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Maritime recon. version of the Bear, Caused the carriers I was on to launch many an Alert Five while cruising the Med. or transiting the Atlantic.
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Craig Abrahamson said on January 21, 2018
I like it...what's the wingspan in that scale, Robert..?
Robert Royes said on January 21, 2018
david leigh-smith said on January 21, 2018
Great build, Robert, and a terrific set of photos. I especially liked the Bear flying over the Saratoga; don't know how you managed that one...
Michel Verschuere said on January 21, 2018
Nice one Robert, love the pictures as if model F4 intercepts the Bear in the display case!
Jeff Bailey said on January 21, 2018
I love the one flying over the carrier. Just like during the Cold War!
Well done, Robert!
Rob Anderson said on January 21, 2018
Nice build! I remember as a young sailor on the Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt watching VF-41 and VF-84 Tomcats escorting Bears past the ship. I always thought they had the oddest sound.
We left Mayport Fla. for the Med. on Forrestal in '78, every night of the crossing one of these did a flyby just to see if we were awake. The year before in '77 one flew up the southern east coast not being detected until somewhere near Virginia. It was rare to see navy fighters loaded with live missiles on the ramp for air defense in the U S, that lasted about a week. Ahh the Cold War.
Josh Patterson said on January 21, 2018
How close would they be? Almost like a fly by at an airshow? I sometime wonder if the Bear crews did it just to get a look at something they don't get to see every day. (Aside from the recon aspect that is. You know, just for their own enjoyment of aircraft.) I myself would love to see a Bear one day. Maybe one will show up at EAA eventually like the An-124 did back in the early 90's.
Or a Blackjack. I could handle seeing one of those too.
I'm not sure, but curiosity probably was part of it. One naval publication showed a Russian crewman holding a bottle of Pepsi up for the camera, he was at the rear observation blister .
Rob Anderson said on January 22, 2018
They would fly fairly close, but not airshow close. Close enough to make out some details and the red star.
Hongseob CHOI said on January 21, 2018
Fabulous shot with phantom!
George Williams said on January 22, 2018
Great plane, great pictures, great model, good job all round.
Tom Bebout said on January 22, 2018
Nicely done Robert especially that of a rather unique aircraft. Not often seen modeled.
David Mills said on January 22, 2018
At 1:200 that's nice work Robert - striking looking aircraft too.
Greg Kittinger said on January 22, 2018
Great pic with the carrier! The Bear is such a cold war icon. Well done.
Robert Royes said on January 22, 2018
Julian Shawyer said on January 22, 2018
What a beast. Great photography
Allan J Withers said on January 28, 2018
Looks good Robert, I like # 6 with the carrier below !
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