DIY self adhesive camouflage masks

DIY self adhesive camouflage masks 

DIY self adhesive camouflage masks - plastic scale modeling tutorial

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In this plastic scale modeling tutorial You will see how I create self adhesive camouflage masks to use in my current project. This masking method not only saves time, but it provides with control over the demarcation line sharpness and also saves you a lot of that expensive masking tape we are all using.


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Armstrong Whitley Mk. I 1/72 Fly models plastic scale model step by step video build

Armstrong Whitley Mk. I 1/72

Fly models plastic scale model step by step video build





This step by step video build of the 1/72 scale Armstrong Whitley plastic scale model by Fly models is a synthesized version of the four episode build series released some time ago. I hope that this shorter build video will suit even those of you who do not have the time to watch the full series. Enjoy!




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The Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley was one of three British twin-engine, front line medium bomber types in service with the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of the Second World War (the others were the Vickers Wellington and the Handley Page Hampden). It took part in the first RAF bombing raid on German territory and remained an integral part of the early British bomber offensive until the introduction of four-engined "heavies". Its front line service included maritime reconnaissance with Coastal Command and the second line roles of glider-tug, trainer and transport aircraft. 


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Plastic scale modeling tutorial - How to mask cockpit before painting.

How to mask cockpit before painting 

How to mask cockpit before painting - plastic scale modeling tutorial.

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You have spent hours of detail painting the cockpit of your plastic scale airplane and chances are you don't want overspray from subsequent painting stages. How to protect your carefully painted cockpit from over-spray?  This tutorial will teach you how to mask the cockpit of your plastic scale model, working around details and complex surfaces.






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Nissan Skyline GTR R32 V spec II - 1/24 plastic scale model build

Nissan Skyline GTR R32 V spec II

Fujimi 1/24 plastic scale model build

Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 - Third generation (1989–1994)

The formidable technology and performance of the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R prompted the Australian motoring publication Wheels to nickname the GT-R "Godzilla" in its July 1989 edition.

1/24 Fujimi R32 Vspec II plastic scale model


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The Skyline GT-R became the flagship of Nissan performance, showcasing many advanced technologies including the ATTESA E-TS AWD system and the Super-HICAS four-wheel steering. Today, the car is popular for import drag racing, circuit track, time attack and events hosted by tuning magazines. Production of the Skyline GT-R ended in August 2002. The car was replaced by the R35 Nissan GT-R, an all-new vehicle based on the V36 Skyline. Although visibly different, the two vehicles share similar design features and are manufactured in the same factory.




To celebrate the success of the GT-R in both Group N and Group A racing, Nissan introduced the Skyline GT-R V·Spec ("Victory SPECification") package on 3 February 1993. The V·Spec added Brembo brakes and a retuned ATTESA E-TS system. The V·Spec was available in both 'plain' and 'N1' variants, with all V·Spec cars using the lightweight aluminium bonnet and front fenders from the 'Nismo'. The cars also replaced the standard 16" wheels with 17" BBS wheels with 225/45R17 tires. The V·Spec had a list price of ¥5,260,000.



Finally on 14 February 1994, the Skyline GT-R V·Spec II was released, with the only change being wider 245/45R17 tires. The 'plain' V·Spec and V·Spec II had a curb weight of 1,480 kg (3,256 lbs), weighing 50 kg (110 lbs) more than the standard GT-R.[19] Total production of the V·Spec and V·Spec II was 1,396 and 1,306 units respectively.[20]



Production of the R32 Skyline GT-R ceased in November 1994 after a production run of 43,937 units.

The most popular colours are KH2 "Gun Grey Metallic" (45% of cars), followed by 326 "Crystal White" (18%), 732 "Black Pearl Metallic (13%), KL0 "Spark Silver Metallic" (12%). The rarest colour is BL0 "Greyish Blue Pearl" with only 141 units
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Scale modelling tutorial: Upgrade the external fuel tank of a F6F Hellcat scale model.

 Upgrade the external fuel tank of a F6F Hellcat scale model.

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In this scale modelling tutorial I am showing how I have upgraded the kit supplied external fuel tank of my Eduard 1/48 F6F Hellcat. You will see solutions for creating the center joint lip, the fuel cap, how to imitate dings and more.

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Tools needed:

- scalpel / hobby knife 
- drill bit and holder 
- scissors
- toothpick
- sanding stick and sandpaper
- pliers

Materials needed:
- super glue
- liquid cement
- plastic sheet and plastic rod  
- fishing line - 0.25mm

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Osprey Publishing "SR-71 Blackbird" by Paul F. Crickmore - book review

SR-71 Blackbird

by Paul F. Crickmore,  by Osprey Publishing

   This title from Osprey publishing covers the entire history of the iconic US Air Force reconnaissance airplane - the SR-71 Blackbird. Written by Paul F. Crickmore, this small size book offers very interesting information about fascinating subject. The book comes with hard cover and 160 glazed, thick and colorful pages 

"Lockheed's SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most iconic and famous jets ever built. Assembled in secret at Lockheed's Skunkworks, the Blackbirs's vital statistics remain phenomenal decades later. It holds the airspeed record for manned jet aircraft, operated at an altitude other aircraft could barely touch and was a marvel of technical engineering.

  Drawing on recent declassified material, leading SR-71 expert Paul Crickmore reveals the technical and operational history of one of the most fascinating aircraft, accompanied by a range of fantastic illustrations, photographs and facts about the world's most secret spy plane."

   Reading those few lines on the back of the book few keywords popped immediately - Skunkworks and recently declassified. 


Contents   

List of abbreviations - 6
Introduction - 8
Chronology - 11
A-12 Design and Manufacture - 16
A-12 Oxcart Operations - 40
Tagboard and Senior Bowl, tha M-21/D-21 - 60
Kedlock, the YF-12A - 66
Senior Crown - SR-71 - 80
Flying the SR-71 - 108
NASA Operations - 128
Surviving Aircraft Histories - 136
Appendices - 151
Index - 159



List of abbreviations

    The book starts with the list of abbreviations. This list is not only necessary to read the book but is also a valuable tool in the world of military aviation.

Introduction

    In this part the author introduces the reader to the complex situation of the Cold War and the mood of the era. Here you can also get a closer look at the events that led to start of Project Rainbow.

Chronology

    This section marks notable events throughout the lifespan of the aircraft, from August 1956, when project Rainbow begins in an attempt to render the U-2 "invisible to Soviet radar", trough February 29, 1964 when President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the existence of the "A-11"(A-12) program to October 9th 1999 when NASA's crew Roger Smith and Bob Meyer fly SR-71A 61-7980 on the type's final ever flight at the Edwards AFB Open Day.

A-12 Design and Manufacture

   In this chapter you can learn very interesting facts about the design and construction difficulties, problems and solutions. It is divided and makes in-depth overview on the following sections - Manufacture, Layout and Stealth, Engine, Fuel System, Air Inlet Control System (AICS), Internal Navigation System (INS), Cameras, ELINT, ECM and Crew Survival Systems  

A-12 Oxcart Operations

In this chapter we can reed about the flight and operational history of the A-12 Oxcart and includes the following sections - Loses, Vietnam and The Pueblo Affair. 

Tagboard and Senior Bowl, the M-21/D-21

    Following the loss of Power's U-2 and the US government's decision to discontinue maned flights over the Soviet Union, the Skunk Works received authorization to begin studies of the feasibility of producing a Mach 3 plus unpiloted platform, or drone, for the CIA on October 10, 1962.  This chapter tells the story of the M-21/D-21.

Kedlock, the YF-12A

In October 1962, the Air Force ordered three interceptor variants to replace the cancelled F-108A Rapier. The modified A-12, first designated the AF-12 and then the YF-12A, was designed and built under a project codenamed KEDLOCK. The aircraft’s mission was to intercept new Soviet supersonic bombers long before they reached the United States. It carried three air-to-air missiles and a second crewman who worked the fire control system. The Air Force initially envisioned a fleet of as many as 100, but only three were built and delivered during 1963-64. In this chapter you can read all about the development and the faith of the project.



Senior Crown - SR-71

   In this chapter we come to the SR-71,  In December 1962, the Air Force ordered six “reconnaissance/strike” aircraft for high-speed, high-altitude flights over hostile territory after a nuclear attack—hence its original designator RS. Compared to the A-12, the SR-71 was about six feet longer, weighed 15,000 pounds more fully loaded, had more prominent nose and body chines and a two-seat cockpit, and carried additional optical and radar imagery systems and ELINT sensors in interchangeable noses. With the added weight, the aircraft flew slower and lower than the A-12 or the YF-12A, but it carried more fuel and had a longer range. Here you will find several very interesting sections and events - Program Cancellation?, Flight Test, Attrition and Lessons, Operations, Yom Kippur, Detachment 4, North Korea and Program Termination.

Flying the SR-71

    In this chapter we can find out what does it take and what is it like to have the control over the SR-71.

NASA Operations

   This chapter goes trough what NASA used this aircraft for.

Surviving Aircraft Histories

Here you will find brief description and a picture of each surviving aircraft.

Appendix

There are 4 appendixes - 1: Specifications, 2: Blackshield missions log, 3: Losses, 4: World speed and altitude records.

                    



Conclusion

As a fan of this aircraft, for me this is a very valuable book. The quality of the print, the information inside, the rare pictures and beautiful profiles and cut offs make this book a great addition to any aircraft enthusiast library.

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