Beyond The Sprues

Current and Finished Projects => Profiles and Pixels => Topic started by: Brian da Basher on December 12, 2011, 12:15:20 AM

Title: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on December 12, 2011, 12:15:20 AM
It's about time Naru got some firepower! Nice one, Mr Gekko!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: thedarkmaster on December 12, 2011, 02:07:40 AM


Nice!!! is that the Real world roundel or one you designed yourself ??
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on December 12, 2011, 03:44:09 AM
Love the camo: excellent work!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: sotoolslinger on December 12, 2011, 07:37:47 AM
MMMMMMM pink and blue ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on December 12, 2011, 08:47:42 AM
Richard, looks great, looking forward to seeing more!  I blame you for getting me hooked on profiles in the first place.
  (http://www.doomisland2.com/images/avatars/crazy_smiley.gif)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on December 12, 2011, 08:49:58 AM
Cracking Starfighter as always Richard.

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 12, 2011, 02:50:56 PM
Nice!!! is that the Real world roundel or one you designed yourself ??

I designed the roundel myself based on Naru's flag.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 12, 2011, 02:54:21 PM
Richard, looks great, looking forward to seeing more!  I blame you for getting me hooked on profiles in the first place.
  ([url]http://www.doomisland2.com/images/avatars/crazy_smiley.gif[/url])


Ha ha, suffer! lol

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 13, 2011, 01:12:47 PM
Here are some of my very early profiles.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/redfin.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/bluebolt.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/bluefin.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 16, 2011, 12:50:37 AM

This one deserves an upgrade! :in-love:


Will do.............in time. :)

In the mean time here are some more.......

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/92sqn.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/56sqn.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/111sqn.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAF1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAF2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Scooterman on December 16, 2011, 01:52:34 AM
([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/111sqn.jpg[/url])


Cheers

Richard.


Sorted!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 16, 2011, 10:23:53 PM

Sorted!

 :) Good stuff Scooterman, now I'd better find you something else to do!

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 16, 2011, 10:26:50 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAF3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF5.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF6.jpg)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: BadersBusCompany on December 17, 2011, 03:11:31 AM
Sweet Baby Jesus those 'splinters' are cool  ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Scooterman on December 17, 2011, 11:00:07 AM


Sorted!


 :) Good stuff Scooterman, now I'd better find you something else to do!

Richard.

Thinking this one as a twin tubber.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF1.jpg)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 17, 2011, 02:15:27 PM
Thinking this one as a twin tubber.

Go for it!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 17, 2011, 02:22:19 PM
More old stuff........

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF91.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAF.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Israeli.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Japan.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFLightningF.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/EAF.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/TunisianF.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/TunisianLV.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 18, 2011, 11:26:57 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/GekkoOne.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PicadillyPrincess.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF7.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAF1L.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PAPUA100.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 19, 2011, 02:07:11 AM
I have always loved the tail on the PNG one.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on December 19, 2011, 04:42:32 AM
Some really nice stuff there Richard,

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 20, 2011, 12:13:42 AM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PAPUANJ-.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PNGAF101.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PNGAF104.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PNGAFLVJ.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/CHINA1J-.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/IRANIANJ.jpg)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on December 20, 2011, 06:45:51 AM
A nice mix of schemes for the J-10.  Always thought it was a good looking ship.

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 21, 2011, 02:48:39 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFSTAR.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SUDANJ-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAF2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAN3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PNG104.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PNG105.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Russia.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on December 21, 2011, 03:51:39 AM
Are you sure you made these? I don't see your watermark on the background...you must be gettin' lazy in your old age!   (http://www.doomisland2.com/images/avatars/10871.gif)  (Aw heck, just noticed these are from 2005---nevermind!)
Seriously this last batch is even more freakin' awesome than the last batch! (http://www.doomisland2.com/images/avatars/wub1.gif)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Bladerunner on December 21, 2011, 04:44:35 AM
Hi Richard,

This J-10 is gorgeous!!!   :in-love:

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAF2.jpg[/url])


Cheers
John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on December 21, 2011, 05:05:13 AM
This J-10 is gorgeous!!!   :in-love:


They all are! (http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/worship.gif)
I'm kinda partial to the Russian one and intend to build that one some day. My backstory would be that the Russian Federation breaks up into two (or more) states, with the one in the Far East allied with the Chinese.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 22, 2011, 03:03:17 AM
 ;D lol, yeah I'm going backwards through time, from my oldest to my latest. But I may add some of my brand new ones in the mix just to upset some people!

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 22, 2011, 03:07:41 AM
Cheers guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Vanuatu.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Vietnam.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Syrian.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Egyptone.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Algerian.jpg)

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: BadersBusCompany on December 22, 2011, 06:07:21 AM
I'm stunned   :slow: The J-10s are superb  :in-love:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 22, 2011, 10:54:43 AM
Why is Mav's profile page locked?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 22, 2011, 11:32:07 AM
Top notch as always!! Never get tired of your profiles
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 22, 2011, 03:50:22 PM
Why is Mav's profile page locked?

I don't know.  Neither I or any of the Mods did it.  I can only assume John did it himself - I have also asked him regarding but am still awaiting an answer.

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 22, 2011, 06:06:58 PM
Why is Mav's profile page locked?

I don't know.  Neither I or any of the Mods did it.  I can only assume John did it himself - I have also asked him regarding but am still awaiting an answer.

Regards,

Greg

Hmmm. That's odd. Beyond The Sprues first mystery. ???
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 22, 2011, 06:08:48 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/BurkinaFaso.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/CentAfRep.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Liberia2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/GuineaBassauF.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Bladerunner on December 22, 2011, 08:48:46 PM
Woohoo!  :)
The African Lightnings look great! Especially the last one.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 23, 2011, 03:28:44 AM
Why is Mav's profile page locked?

I don't know.  Neither I or any of the Mods did it.  I can only assume John did it himself - I have also asked him regarding but am still awaiting an answer.

Regards,

Greg

Hmmm. That's odd. Beyond The Sprues first mystery. ???

Mystery solved - case of fat fingers
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on December 23, 2011, 04:13:48 AM
The J-10s, as ever, are great!  :yarr:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 24, 2011, 02:34:44 AM

Mystery solved - case of fat fingers

 :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 24, 2011, 02:36:37 AM
 :yarr:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Pirate09.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-27Pirate7.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on December 24, 2011, 03:42:00 AM
Are those Barbary Coast planes?  Nice!

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 25, 2011, 07:48:49 PM
Are those Barbary Coast planes?  Nice!

Cheers,

Logan

All I remember is that there was a pirate theme on 'the other site' and these were my versions.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 25, 2011, 07:51:53 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Djibouti.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Djibouti2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/GhanaF4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/NigerianNavy.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: sotoolslinger on December 26, 2011, 01:04:05 AM
Beautiful stuff much love for those splinter camo's :in-love:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JoseFern on December 26, 2011, 06:58:27 AM
Excellent batch of Lightnings and Rhinos!  ;D

I like the Navy roundel on the last FG.1.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 26, 2011, 11:41:27 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Nigerian.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SierraLeone.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/BurkinaFasoF4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/_Benin.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 27, 2011, 04:35:59 AM
Some that Richard and I collaborated on:

Saudi Phantoms:

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) was established in 1950 during the reign of Abd al Aziz. During its initial years, the RSAF was influenced chiefly by the British, who provided aircraft and advisers and helped train Saudi pilots and maintenance personnel in the Kingdom and in Britain. This influence continued when in the early 1970s, the RSAF was seeking a strike aircraft to compliment its English Electric Lightning F.53s.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Saudi2.jpg)
RSAF FGR. 51 in its original colour scheme.

In 1972 the first of 114 Spey engined Phantom FGR.Mk 2s were delivered to the RSAF (officially, these were referred to as Phantom FGR. 51s, though essentially they were identical to the RAF’s own FGR.Mk 2s).

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Saudi.jpg)
This RSAF FGR. 51 wares an experimental scheme as tested in late 1989.

In mid-1988, it was announced that as part of a huge transaction under Project Al Yamamah, Saudi Arabia would acquire Tornado fighters from Britain in their strike and air defence configurations. This effectively resulted in both the Lightnings and the Phantoms being replaced. However, due to delays in the delivery of the Tornadoes and the higher priority given to replacing the Lightnings, the Phantoms remained in frontline service well into the 1990s.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Saudi3.jpg)
This RSAF FGR. 51 wares the latest scheme as used during Desert Storm, it was responsible for shooting down an Iraqi Su-24 Fencer and Mirage F.1EQ!

Their highpoint of service undoubtedly being in 1991 during the first Gulf War to liberate Kuwait when RSAF Phantoms flew numerous strike and close air support missions.

Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 27, 2011, 04:37:51 AM
Another collaboration.

Pakistan

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF – the ‘Royal’ having been prefix Royal was removed in 1956) has had a long and proud history, having served with distinction during numerous wars with its larger neighbor India. In 1979 the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. With the war being critical to Pakistan's national sovereignty and integrity, the PAF once again sought out modernization, including the procurement of new generation fighter aircraft - this was eventually satisfied by the purchase of 28 General Dynamics F-16A and 12 F-16B in 1981. Between 1986 and 1988 the PAF F-16s took part in frequent skirmishes with Soviet and Afghan aircraft.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Pak1.jpg)

However, times change, and in 1990 Pakistan was hit by American military embargoes in response to its nuclear weapons development. These embargoes prevented the Pakistan Air Force from acquiring a further 71 new-built F-16s that had been ordered. However, all was not lost. Via a deal that, still to this day has not been fully revealed (despite two Royal Commissions and a US Congress investigation), an arrangement was made whereby the PAF would acquire, with the assistance of un-named US interests, 50 ex-RAF Spey engined Phantom FGR.Mk 2s.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Pak2.jpg)

Following an upgrade program in Pakistan (and assisted by companies from both the UK and France), the first of these entered service in late 1992. This upgrade mainly involved re-lifing the airframe as well as completely overhauling the RR Spey engines. A few years later, a further, more extensive update was undertaken whereby the Phantoms were upgraded with digital cockpits and FLIR pods (greatly enhancing the air-to-surface precision strike capability).

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Pak3.jpg)

In recent years, Pakistan has once again been ‘welcomed in from the cold’ (especially so since the events of Sept 11). This has allowed the PAF to once start considering various options in order to replace its ageing aircraft fleet, with the JF-17 (a joint production between Pakistan and China) and US made F-16 fighter jets as the top contenders for a Phantom replacement. Though given that the Phantoms were only relatively recently upgraded, there has been a strong call from within the PAF, to keep the Phantoms in service alongside the new aircraft.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 27, 2011, 04:40:47 AM
Yet another.

Royal New Zealand Air Force F-4K Phantom.

During the late 1960s, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) was searching for a replacement for its English Electric Canberras. The 1965 Defence Review had recommended the replacement of the RNZAF’s Canberra force by 1970, and indicated that the new aircraft should be for a close air support role. Given the lessons of the war in Vietnam at that time, defence planners preferred the F-4 Phantom. However, economic factors appeared to be swaying the Government towards a purchase of modified A-4F Skyhawks. At the last moment though (quite literally - the same day as the A-4 order was to be signed), the former motherland (UK) stepped in with a compromise deal. In order to spread the development costs for its own RR Spey engined F-4 development, they made an offer of a special ‘Commonwealth only’ deal for a batch of brand new Spey engined Phantom FGR.Mk 2s. These were essentially identical to those then entering service with the RAF. In RNZAF service though, they would be referred to as the F-4K (the K being for ‘Kiwi’).

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/nz1.jpg)
F-4K Phantom, 75 Squadron, Ohakea, 1971.

The entire purchase of 14 aircraft (10 F-4Ks and 4 TF-4Ks (this being a dedicated, though combat capable trainer variant)) were shipped to New Zealand aboard an aircraft carrier in 1970. The aircraft were operated by 75 Sqn, but conversion and initial strike training were passed to 14 Sqn. The conversion role reverted to 75 Sqn in 1975, with 14 Sqn moving to purely Strikemaster operations. The conversion role was further changed in 1984, passing to 2 Sqn when it was reformed at Ohakea on December 11, 1984. The creation of a new Phantom squadron becoming possible with the purchase of ten ex-RAF FGR.Mk 2s (8 F-4s and 2 TF-4s) aircraft in 1984.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/nz2.jpg)
F-4K Kahu, 75 Squadron, Nowra NAS, N.S.W., Australia, 1986.

Under project KAHU, all aircraft updated to the F-4K Kahu standard, essentially by adopting the avionics from the F-16 Fighting Falcon, giving them the ability to use laser guided bombs, as well as AGM-65 Maverick and AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles. Kahu is Māori for falcon.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/nz3.jpg)
F-4K Kahu, 75 Squadron, Ohakea, 1998. This scheme proved very unpopular with Malaysian and Thai pilots during overseas exercises, the Asian pilots complaining that it was too difficult to locate! They asked the RNZAF to make the scheme more hi-vis, the RNZAF refused.

The survivors were retired in 2001 amidst much controversy. The aircraft are currently being stored at RNZAF Base Woodburne, just outside of Blenheim in the South Island.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/nz4.jpg)
F-4K Kingfisher, 75 Squadron, Ohakea, 2001. This was a test scheme for the F-4K that was to be implemented for specialised aircraft used in the anti-shipping role in conjunction with the Harpoon and Penguin anti ship missiles.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 27, 2011, 04:44:08 AM
They keep coming...

FGR.2's over the Nam.

In June 1966, with the development of the new RR Spey engined F-4 Phantom FGR.Mk 2 under way for the RAF, the USAF made the decision to also purchase at least a squadron’s worth directly ‘off the drawing board’ . This decision was largely based on the supposedly greater performance that would be available with the new engine. On paper, using Speys looked like a great idea, as they were more powerful than the J79s fitted normally, and more fuel-efficient. In reality, these predicted benefits did not translate to real life, and in fact the F-4M (as they were designated in USAF service) were actually poorer performers than the standard J79 powered version. Never-the-less, a purchase is a purchase and the USAF now found themselves with a squadron of F-4Ms.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/usafnam.jpg)
F-4M Phantom, 10th fighter Commando Squadron, Bien Hoa Air Base, 1967.

These were assigned to 10th Fighter Commando Squadron and sent to Vietnam for a full up combat evaluation. Though successful, the F-4M’s lower performance wasn’t generally liked by the USAF pilots and the aircraft were subsequently turned over to the air force of South Vietnam, which previously had only slow A-1 Skyraider and A-37 Dragonfly attack aircraft. With the step up in performance that this entailed, the South Vietnamese crew couldn’t have been happier.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/southnam.jpg)
F-4M Phantom, 1st Fighter Squadron, South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF), Bien Hoa Air Base, 1973. Seen here in an experimental camouflage scheme seen on several of the 1st's Phantoms.

Sadly, the South Vietnamese F-4Ms only operated for a few years before the country was eventually overrun by the North Vietnamese forces. Ironically, several of the aircraft were captured and used operationally by the NVAF, in particular against Khmer Rouge. In fact, even as late as 1995, it was reported that a few F-4Ms were still in use – they being eventually replaced by Su-27s.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/northnam1.jpg)
North Vietnamese F-4M Phantom, seen here after being brought back to flying condition following the cannibalisation of several unserviceable VNAF Phantoms, 1976

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/northnam2.jpg)
NVAF F-4M Phantom, 1994, in standard air superiority scheme.

One further interesting twist to this story was the use of the F-4M by both the Polish and Soviet militaries. Several of the F-4Ms left-over post Vietnam War were apparently exported to Poland and Russia for advanced study of US aviation technology. It is reported that both of these countries operated at least one in flying condition – though there is speculation that this may have in fact been the same aircraft.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/poland.jpg)
Polish F/A-4M Phantomski, used for ground attack mission testing, 1976.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Russia-2.jpg)
Soviet F-4M Phantomski, used in the "Topgunski" role by a Top Secret test unit, 1977.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 27, 2011, 04:46:48 AM
More...

Phantoms over Oz!

On the night of 12th May 1975 the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) suffered perhaps its greatest blow. The flagship of the fleet, the Majestic class, light aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne was completely gutted by fire during a major refit at Garden Island. Luckily, as there were minimal personnel on board at the time, there was no loss of life. The cause was never proven with theories ranging from a simple industrial accident through to sabotage by an anti-military protestor.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN-1.jpg)
FGR.3 of VF-805 in her delivery scheme of gull grey over white, 1976.

Given that only a few months prior, the carrier had proven its extreme usefulness when it had assisted in the post-Cyclone Tracy disaster recovery operations at Darwin, there was strong public support for rapidly replacing the carrier.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RANbluegray.jpg)
VF-805's Phantoms soon started appearing in the wrap around scheme adopted by the Navy's A-4G Skyhawks, 1977.

However, rapidly acquiring a new carrier is not something that one does easily. Ideally the RAN would have liked a new purpose built carrier, but this would take time (and many overseas junkets). In the short term, a solution was found by acquiring (at a greatly discounted price – the British Government being glad to find a buyer) the relatively recently decommissioned HMS Eagle. Quickly brought back to full operational condition, the newly re-commissioned HMAS Darwin (a moral boosting, recognition to the recently devastated city) reached Australia just in time for Christmas 1976. Aboard her were 24 newly acquired Phantom FGR Mk.3s (the decision having already been made to replace the A-4G Skyhawks with something more potent) of 805 Squadron RAN FAA.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN2.jpg)
By 1979 VF-805's Phantoms began to take on US Navy type low-viz colour schemes.

These were meant to have been identical to the RN FG.1s, but a paperwork mix-up resulted in the incorrect aircraft being craned aboard the deck in Devonport. When the mistake was discovered, it was decided to simply modify the aircraft back into carrier capable fighters. This largely involved the refitting of the unique, double-height, folding nose gear for a higher AOA on catapult launch; the reinforced main gear and arresting hook; and the radome that could be hinged back to allow the aircraft to fit down the smaller elevators on the carrier. Following these mods, the aircraft were re-designated as Phantom FGR Mk.3s. Complimenting the fighters aboard the carrier were 6 of the existing Grumman S-2E/G Trackers as well as Westland Sea King Mk 50 helicopters.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RANgraygreen.jpg)
With tensions between Australia and Indonesia on the rise the Defene Department decided to re-camouflage the Navy's tactical aircraft in a scheme better suited to low level over water operations, 1981.

In 1982, the new carrier selection decision had finally been made and the HMAS Darwin was replaced by the first of two new carriers (these being based on the new American CVV design), HMAS Gallipoli (soon to be joined by the HMAS Kokoda). Since these new carriers were unable to accommodate the Phantom FGR Mk.3s (they would carry the new SAAB JA-37N ‘Cyclone’ fighters), it was decided to transfer the Phantoms to the RAAF.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/ARDU-2.jpg)
The first RAAF unit to get to play with the FGR.3 Phantom was the Aircraft Reasearch and Development Unit in their striking orange and white colours!

These were allocated to the newly re-established 2 Squadron, which would now become a specialised anti-shipping unit armed with AGM-84 Harpoon ASMs.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF.jpg)
Exercise Pitch Black '84 saw this RAAF Number 2 Squadron FGR.3 Phantom 'borrow' some paint being used by 38 Squadron on their Caribou aircraft for test and evaluation purposes. For some strange reason this Phantom is still carrying its Navy seriel codes?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF2-1.jpg)
Here we see another of 2 Squadron's Phantoms wearing a short lived "exercise scheme" during Pitch Black '84.

These continued to serve through until 1989, when they too were replaced with the RAAF’s own variant of the SAAB Cyclone.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF3-1.jpg)
Here we see 2 Squadrons initial anti-shipping scheme. However it was soon realised that the scheme was far too light for over water operations, 1985.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFHarpoon.jpg)
2 Squadron's final scheme for over water anti-shipping operations was this darker blue/grey scheme, 1987.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 27, 2011, 04:52:50 AM
And one for those weird people of the North...

Canadian Phantoms!

In July 1970, the Canadian aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure was decommissioned. Initially there were no plans to replace it, however after a great deal of strong lobbying from those both inside and outside of the military, it was eventually decided to look for a replacement. However, since the Government was unwilling to spend a great deal of money on a replacement, the search focused primarily on second hand ships.

Fortuitously, in 1971 the British Government had decided to decommission HMS Eagle. When the Canadian Government started searching for a new carrier, the British Government was only too happy to sell it (at a very affordable price – there being a great deal of relief at being able to find a buyer) along with a compliment of 24 Phantom FG Mk.1s. The Canadian’s however requested some modifications to the aircraft which actually brought them more into line with the RAF’s FGR Mk.2s (this mainly being done to aid in the logistics effort – it being thought that since the RAF was still operating Mk.2s, it would be wise to have commonality where possible).

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada14.jpg)
1. CF-116B Phantom, VF-871, HMCS Hampton Grey, 1972 in its initial delivery scheme.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada15.jpg)
2. CF-116B Phantom, VF-870, HMCS Hampton Grey, 1972 in its initial delivery scheme, differing slightly from VF-871's machines.

At the same time as this was taking place, the Canadian Air Command (AIRCOM) was suffering from a number of serviceability problems with its CF-5 Freedom Fighters. After many months of trying to overcome the problems, it was decided to simply give up and replace them all with something else. Given that the Maritime Command (MARCOM) had just announced that it was getting Phantoms, it was decided to increase the order and purchase an additional 54 standard FGR Mk.2s. This was greatly welcomed, since many airmen had originally wanted the Phantom instead of the Freedom Fighter. In order to avoid the embarrassment of having to go back on one of its decisions, the Government declared that these too would be designated CF-116s (the CF-5’s official designation having been the CF-116) – even today this still rankles many aviation historians.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada4.jpg)
3. Canadian Air Command CF-116C Phantom, No, 419 "Moose" Squadron, in its initial, and short lived, delivery scheme, 1972.

In 1972, the new carrier, HMCS Hampton Grey (it having been named after the Canadian naval aviator who won the VC during the closing days of WWII) arrived at CFB Halifax carrying 36 CF-116s (24 naval CF-116Bs for MARCOM, and the first 12 CF-116C for AIRCOM).

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada2.jpg)
4. AIRCOM CF-116C Phantom, No, 419 "Moose" Squadron, in tactical colours, 1973.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada1.jpg)
5. AIRCOM CF-116C Phantom, No, 434 "Bluenose" Squadron, in Aggressor colours, 1973.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada7.jpg)
6. AIRCOM CF-116C Phantom, No, 433 "Porcupine" Squadron, in wrap around tactical colours, 1974.

In MARCOM service, the CF-116Bs would serve with both VF-870 and VF-871 squadrons as well as the reformed “Grey Ghosts” aerobatic team (the Phantom being seen as an appropriate ghostly replacement for the Banshee).

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/CanadaGreyGhost.jpg)
7. MARCOM CF-116B Phantom, "Grey Ghosts" aerobatic team, 1974.

In AIRCOM service, the CF-116Cs first entered service with No. 419 ("Moose") Squadron primarily in an aggressor and training role (though they were still capable of being used in offensive operations if so required). They also replaced the CF-5s of both No.s 433 ("Porcupine") and 434 ("Bluenose") Squadrons. These squadrons were assigned the mission of reinforcing Norway should trouble ever break out in Europe. The first such European deployment with the aid of air-to-air refuelling took place June 9, 1973.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada5.jpg)
8. AIRCOM CF-116C Phantom, No, 419 "Moose" Squadron, Aggressor, 1984.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada8.jpg)
9. AIRCOM CF-116C Phantom, No, 433 "Porcupine" Squadron, Norway deployment, 1982.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada6.jpg)
10. AIRCOM CF-116C Phantom, No, 419 "Moose" Squadron, Aggressor, 1985.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada3.jpg)
11. AIRCOM CF-116C Phantom, No 433 "Porcupine" Squadron, 1986, Norway deployment, in new European 1 colours.

Both the CF-116Bs and Cs were to be replaced by the CF-188 Hornet during the late 1980s, however the Phantom's days in Canadian colours were not over yet. As the CF-116Cs still had time left on their airframes they were kept in the aggressor role with No. 419 squadron until the mid 1990s. During this time, they were also used to train new pilots in tactics and low level navigation before moving on to the CF-188 Hornet.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada9.jpg)
12. AIRCOM CF-116C Phantom, No 434 "Bluenose" Squadron, 1989, In the types final air superiority colour scheme.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada16.jpg)
13. CF-116B Phantom, VF-870, HMCS Hampton Grey, 1987, wearing a competition trials camouflage scheme. VF-870 and VF-871 were both trialing a "shallow water" tactical scheme. With each Squadron using different colours in the trials.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada17.jpg)
14. VF-871 in the trials scheme for that Squadron.This particular Phantom was involved in an incident in which it was tasked with sinking a container ship that was carrying highly flammable substances and was drifting dangerously close to populated coastal areas. 202 was vectored in to sink the ship and did so with two AGM-119B Penguin anti-ship missiles. No lives were lost. Note "kill" marking on splitter plate!

In 1991, the CF-116s were finally blooded. As part of Operation FRICTION (Canada's contribution to the 1991 liberation of Kuwait) the HMCS Hampton Grey escorted by the the destroyers HMCS Terra Nova and HMCS Athabaskan and the supply ship HMCS Protecteur joined the coalition fleet in the Persian Gulf. In addition No. 434 squadron was deployed to Saudi Arabia. When the air war began, both the CF-116Bs and Cs were integrated into the coalition force and provided air cover and attacked ground targets. This was the first time since the Korean War that Canadian forces had participated in offensive combat operations. Overall during the operation the CF-116Bs and Cs flew a total of 2400 hrs.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada10.jpg)
15. No. 434 Squadron, Saudi Arabia, 1991, Operation Friction. This particular CF-116C Phantom shot down an Iraqi Mirage F.1EQ with a Skyflash air to air missile. Also visible on the splitter plate are five dumb bomb and twelve Laser Guide Bomb markings.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada11.jpg)
16. Another Operation Friction CF-116C Phantom from No. 434 "Bluenose" Squadron, this time with Sharkmouth and five dumb bomb and five LGB markings.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada12.jpg)
17. VF-870 CF-116B Phantom, HMCS Hampton Grey, Operation Friction, Persian Gulf, 1991. Phantom 106 shot down an Iraqi Su-24 Fencer and an Su-22 Fitter, both with AIM-9L Sidewinder. Both jets were spotted flying very low in the Persian Gulf, apparently trying to make it to Iran. All of Hampton Grey's Air Wing carried Sharkmouths during Operation Friction.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada132.jpg)
18. VF-871, CF-116 Phantom, HMCS Hampton Grey, Operation Friction, Persian Gulf, 1991. Phantom 210 shot down an Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat on the opening day of what would famously be known as Desert Storm. 210 also sported a Sharkmouth for the Operation and had also sunk three Iraqi Patrol boats with AGM-119B Penguin anti-ship missiles near the Shatt al Arab water way.

Eventually, in 1995, the Department of National Defence initiated a 25 percent cut in the strength of Fighter Group, forcing a substantial portion of the active CF-188 fleet to be put into storage. To prevent further cuts in the CF-188 fleet, the Canadian Armed Forces agreed to eliminate all its CF-116s from the active inventory.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on December 27, 2011, 05:41:00 AM
Excuse me while I take those Aussie and Canadian Phantoms into a dark room......

FAP FAP
FAP FAP
FAP FAP
FAP FAP
FAP FAP
FAP FAP
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Bladerunner on December 27, 2011, 06:46:30 AM
  :want: They're all so cool. :in-love:


I only have one Fujimi kit in my stash though :'(
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on December 27, 2011, 07:31:44 AM
Some super stuff there indeed.

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JoseFern on December 27, 2011, 09:34:21 AM
:want: Canadian Phantoms! :want:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: lauhof52 on December 27, 2011, 03:50:55 PM
Top Phantoms!! 8) Lauhof
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on December 27, 2011, 09:39:24 PM
Rhinos =  :in-love:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on December 27, 2011, 10:30:25 PM
Hey, quiet! I'm still busy FAPPING to these Phantoms.

Y'all are messin' up my concentration here.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 28, 2011, 04:21:05 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/_Cameroon.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/_Chad.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/_Guinea.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/_Mali.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on December 28, 2011, 08:14:26 PM
OMG. Now I need to buy even more F-4s to build all those Canadians birds. Great work Richard.
 :D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: BadersBusCompany on December 29, 2011, 01:16:59 AM
Brilliant Phantoms, especially that second Saudi jobby  ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 29, 2011, 07:43:00 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/_Senegal.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/_Togo.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/__Cameroon2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/__CentAfRep.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on December 29, 2011, 09:24:55 PM
The uniqueness of the schemes are matched only by their operators.

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 30, 2011, 04:26:21 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/__Ghana2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/__Niger.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/__SierraLeone2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/IndoII.jpg)

Cheers

Richard
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JoseFern on December 30, 2011, 05:58:17 PM
Cool indonesian Flanker!  :meaw:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on December 30, 2011, 10:57:03 PM
Nice Phantom's..... :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: dy031101 on December 31, 2011, 01:10:03 AM
 :in-love:

What're the kill marks on that Flanker?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 31, 2011, 03:01:07 AM
Thanks guys!

The kills on the Indo Flanker are 6 Cruise missiles and a red Kangaroo , representing an RAAF jet kill, either an F/A-18A+, F/A-18F or a F-35A, take your pick! lol

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 31, 2011, 11:58:27 PM
Happy New Year! 2012 :zombie:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/IndoIII.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/IndoIV.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/IndoV.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAFSu-30Death.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on January 01, 2012, 12:04:08 AM
Chinese Flanker is still one of my favorites!  :in-love:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 01, 2012, 02:47:17 AM
I don't know about that second one...shooting up kangaroos???  Or are these those special forces ones with shoulder launched SAMs???
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on January 01, 2012, 07:01:36 AM
Have to agree, the PLAAF one is a standout.

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JoseFern on January 01, 2012, 07:11:23 AM
:want: PLAAF Flanker rocks! :in-love:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 01, 2012, 02:26:22 PM
Thanks guys!

here's more of those kangaroo eating Chinese invaders! lol

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAFSu-30QuickTiger.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAF2Su-30MK.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAF3Su-30MK.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAF4Su-30MK.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on January 01, 2012, 02:31:26 PM
Lovin' the Chinese Flankers, Gekko.  Very nice!

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AXOR on January 01, 2012, 08:31:40 PM
Those Flankers are impresive !
I always liked camouflage patterns and colors you've used,goog work!!!

Alex
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 02, 2012, 05:38:22 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAF5Su-30MK.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAF6Su-30MK.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAF7Su-30MK.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAF8Su-30MK.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: lauhof52 on January 02, 2012, 06:43:15 PM
Love the flankers  :in-love:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on January 03, 2012, 01:48:34 AM
Great Flankers
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 04, 2012, 01:47:15 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30NZKiwi.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30MKRasberryRipple.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30NZMaritime.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30NZ2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on January 04, 2012, 02:31:48 AM
I love the blue Kiwi Flanker.  Very nice.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on January 04, 2012, 02:36:36 AM
Keep the Flankers coming  :) Love em all!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AXOR on January 04, 2012, 02:54:58 AM
Oohhhh man,you  kill me with this Flankers  :in-love: :in-love: :in-love:

Alex
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Bladerunner on January 04, 2012, 03:12:55 AM
This looks great. :)


([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30MKRasberryRipple.jpg[/url])
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 04, 2012, 03:23:47 AM
Could have happened for real too.

During the mid to late 1990’s there were a number of times that Sukhoi Su-27 (and derivatives) could have entered western service - probably in a westernised version.  One such case was with the RAF.  When the Eurofighter 2000 (before it was called the Typhoon) was going through a lot of ups and downs - there was talk of a single engined version as well as talk of countries pulling out altogether.  Into this environment Mikhail Simonov suggested that Sukhoi could offer the RAF a westernised Su-27 or even Su-35.  This would probably have involved western engines, avionics and weapons being fitted to green airframes.

Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on January 04, 2012, 04:39:08 AM
Some very nice stuff indeed.

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: coops213 on January 04, 2012, 08:12:33 AM
Love those Kiwi Flankers!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 05, 2012, 01:37:53 AM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30MKTNI-AU2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30MKTNI-AU2008.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30MKKAdversary.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30MKKASBG.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: lauhof52 on January 05, 2012, 01:48:57 AM
WOW! 8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 06, 2012, 12:51:21 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30MKKh-v09.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30MKKMari.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Su-30MKUK2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/2622.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on January 06, 2012, 05:58:44 AM
Love those camos Richard.

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: RussC on January 06, 2012, 06:02:22 AM
Point has been made ! The Su-27, 30, 35 family of fighters looks incredible in pretty much any paint finish. Like the Phantoms and 262's also.

   Have you thought of any Air Demonsration teams markings? The 27's look great in Russian Knights and Sky Hussars colors, but how about Blue Angels, T-Birds, Red Arrows, Canadian Team, Tiger Meet colors ?

  Another might be JASDF blue Impulse or their 50th anniversary schemes, like the Chrysanthemum Mountains or Shiro Ryuu

 :on-fire:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 06, 2012, 06:43:25 AM
Woah those are hot! Top-shelf as alway, Mr Gekko!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 07, 2012, 10:13:28 PM
Point has been made ! The Su-27, 30, 35 family of fighters looks incredible in pretty much any paint finish. Like the Phantoms and 262's also.

   Have you thought of any Air Demonsration teams markings? The 27's look great in Russian Knights and Sky Hussars colors, but how about Blue Angels, T-Birds, Red Arrows, Canadian Team, Tiger Meet colors ?

  Another might be JASDF blue Impulse or their 50th anniversary schemes, like the Chrysanthemum Mountains or Shiro Ryuu

 :on-fire:

Sorry Russ, brightly painted things aren't for me. I'm a camo man! 8)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 07, 2012, 10:16:33 PM
Thanks again guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Japanese262.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Nip262.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNFA2Rafale.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/FA-20C.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on January 07, 2012, 10:20:44 PM
Thank you so much for posting the Japanese 262s Building a Japanese model and had to search all over the interwebz trying to find those!!  :o
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: BadersBusCompany on January 08, 2012, 10:25:25 AM
Love the Flankers, excellent work fella!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 09, 2012, 12:57:53 AM
 ;)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/FRCMk51PLAN.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/IranianShar.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Rhodesian1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Zimb1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on January 09, 2012, 01:13:16 AM
Very nice work........
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: beowulf on January 09, 2012, 01:28:53 AM
great work....love those 262's (http://i43.tinypic.com/24g6lhe.jpg)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 09, 2012, 12:07:41 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Zimb2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RhodGR3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RhodGR32.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SAAFGR3.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on January 09, 2012, 12:58:31 PM
Love the export Harriers and Sea Harriers; I've got an export Hunter decal sheet in 1/48 that may go toward building at least one of those.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 09, 2012, 11:31:38 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/ROK.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/China.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/JapLV.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/japblue.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Bladerunner on January 10, 2012, 04:44:44 AM
Ooh.. that's HOT!!!


([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/japblue.jpg[/url])
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on January 10, 2012, 05:46:23 AM
Some nice Harriers there Richard.

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 11, 2012, 01:02:04 AM
Thanks guys,

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/JapSHAR.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4KSA1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4KSA2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4KSA3.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on January 11, 2012, 06:46:52 AM
Neat Scooters Richard.  I expect you'll being doing a 'Valk' upgrade with a hump or maybe A-4M fitout?

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 11, 2012, 06:56:56 AM
Woah Scooters with Springboks! Killer!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 11, 2012, 01:31:55 PM
Neat Scooters Richard.  I expect you'll being doing a 'Valk' upgrade with a hump or maybe A-4M fitout?

Regards,

John

Sure Mav, as time permits!:)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 11, 2012, 01:35:16 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-KSA4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4FZ1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4FZ2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFUrban.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on January 11, 2012, 09:12:44 PM
Urban cammies are wild on the Harrier!

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 12, 2012, 09:51:37 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEAC.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Jap1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/jap2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RANSHAR1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on January 12, 2012, 09:55:54 AM
([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4KSA1.jpg[/url])


This is my new favorite camouflage scheme.  Wicked looking as are the others in that post.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on January 12, 2012, 12:00:40 PM
Absolutely in love with the Urban Harrier  :-*... I really want to do that one-- If LemonJello doesn't beat me to it!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on January 12, 2012, 12:01:59 PM
Lots of beautiful work.  Just a thought for an "enhanced" single-seat A-4, use the fuselage of a TA-4 but adapt the single-seat A-4 canopy (preferably the late-model A-4m canopy) and windscreen, given more room for avionics or "whatever".
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on January 12, 2012, 12:07:10 PM
Richard, I'd forgotten how much treasure you've got stashed away!  Great stuff you've been bringing out of the vault. (http://www.doomisland2.com/images/avatars/drool.gif)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 13, 2012, 02:38:17 AM
Thanks guys!  8)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/jap3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Germsnow.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/mont.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RANMakoshk.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 14, 2012, 07:40:05 PM
Love the fractal camo and it's great to see your Huckbeins again, Mr Gekko!

Now a Huckbein with fractal camo would be interesting...

Keep 'em coming!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: RussC on January 15, 2012, 04:51:47 AM
Love the fractal camo and it's great to see your Huckbeins again, Mr Gekko!

Now a Huckbein with fractal camo would be interesting...

Keep 'em coming!

Brian da Basher

  Or how about a 183' with a Becks logo and paintjob? Josef Priller would have kept his feet wet in aviation after leaving luftwaffe for manager of a Brauhaus. All black 183 with the crown below the cockpit and civil numbers.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 16, 2012, 06:32:47 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/soviet.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Egypt.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/chad2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RANMakocheckers.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on January 17, 2012, 01:31:49 AM
Richard, I've always loved your Huckbein series.  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on January 17, 2012, 05:36:07 AM
Looks great in that beat-up Soviet scheme!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 25, 2012, 12:10:58 PM
Now, back to the old stuff...............

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RANMakoIndiankills.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/marine.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Marine2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Mexico1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on January 25, 2012, 12:55:15 PM
That Mexican Navay Sea Harrier FRS.1 just cries out to be modelled.  Perhaps they had a detachment operating along side the Spanish Navy's Matadors/Harriers at sea?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on January 25, 2012, 06:17:14 PM
Love the Ta-183's.  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 26, 2012, 12:32:38 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/brazil.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Austria.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Sudan.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Egyptm2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: tsrjoe on January 26, 2012, 12:58:30 AM
amazing Ta.183 artworks  8) someone should make a decal sheet for those, im sure it would sell well to whiffers  ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on January 26, 2012, 04:40:32 AM
Great stuff but that Brazilian SHAR is really nice!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AXOR on January 26, 2012, 06:17:01 AM
([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Marine2.jpg[/url])

Surely,this is my favorite...

Alex
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 26, 2012, 06:37:00 AM
Richard,

Didn't you do a model of one of the African birds?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on January 26, 2012, 11:11:42 AM
Using their A-4 markings as a guide, how about a Brazilian navy Sea harrier FRS.1 or FA.2 to go with the air force one?  Gorgeous Harrier, that one.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 26, 2012, 07:07:40 PM
amazing Ta.183 artworks  8) someone should make a decal sheet for those, im sure it would sell well to whiffers  ;)

 ;) Yeah, I hope to get them out again, only this time screen printed. :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 26, 2012, 07:11:50 PM
Richard,

Didn't you do a model of one of the African birds?


Yep!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fe83c379.jpg) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/port_side_stand.jpg)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 26, 2012, 07:15:18 PM
Using their A-4 markings as a guide, how about a Brazilian navy Sea harrier FRS.1 or FA.2 to go with the air force one?  Gorgeous Harrier, that one.

Will put on the "to do" list! ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 26, 2012, 07:28:44 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4FZ2001.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4FZcamo.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4FZ3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RafaleJiraffe.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 27, 2012, 12:12:08 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/France.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Tanz2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/congo2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Sinai3.jpg)

Cheers

Richard
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on January 27, 2012, 01:08:47 PM
I sure got a kick out of your honoring my request to have this one drawn up some years back:

(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w293/DentistDaryl/IMG_0171.jpg)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 27, 2012, 02:50:32 PM
I sure got a kick out of your honoring my request to have this one drawn up some years back:


Your welcome Daryl! ;D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Dazza.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 28, 2012, 01:59:25 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Congo3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Congo5.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Congo04.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/CongoAF.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 28, 2012, 06:00:06 AM
Most excellent Huckbeins, Mr Gekko!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on January 28, 2012, 10:39:16 AM
Those Congo Huckbeins are eye-popping! Thanks for the buzz Richard  ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 28, 2012, 12:58:05 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Congo7.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/JASDF.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Jap2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on January 28, 2012, 01:27:46 PM
Truly gorgeous Sr.177's!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Flitzer on January 28, 2012, 03:57:25 PM
Great stuff Gekko.

Got to love those Hucks.

Peter
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 28, 2012, 09:12:12 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/ff61.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Monster.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/101sqn.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Deutsch-Sdwestafrika.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on January 28, 2012, 11:42:40 PM
Those IDF Lightnings would be one helluva sight blasting along at low level over the desert floor!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 29, 2012, 02:55:32 AM
Truly gorgeous Sr.177's!!

Indeed - now if only there was a 1/48 kit!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 29, 2012, 11:41:13 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/FrenchNavy.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Tanz1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Tanz2faded.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Tanz2-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Tanz3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/China-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 29, 2012, 11:43:54 AM
That last one is wicked.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on January 29, 2012, 12:29:50 PM
Gorgeous Crusaders!!  And I agree that the last one is wicked.  Tell me, does it carry captured Sidewinders or AA-2 Atoll missiles?  Might be interesting to see it with the radar from a late-model MiG-21 and carrying the radar-guided version of the Atoll.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on January 29, 2012, 02:53:21 PM
I especially love the first and last of that batch of Crusaders.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on January 30, 2012, 06:54:28 AM
I especially love the first and last of that batch of Crusaders.

Yeah, those camouflage patterns are sharp!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JoseFern on January 30, 2012, 08:32:14 PM
The first JASDF F-77 is brilliant! :-* 8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 30, 2012, 11:04:19 PM
Gorgeous Crusaders!!  And I agree that the last one is wicked.  Tell me, does it carry captured Sidewinders or AA-2 Atoll missiles?  Might be interesting to see it with the radar from a late-model MiG-21 and carrying the radar-guided version of the Atoll.

Definately Sidewinders, though maybe not captured, possibly sold to China? Who knows, it's a mystery! ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 30, 2012, 11:18:25 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Paki.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Paki2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Crusader.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on January 31, 2012, 12:40:06 AM
Huckbeins showing weathering as well used fighters makes them look extra realistic.  Projects an alternate history.
F-77 and Crusaders also favorites.
Bill
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on January 31, 2012, 01:45:03 AM
I can't believe it's been six years since you did the Huckbeins and Wyverns and they are still some of my favorites. I love your African campain Hucks!  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 01, 2012, 11:36:11 PM
Yep, time flies!.....................and we get old! :(

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/IC.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/FAF1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/FAF2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/FAF3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/FAF4.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 02, 2012, 10:35:49 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/FRnavdjb.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/biafffin.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Biaff.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFnew2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on February 03, 2012, 07:19:03 AM
Some gorgeous stuff there Richard.

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on February 03, 2012, 08:19:27 AM
I really like those Crusaders!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on February 03, 2012, 08:56:02 AM
Lovely Wyverns!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: RussC on February 03, 2012, 08:01:42 PM
Like them all. The IAF Lightnings are very realistic and could have been a great fit into their air defense picture.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JoseFern on February 04, 2012, 05:11:19 AM
Lovely french Wyverns and aussie F-104! :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 04, 2012, 11:39:42 AM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF111Sqn.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Chile.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/French.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Israel1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 04, 2012, 10:17:53 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Israel2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Israel3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFmagpie1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFmagpie2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on February 05, 2012, 12:00:50 AM
The Israeli black dragon and the Aussie shark mouth 104's are both very cool.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 05, 2012, 03:33:01 AM
Love the last one! :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on February 05, 2012, 06:01:05 AM
I really like the Star and Bar Israeli emblems  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on February 05, 2012, 06:42:42 AM
I really like the Star and Bar Israeli emblems  8)

I was thinking the same thing.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 05, 2012, 03:52:48 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEAC3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEACTu-16killer.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEACbomberkiller.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEACMiG-17killer.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AXOR on February 05, 2012, 04:46:30 PM
 :-* all,great job !

Alex
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 05, 2012, 09:51:46 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFmagpie3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SAAF.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFmagpie4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEAC1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on February 05, 2012, 10:52:21 PM
Great Starfighters!!  I especially love that last one.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 06, 2012, 01:18:50 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEAC2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEACc130.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEACSahra.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEACdirtyTu-16killer.jpg)

There's actually a story fitting around all these RAF Starfighters. I'll post it with better profiles of them at a later date.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on February 06, 2012, 01:20:28 PM
Better profiles?  The ones you've got are bloody gorgeous.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on February 06, 2012, 01:54:09 PM
Can't wait for that story! (http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/ukliam2.gif)

You also HAVE to post your African lightnings story in the story section. (http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/70.gif)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 06, 2012, 10:00:19 PM
Better profiles?  The ones you've got are bloody gorgeous.

Thanks, but yeah I have worked on the F-104 profile to improve it, so when I put the story up I'll update all of these RAF ones to go with it. Some of them have interesting and relevant nose art/mission markings that you can't quite make out on these profiles.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 06, 2012, 10:06:18 PM
Can't wait for that story! ([url]http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/ukliam2.gif[/url])

You also HAVE to post your African lightnings story in the story section. ([url]http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/70.gif[/url])


Yes, I must get that story finished. I am actually contemplating creating an illustrated book for that African Story, but time to actually sit down and get to it is not on my side at the moment. I start University this year full time so I'm pretty sure that will push everything else aside for three or four years.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 06, 2012, 10:34:16 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFdesert1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFdesert2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/DesertKC.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFdesert4.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on February 07, 2012, 12:03:59 PM
Wow ... keep going!  There must be a camouflage scheme that doesn't make the Starfighter look great but all that you've done so far are fabulous  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 07, 2012, 03:38:30 PM
Thanks Apophenia, more to come!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Desertstriped.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/ArabianSeascheme.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFsplinter.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFsplinter2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 08, 2012, 03:52:12 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFsplinter3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/BIAFF.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Ghana1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Israel.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on February 08, 2012, 06:08:52 PM
Love the Israely Flanker
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 08, 2012, 06:47:00 PM
Mmmm...interesting Israeli
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on February 09, 2012, 12:02:11 AM
Black Dragon Flanker is one sexy bird!  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on February 09, 2012, 06:46:43 AM
2006? I can't believe I missed that  :-* Flanker  :-* after all these years!!  :-\
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on February 09, 2012, 11:05:05 AM
Love those splinter camo Starfighters!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 09, 2012, 02:34:55 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/111Sqnleader.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/calfedlibya.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/CalEgypt.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Henristan1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on February 09, 2012, 11:08:10 PM
I love those Caliphate Flankers. Still some of my Favorites from you... Think its time for another round of them!  ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 10, 2012, 01:42:28 AM
;D

2006 seems to have been a very productive year for me I noticed going through these profiles again. I wondered why, so I asked my wife. She reminded me that our youngest son is 6 years old now, so this period of creativity was just before he was born. Noah is an amazing little boy, very much a "mini me". He is like 10 kids in one though, but very funny. And just like me he is aquiring an eye for detail and colours. He loves science fiction, tanks and jets. So maybe one day we'll see his profiles on here too!


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/TNI-AU1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Somaliland.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 10, 2012, 02:07:13 AM
So maybe one day we'll see his profiles on here too!


That would be great!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 10, 2012, 01:37:16 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/somali.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/somaliland.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/TNI-AU2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/GrumpyMonkey1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 11, 2012, 11:39:18 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Tropico.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Tropico2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/topgun.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/topgun2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 12, 2012, 07:34:24 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/TNI-AU3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Henristan2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/cameroon.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/cameroon-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: lauhof52 on February 12, 2012, 08:23:23 PM
Top Gun is great! :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on February 13, 2012, 12:11:48 AM
Lookin' good Richard, I know we are getting close to the chinese MiG 21's  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 13, 2012, 01:37:24 AM
Lookin' good Richard, I know we are getting close to the chinese MiG 21's  :)


Yep, soon! ;)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/cameroon-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fiji.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/bakinafaso.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/cameroon-3.jpg)

I really, really, really hope that Italeri 32nd scale F-104 that is coming out this year is an all new tool kit and not the Hasegawa kit re-pop. If it IS an all new tool kit then I will most certainly bring out a dedicated 'What if' decal sheet for it!

That RAF SEAC scheme with the large 111Sqn badge on the fin is one I've been wanting to build since I created the profile and in 32nd scale it would be quite long, but  not so wide so it would be easy to display. Lets wait and see! :-*

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 14, 2012, 03:19:34 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/GUINEABASSAU.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/namibia2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/namibia3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/namibia.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AXOR on February 14, 2012, 03:46:50 AM
Sooooo nice  :-* and so many  :)

Alex
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on February 14, 2012, 09:20:29 AM
Tropico F-104s?  Like the country from the game Tropico?

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on February 14, 2012, 11:48:53 AM
Given it's history, it seems only right and proper for Nambia to be flying versions of German fighters.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 19, 2012, 01:15:51 AM
Tropico F-104s?  Like the country from the game Tropico?

Cheers,

Logan

I think so Logan. It was something I did on the other 'what if' site back in '06 so my memory of it is not too great! :D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 19, 2012, 01:17:59 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Japan-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Japan2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Japan3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/marines.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on February 19, 2012, 01:24:42 AM
Love the US Marines version.  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on February 19, 2012, 02:18:26 AM
Yes - Love the US Marines version.   :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on February 19, 2012, 07:55:30 AM
Great Salamander schemes! I especially liked the African versions ... Burkina Faso and Namibia ones in particular.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on February 19, 2012, 11:03:51 AM
I love those Japanese Salamander schemes (Ki-162, anyone?) and definitely want to do at least one in service along side a J7W2.  The Marine one looks like something that might fly if the US authorities used local aircraft for defense if the Cold War had heated up sooner and something was needed to defend from Soviet aircraft flying out of the Kuril islands.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 23, 2012, 09:08:10 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/EquatorialGuinea.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/china.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/chad-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/henristan.jpg)

Cheers

Richard
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on February 23, 2012, 11:12:19 PM
Been waiting for the Chinese MiG 21's to show up  ;)    That pink Sukhoi looks surprisingly good  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on February 23, 2012, 11:15:57 PM
I love the look of them, but I would hate to be an aircraft painter in any air force that you were in charge of.

Thanks,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 24, 2012, 12:33:54 PM
 :) I really want to build that Flanker one day. Imagine it at a big model competition in 32nd scale sat there, moderately weathered in all its pink glory in amongst a heap of grey jets! It would drive the purists nuts! Any woman visiting would love it! Bound to cause a fuss. It must be done! 8)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/mali.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/aussie.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/israel.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/israel2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on February 25, 2012, 12:09:45 PM
Your stuff is always like a top-quality smorgasbord with too many temptations to choose a favorite. But that Aussie Aggressor is definitely up there!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 26, 2012, 03:47:52 PM
Thanks Apophenia, much appreciated!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/egypt.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/somali-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/somali2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Russia-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on February 27, 2012, 10:14:53 AM
Oh man! Somali Salamanders and a VVS Starfighter!! How are we to chose?  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 27, 2012, 05:46:35 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/french.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/frenchaf.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/israel-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/topgunski.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on February 27, 2012, 06:12:29 PM
OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JoseFern on February 28, 2012, 05:29:06 AM
Seconded!
I particularly like the russian F-104 and the MiG-21. :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 28, 2012, 02:58:17 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/jiraffe1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/raaf.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/sudan.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fin.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on February 28, 2012, 11:23:29 PM
Nice work
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on February 29, 2012, 08:17:39 PM
Thanks JP!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fin-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fin-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fin-3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fin3.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: tsrjoe on February 29, 2012, 09:43:03 PM
really neat Finnish birds Richard, be nice to see your modern scheme on some other types too, Hornet, Mig.29 ?  8)

cheers, Joe
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Maverick on February 29, 2012, 10:05:34 PM
I particularly like the counter-shaded Salamander.

Regards,

John
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on February 29, 2012, 11:50:34 PM
Apparently everything looks good in a Finnish scheme!  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on March 02, 2012, 06:42:37 AM
Apparently everything looks good in a Finnish scheme!  :)

I completely agree! Nice work, Mr Gekko!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on March 02, 2012, 12:14:23 PM
All these really are way cool camo schemes.  Seems they would be effective too.  Noted how RAAF F-104 dark in middle light at ends can hide it or mess with distance perception.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 03, 2012, 11:18:26 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RANSeaMagpie.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/mex2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/ARDU.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fin6.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on March 04, 2012, 01:27:39 AM
Like the Mexican Flanker
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 04, 2012, 03:27:21 AM
Like the Mexican Flanker


It was almost real:  Mexico selects Sukhoi Su-27 for strategic surveillance (http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/mexico-selects-sukhoi-su-27-for-strategic-surveillance-206478/) (was later cancelled).

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 04, 2012, 03:27:57 AM
I really like the ARDU MiG-21 :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: RussC on March 04, 2012, 06:09:33 AM
Great ideas on all of these. The Pink Flanker and ARDU 21' especially. I was about to say that the Su-27 family looks good in pretty much any paint, but then I remember seeing a few done on Hyper' with all-body custom decals on a "hello-kitty" theme. Not good... forced down in a litter-box.... ;-)

  Am also very impressed with your use of different fonts , scripts and colors for the texts, nice touch !
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on March 04, 2012, 11:41:13 AM
Like the Mexican Flanker
Seconded.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 04, 2012, 12:12:47 PM
Great ideas on all of these. The Pink Flanker and ARDU 21' especially. I was about to say that the Su-27 family looks good in pretty much any paint, but then I remember seeing a few done on Hyper' with all-body custom decals on a "hello-kitty" theme. Not good... forced down in a litter-box.... ;-)

  Am also very impressed with your use of different fonts , scripts and colors for the texts, nice touch !


Thanks Russ! Things slowly evolved over time, graphics wise. These profiles you're seeing at the moment are from 2006/2007. From that I've evolved into this...........

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4KKahuTomcatschemePB.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 04, 2012, 12:18:34 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/ARDU-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fin8.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Mozambique.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RpubliqueduCameroun.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 04, 2012, 12:53:46 PM
There is no denying it...Fanta Can looks great on anything!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on March 04, 2012, 07:25:41 PM
Some great stuff in this thread!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on March 05, 2012, 10:36:57 AM
really neat Finnish birds Richard, be nice to see your modern scheme on some other types too, Hornet, Mig.29 ?  8)

cheers, Joe

Joe,

Didn't the first MiG-29 kit out (Fujimi?) have speculative Finnish markings for the MiG-29?  Given the kit's inaccuracies (there are problems with being first off the blocks), that's probably the best part of the kit.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on March 05, 2012, 10:40:46 AM
I don't know why but that Mozabique Phantom really strikes my fancy....Oh wait, it might be because it's really cool lookin'  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on March 05, 2012, 06:28:43 PM
Always Loved your Phantom's.........
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on March 05, 2012, 09:25:27 PM
As always the camo schemes and colors are top notch  :-* I have whole lists of projects with Gekko schemes planned
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 05, 2012, 11:06:16 PM
Thanks again guys! :)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/TunisianRepublic.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RepublicofChad.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Ghana.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Kenya.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 06, 2012, 12:23:41 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/bakinafaso-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/china1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/china2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on March 06, 2012, 12:48:24 PM
Any chance of seeing the second and third ones of that last set combined to make a Su-27 in RAF desert scheme?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 08, 2012, 04:12:10 PM
Any chance of seeing the second and third ones of that last set combined to make a Su-27 in RAF desert scheme?


How's this?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFBAE-27Starling.jpg)

Cheers

Richard
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 12, 2012, 09:02:26 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/djibouti.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/ripple.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fanta.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Pak3-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on March 12, 2012, 09:56:56 AM
Love the He 162s. Keep them coming.

Just a thought Richard: Could you lower/flatten/extend forward the windscreen / canopy? The current "bulge" screams drag and lower profile canopy would be improve the otherwise streamline look.

Carl
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 12, 2012, 11:39:15 PM
Love the He 162s. Keep them coming.

Just a thought Richard: Could you lower/flatten/extend forward the windscreen / canopy? The current "bulge" screams drag and lower profile canopy would be improve the otherwise streamline look.

Carl


Sorry Carl, but that would be quite a lot of work to change the profile outline, then all the shading and highlighting etc. More He 162's to come though!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/B-52OMAussie1b.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN2-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN3.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on March 13, 2012, 08:57:46 AM
Any chance of seeing the second and third ones of that last set combined to make a Su-27 in RAF desert scheme?


How's this?

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFBAE-27Starling.jpg[/url])

Cheers

Richard

Bloody gorgeous!!!   That's quite the "must build"!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on March 14, 2012, 04:15:59 AM
You are a true gentleman Richard!  8) Very nice work, and we are all thanking you for making that request "come to life"
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 14, 2012, 03:20:26 PM
You're welcome guys! :)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/ARDU-3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fin9.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Pakistan.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Pakistan2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on March 15, 2012, 05:03:24 AM
Man few things are more eye-catching that that ARDU "Fanta" scheme! Well done!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AXOR on March 15, 2012, 05:15:24 AM
Love them all  :-*...

Alex
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on March 15, 2012, 05:27:17 AM
Great profiles
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on March 15, 2012, 07:59:52 AM
Great batch man!  Mmmmm...Wyverns  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 15, 2012, 04:08:16 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/India.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/ivorycoast.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN-3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEAC-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: raafif on March 16, 2012, 07:59:02 AM
ooh ! I like that Indian one with the stripes -- as I do all of the Wyverns !

             Where can I get the decals ? ??? >:D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on March 16, 2012, 09:09:53 AM
Those Wyvern profile schemes all look fine as if in real post war use.  Dunno how you do those, but good job.  Look faster meaner than performance figures I found indicate.  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 16, 2012, 05:24:49 PM
ooh ! I like that Indian one with the stripes -- as I do all of the Wyverns !

             Where can I get the decals ? ??? >:D

All going well, once I get Gekko Graphics operational again in a couple of weeks, I hope to be able to get some of these schemes done as screen printed decals.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 16, 2012, 05:26:32 PM
Those Wyvern profile schemes all look fine as if in real post war use.  Dunno how you do those, but good job.  Look faster meaner than performance figures I found indicate.  :)

Thanks Finsrin, I try and get my profiles as realistic and feasible as possible.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 16, 2012, 05:28:29 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Biafran.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN2-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN3-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/fin2-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on March 17, 2012, 08:23:12 AM
Amazing Wyverns. I was going to say that the Indian Navy one is a corker. Then I saw the Biafran camo  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Rafael on March 17, 2012, 09:56:18 AM
Great work as always, Richard. And the above comprehends two of my Gecko's favorites: Fishbeds and Wyverns
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 17, 2012, 10:06:35 AM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Flanders.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Flanders2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on March 17, 2012, 01:13:21 PM
([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy1.jpg[/url])


Ooo, this I really like!

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on March 17, 2012, 05:41:14 PM
Excellent profiles
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 18, 2012, 12:38:52 AM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/rnzaf.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/rnzaf-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/argentina.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on March 18, 2012, 12:57:25 AM
Love the multi-coloured SA and Armada spinners.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 18, 2012, 03:16:51 AM
Damn it Richard...I only have two Wyverns in my stash!!!!  :icon_punal:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: nils on March 18, 2012, 04:07:32 AM
very nice, always good to see those Flemish Fishbeds again  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 18, 2012, 04:22:21 PM
Damn it Richard...I only have two Wyverns in my stash!!!!  :icon_punal:

More to come! ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 18, 2012, 04:23:29 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SAAF2ndlast.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SAAF3rdlast.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SAAFearly2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SAAFearly.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on March 19, 2012, 12:11:22 AM
These SA Wyverns are amazing
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on March 19, 2012, 06:56:49 AM
So many Wyverns!!!!!!   8)

Keep 'em coming man!  How about some Brazilian ones to counter the Argentines?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 19, 2012, 12:04:47 PM
Thanks guys! I'll get some new 2012 Wyvern schemes out later this year. ;)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SAAFfinal.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Iraqi.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Iraqi2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/DSWA.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Rafael on March 19, 2012, 07:30:15 PM
Iraqui TA's :-* :-* :-*
Richard, when and if you have the time, could you picture one TA with any south American markings and Ruhrstahl X-4s underwing?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 20, 2012, 12:35:08 PM
Iraqui TA's :-* :-* :-*
Richard, when and if you have the time, could you picture one TA with any south American markings and Ruhrstahl X-4s underwing?

Yes Rafael, I must do more South American subjects. Based on some of the South American Mustang and Corsair's I've seen there certainly is a lot of scope for camouflage schemes and weathering! I'll see what I can come up with! ;)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 20, 2012, 12:37:54 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Italy.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Fin.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RegiaAeronautica1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RegiaAeronautica1-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on March 20, 2012, 11:52:29 PM
The Me-262 in Regia Aeronautica colours is great
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Rafael on March 21, 2012, 06:16:30 AM
Reggia Aeronautica are bellissimi!!! :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 21, 2012, 07:58:22 AM
 ;D Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Kriegsmarine.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Kriegsmarine-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/ANR2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/KG-53.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 22, 2012, 09:57:16 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Romania.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/NormGreen.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Dazza.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on March 22, 2012, 06:22:31 PM
Diggin' the 183s!  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Rafael on March 22, 2012, 08:48:37 PM
.....I'll take the Kriegsmarine and Romanian TA's.
Two of each, please :-*

Rafa
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 22, 2012, 10:59:06 PM
 8)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF1-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFdesnight.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFdesert.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFgreys.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on March 23, 2012, 12:13:19 AM
Good grief man!  :o

Those Washingtons are killer!!!!  Especially love the Aussie one.  REALLY love those Kriegsmarine jets, can you do some more of those?

Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on March 23, 2012, 01:29:49 AM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

These are so awesome.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on March 23, 2012, 10:01:33 AM
Love those Washingstons! [GR+G is a Kiwi aircraft, right?]
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 23, 2012, 10:57:09 AM
Good grief man!  :o

Those Washingtons are killer!!!!  Especially love the Aussie one.  REALLY love those Kriegsmarine jets, can you do some more of those?

Cheers Cliff! I haven't done any more Kriegsmarine jets since 2007, but I'm sure to revisit the subject in the near future.

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 23, 2012, 10:58:18 AM
Love those Washingstons! [GR+G is a Kiwi aircraft, right?]

No. Royal Australian Air Force. ;)

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 23, 2012, 11:02:26 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF1-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/USAAF1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Shinano2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Turkey.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 24, 2012, 02:33:07 AM
Of course some of these also make an appearance in A Simple Issue of Metals (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=96.0), a story I started working with Richard with back in 2007!  Sorry, couldn't resist. ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 24, 2012, 11:39:47 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/LarryMash.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF46.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Israel-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFBC.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on March 24, 2012, 12:12:25 PM
Hmm, would a RAF B-36  be a "Fort Worth" or would they settle on "Dallas" just to keep it a single name?  (though, if they're honest, it's built in White Settlement, not Fort Worth proper)  Perhaps a "Texas B.1"would work.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 24, 2012, 11:48:21 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/USlowvis.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/TOPGUN3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/AeronauticaNationaleRepubblicana.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF67.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 25, 2012, 03:54:19 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Spain.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/French-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Abkhazia.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Abkhazia-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on March 25, 2012, 08:00:06 PM
Great set, Gekko!  They all wonderful.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 26, 2012, 02:56:14 PM
Thanks Logan!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFMiG-21K.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canadian.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/French1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on March 26, 2012, 03:08:50 PM
Awesome paint scheme on B-36.  Looking so good.   :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Talos on March 27, 2012, 07:21:17 AM
I love that MiG-21K. Super sleek!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: raafif on March 27, 2012, 07:40:50 AM
love that RAF 111Sqdn Mig  :) :) :-*  Looks much better than the Lightning in the same scheme !
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on March 27, 2012, 11:44:00 AM
That Armée de l'Air MiG is awesome! Love the RCAF Peacemaker ... although in 1947 she'd be flying the Red Ensign  ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 27, 2012, 12:00:00 PM
That Armée de l'Air MiG is awesome! Love the RCAF Peacemaker ... although in 1947 she'd be flying the Red Ensign  ;)


Thanks for the heads-up! I must fix that. Cheers! :)

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 27, 2012, 12:03:31 PM
Thanks guys, glad you like em!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/France2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF1-3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/IEF1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/2_1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on March 27, 2012, 06:18:56 PM
Great job specially the MiG-21
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 28, 2012, 03:04:09 PM
Thanks JP!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/GrumpyMonkey.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/JollyRogers.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/VF-111.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/VF-111lowvis.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 29, 2012, 09:49:08 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF2-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/ArmeedelAir.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF89Sqn.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF11Sqn.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on March 29, 2012, 07:18:15 PM
 :-* :-* :-*

Can you post more F-16s?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 29, 2012, 08:47:37 PM
:-* :-* :-*

Can you post more F-16s?


Sure! ;)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/FTFRAFRedFlag.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/111SqnRAF.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Japan1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Japan2-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on March 30, 2012, 12:34:01 AM
Richard, I'd forgotten just how many profiles you've got in your archive! Love 'em all  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on March 30, 2012, 03:53:24 AM
Enjoying the profiles and camo schemes.
Can the Kyofu floats be fitted to the Mig-21 above it ?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 31, 2012, 12:19:19 AM
Richard, I'd forgotten just how many profiles you've got in your archive! Love 'em all  :-*

 ;D Thanks Jeff!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 31, 2012, 12:21:39 AM
Enjoying the profiles and camo schemes.
Can the Kyofu floats be fitted to the Mig-21 above it ?

 :))  Sorry, but that's not my type of Wiffery ;) But I'm sure there are some on here more than willing to give it a try! 8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 31, 2012, 12:28:52 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF1-4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAF1-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAF2-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF2-2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on March 31, 2012, 10:00:00 AM
Very dramatic camouflage on that Amberly F-16  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 31, 2012, 10:11:04 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAF3-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF3-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF4-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF5-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on April 02, 2012, 03:21:28 AM
They all look wonderful!!  :-* Thanks Richard!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 02, 2012, 08:43:35 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF6-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF1-5.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF2-3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF3-3.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 04, 2012, 01:19:59 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/French-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/JMDFHyugaJapan-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/JMDFHyugaJapan2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/LateJapSHAR.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on April 04, 2012, 02:02:12 PM
Like that you have high-medium-low viz color schemes on Sea Harriers.  Interesting to compare in one view.
Most creative coming up with the medium viz tail looking as it does.
High viz great for airshows, but hard decide on a favorite.  Cool comparison  8)
Bill
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 04, 2012, 04:05:53 PM
Those look familiar... ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on April 05, 2012, 02:32:11 AM
Beatuiful selection of schemes there.  'Twould be amusing for them to be operating alongside VF-111 and their color scheme.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 05, 2012, 02:03:18 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PNG.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SudanII.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Indo1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Indo2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 06, 2012, 11:51:28 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Indo3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/CoastalCommand.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/CoastalCommand2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/CoastalCommand3.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 06, 2012, 01:31:35 PM
Oh how I wish there was a 1/48 kit of the Be-12...even Vacuform!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 06, 2012, 02:29:43 PM
Richard's original starting post - moved here since I split off the RNZAF Decal poll from it:

Hi guys, here is where I'll keep my past and current profiles. Enjoy!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Naru-2.jpg)


Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 08, 2012, 02:49:06 AM
 :o Greg is there any way to fix up the view counter?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/CoastalCommand4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Syria.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Egypt-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF111Sqn-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 08, 2012, 09:31:25 AM
:o Greg is there any way to fix up the view counter?

What do you mean?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 08, 2012, 05:18:17 PM
:o Greg is there any way to fix up the view counter?

What do you mean?

Before you split off the Poll I had around 4000 views on my thread. Now it shows around 60. Is there any way to get it back to what it was before you split the Poll off?

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 09, 2012, 03:08:44 AM
Because of the way I split it, those 'missing views' are actually sitting with Gekko1's RNZAF TA-4K+ Camouflage/Markings Scheme Poll (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=17.0).  I will however see what I can do to transfer them - no promises though.

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 09, 2012, 02:41:00 PM
Because of the way I split it, those 'missing views' are actually sitting with Gekko1's RNZAF TA-4K+ Camouflage/Markings Scheme Poll ([url]http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=17.0[/url]).  I will however see what I can do to transfer them - no promises though.

Regards,

Greg


OK, cheers.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Iranian.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Fin2-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Finland.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Iran-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 09, 2012, 02:49:13 PM
That Su-27 if modelled would fool people!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 09, 2012, 11:36:06 PM
That Su-27 if modelled would fool people!


 ;)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/MadMikesManicMachine.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/DazsDemonicDestroyer.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/DazsDemonicDestroyer2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFAfrica.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: phoenix54 on April 10, 2012, 06:45:51 PM
Same comments as the Su-27 applies to the Lightning, when it's modelled, it'll cause quite a few double takes! Nice one Richard.

Paul

P.S. Malta!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on April 11, 2012, 02:28:37 AM
Love the Be-12s and the Iranian J-10 is  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 11, 2012, 02:34:51 PM
Thanks guys!

Lots of Lightnings to come! There's a big story I've created surrounding these Lightning profiles. Some of it can be found on Britmodeller. I haven't, typically, finished it though. I am considering turning it into an illustrated story and releasing it as a short run book. But then I plan to do lots of things.............................

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/BurkinaFaso08.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RhodesianAF.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFtestscheme.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFASscheme.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 12, 2012, 12:35:25 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFBurkina.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/NorthWest.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Scotty.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Thoughnton.jpg)

Cheers

Richard
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 13, 2012, 08:12:13 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Burkina823.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Burkina822.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 14, 2012, 03:50:18 AM
I always loved those 'pumpkin head' markings - you should release those as a decal set!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Flitzer on April 14, 2012, 03:34:54 PM
I always loved those 'pumpkin head' markings - you should release those as a decal set!

Agree. Great idea.
P :D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 15, 2012, 10:19:45 AM
I always loved those 'pumpkin head' markings - you should release those as a decal set!

Agree. Great idea.
P :D

I agree. All I need is lots of money and I'd be able to do it. :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 15, 2012, 10:30:34 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica5.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Mail1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Mail2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on April 15, 2012, 10:45:31 AM
As long as you keep making profiles I will never have enough models  ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on April 16, 2012, 09:02:15 AM
Why do MiG-21s look sooo right in SAAF colours?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 16, 2012, 03:39:25 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/11Sqn.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SEACmod.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica7.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica6.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 16, 2012, 04:08:04 PM
I really like that first F-16.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on April 16, 2012, 10:23:24 PM
I really love those SAAF MiGs!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 16, 2012, 11:51:39 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Niger1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica8lowvis.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica9lowvis.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica10.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on April 17, 2012, 02:25:55 AM
REALLY love those three-tone gray MiG-21s!!!!  It just suits them  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 17, 2012, 02:47:46 AM
that last one would be interesting to paint...
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 17, 2012, 05:36:18 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/IrishAirCorps.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/IrishAirCorps2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/IrishAirCorps3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada1-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: phoenix54 on April 17, 2012, 11:20:43 PM
Great Phantoms Richard, especially like the full colour tail version.
While you've got the profile out.......................MALTA!!

Paul
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on April 17, 2012, 11:33:04 PM
I really like the 3 tone geometric camo SAAF Mig, looks perfect.  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 18, 2012, 05:00:46 PM
Great Phantoms Richard, especially like the full colour tail version.
While you've got the profile out.......................MALTA!!

Paul

Getting my next decal sheet ready ATM, but Malta is on the list. ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 18, 2012, 05:03:46 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Canada2-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Malawi.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/NigerianNavy-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica-2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: phoenix54 on April 18, 2012, 08:42:23 PM
Great Phantoms Richard, especially like the full colour tail version.
While you've got the profile out.......................MALTA!!
Paul

Getting my next decal sheet ready ATM, but Malta is on the list. ;)

Well done that man!! Thanks in advance Richard.

Paul
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on April 19, 2012, 12:15:25 AM
Anything of McDonnell stock is fine by me! Great stuff!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on April 19, 2012, 07:01:59 AM
Voodoos and Phantoms are always awesome!  Feel free to make as many you want  ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: dy031101 on April 19, 2012, 08:55:27 AM
You know the more I look at your Voodoos the more I'd like to ask you to what-if ROCAF ones.  I'm just not sure which one is more likely- the stock B model or a hybrid of B forward fuselage with maybe the rest of the C (carrying weapons externally)......
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on April 19, 2012, 09:01:21 AM
RF-101s in ROCAF markings would look neat!  I can imagine a speedy photo bird would prove mighty useful when trying to take pictures of their commie neighbors.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on April 19, 2012, 09:54:12 AM
You know the more I look at your Voodoos the more I'd like to ask you to what-if ROCAF ones.  I'm just not sure which one is more likely- the stock B model or a hybrid of B forward fuselage with maybe the rest of the C (carrying weapons externally)......
B model with missile bay replaced by A/C model style gun bay?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 19, 2012, 11:45:16 AM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RhodesianAirForce.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Omani3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Omani2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/UnitedArabEmerates.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on April 19, 2012, 11:48:58 AM
Love those British Phantoms!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 20, 2012, 04:51:44 PM
Love those British Phantoms!!!

Lots more of those to come!  :)

I SO wish somebody would make a kit of it in 32nd scale!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :icon_twisted:
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 20, 2012, 04:53:20 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Omani.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Somali-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Benin.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Denmark.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on April 20, 2012, 08:35:44 PM
Some of these camos are outrageously good!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Litvyak on April 20, 2012, 09:07:18 PM
Simply spectacular.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on April 21, 2012, 02:15:09 AM
Middle two with tree trunk-limb look are way cool.  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on April 21, 2012, 08:37:24 AM
Love the Somali and Benin ones.

Didn't someone do a 1/32 conversion kit for the TAmiya 1/32 F-4J?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 21, 2012, 09:24:43 AM
1 actually like the Danish one ...it is nice and subtle and could easily trick someone into thinking it was real.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on April 21, 2012, 09:30:07 AM
1 actually like the Danish one ...it is nice and subtle and could easily trick someone into thinking it was real.

Agreed. And Richard has caught that patchy appearance of those Danish all-over green Super Sabres and Drakens  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 21, 2012, 12:31:01 PM
Love the Somali and Benin ones.

Didn't someone do a 1/32 conversion kit for the TAmiya 1/32 F-4J?

Yeah, but it's discontinued and now sells on eBay for ridiculous amounts of money. I'm hoping Trumpeter or Revell get around to it one day. maybe even Airfix?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 21, 2012, 12:32:59 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Uganda.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Somaliland2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Uganda-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Benin2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 24, 2012, 04:31:08 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RCAFMooseAgressor.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/CanadianAF2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Israel2mod.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/UKAF.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 25, 2012, 04:15:02 AM
Oh...that MiG-21 has to be built some day!!!! :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on April 25, 2012, 04:23:54 AM
Yes, Mig-21 stands out with its mouth paint being right-on.   :)
Be good to see as a built model.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on April 25, 2012, 04:33:40 AM
Oh...that MiG-21 has to be built some day!!!! :-*

Seconded!!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on April 25, 2012, 06:07:54 AM
Oh...that MiG-21 has to be built some day!!!! :-*

"That" one? Which one?
All of them!  :-*

When Eduard gets out 1/72 versions of their luvverly Fishbeds, I have plans. Lotsa plans....  >:D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 25, 2012, 01:04:08 PM
So, the Israeli MiG-21 is popular hey. Hmmmm, note to self, put this one on the first "What if" screen printed decal sheet!!!!!! ;)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavyBurkina.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Mauritania3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF1-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Rhodesia.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 25, 2012, 02:24:54 PM
So, the Israeli MiG-21 is popular hey. Hmmmm, note to self, put this one on the first "What if" screen printed decal sheet!!!!!! ;)


Yes, indeed!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: RussC on April 25, 2012, 04:37:19 PM
Simply have to drop by a put in yet another "Amazing" into this gallery. The Be-12 was a highlight for me of the recent's as well as the Canadian F-4's.

Keep it up!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on April 25, 2012, 06:17:44 PM
Richard: Your ideas are bottomless.  Most excellent all around.

May I request a TSR.2 profile in the RCAF Silver Lacquer finish with the the lightning bolt and 409 SQN, my alma mater.  Lets give it a 112xxx designation.

Many thanks.

Carl
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: arc3371 on April 26, 2012, 03:21:40 AM
Very interesting
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 26, 2012, 04:10:41 PM
Richard: Your ideas are bottomless.  Most excellent all around.

May I request a TSR.2 profile in the RCAF Silver Lacquer finish with the the lightning bolt and 409 SQN, my alma mater.  Lets give it a 112xxx designation.

Many thanks.

Carl

Thanks Carl! Unfortunately I can't do any requests at the moment as I'm using any spare time I get to finish off my next decal release.

But I'm sure I've seen a TSR.2 like you describe somewhere?

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 26, 2012, 04:12:30 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF1-6.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SouthAfrica-3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAF2-4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAFallgreen3.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on April 26, 2012, 05:27:31 PM
Good profiles all.   Particularly like colors and style of 77 Squadron for my scenario camo, likely use it.   :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on April 27, 2012, 04:14:38 AM
Love that Kiwi F-16! You picked my favorite roundel too!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 28, 2012, 10:36:04 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAFallgreen2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAFallgreen.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAFEuro1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAF3-2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 01, 2012, 01:14:43 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAF2-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAF1-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFmideastcom.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFsnowjob.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on May 01, 2012, 01:34:25 AM
([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFsnowjob.jpg[/url])


Everyone else stay back.  This one's mine.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: arc3371 on May 01, 2012, 02:08:38 AM
A lot of nice profiles, any chance for a Indian F-16?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on May 01, 2012, 07:03:41 AM

"Everyone else stay back.  This one's mine."
Logan


Yes,,, see zactly where you are coming from. 
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 01, 2012, 12:27:30 PM
A lot of nice profiles, any chance for a Indian F-16?

Sorry, just re-posting my old stuff at the moment. All my spare time is going into a new decal sheet.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 01, 2012, 12:31:48 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Togo.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Benin2-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Uganda2WhatIfSheet.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/tadzhikistan.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on May 01, 2012, 05:32:26 PM
SWEET!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on May 01, 2012, 07:24:57 PM
Really hoping to see how some of these schemes look on a tank soon  ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: phoenix54 on May 01, 2012, 07:25:21 PM
Hi Richard,

Do like the "double ugly"(s)! Keep posting your older stuff, we DON'T mind!!

Paul
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 02, 2012, 04:20:09 PM
Cheers guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SahrawiArabRep.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Cameroon-4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Burundi.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Chad-2.jpg)

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on May 02, 2012, 10:47:04 PM
Love the color combo on the Uganda MiG 21  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Litvyak on May 02, 2012, 11:47:18 PM
Love the African 21s! The Sahrawi one looks especially great.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 03, 2012, 11:16:14 AM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/FightingOmars3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Flemish.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/GHANA-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Ghanalowvis.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 05, 2012, 05:07:47 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Iran-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Abkhazia4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Japan-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Jordan.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 06, 2012, 03:06:16 AM
Mmmm...me likey the last two. :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on May 06, 2012, 07:23:32 AM
Some of those MiGs I have seen before and some of them I have not but they are damned awesome either way!

Oh and cool Rhinos!!!  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 10, 2012, 11:59:32 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Lebanon.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Losotho.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Macedonia.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Niger2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 11, 2012, 03:33:07 AM
Oh...that first one!!! :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 15, 2012, 02:53:40 PM
Oh...that first one!!! :-*

 ;D Yeah, wouldn't that stand out on the model comp table!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 15, 2012, 02:56:25 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/palestine.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/papua.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SAAF01.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Frenchdesertcopy.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 17, 2012, 12:11:35 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF3sqn.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RNZAF-2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Malawi-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF4.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AGRA on May 17, 2012, 05:12:16 PM
Personally I don't see the attraction that the MiG-21 has but I know lots of people love it. But those camo patterns are just great. That RNZAF grey, green, green one is super elegant.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on May 18, 2012, 01:35:54 AM
I too am not too enamoured by the MiG-21 but the camos are just fab!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 20, 2012, 02:19:43 AM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF5.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF31.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Poland-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Botswana.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: RussC on May 20, 2012, 04:40:21 AM
Fishbed Frenzy time! Might be cool to have a JASDF Mig -21 in Blue Impulse colors or some of the 50th anniversary artwork like the Cherry Blossom scheme or the Samurai graphics. That Botswana Crocodile is a great idea!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on May 20, 2012, 05:37:33 AM
Yeah, love the croc!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on May 21, 2012, 09:45:50 AM
Had forgotten about the Botswana Profile...  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 22, 2012, 04:57:50 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF6.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/SahrawiAR.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF61.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF62.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 25, 2012, 08:34:31 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAF7-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/KG53kills.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/VF870RCNCAG.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RCNVF871CAG.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on May 25, 2012, 08:06:44 PM
Lovely stuff! I particularly like the 17 Sqn camo.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 26, 2012, 01:46:45 AM
Doh!!!  Those new Canadian Phantoms remind me that I owe you a story Richard!  Must get that done.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 06, 2012, 09:02:50 AM
Doh!!!  Those new Canadian Phantoms remind me that I owe you a story Richard!  Must get that done.

No worries. We all get busy. These days I don't have time to scratch my arse! :o
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 06, 2012, 09:11:40 AM
This Phantom (Candice) would have to be my all time favorite profile. If ever I get a life I'll be building this one! I'd love to be able to build it in 32nd scale with its wings folded. (I can dream can't I?)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Candice.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/gojira.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/F-111SAKate.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/BurkinaFasoLVis.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AXOR on June 06, 2012, 04:41:15 PM
Lovely profiles,as always,Japanese Phantom...my fav !!!

Alex
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on June 07, 2012, 06:52:30 AM
Oooo, 'Candice' is hot  :-*  And I love the 'HMCS Hampton Grey' idea!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 20, 2012, 05:08:33 PM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/bklowvisblog.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Burkinahivis.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/BurkinaFasolowvisstory2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAAFsplinterA3-79Kate.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AGRA on June 20, 2012, 06:55:13 PM
Who is this Kate?

Is there a back story on LOCUST STORM?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 22, 2012, 01:41:35 AM
Who is this Kate?

Is there a back story on LOCUST STORM?

Kate is just Kate. ;)

Yes there is a story. It's located on Britmodeller in the What if section under the title "Lightnings over Africa". I haven't completed it though, but its all stored in my head! ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 22, 2012, 02:11:53 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Devil.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Benin3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PandorasBox.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PusPus.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: raafif on June 22, 2012, 05:34:34 AM
there is a story. It's located on Britmodeller in the What if section under the title "Lightnings over Africa". I haven't completed it though, but its all stored in my head! ;)

a search there fails to find that thread ... what's the URL ?  Sounds like an interesting read :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on June 22, 2012, 08:52:32 AM
^ THERE (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=16534) ya go!
Had this in my bookmarks for ages. Hope Gekko will continue the story  :)  >:(
Particularly interested in seeing some profiles of that Wessex!  ;) And weren't there to be some Danish Drakens as well?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Litvyak on June 22, 2012, 09:34:19 AM
While the Burkina-be Lightnings look lovely, I hope you don't mind a little nitpick? In 1981 it was still called Upper Volta (Haute-Volta) with a red-white-black roundel.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 22, 2012, 04:24:25 PM
^ THERE ([url]http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=16534[/url]) ya go!


Thanks for doing that! ;)

Quote
Had this in my bookmarks for ages. Hope Gekko will continue the story  :)  >:(


I will, one day. Too many things on my plate at the moment. I would love nothing more than to be able to sit down and write stories and produce decals! Not at the moment though. :(

Quote
Particularly interested in seeing some profiles of that Wessex!  ;) And weren't there to be some Danish Drakens as well?


Yes, me too! And yes lots of Danish Draken action too! ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 22, 2012, 04:26:20 PM
While the Burkina-be Lightnings look lovely, I hope you don't mind a little nitpick? In 1981 it was still called Upper Volta (Haute-Volta) with a red-white-black roundel.

You're absoloutly right! ;) But just like the US Government, I don't let facts get in the way of a good story. ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on June 22, 2012, 10:41:42 PM
Richard the TA-183 "Rhino" and F104 "Pus Pus" are awesome!, I didn't remember these...must have missed them first time around.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 26, 2012, 04:48:01 PM
Richard the TA-183 "Rhino" and F104 "Pus Pus" are awesome!, I didn't remember these...must have missed them first time around.

They're new-ish ones. Nearly at the end of my Photobucket list. Soon I'll have to post new ones!

P-61's being created now.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 26, 2012, 04:49:55 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/DragonSlayer.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Messer.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAFBAE-27Starling.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/cameroon2012.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on June 27, 2012, 10:41:21 PM
That Phantom rocks  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on June 28, 2012, 06:38:38 AM
Page 29,,, all too good to pick favorites (tried to).
Is more camo schemes to reference for future build ideas.
Does give post war life to German jets.
Bill
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 03, 2012, 01:10:52 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/brazil-1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/benin.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/somalia2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on December 03, 2012, 02:01:51 AM
Those are lovely.  I like the camo on the Somali one, especially.  Think you can do a F-5 or AMX-type camo on a Brazilian one?

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 03, 2012, 02:44:39 AM
Hey, look who stuck his head in again!!  Good to see you Richard.  Love the Brazilian one. :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: dy031101 on December 03, 2012, 06:12:13 AM
If I never told you before, I absolutely adore your Canadian Navy Spey Phantoms.  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on December 03, 2012, 08:56:52 AM
I'll agree with GTX, I love the Brazilian one.  As a whif, if they'd purchased a late-model Essex-class from the US, might the Brazilian Navy operated these?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: arc3371 on December 03, 2012, 09:43:12 AM
Lovely F-4´s I think that the Benin one is my favorite
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Klaus Wachsmuth on December 03, 2012, 09:54:28 AM
Excellent profiles! Now, if only he would sneak in the proper colour codes for those schemes, we'd be hosting a tribute to Gekko with the physical renditions of his works.   ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 16, 2012, 12:04:59 AM
Those are lovely.  I like the camo on the Somali one, especially.  Think you can do a F-5 or AMX-type camo on a Brazilian one?

Cheers,

Logan

I'll put it on the 'to do' list.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 16, 2012, 12:05:41 AM
Hey, look who stuck his head in again!!  Good to see you Richard.  Love the Brazilian one. :)

Cheers!  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 16, 2012, 12:16:49 AM
If I never told you before, I absolutely adore your Canadian Navy Spey Phantoms.  :)

Me too! I'm thinking of making my Tamiya 32nd scale F-4J with a scratch built FGR.2 tail-mounted radar warning receiver so it'll look a lot like the profile just not the British engines. "Candice" is the front runner for this build.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 16, 2012, 12:17:54 AM
I'll agree with GTX, I love the Brazilian one.  As a whif, if they'd purchased a late-model Essex-class from the US, might the Brazilian Navy operated these?

Sure, why not, its 'what if' after all! ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 16, 2012, 12:20:34 AM
Excellent profiles! Now, if only he would sneak in the proper colour codes for those schemes, we'd be hosting a tribute to Gekko with the physical renditions of his works.   ;)

Pick whatever colours you like. Its 'what if' after all so nothing is right or wrong. Just go with what looks right to you.  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 16, 2012, 12:57:07 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/chad-2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on December 16, 2012, 02:27:52 AM
*whistles* Gorgeous!!  A pain to paint, but gorgeous!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Doom! on December 16, 2012, 04:17:59 AM
I'm sure glad to see you back at it......great stuff!  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 23, 2012, 06:58:07 PM
*whistles* Gorgeous!!  A pain to paint, but gorgeous!

 ;D 2013 will be the year that one of these complexly camouflaged phantoms gets done! It'll be an F-4D though as there is currently no FGR.2 Phantom available.  8)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 23, 2012, 07:08:19 PM
I'm sure glad to see you back at it......great stuff!  :)

Cheers Jeff! Yeah 2013 is going to be a good year for Gekko! I've got two 32nd scale F-4 Phantom builds planned, one an F-4D, the other a Canadian Navy F-4J, both from the Tamiya kits, and new decals too!

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 23, 2012, 07:09:09 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Japan1990_zps66ea4dea.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on December 24, 2012, 05:15:50 AM
Very Nice
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 25, 2012, 12:24:29 AM
That is a peach!! I love all the markings on it.  :)

I love the Chad jet too!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: RussC on December 25, 2012, 09:55:13 PM
Peachy it is, and flying from Akagi II as well !  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on December 26, 2012, 03:00:15 AM
Gorgeous bird.  Would a F-14J in similar markings be its successor?  Would similar camo and markings apply to radar-equipped Harriers operating off JN assault ships alongside MV-22Js?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 26, 2012, 08:16:44 PM
Gorgeous bird.  Would a F-14J in similar markings be its successor?  Would similar camo and markings apply to radar-equipped Harriers operating off JN assault ships alongside MV-22Js?

Sure! All good feasable ideas.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 28, 2012, 12:28:53 AM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/papuanewguinea_zpsf8f340c4.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on December 28, 2012, 01:00:33 AM
 :-*  That's gorgeous.  Someone who works in plastic, make it so!

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gingie on December 28, 2012, 07:26:21 AM
Got to love wrap-around cammo! Colours remind me a bit of Aussie AFV's.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on December 29, 2012, 12:23:57 AM
Got to love wrap-around cammo! Colours remind me a bit of Aussie AFV's.

Yep, that's what I was basing it on. 8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 01, 2013, 04:54:25 AM
This will be the first! 2013 build with new decals, or in this case vinyl masks. The masks will be in 32nd and 48th scales. If you think you'll be interested please let me know.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/malawi2013_zpsd88365b8.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on January 02, 2013, 03:45:21 AM
Am I understanding this correctly?   You're manufacturing something for a What If?   :D :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 03, 2013, 12:30:59 AM
Am I understanding this correctly?   You're manufacturing something for a What If?   :D :)

Yes. If the vinyl masks work to my satisfaction then I will be releasing them for this scheme and other select schemes in 48th and 32nd scales. It's not the first time I've produced stuff for "What if?". I've done decal sheets for the Ta-183 and Rafale. But these sheets are no longer available.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on January 03, 2013, 03:55:54 AM
Am I understanding this correctly?   You're manufacturing something for a What If?   :D :)

Yes. If the vinyl masks work to my satisfaction then I will be releasing them for this scheme and other select schemes in 48th and 32nd scales. It's not the first time I've produced stuff for "What if?". I've done decal sheets for the Ta-183 and Rafale. But these sheets are no longer available.

Yes I would buy them
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on January 03, 2013, 05:55:23 AM
If it were markings only, I'd be interested.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on January 03, 2013, 12:34:33 PM
If it were markings only, I'd be interested.
Seconded!!  And I very much want those, including a painting guide, for the JN Phantom on the previous page.  Not just for that one, but as a guide for doing the other aircraft I suggested.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 04, 2013, 10:35:39 AM
If it were markings only, I'd be interested.

By "markings only" do you mean 'decals' only?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 04, 2013, 10:38:04 AM
If it were markings only, I'd be interested.
Seconded!!  And I very much want those, including a painting guide, for the JN Phantom on the previous page.  Not just for that one, but as a guide for doing the other aircraft I suggested.

So is that a 'no' to masks, but a 'yes' to decals?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 04, 2013, 10:38:44 AM
Am I understanding this correctly?   You're manufacturing something for a What If?   :D :)

Yes. If the vinyl masks work to my satisfaction then I will be releasing them for this scheme and other select schemes in 48th and 32nd scales. It's not the first time I've produced stuff for "What if?". I've done decal sheets for the Ta-183 and Rafale. But these sheets are no longer available.

Yes I would buy them

 :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 04, 2013, 10:44:14 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/cameroon2013_zps7eba055b.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: raafif on January 04, 2013, 10:56:21 AM
is that called the Cactus or the Prickly Pear scheme ?? :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on January 04, 2013, 11:06:05 AM
If it were markings only, I'd be interested.
Seconded!!  And I very much want those, including a painting guide, for the JN Phantom on the previous page.  Not just for that one, but as a guide for doing the other aircraft I suggested.

So is that a 'no' to masks, but a 'yes' to decals?
That would be my view of things, especially if there's a full set of views of the camo scheme.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on January 04, 2013, 11:29:39 AM
Richard,
I'm on an incredibly tight budget compared to the previous decade or so and instantly thought a masking for the entire paint scheme would be very costly.  By the same token, masks for just the main markings would be, in my uneducated mind, significantly less pricey.

  No, I was thinking masks for the markings as I prefer painting them on as opposed to decals.   

Hope that clears it up as much as mud.   ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 05, 2013, 01:35:13 AM
is that called the Cactus or the Prickly Pear scheme ?? :)

lol. I was thinking more splinter on steroids!  ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 05, 2013, 01:39:04 AM
Richard,
I'm on an incredibly tight budget compared to the previous decade or so and instantly thought a masking for the entire paint scheme would be very costly.  By the same token, masks for just the main markings would be, in my uneducated mind, significantly less pricey.

  No, I was thinking masks for the markings as I prefer painting them on as opposed to decals.   

Hope that clears it up as much as mud.   ;D

Ah right! I see the confusion now. The masks I'll be doing will be for the markings only and will come with a full set of views of the camouflage scheme and will be significantly cheaper than decals.  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on January 13, 2013, 12:22:01 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Newguineacolour_zpsba27fbc6.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 13, 2013, 12:23:08 PM
Oh yeah!!! :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: buzzbomb on January 14, 2013, 09:15:30 AM
Wow.. the PNG Phantom looks ace.

Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on January 16, 2013, 09:29:53 AM
I really like the additional color on the fin tip along with the camo  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on January 20, 2013, 03:29:24 PM
Republique du Cameroun camo is great at distracting the eye.   :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 31, 2013, 02:39:59 AM
Hi guys, well what might have been if the Australian Government had kept its Fleet Air Arm and upgraded the Skyhawk in a similar way to how the RNZAF did? New radar, GPS equipped and laser designator capable. Also, what might of camouflage schemes looked like for the upgraded Skyhawks, called A-4G+ in this case?

I’ll consider both air superiority and ground hugging camouflage schemes in this study. The Air Superiority schemes speak for themselves. The low level schemes take into account the effects of the Su-27 Flanker family’s arrival in the Asia Pacific region.

In my version of this “What if?” reality there is no such thing as ‘budgets’ so many experiments are/were carried out. Plus the many exercises partaken in across the country and abroad and the camouflage schemes applied for them.

This should be interesting. Let me know what you think and don’t hesitate to offer possible camouflage/markings ideas!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4GRAN4.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Geist on March 31, 2013, 02:57:15 AM
I like it. It fits with the A4 shape. :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 31, 2013, 03:43:40 AM
Love it! :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on March 31, 2013, 04:28:59 AM
It's in complete harmony with the A-4 shape.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AGRA on March 31, 2013, 07:44:34 AM
Very nice. I once toyed with a Whiff of the RAN reacquiring a carrier capability after East Timor. Part of the way they did it was to buy (back) the surplus Kiwi Skyhawks to use as a lead in trainer to surplus Sea Harriers. This is what they would look like!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: dy031101 on March 31, 2013, 08:26:09 AM
I can already see the A-4 being armed with ASRAAM for the occasion......  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 31, 2013, 08:52:16 AM
Killer A-4X with updated AESA radar, ASRAAM, CUDA, Brimstone, HMD, F414...
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Matt Wiser on March 31, 2013, 11:03:13 AM
Good work! Skyhawks (and Intruders) forever!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on March 31, 2013, 11:15:01 PM
Thanks guys. OK, here we have a low level type camo aimed at trying to survive in an Su-27 family heavy environment. In other words..........LOW level!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4GRAN.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on March 31, 2013, 11:31:37 PM
Very cool......
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on March 31, 2013, 11:34:51 PM
 :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Scooterman on April 01, 2013, 01:47:39 AM
Sweet monkey jesus!  MORE MORE MORE!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: philp on April 01, 2013, 01:56:23 AM
That one is pretty.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on April 01, 2013, 02:38:49 AM
Four color cammo !
You have that A-4 wearing its combat best  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on April 01, 2013, 03:51:50 AM
All she needs is some ordnance!!!  Great job man  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 01, 2013, 04:37:21 AM
Sweet monkey jesus!  MORE MORE MORE!!

Quick!!! Someone tie him down...
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on April 01, 2013, 05:12:02 AM
Both those Skyhawks are beautiful!!  I could see the RAAF capitalizing on SIngapore's experience and expertise and re-engining their Skyhawks with either F404's or F414's in a dry form.  Add a bypass/core flow mixer in the exhaust pipe and you'd have a distinctly low IR signature, too.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on April 01, 2013, 06:16:21 AM
Damn, that camo is wicked!  :-*

Note to self: get more Skyhawks!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on April 01, 2013, 06:23:10 AM
Such as the ProModeler Blue Angels release of the Hasegawa A-4F because it has the larger Super Fox intakes and often can be purchased for a song.   :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 02, 2013, 02:58:54 AM
Thanks guys!

This one is based on the Australian Army desert camouflage uniform.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4GRAN3.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on April 02, 2013, 03:56:19 AM
Awesome job......
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on April 02, 2013, 05:06:48 AM
(looks at new profile, goes to the 'To Buy' list, and adds a couple more Hasegawa Skyhawks to the list)


Indeed that is very fine.  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 03, 2013, 01:39:53 AM
Thanks guys!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4GRAN-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 03, 2013, 04:27:43 AM
Sweet!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on April 03, 2013, 04:35:28 AM
That grey over grey RAN Skyhawk is beautiful! 
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: arc3371 on April 03, 2013, 09:26:49 AM
Great Skyhawks!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on April 03, 2013, 11:35:05 AM
Beautiful Skyhawks.  Would the RAAF be buying any late-model Skyhawks with the ARBS in the nose?  Perhaps to go along with their Harrier II's?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 04, 2013, 01:43:53 AM
Beautiful Skyhawks.  Would the RAAF be buying any late-model Skyhawks with the ARBS in the nose?  Perhaps to go along with their Harrier II's?

RAAF Skyhawks! That'll be next! Plus Royal Navy and Air Force.  :-*

As for the ARBS nose? Maybe. ;D

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 04, 2013, 01:45:27 AM
Thanks again guys! Here's a variation on the previous grey.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4GRAN2-1.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on April 04, 2013, 02:09:58 AM
Thanks again guys! Here's a variation on the previous grey.

Cheers

Richard.

Giggity, giggity, giggity, gooooooooo :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on April 04, 2013, 02:18:31 AM
Two tone green/Luftwaffe? 
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on April 04, 2013, 08:01:59 PM
Nice.....
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 05, 2013, 01:48:26 AM
Two tone green/Luftwaffe?

Do you have a link Daryl to give me a better idea of what you mean?

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 05, 2013, 02:21:56 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4GRAN2.jpg)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on April 05, 2013, 03:32:11 AM
I suspect with all of the islands in the operating area the camouflage on the RAN aircraft is a must have but I am still preferring the gray/grey versions :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 08, 2013, 03:36:49 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4GRAN5.jpg)

I'm now on Facebook too!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gekko-Graphics/243955695733324 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gekko-Graphics/243955695733324)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on April 08, 2013, 04:05:48 AM
Nice scheme with a simple demarcation line certainly makes the Skyhawk look good.  Have you considered a blue over white scheme? 
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 08, 2013, 04:30:40 PM
 :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 12, 2013, 03:52:07 AM
Nice scheme with a simple demarcation line certainly makes the Skyhawk look good.  Have you considered a blue over white scheme?

You mean like the 1960's Royal Navy schemes Jeffry?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 12, 2013, 03:54:07 AM
Here's a German Navy Skyhawk. I envision these flying off a modified Merchant Bulk Carrier with a ski-jump. The German Navy needed a carrier capability very quickly so that it could have a Naval Aviation presence in the Red Sea to protect its oil and cargo interests from "pirates" operating in the area. The Skyhawks would have been RATO equipped.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4GDGermanMarine.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/A-4GDGermanMarine.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on April 12, 2013, 04:05:42 AM
Very nice. I like it......
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Relish on April 12, 2013, 04:31:12 AM
I really like the VFA-724 colors. :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on April 12, 2013, 10:24:15 AM
That's a great "Jump Jet" Richard!   
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 13, 2013, 02:12:55 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 13, 2013, 04:03:48 PM
Two tone green/Luftwaffe?


Do you have a link Daryl to give me a better idea of what you mean?

Richard.


Maybe something like this?

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3e/Panavia_Tornado_Luftwaffe.jpg)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on April 14, 2013, 02:10:03 PM
Yes, those greens whatever their names are.   In several patterns.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 15, 2013, 08:52:24 AM
OK guys, my 'to do' list is as follows:

German Air Force in various Starfighter type schemes.

Royal Navy and Air Force.

More RAN camo scheme varieties.

Papua New Guinea

Polish Air Force

Brazilian Air Force

Japanese Air Force and Navy

Canadian Air Force and Navy

French Navy.

Israeli Air Force.

Plus I'm working-up an A-7E profile too!

There, that should keep me busy for a while!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AGRA on April 15, 2013, 08:58:19 AM
Yes, those greens whatever their names are.   In several patterns.

I think they were called Lizard patterns. USAFE had a very nice green, darker green and dark grey pattern. Ideal for low level and night time ops in temperate environment. Stand out like a sore thumb out of the shade in the day anywhere else.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on April 15, 2013, 09:04:36 AM
That's a pretty tall work order Richard.   :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on April 15, 2013, 11:49:36 AM
Yes, those greens whatever their names are.   In several patterns.

RAL 6003 Olivgrün and RAL 7021 Schwartzgrün on the Tornados, I believe.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: phoenix54 on April 16, 2013, 02:04:10 AM
OK guys, my 'to do' list is as follows:

German Air Force in various Starfighter type schemes.

Royal Navy and Air Force.

More RAN camo scheme varieties.

Papua New Guinea

Polish Air Force

Brazilian Air Force

Japanese Air Force and Navy

Canadian Air Force and Navy

French Navy.

Israeli Air Force.

Plus I'm working-up an A-7E profile too!

There, that should keep me busy for a while!

OY! Richard,
don't forget the G.C. Island of Malta!

Pleeeeeeeeeeease ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 16, 2013, 05:48:15 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-4GDGermanMarine2.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/A-4GDGermanMarine2.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on April 16, 2013, 06:04:12 PM
Camo on these Skyhawks really breaks up aircraft lines.
Looks effective and looks cool  8)
Great subject choice too  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 16, 2013, 06:19:19 PM
Different.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on April 16, 2013, 07:40:12 PM
I LIKE IT!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Litvyak on April 16, 2013, 07:52:43 PM
Looking great! I especially like the 1997 RAN scheme.

Curious to see what all you'll come up with for Canadian schemes... everyone's done the old standard RCN scheme since Skyhawks were supposed to replace the Banshees, but later schemes could get pretty interesting!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AGRA on April 16, 2013, 08:36:29 PM
Love the German Navy desert scheme. Reminds me of when the Germans deployed some of their fast attack craft to cover the Horn of Africa for the start of the Afghanistan campaign their crews wore their standard issue blue, grey naval working uniforms but with desert camo bush hats. Obviously the German Navy hadn't been big on sun protection until that time and the Germany Army helped them out with some wide brim hats.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 18, 2013, 07:06:02 PM
Looking great! I especially like the 1997 RAN scheme.

Curious to see what all you'll come up with for Canadian schemes... everyone's done the old standard RCN scheme since Skyhawks were supposed to replace the Banshees, but later schemes could get pretty interesting!

Thanks. The Canadian Skyhawks should be fun! Lots of scope for unusual schemes and areas of operation. I may even have them helping the Germans in the Red Sea!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 18, 2013, 07:08:52 PM
That's a pretty tall work order Richard.   :)

I'm up for it! ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 18, 2013, 07:19:43 PM
OY! Richard,
don't forget the G.C. Island of Malta!

Pleeeeeeeeeeease ;)

OK, in celebration of Sharleen Spiteri (of the Scottish band Texas), the most beautiful female singer ever IMO, who's father is Maltese, I will!  ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 21, 2013, 03:26:46 AM
The first of the A-7E Corsair's!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-7ERAN1.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/A-7ERAN1.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on April 21, 2013, 03:57:46 AM
Keep them coming.  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 21, 2013, 04:09:58 AM
Oh yeah!!!! :) :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on April 21, 2013, 04:12:39 AM
These new navy birds need some equally awesome carriers to go with them!!!!!!! Keep em coming man  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on April 21, 2013, 06:25:18 AM
Very nice....... :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Litvyak on April 21, 2013, 06:33:27 AM
Tasty.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on April 21, 2013, 10:02:40 AM
Beautiful.  Flown off RAN carriers similar to the upgraded Forrestal-class like the U.S.S. America or the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy?  I can't quite see the RAN going for nuclear-powered carriers.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Volkodav on April 21, 2013, 11:15:27 AM
These new navy birds need some equally awesome carriers to go with them!!!!!!! Keep em coming man  8)

I wonder what sort of mods a Majestic would need to operate Corsairs and Crusaders....new catapult and arrester gear to start with, upgraded elevators?

On the other hand Victorious, Hermes and Eagle, maybe even Centaur were all available or even offered to Australia during the mid 60's to mid 70's.  I was even told by an ex RAN FAA bloke that when the two ocean navy policy was first implemented the plan was to operate three carriers, one on each coast and one in reserve, this was supported by a report from the late 60s I read that quoted then defence minister Malcolm Frazer as saying the two ocean navy would require an increase in carrier numbers to three.  Maybe Essex class as well but the crewing requirement would have been more severe than the UK options.

The potential of different classes and sizes of carrier opens the possibility of different airgroups for each, a real world logistical disaster but a whiffing paradise.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 23, 2013, 04:40:51 AM
I'll let the 'floaty boaty' whiffers worry about what these things flew off. In the mean time...............

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/A-7ERNZN1.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/A-7ERNZN1.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 23, 2013, 04:44:34 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 23, 2013, 04:49:51 AM
Oh, forgot to mention that the anchor seen in the bottom left corner goes on the upper starboard and underside port wings, in a similar location to the Kiwi on the upper port wing, so that when the wings are folded you can see the anchor in the same orientation as illustrated. (Hope that makes sense) ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on April 23, 2013, 05:49:29 AM
WOW!!!!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on April 23, 2013, 07:18:47 AM
VERY nice!  :) Love the wave designs on the tail and flanks.  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Matt Wiser on April 23, 2013, 09:38:10 AM
Keep at it with the SLUFs!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 24, 2013, 04:52:54 AM
1.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy1-1.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy1-1.jpg.html)

2.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy2-1.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy2-1.jpg.html)

3.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy3.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy3.jpg.html)

OK, opinions please!

Which one?

With anchor in roundel or without?

Low-vis greys or WWII camo?

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: arc3371 on April 24, 2013, 09:05:56 AM
Well done as always as for the ancor I like the roundels that have the anchor behind the roundel
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 25, 2013, 02:56:36 AM
That last one would look outstanding in plastic.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 25, 2013, 03:03:09 AM
That last one would look outstanding in plastic.

Well, if things going according to plans that will be a possible reality for a lot of modellers! ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 25, 2013, 03:05:18 AM
4.

Here's the CAG jet. Or whatever the Royal Navy name is for such a thing.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy4-1.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy4-1.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 25, 2013, 03:20:13 AM
Wow!!!

Hmmm...Falklands War A-7s...from either side.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on April 25, 2013, 10:43:20 AM
Oh my!   :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 25, 2013, 02:05:55 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy5.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy5.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy6.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy6.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy7.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy7.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AGRA on April 25, 2013, 05:19:28 PM
Here's the CAG jet. Or whatever the Royal Navy name is for such a thing.

“Wings” the nickname of the “Commander (Flying)” who is actually a division head for the ship and there is no air wing. The squadron commanders report for flight operations to Wings and for everything else to the ship’s commanding officer (Captain). Royal Navy flying squadrons are also called 8xy Naval Air Squadron (NAS) never just 8xy Squadron. In the Royal Australian Navy they are called 8xy Squadron, RAN. Also fleet air arm 700 series squadrons are reserved for shore based units. 800 series squadrons are the ship based units.

I love the green and grey Corsair schemes. Very cool looking and realising something similar I’d been thinking about for some time.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on April 25, 2013, 06:38:44 PM
Seriously impressive SLUFs! Particularly the 890 Sqn ones.  :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on April 25, 2013, 07:32:25 PM
Great work........  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Matt Wiser on April 26, 2013, 08:29:09 AM
Good work on the SLUFs!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on April 26, 2013, 08:36:51 AM
Excellent!!!  *read in Mr Burns' voice*

Do continue  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 27, 2013, 04:25:57 AM
 ;D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy8.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy8.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy9.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy9.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 27, 2013, 04:28:08 AM
Mmmmmm....
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on April 27, 2013, 05:11:49 AM
Hmmmmm.......     (nods)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 27, 2013, 05:20:54 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy10.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy10.jpg.html)

Lt P Watson downed an Su-25 Frogfoot in this aircraft with an AIM-9L Sidewinder whilst in support of SAS troops attempting to rescue BP engineers being held hostage.

Cheers

Richard
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on April 27, 2013, 05:40:36 AM
Just keeps on getting better and better....
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on April 27, 2013, 08:30:46 AM
<...> Lt P Watson downed an Su-25 Frogfoot in this aircraft with an AIM-9L Sidewinder whilst in support of SAS troops attempting to rescue BP engineers being held hostage.

Intriguing!  :icon_ninja: Please elaborate!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on April 27, 2013, 09:00:40 PM
Sahara Ball sounds most interesting!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: lauhof52 on April 27, 2013, 09:18:58 PM
The Desert-one is top!! 8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 27, 2013, 11:18:50 PM
11.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy11.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy11.jpg.html)

12.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy12.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy12.jpg.html)

13.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy13.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy13.jpg.html)
Just before dawn on the morning of the 29th of April 1984, HMS Hermes Strike Wing launched for an attack on a Mauritanian  Air Force FOB (Forward Operating Base). Hermes three Corsair FGR.2 Squadrons 892, 890 and the newly redesignated 871 Squadron participated in the attacks.

The attacks resulted in the destruction of the airfield, fifteen aircraft parked about the airfield and six surface to air missile batteries. The Corsairs were armed with various combinations of Matra rocket pods, BL755 cluster bombs, 1000lb bombs, Skipper II LGRP bombs, Maverick missiles and Shrike missiles.

Lt George Williams, of 892 Squadron, flying Corsair 203 (illustrated above), managed to destroy two MiG-23's and a MiG-17 during his attack. The HMS Hermes Attack Wing concept proved to be so successful that the previously designated 771 Squadron (a shore based training Squadron), which had been dispatched at short notice, was re-designated 871 Squadron and brought up to front line combat status.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 28, 2013, 04:02:12 AM
11.
([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy11.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy11.jpg.html[/url])



My favourite so far!  Added to the build list!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Geist on April 28, 2013, 07:44:37 AM
They are all great!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Matt Wiser on April 28, 2013, 12:53:05 PM
The SLUF in any color is rightous! And this coming from somebody who wanted to be an A-6 B/N....
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on April 29, 2013, 11:29:50 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy21.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy21.jpg.html)
This Corsair FG.2, number 207 of 892 Squadron, flown by Lt Sarah MacIntosh, claimed an SA-8 Gecko on the morning of 29/4/84. This same Corsair was shot down by a Mauritanian MiG-25 two days later, the pilot ejecting safely.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: arc3371 on April 30, 2013, 08:50:34 AM
Great SLUFs how about a Yugoslav one (as F-84 replacement)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on May 01, 2013, 09:27:49 AM
WOW!!!!!! Just great
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 01, 2013, 04:49:08 PM
Great SLUFs how about a Yugoslav one (as F-84 replacement)

Sorry, don't have plans for a Yugoslav A-7. I'm producing these profiles to be part of a "What-if?" dedicated deal sheet I'm bringing out. So far the sheet will have Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, Japanese Navy, USN, USMC, German Marine. Other possible countries include France, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Brazil, Denmark, Canada, Czech, RAF and Israel. The decals will be in 48th and 72nd and cover the A-4 Skyhawk and A-7E Corsair. At this stage.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on May 02, 2013, 11:14:23 AM
Any chance of a whif Buccaneer sheet at a later date?  I'm thinking of a USAF one with the radar fit from the F-105 in place of Blue Parrot in SEA camo with black undersides; followed by one in wrap-around Euro One and wrap-around Asia Minor.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: AGRA on May 02, 2013, 01:06:55 PM
Historical stickler alert: 892 NAS only painted the Omega sign on their tails when the HM Govt. announced that the Phantom and conventional carrier force would be disbanded at the end of life of HMS Ark Royal. Their previous tail flash was some kind of black bat/chevron on a yellow circle.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on May 03, 2013, 01:43:07 AM
<...> I'm producing these profiles to be part of a "What-if?" dedicated deal sheet I'm bringing out. So far the sheet will have Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, Japanese Navy, USN, USMC, German Marine. Other possible countries include France, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Brazil, Denmark, Canada, Czech, RAF and Israel. The decals will be in 48th and 72nd and cover the A-4 Skyhawk and A-7E Corsair. At this stage.

In 1/72?  :o Awesome!  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 03, 2013, 03:01:27 AM
Historical stickler alert: 892 NAS only painted the Omega sign on their tails when the HM Govt. announced that the Phantom and conventional carrier force would be disbanded at the end of life of HMS Ark Royal. Their previous tail flash was some kind of black bat/chevron on a yellow circle.

Quite right! :-[  I'll create an option so the modeller can choose which way to go for him/her self. :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 03, 2013, 03:04:35 AM
Some variations on a theme.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/corsairprofilesx4.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/corsairprofilesx4.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 03, 2013, 03:06:46 AM
Any chance of a whif Buccaneer sheet at a later date?  I'm thinking of a USAF one with the radar fit from the F-105 in place of Blue Parrot in SEA camo with black undersides; followed by one in wrap-around Euro One and wrap-around Asia Minor.

It's possible. I'll have to wait and see if this first sheet sells or not. If it doesn't sell there won't be any more.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: cptmike2012 on May 03, 2013, 03:21:58 AM
Great SLUFs how about a Yugoslav one (as F-84 replacement)

Sorry, don't have plans for a Yugoslav A-7. I'm producing these profiles to be part of a "What-if?" dedicated deal sheet I'm bringing out. So far the sheet will have Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, Japanese Navy, USN, USMC, German Marine. Other possible countries include France, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Brazil, Denmark, Canada, Czech, RAF and Israel. The decals will be in 48th and 72nd and cover the A-4 Skyhawk and A-7E Corsair. At this stage.


Since you mentioned Poland among your "other possible countries", could you please do a Polish A7 (and possibly an A4)  :D

Thanks and regards,

CPT Mike
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Bryan H. on May 03, 2013, 08:14:50 AM
I'm looking forward to all the profiles - really, looking forward to the RN & RCN A-4's.  :)  Any chance of some Irish Air Corps A-4 profiles?

Cheers & happy modeling, Bryan
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 03, 2013, 06:23:50 PM
Great SLUFs how about a Yugoslav one (as F-84 replacement)

Sorry, don't have plans for a Yugoslav A-7. I'm producing these profiles to be part of a "What-if?" dedicated deal sheet I'm bringing out. So far the sheet will have Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, Japanese Navy, USN, USMC, German Marine. Other possible countries include France, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Brazil, Denmark, Canada, Czech, RAF and Israel. The decals will be in 48th and 72nd and cover the A-4 Skyhawk and A-7E Corsair. At this stage.


Since you mentioned Poland among your "other possible countries", could you please do a Polish A7 (and possibly an A4)  :D

Thanks and regards,

CPT Mike

That's the plan CPT Mike. ;)

However the roundels I'm going to do for the Polish aircraft will not look like the roundels in actual use today. It will be the same design, but round, not square.

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 03, 2013, 06:37:35 PM
I'm looking forward to all the profiles - really, looking forward to the RN & RCN A-4's.  :)  Any chance of some Irish Air Corps A-4 profiles?

Cheers & happy modeling, Bryan

Hi Bryan!

Sorry mate, the bus is full. I'll put Irish and Yugoslav down for a later date.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 04, 2013, 02:51:51 AM
Some variations on a theme.
([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/corsairprofilesx4.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/corsairprofilesx4.jpg.html[/url])

Cheers

Richard.


Luv' 'em all!!!! :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 06, 2013, 04:28:43 AM
Historical stickler alert: 892 NAS only painted the Omega sign on their tails when the HM Govt. announced that the Phantom and conventional carrier force would be disbanded at the end of life of HMS Ark Royal. Their previous tail flash was some kind of black bat/chevron on a yellow circle.


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy24.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy24.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on May 06, 2013, 06:08:26 AM
Sounds like heresy because I enjoy color, but I am really diggin' these lo vis markings
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 07, 2013, 12:55:54 AM
Sounds like heresy because I enjoy color, but I am really diggin' these lo vis markings

Thanks matey!

Yeah I know what you mean. Most low vis is boring as bat shit. I think that's why VF-111 and VF-84 are such favourites for many people. It all comes down to the graphic design. Some squadrons, wether it be air force, navy or marine put in a lot of effort to make their mounts look "cool". But most don't seem to really be bothered. The new RAAF F-18F Hornets are a good example! They're about as boring to look at as boring gets!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 07, 2013, 01:04:26 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavyFGR1Crusader.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavyFGR1Crusader.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on May 07, 2013, 02:03:06 AM
Beautiful Crusader.  I'm looking forward to your 1/72 A-7 sheet, I've got a couple kits awaiting it.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Jonesthetank on May 07, 2013, 02:32:51 AM
Buggering Hell!! ;D

Now I am going to have to build up a stash of Crusaders to go with the Corsairs!!

These are all absolutely stunning Richard.  I can't wait for the decal sheet.

Cheers

Mark
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Matt Wiser on May 07, 2013, 10:15:47 AM
Crusader! Just remember, when you're out of F-8s, you're out of fighters....
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 07, 2013, 06:52:09 PM
Thanks guys! Just so you know, the decal sheet will be 48th and 72nd scales on the same sheet. It will be A4 in size and chock full of low-vis "What if?" markings. The markings will primarily be for the A-7E Corsair, A-4F Skyhawk and possibly F-8 Crusader depending on space. I'm currently trying to make it as modular as possible for the greatest level of individual design possibilities. You'll see what I mean with the next profile I upload which will give you a pretty good idea of what you'll be able to do with the sheet just for the Royal Navy examples alone, not to mention the other nations that are coming in profile form.

Keep in mind that whilst I have shown A-7, F-8 and A-4 profiles here, there's no reason why one couldn't use these markings on an F-35, F-16, F-15, F-14, A-6 etc. Your own imagination will be your limiting factor. But with the plethora of "What if?" creators around these days the sky's the limit.

I myself intend re-creating some of the HMS Hermes A-7E strike wing on a carrier diorama showing the variations in camouflage schemes and squadron markings used on these missions. Imagine four Hasegawa A-7E Corsairs with their wings folded displaying various weapon loadouts and in varying stages of weathering. The desert schemes in particular would have suffered badly under the conditions they operated under showing a lot of chipping revealing the colour underneath!

All I need is a shark mouth and nose art! ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 07, 2013, 07:50:54 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy372.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy372.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on May 08, 2013, 01:48:53 AM
In the wise words of Christina Aguilera:
"And it keeps gettin' better!"

 :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: dy031101 on May 08, 2013, 09:49:08 AM
Am I the only one wondering how long it would take before someone starts asking for a F-8 analogue to the Sea Harrier FA.2?   ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on May 08, 2013, 12:25:05 PM
You really know how to tempt me.  I've got a 1/48 F-4J that I haven't decided on a scheme for; your sheet will help with that, I suspect.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 09, 2013, 03:50:07 AM
Glad you guys are liking these, I sure am!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy38.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy38.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy39.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy39.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy40.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy40.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on May 09, 2013, 07:11:00 AM
And Richard is on a roll.  (sounds of the crowd happily cheering distinctly heard)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on May 09, 2013, 11:23:42 AM
I really like that dark one, reminds me of the new USMC AV-8B scheme... which reminded me of the 1982 falklands harrier scheme... full circle!!  :D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 10, 2013, 06:17:01 AM
Thanks guys! :)

Now, I need some feedback here. Do you prefer the original squadron fin design as seen here.....

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy41.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy41.jpg.html)

or the new design here??

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy422.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy422.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy43.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy43.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on May 10, 2013, 06:35:25 AM
MUST...BE...BUILT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now who has 100 spare A-7s in their stash?  Greg?

I'd love Fritzi and Far148 take a crack at some of 'em  ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on May 11, 2013, 12:01:38 AM
Design 1
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on May 11, 2013, 01:39:52 AM
Design 1.  Design 2 looks more appropriate for a dedicated "show bird".
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on May 11, 2013, 01:48:40 AM
These SLUFs are epically good!!!

Quite like the new design myself. Nothing wrong with showy. Esprit de Corps and all that!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on May 11, 2013, 08:27:33 AM
All of em work with their camo but the high-vis one certainly isn't for combat but makes a nice CAG bird!  USN always has one full color aircraft per squadron, roundels and all.  Maybe try that for the blue tail bird?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 14, 2013, 07:26:58 AM
Thanks guys. There seems to be a pretty even split with regards to these fin designs so I'll try and work out a way to include both.

Cliffy B, there has been a precedent set in 'the real world' with regards to combat aircraft flying with bright coloured fins. VA-153 flying the A-4C over Vietnam in early 1965 with similar type markings. Though you'd never catch be in such a hi-vis jet in combat!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 20, 2013, 07:53:52 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/USMC1.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/USMC1.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Matt Wiser on May 20, 2013, 08:59:54 AM
A Marine SLUF? Heresy! Seriously, good job on the artwork !
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on May 21, 2013, 12:53:28 AM
Great stuff!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on May 21, 2013, 01:19:54 AM
A-7E+ = A-7E re-engined with F110?  If so, dry or with reheat?

She's a beauty, though.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: finsrin on May 21, 2013, 04:29:55 PM
A number of those A-7 schemes particular favorites.  Tan/Blue and Tan/Brown and Gray/White/OD  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 24, 2013, 07:24:57 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Niger.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/Niger.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 25, 2013, 02:18:51 AM
Oh yeah!!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: lauhof52 on May 25, 2013, 03:26:03 AM
Great stuff!  :), is it possible to make a Dutch one?

regards
Lauhof
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 25, 2013, 04:18:48 AM
Great stuff!  :), is it possible to make a Dutch one?

regards
Lauhof

Thanks Lauhof! Sorry, not at the moment, too many others to get through. I'll put Dutch on the list though.

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 25, 2013, 04:19:23 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Senegalhivis.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/Senegalhivis.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Senegallowvis.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/Senegallowvis.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 26, 2013, 06:38:21 AM
Another Marine, and this one's bagged herself a Saudi F-15SA! In 2014! WTF?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/USMC2.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/USMC2.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 26, 2013, 06:44:15 AM
Lucky shot?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on May 26, 2013, 08:56:05 AM
Down "in the dirt" and got missed until it was too late?  Down low and out of afterburner to present as low an IR target as possibile, I could see this being a rude surprise for an Eagle driver.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Volkodav on May 26, 2013, 10:41:19 AM
Could have dropped a Paveway on it like that Strike Eagle did to the Iraqi helo in 91.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: lauhof52 on May 26, 2013, 03:39:25 PM
Beautiful! :D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Old Wombat on May 26, 2013, 08:04:58 PM
Now that last USMC A-7E is gorgeous! :-*

Also, very much like the colouration I was thinking of for the two A-7's for my Royal Australian Marines builds [I've been away from my kits too long; Hasegawa(?) A-7E(?) & TA-7K(?).... Seriously, my brain's a mess! :-\].

8)

Guy

PS: Nope, got it wrong! HobbyBoss A-7D & A-7K.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on May 27, 2013, 07:43:09 AM
It's tempting to put that USMC scheme on That Most Generic of All Combat Aircraft, the F/A-18E or F.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on May 27, 2013, 10:23:35 AM
It's tempting to put that USMC scheme on That Most Generic of All Combat Aircraft, the F/A-18E or F.
I don't know, I was thinking of putting it on a F/A-14E with F110-GE-432 engines (essential F-14 versions of the -132 fitted to F-16E/F aircraft), a blown windscreen, and some other upgrades from the TOmcat 21 concept.  My other choice would be an AV-8D (British Harrier GR.9 taken out of storage and brought up to AV-8B+ standards) or an enhanced AV-8B+ with the extensions, engine upgrades, and wingtip Sidewinder rails that have been studied.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on May 27, 2013, 11:20:25 AM
The Nigerian and the USMC scheme rank highly in the official "Top 10 Most Awesome Camouflage Schemes in the History of Ever"! (http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/377.gif) (http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/377.gif) (http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/377.gif)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 27, 2013, 06:01:42 PM
Glad that I've got you all thinking! ;)

Now here's more.................  ;D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/USMC3Cricket.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/USMC3Cricket.jpg.html)

On the 20th of January 2014 Captain Jane “Sunshine” Sanchez flew this Corsair, her personal mount, nicknamed “Cricket” into the mouth of hell. VMA-611 Black Seahorses was assigned to assist Israeli Air Force and Special Forces assets in the desperate attempt to rescue Saudi Royal Family members from Jihadist forces that had lead a Coup in Saudi Arabia several days prior.

The hastily created mission was a total disaster. VMA-611 lost a total of 6 Corsairs that day. All victims of MANPADS surface to air missile systems. Captain Sanchez managed to get two Paveway II LGB’s onto a highway overpass that slowed down a convoy of Jihadists trying to get to one of her fellow pilots that had had to eject after his Corsair became a victim of an SA-18.

Sanchez stayed as close as possible to her downed fellow pilot, instigating several strafing runs at Jihadist forces as they closed in on the stricken pilot. In the end though she had to leave as she was nearing bingo fuel. Because of the unusually high amount of extreme manoeuvring during her mission Sanchez ending up running out of fuel before reaching her FOB (Forward Operating Base). She was however able to safely land her Corsair on a nearby highway running to a silent stop with nobody around for hundreds of miles.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on May 27, 2013, 10:13:48 PM
Must resist urge to buy A-7s.....must resist!!!!  Those USMC Corsairs are  :-* :-* :-*

They'd fool a lot of people too probably, keep it up  :)

Wish someone would make A-7s in 1/144....
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on May 28, 2013, 03:19:51 AM
Beautiful aircraft and back story.  Let me guess, the hastily put together (for a US operation, anyway) rescue operation was Operation Busted Flush?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 28, 2013, 04:07:44 AM
Must resist urge to buy A-7s.....must resist!!!!  Those USMC Corsairs are  :-* :-* :-*

They'd fool a lot of people too probably, keep it up  :)

Wish someone would make A-7s in 1/144....


 ;D

Tamiya makes a 1/100th scale Corsair if that helps?

http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal8/7101-7200/gal7182-A-7-Reinbott/00.shtm (http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal8/7101-7200/gal7182-A-7-Reinbott/00.shtm)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on May 28, 2013, 04:16:37 AM
As I was personalising the grey VMA-611 Corsair that story started to just form in my head out of nowhere. I love it when that happens. Trouble is I now have to go back to the profile before it and change a few things to have the story flow and that will lead to an explanation of how Captain Sanchez managed to shoot down that Saudi F-15!

Plus it gives me a chance to grunge it up a bit. But that will push back the other Marine and Israeli Corsairs that are in the works. Stay tuned!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on May 28, 2013, 05:19:08 PM
Love 'Cricket'!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 02, 2013, 03:28:39 PM
Here's the revised "Cricket"

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/USMC3Cricket2.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/USMC3Cricket2.jpg.html)

And an Afghan operator.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/USMC4.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/USMC4.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: lauhof52 on June 02, 2013, 05:35:56 PM
Beautiful!! 8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: M.A.D on June 02, 2013, 06:24:13 PM
Here's the revised "Cricket"

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/USMC3Cricket2.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/USMC3Cricket2.jpg.html[/url])

And an Afghan operator.

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/USMC4.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/USMC4.jpg.html[/url])

Cheers

Richard.


Isn't ironic that the A-7 Corsair would have performed so well in the decade+ of combat in Afghanistan! It's heavy payload, it's endurance and on-station persistency, its slow speed for target ID and engagement!! :-[

M.A.D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 07, 2013, 02:11:14 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/USMC5.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/USMC5.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 09, 2013, 07:38:38 PM
And now for something completely different! :o

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/AT-ATWalkercamo.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/AT-ATWalkercamo.jpg.html)

I've been thinking of doing a diorama showing a group of Walkers and Scout Walkers camped after an attack on a Sand people stronghold on Tatooine. The AT-AT's and AT-ST's would be in an appropriate desert type camouflage scheme heavily weathered and covered in sand/rock dust with lots of hydraulic staining etc and various chips and scratches on them from the heavy fighting.

32 years this has been brewing in my head! ??? Anyway this is the initial camo pattern idea. More will follow....................

Thoughts?? 8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Old Wombat on June 10, 2013, 12:13:28 AM
Fair idea if you want to do it.

At least the idea of camouflage is a sensible concept not taken up by Georgie-boy.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on June 10, 2013, 12:26:15 AM
That's unexpected!  ;D.  I like it. :) :D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 10, 2013, 03:01:36 AM
Cool!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 13, 2013, 02:57:34 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Israel-2.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/Israel-2.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: cptmike2012 on June 13, 2013, 04:25:38 AM
([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Israel-2.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/Israel-2.jpg.html[/url])

Cheers

Richard.


Hello Richard,

At long last and definitely worth the wait!  :D  Thanks!  :)  It looks so right; too bad it never was!  ???  Say, I was wonderting if you could make an Israeli AT-AT?  Can you imagine one of these coming at you in the Sinai during the Six Day War?  Yikes!  :o

Best regards,

CPT Mike
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on June 13, 2013, 05:35:03 AM
Go for that Tatooine diorama! The sand camo scheme is great  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 14, 2013, 01:08:47 AM
Say, I was wonderting if you could make an Israeli AT-AT? 

No, mixing Star Wars with 'real world' is too much even for me. ???
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: cptmike2012 on June 14, 2013, 03:26:26 AM
Say, I was wonderting if you could make an Israeli AT-AT? 

No, mixing Star Wars with 'real world' is too much even for me. ???

LOL.  Okay Richard, I guess every profiler has his limits :)  At any rate, thanks for doing the Israeli A-7.

Regards,

CPT Mike
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on June 15, 2013, 06:35:26 AM
Love the upper/lower dichotomy of the Israeli SLUF!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 16, 2013, 04:19:39 AM
Thanks guys!

A fellow modeller gave me this idea based on "Dazzle" camouflage of WWI.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/AT-ATWalker03TUSK.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/AT-ATWalker03TUSK.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 16, 2013, 04:50:53 AM
That would look great in greens...maybe for Endor?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: apophenia on June 16, 2013, 10:11:09 AM
The 'Dazzle' scheme really does work to break up the outline  :)  Agreed that this'd look good in green but I'm hoping for the Tatooine diorama.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 16, 2013, 10:02:41 PM
Hmmmmm?? How would it look in greens.....................................

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/AT-ATWalker03TUSK2.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/AT-ATWalker03TUSK2.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on June 16, 2013, 11:23:08 PM
Sorry for the hijack but I could not resist.

Toronto, Ontario was recently attacked by some AT-AT's from some unknown planet / Government:

(http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1326633!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_960/image.jpg)

Source: http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/toronto-couple-s-star-wars-wedding-photo-goes-viral-1.1326627 (http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/toronto-couple-s-star-wars-wedding-photo-goes-viral-1.1326627)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 17, 2013, 02:30:04 AM
Hmmmmm?? How would it look in greens.....................................


Damn fine!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 18, 2013, 12:11:34 AM
Here's another desert scheme.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/AT-ATWalkercamo041.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/AT-ATWalkercamo041.jpg.html)

And with a bit of blue added.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/AT-ATWalkercamo04.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/AT-ATWalkercamo04.jpg.html)

Not sure if the blue works though. Thoughts?

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: cptmike2012 on June 18, 2013, 04:31:37 AM
Sorry for the hijack but I could not resist.

Toronto, Ontario was recently attacked by some AT-AT's from some unknown planet / Government:

([url]http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1326633[/url]!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_960/image.jpg)

Source: [url]http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/toronto-couple-s-star-wars-wedding-photo-goes-viral-1.1326627[/url] ([url]http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/toronto-couple-s-star-wars-wedding-photo-goes-viral-1.1326627[/url])


LOL!  :D  Love it.  Reminds me of "War of the Worlds"....
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 18, 2013, 02:36:59 PM

Not sure if the blue works though. Thoughts?


To be honest, I don't think it does.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: kerick on June 19, 2013, 10:38:09 AM
Sorry for the hijack but I could not resist.

Toronto, Ontario was recently attacked by some AT-AT's from some unknown planet / Government:

([url]http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1326633[/url]!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_960/image.jpg)

Source: [url]http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/toronto-couple-s-star-wars-wedding-photo-goes-viral-1.1326627[/url] ([url]http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/toronto-couple-s-star-wars-wedding-photo-goes-viral-1.1326627[/url])


LOL!  :D  Love it.  Reminds me of "War of the Worlds"....

Wait until they meet "Bridezilla"......
Tomorrows headline, "City of Toronto stomped to ruins..."
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 20, 2013, 02:40:39 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/AT-ATWalkercamo05.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/AT-ATWalkercamo05.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: dy031101 on June 21, 2013, 08:31:22 AM
Sorry for the hijack but I could not resist.

Toronto, Ontario was recently attacked by some AT-AT's from some unknown planet / Government...


GDI forces in North American Perimeter, deploy Mammoth Mk.II (http://[url=http://cnc.wikia.com/wiki/Mammoth_Mk._II) immediately!  ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on June 29, 2013, 05:06:27 AM
Here's some revisions/changes as I decide where to go with these...................

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy45.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy45.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy46.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy46.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy47.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy47.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 29, 2013, 05:09:26 AM
The blue really sets the first one off. :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on July 01, 2013, 05:04:30 AM
OK guys the following profiles are not going to be terribly new to you, they are just adjustments I am making to the final profile that will be grouped to go on the decal sheet(s). So basically I'm just finalising stuff.

First off the Squadron Commanders mount for King Neptune Squadron. I had a lot of trouble deciding on what exact shade of blue to use. The initial blue I picked was just too bright, the second choice didn't sit well with me either. This version I'm happy with though. The two lighter colours will need to be added by the modeller before the black decal is applied over the top as I'm trying to keep the number of colours on the decal sheet as low as possible. This may distress some modellers due to its complexity however I will be demonstrating how to do it on my build of this particular jet as soon as the decal sheet is available.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy45b.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy45b.jpg.html)

Here is 871 Squadron's Commanders mount still designated 771 Squadron here. The modeller will have to mask and paint the stripes on the fin and behind the cockpit but I don't see that as being any more difficult than painting D-Day stripes on say a Spitfire, so most modellers I'm sure could handle it.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy50.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy50.jpg.html)

Another 871 Squadron Corsair with the addition of a giant bee on the spine.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy52.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy52.jpg.html)

An 890 Squadron Corsair that has seen some action over the Falklands.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy53.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy53.jpg.html)

Another Falklands veteran, the same as in the previous post but with the date fixed. It has bombed 2 Macchi jets at Port Stanley.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy46-1.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy46-1.jpg.html)

Operation Sahara Ball was the Hermes Attack Wings first venture into combat operations as a Corsair only combat Carrier. 771 Squadron was redesignated 871 Squadron after this brief conflict and brought into front line status. This particular Corsair has destroyed an Su-25 Frogfoot.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy48.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy48.jpg.html)

This time an 892 Squadron mount which had destroyed two MiG-23's and a MiG-17 during the opening stages of Operation Sahara Ball.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy54.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy54.jpg.html)

Various camouflage experiments were permitted during combat operations during Sahara Ball, this was one of the 890 Squadron variants that proved to be highly successful. This particular machine (Catelinn) shot down a MiG-23 that had just taken off and was climbing to attack the first wave of Corsairs as they closed in on their various targets. It was the first ever engagement between a Corsair and MiG-23 recorded.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy47b.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy47b.jpg.html)

More to come, hope you like them.

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on July 01, 2013, 06:52:21 AM
Red stamp Approved.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Jonesthetank on July 02, 2013, 04:56:01 AM
Really beautiful Richard!

Any idea when the decal sheet will be available?

Cheers

Mark
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on July 04, 2013, 03:27:00 AM
Really beautiful Richard!

Any idea when the decal sheet will be available?

Cheers

Mark

Thanks Mark. No idea yet as I'm still doing profiles for it. Once I'm happy with finalising the Royal Navy ones I'll finish off the rest of the nations and schemes that I want on the sheet and go from there. I may even mix the sheet(s) up a bit and have Phantoms and Skyhawks in there too! :icon_surprised:  ;)  ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on July 04, 2013, 04:47:15 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy58.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy58.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy60.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy60.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy59.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy59.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy57.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy57.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy56.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy56.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy55.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy55.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Matt Wiser on July 04, 2013, 07:56:59 AM
Love the SLUFs!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on July 04, 2013, 09:21:32 AM
 Yes!  As in yes to enjoying the new profiles and the possibility of including Skyhawks and Phantoms. :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on July 04, 2013, 09:47:14 AM
Yes!  As in yes to enjoying the new profiles and the possibility of including Skyhawks and Phantoms. :)

WHAT HE SAID!!!!!! DO IT!! DO IT NOW!!!!!!  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on July 13, 2013, 02:47:39 AM
Here's the last of the Royal Navy Corsairs.............

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy61.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy61.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy62.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy62.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy63.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy63.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy64.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy64.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy65.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy65.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy67.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy67.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy68.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy68.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 13, 2013, 04:12:04 AM
These all look good.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Matt Wiser on July 13, 2013, 01:20:22 PM
More SLUFs... Great job, Richard!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on July 13, 2013, 08:24:53 PM
Love the colours on the "Australian" one and the Omega badge on the spine!  :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on July 14, 2013, 03:11:44 AM
Here's a couple of Aussies.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN3-3.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RAN3-3.jpg.html)

Note a slight modernisation of the original "supersonic bird" logo of VF-805 and the different roundel.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN2-4.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RAN2-4.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 14, 2013, 03:24:28 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on July 14, 2013, 03:57:08 AM
 :-*
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on July 18, 2013, 02:39:47 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Poland.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/Poland.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on July 22, 2013, 06:11:58 PM
The Polish one is really interesting!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on July 29, 2013, 01:59:51 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy70.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy70.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RoyalNavy69.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RoyalNavy69.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN6.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RAN6.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/RAN5.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Gekko_1/media/RAN5.jpg.html)

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on July 29, 2013, 02:01:37 AM
Two thumbs up!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: jorel62 on July 30, 2013, 06:19:17 AM
WOW!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Matt Wiser on July 30, 2013, 08:33:25 AM
More SLUFs....
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on August 02, 2013, 05:51:02 AM
Anybody know where I can find a good Supermarine Scimitar profile?

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: lauhof52 on August 02, 2013, 07:44:51 PM
Anybody know where I can find a good Supermarine Scimitar profile?

Cheers

Richard.

Hello Richard,

maybe this will help

regards
Paul (Lauhof)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on August 03, 2013, 03:01:49 AM
This of use?

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2633/3858514995_93a0c74e8f_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Daryl J. on August 03, 2013, 04:40:02 AM
Scimitars by Richard?   That would be seriously cool.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on August 03, 2013, 05:53:18 AM
Anybody know where I can find a good Supermarine Scimitar profile?

Cheers

Richard.

Hello Richard,

maybe this will help

regards
Paul (Lauhof)

Thanks Paul, yes great! ;D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on August 03, 2013, 05:55:09 AM
This of use?

Thanks Greg!  ;D

Where'd the original come from??

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Gekko1 on August 03, 2013, 05:59:35 AM
Scimitars by Richard?   That would be seriously cool.

 :) I've always liked the shape of this jet, so imagine it slightly upgraded (my way, so as not to freak out any modeller whishing to do the project) in various low-vis and wrap around camo schemes! Plus I think I read somewhere that Airfix is either going to do it or is thinking of doing it in 48th scale? (folded wings, yay!)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on August 03, 2013, 06:18:14 AM
PM sent.

I hope you are correct re the Airfix 1/48 one.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: elmayerle on August 05, 2013, 08:00:55 AM
Going to do any of the tanker variants that refueled the Buccaneer S.1's?  I could see them being used to refuel other aircraft.  I could see other variants being developed, too, such as a dedicated EW variant.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Volkodav on August 05, 2013, 09:27:45 AM
I read somewhere that a tandem seat FAW version with reheated Avons and area ruling was proposed but canned as unnecessary as the FAA already had the Sea Vixen, the RAF the Javelin and everything was going to be replaced with guided missiles anyway (thankyou Duncan Sandys)
Title: Gekko Graphics Store now open!
Post by: Gekko1 on June 23, 2014, 02:54:18 AM
Hi guys, just to let you know that I've created a Gekko Graphics Store where you'll be able to buy my "What If" side profile artwork and Decals and other items.

The store accepts Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.

The Store can be found on my Blog and here:

https://gekkographics.selz.com

Thanks for your support!

Cheers

Richard Chafer


Gekko Graphics.
Title: Re: Gekko Graphics Store now open!
Post by: taiidantomcat on June 23, 2014, 05:05:41 AM
Hi guys, just to let you know that I've created a Gekko Graphics Store where you'll be able to buy my "What If" side profile artwork and Decals and other items.

The store accepts Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.

The Store can be found on my Blog and here:

https://gekkographics.selz.com

Thanks for your support!

Cheers

Richard Chafer


Gekko Graphics.

Awesome!! Are you going to include more profiles in the future?
Title: Re: Gekko Graphics Store now open!
Post by: Gekko1 on June 27, 2014, 03:27:54 AM
Awesome!! Are you going to include more profiles in the future?

Absolutely. As time permits I'll have most of my profiles there, plus any new ones as I do them. Decals too.

Do you have any favourites you'd be interested in seeing?

Cheers

Richard.
Title: Re: Gekko Graphics Store now open!
Post by: taiidantomcat on June 27, 2014, 03:35:55 AM
Awesome!! Are you going to include more profiles in the future?

Absolutely. As time permits I'll have most of my profiles there, plus any new ones as I do them. Decals too.

Do you have any favourites you'd be interested in seeing?

Cheers

Richard.

Too many to list!!  ;D (Need to narrow the list in my head and get back to you) Thank you for asking  :)

I think Phantoms are "safe" from a marketing perspective, they are hella popular. Flankers too  :-* :-* :-* Can't go wrong with either
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: Old Wombat on June 27, 2014, 12:07:28 PM
Richard, I just noticed you're from Adelaide, dude! :icon_surprised:

We have got to meet! I'm from Littlehampton! I'll be home in October (SAPMA Expo time) if you want to meet up. 8)

As for profiles:

I'd like to see an A-7E, A-7K & a Rafale in a greyed-down green/brown(sand?)/blue scheme for my Royal Australian Marines. ;)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 28, 2014, 03:06:49 AM
I know it is an old one but I would seriously love to see you release some decals for PNGDF aircraft…such as this:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PAPUA100.jpg)

In 1/48 scale suitable for the tail of an A-4 and an A-10 would be nice... ;)
Title: Re: Gekko Graphics Store now open!
Post by: taiidantomcat on June 29, 2014, 01:07:03 AM
Awesome!! Are you going to include more profiles in the future?


Absolutely. As time permits I'll have most of my profiles there, plus any new ones as I do them. Decals too.

Do you have any favourites you'd be interested in seeing?

Cheers

Richard.


First decal request would be this

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/PLAAFSu-30Death.jpg)

And tha Caliphate Flankers (sorry can't find any pictures) but I found these:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/CaliphateAirForce.jpg)

Those would be epic. I still regret not snagging Gekko Mig-21 decals when I had the chance  :-[



Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: KiwiZac on September 30, 2015, 05:54:28 AM
Why do MiG-21s look sooo right in SAAF colours?

You read my mind. Now I have a reason to buy one. Or five.

I've also saved the first two Kiwi F-4Ks because Spey Phantoms + Kiwi roundels =  8)
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 18, 2017, 05:41:23 AM
They keep coming...

FGR.2's over the Nam.

In June 1966, with the development of the new RR Spey engined F-4 Phantom FGR.Mk 2 under way for the RAF, the USAF made the decision to also purchase at least a squadron’s worth directly ‘off the drawing board’ . This decision was largely based on the supposedly greater performance that would be available with the new engine. On paper, using Speys looked like a great idea, as they were more powerful than the J79s fitted normally, and more fuel-efficient. In reality, these predicted benefits did not translate to real life, and in fact the F-4M (as they were designated in USAF service) were actually poorer performers than the standard J79 powered version. Never-the-less, a purchase is a purchase and the USAF now found themselves with a squadron of F-4Ms.

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/usafnam.jpg[/url])
F-4M Phantom, 10th fighter Commando Squadron, Bien Hoa Air Base, 1967.

These were assigned to 10th Fighter Commando Squadron and sent to Vietnam for a full up combat evaluation. Though successful, the F-4M’s lower performance wasn’t generally liked by the USAF pilots and the aircraft were subsequently turned over to the air force of South Vietnam, which previously had only slow A-1 Skyraider and A-37 Dragonfly attack aircraft. With the step up in performance that this entailed, the South Vietnamese crew couldn’t have been happier.

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/southnam.jpg[/url])
F-4M Phantom, 1st Fighter Squadron, South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF), Bien Hoa Air Base, 1973. Seen here in an experimental camouflage scheme seen on several of the 1st's Phantoms.

Sadly, the South Vietnamese F-4Ms only operated for a few years before the country was eventually overrun by the North Vietnamese forces. Ironically, several of the aircraft were captured and used operationally by the NVAF, in particular against Khmer Rouge. In fact, even as late as 1995, it was reported that a few F-4Ms were still in use – they being eventually replaced by Su-27s.

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/northnam1.jpg[/url])
North Vietnamese F-4M Phantom, seen here after being brought back to flying condition following the cannibalisation of several unserviceable VNAF Phantoms, 1976

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/northnam2.jpg[/url])
NVAF F-4M Phantom, 1994, in standard air superiority scheme.

One further interesting twist to this story was the use of the F-4M by both the Polish and Soviet militaries. Several of the F-4Ms left-over post Vietnam War were apparently exported to Poland and Russia for advanced study of US aviation technology. It is reported that both of these countries operated at least one in flying condition – though there is speculation that this may have in fact been the same aircraft.

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/poland.jpg[/url])
Polish F/A-4M Phantomski, used for ground attack mission testing, 1976.

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/Russia-2.jpg[/url])
Soviet F-4M Phantomski, used in the "Topgunski" role by a Top Secret test unit, 1977.


Hmmm....

(https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/F-4-at-Russian-airbase.jpg)

Supposedly F-4 Phantom II and a French Mirage III sit under cover behind a Russian Myasishchev M-4 heavy bomber in Russia.  (source (https://theaviationist.com/2017/06/14/russian-video-of-captured-u-s-f-5a-tiger-jet-dogfighting-against-mig-21-in-tests-raises-question-do-they-still-operate-american-jets/))
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: M.A.D on June 19, 2017, 07:20:16 AM
Supposedly F-4 Phantom II and a French Mirage III sit under cover behind a Russian Myasishchev M-4 heavy bomber in Russia.  (source (https://theaviationist.com/2017/06/14/russian-video-of-captured-u-s-f-5a-tiger-jet-dogfighting-against-mig-21-in-tests-raises-question-do-they-still-operate-american-jets/))

Why not!
"Know yourself and know your enemy" ;)

Thank's for sharing Greg

M.A.D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on June 19, 2017, 10:00:48 PM
It almost looks as if the Mirage had a Flogger-esque duckbill nose. Which could make an interesting what-if itself.Maybe something for the Pakistanis? They have a huge fleet of Mirage III/Vs with various local modifications.
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: M.A.D on November 09, 2019, 07:34:20 PM
Richard/Gekko1, you ever thought of doing Douglas/McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk profiles??😯


M.A.D
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 10, 2019, 03:08:07 AM
Richard/Gekko1, you ever thought of doing Douglas/McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk profiles??😯

Err...have you checked out this very thread from Page 33 onwards?
Title: Re: Gekko's Profiles
Post by: PantherG on November 17, 2019, 05:11:24 PM
Nice...  ;)
Only one mistake in text with the Soviet Unions Phantom....
You wrote "Sochiet Union"...  :smiley:

Совет Юнион - Soviet Union
Советский Союз - Sovietskiy Soyuz