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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1950 on: August 29, 2018, 09:03:47 am »
Mikoyan MiG-22 'Fishpan-A' - Soviet Air Force, 1966













A nice simple one this as it uses a nice blank silver skin and stock Soviet decals (insignia and bort numbers) with just the 'unit of excellence' marking needing to be created by me. I did also re-colour the anti-glare panel from black to olive drab and tint the wheel centres the same colour. MiG-21 tanks on the wing tips complete the Soviet look! I should add I was tempted to use the MiG-23 designation as that aircraft does not now exist so if 'Top Gun' can use an even number for the 'MiG-28' so can I!!
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1951 on: August 30, 2018, 07:21:48 am »
Grumman F11F-1F Super Tiger - MFG2, Marineflieger, 1963













The 'Super Tiger' is available with USN skins but fictional German Air Force and Marineflieger skins are also available and I've used one of the latter by 'ravenclaw_007' with different tail markings, added weathering and a recoloured radome (as a nod towards 1960's era Marineflieger Starfighters).


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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1952 on: September 01, 2018, 10:55:01 am »
Sud-Aviation Vautour IIA - No.24 Squadron, Indian Air Force, 1965















This is the Third Wire Vautour IIA from 'Wings Over Israel' a lovely 3D model of a most handsome aircraft. It's a non-flyable 'AI' type but easily made flyable with a suitable cockpit (I've used the Meteor F.8 as it's also twin-engined). I've used No.24 Squadron as I've previously made these fictitious nosebar markings and thought they'd look good on the Vautour.


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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1953 on: September 02, 2018, 09:17:23 am »
Northrop Scorpion F.1A - No.5 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1982













Another RNLAF F-5A skin by 'ravenclaw_007' given a bit of overspray, new 'eject' triangles and No.5 Squadron decals.


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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1954 on: September 04, 2018, 11:27:31 am »
Gloster Griffin B.II - No.35 Squadron, RAF Far East Command, 1946













Whether this is a Gloster design of whether the RAF used captured He-177's (GOOD GRIEF) I'll leave up to the reader's imagination. A quick and dirty skin this so don't look too close but I think I'll definitely come back to the 'Tiger Force' theme in the future. BTW it's interesting to see the variations on roundel used by various folk (Google 'Tiger Force Lancaster' for example).

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1955 on: September 07, 2018, 11:15:17 pm »
Sukhoi Su-5 - Soviet Air Force, 1946













This is the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-15 Kangaroo masquerading as a Soviet prop fighter in a Luft'46 timeline! I'm surprised to learn that the CA-15 was actually designed around the use of a radial engine which would have given it a totally different look.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAC_CA-15

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1956 on: September 08, 2018, 03:46:55 am »
Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-15 Kangaroo - No.805 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, 1950









I mentioned the radial engined CA-15 above and low and behold a 3D model exists and comes with this RAN skin. No input from me apart from taking the screenshots.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1957 on: September 10, 2018, 09:11:56 am »
Vickers Valiant B.1 - No.35 Squadron, RAF Far East Air Force, 1955











A quick and dirty skin this created by identifying the lower surfaces on the skin bitmaps and inverting the colour... simples! It's a bit rough (so don't look too close) but does have the look of a Tiger Force Valiant, although the colour of the roundels and finflash is something I'll play around with.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1958 on: September 14, 2018, 09:12:07 am »
BAC Thunderstrike S.1 - No.617 Squadron, RAF Far East Air Force, 1970

















Her Majesty's Needle-Nosed Wonder Bird in Tiger Force colours  :wub:  :wub:

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1959 on: September 18, 2018, 07:06:43 am »
North American Warblade FGA.3 - No.31 Squadron, RAF Near East Air Force, 1991

















A homemade skin this one but with a bit of a speed cheat used to give a hint of panel lines. When I get back to SF2 I'll try to get a proper template made as this a 'what if' I can come back to over and over again despite not actually liking the shape of the F-107! Wiki tells me that the F-107 was never given an official name but that the intake position resulted in the nickname of 'Man-eater'  ;D

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1960 on: September 19, 2018, 11:35:24 am »
North American F-107D Ultra Sabre - 726 Eskadrille, Royal Danish Air Force, 1970











The RDAF were, of course, a real-world user of the F-100D and later used them in this matt green colour scheme. The semi-recessed tank is from the F-15A!

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1961 on: October 02, 2018, 01:00:17 pm »
Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2H - No.300 Squadron, Indian Naval Air Service, 1970













There are two excellent Buccaneer 3D models available for 'Strike Fighters' and this was the first to be released by the DAT group. I've overpainted the RN roundels directly onto the skin bitmaps and used new decals for the remainder and added 'SOVIET' to the weapons stations so as to carry FAB250 bombs and FAB500 bombs in the rotary weapons bay.




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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Indian Buccaneers
« Reply #1962 on: October 07, 2018, 04:20:08 am »
Supermarine Swift FR.51 - No.25 Squadron, Pakistan Air Force, 1965















Quite a simple one this as the lovely Swift FR.5 comes with a blank silver skin to which I've added some Pakistan markings including the No.25 Squadron Eagle disc and just used stock USNATTACKNUM (game generated) decals for the serials. In the real world No.25 squadron were formed in 1966 and were equipped with Chinese-built MiG-19's.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1963 on: October 13, 2018, 10:32:20 am »
North American B-25J Mitchell - Israeli Air Force, 1952















I had to double-check on whether the Israeli Air Force really did operate the B-25 as it just seems like a natural. Anyway, my Israeli B-25J uses a bit of a 'cut and shut' technique to combine elements of three different skins to create this skin (necessary as all available skins already have markings on them in a variety of positions meaning I could only use the areas without markings although there are other methods I've used like simple overpainting). There are a couple of B-25's available but who wouldn't want to use the fully-loaded B-25J?!!

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1964 on: October 18, 2018, 05:41:56 am »
Vultee P-34A Victor - 48th Pursuit Squadron, United States Army Air Corps, 1941

After American Airlines expressed serious interest in their six-passenger V-1 design, Gerard "Jerry" Vultee and Vance Breese formed the Airplane Development Corporation in early 1932 but all 500 shares of stock in the company were soon acquired by Errett Lobban Cord to create the Airplane Development Corporation (a Cord subsidiary) as part of the larger AVCO group. On January 1st 1936 the Vultee Aircraft Division became an autonomous subsidiary of AVCO with Jerry Vultee becoming vice president and chief engineer. Vultee and Breese had redesigned the V-1 to beome the eight-passenger V-1A but whilst American Airlines bought 11 V-1A's the aircraft ultimately failed due to safety concerns about it's single-engine in the new era of twin-engine Douglas DC-2's and DC-3's.

Vultee redesigned the V-1 into the V-11 attack aircraft for the United States Army Air Corps but it only received lukewarm interest so, in 1937, he turned his attention to the design and production of a monoplane fighter for the United States Army Air Corps and for possible export orders. By the Spring of 1937 Vultee's fighter design had evolved into a low-wing monoplane featuring a welded steel tube fuselage structure partially fabric covered and with fabric covered flight control surfaces. Powered by the Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9 radial engine, Vultee's design was thoroughly modern in having a fully enclosed cockpit. But, rather conservatively, Vultee chose a fixed (spatted) undercarriage although this was at a time when the United States Army Air Corps was still equipped with open cockpit biplanes. Vultee gambled on his design being relatively inexpensive, sturdy and quick to produce and with war clouds looming the design soon attracted the full interest of the United States Army Air Corps and in September 1937 funds were allocated for Vultee's design to be produced for evaluation as the XP-34.

On January 29, 1938 tragedy struck when Jerry Vultee and his wife Sylvia died when the plane he was piloting crashed in a snowstorm near Sedona, Arizona. AVCO hired Dick Palmer (from Hughes) to take Jerry Vultee's place and the Vultee Aircraft Division performed miracles in pressing ahead with the XP-34 whilst concurrently working on the  BT-13, BT-15, and SNV Valiant trainers as well as the V-72 Vengeance. A successful first flight took place on March 31st, 1938 and further testing showed the XP-34 to be tough and manoeuvrable but slower than most contemporary fighters and especially when compared to the new breed of monoplane fighters with retractable undercarriages. Nevertheless, a production order for 300 P-34A's was received and Vultee showed a flair for innovation in becoming the first company to build aircraft on a powered assembly line.

Entering service in August 1939 with the 48th Pursuit Squadron as part of the 15th Pursuit Group based at the newly completed Hickam Field on Hawaii the unit enjoyed a quiet period of conversion to the new type which came to an abrupt end on December 7th 1941 when the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor. One element of the first wave of attacking Japanese aircraft, consisting of 43 Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" fighters, bombed and strafed Hickam in an attempt to eliminate air opposition and thus prevent U.S. planes from following them back to their aircraft carriers. Hickam Field suffered extensive damage and aircraft losses but Lt. Secombe of the 48th Pursuit Squadron found an intact P-34A and bravely took off alone in a desperate attempt to defend Hickam Field from further damage. Lt. Secombe engaged 3 Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighters and managed to shoot down one Zero before being overwhelmed by more Japanese fighters and, with his P-34A badly damaged, Lt. Secombe returned to Hickam Field to make an emergency landing between bomb craters.















I'm sure you'll recognise the Fokker D.XXI masquerading as the Vultee P-34A. The 3D model is quite nice for an oldie and I gave it a new skin and decals. Regarding Lt. Secombe, whilst writing the backstory 'The Goon Show' came on the radio...