Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A-4F Skyhawk

Hasegawa kit

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a carrier-capable ground-attack aircraft designed for the United States Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The delta winged, single turbojet-engined Skyhawk was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company, and later McDonnell Douglas. It was originally designated the A4D under the US Navy's pre-1962 designation system.

Fifty years after the aircraft's first flight, and having played key roles in the Vietnam War, the Falklands War, and the Yom Kippur War, a few of the nearly 3,000 Skyhawks produced remain in service with several air arms around the world, including active duty on the aircraft carrier of the Brazilian Navy.

A-4F: Refinement of A-4E with extra avionics housed in a hump on the fuselage spine (this feature later retrofitted to A-4Es and some A-4Cs) and more powerful J52-P-8A engine with 9,300 lbf (41 kN) thrust, later upgraded in service to J52-P-408 with 11,200 lbf (50 kN), 147 built. Some served with Blue Angels acrobatic team from 1973 to 1986.

Text: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-4_Skyhawk

Curtiss P-40K «Warhawk»


Прекрасная модель. Полистирол мягок, податлив, декали в меру тонкий, расшивка выше всяких похвал. В наборе даны 2 версии хвостового оперения и 2 версии декалей — но какие!
Машина, данная в модели, принадлежала майору Эду Холмайеру из 16-й эскадрильи, что базировалась в Канмнинге, Китай. Так вот, вариант, приходящийся на середину февраля 1943 г., требует из декали обозначения побед (5 яп. флажков) отрезать 3 флажка. 2 вариант — середина лета 1943 г. — все 5 побед. Вот и всё. Просто и понятно. Но! Мой восторг вызывает ПРОФЕССИОНАЛЬНЫЙ подход авторов кита и фирмы к делу: чёткое соблюдение исторической последовательности. Согласитесь, не часто в моделях есть столь точные данные о предмете работы. Хотелось бы добавить немного о загаженности машины. Из множества фотографий, отображающих авиацию во время боевых действий в Индокитае, будь то 2-я Мировая или Вьетнам, хорошо заметно состояние авиатехники после даже небольшого периода службы. Посмотрите на обтёртые «Фантомы» и «Скайредеры» — и представьте себе 1943 год. Сомневаюсь, что в этом году, мат. тех. база была лучше укомплектована чем во время Вьетнама. Ну, а данные о сроке службы хотя бы прилагаемой машины позволяют дать почву для некоторой игры фантазии. Полгода в джунглях! Так что, вам судить.

P. S. Окрашивал любимым HUMBROL — кистью. Копоть, пыль и грязь — пастель.

Wright Flyer

Museum quality model in 1:3 scale for the Museum of Technologies, Haifa.
Model by Alexander & Inna Blokhin

The Wright Flyer (often retrospectively referred to as Flyer I and occasionally Kitty Hawk) was the first powered aircraft designed and built by the Wright brothers. The flight is recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the standard setting and record-keeping body for aeronautics and astronautics, as "the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight"
Text: Wikipedia

Levant schooner

Scratch built model miniature in 1:1250 scale.
The model is on show at Peter Tamm collection.

Rolls Royce “Torpedo Phantom II Convertible” 1934

1:24 scale plastic kit from ITALERI

A one-of-a kind car, this particular auto was built in 1934 specifically for the Rajkot Maharajah, to replace his 1908 Silver Ghost The flamboyant torpedo way was constructed by Thrupp & Mabertey, an outstanding English coach builder and has highly polished aluminum wings and bonnet when as the rest of the body is colored saffron, a color that has religious significance in India. The Maharajah's logo displayed on the doors and windows contains his motto: "Dharm praja reja" (an imperial ruler of all men of all faiths). Also, the two Rolls Royce crossed R badges have the black color scheme in honor of Sir Henry Royce' who died at the time the car was constructed. This famous Phantom II has taken part in many rallies throughout Europe and has been constantly jud-ged the most outstanding vehicle.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VB


This was the first production version of the Spitfire to use "clipped" wingtips as an option, reducing the wingspan to 32 ft 2 in (9.8 m). The clipped wings increased the roll rate at lower altitudes.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV


The first Griffon powered Spitfires suffered from poor high altitude performance due to having only a single stage supercharged engine. By 1943 Rolls-Royce engineers had developed a new Griffon engine, the 61 series, with a two-stage supercharger. In the end it was a slightly modified engine, the 65 series, which was used in the Mk XIV. The resulting aircraft was as great an improvement over the Mk IX as the Mk IX had been over the Mk V. Although initially based on the Mk VIII airframe, common improvements made in aircraft produced later included the cut-back fuselage and tear-drop canopies, and the E-Type wing with improved armament.
It could climb to 20,000 ft (6,100 m) in less than seven minutes and its top speed, which was achieved at 26,000 ft (7,900 m), was 448 mph (721 km/h)
The first test of the aircraft was in intercepting V1 flying bombs, and the Mk XIV was the most successful of all Spitfire marks in this role. The Spitfire XIV was also famous for being able to catch the notorious German jet, the Messerschmitt 262.The Mk XIV was used by the 2nd Tactical Air Force as their main high-altitude air superiority fighter in northern Europe.

Monday, September 7, 2009

HMS Victory (Part 1)

Half scratch build model in 1:48 scale.
As a basis I took the model from the Model Shipyard - Just take a book from the series "Anatomy of the Ship" - "The 100-gun ship Victory" by John McKay.

I increased the size of the model in 2 times, for the scale 1:48.
To produce the frames, keel and other elements of the design, I took the Foam board (5 mm), several kinds of cardboard. Deck - veneer of pine.
Sheathing boards as a cardboard (1 mm).