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  1. I have the older version, but the bay door was designed to be mounted from inside the fuselage of the old kit, which means the removal of a serious amount of resin on the Freightdog product or removing the bay on the new kit. The door would also need to be shortened, as it is noticeably longer than the weapons bay on the new kit. Regards, Murph
  2. Thanks for the correction. From the pictures I had seen I didn't think the Brits used the AIM-7E-2, and assumed they converted to the Skyflash instead. Regards, Murph
  3. The AIM-9G/H (they're the same for modelling purposes) would have been carried. The main body was semi-gloss white and the forward section was unpainted, anodized metal. The fuze section aft of that was semi-gloss black. Brown band on the rocket motor and yellow band on the warhead. For the AIM-7E it was semi-gloss white with a ceramic radome which picked up dirt in storage and use turning from off-white to light gray. Again, there was a brown band on the rocket motor and a yellow band on the warhead (just aft of the forward fins). The Alaska picture below has the yellow band obscured by the strap holding it on the jammer. Early versions of the AIM-7E also had black bands around the forward section of the missile acting as a sealant between the missile sections. Brit AIM-7Es did not have the "L" shape on the forward fins though, these were the dogfight" verions of the Sparrow with different forward fins, so they carried the L marking to differentiate them from the earlier fins. The Scott Wilson pictures are from his walkaround at ARC. Regards, Murph
  4. Neither do I. I think that's their previous version, which was designed for the earlier Airfix kit. Regards, Murph
  5. Any word on when Freightdog will be releasing their Red Beard/weapons bay door for the Bucc? Regards, Murph
  6. Here's a BDU-38 (B61 "shape") mounted on the centerline of a USAFE F-4, also the centerline rack it was mounted on; you can see it had a very low profile. Both came from this thread at ARC LINK I suspect the setup on Brit Phantoms with nukes was similar. Below that are some live B57s (white) and B61s (silver) from cruise albums. Regards, Murph
  7. I've never seen nor heard of them in gull gray, just gloss white. The same color scheme (gloss white with solid or radar noses) applied to the B57. Spectre Resins produced a resin 1/72 B57, but they seem to be out of production now. LINK You may have luck finding them on ebay or the buy/swap sections at the various model sites.
  8. The base color was gloss white. Some were solid white while others had a red-brown or black radome. The solid white versions were intended for low-level, laydown delivery and had a nose cone that was jettisoned to expose a "spike" for impact. The radar equipped weapons were presumably intended for higher altitude deliveries and were typically seen on strategic bombers like the B-58 and FB-111A; although fighter-bombers carried them too. Regards, Murph
  9. Murph

    F/A-18E CAP load

    You should probably distinguish between a normal peacetime load and a WW III scenario. For a normal load one or two AIM-120s and a pair of AIM-9Xs. For WW III it would probably bump up to four or five AIM-120s. The weapons loads used by carrier based aircraft are often surprisingly light due to the number of stores on board a carrier, "bring back" weight, and maintenance issues. During the Gulf of Sidra Incident one of the F-14s only carried a pair of AIM-7Fs and a single AIM-9L (the other AIM-9 station was broke, so no missile was loaded there), while the other jet had a 2 x 2 load of the same missiles. Going further back, when Freckleton and Weigand killed a MiG-17 over Vietnam they launched on a dedicated air to air mission with no AIM-7s loaded on their F-4B (their radar was hard broke) and only three AIM-9Ds, because one of the AIM-9 stations was bad. Regards, Murph
  10. EF-111As in Desert Storm were not armed. That comes from a conversation I had with a pilot that flew the Spark Vark during that conflict. Regards, Murph
  11. Pretty sure they are either the 165 gallon P-38 tanks or the 150 gallon tanks used by the P-47. I can't remember right now why the Mustang was using them, presumably for increased fuel capacity. Regards, Murph
  12. Because he hasn't made it to 300 yet. Regards, Murph
  13. John, Thank you for the information. Regards, Murph
  14. Question on the Red Beard mounting for the Buccaneer. Could the door be rotated, so the weapon was fully enclosed, or did the door have to stay fixed leaving the weapon exposed? Regards, Murph
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