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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2175 on: October 04, 2020, 04:33:45 am »
Kokusai Ki-59P 'Theresa' - 21st Communications Flight, Parani Army Air Force, 1949

PARAN Ki-59P THERESA.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN Ki-59P THERESA.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN Ki-59P THERESA.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN Ki-59P THERESA.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

Once I'd made a new template for the Prestwick/Ki-59 (albeit with a revised cargo door) I thought I'd give Paran a light transport and communications aircraft with a splinter type camo that looks OK from the side but stretches horribly across the broad upper fuselage. It looks the part though.


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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2176 on: October 10, 2020, 09:33:02 am »
Gloster Ganymede - RAE Farnborough, 1949

RAF CXP-1001 PROTOTYPE.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001 PROTOTYPE.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001 PROTOTYPE.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001 PROTOTYPE.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001 PROTOTYPE.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001 PROTOTYPE.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

A 'beta' Gloster CXP-1001 was released by the DAT boys recently with a basic Republic of China (Taiwan) skin and this was of enormous interest to me so I've decided to skin it from scratch and this RAF prototype is my first offering although I should add that it's still a WIP as I need to add more weathering and tidy up a few things. Anyway, about 46 years ago, the Putnam book on 'Gloster Aircraft since 1917' was one of just three aircraft books in the local library and I reckon that it's this book with it's substantial section on Gloster Projects that made me a whiffer! The CXP-1001 was one such Gloster project but one that had some traction in so much that the Chinese Nationalist Government were keen enough to have a Gloster team spend about a year working with a small team of Chinese design engineers before calling it off due to the political situation in China. Tantalisingly, the Putnam book mentions that a technical mission was sent to the United States at the same time and I wonder if any paper projects came out of this?

Anyway, back to the CXP-1001, loads of whif potential in this one!

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2177 on: October 17, 2020, 06:34:59 am »
Gloster Celeste FB.2 - No.134 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1950

RAF CXP-1001.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

The 'Ganymede' name doesn't quite work for me so I've changed it to the equally astronomical 'Celeste'. I will eventually get around to doing camo versions of the CXP-1001 but with limited time I thought I'd just convert my prototype silver skin into an operational silver SEAC bird by adding SEAC bands directly onto the skin and my usual decals for insignia, serials and codes.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - CXP-1001 SEAC
« Reply #2178 on: October 17, 2020, 11:21:05 am »
Gloster Celeste F.4 - No.41 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1953

RAF CXP-1001.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001.08 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001.09 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001.10 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001.11 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF CXP-1001.12 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

I'm not sure why I've gone for No.41 Squadron but I quite like this! The mapping of the 3D model makes it harder to do a camo scheme so I've had to simplify it slightly by using the same camo pattern for the left and right fuselage halves but I did manage to make the wings and stab's different. When SF2 came out (in late 2008) it introduced specular mapping and 1950's RAF birds like the Meteor and Hunter could then (where appropriate) have camo upper surfaces with shiny silver undersides. The CXP-1001 3D model has specular mapping so I've made a simple specular map to make the undersides shinier than the uppersurfaces and this is best seen in the middle aircraft in the last picture.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2179 on: October 23, 2020, 03:31:40 am »
Messerschmitt Bf-109E-4 (Trop) - 1st Fighter Regiment, Parani Army Air Force, 1942

When Jagdgeschwader 27 began to replace it's Bf-109E's with the far superior Bf-109F model in late 1941 approximately 20 of their war-weary Bf-10E's were freely supplied to the Parani Army Air Force where they re-equiped the 'Desert Eagles' of the 1st Fighter Regiment commanded by General Ahmed Wajai. With their Luftwaffe markings hastily overpainted with the insignia of the Parani Army Air Force, the Parani Bf-109E's were soon in action over the Valley of Kerman shooting down several Dhimari P-40's and P-66's during January 1942.

PARAN Bf-109E-4Trop.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN Bf-109E-4Trop.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN Bf-109E-4Trop.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN Bf-109E-4Trop.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN Bf-109E-4Trop.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

As a little break from the CXP-1001 I knocked up these Parani Bf-109's.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Parani Bf-109's
« Reply #2180 on: October 23, 2020, 03:40:35 am »
Fiat G.55 Centauro - 3rd Fighter Regiment, Parani Army Air Force, 1944

PARAN G55 CENTAURO.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN G55 CENTAURO.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN G55 CENTAURO.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN G55 CENTAURO.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN G55 CENTAURO.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

There was a fair bit of luck involved with this skin as the G.55 I downloaded had various skins that I could work with by cutting out certain elements (like a fuselage band or a coloured fin) and combine to create a simple green over grey skin with no markings. A Japanese Centauro is an obvious one to create using this skin!
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2181 on: October 24, 2020, 05:03:04 am »
Fiat G.55 Centauro - 5th Air Regiment, Turkish Air Force, 1945

When the governments of Germany and Turkey signed a non-aggression pact on June 18th, 1941 the main benefits to Germany was to keep Turkey friendly with the Axis powers and to also gain immediate access to Turkish chromite and iron ore. In return, Turkey would receive aircraft, anti-aircraft guns, tanks and spare parts. For the Turkish Air Force this would mean the receipt of 60 brand new Focke-Wulf Fw-190A-3 aircraft shipped via rail as disassembled aircraft plus the equivalent of another 12 aircraft shipped as spare parts. The initial two batches of 30 aircraft were safely delivered to the new railway station located close to Yeşilköy Airfield near Istanbul and were assembled during the Spring of 1943 with initial deliveries being made to the 5th Fighter Regiment based at Bursa in June 1943.

During the Autumn of 1943 the Turkish Air Force began to chase up the late delivery of the remaining 12 Fw-190A-3's and were disappointed to learn that, at Adolf Hitler's instruction, they were being witheld as Turkey had agreed to supply Chromite to the United States and United Kingdom who had jointly embarked upon a strategy of "preclusive buying" of Turkish chromite even though they did not actually need it. The Turkish Prime Minister, Şükrü Saracoğlu, intervened and whilst Hitler would not budge on the missing Fw-190's he agreed to send "other fighter aircraft from the Italian front" before the end of 1943. Turkish Air Force officials thought that this would mean Messerschmitt Bf-109G's but were disappointed to discover that the crated aircraft received at Yeşilköy from Italy in December 1943 were 12 Fiat G.55 Centauro aircraft recently requisitioned by the Luftwaffe but rejected by them. A technical team from the recently formed Turkish Aviation Association arrived from Ankara during early 1944 to assemble the G.55's and flight-testing was carried out by Sabiha Gökçen the famous Turkish female aviator. During April 1944, the unwanted G.55's were sent to the 4th Air Regiment based at Merzifon where they remained in service until late February 1945.

TuAF G55 CENTAURO.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

TuAF G55 CENTAURO.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

TuAF G55 CENTAURO.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

TuAF G55 CENTAURO.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

TuAF G55 CENTAURO.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

TuAF G55 CENTAURO.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

TuAF G55 CENTAURO.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

I slightly lightened my green over grey skin and was going to do a Portuguese skin but stumbled upon some pictures of Turkish Fw-190A-3's (in mottled camo) and thought I'd do a Turkish Centauro. The Turkish Fw-190's had the square insignia on the wings but not on the fuselage so I've made a change there and also added a white outline to the red fuselage numbers.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2182 on: October 25, 2020, 12:24:45 pm »
Bristol Buzzard T.1 - No.4 FTS, Royal Air Force, 1966

RAF BUZZARD T1.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BUZZARD T1.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BUZZARD T1.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BUZZARD T1.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

A rather nice Fuji T-1 was released recently with a 3D model by 'Veltro2K' and a JASDF skin by 'Wrench' who has also thoughtfully included a template which I've used to create a scheme similar to some of the RAF Hunter T.7's with red and white fuselages, grey inner wings and more red on outer wings and horizontal tail. I hit upon the Buzzard name as I've been seeing a Buzzard at my workplace (plus Sparrowhawks and Fieldfares) and then plumped for Bristol as it has a Bristol Siddeley Orpheus engine although there's no real link between them AFAIK. I'll definitely come back to this one at some time but need to park it up and get back to the CXP-1001 later in the week.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2183 on: October 28, 2020, 01:16:43 pm »
Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat - No.4 squadron, Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1943

With USN and USMC fighter squadrons replacing their Grumman F4F-3's with F4F-4's during 1942 the Royal Dhimari Air Force became the grateful recipients of surplus F4F-3's in early 1943 and used them to good effect in the fighter sweeps over the Valley of Kerman. When six gun F4F-4's later became available in 1944, Dhimari pilots were quick to express a preference for the slightly faster and considerably lighter earlier F4F-3 model despite it only having four guns.
 
DHIMAR F4F-3 WILDCAT.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR F4F-3 WILDCAT.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR F4F-3 WILDCAT.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR F4F-3 WILDCAT.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR F4F-3 WILDCAT.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

An updated F4F-3 was released by the DAT boys recently and I've just pasted Dhimari markings over the circular USN roundels and added rudder stripes in lieu of a finflash. I like giving Dhimari aircraft RAF style 'DH' serial numbers and as the Royal Dhimari Air Force was still in it's infancy during WW2 these are '100 series' serial numbers whereas their F-35's are '900 series'  :wacko:
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2184 on: October 31, 2020, 07:04:12 am »
Gloster CXP-1001 - 38th Fighter Squadron, Republic of China Air Force, 1951

ROCAF CXP-1001.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

ROCAF CXP-1001.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

ROCAF CXP-1001.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

ROCAF CXP-1001.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

ROCAF CXP-1001.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

ROCAF CXP-1001.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

For an unbuilt 'paper project' there are a surprising number of whaf if images of the CXP-1001, some of them quite garish. I thought I'd start with a basic green over grey scheme with the ROCAF rudder stripes painted directly onto the skin but with decals for all other markings including my fictional squadron marking for the 38th Fighter Squadron.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2185 on: November 01, 2020, 12:29:33 pm »
Focke-Wulf Fw-190A3 - 1st Fighter Regiment, Parani Army Air Force, 1944

PARAN FW-190A3.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN FW-190A3.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN FW-190A3.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN FW-190A3.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN FW-190A3.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN FW-190A3.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

PARAN FW-190A3.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

A revised FW-190A3 was released today by Torno & Team Banidos over at Combat Ace and it thoughtfully comes with a 'blank' Luftwaffe skin (by which I mean a camo skin but without painted on national insignia) so giving this superb fighter to Paran was so easy but it seriously changes the balance of power in that part of the Middle East!

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2186 on: November 08, 2020, 05:09:36 am »
Mikoyan-Gurevich SM-12PM 'Firefly-B' - Vietnamese Peoples Air Force, 1972

VPAF SM-12PM FIREFLY-B.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

VPAF SM-12PM FIREFLY-B.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

VPAF SM-12PM FIREFLY-B.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

VPAF SM-12PM FIREFLY-B.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

VPAF SM-12PM FIREFLY-B.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

I found a good pixelated (or digital) camo pattern this morning and thought I'd use it on the SM-12 which was a MiG-19 development. The SM-12 3D model is by my old mate 'Cocas' from Portugal who isn't so active nowadays but who has knocked out some cracking what if 3D models that I must re-visit at some time. Perhaps 1972 is a bit early for this type of camo...

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2187 on: November 12, 2020, 11:10:31 am »
Curtiss P-42D Twin Warhawk - No.15 'Shark' Squadron, Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1943

In response to USAAC Materiel Division Circular Proposal 39-775 issued in 1939 for a high altitude interceptor, Curtiss submitted a twin-engined version of their P-40 Warhawk powered by two V-12 Allison V-1710-39 engines. Whilst their proposal finished a disapointing third behind the Grumman G-45 XP-50 and the winning Lockheed Model 522 XP-49, Curtiss revised their Twin Warhawk to incorporate two Packard (Rolls-Royce) V-1650-1 Merlin engines each developing 1300 h.p. and turning their own 3-bladed Curtiss electric constant-speed propellers with LH and RH rotation to remove the expected heavy swing on take-off.

Redesignated as the Curtiss P-42 (replacing the earlier single-engined XP-42 derived from the P-36) the Twin Warhawk featured a powerful nose armament consisting of six 0.5 inch M2 Browning machine guns with 500 rounds per gun and two 20mm Hispano M2(C) cannon with 150 rounds per gun making it the most heavily armed fighter aircraft of it's era especially as the close grouping of the weapons meant that there were no convergence problems when compared with wing-mounted guns. With the ability to carry up to 2,000lb in external stores Curtiss pitched their new design as a multi-role fighter with primary missions of interceptor fighter and fighter-bomber.

With an increasingly hostile Japan continuing its war against China during 1940 (and also signing the Tripartite Pact in 1940 with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy) the Roosevelt administration slowly moved from being a neutral power to one preparing for war and Curtiss gained further contracts for it's P-40 Warhawk and also an unexpected contract for 300 of the new P-42 Twin Warhawk for the USAAC. This was soon followed by an order for 200 P-42's from the UK Government in late 1940 for use by the RAF in the Western Desert but immediately after Pearl Harbour all 200 aircarft were requisitioned by the USAAC and redesignated as P-42D's.

The first YP-42 prototype first flew on October 11th 1940 and proved to be relatively easy to fly at all speeds with stable handling characteristics although test pilots were very critical of the visibilty over the nose and the engine nacelles. In addition, they considered that the high wing loading made it more suited to ground attack than to air combat. Testing progressed well during 1941 and by the end of the year production P-42B's were rolling off the Curtiss-Wright production line at Buffalo, New York and entering service in May 1942 with the 14th Pursuit Group in San Diego to provide West Coast defence.

However, most P-42B's went to the 12th Air Force in North Africa as part of the force being built up for Operation Torch. Initially based in Algeria the P-42B's were first involved in North African combat operations during November 1942 shooting down several Italian twin-engined bombers plus two German Me-323 Gigant transports. But it was in the ground attack role that the P-42's of the 12th Air Force excelled in North Africa flying ground attack missions against gun emplacements, troops, supply dumps and tanks. In early 1943 the Royal Dhimari Air Force received 30 P-42D's directly from US stocks and these were used by No.15 Squadron to good effect during the Maqazad counter-offensive in the Spring of 1943.

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

I've previously done the P-40 Twin (or Twin Warhawk) in Soviet and Portuguese schemes and this one uses Dhimari markings along with the lovely sharkmouth already painted on the skin. Curtiss were so greedy in grabbing fighter designations for P-36/P-40 derivatives that I've made them reuse the P-42 designation!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_XP-42
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2188 on: November 26, 2020, 01:03:36 pm »
North American FJ-1 Fury - Belgian Marine Component, 1953

BZ FJ-1 FURY.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BZ FJ-1 FURY.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BZ FJ-1 FURY.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BZ FJ-1 FURY.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BZ FJ-1 FURY.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

A bit of a one-hour speed build this. An FJ-1 was released as a 'beta' by the DAT boys today so I've quickly overpainted the USN insignia and used some Belgian Navy insignia with some generic numbers and the 'Force Navale Belge' and 'Belgische Zeemacht' previously used on my Belgian Super Etendards.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2189 on: November 28, 2020, 10:19:12 am »
Blackburn Bridlington B.1 - No.27 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1937

RAF BRIDLINGTON B1.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BRIDLINGTON B1.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BRIDLINGTON B1.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BRIDLINGTON B1.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BRIDLINGTON B1.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BRIDLINGTON B1.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BRIDLINGTON B1.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

This is the Curtiss BT-32 Condor, a lovely 3D model by 'Veltro2K' and recently released by the DAT boys with Chinese and Peruvian skins. I've used the former as it's so very similar to NIVO Green and over-painted the roundels and rudder stripes and then added decals. I can remember making the Frog Whitley decades ago and using these colours. BTW, Blackburn was a natural choice for the manufacturer don't you think?
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