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Picture Post => Current and Finished Projects => Spinners Strike Fighters => Topic started by: SPINNERS on February 07, 2008, 02:38:33 pm

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Tu-98A 'Backfin'
Post by: SPINNERS on February 07, 2008, 02:38:33 pm
Hi Everyone,

This thread consists of 'what if' screenshots from the excellent 'Strike Fighters' series of flight simulation games created by Third Wire Productions for the PC. These games are ever so cheap and, straight out of the box, enable you to put 'what if' markings on selected post-war aircraft. Even better, there is a thriving 'modding' community where talented peeps create add-on aircraft, aircraft skins, markings, weapons, ships, terrains and a whole lot more thus making the 'what if' potential virtually limitless and increasing the fun coefficient to grin factor 10 - the full banana ;D.

Initially released back in 2002 the series has taken on a new dimension with the release of the Vista/W7/W8/W10 compatible 'Strike Fighters 2' (SF2) series of games in December 2008 and the SF2 series now consists of;

Strike Fighters 2
Strike Fighters 2:Vietnam
Strike Fighters 2:Europe
Strike Fighters 2:Israel
Strike Fighters 2:North Atlantic
Strike Fighters 2:Expansion Pack 1
Strike Fighters 2:Expansion Pack 2

Whilst development of the series stopped in 2013 there is still a large 'Strike Fighters' community at work producing new aircraft, skins, weapons and terrains so the series will be around for many years to come.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 22, 2008, 03:50:43 pm
Republic Aviation F-105I 'Shalakh' (Osprey) - No.253 'The Negev Squadron', Heyl Ha'Avir.

During the early 1960's Defence Secretary Robert S. McNamara and his team of whiz-kids were on a mission to streamline the US defence budget with commonality being their main weapon. With the F-4 Phantom now being procured by the USAF as well as by the USN and USMC and with the TFX (F-111) project promising further cost savings it appeared that the two aircraft had the home tactical fighter market covered and by October 1963 Republic Aviation were formally ordered to stop further development of the F-105 Thunderchief and stop production after the current batch of F-105D's and F-105F's.

In early 1964 the Israeli Air Force (IAF) were looking for a replacement for the Vautour tactical bomber and openly expressed a preference for the Blackburn Buccaneer. With the end of the Thunderchief production line looming and no follow-on project in the immediate pipeline Republic Aviation proposed a minimum change version of the Thunderchief F-105D-31RE to the IAF at an attractive price and this was accepted. Republic also proposed an advanced two-seater strike fighter based on the F-105F but with a dedicated WSO rear cockpit instead of the duplicated front cockpit of the USAF two-seaters.

With the last USAF F-105D's and F-105F's going through the door production continued with a batch of 40 F-105D's (Block-31RE's) and 20 F-105F's with initial deliveries starting in 1965. Production then switched to the F-105D-40RE, essentially a F-105D-31RE with some IAF specified equipment and the corresponding F-105F-40RE two-seater with another 60 single-seaters and another 40 two-seaters. These initial aircraft were all powered by the Pratt & Whitney J75-P19W engine rated at 26,500lbs of thrust.

Further improvements led to the F-105D-50RE with a more sophisticated avionics package and ECM fit and with an uprated J75-P25W engine rated at 28,000lbs of thrust. The IAF ordered 100 of this version with production commencing in 1966 and delivery in early 1967. There was no corresponding two-seater but due to feedback from the Vietnam war the IAF became interested in a dedicated electronic warfare and defence suppression version similar to the F-105G's being converted for the USAF. Once again the IAF kept the production line open with an order for 40 new build F-105G's powered by the J75-P25W and these aircraft entered service in 1968 - too late for the six-day war of 1967 but they played an important part in the Yom Kippur war of 1973. As a happy consequence, the USAF ordered more F-105D's and F-105F's as attrition replacements for Vietnam and kept the production line open until December 1968.

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Picture No.1 shows the 'old' patch with the F-100 silhouette but I've revised it to show a 'Thud' silhouette on the later pictures.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 06, 2008, 11:23:14 am
Luftwaffe Mirage 2000D's

What IfTM when faced with heavy reunification costs the German government of the early 1990's had purchased the Mirage 2000 'off the shelf' instead of pumping money into the Eurofighter project? Here's how the 'D' might have looked;

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 20, 2008, 06:28:47 am
Douglas Invader in Heyl HaAvir service

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFInvaderB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFInvaderB102.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 05, 2008, 12:06:09 am
The F-4 Phantom II enters RAF service

In January 1962, just five years after the infamous Duncan Sandys Defence White Paper of 1957 which led to the cancellation of almost all of the UK's military aircraft projects, the reality of the poor state of the UK's air defences forced the RAF to issue a requirement for a long-range interceptor fighter to bolster the UK Air Defence Force by supplementing the short range English Electric Lightning.

From the outset the RAF wanted the McDonnell Phantom II which had entered squadron service with the USN in October 1961 and this view was seemingly reinforced when the USAF ordered a minimum change version of the F-4B as the F-4C. Surprisingly, during Prime Minister Harold MacMillan's visit to Washington in July 1962 it was announced that the UK were to receive 50 Phantom F-4B's from McDonnell for delivery in 1963. Whilst the USAF 'minimum change' version did, in fact, incorporate many changes the RAF F-4B was really a bit of a F-4B/F-4C hybrid as it incorporated the bulged inner wing panels to accommodate the wider tyres but retained the USN retractable refuelling probe.

The Phantom F.1 entered service with No.226 Operational Conversion Unit (No.65 squadron) at RAF Wattisham in August 1963 and later equipped No.43 squadron and No.111 squadron based at RAF Leuchars in Scotland.

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Phantom F.1 of No.65 squadron lifts off from RAF Wattisham.

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Standard load for the Phantom F.1 was three tanks, four Sparrows and four Sidewinders although Firestreaks could also be carried.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomF104.jpg)

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No.43 squadron introduced the Firestreak to the RAF's Phantom force which had to be carried on beefed up pylon adaptors.

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From early 1967 the Phantom F.1 force began to wear the standard RAF camo scheme.

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Whilst not as sprightly as the Lightning the Phantom F.1 was no slouch as demonstrated by this Treble-One squadron machine.

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The sun sets on two Phantom F.1's from the Leuchars wing as they return back to base.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 06, 2008, 01:09:19 pm
Top Gunski!

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Several Libyan Mirage V's found their way back to the Soviet Union who formed two 'Aggressor' squadrons based at Kara-Kum, Turkmenistan.

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A Soviet Mirage V of No.2 Aggressor squadron buzzes two visiting Egyptian Cub aircraft.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 13, 2008, 12:17:40 pm
Early Royal Navy Skyhawks

The first Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm squadron to re-equip with the Skyhawk was No.806, the famous 'Ace Of Diamonds' squadron in August 1957.

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Ludo's superb Aeronavale skin with some RN decals by me. Thanks Ludo!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 18, 2008, 10:54:16 pm
RAAF Voodoos

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F-101C Voodoo of No.2 Operational Conversion Unit.

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A No.76 squadron machine overflys a B-57 Canberra during their short-lived 1966 deployment to Vietnam.

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Voodoos of No.2 Operational Conversion Unit return to Butterworth.

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 29, 2008, 12:40:12 pm
RAF Kestrel FG.1's

Ever since the late 1950's 'political procurement' has constantly plagued the UK Armed Forces and the purchase of the Chengdu J-10 from China was no exception. With the UK government turning themselves inside out to grab a slice of the ever-expanding Chinese market and faced with ever-expanding defence commitments the purchase of 72 J-10's was seen to be a way of getting into bed with the Chinese as well as giving the RAF something cheap but effective to fly in the ATO (Afghanistan Theatre of Operations). Predictably, by the time the 'Vigorous Dragon' was sufficiently anglicised to be acceptable to the RAF, including being given the name of Kestrel FG.1, the unit price had climbed to about two-thirds of that of the Eurofighter Typhoon - although the J-10 was considerably cheaper to operate and gave good service from 2011 to 2018 before the remaining 64 aircraft were sold to India in a deal that set back relations with China back to square one.

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The first two ex-RAF Kestrel FG.1's were flown in by pilots of No.45 squadron of the Indian Air Force.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 01, 2008, 02:42:44 am
USAF Groom Lake Frescoes

Now declassified, the Have Drill and Have Ferry projects saw the USAF evaluate the MiG-17F 'Fresco' at Groom Lake.

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Not a 'what-if' as such as the USAF really did evaluate the MiG-17F but a new North Vietnamese camo skin for the MiG-17F was released today and I thought it would make a nice 'Aggressor' skin.

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During the early 1970's more MiG-17F's were acquired and some flew in this 'Middle East' scheme.

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The end result of such DACM training should be this - an Aggressor MiG-17F caught in the gunsights of a Phantom.

Whiteknight has done some superb 'Red' schemes and I've used his Egyptian Camo to do another USAF Aggresor.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 01, 2008, 10:17:13 am
RAF Sabre F(AW).7's

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Two Firestreak equipped SabreF(AW).7's from No.92 squadron on detachment to Cyprus.

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSabreFAW707.jpg)

Apart from money, I can't think why the RAF didn't have these!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 02, 2008, 12:56:03 pm
The success of 'Project Gunsight' at Ash Fork AFB in North Arizona led to more funding for this far-sighted USAF training programme and off-the-shelf purchases of several Western European fighter types were urgently made. The Dassault MD.450 Ouragan was ordered in late 1951 and entered service with the 44th AFS (Aggressor Fighter Squadron) in February 1952.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFOuragan01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFOuragan02.jpg)

I enjoyed doing the F-74A Vampire Aggressor a few pages back so I thought I'd do a Dassault Ouragan in the same style. Realistically, the USAF could have got these in early 1952 - a full 18 months before they got a real MiG-15 so it would have made a useful dissimilar aircraft to practice against.

Question - What am I going to do about a designation for this any other 'cold war' era Aggressors. Apart from F-74/P-74 all the F's are taken (I rather get the impression that the numbering system was deliberately fixed to give the F-100 number to the Super Sabre as many numbers were used for variants of existing designs but then not used and some late '90' numbers were used for missiles!) so perhaps I need to use a suitable alternative letter or a combination of letters. Help!!!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 02, 2008, 02:22:21 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFOuragan03.jpg)
A four-ship heads off into the Desert for some ACM training

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"So the pupil becomes the master"

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During the early-mid 1950's the 44th wore both North Korean and Soviet tail patches.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 03, 2008, 01:25:05 pm
After the defection of Lt. No Kum-Sok with his MiG-15 in September 1953 Project Gunsight muscled in and by November 1953 had this MiG-15 transferred to the 44th AFS (Aggressor Fighter Squadron) at Ash Fork AFB where it flew alongside the Ouragans and Vampires.

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 04, 2008, 11:29:24 am
More 1950's Aggressor shenanigans...

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 08, 2008, 04:49:22 am
With the US Government financing the Dassault Mystere IV via the Offshore Procurement Programme it was quite natural for a few examples to find their way to the 44th Aggressor Fighter Squadron where they made an excellent MiG-15 simulator.

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 08, 2008, 10:46:32 am
South Africa became the first export customer for the Folland Gnat and received 60 examples in 1956 to replace Vampires and supplement the Sabre Mk6's.

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No.1 squadron became the first South African unit to fly the Gnat and initially flew in a natural metal finish.

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A No.1 squadron Gnat beats up the runway at Swartkop.

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Camoflaged Gnats soon appeared and were better suited to SAAF operations.

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South Africa, the world Rugby Union champions, played against Wales today at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. At one stage it looked as if it would be a record score to South Africa but Wales battled back and almost won it. Anyway, whilst watching the game I decided that it's about time I did something with South African markings on it.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 09, 2008, 04:00:08 am
Without being publicised, an undisclosed number of RF-101C Voodoos were passed onto South Africa in 1974 to equip a newly reformed No.11 squadron based alongside the Canberras of No.12 squadron at Waterkloof AFB. Little is known about the types usage by the SAAF other than several deployments to Grootfontein (now in the Republic of Namibia) during the mid-1970's Border Wars and the shooting down of two RF-101C's over Angola in early May 1978 - losses never officially confirmed by the South African government.

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A No.31 squadron Voodoo RF-101C blasts off from Grootfontein (Namibia) - destination unknown.

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May 1978 - Voodoos of No.31 squadron SAAF head out for the Angolan border on an early morning sortie.

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A SAAF Voodoo is bounced by an Angolan Fitter-C.

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 09, 2008, 12:00:20 pm
No.2 squadron of the Rhodesian Air Force operated the popular Macchi MB-326 for many years including some operations alongside their fierce rivals, No.1 squadron equipped with Hunters.

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RRAFMB-326H04.jpg)

I've done a custom slanting fin flash for the MB-326H that matches the lines of the fin and rudder better than a plain old square. Good call on the Harrier Darren, I'll make it my last Rhodesian bird for the moment using the classic 1970's insignia.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 09, 2008, 02:05:13 pm
Hawker Harriers of No.6 squadron Rhodesian Air Force.

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Harrier and Hunter - just how it should be!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 11, 2008, 01:01:57 pm
Even before the mass flypast of 48 MiG-19's at the 1955 Soviet Aviation Day at Tushino the introduction into service of this superb Soviet fighter aircraft had caused headaches for the USAF whose F-100 Super Sabre was going through massive teething problems. Colonel Irwin J. Reinhard and his team at Project Gunsight, based at Ash Fork AFB in North Arizona, were ahead of the game and had already secured funding for the purchase of 24 Dassault Super Mysteres from France to allow the 44th AFS (Aggressor Fighter Squadron) to more effectively simulate the MiG-19. Unfortunately the programme ran a bit behind schedule at the French end and the first Super Mysteres didn't arrive as Ash Fork until very late in 1958. Despite that they gave good service and remained in service until October 1973 with the last surviving 15 aircraft being transferred to the Israeli Air Force as attrition replacements following the Yom Kippur war.

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Later on the Super Mystere's received Sidewinder acquisition rounds, despite the Aim-9B being a Navy programme.

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In the mid-1970's some of the 44th AFS Super Mysteres adopted this camo scheme.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 14, 2008, 10:28:43 pm
A-10A Thunderbolts of the 10th Tactical Squadron of the Polish Air Force (Siły Powietrzne Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej)

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Some 10th Tactical squadron A-10A's adopted ferocious looking shark-mouths - quite appropriate for a predator like the A-10A!

As previously mentioned, the Euro One camo is a stock skin in the game/sim and thoughtfully includes the shark-mouth variation. I've just oversprayed the nose 'flying-boom' receptacle markings and the slime lights on the tail fin (only because the tail fin markings were clashing with them). I knocked up post-1993 Polish Insignia decal and also made a circular 10th Tactical Squadron decal as well. The game/sim randomly generates the red Soviet style two-digit numbers for all 'red' aircraft so a simple edit gets those decals to show up. I'm not sure what numbering system the modern Polish Air Force actually use but having these is better than nothing.

And to finish off this mini Polish interlude a couple of Grey A-10A's;

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PolishA-10A04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PolishA-10A05.jpg)

Again, this is a stock skin from within the game/sim (the A-10A is only in 'Wings Over Europe').
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 15, 2008, 07:09:34 am
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/McDonnellSalesPitch.jpg)
Unsuccessful 1962 McDonnell Aircraft Corp. sales pitch made to Canada.

Thankfully, in 'what-if' land we can make things right!

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Last week the Wales v. South Africa rugby union international inspired me to look at some South African what if's. Last night Wales played Canada (and very plucky they were too) so that is going to be my inspiration for the weekend. Some nice leafy roundels from the 1950's and 1960's! Canada haven't half changed their insignia and markings over the years so please forgive me if I drop the occasional clanger...no change there then.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 15, 2008, 09:52:13 am
Thanks Guys. Of course, the Phantom's father was the amazing Voodoo - an impressive aircraft in terms of size and performance. Canada operated two seperate batches of the two-seat interceptor version (which will be released as an add-on aircraft soon I understand) but I'm what-iffing the single-seat F-101C as a Canadian Cold War bomber based in Europe.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFVoodooF-101C01.jpg)
This RCAF 433 squadron Voodoo is ready for instant action at a front-line NATO airbase.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFVoodooF-101C02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFVoodooF-101C03.jpg)
Carrying a dummy Mk.84 2,000lb bomb this RCAF Voodoo gives RAF Bruggen an early morning wake-up call!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFVoodooF-101C04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 15, 2008, 02:11:50 pm
Thanks Geoff. The last RCAF aircraft for tonight is the sexy Six;

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFF-106ADeltaDart01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFF-106ADeltaDart02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFF-106ADeltaDart03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFF-106ADeltaDart04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFF-106ADeltaDart05.jpg)

The F-106A is a superb add-on aircraft for the game/sim and is available for download at CombatACE or Column5. It's a tricky beast to fly but such a good looking aeroplane! I haven't quite had time to do unit markings and my 'Royal Canadian Air Force' decal used on the Voodoo doesn't like the curves above the cheat line and the wasp waist of the F-106A.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 16, 2008, 04:10:13 am
F-86K Sabre Dogs of No.414 squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFF-86KSabreDog02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFF-86KSabreDog03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFF-86KSabreDog04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 16, 2008, 09:55:30 am
Breaking ranks with the other NATO countries (excepting the USA of course) Canada opted for the F-105 Thunderchief over the F-104 Starfighter. Thunderchiefs served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Europe with No.423 squadron being the first to re-equip followed by No.433 squadron. Both squadrons were based at Grostenquin in France until 1967 when they moved to Zweibrücken before returning to Canada in 1970.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFF-105DThunderchief03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFF-105DThunderchief04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFF-105DThunderchief02.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 18, 2008, 01:37:51 pm
Thunderchiefs of No.76 squadron, Royal Australian Air Force.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFF-105DThunderchief02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFF-105DThunderchief03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFF-105DThunderchief04.jpg)

The game/sim has Aussie roundels but they are a bit too dark for me so I've made some new ones and a matching fin flash and set them at 90% opacity which just makes them look a bit more painted on. I've used older serials (using A99 - a one-off Jet Provost in reality) indicating that Australia purchased the F-105 quite early on, perhaps having a few B's and C's before progressing to the early model D shown here. The fin badge for No.76 squadron is totally spurious althought there is a Black Panther on the real squadron badge.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 21, 2008, 01:29:52 pm
The Gloster Glory Prototype Jet Fighter - 1948

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGloryF101.jpg)
The prototype Gloster Glory gets airborne at Moreton Valence, June 1948.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGloryF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGloryF103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGloryF104.jpg)
The first two prototypes were the star performers at the 1948 SBAC show at Farnborough.

Inspired by Tornado's "Gloster Fagot" profiles, especially the prototype ones, I've used the La-15 'Fantail' to be a stunt double for the Gloster Glory jet fighter.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 22, 2008, 03:25:06 am
Gloster Glory 'Aggressors' of the 44th AFS (Aggressor Fighter Squadron), Ash Fork, North Arizona.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFGloryF101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFGloryF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFGloryF103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFGloryF104.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 23, 2008, 04:20:31 am
F-104G Starfighters of No.14 squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFF-104G01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFF-104G02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFF-104G03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFF-104G04.jpg)

The New Zealand 'All Blacks' came to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff yesterday and it was a tale of two halves with Wales edging the first half but with New Zealand giving us a bit of a lesson in the second half. Anyway, I'm using these Autumn internationals to give me a theme and the Kiwi roundels will get a well deserved airing. I think I've got the orientation of the Kiwis right but let me know if I haven't.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 23, 2008, 08:56:29 am
Hawker Hunters of No.75 squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHunterFGA901.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHunterFGA902.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHunterFGA903.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHunterFGA904.jpg)

The Hunter is a real favourite of mine in this game/sim as it flies real nice, just a bit underpowered, and the stock RAF camo skin is a beaut! BTW I can't believe the Hunter didn't serve in the RNZAF!?
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 23, 2008, 11:10:00 am
As part of the joint ANZUKUS force committed to Vietnam the RNZAF deployed two squadrons of Vought A-7B Corsairs to the conflict in 1970. These refurbished ex-US Navy machines served until well into the 1990's before being replaced by ex-USAF F-16C's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFA-7BCorsair01.jpg)
A bombed-up No.75 squadron machine based at Phan Rang waits for the order to launch.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFA-7BCorsair02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFA-7BCorsair03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFA-7BCorsair04.jpg)
Armed with Snakeyes and Shrikes a No.14 squadron Corsair heads North with a No.75 machine for company.

One of my favourite skins this. It's a Portugese Camo done by Mike1 (only suitable for the add-on Corsair and not the stock Corsair) and is perfect for SEAC operations.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 23, 2008, 02:47:05 pm
When Australia purchased the Mirage IIIO Dassault wasted no time in offering New Zealand the same aircraft as a Hunter replacement.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFMirageIIIO01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFMirageIIIO02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFMirageIIIO03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFMirageIIIO04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 30, 2008, 04:05:57 am
SEPECAT Jaguars of No.79 squadron, Royal Australian Air Force.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFJaguar01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFJaguar02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFJaguar03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFJaguar04.jpg)

I've been using the Welsh Autumn Rugby internationals as inspiration and it was Australia's turn to visit the Millennium stadium in Cardiff yesterday. Wales narrowly won by 21-18 but taking a Southern Hemisphere scalp is always a cause for celebration! Anyway, today will see a few more Australian 'what-ifs' and next up will be Aussie Hunters.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 30, 2008, 06:12:13 am
Prior to the Jaguar No.79 squadron operated the Hawker Hunter F.6 and FGA.9 and deployed to Ubon in Thailand as a response to a threat to Thailand from across the Laotian border during the 1962 emergency.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFHunter01.jpg)
In company with a RNZAF Corsair a RAAF Hunter prowls the Laotian border.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFHunter02.jpg)
This No.79 Sqd Hunter 'kicks up some dust' in a straffing attack on a Laotian convoy.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFHunter03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFHunter04.jpg)
During their deployment to Ubon No.79 squadrons Hunters adopted colourful red and gold fuselage markings.

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 07, 2008, 07:49:35 am
De Havilland Sprite F.1 - No.222 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1956

By late 1952 it was obvious that the Supermarine Swift was in deep trouble and the RAF were anxious not to rely solely on the Hawker Hunter which, itself, was experiencing some difficult teething troubles. Whilst the earlier Sabre purchase was greeted with much enthusiasm by the ailing RAF the UK Government were keen to reduce the already crippling debt to the US Government and sought another 'off the shelf' stop-gap to supplement the Sabres and Hunters.

The Dassault Mystere IV was briefly considered but France would only accept payment in US dollars so in 1953 the UK Government signed a deal with the Swedish Government for the supply of 200 Saab J29 Tunnans to be licence-built by de Havilland who had been an integral part of the J29 programme since October 1945 when the first de Havilland Goblin turbojet was delivered and de Havilland continued to assist by helping Saab with the later Ghost turbojet plus the pressurised cockpit, bubble canopy, gun installation and fuel system.

The timing allowed the RAF to benefit from two improvements in the already mature J29 programme - an afterburner plus the improved 'dogtooth' wing of the J29E. Svenska Flygmotor had already realised that the Ghost turbojet was already outclassed as a modern fighter engine and that the only way to improve it was by adding a lightweight afterburner and, with assistance from the Royal Swedish Air Board, the RM2B engine was quickly developed to give an impressive 6,200lbs of thrust from an engine lighter than the Sabre's J47. Saab had already flown the improved 'dogtooth' wing on the J29E and this wing also benefited from an extended and drooped outboard section plus the deletion of slats.

Broadly comparable to the J29F, the de Havilland Sprite F.1 entered service with No.222 squadron in February 1955 and equipped home defence and Auxillary squadrons before being retired in 1960. The improved FGA.2 version was produced as a Venom replacement for overseas use and had a much longer service life with examples still in service in RAF Middle-East Command and RAF South-East Asia Command well into the mid-1960's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSpriteF103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSpriteF101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSpriteF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSpriteF104.jpg)



Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 08, 2008, 11:54:31 am
With increasing USAF involvement in Vietnam the 44th AFS (Aggressor Fighter Squadron) was reactivated during 1964 and re-equipped with ex-Swedish Air Force Saab J29F's to simulate the MiG-17.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFSpriteF101.jpg)
Carrying Falcon training rounds this 44th AFS J29F climbs away from Ash Fork AFB.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFSpriteF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFSpriteF103.jpg)
This 44th AFS Instructor Pilot gives his Phantom F-4C pupils a hard time during a particularly intense DACM sortie over North Arizona.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFSpriteF104.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 10, 2008, 11:23:57 am
Finnish 'Barrels'

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IlmavoimatJ29F05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IlmavoimatJ29F06.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 13, 2008, 10:09:46 am
SEPECAT Panther GR.1 - No.8 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1978

The loss of the TSR.2 programme was followed all too quickly by the cancellation of the F-111K order and then the French withdrawl from the AFVG programme. For a short while it looked like the Panavia consortium would fill the gap with the MRCA but the withdrawl of Canada and the Netherlands during the feasability studies and then finally Italy and Germany just before the formal programme launch left the UK Government with almost no options in their ill-fated search for a Canberra replacement.

However, quietly and without fuss, the Anglo-French SEPECAT consortium were progressing rather well with the Jaguar and proposed an essentially scaled-up design to fulfill the RAF's strike/attack requirement.

Using airframe knowledge gained from the Jaguar programme, plus the excellent Rolls-Royce Spey engines from the Phantom F-4K and F-4M programme, SEPECAT offered an in-service date of 1974 and the UK government accepted this proposal and negotiated a 70/30 work-split for BAC due to an initial lack of interest from France although France would later also adopt this excellent design.

Christened Panther, the prototype first flew in September 1970 (just two years after the Jaguar) and prototype and pre-production testing quickly progressed mainly due to just having one end-user. The Panther GR.1 entered service with the Royal Air Force in June 1975 when No.6 squadron converted to the 'big cat' from Phantoms. Total production of the initial GR.1 version reached 220 and SEPECAT also produced 130 Panther F.2's interceptors (re-enginned with the 30,000lb thrust class Rolls-Royce Teifi) for use by the UK air defence squadrons.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherGR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherGR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherGR103.jpg)

The Chinese 'Flying Leopard' was released at Combat ACE recently and it's a cracker. What with the overall look of a pumped-up Jaguar and the Phantom style canopy it just screamed 'RAF Tornado substitute' at me but it just might have been 'put the kettle on I'm gasping'.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 16, 2008, 01:51:24 pm
The more I think of this I prefer the title of British Peoples' Republic Air Force! Here's some MiG-19's of No.5 squadron BPRAF (nurse my medicene please).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-1901.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-1902.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-1903.jpg)

A spiffing Czech' S-105 (MiG-19S) was released recently and I've just oversprayed the Czech' markings and added BPRAF markings and my 'Communist' No.5 squadron nose bars. I quite like the Soviet style two-digit numbers and moved them from the nose to the fin (makes a nice change from letters).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 20, 2008, 08:26:25 am
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-17F01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-17F02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-17F03.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 20, 2008, 10:55:46 am
What IfTM the UK had turned 'Red' during the 1970's, i.e. after the delivery of the Spey-powered Phantoms?

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFPhantomF-4M01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFPhantomF-4M02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFPhantomF-4M03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFPhantomF-4M04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 27, 2008, 06:29:08 am
Gloster Gremlin F.1's (licence-built MiG-21F's) of the 54th Fighter Regiment, British Peoples' Republic Air Force.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-21F01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-21F02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-21F03.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 27, 2008, 06:31:55 am
Gloster Gremlin FG.2's (licenece-built MiG-21MF's) of the 44th Fighter Regiment, British Peoples' Republic Air Force.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-21MF01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-21MF02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-21MF03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BPRAFMiG-21MF04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 27, 2008, 11:43:30 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/TopGunSkiPhantomF-4E01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/TopGunSkiPhantomF-4E02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/TopGunSkiPhantomF-4E03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/TopGunSkiPhantomF-4E04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/TopGunSkiPhantomF-4E05.jpg)

A new Desert Camo for the F-4C, D and E was released recently and it got me thinking that it might look good with Soviet 'Top Gunski' markings! The nose marking is out of me own head and I've used the stock USAF scheme as well.

Yes - I know I'm twisted but, in my defence, I am reading 'Red Eagles' at the moment...
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 28, 2008, 03:42:39 am
With only a handful of clandestinely acquired Phantoms the Soviet Fighter Weapons and Tactics Regiment used a variety of home-grown aircraft to supplement them, including the MiG-21MF.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/TopGunSkiMiG-21MF01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/TopGunSkiMiG-21MF02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/TopGunSkiMiG-21MF03.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 29, 2008, 09:26:56 am
A recent release for the 'Strike Fighters' series of flight sims is the Supermarine Swift FR.5 by a little group known as the "A-Team Skunkworks" and I've added some No.2 squadron markings to create a 'real world' FR.5 and some No.45 and No.58 squadron markings to create 'what if' FGA.6's. Pedants will note that all use Hunter serial numbers!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSwiftFR502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSwiftFR501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSwiftFGA601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSwiftFGA602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSwiftFGA603.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSwiftFGA604.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 25, 2009, 08:42:12 am
General Dynamics F-111K - No.6 Squadron, Royal Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111A04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 29, 2009, 11:00:06 am
General Dynamics Merlin S.1 (F-111K) - No.617 'Dambusters' Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1969

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111K01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111K02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111K03-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111K04-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111K08-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 31, 2009, 01:14:26 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111K09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111K10.jpg)

Desert Storm
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 31, 2009, 02:31:33 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111K11.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFF-111K12.jpg)

The final scheme worn by the RAF's F-111K's was an overall grey scheme as illustrated by this No.9 squadron Merlin GR.1A.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 03, 2009, 02:37:55 pm
The F-111B entered service with the Royal Navy in 1970 as the Merlin FRS.3 and served until 1992. The last carrier borne deployment was by 899NAS aboard HMS Ark Royal during the 1991 Gulf War who then operated from Turkey patrolling the no-fly zone during the initial phase of Operation Provide Comfort before being replaced by the Tomcat FRS.2's of 892NAS.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNF-111B01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNF-111B02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNF-111B03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNF-111B04.jpg)

Highly unlikely I know but the F-111B was released earlier today and I just had to whif it in a Royal Navy stylee.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 05, 2009, 12:35:46 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNF-111B05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNF-111B06.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 19, 2009, 06:16:39 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F.1 - RAF Fighter Command

Cancellation of the Hawker P.1154 in 1964 led to the urgent adoption of the F-8E(RN) Crusader by the Royal Navy who had been shopping for a Sea Vixen replacement for a number of years. With the last F-8E coming off the line and only a handful of French F-8E(FN)'s on the order book LTV offered a superb deal on the F-8E(RN) which was essentially similar to the French F-8E(FN) and including the high-lift wings with blown droops and flaps to permit the safe operation from the smaller Royal Navy carriers (HMS Ark Royal and HMS Eagle).

This left the path clear for the RAF to adopt their preferred choice of the J79 powered Phantom as their long-awaited Hunter replacement. However, politics intervened and the UK Government insisted that the RAF version would use the new Bristol Siddeley / Snecma Sequanna turbofan engine then under development for the proposed Mirage IVB and next-generation Mirage III's. This advanced turbofan fitted the Phantom like a glove and whilst not as powerful as the Rolls Royce Spey it still gave 18,000lbs of thrust with reheat whilst being lighter, slimmer and without needing any redesign of the Phantom's inlet and rear fuselage.

The initial RAF order was for 50 Phantom F.1 interceptors and 100 Phantom FG.2 fighter-bombers broadly based on the baseline F-4C model of 1964 although later FG.2's would also incorporate some features of the F-4D. The F.1 interceptors would enable the last of Fighter Commands Hunters to be retired and also supplement the short-range Lightnings. Initially delivered to No.43 squadron at Leuchars in Scotland in early 1966 the Phantom F.1's served until 1985 when they were replaced by two-seat Eagle F.2's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomF105-1.jpg)
Phantom F.1 of No.56 squadron seen whilst on APC at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomF106-1.jpg)
Phantom F.1's of No.74 and No.43 squadrons.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomF107-1.jpg)
This No.43 squadron Phantom F.1 shows off the standard interceptor warload of eight missiles, two tanks and one gunpod.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomF108-1.jpg)
Available for download at CombatACE now!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 12, 2009, 01:25:16 pm
Hawker Hunter FGA.9c of No.26 squadron temporarily detached to Khormaksar, Aden during 1974.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFHunterFGA9c01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFHunterFGA9c03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFHunterFGA9c02.jpg)

A Rhodesian Hunter was added today by ndicki and it's a great little mod of the stock Hunter FGA.9 and a lot of work has gone into giving it a new skin and adding two new weapon stations - the latter way beyond my abilities. It comes with a nicely weathered Rhodesian skin and, of course, no markings! I've simply added my No.26 squadron markings to make a mid-1970's Hunter FGA.9c.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 27, 2009, 01:58:25 pm
Dhimari Westland Whirlwinds bravely attempt to intercept marauding Parani Tu-4's...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ParaniTu-401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariWhirlwind01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ParaniTu-402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariWhirlwind02.jpg)

Sadly, for the Dhimari Whirlwinds it all ended in tears!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 29, 2009, 09:21:55 am
In 1980 a major diplomatic incident occurred when a Dhimari F-14A Tomcat shot down a Soviet Tu-16 Badger over the Straits of Dhimar. This controversial act was undoubtedly made worse by the fact that the US Navy were engaged in a training exercise with the Royal Dhimari Air Force and the decision to fire allegedly came from the commander of the USS Enterprise. Diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union were already at a low-point and would not improve until the mid-1990's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariF-14ATomcat01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariF-14ATomcat03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariF-14ATomcat02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariF-14ATomcat04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 04, 2009, 01:38:52 pm
Fiat-Folland Firecrown

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFG91Y01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFG91Y02.jpg)
Folland Firecrown FGA.2 of No.112 squadron, Afghanistan, 1971.

The Fiat G91Y add-on comes with a superb Italian 'sharkmouth' skin which just screams out for 112 squadron markings!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 13, 2009, 01:52:50 am
North American Vigilante SR.3 - No.543 Squadron, Royal Air Force

The sudden grounding of the Valiant force in late 1964 left the RAF short of bombers, tankers and strategic reconnaissance assets. Whilst Victors and Vulcans could be moved around to cover some of the gaps it was decided to make an urgent off-the-shelf purchase of the new North American Vigilante RA-5C's to re-equip No.543 squadron at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire who took delivery of the first Vigilante SR.3 in late 1966.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVigilanteSR301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVigilanteSR302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVigilanteSR303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVigilanteSR304.jpg)

Pedants will note that this is a late Block 10 aircraft but are reminded that this is a 'what-if' site!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 19, 2009, 06:23:27 am
Gloster Galant FAW.1 - No.5 Squadron, Royal Air Force

With the Lightning programme falling behind schedule the USAFE expressed concern that its bases in the UK could not be adequately defended by the "subsonic limeys" so the F-102 Delta Dagger was selected for RAF Fighter Command under the Offshore Procurement Plan. With Convair stretched to the max with the F-102, F-106 and B-58 programmes Gloster Aviation were selected to licence build the F-102K as the Gloster Galant FAW.1 with initial deliveries being made to No.5 squadron at Binbrook in April 1958.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGalantFAW101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGalantFAW102.jpg)

Over at CombatACE Veltro2K has released the F-102 Delta Dagger meaning that all of the 'Century Series' of fighters are now available and this add-on is especially good. I've used a new skin by pappychksix to help create a Gloster Galant FAW.1 of No.5 squadron, RAF Fighter Command.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 23, 2009, 01:19:27 pm
PZL/BAe Scorpion GR1

Seeing the export potential in the innovative PZL-230 Skorpion project BAe teamed up with PZL in 1991 to market the Skorpion as a cost-effective and easy to maintain ground-attack aircraft for smaller nations and to help launch the project the UK Government ordered 60 for the strike and CAS roles. Entering service as the Scorpion GR.1 the aircraft was initially openly criticised by RAF officials but during deployments to South-East Asia and Afghanistan the aircraft proved its worth and enjoyed a long service life.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSEACScorpionGR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSEACScorpionGR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSEACScorpionGR103.jpg)

A cracking new add-on this and this 'jungle' scheme seems to suit SEAC markings.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 23, 2009, 01:59:59 pm
Desert Scorpions...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFScorpionGR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFScorpionGR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFScorpionGR103.jpg)

The Scorpion add-on also comes with this superb Desert scheme - perfect for a what-if RAF machine operating in and out of the Helmand Valley.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 26, 2009, 06:04:40 am
RAF Lansens.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFLansenFGA101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFLansenFGA102.jpg)

Another recent release over at CombatACE. It's a fine addition but appears to be a hybrid between the 'A' and 'B' versions having the belly radome and the afterburner. I've got the Heller kit stashed away somewhere  :wub:.

Edit: Oooh. I'm confused. Is it a belly tank or a belly radar? Bill Gunston's excellent book 'Fighters Of the Fifties' makes reference to the 'B' version having a "flat radarless belly".
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 26, 2009, 06:07:50 am
Saab Lansen - Finnish Ilmavoimat

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishLansen01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishLansen02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishLansen03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishLansen05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishLansen04.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 03, 2009, 04:40:32 am
Northrop/BAe Tiger T.2's - No.56 and No.74 squadrons, Royal Air Force, 1976.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTigerT203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTigerT204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTigerT205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTigerT206.jpg)

The superb grey splinter scheme comes with the F-5F download and just needed a bit of overspray and some No.74 markings adding to it.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 10, 2009, 07:28:59 am
Mirage FG.3's of No.58 squadron, RAF Middle East Command.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMirageFG301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMirageFG302.jpg)

One of the add-on Mirages is the Argentinian IIIEA so I've added some RAF tactical roundels and markings for No.58 squadron.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 10, 2009, 11:04:15 am
Mirage FGA.3's of No.45 squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1975.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSEACMirageFGA301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSEACMirageFGA302.jpg)

I'm not sure why Belgium chose this 'Vietnam' style scheme for their 5BA's but it's perfect for an RAF SEAC Mirage!

N.B. Scheme has been applied to the IIIEA.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 10, 2009, 01:45:31 pm
Finnish Mirages

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishMirage3C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishMirage3C02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishMirage3C03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishMirage3C04.jpg)

One of the Mirage IIIE skins has been oversprayed to lose the rudder tricolour and red intakes and has formed the basis of a plain silver skin for an Ilmavoimat Mirage IIICF. I do like Finnish markings  :wub:

Doh! I'd forgotten that the skin I used says Mirage III E !
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 13, 2009, 11:58:16 am
RAF Starfire FAW.1's of No.111 squadron.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFStarfireFAW101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFStarfireFAW102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFStarfireFAW104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFStarfireFAW103.jpg)

I can't give you a backstory for this brute as it would mean that somewhere along the line my beloved Gloster Meteor NF's would suffer! Anyway, it would have been powered by the splendid Rolls Royce Tay and my version has four 20mm Hispano cannon as opposed to the four 0.5" machine guns of the F-94B.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 18, 2009, 05:20:55 am
Just as the Soviets copied the Boeing B-29 'what If'TM they'd copied the Boeing B-47 Stratojet?

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SovietStratojetski01.jpg)
A Myasishchev M-3 'Breadbin' lifts off at a Soviet airbase.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SovietStratojetski02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SovietStratojetski03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SovietStratojetski04.jpg)
USAF F-102's chase down the two Soviet intruders.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SovietStratojetski05.jpg)

This is the standard SAC scheme with Soviet markings and it just looks more 'Myasishchev' than 'Tupolev' IMHO!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 18, 2009, 10:48:47 am
Rockwell's XFV-12 technology demonstrator was of enormous interest to those nations with existing (or proposed) small carriers and led to a privately funded prototype popularly dubbed 'Mustang II' by Rockwell employees but formally known as the Advanced Shipborne Strike Fighter (ASSF). Rockwell pitched the ASSF directly against the Harrier & Sea Harrier but only secured sales to Argentina (almost immediately cancelled in the aftermath of the Falklands Conflict), Australia plus mediocre home sales to the USN and USMC with the former operating the type off several modified destroyers. Australia's purchase led to the adoption the name Corella (an Australian bird) by all three users and low-rate production continued until 1991 when the types success in the first Gulf War led to further production orders of an advanced version (Super Corella).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANXFV-1201.jpg)
Rockwell Corella FG.2 of No.805 sqd, Royal Australian Navy.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANXFV-1202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANXFV-1203.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 18, 2009, 11:39:46 am
Douglas Skyknight FAW.1's of No.43 squadron, Royal Air Force.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSkyknightFAW101.jpg)
Skyknight FAW.1 of No.43 squadron carrying Redstorm and Firestreak air-to-air missiles.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSkyknightFAW102.jpg)
Redstorm launch!

I've always liked the look of this seriously underpowered brute and reckon that some good old British jet engines and British missiles would have transformed it and kept it in service into the mid-60's. The Redstorm missiles are actually Soviet Anabs masquerading as something British!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 19, 2009, 02:01:01 pm
Gloster Meteor F.4's of RAF Middle East Command

Gloster Meteor F.4's of No.93 squadron, RAF Middle East Command were in the thick of the action defending Dhimar from Parani attacks...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMeteorF401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMeteorF402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMeteorF403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMeteorF404.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMeteorF405.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMeteorF406.jpg)

There are Meteor F.4's and Meteor F.8's available as add-on aircraft and the superbly weathered F.8 skin fits the F.4 so I've added my No.93 squadron markings and worked it into a 1946-1949 timeframe to intercept marauding Parani Me-262's (nurse, my medicene). I love the Meteor!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 22, 2009, 12:22:23 pm
RAF B-36 Peacemakers

Just as the ailing RAF received Boeing B-29's in the 1950's what ifTM they'd received the outrageous B-36 Peacemaker?

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVancouverB301.jpg)
Convair Vancouver B(PR).3's of No.543 squadron, RAF Bomber Command based at Brize Norton.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVancouverB302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVancouverB303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVancouverB304.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVancouverB305.jpg)

I was going to do the early B-36B (six turning, none burning) but thought I'd do a B-36J and give it V-bomber style pale markings. The silver skin that comes with the amazing add-on is really good and I've just needed to cover up some markings and add the pale blue to the fin tip and front of the engine pods using the same powder blue from the roundels.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 23, 2009, 01:33:31 pm
USAAF Gloster Meteors

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAAFMeteor01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAAFMeteor02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAAFMeteor03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAAFMeteor04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAAFMeteor05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAAFMeteor06.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 02, 2009, 04:24:28 am
Lansen FAW.2's of RAF Fighter Command

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFLansenFAW201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFLansenFAW202.jpg)

There is a smashing template available for the Lansen so it's made it easy for me to knock-up an RAF Camo scheme.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 06, 2009, 11:43:08 am
CF-58 Hustlers of the Royal Canadian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFHustlerF101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFHustlerF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFHustlerF103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFHustlerF104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFHustlerF105.jpg)
Boris will be home late this evening...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFHustlerF106.jpg)


Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 07, 2009, 07:08:32 am
Supermarine Skylark

A licence-built Dassault Super Mystère manufactured by Supermarine and re-enginned with Rolls Royce Avon engines and armed with 2 x 30mm Aden cannon plus Firestreaks (from 1960). Perhaps it would have made a useful stepping stone between the Hunter and the Lightning but, regardless, it's a fine looking aircraft.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSuperMystereF101.jpg)
Supermarine Skylark F.1's of No.63 squadron, RAF Fighter Command.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSuperMystereF102.jpg)
Daylight gets under the wheels of a Firestreak armed Supermarine Skylark F.1 of No.33 squadron.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSuperMystereF103.jpg)
Skylark F1's on patrol and looking for 'enemy' Canberra bombers during NATO excerise 'Pony Express' July, 1961.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSuperMystereF104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSuperMystereF105.jpg)
A No.63 squadron Skylark F.1 launches a Firestreak air-to-air missile during trials.

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSuperMystereF106.jpg)
Available for download at Combat Ace very soon!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 07, 2009, 11:38:12 am
Armstrong-Whitworth Siskin

The early-1950's were a difficult time for RAF Fighter Command. The obscolescent Meteor F.8 formed the mainstay of RAF Fighter Command but was struggling to catch the RAF's Canberra jet bombers and would have been hopelessly outclassed by MiG-15's if the Cold War had turned hot. But just at the time that Fighter Command should have been looking forward to receiving the modern swept-wing Hawker Hunter and Supermarine Swift both programmes hit severe technical problems. Even before the decision to cancel the Swift fighter programme (taken in February 1955) the Air Ministry were looking for an 'off the shelf' purchase of an interim 'stop-gap' type and although the North American F-86 Sabre was procured in substantial numbers the desperately bad balance of payments situation with the US prevented further purchases.

Dassault had previously offered the Mystère IIC and had been turned down but in November 1952 an RAF evaluation team were sent to Istres to evaluate the Mystère IV and submitted an enthusiastic report to the Air Ministry who decided to place an order for 200 Mystère IV's to be licence-built by Armstrong-Whitworth with Rolls Royce Tay engines. Initially armed with two 30mm Aden cannon the aircraft entered service in March 1955 as the Siskin F.1 and was used by RAF Fighter Command until the early 1960's with the subsequent Siskin FGA.2 fighter-bomber serving in RAF Middle-East Command until 1970.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMystereF104.jpg)
Siskin F.1's of No.257 squadron wait for the order to take off.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMystereF101.jpg)
A No.208 squadron Siskin gets airborne in a hurry.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMystereF102.jpg)
Siskin F.1's of No.208 squadron on patrol.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMystereF103.jpg)
A No.208 squadron machine seen whilst on deployment to RAF Germany.


(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMystereF105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMystereF106.jpg)
Firestreak launch by a No.257 squadron Siskin F.1 during APC in 1962.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMystereF107.jpg)
Available to download at Combat Ace
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 13, 2009, 09:14:16 am
The Rockwell B-1B 'Baltimore' in RAF Service

RAF Strike Command.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaltimoreB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaltimoreB103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaltimoreB104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaltimoreB105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaltimoreB106.jpg)


RAF South East Asia Command.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaltimoreB107.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaltimoreB108.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaltimoreB109.jpg)


RAF Middle East Command.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaltimoreB110.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaltimoreB111.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaltimoreB112.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 15, 2009, 02:43:02 pm
De Havilland Vampire F.8's

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVampireF802.jpg)
Vampire F.8 of No.3 squadron, RAF Germany.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVampireF801.jpg)
First squadron to re-equip with the Vampire F.8 was No.98 squadron based at Fassburg, West Germany.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVampireF803.jpg)
Vampire F.8 of No.263 squadron, RAF Fighter Command.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVampireF804.jpg)
Vampire F.8 of No.4 squadron.

Just as the RAF received Meteor F.8's I'm thinking that De Havilland had produced the Vampire F.8 with an uprated engine, perhaps a Ghost or a Nene of about 5,000lbs thrust. No.263 certainly operated the Meteor F.8 and I'd like to do another couple of Meteor F.8 unit markings on the De-lightful little Vampire - perhaps some RAuxAF squadrons. I've binned the draggy-looking slipper tanks and used the Hunter's 100-gallon tanks.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 17, 2009, 10:52:17 am
Vampire FB.7's of No.6 Squadron

Vampire FB.7's of No.6 squadron, the famous 'Flying Can-Openers'.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVampireF805.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVampireF806.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVampireF807.jpg)


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Now available for download at Combat Ace!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVampireF808.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVampireFB701.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 20, 2009, 09:16:59 am
Luftwaffe Hunter F.6's

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeHunterF607.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeHunterF601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeHunterF602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeHunterF605.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeHunterF606.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeHunterF609.jpg)

The RAF and Danish skins are stock (the Danish is a brand new one) and I'm working on the silver one (I need to give it a bit more weathering and dirt).

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/Hunter_F6WG_Loading.jpg)

I've enjoyed this Luftwaffe Hunter and remember kids, "It's safer than a Starfighter!"  :lol:
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 21, 2009, 05:02:19 am
Ilmavoimat Hawker Hunters

'What If'TM Finland had bought the Hawker Hunter instead of the Folland Gnat?

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishHunter01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishHunter02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishHunter03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishHunter04.jpg)
August 1961 - An Ilmavoimat Hawker Hunter of HävLLv 31 downs a Mig-21 during the infamous Lappeenranta border incident.


Help! I believe that Pictures 3 and 4 show the markings for HävLLv 31 but I have no idea what unit is shown on Pictures 1 and 2 but would love to know - Thanks!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 23, 2009, 02:46:17 pm
Silver Hunters

A change of pace with some Hawker Hunter F.4's of No.14 squadron in the early silver scheme...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFHunterF404.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFHunterF403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFHunterF406.jpg)

Laughter silvered wings...
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 27, 2009, 04:23:29 am
The Lavochkin La-13 'Fireball'

Even before the end of WW2 the Soviets were in a desperate rush to catch up with British and American technologies and particularly in military aviation. Almost all captured German designs were studied with several being pressed into service in the immediate post-war era including the Lavochkin La-13 'Fireball' jet fighter despite it being an essentially flawed design. Based on the Focke Wulf 'Projekt Two' the La-13 was powered by a Klimov RD-10A (a direct copy of the wartime Jumo 004A) and was little more than a FW-190 with an underslung jet engine kept clear of the runway by a stalky and fragile undercarriage.

Whilst this crude 'modified piston-enginned fighter' configuration was also adopted by the MiG-9 'Fargo' and Yakovlev Yak-15 'Feather' the La-13 was heavier and had viscous handling qualities being initially rejected by the VVS evaluation team and heartily loathed by VVS service pilots. First displayed at the Tushino Aviation Day on 18 August 1946 the La-13 entered service in 1948 (later than its home-grown rivals) and was soon dumped on unsuspecting client states. It was later given the entirely appropriate NATO reporting codename of 'Fireball' which became the fate of many La-13's.

The 'Projekt Two' is a nice add-on aircraft by an American guy called Timmy from St.Louis and comes with a really good WW2 style Luftwaffe skin that also suits Soviet red stars. Timmy also did the Lansen - one for my revisit list.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SovietFireball02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SovietFireball03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SovietFireball05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SovietFireball04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 27, 2009, 09:10:50 am
Britain's forgotten fighter... the Blackburn Baron!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaron01-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaron02-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaron03-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBaron04-1.jpg)

Can you guess what's been used to 'fake' the Blackburn Baron?
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 27, 2009, 11:40:20 am
Some Blackburn Baron's found their way to the emerging Middle East state of Paran during the late 1940's...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ParaniBaron01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ParaniBaron02.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 28, 2009, 10:07:29 am
Dhimari P-47N Thunderbolts...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariP-47N01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariP-47N03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariP-47N02.jpg)

I've had a blast checking out some of the prop-jobs this weekend and the guy who did the 3-D model of the P-47N has also released a superb template, so apart from my base layer of paint I've used all those wonderful little details. The sim doesn't handle props as well as it does jets but I've enjoyed the few that I've tried much more than the IL-2 series.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 28, 2009, 11:03:02 am
Finnish P-47N Thunderbolts - just for Geoff!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishP-47N02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishP-47N01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishP-47N03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishP-47N04.jpg)

Once I saw the blue markings on the cowling and tail (on the original USAAF skin) it just to be an Ilmavoimat post-war P-47N!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 05, 2009, 03:49:22 am
After the Merlin GR.1 (F-111K) the RAF received the Merlin GR.2 with long-span wings and Rolls-Royce Spey RB.225 engines.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMerlinGR202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMerlinGR201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMerlinGR203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMerlinGR204.jpg)

I've used three shades of brown and a 'washed out' sky blue for the undersides, a bit WW2 but appropriate for RAF Middle East Command.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 05, 2009, 01:49:20 pm
The North American B-25J Mitchell in service with The Desert Air Force...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMitchell301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMitchell302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMitchell303.jpg)

I'm not sure if the Mitchell III did serve in North Africa but, in any case, this is a USAAF scheme with some RAF markings. The Mitchell is one of the few classic aircraft I've never built as a kit and the B-25J is a pretty powerful attack platform.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 07, 2009, 01:14:12 pm
'What If'TM BAC, backed by the UK Government, had just pushed for export sales just a little bit harder...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeLightningF601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeLightningF602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeLightningF604.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeLightningF603.jpg)

I'm a bit short on time at the moment but will come back and do the early Luftwaffe Lightnings in NMF.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 08, 2009, 10:45:44 am
BAC Lightning F.6 of JG72

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeLightningF605.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeLightningF606.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LuftwaffeLightningF607.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 09, 2009, 10:56:19 am
Lockheed Constellation C.1's of RAF Transport Command...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFConstellationC101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFConstellationC102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFConstellationC103.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 10, 2009, 02:18:17 pm
Lockheed Constellation C.2's of RAF South East Asia Command, 1962.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSEACConstellationC201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSEACConstellationC202.jpg)

IMHO the 'Connie' just has to be in anyone's all-time Top 10 of graceful-looking aircraft.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 16, 2009, 05:38:25 am
France became the second export customer for the Canberra purchasing six in 1954 for trials and testing work but 'what if'TM they had operated the Canberra in service...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ADLACanberraB201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ADLACanberraB202.jpg)

A good Canberra template exists so I've knocked up a simple silver skin and added some French markings including the 'Gascogne' fin badge.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 17, 2009, 01:24:20 pm
Don't forget the later Sand and Chocolate desert scheme used in Africa.

Best I could do Geoff (I really am crap at 'skinning'  :rolleyes:)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ADLACanberraB203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ADLACanberraB204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ADLACanberraB205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ADLACanberraB206.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 18, 2009, 05:01:38 am
Canberra PR.3 of No.58 squadron based at Seletar during Operation Firedog.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCanberraPR301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCanberraPR302.jpg)

No.58 squadron was a real worldTM PR.3 user but never in Malaya and never in overall PRU Blue!


(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCanberraPR305.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 18, 2009, 02:31:02 pm
Some Canberra PR.3's of No.17 squadron, RAF Germany.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCanberraPR304.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCanberraPR306.jpg)
Canberra PR.3's of No.17 squadron, RAF Germany took part in Exercise Counter Punch.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCanberraPR303.jpg)

The 3D model is of the B.2 which was fractionally shorter than the PR.3 and PR.7. The B.2 comes with the cracking PRU Blue with Camo uppers. Sweet! I knocked up the No.17 squadron zig-zags this evening (a steep learning curve) and must put them to good use on something else, perhaps an RAF Voodoo FR.1!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 19, 2009, 09:01:50 am
Westland Woodpecker I

Westland followed up the Wapiti and Wallace with the rather pedestrian Woodpecker designed to an Air Ministry requirement for a 'general duties' aircraft for overseas use, meaning an aircraft that could perform a variety of tasks for the 'air policing' role in Iraq. Introduction to service was relatively quick and the Woodpecker served alongside the Hawker Hardy in Iraq before being slowly withdrawn from early 1938 onwards. The Woodpecker had one last hurrah in RAF service by being pressed into service with several Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadrons in an 'anti-invasion' role during the Munich Crisis of September 1938 and continuing in service until finally replaced in early 1940.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWoodpecker01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWoodpecker02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWoodpecker03.jpg)

This is actually the Czech Letov Š-328 masquerading as a 'what if'TM Westland Woodpecker. The Letov Š-328 was released by a talented guy called MontyCZ over at Combat Ace and is just exquisite!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 22, 2009, 01:09:55 pm
Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm Firefly FG.2 of No.20 squadron, RAF Germany.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFireflyFG201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFireflyFG203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFireflyFG202.jpg)

Over at Combat ACE russouk2004 has released a superb template for his MBB Firefly so, with not much time on my hands at the moment, I've done a simple Green scheme. I've cocked-up somewhere as the ejection seat is white but, hey-ho.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 25, 2009, 08:54:50 am
Westland Warrior FB.2

In late 1941 the Westland Aircraft Company were asked to produce an aircraft to Specification E.6/41B calling for a fighter aircraft powered by the proposed H.1 jet engine (later to mature as the De Havilland Goblin) and the Westland design team elected to use a similar twin-boom arrangement as the De Havilland Vampire so as to keep the jet pipe as short as possible to minimise power loss. Distracted by the disappointing Welkin high-altitude interceptor-fighter programme Westland's E.6/41B proposal, now called the Westland Warrior F.1, was soon running about six months behind the contemporary Vampire and in September 1943 the Ministry of Aircraft Production (MAP) threw another spanner in the works by changing the requirement to that for a ground-attack fighter.

Despite these setbacks, Westland managed to get the prototype Warrior F.1 airborne in July 1944 although the production Warrior FB.2 did not fly until March 1946 and, with all urgency now out of the programme, the first unit to re-equip with this useful fighter-bomber was No.3 squadron of the Second Tactical Air Force who received their Warrior FB.2's in April 1948. Most Warriors served abroad with the Second Tactical Air Force and also RAF Middle-East Command and the type was withdrawn in 1954 when No.208 squadron disbanded in Egypt.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWarriorFGA201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWarriorFGA202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWarriorFGA203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWarriorFGA204.jpg)

As you've probably guessed, this is the Saab J-21R masquerading as the Westland Warrior. The Saab J-21R is available as an add-on aircraft and I've knocked up a post-war camo scheme for it.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 25, 2009, 10:21:36 am
Westland Warrior FB.2's of No.6 and No.208 squadrons, RAF Middle East Command.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWarriorFGA205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWarriorFGA206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWarriorFGA207.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWarriorFGA208.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 25, 2009, 10:51:37 am
Westland Warrior FB.2's of No.98 squadron, RAF Germany 1952.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWarriorFGA209.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFWarriorFGA210.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 25, 2009, 12:46:35 pm
Ilmavoimat Westland Warriors

The Finnish Ilmavoimat operated the Mark 50 from 1949 to 1960.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishWarrior01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FinnishWarrior02.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 26, 2009, 03:14:35 am
Grumman Panthers of the Marinha do Brasil

The second export customer for the Grumman Panther was Brasil who, like Argentina, ordered 24 ex-USN in 1958.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/MarinhaPanther01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/MarinhaPanther02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/MarinhaPanther03.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 26, 2009, 02:15:03 pm
Supermarine Attacker F.1's of the RAF

In 1944 Supermarine were asked to design a new jet fighter to specification E.1/44 using the proposed Rolls-Royce RB.40 engine rated at 4,000lbs thrust. However, Supermarine stated their preference for a smaller engine to power a 'jet Spiteful' with Spiteful type laminar flow wings and Rolls-Royce proposed the RB.41 centrifugal compressor turbojet rated at about 3,000lbs thrust. Supermarine quickly schemed the Type 392 and were soon encouraged by the news from Rolls-Royce that the RB.41 might well attain 4,500lbs and even higher despite being scaled-down from the RB.40 (eventually the RB.41 became the outstanding Nene turbojet).

After studying the outline specification submitted by Supermarine the Ministry of Aircraft Production asked for both land-based and carrier-based versions of the Type 392 with priority being given to the carrier-based version for the Royal Navy. However, the Supermarine Spiteful programme (intended to help with development of the Type 392) had hit trouble with severe low-speed handing and aileron problems at higher speeds. By February 1946 the Admiralty had decided to order the De Havilland Sea Vampire Mk.20 as an interim type and the pace of the carrier-based side of the Type 392 programme slowed right down to the extent that the first production Attacker for the Royal Navy didn't fly until May 1950 and didn't enter service until August 1951, a shocking state of affairs.

Meanwhile, notwithstanding the same problems with the new wing, the land-based Attacker had progressed a bit quicker with the production Attacker F.1 taking to the air in February 1949 and entering service in September 1949 when No.56 and No.263 squadrons re-equipped with the type at RAF Bentwaters. 140 Attacker F.1's were manufactured with production later switching to the Attacker FB.3 but only 20 were built. The Attacker had a relatively short life with the RAF and was soon passed down to the Royal Auxillary Air Force units based in South-East England before being phased out by 1955.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAttackerF101.jpg)
Attacker F.1's of No.263 squadron line up for take off at RAF Bentwaters.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAttackerF102.jpg)
A No.263 machine soars above the River Ouse.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAttackerF103.jpg)
Attacker F.1's of No.56 squadron.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAttackerF104.jpg)
Land-based Attackers used wing mounted drop tanks instead of the ventral belly tank used by the Royal Navy versions.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAttackerF105.jpg)
Attacker F.1's of No.263 squadron search for incoming 'red force' Canberras during Exercise Pinball, September 1952.

I knocked up a silver skin for the Attacker F.1 and it hasn't turned out too bad. I know the Royal Navy operated the F.1, FB.1 and FB.2 but in my alternate timeline the RAF claimed the F.1 designation first.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 28, 2009, 01:18:51 pm
BAC Canberra B(I).6's of No.213 Squadron

What IfTM No.213 squadron hadn't disbanded at RAF Bruggen in 1969 but were sent to Vietnam? [No politics please]

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCanberraPR501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCanberraPR502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCanberraPR503.jpg)

It only seems like yesterday that I was drooling over the original 1/72 scale Airfix Canberra in our local model shop and that image of a No.213 squadron B(I).6 flying above the coastline. I was going to do a real world grey/green camo but lost a bit of interest and decided to knock-up a Green scheme and pose it over Vietnam. I might re-visit this one with SEAC markings...
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 31, 2009, 07:53:39 am
North American Maverick FB.2 of No.19 squadron

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMaverickFB201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMaverickFB202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMaverickFB203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMaverickFB204.jpg)

The F-82 Twin Mustang was re-released today over at Combat Ace and comes with this superb natural metal skin. All I've done is recolour the blue bits to match the No.19 squadron checkerboards and add some early post-war markings, including the 'Dooleybird' decal - to give echoes of the RAF's most famous Mustang! OK, I know that squadron codes were still in use at that time but I fancied using the Type C roundel with colourful bars... and, hey, this is a 'what if' site!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 02, 2009, 01:52:59 am
Vigilante GR.1 of No.213 squadron, RAF Germany, 1971.

The cancellation of the TSR.2 in April 1965 and the F-111K in January 1968 left the RAF with no effective Canberra replacement on the horizon but by February 1968 North American, who were looking to extend production of the Vigilante, had quickly proposed a strike optimised version of the RA-5C to the UK Government and by April 1968 a deal was reached for the supply of 64 Vigilante S.1's (later changed to GR.1) to replace the Canberra B(I).6's and B(I).8's serving with RAF Germany. Details of the deal allegedly struck directly between Prime Minister Wilson and President Johnson became the cause of constant speculation and were controversially placed outside of the 30-year rule.

North American quickly got into their stride and, despite taking extra orders from the US Navy for RA-5C's as Vietnam attrition replacements, managed to get the production A-5K airborne in February 1969 with deliveries to No.228 squadron OCU by October 1969. In service, the Vigilante GR.1 equipped No.3, No.14, No.16 and No.213 squadrons plus the aforementioned No.228 OCU. With the cancellation of the last 10 RA-5C's for the US Navy, North American offered the UK Government an additional 10 aircraft and these were purchased to allow the re-equipment of No.15 squadron in 1972.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVigilanteGR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVigilanteGR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVigilanteGR103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVigilanteGR104.jpg)

Always one of my favourite aircraft and one I've often put RAF markings on the Airfix model! Fortunately the A-5A and RA-5C are available as add-on aircraft and they are top notch. Even better, the creator (Julhelm) has released the layered templates so I thought I'd do an early RAF machine in service with No.213 squadron. The camo has a few 'match up' issues but does give a good overall impression of how the Viggie might have looked in the overland strike role.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 04, 2009, 11:29:27 am
Vigilante GR.1's of No.14 Squadron

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVigilanteGR105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVigilanteGR106.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFVigilanteGR107.jpg)

That massive fin just cries out for a fin stripe to break things up.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 05, 2009, 01:59:09 pm
RAAF RA-5C Vigilantes

When No.6 squadron of the Royal Australian Air force re-equipped with the Vigilante in 1968 they were soon sent to Vietnam in a successful deployment lasting until 1971.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFRA-5C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFRA-5C02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFRA-5C04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFRA-5C05.jpg)
Downloadable at Combat Ace!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 09, 2009, 08:52:36 am
Curtis-Wright Ascender FB.3

In the dark days of 1940 the UK Government were frantically placing orders with British and American companies for almost everything and anything. One such order was that placed with the Curtis-Wright company for 500 P-55 fighters despite it being very much a paper project at that time. By mid-1941 the folly of such an order was becoming increasingly apparent so the UK Government tried to convert the order into more Kittyhawk aircraft for the RAF in North Africa but Curtis-Wright insisted that the order would remain for the 500 P-55's as contracted despite only lukewarm interest from the USAAC who were yet to place an order due to chronic development problems with the Pratt & Whitney X-1800 engine.

After direct intervention from Churchill, British officials instructed Rolls-Royce to send a team of engineers to Buffalo, New York to see if the ubiquitous Rolls-Royce Merlin could be shoehorned into the P-55 and their initial findings were promising. With the forecast delay in the airframe, and feedback that the aircraft might only be fit for fighter-bomber duties, Rolls-Royce gambled on placing the Merlin 50M engine (a low-altitude version of the Merlin with a supercharger impeller cropped to 240 mm in diameter and with a "negative g" carburettor). Curtis-Wright had closely followed the Rolls-Royce team during the engineering investigations and boldly decided to forge ahead with the programme despite the lack of a order from the USAAC and, using the British order to kick-start the programme, the revamped P-55 was born. In a way, the gamble paid off and the P-55 Ascender programme emerged to give a useful fighter-bomber for the USAAC (mainly used in the PTO) and the RAF (mainly used in the MTO) with many seeing service in the immediate post-war years and several eventually finding their way to the newly-formed Israeli Air Force in 1948.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAscenderFB301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAscenderFB302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAscenderFB303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAscenderFB304.jpg)

Wow! The Curtis-Wright P-55 Ascender looks such a hot-ship I assumed it was a late war design and hadn't realised that the design stems from a 1939 requirement.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 09, 2009, 12:43:19 pm
Ascender FB.3's of No.54 Squadron, 1946.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAscenderFB305.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAscenderFB306.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAscenderFB307.jpg)

I've made my own simple template for the Ascender and apart from the silver No.56 squadron bird I've also done this RAF camo scheme. Unfortunately there is a slight tear (rip) in the 3D model just in front of the windshield and I can't work out where the exhaust stubs are on the original skin bitmap.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 10, 2009, 02:05:29 pm
Could you make one with markings and emblem of 303 Sqdn?

Echoes of the Airfix Spitfire VB...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAF303AscenderFB301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAF303AscenderFB302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAF303AscenderFB303.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 12, 2009, 01:38:49 pm
Boulton-Paul Firenza Prototype

The appearance of high-flying Ju-86 reconnaissance bombers over Southern England during 1941 re-awakened earlier Air Ministry interest in a high-altitude interceptor-fighter and specification F.4/40 was quickly revised into specification F.7/41 setting out challenging values for altitude, radius and armament. Three companies tendered to F.7/41; Westland with their Welkin design, Vickers with their Type 432 and Boulton-Paul with their innovative Type 98.

The Boulton-Paul Type 98 (lated named Firenza) was an unusual 'canard' design with a slightly swept wing set well back and outside of an extremely broad but flattened fuselage designed to accommodate two 'conjoined' Merlin 61 engines driving (jettisonable) contra-rotating propellers in a pusher configuration. As if that wasn't novel enough, a tricycle undercarriage and a huge ventral fin completed the most dramatic looking of all of Britain's WW2 aircraft. Armament was planned to be a closely grouped battery of four Hispano V 20mm cannon located in the long nose and each with 300 rounds per gun.

With Rolls-Royce heavily committed to more orthodox Merlin installations the complicated gearbox and contra-rotating propellers saw Boulton-Paul struggle to make progress and the Firenza soon lagged behind the other two competing designs with the prototype not flying until February 1943. Test flying from Boulton-Paul's home airfield of Mousehold Heath in East Anglia continued into the Summer of 1943 but with the threat of the Luftwaffe fielding large fleets of high-altitude bombers becoming increasingly remote a 'stop works' order was issued to Boulton-Paul on September 19th, 1943 just before the third prototype was about to fly and the remaining two prototypes were soon grounded by lack of gearbox spares once the project was cancelled.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFirenzaPrototype01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFirenzaPrototype02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFirenzaPrototype03.jpg)

This is, of course, the Henschel Hs P.75 masquerading as the Boulton-Paul Firenza! Sadly, a bit of a disappointment this - and all after a fair few hours work making my own templates off the original bitmaps. To explain, I like to use my decals added to the aircraft 'in game' as opposed to being applied directly to the bitmaps as the resolution is so much better. But unfortunately the Henschel Hs P.75 3D model has a couple of tears in it so I've had to put the decals on the bitmaps and they look a wee bit rough. In addition, the Henschel is such a curvaceous beast there's also some distortion (as on the top of the prototype 'P'). Nevermind, but no requests on this one thank you!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 16, 2009, 12:11:23 pm
Israeli P-56's 'Zeev'

After David Ben Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel in May 1948 the new nation had a desperate battle on its hands and the urgent formation of an air force was seen as a priority. The arrival of Avia S-199's from Czechoslovakia was a major step forward and the 'Sakin' made an instant impact by downing several Egyptian C-47's and Spitfires whilst also halting the Egyptian army at Ashdod with strafing attacks.

But more aircraft and, indeed, more pilots were still desperately needed. During 1948 the fledgling state acquired many aircraft clandestinely and among those were an assortment of Northrop P-56's left behind in Europe by the USAAC. Enough P-56's were scraped together to equip 101 squadron and the 'Zeev' (Wolf) was a popular and durable aircraft shooting down several RAF aircraft in Operation Horev in early 1949 and remaining in service until replaced by Gloster Meteors during the mid-1950's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFP-5601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFP-5602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFP-5603.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFP-5604.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFP-5605.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFP-5606.jpg)




Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 23, 2009, 11:23:21 am
The Blackburn Barnsley B.1 Bomber

In response to a 1934 Air Ministry requirement for a twin-engine advanced monoplane bomber with a retractable undercarriage, Blackburn Aircraft designed the Type B8 to specification B29/34 and with war clouds looming flew the prototype Barnsley bomber in late 1935. Powered by a pair of Bristol Mercury VIII engines the Barnsley was selected for priority production as part of the expansion scheme and the Barnsley B.1 entered service in 1937, mainly replacing the Heyford and Overstrand in RAF service and quickly becoming the mainstay of Bomber Command during 1938 and right up to the time of the Munich crisis. Thankfully, more advanced types were on the way and by the late Summer of 1939 this rather pedestrian aircraft was declared obsolete and transferred to various overseas Commands eventually seeing very limited service in the Far East where it was hacked out of skies by Japanese Zeros in December 1941 during the fall of Singapore.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBarnsleyB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBarnsleyB103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBarnsleyB104.jpg)

This is, of course, the Bloch MB.210 dressed up in NIVO green and 'B' type roundels as seen on other RAF bomber types at the the time of the Munich crisis. Thankfully, the skin is already that colour but I just had to overspray some markings. Once again, the 3D model has a an unfortunate tear in it so I couldn't photograph the port side.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 24, 2009, 02:38:33 pm
RAF Su-27 Scimitar II's ('Flanker')

In a major review of RAF equipment following the 1991 Gulf War an honest appraisal of the Tornado F.3's shortcomings was made and the report made it clear that whilst it made an adequate long-range interceptor it lacked the manoeuverability for air superiority. With the Eurofighter 2000 still many years away from entering service the RAF looked closely at purchasing F-15A's from USAF stocks but, with the fall of the Iron Curtain, Sukhoi offered an export version of their superb Su-27 fighter. In February 1992 the UK Government accepted the offer (on political grounds) and the Sukhoi Su-27 entered service as the Scimitar F.1 in 1995, seeing service in the Second Gulf War and also the Second Falklands conflict of 2006.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF204.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 26, 2009, 06:27:42 am
Red Arrows Flankers!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF207.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF208.jpg)

Just a hint of what a Red Arrow Flanker would look like really, as to do a full-blown Arrow would just take too long I'm afraid and you know how I like to leapfrog around and not get bogged down!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 26, 2009, 08:25:17 am
BAe/Sukhoi Scimitar FG.3 - Operation Telic

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF209.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF210.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF211.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF212.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF213.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF214.jpg)

Apologies for the number of Desert Pink Flanker pics, I got a bit carried away.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 26, 2009, 12:49:49 pm
BAe/Sukhoi Scimitar F.1A's of No.23 Squadron

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF215.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF216.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF217.jpg)

I do like grey/green camo with 'B' type markings ('twas my teenage years - LOL).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 26, 2009, 01:53:16 pm
BAe/Sukhoi Scimitar F.2's of No.43 Sqd

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF219.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF218.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF220.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 26, 2009, 03:06:38 pm
Just loving these Sukhoi's, how about one in anti flash white with full colour roundels ?

Surely that's got to be toned-down three colour roundels?! (And don't call me Shirley)

BAe/Sukhoi S.4's of No.543 Squadron

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF221.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF222.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF223.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFlankerF224.jpg)

OK. I've OD'd on Flankers. No more for a while!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 28, 2009, 05:59:44 am
North Vietnamese Lavochkin La-15 'Fantails'

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/VPAFLa-1501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/VPAFLa-1502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/VPAFLa-1503.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/VPAFLa-1504.jpg)

This lovely little aircraft already comes with the Green skin so I've just added VPAF markings. I like to add anything to my Vietnam install that gives me an enemy to fight in the pre-1964 era and, just like the MiG-15, it's a tough little opponent.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 28, 2009, 11:29:52 pm
Xian FBC-1 Flying Leopard (JH-7A 'Flounder')

With production well underway for both the People's Liberation Army Air Force and the People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force the Xian company offered their robust FBC-1 design for export with the first export customer being the Vietnamese People's Air Force who are purchasing the JH-7V version to replace their Sukhoi Su-22's in the attack role with first deliveries being made to the Truong So airbase in 2006.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/VPAFFBC-102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/VPAFFBC-101.jpg)

Just like the VPAF 'Fantail' I was looking for something to populate my Vietnam install but in more recent times.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 29, 2009, 08:04:30 am
Shiny Tornados!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTornadoF3B01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTornadoF3B02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTornadoF3B03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTornadoF3B04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTornadoF3B05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTornadoF3B06.jpg)

What IfTM the brass hats decided to do away with camouflage, well at least for the home-based squadrons, and the RAF fly silver Tornados with colourful 'Lightning' type markings and three-colour roundels?
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 29, 2009, 11:53:36 am
Red Arrows Tornados

Smiles on chaps... GO!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTornadoF3B07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTornadoF3B08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTornadoF3B09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTornadoF3B10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFTornadoF3B11.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 30, 2009, 04:27:59 am
Pakistan Air Force JH-7A's

(For Greg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PAFJH-7AFlounder01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PAFJH-7AFlounder02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PAFJH-7AFlounder03.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 30, 2009, 02:40:15 pm
IDF Phantom F-4C’s

Despite the stunning successes of the 1967 Six-Day war the Israeli government soon became increasingly anxious at the almost immediate build-up of Soviet supplied equipment to it’s Arab neighbours.

In late 1968 the French arms embargo (that had already partially started before the six-day war) became total following the raid on Beirut Airport by Israeli Commandos that saw the destruction of thirteen Lebanese airliners (all partially owned by Air France). However, Israel had already turned to the USA for defence equipment and the US State Department had approved the sale of F-4E Phantoms under the 1968 ‘Peace Echo’ deal and these were soon on their way to an eager Heyl Ha'Avir.

However, the constant losses sustained during the War of Attrition (and the dangerous attacks against SAM sites on the west bank of the Suez canal) left the Heyl Ha'Avir short of aircraft and whilst more new-build Phantoms were due to arrive a quicker solution was required. Unannounced at the time, and not officially admitted to until 1996, the US State Department approved the immediate temporary transfer of 18 F-4C Phantoms from USAF stocks and these were transferred to the newly reformed No.106 ‘Edge of the Spear’ squadron in November 1970. No.106 squadron operated these aircraft until November 1973 when they were replaced by ex-USAF F-4E’s as part of Operation Nickel Grass.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-4C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-4C02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-4C03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-4C04.jpg)

Historical Note - The real 106 squadron was officially formed on June 12, 1948 as a C-46 Commando transport squadron and, after running over 100 flights as part of Operation Balek to supply Israel from a base in Czechoslovakia, they were disbanded in June 1949 before reforming in June 1982 with F-15C's and F-15D's.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 31, 2009, 09:10:52 am
VPAF MiG-15's

In 1950 President Ho declared an independent Democratic Republic of Vietnam and this was quickly recognised by the Communist governments of China and the Soviet Union. Bitter fighting against the weakened French forces lasted until March 1954 when the Viet Minh won a decisive victory against French forces at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. Following this, the Soviet Union initially kept a discreet distance but after the UN monitored elections of July 1956 they swiftly supplied large amounts of modern military equipment to North Vietnam including MiG-15's and, later on, MiG-17's. The first MiG-15 squadron was formed in November 1956 and six squadrons operated the type until 1964 when it was finally replaced by MiG-17's and MiG-19's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/VPAFMiG-1501-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/VPAFMiG-1502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/VPAFMiG-1504-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/VPAFMiG-1505.jpg)

I've added the MiG-15bis to my Vietnam install which has become one massive what if playground covering the period from 1946 to the present day! The technique that failed so miserably on the Tornado has worked quite well on the MiG-15bis. BTW I've never seen a fin marking of any description on a VPAF MiG so I've just repeated the VPAF 'starbar' but might try a flag next time.

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 03, 2009, 02:25:02 pm
RAF Falcon FG.1A's of No.56 and No.74 squadrons

Due to delays in the Tornado ADV programme the Falcon FG.1A was a quick conversion of the FG.1 with modified radar and Skyflash capability.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFalconFG109.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFalconFG108.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFalconFG106.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 12, 2009, 09:02:01 am
LTV Corsair GR.1's - 899NAS Royal Navy

In 1962, and with commendable foresight, the Royal Navy began to plan the air wing component of the forthcoming 'Elizabeth' class aircraft carriers of 60,000 tons displacement as soon as the order to construct four such carriers was given. With the Buccaneer S.2 fulfilling the strike/attack mission the CAP/Intercept mission looked like a two-horse race between McDonnell's superb Phantom and Hawker Siddeley's Buccaneer 'F' - essentially a grossly modified but very rakish version of the Buccaneer with afterburning Speys and a Westinghouse AN/AWG-10K radar similar to that proposed for the F-4J.

However, with the end of F-8E Crusader production on the horizon, Vought (later LTV) quickly proposed the F-8S - essentially a Spey enginned F-8E with multi-mission capability. With initial deliveries promised for 1966 the Royal Navy realised that the Crusader could initially replace the Sea Vixens and Scimitars aboard HMS Ark Royal and HMS Eagle before being transferred to the new carriers from 1969 onwards and, despite Lord Mountbatten's protestations, the F-8S Crusader was ordered for the Royal Navy in January 1963.

But the cancellation of the TSR.2 in April 1964 led to a drastic change in policy. With the Canberras of RAF Germany becoming increasingly obsolete, Buccaneer S.2 production was immediately diverted to the RAF and the Royal Navy were instructed to evaluate the US Navy's VAL programme (designed to produce a successor to the A-4 Skyhawk) and establish if the winner of that competition (the Vought A-7A Corsair II) could meet their requirements. By this time, Vought were becoming more familiar with the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan and proposed a non-afterburning Spey-enginned version to the Royal Navy (and to the USN and USAF) and this was accepted. Entering service in 1970 the Corsair GR.1 was a tough and popular aircraft seeing service in several theatres before finally being retired in 1998.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR101-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR102-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR103-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR105.jpg)

The A-7F has made me keen to look at the earlier Corsairs and I've chosen the stock A-7E to be the basis for a 'Senior Service' Corsair. Doing a template for this one just looks too hard and too time-consuming so this is the stock USN skin with some appropriate Royal Navy markings.



Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 12, 2009, 01:37:48 pm
LTV Corsair GR.1's - 892NAS Royal Navy

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR106.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR107.jpg)

I couldn't leave them out could I? Although I see them as a Crusader unit.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 13, 2009, 11:09:48 am
LTV Corsair GR.4's - No.16 Squadron RAF Middle East Command

Following the order for Corsair II's for the Royal Navy (in early 1963) the RAF were 'encouraged' to consider the Corsair II for their long-standing requirement for a Hunter replacement and to also replace the Super Sabres of RAF Middle East Command. In 1966 an initial order was placed with Vought (later LTV) for 100 Corsair GR.3's, 14 Corsair T.2 trainers and 36 Corsair GR.4's - the latter being essentially a more sophisticated two-seat strike aircraft for RAF Middle East Command.

The tumultuous 1967 UK Labour government decision to provide direct support to American forces in Vietnam led to increased orders for the Corsair and the GR.4 order was increased to 116, eventually allowing the complete replacement of four Super Sabre squadrons in Middle East Command and the deployment of a new three-squadron wing to South Vietnam. During the early 1970's more GR.4's were ordered for RAF Germany and the type had a long and successful service career culminating in their participation in Operation Telic in 2003.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR404.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 13, 2009, 12:25:33 pm
LTV Corsair GR.4's - No.17 Squadron RAF South East Asia Command (SEAC)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR405.jpg)
A No.17 squadron Corsair GR.4A departs on an early morning sortie against VC ammunition dumps.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR406.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR407.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFCorsairGR408.jpg)

There is a superb A-7K by 'The Mirage Factory' available as an add-on aircraft and it comes with a 'blank' SEA skin making it a perfect canvas for some RAF SEAC what ifs!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 16, 2009, 01:06:26 pm
Cessa A-37B Dragonfly - No.16 Squadron, RAAF

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFA-37B01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFA-37B02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFA-37B03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFA-37B04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAAFA-37B05.jpg)

I can't think why I haven't downloaded this little gem before. Thankfully, the grey/green skin was also available so it was simply a case of adding some RAAF decals including a fictitious No.16 squadron 'Killer Koala' patch! I simply found a suitable image of a Koala and converted the branch he was clinging to into a rocket! Oh, and I added a new green tinted canopy.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 17, 2009, 01:16:50 pm
Cessna A-37B Dragonfly - Royal New Zealand Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFA-37B01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFA-37B02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFA-37B03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFA-37B04.jpg)

I like the idea of this in RNZAF service and had some No.14 and No.75 decals ready to go.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 19, 2009, 06:16:45 am
BAe/Pilatus Petrel GR.1 - No.20 Squadron, Royal Air Force

From the very start of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2001 it became apparent that the CAS mission against insurgents simply did not need Mach 2, swing-wings or thrust-vectoring. The RAF therefore submitted an urgent request for a cheaper and thus more plentiful ground-attack aircraft to meet this requirement in the shortest possible timescale. BAe had already teamed up with the Swiss company Pilatus to market the PC-9A to Saudi Arabia and quickly proposed a slightly more sophisticated version to meet the RAF's requirement. In March 2002 BAe/Pilatus were awarded the contract to supply an initial 80 aircraft, designated Petrel GR.1, to the RAF to equip three front-line squadrons plus an OCU. The Petrel GR.1 entered service with No.20 squadron in November 2005 and currently equips No.20, No.33 and No.208 squadrons of the RAF's 904 Expeditionary Air Wing and an additional 40 Petrel GR.2's are being purchased as attrition replacements and to equip a fourth squadron.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPetrelGR103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPetrelGR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPetrelGR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPetrelGR104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPetrelGR105.jpg)


The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is a nice recent add-on release and the 3D modeller has generously released his skin template making it so easy to create a 'Desert Pink' RAF Petrel GR.1 with No.20 squadron markings.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 19, 2009, 11:58:13 am
BAe/Pilatus Petrel GR.2 - RAF South East Asia Command

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPetrelGR201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPetrelGR202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPetrelGR203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPetrelGR204.jpg)

I like this one myself! As you've seen in some early 'what ifs' I've been doing some experimenting with brushes and patterns and this one is much more subtle and suits the Vietnam terrain and SEAC markings rather well. I've not done a No.41 squadron machine for a while and I've knocked up some new SEAC fuselage bars and a new patch.

Edited to add No.16 squadron piccies.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 20, 2009, 09:57:30 am
BAe/Pilatus Petrel Mk.50 - No.1 Squadron 'The African Harrier Hawks' Republic Of Sierra Leone Armed Forces

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SierraLeonePetrelGR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SierraLeonePetrelGR102.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 27, 2009, 06:53:42 am
Panavia Panther FG.1 - No.23 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

After a difficult start the Panavia Tornado programme settled down and produced an outstanding European combat aircraft so it was only natural for Panavia to plan a follow-on programme and design a new multi-role combat aircraft to replace a variety of aircraft in service with NATO air forces including the Jaguar, Phantom, Mirage 2000, F-16 and even the Tornado itself.

Following the breakdown of the Eurofighter consortium Panavia forged ahead and produced a modern, stealthy design with outstanding performance and avionics. Using technology from the Tornado's RB.199 engine Turbo-Union produced the superb class-leading RB.250 turbofan which was eventually selected for the new-build F-15L following the cancellation of the F-22A in 2001. Entering service in 1998 the Panther is the cornerstone of NATO air forces and has become an outstanding export success.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG106.jpg)

This is an outstanding new release now available as an add-on aircraft at Combat Ace. Incredibly, it's by a newcomer or at least someone who has never posted before. He (or she?) calls it KF1-AX but, after much deliberation, I've gone for 'Panther' a Tornado follow-on by Panavia. It's an amazing add-on because not only does it look fantastic it handles superbly well and although the modern glass-cockpit era doesn't interest me at all you can't fail to be impressed by it!

A lovely quote this from an Italian over at Combat Ace - "An extradimensional plane from the skies of a parallel world"

I wholeheartedly agree.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 28, 2009, 12:48:34 pm
Panavia Panther FG.1 - No.6 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Operation Desert Swarm)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG109.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG111.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG110.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 28, 2009, 01:48:59 pm
Panavia Panther FG.2 - No.16 Squadron, Royal Air Force South East Asia Command

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG112.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG113.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG114.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPantherFG115.jpg)

OK. I'm all 'panthered' out for now but I'm definitely going to come back at a later date to this awesome fighting machine and do the Italian and German versions.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 30, 2009, 01:33:34 pm
Northrop/McDonnell Douglas Shadow GR.1 - No.6 Squadron RAF South East Asia Command

Undeterred by their failure to win the USAF's ATF competition in 1991 Northrop and McDonnell Douglas continued to actively market the F-23 Black Widow to Europe, Japan and the Middle East during 1992 and 1993. But it was the unexpected wing-box fatigue problems found on the RAF's Tornado fleet in early 1994 that led to a launch order for 90 single-seat F-23K's for the Royal Air Force, quickly followed by an order for 170 two-seat F/A-23E's for the USAF. Entering service in 1999 as the Shadow GR.1 the F-23K's served in four front-line RAF squadrons and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2003 and Vietnam during 2012.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFShadowGR201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFShadowGR202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFShadowGR203.jpg)

A re-vamped F-23A was released recently and the creator thoughtfully released the template as well so I've gone for grey/green but the using the USAF camo positions (because I'm lazy) and added No.6 squadron markings and SEAC roundels and fin flashes on the stabs.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 01, 2009, 11:59:07 am
Northrop / McDonnell Douglas Shadow GR.2A - No.41 Squadron, Royal Air Force 'Desert Swarm'

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFShadowGR204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFShadowGR205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFShadowGR206.jpg)
A No.41 squadron Shadow GR.2A lets fly with a Spectre AGM.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFShadowGR207.jpg)

The F-23A is (was, I guess) a slinky looking beast but I find the wings too stubby due to the broad chord. The 'Spectre' AGM is one of the fictional weapons that came with dk1257's superb KF1-AK (Panavia Panther in my little world) and the SEAC F-23A shows the ALCM (re-named 'Spartan' by me).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 03, 2009, 10:14:27 am
Northrop / McDonnell Douglas F-23I 'Karish' - No.110 Squadron, Israeli Air Force

With the success of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and F-15 Eagle in Heyl HaAvir service the Israeli's were hoping that the Northrop/McDonnell Douglas F-23A 'Black Widow' would win the USAF's ATF competition to continue their relationship with the McDonnell team at St. Louis but unfortunately Lockheed Martin's victory in the ATF competition looked like bringing an end to a long and enduring partnership.

However in a brave move, in May 1991 the Northrop/McDonnell Douglas team secured permission from Congress to actively market the F-23 to (State Department) 'approved' nations and offered a single-seat multi-role version called the F-23I (International) to Germany, Japan, Israel and the UK. With Germany looking for any excuse to get out of the Eurofighter consortium and facing high reunification costs they persuaded the UK to team up in a combined purchase of 200 F-23I's. In return, this led to the German and UK Governments persuading Northrop/McDonnell Douglas to make BAe and MBB prime sub-contractors for any further export sales.

However, with only 200 F-23I's on order Northrop/McDonnell Douglas were not convinced that it was enough to launch a viable programme but the breakthrough came in January 1994 when the USAF agreed to purchase 100 F-23A's for PACAF (the air component of United States Pacific Command) and this move finally saw Japan and Israel also join the programme with 100 F-23I's each.


(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-23A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-23A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-23A03.jpg)

A bit similar to one of my F-15 'Binbrook Eagle' skins and I'm quite pleased with the Israeli Flag 'Fin Stripe' (in this case, Stab Stripe) decal and improved No.110 squadron patch. The three-digits numbers are from the stock Third Wire F-16 'Netz'.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 04, 2009, 05:03:02 am
Northrop / McDonnell Douglas F-23I 'Karish' - No.133 Squadron, Israeli Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-23A04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-23A05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-23A06.jpg)

A scheme based on the RAF's 'Desert Pink' but with a hard brush set at random colour (shades either side of Desert Pink) and at 50% opacity.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 10, 2009, 06:45:54 am
Northrop P-61A Nighthawk NF.1 - No.19 Squadron, RAF South Atlantic Command

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBlackWidowNF101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBlackWidowNF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBlackWidowNF103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBlackWidowNF104.jpg)

The P-61A and P-61B were released as add-on aircraft quite recently and come complete with Black and Green/Grey schemes. For this early post-war Falkands defender I've just oversprayed the USAF starbars and added some No.19 squadron markings using Type C markings. The Malvinas terrain is a particular favourite of mine and I can't think why I haven't tried it before in the new Vista series because it works like a charm.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 10, 2009, 07:57:42 am
Northrop P-61B Nighthawk NF.2 - No.92 Squadron, RAF South Atlantic Command

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBlackWidowNF201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBlackWidowNF202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFBlackWidowNF203.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 11, 2009, 12:34:28 pm
Lockheed F-104I Starfighter 'Kohav' - No.119 Squadron, Heyl Ha'Avir, June 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-104I05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-104I06.jpg)

Seeing inspiration in the early Heyl Ha'Avir Mirage IIIC's I copied their fin markings and rudder stripes. This one is available for download at Combat Ace.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 12, 2009, 11:51:22 am
Lockheed F-104I Starfighter 'Kohav' - No.119 squadron, Heyl Ha'Avir, October 1973

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-104I07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-104I08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-104I09.jpg)

The same markings simply added to a generic 'desert' scheme (created by a guy called littlesmoke and actually done for a fictional Canadian CF-104 - see it's not just us who are barmy).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 17, 2009, 09:17:14 am
North American F-100I 'Shavit' (Comet) - No.117 'First Jet' Squadron, Heyl Ha'Avir, 1967.

The F-100 Super Sabre in Heyl Ha'Avir service.

Despite a very smooth test and development phase North American Aviation's superb F-107 unexpectedly lost out to Republic Aviation's F-105 Thunderchief in the competition for a new supersonic fighter-bomber for TAC. By early 1959 the end of the F-100D production line was now in sight and with the F-108, B-70 and A3J (Vigilante) programmes now on the far horizon North American Aviation needed to stretch the F-100 Super Sabre programme out to plug the gap and urgently proposed a variety of F-100 variants to several friendly nations, including Israel, Japan and the United Kingdom.

In April 1959 the Israeli government signed for 50 F-100I's (a minimum change variant of the F-100D) and the first of these entered Heyl Ha'Avir service in February 1960 replacing the obsolete Gloster Meteors of No.117 squadron. The 'Shavit' was a popular machine in Heyl Ha'Avir service and served with distinction during the 1967 'Six-Day' war but losses were heavy during the early days of the 1973 'Yom Kippur' war and two small batches of ex-USAF F-100D's were accquired as attrition replacements allowing No.253 squadron to re-equip with the F-100D before finally retiring the type in November 1977.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-100I09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-100I02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-100I03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-100I04.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 18, 2009, 03:20:33 am
North American F-100I 'Shavit' - No.117 squadron, Heyl Ha'Avir, October 1973.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-100I05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-100I06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-100I07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-100I08.jpg)

Just as some McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4E's were urgently transferred to the Heyl Ha'Avir in 1973 'what if'TM some war weary ex-USAF F-100D's were transferred as well?
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 20, 2009, 02:15:23 pm
Republic Aviation F-84I 'Sharav' - No.69 Squadron ('The Hammers') Heyl Ha'Avir, November 1956

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-84I04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-84I05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-84I06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFF-84I07.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 08, 2009, 04:27:40 am
Douglas Skyraider GA.1 - No.112 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSkyraiderGA102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSkyraiderGA103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSkyraiderGA104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSkyraiderGA105.jpg)

And a No.33 squadron machine.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSkyraiderGA101.jpg)

The A-1H and A-1J are stock 'AI' (non-flyable) aircraft but can easily be made flyable with the addition of a suitable cockpit and a little bit of editing. The stock USAF skin already has the sharkmouth so using No.112 squadron markings is a no-brainer!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 08, 2009, 09:40:11 am
Douglas A-1H Skyraider - Dhimari Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariSkyraider01.jpg)
Early deliveries were in the standard US Navy grey and white scheme.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariSkyraider02.jpg)
Douglas A-1H Skyraider of No.1 squadron - 'The Panthers'.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariSkyraider03.jpg)

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Douglas A-1H Skyraider of No.2 squadron - The 'Hawks'.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariSkyraider04.jpg)
Douglas A-1H Skyraider of No.3 squadron - 'The Vampires'.

To recap, in the original Strike Fighters (and Strike Fighters 2) Dhimar are the fictional Middle-East state flying 'Blue' whilst Paran (boo, hiss) fly 'Red'. Great fun!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/Skyraider_Dh_Loading.jpg)
Now available to download at Combat ACE!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 14, 2009, 02:05:34 am
Tupolev Tu-128 'Fiddler' - Parani Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ParaniFiddler01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ParaniFiddler03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ParaniFiddler02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ParaniFiddler04.jpg)

A brilliant add-on aircraft by 'erikgen' that really captures the look of Tupolev's monstrous interceptor! I've just added some Parani markings to spice up my Strike Fighters install.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FiddlerontheRoof.jpg)

Not a 'what if' but a lovely shot! This sim is awesome!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 14, 2009, 08:37:35 am
Grumman A-6A Intruder - Royal Dhimari Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariIntruder01.jpg)
Take-off of a No.8 squadron A-6A.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariIntruder02.jpg)
Two A-6A's of No.8 squadron (The Scorpions) - Note the AS.20 missiles.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariIntruder04.jpg)
A No.7 squadron (The Rattlesnakes) A-6A lets fly with Matra rockets during a strike on Parani airfield W22.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariIntruder05.jpg)
Into stormy skies...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariIntruder06.jpg)
Available for download now at Combat ACE!

The A-6A was a stock aircraft in the original 'Wings Over Vietnam' but missed the cut in 'Strike Fighters 2:Vietnam' which is a pity as it's a sweet aircraft to fly and seems very fast at low-level - probably because it does get so low! This is the stock USN scheme and I've added some Dhimari markings, new squadron badges and a splash of colour on the fin tip.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 15, 2009, 06:53:01 am
Douglas Skyraider GA.3's - No.41 and No.112 squadrons, RAF South East Asia Command

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSkyraiderGA301-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSkyraiderGA302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSkyraiderGA303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/Skyraider_GA3_LOADING.jpg)
Available for download now at Combat ACE!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 16, 2009, 01:34:04 pm
Dassault Mirage IIIC - No.4 and No.5 squadrons, Royal Dhimari Air Force.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariMirage3C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariMirage3C02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariMirage3C03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariMirage3C07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariMirage3C06.jpg)

The Mirage IIICJ is in Strike Fighters 2:Israel and can be moved into the other Series 2 games with ease if you have the merged install - a great feature. I've created the squadron badges and given them a splash of colour with fin markings. It's hard not to like the Mirage III series, a great looking aircraft.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 19, 2009, 11:03:23 am
Dassault Mirage IIIC - No.6 Squadron, Royal Dhimari Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariMirage3C08.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 19, 2009, 02:21:40 pm
BAC Strikemaster GR.1 - No.20 squadron, RAF Middle East Command

During the early 1960's the RAF were planning their requirements for a Hunter replacement and soon realised that, ideally, two aircraft were required - a sophisticated fighter-bomber for the European theatre and a simpler (and hopefully cheaper) ground-attack aircraft for RAF Middle East Command and RAF South East Asia Command both of whom were becoming increasingly involved in limited 'brush wars'.

Even before the formal requirements were published BAC had pushed hard with their Model 167 Strikemaster and in May 1965 were rewarded with a contract for 80 Strikemasters although this was a poor consolation for the termination of the TSR.2 project the previous month. Development moved swiftly and No.20 squadron of RAF Middle East Command began to receive their Strikemaster GR.1's in August 1966 followed by No.8 squadron.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFStrikemasterGR103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFStrikemasterGR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFStrikemasterGR101.jpg)

The JP/Strikemaster has a real charm and this Kiwi scheme does seem to suit RAF tactical markings.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 20, 2009, 01:56:21 pm
Sud Aviation Vautour IIA - No.7 and No.8 squadrons, Royal Dhimari Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariVautour03.jpg)
Vautour IIA's of No.7 Squadron 'The Rattlesnakes' prepare for a training sortie, October 1960.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariVautour04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariVautour01.jpg)
Ready for instant action! A Vautour IIA of No.8 Squadron 'The Scorpions'.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariVautour02.jpg)
The AS.20 missile was used by the Dhimari Vautour squadrons to good effect during the 1962 conflict with Paran.

Another shapely French bird :wub:. The stock non-flyable 'AI' Vautour in Strike Fighters 2:Israel can easily be made flyable and is a blast to fly at low-level.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DhimariVautour05.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 27, 2009, 01:44:56 pm
SEPECAT Jaguar FGR.3's - No.45 and No.58 squadrons, RAF Strike Command

In 1974 a cancelled export order for 35 Jaguar Internationals left the SEPECAT consortium with a headache as many 'long lead' items had already been ordered and assembly was already underway on the first 12 airframes. At this time the RAF were keen to order more Jaguars to form a second wing of No.38 Group, RAF Strike Command and, with the delays in the Tornado production programme meaning a shortage of work at Warton,  BAC pushed the Labour government into accepting a deal for all 35 aircraft. Consideration was given to standardising the aircraft to match the RAF's GR.1 force but the uprated Adour engines and different avionics saw the aircraft designated Jaguar FGR.3.

Entering service in late 1976 the Jaguar FGR.3's served with just two squadrons, No.45 and No.58 who had previously operated the Hunter F.6 and FGA.9 to provide a pool of ground-attack pilots for the Jaguar force. The FGR.3's uprated Adour engines and early introduction of overwing missile rails made them something of an elite element in the RAF's Jaguar force and they were deployed to many hot-spots around the world until their somewhat premature retirement in 2001.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFJaguarFGR304.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFJaguarFGR301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFJaguarFGR303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFJaguarFGR302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFJaguarFGR305.jpg)

Anyone who has built the Matchbox Hunter will know why I've selected these squadrons!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFJaguarFGR307.jpg)
Available for download at Combat Ace.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFJaguarFGR306.jpg)
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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 29, 2009, 01:01:26 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.4's - RAF Middle East Command

The cancellation of the Hawker P.1154 in 1964 lead to the adoption of the LTV F-8E(RN) by the Royal Navy to replace the Scimitar and Sea Vixen and this should have opened up a clear path for the simple adoption of the standard J79 powered Phantom F-4C by the RAF as their preferred Hunter replacement. However, anxious to improve the UK's trade balance with the US whilst trying to preserve at least some UK aerospace jobs the UK Government insisted that the RAF's Phantoms would adopt either the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan or the promising new Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Sequanna turbofan then under development for the proposed Mirage IVB and advanced Mirage III aircraft. The Sequanna was quickly chosen, being both lighter and slimmer than the Spey, and this superb Anglo-French engine fitted the Phantom like a glove whilst producing about 1,000lbs more thrust per engine than the stock J79-GE-15 turbojet but having a much lower specific fuel consumption.

First flown in 1964 the Phantom F.1 was based on the USAF's F-4C and entered service with the RAF in 1966 supplementing the Lightning interceptors of RAF Fighter Command whilst the Phantom FG.2 re-equipped several Hunter and Canberra squadrons at home and abroad. The proposed FR.3 was a Sequanna powered reconnaisance version of the RF-4C that failed to materialise as the RAF adopted an advanced podded reconnaisance system but the FGR.4 was the RAF's first true multi-role version of the Phantom and took advantage of the new F-4E airframe, solid-state avionics and the more powerful Sequanna RB.390 engine developing 19,000lbs thrust with reheat. Only 50 FGR.4's were built before production switched to the FGR.5 and the FGR.4's equipped a three-squadron tactical fighter wing in RAF Middle East Command being deployed to Dhimar in the 1970's and to Saudi Arabia in 1990 during the build up to first Gulf War of 1991.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomFGR402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomFGR403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomFGR401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomFGR404.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomFGR405.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 02, 2009, 12:06:00 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.5's - No.6 and No.41 squadrons, RAF Strike Command

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomFGR505-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomFGR506-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomFGR504.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomFGR507-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomFGR508-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPhantomFGR509-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 12, 2009, 01:00:27 pm
Vought F-8E Crusader - No.805 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANF-8ECRUSADER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANF-8ECRUSADER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANF-8ECRUSADER03.jpg)

In case you've got a strong feeling of déjà vu then, yes, I have done this one before but this one uses the stock F-8E and stock USN skin with my No.805 squadron decals.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 13, 2009, 03:01:35 am
Vought F-8E Crusader - No.808 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANF-8ECRUSADER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANF-8ECRUSADER05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANF-8ECRUSADER06.jpg)

I was looking for another 'what if' RAN unit and plumped for No.808 squadron who operated the rather pedestrian Sea Venom until 1958. In my 'what if' they operated something else before getting the F-8E in 1965. The colour on the checkerboard markings are equally ficticious and are taken from the squadron badge.

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANF-8ECRUSADER07.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 20, 2009, 09:16:44 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F.6 - No.19 and No.92 squadrons, RAF Germany

The success of the Rolls-Royce Sequanna powered Phantom FGR.4 and FGR.5 led to two further types, both specialised for air-defence, the Phantom F.6 for RAF Germany and the Phantom F.7 for the home-based air defence squadrons. The Phantom F.6's were a bit of an interim type with the same engines as the FGR.5 but were slightly lighter due to the removal of all air-to-ground capability. They were eagerly received by RAF Germany and re-equipped the two Lightning F.2A squadrons at RAF Gütersloh (No.19 and No.92 squadrons) in 1974 and remained in service until 1994.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF603.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 20, 2009, 01:17:54 pm
Gloster Grebe T.1 - No.98 (Shadow) Squadron, 1963.

With the end of the Javelin production run in sight the Gloster Aircraft Company were keen to secure one of the few military aircraft programmes to emerge unscathed from the infamous 1957 Defence White Paper - the RAF's jet trainer requirement for 300 aircraft. Gloster proposed an unambitious but safe design powered by the Rolls Royce Viper rated at 2,500lbs of thrust and although the Hunting Jet Provost was the frontrunner (being already in limited service with No.2FTS at Hullavington) the Gloster P.355, later named Grebe, design was well-received by the RAF. In a surprise move, both types were ordered with the Jet Provost becoming the 'basic' jet trainer with 200 examples ordered and the Grebe becoming the 'advanced' trainer with 100 examples ordered.

Entering service in November 1959 the Gloster Grebe T.1 was an ideal step-up from the docile Jet Provost (with it's side-by-seat seating) and was certainly more of a challenge with its higher flight performance and slightly 'quirky' handling - although it was by no means a beast. Grebes equipped the new Tactical Weapons Units and also served with No.98 squadron in RAF Germany fulfilling almost exactly the same role. Most famously, the Grebe T.1 equipped the RAF's 'Yellowjacks' and 'Red Arrows' aerobatic display teams before being phased out in the late 1970's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/GLEBET102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/GLEBET101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/GLEBET104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/GLEBET103.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 21, 2009, 01:53:14 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F.7's - No.5 and No.11 squadrons, RAF Binbrook, 1983

The final development of the 'British' Phantom line was the superlative F.7, a dedicated interceptor for the home-based fighter squadrons of the Royal Air Force. The F.7 used the late slatted-wing 'E' airframe with the more powerful Rolls-Royce Sequanna RB.450 engines (rated at 13,250lbs thrust dry and 22,500lbs thrust with reheat) and with an improved avionics and radar fit. Entering service in late 1975 with No.5 and No.11 squadrons at RAF Binbrook the F.7 eventually served with eight UK squadrons, an adversary squadron based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus and two squadrons based at RAF Stanley (Falkland Islands).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF701.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF702.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF704.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF703.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF706.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF705.jpg)

My F.7 uses the stock F-4E_75 model with bitmaps stitched together from the 'C' (a late ADC Grey) and the 'E_75' but with my Sequanna jet nozzles added. I'm quite happy with this splice and whilst it is a little lighter than the real world RAF Grey it's OK and looks better with normal sized roundels. I'll get around to doing white serials at another time.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 24, 2009, 01:50:20 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF707.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF708.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PHANTOMF709.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!

Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for your support during 2009. Have a smashing holiday!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 27, 2009, 03:17:07 am
MiG-19S(UK) - No.92 Squadron, RAF Germany (Socialist European Union), 1962.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFARMERF1A05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFARMERF1A06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFARMERF1A07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFARMERF1A08.jpg)
[Insert joke about Farmer and Field here]

Just a tweak with a blue decal covering the spine, canopy and windscreen.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: Wyrmshadow on December 27, 2009, 04:25:07 am
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFARMERF1A08.jpg)
is that an A-symetrical Beagle I spy??????
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 27, 2009, 05:20:00 am
MiG-19S(UK) - No.74 Squadron ('The Tigers') Socialist Republic of Britain, March 1958

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFARMERF1A09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFARMERF1A10.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFFARMERF1A12.jpg)

Silver + Swept Wings + Tiger Stripes =  :wub: :wub: :wub:
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 28, 2009, 09:29:05 am
Lockheed (Canadair) Starfighter F.1 - No.56 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1962

With no Hunter replacement on the horizon and with the Lightning programme progressing slowly (and being clearly of no use in the tactical fighter role) the RAF suddenly became interested in the F-104-7 (later renamed F-104G) Starfighter programme during 1958 and in April 1959 followed West Germany in ordering the type as the Starfighter F.1 for air defence and the Starfighter FGA.2 as a tactical fighter for both RAF Germany and also for No.38 Group.

The initial production versions were the F.1 for RAF Fighter Command (equipping No.56 and No.74 squadrons) and the almost identical F.1A for RAF Germany (equipping No.19 and No.92 squadrons)and these were manufactured by Canadair and were powered by the Orenda-built J79 OEL-9 engine developing 10,500lbs of thrust dry and 16,000lbs of thrust with reheat. Entering service with No.56 squadron in 1961 the Starfighter F.1 initially introduced the Firestreak infra-red homing air-to-air missile into service and later introduced the Skylance radar-guided air-to-air missile, carried on underwing pylons. However, despite having the advantage of having, potentially, an armament of four missiles as opposed to the Lightning's two missiles the Starfighter F.1 was not a popular type and was quickly replaced by the Lightning F.6 in Fighter Command but did remain in service with RAF Germany until 1982.


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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSTARFIGHTERF103-1.jpg)

Stock F-104G and stock skin.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 28, 2009, 11:59:32 am
Lockheed (Canadair) Starfighter F.1 - No.74 Squadron ('The Tigers') RAF Fighter Command, August 1963

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSTARFIGHTERF104-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSTARFIGHTERF105-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSTARFIGHTERF109.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!


Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 29, 2009, 08:22:59 am
Lockheed (Canadair) Starfighter F.1A - No.19 and No.92 squadrons, RAF Germany

The introduction of the Starfighter F.1A to RAF Germany in 1962 allowed the RAF to concentrate their small Lightning force in the UK.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSTARFIGHTERF1A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSTARFIGHTERF1A02.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 29, 2009, 01:29:15 pm
Lockheed (Canadair) Starfighter F.1B - No.19 and No.92 Squadrons, RAF Germany, June 1974

During 1971 and 1972 33 of the original batch of 50 Starfighter F.1A's were converted to F.1B's - a modest upgrade programme mainly consisting of improved avionics and NATO standard navigational aids but also including the ability to use the forthcoming Skyflash missile. The converted F.1B's all left BAC Warton with a new coat of matt green paint and the new 'B' type tactical markings although both squadrons at RAF Wildenrath lost no time in getting their distinctive markings back on their aircraft.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSTARFIGHTERF1B03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSTARFIGHTERF1B06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSTARFIGHTERF1B07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSTARFIGHTERF1B08.jpg)

There are lovely Canadian and Danish schemes available as non-flyable 'AI' aircraft (indeed, the F-104G is itself non-flyable but can be made flyable with a little bit of work) and despite not having the silver undersides look very 'Lightning F.2A' like. In fact, I prefer the overall green.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 30, 2009, 12:49:31 pm
MiG-19P - No.2 Squadron, Parani Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANIMiG-19P01-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANIMiG-19P02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANIMiG-19P03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANIMiG-19P04.jpg)

My brief flirt with RAF Farmer F.1's a few pages back left me wanting more and a whole gaggle of Farmers has been released over at Combat Ace. The MiG-19 is actually in the game as an 'enemy' non-flyable but can easily be made flyable. However, this latest crop have had the radar nose grafted on (you can just about spot the join) and fly really well. I've done quite a few Dhimari types lately and thought it would be nice fly for the evil Empire of Paran!

More on the Dhimar v. Paran can be found here;

http://www.thirdwire.com/man/sf2/Strike_Fighters_2_Campaigns.htm

And for those of you with this fine game I've uploaded my Dhimari decal set over at Combat Ace.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DHIMARIDECALSET.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 31, 2009, 10:28:34 am
Canadair / Mikoyan Gureyvich CL-16's - No.423 and No.433 Squadrons, Republic of Canada Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFMiG-19S01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFMiG-19S02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RCAFMiG-19S03.jpg)

More traditional roundels on this bird and with no rotation on the wings (thanks Logan).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 31, 2009, 02:52:17 pm
Sukhoi Su-13 - VVS

A storyboard for comrade Greg...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER01.jpg)
I take-off from a Soviet Frontal Aviation airbase (the weather is good today)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER02.jpg)
Transit at high level

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER03.jpg)
Descend to low level but my attack on a 'Blue' convoy was a disaster (wrong bombs and no gun)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER04.jpg)
Phantoms come out to intercept so I climb up into the fight

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER05.jpg)
A growl in my headphones tells me that I have a lock-on so I fire an Atoll...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER06.jpg)
It's an RAF Phantom FGR.4 and he pops a flare but the missile detonates and Rupert and Tarquin hit the silk

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER07.jpg)
I fire another Atoll at another Phantom but it misses by a country mile

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER08.jpg)
I'm now out of missiles and gunless so I blast back towards Mother Russia fast and low!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 01, 2010, 04:36:36 am
Sukhoi Su-13 - VVS (Green)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER11.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSTARFIGHTER12.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 01, 2010, 05:12:13 am
Sukhoi Su-13 - Luftstreitkräfte der NVA (GDR)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKSTARFIGHTER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKSTARFIGHTER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKSTARFIGHTER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKSTARFIGHTER02.jpg)

Last Starfighters for a while!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 01, 2010, 07:47:03 am
Lavochkin La-19 - The Soviet Super Sabre

Clandestinely produced as an insurance policy against the failure of the MiG-19 and Sukhoi Su-7 and Su-9 the Lavochkin La-19 saw very limited service with the VVS but was exported to several Soviet client states. Unexpectedly, La-19's turned up in the skies over North Vietnam during 1965 and, on one occasion, caught a flight of F-105D's by surprise downing two and damaging a third.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSUPERSABRE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSUPERSABRE02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSUPERSABRE03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSUPERSABRE04.jpg)

Picture 2 reminds me of just how big this single-seat fighter is, especially as I've been flying the MiG-19 recently. They were contemporary but not in size!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 01, 2010, 10:46:59 am
Lavochkin La-19 - Czechoslovak Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERSABRE03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERSABRE04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERSABRE01.jpg)

Right. Time to focus on Doctor Who...
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 01, 2010, 01:43:07 pm
Lavochkin La-19 - Czechoslovak Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERSABRE05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERSABRE06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERSABRE08.jpg)

I found a nice Danish Green scheme and added the Czech markings - minus the fuselage roundels.

Edited to show Pictures 1 and 3 with correct orientation. Picture 2 remains to make Jostein's following remarks make sense!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 02, 2010, 05:50:34 am
Aero Vodochody L.23 - Czechoslovak Air Force, 1961

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERMYSTERE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERMYSTERE05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERMYSTERE09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERMYSTERE06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERMYSTERE08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/CZECHSUPERMYSTERE07.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!

The stock Super Mystere is another one of those types that is an 'AI' non-flyable but can be converted to flyable with a little editing work. I've previously done this as a Supermarine Skylark F.1 but with my current theme of 'Sovietisation' then I thought it would look good with Czech markings. Stock aircraft are great in that they are blank canvas with no national markings so all I've done is add a Soviet style green fin-tip, added a bit of colour to the intake lip, done my own Czech roundel (just a bit more opaque than the stock one) and learnt how to orientate them according to Comrade Jostein and by looking at pictures from my MiG Design Bureau book. I hope I've got it right!

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 02, 2010, 09:54:44 am
Aero Vodochody L.23 - Luftstreitkräfte

The success of the Aero L.23 flight-test programme led to its adoption by several WARPAC states including East Germany who operated it alongside MiG-17's and MiG-19's from 1959 onwards.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKSUPERMYSTERE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKSUPERMYSTERE02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKSUPERMYSTERE03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKSUPERMYSTERE05.jpg)

Edited to add yellow intake and a fictitious unit badge to Picture 4 (info on East German miltary aircraft isn't easy to find!).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 03, 2010, 12:58:22 am
Yakovlev Yak-39 - Luftstreitkräfte

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKFLATBED01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKFLATBED02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKFLATBED03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKFLATBED04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LSKFLATBED05.jpg)

Just a one-off this one as I'm itching to do something silver with swept-wings.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 03, 2010, 08:23:26 am
Republic Aviation F-84J Thunderstreak - HavLLv31 Finnish Ilmavoimat

With Finland being ever anxious to maintain it's neutrality it was surprising that in June 1954 the Finnish government elected to purchase the Republic Thunderstreak F-84J. However, in typical  Finnish fashion the purchase of 40 F-84J's was organised via the Swedish government and the aircraft chosen could hardly be called 'state of the art' being essentially a warmed-up Thunderstreak with the General Electric J73-GE5EX engine (non-afterburning and rated at 9,000lbs thrust) shoehorned in. No munitions were supplied, not even drop-tanks and SAAB were chosen to prepare the aircraft for service with four British Hispano cannon replacing the six 0.5 calibre machine guns of the standard F-84F and a strong 'neutral' flavour throughout, even to the extent of carrying mainly Swedish or Soviet weapons, including the Atoll air-to-air missile. Entering service with HavLLv31 in 1956 the aircraft equipped two squadrons and gave the Ilmavoimat a taste of a 'modern' swept-wing fighter although the F-84J was certainly no F-86 Sabre and, presumably, that was the whole point!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FINLANDTHUNDERSTREAK04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FINLANDTHUNDERSTREAK05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FINLANDTHUNDERSTREAK07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FINLANDTHUNDERSTREAK06.jpg)

Thanks for your comments guys, I've quite enjoyed this last one being quite fond of this pugnacious brute and also Finnish national markings. However, I do need more Finnish squadron markings. I have previously done that bat in clouds on a blue background without realising that it was also HavLLv31 (I thought it was a different squadron). So if you have any references please give me a link - Cheers!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 04, 2010, 12:20:21 pm
Republic Aviation F-84J Thunderstreak - HavLLv11 Finnish Ilmavoimat

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FINLANDTHUNDERSTREAK10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FINLANDTHUNDERSTREAK09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FINLANDTHUNDERSTREAK08.jpg)
Available for download at Combat Ace!

The HavLLv11 markings are a bit of fantasy but are based on the charging bull and colours of the one 'Fighter Squadron 11' patch that I've seen.

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 04, 2010, 10:56:21 pm
MiG I-104bis - The Soviet Super Starfighter

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSUPERSTARFIGHTER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSUPERSTARFIGHTER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSUPERSTARFIGHTER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETSUPERSTARFIGHTER04.jpg)

I've been lucky enough to have been given the above to try out by the two Italian modders (take a bow paulopanz and Spillone104) who've created it so I thought I'd get a few more pictures. Apart from the added canards and LERXs there are the typically Soviet IRTS and belly gun plus the RD-33 engine from the MiG-29. Final touches are that exact shade of green for the fin and radome and I especially like those shapely MiG-21 fuel tanks that just add to the Sovietisation.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 05, 2010, 12:56:11 pm
MiG I-104bis - Egyptian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/EGYPTSUPERSTARFIGHTER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/EGYPTSUPERSTARFIGHTER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/EGYPTSUPERSTARFIGHTER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/EGYPTSUPERSTARFIGHTER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/EGYPTSUPERSTARFIGHTER05.jpg)

I didn't think that the bigger Anab missiles would fit but they do and look pretty darn good slung below the small wings of this aircraft and I really do like those tip-tanks!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 07, 2010, 02:28:14 pm
Hawker Hunter FGA.9 - No.14 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (attached to RAF SEAC)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHUNTERFGA901-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHUNTERFGA902-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHUNTERFGA903-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHUNTERFGA904-1.jpg)

Inspired by jeremak's SEAC Kiwi roundel! I've got No.75 squadron decals all made up but not had enough time to take the piccies tonight.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 09, 2010, 04:18:39 am
Hawker Hunter FGA.9 - No.75 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (attached to RAF SEAC)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHUNTERFGA905.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHUNTERFGA906.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHUNTERFGA907.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFHUNTERFGA908.jpg)
Available for download at Combat Ace! (soon)

Jeremak's idea of a 'Kiwi' SEAC roundel was inspired and will be re-visited by me sometime in the future, probably starting with an iconic product from St. Louis. I'm saying no more!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 10, 2010, 11:35:54 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4M - No.2 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (attached to RAF SEAC)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFPHANTOMFGR201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFPHANTOMFGR202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFPHANTOMFGR203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFPHANTOMFGR204.jpg)

The older 'Wings Over Europe' game came with a nice 'Euro One' scheme for USAF F-4D's but, sadly, this scheme didn't make the cut for the new 'Series 2' games - a real shame. The new F-4's are mapped slightly differently so the old F-4D bitmaps were re-sized from 512x512 to 1024x1024 and married to the newer F-4M skin bitmaps - a bit of a 'cut and shut' but it seems to have worked out OK! I think I'll redo these Kiwi F-4M's with the red/blue tactical markings seen on the A-4's with a backstory of having been passed on when retired from the RAF in the late 1980's.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 12, 2010, 12:57:35 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2's - No.2 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force

During the build up to Operation Corporate (the UK's military operation to retake the Falkland Islands) the UK Government were overwhelmed at the support given by the countries of the Commonwealth and, in particular, the response of the Australian and New Zealand Governments who provided ships to maintain the UK's NATO commitments and allow the Royal Navy to maximise the number of ships it could send to the South Atlantic.

In the following years there were many reciprocal deals made and favours given to the Commonwealth nations (and even Chile!) and one such 'favour' was the transfer of 18 ex-RAF Phantom FGR.2's in 1988. The 18 FGR.2's, only recently withdrawn from RAF service, were ferried out to New Zealand (most still in their dirty grey camo scheme) during Operation Saddleback before arriving at Ohakea for refurbishment by a joint McDonnell Douglas/RNZAF team that saw the aircraft eventually emerge in a new 'Euro One' style camo scheme and with digital INAS, upgraded RWR and new outer wing panels. Entering service with No.2 squadron in late 1989 (supposedly as the Kārearea but they were always simply called Phantoms) the aircraft gave good service to the Royal New Zealand Air Force during the 1990's until finally being retired in December 2001 when, indeed, all 'Air Combat Force' aircraft were sadly withdrawn from service.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFPHANTOMFGR206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFPHANTOMFGR207.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFPHANTOMFGR208.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFPHANTOMFGR205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNZAFPHANTOMFGR209.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 17, 2010, 01:10:54 am
HESA Saeqeh 'Thunderbolt' - Parani Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANISAEQEHTRAINER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANISAEQEHTRAINER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANISAEQEHTRAINER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANISAEQEHTRAINER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANISAEQEHTRAINER05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANISAEQEHTRAINER06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANISAEQEHTRAINER08.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 20, 2010, 06:14:42 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F.7 - No.23 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Any chance of a 23 Sqn F7 in Barley Grey?  :ph34r:

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPHANTOMF7B06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPHANTOMF7B07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPHANTOMF7B08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFPHANTOMF7B09.jpg)

I couldn't find the No.23 squadron skin so I've converted my Phantom F.7 skin by darkening the upper wing panels as far as the wing-fold and adding my No.23 squadron markings with smaller national markings but still not as small as those stupidly small ones seen on some RAF aircraft (and don't get me started on having roundels on one wing only :banghead:).

Anyway, whilst not a true 'Barley Grey' it does give a good impression of what a Phantom F.7 would look like so let's call it a 'Barely Grey' scheme!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 21, 2010, 01:09:20 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4M - Jagdgeschwader 71 'Richthofen' West German Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LUFTWAFFEF-4M01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LUFTWAFFEF-4M02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LUFTWAFFEF-4M03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LUFTWAFFEF-4M05.jpg)

Good call trekaddict!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 21, 2010, 10:41:50 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4M - JG 74 Mölders

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LUFTWAFFEF-4M06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LUFTWAFFEF-4M07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LUFTWAFFEF-4M08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/LUFTWAFFEF-4M09.jpg)

I thought I'd bang the Luftwaffe decals onto my adapted USAF F-4M camo. Different, but I prefer the standard Luftwaffe scheme.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 23, 2010, 01:42:23 pm
McDonnell Douglas F-4M Phantom - 48th Tactical Fighter Wing

During late 1966 with the USA getting more and more embroiled in the Vietnam war it was decided to re-equip several USAFE units with the licence-built British Rolls-Royce Spey powered F-4M so as to release older tactical aircraft such as the F-100D and F-105D for Vietnam where attrition was now a very serious issue.

McDonnell Douglas had already brought together a UK sub-contracting team consisting of BAC, Hawker Siddeley, Rolls-Royce (engines) and Shorts with final assembly and flight testing being carried out at St. Louis but, with one eye on the European market, McDonnell Douglas moved final assembly to Brough (North Humberside) with flight testing at Holme on Spalding Moor. This decision came a bit late for the Royal Navy whose F-4K aircraft continued to be assembled and flight tested in the USA but all F-4M's were produced in the UK with all odd production numbers being allocated to the RAF and all even numbers to the USAFE with Lakenheath and Bitburg becoming the first USAFE wings to re-equip with the type.

Entering service with the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath in England in 1970 the F-4M's received a modest upgrade during 1973-1974 to emerge with the Marconi ARI18228 RWR mounted on the fintip and also gained 'slimer' formation-keeping strip lights. The USAF F-4M's had a relatively long career with USAFE and were eventually replaced by F-15E's during 1990 and just missed out on participation in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFF-4M09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFF-4M08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USAFF-4M07.jpg)
Now available to download at Combat Ace!

After helping out on a 'real world' F-4D project I've enjoyed looking at the history of the famous 48th TFW (Statue of Liberty Wing) and thought I'd do a 'what if' USAF F-4M upload so I've revised things and added new serial numbers to match my backstory and 'slimer' decals (I don't like them myself but must admit that they make things look a bit more authentic).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 24, 2010, 04:43:41 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4L - VMFA-333 'Shamrocks'

With all the considerable design effort being put into the marriage of the Phantom airframe and the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engine McDonnell Douglas thought it might be a good idea to propose a version to the US Navy to allow the Phantom to operate from the smaller carriers that were limited to F-8E Crusaders. In June 1966 the designation F-4L was given to the proposed Spey-powered Phantom and in October 1966 an initial order for 130 F-4L's (USN/USMC) was made, followed by an unexpected export order of 30 F-4L's for the Royal Australian Navy.

Deliveries to the US Navy commenced in February 1969 with VF-24 becoming the first operational squadron followed by VMFA-333. By this time the wisdom of operating such a relatively large aircraft on the older, smaller carriers was being questioned and most F-4L's served aboard the larger carriers or with land-based units.

When the decision was made not to re-equip the USMS 'fighter-attack' Phantom squadrons with the hugely expensive Grumman F-14A Tomcat, McDonnell Douglas pushed hard for low-rate production of the F-4L to continue specifically for USMC use and they were eventually successful meaning that production continued until 1976 with an eventual  total of 306 F-4L's being built. Apart from Australia, F-4L's also served with the Royal Air Force where 15 ex-USN F-4L's were sold to the UK Government to allow the formation of an additional home-based Phantom squadron to release a squadron for the defence of the Falkand Isles.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USMCF-4L01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USMCF-4L02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USMCF-4L03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USMCF-4L04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USMCF-4L05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USMCF-4L06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USMCF-4L10.jpg)
Available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 24, 2010, 07:32:00 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4L - VF-111 'Sundowners'

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USMCF-4L08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USMCF-4L07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/USMCF-4L09.jpg)

The VF-111 F-4L's use stock skins and decals (except for my Star & Bar) but one skin bitmap is tweaked to show the RWR and Spey engine nozzles.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 24, 2010, 02:09:59 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4L - VF-805 Royal Australian Navy

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANF-4L02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANF-4L03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RANF-4L04.jpg)


Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 27, 2010, 09:54:33 pm
Dassault Mirage 2000C - Soviet Fighter Weapons School

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETMIRAGESKI200001.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETMIRAGESKI200002.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETMIRAGESKI200003.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/IDFBAZ01.jpg)
The only drawback with using the Israeli terrain is that you can get bounced by these jokers - I quickly became toast.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETMIRAGESKI200004.jpg)

This skin was released by Gepard recently and I've quickly 'Sovietised' it. I guess that by the time they acquired one the Soviet Union had already dissolved.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 28, 2010, 02:50:38 pm
Rockwell-MBB Mustang FG.2 - No.6 squadron, Royal Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMUSTANGFG206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMUSTANGFG201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMUSTANGFG202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMUSTANGFG203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMUSTANGFG204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFMUSTANGFG205.jpg)

Whenever I do a 'Desert Pink' RAF aircraft it just seems natural to make it a 'Flying Canopener' - after all, they did earn that nickname in the (North African) Desert.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 30, 2010, 06:09:06 am
The Gloster Gemini - Prototype

Long before the Gloster Aircraft Company had got Britain's first jet aircraft (the E.28/39) into the air the design team had realised that any production jet fighter would need much more thrust than the paltry 750lbs then being offered by Frank Whittle's Power Jets company. Whilst still on the test bench the early W.1 jet engine had sluggish acceleration and was optimistically considered 'marginal' for a production fighter aircraft. Furthermore, this new technology seemed to be totally unsuitable for making any kind of combat aircraft for naval use as operations from an aircraft carrier demand adequate (and near instantly available) power for takeoff and landing. Whilst George Carter looked at a twin jet-enginned aircraft (eventually to become the Meteor) he also studied a composite twin-enginned design using a conventional piston engine for flight but with a jet engine for higher speeds. The composite twin-enginned concept quickly led to the company name of Gloster Gemini.

Despite any official interest the company steadily moved the Gemini project forward. Denied access to the Bristol Centaurus engine Carter sized the Gemini around the 1,700 h.p. Bristol Hercules XVII radial piston engine and allowed space for the proposed Power Jets W.2B jet engine rated at 1,700lbs thrust. First flown (on piston power only) by company test pilot John Grierson on May 1st, 1943 the Gemini failed to attract the interest of the Admiralty but was studied by the Air Ministry who gave Gloster a development contract to produce interceptor-fighter and fighter-bomber versions for the RAF as the Gemini F.1 and Gemini FB.2 respectively.

During late 1943, the Air Ministry asked Glosters to suspend work on the FB.2 version and urgently proceed with the F.1 versions of the Meteor and Gemini to meet "an expected German aerial threat from pilotless aircraft during the Spring of 1944". Whilst Gloster did their best the Gemini soon fell behind this ridiculous schedule and in May 1944 the Air Ministry instructed Glosters to switch priority to the FB.2 version for overseas use and the invasion of Japan. Entering service in August 1945 only 140 FB.2's entered service with most sent to RAF Middle East Command before quickly being replaced by Vampires.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGEMINIFB103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGEMINIFB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGEMINIFB102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGEMINIFB103.jpg)

This is, of course, the wonderfully oddball Ryan Fireball! This aircraft is produced by a group of modders known as the A-Team Skunkworks and they bring a charmingly different aspect to the Strike Fighters community by producing some of the more esoteric inter-war and early post-war stuff as well as some cutting-edge modern stuff too. Their Ryan FR-1 Fireball comes with a colourful US Navy scheme but I've knocked up my own template, including drawing panel lines, to make this Gloster Gemini prototype. I ain't no skinner but it's quite passable and the aircraft just has that 'Gloster' look about it, don't you think?!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RNFIREBALL01.jpg)
Only known photograph of VB234 the Royal Navy prototype.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 30, 2010, 10:34:29 am
Gloster Gemini FB.2 - No.33 Squadron, RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force, Germany, 1947

"It's like a single-enginned Beaufighter"

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGEMINIFB201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGEMINIFB202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFGEMINIFB203.jpg)

OK, a less than perfect skin by me but I hope it gives a good impression of what a Gloster Gemini FB.2 might have looked like in early post-war service. I chose 'SP' as the code but then realised that No.33 squadron were actually 'SR' - good job we're safe here from JMN's eh?
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 30, 2010, 01:41:13 pm
North American B-45A Tornado - Royal Dhimari Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DHIMARIB-45A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DHIMARIB-45A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DHIMARIB-45A04.jpg)

Another A-Team Skunkworks aircraft. I figured that oil-rich Dhimar bought a squadron to give the Paranis something to think about.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 31, 2010, 06:02:26 am
Bell P-59A Airacomet - No.3 Squadron, Royal Dhimari Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DHIMARIP-59A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DHIMARIP-59A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DHIMARIP-59A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/DHIMARIP-59A04.jpg)

Another A-Team Skunkworks aircraft. I love some of the real esoteric stuff that they produce and this aircraft is of quite historic importance as being, of course, the first USA jet to fly. There's some cracking stuff on YouTube. Extraordinary days!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDHtkm2vW_Y
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 01, 2010, 04:54:47 am
Sukhoi Su-2 - Republic of Paran Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANISu-201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANISu-202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANISu-203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANISu-204.jpg)

I like the look of this often neglected Soviet warplane but must admit that I hadn't realise that it had a (small) internal bomb bay until flying it in Strike Fighters. Luckily this A-Team Skunkworks version comes with a Camo scheme that is OK for the fictional Desert state of Paran with just a change of decals.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 01, 2010, 10:33:13 pm
Ilyushin IL-28 - Republic of Paran Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANIIL-2801.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANIIL-2803.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/PARANIIL-2802.jpg)

In the game, the IL-28 is quite a formidable opponent as it has excellent manoeuvabrility for a bomber (think: lightly-loaded Canberra) and tail guns. Indeed, as it also has forward-firing guns I've been shot down by it from behind on many an occasion.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 02, 2010, 12:53:39 pm
Ilyushin IL-28 - EB2/92 Aquitaine, Armée de l'air (on deployment to Tunisia, 1959)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ADLAIL-2801.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ADLAIL-2802.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ADLAIL-2803.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/ADLAIL-2804.jpg)

Many, many, many pages back someone suggested an Armee D'Lair 'chocolate' Cranberry and it was a bloomin' good call on their part. So the stock Egyptian Camo looked a suitable candidate for an Armée de l'air Beagle and I think it works. Now I'm going to have to admit that I don't really understand how the French unit designations work so don't shoot me down but I'll try to get into the swing of it along the way.

Who knows? Perhaps March will bring St.Louis' finest in Armée de l'air markings!! (Dassault is turning in his grave, Je suis désolé Marcel).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 03, 2010, 04:22:03 am
Bell Airacomet FB.2 - No.263 Squadron, RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force, Germany, May 1947

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAIRACOMETFB201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAIRACOMETFB202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFAIRACOMETFB203.jpg)

Sadly there a few holes in the 3D model for the P-59A AiraComet meaning that my normal method of decaling doesn't work properly (that's why the Dhimari P-59A's are photographed on the RHS only) but I was lucky enough to be given the blank silver bitmaps for the P-59A by the original skinner (thanks pappychsix) and have added my decals to that. They lose a bit of resolution that way but it does give a good impression of what an RAF Airacomet would have looked like.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 03, 2010, 11:54:09 am
Yakovlev Yak-155 'Freebird' - Soviet Frontal Aviation

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETMIRAGE2000D01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETMIRAGE2000D02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETMIRAGE2000D03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/SOVIETMIRAGE2000D04.jpg)

I was going to do this as a Soviet 'Aggressor' but liked the look of the air-to-ground warload that I've decided to make it a 'what if' Soviet design by Yakovlev. The superb Indian Air Force skins are by Ghostrider885 and are very Flanker like so I've added stock Soviet markings and numbers.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 04, 2010, 12:19:00 pm
Sukhoi Su-9 Fishpot 'B' - HavLLv31 Finnish Ilvamoivat

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FINLANDSU-9FISHPOTB01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FINLANDSU-9FISHPOTB02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FINLANDSU-9FISHPOTB03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/FINLANDSU-9FISHPOTB04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 06, 2010, 12:03:16 pm
Tupolev Tu-128 'Fiddler' - HavLlv11 Finnish Ilmavoimat

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTU-128FIDDLER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTU-128FIDDLER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTU-128FIDDLER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTU-128FIDDLER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTU-128FIDDLER05.jpg)

A great looking aircraft IMHO and especially on plan view. I'll re-visit this one over and over I guess and certainly knock-up an air-to-ground version!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 07, 2010, 04:10:38 am
Avro-Tupolev Tu-128K - No.43 Squadron

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFIDDLERF201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFIDDLERF202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFIDDLERF203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFIDDLERF204.jpg)

I've done a bit of work on this to create some DIY templates but they are not the best but hopefully give an impression of what a Leuchars based Fiddler would look like!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 07, 2010, 10:03:10 am
Sukhoi Su-13 'Fleapit' - Soviet Frontal Aviation, Afghanistan, 1980

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/SOVIETSu-13FLEAPIT01.jpg)
This was going to be Clue No.3 in 'Guess the Plane' but sideshowbob9 is just too good!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/SOVIETSu-13FLEAPIT02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/SOVIETSu-13FLEAPIT03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/SOVIETSu-13FLEAPIT04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/SOVIETSu-13FLEAPIT05.jpg)

Yep, this is the shapely HAL HF-24 Marut pretending to be the Sukhoi Su-13 tactical fighter (NATO codename 'Fleapit' - I've been itching to use that name). I've previously used it to make an RAF Supermarine Skylark F.1 before re-using that name for something else.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/RAFSkylarkF103.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 07, 2010, 10:46:40 pm
Grumman F-14A Tomcat - No.26 Squadron 'The Warriors' Indian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAF-14ATOMCAT01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAF-14ATOMCAT02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAF-14ATOMCAT03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAF-14ATOMCAT04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAF-14ATOMCAT05.jpg)

One of the very best add-on aircraft for the game/sim is the F-14A and an Iranian version has been modified here to illustrate a 'what if'TM Indian Tomcat (as unlikely as that sounds). The nose marking is loosely based on a triangular squadron badge that I've seen for No.26 squadron. Third Wire are advertising a 'stock' F-14A for release later this year so expect to see a burst of Tomcat activity from me when it gets released!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 10, 2010, 12:54:20 pm
Gloster Javelin F.Mk.55 - Indian Air Force

The expansion of the Indian Air Force during the mid-1950's saw the planned procurement of the Hawker Hunter fighter-bomber and the English Electric Canberra bomber in substantial quantities but Indian Air Force planners saw the lack of an all-weather interceptor as a problem and urged the Indian Government for increased funds for a suitable aircraft. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru initially blocked the idea but soon agreed to allow a delegation from the Gloster Aviation Company to make a presentation to the Indian Government and the Chiefs of the Indian Air Force.

With the end of the Javelin production line looming Gloster were proposing two new export version of the Javelin Mk8 to India -  the F.Mk55 (Sapphire-enginned) and F.Mk56 (Avon-enginned) versions. Indian Air Force chiefs were very enthusiastic about the possibility of having its three main combat aircraft use the same jet engine (albeit the Javelin's Mk.205 Avon engines had a simple afterburner fitted) and urged Nehru to proceed with the purchase of 80 aircaft but Nehru demanded to meet the Gloster delegation himself to thrash out terms. Gloster cannily sent Graeme Kimmage, who had attended Cambridge University with Nehru, to conduct the negotiations and eventually secure a deal for 80 Javelin F.Mk56's.

Entering service with No.36 'Trishula' squadron based at Pathankot in 1958 the Javelins only really became a complete weapon system when mated with the indigenous 'Baan' (Arrow) air-to-air missile which entered service in late 1960. From this time the Javelins quickly earned the most appropriate nickname of 'Dhanush' (bow) and saw limited service over Goa (in the recconnaisance role) but played a major role in the 1965 war with Pakistan claiming several kills including three F-86's, one F-104 and six B-57's. However, with the MiG-21 entering service the Javelin's days were
numbered and the Javelin force slowly faded away and by 1975 the popular and legendary 'Dhanush' had gone for good.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAJAVELINMK5501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAJAVELINMK5505.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAJAVELINMK5506.jpg)
A Gloster Javelin F.Mk.55 'Dhanush' (Bow) of No.35 Squadron reveals its full load of 'Baan' (Arrow) missiles.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAJAVELINMK5508-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAJAVELINMK5509.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAJAVELINMK5507.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!

I've always had a soft spot for the Javelin. The Putnam book on Gloster aircraft was one of the few aircraft books in our local library when I was an aviation mad teenager in the mid-1970's. And who could fail to be surprised at the size of the Javelin when you opened up the Frog or Novo box?!! Anyway, I've created a fictional No.36 squadron and used the Soviet 'Anab' missile to create the equally fictional HAL 'Baan' air-to-air missile.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 13, 2010, 11:45:56 am
Back to the jet age...

General Dynamics/BAe Falcon FG.3 - No.54 Squadron

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFALCONFG301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFALCONFG302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFALCONFG303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFALCONFG304.jpg)

There's a nice two-seater 'Viper' available as an add-on so I've just added some No.54 squadron markings and some slightly 'early' serial numbers (from my Phantom F.7).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 14, 2010, 11:28:14 am
Republic Aviation F-84K Thunderstreak FB.4 - No.145 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command

Whilst the RAF had used the straight-wing Thunderjet in small numbers at home and abroad the delay in both the Hunter and Swift programmes saw them also adopt the swept-wing Thunderstreak in several versions culminating with the superb Avon-enginned FB.4 that served with several squadrons of RAF Fighter Command and RAF Germany. Powered by the non-afterburning Avon Mk.202 rated at 10,000lbs thrust, the Thunderstreak FB.4 was no match for a Sabre or a Hunter (assuming the latter's guns could actually fire) but was a tough amd popular tactical fighter that remained in frontline service until 1963 when No.54 squadron exchanged their FB.4's for Thunderchiefs.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB402.jpg)

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Sqd. Ldr Gordon Brown attempts to sink the 'Torrey Cameron' tanker (rhymning slang).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB404.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB405.jpg)

For me, the Thunderstreak will always be a favourite!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV-EhBesVjg&feature=PlayList&p=92DAA6C1EF9D28BC&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=47
(Buccaneers at 3.30)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 15, 2010, 07:42:22 am
Republic Aviation Thunderstreak FB.4 - No.600 & 601 "City Of London" Squadrons, Royal Auxilliary Air Force, 1957

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB409.jpg)
600

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600

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600

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601

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601

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601

I'd forgotten just how colourful those pre-war Demons and post-war Vampires and Meteors were in their almost 'heraldic' markings so, from time to time, I'm going to cover some RAuxAF 'what ifs'.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 15, 2010, 01:22:32 pm
Republic Aviation Thunderstreak - No.602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB414.jpg)

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The first streaks of sunrise catch XA199 as it patrols 'Black Isle' on the East coast of Scotland during Exercise Highlander, March 1957.

I'm quite pleased with this 'tartan' decal. I've always wanted to do this one but was put off by the complexity so it's slightly simplified but quite effective.

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 16, 2010, 09:06:18 am
Republic Thunderstreak FB.4 - No.603 'City of Edinburgh' Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB416.jpg)

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Now available for download at Combat Ace!

Last Thunderstreaks for a while but I'm sure I'll come back to it and/or it's Thunderflash cousin.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 16, 2010, 01:55:25 pm
Hawker Hunter F.4 - No.603 'City Of Edinburgh' Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERF401.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 17, 2010, 12:56:52 pm
McDonnell Voodoo FAW.2 - No.611 (West Lancashire) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW202.jpg)

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The No.611 'squadron bars' decal took me ages to make but it looks pretty cool. Do you know, I can remember having that decal on a decal sheet that came free with an aircraft modelling magazine about thirty years ago! It was meant for a Meteor but went on a camouflaged Thunderstreak!

Anyway, I'll get some flying shots up tomorrow but TBH the Voodoo looks like it's doing Mach 2 just sat on the ground.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 18, 2010, 02:53:18 am
McDonnell Voodoo FAW.2 - No.611 (West Lancashire) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW204.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW208.jpg)

The Voodoo is available as an add-on aircraft and was created by an Italian guy (callsign erikgen) who produces work of a very high standard (he created the Tu-128 Fiddler and has a sweet G-91Y on the drawing board/monitor). I've just removed some 'painted on' decals from the fin and added my No.611 squadron decals. Hunter F.4 serial numbers have been used for now but should really begin with an 'X' I guess.

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 18, 2010, 06:48:28 am
Nice comments guys!

McDonnell Voodoo FAW.2 - No.616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW209.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 18, 2010, 10:58:56 am
General Dynamics F-111B - No.25 Squadron, Royal Air Force

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The recent RAF Gripen release included markings for No.25 squadron and I can't believe I haven't done anything for this 'low number' squadron so I've knocked up a set of my own decals for No.25 squadron and plonked them on the disastrous F-111B. Like many folk, I've adopted the name Merlin for the RAF Aardvarks but don't want to waste a designation on this POS.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 18, 2010, 11:49:48 pm
BAC Stilleto F.3 - No.56 Squadron, Royal Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTILLETOF301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTILLETOF302.jpg)

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An Indian Air Force skin for the Fishbed-J has been used here and I thought I'd try some 1970's 'B' type roundels and fin flashes.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 19, 2010, 11:45:16 am
Hawker Hunter FGA.9C - No.604 (County of Middlesex) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1982

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9C01.jpg)

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A fine skin this by ndicki (a Hunter fan) meant for an Omani Hunter but put into RAuxAF service in the early 1980's. I've added some No.604 Sqd markings but with toned down fuselage bars (I'll do something with the full colour version sooner rather than later) and with full size roundels*. I just hate those micro dots in use and don't get me started on only having one roundel on the upper and lower surfaces :banghead:

*One of my favourite Lightnings was XR770 (surely the most photgraphed Lightning, and don't call me Shirley) in grey with large pale roundels :wub:
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 20, 2010, 12:23:53 pm
McDonnell Voodoo FAW.4 - No.111 'Treble One' Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1964

Delays in the English Electric Lightning programme and the rather pedestrian performance of the Gloster Javelin encouraged the McDonnell Aircraft Company to offer various versions of their outstanding Voodoo aircraft to the RAF initially with the F.1 single-seater and FAW.2 two-seater for RAF Fighter Command and followed by the FR.3 single-seater reconnaisance aircraft for RAF Germany and the improved FAW.4 two-seater for Fighter Command.

Entering service in 1961 the Voodoo FAW.4 served with three squadrons of RAF Fighter Command and supplemented the earlier FAW.2's in the air defence role. Normally armed with two De Havilland Skystorm radar-guided missiles and two Fairey Firestorm infra-red heat-seeking missiles the Voodoo FAW.4's were a quantum leap in performance over the Javelins and remained a popular type in RAF service right up until their retirement in 1981.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW401.jpg)
Night fever

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Skystorm missile (re-badged Genie but non-nuclear)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW404.jpg)
Firestorm missile (re-badged Falcon)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW405.jpg)

I've had a boring day of printing stuff out for my other hobby (cycling) and whilst the printer was doing a long print run I thought I'd try to do a 'treble one' squadron lightning flash as well as the more conventional rectangular bars seen on their Meteors and Hunters. A later Voodoo (note IR seeker) seemed a good canvas for my new decal and I've also converted the Genie and Falcon into the Skystorm and Firestorm!

http://www.rafweb.org/SqnMark111B.htm

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW408.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 22, 2010, 02:55:26 pm
No.605 (County of Warwickshire) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, June 1962 - Transition from Hunter FGA.9B's to Starfighter F.1's

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTARFIGHTERF113.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTARFIGHTERF111.jpg)

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Twilight on the Hunters career with No.605 squadron.

I've knocked up a set of decals for No.605 squadron and speculated (they can't touch you for it) on checkers for their Starfighters rudder whilst keeping the fuselage bars as seen on their real life Vampires (on the booms) and added nose bars to the Hunters. In one of the RAF Yearbooks (1976) there was a 'what if' article by Derek Wood with a cracking drawing of one unit working up on Saro S.177's whilst Hawker P.1080's are passed down to the RAuxAF unit at the same base. I might try to do some more of these transition photo sets at random intervals.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 23, 2010, 02:26:57 pm
Supermarine Swift FR.5 - No.606 (Chiltern) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSWIFTFR501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSWIFTFR502.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSWIFTFR504.jpg)

In my slow trawl through the Auxiliary squadrons I've reached No.606 who have an interesting history...

This squadron holds a unique position in RAF Squadron history.  The number 606 was never allocated in the 1930's, although it was held in readiness, when the majority of the Auxiliary Air Force was formed.  The number was also never activated subsequently and consequently it has never operated aircraft.

It therefore became unique when it was formed from the Helicopter Support Squadron of the RAuxAF at Benson on 1 October 1999, in that it is numbered within the range allocated to flying squadrons, yet does not operate any aircraft of its own but provides valuable support role to the tactical support helicopter fleet.

The Helicopter Support Squadron was originally formed on 1 October 1996, since when it has supplied personnel to various exercises in the UK, Germany and Slovenia.  Personnel have also accompanied units of the Joint Helicopter Command, of which it became part of the same day it was awarded its number, on operations in the Balkans (1999).


Anyway, for markings for No.606 I've a free hand so made an orange version of my Lightning flash to make the fuselage bars and the nose bars which use the centre from the squadron badge (an eagle holding a lightning flash).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 24, 2010, 01:28:04 pm
Armstrong-Whitworth Siskin F.1 - No.607 (County of Durham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1958 [Transitioning to the Hunter F.4]

The early-1950's were a difficult time for RAF Fighter Command. The obscolescent Meteor F.8 formed the mainstay of RAF Fighter Command but was struggling to catch the RAF's Canberra jet bombers and would have been hopelessly outclassed by MiG-15's if the Cold War had turned hot. But just at the time that Fighter Command should have been looking forward to receiving the modern swept-wing Hawker Hunter and Supermarine Swift fighters both programmes hit severe technical problems. Even before the decision to cancel the Swift fighter programme (taken in February 1955) the Air Ministry were looking for an 'off the shelf' purchase of an interim 'stop-gap' type and although the North American F-86 Sabre was eventually procured in substantial numbers the desperately bad balance of payments situation with the US prevented further purchases.

Dassault had previously offered the Mystère IIC and had been turned down but in November 1952 an RAF evaluation team were sent to Istres to evaluate the Mystère IV and submitted an enthusiastic report to the Air Ministry who decided to place an order for 200 Mystère IV's to be licence-built by Armstrong-Whitworth with Rolls Royce Tay engines. Initially armed with two 30mm Aden cannon the aircraft entered service in March 1955 as the Siskin F.1 and was used by RAF Fighter Command until the early 1960's with the subsequent Siskin FGA.2 fighter-bomber serving in RAF Middle-East Command until 1970.

(This backstory has been previously posted)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 25, 2010, 11:41:41 am
Grumman F-14A Tomcat - No.26 Squadron, Indian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAF-14ATOMCAT06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAF-14ATOMCAT07.jpg)

I'm doing a grey RAF Tomcat and just thought I'd try the Indian decals (used on the Iranian Camo version a few pages back) on it before converting it.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 25, 2010, 02:29:17 pm
Grumman Tomcat F.2 - No.608 (North Riding) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF202.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF204.jpg)

This squadron seem to have two different types (style and colour) of 'squadron bar' type markings so I've chosen the pre-war triangular markings seen on their Hawker Demons.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 26, 2010, 11:39:12 am
Hawker Hunter FGA.9B - No.609 (West Riding) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1975

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9B05.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 26, 2010, 11:45:47 pm
BAe / Pilatus Petrel GR.1 - No.610 (County Of Chester) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 2012

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFPETRELGR101.jpg)

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On deployment to Afghanistan during the 2012 'surge'.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 27, 2010, 04:42:23 am
BAC Lightning F.7 - No.611 (West Lancashire) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1967

Transitioning from the Hunter FGA.9B to the Lightning F.7...

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Early morning sortie by Lightning F.7's from RAF Woodvale, Merseyside.

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Zoom!

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Can you feel the thunder?

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9B08.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 27, 2010, 10:13:04 am
BAC Stilleto F.3 - No.612 (City Of Aberdeen) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTILLETOF305.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTILLETOF308.jpg)

I'm really pleased with the 'squadron bars' decal on this No.612 squadron MiG-21. I did the basic pattern, created two duplicate layers and used the 'clothify' function on the two duplicates at 25% opacity with the second duplicate layer reversed.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 27, 2010, 01:09:38 pm
Fiat / Folland Firecrown FGA.1 - No.613 (City of Manchester) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1964

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFIRECROWNFGA101.jpg)

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The only colours I've seen for No.613 squadron seem to be identical to No.9 squadron. I'd love to know if they had any 'loud' colours on their pre-war Hinds and Hectors.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 28, 2010, 06:33:57 am
Supermarine / Sukhoi Fishpot F.1 - No.615 (County of Surrey) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1964

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFISHPOTF101.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFISHPOTF103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFISHPOTF104.jpg)

The No.615 squadron markings will be familiar to anyone whose studied the Gloster Meteor F.8 and was another marking featured on a classic decal sheet given away for free with the first issue of a UK aircraft modelling magazine (whose name escapes me now) about thirty years ago :blink:. Anyway, I haven't got it spot-on but it's close enough and will see the light of day again as I really like it.

http://www.rafweb.org/SqnMark615.htm

A great resource btw
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 28, 2010, 02:14:09 pm
North American Vigilante GR.1 - No.614 (County of Glamorgan) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEGR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEGR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEGR103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEGR104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEGR105.jpg)

I was going to keep this one until tomorrow (St. David's Day) but I also want March to be an RAF roundel free zone so here it is and it also neatly brings to an end my recent burst of RAuxAF stuff. So the next RAF 'what if' will now be on April 1st - the RAF's 92nd birthday. I've had a few PM's on ideas so expect to see, amongst others, Japanese F-23's, French Phantoms, USN Voodoos and Indian Mirage V's!

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 01, 2010, 02:46:57 pm
THE PHANTOM IS BACK!!

McDonnell Douglas Phantom F.6 - EC2/13 'Alpes' Armee de l'air

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAPHANTOMF601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAPHANTOMF604.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAPHANTOMF602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAPHANTOMF605.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAPHANTOMF603.jpg)

Despite not having time to do the numbers I'm quite pleased with this French Phantom. I've previously got the shade of roundel 'bleu' wrong but think I've nailed it this time and done a good job of knocking up a EC2/13 fin marking based on that seen on their Mirage IIIC's.

My RAF Phantom 'what ifs' are powered by the Rolls-Royce/Snecma Sequanna turbofan (Spey thrust but with J79 diameter) originally planned for advanced versions of the Mirage III, IV and V so it sees service in this French Phantom. Tomorrow, I'll try to show these markings on a USAF camo and see if I can do the numbers too.

Question. Should the underwing roundels have a yellow outline?

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 02, 2010, 06:36:40 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F.6 - EC2/13 'Alpes' Armee de l'air

Desert Camo

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAPHANTOMF606.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAPHANTOMF607.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAPHANTOMF608.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAPHANTOMF609.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 02, 2010, 02:33:42 pm
McDonnell F-101B Voodoo - VF-14 'Tophatters' NAS Cecil Field, 1960

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USNF-101B01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USNF-101B02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USNF-101B03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USNF-101B07.jpg)

I can't remember who suggested me doing a USN Voodoo but it was a damn good call!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 03, 2010, 12:55:52 pm
McDonnell Voodoo F-101B Voodoo - VF-111 'Sundowners'

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USNF-101B04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USNF-101B05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USNF-101B06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USNF-101B08.jpg)

Don't look too close because there's some unfinished work here (mainly no 'NL' letters and the fin decal not appearing on all fin/rudder surfaces as the mesh names are not known) but hopefully it gives an impression of what one of the hottest looking jets of all time would look like in service with one of the most famous fighter units on the planet!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 04, 2010, 11:54:59 am
McDonnell F-101B Voodoo - VMFA-333 'Shamrocks'

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USMCF-101B01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USMCF-101B02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USMCF-101B03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USMCF-101B04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 05, 2010, 11:30:09 am
Dassault Mirage 5 - No.1 Squadron, 'The Tigers', Indian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE504.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE509.jpg)

This is the stock skin from SF2E but with new decals by me for No.1 squadron, IAF.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 05, 2010, 02:26:59 pm
Dassault Mirage 5 - No.26 Squadron 'The Warriors' Indian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE505.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE506.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE508.jpg)

Another stock skin (straight out of the game) but with my No.26 squadron markings (from my IAF Tomcat but adapted) and some suggested serial numbers from someone at the Indian Warbirds site because I haven't a scoobie how IAF serials work!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 06, 2010, 08:48:06 am
Dassault Mirage 5 - No.24 Squadron, 'The Hawks', Indian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE511.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE512.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE513.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE514.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE515.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 07, 2010, 09:21:12 am
Dassault Mirage 5's - No.26 Squadron, 'The Warriors', Indian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE516.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE517.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE518.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE519.jpg)

This is the stock French 'Bleu' skin for the Mirage IIIC adapted to fit the Mirage V. There's a bit of a mapping issue at the tip of the nose but I can live with it.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMIRAGE520.jpg)
Available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 08, 2010, 02:28:29 pm
MiG-17F(J) - 3 Hikotai, Japan Air Self Defence Forces

Was it a coincidence that several MiG-17F's found their way to Japan a few short months after the infamous 1976 incident when Lt. Viktor Belenko defected with his MiG-25 Foxbat? Anway, sufficient MiG-17's were accquired to form an aggressor flight at Misawa serving both JASDF and visiting USAF Pacific Air Force units.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFMiG-17F01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFMiG-17F02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFMiG-17F03.jpg)
Banzai!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFMiG-17F04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFMiG-17F05.jpg)

A stock MiG-17F skin with JASDF markings! That's a spicy meatball!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 11, 2010, 11:23:37 am
Fairchild/HAL A-10A Thunderbolt II - No.36 Squadron, Indian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAA-10A05.jpg)

Just a quick version with the stock sharkmouth and No.36 squadron markings (a fictional squadron, numberplate never used).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 11, 2010, 12:17:39 pm
Fairchild/HAL A-10A Thunderbolt II - No.24 Squadron, 'Hawks', Indian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAA-10A06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAA-10A07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAA-10A08.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 11, 2010, 10:32:16 pm
MiG-17F - No.26 Squadron, 'Warriors', Indian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMiG-17F01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMiG-17F02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIAMiG-17F03.jpg)

An Egyptian scheme (by whiteknight06604, who has a particularly soft and blended style) with my IAF No.26 squadron markings.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 12, 2010, 10:50:04 am
Vought F-8EJ Crusader - No.204 Hikotai, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, 1972

After a long selection process the Vought F-8EJ was finally selected by the JASDF in 1962 as its standard interceptor-fighter. With it's impressive unrefuelled range, reliable Pratt & Whitney J-57-P-20J engine and powerful Magnavox APQ-94J radar the F-8EJ served with a total of eight JASDF squadrons with initial deliveries commencing in late 1964.

Compared to the superb multi-role F-8E, and because of Japan's own 'self-defense' status and imposed peace treaty terms, the F-8EJ was stripped of much of it's surface-attack capability but gained a modified APQ-94 radar, wing-mounted AIM-7E Sparrow missiles and also had a very useful anti-ship capability (deemed acceptable as being an 'anti-invasion' capability) and all eight 'Hikotai' had maritime attack and reconnaissance as a secondary role. The F-8EJ's served until the mid-1980's with the 302nd Hikotai being the last to surrender this very popular aircraft in JASDF service in 1985.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFF-8E02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFF-8E03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFF-8E04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFF-8E05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFF-8E12.jpg)

The F-8E comes with a sharkmouth skin and I've just recoloured it by using the same red as on my Hinomaru decal. Nice and simple (just like me)  :lol:.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 12, 2010, 01:36:36 pm
Vought F-8EJ Crusader - No.203 Hikotai, Japan Air Self-Defense Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFF-8E06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFF-8E09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFF-8E13.jpg)

This just subsitutes the cute little 203 Hikotai tail marking and a black nose.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFF-8E11.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 14, 2010, 07:41:50 am
McDonnell/Northrop/Mitsubishi F-23J 'Black Widow' - 302nd Hikotai, Japan Air Self-Defense Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFF-23J01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFF-23J02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFF-23J03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFF-23J04.jpg)

Black Widow meets Zero meets Thunderbird 2!!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 15, 2010, 08:53:16 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4E - Rhodesian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RHODESIAF-4E01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RHODESIAF-4E02.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 16, 2010, 02:58:19 pm
Dassault Mirage IIIC - 302nd Hikotai, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, 1971

'What If' Lockheed's Starfighter bid to Japan had been rejected and Dassault had won with the contemporary Mirage IIIC?

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMIRAGE3C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMIRAGE3C02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMIRAGE3C03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMIRAGE3C04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 18, 2010, 02:54:24 pm
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash - 204th Hikotai, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, 1959

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFRF-84F01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFRF-84F02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFRF-84F03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JSDAFRF-84F04.jpg)

A very good template exists for the RF-84 Thunderflash so I've done one of my experimental camo schemes, this one is called 'Forest Bubble' and is just circular patterns with the gradient brush and 20% opacity. What really sets this off is the stencilling (already on the template).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 20, 2010, 07:28:35 am
Mitsubishi F-23J - 204th and 501st Hikotai, Japan Air Self-Defense Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFF-23J05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFF-23J06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFF-23J07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFF-23J08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFF-23J09.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 21, 2010, 08:37:55 am
MiG-23P - 651 Gruppo, 51 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIMiG-23P01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIMiG-23P02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIMiG-23P03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIMiG-23P04.jpg)

There are no less than 10 Floggers on a merged install (i.e. all four Series 2 titles rolled into one) and I've chosen the stock MiG-23P skin to make this AMI MiG-23 interceptor. Perhaps, when the wall came down, MiG's were leased to replace the F-104S!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 21, 2010, 01:12:38 pm
MiG-23P - 154 Gruppo, 6 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIMiG-23P05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIMiG-23P07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIMiG-23P06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIMiG-23P08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIMiG-23P09.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 23, 2010, 03:28:05 pm
Sukhoi Su-27I - 151 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiana, 1999

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMISu-27I01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMISu-27I02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMISu-27I03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMISu-27I04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMISu-27I05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMISu-27I06.jpg)

A work in progress really as I'm doing a grey AMI version and this was just to get my decal positions sorted. The Su-27 is a superb add-on and comes with this classic Sukhoi 'Blue' scheme.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 25, 2010, 02:57:26 pm
McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle - 154 Gruppo, 6 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiana

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIF-15A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIF-15A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIF-15A03.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 26, 2010, 02:50:51 pm
BAC TSR.2 - 154 Gruppo, 6 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiano, 1989

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMITSR201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMITSR202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMITSR203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMITSR204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMITSR205.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 27, 2010, 08:35:46 am
BAC TSR.2 - 154 Gruppo, 6 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiano, 1976

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMITSR206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMITSR207.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMITSR208.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMITSR209.jpg)

Same decals but with the more traditional AMI roundel and on an earlier 'NATO standard' camo. Do you know that what with the Airfix kits, the Xtradecal decal sheets and this stunning flight-sim model it's as if it all really did happen! Tally-ho!!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 27, 2010, 11:39:58 am
McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle - 103 Gruppo, 51 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiano

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of 103o Gruppo their F-15A's were adorned with a large native American tailfin markings.

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIF-15A06.jpg)

This is the stock F-15A skin from SF2:Europe with a tiny bit of a tweak to the nose bitmap (slimers moved forward and rescue panel moved up and back as clashing with my AMI roundels) and the inspiration for this came from seeing a photo of their AMX aircraft in Wings of Fame (Volume 20, Page 27).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIF-15A07.jpg)
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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 27, 2010, 11:29:14 pm
BAC TSR.2 - No.322 Squadron, Koninklijke Luchtmacht  

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNethAFTSR201.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 29, 2010, 12:53:11 pm
BAC TSR.2 - Royal Canadian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RCAFTSR201.jpg)

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Things just got better! A TSR.2 'super pack' was released today with a TSR.2, TSR.2 'GR.5', TSR.2 'GR.7' and TSR.2 with desert schemes (including No.112 squadron with sharkmouth and a Saudi scheme). The above piccies are sundowners superb 'early RCAF'  :wub:. I'm overdosing on the needle-nosed wonder plane so I'll see you when I see you!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 02, 2010, 11:19:18 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4EN - No.323 Squadron, Koninklijke Luchtmacht, 1976

The F-4EN (E for NATO) was the result of a moderately successful 1971 sales campaign by McDonnell Douglas who wanted to extend the high volume production of the Phantom F-4E well into the second-half of the 1970's. Pitched at all the NATO allies, essentially the F-4EN was the slatted West German F-4F with some added capabilities, most notably an improved air-to-ground capability plus the re-instated Sparrow missiles and the sales campaign mainly succeeded due to political pressure from the West Germany and UK governments allowing continued sub-contract production and expanding into full-blown licence production with work spread amongst a new manufacturing consortium.

The F-4EN was adopted by Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain  and the UK (for RAF Germany) and initially entered service with No.323 squadron of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht in early 1975 quickly followed by No.19 and No.92 squadrons of the Royal Air Force to replace the Lightning F.2A's at RAF Gutersloh. In addition, second-hand examples of the F-4EN served with Greece, Portugal and Turkey and the type was finally withdrawn from service in 2009.

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNLAFPHANTOMF-4EN02.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 03, 2010, 07:10:13 am
BAC Lightning F.56N - No.323 Squadron, Koninklijke Luchtmacht

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNLAFLIGHTNINGF56N06.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 03, 2010, 12:38:31 pm
North American F-100D - 27 Smaldeel, 'The Black Panthers', Belgian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/BAFF-100D01.jpg)

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This is the stock F-100D 'Vietnam' skin with decals by me based on an illustration of 27 smaldeels patch but the checkerboard colours are a wild guess. It seems a shame that this squadron faded into oblivion in 1962 so perhaps as some of the USAFE units were re-equipping with F-105's (and later F-4's) their F-100's were passed onto their NATO allies (and, of course, that did happen to a certain extent). Or perhaps 27 smaldeel went from the Thunderstreak to the Hunter FGA.9??

Edited to 'smaldeel' - thanks Hobbes.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 04, 2010, 10:03:08 am
Hawker Hunter FGA.9 - 27 Smaldeel, Belgian Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/BAFHUNTERFGA901.jpg)

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27 smaldeel lives on! They traded in their Thunderstreaks for some reburbished Hunters!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 04, 2010, 12:36:54 pm
McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II - Esquadra 301, 'Jaguares', Força Aérea Portuguesa

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAPF-4C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAPF-4C02.jpg)

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JP Vieira's excellent Portuguese aviation thread has inspired me to do a FAP aircraft. I've always liked the Spanish F-4C's and figured that during 1970 the US Government had decided to beef up the entire Iberian peninsula by also re-equipping a two-squadron wing of the Força Aérea Portuguesa with ex-USAFE F-4C's. Anyway, 301 Esquadra gratefully exchanged their F-86's for F-4C's during early 1971 and flew them until 1991 when they were replaced by Tornado F.3's. Nurse, my medicene please!

BTW I hope you like my 'Jaguare' fin stripe!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 05, 2010, 01:22:32 am
BAC TSR.2 - Thunderstrike Test and Evaluation Squadron, 1967

In the House of Commons on April 6th 1965, when Chancellor James Callaghan stood to deliver his budget day speech most of the British aviation industry were prepared for the worst but nothing about the TSR.2 was mentioned and a collective sigh of relief was heard. On April 9th, Prime Minister Wilson made an unannounced visit to BAC Warton and, after raised voices were heard coming from the boardroom, was given a tour of the TSR.2 front office by an enthusiastic and passionate Roland Beaumont. Playing to the assembled crowd of BAC workers and the Press corps, Wilson announced that whilst some economies were needed this important aircraft was "an amazing example of British engineering and will form the backbone of a modern Royal Air Force" adding that a production order for 30 examples would be placed plus another four pre-production aircraft. Astounded BAC officials looked at each in disbelief, swallowed hard and smiled for the cameras.

In the months that followed, everything seemed to fall into place. The undercarriage retraction problems disappeared, the new Olympus 325 engines ran faultlessly both at Filton (and soon after in the newly flown XR222) whilst various highly classified black boxes arrived at Warton, were fitted and worked like a charm. Testing continued into 1966 and on April 6th, 1966 Mary Wilson (the wife of Prime Minister, Harold Wilson) smashed a bottle of champagne across the nose of XR225 in a naming ceremony christening the aircraft 'Thunderstrike'. In August 1966, the Air Ministry announced that to ease the aircraft into squadron service a Thunderstrike Test and Evaluation Squadron (TTES) would be formed during 1967 at RAF Coningsby operating the last four prototypes (XR223 to XR226) and the four pre-production aircraft (XR556 to XR559).


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XR224 soars above the Lincolnshire countryside carrying four inert AS.30 missiles.

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Low-level testing through the fens.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 05, 2010, 07:43:53 am
BAC Thunderstrike S.1's - No.100, No.139 and No.617 Squadrons, RAF Strike Command, 1969.

During the Spring of 1967 the excellent results coming from the Thunderstrike Test and Evaluation Squadron (TTES) allowed the RAF to begin to plan the introduction into service of the BAC Thunderstrike S.1 and it was hoped to initially re-equip No.617 'Dambuster' squadron at RAF Scampton first and hopefully by April 1st, 1968 (the RAF's 50th birthbday). However, during August 1967 the RAF top brass became aware of the onset of fatigue problems with the two Victor B.2 squadrons at RAF Wittering and, fearful of another Valiant style mass grounding, it was decided to move the Victor B.2's away from the arduous low-level role as a matter of urgency and re-equip them with the Thunderstrike S.1.

Deliveries to No.100 and No.139 squadrons commenced in February 1968 but by April 1st only seven aircraft had been received and these early production machines had varying standards of both engines and nav/attack systems but the photo-shoot held on April 1st at least gave the impression that the aircraft had entered service but it was not until February 1969 that both squadrons were declared operational and available to NATO Sacuer. By this time, No.617 squadron at Scampton had also began to re-equip with the Thunderstrike S.1 and moved to Wittering at the end of March 1969. During April 1969 all three squadrons took part in Exercise Clansman - a NATO exercise based on mock-attacks on several Scottish hydro-electric facilities with all three squadrons returning high scores for availability, penetration and bombing accuracy.

Exercise Clansman

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A Thunderstrike S.1 of No.139 (Jamaica) Squadron leads out two 'Dambuster' aircraft.

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The number of the beast - XS666 of No.617 Squadron, The Dambusters.

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A No.100 Squadron machine leads the high-level transit to the Scottish border.

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A No.139 machine descends into the Scottish Highlands.

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XS664 of No.100 Squadron 'skis' across the Highlands.

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 06, 2010, 12:54:08 pm
BAC Thunderstrike S.2 - No.213 Squadron, RAF Germany, February 1971

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For a change, I thought I'd do a 'landing sequence' - hope you like it.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKES207.jpg)
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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 07, 2010, 12:29:02 pm
BAe/McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics Avenger GR.1 - No.617 Squadron, RAF Strike Command

During early January 1991 Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney tried to convince President Bush to agree to cancel the McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics A-12 Avenger but President Bush thought it unwise to cancel such a high-profile weapon system just as United States forces were about to spearhead the coalition in the forthcoming military operations in Kuwait and Iraq. So the project continued in a cloud of uncertainty but with McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics eager to succeed and make the 'Flying Dorito' work and make a profit.

Apart from replacing the Grumman A-6E Intruders with the USN, McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics saw substantial further home sales to the USAF as an F-111 replacement (a win-win for McDonnell Douglas as the F-15E was the only other game in town) and also had an eye on the export market with the UK looking to replace it's oldest TSR.2's from about 1996 and with Australia looking to replace it's F-111C's from about 1998. With some mission goals reduced and/or de-emphasised the Avenger suddenly seemed able to meet the timescales and come down much closer to the budget so much so that the USN finally ordered 350 in 1992 (about one-half of their initial requirement) and were quickly followed by the USAF who ordered 250.

For the export version pitched at the RAF, McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics teamed up with British Aerospace to offer a stealthy TSR.2 replacement with less emphasis on low-level runway attack and more emphasis on medium altitude precision bombing. Although an initial order for 90 was expected only 62 aircraft were actually ordered consisting of two pre-production and 'mission avionics' development aircraft and 60 production machines, initially very thinly spread around five squadrons of RAF Strike Command plus a small OCU. Entering service in 2002 the aircraft saw only limited service in the second Gulf War of 2003 but has been constantly in service in Afghanistan since 2004 where just two aircraft have been lost despite flying over 7,500 sorties and nearly 24,000 flying hours.

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - The Thunderstrike Replacement!
Post by: SPINNERS on April 08, 2010, 11:03:02 am
McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics A-12 Avenger - No.6 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, 2004

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFA1201.jpg)

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 08, 2010, 12:47:35 pm
BAC Thunderstrike - No.6 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - BAC Thunderstrike - No.6 Sqd, RAAF
Post by: SPINNERS on April 09, 2010, 04:20:28 am
BAC Thunderstrike GR.4 - No.9 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1974

After the F.3 ADV the Thunderstrike series continued with the GR.4 for RAF Strike Command. This married the more powerful and more fuel efficient Rolls-Royce Sprint turbofans of the F.3 (the RB.275R series -developed from the Spey and Medway engines) with a much improved avionics and nav/attack equipment. Entering service with No.9 squadron in 1974 the type gradually replaced the Vulcan B.2 squadrons of RAF Strike Command and served until 1993 seeing action in the Falklands War of 1982 and also the first Gulf War in 1991.

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - BAC Thunderstrike GR.4 of No.9 Sqd, RAF
Post by: SPINNERS on April 09, 2010, 07:25:51 am
BAC Thunderstrike GR.4 - "Jaguares" (Esquadra 301) Força Aérea Portuguesa

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAPTSR201.jpg)

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@ Luis - Perhaps you can suggest a suitable four digit code. I understand how the FAP system works but do not know how this beast would fit in!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 09, 2010, 10:45:00 am
Panavia Tornado GR.5 - No.13 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 2006

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTORNADOGR501.jpg)

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Two different 'IDS' Tornadoes and an 'ADV' exist as add-on aircraft and bloomin' good they are too! Anyway, this is Amokfloo's IDS that comes in this lovely Luftwaffe Lizard scheme to which I've added some No.13 squadron markings and tinted the canopy (a bit too much I think but you've got to try these things).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 13, 2010, 01:00:47 pm
Panavia Tornado F.3 - No.602 Royal Auxilliary Air Force

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Tornado F.3 - No.602 Royal Aux. Air Force
Post by: SPINNERS on April 14, 2010, 12:12:04 pm
Panavia Tornado F.3 - Esk727, Royal Danish Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RDAFTORNADOF301.jpg)

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(My sincere apologies to Denmark)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 14, 2010, 10:50:04 pm
Panavia Tornado F.3's - No.603 Squadron, Royal Auxilliary Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTORNADOF304.jpg)

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Obviously, the front-line squadrons had F-14D's  :lol:
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 17, 2010, 12:24:26 pm
Panavia Tornado F.3 - No.612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 18, 2010, 04:54:46 am
Hawker Hunter FGA.9 - No.612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1967

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 18, 2010, 08:46:37 am
Panavia Tornado F.3's - HavLLv31 Finnish Ilmavoimat, 1998

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTORNADOF301.jpg)

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 18, 2010, 11:22:42 am
McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle - HavLLv11 Finnish Ilmavoimat, 1992

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDF-15A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDF-15A02.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDF-15A04.jpg)

TSRjoe's suggestion of using lo-viz Ilmavoimat roundels struck a chord so I've knocked some up by basically replacing white with grey, reducing the saturation and adding a black outer ring to show it better on a grey background.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 19, 2010, 01:38:28 pm
Panavia Tornado FG.1 - HavLLv31, Finnish Ilmavoimat

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTORNADOFG103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTORNADOFG102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTORNADOFG104.jpg)

My last Ilmavoimat aircraft for a while. Perhaps Panavia, way back in 1980, offered a warmed-up IDS with limited air-to-air modes on a modified Avionica radar.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 21, 2010, 12:43:12 pm
McDonnell Voodoo FAW.2 - No.500 (County of Kent) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1963

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW213.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW214.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVOODOOFAW215.jpg)

A few posts back GeorgeC highlighted a few more Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadrons just waiting for the Spinners 'what if' treatment. I might revise the main decal to give a bit more blue and a little less white but it's OK for now.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 24, 2010, 07:52:35 am
Supermarine Attacker FB.3 - No.501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1952

Encouraged by the success of the RAF's Meteors and Vampires the Royal Navy bravely abandoned further development of the Seafire/Seafang and allowed Supermarine to move the Attacker programme forward at a faster pace. In their wisdom (sic) Air Ministry officials decided it might be a rather nice idea to order a de-navalised version for the RAF as the Attacker FB.3. However, service acceptance trials by the RAF showed the Attacker to be far inferior to the Vampire and after limited front-line use the Attacker FB.3's were passed down onto several Auxiliary Air Force units starting with No.501 (County of Gloucester) squadron based at Filton who received their first Attacker FB.3's in October 1948.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFATTACKERFB301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFATTACKERFB302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFATTACKERFB303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFATTACKERFB304.jpg)

The Attacker is available as an add-on aircraft and I've made a rather crude silver skin for it and added my new No.501 squadron markings and also some serial numbers from the Vampire era.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 24, 2010, 11:27:38 am
Vickers Wellington MR.10 - Portuguese Air Force, 1956

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAPWELLINGTON01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAPWELLINGTON02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAPWELLINGTON03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAPWELLINGTON04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAPWELLINGTON05.jpg)

A revised version of Veltro2K's superb Wellington B.Mk.X was released recently and comes with Bomber Command and Coastal Command skins. I've added some basic 'old' PAF roundels and shown it on an anti-shipping strike, hopefully a peace-time exercise against some rotting hulk of a disused cargo ship!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 25, 2010, 04:03:30 am
SAAB / Hawker Lansen FAW.2 - No.502 (Ulster) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1962

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLANSENFAW201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLANSENFAW202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLANSENFAW203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLANSENFAW204.jpg)

I've featured this superb add-on aircraft by Timmy before and thought it would be OK for a 'what if' Auxiliary Air Force Lansen FAW.2 based in Aldergrove, Northern Ireland. Like most SAAB designs the Lansen was a very under-rated aircraft but, in it's day, it was the largest aircraft cleared to dive beyond Mach 1 and it was also the first post-war European aircraft to carry air-to-surface guided missiles. OK, the interceptor version (produced after the attack versions) introduced in 1958 was possibly no longer cutting-edge but in the pre-Lightning era the RAF would have loved to have flown it!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 25, 2010, 11:55:38 am
Folland Gnat F.2 - No.504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1964

When Duncan Sandys left his briefcase on the backseat of a London cab on a cold, wet January evening in 1957 no one could have envisiged the consequences of his forgetfulness. For his briefcase contained a draft copy of the 1957 Defence White Paper and it didn't take Fleet Street long to obtain it and slowly reveal it's contents, serial fashion, to an astonished general public still coming to terms with the aftermath of the Suez crisis and Britain's declining role in the world.

The Government toughed it out and blatantly denied that it was a true copy, suggesting that it was a hoax and even a newspaper plot to boost circulation. Regardless of that, when the Defence White Paper was released at the end of March 1957 it was a much softer version of what was intended with less emphasis on missiles and the forceable 'merging' of the aircraft manufacturers and also announcing the retention of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force "for a period of not less than ten years".

This provided a timely boost for Folland who had seen their superb Midge lightweight fighter shunned by the Air Ministry and then their Gnat fighter-bomber lose out to the Hawker Hunter as a Venon replacement for overseas use. Folland knew that the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Meteors and Vampires desperately needed replacing and knew that their inexpensive Gnat could run rings around the Hunter in the pure air-to-air role so quickly submitted a brochure on the Gnat F.2 (essentially very similar to the export version then being supplied to Finland) and succeeded in getting an initial order for 40 aircraft, later expanded to 80 plus acceptance of their 'Gnat Trainer' for the RAF as the Gnat T.1 and the Fleet Air Arm's Gnat T.3.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFGNATF201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFGNATF202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFGNATF203.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 26, 2010, 11:58:55 am
Panavia Tornado FG.1 - HavLLv31 Finnish Ilmavoimat

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTORNADOFG105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTORNADOFG106.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDTORNADOFG107.jpg)

I know I'd said I'd finished with Ilmavoimat stuff for a while but this one was half-finished so I thought I'd finish it and upload. It's the stock Italian skin and looks pretty good with Finnish roundels but, there again, what doesn't?!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 27, 2010, 04:28:50 am
Panavia Tornado IDS - No.301 Squadron 'Jaguares' Portuguese Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFTORNADOIDS01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFTORNADOIDS02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFTORNADOIDS03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFTORNADOIDS04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 27, 2010, 01:39:51 pm
North American F-107A - 333TFS, USAF

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-107A01.jpg)
An F-107A of the 333TFS zooms down the Takhli runway whilst his wingman turns onto the runway

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-107A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-107A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-107A04.jpg)

Not much input from me as this F-107A comes in this skin and with these decals. It looks hot, it flies hot!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 28, 2010, 02:44:38 pm
North American F-107P 'Ultra Sabre' - No.301 squadron, Portuguese Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFF-107N01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFF-107N02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFF-107N03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFF-107N04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFF-107N05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFF-107N06.jpg)

The same modding team that created the superb F-107A also released a 'what if' F-107C using the same Pratt & Witney F100-PW-200 engine as used in the F-16A and also comes in a F-16A style scheme with one-piece canopy and 20mm M61. Sweet! I've just removed the painted-on markings off the fin and added some PoAF markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 02, 2010, 03:09:28 pm
Nanchang Q-5 'Fantan' - Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force

The overthrow of the Shah of Iran and the Islamic Revolution of early 1979 did not immediately lead to a settled situation for the people of Iran. The economy was in ruins and the government and military were in disarray, initially with fear and reprisals and then by the savage opening of the Iran-Iraq war in September 1980. However, by early 1982 the Khomeni led Revolutionary Council had started to plan the build-up of Iranian forces and met various Soviet and Chinese delegations in their quest for cheap military equipment. One such offer came from the Nanchang Aircraft Company of China who offered their Q-5 supersonic attack aircraft (NATO codename 'Fantan') and a total of 277 were delivered from 1982 to 1988 but only equipping just four squadrons such was the rate of attrition during the Iran-Iraq war.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IRIAFFANTAN01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IRIAFFANTAN02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IRIAFFANTAN03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IRIAFFANTAN04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IRIAFFANTAN05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IRIAFFANTAN06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IRIAFFANTAN07.jpg)

I like the Fantan. It just looks so fast with it's swept wings and swept fin and luckily the add-on Fantan for Strikefighters (from a Chinese modding team) is nice and comes with the Chinese green scheme seen above but I've also knocked up a homemade 'Desert' scheme.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Nanchang Q-5 'Fantan' - IRIAF
Post by: SPINNERS on May 03, 2010, 10:54:39 am
BAC Thunderstrike F.3 - No.111 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1985

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEF301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEF302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEF303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEF304.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEF305.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEF306.jpg)

Sundowner has done loads of skins for the needle-nosed wonderbird so I've used his smashing lo-viz grey but added my No.111 bars and toned-down national markings. The Skyflash missiles, Tornado 'Hindenbergers' and Sidewinders give it a real Tonka ADV look!

I'm sure many of us have read that wonderful 'Wings clipped and cancelled' article by Derek Wood in the 1976 RAF Yearbook that playfully suggests a purchase of 60 TSR.2 long-range 'Air Defence Variant' aircraft for the RAF. If only! Anyway, we all know the radar dish is too small or whatever but just suspend your disbelief and imagine 'what if'TM.

Like the Tornado ADV I'm deleting the outer wing pylons and sticking with Sparrows/Skyflash as the Thunderstrike F.3's principal weapon (perhaps the RAF looked at the cost of the Phoenix and thought better of it) and using Sidewinders on the inner wing pylons like the Tornado F.3 but Red Tops will fit there also. Naturally, two 27mm Mauser cannon have been fitted in the lower forward fuselage also  :lol:.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 05, 2010, 12:07:39 pm
MiG-17F - HavLLv31 'Aggressor Flight' Finnish Ilmavoimat

During 1956 'D' Flight of HavLLv31 became the Ilmavoimat Aggressor Flight and their MiG-17F's wore this distinctive scheme.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG1704.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG1702.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG1703.jpg)

Sorry pyro-manic but even though there are some four-part templates for the Fresco I just haven't got the time and/or the patience at the moment so I've used this superb VPAF Camo scheme (by comrad) instead.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 08, 2010, 12:31:52 pm
MiG-17F - No.323 Squadron, People's Netherlands Republic Air Force, 1964

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNethAFMiG17F01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNethAFMiG17F02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNethAFMiG17F03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNethAFMiG17F04.jpg)

Perhaps the orange centre would be replaced with a red star?
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 08, 2010, 01:12:02 pm
MiG-17F - No.322 Sqd, People's Netherlands Republic Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNethAFMiG17F05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNethAFMiG17F06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNethAFMiG17F07.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 09, 2010, 09:27:12 am
Dassault Mirage F.3A - No.23 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1983

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFMIRAGEF301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFMIRAGEF302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFMIRAGEF303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFMIRAGEF304.jpg)

A superb Israeli Grey scheme for the Mirage IIICJ 'Shahak' was released yesterday by a modder (callsign Wilco) so I've done a 'what if' RAF Mirage F.3A with No.23 'Red Eagle' squadron markings, a squadron I overlook I suppose. Mind you, don't look too close - the stencilling is in Hebrew! Oh, and my starboard eagle is back to front. Doh!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFMIRAGEF305.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 15, 2010, 01:08:34 pm
North American P-51D - No.13 Squadron, Royal Dhimari Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIMUSTANGFB401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIMUSTANGFB402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIMUSTANGFB403.jpg)

Ooooh, this takes me back to the early 1970's and buying the old Airfix 'Fool's Paradise' Mustang and being amazed at the specifications stating a top speed of 442 mph!! And there's me thinking that JE-J was the fastest propeller-driven plane in the world.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 16, 2010, 08:44:54 am
Sud-Ouest Farandole II - EC2/11 Vosges, Armee de l'Air, 1955

When the straight-wing Sud-Ouest Farandole I lost out to the Dassault Ouragan they quickly schemed an improved swept-wing version known as the Farandole II utilising the same Hispano-Suiza Nene 104B engine. Working at speed the Sud-Ouest team flew the first prototype in October 1950 and the scintillating performance soon attracted the Armee de l'Air who ordered 150 production aircraft almost immediately (leading to the cancellation of the Dassault Mystere IIC). Entering service in November 1952 the Farandole II soon became considered as an interim type (as Dassault had got his own back by getting the Mystere IV selected by the US Government for off-shore procurement) but served until 1960 with the Armee de l'Air and until 1974 with the Heyl Ha'Avir of Israel (the only export customer).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAFARANDOLE207.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAFARANDOLE206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAFARANDOLE208.jpg)

This is, of course, the MiG-15bis masquerading as a totally fictional French rival to the Mystere IIC.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAFARANDOLE209.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 17, 2010, 01:22:29 pm
Sud-Ouest Farandole III - EC2/11 Vosges, Armee de l'Air, 1956

Even before the first flight of the Farandole II in October 1950 the Sud-Ouest designers were planning the follow-on Farandole III with more sweepback, a lower thickness/chord ratio, a completely new tail design and powered by the Hispano-Suiza Verdon 350R engine producing 7,500lbs of dry thrust and 9,000lbs with reheat thanks to a crude but effective afterburner. First flown in May 1953 and entering service in January 1955 the Farandole III gained only small production orders and served with the Armee de l'Air mainly overseas seeing service in the 1956 Suez crisis.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAFARANDOLE301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAFARANDOLE302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAFARANDOLE303.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAFARANDOLE305.jpg)



Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 22, 2010, 08:17:03 am
SAAB/Hawker Draken F.1's - No.56 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command (on UN deployment to East Africa, 1966)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF105.jpg)

A superb new terrain was added today - East Africa and Madagascar. I thought I'd use to give a different look to these RAF Draken F.1's.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 23, 2010, 03:44:44 am
Saab-Hawker Draken F.1's - No.74 Squadron, 'The Tigers', RAF Fighter Command, 1965

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF107.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF109.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF108.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF106.jpg)
Now available for download at CombatACE!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 23, 2010, 07:04:52 am
Saab-Hawker Draken F.2A's - No.25 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1983

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF2A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF2A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF2A04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFDRAKENF2A01.jpg)
Now available for download at CombatACE!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 23, 2010, 10:17:48 am
The Draken in an overall green camo (like the Danish ones) and with Portuguese roundels would look amazing....;)  :cheers:

Saab Draken J35P - Esquadra 301, 'Jaguares', Portuguese Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFDRAKEN01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFDRAKEN02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFDRAKEN03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFDRAKEN04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Dassault Mirage 5 - Kenya Air Force
Post by: SPINNERS on May 24, 2010, 11:50:44 am
Dassault Mirage 5 - 'Lion' Squadron, Kenya Air Force, 1986

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/KAFMIRAGE503.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/KAFMIRAGE504.jpg)

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 25, 2010, 01:50:02 pm
Saab-Fairchild F-13 Draken - 125th FIS, Florida Air National Guard, 1968

During mid-1965 with attrition rates rising as the Vietnam conflict progressed (sic) the USAF's plans for re-equipping the ADC and ANG interceptor squadrons with F-4C's fell apart. Undaunted they launched a quick study into an off-the-shelf purchase of an alternative interceptor looking at the BAC Lightning F.3, Dassault Mirage IIIC, Saab Draken and the homegrown Lockheed Starfighter 'ADC' (a 'G' optimised for air-defense duties). With some considerable weighting given to low cost in the detailed analysis the Saab Draken soon became the front-runner being the only aircraft with a fly-away price below $1M but, in fact, the USAF study team scored the Draken highly in most areas.

In July 1966 the USAF announced that Saab's outstanding J-35F was the winner of the competition and that Fairchild, who had recently taken over Republic Aviation, were to partner Saab in producing the aircraft by now redesignated F-13 (despite objections from Fairchild to the 'unlucky' number although Saab didn't seem too bothered). Entering service with the Florida Air National Guard in March 1968 the F-13 was initially viewed as the poor relation by the F-106 squadrons, a situation that soon changed with the success of the F-13 in the 1969 and 1970 William Tell competitions. F-13's served until the mid-1980's when they were replaced by F-16A's although one squadron remained in service until 1990 at Tonopah, Nevada in a ruse designed to mask operations of the F-117 Stealth Fighter.

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Before doing the full lo-viz I thought I'd stick the hi-viz FANG markings on the lo-viz skin.

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 26, 2010, 01:52:37 pm
Saab-Fairchild F-13A Draken - 4451st Tactical Squadron, Tonopah Test Range, Nevada, 1984

During the flight-testing and the early service years of the F-117A 'Nighthawk' the F-13A Draken was used as a surrogate aircraft to maintain pilot proficiency and to provide a cover story for the existence of the 4450th Tactical Group. Whilst in no way similar to the shape of the F-117A the rakish lines of the Draken did have an unusual planform and was therefore chosen as the 'cover' aircraft for the specially created 4451st Tactical Squadron based at Tonopah. It is believed that 18 F-13A's were given a modest refurbishment to extend their operational lives and a two-tone grey scheme to give them more of an operational 'front-line' appearance.

F-13A's entered service with the 4451st TS at Nellis AFB in May 1981 and wore 'LV' tailcodes due to their proximity to Las Vegas. It is believed that some F-13A's were operated from Tonopah almost immediately to coincide with the F-117A test programme and it became a deliberate policy to park F-13A's out in the open so as to give the impression that Tonopah was simply a normal operational F-13A base. At least four derelict ex-Florida ANG F-13A's arrived by low-loader and given a coat of matt grey paint on the upper surfaces only to maintain this impression.
 
The F-13A's were extremely popular with the pilots of the 4451st TS and were often used as 'Red' assets in Red Flag exercises and even made the occasional guest appearance in 'Constant Peg' operations when MiG's became unserviceable or simply to provide dissimilar bogeys. As the F-117A gradually moved from 'black' to 'grey' towards the end of the 1980's the 4451st TS's F-13A operations slowly dwindled and the unit was disbanded on June 30th, 1989.

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 28, 2010, 01:13:34 pm
Saab-Fairchild F-13A Draken - New Jersey Air National Guard, 1974

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Lots of good ideas there guys but I plumped for New Jersey. That's enough Draken for now but I will re-visit it and also re-visit the idea of European aircraft in colourful ANG markings, or even (gulp) US Navy aircraft in colourful ANG markings!


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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 30, 2010, 11:59:51 am
De Havilland P-74A Vampire - 44th Aggressor Fighter Squadron, Ash Fork AFB, North Arizona, 1952

PROJECT GUNSIGHT

In the opening weeks of The Korean War in 1950 the various UN air forces encountered a wide range of North Korean aircraft and the rather pedestrian looking Yak-17 (later codenamed 'Feather') was an early surprise being tough, agile and available in very large numbers. Despite its modest speed the lightweight Yak-17 could turn on the proverbial sixpence and the heavily laden UN piston-enginned fighter-bombers soon fell prey to its twin 23mm cannon armament.

Of course, even more of a shock was the MiG-15 and the USAF soon became increasingly concerned at the steadily worsening kill to loss ratio. Whilst better equipment was on its way, most notably in the shape of the superb F-86A Sabre, visionaries within the USAF quickly realised that better training and tactics were also required.

Led by Colonel Irwin J. Reinhard, 'Project Gunsight' was quickly created to provide air combat training and tactics for USAF fighter pilots and an important aspect was dissimilar air combat training as most USAF fighter-jocks learned by training against their own aircraft type or by the occasional 'bounce' against (or by) another USAF aircraft type. Project Gunsight was formed at Ash Fork AFB in Northern Arizona and whilst, initially at least, nothing could effectively simulate the MiG-15 Reinhard reckoned that the British De Havilland Vampire would make an ideal Yak-17 simulator. Accordingly, 20 ex-RAF Vampire aircraft were quickly dispatched to Ash Fork to form the 44th (Aggressor) Fighter Squadron in February 1951 and these were used until November 1952 when it became apparent that the numbers of Yak-17's being encountered had dwindled to zero. However, the P-74A remained a popular 'check ride' aircraft at Ash Fork for a few years after its operational role had ended.

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You can't win them all! This P-74A Vampire is caught in the gunsight of a visiting F-84G during DACT over North Arizona.

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I've previously done this one but never released it as a download so the appearance of the new stock Third Wire Vampire has prompted me to freshen it up.

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 31, 2010, 02:26:53 pm
Republic of Paran State Aviation Company Piranha - Republic of Paran Air Force, 1956

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 02, 2010, 06:10:57 am
North American F-109A 'Retaliator' - 186th FIS, Montana ANG

Development of the North American A3J-1 Vigilante progressed well during the late 1950's and the first flight of the YA3J-1 prototype in August 1958 revealed a real thoroughbred, packed from nose to tail with outstanding technology. However, a strong faction against the Vigilante was forming within the USN arguing that strategic bombing was not part of the USN's business and North American decided not to assume that large orders for the 'basic' A3J-1 would follow and they began to look at other roles for the Vigilante.

One line of development would eventually lead to the reconnaissance Vigilante (RA-5C) but another line of development transformed the A3J-1 into various fleet defender and fighter options. The wing of the A3J-1 was designed for zero wind over deck launches and resulted in a wing too large for low-level attack missions but ideal for a fighter. During early 1959 North American offered a long-range fighter version to the USN and USAF but had only a lukewarm response. However, following the cancellation of their F-108 Rapier in September 1959 things now became a bit more urgent for North American and they schemed a revised A3J-1 Fighter with uprated J79 engines and semi-recessed Sparrow missiles.

Trying again in 1960 they received a firm no from the USN (who by then knew they had a winner in the F4H-1 Phantom II) but the USAF agreed to a detailed analysis of an optimsed land-based interceptor fighter (named Retaliator in May 1960) and announced that the Retaliator was to be ordered as an immediate follow-on to the F-106 programme with 350 ordered although this figure was later reduced to 240.

The prototype YF-109 flew on April 30th 1962 and production F-109A's entered service in early 1964 with the 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Minot AFB, North Dakota. The only export order was from Canada who ordered 60 in 1968 and these entered service with No.409 squadron in 1970 remaining in service until 1990.

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The Vigilante was made by Julhelm (a member of this site) and he's made A-5A and RA-5C versions and also kindly released his PSD templates for ham-fisted amateurs like me to play around with! I've previously done RAF and RAAF machines in grey/green camo but I've been itching to do a 'Big Sky Country' machine and here it is. Bill Gunston reckons that the Vigilante's wing was ideal for a fighter and in 1959 North American proposed Vigilante long-range fighters to the USN and the USAF following this up in the early 1960's with a refined Vigilante 'ADV' (called Retaliator) with rocket-boost and offered to the USAF for ADC use and they even got so far as a second USAF evaluation in early 1962 but sadly it came to nothing.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 02, 2010, 11:32:32 am
North American F-109A Retaliator - 159th FIS, FANG

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Perhaps the space occupied by the linear bomb bay could have been used for a rotating bay like the Buccaneer but pumping out Genies or Phoenix!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 03, 2010, 04:43:57 am
North American F-109A Retaliator - 101st FIS, Massachusetts ANG, 1977

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Final ANG Retaliator from me for the moment but I'll almost certainly re-visit this, probably using the hump-backed RA-5C as a follow-on F-109B. Having a quick read about the Viggi and the proposed Retaliator has made me realise how cutting-edge North American were at around about this time with the F-107, F-108, B-70 and the Vigilante programmes underway and overlapping for at least part of that era. How sad that only the Vigilante should come to fruition and in modest numbers too. It really was a sharp fall from grace.

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 04, 2010, 08:43:23 am
Convair F-7A Sky Dart - 186th FIS, Montana ANG, 1976

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As many of us know, it gets increasingly tough finding 'spare' US military aircraft designations to I've kicked the Convair Sea Dart into touch and used F-7 for an advanced manned interceptor (strangely reminiscent of the MiG-25) built by Convair and entering service in the late 1960's. Perhaps like Dassault did with the Mirage F.1 they realised that the delta was a dead end and went for straight wings with a low aspect ratio. No requests on the USAF Foxbat please!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 04, 2010, 02:17:15 pm
MiG-9 'Fargo' - No.6 Squadron, Indian Air Force, 1951

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'What If' India had moved towards the Soviet Union for its military equipment much earlier than in reality.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 05, 2010, 09:25:23 am
MiG-9 'Fargo' - No.24 Squadron, Indian Air Force, 1954

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 06, 2010, 07:26:31 am
<insert manufacturer's name here> <insert F number here> - 171st, FIS, Michigan ANG, 1968

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A really handsome machine the Fiddler and it looks good in any markings, even Soviet! To do the distinctive double cheveron markings on such a tall and slender fin meant that the usual checkerboard rudder had to go but I quite like the 'less busy' look when compared to the 171st's F-4C's where even the intake ramps had checkboards as well as the rudder.
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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Tu-128 Fiddler - 171st FIS, Michigan ANG
Post by: SPINNERS on June 07, 2010, 01:41:00 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4E - 198th FIS, Puerto Rico ANG, 1973

During early 1970 a USAF ADC review of America's air defence assets highlighted the obsolescence of several aircraft including the F-101, F-102 and F-104 and whilst early F-4C Phantoms were trickling down to the ANG units McDonnell Douglas could see an opportunity to sell an optimised 'Air Defense' version of the F-4E to the USAF to swiftly and cost-effectively modernise a large proportion of ADC. During this time McDonnell Douglas had studied various single-seat or stripped down versions of the F-4 for the West German Luftwaffe but for the USAF they proposed a version of the slatted F-4E with all air-to-ground capability removed, slightly more powerful 'clean burn' J79 engines, simplified air-to-air only radar and the new solid-state AIM-7F Sparrow missile offering longer range with its two-stage rocket motor.

By this time the massive production run of the F-4 had meant that the fly-away unit cost for this simplified version of the F-4E made it one of the cheapest Phantoms ever and such was the confidence that the USAF had in McDonnell Douglas that in March 1971 they simply asked for a fixed-price quotation for 300 F-4E 'ADC' aircraft and ordered them in April 1971! First flown in June 1972 the F-4E 'ADC' were delivered in a smart and glossy 'air defense' grey scheme and entered service with the 198th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the Puerto Rico ANG in February 1973 replacing the F-104C's and F-104D's of that unit. Sadly, eight of the 198th's Phantoms were destroyed in a terrorist attack at Muniz ANGB in January 1981 and the unit operated several 'standard' F-4E's until 'ADC' versions could be allocated to them.

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The non-standard serial number identifies this as the 198th's CO's aircraft flying alongside one of the temporary F-4E's

The stock F-4C comes with this grey 'ADC' scheme and one bitmap can be modified to fit the F-4E.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 08, 2010, 01:15:10 pm
McDonnell Douglas F-4E 'ADC' Phantom - 119th FIS, New Jersey ANG

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The RAF 'PR' guys could learn a lot from their USAF counterparts. The quality of the artwork freely available as downloads is very impressive! For example, the 119th 'patch' is 1850 x 1800 pixels - you'll be lucky to get 230 x 230 pixels from the RAF website.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 09, 2010, 12:54:25 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4E 'ADC' - 111th FIS, Texas ANG, 1976

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 13, 2010, 06:39:06 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4E 'ADC' - 186th FIS, Montana ANG

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'Blue Sky Country' FTW!!

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 13, 2010, 10:42:15 am
Gloster Meteor F.8J - 501st Hikotai, Japan Air Self Defense Forces, 1954

No sooner had the work of the US and British Commonwealth Occupation Forces come to an end in 1951 it was decided to re-construct the armed forces of Japan to act as a defensive fortress against perceived Communist expansion and whilst mainly led by Washington the UK government were keen to export military equipment to the new Japan Self-Defense Forces and an export order for Meteor and Vampire aircraft was signed in February 1952. Gloster Meteor F.8's from a cancelled Australian order were the first to arrive in August 1952 and by November 1952 the newly formed 501st Hikotai had been equipped with the Meteor operating the type until 1957 when F-100C's began to arrive.

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I know it was quite pedestrian and hardly a sparkling performer but I do love the Meteor and the stock Third Wire (only available in the recently released Expansion Pack One) is a gem. I find it hard to believe that the development of the F.8 started so late and that it was still picking up export orders in 1954!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 16, 2010, 11:10:44 am
De Havilland Vampire FB.5 - 302nd Hikotai, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, 1954

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Post-War JASDF markings are so cool!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 01, 2010, 01:46:29 pm
Grumman/Panavia Tornado F-19C - VF-1 'Wolfpack' US Navy

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A little break in the FIFA World Cup has given me a chance to do this "it just wouldn't happen" 'what if'! As a project, I really do like the Panavia Tornado (an amazingly successful collaborative programme) but I'm not so keen on the F.3, despite it being better-looking. I also love the Tomcat and the Airfix VF-1 boxtop certainly gave me a tingle as an aviation mad teenager in the mid-1970's and I hope this VF-1 Tornado does it for you!

Please, no requests on the Tornado in other USN units. This one fought me all the way (and is actually unfinished) but the VF-1 markings will see future service.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 03, 2010, 11:43:47 am
Lockheed/Boeing A/F-X - 899NAS, Royal Navy, July 2010

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Any ideas for a name for this aircraft in British service?
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 04, 2010, 12:33:04 pm
Lockheed/Boeing/Panavia Panther GR.2 - No.6 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command (detached to Helmand Province) 2011

During late 1992 the joint Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics A/F-X proposal was emerging as the clear favourite although no one was actually expecting the project to proceed beyond the dem/val stage as budgets were becoming increasingly tight and the US Navy's F-18E brigade seemed to be in the ascendancy. In early 1993 with General Dynamics proposing to sell it's Fort Worth military aircraft division to Lockheed the Defense Acquisition Board called the 'new' Lockheed/Boeing team in to the DoD to discuss the programme. Fearing that the axe was about to fall the Lockheed/Boeing team anxiously attended the meeting only to be met with smiles, handshakes and warm introductions to senior representatives of Panavia Aircraft GmbH (manufacturers of the Tornado aircraft - Western Europe's most successful collaborative aircraft programme).

With some considerable steering from Presidential level, the Defense Acquisition Board had previously invited Panavia to discuss becoming the third partner in the A/F-X programme and thus open up a wider market for the A/F-X especially as it had, by now, become much more of a multi-role aircraft. Panavia could see an end to the Tornado programme and had worked out that the timing of the A/F-X would suit them and that they had the expertise of collaboration and variable-geometry to bring to the table. With a substantially bigger programme and a lower cost base the Defense Acquisition Board considered that the A/F-X programme was now viable and recommended the Lockheed/Boeing/Panavia bid to the Congressional Budget Office and a contract for development and production was awarded to the US/European consortium of LBP on September 1st, 1993 with initial orders for 630 aircraft for the seven launch customers (Aeronautica Militare, Luftwaffe, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, USAF, USN and USMC).

Development, prototype production and flight-testing was centred around Bethesda and Fort Worth in the United States but with three final production centres - Fort Worth, Warton (UK) and Manching (Germany). The aircraft entered service in 2006 and export orders have been gained from Australia, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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Whenever I use 'Desert Pink' No.6 squadron is never far from my mind. I did consider a toned-down 'Flying Can-opener' but like the little flash of colour the hi-viz marking brings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 08, 2010, 12:50:35 pm
Saab-Blackburn Dragon F.2A - No.4 Squadron, Kingdom of Yorkshire Air Force, Northallerton

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/YORKSHIREDRAKEN01.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Saab-Blackburn Dragon F.2A No.4 Sqd, KYAF
Post by: SPINNERS on July 08, 2010, 02:20:57 pm
Lockheed Starfighter F.3 - No.19 (Aggressor) Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1982

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTARFIGHTERF301.jpg)

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A nice F-104J pack was released recently mainly filled with 'silver' JASDF schemes but also included is this stunning 207th Hikotai scheme to which I've added a full set of RAF No.19 squadron markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 10, 2010, 10:26:49 am
Lockheed Starfighter F.3 - No.111 'Treble-One' Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1985

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTARFIGHTERF304.jpg)

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 11, 2010, 12:54:06 pm
Handley-Page Proctor T.1 - No.74 Squadron 'The Tigers', RAF Fighter Command, 1966.

The cancellation of the last 22 Victor B.2's hit Handley-Page hard and as a small consolation the UK Air Ministry awarded the Hertfordshire-based company a contract to licence-build the Northrop F-5B to fulfill the RAF's requirement for a supersonic advanced trainer with an initial production order for 66 aircraft as the Proctor T.1.

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A smashing bunch of Northrop two-seaters was released over at Combat Ace recently and the lovely BMF of the F-5B caught my eye.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Handley-Page Proctor T.1 (Update)
Post by: SPINNERS on July 15, 2010, 11:48:01 am
Northrop F-5B - No.14 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Vung Tau, Vietnam, 1969

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNZAFF-5B01.jpg)

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 17, 2010, 04:21:42 am
Northrop F-5C's - No.75 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Phan Rang, 1971

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I love the story of the 'Skoshi Tiger' project (a combat evaluation of modified F-5A's, redesignated as the F-5C, in Vietnam during 1965-1967) and thought that perhaps they were handed over to the RNZAF but kept 'in theatre' and attached to RAF SEAC. Nurse, my medicene please!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 17, 2010, 09:11:57 am
Hawker Hunter FGA.9 - No.14 and No.75 Squadrons, Royal New Zealand Air Force

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Now available for download at Combat Ace!

I've previously done the Hunter in RNZAF service but used SEAC markings so here is a few shots of the more traditional three-colour roundels.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 17, 2010, 12:40:32 pm
Dassault Mirage IIIC - No.1 'Black Velvet' Squadron, Irish Air Corps, 1972

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Greg's idea of seeing an Irish F-5 has mutated into an Irish Mirage IIIC, perhaps purchased at a bargain price following a cancelled export sale - not that Dassault had any difficulty in selling his delta-winged masterpiece to anyone in the late 1960's to mid-1970's era. This is the stock Mirage IIICJ skin and I've knocked up the Irish roundel and fin flash plus a touch of 'genius' for the fin!

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 18, 2010, 10:32:10 am
Panavia Tornado F.3 - No.111 'Treble-One' Squadron, RAF Leuchars, 2004

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Inspired by BadersBusCompany's all-black Tornado F.3!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 19, 2010, 11:30:34 am
Westland Warrior FB.2 - No.14 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Malaya, 1954

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I posted my original Westand Warrior last year and they are shown on the current page 18 but here is the backstory
 
Westland Warrior FB.2

In late 1941 the Westland Aircraft Company were asked to produce an aircraft to Specification E.6/41B calling for a fighter aircraft powered by the proposed H.1 jet engine (later to mature as the De Havilland Goblin) and the Westland design team elected to use a similar twin-boom arrangement as the De Havilland Vampire so as to keep the jet pipe as short as possible to minimise power loss. Distracted by the disappointing Welkin high-altitude interceptor-fighter programme Westland's E.6/41B proposal, now called the Westland Warrior F.1, was soon running about six months behind the contemporary Vampire and in September 1943 the Ministry of Aircraft Production (MAP) threw another spanner in the works by changing the requirement to that for a ground-attack fighter.

Despite these setbacks, Westland managed to get the prototype Warrior F.1 airborne in July 1944 although the production Warrior FB.2 did not fly until March 1946 and, with all urgency now out of the programme, the first unit to re-equip with this useful fighter-bomber was No.3 squadron of the Second Tactical Air Force who received their Warrior FB.2's in April 1948. Most Warriors served abroad with the Second Tactical Air Force and also RAF Middle-East Command and the type was withdrawn in 1954 when No.208 squadron disbanded in Egypt.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 21, 2010, 02:26:31 pm
Soko G-4 Super Galeb - No.75 Squadron, Air Combat Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force, 2011

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The Soko G-4 Super Galeb was an unexpected new release today by a small but perfectly formed development team and it is a real beauty. It comes with this cracking Yugoslavian/Serbian Camo scheme and I've just oversprayed the fin markings and added some RNZAF No.75 squadron markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 22, 2010, 01:16:29 pm
HAL/Soko G-4 Supr Galeb - No.6 Squadron, Indian Air Force, 1989

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 24, 2010, 10:39:31 am
Northrop / BAC Tiger T.1 - No.4 Flying Training School, 'The Yellowjacks, RAF Valley, Anglesey, 1979

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A good template was released for the F-5E/F recently so I thought I'd go retro and see what a 'Yellowjacks' Tiger T.1 would look like. I've deleted the centre pylon and added fixed tip tanks, a fair bit larger than those seen on the F-5B but I reckon the uprated Rolls Royce [insert river name here] could cope with it.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 25, 2010, 04:17:22 am
Vought A-7B Corsair II - No.8 Escuadrilla, Armada Española Arma Aérea, 1972

'What If' the Spanish had bought HMS Eagle instead of the USS Cabot (which became SNS Dédalo) and operated Corsairs and Crusaders?

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Now available for download at Combat Ace!

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 25, 2010, 12:11:52 pm
Vought A-7B Corsair II - 121 Escuadron, Ejército del Aire, 1973

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This is the stock skin for the A-7D adapted to fit the A-7B, requiring little more than re-naming and the subtle tweaking of two of the five bitmaps. I do like the Corsair and always used to 'whif' mine into RAF Corsairs! I liked the simplicity of the Matchbox kit but it probably wasn't their finest hour with those chunky pylons and ejector racks!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAA-7BCORSAIR01.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 28, 2010, 05:49:18 am
Westland Whirlwind FB.2 - No.6 Squadron, 'The Flying Can-Openers', RAF Desert Air Force, 1943.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFWHIRLWINDFB201.jpg)

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I've shown this one before but I've knocked up a quick conversion to SF2 standard and released it for download. The 3D modeller (Veltro2K) loves creating some of the less popular aircraft, especially props, and is quite prolific - click on the link below and have a look.

http://combatace.com/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=user_activity&search_app=downloads&mid=11906
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 31, 2010, 02:17:26 am
BAC/Vought Corsair GR.1's - No.8 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1970

The UK General Election of October 1964 saw a new Labour government slip into power with a slender four-seat majority but this did not deter their planned shake-up of the UK Defence Budget. Whilst many observers felt that the TSR.2 programme would survive until at least the 1965 April budget it was not that great a shock when the axe fell earlier than expected in November 1964 with a bland announcement that a three-month study period of the RAF's tactical strike and recconnaisance requirements would be immediately started as part of a much broader Emergency Defence Review.

The Emergency Defence Review of February 1965 concluded that the RAF needed a more flexible force and recommended a mix of aircraft with a small force of sophisticated all-weather tactical strike aircraft, a much larger force of tactical attack machines plus an improved interceptor-fighter force equipped with longer-range aircraft than the totally inadequate Lightning.

Whilst initially ordered as a replacement for the Hunter the Spey-enginned Phantoms already on order (thanks to an order placed by the outgoing Conservative Government in February 1964) were now allocated to air defence duties to replace the Lightnings in the UK and RAF Germany squadrons. For the tactical strike role it was no surprise that the F-111 was ordered but, like the Phantoms, with Spey engines which soon hit many of same problems encountered by the Spey-Phantoms.

For the RAF's tactical attack role almost no one foresaw the purchase of Ling-Temco Vought's VAL contender (later designated A-7 Corsair II) as it had only just been selected, literally days earlier, by the US Navy as their A-4 Skyhawk replacement. The UK Government simply couldn't resist putting the non-afterburning Spey into their version of the Corsair but, thankfully, this was a much happier marriage and LTV had actually already planned their A-7 to use this engine as an insurance policy and to be able to offer an export version of their promising design. As some sort of feeble compensation to BAC for the loss of the TSR.2 the UK Government negotiated with LTV a manufacturing licence for BAC to licence-build all British production aircraft although this was more of a final assembly deal plus partnering on all European and Commonwealth sales which actually became quite lucrative for BAC.

Development moved swiftly and apart from minor delays due to the substitution of the TF-30 for the Rolls-Royce Spey RB.168-2A turbofan engine the only other delay was caused by the substitution of the Colt Mk12 20mm cannon for British 30mm Aden (with reduced round capacity) and progress was certainly helped by having the prototypes built and test-flown in the USA and the British Corsairs simply slotted into the very smooth and highly successful LTV Corsair programme that saw the A-7A move from operational requirement to squadron service in barely more than three years. Entering service as the Corsair GR.1 in early 1968 the aircraft was extremely popular in RAF service and served until 1991 seeing service in Desert Storm.

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I love the Corsair :wub: and this is the stock USAF skin adapted to fit the A-7B.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - BAC-Vought Corsair GR.1 - No.8 Sqd RAF SEAC
Post by: SPINNERS on August 01, 2010, 02:02:06 am
North American Shark FGA.1 - No.45 and No.58 Squadrons, RAF Middle East Command, 1960

[Insert backstory about the failure of the Supermarine Swift here!]

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Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 07, 2010, 11:29:51 am
AMD/BAC Taranis FGA.1 - No.1 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 1969

The RAF's search for a Hunter replacement took many twists and turns but by 1962 the focus had come back to a more basic and austere fighter-bomber but still with supersonic performance. Dassault had previously proposed the promising Avon-Mirage (first flown in February 1961) to the RAF and had also unsuccessfully offered it to both Australia and Switzerland but by 1963 Rolls-Royce and SNECMA were offering their outstanding Sequanna turbofan to Dassault with the potential for 12,000lbs of dry thrust and 18,000lbs with reheat.

However it was not until the cancellation of the TSR.2 in April 1965 that BAC and Dassault could formally combine to offer a version of the Mirage IV delta-winged bomber to the RAF and also the proposed Mirage 'Angleterre' fighter-bomber, both powered by the Sequanna and both immediately accepted by the UK Labour government with a formal order issued in 1965. BAC's involvement was clearly politcal (and initially confined to the production of the UK versions of both aircraft) the BAC Warton team threw themselves into both projects being just grateful to actually have something on the assembly line after the Lightning.

Whilst based on the proposed Mirage V (to meet an Israeli requirement for a simplied Mirage III) the Sequanna powered version of the Mirage required slightly larger intakes and also an additional air inlet installed at the base of the vertical stabilizer for additional cooling air needed for the SNECMA designed afterburner. In June 1965 the 'Taranis' name (after the Celtic God of Thunder) was officially bestowed upon the aircraft and development moved swiftly during 1965 and 1966 culminating with René Bigand flying the first prototype from Istres in early December 1966 whilst the second prototype flew from Warton in the following March flown by Roland Beamont.

The Taranis entered service with EC 1/2 'Cigognes' Armée de l'Air in August 1968 and with No.1 squadron of the Royal Air Force in January 1969.

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTARANISFGA114.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 08, 2010, 08:38:37 am
Dassault Mirage 5J - No.113 'The Hornet Squadron', Heyl Ha'Avir, 1969

During 1964 the Israeli Air Force formally asked Dassault for a simplified Mirage III with simpler avionics, more internal fuel and more weapons and effectively became the launch customer for the new Mirage V with their version designated 5J. With Arab-Israeli relations worsening during 1967 things began to boil over and by May 1967 Nasser had evicted the UN Peacekeeping Force and closed the Red Sea to Israeli shipping. Inexplicably, De Gaulle became pro-Arab and ordered an immediate arms embargo against Israel specifically blocking the sale of the 5J's to Israel despite production being in full swing and deliveries of 5J's being made to Bordeaux-Merignac for testing by Israeli pilots.

Israel's stunning success in the six-day war of June 1967 and the important part played by their Mirage III fighter-bombers led to Israel re-doubling their efforts to secure their 5J's and whilst a clandestine operation was briefly considered it was eventually slow and steady diplomatic pressure applied by the United Nations that was ultimately successful and the first of the 5J's reached Israel in February 1969 seeing service in the Yom Kippur war of 1973 although by this time Israel Aircraft Industries had produced the similar Nesher from (clandestinely obtained) blueprints and were well on the way to producing the J79 powered Kfir.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IDFMIRAGE5J01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IDFMIRAGE5J02.jpg)

These IDF Mirage 5J's use the stock Libyan camo.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 08, 2010, 09:16:47 am
Dassault Mirage 5J - Heyl Ha'Avir

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IDFMIRAGE5J03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IDFMIRAGE5J04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IDFMIRAGE5J05.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 08, 2010, 11:55:51 am
Dassault Mirage 5J - Heyl Ha'Avir

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IDFMIRAGE5J07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IDFMIRAGE5J06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/IDFMIRAGE5J08.jpg)

IDF Mirage 5J's in Armee de l'Air camo! Perhaps some of the embargoed 5J's were painted ready for Armee de l'air service before the embargo was lifted.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 09, 2010, 12:58:47 pm
Dassault Oberon FG.2 - No.33 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1978

Powered by a licence-built Rolls-Royce Spey (based on the non-afterburning Mk.101) the Oberon was essentially a land-based version of the Super Etendard designed to be a low-cost tactical attack machine for the export market, offering much better range and payload than the Mirage III/V series and also able to operate from far shorter runways than the notoriously 'concrete hungry' delta. Despite not being adopted by the Armee de l'air the Oberon was an export success starting with a most unexpected UK order for 60 Oberon FG.1's for the Royal Navy (with wing-fold restored) and 40 Oberon FG.2's for RAF South-East Asia Command.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOBERONFGA201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOBERONFGA202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOBERONFGA203.jpg)

Thanks to there being an excellent template available I've been able to create this simple 'Foliage' scheme that seems to suit the Vietnam terrain from Strike Fighters 2:Vietnam.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 11, 2010, 01:00:21 pm
Martin B-57B - No.13 Squadron, 'The Desert Bulls', Republic of Dhimar Air Force, 1959

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIB-57B01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIB-57B02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIB-57B03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIB-57B04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIB-57B06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIB-57B07.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 22, 2010, 12:17:14 pm
Douglas A-4D Skyhawk - No.5 and No.13 Squadrons, Dhimari Air Force

During the early to mid-1950's almost every US Navy aircraft programme hit some sort of propulsion trouble with either engines that were either down on thrust or simply so unreliable that they were a hazard to flight safety. Douglas were no exception and the SkyKnight and Skyray programmes were hit especially hard and the A4D Skyhawk programme initially didn't fare much better with the J65 down on thrust and the Pentagon bizarrely ordering that reconditioned Air Force J65's should be used for Skyhawk production. Ed Heinemann's wish to shoehorn the Rolls-Royce Avon into the Skyhawk fell apart when a production licence was granted to Westinghouse who then decided to only produce (with Navy funding but without telling Douglas ) a six-tenths scale version as the XJ64 giving less thrust than the J65!

However, by 1955 the Navy BuWeps had decided to fund the promising Pratt & Whitney JT8, essentially a scaled-down JT3 or J57 and by 1957 the resultant J52 was running sweetly on the bench and Ed Heinemann could plan growth versions of his brilliant 'Bantam Bomber'. At about the same time the Navy were hinting that perhaps a more flexible machine was required than the high-altitude nuclear bomber of the original A4D requirement and the increased thrust of the J52 meant that two more stores pylons could be added and higher gross weights permitted.

Douglas had planned to introduce the engine in the A4D-3 (A-4D) and A4D-5 (A-4E) variants but the US Navy cancelled the A4D-3 in 1959 and slowed the A4D-5 programme down. Douglas then looked at export opportunities resurrecting the A4D-3 designation to produce a multi-role fighter version later designated the A-4D which introduced the new J52 engine rated at 8,500lbs thrust plus a small and simple multi-mode radar. Oil-rich Dhimar became the launch customer ordering 60 A-4D's in 1961 and these were delivered in early 1963 to No.5 Squadron of the Dhimari Air Force who operated the type until 1978.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIA-4D01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIA-4D05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIA-4D03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIA-4D04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIA-4D02.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 23, 2010, 01:06:51 pm
Gloster Meteor F.8 - Esc 121, Ejército del Aire

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF801.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF802.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF803.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF804.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Gloster Meteor F.8 -
Post by: SPINNERS on August 25, 2010, 12:04:06 pm
Gloster Meteor F.8 - Esc121 Ejército del Aire

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF805.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF807.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF806.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread -
Post by: SPINNERS on August 25, 2010, 12:46:25 pm
Gloster Meteor F.8 - Esc122 Ejército del Aire

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF810.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF808.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF809.jpg)

I do like the Meteor! Probably has something to do with my local library having the Putnam book 'Gloster Aircraft Since 1917' and another book on the Meteor the name of which I've forgotten. Anyhoo, slotting the Meteor into the Spanish Fighter designation system was a bit difficult as it should predate the F-86 Sabre which had the C5 designation so I've used the C4 designation actually allocated to the HA 1109/1110/1112 (the Spanish version of Messerschmitt Bf 109) as that type was also designated in the first series as well as the current second series.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Gloster Meteor F.8 - Esc122 Ejército del Aire
Post by: SPINNERS on August 26, 2010, 06:06:58 am
Gloster Meteor F.8 - Esc113 Ejército del Aire

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF812.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF813.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/EDAMETEORF815.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 28, 2010, 10:50:07 am
IAI F-19A 'Nesher' - 65th Aggressor Squadron, USAFE, RAF Alconbury 1982

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-19A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-19A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-19A03.jpg)

A FACH Mirage 'Pantera' skin provides the basis for this 'what if' USAF aggressor. Just as the the US Navy used the J79 powered Kfir I'm imagining that the USAF adopted the earlier Atar powered Nesher.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 29, 2010, 04:48:24 am
Avro B-28 Lincoln - 'Thumper' 468th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, England 1946

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAAFLINCOLN01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAAFLINCOLN02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAAFLINCOLN04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAAFLINCOLN05.jpg)

An Avro Lincoln was recently released as an 'add-on' by a group called the Development A-Team and it comes with a natural metal skin (and Aussie markings btw) but I've modified it to give an impression of what an 8th Air Force Lincoln might look like. All I've done is added an olive drab anti-glare patch, added red spinners and knocked-up some basic markings. It's not perfect but I quite like it.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 30, 2010, 03:02:47 am
Handley-Page Hamilton C.1 - No.47 Squadron, RAF Air Support Command, 1968

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAN-1201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAN-1202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAN-1203.jpg)

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 30, 2010, 04:00:43 am
Handley-Page Hamilton C.3 - No. 47 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1986

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAN-1204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAN-1205.jpg)

This is the stock Soviet Silver skin with the specular, glossiness and reflection settings screwed down to give an approximation of a tactical grey scheme, it sort of works! The white 'AIR SUPPORT COMMAND' decals are a bit out of place as that Command was very short-lived and was gone by September 1972.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Handley-Page Hamilton C.3 (An-12 Cub)
Post by: SPINNERS on August 30, 2010, 05:44:05 am
Antonov An-22 Goliath C.1 - No.36 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 2007

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAN-2201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAN-2202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAN-2203.jpg)

This is another 3D model by Veltro2K a very prolific modder and someone with a penchant for producing the rarer and more esoteric birds. I've made a VERY simple skin (without panel lines) just to give an impression of what this Soviet beastie would look like in a modern RAF C-17 style scheme. AFAIK this is the biggest aircraft available for Strike Fighters although the game itself contains a non-flyable B-52. Personally, I don't like flying the larger aircraft but they make great targets!!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Antonov An-22 'Cock' RAF Goliath C.1
Post by: SPINNERS on August 30, 2010, 10:58:43 pm
Reggiane Re.2005 'Sagittario' - No.1 Squadron, Republic of Paran Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANIRE200501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANIRE200502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANIRE200503.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANIRE200504.jpg)

I occasionally show Dhimari ('blue') aircraft but only rarely show the opposing Parani ('red') aircraft so here is another recent Veltro2K release the Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario which comes with wartime Italian camo to which I've added some overspray and a 'blood red' fuselage band (probably symbolic). In the game, the Parani aircraft have their star repeated on the fin but I've designed an Arab style fin flash.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 31, 2010, 10:59:52 am
Consolidated PB4Y-1 Liberator - Dhimari Air Force Coastal Command, 1949

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIPB4Y-101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIPB4Y-102.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 01, 2010, 11:40:10 am
Fairchild Provider C.2 - No.48 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFPROVIDERC202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFPROVIDERC203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFPROVIDERC201.jpg)

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 03, 2010, 11:39:30 am
Fairchild Provider C.1 - No.84 Squadron, RAF Transport Command, detached to Aden, 1957

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFPROVIDERC102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFPROVIDERC103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFPROVIDERC104.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Fairchild Provider C.1 (C-123B) No.84 Sqd
Post by: SPINNERS on September 04, 2010, 01:15:33 am
Chengdu/Shenyang J-20A Stealth Fighter - Parani Air Force, 2019

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANIJ-2001.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANIJ-2002.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANIJ-2003.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANIJ-2004.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANIJ-2005.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANIJ-2006.jpg)

A smashing new release this over at Combat Ace by 'The Insky Group' a group of Chinese modders to which I've simply toned down some very bright white walkway markings and added Parani markings. A very nice aircraft!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - J-20A Chinese Stealth Fighter - Paran 2019
Post by: SPINNERS on September 04, 2010, 04:57:01 am
Tupolev Tu-16 'Badger-A' - No.8 Squadron, Parani Air Force, 1961

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANITU-1601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANITU-1602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANITU-1603.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANITU-1604.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANITU-1605.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PARANITU-1607.jpg)
Now available at Combat Ace!

The stock (but non-flyable) Tu-16 comes with this nice silver 'Soviet' skin and it's a doddle to create a Parani Badger with decals. The nose needed something to break up all that bare metal so I designed some sort of Arabic style bomber patch (close up added below). I quite like the Badger and it's certainly a graceful looking aircraft.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 04, 2010, 07:34:17 am
Tupolev Tu-16 - Grupo 1 de Bombardeo, Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1966  

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAATU-1601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAATU-1605.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAATU-1608.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAATU-1609.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAATU-1607.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!

This is the stock silver skin but I've tinted it grey and then screwed the specular, glossiness and reflection settings right down. I do like the Grupo 1 marking!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Tupolev Tu-16 'Badger' Grupo 1 FAA
Post by: SPINNERS on September 06, 2010, 01:54:19 pm
Ilyushin IL-28 'Beagle' - Grupo 1 de Bombardeo, Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1959

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAIL-2801.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAIL-2802.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAIL-2803.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAIL-2804.jpg)

Perhaps Grupo 1 cut their teeth of this Soviet tactical bomber before progressing up to the Badger.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 07, 2010, 01:24:12 pm
Ilyushin IL-28 'Beagle' - Grupo 1 de Bombardeo, Fuerza Aérea Argentina

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAIL-2810.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAIL-2809.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAIL-2808.jpg)

Not quite ready for release...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAIL-2807.jpg)
Shades of '82...
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 09, 2010, 05:20:58 am
Bristol Vincentious B.1 - No.617 'The Dambusters' Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1957

The first British V-Bomber to enter service, and the only one to have defensive armament, was the Bristol Vincentius which entered service in 1955.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVINCENTIUSB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVINCENTIUSB102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVINCENTIUSB103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVINCENTIUSB104.jpg)

I've seen the 'Badger' being compared as being similar to the Vickers Valiant so I thought i'd see just how it looks in Anti-Flash White and with pale markings - pretty darn good I think!!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 11, 2010, 04:30:35 am
Convair Hustler B.1 - No.139 'Jamaica' Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1962

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUSTLERB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUSTLERB102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUSTLERB103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUSTLERB104.jpg)

N.B. The nose marking is a bit of 'artistic licence'.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 11, 2010, 09:03:32 am
Convair Hustler B.1 - No. 100 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command 1965

Only two RAF squadrons were equipped with the Convair B-58 Hustler, No.100 and No.139 squadrons based at RAF Wittering.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUSTLERB105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUSTLERB106.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUSTLERB107.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUSTLERB108.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUSTLERB109.jpg)

SF2:Europe has some Alpine scenery (rarely seen in game but it is there) so it's nice to show an aircraft over a snowy terrain once in a while.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 11, 2010, 10:43:28 pm
Bristol Vincentius MR.3 - No.201 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 1983

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVINCENTIUSMR302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVINCENTIUSMR301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVINCENTIUSMR302.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 13, 2010, 01:21:34 pm
Vickers Vengeance B.2 - No.617 'Dambusters' Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1965

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFBLINDER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFBLINDER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFBLINDER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFBLINDER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFBLINDER05.jpg)

My recent experiments with 'tinting' the stock silver skins was probably always going to end up with a V-Force Blinder! It's OK but the stock 3D model has some of the windows painted on instead of proper transparancies (not a criticism as it's meant to be non-flyable 'target'). Anyway, I've gone for the Vickers Vengeance name and classic 617 Squadron markings!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 14, 2010, 01:16:04 pm
Vickers Vimy B.1 - No.10 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1956

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFBEAR01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFBEAR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFBEAR03.jpg)

This add-on aircraft is by the prolific Veltro2K and he's also done the later Bear-H maritime recce aircraft and the four-jet Bison too! This is a big aircraft!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 18, 2010, 05:42:47 am
Supermarine Syrena FGA.3 - No.6 and No.54 Squadrons, RAF 'Operation Desert Storm' 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFITTERFGA305.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFITTERFGA302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFITTERFGA303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFITTERFGA306.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFITTERFGA307.jpg)
N.B. 'Odd Rods' and nose antenna removed, Desert Pink paint removed from probe and inlet ring (and also aft end).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSYRENAFGA301.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!


I was going to call this Fitter FGA.3 but suddenly hit upon the Supermarine Syrena name. I see this as, perhaps, a parallel programme to the Supermarine Type 545 studies eventually producing a supersonic Hunter replacement entering service in the early 1960's and finishing with a last hurrah in 'Desert Storm'. Nurse, my medicene please!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 19, 2010, 08:33:47 am
For Greg...

Supermarine Syrena F.1 - No.111 'Treble One' Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1961

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSYRENAF104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSYRENAF103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSYRENAF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSYRENAF105.jpg)
Fox Two!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSYRENAF106.jpg)
Bear Market!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSYRENAF107.jpg)

The Fitter Syrena has about the same range as the Lightning - ideal for defending the Isle of Wight!


Proposed Loading Screens

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSYRENAF108.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSYRENAF109.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 21, 2010, 02:27:01 pm
Sud-Aviation Vulture B.2 - No.3 Squadron, RAF Germany, 1964

Another forgotten V-bomber the Sud-Aviation Vulture!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB205.jpg)

I'm imagining the Vautour in service with RAF Germany (but in anti-flash white as it carried 'Red Dwarf' tactical nukes) until replaced by Thunderstrike S.1's (TSR.2) in 1971. The Vautour is another stock 'non-flyable' or AI aircraft that works just fine if you use a surrogate pit. Fine aircraft as it was, the RAF Germany 'interdictor' Canberra squadrons (3, 14, 16, 88 and 213) would have had a tough time in the mid-60's to and early 1970's period and it's scandalous that they soldiered on for so long.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Vulture B.2 Another forgotten V-Bomber!
Post by: SPINNERS on September 22, 2010, 11:44:17 am
Sud-Aviation Vulture GR.4 - No.16 Squadron, Royal Air Force 'Operation Desert Storm' February 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB207.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB208.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB209.jpg)

Stretching things a bit I know but I like do 'Desert Pink' and I do like bigger pale blue/pale pink roundels and on both wings please!!!

Thinking about it, I wonder what unreheated turbofans would have fit in there? Adour too small, Spey too big we need a pair of Rolls-Royce Goldilocks!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 23, 2010, 11:06:54 am
Sud-Aviation Vulture FGA.3 - No.41 Squadron, No.38 Group, RAF Strike Command, 1983

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB210.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB211.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB212.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB213.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 23, 2010, 10:09:37 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4EY - Yorkshire Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/YORKSHIREPHANTOMF701.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/YORKSHIREPHANTOMF702.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/YORKSHIREPHANTOMF703.jpg)

For me, the Yorkshire Flag works well as a fin flash and I thought that an ANG style 'YORKSHIRE' fin band would look especially good with the white rose repeated on the 'nosebar' marking.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 24, 2010, 11:15:39 pm
Bristol Stilleto F.1A - No.56 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1961

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTILLETOF101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTILLETOF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTILLETOF103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTILLETOF104.jpg)

I've previously done a later MiG-21 in RAF service as the BAC Stilleto F.3 (on the current Page 28) but to do an earlier F.1A I needed to decide which BAC founding company to allocate the Stilleto to and thought Bristol would be a good choice.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 25, 2010, 03:29:25 am
Ilyushin IL-28 'Beagle' - Lancashire Air Force, 1963

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/LANCASHIREBEAGLE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/LANCASHIREBEAGLE02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/LANCASHIREBEAGLE03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/LANCASHIREBEAGLE04.jpg)

This is a quick conversion of my Fuerza Aérea Argentina Beagle and I think it then steered me to use a 'Communist' star instead of a roundel. I did also design a roundel and will post that in a minute.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 25, 2010, 10:53:41 pm
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SJ (Fishbed 'J') - 501st Hikotai, JASDF

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ02.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 25, 2010, 10:59:02 pm
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SJ (Fishbed 'J') - 302nd Hikotai, JASDF

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ09.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 25, 2010, 11:03:34 pm
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SJ (Fishbed 'J') - 204th Hikotai, JASDF

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ11.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ12.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21SJ13.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 25, 2010, 11:11:47 pm
Mikoyen-Gurevich MiG-21PFMJ (Fishbed 'F') - 302nd Hikotai, JASDF

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21PFMJ01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21PFMJ02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21PFMJ03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21PFMJ04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21PFMJ05.jpg)

This is one of two stock VPAF MiG-21 camo schemes in 'Strike Fighters 2:Vietnam' and three out of the five bitmaps needed a bit of work as the canopy frame, pylons and gun-pod were in silver. It definitely has a ZERO look to it so I've used yellow serial numbers but stopped short of adding a vertical yellow band.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - JASDF MiG-21's Four picture sets inc. Zero!!
Post by: SPINNERS on September 26, 2010, 02:42:46 am
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21PFMJ (Fishbed 'F') - 204th Hikotai, JASDF

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21PFMJ06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21PFMJ07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/JASDFMiG-21PFMJ08.jpg)

Final JASDF MiG-21 for now and this is the second of the stock VPAF schemes from 'Strike Fighters 2:Vietnam' which required a bit of touching up around the windscreen and canopy area.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 27, 2010, 12:48:10 pm
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19S - HävLLv 31, Finnish Ilmavoimat, 1966

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S05.jpg)

Wow! I like this photoset myself! This is the stock MiG-19S made flyable by using the F-100D pit and using a stock (but rarely seen) Egyptian camo with my well-used Finnish decals including some new 'MG-300' series decals*. What sets these off is the camo against the snowy backdrop and this is a terrain called 'British Isles' (for it includes Ireland) by a modder called Baltika - it's superb and is basically normal towns and fields but with snowy mountains exactly where the UK has mountains. BTW this terrain would be perfect for some Patchwork World action!


* I'm thinking MG-100 series for MiG-15, MG-200 series for MiG-17, MG-300 series for MiG-19, etc.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 29, 2010, 02:11:10 pm
really neat MiG.'s def love your Finnish schemed ones  :thumbsup: be neat to see the 19 in a standard natural metal scheme too tho if possible?

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19S - HävLLv 11, Finnish Ilmavoimat, 1963

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S08.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 30, 2010, 12:36:07 pm
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19S - HävLLv 21, Finnish Ilmavoimat, 1978

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S11.jpg)

Final Finnish 'Farmer' for now. The fin marking uses a bit of artistic licence and utilises the Eagle seen inside a grey triangle with a blue border (the only marking commonly seen for HävLLv 21) and I thought I'd move the serial number to the nose and introduce a simple '21' marking on the fin using blue from the Finnish roundel on a white background.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDMiG19S12.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 01, 2010, 11:02:04 pm
Miles-Mikoyan Farmer FGA.4 - No.41 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Exercise Sandstorm, 1984

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFARMERFGA401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFARMERFGA402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFARMERFGA403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFARMERFGA404.jpg)

I've previously done some nice and shiny RAF Farmers so thought I'd knock-up a 'Desert Pink' Farmer at the end of it's service life! Miles was chosen for the alliterative effect but I see the Farmer being more of a Gloster product.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 02, 2010, 11:41:46 pm
Hawker Harrier Mk51 - Escuadrón Aéreo 112, Fuerza Aérea del Perú, 1973

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PERUHARRIERGR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PERUHARRIERGR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PERUHARRIERGR103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PERUHARRIERGR104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PERUHARRIERGR105.jpg)

N.B. Some 'artistic licence' has been taken here with the national markings and the nose marking is straight out of me own 'ed.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 03, 2010, 05:52:34 am
Hawker Harrier Mk.52 - No.348 'Artic Fox' Squadron, Royal Norwegian Air Force, 1976

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNoAFHARRIER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNoAFHARRIER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RNoAFHARRIER03.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 03, 2010, 12:16:53 pm
Grumman A-6A(FN) - 12 & 17 Flottilles, l'Aéronautique Navale Française, 1965

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AERONAVALEA-6AINTRUDER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AERONAVALEA-6AINTRUDER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AERONAVALEA-6AINTRUDER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AERONAVALEA-6AINTRUDER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AERONAVALEA-6AINTRUDER07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AERONAVALEA-6AINTRUDER08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AERONAVALEA-6AINTRUDER09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AERONAVALEA-6AINTRUDER10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AERONAVALEA-6AINTRUDER11.jpg)
Now available for downl;oad at Combat Ace!

The A-6A was in 'Wings Over Vietnam' but unfortunately it missed the cut for 'Strike Fighters 2:Vietnam' which is a real shame as it is very enjoyable to fly this aircraft on a strike mission - especially with MiG-17's on your tail! Thankfully, it can be made flyable by lifting the pit out of the original game and installing it into your newer game although mine seems to have lost a few dials along the way.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Grumman A-6A(FN) - 12 Flottille Aéronavale
Post by: SPINNERS on October 09, 2010, 04:53:45 am
McDonnell Douglas F-4E - Grupo de Aviacion Nº 12, Fuerza Aérea de Chile, 1982

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FACHF-4E07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FACHF-4E08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FACHF-4E09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FACHF-4E05.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!

With the imminent rescue of the trapped Chilean miners I thought I'd release this. I've added a 'tiger' fintip and also amended the national markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 10, 2010, 12:01:15 am
Hawker Harrier AV-8A - 3ra Escuadrilla Aeronaval de Caza y Ataque, 1982

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANAV-8S01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANAV-8S02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANAV-8S03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANAV-8S04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANAV-8S07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANAV-8S06.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 10, 2010, 10:26:25 am
Hawker Harrier Mk.59 - No.1 Escuadrilla Aeronaval de Caza y Ataque, Comando de Aviación Naval Argentina, 1988

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANAV-8S08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANAV-8S09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANAV-8S10.jpg)

Having made the COAN decals (and layered rudder template) I thought I'd try them on the USMC camo skin and switch the unit to No.1 Escuadrilla Aeronaval de Caza y Ataque. 
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - AV-8A No.1 Esc. Aeronaval de Caza y Ataque
Post by: SPINNERS on October 11, 2010, 01:25:15 pm
BAe Harrier GR.7 - No.1 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Operation Desert Storm, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHARRIERGR702.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHARRIERGR703.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHARRIERGR704.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHARRIERGR705.jpg)

Did Harriers ever wear Desert Pink?
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 16, 2010, 06:36:21 am
Grumman Tomcat F.2 - No.43 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Operation Granby, 1990

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF202-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF203-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF201-1.jpg)

A superb template was released for the F-14 recently so I thought I'd do a Desert Pink RAF machine (even though the RAF's Tornado F.3's stayed in grey during Desert Shield/Desert Storm).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread !
Post by: SPINNERS on October 16, 2010, 01:52:23 pm
Grumman Tomcat F.2 - No. 111 'Treble One' squadron, Royal Air Force, 1989

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF204-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF205-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF207.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF208.jpg)

Anyone who has this flight sim will know that you can't normally get this close to a Soviet bomber as their gunners are SH in downing 'blue' fighters! I've cheated here by creating a 'Friendly Bear' and then using him for a North Sea photo op!!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 17, 2010, 08:31:46 am
Douglas A-1J Skyraider - 2nd Escuadrilla Aeronaval de Caza y Ataque, Comando de la Aviación Naval, ARA Independencia, 1959

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANA-1J02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANA-1J03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANA-1J06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANA-1J05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANA-1J04.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 18, 2010, 01:20:11 pm
Supermarine Swift FR.Mk.61 - AKG51 'Immelmann' Luftwaffe, 1960

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/LUFTWAFFESWIFT02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/LUFTWAFFESWIFT03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/LUFTWAFFESWIFT01.jpg)
A little bit of motion blur has been added to the Swift and the foreground but not the sky
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 20, 2010, 12:48:48 pm
Supermarine Scimitar F.Mk.51 - 300 Squadron, Indian Naval Air Service, 1962

Thinks: Perhaps HMS Centaur was retired a few years earlier than in reality and sold to India.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIASCIMITAR01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIASCIMITAR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIASCIMITAR03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/INDIASCIMITAR04.jpg)

Anyway, the Supermarine jet trio (Attacker, Swift and Scimitar) are all available as add-on aircraft and I thought I'd try my hand at an INAS Scimitar F.Mk.51. I've removed the hideous inflight refuelling probe but unfortunately this skin is by me and shows how rubbish I am but does give an impression of what the powerful Scimitar would have looked like in INAS service.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 23, 2010, 03:42:34 am
Supermarine Scimitar FGA.2 - No. 41 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1960

Initially designed as a single-seat fighter the prototype Supermarine Type 544 soon attracted the interest of the RAF who quickly drafted an operational requirement for a single-seat low-level strike aircraft equipped with low-altitude bombing equipment and the ability to carry a 'special' weapon. Whilst earmarked for RAF Germany the Scimitar FGA.2 also served at home with No.41 and No.54 squadrons at Stradishall with both squadrons being transferred to RAF Middle East Command during the Second Suez Crisis of 1960.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSCIMITARFG201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSCIMITARFG202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSCIMITARFG203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSCIMITARFG204.jpg)

Not a brilliant skin but I hope it gives an impression of what an RAF Scimitar would have looked like.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 23, 2010, 07:48:23 am
Supermarine Scimitar FGA.2 - No.54 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1975

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSCIMITARFG205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSCIMITARFG206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSCIMITARFG207.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSCIMITARFG208.jpg)

Better colours on this version I think.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 24, 2010, 05:10:57 am
Grumman OV-1C Mohawk - Dhimari Air Force, 1977

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIMOHAWK01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIMOHAWK02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIMOHAWK03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIMOHAWK04.jpg)

I'd never realised just how odd-looking this aircraft is until flying it in Strike Fighters!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 24, 2010, 10:58:11 am
Hawker Hunter FGA.9D - No.6 Squadron, 'The Flying Tin-Openers', Royal Air Force, Operation Desert Fox, 1983

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9D01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9D02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9D03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9D04.jpg)

Highly unlikely I know but I just had to do it!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 26, 2010, 04:44:05 am
Hawker Hunter FGA.9 - No.20 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1961

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA903.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA904.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA905.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 26, 2010, 01:10:44 pm
Hawker Hunter FGR.9 - No.2 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 1974

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERPR901.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERPR902.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERPR903.jpg)

A PRU Hunter was suggested to me so here it is. N.B. Pictures 1 and 2 have a nose camera photoshopped on. Sigh... I'd love to have an FR.10 in this sim!!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Hawker Hunter FGR.9 - 1970's PRU Blue!!
Post by: SPINNERS on October 26, 2010, 02:22:06 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERPR904.jpg)

'Camera Port' decal added - looks OK!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Hawker Hunter FGR.9 - 1970's PRU Blue!!
Post by: SPINNERS on October 28, 2010, 02:41:39 am
Hawker Hunter FR.13 - No.79 Squadron, RAF (detached to Norway) 1974

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERPR1301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERPR1302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERPR1303.jpg)

There is no FR.10 in Strike Fighters so I've taken the first unused Hunter designation for this 'what if' conversion of an F.6 into a fighter-recce machine having oblique cameras (decal) but no forward facing camera. The serial number is a wee bit late but is the closest match for now just to get a picture up.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 29, 2010, 04:45:37 am
Hawker Hunter FR.13 - No.208 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 1972

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERPR1304.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERPR1305.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERPR1306.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Hawker Hunter FR.13 - No.79 Squadron
Post by: SPINNERS on October 30, 2010, 02:44:26 am
Hawker Hunter FGA.9A's - RAF Middle East Command, Kuwait Crisis, 1961

The PR Blue one looks nice, and a really disgustingly dirty pink one (from the 1961 Kuwait Crisis?? REAL!) would be interesting. :wacko:

http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_203.shtml

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9A04.jpg)

Not disgustingly dirty but I've got some weathering on and some new drop-tanks. Regarding The Kuwait Emergency of 1961, I enjoyed reading that - it happened just a few weeks before I was born!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERFGA9A05.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Hawker Hunter FGA.9A's - Kuwait Emergency
Post by: SPINNERS on October 31, 2010, 07:15:46 am
Lockheed Starfighter T.2 - No.111 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1976

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTARFIGHTERT201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTARFIGHTERT202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTARFIGHTERT204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSTARFIGHTERT203.jpg)

A really nice re-work of the TF-104G was released today and it comes with this NATO camo scheme to which I've added some 'Treble One' squadron markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 01, 2010, 01:49:28 pm
BAe Systems Harrier FG.6 - No.17 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 1996

The success of the Harrier and, in particular, the Sea Harrier in the 1982 Falklands War led to several studies for more advanced versions leading to the Sea Harrier FRS.2 and the closely related FG.6 for the RAF.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHARRIERFG601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHARRIERFG602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHARRIERFG603.jpg)

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 02, 2010, 10:51:03 pm
McDonnell AV-8X - No.3 Caza, Comando de Aviación Naval Argentina, 1999

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANSEAHARRIERFRS201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANSEAHARRIERFRS202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANSEAHARRIERFRS203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/COANSEAHARRIERFRS204.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 03, 2010, 01:18:59 pm
Hawker Hunter Mk.54 - MFG2, West German Marineflieger, 1962

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGHUNTER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGHUNTER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGHUNTER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGHUNTER04.jpg)

ndicki's 'FRADU' skin gives a good base for creating an MFG2 Hunter. For the future, I need to create a better 'MARINE' decal and please note that the nose markings are off the stock Luftwaffe F-4F so probably have no relevance to a Marineflieger bird (I don't actually know how they work).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 06, 2010, 02:25:57 am
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 - No.1435 Flight, RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands, 2011

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTYPHOONFGR401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTYPHOONFGR402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTYPHOONFGR403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTYPHOONFGR404.jpg)

Barely, a whif as I know they are already there.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTYPHOONFGR405.jpg)

Added fuselage 'bars' loosely based on the Falkland Islands Coat of Arms.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 06, 2010, 09:37:50 am
Hawker Hunter F.6A - No.1435 Flight, RAF Falkland Islands, 1961

Following the failed Argentinian invasion of 1959 the air defence of the Falkland Islands was entrusted to No.1435 flight, a detachment of Hunter F.6's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERF6A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERF6A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERF6A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHUNTERF6A04.jpg)

I decided to do a curvier version of the 1435 Flight fuselage bars to more accurately match the Falkland Isles Coat of Arms. This has been repeated on the nose bars but with the Maltese Cross and the Coat of Arms added as the centre.

And guess what turned up as opposition....

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAHUNTERF601.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - 1961 Faith, Hope, Charity and Desperation!
Post by: SPINNERS on November 07, 2010, 01:25:20 am
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 'Fargo' - Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1952   

'What If' Argentina had been gifted the MiG-9 instead of buying the Gloster Meteor F.4??
 
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAMiG-901.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAMiG-902.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAMiG-903.jpg)

A revamp of the MiG-9 was released yesterday and I thought it would make an interesting adversary for the RAF in the South Atlantic in an early post-war Falkland Islands conflict.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 07, 2010, 04:05:36 am
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 'Fargo' - Grupo de Caza 6, Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1954

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAMiG-904.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAMiG-905.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAMiG-906.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAAMiG-907.jpg)

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 10, 2010, 04:41:56 am
Dassault Hurricane FB.2 - No.1 Squadron, RAF South Atlantic Command, 1954

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOURAGANFB202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOURAGANFB203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOURAGANFB204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOURAGANFB201.jpg)

The first of Dassault's superb run of first-class combat aircraft, I really like the Ouragan!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 10, 2010, 01:00:50 pm
Dassault Hurricane FB.2 - No.2 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOURAGANFB205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOURAGANFB206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOURAGANFB207.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOURAGANFB208.jpg)

Just a quick knocked-up 'Desert Pink' skin (missed the airbrakes!) and more a canvas for my new No.2 Squadron decals. I'm on a programme to replace most of my RAF decals (about 640) with better 'hi-rez' versions - it'll take some time!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 13, 2010, 09:29:16 am
Canadair Sabre F.4's - No.3 and No.4 Squadrons, RAF South Atlantic Command, 1957

After the first Falkands War of 1950 the Falkand Islands defences were boosted by the delivery of Meteors and Vampires. However, by 1956 Sabre F.4's were being released from RAF Germany as Hunter F.4's were being delivered so it was decided to send two squadrons to the Falkland Islands.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSABREF401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSABREF402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSABREF403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSABREF404.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSABREF405.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSABREF406.jpg)

No.3 and No.4 squadrons were real world Sabre users... but not in the 'Grey' and 'Falkland' camo schemes and certainly not on the Falklands! The 'Falkland' scheme is that actually used by the Fuerza Aérea Argentina!! (SEE BELOW)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAASABRE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FAASABRE02.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 14, 2010, 07:37:19 am
North American (Rockwell) Vigilante GR.1A - No.6 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEGR1A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEGR1A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEGR1A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEGR1A04.jpg)

Julhelm's (late of this Parish) superb RA-5C masquerading as an RAF 'Desert Storm' Viggie. Julhelm generously released the templates so a Desert Pink version was well within even my ham-fisted capabilities and I've even added some noise and line blurring.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 14, 2010, 01:03:32 pm
North American (Rockwell) Vigilante F.2 - No.5 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1984

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEF201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEF202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVIGILANTEF203.jpg)

I've previously done a F-109A for USAF ADC but thought that the Viggie should see RAF service as a long-range interceptor. Hell, we all know the reasons why not but hey ho!  :wacko:
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 14, 2010, 11:01:48 pm
Convair Vancouver B.3 - No.7 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1955

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVANCOUVERB302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVANCOUVERB303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVANCOUVERB304.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVANCOUVERB305.jpg)

I'm progressively re-making all of my RAF decals and it's quite noticeable that No.7 squadron have never had aircraft with the colourful fuselage bars seen on many squadrons, especially the 'low number' squadrons who were there during the very colourful inter-war and post-war periods. Anyway, as this is a 'what if' thread I've invented some! In reality, No.7 squadron kept their Lincolns far too long (into early 1956 and not getting Valiants until late 1956) so just like the RAF received an influx of Boeing Washingtons I've had them convert to the outrageous B-36J Peacemaker!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 16, 2010, 10:51:23 am
Douglas Skyhawk FG.1 - No.8 Squadron, RAF South Atlantic Command, 1983

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSKYHAWKFG101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSKYHAWKFG102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFSKYHAWKFG103.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 17, 2010, 10:51:01 am
BAC (Vickers) Vulture B.1 - No.9 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1984

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/BACKFIRE.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB106.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVULTUREB107.jpg)

The Backfire-C was released yesterday and it is awesome! I've used the stock Soviet skin that comes with it and some new No.9 squadron decals by yours truly.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 18, 2010, 01:46:11 pm
Douglas A-4KP Skyhawk - Escuadra 301 "Jaguares", Portugese Air Force, 1985

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFA-4P01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFA-4P02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFA-4P03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/PoAFA-4P04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 20, 2010, 05:36:20 am
Consolidated Vancouver B.1 - No.10 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1950

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVANCOUVERB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVANCOUVERB102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVANCOUVERB103.jpg)

Only 'six turning' on the Vancouver B.1 (B-36B). No.10 is another of the 'low-number' RAF squadrons that doesn't have a history of colourful markings so I've just used the 'Speedbird' motif seen on their Canberras.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 20, 2010, 12:44:29 pm
Miles-Mikoyan Foxbat F.1 - No.11 Air Defence Regiment, British Peoples Republic Air Force, 1984

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFOXBATF101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFOXBATF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFFOXBATF103.jpg)

The MiG-25 isn't graceful but I've always liked the brutish appearance of this powerful interceptor.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 20, 2010, 11:51:18 pm
Grumman Tomcat F.2 - No.11 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1985

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF209.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF210.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTOMCATF211.jpg)

Having spent some time making new No.11 Squadron decals yesterday I thought I'd splash them onto another of my all-time favourites...
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 21, 2010, 04:28:38 am
North American Tornado B.1 - No.12 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1951

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFB-45TORNADOB104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFB-45TORNADOB102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFB-45TORNADOB103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFB-45TORNADOB101.jpg)

A very pedestrian looking machine the B-45A but one that did see RAF markings (if not actual RAF service  ;)).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 21, 2010, 09:02:31 am
BAC Thunderstrike GR.4 - No.13 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR407.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR406.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR408.jpg)

I haven't flown the TSR.2 in the Strike Fighters sim for a while and it doesn't disappoint - the best 'bomber' by far!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Thunderstrike GR.4 - No.14 Squadron (TSR.2)
Post by: SPINNERS on November 22, 2010, 12:14:59 pm
Rockwell Baltimore B.1 - No.15 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1986

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFBALTIMOREB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFBALTIMOREB102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFBALTIMOREB103.jpg)

No colourful markings for No.15 Squadron in recent years and I don't think that they had any in the inter-war period either.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 23, 2010, 01:23:18 pm
Rockwell B-1B - No.6 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, 2002

For Greg....

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE04.jpg)

Boring lo-viz grey to follow tomorrow...

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Rockwell B-1B No.6 Squadron RAAF
Post by: SPINNERS on November 24, 2010, 04:25:32 am
Rockwell B-1B - No.6 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, 2011

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE09.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 24, 2010, 12:06:39 pm
Rockwell B-1B - No.6 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, 1990

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE11.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE12.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBONE13.jpg)

Can't think why I haven't thought of 'V-Bomber' Aussie markings before!

Anyway, no more 'Bones' for a while. Time to move on to something smaller and single-enginned....
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Rockwell B-1B No.6 Squadron RAAF [AFW]
Post by: SPINNERS on November 25, 2010, 01:40:48 pm
From an idea by Jeffry Fontaine...

Convair F-102A - EC2/11, "Vosges", Armée de l'air, 1962

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAF-102A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAF-102A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAF-102A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAF-102A04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAF-102A05.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 26, 2010, 12:31:02 pm
Rockwell Valkyrie SR.1 - No.543 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1969

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVALKYRIESR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVALKYRIESR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVALKYRIESR103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVALKYRIESR104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVALKYRIESR105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVALKYRIESR106.jpg)

The XB-70 was released as a 'beta' recently and it is awesome. Now I'm not a fan of the larger aircraft in Strike Fighters (TSR.2/Vigilante is about the upper limit IMHO) but this is exceptional. The team who have created it have initially released the XB-70 and will progress on to operational variants so I'll revisit this in the future and you just know that No.617 squadron will be covered don't you?!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 27, 2010, 06:59:53 am
Convair F-102A(FR) - EC2/11 "Vosges" Armee de l'air, 1963

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAF-102A06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAF-102A07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAF-102A08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ADLAF-102A09.jpg)

The SEA Camo is a nice find at Combat Ace (good work 331KillerBee) whilst the Air Defence 'Bleu' is by me and is a simple tinted version of the stock silver skin. I've never really raved about 'The Deuce' but it was an important type and looks cool at certain angles whereas the 'Six' was a stunner from every angle!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 28, 2010, 12:25:53 am
BAe Systems Hawk FG.2 - No.16 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Operation Herrick 2011

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKFG202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKFG201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKFG203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKFG204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKFG205.jpg)

A really nice single-seat Hawk 200 has been available for a while and it's a little gem. As the next RAF squadron on my decal upgrade programme is No.16 I thought I'd try them on a Desert Pink Hawk FG.2 operating in Afghanistan.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 30, 2010, 12:56:18 pm
BAe Hawk GR.4 - No.79 Squadron, RAF South Atlantic Command, 1995

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKGR401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKGR402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKGR403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKGR404.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 01, 2010, 12:59:44 pm
BAe Hawk GR.4 - No.11 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 1996

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKGR405.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKGR406.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFHAWKGR407.jpg)

For BillSlim - best I can manage mate. It really needs a radar now! I managed to 'lift' some of the panel lines from the original Aussie grey camo skin and placed them onto a new grey skin with some blur added to the panel lines and some 'noise' added to the grey skin. It's nowhere near perfect but gives an impression of what a Hawk 127 would look like in RAF service.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Julhelm's AFX is released
Post by: SPINNERS on December 04, 2010, 03:47:24 am
BAC Lightning F.1B - No.74 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1969

In early 1966 and with Lightning F.6 production in full swing the RAF asked BAC to bring the remaining F.1 and F.1A aircraft up to a F.6 standards in a similar way that the F.2's were converted to F.2A's. Entering service in late 1967 the F.1B's served with No.56 and No.74 squadrons and were deployed to Saudi Arabia during the 1969 Kuwait Crisis.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B03.jpg)

The Strike Fighters 2 Expansion Pack 2 was released yesterday and adds the following aircraft;

    • Lightning F.1/1A/2/2A/3/6
    • Hunter F.1/2/4/5
    • F-100A/C Super Sabre
    • Yak-23 (AI only)
    • Canberra B.2/6 (AI only)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 04, 2010, 09:16:24 am
BAC Lightning F.1B - No.56 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, Cyprus, 1974

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B07.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - BAC Lightning F.1B - No.56 Squadron
Post by: SPINNERS on December 05, 2010, 02:35:20 am
BAC CF-103 Lightning's - No.425 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force Europe, 1966

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RCAFCF-103LIGHTNING01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RCAFCF-103LIGHTNING02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RCAFCF-103LIGHTNING03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RCAFCF-103LIGHTNING04.jpg)

I like this one Cobra! Good call!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 05, 2010, 11:04:50 am
Tupolev Tu-22M3 - MFG2, Marineflieger, West German Bundesmarine, 1987

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGTu-22MBACKFIRE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGTu-22MBACKFIRE02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGTu-22MBACKFIRE03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGTu-22MBACKFIRE04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGTu-22MBACKFIRE05.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 06, 2010, 11:51:15 am
BAC Lightning F.Mk.54's - MFG1 & MFG2, Marineflieger, West German Bundesmarine, 1970

The first rumours of an alleged bribery scandal surrounding the purchase of the Lockheed F-104G Starfighter by the West German Government coincided with the ferociously high attrition rate of the Starfighter in Luftwaffe and Marineflieger service. With the end of Lightning production on the near horizon BAC submitted a brochure to the Bonn Government and Marineflieger Officials for a proposed multi-role Lightning based on the F.53 and this proposal was accepted leading to a modest production order for 60 Lightning F.54's which entered service in late 1968 with MFG1 and MFG2 before being retired in 1987.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGLIGHTNING01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGLIGHTNING02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGLIGHTNING03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGLIGHTNING04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGLIGHTNING08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGLIGHTNING05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGLIGHTNING07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/MFGLIGHTNING06.jpg)

Available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 11, 2010, 09:29:06 am
BAC Lightning FG.7 - No.17 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1969

When BAC were finally allowed to develop the Lightning for multi-role use the 'export' F.53 suddenly became of interest to the RAF who felt they needed a supersonic tactical fighter-bomber resulting in modest orders for the Lightning FG.7 which entered service in 1969 but crucially allowed the production line to remain open into the early 1970's and pave the way for the later Rolls-Royce Sequanna RB.400 series turbofan powered F.8 interceptor version.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGFG701.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGFG702.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGFG703.jpg)

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 11, 2010, 10:50:45 pm
McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet - No.1 Squadron, Dhimari Air Force, 1990

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIF-18A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIF-18A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIF-18A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/DHIMARIF-18A04.jpg)

A really good Kuwaiti skin (by Mike1) is ideal for Dhimari markings.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet - Dhimar
Post by: SPINNERS on December 12, 2010, 12:24:49 am
BAC Lightning FR.7 - No.2 Squadron, RAF Germany, 1968

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGFG704.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGFG705.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGFG706.jpg)

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 12, 2010, 08:30:12 am
Aero/BAC L-39K Cadet T.3 - No.17 (Reserve) Squadron, Royal Air Force, 1988

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFCADETT302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFCADETT301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFCADETT303.jpg)

A revised L-39 Albatross was released recently and it is of outstanding quality with hi-rez skins and a superb 3D model. As a bonus the templates have been released making it quite easy for me to make a Desert Pink RAF Cadet T.3!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 12, 2010, 01:58:41 pm
BAC/Fairchild F-112B Lightning - 186th FIS, Montana ANG, 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-112BLIGHTNING01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-112BLIGHTNING02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-112BLIGHTNING04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-112BLIGHTNING05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-112BLIGHTNING06.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 14, 2010, 02:25:15 pm
BAC/Fairchild F-112B Lightning - 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, USAF Keflavik, Iceland, 1966

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-112BLIGHTNING07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-112BLIGHTNING08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-112BLIGHTNING09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFF-112BLIGHTNING10.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 15, 2010, 12:59:54 pm
BAC Lightning F.Mk.52 - Finnish Ilmavoimat, 1965

For Greg (and possibly TSRJoe)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDLIGHTNINGF201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDLIGHTNINGF202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/FINLANDLIGHTNINGF203.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 19, 2010, 02:50:53 am
English Electric Canberra B.5 - No.18 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1956

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFCANBERRAB501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFCANBERRAB504.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFCANBERRAB503.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFCANBERRAB502.jpg)

I was messing around with the B-57B that comes as a stock non-flyable and thought that an RAF 'tandem-seat' Cranberry would be nice although this is strictly an English Electric product! Now I'd loved to have got rid of the engine cooling scoops that typified the B-57B's J-65 (Sapphire) engine installation but it proved impossible to completely remove them (sometimes you can hide parts using simple edits). The B.5 designation was actually used for a proposed 'Pathfinder' Canberra but I've used for this interdictor - perhaps I should have called it a B(I).5!!

I'm trying to get back on my gradual revamp of my RAF decals so went for No.18 squadron who are another one of those RAF squadrons who have never really gone overboard on colourful markings even in the inter-war period.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 19, 2010, 10:48:47 pm
English Electric Lightning F.2 - No.19 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF204.jpg)

The new Lightnings in the SF2 Expansion Pack 2 have all four of the main RAF schemes (NMF, RAFG Green, 'Binbrook' Camo and 'Binbrook' Grey) and you can mix and match to your heart's content. These SEAC F.2's wear the Camo only normally seen on the Binbrook F3/F6 single-seat Lightnings.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Phantom FGR.2 No.20 Squadron
Post by: SPINNERS on December 21, 2010, 06:25:52 am
Vickers Valiant B.1 - No.21 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1959

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVALIANTB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVALIANTB102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFVALIANTB103.jpg)

Only a 'what if' in so much that No.21 never operated this fine British bomber although they did operate Canberra B.2's and B.6's.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 26, 2010, 11:19:12 am
Westland Wizard HC.2 - No.22 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFWIZARDHC201.jpg)

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 27, 2010, 07:25:33 am
BAe/Boeing/Lockheed F/A-24K Shadowcat FG.2 - No.23 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 2014

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAFX09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAFX10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAFX11.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAFX12.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAFX14.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFAFX13.jpg)
Joint exercises with the FG.1's of 899 Naval Air Squadron.

Julhelm's AFX 'Shadowcat' with a simple grey skin made all the more easier by the release of a superb template.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - BAe/Boeing/Lockheed F/A-24K Shadowcat FG.2
Post by: SPINNERS on December 27, 2010, 10:58:46 am
BAe/Boeing/Lockheed F/A-24K Shadowcat FG.1 - 800 Naval Air Squadron, Iceland, 2013

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ROYALNAVYAFX10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ROYALNAVYAFX08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ROYALNAVYAFX09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ROYALNAVYAFX11.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ROYALNAVYAFX12.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/ROYALNAVYAFX13.jpg)
Mustn't leave out 899's 'Flying Fist'.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 27, 2010, 11:14:22 pm
From an idea by mossie....

BAC Lightning F.6(N) - No.23 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1967

In mid-1966, in a radical move, the Leuchars based No.23 Squadron were re-equipped with the BAC Lightning F.6(N) (N for Nuclear) a long-range version of the F.6 with combat-rated overwing tanks and provision for the Douglas AIR-2 'Genie' rocket becoming the third and final user of this unguided nuclear-tipped weapon and, like Canada, using the type under a dual-key arrangement. Like the contemporary V-Bombers the F.6(N)'s were painted in 'anti-flash white' but the type was withdrawn from service in early 1970 after just 40 months service and the F.6(N)'s were converted back to standard F.6's, even losing the useful underwing pylons, and by early 1971 all 72 Genie rockets had been ferried back to the United States.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF6N01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF6N02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF6N03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFLIGHTNINGF6N04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 29, 2010, 07:29:06 am
BAC Lightning F.56 - Esk 726, Royal Danish Air Force, 1971

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RDAFLIGHTNINGF5601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RDAFLIGHTNINGF5602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RDAFLIGHTNINGF5603.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RDAFLIGHTNINGF5604.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RDAFLIGHTNINGF5605.jpg)

Thanks for your comments on the 'white lightning' it was fun to do but I just couldn't bring myself to bang those ugly missiles on the fuselage pylons.

Anyway, the new 'Strike Fighters' Lightning comes with the classic RAFG 'Green' camo as worn by No.19 and No.92 squadrons and it was always going to find its way on a Danish Lightning! Rather conveniently, Third Wire have put this scheme in the F.3 and F.6 as well as the F.2 and F.2A (correct for both as some 'decoy' F.2's did receive the Green camo) and with simple edits you can put any skin on any Lightning. Indeed, the above F.2A scheme is on an export F.53 airframe.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 29, 2010, 02:28:02 pm
North American RF-100A Slick Chick

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFRF-100A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFRF-100A03.jpg)

Not a 'what if' but the RF-100A has captured my attention today because I'd previously never heard of it! Apart from being stuffed with Lightnings the new Expansion Pack 2 has the F-100A and F-100C so a conversion of the F-100A to the RF-100A (only a handful were made) was a bit of a challenge to a non-3D modeller like me but I did what I would have done if it was styrene - raid the spares box!

http://www.spyflight.co.uk/f100.htm
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 30, 2010, 12:21:39 am
BAC Lightning F.56 -154º Gruppo, 6º Stormo, Aeronautica Militare, 1973

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMILIGHTNINGF5601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMILIGHTNINGF5602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMILIGHTNINGF5603.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMILIGHTNINGF5604.jpg)

I love classic RAF camo as seen on Hunters, Phantoms and the Binbrook Lightnings. The similar Aeronautica Militare camo scheme seen on their Ginas and Zippers looks equally cool and, if anything, their roundels look even better! Add a little 'diablo rossi' to the fin and this 'NATO standard fighter' Italian Lightning is complete!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - BAC Lightning F.56 -154º Gruppo, 6º Stormo.
Post by: SPINNERS on December 30, 2010, 10:39:21 pm
McDonnell Douglas F-4M Phantom II -154º Gruppo, 6º Stormo, Aeronautica Militare, 1971

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIF-4M03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIF-4M01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/AMIF-4M02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-4M04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 01, 2011, 02:14:35 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4M - 22º Gruppo, 51º Stormo, Aeronautica Militare, 1972

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-4M05.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 02, 2011, 04:25:40 am
BAC Lightning F.56N - 22º Gruppo, 51º Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiana, 1968

The development of the 'multi-role' F.53 export version of the Lightning coincided with dissatisfaction among European F-104 users and, along with the end of RAF production on the near horizon, gave BAC the inspiration to aggressively market the Lightning as a 'NATO standard' fighter-bomber with the Marineflieger becoming the first customer for the F.56 quickly followed by the Aeronautica Militare Italiana and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMILIGHTNINGF5605.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMILIGHTNINGF5608.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMILIGHTNINGF5607.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMILIGHTNINGF5606.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMILIGHTNINGF5609.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!

I love the 51 stormo 'cat' and worked it into a green fin marking - just slightly complicated by needing to create 'handed' versions  for tail direction and due to the script becoming back-to-front if using the normal Reverse=TRUE statement).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 02, 2011, 08:05:52 am
AMD Mirage 2000 - No.13 Squadron (The Desert Bulls) Dhimari Air Force, 1999

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARIM2K01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARIM2K02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARIM2K03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARIM2K04.jpg)

The long-awaited Mirage 2000 by 'The Mirage Factory' group of modders was released today and it's a beauty and I've used the French desert camo skin to create a Dhimari version.

http://www.column5.us/miragef.shtml
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - AMD Mirage 2000 Dhimar Air Force
Post by: SPINNERS on January 02, 2011, 12:58:57 pm
BAC-Rockwell Thunderstrike B-74A - United States Air Force, 1969

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTSR201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTSR202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTSR203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTSR204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTSR205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTSR206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTSR207.jpg)

From an idea from one of the new members at Combat Ace who suggested the anti-flash white and agreed to my suggestion of pale blue/pale pink V-Bomber markings. Pretty wild!!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 04, 2011, 12:13:55 pm
Vickers Valiant B.59 - 96th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), USAF Strategic Air Command, 1961

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFVALIANT01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFVALIANT02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFVALIANT03.jpg)

I just had to use my 'V-Bomber' starbar again! As there are no spare 'B' designations I've plumped for B-59 actually Boeing's unsuccessful supersonic bomber in a competion won by the ground-breaking B-58 Hustler.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 07, 2011, 11:23:09 pm
Supermarine Scarab F.2 - Firestorm Missile Testing, Nevada, 1963

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFLAGONF201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFLAGONF202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFLAGONF203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFLAGONF204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFLAGONF205.jpg)

An amazing 'test range' mod was released recently and gives players an exciting new Desert terrain to zoom around in, a whole host on unmanned drones to shoot down and some very well detailed ground targets to bomb.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 09, 2011, 04:56:49 am
BAC Thunderstrike F.3 - Missile Testing

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEF308.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEF309.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEF310.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 09, 2011, 11:17:05 am
Lockheed Constellation C.1 - No.24 Squadron, RAF Transport Command, 1950

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCONSTELLATIONC101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCONSTELLATIONC102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCONSTELLATIONC103.jpg)

Back to my gradual trawl through RAF squadrons and No.24 are another squadron without colourful inter-war/post-war markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 10, 2011, 11:41:07 am
Republic Thunderstreak FB.4 - No.25 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1956 (Mescalero APC)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB421.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB422.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB423.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB424.jpg)

The backstory for the Avon-enginned FB.4 is on the current Page 23.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 13, 2011, 11:26:21 am
North American F-100I 'Shavit' - 119 Squadron, Heyl HaAvir, 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFF-100D01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFF-100D02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFF-100D03.jpg)

A lot of F-100 skins have been released recently (mainly for the F-100C) and this IDF skin by hgbn is an absolute beauty so I couldn't resist using my red IDF fin and fuselage arrow markings on it.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 14, 2011, 12:45:38 pm
More Republic product....

Republic F-84K Thunderjet FGA.1 - No.26 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1953

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERJETFGA101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERJETFGA102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERJETFGA103.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 14, 2011, 11:25:29 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.4 - No.26 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1974

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR404.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 15, 2011, 08:32:52 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.4 - No.26 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1969

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR405.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR406.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR407.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR408.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR409.jpg)

I've done a few aircraft recently in 'Desert Pink' but with classic three-colour RAF markings a nice combination and ideal for one of those post-war flare-ups like the 1961 Kuwait Crisis or the later Aden Emergency. Anyway, the brand-new Sequanna turbofan powered Phantom FGR.4's of No.26 Squadron were pitched straight into some such crisis in 1969. I actually prefer the later style 'E' cannon fairing but this is 1969...
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 16, 2011, 09:34:23 am
Grumman Prowler E.1 - No.27 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1976

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPROWLERE101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPROWLERE102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPROWLERE103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPROWLERE104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPROWLERE105.jpg)

I found this skin over at Combat Ace and just added some appropriate RAF markings including my new No.27 squadron nosebars.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 16, 2011, 10:49:00 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4E - 22 Gruppo, 51 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiana, 1973

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-4E01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-4E02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-4E03.jpg)

I've toned down the 'pink' from my RAF version and remembered that the Rhino's stabs are partially unpainted. What I haven't done is remove the Sequanna jet nozzles to leave the J79 nozzles showing on this 'E'.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 18, 2011, 09:15:26 am
MiG-15bis - Força Aérea/ Força Defesa Aérea

Inspired by JP Vieira's thread. I really like the Portugese Nautical Star!
 
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PoAFMiG-15N01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PoAFMiG-15N02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PoAFMiG-15N03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PoAFMiG-15N04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - MiG-15bis - Força Aérea/ Força Defesa Aérea
Post by: SPINNERS on January 18, 2011, 12:38:49 pm
McDonnell Voodoo FR.3 - No.28 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1969

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVOODOOFR301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVOODOOFR302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVOODOOFR303.jpg)

I didn't want to do No.28 squadron as a chopper unit so I looked at their more distant past and their long association with the Far East and decided to use the very rare Voodoo RF-101B as an RAF recce bird in SEAC markings. Whilst the USAF's One-Oh-Wonder was soon eclipsed by the USN's Phantom it was a hot-looking ship and I especially like the planform.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 19, 2011, 10:37:35 pm
Supermarine Attacker FB.3 - No.28 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1949

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFATTACKERFB305.jpg)

I'll come back to the Attacker in the near future.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 19, 2011, 10:42:14 pm
Republic Thunderjet FB.1 - No.28 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1949

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERJETFGA104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERJETFGA105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERJETFGA106.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERJETFGA107.jpg)

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 20, 2011, 12:14:22 pm
Supermarine Attacker F.Mk.51 - No.323 Squadron, Royal Netherlands Air Force, 1951

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNLAFATTACKERFB301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNLAFATTACKERFB302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNLAFATTACKERFB303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNLAFATTACKERFB304.jpg)

The serial numbers are from my RNLAF Lightning and I'm not too sure if Diana is facing the right way but I quite like this one.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 22, 2011, 12:09:35 am
Saunders-Roe Firebar FAW.2 - No.29 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1961

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREBARFAW201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREBARFAW202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREBARFAW203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREBARFAW204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREBARFAW206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREBARFAW207.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!

I do like putting Soviet types in RAF service and the Yakovlev Firebar is a particular favourite of mine. Backstories for this scenario however are difficult and I get torn between an early post-war Soviet invasion of West Europe or British companies producing the same design in a parellel universe  :blink: :blink: :blink: - Anyway, I hope you like this - more No.29 Squadron stuff to follow.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 22, 2011, 08:03:38 am
Gloster Guardian F.3A - No.29 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1988

Licence-production of the Convair F-102A 'Delta Dagger' as the Gloster Galant was quickly followed by licence-production of the F-106A 'Delta Dart' as the Gloster Guardian. Entering service in 1961 there were three main versions of the Guardian with the Olympus enginned F.3A's only finally being retired in 1991.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFGUARDIANF3A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFGUARDIANF3A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFGUARDIANF3A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFGUARDIANF3A04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Phantom FGR.4 - No.26 Squadron
Post by: SPINNERS on January 22, 2011, 10:38:53 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.5 - No.29 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1989

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR503.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PHANTOM_FGR5A_LOADING.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 23, 2011, 10:31:00 am
Sud Aviation Condor IIN - EC4/11 Jura, Armée de l'Air, 1963

Even before the Vautour's first flight in 1952 Sud-Ouest engineers were planning a supersonic follow-up with swept wings and afterburning Atar engines. Development moved slowly but the 1957 merger of Sud-Ouest and Sud-Est to form Sud Aviation saw the project leap forward and the prototype Condor IIN first flew in 1959 entering service with EC4/11 'Jura' in 1961. Initially armed with the poor Matra R-511 semi-active homing missile the Condor squadrons began to receive the Matra R-530 in infra-red and semi-active radar forms from late 1962. The only export customer was Israel who received 30 Condor IIN's in 1963 and used them to good effect in the 1967 Six-Day war before replacing them with Phantom F-4E's in 1974.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ADLAFIREBAR01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ADLAFIREBAR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ADLAFIREBAR03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ADLAFIREBAR04.jpg)

I think Greg's idea of a 'Super Vautour' was a good one!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 25, 2011, 01:33:48 pm
Breguet Atlantic MR.1 - No.120 Squadron, RAF Coastal Command, 1968

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFATLANTICMR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFATLANTICMR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFATLANTICMR103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFATLANTICMR104.jpg)

The 'Atlantique' was released recently by the prolific Veltro2K and comes in West German Marineflieger markings but, crucially, comes with a template that has allowd me to create a Nimrod type scheme. Perhaps in the swinging sixties this became an early Anglo-French project with Bristol getting the production licence?
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 28, 2011, 11:42:48 am
Hey SPINNERS, Awesome Work :thumbsup: :thumbsup: if Possible, Could you do an Atlantic in US Coast Guard Colors? The atlantic looks like Something the Coast Guard would Use! Hope it's Not a Hassle,Stay Cool & Keep up the Great work :thumbsup: :cheers: Dan

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USCGATLANTIC01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USCGATLANTIC02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USCGATLANTIC03.jpg)

BTW I'm well aware that the USCG have their starbar on the fin but I just can't bring myself to do that!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 29, 2011, 10:06:06 am
Handley-Page Helena C.1 - No.30 Squadron, RAF Air Support Command, 1968

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCUBC101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCUBC102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCUBC103.jpg)

I've previously done the 'Cub' in RAF service but thought I'd re-visit it for No.30 Squadron.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 30, 2011, 12:04:52 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 - 800 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, 1968

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYPHANTOMFG101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYPHANTOMFG102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYPHANTOMFG103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYPHANTOMFG104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYPHANTOMFG105.jpg)

I wondered what 800NAS markings would look like on the Rhino so knocked-up this simple mod with the stock 'M' wearing the USN skin of the 'J'' but with the Spey engines of the 'M' spliced back in -if that makes sense!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 30, 2011, 10:36:37 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 - 800 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, 1969

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYPHANTOMFG107.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYPHANTOMFG106.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYPHANTOMFG108.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYPHANTOMFG109.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 31, 2011, 02:52:05 pm
McDonnell Douglas Hornet GR.4 - No.31 'Goldstar' Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 2009

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHORNETGR401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHORNETGR402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHORNETGR403.jpg)

Two different Superbugs exist as third-party add-on aircraft and this is the second to be released and it comes in 'E', 'F' and 'G' (Growler) flavours. Even better, a cracking templates exists allowing ham-fisted amateursTM like me to create this 'Desert Pink' RAF Superbug. It's not quite finished but I'm quite pleased with my weathering on this as I've used 'white fade', 'oily dirt' and 'black dirt' on it.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 01, 2011, 02:41:30 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 - 'Joint Force Phantom' (No.31 Sqd RAF & 800 NAS) 1976

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFG101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFG102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFG103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFG104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFG105.jpg)

The Osprey book on the F-4K and F-4M reveals an interesting 'what if' scenario;

...the initial F-4M specification of 1965, a modification of the USN/RN SD-531, called for carrier capability. The Defence White Paper of February 1965 suggested that the RAF Phantom's carrier capability would increase the Phantom force's flexibility and might mean less would be needed.

By early 1966 such thoughts had been abandoned. But, in creating an overall EDSG scheme, I thought I'd use my recently created 800NAS and No.31 Squadron markings to create the two constituant units of 'Joint Force Phantom' created in 1974 and embarked upon HMS Ark Royal (leaving No.767 squadron aboard the refurbished HMS Eagle with a Buccaneer squadron). BTW I did mean to use slightly different red/blue ratios on the 800NAS Phantoms but forgot.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 02, 2011, 02:29:18 pm
Handley-Page Helena C.3 - No.32 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 1990

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCUBC104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCUBC105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCUBC106.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCUBC107.jpg)

No.32 squadron are now the RAF's 'VIP' transport unit but have a more warlike past and, thankfully, they had colourful inter-war and post-war markings :drink:. I'll do something that takes advantage of their colourful markings tomorrow but for now here is a toned-down 'Cub' pretending to be the Handley-Page Helena C.3.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 03, 2011, 11:01:08 am
Supermarine Scimitar FG.2 - No.32 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1966

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSCIMITARFG209.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSCIMITARFG210.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSCIMITARFG211.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 05, 2011, 08:24:14 am
Bien Viet Aviation Phuong - Vietnam Peoples Air Force, 1999

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFTOMCAT01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFTOMCAT02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFTOMCAT03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFTOMCAT04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFTOMCAT05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFTOMCAT06.jpg)

A bit wacky this. I was just playing around with brushes and colours and this greeny vine leaf scheme seemed to be saying "put VPAF markings on me" or it could just as well have been saying "that McEwans Export hasn't left your bloostream yet has it."
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 05, 2011, 02:08:43 pm
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 - No.33 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1975

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHARRIERGR301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHARRIERGR302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHARRIERGR303.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 11, 2011, 11:29:19 am
BAC Lightning F-112B - No.57 Squadron, Royal United States Air Force, 1971

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RUSAFLIGHTNING01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RUSAFLIGHTNING02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RUSAFLIGHTNING03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RUSAFLIGHTNING04.jpg)

The United States 'Eagle' Roundel and Flag (similar to Australia's 'Roo' and New Zealand's 'Kiwi') are from MAKO69 at Combat Ace whilst I've used my 57th FIS markings with some additional fuselage bars.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 12, 2011, 06:21:37 am
MBB-BAe Firefly GR.1 - No.33 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 1992

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREFLYGR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREFLYGR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREFLYGR103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREFLYGR104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREFLYGR105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREFLYGR106.jpg)

This 3D model is by my fellow South Walian Russouk2004 who also very kindly released a template for it and as I'm still feeling a bit 'splintery' I thought I'd try out a similar scheme to the FB-111A shown on the previous page but softened by replacing the black with a green.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 12, 2011, 12:28:43 pm
IAI KF-2 [insert name here] - No.69 Squadron, 'The Hammers', Heyl HaAvir, 2007

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFKF201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFKF202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFKF203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFKF204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFKF205.jpg)

dk1257's KF2 'Hammer' comes with this IDF scheme but without decals so I've decaled it up using No.69 IDF 'The Hammers' markings. I must admit that it is really rather good!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighter Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 13, 2011, 02:21:53 am
Republic Thunderwarrior F.2A - No.34 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1977

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF2A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF2A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF2A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF2A04.jpg)

Apart from being an outstanding new release the Thunderwarrior has a nice layered template so I thought I'd try a Grey 'Block Splinter' scheme with 'B' type tactical roundels and my new No.34 squadron nose arrow.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 13, 2011, 04:03:55 am
Republic Thunderwarrior F.2 - No.34 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1996

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF203.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 13, 2011, 08:33:48 am
Republic Thunderwarrior F.1A - No.111 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1964

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERWARRIORF105.jpg)
The view (sic) from the cockpit! And, yes, I am wildly overshooting!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 16, 2011, 04:33:04 am
Especially for all you motel curtain lovers out there...

Avro (HSA) Vulcan S.3A - No.35 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1976

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVULCANB202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVULCANB203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVULCANB204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVULCANB205.jpg)

Now don't look too close as there are no panel lines and the jet nozzles could do with some suitable paint (or lack of paint) but I'm glad I finished this one off if only for a 'look-see'.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 17, 2011, 11:56:44 am
Yorkshire Aircraft Corporation Raven - Royal Yorkshire Air Force, 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YORKSHIREBUCCANEER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YORKSHIREBUCCANEER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YORKSHIREBUCCANEER03.jpg)

The recent DAT Buccaneer has an associated skinpack that includes the all-black scheme for the 'Thunder City' Buccaneer so doing an all-black Yorkshire Air Force Buccaneer for James was quite an easy task with just some markings to overspray on the bitmaps and then add my YAF decals. Edit: I've just realised I've forgotten to add '4' to the fin - sorry James.

http://www.thundercity.com/pages/499409045/our-jets/baeb.asp
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 17, 2011, 12:51:52 pm
Lancashire Electric Lightning F.1 - No.1 Squadron, Lancashire Air Force, 1962

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LANCASHIRELIGHTNING01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LANCASHIRELIGHTNING02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LANCASHIRELIGHTNING03.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 20, 2011, 11:28:54 am
Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa - Vietnam Peoples Air Force, 1950

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFKI-4301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFKI-4302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFKI-4303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFKI-4304.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFKI-4305.jpg)

Don't look too close because it's a rubbish skin but I'm trying to populate my install with suitable early post-war adversaries and an 'Oscar' in VPAF markings seemed a good place to start!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 21, 2011, 04:28:46 am
Mitsubishi A6M2 'Zero' - Vietnamese Peoples Air Force, 1949

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFA6M201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFA6M202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFA6M203.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 21, 2011, 11:19:10 am
SABCA ATF90 'Aurore' - 27 smaldeel, Belgische Luchtmacht / Force Aerienne Belge, 1998

In late 1974, due to severe budgetary constraints, Belgium pulled out of the proposed four-nation purchase of an F-104G replacement (in a competition eventually won by the F-16A) and opted for a modest 10-year life extension programme for it's Starfighters and bravely decided to go it alone with the production and procurement of a new advanced tactical fighter - the ATF90 (Advanced Tactical Fighter 1990). With a planned in-service date of 1990 the Belgium government hoped to defer costs with a slow and steady development and production programme and they were helped with the adoption of the Rolls-Royce RB.600 30,000lb thrust class turbofan engine jointly produced with SABCA as the 'Meuse' (thus preserving the Rolls-Royce tradition of river names). Entering service in March 1990 the Aurore continues in service and has been exported to several European and Middle-East air forces.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFATF90AURORE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFATF90AURORE02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFATF90AURORE03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFATF90AURORE04.jpg)

This is, of course, the Chinese J-10 masquerading as a fictional Belgian superfighter and is done as a request from schepper911.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - SABCA ATF90 'Aurore' 27 smaldeel, Belgium.
Post by: schepper911 on February 22, 2011, 12:53:05 am
Spinner the J-10 in BAF colours are marvelous,its an damn sexy plane  thanks for the excellent work, :bow: :bow: :bow: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :cheers:
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 22, 2011, 01:41:59 pm
Switching to 31 'Tiger' Squadron...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFATF90AURORE05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFATF90AURORE07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFATF90AURORE08.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 23, 2011, 08:06:47 am
Shenyang J-1 'Fènghuáng' - People's Liberation Army Air Force, 1951

Even before they had claimed victory over the Chinese Nationalist Party the Mao Tse-Tung led Communist Party of China had launched China's first jet fighter programme - the Shenyang J-1 'Fènghuáng' (Phoenix) and with Soviet help this very simple straight-wing design was quickly developed and first flew in 1949. Powered by a Hongdu Xuanpu axial-flow turbojet with a crude afterburner developing a lusty 9,000lbs of thrust the Xuanpu jet engine was initially thought to be a scaled-up Jumo 004 engine but is now known to have been derived from the Metropolitan-Vickers F.2 engine although, strangely, this engine was never formally exported to either the Soviet Union or to China. Armament consisted of two Type 23-1 23mm cannon mounted in the wing roots.

Entering service in late 1950 the aircraft had a good rate of climb and was rugged and tough but notoriously short-legged and quite unforgiving in combat. Several examples were encountered over Korea but it was no match for the contempory UN straight-wing jet fighters and was totally out-classed by the swept-wing Sabres and Thunderstreaks. A swept-wing derivitive known as the J-2 was flown but it did not enter service and Shenyang soon switched to the licence-production of Soviet designs.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFJ-101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFJ-102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFJ-103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFJ-104.jpg)

To give me another early post-war adversary this is the Douglas Skystreak D-558-1 dressed up as an early PLAAF interceptor-fighter!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 23, 2011, 01:56:10 pm
Harbin H-3 - People's Liberation Army Air Force, 1950

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFEF-13201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFEF-13202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFEF-13203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFEF-13204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFEF-13205.jpg)

This is the Junkers EF-132 bomber dressed up as an early PLAAF jet bomber. Probably because of the 'British' wing root intakes I was very tempted to make it an RAF V-Bomber machine in anti-flash white but decided to use it as another adversary type. I knocked up a simple template with redrawn panel lines so might do a 'night attack' version of it.

FFI http://www.luft46.com/mrart/mr132.html
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - USN Canberra!!
Post by: SPINNERS on February 24, 2011, 02:15:01 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCANBERRA05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCANBERRA06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCANBERRA07.jpg)
Crikey! That deck looks very small...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCANBERRA08.jpg)
Bolter!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - USN Canberra!!
Post by: SPINNERS on February 25, 2011, 11:39:57 am
Lockheed Blackbird SR.1 - No.543 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1976

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBLACKBIRDSR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBLACKBIRDSR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBLACKBIRDSR103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBLACKBIRDSR104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBLACKBIRDSR105.jpg)

Not a brilliant skin this but enough to give an impression of what a PRU Blue Blackbird (Bluebird??) would look like. I can definitely recall seeing this modelled somewhere - possibly on display at Telford?
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 26, 2011, 02:43:43 am
MQ-10A 'Kodiak' - United States Air Force, 2011

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMQ-10A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMQ-10A02.jpg)
VTOL for dispersed operations

A stunning new flyable UCAV has been released recently by Zurawski (creator of the F-86 Sabre add-on) and whilst it definitely has the A-10 look about it it also looks like it should have been in the film 'Aliens'!!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 27, 2011, 08:15:09 am
Yakovlev Yak-9U - Vietnamese People's Air Force, 1948

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFYAK-9U01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFYAK-9U02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFYAK-9U03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFYAK-9U04.jpg)

Two different Yak-9's exist as add-on aircraft for Strike Fighters. This is the Yak-9U by Pasko and the Soviet skin makes conversion to a VPAF adversary very easy.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETYAK-9U01.jpg)
A little experiment!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 04, 2011, 11:44:27 am
Boulton-Paul Defiant Mk.III - 1º Grupo de Aviação de Caça, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1946

After the early withdrawl of the Defiant from the RAF Fighter Command's day fighter squadrons in 1940 Boulton-Paul hastily redesigned the wings to house four forward-firing Browning machines (two in each wing) and installed the Rolls-Royce Merlin XX engine rated at 1280hp to form the basis of the Defiant Mark III. Whilst the Defiant Mark II continued in service with the night fighter squadrons of RAF Fighter Command the Mark III's were all sent overseas and saw service with the Desert Air Force and the Far East Air Force. In the early post-war period 36 surplus Defiant Mark III's were exported to Brazil seeing service with the Força Aérea Brasileira from 1946 to 1951.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FABDEFIANTMK302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FABDEFIANTMK303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FABDEFIANTMK304.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 04, 2011, 11:49:24 pm
Boulton-Paul Defiant Mk.III - Skadron Udara 7, Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara, 1952

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AURIDEFIANT01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AURIDEFIANT02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AURIDEFIANT03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AURIDEFIANT04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AURIDEFIANT05.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 06, 2011, 12:18:19 am
Lavochkin La-13 'Fibber' - Voyska PVO, 1954

Even before the last shell of the Second World War in Europe was fired the race was on to capture as much of the advanced German technology as possible and several partly completed Focke-Wulf Ta-183 'Huckebein' airframes were captured by Soviet forces in April 1945 and moved eastwards finally ending up at the Lavochkin Research and Production facilities in June 1945. Under the direction of Semyon Lavochkin (Lavochkin's head designer) the company copied the overall design of the Ta-183 to create the La-13 interceptor fighter (later given the NATO codename 'Fibber').

Entering service in 1948 the La-13 was an agile and fast-climbing interceptor and, for it's time, quite powerfully armed with 4 NR-23 cannon and, later on, it would introduce the Kaliningrad K-5 (NATO reporting name AA-1 Alkali) a short-range beam-riding air-to-air missile.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETLA-1301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETLA-1302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETLA-1303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETLA-1304.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETLA-1305.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETLA-1306.jpg)

The Ta-183 is available as an add-on aircraft so I created a simple silver skin (with panel lines and weathering) and made some new Soviet star decals (the stock national markings have too high an opacity) and used stock red numbers to complete the Soviet look. For me, the Ta-183 is aesthetically challenged but is quite a performer in the 'Strike Fighters' game/sim!!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 06, 2011, 07:50:50 am
Lavochkin La-13 'Fibber' - Vietnam Peoples Air Force, 1952

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFLA-1301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFLA-1302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFLA-1303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFLA-1304.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 07, 2011, 01:20:21 pm
Bell D-188A (XF-109) - United States Air Force, 1961

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFXF-109A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFXF-109A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFXF-109A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFXF-109A04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFXF-109A05.jpg)

The prolific Veltro2K strikes again! His Bell XF-109 was released today and it's a cracker. Now I've only had time for one flight but I just know that it's going to be a favourite of mine.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 10, 2011, 10:21:15 pm
Dassault/Dornier Proctor T.1A - Royal Air Force, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFALPHAJET02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFALPHAJET03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFALPHAJET04.jpg)

There really is a big hint of Jaguar in the Alphajet due to it's Breguet lineage. With so many hot new releases I'll come back to the Alphajet in the near future.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 12, 2011, 02:31:33 am
SAIA90 Mirlo - Comando de Aviación Naval Argentina, 2002

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/COANACA9001.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/COANACA9002.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/COANACA9003.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/COANACA9004.jpg)

Torno's superbly weathered COAN skin on AleDucat's SAIA90.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 12, 2011, 08:48:09 am
Yak-45 'Fullback' - Frontovaya Aviatsiya, Voenno-Vozdushnye Sily, 1983

'What If' the MiG-29 lost out to a rival design from Yakovlev?? *

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETYAK-4501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETYAK-4502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETYAK-4503.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETYAK-4504.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETYAK-4505.jpg)

* Or what if the MiG-29 was adopted for Frontal Aviation whilst the rival Yakovlev design was chosen for the forthcoming conventional aircraft carriers?

The Argentinian SAIA90 design by AleDucat has been a blast and Torno's grey FAA skin can be easily adapted with a bit of overspray to form the basis of a Soviet F-17L 'Cobra'!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Yak-45 'Fullback' - Frontovaya Aviatsiya
Post by: SPINNERS on March 13, 2011, 04:13:35 am
Yak-45 'Fullback' - Paran Peoples Republic Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIYAK-4501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIYAK-4502.jpg)

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 13, 2011, 05:05:49 am
VHKCT DC-1 'Fishtail' - Vietnam Peoples Air Force, 1979

In the immediate post-war (i.e. Vietnamese War) period Chinese engineers from the Jian company were sent in to form the embryonic Việt Nam Hàng Không Công Ty (Vietnam Aviation Company) specifically to produce an indigenous interceptor-fighter based on the Jian J-7, itself a licence-produced MiG-21. At an early stage it was decided to adopt a simple underslung intake and the new DC-1 (Interceptor No.1) first flew in December 1975 and entered service in March 1977 just in time for the Second Vietnam War of 1979.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFFANTAIL02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFFANTAIL01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFFANTAIL03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/VPAFFANTAIL04.jpg)

This is the MiG-23PF Fishtail-C a 'what if' by Gepard over at Combat Ace. I've left the canards off and added some VPAF markings. Gepard's backstory for his Fishtail is added below;

This is a "What if" plane. It was not real, but could have been it if the E-8 development line would not have been canceled in 1962. Imagine: A lot of MiG ingenieurs did not agree with Mikoyans decision to stop the E-8 program. They made a proposal to use proven elements of the E-8 and the MiG-21PF to start a new project called E-9. Mikoyan agreed and intended to use the E-9 as gap filler till his favored project E-11, the later swing wing MiG-23 Flogger, was ready. In autumn 1963 the E-9 was ready for flight tests. It was a combination of MiG-21PF engine, wings and avionics with a new fuselage, tail and canards. The E-9 was accepted by the soviet air force in spring 1964 and entered the production line in summer 1964 as MiG-23F.

In 1966 the Soviet Air Force demanded to equip the new fighter with state of the art avionics and to increase the range. So the MiG-23 Fishtail got a bigger fuselageback fueltank, a modified vertical tail, a mirror on the canopy. Other modifications are the more powerfull R-13 engine and the Saphir-21 Radar, but in the version RP-23. It is not widely known, that the Saphir 21 was originaly developed for the E-8. Only with a smaller antenna it could be fitted in the MiG-21 as RP-22. The smaller antenna reduced the detection range of this radar by 10 km. An other welcome addition of the PF is the ability to carry one gunpod under the left wing root.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 13, 2011, 11:42:35 pm
BAe/Convair Corona FG.3 - No.800 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, 1986

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYC20101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYC20102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYC20104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYC20103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYC20105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYC20106.jpg)

Julhelm's Convair 201 is progressing well and should be released quite soon. Here is my take on a Royal Navy Corona FG.2 (not too happy with the name but I might grow to like it).
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - BAe/Convair Corona FG.2 - Royal Navy 1986
Post by: SPINNERS on March 14, 2011, 01:02:24 pm
Time for a change of pace...


Messerschmitt AG Bf-109G-10 - Parani Peoples Air Force, 1945

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIBF-109G01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIBF-109G02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIBF-109G03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIBF-109G04.jpg)


With underwing cannon gondolas...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIBF-109G07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIBF-109G06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIBF-109G05.jpg)

A whole clutch of Bf-109G's have been released and some Parani decals have been used to create their first post-war combat aircraft. Ever since Expansion Pack 1 introduced the Spitfire and Mustang I've found it great fun to get some propeller driven adversaries into this very flexible and modular game.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 15, 2011, 02:52:50 pm
Panelli CR.41 'Falcon' - Parani Peoples Republic Air Force, 1940

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANICR4101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANICR4102.jpg)

I was digging around in the WW2 section of the Strike Fighters downloads section over at Combat Ace and found this pugnacious little fighter. The Panelli CR.42 is a fictional Regia Aeronautica design by Hinchinbrooke, normally a ship modeller, who created this as a bit of fun and I've added some Parani markings to it and given it the 'Falcon' name.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Panelli CR.41 - Paran
Post by: SPINNERS on March 16, 2011, 02:14:56 pm
Arado Ar-234B - No.1 Bomber Regiment, Parani Peoples Republic Air Force, 1947

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIAR-234B01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIAR-234B02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIAR-234B03.jpg)

For this Parani early post-war jet bomber (passed on by the Soviets but, ssshhhh! You didn't get that from me, right?) I knocked up a simple silver skin for the Arado Ar-234B 'Blitz' and redrew the panel lines (but not the zillions of rivets!) with some light weathering and added a checkerboard rudder just to break things up a bit. The Parani No.1 Bomber Regiment marking first saw the light of day on my Parani Tu-16 'Badger' and gets another outing here.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 17, 2011, 02:45:39 pm
Boulton-Paul Orion PR.2 - No.543 (PR) Squadron, RAF 1945

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFORIONPR201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFORIONPR202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFORIONPR203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFORIONPR204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFORIONPR205.jpg)

There's something about the sleek Arado 234 that screams "PRU Blue" so here is my take on a late-WW2 RAF PRU bird. Not too sure why the name Orion popped into my head but Boulton-Paul then seemed appropriate.

Oops! My starboard fin flash needs to be flipped!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 20, 2011, 07:33:21 am
SEPECAT/Mitsubishi Jaguar F-1 - No.3 Hikotai, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, 1988

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/JASDFJAGUAR01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/JASDFJAGUAR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/JASDFJAGUAR03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/JASDFJAGUAR04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 20, 2011, 12:41:45 pm
Supermarine Spitfire IXc - No.1 Squadron, Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1947

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARISPITFIREF9C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARISPITFIREF9C02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARISPITFIREF9C03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARISPITFIREF9C04.jpg)

Expansion Pack 1 introduced the Mustang (P-51D) and Spitfire (IXc & IXe) as stock aircraft in Strike Fighters and, although meant to be 'AI' only, the Spitfire is especially good with a normal RAF camo scheme plus a Desert Scheme (for Egyptian Spitfires) and a Green Soviet WW2 scheme! This is the Desert scheme with some colourful Dhimari markings from my Dhimari Decal Set.

http://combatace.com/files/file/10394-dhimari-decal-set/
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Supermarine Spitfire IXc - No.1 Sqd Dhimar
Post by: SPINNERS on March 21, 2011, 02:40:43 pm
Northrop/Panavia F/A-37A Talon FG.2 - No.3 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 2022

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTALON01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTALON02.jpg)

The film STEALTH was shown on British TV last night and it made me remember that an add-on 'Talon' has been made for Strike Fighters. In game, it's a bit too good!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 22, 2011, 02:08:31 pm
Tupolev Tu-128 'Fiddler' - Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1982

The significance of the transfer of eight surplus Tu-128 'Fiddler' long-range interceptors from Soviet stocks to the Fuerza Aérea Argentina in 1981 seemed to be lost on British intelligence but would quickly occupy their minds during April 1982. The shooting down of Vulcan XM607 (Black Buck 1) on the night of April 30th, 1982 led to the controversial decision to destroy six of the Tu-128's on the ground at Rio Gallegos by 'Force M' a combined SAS/SBS unit (allegedly deployed from Chile) whilst one was shot down by a Sidewinder equipped Nimrod MR.2 (XV229).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAATU-12808.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAATU-12807.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAATU-12803.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAATU-12804.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAATU-12805.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAATU-12806.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAATU-12809.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAATU-12810.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Tu-128 'Fiddler' - Fuerza Aérea Argentina
Post by: SPINNERS on March 23, 2011, 02:15:43 pm
Northrop/Mitsubishi F/A-37J - 302nd Hikotai, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, 2022

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/JASDFFA-37A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/JASDFFA-37A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/JASDFFA-37A03.jpg)

This 'SEA' skin is by HrntFixr and I thought that JASDF markings would work with this fictional wonder plane. BTW STEALTH is just £9 on blu-ray at Play.Com!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 24, 2011, 11:56:25 am
Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II - No.36 Squadron, Indian Air Force, 1983

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/INDIAA-10A09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/INDIAA-10A10.jpg)

I've shown IAF 'Hogs' before but this terrain is the revamped India-Pakistan terrain by Wrench.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 26, 2011, 09:14:51 am
BAe/Convair Corona FG.3 - 800 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYC20107.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYC20108.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYC20109.jpg)

Before making an RAF Desert Pink 'Corona' I thought I'd use my 800NAS markings from a few pages back (but with pale roundels).

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 27, 2011, 06:31:52 am
BAe/Convair Corona FG.1 - No.6 Squadron, "The Flying Tin Openers", RAF Middle East Command, 2011

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCORONAFG101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCORONAFG102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFCORONAFG103.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 29, 2011, 10:42:19 pm
Blackburn Firebrand FB.6 - RAF South East Asia Command, 1949

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREBRANDFB601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREBRANDFB602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFIREBRANDFB604.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 30, 2011, 12:43:22 pm
Republic F-105K Thunderchief - USAF Tactical Air Command, 1965

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-105K02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-105K03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-105K04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-105K05.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 02, 2011, 07:01:42 am
Rockwell F-13A - VFA-22 'Fighting Rednecks', US Navy, 1977

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-13A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-13A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-13A04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-13A01.jpg)

A really nice XFV-12 exists for Strike Fighters but it's a tricky beast to fly when using vectored thrust. But at least it does fly, unlike the real thing! The F-13A designation doesn't quite suit the era (the project would have needed to have been started at least 6-8 years earlier) but a backstory could be that the F-13A was meant to be a partner for the F-14A in a 'hi-lo mix' just like the USAF had the F-15A and F-16A.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 02, 2011, 07:21:41 am
Rockwell F-13A 'Searoo' - No.805 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, 1979

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RANF-13A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RANF-13A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RANF-13A03.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 02, 2011, 10:41:35 am
Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-15B Kangaroo - No.77 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Korea, 1951

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFCA-1501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFCA-1502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFCA-1503.jpg)

Like the Martin-Baker MB.5 the CA-15 was a Mustang look-a-like and quite a handsome aircraft. The CA-15B is available from the D.A.T. and comes with a 1945 silver skin, a wicked sharkmouth and blue and white roundels so I've simply added three-colour markings and a No.77 squadron crest.

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

http://cplengineeringllc.com/SFP1/
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 02, 2011, 12:52:32 pm
Sukhoi Su-3 'Flatfoot' - Berlin Sector, Frontovaya Aviatsiya, Soviet Air Forces, 1949

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETCA-1501.jpg)

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Mother's Day tomorrow so no more updates until Monday!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Sukhoi Su-3 ' Flatfoot' (CA-15B)
Post by: SPINNERS on April 03, 2011, 10:54:24 pm
De Havilland Viking B.1 Prototype

Britain's first V-Bomber!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVIKINGB101.jpg)

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After posting the B-35 in RAF service recently I've been kindly passed the B-49 with some excellent RAF skins to which I've added some of my decals. I've chosen De Havilland because of their tail-less DH.108 and I'm imagining this beast using 'dry' Sapphire engines (8!!) in successively improved versions from 7,000lbs thrust up to 10,000lb for the final B.2 version.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 03, 2011, 11:00:04 pm
De Havilland Viking B.2 - No.148 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1961

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVIKINGB201.jpg)

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 03, 2011, 11:04:06 pm
De Havilland Viking B.3 - No.35 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1982

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 04, 2011, 01:12:21 pm
Supermarine Attacker FB.4 - No.79 Squadron, 2nd Tactical Air Force, RAF Germany 1951

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 05, 2011, 08:57:19 am
North American Shark FGA.1 - No.79 Squadron, RAF Germany, 1961

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Just a revision to the No.79 squadron markings giving them a red border (as seen on the Swift FR.5 on the cover of the book "Swift Justice" by Nigel Walpole).

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 06, 2011, 01:18:29 pm
Nakajima-Dornier Ki-101 'Heavenly Lion' - Imperial Japanese Army Air Force, 1945

In February 1943 the unfortunate Pilot Office P. Lonker of No.64 squadron descended through the fog to land his brand-new Spitfire IX at the Luftwaffe airfield near Brest in the mistaken belief that it was his home base of Hornchurch. Whilst the Spitfire was no secret to the Germans this pristine example was gratefully received and sent to the Dornier factory in Altenrhein (Switzerland) where it was studied in detail with production drawings made and tooling fabricated for the proposed production of the Spitfire for the Swiss Air Force.

However, during the early Spring of 1944 the decision was made to ship the drawings and tooling to the Nakajima Aircraft Company in Japan for production of the Spitfire for defence against American bombers including the B-29 then just coming into service in forward bases in China and India. Designated Ki-101 production started quickly enough but disaster struck when the Ota factory was bombed (ironically by B-29's) in December 1944 with only a handful of aircraft completed and all without engines as Aichi Atsuta had failed to deliver a single example of the licence-built Daimler-Benz DB605 engine. Miraculously, production restarted in February 1945 with the first Aichi built engines arriving in March allowing the first squadron to re-equip in May 1945. Production records indicate that only 45 Ki-101's were manufactured and there were no recorded incidents of air combat between the 'Heavenly Lion' and allied aircraft

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The stock Spitfire IXc includes a Soviet green scheme and I've added new Hinomaru, a custom-made 101st Sentai tail marking and some spurious red and white tail bands to give it a WW2 Japanese look.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/SPITFIRE_F9C_IJAAF_LOADING.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 10, 2011, 10:13:33 am
How about a anti-ship Mig-29 with Sea Eagle missiles...


Mikoyan MiG-29A 'Fulcrum-A' - Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1998

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The MiG-29 add-on by "The Mirage Factory" is one of the very best aircraft available for Strike Fighters and it has a wide variety of skins available for it. I've used the Luftwaffe scheme and carefully overpainted the markings and added Fuerza Aérea Argentina markings but you'll have to cut me some slack with the serial numbers!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - MiG-29A 'Fulcrum-A' Fuerza Aérea Argentina
Post by: SPINNERS on April 10, 2011, 12:51:44 pm
Yokosuka Ki-299 'Hunter' - Imperial Japanese Army Air Force, 1954

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Waste not, want not.

 :rolleyes:
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 12, 2011, 01:42:30 pm
Heinkel 380 - JG53 'Pik As' (Ace of Spades) Luftwaffe, July 1945

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Go easy on me guys! I am a complete novice at WW2 Luftwaffe markings but hope it captures the look of what a German Meteor might have looked like!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 13, 2011, 11:20:57 am
Heinkel He.380 - 2./JG 27 Luftwaffe, North Africa, February 1946

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More or less a swap out with my new WW2 Luftwaffe decals added to the excellent 'Desert Camo' skin that comes with the stock Third Wire F.8 but with the JG.27 badge and a white tailband. Some 'Desert' Me-109's had white wingtips and if the Meteor was an F.1/F.3 I think I would have added those.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 14, 2011, 01:13:13 pm
Vickers Valiant B.2 - No.214 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1974

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The Valiant B.2 is another DAT product (they actually do all three of the British V-Bombers) and I've added some 'B' type tactical markings and a speculative tricolour Speedbird.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 16, 2011, 03:27:11 am
Junkers EF145 'Super Gans' - Kampfgeschwader 76, Luftwaffe, 1948

Adolf Hitler's early decision to allow the Me262 programme to continue as a 'fighter only' project (and at top priority) soon reaped dividends as the world's first swept-wing jet fighter hacked down American bombers by day and, in it's Me 262 A-1a/U2 form, British bombers at night. The unsuccessful allied invasion of June 1944 (at Calais) allowed German forces to bolster the Eastern front and by September 1944 the frontline had become static in all theatres with Arado Ar234's and Me262's ruling the roost.

In October 1944 Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring instructed Junkers and Messerschmitt to design and produce very long-range bomber aircraft capable of delivering a 4,000kg bombload over a distance of 8,000km in a design competition that quickly gained the title of 'Projekt America'. Lead by Dr-Ing Heinrich Hertel the Junkers team dusted down a previously shelved project for a swing-wing tactical bomber known to the Junkers team as the 'Gans' (Goose) due to it's length and wingspan with the wing fully forward. Hertel scaled up the earlier Gans design as much as he dared based on using two of the projected Jumo 90 axial flow jet engines (each of 90kN thrust) to produce the EF145 design or 'Super Gans' but knew that the range requirement was going to be beyond the abilities of his otherwise outstanding submission unless he could cheat by assuming one-way missions or use in-flight refuelling. Impressed by the design, Göring encouraged Hertel to continue with the design and development of the EF145 for the European theatre.

Meanwhile, in February 1945 German Kommandos were delivered to the US mainland by U-Boat and on March 2nd undertook a co-ordinated attack on the three primary research and production sites of the Manhatten Project (the plutonium-production facility at the Hanford Site in eastern Washington state, the uranium enrichment facilities at Oak Ridge in Tennessee and the weapons research and design laboratory at Los Alamos in New Mexico) leading to mass evacuations at all three sites as radioactive material was scattered around the surrounding areas. With intelligence reports suggesting that the Manhatten Project had been set back at least three years Hitler asked Göring to accelerate 'Projekt America' but when informed that the best design (the EF145) was only going to have about one-half of the required range an enraged Hitler demanded that one-way missions would be acceptable and instructed Hannah Reitsch to set up a recruitment and indoctrination unit.

Junkers worked miracles to produce the EF145 prototype and, on the low installed thrust of it's Jumo 90 engines, it clawed itself into the air for the first time on March 1st, 1948 although an engine fire saw it quickly land back at Dessau. However, by this time the war situation had deteriorated for Germany. Truman's controversial decision to renege on the previously agreed 'Germany first' policy saw Japan finally defeated (conventionally) in December 1946 and the allies had made solid progress during 1947 leading to the second Calais landings of August 1947 and the simultaneous Soviet breakout through Poland and East Prussia. It is understood that just four production EF145's were delivered to KG76 during April 1948 with one successful strike mission being made against Lublin aerodrome in Poland before World War 2 finally ended on May 1st, 1948.

In a mystery that will probably remain unsolved the prototype 'Super Gans' was never found but on April 30th, 1948 a Portugese trawler crew 50km west of the Azores reported that an unidentified "goose like aircraft with it's tail on fire" was seen to crash into the sea with only the body of a woman in civilian clothing ever recovered.

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 16, 2011, 11:30:05 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2A - No.17 Squadron, RAF South-East Asia Command, 1972

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A nice USAF AFRES (Air Force Reserve) skin for the F-4D was released recently so I've altered one of the bitmaps to show Spey nozzles and added my No.17 Squadron markings in a SEAC style!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 17, 2011, 12:04:08 pm
Messerschmitt Me-262A1P - No.1 'Red Shark' Squadron, Parani Air Force, 1948

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Just mentioning the Me-262 in my KG76 Backfire backstory made me want to revisit it and get it back into my install and I've decided to give it to the Parani's. The nose of the 'Stormbird' has always reminded me of the snout of the shark and so I've created a red shark decal for No.1 squadron and added a two-colour tail band as a homage to the Luftwaffe air defence units such as III./JG7 Nowotney. As I might have mentioned previously, in game, you can give aircraft as much thrust (or as little thrust) as you like and on two x 2,000lb thrust Jumo's it's not that spectacular and was hard pressed to catch Spitfires.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 18, 2011, 02:19:54 pm
Leasath Aircraft Company Fenrir Mark 2 - Royal Dhimari Air Force, 2022

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I know nothing about Ace Combat but this striking aircraft was released today so I thought I'd place it into service with the Dhimari's.

http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/Fenrir
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 19, 2011, 01:31:04 pm
Embraer F-XX 'Tridente' - Força Aérea Brasileira, 2020

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 20, 2011, 12:52:38 pm
Grumman F-14C Tomcat - 171st Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Michigan ANG, 1980

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For aar0814!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 23, 2011, 12:50:16 pm
McDonnell Douglas F-15K Eagle FG.2 - 800 & 892 Naval Air Squadrons, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, 1988

Whilst the F-4 Phantom and the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engine were an unhappy marriage the top-brass of the British Royal Navy realised that this was solely due to British political interference and, having worked closely with them at St. Louis, were generally impressed with the attitude and service of McDonnell Douglas. It therefore came as no surprise that the 1972 announcement of two 'Victory' class aircraft carriers of approximate 75,000 tonnes displacement for the Royal Navy saw McDonnell Douglas push their two-seat F-15N (N for Navy) to both France and Britain whilst still hoping for the Grumman F-14A Tomcat to fail in USN service.

With the BAC Lightnings of RAF Germany rapidly approaching obsolescence the RAF were urgently seeking a modern agile interceptor-fighter for the Central Front and their interest in the F-15A quickly led to an audacious McDonnell Douglas offer of 100 F-15's to the United Kingdom with 40 single-seat Eagles configured for air defence and 60 two-seat Eagles configured for use aboard the proposed British aircraft carriers due to enter service in 1979. This bid was accepted and the Eagle F.1 (essentially an F-15A) entered service with No.19 and No.92 squadrons in 1976 and 1977 whilst the Eagle FG.2 for the Royal Navy entered service in 1980 with No.800, No.801 and No.892 Squadrons. Despite lacking wing-fold the two-seat Eagle FG.2's were very popular in Fleet Air Arm service and achieved legendary status in the 1982 Falklands war by downing 22 Argentinian aircraft with no losses. The aircraft also saw service in the 1991 Gulf War but were prematurely retired in 2001 when corrosion problems grounded the entire UK Eagle fleet.
 
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Edited: Name changed from Osprey FG.1 to Eagle FG.2 to match the backstory added later. 892 squadron added!

Eagle on the Ark Royal!

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 26, 2011, 01:27:10 pm
Focke-Wulf Ta199 - JG53, Luftwaffe, 1946

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETUNNAN01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETUNNAN02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETUNNAN03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETUNNAN04.jpg)

This is, of course, the portly Saab J-29F Tunnen - a lovely aircraft and an aircraft of which our Swedish friends can be very proud! To be fair, they can be proud of all of their post-war combat aircraft - a stunning series of successful designs. Anyway, the J-29F comes with this Swedish camo scheme and I've added fuselage bands and a few decals to give it a Luftwaffe flavour but must confess that it's not my area of expertise.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 27, 2011, 02:42:21 pm
Heinkel He.444 'Viktor' - KG40, Luftwaffe, 1947

During the Spring of 1945 Dipl-Ing Siegfried Gunter, head of Heinkel's Project and Design department, pushed ahead with his He.444 bomber project. Briefly flirting with an all-wing design he soon focused upon a four engined design with engines buried into the wing-roots of a two-stage swept wing having 45 degrees of sweep on the inboard portion and 35 degrees of sweep outboard of the wing-roots. However, Gunter's design soon developed a crescent-winged design with a longer and more traditional fuselage and tail although the tailplane was highly swept and mounted right on top of the swept-back fin. With four Heinkel HeS 114 three-stage axial flow engines of 5,250lbs thrust the He.444 had an appalling thrust-to-weight ratio and a correspondingly high field length.

Development moved swiftly and the He.444 entered service in December 1946 with KG40 based on the Eastern front but it proved impossible to fully utilise the potential of the aircraft as it simply couldn't carry the planned bombload over the planned range. As the war drew to a close in 1948 KG40 switched to long-range reconnaisance missions flying some of the longest-range missions of World War 2 before becoming grounded due to a lack of engines and spares.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEVIKTOR01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEVIKTOR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEVIKTOR03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEVIKTOR04.jpg)

Midland's epic 'Luftwaffe Secret Projects - Strategic Bombers' gives a short account and some artwork of a Heinkel project referred to simply as the Heinkel 'Four-Jet Long-Range Bomber' design. This illustrates a design with more than a hint of Victor so I thought I'd use the Victor B.1 to create the fictional He.444 and I've used the 'hemp' scheme of the Victor K2 with some German green camo added plus my decals.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 01, 2011, 07:12:50 am
Supermarine Spitfire IIIA - No.19 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, September 1940

'What If'TM the two-stage Merlin 60/70 series had emerged much earlier and allowed RAF Fighter Command to field a 400mph fighter in 1940??

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSPITFIRE9A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSPITFIRE9A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSPITFIRE9A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSPITFIRE9A04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSPITFIRE9A05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSPITFIRE9A06.jpg)

There's a classic Roland Beamont quote in 'Typhoon and Tempest at War' where he's testing the brand-new Tempest and flinging it about the sky and enjoying the bubble-top and Beamont writes, "What a fighter this would have made for the Battle of Britain but what a fighter it was going to make for the invasion"! Well, over at Combat Ace, ndicki has released a Spitfire 1A 'stand-in' using the stock Spitfire IXC with some details removed (actually they are hidden) and given a very nice BoB style skin and markings for No.19 Squadron and it allows you to fly a long-nose Spitfire in 1940! Delightful!

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 01, 2011, 10:54:40 am
McDonnell Douglas A-4FP 'Falcão' - Esquadra 301 "Jaguares", Portuguese Air Force, 1997

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PoAFA-4F01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PoAFA-4F02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PoAFA-4F03.jpg)

A lovely 'Euro' skin by a Kiwi skinner called James Fox, who has done several RNZAF 'what if's' is the basis for this Portugese Skyhawk.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 02, 2011, 08:02:32 am
Supermarine Spitfire IIIA - No.610 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1940

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSPITFIRE9A09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSPITFIRE9A08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSPITFIRE9A07.jpg)

I'm still enjoying the Spitfire IX in 1940! I've put the classic Luftwaffe bombers (Do-17, He-111, Ju-87 and Ju-88) into my install and it's huge fun trying to clobber them with 8 x .303 Brownings. Of course, the 'IIIA' designation is fictional and refers to an alternate timeline where the two-stage Merlin came along a lot earlier!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 03, 2011, 01:27:20 pm
Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.1 - No.54 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, December 1940

The postponement of Operation Sea Lion and the dispersal of the invasion barges was merely an extended pause between battles and the second Battle Of Britain (November 1940 to March 1941) became a gruelling war of attrition. Heavy RAF losses during the early phases of the battle saw the introduction of the Curtiss Tomahawk into RAF Fighter Command commencing with No.54 squadron who re-equipped with the type in November 1940.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTOMAHAWKF101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTOMAHAWKF102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTOMAHAWKF103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTOMAHAWKF104.jpg)

This is an off the shelf 'what if' created by 'Wrench' one of the stalwarts over at Combat Ace who created this 'Battle of Britain' skin for the USAAC P-40.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 09, 2011, 11:07:00 pm
Curtiss Mohawk Mk.1 - No.121 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, August 1940

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMOHAWKF101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMOHAWKF102.jpg)

Really enjoying the props at the moment!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Miscellany...
Post by: SPINNERS on May 11, 2011, 12:41:46 pm
Macchi M.C.250 'Athena' - 6º Stormo, Aeronautica Militare, 1949

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMB502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMB503.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMB504.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMB501.jpg)

Blatant Mustang copy? Who cares! I've always liked the Martin-Baker MB.5 (and the earlier MB.2 and MB.3) since reading an article about them (probably in Air International) in the 1970's and thought that an early post-war Aeronautica Militare version would look good.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 22, 2011, 11:36:34 am
Republic Aviation Thunderstreak FB.4 - No.263 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1957

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB425.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB426.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB427.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB429.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTREAKFB428.jpg)

I previously done silver and 'normal' RAF camo versions of the Thunderstreak FB.4 (the current Page 20) but a recent FREE patch for Strike Fighters 2 has a few nice surprises (skins, decals, new features, etc) and this new Dutch Thunderstreak skin with PRU Blue undersides is a cracker. There's also a Meteor skin with PRU Blue undersides too.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 23, 2011, 11:28:46 am
Breda Ba.65 - No.1 Attack Regiment, Parani Air Force, 1944

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIBREDABa6501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIBREDABa6502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIBREDABa6503.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIBREDABa6504.jpg)

I love the rugged charm of this Italian attack aircraft and have revised my Parani version. Looking at the Breda Ba.65 on wiki led to a link to the Anglo-Iraqi war of 1941 - fascinating stuff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breda_Ba.65

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Iraqi_War
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 23, 2011, 02:00:43 pm
Fairey Heron B.1 - No.10 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1936

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHERONB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHERONB102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHERONB103.jpg)

I'm really enjoying the Regia Aeronautica aircraft that are available as add-ons and thought I'd try the Fiat BR.20 in the RAF Nivo Green scheme (always thought that the Vickers Wellington would have looked ace in that scheme).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 25, 2011, 01:15:29 pm
Boulton-Paul Trident II - No.27 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1937

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTRIDENTB101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTRIDENTB102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTRIDENTB103.jpg)

This is, of course, the delightful Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero and the shots have been taken at dusk to partially hide my crude skins that have no panel lines or detail (the original Regia Aeronautica skins are outstanding btw) but I hope it gives an impression of what a 'Sparrowhawk' might have looked like in Nivo Green.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 29, 2011, 04:46:40 am
Republic RF-84S Thunderstreak - F21, Flygvapnet, 1973

The last member of the successful Republic F-84 family was the RF-84S an export version of the RF-84F Thunderflash for Sweden. Unique amongst the F-84 family the RF-84S was powered by the Svenska Flygmotor RM4 (essentially an Avon 200) and the extra thrust made the RF-84S the fastest of the F-84 family. Deliveries commenced in 1958 and the RF-84S served until 1975 when F21 transitioned to updated Draken S35E's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETRF-84S01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETRF-84S02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETRF-84S03.jpg)

Created by the German Modder Group the RF-84F is a cracker and comes with a good template so I've used a 'Forest' scheme that seems to work well with Swedish markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 30, 2011, 11:40:05 pm
Gloster Meteor F.8A - No.71 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1955

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMETEORF8A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMETEORF8A04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMETEORF8A05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMETEORF8A06.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 31, 2011, 11:58:31 am
Boeing B-52K Stratofortress B.1 - No. 467 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1959

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K04.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Boeing B-52K 'S' for Sugar No.467 Sqd RAF
Post by: SPINNERS on June 01, 2011, 07:45:18 am
Boeing B-52K Stratofortress B.1 - No.9 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1959

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K09.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 03, 2011, 09:12:33 am
Boeing B-52K Stratofortress B.1A - No.35 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1962

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K11.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K12.jpg)

This cracking 'USAF Green Camo' skin is a golden oldie by Fubar512 over at Combat Ace so I've added some No.35 Squadron SEAC markings with retro WW2 style codes.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 04, 2011, 07:58:03 am
Boeing B-52K Stratofortress B.1(FE) - No.7 Squadron, 'Tiger Force', RAF South East Asia Command, 1960

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K14.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K15.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K16.jpg)


Alternative Scheme

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K17.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFB-52K18.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 05, 2011, 09:20:54 am
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress B.3A - No.617 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSTRATOFORTRESSB3A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSTRATOFORTRESSB3A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSTRATOFORTRESSB3A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSTRATOFORTRESSB3A04.jpg)

The B-52H is my favourite BUFF and, of course, the only one still in service - a remarkable record for an aircraft as old as me! This USAF skin needed just a bit of overspray to become a nice canvas for a 'Dambuster' BUFF. When I was a kid I had one of those simple 1/144 scale B-52H kits and added two wingtip engines to make a ten-engined Stratofortress! I've always thought that 'Stirling' would have been a nice name for the Stratofortress in RAF service or perhaps an American city name (like Washington for the Superfortress).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 08, 2011, 02:46:17 pm
Boeing B-47E Stratojet - No.6 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, 1965

By early 1963 the Australian Government's search for a replacement for their Canberra force had narrowed down to a straight fight between the British TSR.2 and the American F-111. With the F-111 programme running well ahead of the TSR.2 the UK Government made a bold move by offering to lease 20 Vickers Valiant bombers to Australia to plug the gap until TSR.2 deliveries could commence but this was quickly countered by the US Government's offer to 'free loan' 30 surplus B-47E's.

In July 1963 this offer was accepted at the same time that a preliminary order for F-111's was made and soon formalised in early 1964. In August 1963 Boeing were contracted by the American Government to refurbish 30 B-47E's all of which were given a modest avionics upgrade and emerging from the Wichita plant in a new South East Asia camouflage scheme and the first B-47E's entered service with No.6 squadron of the RAAF in March 1965. Whilst due to be fully replaced by F-111C's by 1968 the wing-box problems and price escalation of the F-111C saw the Australian Government cancel the controversial swing-winger in 1967 and the B-47's were finally replaced by TSR.2's in 1971.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFB-47E01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFB-47E02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFB-47E03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFB-47E04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 12, 2011, 11:57:06 am
Tupolev Tu-22IP 'Fullcup' - Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara, 1968

The rapid rise of the Communist Party of Indonesia saw a headlong rush towards the Soviet Union and soon Indonesia had become a second-tier client state, indeed, getting Tu-16 'Badger' bombers before any other client state. Confrontation against the Dutch in Papua was quickly followed by action against the Malaysian Federation in a border dispute along Kalimantan which saw British Commonwealth forces mobilised before an uneasy truce descended. However, in 1965 a failed coup attempt led by the 30 September Movement saw Indonesian Communist Forces crush the anti-communist regime led by Major General Suharto and thus solidly establish Communist power in South-East Asia and Oceania.

With the United States becoming increasingly involved in Vietnam it was decided that the British Commonwealth would bolster 'Blue' forces in the area and, among other assets, the RAF sent two squadrons of Victor B.1's to RAAF Butterworth in October 1965 along with two Javelin squadrons. To counter the Victors the Indonesian Air Force needed a long-range interceptor and soon received a squadron of Tu-22IP 'Fullcup' aircraft hastily withdrawn from Soviet PVO Strany forces where the type had been developed as an insurance against failure of the Tu-28 'Fiddler'. Armed with the Soviet designed 'Golok' (named after a type of Indonesian machete) semi-active homing missile, four of which could be carried internally, the Tu-22IP's were fast but suffered from poor manoeuverability and hideously low availability - being notoriously maintenance intensive, and by 1970 the 'Fullcup' had been retired.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TNIAUTU-22P01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TNIAUTU-22P02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TNIAUTU-22P03.jpg)

A Libyan camo skin has been used with my Indonesian markings and stock Soviet red numbers to make this fictional TNI-AU interceptor and a Sa-8 'Gecko' takes the part of the 'Golok' air-to-air missile!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 13, 2011, 12:56:51 pm
McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II - 22 Gruppo, 51 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare, 1972

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-4C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-4C02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-4C03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-4C04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 15, 2011, 01:55:25 pm
McDonnell Douglas/BAe Phantom FRS.1 - 300 Squadron, Indian Naval Air Squadron

The retirement of HMS Ark Royal (R07) in 1978 saw immediate interest from the Indian Government with offers made for both the carrier and its Buccaneer, Phantom and Gannet aircraft. However, the RAF insisted on the previously proposed plans to transfer the Buccaneers and Phantoms to RAF Germany and RAF Strike Command respectively but eventually agreed to relinquish their claim on the Phantoms when the UK Labour Government agreed to purchase 36 F-15C and 8 F-15D aircraft for RAF Germany thus allowing the redundant FGR.2's to bolster the UK-based interceptor.

Whilst refurbishment of the Ark Royal took place at Devonport during 1979 and 1980 a total of 26 ex-Royal Navy Phantoms were refurbished by British Aerospace at Brough emerging as the Phantom FRS.51 with several enforced changes to satisfy the conditions of an export licence reluctantly granted by the Department of Defence. Entering service in 1982 the Phantom FRS.51 served with No.300 Squadron of the Indian Naval Air Service and served for 20 years.

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 18, 2011, 11:34:52 am
Fairey Barracuda III - No.1415 Flight, RAF South East Asia Command, 1946

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A recent new release from the DAT group of modders is the Fairey Barracuda II and it follows on from the Albacore and Firebrand (thinks: will we see a Spearfish?).

It comes with this superb and subtlety weathered skin so all I've done is add some SEAC markings and call it a MkIII for the RAF!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 25, 2011, 08:46:46 am
Hawker Hunter F.6M - 1435 Flight, RAF South Atlantic Command, 1966

The introduction of the Lightning F.1 and F.1A into RAF Fighter Command in 1960 and 1961 began to free-up Hunter F.6's most of which were earmarked for conversion into ground-attack aircraft for the RAF (as the FGA.9) or for export. But the Falklands Crisis of May 1961 led to the decision to base a detachment of fighter aircraft at RAF Stanley and a batch of 8 Hawker Hunter F.6's were urgently converted into F.6M's a minimum-change conversion armed with the Firestreak missile and improved navigation and radio equipment. The first four Hunter F.6M's were dispatched as deck cargo arriving at Port Stanley in September 1961 to form No.1435 Flight who quickly christened the aircraft Faith, Hope, Charity and Desperation. The second batch of Hunters arrived in December 1961 but with improving diplomatic relations were basically used to keep the original four aircraft airworthy until a rotation policy was adopted. The Hunter F.6M's served until 1976 when they were replaced by Lightning F.2A's.

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I've shown a 'Falklands Hunter' before but this new Hunter has missile rails allowing the Firestreak to be carried.

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Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 26, 2011, 09:39:15 am
Hawker Hunter FGA.9B - No.1417 Flight, RAF, Ladyville International Airport, Belize, 1975

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 27, 2011, 12:06:09 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.3 - No. 1417 Flight, Belize, 1976

During 1975 the civil war in Guatemala worsened and there was fear that Guatemalan forces might invade Belize so a detachment of Harrier GR.3 aircraft was sent to the international airport at Ladyville in November 1975 to discourage Guatemalan aggression. After several months the threat was perceived to have subsided and the Harriers returned to the UK in April 1976. However, a further flare-up of unrest soon occurred leading to the urgent deployment of a force of 8 leased Phantom F-4E's recently retired from USAFE service and flown directly to Belize with USAF tanker support during Operation Anthem in August 1976. Designated Phantom FGR.3 the aircraft served in Belize until 1985 when they were replaced by Jaguar GR.1's.
 
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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 29, 2011, 01:17:36 pm
Sukhoi Su-50 - 302nd Hikotai, Japan Air Self-Defense Forces, 2019

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 03, 2011, 09:57:50 am
Supermarine Scarab F.1 - No.74 Squadron, 'The Tigers', RAF Fighter Command, 1961

During early 1955 the expected transition of the English Electric Lightning from research aircraft to front-line interceptor troubled senior RAF officials who urgently demanded an alternative design as insurance and to also take advantage of the early lessons learned from the P.1A which had first flown during the previous year. Despite the epic failure of their Swift design Supermarine were entrusted with this project as the Air Ministry were aware that they had been designing a supersonic interceptor as a follow-on to their submission to Specification  F.4/48 and by March 1955 their Type 557 had evolved into a twin-engined tailed delta with a nose intake and translating shock cone housing a Ferranti AI.23 AIRPASS radar and fire-control system and Operational Requirement OR.333 was drafted around this design.

Work on the new design progressed well at the Hursley Park design offices during 1955 and 1956 and soon metal was being cut at the South Marston works leading to a first flight in October 1957 which put the programme only about six months behind the P.1B Lightning. Powered by two Rolls-Royce RA.24R Avon engines rated at 11,250lb thrust dry and 14,500lb with reheat the Type 557 appeared at the 1958 Farnborough airshow where the rather unflattering name 'Scarab' was officially bestowed upon the type. Prototype and pre-production testing went well during 1958 and 1959 and by early 1960 Scarab F.1's were being delivered to Air Fighting Development Squadron before entering operational squadron service in June 1960 with No.74 squadron at Coltishall.

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This is, of course, the Shenyang J-8 'Finback' in it's early nose intake configuration.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 09, 2011, 12:11:43 pm
British Aerospace Thunderstorm F.3 - No.19 and No.92 Squadrons, RAF Germany, 1987

Tracing it's ancestry back to the Supermarine Scarab design started in the mid-1950's the Thunderstorm F.3 was the final version of the Scarab/Thunderstorm family of interceptor-fighters and the last all-British combat aircraft.

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Scramble!

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This is the Shengyang F-8M 'Finback' and it's a really good 3D model by Erwin_Hans and I just love the Flogger style folding ventral fin which deploys when the undercarriage retracts (and naturally vice-versa).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 10, 2011, 12:15:11 pm
Dassault-Convair F-114 Mirage - 119th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, New Jersey ANG, 1965

During the Spring of 1961 the incoming Secretary of Defence Robert S. McNamara left no stone unturned in his search for efficiencies in procurement and operational costs and his attention soon turned to the Air Defence units of the Air National Guard (ANG). At the time the ANG units were operating a mix of early 1950's jet fighters such as the F-84 and F-86 alongside the hot ships of the 'Century Series' with some fanciful and expensive plans on future re-equipment by advanced versions of the F-106 and, looking further ahead, the F-108. But McNamara soon put these plans in jeopardy by setting his whizz-kids to work on a lower cost solution.

Adoption of the F-4 Phantom II by the USAF was all well and good but this was an expensive beast even when considering 'commonality' and with several hundred aircraft to replace another solution was needed. Envious eyes were soon turned to Europe where two excellent single-engined Mach 2 interceptors were entering service - the Saab Draken and the Mirage III and 'Project Zeus' was an exhaustive study into the operational effectiveness and expected cost-savings of both types measured against re-starting the recently closed F-106A production line. Studies continued through 1961 and early 1962 and, when published in May 1962, 'Project Zeus' revealed that the Mirage IIIC offered the best combination of price and performance. Crucially, it further outlined that only a minimum change version would yield sufficient cost savings as plans to re-engine the Mirage with the J-79 and to introduce the Hughes MA-X radar (essentially a scaled-down version of their MA-1 integrated fire control system as fitted to the F-106A) reduced the gains to zero.

With Convair's hopes of further F-106A production dashed they readily agreed to partner Dassault and licence-produce the Mirage IIIC for the USAF soon designated as the F-114A. Production commenced in late 1963 and the type entered service in May 1964 with the 119th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the New Jersey ANG. The F-114A served until the early 1980's with most replaced by the F-16A (ADC).

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 11, 2011, 12:51:10 pm
Avro Canada CF-109 Athena - No.425 'Alouette' Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, 1965

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 12, 2011, 01:19:29 pm
Avro-Mikoyan Archer - No.425 'Alouette' Squadron, Republic of Canada Air Forces, 1967

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The stock MiG-21SM with the same decals used on the Finback. I'm beginning to like the Fishbed...
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 16, 2011, 11:36:42 am
BAC Lightning F.53H - 59th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hungarian Air Force, 1992

The revolutions of 1989 generally had a domino effect across Eastern Europe and Hungary soon followed Poland and in March 1989 the government bravely declared the anniversary of the 1848 Revolution a national holiday and this was soon followed by the reburial of former Prime Minister Imre Nagy (executed after the 1956 Revolution) and calls for Soviet forces to leave Hungary. Popular opposition to the Communist regime continued eventually leading to Mátyás Szűrös declaring Hungary a republic on October 23rd, 1989 and the free elections of March 1990. However. with Soviet forces withdrawing fast the Hungarian Air Force (Magyar Légierő) was soon short of equipment and spares and when the Soviet MiG-29's departed from Tokol in 1991 the air defence of Hungary rested with literally a handful of poorly maintained MiG-21's.

During the late 1980's British Aerospace had bought back many of the surviving Saudi Lightning F.53's and had hoped to sell them to Austria (whose air force were hard-pressed to intercept a business jet) but the deal fell through and the Lightnings had continued to lanquish at Warton prompting a tentative offer to sell them to Hungary at a knock-down price. In May 1991 the UK Government bought 24 of the ex-Saudi Lightning F.53's and gifted them to the Hungarian Air Force in a move believed to have orchestrated by President George H. Bush. Arriving in August 1991 the Lightnings were operated by the 59th Tactical Fighter Wing at Kecskemét AFB and served until 1998 when they were replaced by MiG-29's donated from Germany and Poland.

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This uses the splendid Lightning F.53 from Expansion Pack 2, some new decals by me and some stock Polish 3-digit numbers.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 17, 2011, 07:11:12 am
British Aerospace Hunter FGA.9C - No.74 (Aggressor) Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1983

In April 1976 the 527th Tactical Fighter Training Aggressor Squadron activated at RAF Alconbury flying the F-5E in the 'aggressor' role training USAF and NATO forces by teaching and demonstrating soviet air tactics under the title of Dissimilar Air Combat Tactics. RAF pilots who encountered the 'aggressors' began to wax lyrical about the experience and soon RAF chiefs had decided to form a similar training squadron and reactivated No.74 squadron in 1977 equipped with Hunter FGA.9's from the recently disbanded Wittering wing. Initially operating from RAF Wittering the squadron moved to RAF Brawdy in 1979 with a semi-permanent detachment based at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.

In 1979 the incoming Conservative government conducted a review of Britain's defences and this saw the RAF being authorised to form a third Lightning squadron and convert 88 Hawk T.1 trainers to T.1A standard (adding Sidewinder capability) to serve as short-range interceptor aircraft for point defence alongside the radar-equipped Phantom and Tornado F.3 aircraft. In addition, No.74 squadrons Hunters were upgraded to FGA.9C standard adding Sidewinder capability and new inner-wing pylons plus scabbed-on chaff and flare dispensers. The reworked Hunters served in a variety of colour schemes and remained in service until 1991.

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Another Hunter was released today - the FGA.73 as used by Oman and it comes in two versions and three camo schemes - and all for £2.54! The new DLC (downloadable content) feature is proving very popular and is a good move by the sim developer.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on July 30, 2011, 12:48:49 pm
McDonnell Douglas F/A-4J Skyhawk - 3rd Hikotai, Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces, 1983

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The Third Wire Kiwi A-4K was released recently and it was closely followed by the Japanese F-4EJ - so this 'what if' kinda covers them both!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 01, 2011, 11:40:14 am
Douglas A-4ED Skyhawk - Esk726, Royal Danish Air Force, 1966

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This is the Kiwi green skin from the new A-4K DLC with Danish markings (and serials from the F-100D).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 06, 2011, 09:16:09 am
Myasishchev M-12 - Protivo Vozdushnaya Oborona Strany, 1971

During early 1959 Soviet intelligence reported back to the Kremlin disturbing news on the rapid progress of two of the United States top aerospace programmes, the B-70 and the A-12 (forerunner of the SR-71) followed by news that proposals were being made for a follow-on interceptor based on the A-12. Faced with two Mach 3 aircraft penetrating Soviet air defences (and a Mach 3 interceptor defending the USA) the Soviet Air Force secretly announced two urgent counter programmes. One was for a new interceptor allocated to the Mikoyan Design Bureau (which would eventually see service as the MiG-25 'Foxbat') whilst the other was for a clandestine copy of the proposed A-12 allocated to the Myasishchev Design Bureau and to be made in both interceptor and reconnaissance versions.

The Myasishchev M-12 project started in late 1960 and is believed to have been helped by a Soviet sleeper cell working within 'Project Archangel' and although this was refuted by both the CIA and Lockheed the heavily reported 'cyanide suicides' of two separate Burbank couples on the night of April 25th, 1963 is believed to have linked to the uncovering of a Soviet sleeper cell. What is undeniable, however, was the fast progress of this urgent Soviet programme which saw the prototype M-12 first fly in February 1964 barely a year after the first flight of the A-12 and apart from the flying start given by clandestine means Myasishchev were also assisted by Tumansky's work on the R-15-300 engine originally designed for the Tupolev Tu-123 Yastreb drone and later modified for the use in the Ye-155 (MiG-25). Tumansky quickly produced a scaled-up R-15-300 to produce the R-25-500 'Saturn' engine two of which powered the M-12. It is alleged that the scarcity of titanium alloy in the Soviet Union at that time meant that there was only enough titanium for the M-12 and that Mikoyan were forced to use stainless steel in their contemporary MiG-25.

The aircraft was officially revealed during the 1967 Domodedovo air show but unlike the Ye-155 the aircraft did not appear in the static park but made a medium altitude pass with the aircraft being announced as a reconnaisance aircraft. Entering service in 1971 the aircraft acquired the NATO codename 'Fastfox' but the M-12 was kept heavily under wraps and is believed to have passed out of service by 1976.


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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 07, 2011, 12:02:05 pm
McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II - HävLLv 31, Ilmavoimat, 1974

During the late 1960's McDonnell Douglas realised that the fast-falling unit price of the Phantom could open up more export opportunities for the F-4 especially in downgraded and/or lightweight versions. A study into a single-seat export version of the new baseline F-4E called the F-4EF was initially proposed for the West German Luftwaffe before they sensibly adopted the two-seat F-4F and McDonnell Douglas then re-focused their efforts on a spin-off version of the F-4F for export with limited offensive capability and designed for air defence only. Designated F-4EN (believed to have initially stood for F-4E for neutral countries but subsequently changed to F-4E for Nordic countries) McDonnell Douglas initially pitched the F-4EN to Finland and were rewarded with a contract for 72 aircraft the first of which entered service with HävLLv 31 in 1972.

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Redrawn Lynx emblem on tail, new design patch on intake (based on photo of cloth patch) and new roundels.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 09, 2011, 01:49:26 pm
Kestrel FG.2 - 899 Naval Air Squadron, 2002

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYKESTREL01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYKESTREL02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYKESTREL03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYKESTREL04.jpg)

This is Julhelm's (a member of this site) cracking little Kestrel V/STOL fighter-bomber and his upload includes a nice template making it easy to knock-up a grey Royal Navy machine.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 10, 2011, 01:30:18 pm
SAAB/BAe Kestrel FG.1 - No.14 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1983

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFKESTREL01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFKESTREL02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFKESTREL03.jpg)

@ Pyro-Manic - yes, it's a stumpy little thing but very well behaved. I'm not sure if it's a real world 'paper' project or a design by Julhelm himself.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 12, 2011, 11:34:28 am
Convair 201 - VF-84 'Jolly Rogers' United States Navy, 1983

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCONVAIR20105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCONVAIR20106.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCONVAIR20107.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCONVAIR20108.jpg)

Julhelm keeps refining his Convair 201 and it's a cracker. No input from me, just my screenshots of his beautiful 3D model and fantastic 'Jolly Rogers' skin.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 13, 2011, 08:42:58 am
SAAB/BAe Kestrel FG.3 - No.6 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFKESTREL04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFKESTREL05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFKESTREL06.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 14, 2011, 12:55:54 pm
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21UM - Republic of Paran Air Force, 1977

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIMiG-21UM01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIMiG-21UM02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIMiG-21UM03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIMiG-21UM04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIMiG-21UM05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIMiG-21UM06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANIMiG-21UM07.jpg)

This lovely 3D model is from 'AmokFloo' (aka Florian) and comes with these two skins (plus a couple of others) so I've added my Parani star and fin flash markings plus the stock Arabic numbers.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 16, 2011, 03:49:57 am
Mikoyan/BAe Flogger F.3 - No.11 Squadron, RAF Gulf Command, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFLOGGERF301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFLOGGERF302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFLOGGERF303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFLOGGERF304.jpg)

How the Flogger might have looked in RAF service at the time of Operation Granby!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 17, 2011, 03:07:32 pm
Republic F-7C Thunderstorm - 428th TFS and 429th TFS Vietnam, 1968

During late 1958 the Langley Laboratory made the breakthrough that led to the realisation of a valid variable-sweep wing and by early 1959 Tactical Air Command (TAC) could see that this massive technological breakthrough could be the key to help them in their search for a tactical strike fighter to replace both the F-100 Super Sabre and the F-105 Thunderchief. Pretty soon however the numerical values for unrefuelled range and payload that TAC had attached to their mission requirements had the effect of turning all the paper studies from F-105 sized machines to much larger tactical bombers with a corresponding increase in cost and price and this reduced affordability was of great concern to TAC.

In the Autumn of 1959 TAC wisely decided to split their requirement into a smaller tactical fighter to replace the F-100 and a larger tactical bomber to replace the F-105, B-57 and B-66. The larger aircraft would evolve into Specific Operational Requirement No.183 that would launch the important TFX (tactical fighter experimental) programme and eventually lead (via a tortuous route) to the outstanding but highly compromised F-111 family whilst the smaller aircraft would lead to Specific Operational Requirement No.182 or TAX (tactical aircraft experimental).

Issued in March 1960 SOR182 called for a single-seat tactical fighter aircraft with “reduced dependence of paved runways” and with “the ability to carry a nuclear bomb at supersonic speed at tree-top height”. Requests for Proposals were immediately sent out to industry and Republic Aviation’s proposal soon gained the support of TAC by virtue of its use of a variable-sweep wing but also by the use of the existing J75 turbojet and F-105 avionics. With the end of F-105 production on the horizon Republic Aviation pushed hard for SOR182/TAX and in February 1961 they were rewarded with a contract for 24 prototype and pre-production YF-110 aircraft and 400 production F-110A machines and Republic wasted no time in bestowing the name of ‘Thunderstorm’ to the latest of their long line of fighter aircraft.

Republic Aviation were fortunate in being awarded the contract before Secretary of Defence Robert S. McNamara had got into his stride and the programme largely escaped McNamara and his whiz-kids. Development moved swiftly and during 1962 the programme was re-designated F-7 under the new tri-service designation scheme and the first prototype took to the air on December 22nd 1962 a full year ahead of the F-111A. Entering service in June 1965 the F-7A was followed by the F-7B two-seat trainer version and the more advanced F-7C version that first deployed to Vietnam in March 1968 when a two-squadron wing transferred to Takhli Royal Thia AFB, Thailand in a deployment called ‘Combat Lancer’.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-7C06.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-7C11.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-7C13.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-7C14.jpg)
Now ready for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 19, 2011, 12:20:48 pm
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17PF - Grupo 6 De Caza, Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1961

The Argentinian elections of 1958 saw Arturo Frondizi become President and with some support from Peron's followers he introduced various policies to encourage investment and make the country self-sufficient in energy and industry. One major issue was Argentina's chronic trade deficit and in early 1960 Frondizi controversially cancelled the order for 28 refurbished F-86F Sabres on cost grounds and announced the procurement of 40 MiG-17PF interceptors from the Soviet Union for an undisclosed sum "to be funded solely by beef exports". Entering service with Grupo 6 De Caza in 1961 the MiG-17PF's were initially delivered in a natural metal finish but soon adopted a camouflage scheme and served in frontline service until 1977 and thus played no part in the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas conflict but did remain on 'reserve status' until 1983.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-17PF06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-17PF07.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 19, 2011, 12:28:24 pm
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17PF - Grupo 6 De Caza, Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1963

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-17PF03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-17PF04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-17PF05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-17PF08.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!

This is the stock Polish camo scheme (quite an unusual colour combination) with new Grupo 6 De Caza markings. The fin stripe marking is 'out of me own head' but is based on the 6 stars from their squadron patch. These Frescoes would have given the Royal Navy Scimitars and Sea Vixens a hard time in 1964!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 21, 2011, 04:06:28 am
Dassault Mirage 5I - 154° Gruppo, 6° Stormo, Aeronautica Militare, 1971

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMIRAGE501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMIRAGE502.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMIRAGE503.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMIRAGE504.jpg)

I love the long-nose Mirage 5 and I love 6° Stormo markings so I've spent a bit of time making a new 'Diablo' fin marking for the Mirage and adding a radar nose to what is actually a 5BA.

N.B. Still a work in progress.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 21, 2011, 03:58:39 pm
Dassault Mirage IIICI - 154° Gruppo, 6° Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiana, 1966

The 1961 Franco-Italian Defence Agreement led to the early adoption of the Dassault Mirage IIIC by the Aeronautica Militare Italiana with Fiat responsible for licence-production of the airframe and final assembly with the SNECMA-supplied 13,500lb thrust Atar 9B-5 turbojet engine. Designated Mirage IIICI (I for Italie) the aircraft was equipped with the standard Cyrano I radar and armed with two 30 mm cannons plus one Matra/Fiat R531 'Spada' (Sword) semi-active radar homing missile and two locally produced Selenia 'Pugnale' (Dagger) heat-seeking air-to-air missiles.

Entering service in March 1964 with 154° Gruppo of 6° Stormo the Mirage IIICI mainly replaced the F-86K Sabre in Aeronautica Militare Italiana service and eventually equipped four squadrons in the interception role before being supplanted by the multi-role Mirage 5CI with the last Mirage IIICI being retired in 1984.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMIRAGE3CI01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMIRAGE3CI02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMIRAGE3CI03.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 22, 2011, 09:39:16 am
Dassault Mirage IIICI - 22° Gruppo, 51° Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiana, 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMIRAGE3CI06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMIRAGE3CI07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMIRAGE3CI04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIMIRAGE3CI05.jpg)

Another of my favourite units - I just love that whole cat v. mice thing!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 23, 2011, 07:52:44 am
For Greg...

Republic F-7J - VF-1 'Wolf Pack' USN Navy, 1975

In May 1968 the Armed Services Committees of both houses of Congress refused to authorise further funds for the F-111B forcing the Department of Defence to issue a stop-work order to General Dynamics. Whilst this was initially received as good news by the US Navy they soon felt that they had been forced to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire when the Republic Thunderstorm was forced upon them and Grumman's promising VFX submission (Model 303 'Tomcat') and associated AWG-9 radar and AIM-54 missile were allowed to pass into history. Entering service in 1971 the F-7J Thunderstorm was Republic's first naval aircraft and served with both the USN and the USMC seeing extensive action in Vietnam and also seeing action with two USMC squadrons during the 1991 Gulf War.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNFLOGGER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNFLOGGER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNFLOGGER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNFLOGGER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNFLOGGER05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNFLOGGER06.jpg)

Deviating from my earlier Republic F-7C Thunderstorm backstory perhaps McNamara did latch on to this programme and force the US Navy to adopt this smaller swing-wing aircraft. Or perhaps when the US Navy bailed out of the F-111B they adopted the Thunderstorm. Anyway, a nice suggestion Greg!


Edited to add a short backstory.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 24, 2011, 12:44:35 am
Republic F-7M 'Thunderpig' - VMFA-333 'Shamrocks', United States Marine Corp, Operation Desert Storm, 1991

The final version of the Republic Thunderstorm was the USMC's F-7M (M for Marine) who always affectionately referred to it as the 'Thunderpig'.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USMCF-7MTHUNDERPIG01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USMCF-7MTHUNDERPIG02.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USMCF-7MTHUNDERPIG04.jpg)

Any suggestions for an engine for the Thunderpig? Would there have been a 'dry' only turbofan suitable in size and power?
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 25, 2011, 10:57:35 am
Republic F-7M 'Thunderpig' - VMFA-451, United States Marine Corps, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USMCF-7MTHUNDERPIG06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USMCF-7MTHUNDERPIG09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USMCF-7MTHUNDERPIG08.jpg)

I thought I'd use real world 'Desert Storm' F-18A unit for my second 'Thunderpig' squadron and chose VMFA-451.

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USMCF-7MTHUNDERPIG07.jpg)
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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Republic F-7M 'Thunderpig' - VMFA-451
Post by: SPINNERS on August 27, 2011, 05:43:21 am
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19S - Grupo 1 de Caza, Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1966

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-19S01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-19S02.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-19S04.jpg)

I like the MiG-19. Apart from the Chinese J-6 copies, it did seem to get by-passed in history by the success of the MiG-21 but it was an outstanding design becoming the first supersonic production aircraft outside of the USA and introducing axial flow engines in Soviet service.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 27, 2011, 09:07:29 am
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19S - Grupo 6 de Caza, Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1972

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-19S07.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - MiG-19S - Grupo 6 de Caza, FAA, 1972
Post by: SPINNERS on August 27, 2011, 09:33:20 am
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19S - Grupo 10 de Caza, Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1977

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-19S09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-19S11.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-19S05.jpg)

This is the stock grey camo scheme for the Egyptian Air Force and it looks pretty cool in FAA markings. The 'new' Grupo 10 de Caza patch is based on that seen on their 'real world' Mirage and took me quite a while to create from scratch!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-19S14.jpg)
Now available to download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 28, 2011, 03:36:17 am
BAC Lightning F.52A - Aggressor Flight, Royal Saudi Air Force, 1983

When the last Saudi F.53 was delivered in 1972 the four Saudi Lightning F.52's (ex-RAF F.2's) were refurbished by BAC Warton and brought up to F.2A standard and returned to Saudi Arabia to form a small Aggressor flight at Khamis Mushyat. A further two ex-RAF F.2A's were acquired and brought up to the same F.52A standard and in the early 1980's the surviving five aircraft had all received a 'Ghost Grey' camo scheme and remained in service until 1986.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RSAFLIGHTNINGF52A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RSAFLIGHTNINGF52A02.jpg)

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Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Lightning F.52 - Ghost Grey RSAF Aggressor
Post by: SPINNERS on August 28, 2011, 09:46:20 am
Yakovlev Yak-23F 'Flora' - Hävittäjälentolaivue 11, Ilmavoimat, 1955

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDYAK-23FFLORA01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDYAK-23FFLORA02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDYAK-23FFLORA03.jpg)

I've been meaning to do something with cute little Flora (ooh, er, missus) for quite sometime now and she caught my eye today. This is the stock silver skin but tinted and with Ilmavoimat and HävLLv 11 decals added by me. There is a bit of artistic licence in the HävLLv 11 shield plus it needed two versions as it's 'handed'.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on August 28, 2011, 12:52:19 pm
Yakovlev Yak-23F - Hävittäjälentolaivue 21, Ilmavoimat, 1956

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDYAK-23FFLORA05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDYAK-23FFLORA06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDYAK-23FFLORA08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDYAK-23FFLORA09.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 09, 2011, 11:55:30 am
Things are slow at the moment as Mrs. Spinners is very poorly but I've had a request to do a Texas Air Force 'what if' so here's a Texan Voodoo that'll pave the way for a F-4 with some LS (Lone Star) serials and perhaps a Yellow Rose squadron marking.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXANVOODOO02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXANVOODOO01.jpg)

I searched this site for ideas and used Bryan H's roundel and Cmdr_Blop's Texas Reach (AU Earth) flag as a fin flash but I might make slanted (left and right) versions for the F-4.

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,20541.0/highlight,texas+mirage.html

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,33014.30.html
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 10, 2011, 06:31:23 am
McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II - Republic of Texas Air Force, 1980

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXANF-4E01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXANF-4E03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXANF-4E04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXANF-4E05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXANF-4E07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXANF-4E08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXANF-4E09.jpg)

'LS' codes for Lone Star (will use 'YR' for Yellow Rose next time) with TAF serials using 3 prefix numbers (e.g. 791 from 1971).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/F-4E_TEXAS_LOADING.jpg)
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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 11, 2011, 04:45:01 am
SAAB A32D Lansen - Eskadrille 727, Royal Danish Air Force, 1969

When deliveries of the A32A (the attack version of the Lansen) to the Swedish Flygvapnet began in 1955 many NATO air forces cast envious eyes towards the Swedish Air Force and before long the Royal Danish Air Force had selected the Lansen as it's principal attack aircraft ordering 40 A32D's in 1957 for Eskadrille's 726 and 727 with the latter taking delivery of their first machines in 1959.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RDAFA-32ALANSEN01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RDAFA-32ALANSEN02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RDAFA-32ALANSEN03.jpg)

A re-packaged Lansen was released yesterday and the standard Swedish A32A scheme had me reaching for my RDAF markings in double-quick time. An amazing aircraft the Lansen and I just love that big Rb04 missile!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 11, 2011, 08:47:45 am
SAAB J32S Lansen - Staffel 18, Swiss Air Force, 1961

The Saab J32B Lansen all-weather interceptor featured a more powerful RM6A (Avon) engine than the 'A' attack model and had a new Ericsson air intercept radar and Saab S6 fire-control system with armament initially consisting of 4 x 30mm ADEN cannon. Entering service in 1958 the J32B soon won it's first export order when the Swiss Air Force selected the Lansen J32S (S for Switzerland) ahead of the Gloster Javelin Mk.50 (essentially refurbished ex-RAF Gloster Javelins) and received their first machines in early 1960 when Staffel 18 re-equipped with this superb all-weather interceptor.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSJ32BLANSEN01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSJ32BLANSEN02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSJ32BLANSEN03.jpg)

A nice template exists for the Lansen so I thought I'd do a NMF Swiss J32S. The Staffel 18 shield on the fin took me ages to do so will be recycled!

And from later on in the J32S's career....

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSJ32BLANSEN04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSJ32BLANSEN05.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 11, 2011, 10:53:33 am
General Dynamics F-111G - Grupo 1 de Bombardeo, Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1992

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAF-111G01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAF-111G02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAF-111G03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAF-111G04.jpg)

Too implausible for a backstory but I like the FAA's Mirage original camo scheme and have the F-111 template so it was just a matter of swapping out the colours and adding some decals including the Grupo 1 de Bombardeo 'Lincoln' disc in left and right handed versions.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 13, 2011, 01:32:40 pm
Dassault Mirage F-1CT - Yellow Rose Squadron, Texas Air Force, 1975

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXASMIRAGEF-1CT01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXASMIRAGEF-1CT02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXASMIRAGEF-1CT03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TEXASMIRAGEF-1CT04.jpg)

This uses a new Texan 'starbar' designed by suhsjake over at Combat Ace and I've made into a decal and added a more traditional Texan flag although with a nice rakish slant to it and some yellow rose markings on the intake. Speaking of rakish, the Mirage F-1 is a pretty cool-looking jet!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 14, 2011, 11:59:53 am
Yorkshire Aircraft Corporation A-32A Wagtail - 6 Squadron, Royal Yorkshire Air Force, RYAF Finningley

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YORKSHIREA-32ALANSEN01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YORKSHIREA-32ALANSEN02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YORKSHIREA-32ALANSEN03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YORKSHIREA-32ALANSEN04.jpg)
RA-32A Photo Wagtail

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 14, 2011, 01:54:25 pm
Yorkshire Aircraft Corporation F-32A Wagtail - 1 (Fighter) Squadron, Royal Yorkshire Air Force, RYAF Church Fenton, 1966

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YORKSHIREA-32ALANSEN05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YORKSHIREA-32ALANSEN06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YORKSHIREA-32ALANSEN07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YORKSHIREA-32ALANSEN08.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 16, 2011, 11:45:24 am
Supermarine Scimitar Mk.51 - 18 Staffel, Swiss Air Force, 1965

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSSCIMITAR01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSSCIMITAR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSSCIMITAR03.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Supermarine Scimitar Mk.51 - Swiss AF
Post by: SPINNERS on September 17, 2011, 02:47:20 am
Chengdu Jian-7 - Peoples' Liberation Army Air Force, 1982

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFMiG-21MF01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFMiG-21MF02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFMiG-21MF03.jpg)

Only a modest 'whif' as, of course, the Chinese operated MiG-21F's and built the J-7 by the thousand but this is the MiG-21MF in the stock Czech camo with my PLAAF markings including a suitable 'Chairman Mao' fin marking.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 17, 2011, 01:43:41 pm
Dassault Mirage 5FM - Escadre de Chasse "Tigre", Royal Moroccan Air Force, 1970

The Mirage 5 was developed from an Israeli Air Force request for a simpler 'clear weather' version of the Mirage 3E with avionics reduced and repositioned, more fuel for attack missions and two additional stores pylons located towards the rear fuselage. In September 1966 Israel became the launch customer for this important new line of Mirages when they placed an order for 50 Mirage 5J's. However, rising tensions between Israel and their neighbouring Arab states during the early summer of 1967 allied to General de Gaulle's increasingly pro-Arab stance led to a French arms embargo to Israel announced on June 3rd, 1967 just two days before the Six-Day war despite Israel having paid in full for the aircraft.

By this time, the prototype Mirage 5 had flown and production was in full swing with the now embargoed Mirage 5J's beginning to stockpile at St. Cloud. But following the Mirage's dazzling combat record in the hands of Israeli pilots during the Six-Day war the air forces of many nations knocked on Dassault's door and one such nation was Morocco (formerly a French protectorate) who wanted the Mirage 5J's to supplement their recently acquired Northrop F-5A's. General de Gaulle readily agreed to this sale and Dassault made some minor modifications to the 5J's to export them as Mirage 5FM's to the Royal Moroccan Air Force in late 1968 with initial deliveries going to Escadre de Chasse "Tigre" based at Meknes, Northern Morocco.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MOROCCOMIRAGE5FM03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MOROCCOMIRAGE5FM04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MOROCCOMIRAGE5FM05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MOROCCOMIRAGE5FM06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MOROCCOMIRAGE5FM07.jpg)

This is the stock Libyan camo scheme that comes on the non-flyable Mirage 5D and I've added some new Morrocan markings (not a country I've done before) and the 'Mirage 5FM' script to the nose as a finishing touch. The pictures below are what I was going to do until I hit upon the real world 'Tigre' squadron.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MOROCCOMIRAGE5FM01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MOROCCOMIRAGE5FM02.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 18, 2011, 06:47:24 am
Dassault Mirage 5FM - Escadre de Chasse "Tigre", Royal Moroccan Air Force, 1971

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MOROCCOMIRAGE5FM11.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MOROCCOMIRAGE5FM12.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MOROCCOMIRAGE5FM13.jpg)

This is the standard stock French camo for the non-flyable Mirage 5F again with just the little addition of the 'Mirage 5FM' script on the nose plus my Moroccan Mirage markings and a new fin marking. Perhaps a few embargoed machines were already in French Camo when the deal went through? Anyhoo, at some stage I must give the Moroccan's the mighty F-4!!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MIRAGE5FM_LOADING.jpg)
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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 20, 2011, 01:05:59 pm
Saab-FFA Draken J-35H (Helvetia) - Fliegerstaffel 18, Swiss Air Force, 1971

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSJ-35HDRAKEN02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSJ-35HDRAKEN03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSJ-35HDRAKEN04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSJ-35HDRAKEN05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSJ-35HDRAKEN06.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 22, 2011, 02:01:21 pm
BAC-Saab J36B Lightning - F21, Swedish Flygvapnet, 1970

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETLIGHTNINGF5702.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETLIGHTNINGF5701.jpg)

Don't ask for a splinter! It ain't gonna happen!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 23, 2011, 10:56:24 am
BAC Lightning F.57 -  Fliegerstaffel 16, Swiss Air Force, 1973

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSLIGHTNINGF5701.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSLIGHTNINGF5702.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSLIGHTNINGF5703.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SWISSLIGHTNINGF5704.jpg)

The stock Third Wire Lightning comes with all four classic RAF skins (silver, RAF Germany green and silver, RAF Binbrook green and grey and RAF Binbrook grey) so a Swiss Lightning was a doddle and the Fliegerstaffel 16 fin badge (in left and right handed forms) took me far longer.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 24, 2011, 09:54:06 am
Dassault-Fairey Mirage F.1A - No.111 'Treble One' Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1962

The first flight of the Fairey FD.2 research aircraft in October 1954 intrigued Marcel Dassault who had already built a much smaller delta-winged prototype in an attempt to meet an earlier Armeé de l’air specification for a target-defence interceptor. Dassault was impressed with the size and layout of the FD.2 and proposed a technical collaboration programme between Fairey and Dassault. This saw the FD.2 flight programme move to Cazaux on the Bay of Biscay and make such good progress that on March 18th, 1956 Peter Twiss reclaimed the world speed record with a speed of 1,132mph a massive 300mph increase over the previous record held by the F-100 Super Sabre. Dassault immediately became convinced that the delta was the way ahead and planned a scaled-up version of his previous delta to be powered by an afterburning version of the fast-improving Atar turbojet.

Despite being a company-funded programme Dassault wasted no time in developing his new delta and Roland Glavany flew prototype Mirage III-001 from Melun-Villaroche on November 17th, 1956. Development moved swiftly and at the 1957 Paris Air Show the Dassault trade pavilion attracted the attention of senior RAF officials who, in the aftermath of the infamous 1957 Defence White Paper, wanted an inexpensive Hunter replacement and some sort of back-up for the Lightning whose future was as uncertain as it’s development was slow. An ever-alert Rolls-Royce then became interested in the French delta and via the British Ministry of Supply asked Dassault for the opportunity to supply the Avon turbojet to anyone who was interested. Dassault could see that this was potentially the key to unlocking lucrative sales to Britain and suggested to Fairey a revival of their earlier collaboration to licence-build any Mirage orders to Britain and, facing extinction, Fairey readily agreed.

A successful first flight of the Mirage IIIA in May1958 saw the RAF confirm their interest in the French delta and the production order for 95 Mirage IIIC aircraft for the Armeé de l’air at the end of 1958 gave the British Ministry of Supply the confidence to place an order for 50 Mirage F.1 interceptors and 100 Mirage FGA.2 fighter-bombers in February 1959. In announcing the purchase of a ‘foreign’ aircraft the British Prime Minister, Harold MacMillan, could immediately add that the aircraft would be built in Britain and have a high British content due to the Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.210 engines, Martin-Baker ejection seat, ADEN cannon and Ferranti A.25 Airpass radar and this helped make the decision to buy the Mirage a little bit more palatable.

Entering service with No.74 Squadron in August 1961 the Mirage F.1 was quickly replaced on the production line by the Mirage F.1A with the earlier aircraft being brought up to the same standard to eventually equipped three squadrons of RAF Fighter Command with upgraded aircraft serving until 1980 when they were replaced by Mirage F.6 a design based on the Mirage 2000.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEF1A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEF1A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEF1A08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEF1A05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEF1A06.jpg)

Despite the well-documented link between the Fairey FD.2 and the Mirage III (Marcel Dassault readily admitted it was an influence and claimed that Britain was mad not to develop it) I'm not totally comfortable in making this a Dassault-Fairey joint venture but I am happy with how it looks!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEF1A12.jpg)
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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 26, 2011, 01:37:01 pm
Dassault Mirage FG.2 - No.20 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG201.jpg)

The stock French Desert Camo skin makes a good RAF Middle East skin even with 'ne pas marcher' stencils on the wings!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 27, 2011, 02:43:19 pm
Dassault Mirage FG.2 - No.34 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 1972

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG205-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG207.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG208.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG209.jpg)

This 'Libya' skin is from the stock Mirage 5D and has been tweaked to suit the different contours of the Mirage 3C. In this modified state I'm calling it 'Sand' Camo but I must admit to preferring the simpler 'chocolate and sand' camo shown on the No.20 Squadron machine.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 28, 2011, 12:06:52 pm
Dassault Mirage FG.2 - No.79 Squadron, RAF Germany, 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG206-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG207-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG208-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG209-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMIRAGEFG210.jpg)

The stock French Camo skin for the Mirage 5F is used here, again modified to fit the different shape (and mapping) of the Mirage 3C. I'm imagining that the F.1A and FG.2 were the first generation of British Mirages with a second generation being a multi-role Mirage based on the longer 3E with multi-mode radar and the extra belly pylons of the 5BA and possibly powered by the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan. Mind you, even the basic 5F would have been welcomed by the RAF as a Hunter replacement (if I purposefully forget the Harrier).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on September 29, 2011, 12:54:01 pm
Dassault Mirage 5Y - Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslav Air Force, 1971

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YUGOSLAVMIRAFE5F01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YUGOSLAVMIRAFE5F02.jpg)
Nice looking roundel!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YUGOSLAVMIRAFE5F03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YUGOSLAVMIRAFE5F04.jpg)

Not much time tonight so a quick Yugoslav 5Y (perhaps they had the embargoed 5J's) in the stock Armeé de l'air silver skin with new decals by me (I like making my own 'national marking' decals even though the game has almost every post-war nation all built in). I'll catch up with the camo version tomorrow night and perhaps find a suitable unit marking.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Dassault Mirage 5Y (Yugoslav Air Force)
Post by: SPINNERS on October 01, 2011, 12:49:59 am
Dassault Mirage 5Y - "The Lions", 123 Fighter Aviation Squadron, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslav Air Force, 1977

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YUGOSLAVMIRAFE5F05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YUGOSLAVMIRAFE5F06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YUGOSLAVMIRAFE5F07.jpg)

This is the stock French Camo scheme from the Mirage 5F (with a bit of overspray on the fin leading edge) and with 123 Fighter Aviation Squadron markings including a fictional 'nosebar' marking but based on their Lions insignia.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 01, 2011, 07:26:38 am
Republic F-91G Thunderceptor - JG 74 Mölders, West German Luftwaffe, 1956

The first flight of the Republic XF-91 on May 9th, 1949 did not attract that much interest in the non-aviation world where the main news item was the previous day's approval of the West German Constitution but the detonation of the Soviet Union's first atomic weapon in August 1949 made the development and deployment of a fast, high altitude, point-defence interceptor an urgent priority. By October the XF-91 'Thunderceptor' had been fitted with four Reaction Motors XLR11 rocket engines giving the aircraft an outstanding rate of climb and high-altitude performance albeit at the expense of range. The Korean War starting in June 1950 then added to the urgency of the programme and soon production F-91A's started pouring off the Farmingdale production line for an eager USAF and NATO air forces.

When West Germany joined NATO in 1955 the F-84F Thunderstreak became it's principal tactical fighter with the F-91G Thunderceptor becoming it's standard interceptor-fighter entering service with JG74 'Mölders' serving until 1962 when they were gradually replaced by the Saunders-Roe SR.177 (another mixed-power interceptor) . West German Thunderceptors were unique in being armed with the large indigenous 'Speer' infra-red homing missile which was the largest heat-seeking missile until the Soviet 'Anab' entered service in 1961.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUNDERCEPTOR01A.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUNDERCEPTOR02A.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUNDERCEPTOR03A.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUNDERCEPTOR04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUNDERCEPTOR05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUNDERCEPTOR06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUNDERCEPTOR07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUNDERCEPTOR08.jpg)

The 'Speer' is actually the AS.30 air-to-surface missile and it's data has been edited to give it the heat-seeking characteristics of the Aim-9B Sidewinder but with longer range and larger warhead more typical of the Aim-7D Sparrow.

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 08, 2011, 08:27:20 am
Ling-Temco-Vought F-8EJ Crusader - 302nd Hikotai, Japan Air Self-Defense Forces, 1971

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/JASDFF-8EJ01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/JASDFF-8EJ02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/JASDFF-8EJ03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/JASDFF-8EJ04.jpg)

Some computer problems have plagued me this week eventually requiring a re-install of W7 (and some data loss sob sob) and it's taken a few evenings to sort out. Anyway, the latest in Third Wire's DLC range was released this week and it's the F-8E(FN) of the French Aéronavale complete with the standard USN scheme plus the overall grey and overall 'bleu' seen here. I've done JASDF Crusader's before but not it this new scheme.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 09, 2011, 11:18:01 am
BAC Skylark FG.3 - No.41 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1976

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SEACSKYHAWKFG301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SEACSKYHAWKFG302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SEACSKYHAWKFG303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SEACSKYHAWKFG304.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SEACSKYHAWKFG305.jpg)

The recent 'Kiwi' Skyhawk comes with no less than four different skins and this one really is a cracker! It really does cry out for SEAC markings! Afficionadoes of the Lightning will note some familiar serial numbers.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 10, 2011, 02:37:43 pm
Dassault Super Mystére - No.2 Squadron, Belgian Air Force, 1966

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFSUPERMYSTERE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFSUPERMYSTERE02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFSUPERMYSTERE03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFSUPERMYSTERE04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFSUPERMYSTERE05.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 11, 2011, 11:30:25 am
Dassault Super Mystére - Belgian Air Force, 1963

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFSUPERMYSTERE06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFSUPERMYSTERE07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFSUPERMYSTERE08.jpg)

Couldn't resist the same markings on the early IDF camo (but with white Hunter F.6 codes). It's not a very appropriate camo but perhaps Belgium had sent Super Mystéres in support of UN forces in some 60's hotspot
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 13, 2011, 10:04:16 am
Dassault Super Mystére B3 - No.2 Squadron, Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1971

With the realisation that the future lay with his outstanding Mirage family of aircraft Marcel Dassault quickly lost interest in his earlier creations but was persuaded to offer a new 'attack' version of the Super Mystére for export. The Super Mystére B3 was powered by a Rolls-Royce Avon 200 series turbojet rated at 10,000lbs dry thrust and this engine replaced the thirsty afterburning Atar 101G-2 of the B2 but offered equal thrust and lower fuel consumption. Avionics were still primitive but the B3 introduced additional underwing pylons for bombs, rockets or missiles and the aircraft was a good platform for ground-attack. Dhimar became the first export customer for the B3 ordering 30 aircraft which were delivered in 1961 and the B3 was soon overshadowed by it's more glamorous delta-winged stablemate.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARISAAR01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARISAAR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARISAAR03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARISAAR04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARISAAR05.jpg)

This is the J52 engined version of the Super Mystére used by the Israeli's and given the name of Sa'ar (Tempest).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 14, 2011, 10:16:36 pm
Dassault Sirocco FG.4 - No.6 Squadron, RAF 'Operation Granby' 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSCIROCCOFG401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSCIROCCOFG402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSCIROCCOFG403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSCIROCCOFG404.jpg)

I like the overall shape of the Super Etendard and think a Spey engined version would have made an ideal Hunter replacement in the mid-1960's. I've previously done the SuE as the Dassault Oberon (below).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFOBERONFGA203.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 16, 2011, 11:24:49 am
Blackburn Buccaneer S.2 - No.139 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1968

Such was the power and influence of First Sea Lord Earl Mountbatten that when the production order for the Buccaneer S.Mk2 was announced in January 1962 not only was his Royal Navy order for 80 aircraft intact but there was an unexpected RAF order for 100 aircraft as Canberra replacements for RAF Germany. This came as a blow to BAC who, despite no official announcement, knew that this meant the certain end of their outstanding TSR.2 programme although the axe wouldn't fall for another six months after an 'operational review'.

The original Blackburn Aviation team continued with the design, development and production of the Royal Navy version whilst Hawker Siddeley were given full control of the RAF programme and some urgency was injected into the programme with the grounding of the Vickers Valiant in 1964 due to fatigue problems. At the time, the Valiant was an important component to the RAF's contribtion to SACEUR and, in his role as deputy head of Allied Command Europe, the RAF's former Chief of the Air Staff Sir Thomas Pike requested an additional order of 40 Buccaneer S.2's.

Hawker Siddeley worked flat out on the RAF Buccaneer programme and soon 'anti-flash' white Buccaneers were taking to the air with the first two squadrons to re-equip being No.100 and No.139 Squadrons at RAF Wittering who exchanged their Victor B.2's for Buccaneer S.2's in April 1967 in a move prompted by concerns of the Victor's suitability in the low-level strike role, the RAF's preference towards the Vulcan and the need for Victor B.2 airframes for conversion to tankers.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBUCCANEERS201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBUCCANEERS202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBUCCANEERS203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBUCCANEERS204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBUCCANEERS205.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBUCCANEERS206.jpg)

I've seen some 'Senior Service' S.1's in anti-flash white and reckon that early RAF Buccaneers could have had the same scheme.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 17, 2011, 01:16:42 pm
Dassault Super Etendard - Belgian Marine Component, 2003

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCSUPERETENDARD01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCSUPERETENDARD02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCSUPERETENDARD03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCSUPERETENDARD04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCSUPERETENDARD05.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 19, 2011, 12:15:31 pm
Vought F-8EB - No.1 'Osprey' Squadron, Belgian Zeemacht, 1979

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCF-8ECRUSADER06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCF-8ECRUSADER07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCF-8ECRUSADER08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCF-8ECRUSADER09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCF-8ECRUSADER10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCF-8ECRUSADER11.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Vought F-8EB Crusader - Belgian Marine Comp'
Post by: SPINNERS on October 20, 2011, 09:20:46 am

one note, in the 70's one side of the aircraft said "Belgische Zeemacht", while the other side said "Force Navale Belge"


Flinkin' blip! You lot are worse than the Canadians  ;)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCF-8ECRUSADER16.jpg)
Lo-Viz shark mouth

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCF-8ECRUSADER17.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BMCF-8ECUSADER18.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 22, 2011, 09:29:15 am
McDonnell Douglas F-4EU - Various Units, United States Navy, 1970's

By early 1968 the senior Admirals of the United States Navy saw the failure of the F-111B programme as an opportunity to get the green light for their VFX 'back-up' plan and the cancellation of the F-111B in May 1968 was an important step in their plans. In July 1968 the Naval Air Systems Command issued a Request for Proposals for the Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) programme calling for a tandem two-seat, twin-engined air-to-air fighter with a maximum speed of Mach 2.2 with an inbuilt M61 Vulcan cannon and a secondary close air support role but the primary focus remained long-range interception using the AIM-54 missile. Bids were received from General Dynamics, Grumman, Ling-Temco-Vought, McDonnell Douglas and North American Rockwell and such was the urgency of this programme that Grumman and McDonnell Douglas were selected as finalists in December 1968 with Grumman expected to be announced as winners shortly afterwards.

However, the incoming Nixon administration had other ideas. Faced with the highest inflation since the Korean War era, the massive costs of the Vietnam War and the Apollo programme the new administration demanded cost savings in all departments and soon the new Secretary of Defense, Melvin R. Laird, had identified the VFX programme as being ripe for pruning and ordered an urgent cost review. McDonnell Douglas knew that their variable-geometry F-4S was unpopular with the Admirals and was likely to require as much test and development time (and associated costs) as Grumman's exciting 'clean sheet of paper' design and decided to offer a lower-cost solution.  With perfect timing, they met senior Defense Department officials in early February 1969 and reminded Laird that the F-4 Phantom II programme was now benefiting from the economies of scale from high production to such an extent that Phantoms were pouring off the production line at barely two-thirds of their 1962 costs. They proposed a new multi-service version of the F-4E called the F-4EU for 'Universal' and suggested that they could meet 80% of the VFX specification at about 40% of the expected cost and Laird found this hard to resist but delayed cancellation of the VFX and associated AIM-54 programmes until July 20th when he knew that the domestic audience would be watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin taking a giant leap for mankind and Laird calmly considerded that there was no need to announce the 'new' programme as it was just a new version of an existing design.

McDonnell Douglas quickly undertook the detail design to transform the long-nose cannon-armed F-4E for carrier use and smoothly introduced the F-4EU on the production line where it followed on from the F-4J for the Navy with just the first few F-4EU's retaining the 'hard' unslatted wing. Production machines entered service with VMFA-333 and VF-111 in 1972 and service pilots considered that the inbuilt cannon far outweighed any visibility problems caused by the longer nose and VF-111 put their new mount to good use in February 1973 claiming a Mig-17 kill. F-4EU's served until with the United States Navy until 1989 and the United States Marine Corps until 1991.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-4EUPHANTOM01.jpg)
VF-111 'Sundowners

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-4EUPHANTOM04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-4EUPHANTOM02.jpg)
VF-84 'Jolly Rogers'

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-4EUPHANTOM03.jpg)

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 25, 2011, 01:47:00 pm
McDonnell F4H-1 Phantom - VF-84 'Jolly Rogers' 1943

Shades of 'The Final Countdown'

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-4J_43PHANTOM01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-4J_43PHANTOM02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-4J_43PHANTOM04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-4J_43PHANTOM05.jpg)

Just a bit of fun, not to be taken too seriously....
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Short B-23C Stirling - 350th B.S. USAAF 1943
Post by: SPINNERS on October 29, 2011, 10:13:05 am
Short B-22C Stirling - 350th BS, 100th BG, United States Army Air Force, ETO 1943

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAAFSTIRLING01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAAFSTIRLING02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAAFSTIRLING03.jpg)

I've recycled (pre-cycled?) the B-22 designation (Douglas, let's be honest, your B-22 wasn't going anywhere) to make a Short Stirling for the USAAF (that'll set relations back a few years). Perhaps the USA decided to keep the B-17's and B-24's for the Pacific and use whatever thet could get their hands on in Europe. Further back in this thread is a much more realistic USAAF Lancaster.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAAFLINCOLN05.jpg)
Correction - it was a Lincoln. More pics on Page 29.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 30, 2011, 09:39:57 am
McDonnell Douglas F-4M - EC1/10 'Valois', Armée de l'air, 1975

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ADLAF-4MPHANTOM01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ADLAF-4MPHANTOM02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ADLAF-4MPHANTOM03.jpg)

I've rediscovered my love for the Phantom in recent days and have a few books on the go at the moment. My earlier 'Jolly Rogers' retro USN scheme has prompted me to try a French Air Defense Phantom and it's not too bad but the blue isn't quite there (short-sightedly, I tend to do this by eye and comparing it to the stock Mirage IIIC in a similar blue scheme shows this up). The big Matra 530 missile doesn't sit too well on the F-4 and needs a deeper pylon to avoid the fins being in the belly of the F-4.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on October 30, 2011, 12:51:38 pm
Supermarine Spitfire IXc - 380th Fighter Squadron, USAAF, 1944

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FOOLSPARADISE.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAAFSPITFIRE9C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAAFSPITFIRE9C02.jpg)

In something like 1974 I can clearly recall spending 19p at the local shop for the classic Series 1 Airfix P-51D 'Fools Paradise' so when I saw a silver Spitfire skin I thought I'd adapt it to make a Spitfire in a Fools Paradise scheme. Sorry about the jet jockey btw!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 02, 2011, 12:57:17 pm
McDonnell Douglas F-4M - Jagdgeschwader 74 Mölders, West German Luftwaffe, 1979  

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-4MPHANTOM02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-4MPHANTOM01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-4MPHANTOM03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-4MPHANTOM04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 03, 2011, 03:39:43 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1A's - 767 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Eagle, Mid Atlantic, April 1982

Training whilst steaming south...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-4K02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-4K03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-4K04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-4K05.jpg)

(Two points - ignore the carrier and ignore the VL fin code).

Another DLC aircraft was released by Third Wire recently and one to excite post-war British aviation buffs - the Phantom FG.1. The download includes three versions (early, mid-70's with fin cap and 1980) and includes this Royal Navy skin (with classic 892NAS markings) plus RAF Camo with No.43 'Fighting Cocks' markings. I've designed a new Yellow Eagle decal to make this 767NAS version and added Royal Navy 'B' type roundels to make it a 'what if'.


Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 05, 2011, 02:31:21 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1A - 767 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Ark Royal, Persian Gulf, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-4K_91PHANTOM01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-4K_91PHANTOM02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-4K_91PHANTOM03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-4K_91PHANTOM04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-4K_91PHANTOM05.jpg)

'What If' the Phantom FG.1's had served aboard a new HMS Ark Royal (CVA-01) and were about to be replaced by Sea Tornadoes when the Gulf War kicked off?
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 06, 2011, 09:30:48 am
Gloster F-73C Meteor - 16th FIS, 51st FIW, 1951

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF801.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF802.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF803.jpg)

I was inspired by jorel62's recent USAF Gloster Meteor and decided to make it for Strike Fighters with just a few changes. I've previously used the P-74/F-74 designation for my USAF Vampire Aggressor (currently on Page 26) so I've used the almost spare P-73/F-73 designation (a story in it's own right - see link below). You'll notice that the trim tab(?) on the lower rudder is missing the checker-board markings, a problem I'm trying to solve.

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_fighters/p73.html
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Gloster F-73C Meteor - 16th FIS, 51st FIW
Post by: SPINNERS on November 08, 2011, 02:35:23 am
Gloster F-73C Meteor - 51st FIW, United States Air Force, 1951

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF804.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF805.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF806.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF807.jpg)

I've removed the white from the tail 'checkers' and created different coloured bands leaving the original tri-colour for the Wing Commander. Also new Buzz numbers (FM - Fighter Meteor!)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/F-73C_LOADING.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 08, 2011, 08:13:51 am
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF808.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF809.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 08, 2011, 02:27:55 pm
Northrop F-20A TigerShark - Royal Saudi Air Force, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RSAFF-20ATIGERSHARK01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RSAFF-20ATIGERSHARK02.jpg)

The F-20 Tigershark was released by the prolific Veltro2K today so I've quickly worked out the decal positions and created a rather basic Saudi 'what if'.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 09, 2011, 12:00:56 am
Fairchild A-10A(K) - Kurdistan Air Force, 2016

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANA-10A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANA-10A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANA-10A03.jpg)

There was a request for a Kurdistan Air Force roundel made at Combat Ace so this is my submission with the last two being lo-viz but, I think, suitable for all.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 09, 2011, 02:48:56 am
Gloster F-73C Meteor - Exercise Guardian Angel, 1951

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF810.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF811.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF812.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFMETEORF813.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 10, 2011, 02:26:48 pm
Gloster F-73D Reaper - 604th Special Operations Squadron, Vietnam, 1964

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-73DREAPER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-73DREAPER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-73DREAPER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-73DREAPER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-73DREAPER05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-73DREAPER06.jpg)

I've resurrected the 'Reaper' name for this Meteor ground-attack fighter and made it look a bit like a Vietnam era USAF machine by adding another tone of green to the camo and adding EK tailcodes. Tip tanks are from the A-4 Skyhawk but it really needs 8 or 10 pylons to give it more of a Dragonfly look!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 11, 2011, 11:18:03 am
Northrop F-20B TigerShark - Royal Saudi Air Force, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RSAFF-20BTIGERSHARK01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RSAFF-20BTIGERSHARK02.jpg)

Veltro2K has followed up his F-20A with the two-seater. I'm not a fan of the F-5 family but much prefer the looks of the two-seaters, especially the F-5F.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 13, 2011, 01:04:53 am
Gloster Sea Meteor FB.6 - 800 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Ark Royal, 1955

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYSEAMETEORFB602.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYSEAMETEORFB601.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYSEAMETEORFB603.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYSEAMETEORFB604.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYSEAMETEORFB605.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ROYALNAVYSEAMETEORFB606.jpg)
Bolter!


The commisioning of the Ark Royal in 1955 has tied me in to that year when, in reality, the Hawker Sea Hawk was firmly in service and would have run rings around any navalised Meatbox but, equally, the Sea Meteor would have better than the Supermarine Attacker in the 1950-1954 era! I have a real affection for the Meteor probably because the local library in the mid-1970's had the Putnam 'Gloster' book and, even better, the Edward Shacklady 'Meteor' book. Those books, and Gunston's 'Attack Aircraft of the West' probably shaped my aviation interests more than anything else in my formative teenage years.

Anyway, this skin has been created by seperating the various important 'bits' from each of the five main skin bitmaps and then tinting the residual parts of the stock silver skin with layers of EDSG and a very light grey at opacities that still allow some panel line details to remain with the 'bits' as the uppermost layer. It's still a longish process but infinitely quicker than completely starting from scratch and drawing in every panel line and rivet and good enough to give an impression of how the Meatbox would have looked in Fleet Air Arm service.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 13, 2011, 09:38:29 am
Supermarine Attacker FB.2 - No.805 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, 1955

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RANATTACKERFB201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RANATTACKERFB202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RANATTACKERFB203.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 19, 2011, 05:04:44 am
Sukhoi Su-24MRK 'Fencer-E' - Kurdistan Air Force, 2012

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANSu-24MRKFENCER-E01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANSu-24MRKFENCER-E02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANSu-24MRKFENCER-E03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANSu-24MRKFENCER-E04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANSu-24MRKFENCER-E05.jpg)

It's not the prettiest of aircraft but the Fencer does look good from certain angles. This uses my fictional Kurdistan roundels and fin flash.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 19, 2011, 07:28:38 am
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23BN - Kurdistan Air Force, 2012

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANMiG-23BNFLOGGER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANMiG-23BNFLOGGER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANMiG-23BNFLOGGER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KURDISTANMiG-23BNFLOGGER04.jpg)

This Kurd Flogger (not a person who sells Kurds :rolleyes:) uses the stock Syrian skin and Jeremak's Kurdistan roundel.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 19, 2011, 01:24:57 pm
Is there any chance on an Israeli Fencer? The camo it has in this one reminds me of the scheme the IDF use.

Best I can do without a template and trust me this took hours...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFSu-24MRFENCER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFSu-24MRFENCER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFSu-24MRFENCER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFSu-24MRFENCER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFSu-24MRFENCER05.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 20, 2011, 12:36:11 am
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MLDK - Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1994

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARIMiG-23MLDKFLOGGER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARIMiG-23MLDKFLOGGER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARIMiG-23MLDKFLOGGER03.jpg)

In game, Dhimari are firmly on the 'Blue' side but I wanted to see the Flogger in Dhimari markings. The terrain is the stock Israeli terrain - by far the best of the stock Third Wire terrains.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MiG-23MLDK_LOADING_1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MiG-23MLDK_LOADING_2.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 20, 2011, 11:24:15 am
McDonnell Douglas F-4KJ Phantom - No.69 Squadron, 'The Hammers', Heyl Ha'Avir, 1970

Even after their stunning successes in the 1967 Six-Day war the Heyl Ha'Avir did not rest on it's laurels and immediately issued a request for a Vautour replacement. Hopes of acquiring the Dassault Mirage IV had already been dashed by the French arms embargo and McDonnell Douglas proposed a simplified version of the Spey-engined F-4K which offered long-range at low level plus a useful offensive payload. Entering service with No.69 'The Hammers' in March 1970 the F-4KJ's bore the brunt of the 1973 Yom Kippur War and losses were heavy causing the Heyl Ha'Avir to later standardise on the F-4E Kurnass with it's improved ECM capabilities.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFF-4KPHANTOM01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFF-4KPHANTOM02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFF-4KPHANTOM03.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 23, 2011, 01:59:56 pm
Mitsubishi-Valmet F-2X - HävLLv 31, Ilmavoimat, 2012

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDF-2A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDF-2A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDF-2A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDF-2A04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FINLANDF-2A05.jpg)

I don't know much about the F-2A but can see that it has a noticeably bigger wing than an F-16. The F-2A add-on comes with two JSADF skins and I've just oversprayed the Hinomaru markings and added Finnish decals.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on November 27, 2011, 11:20:30 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FR.3 - 899 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, 1982

The adoption of the Rolls-Royce Spey for the British Phantoms led McDonnell Douglas to offer a range of Phantoms powered by the British turbofan including the F-4L for the US Navy and the swing-wing F-4S but the only extra variants to see production were the RF-4K (Phantom FR.3) for the Royal Navy and the similar RF-4M (Phantom FR.5) for the RAF. The total production of the two new variants was a meagre 50 aircraft and which also saw a small reduction in the RAF's F-4M order to 100 aircraft.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNRF-4K02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNRF-4K03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNRF-4K04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNRF-4K05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNRF-4K06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNRF-4K07.jpg)

This wonderfully innovative 'RF-4K' was created by 'The Mirage Factory' and I've been able to produce an overall EDSG skin for it thanks to a set of five templates being available for their F-4S model which just needed a bit of manipulation to fit the Spey-powered Recce Rhino. I've used 'B' type roundels and reckon that the EDSG would have been applied to the undersides whilst steaming South in April 1982...
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 03, 2011, 07:28:52 am
Gloster Meteor F.8 - Various Night Fighter Units

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMETEORF801-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMETEORF802.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMETEORF803.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMETEORF804.jpg)

Only mildy 'whiffy' these as I'm using the F.8 as a placeholder for some new decals for a forthcoming Meteor NF.14 by the prolific Veltro2K.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 04, 2011, 06:32:46 am
English Electric Lightning F.1B's - Various Units*, RAF Fighter Command, 1961-1962

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B10.jpg)

(* 46, 60, 64, 72 and 85 Squadrons)

I've been knocking up some new decals for the Gloster Meteor NF.14 and thought they'd look good on early Lightnings with camo. Fortunately, the Third Wire Lightnings come with all the classic RAF Lightning schemes and (incorrectly, but who cares?) has the grey/green camo seen on the square-tailed F.3/F.6 available for the 'witches hat' F.2 meaning that it will also fit the F.1A with a simple edit. Perhaps the Lightning programme had gone a bit faster meaning that some Meteor and Javelin 'all-weather' units might have transitioned to the Lightning F.1B and adopted camo due to their long-standing night-fighter background.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LIGHTNING1B_LOADING.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Lightning F-1B 'night-fighter' squadrons
Post by: SPINNERS on December 04, 2011, 01:34:48 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B12.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B13.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B14.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLIGHTNINGF1B11.jpg)
Gratuitous Lightning shot...
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 11, 2011, 12:36:14 pm
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F.3 - No.229 OCU, RAF Strike Command, 1985

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR504.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR505.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR501-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR502-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMFGR503-1.jpg)

This is Spey-engined F-4M with the nose of an F-4E and, for me, this was the Holy Grail of my modelling life eventually achieved by using the Frog F-4K with the nose of an Hasegawa F-4E and just a little PSR. Thinking about it, that must have been about 30 years ago! Anyway, this unique 3D model was gifted to me along with some suitable templates by sundowner so I thought I'd knock-up a Tornado-esque Phantom F.3 in service with No.229 OCU but probably not with the infamous 'Blue Circle' radar!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 29, 2011, 02:59:32 am
Gloster F-73N 'Night Meteor' - 84th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, United States Air Force, 1955

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-73NMETEOR01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-73NMETEOR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-73NMETEOR04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-73NMETEOR05.jpg)

I hope you all had a nice Christmas folks! I certainly did and Santa brought me a rather nice new 'gaming' desktop with a gorgeous 24" widescreen monitor. Anyway, I've been a bit busy skinning a real world Meteor NF.14 (it's the first project I've ever skinned from scratch) and then setting up my new rig so this morning I thought I'd get back in the saddle with a new 'what if'. I've done a couple of USAF Meteors in recent weeks and wondered if the NF.14 might have been procured for overseas use to keep those F-94 Starfires for Continental use only. I know the realworld timeline and the Meteor's obselescence doesn't favour this but what the hell!

Edit: Added two shots with U.S. AIR FORCE on nose.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 29, 2011, 07:41:05 am
Chengdu Jian-7 - Peoples Republic of Paran Air Force, 2011

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANF-7ME01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANF-7ME02.jpg)

This 'double-delta' Xian F-7 was released recently so I thought I'd use it with Parani markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 29, 2011, 11:03:40 am
BAe/Mitsubishi Stratos FG.3 - 899 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, 2022

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNFA-27C03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNFA-27C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNFA-27C02.jpg)

http://combatace.com/topic/69658-yukikaze-fa-27cadmiral56/

A very simple grey Royal Navy skin (and suitable decals) by me for the splendid 'Yukikaze' design released recently at Combat Ace.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on December 31, 2011, 10:58:27 am
A Happy New Year to everyone at the What If Modelers website and a toast to absent (and dearly missed) friends  :cheers:

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEF301-1.jpg)

Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - BAe/Mitsubishi Stratos FG.3 - 899NAS 2022
Post by: SPINNERS on December 31, 2011, 10:59:17 am
BTW I found this old postcard tucked away in a drawer...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/HYN1952.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 07, 2012, 10:28:23 am
BAC Thunderstrike GR.3 - No.41 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1974

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR304.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR305.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR306.jpg)

I've been priviliged by being allowed to have a play with a couple of modified TSR.2's for Strike Fighters and this is the first of the two. You'll note the cannons (ADEN's - what else?!) in a chin fairing under the nose and it also has wingtip AAM rails (not shown here). I've been doing some RAF Meteor squadrons recently and thought that No.41 squadron markings would look good so here's a couple of 'real world' No.41 squadron Meteor shots.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFMETEORF806.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAFMETEORF807.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 08, 2012, 02:31:58 am
Spectrum Industries Angel Mark One - Clodbase (lol) 21st Century

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SPECTRUMFA-2701.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SPECTRUMFA-2702.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SPECTRUMFA-2703.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SPECTRUMFA-2704.jpg)

Great idea Weaver and Overkiller  :thumbsup:.

I've quickly knocked this up this basic white skin (no time for panel lines) and Spectrum decals. Perhaps this was the forerunner to the more famous Angel Interceptor and Cloudbase was still a few decades away...
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 08, 2012, 11:13:54 am
BAC Thunderstrike GR.2 - No.41 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1973

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR201.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 17, 2012, 01:33:51 pm
BAC Thunderstrike GR.3A - No.41 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1974

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR3A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR3A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFTHUNDERSTRIKEGR3A03.jpg)

Some pretty substantial computer problems (thankfully I was fully backed up) have affected me this past week. It really was very time-consuming, immensely frustrating and a bit demotivating but I'm slowly getting things back together. Anyway, 'second generation' TSR.2's have been released by fellow Brit 'sundowner' over at Combat Ace including one with a cracking USAF 'Lakenheath' scheme. Here's my take on that scheme but with RAF SEAC markings. Nice to be back - more TSR.2's will follow!

http://combatace.com/topic/70072-tsr2-for-sf2-series/
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 20, 2012, 11:31:04 am
Fairchild A-10K Thunderbolt II - No.75 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Vietnam 1979

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNZAFA-10KTHUNDERBOLT01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNZAFA-10KTHUNDERBOLT02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNZAFA-10KTHUNDERBOLT03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNZAFA-10KTHUNDERBOLT04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNZAFA-10KTHUNDERBOLT05.jpg)

This Kiwi A-10K uses the superb stock USAF Euro 1 skin (lovely shark mouth) with some suitable decals by me. I'm slowly getting my PC to normal but I haven't got around to installing my backed-up stuff yet so I thought I'd have a play with this.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 20, 2012, 12:15:02 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNZAFA-10KTHUNDERBOLT06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNZAFA-10KTHUNDERBOLT07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNZAFA-10KTHUNDERBOLT08.jpg)

I can't remember who first came up with the idea of a SEAC Kiwi but it works a treat!
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Fairchild A-10K Thunderbolt - No.75 Sqd RNZAF
Post by: SPINNERS on January 21, 2012, 04:15:28 am
Fairchild A-10K Thunderbolt II - No.14 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1983

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNZAFA-10KTHUNDERBOLT09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNZAFA-10KTHUNDERBOLT10.jpg)

Last Kiwi 'Hog' for now and this is the stock USAF Grey skin with classic three-colour Kiwi roundels.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 22, 2012, 04:49:22 am
Messerschmitt Me-262P - JG27 Luftwaffe '46

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P05.jpg)

I was going to do a much simpler Me-262 for Paran (the fictional 'red' state in the original Strike Fighters Project One) but the necessity to do some sort of template meant that a Desert Me-262 was only a bit more work and far more entertaining. I'm no Luftwaffe expert so forgive me for any horrible inaccuracies on the markings but it would look so bare without markings so something is better than nothing!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 22, 2012, 06:21:44 am
Messerschmitt Me-262F-2/Trop - JG27 Luftwaffe '46

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P08.jpg)

This camo does seem to work!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 22, 2012, 10:09:05 am
Heinkel He P.1088 'Fledermaus' - Luftwaffe, Tunisia, 1948

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEFLEDERMAUS01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEFLEDERMAUS02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEFLEDERMAUS03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEFLEDERMAUS04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEFLEDERMAUS05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEFLEDERMAUS06.jpg)

My Me-262 in desert camo has inspired me to revisit the Gloster Meteor NF.14 and I reckon it makes a good fictional Luft'4648 all-weather fighter. It seems to be Heinkel project to me and I've given it the name 'Fledermaus' (Bat).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 25, 2012, 11:51:56 am
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARIAH-64A01.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 29, 2012, 08:29:00 am
Chengdu/PAC JF-17 Thunder - No.26 Squadron, Pakistan Air Force, 2012

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PAFJF-17THUNDER01.jpg)

Only a partial 'what if' as, of course, this attractive little fighter is in service with the PAF but probably not with these ancient Soviet weapons...
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on January 29, 2012, 11:37:53 am
McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II - No.26 Sqd, PAF, 1973

In the immediate aftermath of the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War the senior commanders of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) ordered an urgent review of the substantial combat losses incurred during the short but brutal conflict and the resultant report highlighted the deficiencies in quantity and quality of the PAF and especially of the attack squadrons. The B-57's of No.7 and No.8 squadrons had performed heroically but losses had meant that No.8 Squadron had to be disbanded and it's surviving B-57's aircraft transferred to No.7 Squadron. Ideally, the PAF wanted a more modern long-range attack bomber with low-level penetrability and they put the Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer at the top of their wish list but were given a polite rebuttal by the UK Government who were clearly determined not to actually let their ailing aircraft industry actually export something.

By March 1972, and primarily due to the slow drawdown in Vietnam, the United States Government were offering war weary early F-4C's to the Pakistan Government and an order was duly placed for a batch of 24 ex-USAF F-4C's which were delivered in June 1972 much to the consternation of the Indian Government who promptly ordered more MiG's from the Soviet Union. The 24 aircraft were initially very thinly spread between No.7 squadron, a re-activated No.8 squadron and No.26 squadron but peacetime attrition soon saw No.26 squadron disbanded in 1976 although they were subsequently re-formed in 1979 with F-4E's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PAFF-4CPHANTOM01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PAFF-4CPHANTOM02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PAFF-4CPHANTOM03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PAFF-4CPHANTOM04.jpg)

I thought I'd reuse my new PAF decals on something and the F-4C's grey skin reminded me of the PAF's B-57's.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 03, 2012, 12:28:43 pm
Heinkel P.105 - III/JG6, Welzow, Luftwaffe, 1949

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUD04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUD05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUD06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETHUD03.jpg)

I've added some mottling and made the 'defence of the reich' bands a bit wider. The 3D model (not the stock F-105D) has a few tears in it which causes 'decal bleed' so I can only take screenshots from certain angles. All in all, I've enjoyed this one but feel I've taken it as far as I can but it's given me ideas for future Luftwaffe '46 (or 47, 48, 49, etc) 'what ifs'. BTW my starting point was the excellent Keith Fretwell Fw190D drawings from 'Warplanes of the Luftwaffe' by World Air Power Journal.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 04, 2012, 04:10:33 am
North American Shark FGA.2 - No,20 Squadron, RAF Operation Granby, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D05.jpg)

Highly unlikely I know but I thought I'd see what RAF Super Sabres would look like in Desert Pink!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D12.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 04, 2012, 10:58:19 am
Messerschmitt Me-277 (P.1125) Nachtjager - Luftwaffe '48

Towards the end of his four-year collaboration with the Messerschmitt company at Augsburg, Dr. Alexander Lippisch had sketched out a formidably large delta-winged all-weather interceptor but his transfer to the Luftahrtforschungsanstalt (Aviation Research Institute) in Munich led to the project being shelved due to the lack of a suitably large powerplant. The desperate but successful 'reversal campaigns' of late 1944 and early 1945 had led to stalemate on both fronts and allowed Germany time to develop and field their first-generation jet and rocket fighters to great success.

In late 1946 Dipl-Ing Hans Hornung, head of preliminary studies at Messerschmitt, dusted down the original Lippisch delta design and scaled it down slightly to suit the Junkers Jumo 'Titan' axial flow turbojet which had successfully been test flown on the port wing of a specially modified Me-323 Gigant in September 1946 and was promising sufficient thrust for the large delta-winged fighter now renamed 'Projekt Nachtjager' and given the design number of P.1125.

The project moved smoothly and the first P.1125 entered service as the Messerschmitt Me-277 in July 1948 but production was severely hampered when the factory was hit by USAAF B-50's in September 1948 leading to only a handful of Me-277's seeing service.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-102ADELTADAGGER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-102ADELTADAGGER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-102ADELTADAGGER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-102ADELTADAGGER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-102ADELTADAGGER05.jpg)

Backstory is a bit rushed but I hope you enjoy this one!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Messerschmitt Me-299 Nachtjager - Luft'49
Post by: SPINNERS on February 05, 2012, 03:08:55 am
Messerschmitt Me-299 - Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe, 1949

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-106ADELTADART01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-106ADELTADART02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-106ADELTADART03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-106ADELTADART04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-106ADELTADART05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEF-106ADELTADART06.jpg)

I much prefer the looks of the sexy Six to the Deuce and the skin bitmaps for the F-106A were quite easy for me to add mottling and dirt layers.

N.B. The fin badge and fuselage codes bear no relation to each other (not my strong point).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 05, 2012, 09:20:05 am
Junkers EF145 'Super Gans' - Kampfgeschwader 76, Luftwaffe, 1948

Adolf Hitler's early decision to allow the Me262 programme to continue as a 'fighter only' project (and at top priority) soon reaped dividends as the world's first swept-wing jet fighter hacked down American bombers by day and, in it's Me 262 A-1a/U2 form, British bombers at night. The unsuccessful allied invasion of June 1944 (at Calais) allowed German forces to bolster the Eastern front and by September 1944 the frontline had become static in all theatres with Arado Ar234's and Me262's ruling the roost.

In October 1944 Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring instructed Junkers and Messerschmitt to design and produce very long-range bomber aircraft capable of delivering a 4,000kg bombload over a distance of 8,000km in a design competition that quickly gained the title of 'Projekt America'. Lead by Dr-Ing Heinrich Hertel the Junkers team dusted down a previously shelved project for a swing-wing tactical bomber known to the Junkers team as the 'Gans' (Goose) due to it's length and wingspan with the wing fully forward. Hertel scaled up the earlier Gans design as much as he dared based on using two of the projected Jumo 90 axial flow jet engines (each of 90kN thrust) to produce the EF145 design or 'Super Gans' but knew that the range requirement was going to be beyond the abilities of his otherwise outstanding submission unless he could cheat by assuming one-way missions or use in-flight refuelling. Impressed by the design, Göring encouraged Hertel to continue with the design and development of the EF145 for the European theatre.

Meanwhile, in February 1945 German Kommandos were delivered to the US mainland by U-Boat and on March 2nd undertook a co-ordinated attack on the three primary research and production sites of the Manhatten Project (the plutonium-production facility at the Hanford Site in eastern Washington state, the uranium enrichment facilities at Oak Ridge in Tennessee and the weapons research and design laboratory at Los Alamos in New Mexico) leading to mass evacuations at all three sites as radioactive material was scattered around the surrounding areas. With intelligence reports suggesting that the Manhatten Project had been set back at least three years Hitler asked Göring to accelerate 'Projekt America' but when informed that the best design (the EF145) was only going to have about one-half of the required range an enraged Hitler demanded that one-way missions would be acceptable and instructed Hannah Reitsch to set up a recruitment and indoctrination unit.

Junkers worked miracles to produce the EF145 prototype and, on the low installed thrust of it's Jumo 90 engines, it clawed itself into the air for the first time on March 1st, 1948 although an engine fire saw it quickly land back at Dessau. However, by this time the war situation had deteriorated for Germany. Truman's controversial decision to renege on the previously agreed 'Germany first' policy saw Japan finally defeated (conventionally) in December 1946 and the allies had made solid progress during 1947 leading to the second Calais landings of August 1947 and the simultaneous Soviet breakout through Poland and East Prussia. It is understood that just four production EF145's were delivered to KG76 during April 1948 with one successful strike mission being made against Lublin aerodrome in Poland before World War 2 finally ended on May 1st, 1948.

In a mystery that will probably remain unsolved the prototype 'Super Gans' was never found but on April 30th, 1948 a Portugese trawler crew 50km west of the Azores reported that an unidentified "goose like aircraft with it's tail on fire" was seen to crash into the sea with only the body of a woman in civilian clothing ever recovered.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETu-22M3BACKFIRE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFETu-22M3BACKFIRE02.jpg)

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Forgive me as I know I've done a Luftwaffe 'Backfire' before but my new quick and easy mottling technique has caused me to revisit this.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 08, 2012, 01:23:54 pm
BAe/Mitsubishi Stratos FG.1 - No.6 Squadron, RAF Middle East Command, 2019

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFA-27C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFA-27C02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFA-27C03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFFA-27C04.jpg)

This is the F/A-27C from the Yukikaze anime 'Operation 4' given a simple 'Desert Pink' skin and No.6 squadron markings. An all grey Royal Navy bird is just a few pages back on this very thread.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Chance Vought P-48C Corsair - 61st FS 56th FG
Post by: SPINNERS on February 12, 2012, 01:41:26 am
Chance Vought P-48C Corsair - 61st FS 56th FG, USAAF, March, 1944

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAAFP-48CCORSAIR05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAAFP-48CCORSAIR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAAFP-48CCORSAIR03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAAFP-48CCORSAIR04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAAFP-48CCORSAIR06.jpg)

Inspired by AeroplaneDriver's P-72 Corsair and given a bit of 'canvas' effect. BTW I know the hook is still there!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 13, 2012, 09:27:56 am
North American P-51D Mustangs - Dhimari Air Force, 1946

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARIP-51DMUSTANG01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARIP-51DMUSTANG02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/DHIMARIP-51DMUSTANG03.jpg)

I thought I'd put the Me-163 'Komet' into service with the bad boys of Paran and these Dhimari Mustangs came up to fight. The Me-163 add-on replicates the simple on/off nature of the Walter rocket-motor (although I understand a Komet pilot had to leave a full two minutes before re-lighting) and it's also great fun trying to glide back to base!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 14, 2012, 11:48:48 am
North American Shark FGA.2 - No.41 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1975

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D10.jpg)

A really nice set of templates exist for the F-100D so I've used them to create an RAF 'Hun' in the classic 1970's tactical scheme with 'B' type national markings. 'Strike Fighters' has made appreciate what a good-looking aircraft the Super Sabre is and it has the A, C and D models covered and I released a mod to cover the little-known RF-100A 'Slick Chick'.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/USAFRF-100A03.jpg)

http://www.spyflight.co.uk/f100.htm

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D17.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 15, 2012, 11:00:23 am
Fairchild Shadow C.3 - No.48 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHADOWC301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHADOWC302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHADOWC303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHADOWC304.jpg)

Just having a random trawl through some of the amazing free add-ons done for Strike Fighters and came across the AC-119G 'Shadow' which I've put into RAF SEAC service with No.48 Squadron.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 16, 2012, 07:18:33 am
Martin B-53A Vindicator - USAF Tactical Air Command, 1957

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFB-53AVINDICATOR01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFB-53AVINDICATOR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFB-53AVINDICATOR04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFB-53AVINDICATOR05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFB-53AVINDICATOR06.jpg)

No input from me on this one (except for taking the screenshots) as this was released as a 'what if' today by pappychksix over at Combat Ace. It's such a neat idea, I feel like I've had the day off!

http://combatace.com/topic/70692-b-53a-vindicator/
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 17, 2012, 05:51:51 am
North American Shark FGA.2 - No.1 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1969

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D16.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D15.jpg)

I'm releasing this skin together with the 'B' type No.41 Sqd and 'Desert Pink' No.20 Sqd.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKFGA2F-100D11.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 18, 2012, 05:05:16 am
North American Shark F.1 - No.56 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1957

The failure of the Supermarine Swift and development delays in the English Electric P.1B programme led to an unexpected UK order for the supersonic North American Super Sabre which was eagerly received by an ailing Royal Air Force. The first of 80 F-100K's (service designation: Shark F.1) was received in 1957 and the first squadron to re-equip was No.56 squadron who two years earlier had endured the heartache of operating the Swift F.1 and were soon to encounter teething difficulties with the Shark F.1...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKF1F-100D01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKF1F-100D02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKF1F-100D03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFSHARKF1F-100D04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 18, 2012, 08:34:36 am
North American J36A - F13, Swedish Flygvapnet, 1965

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-100SSUPERSABRE06.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-100SSUPERSABRE09.jpg)

Such was the strength of their own aircraft industry I'm really not sure as to why the Swedes would need the Super Sabre but here is the F-100D in Flygvapnet service.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 18, 2012, 08:34:49 am
North American J36B - F21, Swedish Flygvapnet, 1974

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-100SSUPERSABRE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-100SSUPERSABRE02.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-100SSUPERSABRE05.jpg)

I've never really mastered any type of splinter camo but this is quite passable and certainly gives an impression of what a 1970's Swedish Super Sabre would have looked like.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 19, 2012, 10:56:21 am
North American J36B - F21 (Aggressor Squadron) Swedish Flygvapnet, 1978

The J36 'Bertil' ended it's days as a dissimilar air combat 'aggressor' with F21 until it's retirement in 1980.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-100SSUPERSABRE14.jpg)

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I've taken a lot of time today to create a four-colour 'splinter' template in Viggen colours and it's been a good investment of my time as I can easily switch to other colours and this is a four-colour blue scheme. I was mightily tempted to make this a Finnish bird but will leave that for the future.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-100SSUPERSABRE19.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 20, 2012, 01:48:47 pm
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis - 1º Grupo de Caça da Força Aérea Brasileira, 1958
 
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FABMiG-15bis01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FABMiG-15bis02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FABMiG-15bis03.jpg)

I had no idea what I was going to do tonight and thought it might be something 'splintery' but a new cockpit for the Mig-15 was released today so I decided to make the stock MiG-15bis flyable (it's normally AI only) and make it a Meteor replacement for the Brazilian Air Force. I am aware that the nose gun camera needs a lick of paint!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 22, 2012, 01:20:38 pm
Valmet Kotka - HävLLv 31, Ilmavoimat, 1982

For many years Finland had cast envious eyes at Sweden's ability to produce indigenous weapons systems that were comparable to anything produced anywhere and, in particular, Sweden's ability to produce combat aircraft that met their unique defensive requirements. Indeed, they were so impressed with the Draken's ability to take off from a short section of 'motorväg', make an automatic all-weather interception at Mach 2 and then vanish back into the Swedish landscape that they eagerly negotiated with the Swedish government to not only purchase the Draken but to also licence-produce it using Valmet (their state-owned heavy industry company).

Valmet had already cut their teeth with licence-production of the Fouga Magister and the indigenously designed aircraft Vihuri and Vinka training aircraft and during the early 1970's the Valmet drawing office were sketching out a proposed Draken replacement clearly influenced by the contemporary Saab Viggen but generally scaled-down to fit a single afterburning Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan. Given the project name of Kotka 80, by early 1973 the design was showing sufficient promise for Valmet to be given a contract order for 60 single-seat Kotka (Eagle) multi-role fighters and 12 Kotka two-seat trainers with a planned in-service date of 1980. Design and development moved smoothly and the Kotka entered service in 1981 when Hävittäjälentolaivue 31 (Fighter Squadron 31) converted from the MiG-21.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATCONVAIR20101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATCONVAIR20102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATCONVAIR20103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATCONVAIR20104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATCONVAIR20105.jpg)

This is Julhelm's cracking Convair 201 (CTOL) masquerading as Finland's first indigenous jet combat aircraft and wearing a variation of my 'blue splinter' camo. Ignore the 'CV' serial numbers as I was going to leave it as a Convair product but suddenly started writing the above backstory.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 25, 2012, 12:18:54 am
North American F-100D Super Sabre - 154 Gruppo, 6 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiana, 1961

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE04.jpg)

This is the stock F-100D skin with new AMI roundels and new F-100D fin shape tail markings for 6 Stormo which always add a big splash of colour to anything they adorn.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Italian Super Sabres
Post by: SPINNERS on February 25, 2012, 04:37:36 am
North American F-100D Super Sabre - 22 Gruppo, 51 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiana, 1964

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE08.jpg)

I love that whole 51 Stormo cat and mouse thing!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 25, 2012, 11:54:34 am
North American F-100D Super Sabre - 18 Gruppo, 3 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare Italiano, 1969

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE12.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE11.jpg)

My RAF skin and new decals for 3 Stormo.

Caution: I bite!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE15.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-100DSUPERSABRE16.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 26, 2012, 08:58:58 am
Breguet Atlantic MR.2 - No.120 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1971

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFATLANTICMR201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFATLANTICMR202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFATLANTICMR203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFATLANTICMR204.jpg)

I've been experimenting with a splinter scheme using the classic USAF 'SEA' upper surface colours of dark green, green and tan and thought I'd team it up with RAF SEAC markings and the Breguet Atlantic!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 26, 2012, 11:43:16 am
BAe Hawk FG.2A - No.16 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1989

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHAWKFG2A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHAWKFG2A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHAWKFG2A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHAWKFG2A04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHAWKFG2A05.jpg)

Oooh, I quite like this myself! This is the Hawk 209 and the 3D model was done by a German guy called Florian who, among other things, has done a Tornado and two-seat Corsair and when he released this he generously included the template which has made it easy for me to use my 'SEAC Splinter' design. I remember that Matchbox kit of the Hawk 200 coming out in the late-80's and doing a standard RAF camo on it (wish digital cameras were common in those days).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 29, 2012, 10:58:49 am
Chengdu J-14 Stealth Fighter - Peoples Liberation Army Air Force, 2013

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFJ-1401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFJ-1402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFJ-1403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFJ-1404.jpg)

An easy night for me tonight as I've just had to take some screenshots of this futuristic wonderplane which is the creation of a Brazilian 3D modder over at Combat Ace (CadetteBRA) and it is the fictional Chinese Chengdu J-14 Stealth Fighter. It comes with this contemporary PLAAF skin and I'm sorely tempted to give it some 'splinter'  :wacko:.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 29, 2012, 12:17:13 pm
Embraer Pantera - Força Aérea Brasileira, 2017

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FABJ-14FIREDRAGON01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FABJ-14FIREDRAGON02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FABJ-14FIREDRAGON03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FABJ-14FIREDRAGON04.jpg)

As a nod towards the nationally of the 3D models creator I've used a USAF SEA Splinter Camo with FAB markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on February 29, 2012, 10:33:13 pm
Embraer Pantera -HävLLv 31, Ilmavoimat, 2020

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATJ-14FIREDRAGON01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATJ-14FIREDRAGON02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATJ-14FIREDRAGON03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATJ-14FIREDRAGON09.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Embraer Pantera - HävLLv 31, Ilmavoimat
Post by: SPINNERS on March 02, 2012, 10:30:59 pm
Embraer Pantera -HävLLv 11, Ilmavoimat, 2022

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATJ-14FIREDRAGON04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATJ-14FIREDRAGON05.jpg)


And a slightly darker grey...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATJ-14FIREDRAGON07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATJ-14FIREDRAGON08.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 03, 2012, 03:17:05 am
Handley-Page Harris C.1 - No.30 Squadron, RAF Air Support Command, 1972

Early studies into a Valetta replacement for RAF Transport Command led Handley-Page to propose a military freighter version of their twin-Dart Herald civil airliner under the designation of H.P.124 but when Freddie Page could see that the rival H.S.780 (Andover) project had become the short-term political favourite he boldly gambled on a larger tactical transport with STOL capabilities to a later timescale. His Cricklewood team soon designed the H.P.138 around two Rolls-Royce Tyne turboprops and this soon attracted strong RAF interest but no orders were placed until April 1965 when a contract for 100 was announced in the Budget speech in an obvious move to reduce critiscism of the cancellation of the TSR.2 strike aircraft although it also helped reduce the UK's balance of payments due to the sharp reduction in C-130K Hercules purchased.

Development proceeded swiftly and the type entered service as the Harris C.1 in February 1969 when the first examples were received by No.30 squadron.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHARRISC101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHARRISC102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHARRISC103.jpg)

This is, of course, the Aeritalia G.222 'baby Hercules' - a most attractive aircraft and it comes with this desert camo which is damn near perfect for replicating that two-tone brown scheme seen on the RAF's C-130K's back in the day.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHARRISC104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHARRISC105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFHARRISC106.jpg)

Black undersides added plus white 'top'.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 03, 2012, 06:50:47 am
Saab JAS-39C Gripen - F13, Flygvapnet, 2013

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETJAS-39CGRIPEN01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETJAS-39CGRIPEN02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETJAS-39CGRIPEN03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETJAS-39CGRIPEN04.jpg)

A cracking update of the Gripen was released this week (including a two-seater) but the grey skins are not to my taste so I thought I'd use my Swedish splinter 'wallpaper' on it.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 03, 2012, 11:35:16 pm
Saab Lansen FGA.3 - No.41 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1973

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLANSENFGA301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLANSENFGA302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLANSENFGA303.jpg)

I don't think this quite works but the Lansen is a such good looking aircraft*... if you ignore that belly tank!

* So good it should have been a Hawker product   ;)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 04, 2012, 08:11:05 am
Saab Lansen FGA.1 - No.4 Squadron, RAF Germany, 1973

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLANSENFGA102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLANSENFGA101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFLANSENFGA103.jpg)

Swedish aircraft are enjoying a bit of a rennaissance over at Combat Ace and I've been seduced by them too! Off eBay this week I had Modern Combat Aircraft 21: Saab Viggen and I've just started reading it about 27 years after I wanted to buy it!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 04, 2012, 11:57:21 am
General Dynamics F-111S (AJ38) - F13, Flygvapnet, 1975

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-111S01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-111S02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-111S03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-111S04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-111S05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-111S06.jpg)

I've been planning this one for a few days now as a cracking 'hi-rez' template exists for the F-111 family and scaling up my splinter design seems to suit the bulky F-111. Actually, it's the FB-111A airframe because I just love the long-span wings. Thinking about it, if I'd used the F-111C I could have had a backstory based on the Aussies rejecting their F-111C's and Sweden picking them up cheap. Anyway, hope you like it!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 05, 2012, 01:18:36 pm
Thinking about it, if I'd used the F-111C I could have had a backstory based on the Aussies rejecting their F-111C's and Sweden picking them up cheap.

F-111C's as delivered...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-111S07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-111S08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-111S09.jpg)


And after their first major overhaul...

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-111S10.jpg)

F-111C 3D model and a skin with revised (darkened) tones and a larger splinter pattern.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 06, 2012, 11:49:57 am
Convair-Saab F-106S (J36) - F13 Flygvapnet, 1974

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-106SDELTADART01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-106SDELTADART02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-106SDELTADART03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-106SDELTADART04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-106SDELTADART05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-106SDELTADART06.jpg)

Scooter - I don't have a proper template for the 'Six' (one of my faves too) so this is a bit of a lash-up and has a few issues but hopefully it gives a good impression of what a splintery Swedish Six would look like.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 09, 2012, 02:20:18 pm
Would it be possible to do the F-100D or the Vark in a two tone green/blue scheme similar to the one the RSAF Drakens had in the 60's - 70's please?

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-100SSUPERSABRE21.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-100SSUPERSABRE22.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-100SSUPERSABRE23.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-100SSUPERSABRE24.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 13, 2012, 12:13:49 pm
Hawker Hunter F Mk 83 - Escuadrón 113, Ejército del Aire, 1982

'What If' Spanish Aggressors!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/EDAHUNTERMK8201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/EDAHUNTERMK8202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/EDAHUNTERMK8203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/EDAHUNTERMK8204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/EDAHUNTERMK8205.jpg)

One wears an 'Iberian Splinter' camo by me and the other wears the stock 'Third Wire' Omani skin with my decals including a semi-fictional set of 113 Escuadrón nose bars. The scabbed on chaff and flare dispensers needs a bit of paint slapped on them  :rolleyes:
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 14, 2012, 01:43:19 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/EDAHUNTERMK8206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/EDAHUNTERMK8208.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 17, 2012, 06:55:44 am
Bristol-Boulton-Paul Vagabond SR.4 - No.543 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1959

The Boulton-Paul Vagabond was Britain's first nuclear-capable bomber and the first of the V-bombers. Designed by the newly merged Bristol and Boulton-Paul companies it gained some benefit from the former's unsuccessful Brabazon transport aircraft. Powered by four Bristol Phoroneus turboprop engines the Vagabond had the longest unrefuelled range of the four V-bombers but also the lowest speed and ceiling and was soon relegated to recconnaisance duties.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVAGABONDSR401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVAGABONDSR402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVAGABONDSR403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVAGABONDSR404.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVAGABONDSR405.jpg)

Strike Fighters 2:North Atlantic introduced the Tu-95RT 'Bear-D' as one of the many new non-flyables which, thankfully, can be made flyable in less time than it take to type this sentence.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 17, 2012, 08:00:44 am
Bristol-Boulton-Paul Vagabond B(PR).2 - No.9 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1955

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVAGABONDSR406.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVAGABONDSR407.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVAGABONDSR408.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFVAGABONDSR409.jpg)

This 'anti-flash' white skin was made a bit quick and is less than perfect but when decaled up it does give an impression of what a V-bomber Bear would have looked like.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 17, 2012, 01:12:39 pm
Grumman F-14C Tomcat - 171st Fighter Interceptor Squadron, USAF, 1977

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-14CTOMCAT02-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-14CTOMCAT03-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-14CTOMCAT01-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-14CTOMCAT04-1.jpg)

If you've getting a sense of déjà vu it's because I've shown this one before. Well, one very similar. This is basically the same decals but applied to the new F-14A Tomcat which is the centrepiece of the new Strike Fighters 2:North Atlantic game. 
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 18, 2012, 11:46:45 am
Douglas A-4D Skyhawk - 416th TFS, 37th TFW, USAF, Phu Cat, 1966

During the Spring of 1961 the incoming Secretary of Defence Robert S. McNamara left no stone unturned in his search for efficiencies in procurement and operational costs and his attention soon turned to the successful Douglas A4D 'Skyhawk' programme. Douglas had already transformed their 'bantam bomber' by replacing the Curtiss-Wright J65 engine with the Pratt & Whitney J52-P6A engine and the forthcoming A4D-5 (A-4E) version was chosen as the baseline for a minimum-change version for the USAF. Known as the A-4D (after the introduction of the tri-service designation system) the USAF Skyhawks saw extensive service at home and abroad and, in particular, served with distinction in Vietnam where it replaced a variety of tactical aircraft.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFA-4DSKYHAWK01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFA-4DSKYHAWK02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFA-4DSKYHAWK03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFA-4DSKYHAWK04.jpg)

This is the stock Navy A-4E model but with a skin adapted from the 'Kiwi' A-4K (available as a DLC).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFA-4DSKYHAWK05.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!



Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 24, 2012, 08:50:12 am
McDonnell Douglas F-18S - F21, Swedish Flygvapnet, 1986

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-18SHORNET01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-18SHORNET02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-18SHORNET03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-18SHORNET04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-18SHORNET05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-18SHORNET06.jpg)

I didn't intend to place this one onboard a carrier but it does look rather striking so just go with it (good advice for this thread  :lol: ).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 25, 2012, 05:23:11 am
McDonnell Douglas Phantom Mk.1 - No.234 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1970

Cue the music from 'Battle Of Britain'....

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMMk101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMMk102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMMk103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFPHANTOMMk104.jpg)

This skin was released by James Fox over at Combat Ace but as a modern FGR.2 skin with contemporary 'B' type tactical markings but as the upper surface colours are very BoB-ish I thought I'd stick some retro decals on it. My first problem was that I wanted the fuselage roundel and codes to be to the rear of the fuselage but the British Phantoms have that auxilliary intake door for which I don't have the mesh name so I had to switch to the F-4J. N3277 was a Spitfire Mk1 of No.234 Squadron flown by Pilot Officer Richard Hardy which was captured by the Germans after he crash-landed on the beach at Cherbourg in August 1940.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 25, 2012, 01:01:50 pm
North American (Rockwell) F-100G Super Sabre - 131st TFS, 104th TFW, Massachusetts ANG, 1982

President James Earl 'Jimmy' Carter started his presidency in January 1977 with a detailed review of the US military budget and his most high-profile decision was the cancellation of the Rockwell B-1A bomber programme in June 1977. But many smaller programmes were cut or cancelled too along with the postponement of the re-equipping of TAC and ANG units with new aircraft types. F-16A and A-10A production was slowed down and many TAC and ANG units were instructed to hold on to their F-100's and F-105's for an indefinate period. In a genuine (but actually insulting) compensatory gesture Rockwell were given a $45million contract to upgrade 90 F-100D's for continued service with the ANG with the aircraft emerging from their Columbus, Ohio plant as F-100G's with refurbished engines, partially re-skinned wings and minor avionics upgrades.

The first unit to receive F-100G's was the 131st Tactical Fighter Squadron based at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield who had been scheduled to convert from the F-100D to A-10A's but instead received F-100G's which served until 1986.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-100GSUPERSABRE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-100GSUPERSABRE02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-100GSUPERSABRE03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-100GSUPERSABRE04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-100GSUPERSABRE05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-100GSUPERSABRE06.jpg)

I quite like this one myself!

I like the 'Euro One' camo scheme seen, for example, on F-4D's and wondered what it would look like on something from an earlier generation. As the F-100 comes with such a good template (created by hgbn over at Combat Ace) I've used that but just kept my 'Euro One' scheme to the upper surfaces only instead of wraparound as it's an absolute bugger to match up the bitmaps. For markings, I just flicked through the old World Air Power book on the ANG by Rene J. Francillon and decided to use the 131st TFS and thus deny them swapping their F-100D's for A-10A's in 1979.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Rockwell F-100G - 131st TFS 'Euro One'
Post by: SPINNERS on March 27, 2012, 01:26:59 pm
North American (Rockwell) F-100G - 125th TFS, Oklahoma ANG, 1985

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-100GSUPERSABRE09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-100GSUPERSABRE10.jpg)

The 'Tulsa' fin stripe seen on the 125th's F-16C's seemed a good fit for my second F-100G ANG unit. The RAF style nose marking is fictitious but uses the card playing beaver (wtf) seen on their squadron patch and the colours seen on their fin stripe.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-100GSUPERSABRE08.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 30, 2012, 01:47:07 pm
Lockheed F-104E - 112th TFS, Ohio ANG, 1983

Whilst, officially, USAF interest in the F-104 programme began to ebb (leading to only 77 F-104C's being built) they kept a watchful eye on Lockheed's progress into transforming the original hot-rod interceptor fighter into a multi-mission tactical fighter for export to selected 'free world' nations. As negotiations with Federal Germany reached a critical phase in 1958 concern was expressed by the Bonn government that Lockheed were attempting to sell an aircraft no longer wanted by it's home nation. Lockheed cleverly took these concerns back to Washington and claimed that lucrative export orders were at jeopardy leading to a token order for a new version of the Starfighter for the USAF.

Designated F-104E this new version represented a halfway house between the F-104C and the forthcoming F-104G. Only 60 F-104E's were planned to be produced but the success of the F-104C flown by Capt Charles Tofferi in the 1962 William Tell tactical weapons meet, against strong competition from F-100 and F-105 pilots, led to continued low-rate production followed by a larger batch of 240 F-104E's making an eventual total of 336. F-104E's were deployed to Vietnam and surviving aircraft were refurbished for ANG use with the type being finally retired in 1988 when the 112th TFS re-equipped with F-16A's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104CSTARFIGHTER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104CSTARFIGHTER05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104CSTARFIGHTER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104CSTARFIGHTER06.jpg)

I've badged up my screenshots as F-104C's but as that variant is associated with the SEA camo and that ugly refuelling probe (and me from the land of the Victor - lol) I've switched to the F-104E designation.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 31, 2012, 10:03:21 am
Lockheed Starfighter F-104E - 162nd TFS, Ohio ANG, 1985

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104CSTARFIGHTER07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104CSTARFIGHTER08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104CSTARFIGHTER09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104CSTARFIGHTER10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104CSTARFIGHTER11.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on March 31, 2012, 11:23:40 am
Me 262 A-1a/R-1 - JG27, Luftwaffe, 1946

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P11.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/LUFTWAFFEME-262P12.jpg)

A nice diversion from Cold War jets!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 01, 2012, 12:23:57 pm
Lockheed F-104E Starfighter - 198th TFS, Puerto Rico ANG, 1970

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104ESTARFIGHTER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104ESTARFIGHTER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104ESTARFIGHTER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104ESTARFIGHTER05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-104ESTARFIGHTER06.jpg)

Puerto Rico F-4E's feature on the current Page 25 (as do Florida ANG Drakens and Michigan ANG Fiddlers - lol) so this 'what if' slightly conflicts with that alternate timeline - hey ho.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 01, 2012, 01:07:16 pm
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/F-104E_LOADING.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 03, 2012, 10:08:26 am
Convair F-102A - 2 Squadron, Belgian Air Force, 1972

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFF-102ADELTADAGGER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFF-102ADELTADAGGER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFF-102ADELTADAGGER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BAFF-102ADELTADAGGER04.jpg)

Apart from the Third Wire products the only 'payware' I've ever forked out for is some stuff by RAZBAM and it includes the F-102A Delta Dagger, which is odd because it's never been a favourite of mine but it's undeniably an important milestone in aviation history and it's troubled development story is a good read. Anyway this is the RAZBAM F-102A with Belgian national markings painted onto the skin bitmaps and then with stock decals from the Third Wire Mirage 5BA.

FFI on RAZBAM - http://www.razbamsims.com/
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 06, 2012, 11:38:04 pm
Convair F-102K - No.29 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1963

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-102KDELTADAGGER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-102KDELTADAGGER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-102KDELTADAGGER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-102KDELTADAGGER04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 09, 2012, 12:33:22 pm
Douglas Skyhawk FG.2 - 899 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, 1982

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNSKYHAWKFG201.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNSKYHAWKFG202.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNSKYHAWKFG203.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNSKYHAWKFG204.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNSKYHAWKFG205.jpg)

I do like 'B' type roundels on EDSG FAA aircraft and I especially like the 899NAS Fist emblem.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 13, 2012, 12:41:04 pm
Douglas A-4E Skyhawk - MFG1, Marineflieger, 1971

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MARINEFLIEGERA-4ESKYHAWK01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MARINEFLIEGERA-4ESKYHAWK02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MARINEFLIEGERA-4ESKYHAWK03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MARINEFLIEGERA-4ESKYHAWK04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MARINEFLIEGERA-4ESKYHAWK05.jpg)

Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 14, 2012, 09:10:09 am
Douglas A-4ES Skyhawk - F21, Swedish Flygvapnet, 1969

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETA-4ESKYHAWK01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETA-4ESKYHAWK05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETA-4ESKYHAWK06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETA-4ESKYHAWK03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETA-4ESKYHAWK04.jpg)

I've made some pretty crude templates for the Skyhawk, just about good enough for screenshots but unfortunately not good enough for releasing the skins. Before I added my Swedish markings I couldn't resist seeing what a Royal Navy experimental scheme would look like!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNSKYHAWKFG206.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNSKYHAWKFG207.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 15, 2012, 11:29:21 am
Grumman F-14A Tomcat - VF-805 Royal Australian Navy, 1977

The unfortunate HMAS Melbourne suffered two tragic incidents during the 1960's (sinking two friendly warships in seperate collisions, both with high loss of life) that led to it gaining a reputation as a jinxed ship and the Royal Australian Navy decided against a proposed refit scheduled for 1972. By early 1973 a replacement carrier and associated advanced aircraft were openly being sought with the Australian Government initially looking at the soon to be retired HMS Eagle but, in a surprise move, the US Government offered USS Ranger (CV-61) as a thank you for Australia's participation in the Vietnam war. Grumman were quick to see an opportunity and offered an 'export version' of the F-14A (without AIM-54 Phoenix capability) to Australia who ordered 16 in January 1974, the same month that Iran ordered 30 F-14A's (later increased to 80). USS Ranger emerged from refit in May 1975 to enter Australian service as HMAS Australia and received it's first F-14A's in February 1976.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RANF-14ATOMCAT01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RANF-14ATOMCAT02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RANF-14ATOMCAT03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RANF-14ATOMCAT04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RANF-14ATOMCAT05.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 16, 2012, 01:42:37 pm
Grumman F-14S Tomcat - F21, Swedish Flygvapnet, 1979

Whilst delighted with the newly introduced AJ37 attack version of the Saab Viggen, Flygvapnet officials soon expressed concerns over the range and capability of the forthcoming JA37 interceptor version and made tentative enquiries to Grumman, McDonnell Douglas and Panavia for an interceptor tailored to their rather unique requirements. Grumman (who desperately needed more orders for their F-14 to help offset the burden of the onerous fixed-price deal with the DoD) quickly proposed an export version of the Tomcat by dusting off their earlier Spey-engined F-14S previously offered to the UK.

The new F-14S ('S' now standing for Sweden) was ordered in 1975 and whilst Swedish content in the airframe and avionics was very low the Swedish government had secured offset deals with Rolls-Royce to licence produce the Spey turbofan engine by Volvo Flygmotor and the F-14S was designed to use the 'Swedish' RB-71 (Skyflash) and RB-74 (Sidewinder) missiles as it's primary armament. The F-14S entered service with F21 in 1979 with initial deliveries being made in the 'splinter' scheme which was soon replaced by the two-tone grey scheme still seen today.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-14STOMCAT01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-14STOMCAT02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-14STOMCAT03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-14STOMCAT04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-14STOMCAT05.jpg)

My regard for SAAB's wonderful series of post-war combat aircraft is so high that I feel like a traitor in pushing the Tomcat into Flygvapnet service at the expense of the Viggen but it had to be done and it doesn't look too bad.


Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Grumman F-14S Tomcat Flygvapnet
Post by: SPINNERS on April 17, 2012, 12:07:20 pm
Grumman F-14S Tomcat - F21, Flygvapnet, 2001

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-14STOMCAT06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-14STOMCAT07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-14STOMCAT08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-14STOMCAT09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-14STOMCAT10.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 19, 2012, 02:24:43 pm
Dassault Rafale FG.1 - 800 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, 2003

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNRAFALEFG102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNRAFALEFG103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNRAFALEFG104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNRAFALEFG105.jpg)

The single-seat Rafale C was released a few days ago by a Brazilian 3D model maker (screen name CadetteBRA) over at Combat Ace and it's an absolute cracker. Using his templates I've knocked up a simple grey skin and added some RN decals. I haven't had time to add the serials and the all-important 'R' on the rudder  ;) but I hope you like it nevertheless.

Unfortuately, work and real life mean that I'm going to need to take a break but the Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread will return in May. For a daily dose of what if check out the following thread.


http://combatace.com/topic/63073-what-if-screenshot-thread/
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 29, 2012, 04:21:03 am
Douglas Dauntless IIA - No.26 (Army Air Co-Operation) Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1940

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFDAUNTLESS2A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFDAUNTLESS2A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFDAUNTLESS2A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFDAUNTLESS2A04.jpg)

An absolutely delightful Douglas Dauntless and an A-24 Banshee was released recently and it is the latter that I've used here to create an RAF 'AAC' aircraft just by adding some decals. Perhaps in 1941 they were escorted by Spitfires to dive-bomb German coastal radar installations...
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on April 30, 2012, 12:57:09 pm
Nice, must admit that's got me thinking of an Australian one in Wirraway colours

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Murangal Mk.II - Royal Australian Air Force, 1942

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFDAUNTLESS01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFDAUNTLESS02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFDAUNTLESS03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFDAUNTLESS04.jpg)

This is a quick lash-up (don't look too close :rolleyes:) just to give an impression of what a Dauntless would look like with RAAF markings and the classic white tail. Murangal is the aborigine word for Thunder and does anyone know what squadron those 'BF' codes represent?
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - CAC Murangal Mk.II - RAAF 1942
Post by: SPINNERS on May 01, 2012, 11:47:55 am
The "BF" code was used by 5 Sqn RAAF (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._5_Squadron_RAAF) (flying CAC Boomerangs) during WW2.

Thanks mate. I loved that little Airfix kit of the Boomerang (released mid-70's IIRC).

Edit: Not 'what ifs' but the Boomerang is available as an add-on and comes with these two cracking skins!

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBOOMERANG01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/RAAFBOOMERANG02.jpg)

FFI http://cplengineeringllc.com/SFP1/
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 02, 2012, 12:21:27 pm
Chance-Vought Corsair - No.5 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, 1945

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFCORSAIR01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFCORSAIR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFCORSAIR03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFCORSAIR04.jpg)

I find the white-tailed Aussie aircraft of WW2 quite attractive so thought I'd put the bent-wing bird into RAAF service in that scheme.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 05, 2012, 02:58:59 am
Hawker Hunter Mk.54 - No.87 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, 1956

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFHUNTERF5401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFHUNTERF5402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFHUNTERF5403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFHUNTERF5404.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFHUNTERF5405.jpg)

Combining SF2:Europe and Strike Fighters 2 Expansion Pack 2 gives you access to most versions of the single-seat Hunter in European service including Denmark and their Hunter Mk.51's has the drab green skin seen late in their service and I've used this skin for an Aussie Hunter Mk.54 with WW2 roundels. For simplicity, I've kept the white tail to the fin and rudder only. The nose marking is fictitious but does use No.87's real badge and reading up a bit on this squadron and the origins of their badge has revealed to me that I should have given them a 'photo' bird to operate*. Surprisingly, the 'Mk.54' designation appears to be unused in Hunter variants.



* From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._87_Squadron_RAAF

Explanation of the No. 87 Squadron badge
 
The Sun
 
The sun represents the Squadron's role in maintaining knowledge and understanding of its adversaries
 
The Quill
 
The quill represents the Squadron's analytical and communications capabilities, as the ability to impart knowledge is as important as the ability to acquire it
 
The Sword
 
The sword represents the Squadron's role in the conduct of warfare
 
Squadron Motto
 
'We See and We Fight' (originally 'Videmus Militamus' on the previous badge) – highlights the importance of intelligence in detecting, locating and identifying the enemy in the successful conduct of air operations and the Squadron's role in both the offensive and defensive aspects of air warfare.







Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 05, 2012, 05:06:49 am
Looking at the Boomerangs, how about Boomerangs instead of Buffalos for the Far-East squadrons (453?) that faced the Japanese?


Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Boomerang Mk.1 - No.243 Squadron, RAF Far East Command, January 1942*

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBOOMERANG01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBOOMERANG02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBOOMERANG03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFBOOMERANG04.jpg)

* Thank goodness we're in WHIFLAND as CAC would have really needed to have got a wiggle on to have had this RAF Boomerang in service during late 1941 as the first prototype didn't actually fly until May 1942.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 05, 2012, 01:19:27 pm
Martin-Baker MB.5 - No.5 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, 1946

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFMB501.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFMB502.jpg)

The MB.5 has always held a fascination for me since reading an article about it (and the preceding MB.3 and MB.4) in an old 'Air International'. This skin comes with the MB.5 and I've added RAAF markings and a white spinner but sadly the 3D model has a couple of problems including a tear somewhere that causes decals to bleed out to unwanted areas. Nevertheless, the skins that come with it are excellent and it captures the look of this powerful looking fighter.

BTW Page 42 shows Australia's own 'Mustang copy' - the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-15B Kangaroo.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 06, 2012, 03:14:38 am
LTV A-7D Corsair II - No.25 Squadron, Pakistan Air Force, 1975

During the 1973 Yom Kippur War a large number of Pakistan Air Force pilots immediately volunteered to fight against Israel with an initial batch of 16 pilots arriving in Egypt in mid-October and with further batches planned for Syria. This quickly came to the attention of President Nixon who despatched Henry Kissinger to Karachi to meet persuade Pakistan President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to keep Pakistan out of any involvement in the conflict. Whilst the nature of this meeting between Kissinger and Bhutto has never been revealed it is known that Pakistan Air Force pilots in Egypt were immediately withdrawn and those on their way to Syria were turned around. Can it be a coincidence that in early 1974 30 ex-USAF A-7D's were gifted to Pakistan?

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PAFA-7DCORSAIR01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PAFA-7DCORSAIR02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PAFA-7DCORSAIR03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PAFA-7DCORSAIR04.jpg)

Done as a request for someone over at Combat Ace.
 
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 06, 2012, 12:42:18 pm
General Dynamics F-111C - No.1 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, 1974

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFF-111C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFF-111C02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFF-111C03.jpg)

A really nice F-111 template makes a retro 'Pig' very easy to achieve and, again, I've confined the white tail to the rudder only (the F-111 tail is seriously broad and would dominate). The nose markings are fictional but incorporate No.1 squadron's badge and the yellow/gold on the checks is from the fin 'flashes' seen on real world F-111C's.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 07, 2012, 08:34:14 am
Mikoyan MiG-29O - No.6 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, 1988

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFMiG-29AFULCRUM01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFMiG-29AFULCRUM02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFMiG-29AFULCRUM03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFMiG-29AFULCRUM04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAAFMiG-29AFULCRUM05.jpg)

I was skimming through the archives over at Combat Ace and came across the first of two MiG-29 add-ons that have been released for Strike Fighters. This is the first, by Michael "wpnssgt" Engle, and it comes with the three good Soviet schemes shown above to which I've added a basic set of RAAF decals with a No.6 Squadron tail decal I did for an Aussie B-47 (Page 44).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 12, 2012, 12:20:17 am
Yak-41 'Freestyle' - Ukrainian Naval Aviation, 1999

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE05.jpg)

I bit the bullet on this and spent a few hours knocking up a simple template for this one. Once I'd selected my 'Swedish Aggressor Splinter' scheme it cried out for Ukrainian markings (a first for me). The whole dissolution of the Soviet Union throws up some fascinating 'real world' incidents and a rich source of what if's! For instance, the Kuznetsov was constructed in a Ukrainian shipyard so what if the Ukrainians didn't want to hand it over.


And along similar lines, this is from wiki...

Early in 1992, part of the Black Sea Fleet personnel had begun to swear allegiance to the people of Ukraine. Starting in January, the Ukrainian oath was taken by the personnel of the Training Company at the Naval Diving School, the 880th Detached Battalion of the Naval Infantry (Marines) Brigade, and various naval surface ships.[8]
 
The current history of the Ukrainian Naval Forces started on August 1, 1992 when it was formally established by order of the President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk. This was followed by a long and controversial partition of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet between newly independent Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

One of the episodes of this process was the story of the SKR-112 - effectively the first Ukrainian Navy ship.[9] On July 20, 1992, the crew of SKR-112 declared itself a Ukrainian ship and raised the Ukrainian flag. The Navy headquarters in Moscow considered this a mutiny and attempted to act accordingly. But the ship left its base on the Crimean peninsula for Odessa, causing an armed chase and collision attempts by ships still loyal to Moscow. Soon several other ships, auxiliary vessels, and coastal units of the Black Sea Fleet followed SKR-112's decision but with less violent outcomes.


(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE15.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE06.jpg)
Updated to add radome and the correct Ukrainian Naval Aviation roundel (with anchor).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 12, 2012, 07:48:30 am
Yak-41M Freestyle - Ukrainian Air Force, 2004

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE08.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE09.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE10.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE11.jpg)

Perhaps the Ukrainian Air Force adopted a 'Flygvapnet' style splinter scheme!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 12, 2012, 11:42:54 am
Yak-41M Freestyle - Ukrainian Air Force, 2006

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE12.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE13.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEYAK-41FREESTYLE14.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/YAK-41M_LOADING.jpg)
Now available for download at Combat Ace!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 14, 2012, 11:42:31 am
General Dynamics F-16E 'Scamp' - 496th Tactical Fighter Squadron, USAF, 1991

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-16ESCAMP01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-16ESCAMP02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-16ESCAMP03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-16XL01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-16ESCAMP04.jpg)

I'm a bit short of time tonight so here is an off the peg 'what if' using the F-16XL created by Michael "wpnssgt" Engle back in the day and it comes with this lovely 496th TFS skin and also a Ferris skin which I'll show at another time but with another nations markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 15, 2012, 11:53:52 am
General Dynamics Falcon GR.4 - No.6 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1989

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-16ESCAMP01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-16ESCAMP02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-16ESCAMP03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-16ESCAMP04.jpg)

As mentioned, the F-16XL also comes with this Ferris scheme to which I've added RAF 'B' type and 'Flying Can-Openers' markings. Perhaps this scheme was a temporary washable distemper scheme applied to the RAF's Falcon GR.4's when deployed to Norway.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 16, 2012, 12:57:56 pm
Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22K Raptor GR.3 - No.17 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 2018

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-22KRAPTORGR301.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-22KRAPTORGR302.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-22KRAPTORGR303.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-22KRAPTORGR304.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFF-22KRAPTORGR305.jpg)

The F-22A add-on for Strike Fighters is a real 'Top 10' all-time best and I found a USAF 'Euro One' (or is it 'Lizard') skin for it to which I've added RAF SEAC markings with No.17 Squadron zig-zags. In game, the Storm Shadows are awesome!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 19, 2012, 10:55:41 am
Northrop–McDonnell Douglas F-23E Spiderstrike - 510th TFS, USAFE, Aviano, Italy, 2013

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-23E02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-23E03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-23E04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-23E05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-23E06.jpg)

A nice template for the F-23 has enabled me to use a 'Euro One' version of my splinter design and some new lo-viz decals and basic codes.
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Northrop–McDonnell Douglas F-23E Spiderstrike
Post by: SPINNERS on May 19, 2012, 11:22:59 am
(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-23E07.jpg)
Added 'Buzzards' fin stripe
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 20, 2012, 12:34:40 am
Northrop-SAAB JAS-41 'Svärd' - F21, Swedish Flygvapnet, 2014

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-23E01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-23E02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-23E03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETF-23E04.jpg)

Not sure about a backstory here. Perhaps, after the axe fell on the YF-23 in 1991, Northrop teamed up with SAAB to offer their design for export or to fulfill a Swedish requirement for a longer-range aircraft than the Gripen.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 20, 2012, 04:28:53 am
BAe-Northrop Firebrand FG.1 - 767 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, 2010

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-23KFIREBRANDFG101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-23KFIREBRANDFG104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-23KFIREBRANDFG102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-23KFIREBRANDFG103.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-23KFIREBRANDFG105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNF-23KFIREBRANDFG106.jpg)

Firebrand as in Blackburn Firebrand lol! Hell, let's bring back the Blackburn name as well by making Blackburn the trading name of BAe and Northrop. I've always liked the Yellow Eagle of 767NAS since having the (diecast) Dinky F-4K as a nipper. The heavily canted fins on the F-23K don't make the best canvas to show off colourful Royal Navy markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 23, 2012, 01:09:16 pm
Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet - Ukrainian Air Force, 2009

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEALPHAJET01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEALPHAJET02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEALPHAJET03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEALPHAJET04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEALPHAJET05.jpg)

The AlphaJet available for 'Strike Fighters' is a cracking 3D model by a German modder named 'Amkfloo' who also generously uploaded a nice template making it easy for me to add my 'Aggressor Splinter' wallpaper and add some Ukrainian markings. Perhaps surplus AlphaJets became available as part of the Peace Dividend and were snapped up by a nation eager to break free from reliance on their larger neighbour.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 25, 2012, 11:23:32 pm
Chengdu J-14X - Ukrainian Air Force, 2017

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEJ-1401.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEJ-1402.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEJ-1403.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEJ-1404.jpg)

The splendid J-14 3D model (based on images found on the internet) was released by Brazilian modder cadeteBRA earlier this year. I've previously shown Força Aérea Brasileira and Ilmavoimat versions and decided to add it to the Ukrainian Air Force in the near future.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 26, 2012, 05:31:40 am
Tupolev Tu-360 - Soviet Air Force

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETTu-36002.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETTu-36001.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETTu-36003.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETTu-36004.jpg)

The Combat Ace archives are stuffed full of oddball items and this is one. It's a bit 'beta' but does look good from certain angles. For this, I knocked up a very basic template and went for a standard Soviet scheme although if this MONSTER (it's truly massive) had gone into service it would have been well after the break up of the Soviet Union. Those with good memories will recall that I've done an RAF V-Bomber version in anti-flash white and pale national markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 27, 2012, 01:16:00 am
Chengdu J-7FM 'Fishtail' - People's Liberation Army Air Force, 2004

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFJ-7FMFISHTAIL01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFJ-7FMFISHTAIL02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PLAAFJ-7FMFISHTAIL03.jpg)

This fictional 3D model is by German modder 'Gepard' who has cleverly given the MiG-21 a ventral intake. I've shown this before but this time I'm showing a new PLAAF splinter skin by me (but don't look too close as there are no panel lines).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 27, 2012, 01:52:06 am
BAe/SAAB AF2000 Lodjur (Lynx) - F21, Flygvapnet, 1985

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FLYGVAPNETAF2000BARRACUDA01.jpg)

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My fellow South Walian 'russouk2004' created the all-British AF2000 Barracuda a completely fictional design out of his own head and, in game, it really does fly well and is certainly no 'wobbling goblin'! I've shown it as an Anglo-Swedish collaboration (known as the Wildcat in RAF service) and given it a standard Flygvapnet scheme.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 27, 2012, 03:40:29 am
BAe/SAAB AF2000 Wildcat FRS.1 - 899 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, 1982

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNAF2000BARRACUDA01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RNAF2000BARRACUDA02.jpg)

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To avoid confusion with the Westland Lynx helicopter the RAF and Royal Navy thoughtfully adopted the name Wildcat for their version of the AF2000. You'll have to overlook a conflict between the paint scheme and the likely in service date of the 'Wildcat' but, there again, it is a 'what if' and you won't find this one on Wiki! The lovely sharkmouth is included on russouk2004's template and I couldn't resist giving it an airing on this 899NAS Wildcat.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 27, 2012, 10:48:28 am
Panavia Firefly GR.4 - 767 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, 2003

After a difficult start, with some founding members of the consortium bailing out and the ever constant threat of cancellation in the high inflation 1970's, Panavia's Tornado programme had matured to produce an outstanding aircraft but by the mid-1980's the Panavia consortium could see the end of the production line looming and began to openly discuss a follow-on programme. Politically, they were steered away from anything that might interfere or compete with the recently launched Eurofighter project and with whispers that both the US and the Soviet Union were studying low-observable technologies the Panavia board decided to seek funding for a small tactical attack aircraft with stealth technology based on the 'in house' MBB (Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm) Lampyridae design for a medium range missile-armed interceptor.

Scaled around a non-afterburning version of the General Electric F101 (licence built by the Turbo-Union consortium) rated at 18,000lbs dry thrust the development of the Firefly initially proceeded quickly helped by data from MBB's previously secret scale models and wind tunnel testing but the fall of the Berlin Wall in late 1989 led to a sharp reduction in funding and with almost no possibility of a production order from Germany due to the expected costs of reunification. The programme was effectively reduced to a 'technology demonstrator' status with BAe Warton being selected for the manufacture of a single prototype with the UK government independently issuing BAe with a paid study contract to explore the possibility of equipping the aircraft for carrier operations in a seperate UK only programme confusingly known as Firefly NSF (Naval Strike Fighter).
 
However, the success of the F-117 Nighthawk in the Gulf War of 1991 led to the programme securing full development funding and an initial production order for 200 Lampyridae for Germany, Italy and the UK was authorised in June 1991 with an additional UK order for 40 Firefly NSF's. The first flight of Firefly P.01 took place from Warton on April 29th, 1993 almost a full year before the first flight of the Eurofighter prototype and this was almost immediately followed by an export order for 80 Firefly aircraft for Saudi Arabia (as an amendment to 'Al Yamamah II') leading to much heated debate in the UK on the export of stealth technology and a later scandal regarding alleged bribes to Saudi officials. The first production aircraft was the Firefly GR.1 for the RAF and the first examples entered service in 1997 with No.41 squadron. The first Firefly NSF's entered service with 767 Naval Air Squadron of the Royal Navy in 2001 as the Firefly GR.4 only remaining in service until 2010 when they were sold to India.

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russouk2204's MBB Lampyridae as an 'in service' Firefly.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 28, 2012, 11:57:38 am
McDonnell Douglas Eagle F.1 - No.5 Squadron, RAF Strike Command, 1985

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFEAGLEF101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFEAGLEF102.jpg)

A bit stuck for time tonight so just a couple of RAF Eagle shots.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 29, 2012, 11:19:51 am
McDonnell Douglas Eagle F.1 - No.11 Sqd RAF Strike Command, 1984

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFEAGLEF104.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFEAGLEF105.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFEAGLEF106.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on May 31, 2012, 10:50:21 am
Grumman F-111B Dominator - VF-161 'Chargers' USN, 1976

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNF-111B01.jpg)

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The F-111B (given the name 'Dominator') was re-released today and comes complete with VF-84 and VF-161 skins. Some Royal Navy screenshots of the original F-111B release are on Page 6 (about halfway down).
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 02, 2012, 10:50:26 am
McDonnell Douglas Eagle F.1 - No.5 Sqd and No.229 OCU, RAF Strike Command, 1983

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFEAGLEF107.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFEAGLEF110.jpg)

I've copied the stylised '5' with Maple Leaf seen on No.5 squadrons Lightnings and given the Eagle OCU the Tornado F3 treatment.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 02, 2012, 12:17:07 pm
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey - British Army, Syria 2018

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ARMYOSPREY01.jpg)

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A request for jsport this one. I'd liked to have made it look more like a British Army helicopter but, for the moment, I'm having to make do with the grey skin that it comes with (a good one). I really don't know what the British Osprey's in service designation would be!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 03, 2012, 02:30:06 am
PZL-230F 'Skorpion' - Parani Air Force, 2006

Started in the mid-1980's the PZL-230 'Skorpion Projekt' was an ambitious attempt to provide the Polish Air Force with an affordable modern attack aircraft but in 1990 the Polish Air Force cranked in further requirements for speed, range and payload leading to a heavier and ultimately more expensive aircraft. By 1991 Poland was enduring a difficult transition from a communist to a capitalist economy and the project appeared to be heading for cancellation but the management team at PZL Okęcie were convinced that a sizeable market existed for the 'Skorpion Projekt' and actively sought a partner to develop their design eventually approaching several aerospace companies in Europe, the US and former USSR but to no avail. However, in January 1992 representatives from the state-owned Parani Aviation Company (PAC - who had developed the indigenous Piranha jet fighter in the late 1950's) contacted PZL to propose a collaboration to develop and produce the Skorpion for their respective air forces and for export.

At an early stage it was agreed to have two assembly lines with PZL to be responsible for all Polish orders and subsequent European exports and PAC to be responsible for all Parani orders and all exports outside of Europe. It is understood that Paran agreed to accept a higher split on development costs because of the wider export market open to them. With heavy financial backing from oil-rich Paran the design and development moved quickly and the prototype Skorpion took to the skies in October 1995 and was soon joined by the first of a pre-production batch of 8 Skorpions eventually forming a bi-service development squadron based in Paran and taking advantage of the clear skies over the Parani desert.

Paran claimed priority for deliveries and formed the first Skorpion squadron in 1998 with Poland deferring deliveries for their own air force until 2001 due to financial pressures but by this time the Skorpion had become a modest export success with PZL securing exports to many of the former Soviet Union client states but with PAC only exporting a few Skorpions to Syria.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/PARANPZL-230FSKORPION01.jpg)

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I'm not too sure about the looks of this real world but unbuilt project but it's certainly one of the best air-to-ground aircraft in Planet Strike Fighters!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 03, 2012, 11:05:10 am
PZL-230F 'Skorpion' - Moldovan Air Force, 2009

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MOLDOVAPZL-230FSKORPION02.jpg)

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A nice, easy to use, template exists for the Skorpion so I decided to do one of the export customers for the Polish produced PZL-230F. This Moldovan 'Lizard Splinter' scheme uses a version of the Moldovan roundel without the white circle (for obvious reasons) and I've gone for a modified flag for the fin flash as I don't like to see roundels or stars repeated on fins.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 03, 2012, 12:12:21 pm
PZL-230F 'Skorpion' - Ukrainian Air Force, 2010

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEPZL-230FSKORPION01.jpg)

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 04, 2012, 11:18:58 am
Grumman F-29A Polecat - 4th TFS, 388th TFW, USAF, 2004

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-29APOLECAT01.jpg)

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Not much input from me on this as it comes with this USAF skin and decals but I'll put it into service with another nation over the next day or so. The very talented 'Dels' is the creator of the 'Polecat' (a slightly suspect name for a Grumman product) and he also has the F-23 to his credit.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 05, 2012, 05:56:38 am
Grumman F-29C Polecat - 124th Fighter Squadron, 132nd Fighter Wing, Iowa ANG, 2006

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-29APOLECAT04.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFF-29APOLECAT07.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 05, 2012, 08:17:04 am
Grumman F-29F Polecat - HävLLv 31, Ilmavoimat, 2008

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATF-29FPOLECAT01.jpg)

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 05, 2012, 12:22:13 pm
Grumman/Atlas F-21C Cheetah - VMFA-541, United States Marine Corps, 1996

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USMCCHEETAH01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USMCCHEETAH02.jpg)

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The Atlas Cheetah add-on for Strike Fighters is a very clever conversion that grafts on the many extra bits to a Mirage IIIE in much the same way that we plastic modellers would tackle the job. It comes with the grey skin with SAAF markings but I've put it into service with the USMC and used the 'F-21' designation as, in my timeline, it predates the Kfir!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 06, 2012, 07:32:01 am
Shenyang F-8IIMK - 21st Fighter Aviation Regiment, Kazakhstan Air Force, 2004

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KAZAKHSTANF-8IIMKFINBACK01.jpg)

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I've always liked the Finback and this is the F-8IIMK - a fictional export version for Kazakhstan (I bet that went down well in Moscow). The skin is the one that comes with the original PLAAF version and I've created new decals including a 'nosebar' decal that's a complete work of fiction but includes elements of the Kazakhstan flag. If anyone knows if there are rules for how the roundels stars should face then please let me know as I'll probably do some more Kazakh 'what ifs' in the near future.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 06, 2012, 11:45:46 am
Chengdu F-10 'Vanguard' - 1st Aviation Fighter Regiment, Tajikistan Air Force, 2012

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TAJIKISTANJ-10T01.jpg)

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(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TAJIKISTANJ-10T04.jpg)

I've shown the 'Vigorous Dragon' before but this time decided to use another new (for me) country and another former Soviet state - Tajikistan. I'm not sure whether they use stars on their fin but I've elected to use their flag as a fin flash, just a personal preference of mine. In the real world, their air force is primarily helicopters with literally a handful of L-39C trainers.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 07, 2012, 09:00:19 am
Sukhoi Su-17C - 2nd Aviation Regiment, Kyrgyzstan Air Force, 1993

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KYRGYZSTANSu-17C01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KYRGYZSTANSu-17C02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KYRGYZSTANSu-17C03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KYRGYZSTANSu-17C04.jpg)

I love the Fishpot and Fitter series of aircraft there's something so basic and crude about them - tube, wings, tail, brute force engine - let's fly! Su-7's are stock aircraft in game (non-flyable but that's easily fixed) whilst the Fishpot's and swing-wing Fitters are well-catered for as add-on aircraft. This is Amokfloo's Su-17C in service with the embryonic air force of Kyrgyzstan and, again, the 2nd Fighter Aviation Regiment is totally fictional as is their nose marking but it does pick up on elements of their flag (used as a fin flash).

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KYRGYZSTAN_2.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 07, 2012, 01:38:27 pm
MiG-27K 'Flogger-M' - 279th Shipborne Fighter Aviation Regiment, Soviet Naval Aviation, 1990

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/SOVIETMiG-27KFLOGGER01.jpg)

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Strike Fighters 2: North Atlantic has made it so much easier to get aircraft onto carrier decks and this is Gepard's MiG-27K aboard the Kiev.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 08, 2012, 12:48:11 am
MiG-23MK - Ukraine Naval Aviation, 1996

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINEMiG-23MKFLOGGER01.jpg)
About to depart the Varyag during sea trials in 1996

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Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 08, 2012, 07:51:36 am
Panavia F-19A Tornado - 79th TFS, 20th TFW, USAFE, 1986

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTORNADO01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTORNADO02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTORNADO03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTORNADO04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFTORNADO05.jpg)

This is Florian's (Amokfloo) Luftwaffe Tornado and it comes with this cracking three-tone skin. I was going to 'Tornadoski' it (picture it with a big red star on that big fin) and I might well come back and do just that but for now it's in service with USAFE.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 08, 2012, 09:16:16 am
Grumman-Dornier F-11D 'Super Tiger' - MFG1, West German Marineflieger, 1964

Grumman’s disappointment with the Wright J65 engine in their promising F11F (Tiger) led to them following a similar path to Lockheed and designing an improved aircraft based around the outstanding General Electric J79 engine. As an interim measure, and mainly at their own expense, Grumman modified two F11-F1’s and fitted J79-GE-3A engines to them and the performance and reliability was so greatly improved that Grumman were soon issuing brochures to anyone in the US Navy who would listen.

However, with the F8U-1 Crusader running on a similar timescale and the McDonnell F4H-1 in the pipeline, the US Navy politely declined Grumman’s offer. Undaunted, Grumman studied the market that was opening up in Europe and looked beyond any possible small-scale orders from the Royal Navy and the French Aeronavale. In particular, West Germany appeared to be a whole and potentially lucrative market in itself with the Luftwaffe and Marineflieger possibly requiring 600+ aircraft. Grumman knew that their design was a more flexible aircraft than the compromised ‘straight-line’ Lockheed F-104 and the under-developed English Electric Lightning whilst Dassault did not appear to want to hang bombs on his beautiful delta-winged Mirage III!

Grumman’s ‘Super Tiger’ proposal to the Federal German Government was for a multi-role fighter with good air-to-air capability. During late 1958 their proposal was keenly studied by Federal German officials but against Lockheed’s F-104G the Super Tiger looked a bit austere and appeared to be out of contention. However, in January 1959 the Federal German Government stirred the pot by suggesting that they were considering authorising the purchase of two ex-British aircraft carriers for the Marine which allowed Grumman to remind Federal German Government officials that their proposal was carrier capable whereas the others were decidedly not. Sensing a breakthrough, in February 1959 Grumman teamed-up with Dornier to develop the Super Tiger and manufacture any Federal German orders. In March 1959 an order was placed for 400 Super Tigers to be jointly built by a Grumman-Dornier consortium.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MARINEFLIEGERF-11DTIGER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MARINEFLIEGERF-11DTIGER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MARINEFLIEGERF-11DTIGER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/MARINEFLIEGERF-11DTIGER04.jpg)

Another off the shelf 'what if' this one and it comes with a JG71 skin and the MFG1 skin seen above. Right, time to catch a bit of Euro 2012.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 09, 2012, 01:18:41 am
Grumman F-11D Super Tiger - 154° Gruppo 6° Stormo, Aeronautica Militare, 1966

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-11DSUPERTIGER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-11DSUPERTIGER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-11DSUPERTIGER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AMIF-11DSUPERTIGER04.jpg)

I've added a customised 'Diablo' fin to the Super Tiger and overpainted AMI roundels over the Luftwaffe markings. I reckon it looks like a 1960's AMX!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 09, 2012, 04:14:12 am
MiG-27G 'Flogger-D' - 1st Fighter Aviation Regiment, Georgian Air Force, 1993

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/GEORGIAMiG-27GFLOGGER06.jpg)
MiG-27G's wait to depart Alexseevka airbase for an unknown forward operating base near the Abkhazia border

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/GEORGIAMiG-27GFLOGGER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/GEORGIAMiG-27GFLOGGER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/GEORGIAMiG-27GFLOGGER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/GEORGIAMiG-27GFLOGGER07.jpg)

I did this skin for my Republic F-7M Thunderpig (piccie below) by adapting the stock MiG-23P grey skin to fit the different shape of the MiG-27. For this Georgian 'Flogger-D' I decided to use 50% opacity roundels to give them a more lo-viz look and elected to use the Georgian Air Force Flag (not the national flag) as a fin flash instead of repeating the roundel on the fin.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USMCF-7MTHUNDERPIG08.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 09, 2012, 11:45:26 am
Sukhoi Su-47 'Berkut' - Ukraine Air Force, 2009

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINESu47BERKUT01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINESu47BERKUT02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINESu47BERKUT03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UKRAINESu47BERKUT04.jpg)

The Su-47 add-on for Strike Fighters comes with the predominantly black prototype scheme seen below. I decided to make a 'quick' template (still took a few hours) and had hoped to show this in my 'Aggressor Splinter' scheme but the way this model is skinned makes it nigh on impossible so I've had to settle for a plain grey.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/300px-Sukhoi_Su-47_Berkut_S-37_in_2001.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 10, 2012, 12:06:30 pm
Can the Free Islands Republic of Kansia put in an order for six PLZ-230F Skorpions? Will you accept cash, credit or cocoanuts in payment?

PZL-230K 'Super Scorpion' - 2nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Free Islands Republic of Kansia, 2006

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAPZL-230K01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAPZL-230K02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAPZL-230K03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAPZL-230K04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 11, 2012, 01:15:56 pm
North American F-100A Super Sabre - Free Islands Republic of Kansia Air Force, 1960

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAF-100A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAF-100A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAF-100A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAF-100A04.jpg)
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 12, 2012, 12:20:27 pm
Hawker Harrier GR.1 - Europa Air Force, Iceland, 1981

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/EUROPAHARRIERGR101.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/EUROPAHARRIERGR102.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/EUROPAHARRIERGR103.jpg)

Over at Combat Ace mention was made of what a European Air Force roundel would look like. This is my initial thoughts.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 16, 2012, 04:49:32 am
Northrop F-5EK - 1st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Free Islands Republic of Kansia, 1985

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAF-5EK01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAF-5EK02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAF-5EK03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAF-5EK04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KANSIAF-5EK05.jpg)

Last FIRKing screenshots for now ;) and this is the really sweet F-5EBR by the Mirage Factory group of modders which comes with this perfectly weathered FAB skin.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 16, 2012, 08:38:08 am
MiG-23P2K 'Flogger-G' - 62nd Fighter Aviation Regiment, Uzbekistan Air Force, 2002

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UZBEKISTANMiG-23PFLOGGER-G01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UZBEKISTANMiG-23PFLOGGER-G02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UZBEKISTANMiG-23PFLOGGER-G03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/UZBEKISTANMiG-23PFLOGGER-G04.jpg)

Back on track with my meander around the former Soviet states. AFAIK Uzbekistan never operated the MiG-23P and the fin marking is out of me own head as I can't bring myself to put a roundel on the vertical tail of any aircraft.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 16, 2012, 12:09:40 pm
Aermacchi MB-339A - Armenian Air Force, 1994

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ARMENIAMB-339A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ARMENIAMB-339A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ARMENIAMB-339A03.jpg)

The MB-339A is an excellent add-on aircraft for Strike Fighters and includes skins for most of the operators of this shapely looking trainer that's taken quite a few export orders since it's first flight in the 1970's. This is the Dubai skin with new Armenian decals and some Soviet weapons.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 17, 2012, 10:35:24 am
Aermacchi MB-339A - HävLLv 11, Ilmavoimat, 2003

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATMB-339A01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATMB-339A02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATMB-339A03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATMB-339A04.jpg)

This is a Peruvian skin with Ilmavoimat markings.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 18, 2012, 12:14:17 pm
Soko G-4 Super Galeb - Belarusian Air Force, 2005

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BELARUSSOKOGALEB01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BELARUSSOKOGALEB02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BELARUSSOKOGALEB03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/BELARUSSOKOGALEB04.jpg)
Title: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Aermacchi MB-339A - HävLLv 11, Ilmavoimat
Post by: SPINNERS on June 18, 2012, 12:49:16 pm
hmm, just musing how it would look in the standard bronze green and olive camouflage similar to the Hawks as delivered  :thumbsup:

cheers, joe

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATMB-339A05.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATMB-339A06.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATMB-339A07.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/ILMAVOIMATMB-339A08.jpg)

Best I can do by using the Ghanaian (top) and Argentinian (bottom) skins.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 22, 2012, 12:29:34 pm
Lockheed/IAI RF-104I Starfighter - 119 Squadron, Heyl Ha'Avir, 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFRF-104ISTARFIGHTER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFRF-104ISTARFIGHTER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFRF-104ISTARFIGHTER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFRF-104ISTARFIGHTER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/IDFRF-104ISTARFIGHTER05.jpg)

Italian modder and Starfighter fan 'Spillone104' has cleverly created this RF-104G 'LOROP' recce zipper (as operated by Taiwan in the real world) by grafting on the longer glazed nose to the stock F-104G. I've put it into Israeli service in 1967 using the decals created for my F-104I 'Kohav'.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 23, 2012, 01:46:16 am
Mikoyan MiG-23S - 1 Grupo Caza-Bombardero, Fuerza Aerea Argentina, 1977

The Argentine coup d'état of March 1976 which saw Jorge Rafael Videla depose the largely unpopular and ineffectual presidency of Isabel Perón soon attracted the attention of senior Kremlin officials who were ever eager to seek opportunities to destabilise South America by fair means or foul. They quickly gifted the new Military Junta of Argentina 40 ex-VVS MiG-23S fighters with deliveries commencing in July 1976. The MiG-23's entered service with 1 Grupo Caza-Bombardero in August 1976 and saw action in the 1982 Falklands conflict but at least eight were shot down by Royal Navy Sea Harriers with only one confirmed victory against an RAF Harrier GR.3 over Goose Green. When Argentina returned to constitutional rule in late 1983 the incoming president Raúl Alfonsín instructed the Argentine Air Force commander, Teodoro Waldner, to offer the Mig-23's back to the Soviet Union free of charge in a move designed to send a message back to the Kremlin that Argentina was moving in a different and democratic direction. The aircraft languished in outdoor storage at Villa Reynolds Military Air Base for several years before being scrapped.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-23SFLOGGER01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-23SFLOGGER02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-23SFLOGGER03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-23SFLOGGER04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/FAAMiG-23SFLOGGER05.jpg)

If you think this Flogger looks a little bit different it's because it's the very early (almost pre-production) MiG-23S with simpler (smaller) wings, a different nose and a vertical tail moved substantially forward compared to the main production variants. The MiG-23S is a mod by lindr2 who is real MiG-23 afficionado and has modded the available 3D models to produce virtually every single sub-variant.

FFI http://combatace.com/files/file/9698-mig-23s/
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 23, 2012, 05:26:16 am
Dassault Mirage M50 'Pantera' - Turkmenistan Air Force, 2007

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TURKMENSITANMIRAGE50PANTERA01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TURKMENSITANMIRAGE50PANTERA02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TURKMENSITANMIRAGE50PANTERA03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TURKMENSITANMIRAGE50PANTERA04.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/TURKMENSITANMIRAGE50PANTERA05.jpg)

Very similar to the Cheetah and RF-104G 'LOROP' in so much that additional parts have been added to an existing 3D model in very much the same way as we would add parts to a plastic model. This by the Banidos Team who cover the South American Mirages and I've added Turkmenistan markings (including a highly fictional nosebar) to their Chilean skin.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 23, 2012, 08:45:53 am
Aeritalia (Fiat) G.91R-4 'Gina' - Kenya Air Force, 1985

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KENYAG91RGINA01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KENYAG91RGINA02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KENYAG91RGINA03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/KENYAG91RGINA04.jpg)

A nice skin by 'ndicki' for a fictional Rhodesian Air Force 'Gina' is perfect for an equally fictional Kenyan aircraft! I've seen a few variations on the fin flash but have stuck with my own decal for now. If anyone has a definite guide to what was used and when then post here.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 24, 2012, 10:57:46 am
Dassault Mirage 50AZ - Azerbaijani Air Force, 1994

When Azerbaijan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 it wasn't long before a long-standing dispute with Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region flared up and escalated into open conflict in the winter of 1992. Never slow to miss an opportunity, Dassault Aviation offered Azerbaijan 30 refurbished Mirage 50 aircraft and these were delivered during the spring of 1993 equipping two squadrons of the Azerbaijani Air Force. After the 1994 ceasefire the surviving Mirage 50's were consolidated into a single fighter-bomber squadron based at Nasosnaya Air Base operating alongside the MiG-25PD interceptors and serving until 2008 when they were replaced with 17 ex-Armée de l'Air Mirage 2000D's.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AZERBAIJANMIRAGE5001.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AZERBAIJANMIRAGE5002.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AZERBAIJANMIRAGE5003.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/AZERBAIJANMIRAGE5004.jpg)

This uses a Chilean Mirage 50FC skin and new Aberbaijani decals by me.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 24, 2012, 01:15:04 pm
Convair F-18A Vengeance - VF-161, US Navy, 1979

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCONVAIR20101-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCONVAIR20102-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCONVAIR20103-1.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USNCONVAIR20104-1.jpg)

Swedish 3D modeller Julhelm (also a member here) has finally released his Convair 201 and it's a beauty. No input from me, just the screenshots and please note that as it predates the Hornet I've used the F-18 designation!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 27, 2012, 10:36:29 am
Douglas F-109C Skystrike - Florida ANG, 1967

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFSu-1701.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFSu-1702.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFSu-1703.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/USAFSu-1704.jpg)

As always, you'll have to ignore the 'F' number as there's just no spare designations (and if there are, I've already used them) but this is the Sukhoi Su-17 masquerading as the Douglas Skystrike!
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 30, 2012, 06:23:25 am
Avro (Aermacchi) Tutor T.1A - No.79 Squadron, 1 Tactical Weapons Unit, RAF Brawdy, 1978

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMB-326K01.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMB-326K02.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMB-326K03.jpg)

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/SPINNERS1961/WHAT%20IF%202010/WHAT%20IF%202011/RAFMB-326K04.jpg)

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The Aussie version of the Aermacchi MB-326 trainer comes with three cracking skins (Roulettes, Fanta Can and camo) and the camo skin has been modified by me to represent an RAF Tutor T.1A. Perhaps Avro were allowed to licence build the MB-326 before being swallowed up into Hawker Siddeley in 1963 and resurrected the Tutor name after their famous inter-war biplane trainer.
Title: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
Post by: SPINNERS on June 30, 2012, 10:56:16 am
Grumman F-14K Tomcat FRS.1 - 899 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, 1994

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The Strike Fighters 2 series took a couple of small steps forward yesterday with the introduction of a web based installer (useful for easy re-installs straight from the store with the game fully patched) and a new category of DLC (downloadable content) in the shape of a skin pac