Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Vultures over the Desert

This weeks post is showing off some Israeli air support in 1967. The Sud Aviation,Vautour II. The Vautour (French for Vulture) was used primarily as a ground attack aircraft by Israel and was very successful in that roll. During Operation Moked they were used to attack the farthest Egyptian airbases because of their long range. It was also flights of Vautours that nearly destroyed the Jordanian 60th Armored Brigade.
The model kit is an old 1/100th scale kit by Heller. The kit is only around 20 pieces and is very basic, but it is the only 1/100th scale kit of the Vautour available. I put it together quickly and painted it in an Israeli camo, and I really like how it turned out. The local Fine Scale modellers would lament at the gaps and rough painting but I think it looks great for wargaming.

That's a bad spot for the T-55.
And for the ubiquitous Mercedes Saloon.

I like true 1/100th Scale Aircraft instead of 1/144th, especially for the big jet.

With four 30mm Cannons, the Vautour packed a punch.

But being an Israeli pilot was dangerous job with all the flak.


  1. Fantastic blog. I'd love to be able to follow it and have it show up on my blog, but not too sure how to do that...
    I'm really looking forward to seeing how the project progresses for you. Love the colour on your Israeli tanks by the way. I'm just about to repaint all of mine - ordered several bottles of paint from the UK. What colour did you use?

  2. I used Vallejo Model Color, the color is Medium Grey 111, and it looks close to some of the color photos I've seen from 1967. I don't think the colors changed much by 73' but I could be wrong.

  3. Actually the colors had changed. The color scheme on your very nice model is for post 1967 six day war. This scheme was same colors as applied to A4 Skyhawk, Phantom and Mirage aircraft starting in late 1967 and until after the Yom Kippur war of 1973. The colors for a Vautour of the 1967 war would have been either all natural metal or a combination of topside colors stone/sand and a blue grey. I don't have the exact color refernces but you can find a lot of information on the internet. I enjoyed your concept of diorama with flying CAP very much.

  4. Shyetet, thanks for your feedback. I did realize the color scheme is a post 67 scheme, but I couldn't help it, I liked it so much. I also used camo on some of my Eygptian T-55's which would have been a solid sand color during the Six Day War, as Egypt did not use camo patterns till after the war. Sometimes I push the historical accuracy in order to cover several different time periods.