CF-18 Number 739 of 416 Sq Canadian Forces, Cory "Bud" Ulmer

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  1. Catch22

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    I've never told this story here before, and I don't know why, but here it is.

    12 years ago, the summer between 2nd and 3rd grade, my family and I were invited on a tour of CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, thanks to a connection that my dad had. The connection was a female police officer who was also in the reserves. She and my dad were talking one day, and she had mentioned that she was going to go up in the back seat of a CF-18B. At the time, the F-18 was my favourite aircraft, and I absolutely loved it (still do, and there's 2 painted on my wall). So one thing lead to another and we were invited on the tour. As part of the tour, we were able to fly the simulator and sit in one of the CF-18s! This picture has been framed and sitting in my basement for years. As this was a very long time ago and as I was very young at the time, I always remembered the CF-18 I sat in as a two-seat CF-18B, and I wasn't aware that we had any other photos of the plane, as the squadron didn't want us taking too many pictures while we were on base. Well, today my dad and I were talking about it, and how I remembered it being a B, which was too bad because I thought it would be cool to do my F-18 that I just got up in that scheme, but B's are only used for training here, they aren't operational. I also didn't have a side number. My dad remembered that there was another photo of the whole squadron posed in front of the plane, and that he thought it was a CF-18A. So the hunt began, and sure enough, when we finally found the picture, it's an CF-18A, side number 739. So once my Voodoo's complete, I'll start on this. The decals are one their way from Leading Edge in Calgary (3-4 hours south of me, yet it's been a full week and I haven't gotten them yet), so I will be able to do this plane. I also have a coin that 416 had, which I'll post a picture of and the story about it later on, as well as a full flight suit and flight jacket. I plan on mounting the F-18 on a stand, and have the coin mounted within the stand. I'm hunting for a 416 patch in the house which I'd also like to mount on the stand. I have two patches that I know of right now, but they're both on the flight suit and jacket, and I'm not going to remove them. Anyway, here are the photos, and I really can't wait to get started on this project! And yes, I'm going to put my name on it. :lol:

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  2. B-17engineer

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    Sweeeet! Looking forward to this!
     
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    You're tempting me Cory. I've got 1/48 Monogram Hornet I started many years ago but set aside somewhere in the crawl space in my basement. Also somewhere in my house is a decal sheet for a 410 'Cougars' Squadron machine. Hmmmm....
     
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    Awesome C! I have a softspot for the F-18 as well.....more so, those F-18's that were flying from the USS Coral Sea, which means only A and B's....:D
     
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    I would do my Tomcat but just don't have time to get the paints ...
     
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    Thanks guys, I'll probably start tomorrow!

    Crimea, I say go for it! If you can't find the decals, Leading Edge does a CF-18 standard set.
     
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    Sweet! Where are you gonna airbrush? Still cold out hehe
     
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    Haha, the airbrushing may have to wait until the spring. Having said that, last week was really warm (+5), and I got some spraying done. I can at least construct the whole thing though!
     
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    Found 'em! And they are Leading Edge.

    The sheet is for this rig. Challenging airbrush job on the tail, for sure as only the cougar is provided, not the black fade background.
     

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    Sweet! I'll take some pics of my 1/48 Superscale decals tomorrow, for my Coral Sea CVA-43 birds....
     
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    Ooh, that will be tricky. I figured half of the fade would be provided, but I guess that's not the case! Great scheme though.
     
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    H,

    Here in Canada, we replaced our igloos a few years ago. We actually have houses now!
     
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    Get cracking fellas!
     
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    Oh, jeez I need to get with the times! :evil4:
     
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    Do you spray inside your house? We spray in our garage, we used to spray in the basement, until we noticed a fine film of Lichtblau on everything! :lol:
     
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    Should be a good one Cory...er... 'Bud' !! Looking forward to the build mate.
     
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    I have a shop in the basement with a dust vac system. I've set up my model area in one corner and can open up a vac inlet near where I paint if things get too foggy. I tend to spray mostly with fine nozzle and low pressure so it's not too messy anyway.
     
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    Nice little story and what a good excuse to build an F-18, I have a couple sitting on the shelves that I made a couple years back, a Canadian 50th anniversary and an Aussie 75th Anniversary. Great aircraft and looking forward to the build

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    #20 Catch22, Jan 25, 2010
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