Retired transit worker from NYCT. ,phormer phantom phixer f4j, low tech,low budget modeler. mostly a/c.
T'was a pretty good year, though the F-111B, F-105F, and the M8 tractor were lost during renovations to the house, but we had two weddings, my daughters'' and a nieces'. Merry New Year to all and let's hope for some peace.
What ever happened to the Armada group site for work in progress for floaty things?
The VF-74 Flying Wolfhounds, not to be confused with VF-74 Bedevilers, which began as VBF-20 and then VF-92. a bit confusing, was established March 1944 at Norfolk Va. training at NAS Atlantic City. Sailed onboard USS Kasaan Bay CVE-69 with thei[...]
This was one of three F-100Fs utilized as Chase aircraft early on in the X-15 program at Edwards AFB. Flying Chase -1, it would take off with the NB-52 and fly formation during the climb out and cruise to the launch lake. The chase pilot would v[...]
This is Atlantis models reissue of the old Revell 1/174 kit. Not to much detail, there never was, but they did provide two types of stands and improved the decals. You can also choose to use the external fuel tanks for a SAC version, ala Dr. S[...]
Another Airfix gem of a kit, Built out of the box with kit decals , went together with no real issues. The kit has you use the cowl ring extension and cowl, that left another cowl, maybe for a Martlet III? It couldn't be for the US F4F version [...]
Probably the last time US Navy Hellcats were used in combat. Used as crude surface to surface missiles, launched from Boxer CV 21,against targets in 1952 during the Korean war, loaded with a large bomb. The F6F-5K's carried a TV camera pod under[...]
Another obscure kit from the cheap seats. I found this in a hobby shop which sells older kits. Lodela's/Revell 1/72 Nakajima Rufe, the kit date backs to the late seventies and it's supposed to be Frog molds. A very basic kit, more basic then t[...]
Another moldy oldie, Originally I wanted to use the kit decals of 4th TFW, but they were mostly unusable. I decided to do an early NJANG pre SEA scheme. Besides spare decals I also used home made decals for the tail number for aircraft 75783 ,c[...]
On that day 134 sailor were killed on board Forrestal in a fire caused by a miss fired zuni rocket and aggravated by ancient ordinance cooking off in the resulting fire and explosions. The bronze plaque with the names of the dead once hung the h[...]