USAF F-99C Hunter, Vietnam, 1966

Started by AeroplaneDriver, April 07, 2018, 01:14:26 PM

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This is my entry to the Cold War GB, and I thought I'd share it here too.  Kit is the Academy Hunter FGA.9, paints are Vallejo Model Air (the two greens have almost no contrast in most lighting, but I promise there are two different greens on it).

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.

So I got that going for me...which is nice....

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Very nice indeed.

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Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

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Decals my @r$e!


Lovely model, and an eminently plausible backstory.
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Are losing theirs and blaming it on you....."
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Too good for those Yanks, but the Hunter looks great in those colours. And very nicely done.


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Super job, love the 'extra' stores too.  :thumbsup:
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Kit's Rule 2) The backstory can always be changed to suit the model

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Thank you for your inspiration!!  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:

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:o 2018!? How did i miss this? That is gorgeous indeed!  :wub:
The ordnance loadout reminds me i must get my PoAF Hunter finished soon... :rolleyes:
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Quote from: MiB on January 07, 2023, 05:12:10 AMThank you for your inspiration!!  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:

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Another natural  :thumbsup:
Decals my @r$e!

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OK, how did I miss this? :unsure:

Absolutely stunning build! :bow:  :bow:
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