Cold War GB 2018 Finished Builds

Started by NARSES2, February 01, 2018, 05:03:52 AM

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This will be where your finished builds go. I'll unlock it once the GB starts
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Replacing the Canberra in RAAF service

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Hawker F-99C Hunter, USAF 524 TFS, Vietnam
March 5, 1966

This Hunter is depicted before taking off for a CAS mission supporting US Army forces from the 28th Infantry Regiment during Operation Cocoa Beach.  It is armed with a  CAS loadout of 2 x BLU27 napalm canisters and 2 x CBU75 cluster bombs, plus 2 AIM-9B Sidewinder AAMs.  The Sidewinder was not a common weapon fitted to Hunters in until the last year of its use in Vietnam in 1968, but were occasionally fitted.  The Hunter's  4 ADEN 30mm cannon were usually fully loaded with a total of 600 rounds and proved a popular weapon, packing a heavier punch and being far more reliable than the Colt 20mm cannon found on most US aircraft prior to the M61 Vulcan.

Most of the Hunters deployed to Vietnam, including this one, had improved RHAWS equipment with a sensor under the nose aft of the landing gear.  This improved the targeting of the AGM-45 Shrike missile that was also extensively used by Hunters in the 1965-67 time period.   

This aircraft has a kill marking from downing a MiG-17 on an earlier mission when carrying Sidewinders. 


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The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Jamaican Response, part 1

(For a short background to this story, read http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,45109.0.html)

With the acquiescence of American President Kennedy, Cuba became the recipient of the new Soviet SA-6 'Gainful' surface-to-air missile. The crisis over the previous placement of surface-to-surface ballistic missiles had been averted by their removal, but the new defences brought an increased level of concern in the region. France had strengthened its air capability with the purchase of the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior, and Britain was also making preparations. The first choice of the government was to provide assistance to the newly independent Jamaica, which would lessen the logistics of having a large British presence in the area.

Jamaican Prime Minister Alexander Bustamante was at first reluctant to take sides in the matter, as he had always been a fierce supporter of Jamaican independence. Public assurances from Britain that his nation's affairs would always be respected, and that no alliance was to be inferred, persuaded him to accept the offer of military equipment, and aircraft were a priority. The fast and capable English Electric Canberra was an obvious choice; it's versatile ability to penetrate air defences at all levels, combined with a significant punch, meant that it was an ideal deterrent. An initial supply of 20 Canberra B2s were quickly despatched to the island, with 12 based at the airport in Montego Bay, and 8 at the former USAAF base at Vernam Field, on the south coast.

The principally maritime operations dictated a naval style of camouflage, and this was applied on their arrival. A two-tone blue was chosen, dark on the upper surface and light on the lower. The light blue had problems with quality control, leading to a distinctive streaky appearance which many found quite pleasing, looking as if the sky was passing at high speed. In order to make the fuselage serial numbers stand out against the dark and light camouflage, they were applied in black on a white rectangular background. Jamaican flags were painted under the cockpit.

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Grumman F6F-5 Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake, 1952

This Hellcat was part of the development fleet for the XAAM-N-7 Sidewinder in the early 60s.  Most Hellcats involved in the program were used as target drones, but a single Hellcat joined the Skyraiders that were used as test launch aircraft.  The aircraft is depicted prior to a test mission were it became one of the few Hellcats to shoot down another Hellcat during a successful test launch against a F6F-5K drone

This aircraft was later scheduled to be used as a target drone during a 1956 Sidewinder test firing, but a mechanical issue with the aircraft's starter led to an alternate drone being used.  This airframe luckily escaped the fate of its sisters and after decades in desert storage was restored to it's 1952 test configuration and is currently on display at the US Naval Museum or Armament and Technology at China Lake. 

Kit is Hasegawa 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat. Paints are Tamiya White Primer from rattlecan and Hataka USN Orange airbrushed. 
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Inspired by Nighthunters thread http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,44991.0.html, I present the E.E. Thunderbolt Mk.51 of the Royal Norwegian Air Force.
In 1950, the Luftforsvaret [RoyalNorwegian Airforce/ RNoAF] were looking to upgrade their capabilities in view of the increased threat from the USSR, and the fact that they were one of only 2 NATO countries to have a land border with Russia.
The Thunderbolt was seen as an interim measure to replace the Vampires then in service, until new aircraft could be supplied by the USA under the MAP programme. The Norwegian Thunderbolts were ex-RAF aircraft, refurbished by English Electric, and the first aircraft entered service with 331 Squadron at Bardufoss Air Station in 1951, remaining on the front line until  they were withdrawn in 1955, performing on average 500–600 interceptions of Soviet aircraft each year whilst in service.

Build thread here: http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,45174.msg807455.html#msg807455

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