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Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #330 on: February 07, 2013, 01:45:49 AM »
Well, I decided on one to do!  Click on it to view it at 100%.  Thanks to philp for the suggestion!



In December 2005, Elbit was awarded a contract to upgrade Bulgaria’s Mi-24V attack helicopters to comply with NATO standards.  After work had been started on all 12 Hind helicopters, Russia informed the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense that Elbit’s work was uncertified and that all of the aircraft would be hereby unsupported by the manufacturer.  After cancellation of the upgrade contract, Bulgaria demanded damages equivalent to the full value of the aircraft, arguing that they were unusable now and therefore only able to be scrapped.  Israel, negotiating on Elbit’s behalf, agreed to take over the contract from Bulgaria in addition to paying Bulgaria a reasonable sum for the Mi-24 helicopters.

Having just stood down the 161 “Cobras of the North” attack helicopter squadron and transferring its AH-1 Cobras to 160 Squadron, Israel decided to reform the unit in order to operate its “new” Mi-24 Hinds.  Israel was confident of its ability to operate the Mi-24 without official support from Russia.  Since Israel didn’t use Russian munitions, however, Elbit worked with Lockheed Martin to rearm the Mi-24s with the 20mm M197 and Hellfire missiles, in addition to their own Spike missiles.  The upgraded Hinds proved to be popular with the IDF, which nicknamed the Mi-24 the “Tniniim” (Crocodile).  The 161 Squadron was renamed “The Crocodile Squadron” to better fit its new mount, complete with a new logo to match the new name, but based on the logo of old.  The open-mouthed black snake on a green background with its tail wrapped around a yellow lightning bolt was replaced by a crocodile in the same pose.

The Mi-24 was reliable, and Israel found little difficulty maintaining the new aircraft, especially after support for them was unofficially reinstated following Russian negotiations to acquire Israeli UAVs.  Spare parts (including new engines) were merely sent through either Belorussian or Indian intermediaries to the satisfaction of both parties.  The aircraft were painted in a scheme matching the AH-64D Saraf, but were also given a tan crocodile silhouette, much like the cobra silhouette on the AH-1s in service with the IDF.  The yellow “V” recognition symbol was especially important for the new Mi-24s since its potential adversary Syria also operated the ever-popular Hind.

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #331 on: February 07, 2013, 02:11:06 AM »
 :)
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #332 on: February 07, 2013, 08:44:54 AM »
excellent!  8)

Offline dy031101

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #333 on: February 07, 2013, 11:05:10 AM »
Isn't Crocodile the original Russian nickname for the Mi-24, too?

I mean, there are some NATO reporting names that I'm not exactly a big fan of.
Forget about his bow and arrows- why wait until that sparrow has done his deed when I can just bury him right now 'cause I'm sick and tired of hearing why he wants to have his way with the cock robin!?

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #334 on: February 07, 2013, 12:07:24 PM »
It is.  That's why I picked it.  The Israelis usually go for animal nicknames.  They have numerous lizards for helicopters, so it seemed to fit.

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #335 on: February 07, 2013, 03:18:54 PM »
Just very good! 8)

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #336 on: February 12, 2013, 10:40:31 AM »
Here's my second finished entry for the Desert Warfare GB, Hans-Joachim Marseille's Heinkel He 100D-4/Z Trop, WNr 10137 'Yellow 14' as it appeared in June of 1942.  Notice the radiator fairing under the aircraft that Talos made for this profile.  Click on the image to view it at 100%.



Hans-Joachim Marseille was a Luftwaffe fighter pilot and flying ace during World War II. He is noted for his aerial battles during the North African Campaign and his Bohemian lifestyle. One of the most successful fighter pilots, he was nicknamed the "Star of Africa". Marseille claimed all but seven of his "official" 158 victories against the British Commonwealth's Desert Air Force over North Africa, flying the Heinkel He 100 fighter for his entire combat career in North Africa. No other pilot claimed as many Western Allied aircraft as Marseille.

The D-4/Z Trop variant featured more changes tailored to combat in the desert than the earlier D-2 Trop. In addition to the tropical intake filters found on the D-2, it had fittings for a cockpit umbrella on the side of the fuselage and a fairing that went around the radiator. The retractable radiator, although unnecessarily complex, functioned just fine in Northern Europe, but would oftentimes overheat if not fixed down at all times in North Africa. Additionally, the sand and grit in the desert interfered with the sliding retraction mechanism. The /Z variant indicated that the aircraft was fitted with a DB 601 that used nitrous oxide. GM-1 (Göring Mischung 1), colloquially known as Haha-Gerät (Ha-Ha Device) was a system for injecting nitrous oxide (laughing gas) into aircraft engines that was used by the Luftwaffe in World War II. This increased the amount of oxygen in the fuel mixture, and thereby improved high-altitude performance.

Click here to view the full build thread.  Hans-Joachim Marseille's He 100D-4/Z Trop Build Thread - JG 27 'Afrika'

Cheers,

Logan

Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #337 on: February 12, 2013, 10:53:04 AM »
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Click on the image to view it at 100%.

Clicks......

*Sensory overload*

Some time later....

Woah!

Seriously though, I have no superlatives!

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #338 on: February 12, 2013, 11:03:16 AM »
Seriously gorgeous work, Logan, and a definite tip o' the hat to Talos for the change to the radiator.  I can well believe they found it necessary to fix it down and provide some dust protection.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #339 on: February 12, 2013, 04:12:46 PM »
Good work Logan!!  8)

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #340 on: February 12, 2013, 07:14:18 PM »
Beautiful.
:-*

Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #341 on: February 13, 2013, 05:12:24 AM »
Very cool......

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #342 on: February 13, 2013, 03:20:09 PM »
Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

Cheers,

Logan

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #343 on: February 13, 2013, 03:20:44 PM »
Here's the last entry I have planned for the Desert Warfare GB.  It depicts Squadron Leader Bobby Gibbes' Heinkel He 100D-4 Trop HK849 as it appeared in November of 1942.  Note the additional windscreen armor for the pilot.  Talos has had that done for a long while but this is the first profile where I've been able to use it.  Click on the image to view it at 100%.



In October 1942, this Heinkel He 100D-4 Trop (Werknummer unknown) was found on Martuba airfield (LG 4). It was restored to flying condition by mechanics of 3 Squadron RAAF and given the serial number HK849. The plane received standard RAF camouflage used for planes in Africa: Dark Earth and Middle Stone on upper surfaces and sides, lower surfaces were painted with Azure Blue.

This He 100 was flown on 2 November 1942 by Squadron Leader Bobby Gibbes. Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes DSO, DFC & Bar, OAM was a leading Australian fighter ace of World War II. He was officially credited with shooting down 10¼ enemy aircraft, although his score is often reported as 12 destroyed. Born in rural New South Wales, Gibbes worked as a jackaroo and salesman before joining the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in February 1940. Posted to the Middle East in May 1941, he became commanding officer of No. 3 Squadron RAAF during the North African campaign, where his leadership and fighting skills earned him the Distinguished Service Order and the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar. Besides Gibbes, 'Dora' was also flown by Flight Lieutenant Ron Watt. On 8 December 1942, HK849 was handed over to Gazala where it was piloted mainly by Pilot Officer Reg Pfeiffer.

Click here to view the full build thread.  Bobby Gibbes' Australian Heinkel He 100D-4 Trop Build Thread - RAAF

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #344 on: February 13, 2013, 04:51:30 PM »
Remember when I discovered there was/is a He 100.  Liked its lines right off.  Refreshing after so many Me-109 & FW-190.

Great profiles  :)
They add a lot of character !