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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2190 on: June 17, 2020, 04:59:14 am »
Martin B-57B Canberra - No.7 & No.8 Squadrons, Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1962

















Another revised upload and whilst I prefer British Cranberries I also like the B-57 and the Third Wire B-57B certainly has plenty of pylons! The lightning flashes on the wing tip-tanks took me a while to sort out as I just couldn't get decals to position there so they have been added directly onto the skin bitmap. I've also added British style serial numbers and to the undersides of the wings too.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2191 on: June 18, 2020, 04:37:53 am »
English Electric Canberra B(I).5 - No.213 Squadron, RAF Germany, 1967









I'm not sure who made this grey/green camo skin for the Third Wire B-57B but it makes for a great RAF bird and especially with No.213's Hornet on the fin. I'm pretty sure I have the Airfix B(I).6 decals about the house somewhere.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2192 on: June 18, 2020, 08:31:55 am »
BAC Canberra B(I).5 - No.45 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1968















This is the stock Third Wire USAF SEA Camo scheme with my SEAC markings. I've used No.45 Squadron as they were a real-life Canberra unit based 'out east' at Tengah who would later become a short-lived Hunter Squadron in the mid-70's. Whilst I think there are some green and brown camo schemes for the Canberra knocking about I can't use them on the B-57B as the nose mapping is totally different - understandable with that offset canopy which I used to hate but now love.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2193 on: June 19, 2020, 12:33:02 pm »
BAC Fencer GR.3 - No.15 Squadron, RAF Near East Command, 1991













Quite a basic skin this but I lost a bit of interest as I was making it. I am pleased with the results though! No.15 Squadron was a bit of an odd choice and 'British Maid' is a girl I met on the internet :mellow:

Edit: It needs a better name.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2194 on: June 21, 2020, 11:55:04 am »
McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom - No.2 Squadron (The Hawks), Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1970











Another revised upload - this time from 2009! Where does the bloomin' time go eh? To ring the changes I've used a slightly different skin from the JASDF F-4EJ but with their peculiar USN intake warning removed and also the red engine line. The template for my original 'Hawk' squadron badge was lost in my big data loss in 2016 so I've designed a new one and made the necessary 'handed' versions so that the Hawk faces forward on both sides but the writing isn't reversed.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2195 on: June 24, 2020, 11:50:18 am »
Bristol Beaufighter NF.1 - No.3 Squadron (The Bats), Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1943













There are a couple of Bristol Beaufighters available and this is DAT's NF.Mk1 and I've overpainted the RAF insignia with special 'night' Dhimari markings with grey replacing white and a bit of scruffy black to tone them down even more. As I've mentioned before you can fly at night but the screenshots just don't look good at all so, just like an old episode of 'The Saint' when they wanted to pretend it was night, I've flown in daylight and used a 75% opacity bluey-black layer.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2196 on: June 26, 2020, 08:28:49 am »
Sukhoi Su-24P - 1st Bomber Regiment, Republic of Paran Air Force, 1990













A simple 'bucket fill' skin for this Parani Fencer. Yes, those last two shots are a bit OTT!

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Parani Su-24P Fencer
« Reply #2197 on: July 01, 2020, 03:22:53 am »
Bristol Boxer Mk.III - No.73 squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1937

RAF HAWK III.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK III.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK III.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK III.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK III.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK III.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

I've been wanting to show this delightful Curtis Hawk III by 'Veltro2K' (and released through the DAT group of modders) for a few days now so, as an interim measure, clickable thumbnails it is. Anyway, I've used the specular map with a few tweaks and appropriate decals to create a colourful RAF pre-war interceptor fighter with a Gladiator type scheme. I should do more of these as some of the pre-war schemes are glorious aren't they?

Edit: I've been on Flickr and it appears that in 2012 I opened a free account! I really can't remember that and neither can I remember uploading to it last April! Anyway, the above Bristol Boxer piccies are now on my Flickr free account. Flickr's Pro account is substantially cheaper than Photobucket Unlimited (4.66 per month as opposed to 9.51 per month) but it's not all about cost so I've got some serious thinking to do...


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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2198 on: July 02, 2020, 12:54:56 pm »
Bristol Bruno Mk.I - No.19 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1937

RAF HAWK II.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK II.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK II.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK II.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK II.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

Another nice biplane from 'Veltro2K' this is the Curtiss Hawk II released yesterday by the DAT Group who are forging ahead with a forthcoming Sino-Japanese all-inclusive install. For my Bristol Bruno I've used the same simple technique to make a silver skin by using the specular map as the base with parts pasted back into it and with a few tweaks like the coloured engine cowling and wheel covers with decals for everything else.

I'm not totally convinced that Flickr is the right way to go but perhaps I'll get used to it.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Bristol Bruno No.19 Sqd
« Reply #2199 on: July 03, 2020, 04:26:11 am »
Bristol Bruno Mk.I - Nighter Fighter Flight, No.79 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, Munich Crisis, 1938

RAF HAWK II.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK II.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK II.08 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK II.09 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK II.10 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK II.11 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HAWK II.12 by Spinners1961, on Flickr



This little profile was my inspiration for my black Bristol Boxer night-fighter and this skin uses my previous technique of inverting the 'silver' skin adding a 50% opacity black layer and pasting the previously cut out parts layer back on top. There's a little bit more too it than that but the saving in time is massive. Anyway, I've copied it but I think those roundels should be Type B or perhaps have local over-painting of the white ring. There's lovely photo's of 'Munich Crisis' Gauntlets and Furies in one of my oldest books (1968) 'Pictorial History of the RAF - Volume One 1918 to 1939' and these show that the serial numbers were obliterated too. In that book the final few photo's are of Hurricanes, Whitleys and Blenhiem 1F's in the August air exercises - very poignant.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2200 on: July 03, 2020, 11:50:09 am »
Polikarpov I-17 'Molniya' - Grupo de Caza No.13, Spanish Republican Air Force, 1938

SpRAF I-17 MOLNIYA.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF I-17 MOLNIYA.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF I-17 MOLNIYA.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF I-17 MOLNIYA.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF I-17 MOLNIYA.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF I-17 MOLNIYA.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF I-17 MOLNIYA.08 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF I-17 MOLNIYA.09 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

This is the SIA-Ambrosini SS-4 an Italian prototype fighter from the very late 1930's that didn't fare too well despite looking so damn cool. Veltro2K very kindly built the 3D model at my request back in 2015 and I made the skins for it (the prototype and 3 or 4 'what if' schemes). I revisited it today and really should have put it into Nationalist hands so I've had to make it an advanced Soviet fighter given to the Republican side. In game it is really nice to fly and is superb at knocking down contemporary bombers.


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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2201 on: July 05, 2020, 02:35:34 am »
Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 - 'Yankee Squadron', Spanish Republican Air Force, 1938

SpRAF HURRICANE 1.08 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF HURRICANE 1.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF HURRICANE 1.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF HURRICANE 1.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF HURRICANE 1.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF HURRICANE 1.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF HURRICANE 1.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SpRAF HURRICANE 1.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

The Hawker Hurricane is well covered by the Strike Fighters community and especially by 'Raven' who has not only covered all the main variants but also covered a 'what if' radial engined version shown a few pages back and he also made the Hurricane V with a four-bladed propeller that I've shown in SEAC and Irish Air Corps colours. Raven generously includes templates for his Hurricanes and I've used his Hurricane Mk.1 with the two-bladed Watts propeller to make this Republican Hurricane in service with 'Yankee Squadron'. I'm undecided about who paid for the Hurricanes but the Hurricane didn't enter RAF service until December 1937 so a bit more artistic licence than normal is required to see it in Republican service before the end of the SCW.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2202 on: July 06, 2020, 11:58:08 am »
Fokker D.XXI - Portuguese Air Force, 1942

PoAF FOKKER DXXI.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PoAF FOKKER DXXI.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PoAF FOKKER DXXI.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PoAF FOKKER DXXI.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PoAF FOKKER DXXI.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PoAF FOKKER DXXI.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

I'm still on the Iberian Peninsula! This is the Fokker D.XXI exported to Portugal and in service with 'XY' Flight at Ota Air Base. I made my own template for the D.XXI and I've based this skin on the Mohawks used by Portugal and it's an amalgam of two colour plates seen in the book 'Portuguese Fighter Colours 1919-1956' where one shows a fin flash but no fuselage roundel whilst another shows a fuselage roundel but no fin flash!

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2203 on: July 07, 2020, 08:09:36 am »
Fokker D.XXI - 1 Smaldeel, Belgian Air Force, 1940

BAF FOKKER DXXI.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BAF FOKKER DXXI.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BAF FOKKER DXXI.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BAF FOKKER DXXI.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BAF FOKKER DXXI.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

I did consider an RAF D.XXI in a Buffaloe or Mohawk stylee but have plumped for a Belgian machine. For a Belgian D.XXI even to create a small squadron of just eight aircraft requires 20 decals and I've deliberately chosen to make 1:3:5 ratio roundels (like RAF Type A) although many profiles and piccies show otherwise. Anyone know what the underwing 'H' is all about? H for Hurricane perhaps?

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2204 on: July 08, 2020, 08:27:26 am »
North American Mustang PR.1A - No. 1 Photo Reconnaissance Unit, RAF Coastal Command, 1942

RAF MUSTANG PR1.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF MUSTANG PR1.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF MUSTANG PR1.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF MUSTANG PR1.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF MUSTANG PR1.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF MUSTANG PR1.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

A lovely A-36A Apache was released recently by the DAT and whilst I was playing with it my mind turned to Geoff's request for "an army co-operation Defiant in low altitude recce pink" so as I'm unable to do the Defiant I thought I'd do the A-36A in a sort of 1PRU Spitfire scheme. I suppose any Mustang would have been better than the Apache for a PR bird but I got a bit carried away and used my familiar 'cheat' of cutting the parts out of the original skin and using the generally white specular map with a 35% opacity pink layer and a bit of weathering and exhaust staining. The camera port hole is a pretty unconvincing decal and I've used Type A roundels on the fuselage and upper wings but not positioned like the 1PRU Spitfire PR.1G which just looks plain wrong. Some 'LY' codes and a new taller finflash complete the look.