(note: all the thumbnails should be clickable for larger versions, save for the first, for some reason)
A fantastically detailed 1/44 scale F8U - my eyes hurt just thinking about working on something that small!
And we've got another "MiG Master" - a larger one, this time!
And another product from the LTV stable - was glad to see a SLUF in the markings of the PA ANG, which flew A-7D/Ks just down the road from the show site. Hard to believe it's been the better part of two decades since they've been retired...
And here we've got a bird from England AFB, again in Southeast Asia camo colors...
And of course, the Corsair II started out as a USN aircraft, being represented here by a nice looking A-7E.
And from the same stable but a little later, the Yak-15 Feather
And quite a bit later, we have the Yak-38 Forger
And here come the Bugs! The Hornet was well-represented
Swiss Hornet. The Swiss FA-18s are flown by three units at Dubendorf and Payerne, are rated for higher G-loadings than US FA-18C/Ds, and have high power spotlights on the port side of the nose for night time visual identification of intercepted aircraft.
and a Super Hornet in 1/144th scale
|Earlier vintage than the 'Hog, but just as mean: AC-119 Stinger gunship|
The polka dots were indeed an operational scheme! This B-24 was an assembly formation ship that didn't go beyond UK airspace.
Photo: B-24D assembly ship of the 458th BG, with polka dot paint. Air Pictorial June 1966 p.214
|AV-8B Harrier II; very apt display, as these are seeing action in Libya as I write this...|
Another type that is seeing use over the NFZ: RAF Typhoon
Anigrand C-133 Cargomaster
As big as the Cargomaster is, it's dwarfed by Anigrand's C-5 Galaxy!
And while we're on shiny fighters of the '50s, here's a big F-100 in Thunderbird markings.
And another Grumman feline, the F4F Wildcat...
And the ultimate "Cat" from the "Ironworks", the F-14 Tomcat
And another "big hog"
de Havilland Mosquito
The modeler entered it for "best pink model" and I'd have to go along with that! ;-)
|The Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm made use of the Hunter GA.11 for weapons training; these aircraft being conversions of former RAF Hunter F.4s.|
Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC. The IIC was a derivation of the Hurricane IIA, with a quartet of wing-mounted 20mm Hispano cannon. The "Hurribomber" was extensively used in the intruder role.
Sea Fury with motorized prop. Cuba received 15 single-seat Sea Furies and a pair of trainers after these aircraft were retired from British service in the late 1950s, and saw use in combat against rebel B-26s during the Bay of Pigs invasion.
And another Sea Fury - just barely! The much altered Critical Mass. The prototype for this model started out as a West German two-seat target tug, and was rebuilt for Reno air racing as the alcohol-modified R-3350 powered Blind Man's Bluff, before gaining the name and colors show here. Note also the heightened tail. The prototype is now being rebuilt back to its original military configuration.
"Reno '84 in Retrospect" Air International March 1985 p.120-121. Photos of Sea Fury racers Furias and T. Mk20 N924G
Heinkel He 70
Color profiles by John Weal, including two 1930s vintage and one 1950s Spanish He 70s. Air International December 1988 p.318
A magnificent North American X-15
There were a good many Japanese aircraft on display:
|Display of Japanese aircraft|
In contrast to the limited USN evaluation of floatplane variants of the F4F, SB2U, and SB2C, the IJN actually made operational use of float equipped tactical types, such as the Kawanashi N1K1 Kyofu ("Mighty Wind") known to the Allies as the Rex. However, by the time the N1K1s were entering service, the tide was beginning to turn against Japan, and emphasis shifted to the land based Shiden ("Violet Lightning") derivative.
First flown in November 1944, Mitsubishi's Ki-83 escort fighter was potentially an important type, combining long range, maneuverability, and heavy armament in the form of two 30mm and two 20mm cannon. Had the type entered service, it would have been comparable to Grumman's F7F Tigercat and de Havilland's Hornet, but only the four prototypes had been completed by V-J Day, and the Ki-95 reconnaissance version never flew. MPM makes a 1/72 scale Ki-83 kit.
And the -36's descendant, the P-40.
"Mustangs, Mustangs, Mustangs!"
And some Skyhawks:
|Israeli A-4N: not the extended tailpipe for countermeasure against SA-7s and other MANPADS|
VMA-214 Black Sheep transitioned from the FJ-4 Fury to the A4D-2 in early 1962, and would go on to be equipped with various models of the Skyhawk for several decades.
|And a USAF EC-121:|
A nice QF-4E - makes me motivated to get working on the F-4G kit I've had laying around:
And an F-4D:
And in the home country colors
|The RAF's second jet fighter to enter service, the Vampire had flown as early as September 1943, but did not enter service until the spring of 1946. The airframe consisted of a fuselage pod for the cockpit and Goblin turbojet; twin tail booms were fitted, and the engine supplied with air through intakes in the wing roots.|
The Vampire FB.5, first flown in 1948, was optimized for the fighter-bomber role, with slightly clipped wings and additional hard points, better protection, and beefed-up landing gear. More FB.5s would be built than any other single-seat Vampire model. FB.5s have been kitted in 1/72 scale by Frog, Heller, and Czech Master Resin. In 1/48 scale, the variant was available from Classic Airframes.
"Workbench reviews: Vampire FB Mk.5 in 1/48 scale from Classic Airframes" FineScale Modeler September 2005 p.64
|And another Thunderbolt|