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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - TSR Tuesday (Desert)
« Reply #2115 on: June 19, 2019, 10:29:01 am »
FMA 'Halcón' - Grupo 6 de Caza, Fuerza Aerea Argentina, 2012

The cancellation of the Fábrica Militar de Aviones (FMA) SAIA 90 after the company failed to attract a development partner was a heavy blow to Argentinian national pride. But the requirement for a future multi-role combat aircraft to supplement and eventually replace the Fuerza Aérea Argentina's Skyhawks and Mirages still remained and by early 1984 Fuerza Aérea Argentina officials began to issue specifications for SAIA-96 a multi-role fighter with a planned in-service date of 1996. Almost immediately, the project gained the support and approval of the recently elected President Raúl Alfonsín - although Alfonsín instructed the SAIA-96 joint committee (consisting of Fuerza Aérea Argentina officials and representatives of FMA) to consider a smaller design than the previous SAIA-90 and accept a slightly later in-service date. President Alfonsín then contracted General Dynamics to assist FMA on a consultancy basis to assist with design and the joint FMA/GD project team studied several design layouts during 1985 and by early 1986 these had crystallized into the SAIA-2000 Halcón - a small, single-seat fighter with F-16 style blended wing roots and a single fin but powered by two engines instead of the anticipated single engine.

As the 1980's progressed the Argentinian economy declined sharply due to severe inflation and the threat of cancellation was never far away. However, President Alfonsín and then President Carlos Menem continued to allow funding and the project continued into the 1990's with sensible economies and compromises meaning that the project cost was never allowed to gallop away. Representative of the economies was the selection of the Honeywell F125-GA-100 low-bypass turbofan engine derived from the civilian Honeywell TFE731 and developing 6,100lbs dry thrust and 9,500lbs with afterburning. In a similar fashion, off-the-peg avionics were chosen including the General Electric AN/APG-67 multi-mode pulse-doppler radar initially developed for the Northrop F-20 Tigershark and the Honeywell H423 inertial navigation system.

The first of three Halcón prototypes flew on September 30th, 1994 and the first two-seater followed it into the air on December 24th, 1994 and good progress was made by both prototypes before they were joined by the third prototype during the summer of 1995. At this time, the SAIA-2000 Halcón project was deemed so essential for national security that it was deliberately excluded from the privatization of FMA in 1995 resulting in the formation of FMA-DAC (Fábrica Militar de Aviones - División de aviones de combate) at Córdoba so as to continue development and production of the Halcón project but with Lockheed Aircraft Argentina SA (a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation) authorized by the government of President Menem to pursue any exports orders. Entering service in May 1999 with Grupo 6 de Caza the Halcón continues to serve with the Fuerza Aerea Argentina and the air forces of Mexico, Ecuador, Finland, New Zealand and Austria.







This is the Republic of China's AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-Kuo - a recent release by the DAT group of modders. I was able to convert the 'specular' map skin into a passable grey skin by tinting it and adding the parts back in after taking some time to cut them out of the original ROC camo skin. Something about the skin suggested an Argentine Air Force machine and I knocked up some Lo-Viz national markings. Having roundels on both wings is just a personal preference!

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2116 on: June 19, 2019, 12:11:30 pm »
Avro B-28 Lincoln - 'Thumper' 468th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, England 1946

Got to build one of those!🤔
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - FMA 'Halcón'
« Reply #2117 on: June 20, 2019, 05:16:45 am »
Back story added to FMA Halcon  :wacko:

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2118 on: June 22, 2019, 08:26:06 am »
Hawker Sea Fury FB.52 - INAS 300, Indian Navy, 1957













A really sweet Sea Fury FB.11 was released a few weeks ago, again by the DAT group, and it covers all the carrier countries who operated this thoroughbred British fighter. The easiest road for me to take was to overpaint the British roundels with Indian roundels and add some appropriate decals including stock F-4K 3-digit numbers. You might notice some snow on the fourth piccie and this is because I've had to use the 'Iceland' terrain as it's the only one to fully support carrier op's. The carrier is actually the Vikrant which didn't actually enter service with the Indian Navy until 1961 - the same year as INAS 300 were formed... in west Wales!!
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Sea Fury FB.52 300 INAS
« Reply #2119 on: June 22, 2019, 09:00:45 am »
How about one with the wonderful 'bicycle wheel' roundel that the IAF carried on their Tempests?

As supplied with the Matchbox kit IIRC.
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Sea Fury FB.52 300 INAS
« Reply #2120 on: June 22, 2019, 10:12:34 am »
Hawker Sea Fury FB.52 - 300 RNIAS, Royal Indian Navy, 1949











I've managed to clone the (WW2) HMS Eagle to become HMIS India, the Royal Indian Navy's first carrier.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Sea Fury FB.52 300 INAS
« Reply #2121 on: June 22, 2019, 12:16:52 pm »
Yeeeeeaaaaah! I LOVE the look of that, magic stuff Spinners!  :wub: :thumbsup:

I've just noticed that even the pilot looks Indian!  :o ;D
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Sea Fury FB.52 300 INAS
« Reply #2122 on: June 23, 2019, 10:00:07 am »
Republic Lancer FB.2 - No.146 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1943













Both the Seversky P-35A and very similar Republic P-43A are both available from the DAT group and I've used an Aussie P-43A skin overpainted with SEAC markings, white fin and wing bands and I also knocked up some 'NA' codes. No.146 Squadron were one of the Brewster Buffalo squadrons but only for a few weeks before they received Hurricanes. I don't either the P-35 or P-43 received any interest from British Purchasing Commission but a 'what if' backstory would take that direction.


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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2123 on: Yesterday at 12:16:15 am »
BAC Thunderstrike GR.52 - 70 Stormo, Aeronautica Militare, 1991













This is an RAF Desert Storm skin by 'sundowner' given a bit of tinting to look more like the AMI Tornadoes that took part in 'Operazione Locusta' - more of a sandy-mustard colour that desert pink. All decals are new, not that many were needed as many pictures of the Operazione Locusta Tornadoes show no national markings and no squadron markings - sometimes just a two-digit number on the fin.