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Gary Brantley (texgunner)


Italeri Dassault Mirage F-1 Confederate States Air Force

What if? What if the Confederate States of America had survived the American Civil War? What if the CSA had survived right up into the present? Well, that's the premise behind this aircraft. I created a scenario in which today's CSA co-exists with the USA here in the 21st Century. For brevity's sake, I won't bore everyone with the whole story, but I envisioned CSAF squadrons that were named for Confederate war heroes. I imagined four Maritime Air Stations; Norfolk, Charleston, Tampa and Biloxi, Miss. These squadrons are named after famous cavalry commanders of the Civil War. This CSAF Mirage F-1 is assigned to the Nathan B. Forrest Squadron based at Biloxi. Their primary mission is anti-ship interdiction. My "what if" Confederacy requires imported aircraft due to an aircraft industry that still hasn't reached maturity, nor any sort of parity with their neighbor, the United States. In these pictures, we see a CSAF Mirage F-1 at a small airfield in the Republic of Texas (yes, there's a "what if" story there too

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6. January 2017, 01:42
Another very nice build Tex.
6. January 2017, 17:09
Gary Brantley
Thanks a lot!
6. January 2017, 17:54
nice build indeed.
6. January 2017, 17:54
Eelco Gregoire
Funny project, i like it
6. January 2017, 20:02
Gary Brantley
Thanks again, I'm glad you enjoyed my "what if" project. :)
6. January 2017, 21:11
Martin Oostrom
Great build. Like your scenario. I've been alternating between building and Shelby Foote's The Civil War, what are the odds? ;)
6. January 2017, 21:35
Gary Brantley
Thanks Martin, I appreciate that!
7. January 2017, 01:27
Rui Reis
Very nice work!
7. January 2017, 11:25
Gary Brantley
Thanks Rui!
7. January 2017, 12:18
Stephan Ryll
look´s very good
7. January 2017, 14:50
Gary Brantley
And thanks for that Stephan! :)
7. January 2017, 15:32
Chris Mienie
This is very cool Gary !!! I'm a big fan of the Mirage family, especially the Mirage III's and the F1's. Here in South Africa we used them for quite a while. We still have a couple flying here.
19. January 2017, 08:58
Gary Brantley
Thanks Chris! Glad you liked her, I've read some stories about exploits of South African Mirages. Have you built any in those markings?
19. January 2017, 12:38
Chris Mienie
Not yet Gary. I do have quite a few Mirage kits. I'm starting on one of them a bit later this year. I'm going to convert it into our upgraded version of the Mirage III, the Cheetah C. I also have this Italeri kit that you used. Gonna make a cutaway out of that one.
19. January 2017, 13:38
Gary Brantley
That sounds quite ambitious, good luck with both projects. And, be sure to post them here! :)
19. January 2017, 14:10
Derek Huggett
Not only a terrific model, but some pretty convincing photography as well! :)
19. January 2017, 14:35
Gary Brantley
Those are some really nice comments Derek. Thanks much!! :)
19. January 2017, 14:58

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