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Are they real?
Posted by wpwar11 on Monday, January 11, 2021 7:55 PM

Ok this might be a really stupid question but here it goes.  I've done a WW2 plane or two and used decals honoring legendary pilots of that time.  I'm currently building a modern jet and of course the kit comes with pilot identification decals on the side of the canopy.  Are these real pilots?  If so, how did they go about getting their names on the kit?  

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Posted by mawright20 on Monday, January 11, 2021 8:18 PM
They may very well be actual aircrews whose name may have been on the canopy frame when the company was doing research into that particular type.
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Posted by wpwar11 on Monday, January 11, 2021 8:38 PM

Hmmm that's kinda interesting.   Didn't think of that.  If That's the case I'm sure the model manufacturer has to get consent.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, January 11, 2021 9:16 PM

No. Currently model makers overseas are super lazy and just work from what's easy to find on line.

many of us try to steer their ships in the right direction, but it's hard to make them listen.

 

Bill

 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, January 11, 2021 9:23 PM

Just curious as to what aircraft you are building and what markings that you are using? 

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:29 AM

If the pilot/crew names are on a military aircraft they are in the public domain, so if reference can be found it can be used without asking permission. 

We try to get the names on the decals as accurately as possible with the reference at hand.  

Only a few times have we included specific pilots due to them working with us.  It would be nice if it happened more often...

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Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:08 PM

F16CJ block 50 

5th Air Force Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Misawa AB, Japan 2005

Name on aircraft is LT GEN "ORVILLE" WRIGHT

I also have a set for the 20th fighter Wing 50th Anniversary Wild Weasel.  Pilot Col STEPHEN JOST.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:28 PM

"Are they real?"

"Yes, and they're spectacular!"

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:31 PM

wpwar11

F16CJ block 50 

5th Air Force Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Misawa AB, Japan 2005

Name on aircraft is LT GEN "ORVILLE" WRIGHT

I also have a set for the 20th fighter Wing 50th Anniversary Wild Weasel.  Pilot Col STEPHEN JOST.

 

 

 

 

 

Whats the tail number on the Misawa Viper?

The name on the Weasel looks to be legit

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:37 PM

Found Gen. Wright’s F-16... so yes, it is for real

 

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 2:10 PM

Thanks Stik

I guess I could have done the homework but really appreciate you sending that.  Isn't the F16 a beautiful plane?

The Baron,

speaking of beauty...I knew when I posted that title someone was going to respond with that Seinfeld line.  True story.  About 10-15 years ago I was in the audience for David Letterman.  One of his guest was Teri Hatcher.  She is more stunning in person than what we see on t.v.  

 

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 4:28 PM

Hello!

Most of the time this hobby is about keeping it as real as it gets, isn't it?

And a model is a bit of a tribute to people who designed, built, operated the real thing, don't you think? In such case we mean real people, not imaginative people, even if we don't know the exact names. But sometimes the names are known, and for me it's very cool to sometimes be able to even contact them - for example per e-mail - and ask for details on the real thing. Takes modelling to a wholly new level!

Thanks for reading and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:04 PM

Oh yeah it is really cool that as model builders we acknowledge these people.  I'm lucky to have a brother who flew helicopters in the Navy.  I work next to a Naval base and have many of these men and women as friends and clients.  It's so interesting to hear about their job and accomplishments. When it comes time to slide that ORVILLE WRIGHT decal on the canopy side I'll smile knowing that  this dude exist and he's probably a bad ass.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 8:01 PM

Well, Orville is a general, is or was in charge of 5th Air Force, flies a F-16 on occasion, and gets paid to do all of the above. I’d say that’s a life well lived.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 8:40 PM

I agree.  After I glue my tweezers to a few parts, get fingerprints on some paint, and rip some decals his plane will be on my shelf.

Thanks again for the great pictures.

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:44 PM

wpwar11

The Baron,

speaking of beauty...I knew when I posted that title someone was going to respond with that Seinfeld line.  True story.  About 10-15 years ago I was in the audience for David Letterman.  One of his guest was Teri Hatcher.  She is more stunning in person than what we see on t.v.   

I was curious to see if anyone would get the reference Wink 

As Howard Stern once said of Teri Hatcher, "This is what every girl should look like-brown hair, big boobs!" (well, he IS Howard Stern).

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by DiscoStu on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 8:35 PM

I can say with certainty that at least the Two Bobs Thunderbirds set is correct as the pilot of number 5 at the time the set was made was a friend of a friend of a friend of ours and his name is included.

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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