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Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, November 24, 2016 8:49 AM

Here's the real deal of one of my favorite models as a kid in the 1950s, the SAC B-58 Hustler complete with supersonic ejection pods and weaponry. This particular one set the speed records of the day. Also in the background check out the single wheel main landing gear for the first B-36. It was replaced with a multiple wheel configuration because the single wheel was falling through the concrete runways due to its heavy loading on a small area.

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:36 PM

Another must see for the avid model builder is the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola Florida. Overwhelming I guess would be the word. I spent two many hour sessions photographing this incredible place with real cameras. The museum features many hands-on displays and aircraft cockpits you can try on for size as shown by me trying on a Phantom below one of two Douglas Skystreaks in existence. You can bus tour their boneyard of wonders to be restored and worn-out Blue Angels. It's also the parking lot for "Fat Albert" C-130 and the practice area for the Blue Angels. Here's a few shots of many, hoping you should want to see more, otherwise they will continue to languish on a storage drive in Max's office.  Smile

Max

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:18 PM

By chance do any of you guys have F-4 Thunderbird pics? I'm starting a 1/32 Tamiya F-4E in the red white and blue. Any close-ups or pics around the wheel wells would be greatly appreciated!

On the bench - 1/48 Revell PT-17, and a 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build.

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Posted by fermis on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:35 AM

Hodakamax

 Here's a few shots of many, hoping you should want to see more, otherwise they will continue to languish on a storage drive in Max's office.  Smile

Max

That is a great museum...lighting is much better for pics (with a crappy camera) than Dayton(which did inprove between my two visits). It's been a good dozen years since I've been...when my bro graduated flight school. Been about 32 years since my first trip there.

I like to see what you got with the "under water" dio. I have a few (printed)...not great.

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:38 AM

fermis

 

 
Hodakamax

 Here's a few shots of many, hoping you should want to see more, otherwise they will continue to languish on a storage drive in Max's office.  Smile

Max

 

 

I like to see what you got with the "under water" dio. I have a few (printed)...not great.

 

I'm still digging in the files, I have this one but it was a really dark area. No tripods in the museum, we'll see how steady I was! LOL!

Max

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Posted by wayne baker on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 9:52 AM

The Hercules at the Navy museum was used in trials to see if it could be used for carrier onboard delivery.  The trials were on the Forrestal in 1963.  It was one of the aircraft I worked on during my service.  I also worked on one of the early Fat Alberts during its squadron service.  There is You Tube video of the carrier landings.

 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, November 30, 2016 10:48 AM

fermis

 

 
I like to see what you got with the "under water" dio. I have a few (printed)...not great.
 

Ah Fermis, I did find it. It's not as crispy as I'd like due to being the darkest place in the museum, Anyway that's my excuse, hand held at 1/8 second is never good! If it's better than yours feel free to use it.

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 8:33 PM

The atrium as a photographer is not hard to shoot because at any angle it's spectacular. What a design well done. Light, angles, subjects, all great. I hit it more than once to try to capture it in one shot but not to be done. Here's three more tries at a work of art and history--Hard for me to do it justice but I did give it a shot, so to speak.

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, December 01, 2016 7:21 PM

A short interesting story as provided by the Naval Air Muesum. The third P2V ever built was sent on an experimental endurance test for man and machine in 1946. This aircraft was highly modified for an endurance record on a flight from Australia to Bermuda without refueling. It flew for a record time of 55 hours, 17 minutes in continuous flight covering 11,235 miles. Weather related fuel consumption diverted it to Dayton rather than Bermuda but still an incredible record was set. Here it is!

Max

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Posted by Bakster on Friday, December 02, 2016 8:37 AM

Hey Max, a cool story and a cool plane. I love history.

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, December 02, 2016 9:53 AM

The ''waiting for restoration" lot out back of the museum was quite interesting also. You cannot get off the bus so everything was shot out the window. I was on the wrong side of the bus when we drove by a Vigilante waiting its turn. I'd never seen one before and I was surprised how big it was. Cool stuff!

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Saturday, December 03, 2016 8:08 AM

This was a great place in the museum, all the real examples of models I built in the 1950s as a kid were parked everywhere! Cutlass, Cougar, Panther, Banshee, Skyray, Wow! If you're my age group these were some of the early classics to build.

The Photo-Banshee above the Navy version of the F-86 is the only example left. It was recovered from a playground in Florida with the cockpit filled with concrete.

Maybe these museum visits influence my clean model approach as everything looked factory fresh. (or perhaps my weathering talents are poor, LOL!) 

Max

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, December 04, 2016 4:55 PM

Bear with me , I'm almost done with the museum pictures, but I keep finding a few more. Check out the cut-away of the PBY below the other one hanging. (Behind the  Me-262, Wow!)

Max

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, December 04, 2016 7:38 PM

I maintain they were all new once, Max!

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, December 05, 2016 8:06 AM

jeaton01

I maintain they were all new once, Max!

 

Hey John, Thanks for the encouragement on new airplanes. Even my wife's 2006 Camry with over 200K still looks new! It's just the way I do them LOL!

BTW, I checked out your model site again, You certainly have been busy building through the years! Could we see some close-up on this FSM site?

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, December 08, 2016 3:09 PM

Three more beauties, a F3H Demon, A F-14 Tomcat rigged as a "Bombcat" along with a A6E Intruder with plenty of ordnance. All touchable! 

Max

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, December 09, 2016 12:04 AM

Thanks, Max.  As it turns out my wife drives a 2003 Camry with a little over 200,000 miles. A few scratches on the bumpers so far.  I keep thinking about fixing those, but then there is another model to build and I forget.Embarrassed

Just about all of my builds have been posted here, Max, but spread over a few years.  More on the way.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, December 09, 2016 8:57 AM

Hey thanks everyone for viewing my stored away pictures of museums that may have never seen the light of day again! This was not about me and my pictures but just what I do. Being a photographer allows me to share these great museum experiences with like-minded people namely aircaft/history nuts like me. I hope I've encouraged at least a few enthusists to make the journey to see all these preserved history treasures!

The last picture we are leaving the museum, hope you enjoyed the show!

The End.

Max  Smile

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Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, December 16, 2016 9:33 AM

Wow, check this out! I ran across this from Oshkosh 2009. There was  a WWII re-enactment of a period airbase of the time with real people, vehicles, tents and equipment. There was even a roped off bomb crater with the tail of a large bomb sticking up in it. What better opportunity to gather up some people from the past and pose them in front of a real P-40!

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Saturday, December 17, 2016 12:38 PM

Now that I've cracked open the 2009 Oshkosh photo files, I probably should show you a few more pix from that experience. It was always on my bucket list and should be for all aircraft nuts and aircraft model builders. It's always exciting to me to see real examples of models I have built or plan to. Unlike going to a museum for static displays these aircraft actually fly and in great numbers. Warbirds and other historic and/or one of a kind examples are everywhere for you to look at close-up. A crazy number of home-builds and civilian aircraft are there literally by the thousands.

My chance came in 2009 when a friend and I made the journey in a Cessna 185 bush plane low level all the way from SE Kansas. The approach was scary as we fell into the complicated Oshkosh pattern. I was already green from the many hour low level flight as we landed three at a time on one long runway with different colored spots to land on. When I crawled out I kissed the ground and looked up for this first picture of Oshkosh as a formation of 37 homebuilts flew by. Wow!

Max

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:08 PM

I will add a few photos.  The first is of a Mustang on indoor display at the McClellan museum.  The first is lightened up a little, and the second is as I took it, both cropped and rotated a little.  The lightened photo shows a lot more detail, but there is an atmosphere with the darker one that seems to have more impact to me.  Perhaps it looks like an acrylic print in a way.

 

 

Some P-38 photos from the California Capital Airshow at Mather in 2009, four P-38's were present and flying.

 

This is the picture I had in mind:

And this is the one I actually got.

 

 

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, December 18, 2016 8:46 AM

Not only is this place were I can show victims my vacation pix LOL, but the photos do show some really fine aircraft for our reference. Also they show the Oshkosh experience. Bear with me! Here's the shots of the day of a cool AD. This is on my list to build so I looked it over and shot several pictures of the details.

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, December 19, 2016 9:41 AM

Here's a cool one I'd never seen before, a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk. The model always looked interesting so I looked this one over close. Anyone ever build the kit? They flew it and it was impressive. Fast and loud with 90 degree (or more) tip ups made for a good show. Check it out!

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 12:34 PM

Another new one for me, a Hawker Sea Fury FB11. When we walked up to it I was astounded by the size of the prop as shown by the first picture with my friend Jerry who flew me there. What a beast!

Max 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 8:13 AM

Aircraft have an Art side at least to me the Photographer. History, design, angles, weather and even sound (which does't photograph well) all combine into a, let's say, Nostalgia that we can attempt to put in an image. Here's just a few of many I shot to try to combine some of these elements. Also, what better wall decor than aircraft and history to explain your passions?

Max

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Posted by fermis on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 10:55 AM

Hodakamax

Here's a cool one I'd never seen before, a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk. The model always looked interesting so I looked this one over close. Anyone ever build the kit? 

 

Yes...quite nice too!

There's some room for more/better detail in the pit (like every other model kit), but whatchya get aint bad. Just add a fair amount of weight up front!

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Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, December 22, 2016 6:48 AM

Here's a really neat thing I haven't ID yet. It flew in from Canada along with an incredible collection of British and Canadian aircraft. What is this thing?

Max

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Posted by fermis on Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:13 AM

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Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, December 22, 2016 12:03 PM

There were many of these Czech built Aero L-39s at Oshkosh. About 2,900 were built as Russian and Eastern Bloc trainers and Light Attack variants. Hundreds have been sold by Russia and other countries to a worldwide market. It is one of the few military jet trainers that civilians can buy in the market for a measly $200,000 to $300,000. They were cetainly cool and very photographic, and they do perform. Check out these bad boys. This is what I definitely want for Christmas!

Max

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Posted by wayne baker on Thursday, December 22, 2016 3:34 PM

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

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