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Greenshirt's Year; Good for modeling!
Topic Started: Nov 9 2015, 06:34 PM (1,446 Views)
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Tim Holland, Southern MD - USA
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I was able to take some models off the shelf of doom as well as knock out quite a few more. I had hoped to finish more Spitfires, but the same 8 seem to be "in work" that started the year...and well into 2015 they're still "in work".

First up, the shelf of doom models. I believe I started these back in 1990-something with the other Corsairs on my shelf, but stalled due to a move from Virginia to California. They stayed in their shipping boxes until I moved from California to Maryland, where they again remained in storage until 2012 when I got my shelves sorted in my modeling room. These were, "I started this one?" models and I decided to finish them, as many just needed a decal or two.

Hasegawa F4U-1; decals are by Superscale, 1st Lt Ken Walsh, Guadalcanal.
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Matchbox F4U-4; decals by Superscale; Maj Ken Walsh, Okinawa.
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Hasegawa F4U-1A; decals by Superscale; Lt Ira Kepford.
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Matchbox F4U-4B (actually on the shelf since 1985!); decals by Microscale; VF-63 Fighting Redcocks, Korea.
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Italeri AU-1; kit decals.
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Italeri F4U-7; kit decals.
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Italeri F4U-5; kit decals supplemented with decals from Superscale (neither were very good).
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Airfix F2H-2 Banshee; kit decals. A thoroughly enjoyable build.
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Airfix Hurricane Mk I; early rag wing (2014 tooling). Kit decals. For all my Hurricanes I replace the wingtip lights with clear sprue and the wheels are Freightdog.
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Another Airfix Hurricane Mk I, kit decals for the Belgian AF version.
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Another Airfix Hurricane Mk I, but "updated" with a newer prop and used for training in 1942. Decals by Aviation Workshop.
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Another Airfix Hurricane Mk I, I used spare decals from my AZModel Hurricane kit for Cobber Kain's mount in France, 1940.
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Yet another Airfix Hurricane Mk I, this time in Rumanian markings from an old Aeromaster sheet.
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I had a spare set of Spitfire Mk VI decals, so decided to convert an old Airfix Vb I had in the stash. I used a spare prop from an Airfix Mk IX.
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This is the Airfix Mk IXc. I updated it with a prop by 3D-Kits as well as improved the guns (Master) and gun bulges (3D-Kits). No, this is not a IXe, but a IXc with the cannon moved to the outer bay. Rarely done, but that's what the photo looked like. Egyptian markings are from a Techmod sheet.
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Last one for 2014 was another spitfire, this time the new AZModel Mk IX. This kit gives the modeler options for just about any highback IX or XVI, c or e wings, clipped or normal, standard or broad chord rudder. I added the Master gun barrels and the decals are from the same Techmod sheet that had the Egyptian markings.
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A very good year for me...

Tim Holland

I'm a "green shirt" because I work on the carrier's flight deck and maintain US Navy aircraft. Safe sorties are my life so we can be anywhere, anytime -- from the Sea.

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