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  1. Honestly Nigel I have not. I've done a few in 1/72nd scale over the years but have not noticed any difference. I've never set it to scale drawings either. Most were D model from Monogram at the time and had bad words for how the intakes went together. The others were in 1/48th scale and this is my primary go to scale. So, this brings up an interesting point. Which is correct in 1/72nd scale. I don't have an F-4 near by to go measure. Is it the 6.5mm, 7.5mm, or the 8.5mm or something totally different. Would the Rolls Royce Spey engine aircraft have a larger intake or not? I do not know. One would think with the larger engine as the F-16 did with the GE engine installed. Good point for our phantom phanatics is this group. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  2. Same here, but also have a few D/F, E, last F and a bunch of Airfix, USAirfix, Revell, Testors and a few 1/144 scale F-111's. I may also have and FB or 2 but not for sure all in the stash. These are 1/72nd scale and in 1/48th scale Academy and Hobby Boss. Plus Aurora and Monogram. This lower inage was built for a retiring Major I had worked for twice. Both are Hasegawa boxing of the FB-111A and the F-111D/F. If anybody needs information or images of a certain area of the aardvark let me know. I keep searching for new or re-released aftermarket parts or new kits. I see Hannants has the Hobby2000 D/f and F kit in stock. May have to get one for the boxing. All The Best Ron VanDerwarker
  3. I looked through all the Hasegawa instructions and the translating cowl only comes in the F-111A and EF-111A. For what ever the reasoning, Hasegawa had produced 2 different bottom fuselage halves. Each half had the intake cowl for that production run. That being said, Hasegawa had different sets of sprue for the model they were to mold. D/F had the P100 engine burner cans, pavetac cradle door pave tac pod, anti glare panel for the D. FB had the fuel dump mast, panel 1202 pitot tube and the SAC style astro tracker panel. EF had the lower ECM canoe, upper tear drop antenna, ram air ducting for the rear unit cooling and the tail with the bubble antenna. Plus the anti glare panel without the hud and main instrument panel with the extruded curved panel to replace the right stick. I did and still do wish someone would make an F-111B. All of the Hasegawa kits have the p series engines. I think I've covered most if not all parts. If not my apologies. So to make a C model you may have to wait on somebody producing that model or buy and A and FB kit to make a C or purchase the G if available to make an RAAF G model. I try to purchase at least one new or reissue F-111 kit I see. I know this doesn't help much because the kits are far and few between. If you know of anyone that has the original or reissue of the Revell TFX you have everything in one package. Just have a lot of work ahead of you. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  4. Thomas, I too have had a life without social media but as with you came back with a limited viewing except for this site. Been here for sometime and give pointers and tips that may or may not help some one. Also a member of sorts to LSP and Zone5. LSP for research and zone5 less and less not much activity. The F-84 I don't know much other than Cannon AFB had an F-84E serial no. 11027. If that is the real number. Also an F-84F at the back gate. Still there. The E model and some other aircraft disappeared after the Special Ops group came. This is a 6 position set from years ago of the gate guards Pictures do say a thousand words. So if you can use these be my guest use them. May help in some way shape or form. From your neighbor to the west if you still live in Texas. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  5. Peter, Facts that have been addressed are correct. The F-111C has the same length fuselage as the other models. Does have the translating cowl as the F-111A and USN F-111B test jets. The pivot pylons are the same shape as the other USAF Tactical version, F-111A,D,E, and F. The fuel dump mast has the same shape as the USAF TAC versions. The only F-111 that has the different dump mast is the FB-111A/F-111G. The first 2 photos are the F-111C. This next series of photos are the different pivot pylons and dump masts. Starting with the FB-111A/F-111G. This next is a pivot fuel tank pylon. This is a pointed pylon. Below a weapons pivot pylon minus the MAU-12 bomb rack. This below image is of the F-111F's that came from RAF Lakenheath to Cannon AFB New Mexico. To make a C model from the current F-111 kits on the market you may have to step up to 1/48th scale from Hobby Boss. Hasegawa has released a reissue of the G model out but haven't seen it on any of the websites I use. They all are out of stock. If and when they get restocked get the F-111G kit. If Hasegawa stays true both sets of pivot, fixed pylons and dump mast are in the kit. So all you would have to do is get a set of decals. Each company that has produced the F-111 have had their issues with the final product. Hope this helps and if and or when you get a kit and start, I have loads of info. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  6. Fear not Michael. I can say I've been there more often than not. But I don't throw anything away. Parts are boxed up and marked so I know what it is. I haven't finished anything for myself in 5 years and haven't opened a box in 3. Many many years ago I tried to use Polly S water based paints with some success. Had at the time a Badger 200 maybe and a 350. Could not afford the 100 and 150 series. Eventually purchased a Passche H and VL series airbrush. The Badger just quit working. Thinking clogged, no, clean. Changed tips and needles, and thinned what I was using still did not spray any paint. So then I changed to the Passche. That was some 25 or so years ago. This is all Hasegawa. Started out as a slatted E with a J fuselage. Have used the wings to make an early hard winged E for a Chico gunfighter aircraft. Mid nineties I think is when I started and got this far. Got stalled on the radar section. Second image When this stalled I got a call to build this on commission. Hasegawa slatted E with a Verlinden update set and some scratch built extras. So I'll tag along and watch. Your using Vallejo paint and am curious as to how they airbrush. I do switch back and forth changing tip and head sizes with my Passche H series. I find that I can write my name with the number 1 head and tip if the paint is thinned correctly. So press on with pride Michael your doing just fine. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  7. Don, Fantastic job on the old Hawk kit. Great use of materials during your build to achieve a different look for the finished character. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  8. @Billy54I can only say what was happening at Udorn RTAFB the last half of 1972. As a young dumb airman I loaded what was delivered without question. It wasn't until later I asked what the difference was between loads on different aircraft. It was told that the load depended on the target the cell was going after. The extended bombs what ever the size was meant to explode above ground for the maximum fragmentation possible. The majority of munitions I remember loading were mk-82 and M117's. Followed by CBU-58's and M-36 clusters. Not a whole lot of rockets or AIM-9's. All the aircraft loaded and launched had at least 2 AIM-7's and ALQ-87 and ALQ-101 ECM pods. I can say that stations 1 and 9 or the outboard stations had 370 fuel tanks. I can remember only twice changing the centerline ejector to a soft ejector foot. This was used for the 600 center tank. Don't ever remember seeing the outboard stations loaded except in training. So as to answer your question, before 1972 I would guess quite a bit. Most of the photos were taken in country. Others such as the top flying out of Korat had tanker support to and from. I remember reading and hearing news reports of a munitions shortage and had seen photos in books about the air war Vietnam showing partial munition loads on F-4's and F-105's. Hope this helps. All The Best
  9. I can still hear that line in my head. One of the great many shows. Ron VanDerwarker
  10. What I've heard and read over the years can make perfect sense when viewing photos like these. The USAF and the Air Divisions that were controlling the aircraft movement in those areas would replace aircraft on some sort of schedule. Whether it was from being shot down or for a schedule airframe inspection. Those inspections would take many months to do and would have a replacement aircraft from the facility to replace that aircraft. So a new tailcode would be painted on after it arrived. Then the other would be to fix frame damage from being shot at. Quite a bit battle damage repair was done in country. Saw enough of it at Udorn. The 388th TFW did move from Vietnam to Korat RTAFB Thailand but do not know when or from where. They were in Korat when I passed through there to drop some people off and then went on to another Air Force base. When I got to Udorn late June 1972 our aircraft as with the 432nd's aircraft had the slim light, strip light installed as part of a technical order upgrade. Those pictured above do not and have the original short muzzle fairing. Great pictures for a modelling subject. To go along with your completed project. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  11. This photo was sent to the F-4 Phantom forever group a number of years ago by an Air Force pilot named Don Jay. The photo was taken August 1969 at Korat RTAFB Thailand. All credit goes to him. Quite a few aircraft were painted in colors and like during WW2 was for someones personal ride. Also check out this website. https://www.aviationarthangar.com/spunkyvif4.html for some additional photos. Zotz decals number 48046 has a nice set of this squadron. Believe these are still available. Also have a shot of the other side of 680313 This should clear some air. I try to have visual proof of the subject I craft. Especially if it contains a certain drawing or art work. All The Best Ron VanDerwarker
  12. I like the box art. If memory serves me correct. The art work was on one of the Micro scale decals sets I first bought and tried. The very first Phantom I built was the summer of 1973 at Clark AFB was the 1/48th scale Fujimi kit. It had the tail code LC and AF680339 tail number. Same as the reference photos from Da Nang. I will watch for your build on that kit. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  13. @neil5208I did, 22 years as a Aircraft Armament Technician. I worked on the F-4D, B-52D, FB-111A, F-111F, F-111D, F-111A, F-111G and EF-111A.These assignments: 405th TFW 523rd TFS 405th Munitions Maintenance Squadron Clark AFB Philippines (TDY Udorn RTAFB) 7th BW 7th MMS Carswell AFB Fort Worth Texas 509th BW 509th MMS Peases AFB Portsmouth New Hampshire 48th TFW 48th MMS RAF Lakenheath England 27th TFW then FW 522 TFS, 523TFS 524 TFS 428th TFSCannon AFB Clovis New Mexico Had a grand time in those 22 years. Do it all over again. Only regret was the digital camera wasn't developed yet and could not afford one of those fancy 35mm cameras. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  14. @neil5208Found this in my microsoft word file about Air Force tail codes from 1968 to 1975. This is an extraction of those codes LA F-4E USAF 4 TFSq, 366 TFWg Da Nang LC F-4E USAF 421 TFSq, 366 TFWg Da Nang LF F-4D USAF 390 TFSq, 366 TFWg Da Nang LC F-4E USAF 421 TFSq, 432 TRWg Udorn RTAFB LA F-4E USAF 4 TFSq, 432 TRWg Udorn RTAFB Where and whom they came from I don't remember. Back in the late 90's I belonged to a ton of F-4 groups. I was doing research for a commission project and this list was sent to me and that was 3 email addresses and 2 internet hosts ago. I'm not sure if the full USAF and Navy or Marine tail code has ever made it to print. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  15. The 13th Air Force sent us back to Clark there were a number of E models show up. This being one of them Instamatic cheap camera at the time. Also the 432nd TFW (host wing) had 2 squadrons of F-4D's and 2 RF-4C squadrons. The 405th was sent back just before December 1972 and at that time a few loadcrews came from the 48th TFW RAF Lakenheath. No aircraft thou. OZ RF-4C from the 13th TRS I believe. The other RF squadron had a OO tail code. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
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