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Re: Logan's Profiles - Romanian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #500 on: December 15, 2013, 02:42:57 AM »
I think there was a mention of later model He 100, at some point somewhere. Can we expect to see a He 100 E, F, G or H, later on?

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Romanian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #501 on: December 15, 2013, 04:15:52 AM »
Greg, this profile basically had RAF markings.  That should have fit the bill.

http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?action=post;msg=38376;topic=144.330



Captured Soviet and later RAF ones are eventually planned.  As for later He 100 variants, yes, at least an -F is planned with the DB605.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Romanian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #502 on: December 15, 2013, 04:27:55 AM »
Doh!!  Forgot that one. :-[
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hungarian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #503 on: December 15, 2013, 02:10:10 PM »
As always, click on the image below to see the picture at 100% or view it at my DeviantArt page.



In June of 1938, a Hungarian "civilian" delegation visited the Heinkel Flugzeugwerke factory.  On this occasion, Örnagy (Major) Barkász and two other pilots were allowed to fly the He 112 V9.  It was during this visit that they first saw the He 100, though they were not permitted to fly it at this time.  The delegation formed a highly favorable impression of the He 112 and their reports prompted the Hungarian Hadügyminisztérium (Ministry of War Affairs) to place an order for thirty-six He 112Bs in late September of 1938.  At that time, however, there were no aircraft ready for delivery.  Japan and Spain were on the waiting list, and all aircraft were on back order.  All pleas for priority consideration by the Hungarians proved futile, the RLM would not approve the He 112s for quick delivery.  The Germans deliberately delayed the fulfillment of the order using it as political extortion against the Magyars and their rivals, the Romanians.  On 14 January 1939, Major Barkász pressed once more for the delivery of the thirty-six He 112s on order, but again his efforts proved futile.  In fact, the order was impossible to fill from the moment the order was placed.  The He 112 line was already shutting down, and Heinkel was switching over to production of the He 100 to meet Luftwaffe orders.  All extant orders for the He 112 would either be replaced by another type or left unfilled.  For the Hungarians, it would be a combination of the two, with an emphasis on the latter.

Another Hungarian delegation led by Major Barkász arrived at Heinkel works on 10 March 1939 to inquire about the status of their He 112 order.  They soon determined that it would never be completed as there we no longer any He 112s being produced, but they were permitted to test fly one of the He 100s at this time.  The Hadügyminisztérium requested their order of He 112s be switched for He 100s, but also realized that this order could be delayed indefinitely as well, so decided to inquire about license production of the He 100.  In May of 1939, the license documents were handed over to the Hungarians.  Only three He 100D-2s of the thirty-six ordered were delivered.  These fighters received the typical Hungarian camouflage scheme of Dark Green, Dark Brown, Terra Cotta uppersurfaces and over German Light Gray undersurfaces.  They were coded V.301, V.302, and V.303 (V for vadász, or fighter) and the forward pointed triangular chevron national marking was applied to the wings and tail.  All three Heinkels were assigned to the Repülö Kísérleti Intézet, where they participated in comparison tests against various aircraft in MKHL service.  They were evaluated against the new Reggiane Re-2000 Héja I, which was to become the standard fighter of the Hungarian air force during the early stages of the war.  The Commander-in-Chief of the MKHL, Ezredes (Colonel) László Háry, a veteran pilot of the First World War, recommended the Heinkel He 100 as the standard Hungarian fighter.

Note: The propeller is camouflaged.  No, seriously, the Hungarians actually applied the complex three-color camouflage to the propellers of two of the He 112s they actually operated.  Crazy.

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Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hungarian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #504 on: December 15, 2013, 03:15:27 PM »
Love that camo Logan! Nice job! :)

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hungarian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #505 on: December 16, 2013, 01:14:23 AM »
With that production licnese, particularly if it also includes license-rights to product the DB601, I could see the Hungarians beating the Italians in installing a DB601 in an Re.2000 airframe to develop an equivalent of the Re.2001 (not as good as the He.100, but likely to be more available).

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hungarian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #506 on: December 16, 2013, 02:36:19 PM »
Thanks, guys.  Elmayerle, that's possible, but I think if they'd had more DB601s, I think they'd have preferred to slap it on the He 112 or He 100 over the Reggianes.  That having been said, there will be more Hungarian He 100s.

I'm working on another USAAF P-61F, by the way.  It should be finished tomorrow, but I'll probably need another day to do the write-up/backstory.  So, plan for Wednesday on that one.  I have to say, one of the things that I love about profiling USAAF aircraft is no underwing roundel to profile!  Those things suck, honestly.  The USAAF doesn't mess with those under the left wing and I love them for that.

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Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hungarian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #507 on: December 17, 2013, 03:08:14 AM »
Hmm, He112's with DB601's would be something a bit different.  Looking forward to seeing more P-61F's and He100's.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Northrop P-61F - "Putt Putt Maru" - Col. MacDonald
« Reply #508 on: December 17, 2013, 01:29:04 PM »
As always, click on the image below to see the picture at 100% or view it at my DeviantArt page.  I've also submitted this to the Asiarama GB over at the What If Forums.



Another Fifth Air Force ace to fly the P-61F long range escort fighter variant of the Black Widow was Col. Charles H. MacDonald, commanding officer of the 475th Fighter Group.  Each of ‘Mac' MacDonald’s assigned Lightnings were named PUTT PUTT MARU, and he continued this tradition when he converted to the P-61F.  The fifth PUTT PUTT MARU (P-61F-1-NO 43-14024) has Col. MacDonald’s 27 victory flags painted under the canopy.  This is what Col. MacDonald wrote about long-range combat operations in the Pacific after transitioning to the new P-61F Widows.

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Up to the present operation, our missions were averaging around seven hours of flying.  For these missions it is necessary for each pilot to know, unequivocally, the maximum performance of his aeroplane.  It is more important for a fighter pilot in the SWPA to know how to get the most distance and the most time from his gasoline than to know the minimum speed from which he can do an Immelman.  Of course, a good fighter pilot should know everything, far from the least of which is how to shoot.  Never fire long bursts.  This procedure not only wastes ammunition, but heats the guns to the point where the bullets lose speed and direction.  With the new aeroplanes our enemy is developing, and the psychological effect of fighting closer to his home land, I do not doubt that we will have to revise our opinions and our tactics.



Here's a detail shot of the nose art on this profile.  I have to admit, I am quite proud of how the markings on this aircraft turned out.  I had to do a lot custom work to get those to turn out alright, more than I expected.



I hope you all like it!

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Northrop P-61F - "Putt Putt Maru" - Col. MacDonald
« Reply #509 on: December 17, 2013, 06:02:08 PM »
Of course I really like it. Very nice detail work!

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Northrop P-61F - "Putt Putt Maru" - Col. MacDonald
« Reply #510 on: December 18, 2013, 11:56:06 AM »
Damn, that's a gorgeous piece of work.  Bravo!!

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Northrop P-61F - "Putt Putt Maru" - Col. MacDonald
« Reply #511 on: December 18, 2013, 12:30:54 PM »
Thanks guys!  I think this variant is really coming alive in all the various service schemes.  You might also notice that it's got the larger long-range tanks normally fitted to the P-61.  With those, this thing would have had an insane range from Okinawa, likely over almost all of Japan.

Not sure what I'll be doing next, likely a German He 100 on the Russian Front in 1942.

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Northrop P-61F - "Putt Putt Maru" - Col. MacDonald
« Reply #512 on: December 19, 2013, 04:27:36 AM »
Brilliant work!!  :-*

You know what might look really good are some of those really vibrant P-51 long range escort schemes
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Northrop P-61F - "Putt Putt Maru" - Col. MacDonald
« Reply #513 on: December 19, 2013, 07:23:24 AM »
That's what the Grossheusch plane was.  The markings are entirely from his P-51D.  In fact, the tanks I did for this profile were the 110 gallon long-range Mustang tanks that were used in the Pacific, too.



http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=144.msg58820#msg58820



The blue on the spinner and on the engine come from it, as do the tail stripes and two command stripes.  I don't know if they'd have done them on the booms AND the center fuselage, but I did.  I originally was copying the black bars, too, but something I had read was nagging at me, so I did some more research to jog my memory.  So, quick history lesson here.  The Fifth Air Force in the Philippines painted black stripes on the wings and fuselage of their single-engined fighters in that theater.  This was to prevent their pilots from mistaking other US aircraft for Japanese aircraft.  Many units carried this practice over to Okinawa and the 35th FG did this with their P-51s.  The Fifth Air Force did NOT, however, do this with the P-38 Lightning.  Why not?  Well, how many Japanese fighters look like the P-38?  Exactly.  Well, the same would have held true for the P-61F, so I deleted them from the final profile.  They may yet make an appearance, however.  The next scheme might come from a P-47N when I get around to it eventually.  Maybe a P-51D.  We'll see.

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Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hannes Trautlof's Heinkel He 100D-4
« Reply #514 on: February 27, 2014, 01:12:14 PM »
Here's another He 100 profile that I just finished.  As always, click on the image below to see the picture at 100% or view it at my DeviantArt page.



Full backstory below:

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When Hannes Trautloft passed away on January 12, 1996, Germany lost "one of the great educators in the fighter arm," in the words of historian Ernst Obermaier.  Trautloft earned great respect for his able command of JG 54 from August 1940 to July 1943.  His personal insignia, the "Green heart of Germany" (Thuringia region) was adopted by the entire JG 54, which became famous as Jagdgeschwader Grünherz.  He achieved eight victories during the Battle of Britain.  Following his nineteenth and twentieth victories on July 24, 1941—two Soviet SB bombers near Soltsy, USSR—Major Trautloft was awarded with the Knight's Cross.  Under Trautloft's command, JG 54 was credited with 1,200 victories on the Eastern Front through January 2, 1942.  Geschwaderkommodore Trautloft scored his personal fortieth victory—against a Pe-2—on May 9, 1942.  On July 6, 1943, Trautloft's personal friend, General der Jagdflieger Galland, appointed him inspector of the Fighter Air Arm on the Eastern Front.  Trautloft ended the war with a total of 53 victories (plus four in the Spanish Civil War) on 560 combat sorties.


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Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hannes Trautlof's Heinkel He 100D-4
« Reply #515 on: February 28, 2014, 10:56:19 AM »
Nice work, Logan! What's next?
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hannes Trautlof's Heinkel He 100D-4
« Reply #516 on: March 01, 2014, 01:35:17 AM »
Hmm, not sure.  Was there something in particular that you really wanted to see?

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Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hannes Trautlof's Heinkel He 100D-4
« Reply #517 on: March 01, 2014, 11:56:26 AM »
How about that alternate F-14 again? IIAF or the what-if NORAD bird....may I suggest the 144th FIW at Fresno in the same scheme as their F-106s?
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hannes Trautlof's Heinkel He 100D-4
« Reply #518 on: March 01, 2014, 12:09:44 PM »
Love the Grünherz He-100  :-*  Gorgeous work as always Logan!
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hannes Trautlof's Heinkel He 100D-4
« Reply #519 on: March 02, 2014, 10:50:13 PM »
Really good! Beautiful.
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #520 on: March 08, 2014, 10:33:33 AM »
Finally got the chance to do an Iranian one.  It'll get missiles after the Revolution.  As always, click on the image below to see the picture at 100% or view it at my DeviantArt page.



Iran ordered a total of 80 Vought F-14A Vagabonds in two batches, one of 30 and another of 50 aircraft, in early 1974. The first F-14 was delivered to the Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF) in January 1976, and the first two units were fully operational by the summer of 1977, by when the training of additional crews was advancing at a very high pace.

By late 1978, the 80th F-14 produced to Iran was built as well; instead of being delivered, however, the aircraft was kept in the USA to be used as test-rig for installation of the USAF-style "boom-and-receptacle" in-flight refueling system. Meanwhile, over 120 Iranian pilots and 80 RIOs were qualified for the Vagabond, and an additional group was about to finish their training.

Since 1977 the IIAF F-14s were engaged in a series of tests, which put the plane and its weapons system to the extremes, and eventually ended by several spectacular test-firings of AIM-54s, two of which might have scored unofficial world-records for the range, speed, and the height reached by the missiles in flight. In October 1978 also two IIAF F-14As intercepted a high and fast-flying Soviet MiG-25 over the Caspian sea, forcing it to abort a recce run over Iran, and in turn ending similar Soviet operations over the country.

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Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #521 on: March 08, 2014, 10:41:08 AM »
Thanks!
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #522 on: March 08, 2014, 11:28:00 AM »
That one came out really nice, Logan. The camo, just like on the IIRAF F-14s, looks so weird after being used to gull grey.  ;D

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #523 on: March 08, 2014, 11:35:28 AM »
Though I'll bet that even you, Talos, didn't notice the removal of the IRST under the nose on the Iranian F-14.

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Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #524 on: March 09, 2014, 02:30:29 AM »
 :)
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