This is my collection of jet aircraft. Again all 1/48 scale. F-4's will be up first because ever since I saw the Thunderbirds in F-4's I have been in love with the Phantom...that was in 1969 at Charleston AFB South Carolina when I was 6 years old....
This one is very sentimental to me. I built this for my Dad and gave it to him for Christmas one year. After he passed away I got it back at my house. The brass name plate reads "MSGT Henry R. Sakowski Phan Rang AB Viet Nam July 1966 - July 1967". The Diorama has a glass cover and I had a red ribbon and bow on it when I gave it to him, and he never let us take the bow and ribbon off. It sat on the center of the TV in the living room of his house until he passed away Jan 1, 1994. When I got the kit back I took the ribbon off so I could take pictures and display it at my house. It took me forever to get the tape residue off of the case.
Now to the kit. This is Monogram's F-4C. It was built straight from the box except SuperScale decals. I saw a picture of this aircraft in a book stating it was at Phan Rang, so when I found the decals it was a must. The ground equipment is Hasegawa. The diorama base was made by my brother out of plywood and wood molding. the tarmac top is from Verlinden.
This is Hasegawa's F-4E Phantom II with Superscale decals. the ordinance is also from a hasegawa kit. I can't remember what squadron this one depicts.
This is a Hasegawa F-4G Phantom II built straight from the box. It depicts an aircraft of the 52TFW from Spangdahlem Germany.
When I was in the Air Force stationed at Zaragoza AB Spain, we got these aircraft in all the time. This is actually the 2nd F-4G from Hasegawa I have built in 52TFW markings. The first one was while I was in Spain and I got to go down to the flight line and sit in one. It was awesome.
This is the Monogram F-80 Shooting Star with Superscale decals depicting "Saggin Dragon" of the 16th FIS...
Here is the Monogram F-84F Thunderstreak built straight from the box. I even used the kit decals this time.....Some one needs to do decals in 1/48 for the Thunderbirds F-84F..
Ahhhh heres a beauty...This is Monogram's F-86 Sabre with True Detail wheels and Superscale decals depicting "Beauteous Butch II" of Capt. Joseph McConnell of the 39FIS/51FIW
Capt McConnell was the first Triple Jet Ace. The plane was named after his wife whom he called "Butch". Sadly Capt McConnell was killed while test flying the F-86H. The movie "The McConnell Story" was in post production when he was killed so they added in the "death" scene at the end.
This is one I had to do. This is the Monogram F-102 Delta Dagger with Superscale decals from the 431FIS at Zaragoza Spain. Thats the base I was at from 1983-1987.
Here is the Monogram F-104 Starfighter straight from the box.
Ok, I know I said all these are 1/48 scale, but I forgot about this one. This is the Hasegawa 1/72 B-47 Stratojet built straight from the box. I have been told this kit is not entirely accurate but who cares, it still builds up nice. Just wish my bare metal schemes were better.
This is the Hasegawa F-16C with Superscale Decals for the 401TFW at Torrejon AB Spain. Been there many times in the 4 years I was at Zaragoza. Beautiful country.
Another Torrejon bird. This is the Hasegawa F-16B of the 401TFW/613TFS.
This is the Hasegawa F-15C Eagle depicting the Wing Commander's aircraft from the 43rdTFS/21TFW based at Elmendorf, Alaska.
This is Hasegawa's A-7E Corsair II of VA195
This is the older Monogram F-8 Crusader with Superscale decals of the CAG aircraft of VF-194
This is the Monogram F9F Panther built straight from the box. I did take some liberties with the markings though. I wanted to put some nose art on it so I took the Vargas girl from a P-61 sheet and put it on both sides of the nose and then painted my wife's name "Sharon" on it. Thought it might impress her a bit. It didn't, not because she doesn't love me but she just ain't into models...
Here is another Monogram F-102 Delta Dagger....This one is from the 4780th Air Defense Wing at Perrin AFB in Denison Texas. My dad was stationed there twice. Once in the 50's with F-86L's, which one will be coming to the webpage soon, and then in the 60's with the F-102's..
This kit was straight out of the box with the exception of the hard to find FoxOne decals....
Bring on the Jolly Rogers!!!!....This is Revell/Germany's F/A-18F Super Hornet sporting the Skull and Crossbones of VFA-103..
I'm working on a complete collection of Jolly Rogers from VF-17 in WWII thru VF-84 and then VF-103 then lastly this bird from VFA-103