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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1965 on: October 20, 2018, 10:34:11 am »
Mitsubishi Ki-99 'Beryl' - 762nd Flying Group, Imperial Japanese Army Air Service, 1946











Quite a simple one this as the grey/green skin already existed (albeit in a tiny 256 x 256 size) so I added the yellow leading edge strips to the skin and then some basic decals including yellow serial numbers based on the Hasegawa box art.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1966 on: October 27, 2018, 05:11:26 am »
Hawker Siddeley Harrier Mk.50 - 302nd Hikotai, Japan Air Self Defense Force, 1972















I know the USMC's AV-8A was the Harrier Mk.50 but, rather oddly, the Mk.51 seems to be for the much later Sea Harrier FRS.51 so I see this as an identical build for Japan.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Harrier GR.50 JASDF
« Reply #1967 on: October 29, 2018, 08:11:20 am »
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.50 - 204th Hikotai, Japan Air Self Defence Force, 1980













The early 'Wings Over Europe' game has the early 1970's RAF Camo and also the late 1970's 'wraparound' camo schemes and I've used both here.


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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1968 on: November 07, 2018, 07:42:51 am »
McDonnell Douglas Eagle F.2 - No.19 Squadron, RAF Germany, 1978











I'm as big a fan of the Lightning as the next man person but the two squadrons equipped with the Lightning F.2A had a tough job on the central front in the 1970's and should have got the F-15A Eagle to conserve the Phantoms for UK Air Defence.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1969 on: November 10, 2018, 08:33:54 am »
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 - No.92 Squadron, RAF Germany, 1972













I was going to do a No.92 Squadron Eagle but I thought I'd ring the changes and do a Harrier in RAFG Lightning colours. Perhaps NATO's top brass declared the Lightning F2/F2A's as being unsuitable and with the German Air Force's F-4F's coming on stream the two RAFG Lightning squadrons were re-roled to ground-attack. Sacrilege I know! BTW after taking these screenshots I realised that I've omitted two of the GR.1's nose cameras so perhaps this should be the Harrier FGA.1?

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1970 on: November 13, 2018, 12:52:32 pm »
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 - No.19 Squadron, RAF Germany, 1974





Just added the camera - good info Weaver! The night shot is lit by moonlight and it's quite rare for a night shot to be acceptable. Most of the time I have to take them in daylight and add a bluey-black layer.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1971 on: November 22, 2018, 11:18:13 am »
Sukhoi Su-29 'Fishpan-A' - Soviet Air Force, 1988







Not the greatest and I'm only able to show the starboard view as the port fin has horrendous decal 'bleed'. I looked at the list of Sukhoi aircraft and saw two 'spare' jet fighter designations - Su-29 and Su-31. Great! However, they used those numbers for their single-seat aerobatic planes. Oh well. In my alternate timeline I got there first.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1972 on: November 27, 2018, 12:18:06 pm »
de Havilland Sea Hornet F.Mk20 - MFG2, Bundesmarine, 1951











There are a few de Havilland Hornets and Sea Hornets available, made from the same core 3D model, but they are showing their age a bit now. This is the Sea Hornet F.20 with the RN markings overpainted and suitable decals applied with the Bundesmarine being formally established much earlier than 1956 - let's say 1950.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1973 on: December 01, 2018, 09:31:05 am »
Lockheed F-19A Sniper - VMFT-401, United States Marine Corps, 1985

Only during the mid-1980's was it revealed that an unexpected outcome of President Nixon's historic visit to China in 1972 was the purchase of 30 Shenyang J-6 fighters for use as Aggressor aircraft. The aircraft were clandestinely delivered early in 1974 with the US Navy taking 22 aircraft and the US Marine Corps taking the balance of 8 which entered service with VMFT-401 in April 1976. In service, the aircraft were supported by specialist teams from Lockheed and were eventually designated F-19A with the unofficial name of 'Sniper'.











'Wings Over Israel' has this nice Egyptian camo skin for the MiG-19S so I thought I'd use if as an 'Aggressor' and decided to place it in USMC service. I knocked up some yellow edged two-digit numbers and tail star and all the other decals are a stealthy black and I've also added a fake canopy.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1974 on: December 02, 2018, 07:40:26 am »
Lockheed F-19A Sniper - VFC-13, US Navy, 1984















This is a Chinese Camo skin by 'Whiteknight06604' with my fake canopy added directly to the skin and I've knocked up some decals for VFC-13. The fake canopy is really effective as shown in the last piccie.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1975 on: January 09, 2019, 01:39:51 pm »
Lockheed F-113C Starflash - 119 Squadron, Israeli Air Force, 1973















Released as the F-104M Starfighter this is a 3D model by 'Cocas' with a variety of skins by 'Nyghtfall' including this one meant for a Saudi machine which I've used as the basis for an Israeli F-113C Starflash. My new PC arrived today and whilst I'm up and running it will take a few days to get used to the different file structure of SF2 and get everything the way I want it including GIMP the excellent shareware graphics programme I use to edit my screenshots.

Not so good news is that my external hard drive on which I had about 8 years worth of skin templates, decals and decal templates just will not work on any of the four PC's in our household and I've spent hours trawling through YouTube clips showing 'how to fix' with no luck. A data recovery specialist will apparently charge a minimum of 450 which is out of the question so I've ordered the small Torx screwdrivers off ebay and will break open the external hard drive in a last gasp attempt.


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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1976 on: January 10, 2019, 03:19:16 am »
Lockheed F-104L Starfighter - VF-162, United States Navy, 1966









Another 'Cocas' 3D design with a 'Nyghtfall' skin requiring no input from me except to take the screenshots. In the two years I've been away from SF2 there have been a few what if's and a few new real world aircraft with what if potential so I'll have a little trawl through them over the next few days.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1977 on: January 10, 2019, 08:26:21 am »
Hawker Siddeley Aviation Sirocco FG.1 - 893 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, 1970













Another one by 'Cocas' and his envisioning of the Breguet Br.1120 Sirocco - a late 1950's French paper project. Huge 'what if' potential here me thinks and I've quickly put it into RN service by just desaturating the French Marine skin (like their F-8E's) to lose the blueyness to give something more like EDSG and added some Fleet Air Arm markings.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1978 on: January 11, 2019, 05:54:42 am »
De Havilland Vulture S.1 - No.17 Squadron, RAF Germany, 1969

De Havilland's submission to GOR.339 came from their Christchurch team under the leadership of W.A. Tamblin who proposed the De Havilland Vulture, a radical design featuring a variable incidence wing with podded Rolls-Royce RB.142R Medway turbofan engines. Tamblin's design was slightly smaller than most of the other submissions to GOR.339 and, apart from the variable incidence wing, it featured supersonic drop tanks and a bulged conformal belly tank to help it achieve the range requirement. In addition, De havilland's experience of 'buddy' refuelling techniques with the Sea Vixen were incorporated into their design from the outset and the company pitched a minimum change version at the Admiralty for carrier-based interception and strike. Air Ministry officials were delighted at De Havilland's claimed 70,000lb all-up-weight and with a general correlation between an aircraft's all-up-weight and cost their design soon became favourite to win the GOR.339 competition and in early 1959 they were awarded a contract for 220 aircraft for the RAF and 80 aircraft for the Royal Navy.

Entering service in early 1968 with No.6 Squadron in the UK the aircraft soon spread it's wings to become the backbone of RAF Germany with the Vulture S.1 eventually replacing all remaining Canberra and Hunter squadrons and reaching a peak strength of eleven squadrons in RAF Germany by 1973.











Another 3D model by 'Cocas' to which I've added some typical RAFG markings and a little backstory! Sadly, the model doesn't have the variable incidence wing but does capture the overall shape of the De Havilland design to GOR.339.


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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1979 on: January 11, 2019, 11:52:45 am »
Vickers Vanquish B.1 - No.100 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1967













Outrageous isn't it?!

This is by 'Sundowner' who has added 3D modelling skills to his considerable skinning skills to produce the Vanquish V-Bomber. He's heavily modified a Boeing 707 and armed it to the teeth (72 x 1,000lb-ers anyone?) including an 8 x Skybolt option. I can vividly recall seeing an illustration of a VC10 armed with Skybolts (and also Wellesley style bomb pods) in a 1970's Air International.