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1/48 Kinetic Super Etendard - Iraqi Air Force, 1983-1985

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1/48 Kinetic Super Etendard - Iraqi Air Force, 1983-1985
Posted by Grant Dalzell on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:46 AM

Not the easiest of kits, but I guess you expect that going in to a Kinetic or Kitty Hawk build. The instructions are real vague in places and have you scratching your head thinking where exactly does that go, but i have found this with all Kinetic kits.

So I probably chose the most boring scheme OOB, but I read an article about the SUE in Iraqi service which really interested me, so the history of the SUE in Iraqi service

A total of five Super Étendards were loaned to Iraq in 1983 while the country was waiting for deliveries of Agave-equipped Dassault Mirage F1's capable of launching Exocet missiles that had been ordered; the first of these aircraft arrived in Iraq on 8 October 1983. The provision of Super Étendards to Iraq was politically controversial, the United States and Iraq's neighbour Iran were vocal in their opposition while Saudi Arabia supported the loan; the aircraft were seen as an influential factor in the 1980–88 Iraq-Iran war as they could launch Exocet strikes on Iranian merchant shipping traversing the Persian Gulf. The Super Étendards began maritime operations over Persian Gulf in March 1984; a total of 34 attacks were carried out on Iranian shipping through the rest of 1984. Tankers of any nationality that were carrying Iranian crude oil were also subject to Iraqi attacks

Paint scheme is Gunze acrylics, other paints used, Tamiya, Vallejo acrylics and Vallejo Metal Color. Flory Dark Dirt Wash, and Mig satin varnish. OOB decals are Cartograf


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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:20 AM

Interesting back story.  Your build is fantastic as usual.

Your friend, Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell


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



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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:54 AM

Props for building a scheme that might not be seen as all that popular to some. I think it's pretty cool and it looks stunning. Well done, Sir.


On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/72 Meng F-102A Case XX

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   Shelf of doom for now.....

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1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining



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Posted by drumsfield on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:11 AM

Fantastic model! What display base is that? I really like it.

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  • From: Colorado Springs
Posted by mawright20 on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 11:57 AM
I believe this was also the type of aircraft that hit an American destroyer with an Exocet in the Persian Gulf.
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Posted by Grant Dalzell on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:57 PM

Base is just printed plasticard, this one was from they have heaps of different ones, and there is another company coastal kits that do them

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Posted by Grant Dalzell on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:57 PM

Thanks guys

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Posted by BrandonD on Thursday, February 15, 2018 4:11 PM

Great job. When I built mine I went with Kitty Hawk for some different decal options and ended up going for a pretty standard scheme. Wished I'd gone with Kinetic in the end. And yours looks fantastic.



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