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My bro's F-18D and a Phrog

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  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: hamburg michigan
My bro's F-18D and a Phrog
Posted by fermis on Thursday, July 13, 2017 11:31 AM

I built this 1/32 Academy F-18D for my bro, the first time he was in Iraq...03-04. This was way back before I took a break for a few years...before I was on, or even knew about, forums. No pics from back then. During the build, I kept notes on dates/times, and what was done during each session. After my bro got back, we compared his logbook with the notes I had made. The only thing with any significance...the night I was whippin up the GBU-12s (had to bash parts from the GBU-10 with a mk-82 body)...he had dropped his pair and got conformation, that with those two bombs, he had taken out 50+ bad guys.

 

He was here over the holiday weekend and brought the model along for some repairs...it's been a long time since I've seen it!

Anyway...as I received it...

 

 

There is no aftermarket, just some scratched details...only thing really noticeable are the harmesses (tape).

 

 

 

These pics are from just after his 2nd time in Iraq (VMFA(AW)-225)...1st time was with VMFA(AW)-332, as this model depicts. The kit had markings for 332, but at a different time, I was able to use some, but had to mask and paint the tail numbers.

 

 

 

The base did have a glass cover...bro said that didn't make it beyond the first move.

 

 

 

 

Loaded with what they carried 90% of the time...winders, jdam, bgu-12's, tanks and lightning pod

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Thursday, July 13, 2017 12:28 PM

This is a very nice gesture to your friend whom served in the military.  As for your fix?  Without question it's exceptional!  Thank you for sharing.

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
Posted by 7474 on Thursday, July 13, 2017 1:40 PM
Did you sign the logbook? "Structural repairs made IAW 1/32 Academy F-18D kit instructions. Return to flight."
  • Member since
    November, 2016
  • From: Maryland
Posted by iampiper13 on Thursday, July 13, 2017 3:21 PM

A good looking bird! Thank him for his service for me <0

 WIP 1/48 Revell B17G Flying Fortress

In Stack all 1/48: Revell B25J Mitchell, Monogram B26

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, July 13, 2017 3:32 PM

Thats a great buld, your brother must be really pleased with that, and he has certainly looked after it, especialy with all the moves he must have had.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Fw 190D-9    

  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Thursday, July 13, 2017 10:33 PM

7474
Did you sign the logbook? "Structural repairs made IAW 1/32 Academy F-18D kit instructions. Return to flight."
 

Holy Cow!  A VIDSMAF joke!  

Great looking Marine Hornet!  I bet your brother displayed it with pride, until it needed repairs.  

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, July 17, 2017 10:47 PM
Still looks great. Thanks for sharing.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:17 PM

Much appreciated, dudes!Toast

The model is now in or near Washington state...I think they were going to be making a few stops along the way, to see the sights....it's a long ways from Michigan!

  • Member since
    December, 2006
  • From: Phoenix, AZ
Posted by Fly-n-hi on Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:21 PM

Awesome work!  Looks totally convincing!

  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:33 PM

Thanks again!

I'll add to this later, with another model. The drummer from my old band (also best friend) was a crew chief on CH-46's (he's now on Ospreys)...he was at the same base, at the same time as my bro. I built his chopper also...just need to take new pics.

Little side note story....I had given my bro one of our CD's, he took it over there with him to listen to. My buddy/drummer, was walking by a hanger one day and could hear our music playing...."Wait a dang minute...THAT'S ME!!!" So he went in to see who had our music, and ran into my bro! Small world, sometimes!

  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:46 AM

ridleusmc
 
7474
Did you sign the logbook? "Structural repairs made IAW 1/32 Academy F-18D kit instructions. Return to flight." 

 

Holy Cow!  A VIDSMAF joke!  

Now there's a word/acronym I thought I'd never hear again after getting out of the Corps 22+ years ago!

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: Travel 1/48th Hasegawa A-7 Corsair II;  Travel 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet;  Travel 1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings;

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:47 AM

Great repair job, Fermis! I think I'll send all of my Hornet kits to you so you can build them for me!

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: Travel 1/48th Hasegawa A-7 Corsair II;  Travel 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet;  Travel 1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings;

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Saturday, July 22, 2017 9:47 AM

Devil Dawg

Great repair job, Fermis! I think I'll send all of my Hornet kits to you so you can build them for me!

 

Toast

I see in you sig line, ya got an A-7 going....do you have a thread for that??? We could definitely use more A-7 action around here!!!

  • Member since
    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, July 22, 2017 9:55 AM

Nice work.

 

  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Saturday, July 22, 2017 10:13 AM

Time for my buddy's chopper!

He was with HMM-266 as a crew chief. He is now a crew chief on the V-22 in Yuma.

He's in there somewhere...

I had a thread for this build, but is long lost (all pics were on P/B).

I scratched a ton of detail in the rear cabin, and the crew door/steps, Cobra Company resin up front, and an Eduard PE set. I was able to use some generic markings from the kit decals, while the griffin and tail codes had to be painted. All the names on the bird are individual letters cut out from spare stencil decals. The "nose art" decal "Doing it Phroggy Style" was printed by a fellow member here.

  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Saturday, July 22, 2017 7:38 PM

Heck Yeah!  New River Bird!

Is that the Academy kit?

Great looking model.  In fact, friggin' awesome.  

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