The Douglas A-26 Invader was a light bomber first used in World War 2, for which the Airfix 1/72 scale kit includes markings as well as for its use in Korea.
I modified the kit as best I could to look like the ‘remanufactured’ ones used in Vietnam, but I never got round to adding wing-tip fuel tanks. (I squared off the propellers at least.)
I took this photo in 1994 with a film camera.
I am fairly sure this 1/35 scale Huey is the Academy kit.
The four soldiers (by Dragon, if I recall right) constitute a real kit build; every frag and smoke grenade, canteen, insect repellant bottle, arms, legs, head, helmet/hat, is a separate part that must be glued in place and painted.
They are supposed to be 1/35th scale, like the Huey, but they are too large.
The UH-1 was originally designated HU-1, hence ‘Huey’.
The standing crewman, unlike the other soldiers, is the correct scale.
“Bug! Bug! Bug!”
And here is a guest appearance of Gary D’s huge radio controlled Huey flying at Roly’s place. Photos by Roly (who started hang gliding, like me, in 1974):
I cropped the photos, altered the colours, and added some graininess so they look more like they were taken with a film camera in the 1960s.
The single seat and single engine F-8 Crusader was known as the last of the gunfighters because its successor, the two seat and twin engine F-4 Phantom, was initially a missiles-only interceptor.
A bizarre feature of the F-8, not evident in my 1/48th scale model, was the way the wing tilted upwards (with the aid of a small piston jack) for takeoff and landing. I used that feature as an animation in my 1992 computer-based training program Aerodynamics & Propulsion in an attempt to test the user’s understanding of the relationship between lift and angle of attack. (Flogging dead horses is another of my hobbies…)
The Lockheed U-2 is basically a sailplane with a jet engine from an F-104 Starfighter. This is the 1/72nd scale Airfix kit, which apparently is the same as the Italeri kit. The figures (which do not come with the kit) are each one inch tall.
The Mohawk was a weird airplane in a weird war.
The F-4, initially developed as a navy interceptor, was so good it was also used by the US Air Force and the Marines as well as by the air forces many other countries including Britain. This 1/48th scale model is one of my best.
Unlike the Navy model, on this one the canopy is a poor fit. (Why are they different? Everything else is the same!) I will get round to making it better some time.
In this photo I Shopped out the hanging lines as best I could.
Here are the undersides of both models.
This is a 1/72 scale F-4 I bought in 1995, when my mother was still alive (I mentioned it to her) but she died before I completed it. Here it is at the back of my office/studio in February 2016. It is 9.5 inches long.
The H-21 was soon replaced by the jet-engined UH-1.
This 1/72 scale Bell H-13 is a small model.
In contrast, this Airfix 1/72 scale Martin B-57 Canberra is fairly large. Originally a British design, the B-57 light bomber was used in Vietnam by the US Air Force and by the Royal Australian Air Force.
One of my internet friends combined a photo of my Revell 1/72nd scale SR-71 with this backdrop, putting it on the edge of space. Feel the heat from those exhausts!
I am almost certain this was a Revell kit.
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Spring loaded to the freedom position, my review of Hammer from Above, Marine Air Combat over Iraq, by Jay Stout, 2007