Fairchild AU-23A

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    Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  J.Fenech on Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:56 pm

    The AU-23A was a gunship version of the Pilatus Turbo Porter for the USAF under the 'Credible Chase' Project. This project was started in 1971 with the aim of providing the south Vietnam AF with added mobility and fire power but it did not live up to the expections. It was slow, tail heavy(more weight added in the nose to counter it, making it heavier) and short endurance. It was armed with a Single 20mm Gatling gun in the rear cabin firing sideways + 4 underwing pylons. 17 aircraft were modified for this purpose and 15 ended up being sold to the Royal Thai Air Force for counter Insurgency operations.

    Kit - Roden 1/48th, not a too great fit and the surface texture of the plastic was rough. Small upgrades using Quickboost propeller/spinner, nose and exhaust. It will be finished in USAF markings.







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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  Ray on Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:43 am

    Production still running at full speed despite the high cost of fuel JF Twisted Evil

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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  J.Fenech on Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:06 pm

    Ray wrote:Production still running at full speed despite the high cost of fuel JF Twisted Evil


    Actually production has been and is being delayed by strikes!!! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  skyhigh on Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:54 pm



    Interesting subject JF, love vietnam era...so much hardware...... cheers

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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  J.Fenech on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:41 pm

    Decals applied, there were too many!!! Twisted Evil lol! Although they settled down with decal solution, the kit decals are a bit on the thick side.


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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  Wayne on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:57 pm

    All those decals must have been a real challenge lol!

    Nice bird Cool


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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  J.Fenech on Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:13 pm

    Wayne wrote:All those decals must have been a real challenge lol!

    Nice bird Cool


    oh, you can't imagine how nuch weight I lost because if them!! Twisted Evil No lol! lol!

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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  skyhigh on Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:41 pm

    OK but still a nice replica and very interesting vietnam subject.... cheers

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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  J.Fenech on Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:42 pm

    skyhigh wrote:OK but still a nice replica and very interesting vietnam subject.... cheers


    It was a hugh success Suspect Mad Mad Mad

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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  Ray on Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:50 am

    You got me searching for the decals lol!

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    Post  Paul Salomone on Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:59 am

    NICE JOB HABIB.

    Keep it up.

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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  in nannu pec on Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:00 am

    interesting subject...
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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  bcauchi on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:23 pm

    Looking really great Joe, what an unusual plane, not one we normally see in that scheme.

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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  J.Fenech on Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:01 am

    Model finished, moved to model showcase gallert - finished models. Thanks

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    Re: Fairchild AU-23A

    Post  alexbb on Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:26 am

    now these are the strange birds i do like
    as is the norm ......fantastic work joe

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