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Posted by Keyda81 on Saturday, September 17, 2016 8:32 PM

That's a great story!  Made me grin a few times reading it.  Herc's are for sure so ugly their beautiful.  I cross my fingers every Tuesday that I'll hear them after dinner, doing touch and go's.  I'll even sit in a chair in my backyard and look for "birds".  I can see them fly off to my left, and then they'll bank right and go back the way they just came.  At that point me and my 7 yr old daughter are grabbing our cameras, and some drinks, hustling to my truck, lol.  We park in a gravel parking lot right across the street from the runway.  You can almost watch the Herc through it's entire run, trees block the view once it makes "turn 3".  It runs a big oval.  It actually snuck up on me the first time when I took those round of pictures.  We were trying to confirm if we were actually see a Hawkeye in the distance, so I was looking the other way until my daughter yelled "MOM!"  I turned, and there was the Herc.Surprise  I'm hoping we have an air show next year, so I can take some pictures of the indside, maybe even sit in the pilots seat. Big Smile

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Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, September 18, 2016 7:29 AM

Here's the only example of a Vulcan I've ever seen. Another Barksdale AFB museum piece.

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, September 19, 2016 8:10 AM

Someday, I keep sayin' I'm going to build this SAC version of the FB-111. I found this 1/1 version at the Barksdale AFB museum. My uncle flew these along with B-47s and B-52s for SAC. I haven't even decided which scale but it was a good time to document the real thing in case I ever actually stop procrastinating. LOL! For you F-111 builders I have more angles should you need them.  Smile

Max 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:46 AM

I ran across this photo that I shot from the Dayton USAF Museum of this F-111F to compare with the SAC version for any F-111 modelers. I'm still in the research stage which means I'm still procrastinating. lol. Quite the weapon selection!

Max

 

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Posted by wolfhammer1 on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:10 AM

Max, I think the 2 biggest differences between the FB and the F are the intakes and the wings.  The FB had longer wings and I don't think it ever got the enlarged and stepped out intakes of the F models.  There are cockpit differences as well, but probably not enough to really notice.  Looking forward to seeing another masterpiece when you get this one going. 

John

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Posted by wayne baker on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:33 PM

 I may get so drunk, I have to crawl home. But dammit, I'll crawl like a Marine.

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:12 AM

I was searching the photo files today and found a few that the gang might like. For the Diorama Guys here's a great 1/1 scene with the real thing from the USAF Museum in Dayton. What a place!

Max

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:21 AM

Hey Max, that looks really cool...

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:47 AM

I've forgotten this aircrafts designation but it certainly looked overpowering and of its era, at least from this view. One of my favorite shots from Dayton USAF Museum. This airplane seems to create its own composition.

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, October 20, 2016 1:05 PM

Ah, looked it up, 1936 Douglas B-18 Bolo.

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, October 21, 2016 6:26 AM

Here's a really nice example of a FW-190 long nose at Dayton. It looked fresh out of the box! BTW, If you are going to visit the museum and take pictures, it's very dark in there. The highest ISO on the camera I was using was 800 which had me shooting at 1/30 or slower at times.

Max

PS--check out the 'Storch' hanging in the background. 

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Posted by Bakster on Friday, October 21, 2016 8:02 AM

Cool...

 

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Posted by wolfhammer1 on Friday, October 21, 2016 11:20 AM

Max, do you remember the plane the FW is sitting next to?  I can see an apparent 4-bladed prop and the wing tip.  Is it the C-46?  Also, do you remember anything about that little guided bomb/missile in the foreground?  Thanks, and cool pictures.  I need to get back ther again sometime, its been years.

John

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Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, October 21, 2016 12:04 PM

John, that could be the C-46 sitting next to the FW-190. There was one in that area. That place was so overwhelming it's hard to remember where everthing was. There's a Virtual Tour at the Museums web site but it wasn't operating today. When working you can put yourself in different places in the museum and also click on aircraft for information such as that missle thing by the FW-190.

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, October 21, 2016 12:14 PM

OK, I went back to the Museum site and went to cockpit 360/C-46 and scrolled to the right and you could see the FW-190 out the window. Darned Amazing! Check it out. There's over 60 cockpits plus other stations you can look at in great detail. Awesome!

Max

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, October 21, 2016 9:16 PM

I absolutely love this thread! My favorite is the Thunderbird pics. I'm starting a build of the F-4 but I have the F-16 in my stash to start after that. Going to use these to help with the paint scheme.

chris

On the bench - 1/48 Revell PT-17, on hold 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build, and in the works a 1/32 kit bash F-18A Desert Storm Hornet.

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Posted by Hodakamax on Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:30 PM

A while back Wayne Baker posted the top picture of the F-107A which was based on an F-100. Only 3 were made and it lost out to the F-105 in competition. One was scrapped and these are the only two left. Looks like Wayne shot his at the Pima museum and the bottom one I shot was in the Dayton USAF Museum. Strange concept I always thought. There was also a model of it produced. Anyone ever build it?

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, October 23, 2016 7:28 AM

An unusual configuration for sure. I was excited to see this F-82 Twin Mustang in the USAF Museum at Dayton and thought how rare these probably are. A few hours later I came across yet another one in a different version. Both were immaculate and well done. Wow!

Max

Ah, a little more digging in the files and here's the G version.

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Posted by fermis on Sunday, October 23, 2016 8:11 AM

Hodakamax

....F-107A ....Strange concept I always thought. There was also a model of it produced. Anyone ever build it?

 

Trumpeter did it in 1/72. I'm sure there's other, older kits of it out there as well.

I did the Trumpy kit...pretty basic kit, but gets ya there. I did a "what if" scheme...

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, October 23, 2016 8:54 AM

Cool! That one looks ready for business!

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, October 31, 2016 2:58 PM

Here's a weird adaptation of the F-84 that I shot at Dayton. They built two of these XF-84H based on an F-84F but using a turboprop with a supersonic propeller. It was so loud it was called a "Thunderscreech'' actually making ground crew ill. The two aircraft combined flew 12 test flights, 11 ending in emergency landings. Due to lack of performance and high maintenance the program was cancelled. It was the fastest single engine propeller aircraft ever built. It was in a hanger when I shot it and this is the only view I could get. It is now on display at the main museum.

Max

 

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Posted by wolfhammer1 on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 7:13 PM

As I recall, the Thunderschreech sound was almost lethal in the plane of the propeller.  One story I heard is that the plane was out on the flight line running the engine up for a test.  After it shut down, a thumping sound was heard from a transport nearby.  It seems a ground crewman was working inside the aircraft, and the sound of the prop knocked him senseless.  They heard him thrashing around inside the transport unconscious.  Crazy the designs they came up with while trying to develop the jet engined fighter. 

John 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, November 06, 2016 7:26 PM

More Dayton, What a place. Observation balloon in a close call with a German Tri-plane. Outstanding display!

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, November 07, 2016 9:44 AM

Wow, check out this Fisher P-75A Eagle in good company with the XB-70. Only 13 Eagles built. This thing looked to be a piece of art. On the second shot look at the guns that shot through the counter-rotating props. The P-51s had just became operational and the Eagle project was canceled.

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:08 AM

Just a couple to keep the thread alive. Dayton is a really good place to have some real aircraft to compare to models both before and after building. Here's a Ju-88 and Komet. There's also a Me-262 in the background.

Max

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:11 AM

And a 1/1 Me-109 Diorama. (With a Storch hanging in the background.)

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:10 AM

That is a cool image of the ME. Having the figures next to this infamous plane really gives you a sence of its size.

Cool.

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:09 PM

Hey Bakster, Thanks and good to hear from you! I'm about to run out of museum  pictures. What a modeler's resource and historical collection. At least I got to share pictures of some of aviations greatest treasures. Maybe it's just me but I was blown away by that place and there's plenty more to see on their web site like incredible 360 cockpit views. I'm also amazed that others had the fortitude to save this vast collection for anyone to see for free! Wow!

Max

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Posted by wayne baker on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 2:37 PM

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/waynebaker/library/Cleveland%20Air%20Show%202008?sort=2&page=1

 

One of the many albums I have on Photobucket.  Lots of airshows and aircraft museums.  A few from my service days.  Feel free to check them out.  Was at the Naval Aviation Museum and Blue Angels homecoming show this past Veterans Day.  Those pictures are still in the camera.  Angels are the best team.  The Naval museum is very good.  You can get up close and personal  with the displays.

 I may get so drunk, I have to crawl home. But dammit, I'll crawl like a Marine.

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 5:32 PM

Hey Max, you said it. It is an awesome resource. I would love to see it one day.

 

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