Saturday, July 16, 2016

Aircraft Walkaround vol. 68: Sepecat Jaguar E

Subject: Sepect Jaguar E
Location:Location: Musée de L'Air et de L"Espace, Le Bourget, Paris, France, 2015.
The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French jet attack aircraft, originally used by the British Royal Air Force and the French Air Force in the close air support and nuclear strike role, and still in service with the Indian Air ForceOriginally conceived in the 1960s as a jet trainer with a light ground attack capability, the requirement for the aircraft soon changed to include supersonic performance, reconnaissance and tactical nuclear strike roles. A carrier-based variant was also planned for French service, but this was cancelled in favour of the cheaper Dassault Super Étendard. The airframes were manufactured by SEPECAT (Société Européenne de Production de l'avion Ecole de Combat et d'Appui Tactique), a joint venture between Breguet and the British Aircraft Corporation, one of the first major joint-Anglo-French military aircraft programs.The Jaguar was exported to India, Oman, Ecuador and Nigeria. With various air forces, the Jaguar was used in numerous conflicts and military operations in Mauritania, Chad, Iraq, Bosnia, and Pakistan, as well as providing a ready nuclear delivery platform for Britain, France, and India throughout the latter half of the Cold War and beyond. In the Gulf War, the Jaguar was praised for its reliability and was a valuable coalition resource. The aircraft served with the French Air Force as the main strike/attack aircraft until 1 July 2005, and with the Royal Air Force until the end of April 2007. It was replaced by the Panavia Tornado and the Eurofighter Typhoon in the RAF and the Dassault Rafale in the French Air Force.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Classic kits vol.8: Vanguard Missile at Cape Canaveral

Vanguard Missile at Cape Canaveral
Glencoe models
US$24,00 plus shipping
Injected plastic model with  waterslide decals.
This is a another new release from Glencoe models that did not receive much attention from the modelling community. It is the Vanguard missile with a launch pad and tower. The original molds are from Adams Models and were released in 1958. Considering the age, they look nice inside the box. The scale is 1/76 for the Airfix fans. The launch pad  provided is basically the same you will see on the Thor kit even thought the kits were in differrnt scales. The box art is the same as the Adams original release. New decals were added with more detail then modelers got in 1958. Despite the suspicious scale components, the kit looks good enough for me to give it a Go! Lets see how it will end up.