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Jason Gaspard

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Well, this was an experience! My first group build, my first scratch building, my first time using balsa, my first diorama, first figure painting.....I've learned so much and so enjoyed watching everyone's progress.

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I've had things wrapped up for some time, I just needed to get around to taking the pix after finally repainting the men. The kit itself was a dog which is what got me thinking out of the box. The Phantoms are all being used up for the target drone program, to the point that they are being phased out in favor of the F-16. So sights like this are going to be history before too long. 

For those unfamiliar with the process at AMARG:
Once an aircraft is received at AMARG they are prepared for storage including de-arming, drainage of fuel and filling tanks with protective oil, and protective spraylat application. They are then assigned an AMARG catalogue number (FP176 in this case, essentially its parking space), they are also cross referenced by their serial numbers (63-0893). They are assigned to one of 4 storage categories:

Type 1000 - near fly-away condition, can be stored without re-preservation for 4 years. May be downgraded to Type 2000

Type 2000 - Airframes designated for reclamation, may be downgraded to Type 4000, are re-preserved avery 3-5 years depending on what kind of aircraft it is.

Type 3000 - Flyable hold for 90 days or more, pending sale, transfer/reactivation or disposition.

Type 4000 - Excess to DOD needs, these airframes have had all usable parts removed and are deemed no longer useful, awaiting destruction. Airframes in this class are generally no longer preserved (unless on donation hold for a museum).

The status is updated with the dates of their occasional re-preservations, generally these are stenciled onto the front of the plane near the intake or cockpit.

This proud old MIG killer flew in on 15.3.2001 and was placed in Type 2000 (presumably due to an high number of flight cycles). She had regular re-preservation until 6/15/2014 (coincidentally the day this GB started) when she was moved to 4000, here the crew is taking some last pieces needed for a QF-4 target drone. This is the last attention she will ever get aside from the giant excavator which will rip her to pieces.

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So much scratch building in just this shot...
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Thanks for looking, and for all the kind words and encouragement!

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Wow Jason! This turned out amazing! All the details to look over. The story. You have every aspect of an excellent diorama.
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Jason, this is truly stunning work. So much detail, big smile on my face :-). I specially like the faded markings and the blankets on the nose. And thanks for the interesting story.
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So much great work in this diorama, and every element is beautifully finished !

I thought it was a brilliant and unique idea from the beginning, but the great work and attention to detail has really brought it to life, to say it's stunning doesn't really do it justice !

Excellent project and I have really enjoyed watching it unfold in your build diary


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Jason Gaspard

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It was too late last night, I completely forgot to include these inspiration photos and a HUGE thank you to Mr. Del Laughery, author of the excellent book "Boneyard Almanac" and keeper of the very cool image gallery at http://www.del-laughery.com/. The man's expertise and knowledge of the boneyard is surpassed only by his generosity and helpfulness. The idea for a storage dio was mine, but without his site and book I would not have had any inspiration. These are but two of the several photos he searched thru his MASSIVE private collection to help a complete stranger with an odd and very specific request and about two dozen questions which he very patiently answered. Look a little familiar?

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A lot of firsts there but you have a first rate work piece. Great job.
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Brilliant work Jason every aspect of the build is brilliant, and a very original idea, one to be rightly proud of mate.
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At first I had my doubts, and a little confused with what you wanted to achieve.

Seeing the end result is absolutely amazing. It's a side to the life of a jet fighter that we seem to forget about, or ignore, and I love it. Some amazing scratch building and I've learnt an awful lot by following you build.

I like models that are unusual. Brilliantly built, painted and weathered, a great diorama, well done Jason
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Totally amazing, don't know what else I can say. Congratulations.
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total art and inspiration as well as an education about the process that these aircraft go through!
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Very nice diorama, well done! There are lot of things to look at, I really like this.

Many times I have considered to make some plane at the end of it's career, but somehow I always end up saving even the worst planes and make them operational. This is one of these models that makes me once again consider this kind of approach.. 

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Great original diorama, the "aged care" Phantom. Well done. [smile]

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Well I have to say that is the first time I have seen a bone yard diorama done nice job.
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Well, this was an experience! My first group build, my first scratch building, my first time using balsa, my first diorama, first figure painting.....I've learned so much and so enjoyed watching everyone's progress.  ........and you nailed it Jason, great build.


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