1991 Desert Storm Air War. 30 Years ago today. Monogram 1/48 F-117 “High Tech” kit Toxic Avenger
Hard to believe this event happened 30 years ago… but it did. Time sure flies, and it flies by even quicker the older you get.
30 years ago today I was in the US Army recruiter’s office filling out paperwork trying to get back in……………… I felt guilty because some of my closest friends were deployed in Saudi Arabia and I was not there with them.
I needed to get a waiver for dependents, since at this time in my life I was now married with little children at home. My last Armor unit was the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
They were deployed along with the 82nd Airborne and became the very first Army units on the ground when it was still called Desert Shield.
The waiver finally came a few days after the ground war was over and our troops were headed back home. So I didn’t follow through and re enlist.
Part of me thinks I should have……….. part of me thinks I did the right thing by staying home. I still have mixed emotions about that to this very day.
This is one of my builds for Chuck Villanueva’s @uscusn
informal Desert Storm group build.
This is the 1/48 scale Monogram “high tech” kit. It came with a few photo etched parts included in the box. Overall it was an enjoyable build… until it came time to apply the kit supplied decals.
The Monogram decals refused to work. Nothing I did made them any better. They wrinkled… they shriveled up, they refused to lay down flat… and the one or two decals that did behave, looked horrible because they had silvered. I parked it and then our host Chuck Villanueva came to the rescue and sent me the decals you see on the plane now.
Even though this is called a Stealth fighter, it is not a fighter jet. Instead it carried bombs. I will not bore you with reposting the story behind these jets. Chuck did a fine job of that when he posted his earlier today.
If you are interested you can see how this model was built by following this link to the build journal.
Thanks Chuck for hosting this group build, and for sending me the decals.
Now I need to finish up my 3rd CAV M-1A1… it will be wearing the markings of the last tank I served in. Ours were delivered to us in a Forrest Green overall color, just like the model I am building is painted. From what I have read, they didn’t get painted in the typical desert sand color until they were on the ground in Saudi Arabia.
As always, comments are encouraged. Thanks for looking and stay safe.