Saturday, September 28, 2019

How to paint a BF-109 Nose Cap.

To me the hardest part on painting a BF-109 is the spinner.   Almost all of them have a white or black spiral paint on the nose cap.    This can be a pain in the butt.   Here is a series of photos that can help you painting on the spiral....  Let me know what you think or if you have a better way.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Zero Grey color mix

Ken Atkins John, here:


100 parts XF14 IJA Gray
40 parts XG49 Khaki
3 parts XF53 Neutral Grey
3 parts XF2 White XF2
2 parts XF7 Red XF7

Control Surfaces:
105 parts XF-19 Sky Gray
20 parts XF-49 Khaki
15 parts XF-25 Lt. Sea Gray

Knock yourself out and have fun buddy!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

F-5 Northrop's Freedom fighter.

The aircraft is still flying in many countries. 

Turkey recently scrapped their F-5

Monday, September 23, 2019

Some B-17 history

My good friend John Macalla since be this article.   I'm posting the article so folks that read my blog can read.   Everyday a bit of history and heritage is slipping away.  It seems is offends some people.  Too bad the crew and pilot risked their lives to defend on nation.   The least I can do is preserve it

take your chair...

B-17F-25-BO 41-24554 "The Mustang". Assigned to the 43rd Bomb Group, 403 Bombardment Squadron, Fifth Air Force in the Pacific. Flew 109 combat missions and was credited with downing 17 Japanese aircraft.

"Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the US Army on August 5, 1942. Assigned to the 403rd BS. Later, it was transferred to the 63th BS. Ground crew included: Crew Chief Ernest "Ernie" J. Vandal, Assistant Crew Chief John Duck and ground crew: William McMurray, Michael Espinosa.

Nicknamed "The Mustang" The artwork was painted by Sgt Ernie Vandal. On the right side, the Mustang was over painted with a cowgirl. A secondary piece of artwork was added behind the right waist window with a female figure with "Lady Luck".

Steve Birdsall adds:
"As far as I know, the horse on the right side of The Mustang was not over painted with the girl, she's part of the original design - horse and cowgirl. "Lady Luck" was just a secondary piece of art painted on the fuselage. This is Ernie Vandal's most spectacular art and, while 41-24554 didn't fly anything like the number of missions (and *Purple Hearts) painted on her nose in New Caledonia, she was around for a long time."

On March 26, 1943 attempted to take off at 1:30am from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Murphy on a night bombing mission against enemy shipping in Wewak Harbor, but did not take off due to engine trouble.

On April 9, 1943 took off piloted by 1st Lt. William B. Trigg on a reconnaissance mission over New Britain. Over Open Bay, he observed enemy fighters following him and dove into a rain storm to evade them. Aboard, photographer Sgt Ridenour was injured during the dive cutting his right hand and fracturing his right arm.

On August 17, 1943 this B-17 piloted by Lt. Glyer took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a mission to bomb Boram Airfield near Wewak individually at night at 6,500' altitude with 6/10 cloud cover with cumulus. Over the target, the formation met intense anti-aircraft fire and searchlights. At the end of its bomb run, this B-17 was held in searchlights and Intercepted by a Japanese twin engine nightfighter (Ki-45 Nick of 13th Sentai, 3 Chutai), but the attacker missed.

On September 5, 1943, this B-17, took off from 7-Mile Drome with General Richard Sutherland aboard to observe the US Army's 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment paratrooper drop on Nadzab. The flight was dubbed dubbed by General Kenney the "Brass Hat's Flight". Also in the flight was B-17F "Talisman" 41-24537 carrying General MacArthur, plus B-17F "Cap'n & The Kids" 41-24353 with General Kenney aboard.

During the Allied paratrooper drop on Nadzab, on September 5, 1943, this bomber was one of the B-17s used to fly U.S. Army Generals over the area to observe the landing, the 'Brass Hat's flight". Aboard this B-17 flew General Richard Sutherland.

Returned to the United States on December 2, 1943 and served as a training aircraft at Walker Field, Kansas.

In June 1945, it was sent to Albuquerque, New Mexico for salvage and was scrapped." 

research and text by (James Sanders)

Saturday, September 21, 2019

F-100's Vietnam

Some pictures of Huns. In Vietnam

Tuy Hoa Vietnam 309th TFS John Sims and Ken Kustenmacher Dec 66-67

Friday, September 20, 2019

Gray USAF Phanotms

Interesting camoflague schemes on F-4.   These grays would be painted on the aircraft near the end of their service life. Mid 1990's

Monday, September 16, 2019

Did you Know Chuck Yeager flew B57s in Vietnam

 Colonel Charles E. (Chuck) Yeager:

In July 1966 he assumed command of the 405th Fighter Wing at Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines. While commander of the 405th Fighter Wing he flew 127 B-57B combat missions in South Vietnam. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

497th FG F-4

These photo are for reference for modelling. I have no claim on them.  Here are some great photos of operational F-4  I find the camouflage schemes unique to this Squadron.  These could be the early model F-4D as the early production one did not have the IR hump under the chin of the radome.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

F-80 in Korea

Photos are for reference only.  Terry Leo posted these photo on the fighters from 1950 to 1980

Jack Cook this is the 25th FIS 51st FIW. A good friend from the airport here flew 100 F-80 missions with them in Korea. 1Lt Hap Saabye who flew F-80 FT-813 "Punk".