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  1. f111guru

    USMC AV-8A

    Julien, I took these in the mid 80's on Cannon AFB transient ramp. They were scanned from photos. I didn't have a negative scanner at the time. May help. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  2. I have 2 kits and haven't finished any of them. But I have started one I don't know how long ago. Only thing I remember doing is running fiber optics to the position lights and have drawn up plans for diodes in the instrument panels. I'm working to finish isolating a large shed I purchased to turn it into a workshop. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  3. Hello and Welcome BP. You have come to the right place and there is a wealth of information, tips and down right fabulous folk here on the forum. Only thing needed is to ask. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  4. Not a problem. Only problem with retirement. You can take away the job but not the memories. Good, bad and some extremely ugly. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  5. @speedylooked at both my instructions for the 1/32nd scale Tamiya F-15E, F-14A from 1984. Also out of a whim looked at an old 1/32nd scale pre-production Hasegawa F-18A and the figures look nearly identical. Just a thought. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  6. Seems most have given you the information needed for your build. These were taken some years ago and missed the last open house so I don't know what modifiications were done over the years. These should get you started. Hope these get you started on your way. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  7. @Tony Whittinghamnot sure when the shash was dropped from SAC bomber aircraft but when I transferred from Clark AFB in 1973 to Carswell AFB in October the B-52D's were painted SEA colors and the SAC Shash was not applied but the KC-135 tankers did. I have in my collection of images from the mid 60's that the shash was applied to the SAC colors gray and white of the time. The same was true when I left Fort Worth Texas and was assigned to the 509th BW with the FB-111A. The shash was not on the FB-111A but was applied to the KC-135 tankers. So I would dig up as much information on your subject an
  8. The only opening I recall was the 20mm loading slot back about where the bend is on your arrow. It was set near vertical for the ammo. Found this in my D phantom folder. The other things you may be thinking of are vents for venting gas and smoke. Found on the web Unit serial number is in white and the remainder are in black red and tail. Also remember that during my time with the F-4 the gun pod had a shortened rear covering to install on stations 2 and 8 or inboard pylons. I went from the F-4 to B-52's the FB-111's and the F-4/F-111 RAF Lakenheath then Cannon AFB. Hope this clears thin
  9. WOW simply wow. Sorry I missed this one from the beginning. I don't know how many time I've loaded that configuration and other loads with the SUU-23 on the F-4D Temporary Duty to Udorn Thailand from July to November 1972. Was assigned to the 405th MMS 405th TFW 523rd TFS Clark AFB from June 1972 to September 1973. Other ordance carried with the SUU-23 was MK-20 Rockeye, MK-82 Low Drag, MK-84 2000lbs, LGB or GBU-10 as in our world today. and M-117 750lbs. There was a couple of times our phantoms flew with 4 AIM-7E and 4 AIM-9 missiles. Again WOW Ron VanDerwarker
  10. @Marxtuf @HL-10They're over the past number of years decals came with various marking. Aero decals from the 70's made a RAF Lakenheath F-111F and F-4D set when the phantoms left and the 111's got settled in. Also Xtradecals has a set X015-48 which has the F-4D, F-111F and the F-15E. These are post Libyan raid. Wing king aircraft. Twobobs made a set for Combat Lancer F-111A's deployed from Nellis AFB Nevada 1969 era. Then Microscale and Superscale ,made sets from the pre-production YF-111A and F-111B. Repli-scale made sets from the 80's F-111's for Cannon AFB, RAF Lakenheath and RAF Upper Heyfo
  11. Wonderful build and finish Rene. Great looking diorama. I have started collecting in years passed to hope build up one day the 3 ESCI MIG-23 kits I have. All The Best, Ron VanDerarker
  12. Wonderful build Angelo. Will have to agree with Mike, the test and evaluation aircraft did not weather as what we all are used to. The only build issue I see is the weapons bay doors. You have installed them as per the instructions. The instructions are wrong. Not sure where Hobby Boss got there information but this is the correct way the doors are installed I have all the F-111 kits Hobby Boss has produced thus far. Each have the same errors in the instructions. The instructions have you glue together D8 to D11 on the right and D9 to D12 on the left. Where on the jet should be
  13. Thanks you for sharing those Sven. That was my last trip to Red Flag with the 27th FW. When I got back to Cannon I was asked if I wanted to be part of the 428th FS build up to convert the FB-111's to F-111G. I retired out of Cannon AFB in 1993 from the 523rd FS. Oddly enough my 1st wing and fighter squadron was the 405th TFW 523rd TFS Clark AFB Thank you again Ron VanDerwarker
  14. Welcome Butler to the forum from the desert high plains of eastern New Mexico. All The Best Ron VanDerwarker
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