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  1. Welcome from the not so far west, and as @Pete in Lincs has mentioned your not alone. I've been here for a few years and have enjoyed every moment. Ask and you should receive all kinds of input to your question. Would like to see your progress on the F-14A. I have the D in the line somewhere. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
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    Welcome Ray....from across the pond in southwest US. Don't do a lot of armor per sei but do intermingle with other genre. At this point I'm into 1/48th scale aircraft. Also have managed to do most other hobby types through out my years. Looking forward to your builds. At my age it's always a learning curve. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  3. Welcome Travis from not so far west in eastern New Mexico, Clovis to be exact. I have been pretty much into all facets of modelling but 1/48th scale aircraft for the time being. Would one day jump head long into 3d printing. Looking forward to your builds. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  4. Welcome Kenneth to the forum. If you haven't guessed already we are a great bunch of folks here. Been to Albuquerque a number of times and visited both old town the atomic museum in both places i was at and have built kits for the display in Albuquerque's airport. The USAF delivered me to Clovis in 1980 and stayed after retirement in 1993. Great looking kits ,we would like to see more in the finished form and work in progress. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  5. I don't have that photo in my directory but did find these after I cleared the cobwebs out of my head. In the background is an ALQ-71 and drawing the last. None have the top side painted to blend in with the aircraft. The above found in my ECM Pod directory. Go figure. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  6. Don't believe I'm going to be much help. I looked through my inventory of F-4C images from that time frame and do not have any photos I can see clearly the ALQ-71 pod. I did do a search of the pod and saw that there are 3 versions. Eduard Brassin at one time produced the pod. Jump ahead in time 5 years, at Udorn RTAFB flew the ALQ-87 and the ALQ-101. Most of the time they were mounted on the forward aero-27 rack cavities. Other times on the inboard pylons for mig cap. If there was a short tailed version I didn't see one in the photos. Myself would modify the kit pod or try and find the Eduard Brassin ones. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  7. Completely forgot all about this one. Taken with a brownie instamatic 110 camera September 1972 Udorn RTAFB Thailand. Image got water damaged and lost nearly all the negative from the previous photos taken......Ron
  8. FS36622 is correct for the underside. Here are some shots of a few G model 105's taken at Cannon AFB Clovis New Mexico in the mid 80's. It still maintains the SEA camouflage. Note is the left main gear door with what appears to be a very dirty aluminum paint color interior. Unit from the Georgia ANG Next few are a D model from the Air Force Reserve unit Carswell AFB Fort Worth Texas. These are of the wheel wells. These last few from the USAF Museum Dayton Ohio. Summer 2019 Hope these help. All The Best Ron VanDerwarker
  9. Zac, These might help. From a trip in 2019 to the National Museum of the USAF. This is a representation of Maj. Bernie Fishers aircraft I believe. At least these will get you close. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  10. Steve, Not being familiar with the Eduard metal landing gear and how fragile it may be, all I can advise is take your time. I've had some success with gear sets for the F-111, F-4, F-105 and the A-26. But over the moths they tend to sag due to the weight of the kit. My efforts with brass I find using a drill press works best. Also use the smallest dental type burr to counter sink the area to drill. Don't have a punch small enough to get the depression needed to start the drill hole. I've also used broken cables and wiring stripped down to use the strands for accents in wheel wells and on landing gear. Best of luck to you. These photos are of Liberty Belle B-17G that came into Lubbock Tx, Sentimental Journey B-17G Clovis NM, some years ago. May help with additional detail. I have used dental burs for years in the dremel tools I have. I would suspect that you'll develop your own style and what works for you over time. Patience patience and patience! I've had to learn that. I was not a patient person when it came to building models. That was a learning curve for me. The other area the would best suit is the work in progress section. That is you have one started. So! All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
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    Hello

    Eddie, Welcome aboard. Great folks here. Vasts amount of information and tips for the asking. Mainly 48th scale aircraft but have been in and out of the other genres. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  12. I may have a set of decals from the very early release of Micro Scale. Brain tells me I have the later set produced by Super Scale. At any rate I'll look through my decals. Now on to your progression. As the saying goes: been there, done that, and got the tee shirt. Can't tell you how many times I've been in your spot. It's a learning process. Painting looks great, however. SAC used a different FS numbered and color of camouflage paint after dropping the gray and white scheme for the FB. So hold off going any further as long as possible. Your build so far is a C model. To back date to an FB-111A or F-111G many things have to change. Production FB-111A's had the triple plow intake. Having the three small aux breather doors behind the intake its self and not the translating cowl as you have at this point. SAC used the pointed weapons, tank and fixed style pylons. The fuel dump mast is different from all other F-111's. These are the biggest visual differences between the F-111 models. I'll PM you when I see what I have in my decal stash. Would rather see you finish in a pre gray F-111C as you started. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  13. This was shot at Udorn Thailand some time September 1972.It a MIGCAP prep the aircraft F-4E ZF 67-0327. Was TDY from Florida. I was TDY to Udorn RTAFB and late August we had F-4E's starting to be a regular party to the MIGCAP. At one time on any given day would be a mix of D's and E aircraft. Apologies for the quality. Could not afford a fancy 35mm camera at that time. I would venture to guess that the MIGCAP aircraft at Korat, Ubon, and Takhali would be near the same. This next photo was sent to me by Don Jay and it is an RF-4C OZ 69--349 again taken from Udorn RTAFB April 1973. Note on station 2 the left inboard pylon a ALQ-119 pod. According to Don Jay the ALQ-119 starting showing up that year. Also note on the right inboard pylon station 8 appears to be a ALQ-87. Hope this helps and not to confuse. Aircraft configurations can get confusing at times. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  14. @Adam PoultneyHave some display aircraft I took from not to long ago to some 10 years ago. The first is from Tinker AFB Oklahoma City Oklahoma. It's overall gray and believe the plaque was that it was a WB-47 Stratojet. This is very much photo heavy. Use what you like Another angle. Nose Center Weapons Bay Area. Aft Section, Behind the weapons bay And Tail Left Inboard Engine Pod Next is the example RB-47H Stratojet from the Museum of the Air Force Dayton Ohio. This is the newest I took June 2019. It's mostly metal finish except for a few panels that were painted. Aft of the left rear fuselage of the blister antenna. Moving forward toward the nose. Weapons Bay and looking forward. Color changes on the weapons bay panels Blister antennas on right side aft of the weapons bay area and in front of the right aft gear door. Close up of the aft right antenna array. Aft right side looking forward of the antenna array. Interior of the aft wheel well Another view Interior of the forward wheel well Another view Left outboard engine nacelle behind the trailing edge. Another Angle Right outboard engine nacelle trailing edge Right Engine assembly outrigger wheel well Right side tail Wing tip. Both sides are the same This last one is the oldest from July 2011 Plattsburg AFB Plattsburg New York. Front of the left engine nacelle Close up of the left engine nacelle Left side aft wheel well Nose wheel well looking aft Right side nose Left side nose. The plaque Hope these will help in your decision to what version your going to do. At any rate. I do have other photos of these in greater detail with the modeller in mind. Enjoy All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  15. Welcome @Patton gunnerto the hobby after your long recovery. Been there myself and know trials of keeping back on your feet. I myself do mostly 48th scale aircraft but have ventured in to the other genres. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  16. @Uncle Dick@Creepy PeteThis may help. It's a drawing of HS-7 Shamrocks Squadron from the USS John F Kennedy. http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww3/v/613/3/2 Closest I've found How true it is unknown All The Best Ron VanDerwarker
  17. I have this very same kits and remains untouched. Bought it years ago to eventually build into my Harrier set. Only thing Ive done with it is look at the plastic. I can say is it is hard plastic same as their original F-15A kit. Or now call F-15C. Again from years ago. I'll look for the WIP if you so start a build. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  18. Odd you have dusted off and brought out the box. I have 3 of these kits remaining and have built 4. I bought the first 2 kits from the Mildenhall Model club event in 1978 when I was assigned to RAF Lakenheath. One I made and gave it to the owners of R & N models shop in Thetford before I returned to the US. Two of the kits I had plans for the full scale development airframes flown out of Edwards AFB back in the day. That being said I'll grab a seat and watch this develop and ponder what to do with mine. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  19. Found these on the net https://dstorm.eu/pages/en/usa/a-10.html https://www.2951clss-gulfwar.com/piwigo/index.php?/category/2 Was hit by triple A during desert storm. The other possibility is that it may have had sensors in the lower part of the tails as this reference website. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/code-number/NO All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  20. @Hook and @71chally, It's either a Pave Mover AN/APY-7 or a Pave Sword AN/AVQ-11. A year before my time and never saw a pave anything pod at RTAFB Udorn in 1972. All our lasing was done from the F-4 aircraft out of RTAFB Ubon. All the images for the most part came from the F-4 Phantom group once housed in Yahoo Groups. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  21. Welcome Ron from another Ron. I myself have been on other forums and found this one to be quite active. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  22. @Cees BroereFound these on my phantom reference drive and for visual acuity. The first and second are of an F-4D. The underside shows the outline of the hinge on the wing tip and inboard leading edge.. Broadside view for the full down angle Royal Navy FG-1 broadside lead on from the front. Hope this helps with your project. Noted above photo shows the inboard slat is locked in the up position. The image of F-4D 66-7707 shows the inboard slats are down. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  23. Hello, The phantoms leading edge slats are hinged at the bottom. Not having my aux drive hooked up to get a reference photo for you. Check this out All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  24. Hello All, Nice to see some additional resin updates in the wind. Resin update, conversion or the minor add on are great if your pocketbook can afford them. I do save my money for the odd update and get them when I can or don't have the full resources to scratch build. I did look on Hobby Easy website from Hong Kong. They list the new to be released early March. They list the full line of cockpits. I may or may not get an update cockpit. If I do it will be of the F-111D and FB-111A. The D had the MKII avionics system that moved some panels around in the cockpit and had 2 HUD's. The FB on the other hand am wondering if it's the updated SAC AMP upgrade or the basic cockpit. So I may or may not purchase those from Hobby Easy. If my thinking is near correct it won't make much of a difference where I get them from. The cost of shipping from the orient is high and the conversion rate from the pound to dollar and shipping from the UK is much the same. So once the product hits the US and the tariff added it all kind of equals out at times. But as far as the F-111 goes I don't mind scratch building the differences in the kit. I do take issue with trying to correct sever problems in the kit. Canopy and flaps come to mind. Everyone's comments above have their value and insight so I'll fall of my high horse and get back to business. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
  25. Hi All, Seems everyone is on the right track as to what the missile body is. I would guess that this is the beginnings of the pre ACMI pods of the future. The missile body is either a AIM-9B or C body. The orange and black section is the location of the influence fuse and warhead section. The nose is white and the very tip an off white but when blown up in WIN10 photos can't tell if it's transparent or not. It's over part of the white section of the insignia. In the spring of 1973 at Clark AFB Phillippines the 405th TFW started up first test or combat sage that it later was named. What came to Clark was a specially modified F-4E with the 559 mod. Which had the new slats and TISEO installed. Loaded were 4 AIM-7 missiles with an electronic package in place of the warhead. I don't recall the number but was linked to what the TISEO read and the equipment that was in the rear cockpit. So that being said, I would not be surprised that missile body is some type of sensing equipment. I have in my stash 5 old ESCI 1/48th scale F-8 Crusaders. May try to make one up as the picture or not. Just a thought. All The Best, Ron VanDerwarker
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