AH-1G is considered to be the first operational attack helicopter in the world. Although previous attempts at attack helicopters were made in the past, it was the Vietnam war and the need for escorting the Air Cavalry UH-1 Hueys, that gave birth to AH-1G. Sharing many components with the UH-1C, it started replacing the UH-1B and UH-1C gunships in mid-1967. Between 1967 and 1973, around 1100 AH-1Gs were delivered, serving in close air support, escorting transport helicopters and other roles, including the ‘hunter-killer’ roles in combination with OH-6A scout helicopters.
Bell AH-1G Cobra
A-Troop, 7th Squadron, 1st Cavalry
Pilot CW2 Melton Lee Hinton
Tra Vinh, Vietnam, 1971-72
Special Hobby 1:72
Brengun Photoetched Set
Typhoon (aka by its Soviet name Akula, Project 941) was the largest class of submarines ever built. They got most famous in the West in the movie adaption of Clancy’s novel The hunt for the Red October.
This kit came together in the so called value boxing together with USS Cole. While I normally build subs in 1:350 scale, I did an exception here. The model itself is quite easy to build, but there are a number of inaccuracies, the rear part being almost completely fictitious.
Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers entered service in 1991. Equipped with impressive sensor suite, the heart of it being Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D radar system, these destroyers are truly a multi-task ships. They are effective in Anti-aircraft, Anti-submarine, Anti-surface warfare as well as strategic land strike role using the array of Tomahawk cruise missiles. Since 2005, they are the only destroyers in US Navy – there are more than 60 in service and around 40 still waiting to be build.
USS Cole was commissioned as 17th Arleigh Burke destroyer on March 11th, 1996. On October 12th, 2000, while anchored at the port of Aden, Yemen, a group of Al-Qaeda suicide bombers sailed a small boat to the port hull and detonated explosive charges creating a hole 12m wide, killing 17 crew members and injuring 39. The ship was later transferred to the United States aboard a Norwegian heavy cargo ship MV Blue Marlin for repairs and resumed operational duty in April 2002.
Model: Cyberhobby 1:700
Aftermarket: Flyhawk PE set, 1:700 chain
Base: 24x18cm photo frame, Vallejo clear water effect
Ever since I’ve seen Ye-166 (actually a Ye-152-2) at Monino museum near Moscow, I wanted to build a model of it. Unfortunately no-one would release such a model… well, not until recently. Modelsvit released not only the “father” of the family, the Ye-150, but also I-3U, which preceded the heavy interceptor program, and they promised to bring us other models of this program as well – I just hope crisis in the Ukraine will not impact the release schedule too much.
MiG Ye-150 – author unkown
Ye-150 first flew in July 1960. While it bears the resemblance to the MiG-21 fighters, it is a much much bigger beast altogether. Just the information, that it is powered by an enormous Tumansky R-15 engine (of the MiG-25 fame), tells something. While the flight testing was plagued with extremely short lived engine (this early versions of R-15 had barely enough service hours for a ground check and one flight), aileron buffeting and other problems, the aircraft did achieve several successes – the highest speed achieved during testing was M2.65 using less than half a throttle, while the service ceiling of around 70.000ft (21.000m). Weapons systems was never integrated and flight tests ended after a little more than 40 flights.
Modelsvit’s Ye-150 is a typical short-run model. Some modelling experience is required as parts need to be cleaned up and the fit is tricky with some components. Especially troublesome was exhaust area (you can see it in the WiP section of this site), wings to fuselage join and the canopy area. Panel line engraving also lacks the finesse of their Su-7/17 kits and is a little bit on the heavy side. Model was painted with Alclad Polished Aluminium and finsihed with Alclad Semi-Matt coat.
And you have to admit it – it does look like it’s gonna punch holes in the skies, ain’t it?
And three of the Soviet X-fighters of my collection.
Academy 1:72 F/A-18C Hornet, Eduard Zoom Photo-etched parts, Zotz Tigermeet decals More photos and full build article along with Axalp reference article will be published in one of the future issues of Model Aircraft magazine.
J-5011 at Axalp 2009
Seinar Fleet Systems were one of three major starship suppliers to the Galactic Empire, specializing in construction of small and deadly TIE (Twin Ion Engine) starfighters.
TIE Fighter, was the standard Imperial starfighter seen in massive numbers throughout most of the Galactic Civil War and onward.
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TIE Interceptor, was a TIE Series starfighter used by the Galactic Empire. The TIE Interceptor was identifiable by its arrow-shaped solar collection panels, a distinct difference from the hexagonal solar arrays of its predecessor, the TIE Fighter. The Interceptor was one of the fastest starfighters in the galaxy at its prime.
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The TIE Advanced x1, or TIE/x1 was an advanced prototype starfighter touted as a replacement for the standard TIE Fighter tested by Darth Vader and X1 at the battles of Yavin and Mustafar respectively. While it never made it into production, many of its best design features were later incorporated into the TIE/sa bomber and TIE/IN interceptor.
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Revell 1:144 F-104G Starfighter (1984 Aviano, 3° Stormo, 132 Gruppo); Balkan Models decals
And with its Soviet cousin the MiG-21bis
MiG-21 was built in more than 11.000 examples so it is no wonder, many of them were used in experimental roles. MiG-21I’s main task was to test different wing shape profiles for the upcoming supersonic airliner Tu-144. Two prototypes were built, based on the MiG-21S airframe. Second prototype was tested at Gromov Flight Research Institute at Zhukovsky. Many cameras were added to the hump and top of the tail and the center-of-gravity was regulated by weights added to the nose and tail of the aircraft. MiG-21I first flight happened on 18th April 1968 and both aircraft made more than 140 flights – first prototype crashed during aerobatic routine, killing test pilot V. Konstantinov while the second prototype was transferred to the Monino Air Force Museum near Moscow, where it stands besides the Tu-144 until this day.
Kit: Modelsvit 1:72 MiG-21I Analog, 2nd prototype – out of the box
And an interesting and rare video of some Analog flying I found on Youtube
Su-27SM (serial modernized) is a program similar to NATO’s F-16 Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) one. The aim is to increase combat capabilities of Russian Flanker fleet as well as overhaul the airframes extending their service life. The results of this modernization are improved cockpit ergonomics with the so called glass-cockpit (majority of needle instruments replaced by three LCD displays), improved forward visibility due to offset IRST sensor as well as the ability to carry ‘smart’ air-to-ground weapons including laser guided bombs, TV and laser guided missiles as well as lethal anti-radar and anti-ship missiles. First airframes were completed in 2004 and the program is ongoing with several dozen fighters in operational use. Parallel to the SM, export version, labeled SKM, was derived, which differs from the SM by the inclusion of in-flight refueling probe. Indonesian Air Force is the sole operator so far.
The model represents a Flanker in use by the elite 4th Combat and Conversion Training Center (4 TsBP i PLS) at Lipetsk Air Base in Russia.
Red 06 from the same unit – I took this photo at MAKS 2007.
Kit: Zvezda 1:72 built out of the box
And on my Norwegian friend’s request, a family photos with Su-35S
I apologize to the readers and visitors of my blog for a longer absence. Real life has stepped in and prevented any serious attempt at modelling for the last couple of months. New Year came in the mean time and I hope Santa (or any other local good old guy) brought you some new models under your trees.
As I’ve lost a bit of a modelling mojo during this time, I’ve decided to kick-start my building process by building something simple yet nice. Eduard’s 1:144 MiG-21 kits are just that – they simply fall together and there are countless of marking options for you to choose from. For this project, I’ve decided to build a Finnish bird and the only resentment I have towards Eduard is that they printed the FiAF roundels out of register.
Paints used were ModelMaster enamel Dark Green B-52 FS34096 and Revell 9 Anthrazite which were given an oil colour filter, which darkened the green, gave the Black that greenish tone, highlighted all the panel lines and toned down the markings.
And of course obligatory 1 Euro coin comparison 🙂