAR THE BONES


THE BOEING F/A-18E/F

SUPER HORNET and EA-18G Growler


in Action
By Andy Evans

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An ideal reference for those modellers building


and F/A-18E/F

I then used cotton buds and a paper towel to


wipe away any excess in the direction of the air
flow. With the weathering complete, the tails,
stabilators and hard points were set in place.
I then added the centreline drop tank, two
GBU-31s and two Aim-9X Sidewinders. I then
applied a coat of Mr Color 182 Matt, and then
the last details to be added were the ‘Remove
Before Flight’ tags. I kept the canopy free to be
removed if required, however, it sits in place
very nicely - another great design feature. MA

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Radar
Raider
James Ashton looks at the 1:32 Revell Fw190 A-8/R11

T
here is no stopping Revell at the additions to represent the unusual
moment, which is certainly a very radar equipped A8/RII ‘Nightfighter’
good thing for us modellers. They version. What you get in the box is
continue apace with new releases sufficient for most modellers who like
and re-tooling of their classic kits. to have nice detail options available,
Not only are these new releases state of the although there is plenty of room for
art mouldings with superb levels of fit and the more advanced detailer to work their Focke Wulf Fw190 A-8/R11 Nightfighter
detail, they are also unbeatable value for magic. The surface details are very good Manufacturer: Revell
money. This kit is the latest incarnation of the with restrained scribed and raised panel Scale: 1:32
exceptional Fw190 F8 which was released a lines in all the right places. The cockpit is well Kit Type: Plastic injection moulded
couple of years back. Essentially this is the appointed as are the weapons bays, and this Kit Number: 03926
same superbly engineered kit with a few is all brought to a crescendo with the superb

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RADAR RAIDER
This is yet another superb
model kit from Revell, and it
ticks all the boxes

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engine, which due to time constraints I had to


hide behind closed panels.
Essentially if you have had the joy of
building their F8 kit you will know what to
expect from this offering. There are two
options available on the usual high-quality
decal sheet, and at first I was drawn by the
interesting scheme of the second option,
which is just an A-8 and not the A-8/RII. It was
then that I noticed that this version did not
have the distinctive radar antennae array on
the wings. So, I had to change tack and go
back on myself regarding some of the build
steps on the instruction sheet. Fortunately,

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there were no major problems caused by this
oversight on my part. Thankfully, I had not
built some of the stages that were peculiar
to each variant, such as the differing canopy
mechanism and it was a simple task to attach
the flame shields to the engine cowls.
This is yet another superb model kit
from Revell, and it ticks all the boxes in
being easy to construct and at a positively
bargain price. There is also no corner cutting
when it comes to features and engineering,
meaning that this gives us a model kit that
can be put together by a novice modeller
or be a foundation for the super detailers.
There are already some aftermarket extras
that can be added to enhance the engine,
propeller, cockpit, and wheels, turning this
into a showstopper of a model. Even with
these extras, the cost is less than most other
manufacturers 1:32 offerings, and as at
the time of writing none of these have yet
produced the definitive larger scale Fw190
A Series. The only other contender in this
scale does not have the superb engine with
the option of displaying it with the cowls
open. There is not much more I can say
about this superb kit except that we will no
doubt be seeing other variants appear in
the Revell catalogue soon. So, in conclusion
well done Revell you have done it again and
keep up the good work, we are all in eager
anticipation of what you have in store for the
future. MA

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74 VICTORY 103

MIG Masterclass
Victory 103
In the second of our ‘Jolly Rogers’ Super Hornet builds,
Mario Serelle uses Ammo by MIG products to paint and
weather the 1:48 Hasegawa kit

P
robably the most iconic squadron of representation of the canvas covers. panel details were brush painted Dark Grey
US Naval Aviation, the ‘Jolly Rogers’ Back to the kit itself, the cockpit is quite colour, followed by Light Grey details. After
were first commissioned as VF-17 good with raised details to represent the brush painting the seat details according to my
in 1943 flying F4U Corsairs, but consoles and instrument panels. The only references, all cockpit parts received a Black
their ‘Skull and Crossbones’ is still details missing are the ejection seat harnesses, Wash for depth effect.
around decorate the tails of VFA-103’s F/A-18F which were added using a thick aluminium As regularly seen in many kits of modern
Super Hornets. Call signed ‘Victory’, VFA-103 foil from a wine bottle. The cockpit tub was
transitioned from the F-14B Tomcat to the airbrushed in Ammo by MIG A.MIG-205
Super Hornet in 2005, and I used the 1:48 FS36231, and the seats A.MIG-0033 for a scale
Hasegawa kit to represent the first scheme effect. Then the side consoles and instrument
sported by their CAG bird, soon after the
transition.
The Super Hornet from Hasegawa is a
nice kit, and full of options straight-from-the-
box. Making good use of all these options, Careful painting can
I decided to build this one with an open make the cockpit look
nice when completed
canopy, boarding ladder, dropped flaps and
folded wings. To go along with this ‘parked’
configuration I decided to make FOD covers
for the air intakes and exhausts. These
were made using strips of tissue
paper dipped in a mix of white
glue and water. These were
then conformed to the shape
of the parts over aluminium
foil, and once dry, removed
and cut to the appropriate size.
Not a difficult technique and one
that provides a very convincing

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MIG MASTERCLASS
The Hasegawa F/A-18F is still the best
Super Hornet in town, full of options and
very easy to put together

Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet


Manufacturer: Hasegawa
Scale: 1:48
Kit Type: Plastic injection moulded
Kit Number: 07238

As many canopies on modern aircraft come with a …and I used nail blocks to sand it off, and start to
seam line right in down the middle, that needed restore its transparency
some attention….
Crystal Green was applied to simulate the HUD
lens system

Painting began with Black Primer….. …..followed by a ‘marbling’ coat

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The first
camouflage colour
to be applied was
the FS 36375 on the
undersides

The afterburner cans received a mix of Burnt Iron


and Dark Aluminium

jets, the canopy has a mould line running


right down the middle. This was scraped off
with a hobby knife and polished using ‘Four I used the A.MIG-7201 US
Steps’ nail polishing blocks. These blocks allow Navy Colours Set for the
main shades
you to sand and polish the plastic gradually,
using all its faces providing a smooth finish.
To restore the crystal-clear appearance the
process was finalised with some toothpaste
polishing, and a dip in Johnson’s ‘Future’.
Assembly was straightforward, with
special attention being given to the wings.
The outside panels needed to be cut off to
be posed in the folded position, and this
demanded some delicate and careful work, so
as not to harm any of the parts. Some filler was
required on small areas of the wing roots, and
some panel lines had to be restored after the
sanding process. However, these presented
no real problem and soon the ‘airframe’ was
completed and coated in A.MIG-2023 One-
Shot Black Primer for the painting process.
As noted, ‘Victory 103’ was the CAG bird
of VFA-103, and these aircraft are usually
kept in better condition, which lead me to
a subtler weathering process. A ‘marbling’
coat was applied first, and to make masking
easier, I decided to paint the afterburners
cans with a mix of Alclad Burnt Iron and Dark
Aluminium. The kit was then airbrushed with

The decals went on


without problems
over a Gloss coat

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Different washes for different effects. Four MIG MASTERCLASS


colours were used here to give depth and
dirt effects to the Super Hornet

Streaking Grime was


used to add depth and
dirt to the afterburner
cans petals.

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The FOD covers were painted Black and


were decorated with the Skull and
Crossbones using a leftover decal.

the Tactical Paint Scheme (TPS) colours from


the A.MIG-7201 US Navy Colours Set, applied
in thin layers to preserve the ‘marbling’ coat
effects, and Pritt-Tak ‘rolls’ were used to keep a
soft edge transition between the shades. With
the TPS applied, the Black areas were masked
and airbrushed, and some of the edges of the
wings, tails and stabilators received a thin strip
of FS35237. After airbrushing a Gloss coat, the Both Extra Thin cement and CA glue are very useful to fix the complicated landing gear
decals were applied and then a second layer
of Gloss was applied to seal everything in, applied to the metallic areas. Next Streaking Drying CA glue is also very handy for attaching
and prepare the model for weathering. Being Grime was used to create dirt around some all the external stores and the deployed
a CAG bird, weathering was kept subtle, and access panels, and around the engine area and boarding ladder. The FOD covers were painted
I used several different Ammo by MIG panel avionics compartment on the nose section. in Tyre Black, and a Skull and Crossbones
line washes for different effects. First, a Blue A darker product, Streaking Grime for Panzer decals, which came from my ‘spares-box’ gave
Grey colour was used on all panel lines and Grey was then applied on the afterburner the final touch to the model. The Hasegawa
rivet details, followed by a Deep Grey shade ‘petals’, and then all the work was sealed with F/A-18F is still the best Super Hornet in town,
on selected access panels for a slightly dirtier a semi-gloss coat. full of options and very easy to put together.
effect. Black Night was used on the landing The complex landing gear was secured
gear parts, grilles and air vents for much in place using CA glue and extra thin
a deeper effect, and Blue Black was cement for the smaller details. Slow

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