Where do project ideas come from? …
For the first time, at the beginning of the year I set up a proposed build plan for 2017. I didn’t come anywhere close! “Best laid plans of mice and men…”
However, I’ve now gotten a wild hair to build a representation of aircraft of S. America. I think it started when I was building the F-5F Tiger II for the Year of the Cat build, and opened an old kit in my stash – a Testor F-5E – looking for a single seat Sundowners companion to the F. It was mostly build, and not built very well, so I didn’t want to make that the Sundowner. However, I stumbled across a pic of a Brazilian F-5EM, and decided it wouldn’t take long to finish it and paint it up in that scheme. One thought led to another (I had recently finished an Ecuadorian Kfir), and I started researching aircraft of other S. American services.
I’m already down the path! I’ve got a Sufa kit that I’ll convert into a Chilean F-16 Peace Puma, (already bought some decals…more on that). I have everything I need in my stash except the K-8, and Trumpeter has a kit in 1/72 that I may make a Christmas wish list item.
I know I’ll be interrupted by other builds (WWII stuff – and maybe an F-4), but I’m setting my sights on Memorial Day of 2019 (yep – about a year and a half) to have at least 1 from each country represented. Here’s a quick look at what I’m thinking so far. Some of these kits I’ll need to secure some conversion sets for (if I can still find them), and most will need AM decals.
If you want to join me, I wasn’t planning on making this a group build thing, but it would be enjoyable to see a few other S. American subjects thrown into the mix along the way!
An Argentine Pucara
And a Super Etendard – also from Argentina
The Chilean F-16 Peace Puma
Peruvian Mirage 2000
Tucano from Venezuela
K-8, also Venezuela
Su-30 – Venezuela (couldn’t resist this!)
A-37 – Uraguay
Colombian Kfir C.10 (need the Duarte conversion set…)
Bolivian T-33 – gotta love the color scheme!
The Brazilian F-5EM that started it all.
Ecuador is already represented by my earlier Kfir.
By the way – about decals. I bought the only set I could find for the Chilean F-16, and it was for a single-seater, but in the right color (white). Unfortunately, with the dual-seat Sufa I’m using, I need two additional warning triangles (in white) to go under the canopy, and I cannot seem to find another set of anything that contains those in white – most are grey. If you happen to have (in 1/72) from some old decal sets, I’ve love to take them off your hands!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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