Another future project

I picked up one of these off Ebay for a very good price and it arrived today;

Although this version is based on the US Marine Corps Osprey, typically I wanted to build a USAF one so you might be thinking “why did’nt he get a USAF version in the first place?” The answers to that question are (1) the USAF version is out of production, (2) the USAF ones that are available are asking silly money on Ebay and (3) all that differentiates the different versions is just one sprue (E for USMC and this Osprey and J for the USAF one).

Having looked online at the two sprues, the differences are mainly confined to the outer tail fins as the USAF version has extra bits nailed on plus there are a couple of different parts to add to the fuselage such as the dome on the nose ( a low-flying radar or something I believe) plus a couple of lumps that go underneath.

However having also looked at reference pictures online Hasegawa missed or simplified a few things too so regardless of which version you want to build, you are going to have to make stuff from scratch. Anyway I got a Wolfpak decal sheet that features a USAF Osprey based at RAF Mildenhall in 2019;

Images of this particular machine show some differences in the antenna arrangement on the upper fuselage plus the addition of what looks to be some type of counter-measure pods underneath the fuselage so these should be interesting to make.

Published by andyk21

I've been a modelmaker for a verrry long time and still show no signs of growing out of it after 48 years. I mainly build tanks, aircraft and paint figures but generally do whatever takes my fancy whether it's historical, Science-fiction, a 'what-if' or because it has pretty colours and looks nice. I'm hoping that you find my blog interesting and useful, particularly if building a model that I have built and documented here.

2 thoughts on “Another future project

  1. Hello, Andy –

    All good points to be sure, and I understand the desire to build an Osprey based in your neighborhood, but I must say I prefer the JASDF lizard paint to the USAF grays. An attention-getter on your shelf (or on a contest table). In any event, will be watching your build with interest.

    Cheers from across the pond!


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    1. Hi Marc, I must admit to fancying a USMC Osprey as some of the tail artwork is fantastic. Somebody who calls herself Flygirl Painter does it at the request of various squadrons.


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