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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2160 on: September 06, 2020, 04:21:42 am »
Douglas A2D-2 Skyshark - VC-35, United Staes Navy, 1953

USN A2D SKYSHARK.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

USN A2D SKYSHARK.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

USN A2D SKYSHARK.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

USN A2D SKYSHARK.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

USN A2D SKYSHARK.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

USN A2D SKYSHARK.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

USN A2D SKYSHARK.08 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

This has occupied me recently - making a skin from scratch for the A2D Skyshark. I'm starting with the glossy sea blue (aka midnight blue) and I'm hoping to move onto a grey and white USN scheme but there are a few issues with the mapping of the 3D model with several parts being mapped to one area and that means some awkward colour choices... like blue landing gear! No requests please, this one is a bit of a time-consuming beast.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2161 on: September 08, 2020, 07:32:27 am »
Douglas F-91B Skyshark - 36th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter Bomber Wing, USAF, 1953

The outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950 came just one month after the first flight of the Douglas A2D Skyshark. Even before the Fall of 1950, the USAF could see that it had aircraft to suit every combat role except for the crucial close air support role where it had nothing inbetween the shiny new jets that were short on range and the F-51D Mustangs of WW2 vintage that were short on payload. A USAF evaluation team quickly studied a minimum change version of the Douglas A-1 Skyraider that was by now the backbone of the United States Navy carrier-based attack squadrons having exceptional payload ability and a very long range - indeed, some combat sorties were up to 10-hours long. However, the USAF evaluation team expressed concern that combat reports of these long-range missions constantly referred to pilots literally being dragged out of their cockpits such was their fatigue. In conclusion, the USAF evaluation team considered the A-1 Skyraider to be a good interim machine but recommended a faster follow-on aircraft that still had the A-1's exceptional payload ability.

Whilst the USAF were aware of the development problems of the turbo-prop powered Douglas A2D Skyshark they considered that it was a better prospect than any clean sheet of paper project and urged the Department of Defense for more funding to fix the A2D's problems. This re-ignited the United States Navy's interest in it's own program and the resultant joint campaigning effort resulted in more funding for an ambitious accelerated program. With the USAF having withdrawn the A (attack) designation in 1947 the USAF version was confusingly designated F-91* and the prototype YF-91 (converted from the third A2D-1) first flew on July 31st, 1951. 

Development and testing moved ahead smoothly during the remainder of 1951 and early 1952 with an initial production batch of 12 F-91A's entering service in August 1952 with a joint-service test and evaluation squadron based near the Douglas facility at El Sugundo in California. The main production version was the F-91B which entered service in February 1953 with the 36th Fighter Bomber Squadron temporarily detached to Itazuke Air Base in Japan before deploying to Suwon Air Base, South Korea to commence combat operations in March 1953. Operating in the night attack role the 36th Fighter Bomber Squadron primarily flew bombing and strafing missions against enemy air fields but in May 1953 the 36th succesfully attacked the Kuwonga, Namsi and Taechon Dams.

USAF F-91D SKYSHARK.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

USAF F-91D SKYSHARK.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

USAF F-91D SKYSHARK.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

USAF F-91D SKYSHARK.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

USAF F-91D SKYSHARK.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

The A2D 3D model is being revised so I'm holding off doing any camo schemes just in case the mapping is changed. Anyway. this scheme simply replaces blue with black but I have made some new decals including the 'FD' buzz numbers and the 36th FBS 'diamond' taken from their circular squadron patch but placed on a square rotated by 45 degrees. There's no need to comment on the F-91 designation - I've covered the Republic Thunderceptor often enough to know of it's existence but needed an 'F' designation that fitted the timeline.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2162 on: September 09, 2020, 04:28:42 am »
Curtiss P-36G Hawk - 126th IAP, Soviet Air Force, 1941

SOVIET P-36G HAWK.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SOVIET P-36G HAWK.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SOVIET P-36G HAWK.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SOVIET P-36G HAWK.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

A real quickie this. The DAT boys have been busy with P-51's recently and they've followed it up with a couple of P-36's. This is the P-36G and I thought I'd use the OD/Grey skin to make a lend-lease version for the Soviet Union but the funny thing was that before I did that I first checked that this hadn't actually happened! With hindsight, I should have used a version without the distinctive RDF aerial on the fuselage spine but I rushed this one.

Well, well, well. A tiny nugget for you is that the first P-40's to reach the Soviet Union were not lend-lease but were purchased with gold in September 1941 with lend-lease starting two months later.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Soviet P-36G (Hawk 75)
« Reply #2163 on: September 09, 2020, 11:32:20 am »
Curtiss P-36G Hawk - 126th IAP, Soviet Air Force, Winter 1941-1942

SOVIET P-36G HAWK.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SOVIET P-36G HAWK.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SOVIET P-36G HAWK.08 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SOVIET P-36G HAWK.09 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SOVIET P-36G HAWK.10 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

SOVIET P-36G HAWK.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

For this winter P-36G (or Hawk 75A-8) I've tried a new technique of using the predominantly white specular map and 'distressing' it to reveal the original OD uppersurfaces. Gotta love YouTube!

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2164 on: September 13, 2020, 11:32:59 am »
Douglas B-24B Mixmaster - 1 Grupo de Bombardeo, Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 1955

At the end of the Korean war the United States Air Force declared the B-42 Mixmaster to be obsolete and surplus to requirements. Despite the tense relations between the USA and Argentina during WW2 and throughout the Perón years the US Department of Defence authorised the sale of 30 B-42B's to Argentina which were delivered in two batches during early 1954 where they replaced the Fuerza Aérea Argentina's remaining Avro Lancasters and supplemented the Avro Lincoln in Fuerza Aérea Argentina service.

On June 16th, 1955 two B-42B aircraft from 1 Grupo de Bombardeo operated alongside a mixed force of aircraft from the Comando de la Aviación Naval Argentina in the tragic bombing of the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires where approximately 400 civilians were killed in the largest ever aerial bombing on the Argentine mainland. The type was subsequently used by both the government and rebel forces during the 'Revolución Libertadora' coup which eventually saw Juan Perón being deposed. As late as June 1966, the B-42B's remained in operational use with a force of ten B-42B's taking part in a flypast during the official inauguration of Juan Carlos Onganía as President of Argentina following the 'Revolución Argentina' coup d'état.

FAA B-42B MIXMASTER.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

FAA B-42B MIXMASTER.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

FAA B-42B MIXMASTER.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

FAA B-42B MIXMASTER.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

FAA B-42B MIXMASTER.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

FAA B-42B MIXMASTER.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

FAA B-42B MIXMASTER.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

For some reason, when I made the skin for the B-42 Mixmaster I was always going to do an Argentinian one in a similar scheme to their Avro Lincolns although I've used a lower demarcation line. The small batch of serial numbers (I made eight in total) took more time than anything else as I couldn't find a font that exactly hit the spot and I ended up using 'RAF_WW2_851ATH' with adjustments to the '1' and the hyphen.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2165 on: September 18, 2020, 09:14:38 am »
Handley Page Hatfield B.1 - No.7 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, 1936

RAF HATFIELD B1.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HATFIELD B1.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HATFIELD B1.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

This is the Tupolev TB-3 masquerading as the Handley Page Hatfield a little-known pre-war bomber! This was released recently by the DAT boys with Soviet and Chinese camo schemes. Only three piccies as it hasn't quite worked and I can only show it from the starboard side but there's nothing wrong with the model it's just mapped in a slightly unusual way that caught me out. I do like putting bombers from this era into RAF service with NIVO green and Type B roundels (I did a FROG Whitley like that about 30 years ago) and the Chinese skin is ideal - I just had to overpaint the blue & white striped rudder. I made the No.7 Squadron shield from scratch based on a Heyford profile found on the web that makes me wish the TB-3 had spats!
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2166 on: September 20, 2020, 03:02:57 am »
Handley Page Hatfield B.1 - No.216 Squadron, RAF Middle East, 1940

RAF HATFIELD B1.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HATFIELD B1.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HATFIELD B1.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HATFIELD B1.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HATFIELD B1.08 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF HATFIELD B1.09 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

This one uses the Soviet Camo (c.1941) that comes with DAT's TB-3 so it's not exactly the same colour as an RAF Desert bird in 1940 but the markings do give it that overall look I feel.

Updates will be sporadic for a good few months as I'm starting a new job tomorrow with long hours although I'm hoping it will settle down into a three-day week. We'll see!

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2167 on: September 27, 2020, 10:32:45 am »
Boeing Blackcap Mk.I - No.73 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1937

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

A nice P-26A Peashooter was released by the DAT boys recently and I've used my instant silver skin hack of using the specular map to make a pre-war RAF monoplane fighter with my previously made No.73 squadron markings but adding the finflash to the rudder and also adding copper to the front of the cowl as an affectionate nod to the Gloster Gladiator. I've just noticed that the Bristol Mercury is slightly smaller than the Peashooter's P&W R-1340 Wasp, only a tad heavier but much more lusty. There's no backstory for the Condor Legion Fiat CR.42... it just turned up as the enemy of the day!
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2168 on: October 01, 2020, 03:22:24 am »
Boeing Blackcap Mk.I - Night Fighter Flight, No.79 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, Munich Crisis, 1938

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.08 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.09 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.10 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.12 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF BLACKCAP Mk1.11 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

Another 'silver becomes black' inversion skin but I have missed a few parts around the cockpit and nose. Like my earlier 'Bruno' night fighter this is based on the scheme worn by some of No.79 Squadron's Gloster Gauntlets in 1938.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2169 on: October 03, 2020, 11:16:37 am »
Scottish Aviation Prestwick C.1 - 'B' Flight, No.152 Squadron, RAF Near East Air Force, 1961

RAF PRESTWICK C1.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF PRESTWICK C1.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF PRESTWICK C1.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF PRESTWICK C1.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

A little recognition test for you!

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Yes, this the little-known Kokusia Ki-59 light transport monoplane which looks pretty cool for an early 1940's design. It's a 'beta' release by the DAT boys but flies really well so I thought I'd make a template for it for a Parani transport. But I then got to thinking that it would make a cool RAF liaison/communications aircraft and based the scheme on the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer and this also dictated the manufacturer and name.





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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2170 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 #2171 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 #2172 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 #2173 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 #2174 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.