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Academy F-15E ”333rd Fighter Squadron” 1/72 plastic model kit 12550

As promised, here is the new 1/72 Academy F-15E presented with my first out-of-the-box impressions here. Assembling the kit was a real pleasure. As I mentioned previously, this is mostly a Snap-Tite model kit. The kit is branded as MODELERS EDITION stock number 12550. As with many Academy releases lately, this plastic kit comes with 2 fold type manuals. Construction starts with the air intakes on step 1 and finishes with the clear canopy, drop

Revell Germany F-16 Mlu “Solo Display”

The F-16 is still one of the most successful combat aircraft in the world. In the mid-1990's a Mid-Life Update (MLU) modernization program was started with the aim of up-rating the European F-16's combat effectiveness. In 2009 the Dutch Air Force prepared a F-16 (MLU) in a very attractive livery for solo displays. The aircraft was given an orange / mother-of-pearl base color with a red lion motif in very eye-catching colors to present the

North American F-86F Sabre from Airfix

The F86 Sabre has rightly come to be regarded as one of the most outstanding aviation designs of all time. Serving with air forces across the globe for over forty years, the Sabre was designed in an era of guns and served into the missile age. It was in the skies over Korea that the Sabre forged its reputation. While the MiG 15 was a comparable fighter aircraft, it was the superior training and tactics of

1/72 Airfix English Electric Lightning F.2A

The earliest Lightning mark F1 entered RAF squadron service in 1960 and represented a quantum leap in capability and performance over its predecessors offering an integrated weapons system, Mach 2+ performance and a phenomenal rate of climb. The F2 introduced in 1962 was heavily modified in 1968 producing the F2A with square cut fin, kinked leading edges and enlarged ventral tank which gave an enhanced combat air patrol time of around two hours. The F2A adapted superbly

Airfix 1/72 Hawk Red Arrows

The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, is the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Scampton. The team was formed in late 1964 as an all-RAF team, replacing a number of unofficial teams that had been sponsored by RAF commands. The Red Arrows took delivery of the British Aerospace Hawk trainer in the autumn of 1979 and during that winter the pilots converted from the Gnat

1/72 Airfix BAe Red Arrows Hawk Preview

The Red Arrows took delivery of the British Aerospace Hawk trainer in the autumn of 1979 and during that winter the pilots converted from the Gnat and worked up a display using the new aircraft in time for the 1980 display season. The dual control BAE Hawk T1 is the RAF's advanced trainer, and has been used by the Red Arrows since 1979. The aircraft is essentially the same as those flown by RAF Advanced Training Students,

Hasegawa 1/72 Viking S-3B

It's been a few weeks since the last time we posted an aircraft model kit build. And in case you wonder what do I mean by 'WE', let me tell you this. Behind the scenes there is a very supportive wife with the hobby and a 14 years old which loves it as well.  So, if you would like to be part of that 'WE', here's how. Background: The Lockheed S-3 Viking was used by the