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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #75 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?








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!
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #76 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...







Laughter silvered wings...
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #77 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.







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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #78 on: June 27, 2009, 09:10:50 am »
Britain's forgotten fighter... the Blackburn Baron!









Can you guess what's been used to 'fake' the Blackburn Baron?
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #79 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...



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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #80 on: June 28, 2009, 10:07:29 am »
Dhimari P-47N Thunderbolts...







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.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #81 on: June 28, 2009, 11:03:02 am »
Finnish P-47N Thunderbolts - just for Geoff!









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!
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #82 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.









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.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #83 on: July 05, 2009, 01:49:20 pm »
The North American B-25J Mitchell in service with The Desert Air Force...







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.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #84 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...









I'm a bit short on time at the moment but will come back and do the early Luftwaffe Lightnings in NMF.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #85 on: July 08, 2009, 10:45:44 am »
BAC Lightning F.6 of JG72





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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #86 on: July 09, 2009, 10:56:19 am »
Lockheed Constellation C.1's of RAF Transport Command...





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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #87 on: July 10, 2009, 02:18:17 pm »
Lockheed Constellation C.2's of RAF South East Asia Command, 1962.





IMHO the 'Connie' just has to be in anyone's all-time Top 10 of graceful-looking aircraft.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #88 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...





A good Canberra template exists so I've knocked up a simple silver skin and added some French markings including the 'Gascogne' fin badge.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #89 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:)







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