Desert Duo, 1/72nd Sepecat Jaguars GR.1,RAF Operation Granby 1991
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These desert cats were built over 15 years ago. An inspiration for the “Year of the Cat GB”. The first Jag is the Hasegawa kit #E23, this one is the oldest of the pair, being built around 1996 or so. The 2nd one is the Italeri kit #076, I built this one around 2002. Both out of the box, only used the excellent Modeldecal set which had several Jags, Tornadoes, Victors, Lynx Has.3, and Buccaneers. I have all the aircraft and will someday have them all built. One of my lifelong ongoing projects was to build all the aircraft that participated in Desert Storm/Operation Granby. Along with the coalition aircraft and Iraqi aircraft that operated in the war. I started this project pretty much when I returned home from Desert Storm, and the first aircraft completed in this endeavour was a Hasegawa Mirage F.1 in Kuwaiti livery and then came the Fujimi 72nd scale A-4KU Skyhawk also in Kuwaiti markings. The 3rd one is the Hasegawa Jaguar Gr.1 which is the one here along with his brother from Italeri. Both kits were similar in layout and process to build. I didn’t enhance the kits in any way. The Hase kit was typical bare bones cockpit with decals for the consoles and IP no seatbelts, Both kits were built rather quickly and went together well. The Hase kit was not a Desert Storm dedicated aircraft so added the bombs and robbed the Phimat Pod from a Tornado kit and the ALQ-101 pod from same kit. The Italeri kit was a Desert Storm bird, and provided the Phimat and ALQ-101 pod, also the Rec Pod, which I configured this with a pair of CBU’s, ALQ-101, and the Rec Pod on the center line. The interior was painted in both aircraft with Model Master 36320 Dark Gull Grey, Testor Zinc Chromate Yellow Primer (the small bottle) for the gear bays and doors, Med Grey for the landing gear struts and wheels. Xtracolour for the Desert Pink Scheme. Have been meaning to post this for a long while, but at times you get writers block. But as some of the items have arrived to get started on the KH Jag I have been waiting on, its time for a little motivation. Thanks for viewing.
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