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About Raygunsnap

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    WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, all in 1/72

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  1. I reported to VA-35 (also in CVW-17) in 1991, right after Desert Storm. Our A-6Es and the FA-18Cs of both VFA-81 and VFA-83 were all capable of employing the AGM-62 Walleye II Extended Range Data Link (ERDL), which was still in service. In fact, the manuals said at the time that the Walleye II warhead was the most powerful non-nuclear weapon available to the Navy. Even though it was in the same weight class as a Mk-84 (2000 lbs), the Walleye II warhead’s design was more advanced. And that’s a great Sunliner Hornet! That’s exactly how they looked.
  2. Still in search of a modern tooling of a 1/72 Grumman Avenger (TBM-1C/3) with folding wings.
  3. 1/72 Avenger with folding wings.
  4. Terrific tribute! It’s what modeling is all about for me.
  5. And how about an Avenger (TBM-1C) with folding wings?
  6. An E model makes sense since Fujimi’s A-4Es are typically priced at $100+ on eBay. People would buy them!
  7. I disagree. I think it looks terrific! Towards the end of cruise, jets can looks pretty dirty, especially if there are heavy flight ops which leave the troops no time to clean.
  8. Even on jets painted in the all grays tactical paint scheme (TPS), gear bays are white - the better to spot hydraulic leaks. VA-35’s A-6E TRAM/SWIP jets absolutely had white nose and main gear bays in the 90s.
  9. David, great work,so far! Will be following your build closely as I have an RF-8G in the pending pile. My model will be built using the Falcon conversion on the Hasegawa F-8E. Like yours, my RF-8 will be a VFP-63 jet, only from Tico’s/CVW-19’s 1968 Combat cruise to WestPac. Good luck with the build!
  10. Great reference material! Would you please do the same for the -3 and -4 variants?
  11. Great SPAD! Really nice update to an elderly kit. What paint scheme and markings will you use?
  12. I care, too, and I am way outside the U.K. Fly Navy!
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